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Earbud recommendations?

By ForceFlow

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    I've been using a pair of old first gen zune 30 earbuds for years, but they finally gave out. I'd like to try to find a more modern replacement (after all, those earbuds are almost 20 years old now )

    Amazon of course has a huge selection of various earbuds, but most of the brands are just an alphabet soup of unpronounceable nonsense, which tends to indicate a junk product from a no-name company. So, what brands are actually known/good these days?

    I'd prefer to keep using wired earbuds.

    I've tried rubber ended earbuds, but they always seem to fall out. I'm not sure why. These zune earbuds always stayed in my ears pretty well and the sound quality, range, and volume were decent.

    I'd like to try to keep the price under $50, but if there's something that's really highly recommended for slightly more, I'd be willing to take a look.

    Any suggestions?
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    #2 3 months ago

    vid1900 had nothing but praise for these $49 Truthear X buds here on Pinside over a year ago (still the same price at Amazon):

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B7DS1QHZ

    Haven't tried these myself, but they've gotten a lot of praise for the sound, both here and elsewhere.

    They ARE rubber-tipped, however, but also include memory foam tips. Wired design.

    Vid's original thread:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/truthear-x-crinacle-zero-the-headphones-you-really-want

    Hope this helps, and good luck.

    #3 3 months ago

    I've started using these. I like them for walking the dog because I can still hear everything around me. As a bonus, there is nothing actually IN my ear.

    I think they are Bluetooth only, and these are a little pricey, but plenty of cheaper clones out there.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BW1QVVT

    They have their own site should you not want to feed Amazon.

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    #4 3 months ago
    Quoted from RonSS:

    I've started using these. I like them for walking the dog because I can still hear everything around me. As a bonus, there is nothing actually IN my ear.
    I think they are Bluetooth only, and these are a little pricey, but plenty of cheaper clones out there.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BW1QVVT
    They have their own site should you not want to feed Amazon.
    [quoted image]

    I love these things. Bought the high-end since it’s really not *that* much more expensive! They broke after 2 years, and they said it was past warranty, but then 2 weeks later a brand new pair showed up anyway. They didn’t even ask for the old ones back! BONUS the company was founded by a New York native in Syracuse. They are partnered with a Chinese company, but they seem legit and they’ve been in business since 2011 and 2004 respectively.

    #5 3 months ago

    These go against most of what you asked for, but I'm going to mention them anyway since I was also in the "wired only" camp until fairly recently.

    https://www.amazon.com/soundcore-Cancelling-Reduction-Environment-Bluetooth/dp/B0BZV4QFP8/

    I got these because I wanted something that was actually usable on flights at a sane volume level, and I've been very happy with them. The sound is great (for wireless) and the battery life is impressive.

    #6 3 months ago

    Personally I despise those squishy plungers that get stuck in your ear hole. For me they never stay in place and they block out too much of the real world for my taste.

    I have a had good luck with galaxy buds live (which are my daily goto) . They can be had. For $79 if you search a Amazon and buy them in white.
    https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Galaxy-Wireless-Earbuds-Cancelling/dp/B08FT3ZMF3/ref=mp_s_a_1_3
    Also bought a set made by Amazon that are seem like Apple earbuds, but they were like $35 on sale, pretty decent. No squishy thing.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B09JVG3TWX/ref=yo_ii_img

    My wife uses bose open earbuds I bought her, they are great if you dont want all sound blocked, for example driving and working where you could get hurt if you can hear.

    #7 3 months ago

    Another recommendation for Samsung Galaxy buds. I was strictly an over-the-ear guy until a few years ago when I got the Galaxies as a gift. The function well and are reasonably comfortable.

    #8 3 months ago

    I got my wife Anker wireless sound cancelling liberty air 2’s. She really likes them and they were $50-60. That model is eol but they gave a new version and a few types. I’d recommend those.

    #9 3 months ago
    Quoted from EternitytoM83:

    These go against most of what you asked for, but I'm going to mention them anyway since I was also in the "wired only" camp until fairly recently.

    I use wired earbuds both on my phone and on analog sound systems or sound boards. So, I'd still like to stick with wired.

    #10 3 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I use wired earbuds both on my phone and on analog sound systems or sound boards. So, I'd still like to stick with wired.

    I like the ones that used to come with my Samsung phones. Like these. Cheap and sounded good. Youbmay or may not like the inserts.

    https://a.co/d/9TLkjGG

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