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Old 12-19-2009, 02:36 AM
Eldub Eldub is offline
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Default Best inexpensive very portable phones for Audiobooks?

I've got a Clip+, and listen almost exclusively to audiobooks and podcasts. Reading reviews of inexpensive (< $40) earphones, I see lots of discussions of the bass, but I'm thinking I'm better off with LESS bass for spoken word, right?

Also, my hearing is pretty sensitive, so I'm worried that in-ear phones will be too loud for me. (I'm listening to the Clip+ at about medium volume, on average, with the included earbuds. But if the environment is quiet, I turn the volume down to just above mute.) I use earplugs for sleep, so know that the sensation of something in my ear (assuming it fits decently) isn't a problem. But will the volume be? I otherwise find their size (and the likelihood that they'd stay in), along with the fact of them dampening outside noise somewhat pretty appealing.

I listen while exercising and buzzing around the house doing things, so whatever type I end up with, they need to stay put. And I carry the Clip+ around in my pocket or fanny pack, so the phones need to be small enough and sturdy enough to withstand frequent incidents of being stuffed in a pocket.

Suggestions? Thanks!
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