Had some Sony Fontopias for years (recommended to me by forum member Macc - anyone seen him recently?) which have been great, but the rubber lining is shredding exposing the wires now. Anyone have any recommendations for some new earbuds? If not I’ll probably get some more of these
Yeah thanks for that - I’m 48 and fully aware of how to and how not to use earbuds/headphones/monitors at high volumes etc. I just need a new pair to listen at work … at low volume you’ll be pleased to hear, or not.
These earphones have redefined my portable musc listening experience. It’s a different thing than it was before - I can hear things I’ve never heard before in the music I listen to. Stunning really. But it costs close to $500, so it might be more than you want to spend.
Here’s a site with a lot of good info on earphones:
In terms of earbud styles, I like the “in-ear” kind that wraps around your ear but actually then goes into your ear canal because it completely blocks out all noise. Most of the time I listen to music on my iPod I’m on public transportation or outdoors, so I need that isolation. Great bass response that way as well.
No worries Tony - no budget as such, so whatever I see that suits I will buy. The Fontopias were my first 'buds bought some years ago and I’ve been amazed how much I have used them - so better quality wouldn’t go amiss!
Of course moderation is the sensible way to go. When was the last time you had your ears tested? And the time before that(?), there’s where you need to see if there is any variance. Your brain will compensate quite a bit to pick up the slack, but sooner or later it will become loss you cannot recover. I always encourage music/sound professionals to get tested… EQ your head!
On or over the ear headphones are still safer than buds, but exposure should be limited to short durations.
Boom boxes are safer for sure, the other bus riders might not love you so much!