Recommend a pair of headphones for me

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My iPod earphones are completely shitting out. Can anyone suggest some relatively cheap (< 50 American Dollars) headphones/earphones that still sound decent?

dan m (OutDatWay), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

"shitting out"? You didn't notice they were tinny pieces of garbage the first time you put them in?

happy fun ball (kenan), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Koss Porta Pros are good in that price bracket.

see also http;//www.headphonereviews.org

Ed (dali), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:49 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006DPMU4/qid=1114195689/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/103-5925200-1685446?v=glance&s=electronics&n=507846

i know this is more than you wanted to spend... but grado sr-60's frequently out-perform headphones 3 and 4 times it's price.

m.

msp (mspa), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Just get a $20 pair of Sony headphones -- you can probably get them at a drugstore. And they will sound so much better than those Apple bud earphones, you will urinate on yourself.

happy fun ball (kenan), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:50 (sixteen years ago) link

sennheiser px 200, $60

fe zaffe (fezaffe), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, dan, I didn't notice it was you! I can give specific instructions, then: Go to Osco Drug.

happy fun ball (kenan), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:52 (sixteen years ago) link

i must second the Koss Porta Pro, they sound very full and complete and are quite comfortable. they get poor marks for "80s looking design" but that is another big plus of course.

i yanked the cord on mine on a door and now they don't work. anyone have any experience with their full guarantee thing?

g e o f f (gcannon), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:56 (sixteen years ago) link

While we're on the subject of headphones. My boss just bought these. They are some of the best headphones I've heard and they don't fall out of my ears. I want some.

Ed (dali), Friday, 22 April 2005 18:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh I knew they were tinny pieces of shit. But now they're tinny pieces of shit that are all staticy and the right one doesn't work a third of the time.

To Osco I will go!

dan m (OutDatWay), Friday, 22 April 2005 18:08 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.head-fi.org is like the ILX of headphones.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 22 April 2005 18:49 (sixteen years ago) link

One thing to remember is that some of the recommended phones are "open" and people around you will be able to hear what you're listening to (which may be annoying for them).

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 22 April 2005 18:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Sony Budokans.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Friday, 22 April 2005 19:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I got these for being in a friend's wedding and they are so wonderful they make me weep.

J (Jay), Friday, 22 April 2005 19:03 (sixteen years ago) link

I've had Koss PortaPro's and Grado SR-60's and recommend both whole-heartedly. There's a lot of threads on ILX and ILM about headphones already, so you might want to search the archives.

stephen morris (stephen morris), Friday, 22 April 2005 19:35 (sixteen years ago) link

I also use and endorse Sennheiser PXC 300s. Jesus! They're a lot more expensive in the USA!

snotty moore, Friday, 22 April 2005 19:52 (sixteen years ago) link

This thread should somehoe meld with the contraceptive thread.

happy fun ball (kenan), Friday, 22 April 2005 20:01 (sixteen years ago) link

I like my PortaPros. They are about to be sent in for fixing though, after 4 years of use and serious abuse - the right side doesn't work for some reason. I bought some mediocre Sony somethings that don't totally suck and were only $20 and do not hurt or fall out of my ears. It takes a while to get the PortaPros back from the fixing place, I'm told...

I'd like to think the Etymotic earplugs are like ear diaphragms, Kenan. Lube 'em up and you're good to go for hours, mang.

rrrobyn (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 April 2005 21:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I like my sony mdr ex71. Very comfortable and seal off the outside world. They usually run around $40.

Aaron W (Aaron W), Friday, 22 April 2005 21:30 (sixteen years ago) link

my friend was just ranting about those sennheisers fe zaffe linked to today! in fact i even tried them out. they sounded pretty dece.

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 22 April 2005 22:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Sony Mdr EX71s seconded - great sound and comfort for the price.

Bill A (Bill A), Monday, 25 April 2005 07:46 (sixteen years ago) link

I sent my Koss PortaPros in for repairs, and I was shocked at how fast they came back - like 2 weeks or so.

The Yellow Kid, Monday, 25 April 2005 22:46 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
koss portapros!

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 13 May 2005 08:17 (sixteen years ago) link

the portapros are great, aren't they? although i'm not sure i'll use mine much now that i have the etymotic er-6is, it's hard to get used to hearing background noise again.

toby (tsg20), Friday, 13 May 2005 08:37 (sixteen years ago) link

they really are great, I never realised how monstrous this vitalic album actually is.

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 13 May 2005 08:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Sennheiser PX100s. Almost everyone who has used mine for fie minutes has then bought their own pair.

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 13 May 2005 14:13 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah most Sennheisers are pretty great

()ops (()()ps), Friday, 13 May 2005 15:00 (sixteen years ago) link

My PX200s are excellent, but a tip: don't buy them if yr bald, as they look really dumb.

Markelby (Mark C), Friday, 13 May 2005 15:06 (sixteen years ago) link

g e o f f, did you ever try to see if your consumer negligence fell under the koss lifetime guarantee thing?

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 13 May 2005 16:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm not g e o f f, but that's almost exactly how I broke mine, and it was no problem at all.

The Yellow Kid, Friday, 13 May 2005 17:36 (sixteen years ago) link

cool!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 13 May 2005 17:59 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...
does anyone know of any online shops who'll ship me a pair of koss pro4aa?

I want some for home listening but I can't find anywhere to ship them to me

: /

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 15 September 2005 09:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Didn't you just buy some? Have you got mugged or something?

Alba (Alba), Thursday, 15 September 2005 09:56 (sixteen years ago) link

"for home listening"

I bought a pair of koss porta-pros which are great but I want a pair of those big bulky ones for lounging about at home; the porta-pros are spindly, and dig into my neck when I'm lying down

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 15 September 2005 17:46 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...
any UK ilxers know where I send my koss portapros within the UK to be repaired under their unlimited lifetime warranty? the koss website says to my nearest authorised dealer but I can't find tht information online

anyone have any experience?

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 20:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Surely the place you bought them from is legally obliged to deal with it?

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 20:39 (fifteen years ago) link

a friend bought them for me : /

I think she bought them from amazon

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 20:40 (fifteen years ago) link

anyway I e-mailed koss so we'll see...

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 20:41 (fifteen years ago) link

the sony 71s were great but the cord just came apart like silly putty eventually, which is what the amazon customer reviews warned me of. now i just got some portapros and they're rilly awesome -- the bass response isn't what i'd like, but i prefer open-ear anyway, since it lets me hear my boss come up behind me, a car honk and tell me it's gonna run me over, etc.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 20:55 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm just about to buy some Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 5 Pros. I'm excited.

Ed (dali), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 20:56 (fifteen years ago) link

I believe Koss fixes them themselves, no proof of purchase or anything like that required.

Dan I., Wednesday, 8 February 2006 22:02 (fifteen years ago) link

kinky

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 22:09 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Another endorsement for the Sennheisers. I'm on my second pair -- the first pair was the standard $20 back-of-the-head model. They sounded great, but were none too durable. Which is to say, I broke them.

I picked up the HD20s first, because they were huge earmuffs and because they said on the package, "Perfect for DJs." Well, if they're good enough for DJs... actually, that didn't work. DJs have different needs than I do, apparently. The highs are tinny, the mid-range is muddy, and the bass is ri-freakin-diculous. It's boomy and with wayyyy too much sustain. Real crap for everyday listening. Avoid.

So I brought those back to the store and ended up with the PXC150s, and they sound BEAUTIFUL. Balanced, crisp, and the noise cancelling works wonders. (I'm afraid I'm setting myself up for being hit by a car.) Of course this means that I have an extra piece to my portable audio setup now -- the battery pack -- but I spend so much time with headphones on and they sound so great it's totally worth it to look like a bit of a dork wearing a belt clip.

Tab Hunter loves to take his shirt off (kenan), Saturday, 5 August 2006 00:07 (fifteen years ago) link

i was thinking about getting senn px 200s last week, but they're proving hard to find. was recommended audio technica's ath-se5s (i think that's the model), but they tried to jump off my head.

s1ocki (slutsky), Saturday, 5 August 2006 06:23 (fifteen years ago) link

there is no way i would ever buy headphones that required a battery pack. that would annoy me WAY too much.

s1ocki (slutsky), Saturday, 5 August 2006 06:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Upside: iPod batteries last much longer. Downside: AAA batteries. I'll have to get a charger that fits them.

Tab Hunter loves to take his shirt off (kenan), Sunday, 6 August 2006 18:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I love my PX200s, but sometimes I want to just take in-ear phones around with me.

Just ordered some CX300s for that.

Alba (Alba), Sunday, 6 August 2006 18:25 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
My daughter is thinking about getting some noise-cancelling headphones because she has a noisy roommate. (Constant TV + 4-hr. calls to boyfriend.) I suggested the Sennheiser PCX-250s mentioned on an ILM headphones thread to her, but I also found these:

Plane Quiet NC6
Has anybody had any experience with Plane Quiet headphones? Recommendations yea or nay?

Danny Aioli (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 9 September 2006 01:03 (fifteen years ago) link

I think they only cance out constant noise like the hum in a plane, constant chit-chat may be a problem, unless of course she's a boring droner.

Might nbe better to get in ear ones that will block out the noise physically.

I just bought some Shure E2Cs and on the short run out they've had so far they're absolutely fantastic and a mile better than the sonys I've just replaced which I thought were pretty good in the first place but kept losing the sleeve (including once in my ear canal - resluting in some worried rummaging while walking along a tube corridor)

Porkpie (porkpie), Saturday, 16 September 2006 12:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Most options at that price will be on-ear rather than over.. are you looking for overs only?

Look up the resistance in ohms on the kids ones that you had so that you're sure to get something with a lower resistance. The Koss 60-ohm driver variations in the Portapro, KSC75 or KPH-30i can't be beat for lower than $100 ime.

maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, 28 January 2021 14:27 (ten months ago) link

i guess on-ear is okay? would be good to screen out as much room sound as possible though

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 28 January 2021 14:29 (ten months ago) link

actually maybe bluetooth would be okay. they can just stay paired to their 'partner' computer and whoever's using that computer uses those headphones.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 28 January 2021 14:32 (ten months ago) link

Just checking. In a more general forum like this, i did figure you were just differentiating from in-ear stuff.

Nevermind on the Koss's as they are very open, you can easily hear what's going on around you unless they are turned up loud. Over or on, you'll want something closed back for isolation.

maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, 28 January 2021 14:33 (ten months ago) link

I have a pair of AKG K52s. They're closed-back, over-the-ear, wired headphones that sound pretty good for the price.

o. nate, Friday, 29 January 2021 02:25 (ten months ago) link

thanks!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 29 January 2021 10:04 (ten months ago) link

Couple of thoughts. Last hotdesk/open plan office I worked in, we were all issued Jabra Evolve headsets which, despite being over ear, blocked the noise of the call centre coming from the other side of the floor and had a microphone that doesn’t pick up much extra around noise.

I think ours were evolve 40s but i can check when I get home. Wired with both a TRRS jack and a USB doodad.

The other option is a gamer headset. E uses one for teaching and it looks ridiculous but it’s over ear, sound isolating and has a decent mic. It was just a move and one from a local electrical store. Much like a number of these

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/4506696?clickSR=slp:term:gaming%20headset:2:223:1

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Friday, 29 January 2021 20:37 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

hi folks, can you Recommend a pair of headphones for me? i've read back over recent stuff in this thread and i haven't found anything 100% in my zone.

must-haves:
* over-ear
* bluetooth
* noise cancelling

strongly prefer:
* physical buttons (unless the touch controls are really good and non-frustrating)

don't care about:
* controlling alexa/siri/other creepy robots
* anything to do with microphones actually

So far I have experienced:
Sony XB-450BT: These were kind of my ideal user experience, no fuss, buttons always worked right. But they're goddamned fragile things! My first pair was one a friend gave me for free and after a year or so, the hanger connecting the left earcup broke apart. I figured, well, they were free, who knows what they'd been put through before, etc. Bought myself another pair, got three solid years out of it and then, bang, same exact break. Never again!
Jabra Elite 85h: These were recommended by Wirecutter. Good controls, good sound, no fuss... but between the tight squeeze of the headband, and the sucking feeling of the barely-adjustable ANC, I got a headache within a couple hours of using them. Dangit!
Sony WH-1000XM3: I'm 90% sure these are the ones I tried in between the two pairs of the XB-450s. Sound and fit were great, but the touch controls drove me fucking crazy and it was also pushing my price point at a little at that time, so I gave up and returned them. I see people repping this series in the thread, so if the M4s were like a major major improvement I guess I could be open to trying them, since they don't use the same botchy earcup attachment piece.

I was looking at the Sennheiser 450s, but saw stuff online basically saying that the previous headphones in that line were correctly marketed as "on-ear," and that if you have bigger ears, these are going to get uncomfortable fast. I was also tempted to splurge on the Bose 700s, before realizing that all the physical buttons are devoted to voice-assist bullshit and cannot actually be used to adjust volume or go forward/backward. If someone can reassure me that the touch controls are really really good and reliable, that would be amazing to know!

I also am open to the possibility that the Bose QuietComfort II might actually be my jam - it's a few years old, but how much better can headphones have really gotten? I see some positive comments upthread - are people still rocking these? THANK YOU!!!

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:07 (eight months ago) link

I haven't gotten to try them, but give the Anker Q30 a look.

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:17 (eight months ago) link

Id rate the xm3 as no better in most ways that matter to the xm2s and the noise cancelling actually a little more effective in that latter

Haven't tried the 4s

your own personal qanon (darraghmac), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:27 (eight months ago) link

several of the podcast snobs at my work have the sennheiser momentums, which i think are now called HD1s? if money is no object. reports of fiddly controls however.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:35 (eight months ago) link

Yeah I totally recommend the Bose QuietComfort 35 ii, they tick all your boxes and I'm constantly hearing sonic detail through them that I've never heard before even on music I thought I knew well. The only downer for me is that they have the old-style micro USB charger but that's not a big deal.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:40 (eight months ago) link

I recently bought a used pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 iis for $157 plus tax. I'm sending them back because the left earphone button doesn't work and I haven't decided whether to buy another pair when I get refunded.

The pros:

• They do sound good. Not perhaps as good as I hoped for $300 headphones, but I only have experience of much cheaper ones so wasn't sure how much of a leap to expect
• I like the physical buttons, particularly the one you slide to turn off rather than dicking around with holding down a button for three seconds or whatever
• 'Multi-point' Bluetooth technology means I can have them paired to more than one device at once rather than having to pair and un-pair

The cons:
• As with my Jabra 65T earbuds, the multi-point Bluetooth is implemented with a fundamental flaw: it thinks it's a good idea to beep at you when one of the devices (even if it's not the one you're currently listening to) becomes disconnected. With the Jabras, this happens when the other device (say, my laptop in another room, while I use them with my iPhone) is just too far away for a Bluetooth connection, which is of course very annoying when it's just on the edge of range and will inform me of the connection and disconnection several times in a row. With the Boses, it's even worse because it seems to just lose the connection when it's right there next to me. Maybe mine are faulty. Anyway, I think I'll just stop using the multi-point thing and just have one device paired at once. It's more trouble than it's worth when there's no way to turn off the bloody beeping.
• These are the first over-ear headphones I've owned and as a glasses-wearer, I find they start digging in after a few hours of wearing them. The cheap on-ear JBLs I have are much more comfortable for all-day use.

Alba, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:57 (eight months ago) link

Anyone try the Koss PortaPro bluetooths? They didn't get great reviews last time I looked but I'm tired of misplacing my Lightning to 3.5mm dongle.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 01:16 (eight months ago) link

great responses, everyone, thank you!!! i'm still mulling but leaning towards the QuietComfort... I do use Bluetooth on multiple devices but I'm used to just clicking the BT off on my tablet when I'm not watching a movie in bed, otherwise it's my phone all the time... so i should be able to evade the beeping. the glasses thing is a bit more worrisome but i'm willing to roll the dice and see.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 01:30 (eight months ago) link

Another plus for the QCs: you can use them wired if the battery is flat. Apparently some noise-cancelling headphones sound terrible without the battery, but these bypass the NC properly so they're fine. The battery is non-replaceable, btw, as most are, so eventually they'll become wired headphones if they don't break first.

Alba, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:12 (eight months ago) link

But yeah, after another morning of wearing them, they just hurt too much for me with the glasses arms underneath. I think I'm back to on-ear, rather than over-ear in future.

Alba, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:26 (eight months ago) link

slept on it, now pretty settled on the QuietComfort IIs, allowing that I might have to return them and go back to the drawing board if I experience the glasses-related discomfort.

the Shure Aonic 50s and Sennheiser HD1s are both very appealing. but looking at the instruction manuals, both have really annoying control schemes --- "tap this button once to pause, twice to go forward, three times to go back." these things list for $400 - just put another dang button on there you cheapskates!!

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:59 (eight months ago) link

wait goddammit i forgot to double-check the QCII manual. they have the double-press thing too! so i'm back to square one. or just have to pick between one of these. whyyyyyyy

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:09 (eight months ago) link

It’s a physical button but it’s loaded up a bit.

DJI, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:19 (eight months ago) link

re: the Anker Q30s which maffew12 mentioned: these have a slightly less annoying control scheme; the +/- buttons are used for both volume adjustment and track skip, where you hold for 1 second to do the skip. that might be viable. Wirecutter says the cheaper Q20s are very very similar performance-wise (and have bigger buttons?), just missing an app to adjust EQ. supposedly the app also lets you adjust ANC level, but their review makes it sound like this is only supported for Apple devices. tbh the only reasons these weren't on my shortlist before were that reviews suggested that both sound quality and noise cancelling were lackluster. getting some peace and quiet on NYC subways is pretty crucial for me here. so these might be great for some folks, especially with the super super cheap price point. hrmrmrmrmrmrmrmrmm......

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:20 (eight months ago) link

just put another dang button on there you cheapskates!!

I would love a future of dedicated buttons. Apple has a lot to answer for.

Alba, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:24 (eight months ago) link

apparently, Apple's new flagship over-ear headphones have punted the touch/swipe controls for some kind of physical dial. hope that trends.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:25 (eight months ago) link

tbh I never use the navigation buttons on my QCIIs, I always navigate on the phone screen. ymmv.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 17:20 (eight months ago) link

yeah i think i got spoiled on the controls of the sony 450s, probably their best feature. suuuuuper handy both for skipping tracks in shuffle and for jogging 15 seconds forward/backward in podcasts, without digging my phone out of my pocket and waking it up.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 17:24 (eight months ago) link

1000Xm series quite comfortable over glasses ime, also allow for ANC customisation through app

Gestures/swipe take getting used to but are in time predictable and reliable

Quality of mic on calls is iffy and they do get warm after a few hours tho

your own personal qanon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 17:51 (eight months ago) link

Also work through cable as per above

your own personal qanon (darraghmac), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 17:54 (eight months ago) link

So has anyone tried out Apples AirPods Max?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 06:18 (seven months ago) link

So, I've returned my QCIIs and have just forked out for some $299 Shure Anonic 50s. Despite my experience I've been convinced by everyone else that over-ears are more comfortable than on-ears and am hoping that the Boses just didn't suit my head for some reason. Fingers crossed.

Alba, Thursday, 8 April 2021 02:49 (seven months ago) link

anyone using koss porta pros? the treble on my beyer dt990s is getting a bit exhausting

maelin, Friday, 9 April 2021 18:21 (seven months ago) link

they used to be my main headphones. they’re great!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 10 April 2021 16:49 (seven months ago) link

I picked up a pair of Sennheiser HD350 BT for £42 on the Sennheiser outlet https://en-uk.sennheiser-outlet.com/shops/index.php , marked as B-stock but to my eyes they look as good as new and sound way better than a fourtt quid pair of cans. I'd guess I have average size ears and they fit fine. Not noise cancelling but it's not something I'm fussed about. The Sennheiser smart control is good in that you can tweak the equaliser to your tatse.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 10 April 2021 18:42 (seven months ago) link

Damn typos.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 10 April 2021 18:43 (seven months ago) link

Ach, got the Shure Anonic 50s and they're just as uncomfortable and hot on my ears as the Bose QCIIs were, so going to have to send them back. I think I must just have a very tall head combined with big ears: even pulled down do the maximum band setting, my earlobes still get squashed by the pads.

Alba, Monday, 12 April 2021 01:43 (seven months ago) link

Koss Portapros still my go-to for our-and-about headphones. Never come across anything close at the price point. Still get comments on how cool they look, too.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 12 April 2021 06:05 (seven months ago) link

Dug out my Grado Alessandro Music Series headphones last night to listen to some Godspeed on. Not used them in ages. Bloody marvellous.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 12 April 2021 06:06 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Sony XB-450BT: These were kind of my ideal user experience, no fuss, buttons always worked right. But they're goddamned fragile things! My first pair was one a friend gave me for free and after a year or so, the hanger connecting the left earcup broke apart. I figured, well, they were free, who knows what they'd been put through before, etc. Bought myself another pair, got three solid years out of it and then, bang, same exact break. Never again!

saw this post and i was like "oh wow, never had a problem!" (diff sony headphones though) fast forward a few weeks, the stupid fucking things broke. considered buying new headphones but read enough "these broke" or "these are squishing me" reviews on every other pair that i was like, fuck it, i'm gonna try to fix em.

https://i.imgur.com/k0aIOoe.png
the ones i have i think are the same as the one mh mentioned way upthread, which i also got on a big sale -- i think i paid 150 max CAD for them? and it was a few years ago. i just walked into a box store and bought em because i tried em on and they didn't hurt. and they sounded great! and they lasted a while! then they snapped here. Unusable.

https://i.imgur.com/xMdyIbw.png
So I superglued the shit out of them, all in and around the cracks. And because I felt like that wasn't going to be enough i also superglued some cut-to-length zipties for support.

https://i.imgur.com/55DoTC1.png
Then I wrapped the whole nightmare in tie-dye duct tape. So far so good! They aren't leaving the house again though just in case. They're computer headphones now. Luckily I just upgraded my phone to something with an aux jack again so I can use my decent cheapo earbuds while out.

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 23 May 2021 19:31 (six months ago) link

My 6-year-old AKGs have finally given up the ghost, what can I get out there for about £50 which will sound good? Headphones only, no earphones, would be nice if they folded up, I need then for doing audio restoration work so high frequencies as well are needed.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 21:06 (six months ago) link

i appreciate that post, Will, though i have nothing to add

Nhex, Thursday, 27 May 2021 00:23 (six months ago) link

i love my bose quiet comfort wireless headphones. i've owned bose products before but these are the best ones i've ever had

treeship., Thursday, 27 May 2021 02:20 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Philip Sherburne over on pitchfork listing recommended wired and wireless headphones:
https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/best-wired-headphones/
https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/best-wireless-headphones/

willem, Thursday, 10 June 2021 07:46 (five months ago) link

Best 28?

Nhex, Thursday, 10 June 2021 12:02 (five months ago) link

Hey gotta get those referral click$

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 10 June 2021 12:47 (five months ago) link

"Every pair of headphones – ranked from best to worst"

Alba, Thursday, 10 June 2021 12:49 (five months ago) link

I guess that's rtings.com, actually.

Alba, Thursday, 10 June 2021 12:50 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

so the headphones in the above thing broke in a new, much harder to fix place, so i said fuck it and ordered a pair of akg open back headphones (k 240). never used open back before, interested to see how this goes!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Monday, 30 August 2021 19:09 (three months ago) link

oh ok i see theybve been brought up a bunch itt, and now im wonderingf if i shouldve ordered a dac too :/

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Monday, 30 August 2021 19:13 (three months ago) link

nah man fuck it. they'll be fine

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Monday, 30 August 2021 19:15 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Why do so many cheaper headphones have this ridiculously thin, fragile leatherette on the ear pads?

It inevitably starts to flake and it looks like you have dark dandruff

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 22:27 (one month ago) link


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