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    Quote Originally Posted by annaw View Post
    So, I tried my iFi for the first time and it's really wonderful! iFi nano BL is supposed to have a rather natural sound that I really like.
    I have the iDSD and have been very happy with it for quite some time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    How do you like these for music?

    I have Apple AirPods (the standard version) and use them mostly for listening to spoken word podcasts, as they're pretty hopeless for music, although I sometimes use them for listening in bed at night.
    I am very happy with my Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless. I bought them for the work travels pre-covid... they present a very convincing musical perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    How do you like these for music?

    I have Apple AirPods (the standard version) and use them mostly for listening to spoken word podcasts, as they're pretty hopeless for music, although I sometimes use them for listening in bed at night.
    They're very good. I had to buy some Comply memory foam buds as none of those supplied worked. Noise cancelling not 100% but enough to make a real difference to the sound quality.

    But they must fit right, or the sound is shallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassClef View Post
    Too late - I ordered the Denons - I bought my wife's christmas present to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    How do you like these for music?

    I have Apple AirPods (the standard version) and use them mostly for listening to spoken word podcasts, as they're pretty hopeless for music, although I sometimes use them for listening in bed at night.
    I am no audiophile but there must be a big upgrade from standard to the pros. My husband bought me a set for Mother’s Day and don’t tend to be an ear bud person but I am very pleased with the sound quality for my music

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    Yes, that's what I hear. A couple of guys at work have the pros and they really like them. I haven't asked to try them yet as it's a bit awkward with these in-ear things!

    I'm going to see if I can try the Sony XM3s at a store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    Yes, that's what I hear. A couple of guys at work have the pros and they really like them. I haven't asked to try them yet as it's a bit awkward with these in-ear things!

    I'm going to see if I can try the Sony XM3s at a store.
    The reason I bought the Sony WF-1000XM3 was also due to a visit to a store...
    I had at the time Jacques Loussier "The Very best" on my phone (Flac) and tested with Air on a G string (one of my many test tracks and this one for detail and instrument placing and separation) and was bowled over by the detail on the snare drums at the beginning of the track...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The3Bs View Post
    I am very happy with my Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless. I bought them for the work travels pre-covid... they present a very convincing musical perspective.
    I had the 1000MX2 but they were stole, I just received the 1000MX3 as a replacement and so far I am impressed. They are notably lighter than the previous phones.

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    Well, I went shopping and came home with a pair of Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds. I didn't have the opportunity to try them out first, but the store has a generous return policy.

    They were hideously expensive (almost as much as the Apple pros) but I'm very impressed with the sound. I don't have much experience with IEMs and this is much better than I expected, the soundstage, clarity and richness of sound for lack of a better word. They sound high-end, as they should for the price I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    Well, I went shopping and came home with a pair of Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds. I didn't have the opportunity to try them out first, but the store has a generous return policy.

    They were hideously expensive (almost as much as the Apple pros) but I'm very impressed with the sound. I don't have much experience with IEMs and this is much better than I expected, the soundstage, clarity and richness of sound for lack of a better word. They sound high-end, as they should for the price I suppose.
    enjoy your new purchase! I imagine they are a wonderful upgrade.

    (but the price is fair as hell )
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    Thanks — I enjoyed them but ended up taking them back anyway

    Basically; for the money they would have to be the mainstay of my portable music setup, which would mean using my iPhone as my main player or getting a Bluetooth compatible music player.

    At the moment I have an iPod Classic with lossless files and Sennheiser HD25-1, and I'm not quite ready to give it up for the convenience of a smartphone with wireless earbuds.

    It was quite the dilemma, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The3Bs View Post
    The reason I bought the Sony WF-1000XM3 was also due to a visit to a store...
    I had at the time Jacques Loussier "The Very best" on my phone (Flac) and tested with Air on a G string (one of my many test tracks and this one for detail and instrument placing and separation) and was bowled over by the detail on the snare drums at the beginning of the track...
    I can't do the in-ear headphones for too long - although I do have some great Bose in-ear headphones for shorter listening times. But I went with the over-the-ear option from Sony - the WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones, and they are great! I travel a lot for work, and when I get on the plane, I put those on, and all the background noise is gone! These are the first pricier headphones I have ever owned, and I get the cost difference. I can listen to quiet classical music in noisy surroundings without having to crank the volume all the way to 11. I highly recommend them.
    https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Noise-Ca...2501625&sr=8-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    Thanks — I enjoyed them but ended up taking them back anyway

    Basically; for the money they would have to be the mainstay of my portable music setup, which would mean using my iPhone as my main player or getting a Bluetooth compatible music player.

    At the moment I have an iPod Classic with lossless files and Sennheiser HD25-1, and I'm not quite ready to give it up for the convenience of a smartphone with wireless earbuds.

    It was quite the dilemma, though.
    I know about dilemmas too - and making decisions for that matter.

    At this time I listen from my computer or nanopod and the wired (Apple) earbuds that came with them. I am looking for wired (lightweight) headphones or earbuds. I would like to hear much less external sound (and more music at lower volume) than I do presently.

    I'm overwhelmed by the options (and online reviews) and would appreciate any and all guidance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline View Post
    I know about dilemmas too - and making decisions for that matter.

    At this time I listen from my computer or nanopod and the wired (Apple) earbuds that came with them. I am looking for wired (lightweight) headphones or earbuds. I would like to hear much less external sound (and more music at lower volume) than I do presently.

    I'm overwhelmed by the options (and online reviews) and would appreciate any and all guidance.
    If the price is not an issue, give a listen to the Sony WH1000 XM3s. You can use them with or without a cable - the set comes with one. The Bose QC35 (which IIRC also can be used with a cable) may be its equal in noise cancellation, but to my ears, it sounds nowhere near as good. (I haven't tried the relatively new Bose 700s, but from what little I've read, they are not quite a match for the Sonys - and they are more expensive.)

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    It's no wonder that you're overwhelmed by the options. For blocking out external noise and listening at low volume, it's either earphones with active noise canceling or closed-back over-ear headphones that have a tendency to be bulky.

    Wired in-ear monitors (that go into your ear canal) will block out external noises, but how well they do this depends on fit and other factors. You can usually return these in-ear headphones if you don't like them, and people do it all the time so it's expected. Just make sure there's a good return policy before you buy.

    As for my situation, I bought the Sennheisers again and now I wouldn't want to be without them!

    My portable listening is now mainly on my iPhone and I have my iPod if I want to bring wired headphones. I had reservations about downconverting my lossless files to AAC 256 for listening on my phone, but the truth of the matter is that it makes no difference at all when I'm out and about, riding a bike or whatever. The convenience of the wireless setup weighs a lot more in the comparison.

    A fantastic feature is the transparent listening mode, that allows me to listen to music while being able to hear what people are saying — it's a bit like having music on in the room. And then I can block everything out again with a single tap.

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