Back in control of my sonic surroundings

I received my replacement headphones from Etymotic today. After sixteen days using the standard iPod headphones, it is like stepping into a new world. The Etys don’t hurt your ears, even after several hours, they block outside noise almost completely, and they sound amazing. I can read in coffee shops again, regardless of how grating the background music and ongoing conversations. The new pair is black, and has a more durable connector than the original white ones, though the wires feel even thinner and more insubstantial.

When my lifestyle becomes less peripatetic, I will get some big ear-covering headphones that draw a lot more power. For now, I am happy with these tiny, light, sharp-sounding earbuds.

[Update: 17 January 2008] I replaced my second filter today. I also changed the white eartips. The old ones were getting pretty grungy and yellow. Ordering supplies from Etymotic involves very high shipping fees, so I bought them on eBay instead. I had to spend an awful week listening to iPod headphones; I am so glad to be back in the world of beautiful sound.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

4 thoughts on “Back in control of my sonic surroundings”

  1. Let me just stress one more time: music is much more enjoyable now that I have my nice headphones back. The Mars Volta is rockingly, thesis-writing-promptingly awesome again.

  2. I am glad you’re happy.

    Being immersed in the right music seems to be awfully important for you…

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