I have developed a preference for ‘ear/headphones’ (of whatever type is appropriate) vs speakers. I have a very low mileage, but 10 year old car that does not have bluetooth or an AUX input and I would like to listen to music (Android Smartphone source when I drive (earphones). But I don’t like ‘taking my ears off the road’ and I have no reason to change cars.
I have tried a couple of IEM’s and they are a bit too isolating. I am not going the on/over the ears route as I don’t like the impression that leaves WRT other drivers. But I have a set of ‘hang on the ear’ type (Yamaha’s that came with a unusual electric guitar that I own). I find the ‘isolation’ to be acceptable and the sound isn’t bad. So I have two questions.
How have others made this trade-off?
I am having trouble finding wired, decent quality ‘hang on the ear’ type earphones out there. For those who use them what do you suggest (in the $100 to $250 range)?
ps. My ‘test’ for acceptable isolation is that I can hear the blinkers blink, and when I wear them outdoors I can hear the birds in my back yard. WRT the ‘hang on the ear’ types, they seem to all be sourced from Asia with relatively unpredictable delivery times and just a general lack of confidence on my part.