A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
Only the Skilled Survive
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
Drill Sergeant Frick's Rules For Un-armed Combat.
1. Never be unarmed.
2. See Rule #1
USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
For the absolute best, Etymotic Research ER4P. They are not cheap, but they are awesome. Amazon had the best deal when I bought mine for $167 and free shipping. Don't listen to me, check the reviews on these. Audiophiles know more than me. All I know is these work great and are high quality.
Bang & Olufsen A8 Headphones
Search reviews. Absolutely awesome!
This company has always been known for Style over Substance, but they hit a homerun with these.
Pictures and a few reviews here.......WARNING (Enemy Camp!)
Bang & Olufsen A8 Headphones - Apple Store (U.S.)
The reviews that convinced me to make the purchase which I've NEVER regretted.......
Bang & Olufsen A8 Earphones Reviews
I know that everyone posting "in ear" buds do so with the best of intentions.
However, they're not for everyone. I tried them and did not like the feel, the noises I heard whenever the cord was brushed against.....etc.
Also if using them in the gym you'll get a LOT of noise when using the treadmill, elliptical or any machine.
Some have reported hearing their heatbeat and respiration when using the complete isolation, in the canal earbuds.
My ex is an Audiologist. She made me earmolds which basically "screw into" your ear canals and then have a cup where the standard earbuds fit into. They also had a "breathing" holes so they would not completely isolate the canal. Professionals in the hearing arena reccomend against complete isolation. This design is what you see musicians wearing on TV. This has replaced their "feedback" monitors you used to see (the small speakers on the edge of the stage facing the performer).
While the professional earmolds worked well they diminished the sound output of the buds. The professional musicians use custom earbuds with breathing holes and ear "speakers" costing several thousand of dollars per ear.
You need to try a cheap pair of in-the-ear buds to see if you can live with them, not everyone can. I can't.
I think they are really meant solely for relaxing (doing nothing) and listening to music.
I've been through every make and model listed here. Hooked them all up to my ex wifes $20,000 acoustic analyzer and the B&O's came out way ahead.
I agree with Harrison on the Skull Candy's. I needed a low cost set of ear buds with good sound and ability to block out noise (while sitting at daughter's indoor swim practices) and these fit the bill. I got them for $20 at Best Buy a few months ago, but saw them in a black friday ad (for Staples or a similar store) for $9.99. You get 3 different sized ear pieces made of soft rubber that work like a stethoscope earpiece. They do a much better job in both sound reproduction and noise blocking than the similar priced JVC units that use a foam ear insert. I would definitely buy these again if I needed another pair and not have to worry about losing or breaking a more expensive set of headphones.