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Chapter 9. Accessories > The Ears Have It

The Ears Have It

The iPod's earbuds are perfectly serviceable. But this style of headphone is inherently problematic, because (a) not all ear canals are the same size, so a one-size-fits-all set of earbuds may not fit all and (b) some people get the heebie-jeebies when items are lodged inside their ears. For these reasons, your list of accessories may include an additional set of headphones. Headphones come in a variety of styles—including earbuds, neckband, open-air, and closed—from such companies as Etymotic, Shure, Sony, Koss, Aiwa, Panasonic, Philips, and Sennheiser.

Earbuds

If you like earbud-style headphones but find those included with the iPod (Figure 9.19) to be uncomfortable (particularly if you have the original earbuds, which many users thought were too big), earbuds are available from a variety of manufacturers. Look for earbuds that fit well, don't require a lot of fiddling to focus (meaning that you don't have to move them around continually to make them sound good), and offer reasonably well-balanced sound.


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