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Headphones or earbuds?


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Theres some really cool headphones out there and some good earbuds too (In-ear headphones). Will and Norm have done reviews from the Japanese audiophile show and the Bowers & Wilkins stuff too. If I could spend a thousand dollars for cans (headphones) i would get Ultrasone or Denons btw.

Sometimes I wear my cans but if Im on my bike or on vacation or something I wear my earbuds. Thats because the cans could get stolen or damaged.
When do you wear headphones? When do you just use earbuds and why?


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I actually don't use headphones. The ones I've tried have never felt very comfortable or suited for me, and the only time I have the need to hook my music up directly to my ears is when I'm exercising, in which case, I find earbuds are much more comfortable to use.

Perhaps if I took the bus to work or listened to audio books, I'd invest in headphones.


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Earbuds right now, but I don't like them! I wont' get headphones though, I'll get higher quality buds. When I do power walk/sprint interval workouts, I listen to music. There's no way headphones would be comfortable or practical.


Sally Twit
I always use earphones. They are much lighter and fit in your handbag easily. If I got headphones then I'd have to buy a bigger bag and I would rather not as I prefer small.
I always buy the cheapest I can find.


Creeping On You
I hate earbuds but i use them anyways because its easier to fit them in my pocket. Also, in the winter time, its easier to fit buds under my toque.

I'd like to find a decent said of over the ear headphones for using at my computer though. However I'm waiting till later this year to get a decent headset for my gaming, and so i'll be able to just use that headset on my computer as well.


Living in Ikoria
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I've only used earbuds in recent years, so I would have to say that is my preference. I haven't had headphones in ages. The new technology and big headphones really seem like they're worth trying, but I really don't feel a need for them. Most of my music listening happens in the car or at the gym.


Sultan of Swat
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I just bought these about a month ago and I love them:

They were $78 so they weren't cheap, but they're extremely comfortable, and I have no problem using them at the gym either. Well worth the price, that's for sure.


Better Call Saul
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I hate earbuds so much. They don't fit in your ear and always slip out and are just overly uncomfortable and annoying.

I don't use either but if I had to go out and buy one or the other I'd go headphones everytime.


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I currently have in ear headphones which are a little uncomfortable and sometimes slip out and you have to keep pushing them back into your ear again lol.

I have in earbuds like this shape, which I find annoying and slip out whilst I'm trying to listen/watch something on my laptop. Google Image Result for http://www.maclife.com/files/u129772/Yamaha_Earbuds_380.jpg
My boyfriend has this shape of in earbuds. I prefer these cos they fit in my ear better and don't slip out. I used to own a pair of skype ones til' they broke lol. I will purchase some of these type once my current ones break or something lol Google Image Result for http://www.parts4ipods.com/WebRoot/Store3/Shops/es115703_shop/4A01/CE66/5DC3/7778/B7DD/50ED/8970/5936/Apple_0020_iPod_0020_Headphones_0020_Earbuds_0020_Earphones.jpg sig=110687162610526666074&page=2&tbnh=142&tbnw=179&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:32,s:20,i:31&tx=151&ty=58


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I like both, but currently have earbuds in, but its the kind that came with the iPhone, iPod, iTouch, whatever apple provides when you buy one of their devices. Honestly, I like those the best because of the closeness and comfort they provide. I've had a couple of earbuds that fall out or just don't cut it with sound quality and what not. If I can find a nice set of headphones, I would definitely invest in them once again. But, until then, I'm fine with the apple earbuds I have at the moment.

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