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Old 09-11-2007, 07:03 PM
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Default Well-made Cheap earbuds?

After going through about 7 earbuds this year, I'm now on the search for some in-ear earbuds that are gold plated, preferably an 'L' plug, and are in the $10-35 range.
I've overused the V-Moda Bass Freqs, and didn't like the quality, i've broken the connection tips of a few cheap earbuds, and i've returned some panasonic earbuds due to design.
Headphone durability should stand up to moderate mp3 player in the pocket use, and low listening levels by providing noise blocking, thanks!
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Old 09-11-2007, 07:09 PM
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I'd say the Sennheiser CX300 have good build quality in that price range - my girlfriend used them for over a year now, and she's not overly careful with her stuff...

You sure might like their sound signature, seeing you're coming from the Bass Freqs.

Check this thread for some more cheap IEMs: http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ead.php?t=8404

BTW - gold plated plugs are not really useful for DAPs, since most jacks aren't gold plated, either... so there's no real increase in electrical conductivity. However, the CX300 have an L-shaped plug.
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Old 09-11-2007, 07:10 PM
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Maybe the JVC HA-FX33 Marshmallows are worth a try. The plug isn't L-shaped, but it's gold-plated. [ Link ]
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Old 09-11-2007, 07:15 PM
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Try the JVC HA-FX33. They are $20 at Wal-Mart, and have good sound quality and good isolation imo.
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:50 AM
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The build quality of the Mallows is atrocious. The cords are prone to snapping and splitting. I've gone through two pairs since X-mas. No biggie, since I got mine for $9.95usd on sale at Circuit City, but still probably a bit more "cheaply made" then the OP is looking for.

I'm with dfkt on this one. The CX300's from Sennhieser. Solid build quality, and a terrific warranty.
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"Well-made Cheap"
Doesnt happen. Sorry.
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The CX300's from Sennhieser. Solid build quality, and a terrific warranty.
Indeed, totally forgot about that one. Sennheiser has a two year warranty, no matter what country, IIRC.
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:42 PM
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I love the Koss sparkplugs. Sold at Radio Shack, or look for them online. 20 dollars at RS. They work great for the price. I have tried more expensive ones in the past, but found nothing I liked.
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I love the Koss sparkplugs. Sold at Radio Shack, or look for them online. 20 dollars at RS. They work great for the price. I have tried more expensive ones in the past, but found nothing I liked.
Nice to see that I'm not the only one who doesn't hate Sparkplugs
They're not perfect, but well worth the price I paid for them (~10€/14$)
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i have these for when my BlueTooth headphones are charging...

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHE950...9955398&sr=1-1

they sound good to my ears...L-shaped plug if you're using the extender (which is provided)...it does say that it's a gold connector if that matters to you. 3 sets of different sized pads to fit you better.
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I use the Altec Lansing CHP121 for short trips, mostly when I don't want to be seen using my other Altec's which look very big.

These altec's CHP121 have good bass and great sound for the type of earbud, and they can be called "well-made cheap earbuds". If you buy these try different in-ear positions to listen to low frequencies, It took me a day or 2 to figure it out, but know I love them, at only $9.95 maybe even cheaper.
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:12 PM
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I spent a good amount of this weekend looking at all the choices, and decided to go after those Sennheiser CX300's on Ebay for $22usd
**I read all about fake sennheisers and bad sellers, so hopefully this will work**
I also ended up getting some mm28 speakers for $14usd at buy.com. I'll post my opinions about them in the speaker thread once I get them. Thanks for the input!
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:09 PM
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I just got them today, and they're great. I checked to ensure they were genuine, and they were.
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...I checked to ensure they were genuine, and they were.
AFAIK, amazon.com does not sell fakes, I purchased my cx300’s there and many items, never an issue
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:20 AM
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They might not be sold by Amazon directly, but by some reseller... in that case, buyer beware.
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:51 PM
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you could always go with gummy..rca? earbuds. $15 cdn at futureshop and havent broke for my brother yet
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:22 PM
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Sony Earbud Headphones MDRE10LPH

I got these one and very happy with them.



Right around 20 bucks. I got 2 year warranty for 2 replacements for like 7 bucks more.

And they come in a variety of colours. Heh.
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