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Old June 7th, 2013, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Good ear buds for S4

I am a recent convert from iphone 5. I got kind of spoiled by the headphones and I'm looking for better quality set for the s4. The stock Samsung headphones are pretty crappy and I'm looking for a set that will meet the quality of the Apple units but I don't want to pay a massive amount for them. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Old June 7th, 2013, 12:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am a recent convert from iphone 5. I got kind of spoiled by the headphones and I'm looking for better quality set for the s4. The stock Samsung headphones are pretty crappy and I'm looking for a set that will meet the quality of the Apple units but I don't want to pay a massive amount for them. Any suggestions would be welcome.
I have an iPhone 5 and an S4 and I don't know why you think the iPhone ones are better. The Apple headphones are decidedly mediocre. I'd say that the Samsung ones are considerably better but neither is anywhere near as good as my Sennheiser CX500s and they weren't particularly expensive.
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I kept the Earpods from my iPhone 5 and tested them along side my S4 earbuds. The Earpods are by far better. Better sound, more comfortable, and the material is better.

The S4 earbuds are uncomfortable. I couldn't wear them for longer than 3 minutes (didn't make it through Psy's Gentlemen).

I don't know why Samsung went with these in-ear style earbuds. They don't fit even if you switch the earpiece sizes.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 12:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I kept the Earpods from my iPhone 5 and tested them along side my S4 earbuds. The Earpods are by far better. Better sound, more comfortable, and the material is better.

The S4 earbuds are uncomfortable. I couldn't wear them for longer than 3 minutes (didn't make it through Psy's Gentlemen).

I don't know why Samsung went with these in-ear style earbuds. They don't fit even if you switch the earpiece sizes.
I take it that you don't like music then .

In ear ones are vastly superior, perhaps that's why Samsung chose them. Having a seal in the ear allows for much better sound reproduction, particularly bass notes and better isolation.

My Sennheisers smoke them both but they are in ear phones too so I doubt you will like those either.

Anything made by Shure or Sennheiser is going to be a big improvement on the cheapo ones you get with a phone, but if you want decent sound reproduction you want in ear earphones or proper over tbe ear headphones.
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I've tried the iPhone 5 earbuds and they fit & sound pretty decent. I currently switch off with my Klipsch S4A's and Beats Solo's
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I take it that you don't like music then .

In ear ones are vastly superior, perhaps that's why Samsung chose them. Having a seal in the ear allows for much better sound reproduction, particularly bass notes and better isolation.

My Sennheisers smoke them both but they are in ear phones too so I doubt you will like those either.

Anything made by Shure or Sennheiser is going to be a big improvement on the cheapo ones you get with a phone, but if you want decent sound reproduction you want in ear earphones or proper over tbe ear headphones.
The In-Ear ones are good if done right. Samsung did not do it right. And In-Ear buds are only done right if used with the right material and crafted/designed perfectly which is what you get with Beats or Bose but Samsung? No way.

The sound coming out of my Earpods are MUCH better than the sound coming from the OEM Samsung earbuds in my opinion.
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The In-Ear ones are good if done right. Samsung did not do it right. And In-Ear buds are only done right if used with the right material and crafted/designed perfectly which is what you get with Beats or Bose but Samsung? No way.

The sound coming out of my Earpods are MUCH better than the sound coming from the OEM Samsung earbuds in my opinion.
Beats and Bose? You must be feeling really funny today and making jokes.

Please stop believing in marketing and start reading about brands like Shure, Westone, Audio-Technica and many more. You will learn, that no single audiophile has any Bose or Beats equipment.
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Please refer to this site if you guys want a pair of good sounding earphones/IEM
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Please refer to this site if you guys want a pair of good sounding earphones/IEM
You probabl meant to include this link to Head-Fi:

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You probabl meant to include this link to Head-Fi:

Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors
Hahahahaha yes thank you, that's what i meant, as for myself i'm using a simple headphones (as shown) for my GT-I9500 aside my other collections



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I'm looking for a set that will meet the quality of the Apple units but I don't want to pay a massive amount for them.
Try making a "Wanted" post in the Classifieds section. Somebody may have a set of Earpods laying around unused.
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Hahahahaha yes thank you, that's what i meant, as for myself i'm using a simple headphones (as shown) for my GT-I9500 aside my other collections

Sorry for the crappy result
I see a fellow head-fier here, great Grados.

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Ahhh.. i really love those T1, add Dacmini and WA6 for tube option or Dacmini and B22 for SS option the result... is bliss

Anyway, to OP goodluck on your journey, hope you can find a good pair of earphones

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For earphones, I would go with the stock ones.

For headphones, I would go with my Sony headphones.
 
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I didn't think this thread would head this way so quick. Although I can see the passion and understand it. Thanks for all the advise and help.
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I didn't think this thread would head this way so quick. Although I can see the passion and understand it. Thanks for all the advise and help.
Use what you like, not what others like. We are only here to give opinions and 'reviews'. Good luck finding one that you like
 
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Like just about everything else, buds are subjective. Easy to have sonically inferior buds sound better than better sounding buds depending on fit. The new Apple buds are proven not to have real good sound quality, but they fit some people's ears better. They sound better than other in box buds.

The same convention can be applied to other comparisons of buds. The fit is key and the most subjective weight. Conversely, a bad fit with great buds equals bad sound to the listener.
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Like just about everything else, buds are subjective. Easy to have sonically inferior buds sound better than better sounding buds depending on fit. The new Apple buds are proven not to have real good sound quality, but they fit some people's ears better. They sound better than other in box buds.

The same convention can be applied to other comparisons of buds. The fit is key and the most subjective weight. Conversely, a bad fit with great buds equals bad sound to the listener.
 
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