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Best earphones for running under $30

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Alright so I've always used cheap buds/iems or whatever portable on ear I have handy on me (portal pro, ksc75, Sony g45) for running. But that was in years past. I finally healed from an injury and can resume running again. These will be used specifically for running...about an hour and a half per day.

I have other headphones for everything else so I'm looking to spend as little as possible so my budget is $30. Order of importance: 1. Fit and comfort. Need these to stay on as a bud falling out makes me unnaturally upset. 2. Durability. Let's face it I won't be babying these so I need them to be a workhorse and last me at least 6 months. 3. Sound. I prefer hip hip mostly so a good low end that's tight and punchy would be suffice me thinks. Good, clear mids and highs? Lol highs smily_headphones1.gif

I guess I'd prefer something that is specifically made for running. Sweat resistance is a big plus as I suspect most of the cheap buds I used before die out due to yucky sweat. And my ports pros pads suffer a similar fate pretty quickly. So I guess I'm leaning towards these:

Philips O'Neil- have heard good things about the sound and durability. Concerned on whether or not they'll stay in my ear though.

Sennheiser cx685, pmx685 or whatever one of those versions you'd recommend. They are under 25 bucks on pinnacle deals which is an official senn dealer. Retail for 79 ish.

Meelectronics M6. These look cool and I am already used to the form factor as I have shure se215 (which I deemed too good for running as they are out of warranty).

Beats Powerbeats. I mean I can get them for 40 bucks and Lebron wears them smily_headphones1.gif

What would you guys (especially runners) suggest? Feel free to add other recommendations that fit my criteria. Thanks
post #2 of 8

I know you can get the Philips O'Neill for around $45 USD... I honestly never used them.. I looked at some review sites online.. I guess that for $45 bucks you get what you pay for. 

They might be worth the shoot.
 

post #3 of 8

I use the Hisound E212 for running myself when I actually go at a faster pace. I use the SE215s when I go for a jog. 

 

To be honest, I don't really care how good something sounds when I'm running. I can hardly tell the difference. 
 

If you don't run that fast or sweat a lot then the SE215s are an excellent choice and you don;t need to buy anything else. 

post #4 of 8
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Thanks for the suggestions I'll check those out. And yeah I agree about the sound, that's why I listed sound quality last on my order of importance. I don't care about looks at all. I do sweat alot and run relatively fast as I am training for several races so I do intervals and all that jazz so I need something that will stay put as a bud falling out messes with my times and it's just really inconvenient. SE 215 are my main dynamic so I wouldn't wanna use those. M6 might be my best bet due to familiarity of the form factor and I understand it is a bassy phone. Then again I've always been curious about the Senns. Any more input is more than welcome. Thanks again
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post #6 of 8
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Wow those look really cool thanks for the suggestion had no idea those were even in existence. I've decided to just try them all out lol (this hobby is horrible) since they're all pretty cheap and I got a nice bonus as work. 5 sports iems for $100 ah why not smily_headphones1.gif
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If you're still looking around, check out yurbuds. The locking in mechanism locks in pretty well, I've used it for running and playing basketball and haven't had an issues. Sound quality is decent, if you can get a good seal with the buds I am sure they will improved.

 

I just got the Jaybird Freedom JF3 for 40 on sale at amazon and they are pretty good. Sound is pretty damn good for bluetooth headphones and the seal and additional "locking" tips they give you work well. However the connection can be a bit iffy and sometimes may cut here and there. (EDIT if you can get them for a low price I"d try them out, I personally wouldn't try the higher models at that price point, the JF3 I mentioned are discontinued so sales may be popping up)

 

Good luck with whatever you choose man.


Edited by FreshtoJEFF - 4/17/14 at 11:38am
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Originally Posted by FreshtoJEFF View Post

If you're still looking around, check out yurbuds. The locking in mechanism locks in pretty well, I've used it for running and playing basketball and haven't had an issues. Sound quality is decent, if you can get a good seal with the buds I am sure they will improved.

I just got the Jaybird Freedom JF3 for 40 on sale at amazon and they are pretty good. Sound is pretty damn good for bluetooth headphones and the seal and additional "locking" tips they give you work well. However the connection can be a bit iffy and sometimes may cut here and there. (EDIT if you can get them for a low price I"d try them out, I personally wouldn't try the higher models at that price point, the JF3 I mentioned are discontinued so sales may be popping up)

Good luck with whatever you choose man.

I've ordered pretty much all the ones I was thinking about. and just received the yurbuds you recommended. Thanks for that! These are amazing. I ran a mile just to try them out and they wouldn't budge at all. And the SQ is very VERY good for the price. Locking mechanism is the best I've used And they look good too. Thanks for the suggestion and I'd encourage anyone out there who needs good fitness earphones to check these out. Best $20 bucks I've spent on a headphone ever
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