June 24, 2009

Earlier this week I had to make a very quick trip to New York City and back. While on the trip, I made a few observations.

The most amusing observation was a t-shirt. Those of you who have been to a Boot Camp have gotten to experience Cave Creek, AZ. It is a small western town on the North edge of the Phoenix metro area. One of the most famous products to come from Cave Creek is Chili Beer. So when I saw someone wearing a Cave Creek Chili Beer t-shirt in Times Square, I got a big chuckle.

Another observation was that the lights in crosswalks are nothing but a suggestion to New Yorkers. If they see an opportunity to cross, they’ll do it. Of course the cabbies don’t slow down just because there are pedestrians. I always made sure I had a couple of other people crossing with me so I wouldn’t be the only victim.

That leads to an observation that deals with the subject of today’s post. Both on my flights and on the streets of New York, I saw a lot of people with white earbuds. Many of those people probably had an iPod though I’m sure other models were mixed in here and there. What surprised me were how many users stuck with the awful white earbuds rather than spending a few extra dollars for better headphones. One of the most popular ear buds available are the JBuds which sell for under $20 at Amazon. For a little bit more, the Sony MDR-EX75 ear buds provides even better sound quality. If you want really great sound, check out the Shure sound isolating earphones.

Personally, I prefer over the ear noise-canceling headphones. When I was shopping two years ago for mine, I settled on a pair from Sony similar to the Sony MDR-NC60 headphones. While I’ve never had the opportunity to hear some for myself, the Bose QuietComfort 3 headphones have gotten rave reviews from some of my friends.

Regardless of which headphones you choose, I think you’ll find most anything will give you more comfort and better sound than the headphones that came with your music player. Of course you can also use them with your computer and anywhere else you need headphones.

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