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I've pretty much decided to get a Sansa Clip sometime soon for gym duty, but I need help picking out some phones. I would prefer something cheap, so I won't feel bad if they get smashed by dumbbells or something.

I currently use either my PX100s or my KSC75s, but the ambient noise is so great that I have to turn them way up, which probably is destroying my ears. My gf has some marshmallows, but I hate their sound. I'm currently leaning toward the Head-Direct RE2s. Anything else that's good and (preferably) well under $100?

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I have a Sansa Clip and use it 5 times a week when I go running about an hour or so. I too use the JVC Marshmallows which I was going to recommend to you, but I see you don't like them. I actually have to get a good seal for them to sound good which isn't a problem that much for me. I tried using the KSC75 but like yourself the ambient noise is too great. Maybe E2Cs. I haven't used them for running, but you might be able to get a better seal with them because of the selection of tips ;)

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I just use my Er6is I have two pairs so I extra won't mind if they get squashed. One is filthy and sweat covered and one is only tainted with my ear wax.

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I use the Mylar X3i when I'm at the gym.

The Philips SHE9500 ain't half bad too for use when at the gym. :)

The X3i gives better isolation when using the double flange tips. The Philips only comes with single flange tips.

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Sigh, I know nothing about these things. After some research, I suppose the following are around the same price/quality range: E2C, UM1, ER6i, RE2, im716, C700.

Anything else?

Where do I even buy Mylarones?

Oh, btw, I probably should've mentioned this, but I listen to mostly metal at the gym.

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I've been looking at the Ultimate Ears super.fi 4's for my cellphone. Since the list price is around $129.95, I'm betting that it might go for less than $100 when sales and discounts kick in.

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I actually went and got some Klipsch Image X5s on sale. They seem pretty microphonic, but maybe I'm just dumb, and all the little earplug things are microphonic. I swear, I can hear myself chew and swallow; it's weird. I haven't tried running with them, yet...

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I wouldn't count on anything that doesn't loop around the ears to be not microphonic.

That's kinda what I figured. Oh well, I couldn't wait for a looper to go on sale.

The timing on my purchase worked out pretty great, though, because I just scored a new 4gb Clip for $38 shipped today! :D

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I used the Marshmallows. Considering the noise in the gym, they worked fine. I lost them, got another pair and then lost those. At least they were cheap.

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