#1
So right now, I'm using Sennheiser CX300 II earbuds as my primary pair to listen to music on the go (school, bus, travel, etc) and they're good, but I notice that it's not as clear as it could be. My budget is no more than $200 and since I know everyone in the Pit is an audiophile, I was wondering what you'd recommend.

Also, my source is an 160gb Ipod classic, and I usually have songs in either WAV files or 320 kb/s mp3.
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#2
Quote by Gu1tar_guy1010
So right now, I'm using Sennheiser CX300 II earbuds as my primary pair to listen to music on the go (school, bus, travel, etc) and they're good, but I notice that it's not as clear as it could be. My budget is no more than $200 and since I know everyone in the Pit is an audiophile, I was wondering what you'd recommend.

Also, my source is an 160gb Ipod classic, and I usually have songs in either WAV files or 320 kb/s mp3.

Theres your problem.
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#3
Quote by Cb4rabid
Theres your problem.

Go on..
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#4
I would stick with the CX-300 IIs and get a nice set of cans with your money. I have the same earbuds for when I'm out and about, and a set of HD595s for serious listening.
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#5
Quote by Gu1tar_guy1010
Go on..

Earbuds suck, if it gets any loud around you, the quality of your pieces are gonna sound like balls because of all the noise around you. Then you'll raise the volume, and all it'll do is make everything sound more distortiony and shitty and you'll lose low end like nobodies business.

Get headphones.
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#6
Quote by jgbsmith
I would stick with the CX-300 IIs and get a nice set of cans with your money. I have the same earbuds for when I'm out and about, and a set of HD595s for serious listening.

I actually have a pair of HD555 that I use for home listening, but since they're so open, it's difficult using them in places where there is other noise.

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Earbuds suck, if it gets any loud around you, the quality of your pieces are gonna sound like balls because of all the noise around you. Then you'll raise the volume, and all it'll do is make everything sound more distortiony and shitty and you'll lose low end like nobodies business.

Get headphones.

I'm talking about in earbuds, not earphones. They block the sound out well.
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Last edited by Gu1tar_guy1010 at Apr 9, 2011,
#7
Quote by Cb4rabid
Earbuds suck, if it gets any loud around you, the quality of your pieces are gonna sound like balls because of all the noise around you. Then you'll raise the volume, and all it'll do is make everything sound more distortiony and shitty and you'll lose low end like nobodies business.

Get headphones.


Even In-Earbuds? Cause mine happen to have awesome low end.
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#8
Quote by Gu1tar_guy1010
I actually have a pair of HD555 that I use for home listening, but since they're so open, it's difficult using them in places where there is other noise.

I know what you mean, the 595s are the same, but there really isn't any point in investing in earbuds past the CX300 II, the quality doesn't get much better and you can get much better headphones for your money. Look for closed back ones if you want to use them in noisy environments.
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#9
Quote by Dylan Jenx
Even In-Earbuds? Cause mine happen to have awesome low end.

Even if they do, headphones will always have better low end for the price. Last time my buds broke I figured I would give headphones a shot and let me tell you, there's no going back. The sound is so much better.
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#10
Quote by Dylan Jenx
Even In-Earbuds? Cause mine happen to have awesome low end.

I cant speak for in-ear ones because they're extremely unconfortable for me to use not to mention unhealthy. Plus, earbuds are only worth getting to a certain price range. Once they become too expensve, you could score on a set of headphones that sound much much better. The earbuds I use are only $10, and while they arent as good as my headphones, they are a hell of a lot more portable, which is why I use them.

My argument is against the use for expensive earbuds. Not worth it imo.
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#11
Quote by Gu1tar_guy1010
So right now, I'm using Sennheiser CX300 II earbuds as my primary pair to listen to music on the go (school, bus, travel, etc) and they're good, but I notice that it's not as clear as it could be. My budget is no more than $200 and since I know everyone in the Pit is an audiophile, I was wondering what you'd recommend.

Also, my source is an 160gb Ipod classic, and I usually have songs in either WAV files or 320 kb/s mp3.


there's your problem.
Get a device that supports FLAC, and a pair of JVC marshmallows or whatever expensive pair of headphones the pit suggests.
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Last edited by rushpython at Apr 9, 2011,
#12
Shure E3. Sound isolating and awesome.

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there's your problem.
Get a device that supports FLAC, and a pair of JVC marshmallows or whatever expensive pair of headphones the pit suggests.

Lol FLAC. On earbuds. Placebo much.
#13
Quote by rushpython
there's your problem.
Get a device that supports FLAC, and a pair of JVC marshmallows or whatever expensive pair of headphones the pit suggests.

nah. You're not gonna find a set of earbuds where you can hear a difference between a 320k mp3 and a FLAC file. And there's no sound quality difference between wav and flac.
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#14
i have some 80 dollar klipsch s4 ear buds that im extremely happy with they block out a lot of sound and have good low end response for ear buds check them out there great for the price
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#15
Quote by rushpython
there's your problem.
Get a device that supports FLAC, and a pair of JVC marshmallows or whatever expensive pair of headphones the pit suggests.

WAV and FLAC are no different in terms of sound, FLAC just takes up a bit less space
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#17
Quote by Gu1tar_guy1010
WAV and FLAC are no different in terms of sound, FLAC just takes up a bit less space


all the more reason to use them.
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#18
Quote by Cyberbob
GET THESE!!!

Seriously good headphones! So expensive though

Lol nah.

I would post something, but instead just listen to jgbsmith.

Quote by Gu1tar_guy1010
WAV and FLAC are no different in terms of sound, FLAC just takes up a bit less space

Technically WAV is the best sounding since it's the original, uncompressed file. But that's only if we are talking about digitally recorded music.
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#19
I would never suggest buying earbuds over $100. There is no point buying really expensive earbuds because portable audio listening devices will never sound good when you're commuting or on the go. There's usually too much outside noise. As well, buying expensive earbuds is a bit of a waste because the quality is just not there.

I also use those same sennheiser's. If you can boost the treble or lower a bit of the bass, it helps the overall mix. Makes it much better.
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#21
Quote by captivate

I also use those same sennheiser's. If you can boost the treble or lower a bit of the bass, it helps the overall mix. Makes it much better.

Why would you ever want to boost treble and lower the bass? That's disgusting.
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#22
Quote by Cb4rabid
Why would you ever want to boost treble and lower the bass? That's disgusting.

To get closer to a proper balance. The Sennheiser CX 300 do tend to boost the bass (it even says so on the packaging). If you want unbalanced bass, get beats.

Quote by ali.guitarkid7
Get studio monitors?

you've got 200 bucks, spend it on some good shit, not some lame ass beats or something

I already have studio monitors, but they can be a bit cumbersome to take on the go. I'm only looking for the best portable earbuds/music listening equipment when I'm not at home.
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#23
Quote by Cb4rabid
Why would you ever want to boost treble and lower the bass? That's disgusting.


Because it helps improve balance and perceived clarity. Booming bass ruins a lot of songs.
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#24
Quote by captivate
Because it helps improve balance and perceived clarity. Booming bass ruins a lot of songs.

There is no such thing. You can never have too much bass. I use bass booster headphones with the EQ set to bass booster.
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#25
Quote by Cb4rabid
There is no such thing. You can never have too much bass. I use bass booster headphones with the EQ set to bass booster.

That's your opinion. It also depends a lot on the genre. IMO, too much bass makes the song sound overly muddy and you loose the higher frequencies.
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#26
Quote by Gu1tar_guy1010
That's your opinion. It also depends a lot on the genre. IMO, too much bass makes the song sound overly muddy and you loose the higher frequencies.

Its usually because alot of people dont know how to EQ a bass, so like 95% of albums have really crap-ass bass because they focus too much on guitars and stuff.

Unless its like BTBAM or something, they dont need any adjustment.
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#27
To the TS, I would suggest ignoring all of Cb4rabid's posts in this thread. He clearly doesn't know the first thing about good sound (He also uses behringer according to his sig..)
#28
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To the TS, I would suggest ignoring all of Cb4rabid's posts in this thread. He clearly doesn't know the first thing about good sound (He also uses behringer according to his sig..)

Oh obviously. Because im the only who suggested against the use of earbuds, and anybody who likes boosted bass is wrong and you're right.
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#29
Quote by Cb4rabid
Oh obviously. Because im the only who suggested against the use of earbuds, and anybody who likes boosted bass is wrong and you're right.


over boosting bass sounds like crap. and sometimes pointless. Like if you listen to "..And Justice for All" and boost the crap out of the bass, its pointless, theres no bass on that album.
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#30
Quote by Cb4rabid
Oh obviously. Because im the only who suggested against the use of earbuds, and anybody who likes boosted bass is wrong and you're right.

Actually you weren't the only one. Captivate advised against earbuds over $100 and a number of others had the same idea. And anyone who likes boosted bass isn't wrong, it just isn't what a lot of people are looking for, myself included.
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#31
As a drum n bass fan boosting the bass can be wonderful, fuck the highs.

But for most other music a flat EQ is perfect.
#32
My Bose Quiet Comfort headphones are great. So save up and get them. I can do university work in the noisiest of places. Mmmm.
#33
Quote by Gu1tar_guy1010
Actually you weren't the only one. Captivate advised against earbuds over $100 and a number of others had the same idea. And anyone who likes boosted bass isn't wrong, it just isn't what a lot of people are looking for, myself included.

I was being sarcastic.

Quote by Duffman123
As a drum n bass fan boosting the bass can be wonderful, fuck the highs.

But for most other music a flat EQ is perfect.


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