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Author Topic: Ear Buds or Headphones  (Read 220 times)
N4DSP
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« on: September 12, 2014, 11:44:36 AM »

Which is better?
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2014, 11:59:03 AM »

Partly it depends on the shape of your ear.  The ear buds stay in my ears just fine because I have a
narrow slot to slip them into, but my wife has a wider, more V-shaped and they fall right out.

I like the ear buds when I need to hear what else is around me, or when I need to wear a knit hat
to keep my ears warm, or  at night in a sleeping bag when I may fall asleep with them in.  They are
also smaller and lighter when I have to carry spares.  I often use them when running through the
forest for radio direction-finding competitions (unless I have my special ones with speakers sewn
into a sweat band.)

Standard cushioned headphones are better for keeping other noises out (unless you get the ear buds
that are more like ear plugs) and may be better for straining for weak signals.  I tend to use them more
when I'm being totally focused on copying.

But it really is a matter of personal preference and what works best in your specific situation.
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PA0KDW
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2014, 01:40:02 PM »

N4DSP,

Which is better for what?

Environment noise insulation?
Allergic reaction  of ea rskin?
limited dynamic range to prevent ear damage?

Please be more specific in your question(s)

Just like the grocery short after WW2:
I was ordered  to buy one lbs sugar, and when the grocery said he was sold out I had to specify that I want to buy 20 lbs.
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2014, 09:56:35 PM »

Too many variables . . .

My own preferences:

. . . "in-ear" phones (Skullcandy "Ink'd" or similar) over any cheap headphone,
. . . for sound quality, increased isolation, and comfort.

. . . the "low-price Cadillac" in that style is the Shure SE215, at about $100 -- they sound great.

If in-ear phones don't give you enough isolation, you can wear industrial earcup "hearing protectors" over them.

I used Sennheiser HD-280 headphones for several years.  They're very good -- closed-back, good isolation, and comfortable for hours.  But yours ears _will_ get sweaty.

With either of those, since they block external noise, you usually won't have to raise the radio volume to overcome background noise.

With normal "earbuds", or open-back headphones, that can be a problem.

.       Charles

PS -- if you have an old rig -- especially a tube rig - that has high-frequency hiss, you might want "communications headphones". 

PPS -- I'm not going to defend my own choices.  There's a lot of "personal preference" in this area.
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