Need new earbuds, please help the old.
Dec 9, 2003 at 10:51 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 9

studeb

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Hi,

my 10 year old sony earbuds just died. Any recommended replacements that meet the following critereia:
1) Under $50
2) Well balanced sound, i am not a bass head, and listen to almost everything at work.
3) i would prefer not to have full noise blockage i.e. Ety style. i prefer to be able to hear some of what is going on around me.
4) Will be driven by a sony walkman. NOT discman. And micro plug would be a bonus.
5) Fairly easy to get. i don't want to wait 3 weeks to be able to listen to music here again.

Thanks,

Stuart
 
Dec 9, 2003 at 11:42 PM Post #2 of 9

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Hi,
I have tried numerous pairs of non-isolating buds and my favorite so far are the Sennheiser MX-500's. The thing about earbuds, at least for me, is that if I try a pair indepenant of any others, they always sound great. It's only when I try several pairs side by side (like I can now with my collection), that I can tell the sonic differences.
I like the MX-500's over all of the Sonys i've tested (currently have 848s and liked them much before I purchased the MX-500s) and mid-end Panasonics (can't read the number but they were in the $20 range). So you don't have to spend much for decent sounding buds.

If you're willing to spend a little more and try isolating buds, I like the ER-6s from ETYmotics for traveling.

Good luck in your search.
 
Dec 10, 2003 at 3:54 AM Post #6 of 9

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The shack has those buds! Sweet, thanks bro, but wagnerone was talking about a different style of mx500's called the headmax in this thread. I wonder
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Dec 10, 2003 at 12:52 PM Post #7 of 9

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Quote:

Originally posted by studeb
Hi,

my 10 year old sony earbuds just died. Any recommended replacements that meet the following critereia:
1) Under $50
2) Well balanced sound, i am not a bass head, and listen to almost everything at work.
3) i would prefer not to have full noise blockage i.e. Ety style. i prefer to be able to hear some of what is going on around me.
4) Will be driven by a sony walkman. NOT discman. And micro plug would be a bonus.
5) Fairly easy to get. i don't want to wait 3 weeks to be able to listen to music here again.

Thanks,

Stuart


If you want to stick with buds, the Sennheiser MX400 or MX500 seems to be the best bet as far as something readily available. The 400 is the same as the 500 except it doesn't have a volume control. Both are available on sennheiserusa.com.

There's also the Senn PX100, PX200, and Koss KSC50, KSC55, KSC35 all under $50 if you want to try headband or earclip styles.

If you search for any of those model numbers you should find more posts than you'd ever want to read about them. ( said with intent to provide info, rather than to discourage questions)

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Dec 11, 2003 at 2:47 AM Post #8 of 9

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I highly recommend the MX500's usually available for $16 including shipping from newegg.com. That leaves you $34 or so and if you want a second type of phone you could get the Koss KSC35's from koss.com or the Sennheiser PX200 from ecost.com.
 
Dec 11, 2003 at 2:53 AM Post #9 of 9

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I'll echo the Senn recommendations, and would put the 400s on top of the 500s because I personally don't like having the volume control in the signal path. But your mileage may vary.

Beyond that, the Sony MDR-E888s can be had on eBay for about the asking price, and I think there's someone on this board who was trying to sell a pair he had. They run about $50, and may be more comfortable for your ears than the Senns with arguably better sound.
 

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