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Old 12-05-2006, 11:28 PM   #16
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You can't go wrong with the Bose Triport IE. Sound quality is outstanding.
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Old 12-06-2006, 08:37 AM   #17
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You can't go wrong with the Bose Triport IE. Sound quality is outstanding.
Hmmm,
http://www.nickstarr.com/2006/10/30/...ng-and-review/

Maybe got a bad set eh?

This is looking like a box store returnable option purchase.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:02 PM   #18
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Hmmm,
http://www.nickstarr.com/2006/10/30/...ng-and-review/

Maybe got a bad set eh?

This is looking like a box store returnable option purchase.
I never cared for Bose products. IMO they are overhyped, expensive and the sound is somewhat dull. To me Bose products sound muddy with very little high end.

I've been a Shure convert over the past 2 years. The only downside is the steep price and the ear buds take some practice to put in properly. If put in wrong they have zero bass response. Properly seated they can't be beat. I recommend using the foam inserts.

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Old 12-06-2006, 01:05 PM   #19
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You can't go wrong with the Bose Triport IE. Sound quality is outstanding.
I agree! I got these ear buds two weeks ago and they sound great. They are also the most comfortable buds that I have found. I think I must have weird shaped ears, because just about every other buds I've tried would fall out within minutes of wearing them. The Bose Triport IE however, stay put once I place them in my ear.

Of course, they don't cancel outside noise, which is a problem traveling on the Subway. But, I that can't be avoided. I do have the Bose QC-2 which I use on every airplane flight. Those are unbelievable but, I'm not likely to use that on my daily commute.
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I agree! I got these ear buds two weeks ago and they sound great. They are also the most comfortable buds that I have found. I think I must have weird shaped ears, because just about every other buds I've tried would fall out within minutes of wearing them.
I have this same issue. I have purchased a few sets of $20 or so ear buds with no luck. I finally went old skool and bought a pair of over the head headphones. But they suck.

I got these from TSS a while ago:

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They sound great, but they seem like they are falling out all the time.

What do you guys recommend I try next?
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I have to agree with the other posters when it comes to Shure IEM's (in-ear-monitors). I have the E500's, and they sound awesome! Yes, they're expensive, but you get what you pay for. The sound is so rich and pure that you feel like you're sitting in the middle of the recording studio. And since they do such a good job of isolating you from the outside world, you don't have to play them as loud to enjoy your music. This actually makes them better on your hearing in the long run.

If you really want to get the best sound out of your headphones, I highly recommend using a good external amp such as the HeadRoom Total AirHead. It makes a big difference, since the amps in most portable devices pretty much suck. And while I'm at it, I can't say enough good things about Comply canal tips. They're compatible with most of the Shure models, and they're so much more comfortable than the OEM tips.

If you add up all the stuff I just recommended, you're talking some serious moolah. Since most people are on a budget, I would be remiss if I didn't recommend a more reasonably priced alternative to the crappy earbuds that come with the Stiletto. For less than $50, you can get the excellent Sennheiser PX 100's. Sure, they're not as compact as earbuds, but at least they conveniently fold up for travelling. Most importantly, though, the Sennheisers are some of the best sounding headphones I have ever listened to.

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What would be even greater would be earbuds that have built in antennas so we don't need those crappy ones.
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I have to agree with the other posters when it comes to Shure IEM's (in-ear-monitors). I have the E500's, and they sound awesome! Yes, they're expensive, but you get what you pay for.
Cough..!!
E500 $400+
The E4C's are looking a little more reasonable.
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The E4C's are looking a little more reasonable.
You're going to pay a premium for the E500's because they just came out in the past few months.

Better deals can be had for the E4c's and others.

You can get the E4c's for around $160 new on eBay
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You also have to bear in mind that the E500's come packaged with the new PTH (Push-To-Hear) Control. This nifty little gadget will set you back around 50-60 bucks if you purchase it separately. Personally, I think it's pretty cool because it allows you to hear what's going on in the outside world without removing the monitors from your ear canals. Just flip the switch, and it automatically lowers the music and activates an external microphone.

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http://www.earphonesolutions.com/

This is a good site for reviews on earphones. I purchased a pair of Shure E3C's and to be honest, I don't like them very much. I read so much praise on their sound quality I bit the bullet, but I was able to get them from ecost for $125. The sound quality is decent. The cords are way too thick and always come off the ears. None of the provided earpieces were comfortable. After reading many people rave about the Comply foam Canal tips, I purchased a pack of them. They are extremely comfortable and they keep the noise out. I found taking them in and out was a pain. Constantly having to press the foam and holding it it to conform. After a few hours they start to get uncomfortable. I was able to hear the Westones and they were more comfortable and had better sound. Of course sound is subjective. I use my E3C's for portable use and my Bose Quiet Comfort 2's for flights. Although I've always been a advocate to not purchase Bose products because of their outragious price, horrible build quality and terrible sound quality, I have to admit they make the absolute best Noise Cancelling headphones. Sound quality is good, but it pains me that I had to pay $300 when the sound quality of others half the price destroy the Bose in sound quality. But alas, no other noise cancelling headphones come close, especially for long trips.
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There's no way I can see spending that kind of money for earphones. I don't have that much time to listen like that, but hope to use them in the summer for bike riding, but am concerned about signal drop. There has to be some reasonable system to stop the drop other than those suck antenna headphones.
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I don't have that much time to listen like that, but hope to use them in the summer for bike riding, but am concerned about signal drop. There has to be some reasonable system to stop the drop other than those suck antenna headphones.
My advice to you is simple. Record. Take advantage of the built-in memory and store up a bunch of stuff for your treks. Until someone comes out with a comfortable, good sounding antenna solution, live Sirius on the go just isn't worth the effort.
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My advice to you is simple. Record. Take advantage of the built-in memory and store up a bunch of stuff for your treks. Until someone comes out with a comfortable, good sounding antenna solution, live Sirius on the go just isn't worth the effort.
Very true. Coworker has XM's Pioneer Inno and he had reception problems as well during our last trip. Sat Radio Portability just isn't ready for prime time. Of course I could strap an antenna on the Bose QC2's
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My advice to you is simple. Record. Take advantage of the built-in memory and store up a bunch of stuff for your treks. Until someone comes out with a comfortable, good sounding antenna solution, live Sirius on the go just isn't worth the effort.
That is precisely what I have evolved into doing. Once I had gathered enough Replays and "Loved" tunes there was no reason to have to depend on "live" for rides. The beauty of the Stiletto is the constant supply of fresh recorded material for when reception is poor. The problem with my IPOD was stale collections. I rarely listen to the Stilleto live on the bike any more. I have pretty much 86'd the antenna phones.
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