The legendary SoundMagic PL10 earphones are still available at under $10, which is a ridiculously good price. In terms of real world performance (e.g walking around in the city) the SoundMagic PL10s are equally as good as my Shure E2cs, which were $100+, AND the SoundMagics are infinitely more comfortable, AND they’re 1/10 the price. The build quality of the SoundMagic PL10s isn’t as good as more expensive earphones, but at this price it doesn’t really matter. On a day to day basis I find myself using the SoundMagic earphones much more than any of my other earphones simply because they sound 90%+ as good, AND I won’t start crying if I catch the cord on something and break them. The PL10s have a Y shaped cord (yay!) and come with spare S/M/L silicon ear pads, a carry bag, and a cable clip. Buy ’em while you still can.
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