I've been desperately looking for a headset to use with my Galaxy Nexus but I have one strong condition: it CAN'T be the popular IEM isolating type that is now seen everywhere.
First, because no matter what IEM I try, my ears and head hurt a lot after 5 minutes. They never fit right, plus my ears just can't take the pressurization and they're so uncomfortable to use. Second, because I'm going to use it a lot for walking on the street or while at work, and I need to be at least slightly aware of what's going on around me.
Then, it HAS to be a small, earbud-like kind. I already have a full sized headset that goes over my head for use at home with my PC, but I don't want that for travel/work. I want regular earbuds that I can easily store in my pocket when not in use.
The other condition is obviously that it needs to have a built-in mic so that I can use it for calls (I sometimes need to make hour-long conference calls at work). I don't mind about the next/prev buttons (it's fine if it just has 1 button for answering calls), but I need the mic and it needs to work with a standard Android phone.
As you can guess, I'm not too demanding with sound quality itself, as I'll be listening to music mostly while travelling, etc., so I won't be able to fully appreciate it anyway. For this reason I'd like to keep the cost below 50€ if possible.
However, it's proving to be incredibly difficult to find a headset that ticks all the boxes.
So far, the clear best candidate would be the Bose MIE2, since not only does it provide everything I want, but also a very convenient system to fix the earbuds to my ears without being so intrusive to my ear canals and isolating me from the outside world. However, I feel it'd be ridiculous to spend 120€ on the MIE2 just for the design. There surely has to be a similar option minus the extra marketing cost? I also understand everyone here claims that they are overpriced, which I assume is true, so I'm open to suggestions.
Candidates I've seen so far:
- Yurbuds Inspire Talk ($40)
The design and the fixation system ("TwistLock") look good. However, reading the reviews it seems that:
a) The sound quality is crap
b) The "TwistLock" thing wears off with use, and basically stops working completely after 2-3 months... rendering them useless.
- Philips ActionFit SHQ1017/28 ($30)
Another headset which is designed for sport. Not that I'm looking for that, but it seems if you don't want isolating IEMs you're suddenly a professional athlete.
a) From the reviews, they also seem to be of poor quality.
b) Not compatible with Android.
- Sennheiser MX685 (30€)
They seem to be great, I really like them... except they DON'T have a mic :(
So... can anybody please suggest ANY decent, non-isolating headset that uses earbuds, is comfortable and includes a mic for smartphone use? Or do I really have to spend 120 bucks on the MIE2 for that?
Any help would be much appreciated. Believe me, no matter what I search for on google, all my links are purple already.
Thanks in advance!