Pros Obviously...low $. I've been using these for three years and they are the best value out there. Great noise cancellation (used on flights, trains, etc) and sound. If you need replacement foam plugs, pick up a box of "Flents" ear plugs and make your own.
Cons Cord does tangle a bit and is somewhat long for belt or arm mounted players. One side came apart but was easily fixed with some super glue.
Pros u can sleep with ur head against ur pillow and not get that suctiony effect (try it and see what i'm talking about). no need to worry about positioning the earbuds "just right" to get full sound. rarely do these fall out. great bass and plenty loud!
Cons for best fit, pinch the foam tips and roll to squeeze them down fully then place quickly in ear. This solves the problem the editor described. Retail stores stopped carrying these :(
Summary read my previous entry "bonedaddy4u1111" - I decided to try Cnet's newest favorite earbuds, Klipsch Image S4. I still can't get rid of these $15 earbuds i bought 10 years ago because these earbuds are still more comfortable, have a fuller bass, and i can get the $ back i just dropped on the S4's :)you won't believe this. I just took the cushions off the Koss and put them on the Klipsch Image S4's...AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This method did not work with the Shure S4's but these cushions fit perfectly over the S4's after you take the "plastic tubing" out of the originals. This solves the "just right positioning" problem and uncomfortable to sleep in problems you get with plastic tips. Bass is exploding out of my head right now! Anybody who reads this, go buy the S4's and buy these for the tips on ebay somewhere. It will be the best $15 upgrade you've ever invested in. My search for better earbuds finally comes to an end. This celebration calls for a new mp3 player ~
Updated on Feb 18, 2010
Pros Price, performance, value.
Cons Durability could be better, pulled cord out on several pairs when at work.
Summary If you moisten the tip before inserting them in your ear it makes a perfect seal, eliminating at least 25% more noise and creating a perfect reflex chamber in your ear. The difference between moistening and not has to be heard to be believed. I buy these things half-dozen at a time, give them away to friends and to replace them when cord gets tangled and breaks-pulled out.
Pros Plugs out surrounding noises
Cons Hurts after extended wear
Summary Pretty good cheapie headphones. They cancel a lot of outside noise and pump a good amount of bass (my preference) into your ears. The squishy foam gets uncomfortable after an hour, which is quite irritating. They come with extra ear foam pieces but the other shapes are just wierd and useless. I fly a lot and sometimes the headphones can double as a nice ear plug to block out noisy passengers! (or friends who snore too loud) These are usually very reliable but the last pair I bought cracked and broke apart. You can also get the same exact headphones from RadioShack a bit cheaper.
Pros superb sound if inserted right
Cons if you havn't used the foam plugs before, it can be a pain
Summary I have used almost every type of earbud out there in an effort to get something that really works. It led me to these cheap little plugs from radioshack. after i finally got the little buggers in place, i was amazed by the crisp highs and detailed lows that 20 bucks could do. after much anticipation, i found the best mate to these underestimated little headphones. a costome fitted pair of covers to go over them. i decided to find an alternative to foam, and ran into starkey's costome ear-molds, and i was stunned by the matchup. you just replace the foam with the ear-molds and it's better than any of the sound isolation headphones have yet to offer. granted, it'l cost you $150 to get the fittings done, but it's a small price to pay. another product that should be coupled with any pair of your cheap headphones to isolate your music and with these being already made for a mold, they work fantastically.