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Why do these have to have such killer ratings in a housing that will never be comfortable in my ear?
Because a lot of people find them comfortable and good value for money, with the best bang-for-buck sound quality you can get in a budget earphone.
You don't seem to understand my complaint and the complaint of most people with ears.
You're right. I can't seem to comprehend why you are complaining about $5 earphones that you haven't tried, and which many many people use and like.
Again, comprehension isn't your strong suit. I guess you don't understand that some of us have been using earbuds since their inception in the late 80s and can tell just by looking at the dimensions and the design that they will never provide a comfortable fit. Don't like my complaint? Fine, move on with your bad self.
tbf, the foam packs you can buy for another $5 help a lot. maybe even the foam pack it originally comes with might be enough.
These aren't some 'cheap-o' quality housings though.
The plastic moldings on these are very smooth. Most people's complaint about earphones are poor molding and the jagged/sharp mold lines. That's absent in this. The Monk uses some powerful magnets (They will repel each other and clasp onto metal surfaces.) which leads to some impressive sound and bass, even the highs are on par, though not higher volumes as they can get piercing. Also, the soundstage is amazing. They're pretty much mini-open headphones for portable use.
I don't use earbuds because of the silicone inserts irritate my canal and the bass/sound is too close for soundstage.
In the end, it all comes down to personal preference and anatomy. The Monks fit me snuggly (I don't use foam covers, they're a bit itchy) and I've used them jogging, at work, and in strong winds, never came off.
Don't snark something because you don't understand/comprehend the differences between your opinion and a solid product.
I find this style MUCH more comfortable than the ear canal style. Can't even lay on my side with the canal style. Sound probably isn't as good, but when sound quality matters, I use HPs.