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Author Topic: Ear Buds or Headphones  (Read 1413 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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STAYVERTICAL
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2014, 04:39:36 PM »

The inane nature of some of these questions is unbelievable.
Who asks such a childish question?

Earbuds or Headphones - stick them in/on your ears and find out.

Is this a sympton of people needing validation for every simple thing these days?

>>> END RANT (EOT)

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W3JAR
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2014, 04:57:53 PM »

I use the apple ear buds since I have about 15 of them. That and my ears get super hot in headphones.
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K9IUQ
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« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 05:07:43 AM »

The inane nature of some of these questions is unbelievable.
Who asks such a childish question?

Earbuds or Headphones - stick them in/on your ears and find out.

Is this a sympton of people needing validation for every simple thing these days?

I wonder the same thing. The original poster has started THREE different "which is the best headphone threads" here on eham. What is hamradio coming to?? Can not hams make simple decisions on their own? This ain't rocket science, stick the things in/on your ears and make your up your own mind on what headphone is for you.

Stan K9IUQ
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NK7Z
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« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 05:34:19 AM »

The inane nature of some of these questions is unbelievable.
Who asks such a childish question?

Earbuds or Headphones - stick them in/on your ears and find out.

Is this a sympton of people needing validation for every simple thing these days?

>>> END RANT (EOT)


I validate your rant. Smiley
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K8AXW
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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 07:25:43 AM »

Add me to this rant. 
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W2RI
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« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 08:44:16 AM »

And dare I say it - if traveling, it depends on how much space you have. Ear buds are far less bulky!
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W1JKA
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« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 08:48:10 AM »

  Give the OP the benefit of a doubt, he probably meant for this Topic to be an eHam Survey question with 4 possible responses:

1.  __  Yes
2.  __  No
3.  __  Depends
4.  __  Don't know, I lack common sense
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N4DSP
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« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 02:42:37 PM »

LOL

The inane nature of some of these questions is unbelievable.
Who asks such a childish question?

Earbuds or Headphones - stick them in/on your ears and find out.

Is this a sympton of people needing validation for every simple thing these days?

>>> END RANT (EOT)


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N4DSP
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« Reply #12 on: Yesterday at 03:01:36 PM »

Why do they call them "buds" bud?
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W1JKA
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« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 04:07:44 PM »

 Re: N4DSP

BUDS = short form acronym:  Best Unseen Decibel Delivery System
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