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Trade in the old for cash off the new, says Sennheiser!

Heaphone maker Sennheiser, featured in DailyTech's Christmas guide to headphones, produces many quality earbuds and headphones.  However, many penny-pinchers (or broke college students) shudder at the thought of spending their hard earned dollars on an entirely new pair of headphones and thus stick to their old pair.

I know how bad this can get-- I, until recently, owned a pair of iPod earbuds, which had to be the worst fit for my ear possible.  Yet I kept listening to them out of unwillingness to pony up the cash for a new pair.  Sure they would slip off the ear, and the sound was horrible, but it beat spending money right?

Well now deal savvy audiophiles can find a better solution than languishing in old earphone purgatory.   Sennheiser has just announced a pretty exciting program that offers users cash back for sending in their old headphones.

The program gives users a $5 refund on street earbuds, $10 on classic and sport earbuds, $15 for in-ear models, and $25 on the high-end noise canceling models.  The sweet tiered system, ensures a significant discount at any price.  Better yet you can send Sennheiser any pair of earphones, no matter how damaged or abused. 

Getting your rebate is as easy as filling out a quick PDF form and mailing it with the old earbuds to Sennheiser.

Its nice to see a company looking to win over new customers with a good promotion.  If you're looking to pick up headphones, it certainly seems worth a look.

I would almost regret purchasing my latest Skull Candy earbuds, had they not been a measly $10 (and still better sound quality than the Apple earbuds!).  However, if you haven't already bought a pair, review DailyTech's holiday guide and see if you can find a pair of Sennheisers that float your boat and mail in your old ones, while this sweet deal lasts.

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Earbuds... pah
By TomCorelis on 4/10/2008 7:33:40 PM , Rating: 1
It amazes me that people can even stand to listen to earbuds. While I make no claims of being a true audiophile (I don't have the money for it), I can tell you right now I have a sizable stack of Apple and other craptacular earbuds sitting in my sock drawer, waiting for use in.... something. I don't know.

Let's see... between horrible sound, a higher propensity for ear damage (because they're practically shoved into your ear canal), and a response range that often looks more like a bell curve than anything else... it amazes me that anyone who actually cares about their audio experience (and their ears) would even use them. Besides, big ass headphones just make you look cooler, re: (minor plug there :-) ... you think earbuds would make those pictures look better or worse?

Actually on that note, I'd love to see photos of a DJ tearin it up... on earbuds :-)

RE: Earbuds... pah
By HaZaRd2K6 on 4/10/2008 7:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
Never a truer word spoken.

As for your bio, where are the CDJ1000s, man? Tech12's are so 90's ;-P. As for DJing with earbuds, I couldn't imagine it. You'd have to have them so loud that it would make you cringe, plus you'd never hear the bass kick so beatmatching would be an absolute nightmare. I love my HD477s, but I'm looking at picking up a pair of Sennheiser HD25 Pros or Pioneer HDJ1000s. Decisions, decisions...

RE: Earbuds... pah
By TomZ on 4/11/2008 9:05:04 AM , Rating: 2
Well, for some people, the small size of earbuds is an important factor. I basically carry my entire office in a laptop bag, and while there's room in there for a set of earbuds, there's no way I could fit anything larger. And for the occasional listening to music while working, the cheap Sony pair I have sounds just fine.

RE: Earbuds... pah
By onwisconsin on 4/12/2008 2:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
It amazes me that people can even stand to listen to earbuds.

1) I can't fit my headphones into my already-stuffed to the max backpack (aka they aren't practical outside of the home), so the cheapy earbuds are the only alternative
2) Audio quality doesn't matter on the go for me. I can listen to my music almost anywhere
3) Most times the volume is near minimum because it does get load even at half of maximum.

RE: Earbuds... pah
By TomCorelis on 4/12/2008 2:26:37 PM , Rating: 2
I run into (1) a lot as well... so I just keep them around my neck. I can understand why that may not work for some. To each their own, I guess.

RE: Earbuds... pah
By RobFDB on 4/13/2008 1:54:15 PM , Rating: 2
The last thing I need at the gym is to have my HD600's on my head or wrapped around my neck, it would be a massive inconvience. Any serious music listening I do is on my computer so with my HD600's. When I use my iPod it's in the car or at the gym or even at work, and in none of those places to headphones make sense to me.

RE: Earbuds... pah
By Axbattler on 4/13/2008 6:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
From an aesthetic perspective, artists typically use In-Ear Monitors on stage. On the other hand, they probably record using full sized cans. It comes down to the right tool for the right job and place. I am often biased in favour of full sized cans, but I am not taking my Grados or AKGs to the gym or even on the street. When the priorities are portability and isolation, IEMs fit the bill pretty well.

Plus, higher end IEMs can sound pretty good (though you do pay more for the convenience). Stock earbuds often sound pretty dire, but so are generic $10 cans.

At the end of the day, I don't think that headphones make particularly great fashion accessories. But hey, there are clearly people who disagree: ;)

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