Headphones for running and strength training

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    Sep 24, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    There are other topics for this discussion, but they seem out of date.

    I need a new pair of earphones because mine are completely broken. I have an old iPod classic that I use around the house. I have an iPod nano that I use for the gym. I will eventually get an iPhone.

    I need earphones that are suitable for running (sweating a lot) and for strength training (staying out of my way).

    My current earphones are Klipsch Image S4s. I like them a lot, but the cord is too long. I constantly snag them, and that's why they broke. I'm debating getting another pair and finding a way to clip the cord to my shirt or something.

    Does anyone have a suggestion for me? Does anyone else have a problem with snagging cords, and have you found a solution?

    Thanks.

    EDIT: Should have put this is the technology section. Sorry.
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    Sep 24, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI have that same pair and I run the cord inside my T-Shirt so I don't knock the cord with my hands on elliptical or free weights.
    Bluetooth earphones are also a great choice if you use an iPhone or any Smartphone with music on it or an iTouch.
    That way.. there's zero wires to deal with and some hi-def sound that's not far off your S4's.
    BTW.. if you do get another pair.. get the replacement warranty for them.
    I just replaced mine at Best Buy for free even though one of my pets chewed threw the cord.
    The plan on the S4's was about $11. vs. the $90. for a new pair!


    Thanks!

    I thought about putting the cord inside my shirt, but it seemed like it would get really sweaty. How do you keep it clean? I usually tuck the excess cord into my waistband, but that doesn't totally keep them from getting snagged.

    I thought about bluetooth, but I wonder if I could keep them charged. I used my iPods constantly. I'll have to investigate how long the charges last.
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    Sep 24, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    If you spend time at the gym, I think you want to be able to hear your own music over the crap that surrounds you.

    Get something that inserts into your ear canal. "sound isolating ear buds"

    I *really* like the Shure earphones. Starting at $100 up to $450.

    For $20 at the 24hr fitness, you can find Scoche brand sound-isolating earbuds that have worked great for me. Course BestBuy and others carry them.

    Now, if you do a lot of street running, sound-isolating is probably not what you want.

    To me, the free Apple headphones don't work with my ear size.


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    Sep 24, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    The Klipsch earphones I mentioned are sound isolating. I can adjust the volume to block out ambient noise, or I can turn the volume down low to hear when I'm running outside.

    The standard Apple earphones don't work well for me either. I'll have to live with them until I get another pair.

    Side Issue: Why doesn't this topic show up on the RJ home page?
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    Sep 24, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    Four to seven hours wouldn't be enough. I sometimes listen to my music all day - more than 8 hours.
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    Sep 24, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI suggest getting a separate cheap pair of earbuds for running. Unless you don't sweat. The expensive ones don't last under sweaty conditions. And if you lift weights and use your earbuds it is alway inevitable that you are going to yank a bud out of your ear from time to time, eventually the will short out. I have been using a pair of sony earbuds I got at target for about 20 bucks, and these have lasted longer than any other pair I have ever owned and they sound pretty good. After all, you just need the music to keep you pumping and going, not notice the every tiny little ping and tinkle in the music.

    Hear they are, I got mine on sale during Christmas:
    http://www.target.com/p/Sony-In-Ear-Headphones-MDREX36V-BLU-with-Volume-Control-Blue/-/A-12226404


    How well do those fit for you? That's one of the problems that I have with the in-ear types. They often don't stay in my ears. I guess I'd have to try them, but I'm not sure I could return them if they didn't work.
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    Sep 24, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    AMoonHawk saidI suggest getting a separate cheap pair of earbuds for running. Unless you don't sweat. The expensive ones don't last under sweaty conditions. And if you lift weights and use your earbuds it is alway inevitable that you are going to yank a bud out of your ear from time to time, eventually the will short out. I have been using a pair of sony earbuds I got at target for about 20 bucks, and these have lasted longer than any other pair I have ever owned and they sound pretty good. After all, you just need the music to keep you pumping and going, not notice the every tiny little ping and tinkle in the music.

    Hear they are, I got mine on sale during Christmas:
    http://www.target.com/p/Sony-In-Ear-Headphones-MDREX36V-BLU-with-Volume-Control-Blue/-/A-12226404


    How well do those fit for you? That's one of the problems that I have with the in-ear types. They often don't stay in my ears. I guess I'd have to try them, but I'm not sure I could return them if they didn't work.


    Some brands, like Scoche, have three sizes of rubber "socks". I'm 6'2". But, I have small ear canals. Once I figured that out..they stay in until I take them out.

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    Sep 24, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    The Klipsch earphones I like also have different sizes, which is another reason I like them. The more economical brands don't.