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Best Earbuds for Small Ears?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

I have small ears, I'll admit it.

 

I work out very, very often and like everyone else, need to have music to do so.

 

I purchased these MX85's:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX85-Sport-Twist-Earbuds/dp/B001GSZAF0/ref=pd_sxp_grid_i_1_2

 

...after I read several reviews that they were pretty ideal for those with small ears as they had that little clip that helped the buds stay situated - I'm left wondering if I have micro ears or something as these continue to pop out fairly consistently.

 

So, my only criteria is that 1) they sound good 2) fairly cheap (not looking to break the bank here but will splurge if necessary) and 3) they're actually earbuds (don't want sport clips or ones that loop around my ears).

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 27

Yuin earbuds are pretty small in size.  And they are light weight.  The Yuin PK3's are reasonably priced on Amazon and I think they sound great for bang-around earbuds.

post #3 of 27

Honestly I think any model of Etymotic earbuds would work wonders for you, they come with a few different tips including foam ones + they're really small and sound amazing, a noticeable upgrade from my monster turbines if that helps you at all. (I own the HF5s)

 

Edit: I got them about an hour ago and I've already been to the gym today so I'll post on this thread tomorrow afternoon if I remember to comment on their gym usage, I've noticed other ear buds act oddly to certain positions/muscles tensing up and the ear buds falling out.


Edited by vese - 3/14/12 at 4:29pm
post #4 of 27

The Sennheiser MX581 is for those with small ears. It is around $26. Sennheiser makes some even cheaper models of earphones with a model number ending in 1, for those with small ears. It might not stay in your ears while working out though. The best idea is to use a compact hearphone while working out, or else use IEMs.

post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the quick and great replies thus far.

 

The Etymotic ones intrigue me; without getting the custom fit mold done, do the default interchangeable pieces fit even the smallest of ears?

 

Looking forward to more replies!

post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by prolific1 View Post

Thanks for all the quick and great replies thus far.

 

The Etymotic ones intrigue me; without getting the custom fit mold done, do the default interchangeable pieces fit even the smallest of ears?

 

Looking forward to more replies!

Yeah the ones that come on the ear buds are quite small and if those dont work the foam tips should really fit any ear size or shape, I dont really have small ears but I would imagine they'd fit well, I've never heard complaints in the comfort/fit or isolation department regarding Etymotics :D, a big reason why I got them! I'm a huge gym goer and I need something that will stay in my ears, something that my Turbines didn't want to do until I got the foam tip set for them and REALLY pushed the hell out of them into my ears.
 

 

post #7 of 27

Another vote for the Yuin, the PK2 or PK3 will suit your needs well and they're fairly small. Another option is the Hisoundaudio PAA-1 Pro.

 

Stay away from the AKG K3xx earbuds, their housings are on the large side and I could never get them to fit well.

post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks again everyone for all the replies - much, much appreciated.
 

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Originally Posted by vese View Post

Yeah the ones that come on the ear buds are quite small and if those dont work the foam tips should really fit any ear size or shape, I dont really have small ears but I would imagine they'd fit well, I've never heard complaints in the comfort/fit or isolation department regarding Etymotics :D, a big reason why I got them! I'm a huge gym goer and I need something that will stay in my ears, something that my Turbines didn't want to do until I got the foam tip set for them and REALLY pushed the hell out of them into my ears.
 

 



What about for running - either on the treadmill or outside - no issues with them popping out right? They sound ideal otherwise.

 

Thanks again.

post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by prolific1 View Post

Thanks again everyone for all the replies - much, much appreciated.
 



What about for running - either on the treadmill or outside - no issues with them popping out right? They sound ideal otherwise.

 

Thanks again.


Alright I have been to the gym with them now and I'm rather impressed, they sounded great and stayed in for the duration, even through more intense cardio etc., BUT, they do have a bit of...cable noise? I forget what it's called but when the cables are rubbing up against something it does produce a small amount of noise occasionally. All around great phones though tbh..

 

post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 

Has anyone had any experiences with these JVC Marshmallow earbuds? They're real cheap ($16) and have positive reviews.

 

Thoughts?

 

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HA-FX35-B-Marshmallow-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B0036RDVRI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332212562&sr=8-1

post #11 of 27

Instead of the Marshmallows, I suggest you get the $8 JVC Riptidz. It sounds great for the price. It is also listed as water and sweat resistant.

 

post #12 of 27

My recommendation is UE 700, one of the smallest and most comfortable IEM with 2 drivers.

post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JK1 View Post

Instead of the Marshmallows, I suggest you get the $8 JVC Riptidz. It sounds great for the price. It is also listed as water and sweat resistant.

 



Thanks for the heads-up! The only question is: do the fit comfortably in even the smallest of ears?

post #14 of 27
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Thanks for the heads-up! The only question is: do the fit comfortably in even the smallest of ears?



I can't say for sure, but I think it will. It comes with three different sizes of tips. The smallest tips are very small. With IEMs, what matters is the size of the ear canal, not the size of the outer ear. I don't have the Marshmallows, but do have the JVC Air Cushions which is more expensive than the Marshmallows, and I like the sound quality of the Riptidz better. The Riptidz is the newest of these. It is funny though, as the JVC Air Cushions costs more than double the price of the Riptidz.

post #15 of 27

Ety HF5 with bi-flange frosties are extremely compact.  Good fit for small canals and ears.

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