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What is a cheap, long lasting pair of earphones?

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magicalimage Level 189 Bera Night Walker 4
I've been looking for a cheap pair of earphones that last for at least a year. I'm considering on buying ROCK In Ear Zircon Stereo Earphone, Headset 3.5mm Luxury Earbuds. While it has mostly positive reviews, there are some that makes me reluctant to buy it. The biggest priority for me, is its durability, sound quality can be decent. What would you suggest?
Posted: March 2017 Permalink


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meiguihua Level 160 Windia I/L Arch Mage
I bought a pair of sony earphones, i bought them last year. They still work.

I hate how earphones work on one ear and doesn't on the other ear.
Mar 04 2017
beefly Level 60 Bellocan Beginner Justaway Guild See what games, anime & art beefly is intoBeefly
@meiguihua: Are they like 14 to 20 bucks? I buy those too and they last for at least a year for me, probably because I often yank them.

I too have two earphones that only work on the left side, makes me want to buy one of those twin headphone/earphone plug so I can put each working side to each of my ear. (but then I'd never hear the "right" side.)
Mar 05 2017
meiguihua Level 160 Windia I/L Arch Mage
@beefly: Usually when one ear works and the other doesn't, i call them broken
Mar 05 2017
staplemory Level 20 Yellonde Battle Mage 1
I've never really explored headphones of that price range. I've used the ATH-CKR9 LTD for over 2 years now and they are GOOD, although not exactly a cheap pair.

Earpods are pretty decent although they're earbuds.
No idea where to get the original Xiaomi Pistons, but I've heard a lot of good things about it and that's probably why it's so hard to find.
Sony in-ears around the 40~60 USD range is also pretty good, although be wary of the ones with flimsy, tangle-prone cables around 15~30 bucks even though their sound might be pretty good for their price.
Avoid cheap Marley in-ears. I've tried them because many of my friends has them and they really do suck. If you love music, just look elsewhere. Their cable looks cool, tho.
Mar 05 2017
meiguihua Level 160 Windia I/L Arch Mage
@beefly: So it's better to get headphones they like rarely break.
Mar 05 2017
fradddd Level 170 Windia Hero
Yeah what's your price range though? Best bang-for-the-buck IEMs I've ever had were Soundmagic E10's, $42 on Amazon. Lasted the longest of all the pairs I've had too.
I've been researching and buying $20-$100 IEMs for like 10 years now, lemme know if you need more specific advice, like what kinda music you like, etc.

The one's you are looking at are trash, I can tell you that.
EDIT: okay, fine, they're trash to me because yes they're freakin' bass heavy, but they don't have above-average extension, and the treble hurts to hear. Every snare drum hit is like a razor to my ear. But yes if you listen to only rap and you love that synthetic snare annoying-as-hell sound then get them by all means.

@beefly if you're that desperate just put your phone/computer on mono audio if you only have one earbud working, then you can hear both sides in one ear. Sounds kinda weird sometimes though.
Mar 05 2017
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