Recommend the best workout headphones

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    Oct 19, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    Hi realjock,

    I have been going through headphones every few months and I think I need to buy something that lasts longer. The headphones I buy always seem to break, where music will only come out of one ear unless I twist the wire near the jack to a specific angle and hold it that way. This obviously is not practical when lifting.

    I have a few requirements for the type I am looking for:

    1. No earbuds. I hate the kind that go in your ear. They never fit right for me and always fall out or are uncomfortable. I prefer headphones that cover your ears and connect either behind your head or on top of your head.

    2. Good quality sound

    3. Price. With low being better, but if you can convince me that a certain type is worth the price, then by all means.

    4. Durability. I am sick of having to buy a new pair every few months.

    Thanks
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    Oct 19, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    Hi Wolv:

    The only one's that I recommend and I went through several rounds of other brands, just as you mentioned that did not last (i.e Sony, etc) are the SkullCandy Sports Chops and Earbuds. I know you mentioned no earbuds, but this is the only brand that I know they last forever and the price is reasonable depending on the model between $19.99 to $39.99.
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    Oct 20, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    TallsdDude saidI have used the Motorola bluetooth I believe S9 or something like that. Wireless, made for sports, great sound and the battery lasts for hours. Just plug them to charge when you get home and they are ready for the next day. Ear buds never stayed in my ears, these do.Just one flexible solid piece from ear around the back of your head to the other ear. I have had them for a few years now and they still work great.
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    Oct 20, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    I have this same problem!
    I'm on my 3rd SanDisk player and my 6th pair of headphones, both earbuds and the over-the-lobe kind.

    I look forward to what other users suggest.
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    I'm having a similar problem, except I'm looking for in-ear headphones because it's the only kind I can use while running (sweating heavily). If I figure something out, I'll let you know.
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    +1 for SkullCandy, around 30-40 bucks for a headset (non ear bud)
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    7Famark said+1 for SkullCandy, around 30-40 bucks for a headset (non ear bud)


    People seem to either love them or hate them. I've never tried them.
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
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    without a doubt, the best earbuds I've ever owned. I've also got a pair of Bose QC15 (noise canceling headphones) and the sound quality is almost as good out of the earbuds. Not the cheap option, but I've had mine for a year and a half and love them!
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    7Famark said+1 for SkullCandy, around 30-40 bucks for a headset (non ear bud)


    People seem to either love them or hate them. I've never tried them.


    Lol, I honestly hate the non-ear buds, I just think they look stupid and outdated on, and for some reason some people have started using them as thought they are a fashion statement of some sort
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=6197

    The price is DISGUSTING for fricken headphones.

    However the manufacturer warranty is amazing and they have about 15 different types of headphone rubber pieces for your ear. Kinda funny I have two different size ear holes so I have one kind in each.

    I've had this pair for 1.5 years and they still are amazing and no wear or tear is showing yet... I used to go through 1 pairs of headphones every 2-3 months because the cord would pull out (ha). 5/5 stars for these seriously...and the box is pretty cool.

    EDIT: I know you said you hate in ear phones, however they actually teach you the correct way to put in ear buds and because of the different size ear buds they will suction into your ear and reduce all incoming noise and outgoing music so you can blast your music and enjoy yourself.
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    I said this in another thread. I really liked my Klipsch Image S4 headphones (in ear, noise isolating). I broke them because I kept snagging the cord. I am debating whether to get another pair. I am also considering getting a pair with a microphone for use with my iPhone, but I haven't found a pair that gets good reviews.
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    Sennheiser Adidas MX 680. Relatively cheap on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX-680-Headphone-control/dp/B0035JKJ40

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    Oct 20, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    7Famark said
    DudeInNOVA said
    7Famark said+1 for SkullCandy, around 30-40 bucks for a headset (non ear bud)


    People seem to either love them or hate them. I've never tried them.


    Lol, I honestly hate the non-ear buds, I just think they look stupid and outdated on, and for some reason some people have started using them as thought they are a fashion statement of some sort


    I've noticed that some people seem to like the on-ear style as a fashion statement. I've seem some really shiny and "tricked out" models. Personally, the in-ear style bothers my ears, but with the sweating, I don't have a choice.
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    Oct 20, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]Trollileo said[/cite][/quote]

    How's the sound quality on these? I'm really picky about how my music sounds.
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    Oct 20, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    bostonxfit saidSennheiser Adidas MX 680. Relatively cheap on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX-680-Headphone-control/dp/B0035JKJ40

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    Where does the volume control sit when you have the earphones on? Does it hit you in the chest while you are moving? That's my concern about getting one with a microphone.
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    Oct 20, 2011 2:10 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidWhere does the volume control sit when you have the earphones on? Does it hit you in the chest while you are moving? That's my concern about getting one with a microphone.


    I have an iPod Shuffle that I strap to my arm. You can unplug the headphones so that you only have the buds and without the volume control in the middle. The length of the cord is perfect for this arrangement.
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    Oct 20, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    Defenseon saidhttp://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=6197

    The price is DISGUSTING for fricken headphones.

    However the manufacturer warranty is amazing and they have about 15 different types of headphone rubber pieces for your ear. Kinda funny I have two different size ear holes so I have one kind in each.

    I've had this pair for 1.5 years and they still are amazing and no wear or tear is showing yet... I used to go through 1 pairs of headphones every 2-3 months because the cord would pull out (ha). 5/5 stars for these seriously...and the box is pretty cool.

    EDIT: I know you said you hate in ear phones, however they actually teach you the correct way to put in ear buds and because of the different size ear buds they will suction into your ear and reduce all incoming noise and outgoing music so you can blast your music and enjoy yourself.


    I seriously have had it with earphones. I threw out yet another pair today. I need a pair that can handle running. I've had a series of problems with different types...from falling off/out of the ear, shorting out, and/or sweat damage. I've never heard of these...and would consider it. Do you do aggressive cardio with these or more weight train?
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    Oct 20, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    i don't know the name of mine but I love them. I always get mine stuck on a bar or weight so my headphones have a cord that detaches in the middle. So instead of ruining a cord, the cord comes apart. Decent bass and highs. I plug it into my iphone instead of my earplugs. Better sound.
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    Oct 20, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Anything that hooks around your ear, AND goes inside your ear. These are the ones I use and they are amazing. The sound quality is really really good considering the price. I have heard 100$ headphones that sound as good.

    http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHS8100-28-Earhook-Headphones/dp/B003BT6BM8/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1319087741&sr=1-2

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    Oct 20, 2011 7:41 AM GMT
    I use these: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/bh-503-designer-s-bluetooth-stereo-handsfree-headset-13-hour-talk-240-hour-standby-30407

    They're Bluetooth headsets, so I can leave my phone in one place while I do my workout. No wires to break. They're cheap enough too.
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    Oct 20, 2011 9:19 AM GMT
    I'm using Monster Beats by Dre Tour Edition with sound control. They are really good and the best I've heard for bass

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    I have one in red for the gym and one in white for home usage. They come with adjustable plugs so prob can fit everybody's ears
    They cancel noise, so I don't hear annoying sounds/people at the gym and people can't hear what I'm listening to.

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    There is also a power beat version if you want 'over ears'-fit

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    Oct 20, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    Thanks to everyone that helped. I appreciate it. I'm still not entirely sure what to get after all of these choices.

    The Bluetooth ones sound interesting, but I was wondering if there is any downside to the wireless option. Let me know.


    Also I said I do not like in-ear headphones and that was 90% of what was posted. Even if it wraps around your ear, if it has a piece that sticks into your ear, its not for me. Anything that goes into the ear always hurt my ears, even the ones with multiple size options. They always fall out either completely out of my ear or just enough so that I lose the sound and have to push (shove) them back in hard so that they kinda stay for another minute... Hopefully.



    I was looking for an over ear one. And trust me this isn't due to some hipster ghetto fabulous style that I am trying to achieve lol. It's purely based on comfort... And sound quality.... And price.... And durability.


    Thanks
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    wolverinecub86 saidThanks to everyone that helped. I appreciate it. I'm still not entirely sure what to get after all of these choices.

    The Bluetooth ones sound interesting, but I was wondering if there is any downside to the wireless option. Let me know.

    Also I said I do not like in-ear headphones and that was 90% of what was posted. Even if it wraps around your ear, if it has a piece that sticks into your ear, its not for me. Anything that goes into the ear always hurt my ears, even the ones with multiple size options. They always fall out either completely out of my ear or just enough so that I lose the sound and have to push (shove) them back in hard so that they kinda stay for another minute... Hopefully.

    I was looking for an over ear one. And trust me this isn't due to some hipster ghetto fabulous style that I am trying to achieve lol. It's purely based on comfort... And sound quality.... And price.... And durability.

    Thanks


    I've had 4 pairs of Bluetooth headsets...

    3 of them shorted out and wouldn't take a charge after using them 2-3 times because of sweat (I assume). Even though they each had a 'plug' to prevent this, they still became useless which was disappointing. I have one pair of Bluetooth still that work. They are light and rest on the ear. I'll have to email you the brand - they are sitting in my office charging now...they work well, BUT they are pretty big and I don't like that. I'm using them now, but I would like some wired buds that won't fall out when running and don't need to be charged.
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidUgh... I'm tired of reposting this...

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    $10. THAT'S TEN FUCKING DOLLARS PEOPLE!!!! Super durable. Adjustable ear thingies. You can still hear what's going on if you want and when your volume is high other people don't hear what you're listening to which is very comforting to me. They only stopped working (after the 6 months I had them), because I was in the practice room with them in my laptop and I stood up really fricking fast completely ripping the wires out of the jack input. If you don't know, I go through headphones ridiculously fast so the fact that both pairs I've had have lasted for fucking ever obviously shows something...

    As a person who has sampled about 50 different models of headphones, these are the best for me.

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    If you fucking hate your headphones get these! Cheap as fuck and they're awesome! Fucking shit!


    Ok, I'm going to try these, because the Sennheisers are way more than I'd want to spend on something I tend to sweat into death or break.
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    Ok just reread this and was only recommended two out-of-ear headphones. The bluetooth one at the top of page two and the skullcandy. The bluetooth one is cheaper by like 15 bucks. So is there any advantage to the corded skullcandy? Any disadvantages to Bluetooth?

    I have destroyed headphones by having the cord caught under a weight or something and had the cord rip out completely, so that's an issue. Although now I know to keep the cord under my short during workouts so that's less of an issue.

    Still any opinion on the two aforementioned headphones or any other out of ear ones r appreciated.


    Thanks again all u sexy realjockers ; )