So I've been lurking here while I learn more in my quest to replace my old iPod earbuds. I recently got a pair of Woodees Vintage earbuds, and while I was really impressed by the sound and the look of these, I ended up returning them after a week for a couple of reasons:
1. Microphonics. I didn't know what this was until I tried walking with the IEMs in. The cable noise was a big surprise to me, but it seems that's pretty standard with IEMs. Using the clip and wearing over the ears decreased this a lot when I'm sitting or standing (on my commute, where I use these). However, I walk about a half-mile and the reverb from my footsteps is too much. I have to turn the music up too loud to overcome this, and one of the points of IEMs for me was to not have to turn up the volume to overcome the noise.
2. Headaches. I don't know if this is a problem for all IEMs or just for people sensitive to it, but after just 2 days of using these, I started getting headaches and earaches. I had no ringing in my ears, so I don't think it's a volume issue. (I don't listen loud anymore.) Instead it feels like the cartilage in the earlobe is irritated. The headaches move in a kind of stripe behind my ears, at the base of my skull, and they don't go away quickly.
I've seen the Basic Guide To In Ear Canalphones, and Joker's awesome Multi-IEM Review, and they've been quite helpful, but I'd like to hear some specifics about "footfall microphonics" and headaches. Am I just oversensitive to these things and should I just stick with external earbuds?
Thanks for any help.
Edited by LuckyFrank - 3/26/11 at 4:48pm