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So for a long while I've been running with Bose IE2's.  I typically used the EQ to reduce bass since they were so boomy.  I didn't really like the sound of them, but I have some Sennheiser cans for home use, so I never had to use the Bose IE2's unless I was running.  Not the best, but they got the job done and I was content with them, considering the limited use they were getting.  The little rubber flanges on the earpieces did a great job of keeping the earbuds where they needed to be while exercising.

 

Well I lost those Bose IE2's, and decided to try out some other headphones.  Got some Klipsch S4's and immediately preferred their sound over the Bose while trying them out in my living room.  However, they do NOT stay in while running.  They move around and sound terrible.  The timbre and volume seems to throb with every step.  So even though they sound better than the IE2's if you're just sitting around, they are useless if you're moving.

 

Any recommendations?  Looking for something that I can run 5 miles in without having to reset them every 10 steps.  The only time I'll ever use them is when I'm running.  The Bose had those little flanges on the earpieces that would loop in to your cartilidge, so I guess I'm looking for something like that.  Thanks in advance


Edited by youEnjoyMyself - 8/20/13 at 1:16pm
post #2 of 11

This thread might help you out some:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-293-iems-compared-etymotic-research-ety-kids-added-08-12-13-p-748/105

post #3 of 11

the bowers and wilkins c5 are perfect for you. depending on budget try the shure se215 earbuds. best of luck my friend.

post #4 of 11
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the bowers and wilkins c5 are perfect for you. depending on budget try the shure se215 earbuds. best of luck my friend.

Definitely NOT the B&W C5, rather get something small and light like the Sleek Audio SA1 ($40) or the Klipsch X10 ($100) instead.

post #5 of 11

Have you tried simply changing tips on the S4s in order to get a better seal?  I don't remember the nozzle size to be vastly different from the normal, perhaps trying some aftermarket tips like biflanges will help with the seal.

 

Also, how are you wearing them? Straight down, or over the ears? With the latter option, they usually stay more securely, you can also get or make an earhook to keep them in place. Also, pulling up the cable cinch can help (I can't remember if the S4 has them or not, apologies - if not, you can tie a rubber band like I do for a lot of my IEMs with no cinches).

 

If you're still adamant about getting something new, would you have a budget? I'd still recommend trying the options above before springing for something new though. Don't fix what ain't broke :D

post #6 of 11
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I have tried all the different tips.  Looping the cable over my ear helped them stay in substantially, however, the "throbbing" with each step is still there.  And after about 4 miles, they started getting sweaty and slipping out.

 

Should I be looking at "on ears" and not in ears?  The Bose IE2 seem more like on ears than in ears to me, as you don't wedge them up your ear canal.

post #7 of 11

Get the Klipsch X10 for about $100 and get some Comply Foam Tips with it.  The X10 is very thin and goes deep into your ears, and with the added security of the foam tips they won't bounce.

post #8 of 11
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Thanks DrSheep, I wasn't aware of the comply tips.  Gonna try them out with my S4's, hopefully my search ends here

post #9 of 11
Yeah they are heat activated Memory foam, so they will give you a very good and secure seal.
post #10 of 11

I have a pair of Monster turbine pro copper silver super something, they sound really crappy, but lot of bass. I always have a set in my gym bag, they are only good for that. They have done a ride in the washer then in the dryer and they are still going strong.

 

They hold very well even if they are big, I can run 10km with them without issue and I like bass when I run, my brain is too busy trying to survive to focus on sound stage and stuff like that :)

 

I'm sure you can get them for cheap even if their retail price was like $399 at the time. Probably $100 for a new set would be a good price for them. 

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by youEnjoyMyself View Post

I have tried all the different tips.  Looping the cable over my ear helped them stay in substantially, however, the "throbbing" with each step is still there.  And after about 4 miles, they started getting sweaty and slipping out.

 

Should I be looking at "on ears" and not in ears?  The Bose IE2 seem more like on ears than in ears to me, as you don't wedge them up your ear canal.

When you loop them over, make sure to take advantage of the cable cinch and pull all the way unto the back of your head/neck. I can't remember if the S4s have the cinch or not.

The third example is what I mean.

To keep them over the ears and in place, you could, for example, use something pre-made like this, or mold your own with some soft plastic.

 

You can try some biflange tips for a deeper seal, for example, if the seal keeps on breaking.

I just realized that you might mind a deeper seal.

 

I think the "throbbing" that you're describing might be bone occlusion and microphonics. With a bad cable and weird fit, this often happens.

They're still called in-ears as they go into the ear canal. The Bose is different in that the tips aren't of the conventional kind.

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