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Great features, so far so good
on December 20, 2010
I am forever in search of the perfect running headphones. I run 3-4 times/week in all sorts of weather, so my headphones take a beating. I've only had these a few weeks, so the jury is still out, but I think I'm going to like them.
-The anchor point of the cord to the neckband is behind the left ear. This keeps the cord out of the way, especially if you run the cord down your back, but also holds true if you connect to your iPod on your arm or have the cord run across your chest.
-The earbuds are the round, soft rubber type, as opposed to the more common circular, hard type (like standard iPod earbuds). This is far superior for staying in your ear and for hearing the music.
-The neckband is sturdy and shaped well.
-Having a clip is great. Some people don't use them, but I think it's essential for running.
-The price is right. There are more expensive headphones out there, but I've found that running headphones WILL develop issues after prolonged use, so it's nice if they're relatively inexepensive to replace. If these last a year they will have met my expectations and I will have gotten my money's worth.
-The only downside is that the connection point to the iPod is straight, as opposed to angled 90 degrees. This makes for a less compact connection, and I'm afraid jeopardizes the longevity of the wires.
The sound is fine. I'm not a huge audiophile to begin with, and I'm not looking for perfect sound when I'm running.
I'll update this review after a few months, but it looks like these might be a winner, especially for the price.
Update: 16 months and still going strong. I love them and would buy them again in a hearbeat. Rating updated to 5 stars.
Update: Feb. 2013. While running earlier this week, the music stopped coming out of one of the earpieces. Pretty typical after prolonged use in my experience. I ended up getting almost 2.5 years out of these, and immediately ordered a new pair. Highly recommended.