A good ipod/headphone combo?

  • shoelessj

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    Jan 11, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    I am constantly trying to find the right/perfect balance of ipod and headphones/earbuds while working out.

    For the past year i've had a nano [previous generation, the long, thin one] and it's great, but the problems come with weight training, as either the cheap velcro strap that keeps it on my bicep cuts off my circulation, or the headphones keep popping out. I used to wear it on my waist, but it would always jab me in the waist/lower abs. So i got the armband. In addition to the strap problem, headphones have been a source of frustration as well. For a while i had these 'jelly' earbuds, which are great, and which i still use when working out on the elliptical or treadmill, but when i'd do weights, the cord would sort of stick to my shirt and otherwise get in the way. So, i bought a pricey[$20] Nike headphone that is rigid, made for working out, supposedly, and sits on the back of your head/neck. This one works great when i'm standing or in a sitting position, but when it comes time to lie on a bench or do things like arm kickbacks, the headphones pop off, so i just toss them on the floor.

    I see some guys wearing the same style of headphone and they stick the cords under their shirts and i wonder if that helps keep the thing in place or at least keeps the cord out of the way of the weights.

    Has anyone else had any trial and error with ipod straps and or headphones/earbuds or, has anyone just found a combination of both that they really like and which allows them to work out without having to keep sticking the earbuds back in your ears or worrying that the thing will just fall off your head while working out and make you look like an idiot?

  • auryn

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    Jan 12, 2008 12:13 AM GMT
    Pay the extra money and get the Bose earbuds. They've got great sound and, so far, have stood up to my incessant iPod abuse (that is, when I drop it or hit the cord and knock it out of the slot.) I've unfortunately broken a few pair at the gym, but these are still going strong (one month and counting). *fingers crossed*
  • iHavok

    Posts: 1477

    Jan 12, 2008 12:49 AM GMT
    I use the Nike Duros...the ones which are supposedly made for gym wear (no pads to gather sweat and hook on your ears so they don't fall off during motion) and i really like them, but you are right, the cord is a pain.
    I miss my old PSP ear buds because their cord was maybe two feet long...it was nice, but they fell out during too much movement.
    what a pain!
  • Paradigm_Shif...

    Posts: 251

    Jan 12, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    I agree, it is hard to enjoy the music while the damn player keeps messing me up!!

    But I've found a decent combo that works well for me.

    I too have a 1st gen iPod nano and I use the Belkin armband. Its very elastic so it can fit tightly without killing your arm. Another trick I use for it is I wear it on my forearm rather than my bicept. That way when I flex, it stays in place. It is also easier to operate the iPod in that location.

    To help keep the cord out of the way I started to run my headphones cord through the armband. (Hard to describe specifically in words) but instead of just plugging the headphones into the iPod I tuck the cord under the armband and THEN plug it in. It helps keep it out of the way, especially with dumbbells.

    As for earbuds I must say Im a huge fan of the new Bose In ear headphones (And I promise Im not a Bose employee or have any affiliation...)

    They may be $99, but they are worth every penny.

    First off they fit in the ears VERY comfortably and pretty stable. Im able to lay on a bench, do sit ups or even jump rope with these ear buds in. They're wonderful.

    Second, they have great sound and the best bass I've ever heard in any earbuds. They really make my intense gym music sound great.

    Third they are very durable. I punished mine in the gym for about 6 or 7 months (And I do mean punished) ripped out, snagged, pulled, dropped, everything. After all of that, they had just a little fraying at the base of the main wire. However, they still worked perfectly.

    To top it off they have GREAT customer service. When I saw the cord begin to fray I called them to see if I could use their 1 year warranty. The guy was super friendly and helpful. Two weeks later I have a pair of brand new headphones!!! They are the best!!

  • irishboxers

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    Jan 12, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    I have an iPod shuffle for the gym and clip it on the sleeve of my shirt (usually sleeveless, so on the shoulder), so no armband issues. I swear the Shuffle was created solely for gym-goers. Lightweight and simple, just load your workout mix and go.

    I solved the earphone problem by taking the little clip from my old cell phone earpiece (the cord kind, not bluetooth) and put it on the cord for my earphones so I can clip it to my shirt. It keeps the cord from flopping around and prevents the tugging that can pull the earbuds out.

    Works for me.
  • UVaRob9

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    Jan 12, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    Ditto on the Bose earbuds. My best friend gave me a pair as a Christmas gift and the sound is superb. I have the 80 GB iPod Classic after finally coming to the conclusion that Windows Mobile sucks as an all purpose media player (though it supports more formats for movies, it takes too much configuring).
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    Jan 12, 2008 8:09 AM GMT
    I've personally decided against the earbud setup. I find it not only uncomfortable, but lacking in sound quality and constantly popping out of my ears. Here's my setup.

    I've got an old 4g iPod. I bought an arm band from Belkin, I believe. I'd go with one of the higher quality brands for those, if I were you. They're worth it.

    For the headphones, I've got a pair of iGrados. Instead of the earbud setup, they're street style, behind the neck kid. That way, I don't have headphones constantly popping off. And they're only $50, with great sound.
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    Jan 14, 2008 5:40 AM GMT
    I have a 30g Ipod and use an armband. I used to use the Belkin one, but it pinches my arm. I found a cheaper armband at the Sports Authority and I have been happy with it. I don't remember the brand, but it is neoprene and is open on top with a simple loop to keep the Ipod secure.
    As for the headphones, I do wear the cord under my shirt--tuck it down the neck and out the sleeve into the Ipod. This does keep the cord out of the way and also keeps it under control--so when I do cardio, the cord isn't flopping all over.
    This method really works for me. I just use the buds that came with the Ipod. I don't keep the music too loud because I don't want to lose any more hearing than I already have during my loud music years so long agoicon_rolleyes.gif.
  • atxclimber

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    Jan 14, 2008 6:15 AM GMT
    Wow, lots of votes for the Bose earbuds. I used to use the $9 sony over-ear ones so I could listen to music and traffic simultaneously while biking. But I got a pair of Skullcandy earbuds on sale for $20 (usually only $30, still) and they're the ear-sealing style and the bass is surprisingly good from them. They don't fall out too often, and while biking I just wrap the cord around my helmet strap once or twice and then the wind doesn't affect 'em at all.

    I can listen to music quite effectively with the non-traffic-side earbud in and the other earbud out.

    But now I'm really curious about the Bose ones... just that they're 5x as much.

    I have friends who swear by the high-end Etymotic earbuds, and they're like $300... I just can't see that for earbuds. Even $100, those Bose ones would have to be pretty phenomenal for me to upgrade.
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    Jan 14, 2008 7:20 AM GMT
    I swear by the Etymotics and you can usually find them on Amazon for about half the listed price. They are perfect for the gym and even better on the plane. After having my ears painfully and most indecently assaulted by the stock iPod ear buds, I'll never go back to cheap ear buds again.