I have become an earphone addict ever since I got my iPod and had my cmoy amp built. I am constantly on the lookout for the best sounding earphones in the market. Of course, I have one big condition — it has to be affordable. Although I love to get my hands on those Etymotics in-ear monitors but I have a standing policy that if it costs more than my second hand Denon integrated amp then it’s too pricey.
A number of companies have been coming out with really good earphones because of the increased demand for high quality monitors. This is one sector that the popularity of the iPod has immensely helped. In fact, new brands continue to appear on the market hoping to wrest some of the customers away from such tried and tested brands like Sennheiser, Shure, Bose, and even Philips and Sony.
One good pair of earphones I recently used is the Creative EP-630. Yes, the popular PC peripheral maker and consistent thorn on Apple’s side (because of its affordable line of high quality digital music players) has entered the earphone market with a very affordable yet great sounding earphones. These cans are quite comfortable to use and, surprisingly, can go head to head with the midlevel Sennheisers I got in terms of clarity, loudness and range. And you can get it for less than 30 dollars! That’s a great deal any way you look at it.
[tags]Shure, Creative, Sennheiser[/tags]