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Etymotic have a very good reputation... at a price.
They have a custom fit option as well
I've just had to replace my running headphones and found these running headphones reviews useful.In the end I chose the SoundMAGIC E30, because I wanted an earphone that isolates from external noise and I like to route the cabling out of the way. I run in Richmond Park (when I can) and on the treadmill in the gym, so there is no danger from traffic.
I've previously tried the Sennheiser PMX80, but found the sound quality a bit rubbish.
Soundmagic PL30 - Great Sound, never fall out and lots of ear pieces with them to find best fit.
Do a google search, there are plenty of reviews. They are around £30
Yep, I agree... the SoundMAGIC's are perfect for running or gym work. I just slammed my PL30's in the car door, so have upgraded to the new E30. The slightly smaller earpiece and softer edges makes it a little more comfortable. Sound is also improved over the PL30. A very nice product.
It took me a while to get the hang of the over ear cabling, until I figured out you have to slide the sleeve on the cable up to the back of the neck to keep it all tight. Genius!
My friend has one like that. But I'm not sure.. Maybe it really have some problems.
JVC Gumy ones. About 7 quid in HMV. Perfect!
Has anyone got a recommendation of a good mono earphone to use while running?
I want to be able to hear traffic etc and I normally just run with one stereo earphone in my ear and one tucked in my sportsbra, but the sound quality obviously suffers... I haven't been able to find a mono earphone which will stay in place while running - any suggestions? Many thanks!
Becca I run the same way with one earphone. I usually listen to speech rather than music. I wear it over the ear like a question-mark. If I have a headband or a hat in the winter it keeps the question-mark round my ear even better. Or sometimes I wrap som self-amalgamating tape round the wire near the earpiece so it keeps the right shape permanently. Some earphones come like this.
Nowadays I use the earpieces that came with an iphone and set it to play in mono. I have cut off one of the earpieces without the microphone in it. That way I still have the buttons for vol, next track etc that are built into the wire near my ear. If the earphone wears out or gets damaged I have the option to attach the unused one with a bit of soldering or tape instead. I have also used Sennheiser CX300
right, recently bought some sennheiser PMX70 (neck band type) andhave to say that they really stayed in place and looked ace. Had a few issues as they hurt my left ear at first but sound quality was good. Have realised that I like to just hear the music when I am running so didnt enjoy the passive noise from traffic etc (from a safety perspective not good I know!!!) This willb be a plus for others. Approx 2 months after buying them I was getting really bad wet ear syndrome, it was as though I was listening to music underwater and frankly ruined my runs for the past month. Eventually, I lost soud in right ear after approx 3 miles due to the amount of sweat that formed in my ears so looked for a new pair. I paid about 17 quid for the sennheiser so not to expensive in my opinion.
Have just had delivered a pair of sound magic E30's and they are ace, over ear type plugs that you can tighten round the back of your head so stay really secure. They are isolating earphones and sound quality is absolutely out of this world. Stay in place and have a variety of different fittings. Over ear thing is detachable so you don't have to look like a plonker when you wear them when not running. They look ace, stay put, don't give you wet ear and sound fantastic. 10 out of 10 for the sound magic E30's, had a grin on my face since they arrived as I've finally found some decent headphones. Bought them from hifiheadhones.com and also have to say they are the best site I have ever urchased anything from. Cost about 40 squids but well worth it!
Currently we are sorry to say that we do not have them in the UK. The sound quality is good...there is a slight loss of low frequency due to the open ear canal but the trade off for safely hearing all other sounds has been benificial to those who have used it in their training activities. We will let you know when we reach London.
I recommend checking out this article: http://www.workoutearbuds.com/best-earbuds-for-running/
They cover most of the newer earbuds (released in the last year or so). I personally like the Bose IE2 or the Sennheiser PMX 680, but it's all about personal preference really.
I tried a number of different bluetooth headphones and all eventually suffered from sweat damage. The first pair I've found that don't are the Jaybird Freedom - they've been great, however they aren't cheap (nearly £100).
The review site suggests that Yurbuds came 3rd in their test. Not too bad. They are new to the UK and we have just got them in before Christmas:
I am pleased to see the Adi / Sennheiser PMX680 at the top of the pile though. Despite the complications when wearing a hat these are my personal choice too.
I have had a pair of these for 3 years, used 4/5 times a week and have been faultless.