Best running headphones???

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07/08/2008 at 08:35
although they arent exactly high tech and all that, i cannot fault the Philips SHS420 headphones.  I have very little ears and find that normal over the ear type ones are just too big, whilst the in ear ones keep popping out after about 5-10 mins.  These philips ones have a cord that pulls tight and although after some time they might slacken abit, after ALL the different ones i have tried, these are the best i can find for my tiny ears.  Sound wise, they are not the best again, but then i like this when running outside as it means i can still hear if a car is coming up behind.
07/08/2008 at 08:51
On the rare occasions I run with an mp3 player, I use Shure EC3's, brilliant phones IMO
07/08/2008 at 11:19
Another vote here for the Sennheiser MX 70.  Very stable.  They don't rely on bits of you being the correct shape for them to stay on if you know what I mean (ie dodgy shaped earholes).  They effectively keep themselves on your head, no matter how much motion your head goes through when running.
07/08/2008 at 15:23

Yes another vote for the sennheiser PMX70.  I have never been able to get the ear plug type to stay in for more than a few steps so I used to have a cheapo pair which went over the ears and up over the top of the head.  It wasn't until I got the sennheiser that I realised how good music can sound through headphones.

I have worn them for several 3hour + runs and found them brilliant.  They never move.  I was sceptical initially as I hate things in my ears and was sure that I wouldn't get on with them but hey they are just great.  I even like the pea green colour.  not cheap but for me worth it.

08/08/2008 at 06:24
very tempted to try out these sennheiser thingys now............. do they fit over very little ears? (as in the overall size not the hole itself)
08/08/2008 at 11:53
what are the ones called that sit behind the ear that were in runnersworld this month??
15/08/2008 at 11:35

went and tried the sennheiser ones today - didnt buy any of them.

The ones that go over the back the head didnt sit against by neck/head so bounced about - and my ponytail just made it worse.

The ones that went around the ear that you could shape to your ear, were still too large for my tiny ears.

Sticking with my Philips.... 

19/11/2008 at 12:56

i have tried the pmx 70 & had to send back - i dont think they were tested properly because after 30 mins of running sweat gains in your ears making the earphone swimmingly annoying - i can definately recommend though the pmx40 senneisher - this headband has a perfect fit- & delivers the sound is quite amazaing especially when running - i have tried about 15 different neckbands over the years & this pmx40 is the best  around -  u want be disapointed

Edited: 19/11/2008 at 15:32
19/11/2008 at 16:52
I love my PMX70s but have to admit, recently I've suffered with the wet ear syndrome, this has only happened since i had to replace my first pair though.
15/12/2008 at 08:16
I've got a pair of phillips shs8000 - work perfectly and have never fallen out of my ears, build quality is decent too.
17/06/2011 at 11:55

I've had quite a few running headphones of late so hope my experience with them can benefit others!

Sennheiser Adidas PMX 680 - Thought I'd give them ago, despite knowing that they were a product of a marketing meeting! They are okay, yet for the price are far to expensive for what they offer. They aren't the most comfortable, as after a few miles into the run when I started to perspire, the sweat was able to access my ear canal and affect the sound, and in all honesty my run. The sound volume controller is not conveniently positioned as I usually have my iphone in my short pocket and lead running underneath my shirt. Despite the volume control having a clip, it does not sit well. Obviously, it was designed for runners with armbands, yet I know a lot of runners run with headphones this way. If you use your headphones this way, then these are not for you.

Sennheiser PMX 80 - This is very similar to the updated PMX 680, yet without the Adidas branding and the hefty price tag. For around £15 you can get a PMX 80 and despite obviously having similar issues to that of the Adidas/Sennheiser collaboration when it comes to sweat and sound performance, they seem more acceptable as they cost £30 less. They are not the most durable, as these broke in my gym bag. (The neckband snapped near the earplug)

Urbanz Hooky - I bought these off ebay after simply putting in 'running headphones'. I never usually purchase unknown brands, yet I thought for £7 they couldn't hurt. I must say, they are not special, no real technological features, yet are simple ear hook earphones that fit really well. I have since gone back to eBay and purchased a pair for my gym bag!

Sennheiser MX 85 Sport II - As you may be aware, I've been through some Sennheisers! They are generally renowned as the go to brand for sports headphones... The MX85 is very good, fits in-ear very well and for around £25 offer better value for money than the PMX 680 and are a better product that the PMX 80.

Philips SHQ4000 - I had these a while ago, and are similar style to Sennheiser PMX 80 and 680 as it is a neckband headphone. Saying that, the earplug fits securely in the ear canal and sweat was never an issue. Good headphones. Amazon selling for £27.99 which I think is reasonable.

If you want a quality headphone go for the Philips. Sennheiser have swayed towards gimmicks and marketing, and forget about true performance.

Hope that helps.

18/06/2011 at 23:09

Etymotic have a very good reputation... at a price.

They have a custom fit option as well 

20/06/2011 at 10:36
I like Etymotic earphones. I am an audiophile of sorts. Yet I wouldn't say they are overly 'running headphones'. Anything is better than the cheap, harsh feeling generic apple iPod earphones though.

Sennheiser PMX 680 - The Adidas/Sennheiser hybrid. Cheapest price £20 on the link.,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1280&bih=933&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=3514726807447758704&sa=X&ei=WhL_TejfBIaXhQeepdybCw&ved=0CEwQ8wIwAA

Sennheiser MX 80 - Cheapest price £14.98 on Amazon/.

Found the running headphones on their site. You can get the white ones for £6 on eBay.

Sennheiser MX 85 Sport II,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1280&bih=933&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=9930206154106563874&sa=X&ei=Uhv_TZeDC4-r8QP18JmqCQ&ved=0CE8Q8wIwAA- Cheapest price on Play for £19.95

Philips SHQ4000 - Cheapest price on Dixons for £17.99

I hope that helps. If you do indeed go ahead and purchase any of the above, come back and leave your thoughts.

Edited: 20/06/2011 at 11:06
03/07/2011 at 11:43

I've just had to replace my running headphones and found these running headphones reviews useful.

In the end I chose the SoundMAGIC E30, because I wanted an earphone that isolates from external noise and I like to route the cabling out of the way. I run in Richmond Park (when I can) and on the treadmill in the gym, so there is no danger from traffic.

I've previously tried the Sennheiser PMX80, but found the sound quality a bit rubbish.

03/07/2011 at 14:03
i recently bought the Adidas Sennheiser MX-680's (with the ear fins)

i had the Cx ones before which go in the ear more, but i prefer the MX ones, they dont isolate quite as much so you can hear the traffic a little better over music (car horns etc) and also because they sit in the ear grooves rather than in the ear canal they dont gunk up with sweat etc,
05/07/2011 at 21:14

Soundmagic PL30 - Great Sound, never fall out and lots of ear pieces with them to find best fit.

Do a google search, there are plenty of reviews. They are around £30

05/07/2011 at 21:51

Yep, I agree... the SoundMAGIC's are perfect for running or gym work.  I just slammed my PL30's in the car door, so have upgraded to the new E30.  The slightly smaller earpiece and softer edges makes it a little more comfortable.  Sound is also improved over the PL30.  A very nice product.

It took me a while to get the hang of the over ear cabling, until I figured out you have to slide the sleeve on the cable up to the back of the neck to keep it all tight.  Genius!

26/08/2011 at 19:36
I pushed the boat out and got a pair from Pound land, wrap around the ear type, work great and cheap.

27/08/2011 at 09:06

My friend has one like that. But I'm not sure.. Maybe it really have some problems.


28/08/2011 at 23:51
sennheiser PMX70's from Amazon recently (about 17 quid I think).  Suffered from the wet ear thing on the first couple of runs but not since.  Really really happy with them now.  Just need a new MP3 player to go with them! 
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