Aug. 1st, 2008 08:22 am
mog_warbeast: (I am Baytor!)
[personal profile] mog_warbeast
Dear frustrationwebs,

(I begin with frustrationwebs rather than lazywebs because, you see, activewebs just returns 'Buy things. BUY THEM!!!')

Expensive earbud type earphones: are they more robust than cheap-ass ones? I.e. do they last more than a year without the connection to one ear breaking?


Date: 2008-08-01 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dan-lane.livejournal.com
I prefer noise blocking "canalphones" and I've had my Shure E2C's for years and they have given me no trouble whatsoever. I'm hopefully about to get some some review units from Etymotic too so I can compare them but until I do, I can strongly recommend the Shures.

Date: 2008-08-01 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-soap.livejournal.com
Yes. My £45 Sony ones are still going 3 years on, having been skiing, cycling, gym training and forced to rattle around in my bag.

Date: 2008-08-01 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] king-prawn.livejournal.com
I'm with Dan on the canalphones (or "marshmallow earbuds"). My JVC ones are holding up pretty well. Check eBay before looking in a shop.

Date: 2008-08-01 09:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emptyjohn.livejournal.com
Everything breaks within a year!!!! All is warp + entropy!!!! DOOM!!!

Date: 2008-08-01 10:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lee-chaos.livejournal.com
if they are well looked after then they last a little bit longer, yes.

I've got some Sennheisers from Richer Sounds, and the genius thing is they come in a little storage box that you can wind the cable into, so they stand a better chance of survival.

Mechanically there's not a lot you can do with something that small to stop them breaking if they get tugged by accident. So really the best thing to do is to get some half-decent ones and a box to put them in!

Date: 2008-08-01 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aazell.livejournal.com
No they just don't stay in your ear!

When did this silly bullet design take off? It's rubbish. Bring back the old Gameboy types. They might have made your ear ache after a while but at least you didn't have to push them in every two seconds!

Date: 2008-08-01 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nicky-j.livejournal.com
Not in my experience. But I'm rubbish at looking after stuff. The expensive ones have much better sound quality though.
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