"Best Choice I can think of for active use."4.0 starson by Lokwashus
Pros: Very good sound. Outstanding sound for the price
Secure fit. Will not shake loose
Appears to be well constructed
Insanely good value
Cons: They take a little time to put on and take off Not good if your listening is interrupted regularly
Would like a firmer large round eartip.
Summary: To know if this review has relevance for you, I'll first tell you how I use them. I use the M6 Earbud exclusively for my 40 minute run with the dog in the morning. I listen on a 5th Gen Nano mostly to standard MP3 pulled off CD with some MP3 VBR downloads. I have a different genre playlist for each day of the week which goes as follows Blues, Folk-Country-Acoustic, pre-1984 rock, post -1984 rock, and World-Trance-Jazz. Regardless of the genre, all of the songs have a steady beat to keep me moving. I also have a "Chill" non-beat playlist (new-age, slow jazz, chamber-classical) for cooling down.
Prior to these I had two consecutive sets of more expensive V-Modas, which I used for the same purpose.
Because I'm running, the music has to compete with wind, traffic, my footsteps (heard internally), and my breathing, not to mention my dog's verbal abuse at the squirrels I won't let him chase. So there is no point in pursuing absolute audio perfection. That said, I do want a full frequency range, definable bass, clear, well-rounded voices, and I want to hear my favorite percussive flourishes. I'm perfectly happy. The V-Modas were pretty bass-heavy so these took some adjustment on my part. But in a stationary comparison between my last pair (which seemed to fix themselves after I bought their replacement. )the M6s delivered significantly more clarity across both the bass and mid range. I added a little more base equalization to the iPod and I'm fine.
Fit was the whole point of getting these since I use them for exercise and I'm happy to say they delivered. Previous units often shook themselves loose during the run. But between the upturned angle of the bud and the memory wire over the ear, these things are locked-in. I can't think of a single activity that would knock these things loose that wouldn't involve major head trauma. I had to dig into the bud selection to get the seal right and I'm still dealing with my footsteps causing a bit of tapping sound in my left ear. That it never happens in my right ear makes me suspect the design flaw lies more with my ear than the device. With no movement or feeling of heat in the ear, I feel like I could wear them all day, but they are always out after forty minutes, so I don't know.
They do take a little more time to put on and takeoff so I wouldn't recommend these for a situation where you have to remove them regularly such as at your works space or anywhere people call or talk to you regularly.
The flat outsides don't stick out very far so they could be good for use while lying your head on a pillow , though I haven't tried that yet. I'll definitely bring them on my next camping trip.
Who cares? OK, my first V-Modas were red anodized with a red metallic-weave cord that I thought were pretty cool. And the clear heads on these are interesting , but really it doesn't matter.
Who cares? Well again I'll admit that the case with for my last V-Modas makes a great travelling case for various USB cords. The ME round case is too small for me to find any other practical use, so far. The important thing is a variety of tips. You get three different sizes of cone shaped tips which I personally haven't warmed up to. I'm using the larger of the two round tips. I'm thinking that finding some the same size but a little less pliable might correct my "tapping" issue.
Time will tell. I'm just two months into their use. I always expect things to last forever but I've learned from personal experience and reading these reviews that it just isn't the case for earbuds. That said, the fairly thick tangle-free cord, decently relived L-Plug (crucial for my use), equally protected y-connection and solid fit give me hope. Plus, unlike my previous units they don't cost much to replace.
If you want something for active use, I can't think of a better choice. Amazon had them for just $20 bucks, and I'd be happy if I paid $60. I have paid that and more with less satisfaction. However; look elsewhere if you have to remove them regularly during a listening session