The first type of earphone I used were something like this:
These range from anywhere upwards of €10. They are generally of poor quality and do not deliver much in terms of sound. They can easily fall out of your ears and if your ears are anything like mine, and many others, you will never get a proper fit with them.
To solve the problem of these types of earphones falling out, some have an over ear piece like this:
I found using these, they still did not fit well or feel comfortable. These are around €10 too.
Then I got a set like this:
I found these to be a step up from the others for an extra €5 or so and at the time, were the best earphones I had used.
My next set were a big step up in price at about €50, but I heard great reviews of them. The sony fontopia 71XLs.
These were amazing, they had a great fit and delivered good sound while blocking out sound as they fit right into your ear canal unlike the previous one which just sat in the opening of it.
The first pair I bough, the right ear stopped working, I bought a 2nd pair and the same thing happened, these were in warranty so I got a replacement pair.. the same thing happened.
I was looking for something different now. My friend had the same problem with his Fontopias and so have a few others I know who had them. My friend and I heard about Shure earphones. When his fontopias went, he got a set of E2's (manufacturers suggested retail price of $109).
I was still on my 3rd set of Fontopias at this stage and when they went, I got a pair of E4's (MSRP $319).
Both the E2's and E4's far surpass the fontopias in every way. They have a perfect fit with great sound and have a high build quality with a very sturdy wire. They block out far more outside sound and have a rang of fittings available to best suit the individual from rubber to foam sleeves.
The way they are designed means you can wrap the wire around the top of your ear meaning they will stay put and never fall out (jogging, running etc is no problem).
Because of the sound isolating features of both the Fontopias and the Shures, it means you don't have to listen to your music on as high a volume as the noise from the bus/dart/city etc is being blocked out by the sleeves. So rather than having the noise of the city getting into your ears and trying to cancel this by turning your cheaper earphones up full volume, you are blocking the outside sounds even when you don't have music on they work like a set of earplugs. You can walk through a busy city with the volume between half and 3/4 and you will only be able to hear the music. Brilliant
So getting onto the Great prices bit, if you would like to try the Shure E series, the best prices I know of are either from seller wind130 on ebay (link) where the E2's delivered will work out at about €72 (only an extra €22 more than the Fontopias, well worth it). When I was looking to buy my E4's, I shopped around for quite a while, price matching and beating with various companies. The best price I got worked out to be about €162 delivered from earphonesolutions.com. If you email "sales [at] earphonesolutions.com" and quote this deal:
For that simply type on the comments field when you're checking out:
> > "SPECIAL PRICE OF $198.00 + FREE shipping + FREE Airline Adaptor ($9.95
> > value) to Ireland for E4, Code 15888E8."
There are other in ear headphone manufacturers too but after some research I decided to go with Shure. The comfort and quality are excellent and they are very conveniant too, they are not bulky like the DJ type headphones, they will roll up into the provided carry case and fit nicely away.
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