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Why doesn't the head fi summer 2012 guide contain any earbuds?

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I tried asking in the thread itself, but got no replies...

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Maybe that's because it does.

 

Pages 26-35.

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Maybe that's because it does.

 

Pages 26-35.

IEM =/= earbud. He meant earbuds as in the ones without a silicone-tip insertion.

 

To answer OP's question, it's because traditional earbuds don't have a huge audiophile market, since it is extremely difficult or perhaps impossible to engineer good sound into them given how they are positioned in our ears.


Edited by jerg - 7/18/12 at 8:42am
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Why would you want an earbud?  It's a flawed design.

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IEM =/= earbud. He meant earbuds as in the ones without a silicone-tip insertion.

 

To answer OP's question, it's because traditional earbuds don't have a huge audiophile market, since it is extremely difficult or perhaps impossible to engineer good sound into them given how they are positioned in our ears.

Oh - you're right, misread that.

 

Because earbuds are terrible, especially compared to many IEM's in the same price bracket.

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Why would you want an earbud?  It's a flawed design.

 

How is it flawed? I can't stand the feeling of something stuck in my ear...to me, IEMs are a flawed design because they are not comfortable enough.

 

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Because earbuds are terrible, especially compared to many IEM's in the same price bracket.[/quote]

 

Strange, i thought earbuds like the yuin PK/OK series, crossroads HR 1 and 2 were very well regarded...

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They don't seal to get adequate bass reproduction, and any sound outside of that is severely distorted.  IEMs have extremely good isolation for one, which is a very good trait.  I actually don't find buds that comfortable either, plus they tend to fall off a lot.  If you look at the measurements for the Yuins, even they are pretty bad.

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How is it flawed? I can't stand the feeling of something stuck in my ear...to me, IEMs are a flawed design because they are not comfortable enough.

 

IEMs aren't a flawed design just because they don't fit YOUR ear. I've tried plenty that I don't like, but plenty others that I didn't even realize I was wearing.

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Which is why i said they were a flawed design for me. I tried several expensive IEMs...nothing about the sound impressed me (westones, etymotics, etc), usually too much bass (i don't even like bass). Quickly went back to my yuin pk2s...

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