fmriguy, if you get the E3Cs (good headphones, those) be careful if you have pets, especially dogs. See, things that go in your ears start to collect earwax, and something nasty like that is naturally irresistibly tasty to dogs. I had my pair for only seven weeks...
As a matter of fact, I DO have a dog and I'll definitely keep that in mind. She's almost 13 though, so she's well past her chewing phase. Luckily she's never been that much of a chewer...I've wasted a lot of money on chew toys that she just buries. Too bad about your phones!
Rory Buszan wrote:
I'd go for the Porter Cable 690, or up it to the 890 (which I personally have). If you already have a table saw and some electrical knowledge, you can learn to design and build your own high-fidelity loudspeakers, as I have been doing for the last 7 years. The router is used with a spiral-saw bit and circle jig to cut perfect circular holes, as well as to create the counter-bore for recessing the speaker drivers.
Forget the earbuds unless you already have a great set of speakers. I don't like putting things in my ears for sound -- I like to be pummeled by waves of it from the outside. You'll never experience the visceral effect of deep bass from a set of earbuds.
I think i'll just be going with the 690 because I don't even have a place to work wood other than my porch! I've really been working on getting a collection of basic power tools until I have more space to get the big boys. Last year was a Bosch jigsaw and the year before a makita drill.
As for the earbuds, I'm definitely with you in that I prefer loudspeakers. I have a set of Spendor S100's that I love. The trick is, I travel a lot and I'm sick and tired of listening to my crap ipod phones and my larger sony circumaural phones are too bulky. Hopefully the E3c's will do the trick!