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Q: Top five earphones? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Top five earphones?
Category: Reference, Education and News > Consumer Information
Asked by: 6ra3-ga
List Price: $35.00
Posted: 22 May 2006 08:59 PDT
Expires: 21 Jun 2006 08:59 PDT
Question ID: 731304

I'm looking for a set of highend headphones, saw the Shure isolationg
earphones and liked what I read about them.. but since it's a hefty
investment, I rather be sure and see what's out there.

I'm primarily going to use it on an iPod an my notebook.

So help! :-)

Subject: Re: Top five earphones?
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 22 May 2006 11:21 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Mao,

Deciding which headphones are the best can be very subjective.
Therefore after researching and reading the reviews, I am providing
for you the 5 most highly-rated earphones for you to decide.

Ultimate Ears 3 Studio 

The good: The Ultimate Ears 3 Studio in-ear-style headphones
deliver accurate sound for a reasonable price, and they offer a
comfortable, secure fit.

The bad: The Ultimate Ears 3 Studio earphones' cable is too
short for tall users.

The bottom line: Ultimate Ears' no-frills 3 Studio in-ear
headphones deliver a clear, balanced audio response. This set should
be your top choice in the $100 price range.,1759,1863931,00.asp


Shure E4c

The good: Excellent sound quality; earpluglike design blocks
environmental noise; thick, durable cable design; includes full
assortment of accessories.

The bad: Some people find in-ear headphones uncomfortable. 

The bottom line: Shure's E4c earbuds are simply the best in-ear
headphones we've ever heard.,1759,1828817,00.asp


Etymotic ER-6i

The good: Noise-isolating earbuds with awesome clarity and detail;
includes multiple eartips and travel pouch.

The bad: Thin, tangle-prone wires; somewhat expensive. 

The bottom line: Etymotic's ER-6 earbuds offer stellar sound quality.,1759,1828795,00.asp


Sennheiser CX-300

The good: The Sennheiser CX 300 offers solid sound quality,
significant isolation from outside sounds, and an ultralightweight
design, as well as three sizes of silicon ear tips to ensure a perfect
fit--all for well less than $100.

The bad: The Sennheiser CX 300 doesn't come with a travel pouch or any
other accessories.

The bottom line: If you're looking for an affordable, decent-sounding
pair of earbuds, start with the Sennheiser CX 300. Sennheiser's first
in-ear design sounds like a winner to us.,1759,1941967,00.asp


Sony MDR-NC11

The good: Very comfortable earbuds; highly effective noise-canceling
circuitry; excellent sound quality; handy volume control;
extraordinarily light.

The bad: Wires have a tendency to get tangled. 

The bottom line: These little earbuds have excellent sound and
above-average noise-hushing capability.

I hope the information provided is helpful. 

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by 6ra3-ga on 22 May 2006 13:19 PDT

Would you please let me know the criteria you've based your
recommendations on and have you assumed certain thresholds that were
not stated?  :-)


Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 22 May 2006 13:30 PDT
Hi Mao,

I based my criteria on the example you gave: "shure isolating
earphones". My daughter owns an ipod and uses earbuds headphones,
since these are the most versatile. I assumed you would be interested
in earphones of this type.

I searched the internet for reviews and compiled the list of five
earphones after reading various reviews from different websites.

If the earphones I provided do not suit your purpose, please let me
know and I will resume my research. It would be helpful if you could
provide any specific criteria you might have.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by 6ra3-ga on 22 May 2006 13:43 PDT

No these do not contradict with any assumptions, I just wanted to know
why these specifically are considered by you to be the top five? :-)

I do not mean to hint that I'm looking for more expensive ones, I just
want to know why you picked these specific units in comparison to
those below and above these models in terms of specs?

Thank you.


Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 22 May 2006 13:56 PDT
The five I picked are the closest to the example you gave and seemed
interested in. They were also five of the most highly rated on
numerous websites.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by 6ra3-ga on 22 May 2006 14:08 PDT

Fair enough. Thanks! :-)


Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 22 May 2006 14:13 PDT
Thank you very much for the rating and tip.

Best regards,
6ra3-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00

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