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    So I never really have had any decent headphones because I'm typically cheap and didn't really know if they would be worth it for iPod listening. However, the cheap earbuds that I have are starting to fall apart and I am interested in a decent pair of earbuds now. I really have no clue what is considered good for these so I'm looking for suggestions. I'd be looking at around $20-30 range. However, if you guys think spending more than $10ish is pointless, that would work for me too.

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    Well I decided to try out these. I'll let you guys know how they are when they get here.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rygher3
      Well I decided to try out these. I'll let you guys know how they are when they get here.
      Hopefully those work out for you. If I had come across this thread yesterday before you bought them, I would have recommended these (JVC Marshmallows). I tried my friend's pair of these a couple weeks ago. They sound absolutely astounding for the price.

      And that's coming from someone who owns (and loves) these (Shure SE530s).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by moseboy
        Hopefully those work out for you. If I had come across this thread yesterday before you bought them, I would have recommended these (JVC Marshmallows). I tried my friend's pair of these a couple weeks ago. They sound absolutely astounding for the price.

        And that's coming from someone who owns (and loves) these (Shure SE530s).
        Wow those Shures sure look nice. I don't think I could ever pay close to that amount for earbuds! Do you have a good source you listen to them with? I can't imagine letting a crappy iPod drive earbuds that nice.

        Thanks for the recommendation, and if the ones I got don't work out I'll try out those Marshmallows.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rygher3
          Wow those Shures sure look nice. I don't think I could ever pay close to that amount for earbuds! Do you have a good source you listen to them with? I can't imagine letting a crappy iPod drive earbuds that nice.

          Thanks for the recommendation, and if the ones I got don't work out I'll try out those Marshmallows.
          First of all, I didn't pay nearly that much for my pair :biglaugh:. I got a really good deal on them.

          As far as my source... You'd be surprised. My iPhone (which actually has quite a nice DAC in it compared to some of the other iPods) can drive them perfectly fine. I know a dedicated amp would be better, but for the sake of portability, there's no reason for me to carry more equipment for the incremental improvement.

          Besides, these Shures were designed to be driven by portable sources. I'm looking to upgrade from them sometime in the future... probably to these. But I guess even those play really nice straight out of an iPhone, but improve much more than the Shures do with a good amp. I used to live over at Head-fi.org before I came here, and they were the hot new thing. Everyone kept calling them a bargain for how much performance you get at that price. Which I started to believe when long-time headphone veterans started selling their expensive, full-sized headphones after getting the JH-13s going, "What's the point of having extra headphones? These earphones sound better." :biglaugh:

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          • #6
            If you want in-depth headphone reviews, from $20 to $500, head-fi.org is a great resource. I have used ~$70 Shures and some $100 Ultimate Ears (retail $400, found a good deal) and really like them. But even at the lower end, my brother has some $30 Sennheiser CX300's and likes them a lot more than the stock earbuds.

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            • #7
              I would also suggest checking out head-fi.org .I learned a lot from the forum.

              I was able to pick up a pair of Ultimate Ears tripleFi10's from a forum member for $100 . They retail in the $395 range .
              Apparently a few years back Amazon had them on sale for $100 and a lot of people grabbed more than a few pairs .

              I absolutely LOVE them . I use them mostly when working in the yard and the source is my ipod .
              Having an IEM ( in ear monitor ) instead of an earbud completely changes you ability to hear the music , the notes , the instruments and so on .
              Save a few bucks , don't waste your time and money buying something that will most likely not improve your sound quality at all.
              When you have the $$$ in hand , jump in and get yourself some nice IEM and be prepared really hear some music.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Stocky
                I would also suggest checking out head-fi.org .I learned a lot from the forum.

                I was able to pick up a pair of Ultimate Ears tripleFi10's from a forum member for $100 . They retail in the $395 range .
                Apparently a few years back Amazon had them on sale for $100 and a lot of people grabbed more than a few pairs .

                I absolutely LOVE them . I use them mostly when working in the yard and the source is my ipod .
                Having an IEM ( in ear monitor ) instead of an earbud completely changes you ability to hear the music , the notes , the instruments and so on .
                Save a few bucks , don't waste your time and money buying something that will most likely not improve your sound quality at all.
                When you have the $$$ in hand , jump in and get yourself some nice IEM and be prepared really hear some music.
                I will definitely check out the place. I would love to have some great IEMs, but for right now thats not where my priority is. My current earbuds are falling apart and I need a replacement (likely in ~ 1 week mine will be totally done). I was basically trying to decide on a cheap alternative that sounds relatively good. I know the ones I ordered will be a step up from the el cheapos that come with iPods, so I shouldn't be disappointed. Hopefully in the years to come I can try out some real good ones like what you have to really see what I'm missing.

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                • #9
                  I bought the UE super.fi 5 pros a few years ago. I really liked them, but had to sell them because they didn't fit well (lost a seal too easily). Then I tried the Westone UM2s: Liked the fit, but HATED the sibilance, so I returned those and got my Shures which I've had ever since.

                  Honestly though, if those JBuds don't work out for you, the JVC Marshmallows are sincerely amazing for the price, and highly regarded over at Head-Fi for that reason. Hell, for $12, get a couple of them. At least they'll hold you over until you decide to get a higher-end pair.

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                  • #10
                    At RMAF JHAudio was using ipods to demo there headphones.... some with small battery powered amps.....

                    I got to listen to the 13's last year, probably worth every penny, but was actually very impressed with the 5's. They had the 16's there this year but didnt get a chance to make it over there.

                    Originally posted by moseboy
                    = I'm looking to upgrade from them sometime in the future... probably to these. But I guess even those play really nice straight out of an iPhone, but improve much more than the Shures do with a good amp. I used to live over at Head-fi.org before I came here, and they were the hot new thing. Everyone kept calling them a bargain for how much performance you get at that price. Which I started to believe when long-time headphone veterans started selling their expensive, full-sized headphones after getting the JH-13s going, "What's the point of having extra headphones? These earphones sound better." :biglaugh:
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                    • #11
                      I heard about the 5's and heard that they are very good. But if I'm going to (eventually) go custom, I'm going to go all out so I don't end up saying "what if." I considered the 16's, but if I'm spending that much, I might as well get reference quality, which the 13's are supposed to be and the 16's clearly aren't.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by moseboy
                        I heard about the 5's and heard that they are very good. But if I'm going to (eventually) go custom, I'm going to go all out so I don't end up saying "what if." I considered the 16's, but if I'm spending that much, I might as well get reference quality, which the 13's are supposed to be and the 16's clearly aren't.
                        I havent seen anything on the 16's so are they not that good?
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                        • #13
                          It's not that the 16's are "not that good." In fact, they could be better than the 13's depending on you preference. It's just that the 13's and 16's were designed for different purposes. The 13's were designed to be reference quality across the spectrum. The 16's, with their 2 extra low frequency drivers per side, are meant to provide extra bass headroom. This is useful for stage-performing musicians and anyone else who listens in a noisy environment but still wants to be able to more clearly hear deep, detailed bass. Take a look at this review that compares the 13 and the 16 toward the middle. That should give you a better understanding of what I'm talking about.

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                          • #14
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                            • #15
                              Well I just got the JBuds today and definitely am very disappointed with the first impression. There are a few things that I must say I don't like:
                              • Earbuds must be pressed deep into the ear to get desired sound quality. This is also hard to make sure the earbuds are in the same place every time.
                              • There is a terrible noise introduced when the cord is hit. I have just been sitting around and noticed this right away. After trying them out while walking I'll update on this.
                              • When in use at fairly loud volumes, they are loud externally.


                              If the noise introduction doesn't go away while walking/after more use, then I will definitely be trying out the marshmallows. I hadn't gotten these yet before the Monster Turbines were on sale for just under 60 on Amazon(which I have read good reviews on).

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