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What Headphones Would You Recommend?  
User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8459 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

I am in the market for headphones and I want to get good ones. What brands do you use and recommend and which ones would you stay away from? I know the kids have Beets but is the more expensive ones, >$150 always better than the $40 to $75 ones or are you just paying for the brand name?


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User currently offlineFr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5359 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

I use the Bose SIE2i sports earbuds for running, working out, mowing the lawn, working around the house, whatever. Sound great and they have never fallen out.


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User currently offlinenickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1431 times:
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I have been a lifelong fan of the Sennheiser headphones, of which I own several, including my personal favorite, the HD520-Series-II (no longer in production, unfortunately).

Being somewhat of an audiophile, I have sampled many brands of headphones throughout the years and the Sennheiser brand has always been one of the best that I have come across. My second(s) would be Bose and Koss and third, the Sony ES.

www.sennheiserusa.com -- visit the site and see if there is something there that fits your needs.

Plus, I also like the Sennheiser Aviation headsets - I own a pair with ANC, and I prefer them over the standard D/Cs.

-Nick



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User currently offlinekent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 962 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

What are you after? Even $150+ isn't overly expensive. For me, I'd go up the tree of a brand you quite like and then search online for a recently superseded model, which will often save you at least 50%. I did this with my Senn HD580s, and am about to do similar with Westone 4 IEMs.

As for which brand - what music do you like, what do you like about it and where/how do you plan on listening to it? Will you be amping or running out of a phone or computer etc.

I use IEMs (amped) when travelling, but full size cans at home (again amped, but different amp). And I'm not a bass-head, I prefer something more neutral or with slightly forward mid-range.

And, as to your "do you get more if you pay more", a qualified yes. But there are diminishing returns and, as with any product, some triumphs of marketing over performance.


User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3935 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1297 times:
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Add my vote for Sennheiser for at-home listening.
When on the go and looking to block ambient noise without spending a fortune (I have been known to leave my gear behind accidentally), a Klipsch S4 model is perfect.

Stay away from in-ear Shure buds. Great quality, lousy reliability.



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8791 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

Beats are stylish and have a huge marketing program, but the earphones themselves are not that good.

[Edited 2013-11-04 04:00:09]


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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
I know the kids have Beets

That's spelled 'Beats'. Dr. Dre markets them.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

I don't think you provide enough information. Is it for home hi-fi or mobile, do you prefer open, semi open or closed designs?

And I think you should really test the sound and see if the headphone is comfortable to wear.

I have a Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro. It sits comfortably and has a nice natural sound, but it is certainly not the right one for iPhones or gamers. And I normally prefer semi open designs.

I used to love AKGs but I hear they went downhill after they came under Harman's umbrella. There ought to be some good ones, though! The old K240 was the bang-for-bucks headphone for a long time. If the MK II is as good, I don't know, but amazon lists them for a mere $ 69. That's a steal:

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-240-Semi-O...en-Studio-Headphones/dp/B0001ARCFA

Sennheisers have a particular sound which I for one don't really like.

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
>$150 always better than the $40 to $75 ones or are you just paying for the brand name?

Yes, they are. I am hard of hearing and have no difficulties hearing differences between different headphones. El Cheapo headphones try to impress with bass and compression. That said $ 150 isn't that much for a good headphone, really.

[Edited 2013-11-04 04:47:35]


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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1257 times:
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I have Bose headphones which I generally use (when necessary) and a set of Sennheisers which I use with my IPOD. I enjoy both brands.


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12345 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

Not to steal the thread, but I'm thinking of moving to a Bluetooth headset with a built-in mic. I want it to have good audio fidelity, good wearability, and ability to take phone calls as well as be a good choice for music. Any advise?

Quoting nickh (Reply 2):
I have been a lifelong fan of the Sennheiser headphones

  

I've used their earbuds and their wired and wireless (FM) headsets and you can't beat them for all around wearability while still having great audio fidelity. Their sound is usually very unbiased and clean, as opposed to too many other brands who boost the bass whether you want it or not.

Note I have not looked to see if any Sennheiser products meet my need for a BT headset yet. I'd appreciate anyone who has letting me know what they think.



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User currently offlineakiss20 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 603 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 4):
a Klipsch S4 model is perfect.

I loved the S4s in every way, great sound, controls worked well, small, blocked ambient noise very well; but I found they had one fatal flaw: build quality. My first pair started falling apart about 1 year in. The strain relief at the buds started fraying, but that wasn't a huge deal, it was just cosmetic. The bigger problem was at the plug. The cord is quite a narrow gauge and they don't implement proper strain relief there. The cord started pulling out of the plug until I actually saw the sheathing of the individual wires. I tried wrapping it in electrical tape, epoxy, everything. It worked for a bit, but after about another 5 months they finally quit. I contacted Klipsch to complain that my $100 headphones only lasted 1.5 years (mind you I wasn't abusing them. Daily use, in and out of pocket, but nothing extreme). They sent me a new pair right away.

That pair lasted almost exactly 1.5 years as well.

The s4 would be perfect if they built them to last more than 1.5 years



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User currently offlinenickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
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I could not resist posting this URL:

http://www.stereophile.com/headphone...nnheiser_orpheus_he_90_headphones/

Err -- USD$15,000 for a set of headphones (vacuum tube pre-amp notwithstanding) borders on insanity. That was the retail price of the Sennheiser Orpheus HE-90s when they first came out, I believe that they sell for a lot more now, if you can find them -- they are no longer in production, it was just a limited-run "technology demonstrator" sort of thing.

My father had a very rare (WW-II) era set of Grundig headphones with a similar looking valve-type preamp that I recall from the 1960's. I was a bit too young then to appreciate it for what it was, and I am sure that it would have been worth a lot nowadays if I could find it, but anyway - it would have been nice to compare it to the newer 'phones of today.

Enjoy the article.

-Nick



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User currently offlineAI121 From Canada, joined Jan 2011, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

It depends what you're looking to get from your headphones? Audio Technica M50 are really good studio style headphones with amazing sound quality. If you travel a lot and need noise cancelling headphones then go for Audio Technica ANC7b. I just got them for $135 and they are very good for the price.


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User currently offlinedoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3402 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
I know the kids have Beets

I'm just glad they're finally eating their vegetables.



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