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Hi folks,

Can anyone recommend some sturdy headphones? I mean well constructed. I use them almost exclusively for working out. They need to have good sound quality and be sweat resistant. I prefer earbuds, but can deal with the headband type if they work. There must not be any tugging on the "ear" part when running. No real budget in mind. I'll weigh price vs performance.

I listen to heavy metal and industrial to work out. I find that pumps my adrenaline and keeps me going even when I don't want to. The headphones must be capable of reproducing several frequencies at once, like a good speaker. (insert plug for Aperion ☺)

Please no hate, but my wife got me the Bose earbuds for my 30th birthday. Actually, they made my iPod sound excellent. Much better than the stock Apple earbuds. No complaints from me, and I didn't buy them.

Now, 4 years later, the wire seems to be split inside the jack end. At the right-angle molded piece. Only the left one works and even cuts out when wiggled just right. I guess the years of running and wiggling have taken their toll.

I am a 2M technician, so I can cut the end and solder a new jack on, but I'd rather not. I'm out to sea at the moment anyways and don't have an extra jack on hand. I just want to hit the NEX and be confident I'm getting a quality headphone.

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Nada?

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Check out the Grado headphones their prices range from $49.95-$3000. They make the best. Also a wide range to fit your budget.
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Monster turbine pro gold/copper/md.. Sound great and come with a lifetime warranty
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Grado really? dude dont buy anything Grado if your gonna be working out with them..geeze did you even read the original post. Here you go man, proally the best your gonna do for the money, great reviews, if they break your only out $20. Check out this site though.

http://www.headphone.com/selection-g...oss-ksc-75.php

edit, actually has a damn good warranty also...they break and koss with replace or fix..keep that receipt.
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I use these while biking. I swear I could wreck my bike and they would still be on my head. http://www.amazon.com/Koss-PortaPro-.../dp/B00001P4ZH I have also owned the Titanium posted above, the PortaPros are smoother.

Koss warranty is tops.

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+1 for Koss headphones mentioned. They are cheap and sound really good.
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I use these while biking. I swear I could wreck my bike and they would still be on my head. http://www.amazon.com/Koss-PortaPro-.../dp/B00001P4ZH I have also owned the Titanium posted above, the PortaPros are smoother.

Koss warranty is tops.

Smoother how? And how do they hold up to sweat? I sweat like a beast when working out. The stuff drips off my forehead and soaks my clothes.

And just a friendly reminder, I listen to Black/Death/Heavy Metal and some Industrial while working out. I find it takes a better quality speaker to reproduce heavy metal. All those frequencies at once can fry cheap speakers.

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I hate too say it but for workout stuff the Bose in ear rock! I hate Bose most of the time but yes there is better sounding headphones but they are worth less if they fall on the floor every time! The Bose have different size cups for your ears so they will fit and they don't push in your ear they stay on the outside of the ear which feels funny at first but you get use too them fast! I have big ears on the inside so most in-ear headphones fall out my ear and in the gym all the time they are on the floor and stop my workout which makes me pretty mad! The Bose I don't have that problem! The Bose is great for the music you listen too because it is mostly mids and bass which is the Bose headphones strong point! If you sweat at the gym like most people do they are easy too clean and don't give you ear problems from sweating with something in your ear!

I like gardo but does not work for the gym! Most of high end headphones don't! You can get the Bose for 89.00 on sale if you don't want too wait they are $99.99! If your bose headphones broke call Bose and tell them most of the time they give you 50% off there new in-ear headphones for the problem so you can now get them for 50.00! Good Luck
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Just my opinion but I think the Koss PortaPro's voicing really suites hard rock, metal and other types of "popular music". The bass is really fast and punchy but not so much that it makes vocals sound think and muffled. I really like how the high hat's really shimmer and the guitars crunch on these headphones. Despite these characteristics the overall sound is balanced and neutral but at the same time "alive". Sometimes I wish my speakers sounded like the PortaPros.
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Try looking here:

http://www.earphonesolutions.com/

They should have something you can use.

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The Koss PortaPro's look nice, but not very workout friendly. I think I'll look into the KSC75 or Sennheiser PMX80.

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If you are fine with ear buds I highly recommend the Yuin PK3 which can be found for $40. Great earbuds for the price. Granted earbuds (not in ears) are the worst design for good quality sound, but their portability made up for that for me.

I have owned 2 pairs of the Koss ksc75 and they are great headphones especially considering their asking price. My main problem with them is with most sources I was using (iPod and laptop) they were underpowered and would even crackle trying to reproduce certain deep bass notes. That became a distraction for me. Pumping in more power made them shine. Because of that and needing headphones that were easier to carry around I switched to the Yuins. I sometimes miss the bass of the Koss though, but I'm more then satisfied with my PK3s.
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Smoother how? And how do they hold up to sweat? I sweat like a beast when working out. The stuff drips off my forehead and soaks my clothes.

And just a friendly reminder, I listen to Black/Death/Heavy Metal and some Industrial while working out. I find it takes a better quality speaker to reproduce heavy metal. All those frequencies at once can fry cheap speakers.

Thanks for all the posts. Keep 'em coming!

I know a lot of people that lift heavy using these.

The temple mounts can be set to hold them off of your head, but sweat doesn't bother them if you chose to set them directly on your ears for better bass. I sweat a lot, too. The price and warranty cannot be beaten. You are not going to find better at this price. As posted above, they do like power. Single cord is easy to handle.

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I'm using an iPod Classic 160Gb for my music. It's the only logical solution to hold all my music for an 8 month deployment. So, if any headphones like power I'll just stick to earbuds.

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I use mine with a small digital tuner FM only player powered by 2 AAA batteries. It hits dangerous levels, but I have also heard these with a Sony Discman and was wanting more volume. It depends on the player.

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Ok, so when I pulled into port I bought the Sennheiser OMX 680's. Not bad given that I don't have to pay tax at the NEX.

They are pretty good, definitely better than the default Apple earbuds. The fit is pretty good after shaping them a little. I just wish they were in the canal a little more. They sound really good if you hold them in with your fingers, sigh.

Over all, the Bose earbuds have been the best I have heard. I still need to call them and see what their warantee is like. These will do, espescially since I like the over-ear design for running. They don't pull out as easy when running.

I know I definitely don't like the noise isolating earbuds. It sounds like you just stuffed your fingers into your ears. The audio is good, but I can't stand the deaf-like sensation especially when breathing heavy.

I guess you can't have the best of both worlds. Fit or sound quality seems to be the trend.

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Ok, so when I pulled into port I bought the Sennheiser OMX 680's. Not bad given that I don't have to pay tax at the NEX.

They are pretty good, definitely better than the default Apple earbuds. The fit is pretty good after shaping them a little. I just wish they were in the canal a little more. They sound really good if you hold them in with your fingers, sigh.

Over all, the Bose earbuds have been the best I have heard. I still need to call them and see what their warantee is like. These will do, espescially since I like the over-ear design for running. They don't pull out as easy when running.

I know I definitely don't like the noise isolating earbuds. It sounds like you just stuffed your fingers into your ears. The audio is good, but I can't stand the deaf-like sensation especially when breathing heavy.

I guess you can't have the best of both worlds. Fit or sound quality seems to be the trend.



Bose just came out with there new in-ear headphones and everything you hated about them is fixed! They are called Bose IE2 http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/...ones/index.jsp

They are the same price as the old ones and if you have the old Bose in-ear under warranty then trade them in and you will get the new ones!
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826106418

I swear by Sennheiser. These are ugly but they sound great and stay put.

That said, everyone's ear shape is different and what works for one person does not work at all for another. My daughter for example has smaller ears. She cannot even fit Apple earbuds in them.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826106418

I swear by Sennheiser. These are ugly but they sound great and stay put.

That said, everyone's ear shape is different and what works for one person does not work at all for another. My daughter for example has smaller ears. She cannot even fit Apple earbuds in them.

Ah, I went for the OMX not the CX. Not really willing to spend more money to try 10 different ones.

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I'd like to throw the Koss ksc-75 in the mix. They are clip on headphones and have great sound quality for the price of around $15.

At this price they are worth checking out, and if you do work out a lot and they break (which they will) you are only out $15.

This all depends on how well these will stay on your head while you run though.
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Meelectronics m6 would be great for working out since it holds well on your ear, has a clip, and minimal microphonics. Sound is decent, treble was little harsh initially but toned down after break in. Bass is fantastic on these. Mids maybe slightly lacking. Overall decent sounding.

Also, you should pick up the koss ksc-75. Dirt cheap and sound fantastic.
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