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    1. palmOne Treo 650 Wireless Headset
    $79.99 $71.99 list($99.99)
    2. Sony ECMMS907 Digital Recording
    $49.35 list($74.99)
    3. Sony ECM-DS70P Stereo Microphone
    $98.99 list($149.99)
    4. Etymotic Research ER6 Noise Isolating
    $59.84 $51.88 list($99.95)
    5. AUDIO TECHNICA ATR-55 Condenser
    $11.98 list($24.99)
    6. Aiwa HP-JS35 Stereo Headphones
    $32.99 list($49.99)
    7. Shure Pro Microphone System 100WD
    $20.99 $18.99 list($29.99)
    8. Sony F-V320 Uni-Directional Vocal
    list($15.99)
    9. PARENT - KSC
    $2.95 list($4.95)
    10. Musician's Friend Heavy Duty Basic
    $15.00 list($69.90)
    11. Musician's Friend Microphone Stand
    $19.99 list($39.95)
    12. Musician's Friend Die-Cast Microphone
    $19.99 list($69.95)
    13. On-Stage Stands Tripod Mic Stand
    list($39.99)
    14. Audiovox IRHSCS Wireless Headphones
    $265.99 $210.99 list($329.99)
    15. Etymotic Research ER-4P MicroPro
    $64.81 list($89.99)
    16. Sony ECM-719 Stereo Microphone
    $14.99 $8.99
    17. Sony F-V120 Uni-Directional Vocal
    $83.49 list($158.00)
    18. Shure SM57 Unidirectional Dynamic
    $158.65 list($279.99)
    19. Azden WMS-PRO Wireless Microphone
    $9.99 $6.99
    20. Sony F-V100 Dynamic Vocal Microphone

    1. palmOne Treo 650 Wireless Headset
    by PalmOne

    our price: $69.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007T27B4
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 1238
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • The unique hook-shaped over-ear design flips smoothly from right to left and can be easily adjusted to fit your ear
    • Well positioned speaker provides crisp, clear sound
    • Lithium-Ion Polymer battery provides up to 7 hours talk time and 170 hours standby and charges in 2 hours with the included AC adapter or Treo 650 smartphone adapter
    • Multifunction button allows you to answer calls, last number redial, put calls on hold and more
    • Bluetooth 1.2 compliant

    Reviews (1)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?
    Volumne is way to low you cannot hear . ... Read more


    2. Sony ECMMS907 Digital Recording Microphone
    by Sony
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $79.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00001W0DT
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2492
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Mid/side stereo design * 90?/120? switch * frequency response 100-15,000 Hz * gold-plated stereo mini-plug * uses 1 "AA" battery (not included) ... Read more

    Features

    • Ideal for DAT or MD digital recorders
    • Electret condenser stereo microphone for advanced amateur use
    • Mid/side (MS) capsules create natural stereo panorama
    • Adjust pickup angle (90-120 degrees) for single voice/instrument or multi-voice/instrument
    • Cannon XLR connector; oxygen-free copper Litz cord

    Reviews (6)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Does Not Work With Computer Inputs
    I have used the ECMMS907 to fill about 150 mini discs since I bought it three years ago. It runs lovingly on one AA battery (unlike it's watch-battery-dependent predecessor) and allows for two polor patterns 180 and 90 degrees. The casing of the unit is rugged. It includes wind screen,travel pouch, stand clip, and four foot cloth encased cable. I have been able to record everything from street musicians to Dave Bruebeck concerts.

    In pro audio it isn't considerd cool to like Sony gear as it often uses digital tricks to achieve a bogus sense of higher fidelity,but Sony electronics are bulletproof and work exactly as designed until you lose them or back them over with your car.That said...

    Lots of people I have spoken with purchased this microphone thinking they could jack into the 1/8" input on thier laptop computer and get desirable results.This might work if your microphone is inches away from a blaring guitar amp, but won't do well with amient recordings or speaking as the output gain is far too low. Most people are not happy in this situation.

    Overall, worth every penny.Perhaps there is a modification out there to improve the output gain.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good recording results; holder doesn't fit standard stands
    I like the results I have gotten with this microphone, both in a concert setting and recording myself and friends playing music with my minidisc recorder.

    My only reason for giving this mic 4 out of 5 stars is that the thread size on the holder that comes with it does not fit the threads of any microphone stand I am aware of.Also, the body of the mic has a somewhat oblong shape instead of being perfectly round.As such, you'll have a hard time finding any standard mic holder to attach this microphone to a stand.

    The solution is to go to Radio Shack and get their spring-clip style microphone holder.I think it cost me about $6, if that.It has standard threads to attach to a stand, and the sides of the holder have foam padding where they contact the mic, to give a good grip.

    Of course, the holder is designed to act as its own "stand" if you want to set it on a table or desktop while recording.However, the mic can easily fall over if the table/desk is bumped or if the cord gets tugged inadvertently.

    Otherwise, the mic has a nice, solid feel and appears to be well-constructed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great microphone for instrument recording
    I brought this microphone to record violin playing. The result was amazingly well.I did little modification to the microphone, by re-wiring it from stero to XLR.Using two of this kind of micropones, recording on both MR-8 8 track digital recorder and US-224 Tascam digital recorder, I could make CD at professional quality.Sony does make a professional microphone with similar technology. The difference between that one and this one is the connector.For this consumer product, they purposely made it not XLR.The simlar microphone with XLR connector sold over $200 each.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Affordable Digital Recording.GREAT VALUE!!!
    The other reviewers wrote some great info about this Microphone.Some drawbacks are the relatively bulkyness of this unit as compared to others.

    The sound quality is sufficiently clear when recording, but is not sensitive enough to satisfy the most demanding users such as musicians or professional reporters.As the other reviewers have said, you need a relatively loud source as there is no sensitivity switch or zoom feature.It does have the 90-120 degree switch, so you can toggle the range depending on what you are recording.

    This microphone is very compatible with many different devices.MD is the best though.

    Here's one MD player recorder that I know has the microphone jack and works great with this microphone:
    'Sony MZ-NF810CK Net MD MiniDisc Recorder with Car Kit'

    However, don't be fooled.Not every MD player has the appropriate Mic Jack.Double Check the technical documentation to make sure.Units that definitely do not have it are:
    'Sony MZ-NE410 High Speed Net MD Walkman Recorder'

    Notice the deceptive "Recorder" moniker in the product name.Don't be fooled!Very few MD "recorders" actually record with a microphone!

    Not sure about these:
    'Sony MZ-NF610 High Speed Net MD Walkman Recorder'
    'Sony MZ-N510CK NetMD Walkman/Recorder with Car Kit'
    'Sony MZ-N505 Net MD Walkman Player/Recorder'

    Do your research before purchasing any MD player.All in all, this is a good value and pretty good quality for a digital microphone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This mic is great for the price
    If you look around you'll see that this mic is one of the most popular for recording concerts, lectures, etc.I found it to be clear when recording, although there needed to be moderate volume.There is no sensitivity switch.It does have the 90-120 degree switch, so you can increase the scope of recording.The unit is built well, and comes apart easily to allow replacement of the battery, which should last a long time.When using this microphone, make sure if the volume level reaching you is not high enough, position it better, like one other reviewer said, or spend the extra money and get a zoom microphone.Also an mp3 player that allows digital recording comes in really handy. ... Read more


    3. Sony ECM-DS70P Stereo Microphone with Plug-In Power Operation
    by Sony
    list price: $74.99
    our price: $49.35
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006HOLL
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2521
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Weighs just 3/8 of an ounce * uni-directional recording elements * frequency response 100-15,000 Hz * operates on power output from MD recorder's mic jack (no addional batteries required) * gold-plated stereo mini plug ... Read more

    Features

    • 1 meter long cord (3' 3")
    • Quality microphone for digital media recording; ideal for DAT, NT and MD recorders
    • Plug-in power operation
    • Uni-directional recording to capture stereo sound
    • Gold-plated contacts for sure connection

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this mic
    I recommend the Sony ECM-DS70P stereo microphone.

    This mic is great to use with the Sony Mini disc recorders such as MZ-N707 and up.Although it is referred as uni directional, I have found the stereo separation very good.

    As you are recording yourself with other singers for example you distinctly hear the vocal separation or instrument separation on playback so, then you can get an interesting separated sound by adjusting the mike direction.

    So, even though the L and R mics are close together they must be facing in different directions to get that quality of separation.

    There probably are better mikes, and I am sure they cost more money.I am critical of what sound goes in my ears, and this is excellent for my needs, which is self recording, recording voice lessons, live performances etc.

    If you were to find this review helpful, please click yes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not JUST for Sony recorders
    Contrary to earlier review, this microphone works GREAT with devices other than Sony; just make sure that your recording device provides plug power. I use this microphone with my iRiver iHP-120 20GB MP3 Jukebox --- records great stereo sound directly into MP3s. Fantastic for recording my kids' concerts. Highly, highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for MD recording! Nice for the price!
    This unit is not as compatible as compared to others.But, what it loses in compatibility it makes up for in features.It's wonderfully small and works great with Sony MD recorders.True, it isn't as versitile as the battery models, but it's a lot smaller too.If you just want to do MD recording, this is the unit for you.

    The sound quality is sufficiently clear when recording, but is not sensitive enough to satisfy the most demanding users such as musicians or professional reporters.You need a relatively strong source.

    Here's one MD player recorder that I know has the microphone jack and works great with this microphone:
    'Sony MZ-NF810CK Net MD MiniDisc Recorder with Car Kit'

    However, don't be fooled.Not every MD player has the appropriate Mic Jack.Double Check the technical documentation to make sure.Units that definitely do not have it are:
    'Sony MZ-NE410 High Speed Net MD Walkman Recorder'

    Notice the deceptive "Recorder" moniker in the product name.Don't be fooled!Very few MD "recorders" actually record with a microphone!

    Not sure about these:
    'Sony MZ-NF610 High Speed Net MD Walkman Recorder'
    'Sony MZ-N510CK NetMD Walkman/Recorder with Car Kit'
    'Sony MZ-N505 Net MD Walkman Player/Recorder'

    Do your research before purchasing any MD player.All in all, this is a good value and the ideal microphone for those wanting to record onto a Sony MD.

    3-0 out of 5 stars brilliant product, but only works with Sony products!!
    I fell in love with the design and spy-movie size of this microphone, but it doesn't work with most recording devices, because most recording devices aren't equipped for "plug-in power", eg, the Denon DAT player that I wanted to use- couldn't get any signal to record on this. Ditto for my friend who bought the same microphone to use with his laptop- couldn't get any signal. If you, like me, dig sony's products on the whole, you should get the ECMMS907. It takes a battery and will work with any recording device. ... Read more


    4. Etymotic Research ER6 Noise Isolating Earphones
    by Etymotic Research
    list price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002XUXAC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Etymotic Research
    Sales Rank: 1725
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The ER-6 Isolator earphones provide outstanding sound quality and isolation in a lightweight, compact package. And at less than half the price of ER-4 earphones, they're an incredible value. Because these earphones were designed to match the acoustic response of the open ear, their response accuracy surpasses that of all other earphones and earbuds in their class.With their 15-20 dB of isolation, the ER-6's offer more external noise reduction than any other noise-reduction earphone. Why is isolation important? By blocking out ambient sounds, you can hear the full range of today's digital recordings without having to play them at unnaturally high and potentially unsafe levels. Since you don't have to boost the volume to overcome external noise, ear-overload distortion is minimized.The ER-6 Isolator earphone system includes: 5' cord with 3.5 mm stereo phone plug; 2 double-flanged silicone eartips; 2 foam eartips; 2 replacement filters; Filter-changing tool; Shirt clip; Pouch. ... Read more

    Features

    • 90 Day Warranty (1 year if the warranty card is returned within the first 90 days)
    • System Includes - ER-6 Isolator earphones with 5 foot cord with 3.5 mm stereo plug, 1 pair 2-flange eartips, 1 pair foam eartips, 2 replacement filters, Filter changing tool, Shirt clip, Zippered pouch
    • Frequency response - 20 Hz to 16,000Hz
    • 1 kHz sensitivity - 108 dB SPL for a 0.4 volt input toward a maximum of 120
    • Designed to match the acoustic response of the open ear

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars ER6 vs. ER6i Earphones for Apple's iPod / Winner: ER6
    After checking with the vendors that these headphones were returnable after being opened, I proceeded to test Etymotic Research's more economically accessible earphones - the ER6 and ER6i headphones - to more objectively make a comparison between the two.I compared their respective power usage, bass response, clarity, connection to the iPod, convenience, and sound isolation capabilities.The overall winner:ER6 Isolation Earphones.The report is below (*note this was not a scientific study but I did try to control whatever I could)

    iPod Battery Life Winner: ER6i
    The battery life of iPods isn't particularly great, and can be affected by a number of sources such as if EQ settings are on, if the iPod is on "hold", the song-encoded bit rate, whether or not the screen light is on, or in this case, what type of headphone is being used.I tested the battery life of the iPod using the ER6i and ER6 earphones by playing the "All Songs" function which plays every song in the library continuously until the power runs out.By starting it from the first song in the library using both earphones, I was able to factor out the bit rate in determining which earphone lasted longer.Of course, the earphones that lasted longer would be subjected to songs with bit rates that might have been much larger (say 824kbs using the Apple Lossless Encoder instead of the default 128kbs ACC encoder) or much smaller than the earphones that ran out quicker.Therefore, if the longer-lasting earphones hit a string of large bit-rate songs, the battery would run out faster than if there were lower encoded bit-rate songs.Therefore, the times that I will report should not be compared as absolute ratios.I kept the volume exactly the same for both trials and I never touched the screen so the light was never enabled.The results: the ER6 ran the battery out in 6hrs:23min while the ER6i ran it out in 9hrs.26mins. Winner: ER6i

    Connection to the iPod Winner: ER6i
    Because the ER6is were specifically designed for the iPod, the headphone jack connection was perfect and not as sensitive as the ER6 connection.When a headphone is disconnected from the iPod, it pauses the music automatically.Twisting the headphone jack while the iPod is in use has no effect when using the ER6i but the more tenuous connection established between the ER6 and the iPod renders the music to stop when doing this.(There is definitely some flexibility, but running with these or ascending stairs will continuously stop the music and become quite a nuisance.) Winner: ER6i

    Bass Response Winner: TIE
    Almost any criticism of these headphones in other product reviews always comes back to the bass response.Admittedly, for the price tag, I think the bass could be better on both models, but the major criticism of the iPod ALSO is bass response.In order to hear the bass response well, I set the iPod EQ setting to "R&B" which GREATLY enhances the bass with any headphone.I found that the ER6i lived up to its advertised enhanced bass response. However, the bass was much boomier and subsequently less accurate than that of the ER6s.In addition, the enhanced bass sacrificed mid and upper frequencies rendering a much more immature sound, and frankly, merely as impressive as my Sony Fontopia headphones that were $60 cheaper.Even though the ER6 bass response is a little thinner than that of the ER6i, it's HIGHLY accurate.I can hear each note with remarkable clarity exposing how succinct the notes truly were when they were recorded.For example, check out the beginning of Dave Matthew's Band "Crush"; you can hear his finger strike the string and the transition from each note to the other omitting that muddled "fake bass" that Sennheiser can produce.Any R&B song will really expose the accuracy.However, having that full bass response that the ER6i offers is an important basement for listening to music.Just for fun, I hooked up the ER6s to my Sony Discman and the bass was AMAZING, absolutely the BEST bass I've ever heard; highly accurate with some serious depth.Therefore, I'm convinced that the lack of bass with the ER6 is only a function of the iPod's notoriously thin low frequency output. Both earphones have something to offer; therefore they tie in this category, but I'm leaning towards the ER6.

    Musical Clarity and Realism Winner: ER6
    If you go to Etymotic's website you can see how they measure sonic response accuracy.The higher the accuracy score, the closer the earphone-produced sound is to live music.The ER6 is 90% accurate whereas the ER6i is 81% accurate and boy is this noticeably different.The ER6i doesn't have the same near-live sound that the ER6 can produce.High frequencies are fuzzier, substantially muted, and not as accurate rendering the ER6is incapable of producing the near-live musical experience of the ER6s.Singers' voices aren't as exposed, sounding more distant and washed out by the bass.The ER6s are just plain amazing in this category.You can hear the decay of each note as if you were standing in a concert hall (as long as the recording is high quality), and I have heard at least 5 to 10 seconds of additional sound at the beginning and ending of each song, especially during fade outs.It's also fun to hear musician's comments after the song, especially on Dave Matthews Band and Ben Folds Five/Ben Folds recordings.Cymbals are bright, crisp, and crystal clear; singers' enunciations are quite clear, trumpets sound fantastic, etc. - virtually any high frequency is the best I've ever heard.The mid-ranges are unbelievable as well and overall balance of sound is impeccable.I can hear layers of songs with the ER6s I didn't hear before.Therefore, the ER6 CLEARLY wins.

    Noise Isolation Winner: TIE
    When you spend over $100 dollars for earphones, you think that they better sound like they were a gift from God.For me, the reason that these earphones are this expensive is because the noise isolation is flat out incredible.I have tried the famous Bose Noise Canceling Headphones and both of the Etymotic Research earphones cancel sound BETTER (and they're HALF the price with MORE convenience i.e. not as bulky).Don't run, bike, or drive with these in your ears; you will die.I am a drummer and I've been using earplugs since I was 7, trying to find ways to completely isolate sound.Well these earphones do just that.When I walked down the street outside my apartment along a very busy road, I could not hear ANY ambient noise, literally (*the volume was half up).Along my walk I could not hear a backhoe dropping building rubble 15 feet away which I could usually hear from my apartment two blocks away!This feature alone makes these products complete steals in my mind. Winner: Tie, both World Class

    Convenience Winner: ER6
    By convenience I mean for removing and inserting them into your ear canals...The ER6is are smaller than the ER6s and are harder to grasp when pulling them out of your ears.I can quickly pull the ER6s out of my ears but it takes longer to inch the ER6is out of my ears.Winner: ER6

    Overall Winner: ER6

    Both of these products are WAY better than conventional headphones, but choosing between them will depend on your priorities.Do you want more bass and longer battery life with the ER6i?Or do you want clearer, more accurate bass with more convenience offered by the ER6s?Maybe you're a runner, and the thought of constantly adjusting the headphone jack sounds too cumbersome and distracting....go with the ER6is.Like in life, you have to sacrifice something to gain something with these headphones....unless you're Bill Gates in which case you could buy the premier ER4 model headphones which have the best of both worlds but require a second mortgage to purchase (list: $330!!!!!).For me, the clarity of a headphone determines its maturity and quality which really put the ER6 over the top even though it sucks in the iPod battery department.Any way you slice it, these headphones will improve sound, period.And the sound isolation is not hyped...it's real.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Earphones, but output is too low & Can't Return!!
    I initally bought these for my ipod and I found the output level and bass response much too low my tastes. They sound very crisp and clear, but if you like your music loud like I do, don't get these. Also, keep in mind that J&R Music world, plus many other vendors, do not allow you to return these because of health reasons. These are 1/2 as loud as the stock ipod headphones. I managed to talk them into exchanging these for the etymotic 6i's because it wasn't mentioned in thier online return policy, but it was really difficult. The 6i's are MUCH MUCH better, and a highly recommend them (5 stars), because they are nice and loud and have amazing bass.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Money
    ER-6 gives great value for money.I got it through palm for $40 and its better than bose.Very good with portables and if u have a headphone amplifier it gives better output.Get something like m-audio transit for people listening through computer

    5-0 out of 5 stars ER 6 EarphonesWOW!
    First things first.So you will have the answer before you even ask the question:So what does "Etymotic" mean?The answer is that it is a term derived from the Greek word meaning "true to the ear".

    Etymotic research has been producing numerous professional grade mic's and earphones for years, and believe me when I say that they know their stuff when it comes to audio.

    Enter the age of the IPOD, and other various adaptations of the MP3 players.
    The IPOD is now so ubiquitous that if you see anyone wearing white earphones, you immediately assume that they are listening to an IPOD.

    As with any audio system, there are several important steps that everyone must take to insure quality output.Good quality original audio, good quality output amplification, and good quality speakers, or headphones.So with that in mind, I opted to test these earphones on my IPod, my stereo system, my computer, and my portable CD player.

    I started out field testing the white 6i Isolator model.This model is designed to have a higher sensitivity, and profile compatibility with personal digital music players.It is also designed to produce a higher base response.

    So out into the real world I trekked.I took them skiing, driving, and even through a strenuous 2 hour workout in the gym.Now, I know that it is not recommended to use these while driving, but I only did so while on some of Alaska's back roads.I wore these for hours, and hours, and even a few tumbles on the ski hill.I have yet to find anything about them that I do not like.They are very small, and extremely lightweight.And I am just thrilled about the fact that once inserted they stay put.They are not designed to produce a white noise to counter external noise, so I was not expecting that they would screen out external noises as gracefully as they did.They are designed to screen out external noises by blocking their entry in the ear canal.That is why they are designed like well fitting ear plugs, and not like a conventional "over the ears" headset.

    I also tested them side by side with the Apple supplied ear buds, and feel that the truer sound is produced by the 6i Isolator .And since I have never been able to stop the Apple ear buds from falling out of my ears unless I was sitting perfectly motionless, I was delighted by how perfectly the 6i Isolator ear phones stayed put.I also tested these the 6i set against a pair of fairly inexpensive Sony over the earheadphones, and the difference was night and day.The 6i maintained a much truer tonal separation at both the high and low ranges, and the Sony's tended to give meslight headache after about an hour of constant wear.

    On to the Black ER*6 Isolator model.
    This model of the Etymotic designed earphones was designed for travel, and personal listening conditions.It has a very high noise isolation functionality, and is only second in sound accuracy to the Etymotic model ER*4 top of the line standard for studio musicians.

    I street tested these as well under similar conditions to the way that I tested the 6i model.

    Everyone knows that cars can be very noisy environments.Now imagine that you are having to drive a car on an Alaskan road complete with ruts, and potholes, and lots of left over road gravel scattered about just for reality.And added to all of that, try adding 4steel studded tires to the mix, and you can imagine what a racket that a normal commute can be.

    And just to make sure that I was not fooling my hearing senses, I would stop, and put in the earphones, and drive for a few miles.I would then remove them, and drive a few miles.
    Without any doubt, these ER*6 Isolator earphones are a true audio magictrick.
    And like the 6i Isolator model, I found myself actually turning down the volume, and actually hearing the subtleties of lyrics, and instruments better than ever.

    And wanting to really put these earphones to the acid test, I borrowed a nice pair of the top of the line noise reduction headphones(clue..they start with a B, and end with an E).
    And I spent hours running them through my own series of noise tests.
    And although unscientific in result, I determined that both of the Etymotic earphones were equal to better in noise reduction(or more accurately, noise elimination) than the name brand headset.I did prefer the larger , and smoother overall sound from the name brand headphones, but once again, it is somewhat like apples, and oranges when comparing the two products.

    I am not an audiophile as such.I do not have $10,000 dollar speaker sets in my house, and spend all my spare time trying to record esotericblues records unto pop free archival DVD,s.I am, however, a total music lover, and my tastes run from classical to country and western, to African, and on, and on.So I tested out these ER*6 earphones by playing selections from a wide range of fairly diverse genre's.These earphones improved my listening pleasure with everything that I tried, including audio books.

    In summary, my choice is the Etymotic 6i Isolator, but the ER 6 Isolator is a very close second place.And my reasons are simple, and direct.Both Etymotic earphones are small, require no batteries, and fit under a multitude of hats.Add to that the fact that they are comfortable, and can be worn for very long periods with out irritation of any sort.And finally, they sound absolutely wonderful, and cost less than half with Brand X costs.

    If you like your tunes, you need these earphones..


    The high quality earphones are all supplied with a standard 3.5mm(1/8") stereo plugs.
    The earphones are supplied with a standard 5 foot cord.

    Extra replacement filters, and foam eartips are available.

    Each kit contains:Earphones with 5' cord and plug,1 pair of flanged eartips, 1 pair of foam eartips, 2 replacement filters, a filter changing tool, shirt clip, and a pouch.

    4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT (but use the alternate foam plugs)
    Tough one to review... so many asterisks. I got these to replace the iPod earbuds. They were OK, but I got tired of replacing them and I got tired of seeing every person everywhere with the white earbuds dangling from their ears. Apple has pretty successfully diluted the brand with all the new iPds so I bet the new hotness will be iPods WITHOUT the white chords... just wait. I kid you not.

    Anyways, I wanted a pair that cut out the background noise of Manhattan... I read a lot of reviews of these, the Sony in-ear and the SHURE brand (BOSE was out of the question... I tried them and the active canceling stuff just creates a lot of dead noise... and they're too expensive). I went to J&R to check out the selection of in ear. I brought my iPod so I could test them out with my favorite music.

    It took a while. I had a hard time figuring out the most affective way to jam them into my ear. The ER-6's were uncomfortable and I couldn't get a decent sound. The SHURE 3c and 4c's were slightly more comfortable. The Sony's were so hard to work with I almost gave up... then I tried the Shures again. Once I got them in right, the sound was so nice that I almost got them. Instead, I went back through the options with the same method. The ER-6 won. Less work to get them in and out, and more range of sound.

    It sucks that you have to work so hard to get a good sound, but when you do, it's worth it.

    Best part about the ER-6: They're actually earplugs so they actually BLOCK out everything (funny that they try and make it all fancy by calling it `sound isolation'). No noise canceling backwash noise.

    Worst part about the ER-6: They come with these rubber ear pieces attached. They hurt after a while. If you buy these, take them off and use the foam earpieces (included). They're the same material as earplugs and mold to the inner ear. (you also get more bass with these).

    Recommendation: I was patient enough to figure out how to wear the ER-6. If you are, too, get them. If you aren't, use the iPod earbuds. No real justification to buy the BOSE... my own Sony studio ear phones are just as good. ... Read more


    5. AUDIO TECHNICA ATR-55 Condenser Shotgun Microphone
    by Audio Technica
    list price: $99.95
    our price: $59.84
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006J04Z
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Audio Technica
    Sales Rank: 2087
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

  • Switch-selectable cardioid and supercardioid polar patterns
  • 3' attached cable with 3.5mm mini-plug
  • Includes camera mount, stand clamp, 1/4" plug adapter, battery and windscreen ... Read more

    Features

    • Camera-mount, pistol-grip/mike stand clamp, foam windscreen, battery and 1/4 phone plug adapter included
    • 2 condenser microphones in one
    • Normal for close- and medium- distance recording, Tele for long-distance pickup
    • Integrated 3ft. cable terminated with 3.5mm mini plug
    • Designed for video use

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great microphone
    This is a great microphone. I bought it and tested all functions the same day.I am shooting some non-budget short movies and it comes in very handy.Very clean sound.Deep base and crisp high tone.The price is outstanding, I feel like I'm ripping off Audio-Technica.What a steal!I don't see any reason not giving it 5 stars.It does what it promises for so little money.My only wish is that the cable would be a little longer, but then it would loose on quality, because it's not an XLR connector.Who cares though, most camcorders don't come with XLR anyway (not mine).I say buy it, you won't regret it.It's gold for peanuts.

    4-0 out of 5 stars cheep+decent pickup=worth it
    this is a good mic
    i just got back from our first shoot using this thing insted of onboard camera mics
    what a difference
    the range in incridble
    we had someone just walk out and keep talking, i switched the mic to tele and i could hear him allmost 100 meters away from the camera on headphones
    has both tele (for long distance, often picks up to much back ground noise, and is not best for close up situations) and normal(which has decent distance as well and works fine indoors)
    the only problem was that we kept getting it in the picture, but thats not a mic malfunction, just me being stupid
    the windscreen is very useful, i have allways had trouble with wind using onbard camera mics, and this works much better
    yes, it is mono, only putting out sound to the left ear, but using premeire you can just duplicate the left audio track and it comes out fine.

    well worth it
    only downside is the tele pickup gets a bit fuzzy with backgroundnoise

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good at its intended purpose
    Been using my ATR-55 for over a year.Really like the amplified TELE feature that seems to reach out and grab sounds, without picking up hardly any surrounding noise.But hey, its uni-directional, so that's one of the things it's supposed to do.Nevertheless, the NORMAL zone is about a 120degree V in front of the mic, and the TELE is about a 90degree V-zone.Was videotaping our school's football game, and filmed one half in TELE mode, and the second half in NORMAL mode.The TELE mode was almost eerie, because you could pick up the voices out on the field, but all the surrounding noise (fans) could hardly be heard.The NORMAL mode picked up a little more audience noise, so it sounded more natural, but nevertheless still filtered out the other people talking in the press tower with me.The TELE mode is very nice for lectures, so that it doesn't pick up distracting noises, including that of the camcorder's mechanism- that's why I go this in the first place, because the OMNI-directional microphone in the digital camcorder was picking up too much noise (including its own motor) during really quiet lectures.Just be aware that this unit is _not_ stereo - you should either get a mono-to-stereo adapter to use with it, or set the sound input on the camcorder to mono.Otherwise, you'll just get sound coming out of one speaker on stereo play-back.If you need stereo, get the ATR-25, which is very nice and also uni-directional, but lacks the ATR-55's TELE feature.Basically, TELE was more important to me than stereo, but it might be different for you.I wear headphones plugged into the camcorder while filming, this way I can better monitor the sound pickup, and make a determination between whether TELE or NORMAL is best for any given situation - the difference is noticeable.I gave it four stars because it is very good, but I'm sure units like a nice Sennheiser are better, but for much more money.This is a nice looking, solidly built unit, and a decent value to boot. ... Read more


  • 6. Aiwa HP-JS35 Stereo Headphones With In-Line Volume Control (Swoops Style, Black)
    by Aiwa
    list price: $24.99
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    Asin: B00005NGQJ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Aiwa
    Sales Rank: 3248
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    For too long, accessories have taken a backstage role in the world of performance Hi-Fi. But not any longer, because now, AIWA is bringing them out into the limelight where they belong. With daring new designs that combine high-tech, chrome-look details and bright, high fashion colors in trendy translucent plastics. With unique products, created to meet the needs of today's demanding lifestyles. Hi-Fi or high fashion? AIWA's great looking accessories combine the best of both worlds. Designed to perform, styled to satisfy the senses. A clear case of form and function in perfect harmony.The HP-JS35 headphones come in a sleek, neckband or vertical design for a look that is light as a feather while delivering the same rich, vibrant acoustics as open and closed-air types. ... Read more

    Features

    • In-line volume control
    • Behind-the-head design for snug fit
    • Speaker sits at a right angle to the ear canal
    • L-shaped stereo plug reduces stress on cord and internal connector of your playback equipment
    • Single-sided oxygen-free cord resists tangles

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great buy for the money.
    I bought these headphones based upon the reviews I read here to replace a Sony MDR J10 that I was using with my MP3 player. These headphones are perfect. They fit very snuggly, assuring great sound, and they stay in place (just make sure the cord is on the right ear). The single cord does not get tangled and the headphones play much louder than the Sony (the built in volume control is nice too). As for the sound, the treble and base are much better than the Sony and the music comes in loud and clear. I highly recommend the Aiwa Hp-JS35.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent fit and sound for running.
    I purchased 2 pairs of these headphones 6 months ago.The sound quality and fit is excellent.I do have one complaint, however.For some reason, the right channel (the one without the cord connected to it) onboth sets has faded and I cannot get it back to the same volume level.I am going to replace them with the same brand because they are so good in every other way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a great buy
    This is a great product 25 dollars can buy.When my headphones got broken at work, I went out and bought this at radioshack during lunch after I read the reviews on amazon{.com}. Consequently I am very happy with my decision.The egonomical design and sound quality are its two top qualities.Unlike the earbuds I owned before, once this's in my ears, I didn't feel the need to keep pushing it in all the time.I could even hear clearly the piano playing in a mixture of the background music, that ususaly is a sign of good sound quality. There are moments I am just at awe with it's surround stereo quality.All in all, this is a very good product for a small amount of money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, practical, great for sports
    Over the years I have tried many different headphones for jogging and working out. This is by far the best. The combination of the fit, together with the in-line volume control, make it extremely practical and it provides great sound.

    The volume control on my first set is broken after 3 years (of hard-core use), so I am buying a new set.

    The best use was on the ski-slopes, where the snug fit was crucial, and the in-line volume control meant that I could just turn down the volume to talk on the ski lifts, without going through the whole ski-glove, ski-jacket, ski-hat routine.

    The only (very minor) drawback is that you can't use it to lean back against high seats, like on airplanes. I have a different set for that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
    These sleek headhpones are stylish and have great sound.The bass is boomin' and they're easy to put on.I have 4 pairs of headphones and these are the best or second best.The Sony MDRQ33LP are as good or better than these.It depends when I'm using the headphones.These Aiwa headphones don't let you rest back on stuff but the Sony ones do.They're both very comfortable and have great sound quality though.I find this headphone's cord a bit on the short side though. ... Read more


    7. Shure Pro Microphone System 100WD with Cable, Adapter, Microphone Bag, Holder and Tripod Desk Stand
    by Shure
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $32.99
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    Asin: B000246SKK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Shure
    Sales Rank: 2685
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    Product Description

    For over 75 years, Shure has sustained an emotional connection to the world of amplified communication. Its products instill and inspire the confidence that performers, leaders and communicators rely on to express themselves. Everyday, everywhere. It's your sound. ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes 15' (4.5 meters) XLR-1/8" (3.5mm) cable and 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter
    • Frequency Range -- 50-15,000 Hz; Impedance -- 600 Ohm; Sensitivity ---52 dBV/Pa at 1kHz (Pa=94 dB SPL)
    • Designed by Shure, the world's leading professional high-end audio experts for musicians.
    • Easy to use mic system that lets you set up sound quickly anywhere - mic bag, holder, and desk stand included - great for offices, religious facilities, karaoke, classrooms or meeting rooms.
    • Wide frequency response, unidirectional pickup pattern, and high output make vocal performances sound clear and vibrant.

    8. Sony F-V320 Uni-Directional Vocal Microphone with Built-In On/Off Switch
    by Sony
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $20.99
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    Asin: B00008Z0P6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6713
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

  • Suitable for vocalists with mild voice projection
  • Neodymium magnet
  • 9' 8" cord
  • Unimatch® plug adapter
  • 80Hz-13kHz
  • 600 ohms impedance ... Read more

    Features

    • UniMatch mini-plug for use with all types of components
    • Long cord (3 meters) is designed for active and mobile use
    • Uni-directional, dynamic microphone has enriched sound for vocalists
    • Wide frequency response range (80Hz to 13,000Hz) is ideal for recording speech or music
    • Built-in on/off switch allows for specific use while on a stage

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My search is over!!
    I have studied and compared features, purchased other microphones that I had to return for just not 'measuring up' but this is the hands down winner for great quality at an excellent price!I use it with my camcorder to eliminate background noise, I use it on my computer for narration with my video editing program, and I use it with my daughter's kareoke machine for great voice quality.I used to hate hearing my recorded voice but this microphone makes my voice sound deep and rich!I love it!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice mic for the price...
    I bought this mic when I was browsing for something I could record my demos over. It really picks up good quality sounds! Very light and easy to hold in your hands for long periods of time. I rated it 4, however, because it isn't loud enough, unless you use Windows' Microphone booster. But other than that, you can't get much better, unless you plan on spending alot more money. Good buy. ... Read more


  • 9. PARENT - KSC
    by Koss
    list price: $15.99
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    Asin: B00005V8IX
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Koss
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (100)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Phones...But There's a Catch
    I've bought two pairs of these headphones, and I love them.The sound quality is superb (particularly for the price), and they are exceptionally comfortable.However, I have encountered a serious flaw in the headphone design.The insulation at the point of separation for the wires tends to become detached, eventually, this means that the sound may cut out from one of the earpieces intermittently.Koss products have a lifetime warranty...but the shipping costs make the warranty a joke for headphones this cheap.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
    Don't believe the hype about neodymium magnets and good bass sound with these cheap headphones. I think the positive reviewers must have been hired by Koss, because these earbuds (or whatever they are) have NO BASS WHATSOEVER--I mean nothing! I compared them directly to a pair of Sony earbuds (not even the best ones), and while I'm not thrilled with Sony in general, the Sony earbuds blew Koss away in richness and bass, hands down. The Koss sound flat and hollow, like music over the telephone. I also bought the Koss UR-15 headphones at the same time, and they turned out to be garbage also. Do yourself a favor and buy another brand. Even if you have to pay more, at least you'll get something for your money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    First off, I'm not an "audiophile."I don't have the best ears in the world and I can't tell you if the mids sounds off or the highs are too high or what have you.What I can tell you is that these headphones sound MUCH better than anything I've used before.I've always used earbuds or the included headphones with cd players and such just because I never felt like buying anything more expensive.Well, recently the earbuds on my gmini 400 blew out and I needed a new set.I picked these up because I had heard some good reviews on them, and they were cheap.I put them on, and all I can say is wow.The bass is just amazing, and you can hear everything in the song.I regret not buying these earlier.I feel like every cd player I've previously owned was a complete waste because I didn't have these to appreciate the music!They don't isolate you well, but I consider this a positive because I like knowing if someone is pounding on my door, or yelling at me to move ahead in line, etc.They are also small, a key factor in my headphone buying decision because I like to keep them in my pocket since I normally just wear them to/from class or other people's dorms.So, to sum it up, small, cheap, and they sound simply amazing.If you are looking for some cheap headphones that you can lug around without worrying, these are them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You must try these!
    They sound great!I forget I have them on.
    There is some confusion. The KSC35 are the ones to get.
    The cheaper and jazzier KSC50 with the cloth cords are different
    and seem to be bulkier and fall off from activity.
    The cheaper KSC75 don't sound as smooth and are heavier.
    I have used the KSC35 for 10 years and am happy to buy
    a new pair when the old ones are lost. Koss gives a lifetime warranty
    on these! ($6 service fee). I adjust the ear clips by heating them
    with a hairdryer, BUT do not heat the drivers with the hot air! Place
    a barrier between the two. Make an effort to get them comfortable.
    Bonus, you can wear a hat with this style.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superior Sound -- Great Price
    I'm purchasing my 2nd pair of these.Only one other lightweight headphone that I've owned has beaten the sound quality of these.My general advice on buying lightweight headphones with the best sound (learned through experimentation):<br /> <br /> 1.Frequency Response:I believe this is the most important specification.The wider the range, the better the sound.I wouldn't even bother with any headphone that starts above 16hz or ends below 23,000hz, because you'll lose some of the high-end and low-end sounds.For instance, when I played the soundtrack from Star Wars on headphones that didn't meet this criteria, I noticed that I couldn't hear some of the background instruments.<br /> <br /> 2.Gold Plated Plug:The sound from non-gold plated headphones doesn't seem as good.<br /> <br /> I'd encourage you to read the other reviews here, too.These headphones fit very comfortably for me, but I guess that's not the case with everyone.Also, I wouldn't know how well these headphones handle heavy wear & tear, because I don't use them in such situations. ... Read more


    10. Musician's Friend Heavy Duty Basic Mic Clip
    by Musician's Friend
    list price: $4.95
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    Asin: B0002E3MRW
    Catlog: Musical Instruments
    Manufacturer: Musician's Friend
    Sales Rank: 13
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    Product Description

    Black with plastic mic swivel retainer and brass insert. ... Read more


    11. Musician's Friend Microphone Stand with Fixed Boom
    by Musician's Friend
    list price: $69.90
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    Asin: B0002YLE0E
    Catlog: Musical Instruments
    Manufacturer: Musician's Friend
    Sales Rank: 37
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    Product Description

    Die-cast construction. Fully adjustable. Standard height with 33" boom. ... Read more

    Features

    • Die-cast construction
    • 33" boom

    12. Musician's Friend Die-Cast Microphone Stand, Black
    by Musician's Friend
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: B0002II98U
    Catlog: Musical Instruments
    Manufacturer: Musician's Friend
    Sales Rank: 511
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    Product Description

    10" steel base mic stand with E-Z grip choke and 34"-60" adjustable height. ... Read more


    13. On-Stage Stands Tripod Mic Stand with Boom
    by On-Stage Stands
    list price: $69.95
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    Asin: B0002E55UY
    Catlog: Musical Instruments
    Manufacturer: On-Stage Stands
    Sales Rank: 106
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    Product Description

    Basic tripod mic stand with 33" fixed boom. ... Read more

    Features

    • Basic tripod mic stand with 33" fixed boom.

    14. Audiovox IRHSCS Wireless Headphones
    by Audiovox
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: B0000AOE2R
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Audiovox
    Sales Rank: 23510
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This Audiovox Wireless IR Headset features upgraded foam earpiece and auto shutoff. Batteries included. ... Read more

    Features

    • For use with all Audiovox Video products with IR transmitters
    • Features auto shut-off feature
    • Includes 2 AAA batteries

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works great
    I have an Audiovox VOD715 overhead DVD player in my van and decided to purchase these wireless headphones. I was delighted that they worked great and the sound quality was excellent too. The automatic off control is an added benifit. They are comfortable to wear. ... Read more


    15. Etymotic Research ER-4P MicroPro Earphones
    by Etymotic Research
    list price: $329.99
    our price: $265.99
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    Asin: B00021UKFC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Etymotic Research
    Sales Rank: 8577
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The ER-4 MicroPro earphones are the next best thing to live music, with noise isolation far surpassing that of active-noise-reduction earphones. The ER-4's require NO batteries, and can be plugged into any audio source. Their 20-25 dB of external noise exclusion allows you to hear the full dynamic range of recordings without having to play them at unnaturally high and unsafe levels.The ER-4S (Stereo) is the musician's choice. Extremely detailed, well-balanced, and tight bass are just a few words to describe their awesome sound. These phones offer a sonic checkout from the real world! ... Read more

    Features

    • Frequency response -20 Hz to 16,000Hz
    • Designed to match the acoustic response of the open ear
    • 10dB greater sensitivity at higher frequencies, and 13 dB greater sensitivity at lower frequencies then the ER-4S
    • Requires NO batteries, and can be plugged into any audio source
    • System Includes -ER-4P MicroPro earphones, 5 foot cord with 3.5 mm stereo phone plug and 1/4 stereo phone adapter plug, Six 3-flange eartips, 10 foam eartips, Filter changing tool, 4 replacement filters, Shirt clip, Zippered pouch, Storage box

    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound, But they Do Take Getting Used To
    The sound produced from the Etymotic ER-4P headphones is excellent, but they do take some getting used to. When I first purchased the Etymotic ER-4P headphones I was under the impression they had to be inserted far enough into your ear canal that they almost scratched your brain. But they really don't have to be inserted that far. I have learned that if you moisten them, insert them quickly, with your mouth slightly open, you get a more consistently comfortable fit, tight seal, and improved resonance. I understand other reviewers complaints of a lack of bass, and I do click on the iPod EQ bass for a slightly fuller sound, but the bass on the Etymotic ER-4P's is intended to be a natural sound, not a boomy bass that is so prevalent with less expensive headphones.

    It seems to me that I can hear sounds in music that I never even knew existed with other headphones. I have listened to many of my favorite 70's hits on my iPod, and the Etymotic ER-4P's give them a whole new life. For instance, John Lennon's #9 Dream sounds especially good, and when Carly Simon sings I can hear her enunciate each consonant as they leave her lips, and there are bongo drums I had never heard before in the Bee Gee's disco hit, More Than a Woman !! The Etymotic ER-4P's are a great pair of earbud headphones, but they may require patience and a moderate break-in period to get used to the feel of them. I would say the Etymotic ER-4P's easily rival the sound of my Bose Quiet Comfort II headphones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars just right for the ipod
    Beleive the hype they really do sound great. I was using the Sony MDR-EX71SL Fontopia earbuds which have a smooth sound but hard to get a tight fit, which will cause a drop in bass.The er-4p's have a varity of coushions to get the right fit.First rate quailty on construction.Bass might seem a little light for some but nothing can match the fidelity that is produced.The stereo seperation is outstanding.I listen to everything from classical,jazz,rock,country,r&b to hip-hop the ER-4P reproduces it all with ease and no distortion.Might take getting used to putting something in ear canal but well worth the time.Price is high for sure but you will not be disappointed.Plenty of headroom from the ipod no need to over drive the unit to get a good level.Isolation from the outside world is close to total,so be careful when using outside keep your eyes open.The one down side may be in the price, but if you want the best it'll cost ya.ENJOY

    3-0 out of 5 stars Where's the bass
    Owned for three weeks and decided there wasn't enough bass (no seal problems here).Even classical sounded lacking without decent bass.

    Also lacked ambience - transients - the sound of notes decaying and richocheting around your ear drums.I got used to this, though, and didn't mind it.

    The bass I minded - even if just for classical, but there is also rock where bass is even more important!

    Decision made.

    1-0 out of 5 stars no bass
    I checked these earphones against the ones that came with my iPod.The Apple earphones offer a much richer sound, deeper and more bass.According to a separate little warning that comes with the ER-4P it is important that complete closure is achieved, perhaps by moisturizing the earbuds, or the bass will not be there.I followed the advice. But it doesn't bring the sound up to the level of the Apple earphones, not close.

    2-0 out of 5 stars ER6i vs. ER4p
    In reference to the ER6i vs. ER4p, I have noticed that most reviewers do not mention the importance of mp3 bitrates in their evaluations. This review is based on the following observations:

    1)The ER4p has over enhanced highs and an over enhanced bass. IMHO the midrange suffers because the highs are unnaturally peaked to give presence to the mid range and to compensate for the inflated bass. The mid range is muddy and indistinct (I have observed this same phenomenon on poorer quality earphones and headphones). There is also some muddiness in the bass of the ER4p's

    2)Instead of embellishing the sounds in moderate mp3's (128 bitrate), the ER4p's tend to exaggerate all the imperfections of mp3's compressed below about a 220 bitrate.

    3)Even on mp3's averaging in the high 200-320 and above range, the ER4p is still not as "even" and "temperate" as the ER6i.

    Conclusion: Perhaps the ER4p is better than the ER6i when playing CD's. Since I bought the earbuds specifically for my mp3 player, I didn't bother to test either set on a CD player.

    When it comes to mp3's, the ER6i is far superior to the ER4p (and not to mention, cheaper), with a more even distribution of mid range tones on all mp3 bitrates. Beautiful detailed and non- exaggerated highs. And yes, a quite light (but adequate and detailed bass range, particularly if the earbuds are not inserted just so). But the overall smoothness and quality of sound is so much better than the ER4p's.

    Since Etymotic is a company that specializes in aids for the hearing impaired. Perhaps the ER4p's are designed for people with note range deprivation. ... Read more


    16. Sony ECM-719 Stereo Microphone with Music/Meeting Mode Switch
    by Sony
    list price: $89.99
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    Asin: B000095SB2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6105
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    Product Description

    The Sony ECM719 is a high-quality electric condenser microphone ideal for portable Dat or MD Digital Recorders. It includes a Mode switch for ideal recording (music/meeting).One-Point Stereo Recording Design : a single mic for stereo recording is like having two microphones in oneTable-Top or Clip-On Use : with built-in clip for hands-free recording of musical performances, meetings, lectures, interviews, and moreIdeal For Portable Dat or MD Digital RecordersStereo Unidirectional (Cardioid) Pickup Patterns : are more sensitive to sounds from the front, less sensitive to sounds from the side; tend to reject extraneous noise and emphasize the sound you want to record.Back Electret Condenser : pickup capsules for exceptional dynamic range and wide frequency response - two critical factors in high fidelity performance.Oxygen-Free Copper Cable : for excellent conductivity, low signal loss, low noiseL-Shaped Stereo Mini-Plug : fits portable recordersGold-Plated Plug : for maximum conductivity, minimum noise2-Way Power Supply : via internal battery (LR44 type, optional) and plug-in power with compatible portable recordersUltra-Compact Design : is easy to carry around, inconspicuous during recordingType : One-point stereo, Back Elecktret Condenser MicrophoneDirectivity : Stereo uni-directional (cardioid)Output Plug : L-shaped stereo miniplug (gold-plated)Effective Output Level : -47dB, ?4dB (0dB = 1V/Pa, 1kHz)Output Impedance: 1.5 kohm... ... Read more

    Features

    • Single-point stereo design
    • Mode switch for ideal recording
    • Table-top or clip-on
    • Dual power supply
    • Electric condenser microphone

    17. Sony F-V120 Uni-Directional Vocal Microphone with Built-In On/Off Switch
    by Sony
    list price: $14.99
    our price: $14.99
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    Asin: B000095SAP
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 18355
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    Product Description

    Sony offers the FV-120 Unidirectional Dynamic Vocal Microphone. Compact easy to carry design is affordable and comfortable to hold and tote. UniMatch plug for use with karaoke player, cassette recorder or CD player allows microphone to be used with all types of components. Frequency response is suitable for clear pick-up when recording speech or vocal music. Long 9'8" microphone cord adds versatility for use in a wide range of situations. Built-in on/off switch allows the user to instantly turn the unit off, using the same hand that holds the mic. ... Read more

    Features

    • UniMatch mini-plug for use with all types of components
    • Uni-directional, dynamic microphone is compact and affordable
    • Wide frequency response range (60Hz to 12,000Hz) is ideal for recording speech or music
    • Built-in on/off switch allows for specific use while on a stage
    • Long cord (3 meters) is designed for active and mobile use

    18. Shure SM57 Unidirectional Dynamic Microphone
    by Shure
    list price: $158.00
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    Asin: B0000AQRST
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Shure
    Sales Rank: 16792
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Outstanding performance and diversity of application make the SM57 the "workhorse" of stages and studios worldwide. Contured frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup. Professional-quality reproduction for drum, percussion, and instrument amplifier miking. Cardioid (unidirectional) dynamic microphone, frequency response: 40 to 15,000 Hz. ... Read more

    Features

    • Extremely effective cardioid pickup pattern isolates main sound source, while minimizing background noise
    • Excellent in studio for recording drums, guitar and woodwinds
    • Used on the U.S. presidential podium for over 30 years!
    • Frequency response -40Hz to 15kHz
    • Requires XLR type cable - available separately

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty All Purpose Microphone with a Professional Feel
    The Shure SM-57 is a work horse microphone that is built solid and very easy to use in various music recording and live performance environments.It's best funtion is to mike a guitar amp and send that signal to the Public Address system if you want to phatten up your instumental signal to a wider audience.

    It can be utilized as a vocal microphone.Yet, it does not look as prominant as the famous Shure SM-58.

    To mike up the drum set means that you have to buy a quantity of the SM-57s'.Mike stands for the Shure SM-57's come in various dimensions of height.

    As a dependable low profile microphone used for speech it is unsurpassed. ... Read more


    19. Azden WMS-PRO Wireless Microphone System
    by AZDEN
    list price: $279.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006JPD8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AZDEN
    Sales Rank: 22557
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The "all-time" best selling wireless microphone for videography. This versatile system consists of the WM-PRO belt-pack transmitter, 2 plug-in electret condenser microphones, a lavalier (EX-503) and handheld (EX-413), and the WR-PRO receiver, which comes with both shoe-mount and velcro. ... Read more

    Features

    • LEDs on transmitter and receiver confirm system status
    • Ear-phone included to monitor sound being recorded and receiver plugs into camera¿s external microphone jack
    • Both units use 1 AA battery
    • System includes: WR-PRO receiver, WM-PRO belt-pack transmitter, lavaliere electret condenser microphone and hand-held electret condenser microphone

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very happy with Azden
    I'm a bit surprised at the reviewer who gave only three stars to this system and said in his title: "I haven't used this system." How can anyone rate it without using it?

    I've used this system for years and have gotten great sound. I've also used higher-priced wireless systems, and to my ear, there is no difference. Also, this cheap little Azden system is still going strong after some of the other brands bit the dust.

    I don't think wireless lav systems can get the great audio you get with a shotgun mic, a boom, and a sound person, but those things are just not in my budget.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Actually, it works great.
    I have both rented this system from a camera shop, and bought my own here. The sound is very crisp and clear and I have not yet heard a single hiss or garble or other artifact.I have used this to record demonstrations for a commercial website and I don't have any complaints with the results.So, especially considering the cost, I think this is about the best system you can get for the money.As far as the Sony mentioned in another review, check out epinions.com.The opinions there were just the opposite from the review here.
    I would highly recommend the Azden.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I haven't used this system
    But if you are getting into wedding videography, or a similar field which requires an ability to capture clean audio, it's the only choice that Amazon gives you!I would recommend checking out a system by Sony or Seinheiser if you are serious about video. ... Read more


    20. Sony F-V100 Dynamic Vocal Microphone with UniMatch Mini-Plug
    by Sony
    list price: $9.99
    our price: $9.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000095SAO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 3655
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    Product Description

  • Dynamic vocal microphone
  • 9' 8" cord
  • UniMatch® plug adapter
  • 100Hz-10kHz
  • 300 ohms impedance ... Read more

    Features

    • Compact and lightweight (2" x 6.5" and 4.1 ounces)
    • Omni-directional, dynamic microphone is compact and affordable
    • Wide frequency response range (-100Hz to 10kHz) is ideal for recording speech or music
    • UniMatch mini-plug for use with all types of components
    • Long cord (3 meters) is designed for active and mobile use

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