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Old 02-22-2013, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Earbud Recommendations For Those with Mismatched Ears?

So, long story short, my left ear is shaped and sized pretty significantly different than my right, which has led to all sorts of problems with earbuds for portable music players. For sitting on a plane or car it's fine, but for running or working out (which I've been trying to do more often, and the music very much helps for motivation), the left side constantly falls out. I've tried buds with changeable earpiece thingys (for lack of a technical term ), but still have an issue.

I've had better luck with the type that have arms that wrap around the outside of the ear, but so far the ones I've tried have had enormously crappy sound quality, even for earbuds. Has anyone had any luck with finding this type with good sound quality?

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I'm just getting tired of shelling out money trying different sets that all wind up having really tinny sound and zero bass. I'm far from being an audiophile but for the most part I can recognize good, full sound from low quality and it's one of those things that I just can't live with.

Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're no opposed to trying ear buds that aren't the wrap around sort, you may have some luck with the Klipsch S4i's. They have some of the best sound of any ear bud that I've tried, and I'm already on my second pair of them. They are noise isolating, so you won't have to worry about any sort of noise pollution or interference from outside noise w/o having to turn the volume very high. They also have a wide range of tips that can work w/ just about any type of ear. The only complaint I have is that they have a longer cord than most headphones I've tried, and the cord does like to stick to various surfaces.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just got some of these the other day. Best Earbuds for Exercise | Custom Headphones | Decibullz They work pretty well. On the website, they sell headphones too, but supposedly they are crap. I just picked up a pair of $15 Sonys at Best Buy and they fit just fine in the molds, but there are a lot of others that would be able to fit as well. I've been using them at the gym every day for the last week and a half or so, they've never fallen out, even while running. They also passed the "eating test". In ear phones have a tendency to move around and slip out from the movement caused by chewing when I'm eating, these things stayed in.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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have you tried phillips Gorilla grips, i think they fit any ear buds (i think) but the site around the ear and place the buds in front of the ear canal, i found they where great for training also you can turn them so you can talk/hear without altering your music level.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You might want to try the DIY approach:
Handmade DIY custom in-ear monitors

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Sugru Earbuds

Or, take a favorite ear bud design and upgrade it through these folks:
https://earsound.com/products/custom...ud-attachments
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The new "ear pods" by apple are pretty good bang for their buck. They tested like 100 different ears before coming up with the shape of their new ear buds and I find them to be the best sounding most comfortable pair I have ever owned. Supper bass and treb really good quality from these things when I use them with my iPod I have to turn the volume to about half of what I used to play it at with the old ear buds and there only $35 witch is what most cheap to moderately priced ear buds go for.

If your having trouble with them staying in try a head band around your ears to hold them tight to your head.
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The new "ear pods" by apple are pretty good bang for their buck. They tested like 100 different ears before coming up with the shape of their new ear buds and I find them to be the best sounding most comfortable pair I have ever owned. Supper bass and treb really good quality from these things when I use them with my iPod I have to turn the volume to about half of what I used to play it at with the old ear buds and there only $35 witch is what most cheap to moderately priced ear buds go for.

If your having trouble with them staying in try a head band around your ears to hold them tight to your head.
I agree and was going to post this. The sound you get with them is pretty amazing considering they are just ear buds.
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If you're no opposed to trying ear buds that aren't the wrap around sort, you may have some luck with the Klipsch S4i's. They have some of the best sound of any ear bud that I've tried, and I'm already on my second pair of them. They are noise isolating, so you won't have to worry about any sort of noise pollution or interference from outside noise w/o having to turn the volume very high. They also have a wide range of tips that can work w/ just about any type of ear. The only complaint I have is that they have a longer cord than most headphones I've tried, and the cord does like to stick to various surfaces.
And with the Klipsch S4 line, you can turn the buds 180 degrees and loop the cord up and over your ears to help anchor them in place.
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I like the way the "Yurbuds" fit in the ear. They 'lock' in and are pretty comfortable. You can get them at Best Buy, Amazon, WalFart, etc...
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