Better sound from your iPod

If, as for me, those natty little "mug me" Apple ear buds drop out whilst you are exercising or even just sitting there, then I have a great product recommendation for you!

No, it's not a roll of medical tape, but a pair of headphones.

I have had real problems with the iPod ear buds. I can get them to sit on the edge of my ear, but not in a position in which the music is directed into my ear rather than at its periphery. Not only that, but if I'm exercising and need a wipe down with a towel (or the bottom of my shirt), the ear buds tend to pop out :(

So, I decided to get some proper lightweight headphones.

A quick read of my favourite HiFi mag revealed that Sennheiser still make some of the best value for money headphones, and the PX 100's came out highly rated and for only £30. So, going on this glowing recommendation, I bought a pair, and WOW!.

There is a clear difference in the quality of the PX 100's when compared with the Apple ear-buds (which in themselves are better than average for a portable player). Bass is delivered very crisply and clearly, and goes deeper than that of the ear-buds. Listening to Linkin Park's Meteora, I could clearly pick out the electronic bass drum sound which was hidden in the mix through the ear buds. Vocals came over much clearer and distinctively too. In fact, everything was delivered in a very satisfying and musical fashion.

The headphones are very lightweight and fold up in a rather natty manner so that they can fit into a nice hard plastic case for travelling. No more will you have to untangle the wires of your 'phones when you take them out of your bag. The lead is also longer than the lead on the ear-buds. This has good and bad sides. Good because you don't have to have your iPod close to your head any more ;) and bad because you may need to tuck in some excess lead - especially if you wear your iPod in one of those fancy strap on packs.

So, if you're in the market for better sound quality from your iPod, these should certainly be at or very near the top of your list - especially if you don't want to go over the top on price (yes, there are better headphones, but they cost considerably more!).

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