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Headphones or earbuds (wireless)?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

A while ago I made this thread regarding the best pair of wireless headphones for around $60-80 (CAD), and the best (and kind of only) suggestion was the Sennheiser HD 4.40s. However, they were actually above my price range (so I never actually bought them) and I'm beginning to wonder if the sound quality improvement that comes with having headphones rather than earbuds would be worth it with such a "low" price-range. Wireless earbuds would be much more convenient for me as I would use them out and about a lot, but I decided to go with headphones since (at a given price) they generally have better sound quality, I also find that earbuds generally don't fit my ears very well, but that said, I haven't tried many of them. Like I said though, maybe with a budget of $60-80 CAD earbuds might offer good enough sound quality that it wouldn't matter too much.


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Back in the 2000s there was a point where both expensive and cheap earbud makers were using Mylar cones which wore out in a few months and the solution then was to buy the cheapest thing you could because fresh cheap cones still sounded better than worn out expensive ones and if a set of earbuds was basically disposable in months anyway why spend extra money.  I don’t know if that is still the case though.


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51 minutes ago, Bombastinator said:

Back in the 2000s there was a point where both expensive and cheap earbud makers were using Mylar cones which wore out in a few months and the solution then was to buy the cheapest thing you could because fresh cheap cones still sounded better than worn out expensive ones and if a set of earbuds was basically disposable in months anyway why spend extra money.  I don’t know if that is still the case though.

I sure hope that's not the case. I don't want to spend $80 on wireless earbuds every few months, surely they've thought of a better way to do that now considering you can buy earbuds with prices in the 100s of dollars.


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1 hour ago, Computernaut said:

I also find that earbuds generally don't fit my ears very well

I really really really do NOT like earbuds because they can never stay in my ears and they always keep falling out.


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8 minutes ago, Thomas001 said:

I really really really do NOT like earbuds because they can never stay in my ears and they always keep falling out.

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totally feel you on that one.


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1 minute ago, Bombastinator said:

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totally feel you on that one.

That is why I like headphones much more than earbuds!


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On 2/4/2020 at 6:36 PM, Thomas001 said:

That is why I like headphones much more than earbuds!

Earbuds are easier to carry around though.


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On 2/4/2020 at 7:36 PM, Thomas001 said:

That is why I like headphones much more than earbuds!

Can you imagine what baby today headphones would have to look like though?  Big zucchini shaped things. 


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On 2/5/2020 at 2:21 AM, Thomas001 said:

I really really really do NOT like earbuds because they can never stay in my ears and they always keep falling out.

Earbuds or in-ears? Currently I only own earbuds that are not in-ear and to protect them to use them longer, I even applied foam. In-ears are also horrible for hygienic reasons. But now I got headphones, my life has become much better.

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On 2/9/2020 at 5:42 AM, CTR640 said:

Earbuds or in-ears?

Aren't they the same thing?


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9 hours ago, Thomas001 said:

Aren't they the same thing?

Not sure? Aren't earbuds like this:
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In-ears goes into the ears which are not comfortable for me.

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13 hours ago, CTR640 said:

Not sure? Aren't earbuds like this:
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In-ears goes into the ears which are not comfortable for me.

Yeah and you still have to put those in your ears that's why ear buds and in-ears are the same I think.


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Wireless i'd go with airpods, but for gaming you should have cable, its a little bit annoying but gives better sound quality, most of the time.

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5 hours ago, Thomas001 said:

Yeah and you still have to put those in your ears that's why ear buds and in-ears are the same I think.

I think most people that say in ears are referring to ones that go into ear canal.

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9 hours ago, Thomas001 said:

Yeah and you still have to put those in your ears that's why ear buds and in-ears are the same I think.

Yeah, a bit confusing. I thought this type is called in-ear:

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3 hours ago, Vitamanic said:

I think most people that say in ears are referring to ones that go into ear canal.

Exactly.

 

Even our webstores have them sorted into in-ears and earbuds.

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7 hours ago, AdnanTech said:

Wireless i'd go with airpods, but for gaming you should have cable, its a little bit annoying but gives better sound quality, most of the time.

Aren't Airpods around $150 or something? Even so, I don't have an iPhone and I believe there are a few problems with using them on Android. I don't plan on using them for gaming so that's not really a concern. The headphones I was looking at originally had an aux input incase I wanted to use them that way, although from the reviews I saw, I gather that there is no sound-quality difference between wired and wireless.


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17 minutes ago, Computernaut said:

Aren't Airpods around $150 or something? Even so, I don't have an iPhone and I believe there are a few problems with using them on Android. I don't plan on using them for gaming so that's not really a concern. The headphones I was looking at originally had an aux input incase I wanted to use them that way, although from the reviews I saw, I gather that there is no sound-quality difference between wired and wireless.

AirPods are Bluetooth speaker one would assume that there wouldn’t be a hardware limitation from using non Apple hardware.  It would have to be a software limitation if there was one and it would likely have to be deliberate.  I can’t speak to the cable-no cable thing.


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