By David Spark | Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:45 am
David Spark (@dspark) is a veteran tech journalist and the founder of Spark Media Solutions. Spark blogs regularly at Spark Minute. Read his recent article 16 Annoying Communications that Must End in 2011.
I go through earphones like crazy. I abuse them. I yank the cables by accident, I sit on the ear buds, I step on them. I’ve broken so many earphones that I purposely never spend that much on them. I usually can find decent ones for about $20.
In addition to promoting them for athletic usage, Yurbuds advertises its headphones as soft, comfortable, and guaranteed to not fall out. I’m in agreement with two out of three. They are soft and they won’t fall out, but they’re not hugely comfortable. In fact, they’re kind of painful. After having them in for just an hour, my ears became rather sore. Were my ears working out?
Ear soreness is actually not Yurbuds’ worst problem. Sitting on the plane and walking through the airport they sounded great. But as soon as I went for a run this morning and started jumping up and down, the soft rubber buds started rubbing against the hard plastic, and the cord started bouncing all around. The combination of all three started movement and rubbing of the soft plastic which caused a low, loud, and constant “squeaking” noise.
I thought I was crazy so I had my wife try them. Same experience.
Has anyone at the company actually tried these headphones for their advertised and intended purpose? If so, they would have discovered the same problem I did.
The Yurbuds Ironman Series ear buds are only appropriate for couch potatoes that only want to listen for less than an hour. If you plan on moving faster than a walking pace, avoid these headphones.