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Why so much hate on ibuds?

post #1 of 35
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Recently I was working on fixing someone else's CMOY, and used ibuds as test set.  I amped the ibuds with CMOY, and there was noticibly more strength to the sound, and didn't sound bad.  Isolation is the main problem with them.  Even without amp, comparing to deal extreme imitation ibuds, it has much wider frequency response, and noticibly sounds better.  The only problem is isolation, and durability, and it is easy to blow out from what I remember as I went through 4 pairs so far.  I am thinking about doing modifications to create better isolation and see how they sound.  People bash these so much, but I dont think these phones are that bad, there are worse phones that cost more and sound worse.


Edited by High_Q - 1/30/11 at 4:00pm
post #2 of 35

Agreed. ibuds actually have incredibly flat frequency response with the exception of roll-off at low-end. Their only problems are isolation and bass, and they fixed that with ADDIEM. To be honest this confuses me because ADDIEMs are well regarded here but ibuds are considered absolute trash. Why is this?

post #3 of 35

I put some generic foam pads on the ibuds and they sound a lot better probably due to fit. Sometimes isolation is not always desirable.

post #4 of 35

IBuds are earbuds....of course they aren't going to isolate.

post #5 of 35
I kinda like my iBuds. There's a lot worse out there that cost a whole lot more.
post #6 of 35
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post

I kinda like my iBuds. There's a lot worse out there that cost a whole lot more.


Indeed. What the earbuds need is a pair of earfoams. Earbud type earphones tend to sound weird and strange without their foams on. I personally prefer the iBuds more than the Piano Forte II which just sounds incredibly boxed up and weird, like a radio.

post #7 of 35

Aside from snob factor (not to be disregarded), ibuds get no respect because the bass is anemic and the detail's not all that great.  I borrowed my partner's pair for a comparison listen. They're not the worst, but the lack of isolation is really not my cup of tea.

 

Also they may get trashed because so many Head-fiers have suffered through commutes with some ibud wearer blasting away right next to them.

post #8 of 35
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Originally Posted by rroseperry View Post

Aside from snob factor (not to be disregarded), ibuds get no respect because the bass is anemic and the detail's not all that great.  I borrowed my partner's pair for a comparison listen. They're not the worst, but the lack of isolation is really not my cup of tea.

 


 

Wouldn't better isolation fix that?  I've noticed with many IEMs that when they have proper seal, the bass is fuller.  Thats probably the reason why IEMs sound so much better and are more popular than ear buds.

post #9 of 35
the smokin buds from skullcandy sound worst and cost 10x as much
post #10 of 35

They sound better than a lot of <$10 off-brand buds I've tried, but it's the tinniness that really bothers me. After EQing some warmth into them and taking the highs down a notch, I think they have a nice signature, but they still have a lack of detail... I guess I'm just spoiled with more expensive 'phones - I'd rather save up an extra 10 bucks and get an M6.

post #11 of 35

Conclusion: iPod bud hate really isn't that rampant here. Move along...

post #12 of 35


 

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Wouldn't better isolation fix that?  I've noticed with many IEMs that when they have proper seal, the bass is fuller.  Thats probably the reason why IEMs sound so much better and more popular than ear buds.


I don't know. I bought their iem-esque buds on my way to my first pair of Shures and wasn't impressed.

post #13 of 35

I just wish they didn't fall apart after a week or two.

post #14 of 35

I don't hate iBuds, but I don't use stock earbuds ever. I like my personal headphones. I haven't listened to them in a long time so I can't say anything about their audio quality. But really... I have been reading Head-fi for a while, and there really isn't hate for them, more like standard complacency since there are better buds out there. 

post #15 of 35

if only I could get them to properly fit in my damn ears...the housing just doesn't work...one size fit all doesn't apply with headphones...

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