Earphones, earbuds, both suck

I am one of these people who can’t wear earphones, they fall off the ear extremely easily. They just don’t fit in my ear. It is a mystery to me how people can use those and go jogging without falling off their ears all the time. I know I am not the only one with this problem, I have read about many others too.

So I decided to buy some good earbuds from Panasonic instead. Earbuds are more secure in my ear than earphones, but they are uncomfortable in terms of pushing sound forcibly inside the ear and they fall off too quite easily (just not as easily). Moreover, the specific Panasonic model does not have sound isolation so when the actual earbud cable happens to move against another surface, or even when you move your head around and the cable touches your hair, you hear that “gritch gritch” sound inside your ears. Yuck!

Then, there is the other kind: over-the-ear headphones (I got these from Sony and many others too of that style). The problem with these is that they make the upper part of your ear hurt after about 15-20 minutes because that’s the part of your head that supports the weight of the headphones.

And then there are the over-the-head headphones, which is the classic style. In terms of comfortability they are the best and they are big enough so they can offer better sound quality for less money. Problem with these is that they are too big to go to places with them. Plus, you would look like a dork from the ’80s if you go out with them. Anyways, I am seriously getting this model if worse comes to worst.

Result: We need to buy a house and use our big speakers and our HiFi system to listen to music. We have some huge speakers here that we have never used on their full potential just because we live in an appartment. Sometimes I do wish we were living in Greece, preferably in the mountains…

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KCorax wrote on September 16th, 2006 at 2:01 AM PST:

Have you tried something like this ? It works fine with me and you can adjust how much in-ear you want it to be.

Also most of the time when I don’t have my own earphones I just reverse them (left-right). It feels a little too snug but they stay in place.


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Eugenia wrote on September 16th, 2006 at 6:36 AM PST:

>Have you tried something like this ?

This “round” kind just don’t fit in my ears at all, they just fall off.

The Sony MDR-XD400 headphones is the best model one can buy for the money, so I will be getting those and keep my Panasonic earbuds only when I go out with my iPod.


Bryan Bell wrote on September 16th, 2006 at 7:57 AM PST:

My parents live up in the mountains just west of Lassen Park. They could play music as loud as possible the nearest neighbors are half a mile away :)


Craig wrote on September 16th, 2006 at 9:09 AM PST:

Hey – I actually just bought the Sony MDR-XD400 a couple of months ago. Let me tell you, they sound absolutally AMAZING! I used to be in the same situation as you, earphones fall out, earbuds uncomfortable, but those are preferable to normal headphones, etc. After getting these though I don’t care how I look. Truely worth it.

Btw I listen to a lot of orchestral, piano, rock/metal, and some techno. Amazing for all genres.


memson wrote on September 16th, 2006 at 9:16 AM PST:

Your terminolgy is interesting… In the UK earphones refers to the old clunky metal banded style aparatus that you used to get with Walkmans in the ’80’s. We do use headphones too I guess, but we’d probably more be thinking of the big DJ style ones you are thinking of getting. The things you refer to as “earphones” would be “in-ear earphones” or possibly just earphones, but probably earbuds now. We don’t distingush between what you call earbuds and earphones.

I would recomend getting a larger set of headphones. I use some at work and then you excellent. Mine aren’t even particularly expensive (Sony I think, probably in the $20 range)


Bas wrote on September 16th, 2006 at 9:26 AM PST:

I think there’s just one model you haven’t tried yet, it’s a mixture of almost all of the ones you’ve mentioned, the ‘foldable vertical in-the-ear headphone’. I have mine (the Sony MDR-A34) for many years now and am quite happy with them. Of course, a picture says more than a thousand words, so here ya go!


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Eugenia wrote on September 16th, 2006 at 9:29 AM PST:

>I think there’s just one model you haven’t tried yet,

Not sure if they will not fall off though too…

I have some TDK headphones of a similar style (CP-100), they still fall off and they make my upper ear hurt.


Bas wrote on September 17th, 2006 at 2:40 AM PST:

No, no, no Eugenia! :-)
That’s like comparing apples to oranges! I think the picture threw you off, because the picture at Amazon is of the ‘foldable’ state of the headphone, that’s NOT how you wear them! They are actually ‘over the head’ earphones, not ‘over the ear’ as the TDK’s you suggested. Look at these pictures and you’ll know what I mean. (Trust me, I get sore ears just from looking at other head/earphones…) And just for the record, I do not work for Sony… ;-) Just trying to help…


mikesum32 wrote on September 17th, 2006 at 5:59 AM PST:

Maybe you just need a pair of these.


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Eugenia wrote on September 17th, 2006 at 6:35 AM PST:

You somehow missed MY link to them in my reply. I have seen how you wear them. They will just fall off too, because they are the round kind at their tip. These just don’t fit in my ear.


memson wrote on September 20th, 2006 at 4:09 AM PST:

> You somehow missed MY link to them in my reply

No, I guess he just looked at it and decided that the image was nothing to do with what he suggested!

Yours are like ear cuffs, his have a head-band. Unless you quoted the wrong image? CP100 is nothing like the MDR-A34


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Eugenia wrote on September 20th, 2006 at 7:39 AM PST:

Memson, you reply such crap sometimes. MY link was a link to HIS headphones. You are reffering to the SECOND link on that comment, not the first one. LOOK CLOSER.


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