Apple iPod In-Ear Headphones | iLounge



I bought these to replace my week old EX71 which I did not get on with at all, would have bought these in the first place but for the comments on this review. IMHO the sound is better than the EX71 if you properly insert them in your ear, it's louder, the Sony sound flat and I prefer the brighter sound of these. They do not slip out of my ears but maybe that is because I'm used to wearing earplugs and don't mind pushing them in further. The other thing that makes it better ergonomically is the wires, the Sony EX71's have a ridiculous long lead with a plug in the middle that puts weight on the lead and uncomfortable.
Best headphones for the ipod in my opinion, but have yet to try Shure or Etymotics, but then again they are 4 or more times more expensive than these.

Posted by desmoboy on April 7, 2006 at 11:31 AM (PDT)


I have had these for a week now and have found a few improvements that can be made; first I used the Sony EX71 silicon tips, these create a better accoustic seal. Then I adjusted the EQ manually, using the accoustic EQ as the baseline to reduce the bass slightly. Hope this helps.

Posted by desmoboy on April 13, 2006 at 5:59 PM (PDT)


My iPod earphones just broke, so we were at Walmart, and my mom bought me these, because they were the only decent ones there. Suprisingly these things sound is amazing! Theyre not the most confortable things but I'd reccomend em. The big issue is gettign them in your ear just right,not to far in or out

Posted by Xalaxracer on June 14, 2006 at 3:09 PM (PDT)


here's my take... they sound GREAT, good balance... When you have a good fit... they fit fine for a little while then start easing out... when the "seal" is not good, neither is the sound... I'm going to save the Fry's reciept and try to find some sony EX81s, and see which I like better

Posted by tat2dphreak on August 11, 2006 at 1:29 PM (PDT)


I like a neutral "flat" sound to my music, so my first in-ear phones were UE 3's that sounded great (flat, detailed sound), had great isolation, looked goofy, and were fiddly to fit... but they broke (no sound, fluid leaking from left earphone) during a transcontinental flight after ~10 hours of use (and were later returned). During a layover, I picked up some Griffin Ear Jams so I could listen to my stock earbuds for the remaining time. The Jams provided little isolation, boosted bass, but in a muddy/Sony sort of way, and were not comfortable for more than an hour or two. I had planned to pick up some ER-6i's or Shures, but my wife got me the Apple in-ear phones for Xmas and I didn't have the heart to return them. I found the iLounge review is mostly correct about fit issues, but once I figured out how to wear them (much like fitting the 3's), they stayed in place, sounded nearly as detailed as the 3's and had more bass, but slightly less isolation. I tried the Griffin covers (that look identical to the Sony's) on the Apple unit and found that they put the driver in a different spot - to get the same bass, I had to jam them uncomfortably far into my ears. While still occasionally fiddly, I think the Apple in-ear phones sound great for the money and respond well to iPod EQ settings when their neutral sound gets too flat, so I'll defer spending more on Etymotics or Shures. I hear that using the foams from Shure EC2s is the ultimate mod for these.

Posted by ckilner on February 6, 2007 at 10:31 AM (PDT)


Sound is good but could never really get them to stay in, makes me want to rip the wire in half and throw them. Glad they were a x-mas gift and didn't pay for them

Posted by melvis72 on February 7, 2007 at 9:57 PM (PDT)

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