Summary: Looked at many earbuds and these earbuds are the best I have heard. They are well balanced and quite robust in construction. They do require 100 hrs of break in time to be able to hear their full potential.
Great Sounding (but slightly uncomfortable) Headphones with Sony Replacement Earbuds
2 July 2010
Summary: Three or four years ago I bought a pair of Vmodas. Back then they were going for about 100 bucks a pop. I loved those headphones and they were my favs for years. Literally. I took them everywhere and they never let me down. They broke down a year ago and I've been looking for a replacement ever since. Something in the 100 range. These sound awesome.
Summary: I tried several in-ear headphones, but the Audio Technica ATH-CK7 Earphones are the best I've heard, with fidelity most similar to my two hi-fi freestanding sound systems and Sennheiser PX-100 headphones. (If you own PX-100, you get a pretty good idea of how the ATH-CK7 sound, although they are not identical. Both are pretty flat with clean bass down to very low frequencies and clean treble up to very high frequencies.
Summary: I have been on a week-long mission, here on Amazon, reading various reviews to find some "great sounding earbuds" for under $100. I primarily use them for the gym and also for traveling. I had a set of the Sony MDR51s but after 2 years of constant use the cables started to fray. Therefore, I purchased the earbuds listed below to compare sound quality. I would rank them in this order: 1. Audio Technica ATH-CK7 ($79) 2. Sony-MDR81 ($32) 3. Shure-SE110 ($99) 4.
Summary: One reviewer here wrote: "Music I have listened to all my life has taken on whole new soundscapes, I'm hearing reverberations of snare drums, singers taking a breath between lines of songs and guitar chords have come alive." Ditto. I cannot imagine better sound from earbuds; only the best headphones could provide a better delivery. I've had mine for nearly two years and can't imagine listening to my MP3 player without them.
Summary: I bought these ear-phones to replace my old Sennheiser MX400's. The Sennheiser's served me well but I decided I needed something to better isolate noise while at work. Since I've been happy with my full-size Audio Technica headphones, I decided to give them a go in the ear-phone arena. So far, the sound quality has been exactly on par with the MX400's but with the added benefit of my next-door cube neighbors being unable to hear my music too.
Summary: After suffering the average earbuds that come with an iPod I wanted to find a passive noise cancelling pair of IEMs. They needed to be passive for me because I use them whilst cycling and I still need to be aware of what is going on around me. They do cancel out most ambient noise but I have a comfortable amount of input from the outside world. I followed many reviewers advice and ran them for 24 hours to burn in the drivers and then started using them.
Summary: Wow, I guess I am totally different from the other five reviewers that gave this product FIVE stars. This is not a $100+ product: 1. Doesn't seat in the ear securely. 2. A lot of audible friction when cords touch your clothing. 3. Sound quality is not comparable to others in the same category. THIS SELLER DOES NOT ACCEPT EARPHONE RETURNS (at all) Unfortunately I am stuck with mine, but you don't have to.