Hi all, I received my new Sony earbuds which allow ambient sound to be heard along with your music or book. I'm comparing these to the Airdrives Fit earbuds of the same type, which I've previously owned two pairs of, at around $30 each. The Sony's were around $8, or $11 if you opted for the "sport" model, which I did in hopes it would be sturdier. I received them, and they do look sturdy enough; my guess is that the only difference the extra $3 for the sport model is this little clip on the wire which allows you to clip the wire to your shirt or something, so they say you won't lose your earbuds. not worth it in my opinion. The earbuds themselves don't secure quite as well to your ears as the Airdrives fit do; but, the many reviews on Amazon for the Airdrives fit, now that they've been out for several months, all talk about how easily broken they are; which was exactly my finding. The Sonys have, instead of a wire loop which goes all the way around your ear and could be tightened, only have a plastic hook, roughly 3/4 of a circle, which hangs over the top of your ear. the earbud is suspended from the hook, and does hang just outside your ear, much like the Airdrives fit. perhaps if you want, it can be pushed further into your ear, but that's not really the point in buying this kind of earbud. The sound from either brand is very good; the Airdrives fit also have their own volume control in the cord (not a big advantage in my opinion). And so, for $8 , I'd say the Sonys are the better buy, especially if they don't break as often (and their reviews on Amazon were very good, with some owners putting them through very rough conditions for several months). below is my original post, with the Amazon link, if you wish to order the Sonys, which also qualify for free shipping. hth, Chip -----Original Message----- From: Allison and Chip Orange [mailto:acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2010 5:57 PM To: 'tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx' Subject: a new earphone or ear-bud Hi all, Before I've posted about the new kind of ear-buds being sold, which hang just outside your ear, to allow ambient noise to "leak" through whatever you're listening to. they're especially great for blind people, as they don't isolate you from the world around you while allowing you to still hear your talking book, talking gps, music, or whatever. I've mentioned the AirDrives Fit, around $30, and I have absolutely loved them. however, I've been through two of them so far and it's time for a third pair (accidents happen, the new kitty happens, whatever). So, I went looking to see what other companies had brought out, and I just ordered the pair below from Sony for only $8.35! And free shipping from Amazon (if you meet their minimum order). the reviews from other owners are fantastic. I thought I'd share the description and link from Amazon, in case others might be interested, and so it's posted below. Sony also makes a moisture resistant version for $3 more. "Sony presents h.ear Headphones for the first time with the MDR-J10 Black Stereo Headphones. These chic headphones feature Vertical in-the-ear design for comfort, a headband-free Clip on Style that follows the contour of the ears, and a Non-Slip, Stable Design for a Secure Fit while exercising, skating, dancing or playing sports. The MDR-J10 also minimizes sound leakage for consistently clear reproduction, while Open-air design enables you to hear ambient sound. h.ear Headphones are here making listening on the go sound even better." http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-J10-Headphones-Non-Slip-Design/dp/B000092YR6/ ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_1 Chip Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.