What sports headphones do you recommend?

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    Mar 02, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    I am looking for new headphones to listen to music while I exercise (gym, cardio, rollerblading). I am leaning towards headphones designed specifically for sports use and I would like a product that delivers great sound, that stays in place, and that will last. Any recommendations?

    If this has been covered in a previous forum post, please let me know. I searched but I didn't find anything.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Mar 02, 2010 8:12 PM GMT
    haha good luck with that. seriously. i've always had trouble with headphones, especially with running because they always fall out. i highly recommend something that goes over your ear as opposed to earbuds because they'll stay in place better. i usually just buy some cheap pair at marshall's or tjmaxx because i always wreck them relatively quickly (a few months, give or take).
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    Mar 02, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    I have bought about 10 different pair in the last few years, and not many have worked for me. I find that I have better luck with the ones that stick in my ears AND have the over the year thingies. But the biggest key for me has been to get a pair that has multiple sizes of ear buds, that way I can use the size that fits best for my ear. I like a pair I have by Bodyglove.
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    Mar 02, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    The bf and I both use these, the Motorokr S9, and they're amazing- the HD ones are even better. Good at home, work, and esp the gym.


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  • fitnfunmich

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    Mar 02, 2010 8:42 PM GMT
    I have a new pair made by Skullcandy and they are excellent!!! The earbuds are made of memory foam so they form to my ear canals and stay perfectly put. Plus the bass coming out of them is awesome. (I think I paid $50 for them and it was worth every penny.)
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    Mar 02, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    akhromatos saidI am looking for new headphones to listen to music while I exercise (gym, cardio, rollerblading). I am leaning towards headphones designed specifically for sports use and I would like a product that delivers great sound, that stays in place, and that will last. Any recommendations?

    If this has been covered in a previous forum post, please let me know. I searched but I didn't find anything.

    Thanks in advance!
    You know I have small ears. And the standard go in your ear ipod headphones fall right out. I used to go and lift with my DJ headphones. But I noticed people were always staring at me as no one does that anymore haha. My friends kept busting my balls. So I went to office depot and got the ipod type, but they have a securing band that goes around your ear so it doesnt fall out. you may like them.
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    Mar 02, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    I've had these a little over a year now and they definitely work, especially when I am running. They stay on, they are very flexible and they are sweat resistant, so theyre pretty nice.

    Nike Sport Flow Headphones
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    Mar 02, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    fitnfunmich saidI have a new pair made by Skullcandy and they are excellent!!! The earbuds are made of memory foam so they form to my ear canals and stay perfectly put. Plus the bass coming out of them is awesome. (I think I paid $50 for them and it was worth every penny.)


    skullcandy makes some pretty good shit. i saw their earbuds on sale for $10 a pair and stocked up like mad. the sound quality out of their headphones is pretty high quality (i'm kinda picky about sound quality too).
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    Mar 02, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    There are some JVC Marshmallow earbuds at Walmart for 19 dollars. They sound excellent. They have a huge frequency range, they are expandable foam so they stay in place, and they have a lot of bass. They come in the whole rainbow of Ipod Colors to match too. They are very durable also, I have had mine for over a year and a half
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    Mar 02, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    yalemarine saidThe bf and I both use these, the Motorokr S9, and they're amazing- the HD ones are even better. Good at home, work, and esp the gym.


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    Yep... I have some of the HD wireless ones and I love them. Just make sure they're charged because it sucks when they die while you're at the gym!
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    Mar 02, 2010 10:35 PM GMT
    I always get some cheap Nike earphones from Target that cost $25-$30, last for about three or four months of daily workouts, and will stay in the ears for a 3+ hour run. Stay in good, do the job, sound quality is OK w/o blocking out all background noise. Cord is a little long, though.
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    Mar 02, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    I've got a cheap-o pair of Sony EX-51 canal earphones. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on something that will get all sweaty and gross over time. I was expecting to throw them away after a year. But 4 years later, they're still working and sounding great. I just clean out the insides with a q-tip once in a while.

    They came with 3 different size rubber pieces for different size ears. They stay put most of the time, unless I'm soaking in sweat and it happens to drip in/around my ear. But overall, they're great.

    I have a much nicer pair of earphones for home/work.
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    Mar 02, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    JoeB1986 said
    yalemarine saidThe bf and I both use these, the Motorokr S9, and they're amazing- the HD ones are even better. Good at home, work, and esp the gym.


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    Yep... I have some of the HD wireless ones and I love them. Just make sure they're charged because it sucks when they die while you're at the gym!

    for both of yas, how do they hold up to the sweat? and do they stay put while jogging?
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    Mar 03, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    After a half hour on the Gauntlet, they are soaked in sweat. And work fine. I've worn them rowing, jogging, walking, cooking, and doing handstands. Still good!
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    Mar 03, 2010 3:47 AM GMT

    Without a doubt the best headphones I've ever owned are Etymotic er6i's. They aren't cheap (c$80 on eBay), but they stay in place, are incredibly comfortable, block out external noise and sound fantastic. They're durable too. The only problem I've found is that I now don't like any other headphone.
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    Mar 03, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    lilTanker said
    JoeB1986 said
    yalemarine saidThe bf and I both use these, the Motorokr S9, and they're amazing- the HD ones are even better. Good at home, work, and esp the gym.


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    Yep... I have some of the HD wireless ones and I love them. Just make sure they're charged because it sucks when they die while you're at the gym!

    for both of yas, how do they hold up to the sweat? and do they stay put while jogging?


    I have the S9-HD bluetooth ones as well....awesome sound. The battery is fine, but there really is no way you know what the battery charge level is so you have to remember to charge them at least every third gym visit.

    As for sweat, the inside of the headset is rubberized so it holds up against sweat well. They also hang away from the head so it's not rubbing up against anything. They are also comfortable on the ear canal. The only problem I have with them is that when doing my crunches if you need your head flat on the bench there is no room for the headset. That's the only exercise where I have to take them off.

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    Mar 03, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
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    Best sounding headphones ive ever heard, not to mention they stay in tight during work out and get plenty of attention :]

    Heartbeats by Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga. Check em out for sure!
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    Mar 04, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    yalemarine saidThe bf and I both use these, the Motorokr S9, and they're amazing- the HD ones are even better. Good at home, work, and esp the gym.

    Amazing!
    I had wondered when they would come out with wireless headphones, but unfortunately I have a muvo, not an ipod.

    Hmm, I will have to first get my crackberry before I can get a pair of these, thanks for the info! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 04, 2010 6:27 AM GMT
    I've been using Sony MDR-J10's for years now and I love them for working out. Honestly, trying to go for high sound quality while you're working out is a bit ridiculous. Isolation, however, is a good features for sport 'phones, and these do a good job of that, in no small part due to the fact that the speakers are actually pointed into your ear canal as opposed into the wall of your ear. They stand up really well to sweat, stay in place even when sprinting, and are an incredible price. They tend to go out in about 1.5-2 years, but at $10-$15 bucks a pop (depending where you buy them), that' s not really a problem.
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    Mar 04, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    These Sony Active Style Headphones are awesome. The sound is good and they stay on my head regardless of what I'm doing. I picked up a pair at the Sony Style store for $26 (+tax).

    They come with different size ear buds and a plastic case.

    http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665376473

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    Mar 04, 2010 7:06 AM GMT
    jmals23 saidThese Sony Active Style Headphones are awesome. The sound is good and they stay on my head regardless of what I'm doing. I picked up a pair at the Sony Style store for $26 (+tax).

    They come with different size ear buds and a plastic case.

    http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665376473

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    i like that one a lot. Though i crushed it one time.. =( got another pair thou =)
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    Mar 04, 2010 7:24 AM GMT
    i guess my room mate got a pair of the lady gaga hearbeats when he went to vancouver to see her. (it was included in the tickets he bought?)

    i snuck them to the gym today, they were awesome! i thought theyd look a little too try hard.... they at least stayed in just fine and the sound that came out of them was amaaazing! worth 120 bucks ? i think so.

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    Mar 04, 2010 12:49 PM GMT
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    jmals23 saidThese Sony Active Style Headphones are awesome. The sound is good and they stay on my head regardless of what I'm doing. I picked up a pair at the Sony Style store for $26 (+tax).

    They come with different size ear buds and a plastic case.

    http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665376473

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    i like that one a lot. Though i crushed it one time.. =( got another pair thou =)


    Yeah, I damaged my last pair...I stocked up while they were on sale last month.
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    Mar 04, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
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    Best sounding headphones ive ever heard, not to mention they stay in tight during work out and get plenty of attention :]

    Heartbeats by Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga. Check em out for sure!


    Do NOT buy these headphones. Dear God, don't do it. A friend gifted a pair to me and I cannot stand them. They're high priced because of the licensing, not because of the quality. The reviews stand b/t 2 and 3 stars. I'm giving them a 2 out of 5, but only because I'm being nice. If you're an audiophile, the first thing you'll notice is that the sound distorts at higher volumes. And the damn things fall out of your ears. They also look odd. If you're into that type of thing - "fashion" (if you want to call it that) without substance, then these are for you.

    If you want phones that work well anywhere, you'd be better off going for the Sony or Moto's mentioned in this thread.

    Here's a kinder review of the Heartbeats by c/net:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones/heartbeats-by-lada-gaga/4505-7877_7-33913828.html