Please make sub-$70 recommendations for running headphones
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I'm looking for a pair of headphones for use while running, both outdoors and on a treadmill. I run for about 90 minutes, 5 days per week. These headphones will be paired with an iPod Mini. I will never use these headphones other than while running.

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1. Price is the first major consideration - my purchase must be under $70.

2. Fit is the second major consideration - I do not want headphones that will not stay in place.

3. Sound isolation is somewhat of a consideration. Don't worry about the dangers of sound isolation outdoors, as I run on a pedestrian seawall.

4. Sound quality is obviously a consideration, but secondary to price and fit.
 
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you might try the sennheiser mx500's, they're $20 from newegg, can get trashed, and are surprisingly good for the price I hear.
 
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I am going to recommend Koss KSC35's off of Koss' web site for ~$30. They sound great and they stay in place. They clip on to your ears.
 
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Koss Sportapros, Portapros, Sennheiser PX100 or 200s.

The Sportapros are nice and tight, a bit boomy in bass... the Portapros might not be as stable on a run. Sennheiser 200s offer more isolation, but their sound isn't as good as the 100s.
 
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i have the koss kcs35 and the mx500. get both, they are essential portable headphones.
 
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Actually, I think the 400's and 500's are only $15 and $16 from Newegg, but I wouldn't recommend them. I have MX500's, and I can't imagine running in them--they fall out way too easily. Also, they really aren't very comfortable, IMO.

I haven't heard them, but maybe the Sharp HP-MD33S? I just ordered those based on similar criteria. But some people say that the EX-style phones fit well, and others say they fall out...? I guess I'll know in about a week. Anyway, they sell for around $44-49.
 
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Bump your budget only 10 more bucks and you got yourself a pair of shure e2c's...
 
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If someone could assure me that Shure E2c headphones would be secure enough for running, I might consider them - but from what I understand, their main strength is sound.
 
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The mx400 and 500 are _terrible_ for running, in my experience. I used them for a while simply because I didn't want to purchase a dedicated running headphone...big mistake. They won't remain stable in the ears while you run. I prefer to run without music than to run with earbuds, especially the mx series.

Of all the running phones I have tried, the px100 is the best for me. Stays in place, smallish, sounds great out of portables, comfortable, doesn't isolate, and pretty cheap.

Just my two cents.
 
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Or you could run really _smoothly_ !


Whatever works for you... if you like buds, tell us if you have small or big earholes (sounds obscene). I'm sure many of the members here have experience in getting a good fit from buds/canalphones.
 
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Quote:

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If someone could assure me that Shure E2c headphones would be secure enough for running, I might consider them - but from what I understand, their main strength is sound.



With the right fit and a good seal, the E2c's would be very secure. More so than your typical earbud.
 
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I simply can't think of any headphone that's as perfect for running as ksc-35s. They don't bug you, sound great, stay on and let you hear the truck that'll kill you


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Koss ksc35

mx series? Painful.
Shure? They're meant more for streetwear, but I guess you could go exercising with these... I don't really like earcanal phones for exercising, but whatever.
 
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Maybe the KSC-55? That thing will grip your head all right.
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by MikeF
If someone could assure me that Shure E2c headphones would be secure enough for running, I might consider them - but from what I understand, their main strength is sound.


The Shures are definitely secure enough for running. The only problem is their extreme isolation, but I see that you think that's not an issue. I've been using them for exercise for a month or so and think they're absolutely perfect for this. The thickness is an added advantage when running/exercising as they kind of have to be jammedand twisted in the ear. Trust me, even with excessivie sweat -- they're not budging! And the sound is definitely a strength.

It's worth it to go a bit over your $70 limit and get these. I got mine really only for exercise as well and can only say it was money well spent!
 
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