Your Ears' Best Buddies: Earbuds

Your Ears' Best Buddies: Earbuds

Joel Pirela
Sep 27, 2010

Maybe you are a bit serious about the sound you are feeding to your ears and chances are, that you've already replaced the earbuds that came originally with your media player. Now, you have the option of paying $49 for an apple shuffle that comes with earbuds and free iPod!

There are some relatively affordable options and custom made expensive ones. We will try to walk you thru some impressive ones

The Klipsch Image S4i, delivers clear and crisp sound and even subtle recording elements that you may not notice with other earbuds. The S4i cord features an inline mic, with a three button remote for con tolling play, pause or skip. The remote is a nice addition but drives up the price on this unit to $100. They come with four pairs of ear inserts to guarantee a perfect fit, even a carrying case and alligator clip for cord management.

The Sennheiser CX 280 is a nice surprise at $50. For high quality sound while on-the-move, put on the CX 280 ear canal phones. You will enjoy clear and detailed sound, thanks to their high performance dynamic speaker systems. The wide array of ear adapters (S/M/L sizes) allows for a personalized fit as well as excellent passive attenuation of ambient noise. To add to your listening convenience, a volume control has been integrated on the cable. It does a terrific job at separating and placing sounds inside your head without making you feel claustrophobic; they have to produce a soundstage. You can rock for hours without experiencing fatigue with this set.

They don't have the sound accuracy of the more expensive versions but The price/performance ratio is amazing and they perform great for that price point.

Now, for the very expensive one, the JH Audio JH/13 Pro. Audiophiles apply here. They are custom manufactured to fit your ears alone and are beyond sublime in sound quality and comfort.

Tracks encoded with 24-bit, 48kHz FLAC sound like you are at the music hall, handling high frequencies and bass with equal aplomb. They are first 8 driver, 3 way, triple bore earpiece on the planet. Inside the 16, JH Audio's proprietary single dual high, single dual mid and double dual low drivers terminate into a triple bore. This triple bore allows us to double the low frequency drivers for lower distortion, increased headroom and greater detail and accuracy in the low frequencies. Several shell color to choose from. They deliver exquisite full spectrum sound. $1100

From thrift to rich, depending on what you are expecting from your earbuds, you are certain to find what you are looking (or listening) for.

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