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Headphones for Jogging

It's summer and it time to get out and run, jog or walk your way to at least somewhat better health. Time to leave your $1,000 home theater system behind and get outside.

This does not mean leaving quality sound behind. It's time to break out the Tiny Speakers! Headphones.

Jogging with headphones

To be effective headphones for jogging need to fit snug in your ear canal. Some people can't stand having anything in their ears. For those folks there are earphones you could wear that would deliver reasonable sound, but to get really good bass they've got to be in your ears.

In ear monitors

Think of headphones as in-ear monitors. Your speakers on the go. If you do then spending $100-$200 is a relative bargain compared to what your home speakers likely cost.

Cheap in-ear headphones

There are a lot of cheap in-ear headphones out there and trust me, most of them are just that, cheap. When I sold headphones online I listened to dozens of headphones to try and find a decent pair I could sell for under $100 and it was very difficult.  in most cases they are not worth it.

Here are a few we thing break the mold and actually sound pretty good.
Denon AH-C560R Premium Mobile Elite In-Ear Headphones with 3-Button Remote and Microphone (Black)
Denon AH-C260R Mobile Elite In-Ear Headphones with 3-Button Remote and Microphone (Black)
Sennheiser CX300B MK II Bass Earbuds with Carrying Case (Black)
Woodees IESW100B Inner-ear Stereo Earphone with Microphone
Woodees IESW100V Vintage Noise Isolating Earphones with 3 Button Microphone (Sunburst)
Woodees IESW100L BLUES Noise Isolating Earphones with 3 Button Microphone (Black)

Surround Sound Receiver for under $250

You can't really do much surround sounding without a good surround receiver. Sony makes some pretty decent ones, as does Denon, Marantz and Pioneer. The sweet spot for most consumers is the $500-$600 price point. So when we saw this Sony on sale at for half off we had to post it. Get a Sony STR-DN1010 7.1-Channel 3D Ready Home Theater Receiver Normally $499, for $249 at, Valid through 07-05-2011
  • 7.1-channel A/V receiver with 110 watts per channel
  • 3D HDMI pass-through
  • 7 HD video inputs (4 HDMI, 3 component)
  • Upconvert/Upscale from analog to 1080p via HDMI
  • On-screen graphical user interface for ease of use

 Sony interfaces are usually better than the competition, which may make this an excellent buy for somone who does not want to futz around a lot.

Match up with the following Speakers for a complete home theater experience
Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System (Set of Six, Black)  $214
Klipsch HD 300 Compact 5.1 High Definition Theater system (Set of Six, Black) $272
JBL 5.1 Channel SCS145.5 Surround Cinema Speaker System $276

New Table Saw = New Speakers?

It's summer. The weather is hot and the home wood shops are open! Are you the woodworking type? Want new speakers but don't want to purchase commercially available ones? Well maybe you want to build your own speakers.

With the number of kits and parts available you can easily build your own speakers, and they will sound great. You can either build them from scratch by choosing your own wood, (we'd recommend MDF over wood) or buying pre-built cabinets and adding your own custom speaker selection.

Either way you can get some great satisfaction from building your own speakers. Here are some of the advantages.
  • Choice of finish - While many prefer black speakers, sometimes the significant other does not. There may even be a mandate to have them match the rest of the furniture. No problem is you do it yourself.
  • Choice of drivers - Choose the tweeters that match your sound preference rather than what the manufacturer wants to sell you. Speakers are very subjective on what sounds good and what does not.
  • Choice of cabinet size & Style - By building your own you get to choose the style and size, along with the finish and drivers. Win, win, win.
If you go the pre-built cabinet route (rather than routing the speaker holes yourself!), then configuring your own custom speakers can be accomplished with nothing more than a screwdriver. If you want a custom finish, finishing small square boxes is much easier than a piece of furniture.

For a great selection of cabinets and speakers, try PartsExpress. Get $5 off on purchases of $50 or more at Use coupon code Save52010

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