I Hate Earbuds

For years I have been using Sennheiser PX 100 headphones with my iPods. (They no longer exist, and have been replaced by the Sennheiser PX 100-II.) Yesterday, my headphones finally died. There had been a drop in volume on the right channel for a while, and I realized it was the cable breaking, just at the point where it comes out of the reinforcement around the jack. Last night it broke, and the right channel died.

I’m replacing them with the newer PX 100 II-i, which is essentially the same, with the addition of an inline remote and volume button, designed to work with the iPod and iPhone. But in the meantime, until they are delivered, I have to use my Apple earbuds.

I hate earbuds. They don’t stay in my ears, and I have to constantly move them around to get balanced sound. If I lie down, they fall out. And while the sound is not necessarily bad, it’s not as good as over-ear headphones. (I hate in-ear and in-canal buds even more; I hear my breathing far too much to enjoy listening to anything.) I guess some people have ears that work better with earbuds, and some don’t mind if the balance isn’t ideal. But I hate them. I just thought I’d share this.

Does anyone else feel this way?