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J-Style 11 20.00%
Y-Style 37 67.27%
I Don't Care, Either is fine. 7 12.73%
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:43 PM
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What type of cable do you prefer on your headphones?

J-Style: One earbud cable is shorther than the other
Y-Style: Both Cable Lengths are the same.

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Old 06-19-2008, 04:46 PM
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with the CX300 i prefer the J style since otherwise it falls down somewhere when i take them out. With the CX400 im glad they are Y style as it has a clip and when thats there i do prefer Y
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:54 PM
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J-style is absolutely horrible, whoever came up with that idea should be whipped with a wet towel. The ONLY (tiny) advantage of J-style is that you can hang the cable round your neck when you're not using them - but with Y-style cables and the phones up around your ears you don't need that anyways.

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I really had it with the damn J-style cables of my CX300's... the kind of cable where the left one is longer than the right one, so you're supposed to wear it round your neck.

First, it's always tugging on the left ear more than on the right one - and I hate that imbalanced feeling. The left earplug is always bound to fall out cause all the strain is on it, and none on the right earplug. Second, this J-style cable prevents me to wear the cables up and around my ears, the way I like to wear my Ultimate Ears and V-Moda IEMs. Not only is it more secure and the cables are better hidden, but it also eliminates some of the cable-microphonics, of which the CX300 has plenty. Microphonic cables means that a lot of noise is transferred to your ears when you touch the cable, or it moves around your clothing. The CX300 is one of the worst IEMs in that aspect. It's much better now with the Y-style cable, with equal lengths for both earplugs.
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:01 PM
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The last few pair of headphone that I tried with J-style, the shorter cable side likes to fall out of my ear too many times.
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:19 PM
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J-Style always seemed awkward to me, I definitely prefer Y-style
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:25 PM
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Y ftw, over the ears and down the center of my back, most comfortable, least amount of cable microphonics and no tangles with tings … the J style for me has never worked because one side is too long and/or the other side is too short, might be different if they were made to the correct length that I need, but why go through the trouble when Y works so well …
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:41 PM
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I like it Y-style over the ears and down my back the most, except if I am in class since it is difficult to sit down without sitting on the cable. Cans around mah neck are certainly the best option for comfort/ease of use on the go... and I prefer single-cable headphones.
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Dang,........ voted wrong!! Please remove my vote and recast it (or I'll do it) for y-style!!! Sorry .
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Dang,........ voted wrong!! Please remove my vote and recast it (or I'll do it) for y-style!!! Sorry .
I removed it
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Thanks WalkGood!!!
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:12 PM
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When I first read about J-style cables, I thought they'd be okay. When I tried a set, they were terrible. I much prefer Y.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:22 PM
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I one time tried the j-style, I got so frustrated with them I nearly threw them across the room lol
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I prefer Y-style as well. But I don't really care about the J-style (My CX300 are J).
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I also prefer the Y (like current Denon AH-C551) but one advantage the J's (old & tatty Audio Technica ATH-CK5) have is that you can always tell which is the left and which is the right (even in the dark!).

(On a side note: the old ATH-CK5's with the funny lug that clips in were some of the most comfortable IEMs I have ever owned. Hated the J cable tho'.)
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As long as the sound quality is good, I'll wear what ever style it is. If the SQ isn't up to my standard, than I won't wear it so style desn't really matter.
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lol Clie, I am the same... if I had to pick though, I would pick Y-style.
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:40 AM
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personally i like J style headphones. the J style ones i had were really long so the part about the strain on the left headphone was never a problem for me. i also liked it because it never got in the way when i like lean over or bend down. for the Y headphones, i would always have to put it under my shirt or something so it would never get in the way. i guess its just in my scenario J are better because they never get in the way.
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I prefer Y style for earphones, but for headphones I greatly prefer the cord on just one side.
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I dont understand how J style cables wouldn't get in the way where Y cables would... unless you ran then under your arm and up your back?
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i prefer the "y-style" because two of my headphones before lost the connection on the right headphone.
the cable was always a bit sticky at my neck, so i guess it pulled too much at the right phone...
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