在纽约天天少不了坐地铁，打发地铁里的时光，除了看报（看书于我几乎不可能，本已沉甸甸的摄影包再加一本书，还要满街逛，无异自讨苦吃），就是听mp3了。AKG 240的大耳机太张扬，森海塞尔的小耳塞又在咣当咣当的地铁中隔音太差而吵成一片，无奈，也加入了入耳式耳塞的时髦潮流。因为入耳的限制，音质大多比普通耳塞或开放、半开放式耳机差不少，所以先后买了三个牌子的东西，才基本落定。网上炒得热闹的舒尔的小二（Shure E2C），50多刀的价格，实际听来实在名不副实，坚持听了一两周，还是呱噪得紧，中频太夸张，且低音严重缺失，还是换回了14块钱的科斯（Koss）KEB24，舒服多了，久听不累。感慨之余在Amazon留下了一篇review，也给后来人一点参考。在这里也留一份copy吧。－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－－5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:I prefer this to Sennheiser300x and even Shure e2c, November 20, 2007
I have a pair of AKG 240M. People who's into speakers and headphones know what I'm talking about. Yes, professional monitoring headphones especially good for classical music. I also have a number of other brand headphones. But when I moved to New York and had to take subway trains a lot, I found I have to start using ear plug headphones to block out the noises.
I started from Sennheiser 300x. The music sounds messy and muddy. I wondered if it's because it's plug instead of semi-open or bigger headphones.
Second purchase, Shure E2C, lots of reviews, mostly positive, though they did touch upon the lack of bass issue. When I tried them at last, I had my own conclusion. Yes, mid and highs are much clearer than the Sennheisser, almost on par with normal out of ear headphones. But the bass is really lacking, no matter how deep I push them into my ears. It's ok for me to use them for music, as sometimes we can get by with even the laptop speakers.
Curious of Koss's plugs, as reviews all say they have lots of bass, and I have a pair of Koss ksc75 and have known their good bass, I bought Koss SEB24. So cheap, only 14 bucks. First hear is surprisingly good, because I didn't expect too much. Compared with Shure's E2c, the mid and highs are not as good, but clearer than Sennheiser's 300x, and here comes the bass, quite deep bass. If I have to sacrifice one end of the sound range, I'll prefer "darker" music instead of over bright sounds, because bright sounds are exhausting for me. The Koss's lower range is not bad, though on some low drum beat you can hear a little bit boomy sound sometimes, but generally, the lows come out pretty satisfactory. I'm surprised that without any break-in, the Koss is already very good sounding. I remember the open headphone Koss ksc 75 took me a long time to break in, as it sounded painfully screaching on the highs in the beginning.
By the way, compared with my other two plug earphones, this Koss wears very comfortable, and easy to get in and stay put. Performance versus cost, this Koss is the best amongst my three pairs of plugs.