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Comfort Vs. Sound...

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 

Which is MOST Important? And why?

 

Thanks, Jim

post #2 of 40

Sound of course, but if it's too uncomfortable then what's the point of using the headphone?

post #3 of 40

On this forum, sound is almost always top priority. Other aspects usually just need to be "tolerable." A more interesting debate would be to prioritize all other non-sound properties of headphones like: comfort (as you already mentioned), looks, build quality/reliability, warranty/company reputation, isolation/leakage, and design/usability. 

 

Personally, I usually go: sound >>> isolation/leakage = design/usability > looks > comfort > build quality/reliability > warranty/company rep.

post #4 of 40
Comfort is very personal. I can wear Ety triflanges in my ears for hours and hardly feel them. Other people can't stand them for even a few minutes. So recommending cans based on comfort is a very hit-or-miss thing.
post #5 of 40
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Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post

Which is MOST Important? And why?

 

Thanks, Jim

 

Even the answer to your question is personal and subjective. I had UE TF-10's. They were so uncomfortable to me, it wouldn't have mattered what kind of SQ they had. If an IEM is uncomfortable to the point where it's a distraction, they're not worth keeping, IMO. You can find IEM's that provide both great sound and comfort. Among others, I have the Klipsch X10i's. Incredible comfort, and great sound as well. I did replace the oval gels with Comply medium foams though. Through the use of interchangeable tips, many IEM's can be made to be very comfy.

post #6 of 40

sound quality hands down.

post #7 of 40

I'd say both go hand in hand. What's the point of having the best sounding phones in the world if you can't stand them in your ears or on your head?

post #8 of 40
Both are equally important. If you can't stand wearing them, why wear them despite the sound? If you can't sand the sound, why wear them, even if they are like clouds on your ears.


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post #9 of 40

Both are different, yet essential. However, the majority will side with sound since it is the one of the main reasons they are paying a lot of money for.

post #10 of 40

well i think too alot of companies that offer higher end or top tier headphones or iems strive to offer both comfort and quality. obviously the lower quality of headphone or iem sound or comfort or both will be sacrificed.

post #11 of 40
Thread Starter 

Thanks Guys. So there is hope for my ER-4s then. (as I dig them out of the trash can)

 

Thanks Again, Jim

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Thanks Guys. So there is hope for my ER-4s then. (as I dig them out of the trash can)

 

Thanks Again, Jim


Don't throw them out, just send them to me if you don't want them. wink.gif

post #13 of 40

Comfort wins for me. I liked the sound quality of my Audio Technica M50 but I could not wear them for more than 10 minutes. I eventually sold them and bought some Beyerdynamics. It's not the greatest sound in the world but it is damn comfortable.

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Thread Starter 
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Don't throw them out, just send them to me if you don't want them. wink.gif

 

LOLz, I know what you mean...

 

I love the sound, But am stuck between the two Tri-Flange sizes. Neither fits.

 

Currently testing various foamies. Time will tell.

 

Jim

post #15 of 40

Whaaa? You were going to throw them about because they didn't fit?

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