Some Sony MDR-G72 phones will help a little in your quest to get decent sound from an iPod.

Posted by Gary Wright on January 22, 2004 at 7:39 PM (PDT) Comment 41

Hey, I just got a new 3g ipod, but i don't really like the headphones. after a while they kind of hurt my ears. I don't normally like the feeling of in-ear headphones, but most of the ones i get are pretty cheap(around 15-20 bucks). Does anyone else get this problem. If i get a more expensive pair do you think it will help. I like how convenient in-ears are, just not the comfort.

Posted by Brian Pierce on January 23, 2004 at 9:21 AM (PDT) Comment 42

Get some Sennheiser MX500's. They are only 18.00 and sound better than all this stuff. So what if they aren't in-ear. They get awesome bass response. Available at NewEgg, Amazon, and

Posted by Zach on January 23, 2004 at 10:14 AM (PDT) Comment 43

I just got my Apple in-ears and they sounds so much better than the shipping 'phones..I'm hearing instruments that i never knew existed in my music. They fit perfectly in my ears, insert easily and don't fall out, solid seal, suction and all..Amzing to me, i'm no complete audiophile but i appreciate good sound. So I would highly recommend these buds.

Posted by Jonathan Coffman on January 23, 2004 at 12:40 PM (PDT) Comment 44

Thank you Mike Cefaratti!! Up until I read your post I thought I was watching the digital-age version of the Emperor's New Clothes. How can so many people claim good sound out of these pieces of crap?!!

The iPod rocks, and the sound on the factory earphones is pretty good. But the $40 earbuds really do suck. Tinny is the word I was looking for. They fit my ears pretty good, though. Just terrible sound.

Tried the Sony EX71s, too, and while they sound good they are terrible ergonomically. I bit the bullet and bought the ER-6s from Etymotics. We'll see if they're worth $99.

Posted by rdlink on January 23, 2004 at 2:57 PM (PDT) Comment 45

for what it's worth... i haven't had any problems with the apple in ear headphones "slipping" out. the medium size is a perfect fit for me and they stay snug in my ears. on top of that they're very comfortable. the silicone seems to make a perfect fit.

obviously people have different shaped ears. some people will find them to fit great. other won't. that doesn't mean they're bad headphones.

ear wax does seem to build up on them though and that is kinda gross.

my only complaint about them is the sound is a bit too crisp. but that might be a general ipod complaint and not so specific to the earphones.

Posted by Travis on January 23, 2004 at 5:36 PM (PDT) Comment 46

Why spend hundreds of dollars on Etymotics or Shure when you are listening to .mp3 or .m4a? If you load your music on as .aiff then go for it. Otherwise stick to the Sony buds. Cheap, reasonable fit, reasonable sound.

Posted by Edge on January 23, 2004 at 9:11 PM (PDT) Comment 47

Yo, this is a shout out to Dj kelly and his apprentice Otis Spunkmeyer. Have fun in da pillar crib wid da work you doin..... peace and love ya'll.

Posted by Josh Bryant on January 24, 2004 at 2:50 AM (PDT) Comment 48

ridlink, the Sony's go around the back of your neck not the front. LoL. ya ergonomics...

Posted by Alex on January 24, 2004 at 10:48 AM (PDT) Comment 49

OK, Alex, yet another reason to justify getting rid of them. Good ol' Sony. I can always count on them for a "better" idea.

Posted by rdlink on January 24, 2004 at 4:52 PM (PDT) Comment 50

Josh Bryant, please stop bothering me once and for all. I do not know you, nor do I ever wish to meet you. Also, please stop leaving messages of you singing on my answering machine. Thank you.

Posted by Dj kelly on January 26, 2004 at 12:29 PM (PDT) Comment 51

Sending mine back too.....

Can't get a decent seal after almost an hour of patient experimenting with all earpiece sizes. Spent ages listening to different genre's of music swopping originals back and forth with in ears for comparison. Forward, back, rotated deep+ to no avail. The originals actually seal better for me and get a ridiculous amount more base. For my ears at least,"Crisp" is a polite description of the in-ears sound. "tinny" is perhaps more accurate, certainly in comparison to the originals. Glad for those of you who managed to get a seal but for new buyers. it seems like a real russian roulete as to whether or not these will work fo you. I certainly couldn't recomend them. Don't get your hopes too high. Try and borrow some perhaps to test before you splash out and do a side by side comparison with the originals in a quiet setting. Just wish I could make my overhead sennheiser HD 280's a tad more portable! Now THEY sound REALLY good

Posted by kf on January 26, 2004 at 2:32 PM (PDT) Comment 52

Ick...I tried out these new Apples and they are really a disappointing me they were a muddier version of the original ridiculous buds. After some websearching I found a cool place in Chicago that actually allows you to try out the Shures..and Etymotics!!!!!!! Very cool folks...I originally went in intent on getting the Ety4 or 6 rationalizing that I can also use them for work but after listening to the ShureE3c there was really no comparison. I've got all the disappointing cheapos as backups (sony 51, 71s) that everyone keeps praising...they are ok if you listen to cassettes or low kbs ripped mp3s....but really if you can, take a listen to the shure 3cs at your local pro audio shop! True night and day difference. The only draw back is that they are a touch pricier at $150-175...well worth it if you plan on using these for awhile....I've been terribly disappointed with the sonys, bose, apple, and to a certain degree the etymotics (primairly in their harshness and the price of the ety6) but really you don't need that high end for a freakin' mp3 player people...that is just overkill. I won't go into all the redundant gushing about why the shures rock over the others since it seems to have been repeated ad nauseum in this thread ...but at least go to the shure site and check out these new babies....(aside from the gorgeous sound they are incredibly comfy and don't look as retarded as the other shures...oh and not that I really care but they do just happen to be in white...ooh la la). For those on the fence of spending the extra dough....i can't overstate to go look on the web for a local pro audio joint that will demo these for you...there is no point in spending way too much...or way too little and be disappointed while wasting your time listening to inferior headphones after you forked a lot out for the ipod/music. I've been very cynical about those that gush on about $400+ well as those that actually think the sony71s' are really worth talking about other than with a cassette walkman...I really think shure did a incredible job stepping up and truly bridging the gap! Not to really rip on those that own either of those other headphones but if you are really looking for something that will make your jaw drop you owe it to yourself to at least demo these if you are lucky enough to live close to a dealer! Good luck!!

p,s,-most of these places also offer a 30day return policy so whatcha got to lose!!

Posted by Zax on January 26, 2004 at 7:50 PM (PDT) Comment 53

Oh I should also add that it is KEY that you get proper fitting...not only in the size/comfort ratio...but how it actually sits in your ear at any given moment. When I first tried out the shure e3c i thought they weren't that hot until i kind of wiggled the phone about and found the sweet spot on both really does make a ton of difference!

Posted by Zax on January 26, 2004 at 7:54 PM (PDT) Comment 54

i have a pair of these and have not experienced the 'slipping out' thing. they fit just fine in my ears (guess they were made for a certain few...). being a dj, im used to the full-sized headphones. i bought these for their portability and supposedly good-quality sound. i cant say that im impressed, but they sure do look great!

oh yea. as for the earwax problem a few of you are having...please clean your ears every day! lol!

Posted by pinoiboirich on January 26, 2004 at 8:21 PM (PDT) Comment 55


i think what apple should do is come out with a line of replacement ear-bud thingys. since they're exchangeable, this would be a perfect way to solve the problems many of you are having with fitment. anyone agree?

Posted by pinoiboirich on January 26, 2004 at 8:23 PM (PDT) Comment 56

Got my Etymotic ER-6s last night. Now that's a set of earphones. Comfort, ergonomics and sound quality. Easily worth $99.

Posted by rdlink on January 27, 2004 at 10:53 AM (PDT) Comment 57

after reading these comments, ill be importing the white sony's!!!

Then ill buy a minipod, and be done!

Posted by XanDaMan on January 29, 2004 at 11:50 AM (PDT) Comment 58

What is the difference between the sony ex70/71's and the ex51's....Sony's site lists the exact same specs for both

Posted by David McClain on January 30, 2004 at 3:51 PM (PDT) Comment 59

I woke up this saturday morning and I decided i'd go and get these new In-Ear buds from the Apple store.
I called them and they had one left, so I rushed there to get them. On the way back home in the train, I took them out, connected them and, to say the least, I was seriously dissappointed. Shrill sound, no bass and definitely not better than the original buds that came with my iPod.
I should have gotten out of the train at the next stop and gone back to return them. But I thought, it must be something I'm not doing right.
So I come home and try all the EQ settings, try it out on my laptop, on my stereo installation. And it didn't get any better.
And now I am so mad at myself that I didn't read this article b4 I went to buy them.
Sound is a personal thing, but these just don't cut it. Like the article say, "They sounded like a good idea" and that's about it.
I'm returning them and if they won't be taken back, I'll leave them on the counter. The Apple store can use them as a show model.

My advice, use the original ones or look for something else.

Posted by twum on January 31, 2004 at 7:39 AM (PDT) Comment 60

I love these headphones. They aare so much better then the stock headphones that come with the ipod. The only problem with these headphones are that it takes some time to get time in the right position to get the b est bass responce. after the 2 min that it takes you to find "the spot" in your ear, you really can hear the difference.

Posted by dave on January 31, 2004 at 6:33 PM (PDT) Comment 61

i think you guys are all big fargen pussys. All this moning and groaning over in-ear headphones, how to get the best bass, blah blah blah.... Some of the people in hear have spent over 200 dollars on 5 different sets of headphones. Here's my advice: buy a set of stupid headphones, and if you dont like em, tuff. Quit whining how they have "tinny" sound quality, or, OMG, they fall out of your ears!

Buy the way, what the **** does tinny mean? A mix between thin and tiny?

Posted by ahhhshit__zu on February 1, 2004 at 11:51 AM (PDT) Comment 62

okay, after the many many negative comments, i bought them anyway, mainly cos they look good i guess wink

my first experience was, yes, lots of treble, no bass at all (compare it with turning bass all the way down and treble all way down). right ear piece kept felling out...

then i remembered the posts here, where someone said push em as far in yar ear as possible, n trying all sizes. so i did, pushed it real hard in my ears. not perfect, but better. sound was okay, earpiece stayed in place.

since i still wasn't satisfied, i just started to move the pieces around in my ear, twisting and turning to see if i could get it deeper. and yes, now it fits perfectly, and the sound is as full as i ever heard it on headphones.

beats anything i ever heard (k i haven't ever tried the expensive ones, but as someone mentioned here before, we're listening to mp3s...), so great buds! congratz to apple if u ask me

Posted by sickb0y on February 2, 2004 at 2:14 AM (PDT) Comment 63

There is no sound good enougth to make up for the horrible design of the SONY EX71.. What's with that chord desgin ?

Posted by bob on February 2, 2004 at 7:23 AM (PDT) Comment 64

The worst earphones i have ever used. It's so sad that something could look so damn nice and work so bad.

Posted by David on February 3, 2004 at 5:20 AM (PDT) Comment 65
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