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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) link

sennheiser px 200, $60

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

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

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

Sony Budokans.

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

This thread should somehoe meld with the contraceptive thread.

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

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

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

two weeks pass...
koss portapros!

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

yeah most Sennheisers are pretty great

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

cool!

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

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

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

a friend bought them for me : /

I think she bought them from amazon

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

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

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

kinky

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

my mother-in-law just got me a pair of bose quietcomfort 35 II. Kinda excited to try them out as i've been using throwaway and iphone headphones for probably twenty years now. First high-end option! Anybody got an opinion on these?
https://www.amazon.com/Bose-QuietComfort-Wireless-Headphones-Cancelling/dp/B0756CYWWD/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:07 (one year ago) link

I love mine. They are comfortable enough to wear for hours and hours, and the noise cancellation is great. I've sat next to screaming babies on flights and barely noticed. The sound is pretty good too.

DJI, Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:10 (one year ago) link

cool man; vote of confidence makes me happy as the lovely lil' ol' lady who bought these for me isn't very tech savvy but just wanted to get me a nice gift. i didn't have any input in choosing the brand/make/model and was worried she maybe overpaid for nothing. maybe somebody put a good word in her ear.
i've been, more out of necessity, a guy who doesn't care much about quality headphones my whole life but i borrowed a pair of the sony noise canceling ones for a bit and was surprised at the color that leapt into some music that i had been listening to for years.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:25 (one year ago) link

they have a seriously good rep

topical mlady (darraghmac), Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:42 (one year ago) link

i bet she just googled "what are the best headphones"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 January 2019 20:09 (one year ago) link

The bose noise cancellation is top-notch. I find the sound of the qc 35 ok but not as good as the sound-true in ear which i usually use when i do not fly. The service of bose was very good too before, they were pretty generous in the past. But when my last qc 35 which i had hardly used broke down (one channel died and the problem was not in the cable) after a little more than two years they just wanted to give me a reduction of 50 euros, later i got the qc25 for 150 euros which also have good noise cancellation.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 3 January 2019 20:45 (one year ago) link

a reduction of 50 euros for a new one

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 3 January 2019 20:46 (one year ago) link

After you test your cool new phones put the iphone earbuds in. It really makes you appreciate good cans.

(V) (;,,;) (V) (FlopsyDuck), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:34 (one year ago) link

Congrats! The field is a lot more crowded than it was a couple of years ago but Bose QC35 (I or II) still sets the standard for wireless noise-canceling headphones. Plenty of competitors do this or that differently and you might ultimately prefer a different flavor for whatever reason, but you can't really do better. Just different.

- industry-standard noise cancellation
- well-regarded for sound, with a generally neutral presentation
- lightweight, compact, easily packable
- good battery life

Coupla notes:
- no wireless noise-cancelling set is going to compete with wired cans for sound quality
- if you're willing to mess around with settings in an app, people tend to rate the Sony tops overall for audio
- i've found i'm personally willing to trade some noise cancellation for a little less eardrum pressure - some people notice this and some don't so it's very much horses for courses

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:50 (one year ago) link

sony wh1000-mx match the bose for nc but the app is fluff, youd turn it back to factory settings within ten mins ime

topical mlady (darraghmac), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:53 (one year ago) link

after a test run, they're lovely. very easy on the ears, which makes a big difference and the sound is great. it's a whole new world!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 4 January 2019 00:19 (one year ago) link

Airpods

Trϵϵship, Friday, 4 January 2019 00:21 (one year ago) link

I just put them in and they automatically sync to the phone. The most magical product I’ve ever used.

Trϵϵship, Friday, 4 January 2019 00:22 (one year ago) link

I wound up ordering myself a Dragonfly Black -- the cheaper of the two models (I read that it did 90% of what the red one does and the red one isn't really necessary for most uses).

I've only used it with my laptop so far and definitely notice an improvement in definition and detail. Stupidly failed to realize I would need a lightning to FEMALE usb adapter to use it with the iPhone, so still waiting for that to arrive. Surprisingly hard to find on Amazon so I ordered it from Apple -- the camera adapter seems to be the one.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 7 January 2019 04:53 (one year ago) link

Bose Quiet Comfort are basically changing the way i listen to music on the street; they're kinda miraculous.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 7 January 2019 05:37 (one year ago) link

I gotta get comfy w the idea that it’s unlikely someone will rip off my fancy Bluetooth over the ears before I go traipsing through the streets w them.

L'assie (Euler), Monday, 7 January 2019 08:23 (one year ago) link

it could happen i suppose! i'm a bit more worried about being hit by a car.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 7 January 2019 14:25 (one year ago) link

My Fiio E17K ("Alpen 2") portable headphone amp isn't working properly anymore, and I'm looking for a replacement, but it seems to be kinda hard to find a replacement with same qualities, so I thought I'd ask here if anyone can recommend anything? Basically, I'm looking for a portable amp that meets these criteria:

* Besides the mini-USB input, it needs to have a regular 3,5 mm "line in" input (since I'll be connecting it to my Fiio FLAC player).
* The price should be around 100 euros (or less).
* You should be able to adjust the levels of bass and treble.

The third option seems to be the most problematic, as Fiio has discontinued the E17K, and their newer models in this price range don't have proper bass and treble controls, just a switch to turn the bass boost on or off, which seems much more blunt. And the same seems to apply to competing headphone amps in the 100 euro price range, all the alternatives I've checked on Amazon merely have a bass boost switch.

Tuomas, Monday, 21 January 2019 10:27 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Looking for a pair of lightweight in-ear (not over-ear) wireless headphones, any recommendations?

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 24 May 2019 04:03 (one year ago) link

i bought a pair of rha trueconnects a couple of weeks ago, been pretty happy with them so far

seven months pass...

has anyone else had any experience ordering headphones or accessories directly from sennheiser.com? I ordered a replacement cable from them on December 26, but it hasn't arrived yet, and the only correspondence I've received is the initial email confirming that my order was placed. I called their customer service number on Saturday, and all the service rep could tell me was that the order is "in process" and that the item hasn't shipped yet. she has no idea where it will be shipping from or how long I can expect the shipping/delivery process to take. she promised that I'd be getting an email update within 48 hours, but I haven't gotten a response as of tonight, so I called back and was told that it would be placed "on higher priority"

apparently all of sennheiser.com's online transactions are conducted by a company called Digital River, which has an abysmal track record wrt customer service

if I had more sense I'd probably just buy new headphones. I paid maybe $45 for my HD 497s over 10 years ago, and I've had to replace the cable just about every year because one of the channels eventually fails. I'm not sure whether this is a common problem with replacement cables or whether this model is particularly flimsy (or maybe I abuse them more than I realize?). I used to buy the cables from B&H Photo, but their price has shot up over the past couple years, so it really isn't worth it at this point

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Monday, 13 January 2020 22:49 (eight months ago) link

so yeah, I'd appreciate it if anyone can recommend a pair of sub-$100 over-the-ear phones that are likely to last for 5-10 years without significant need for replacement/repair, if such a product even exists

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Monday, 13 January 2020 22:59 (eight months ago) link

is this for mostly desk use or are you out and about with them a lot?

omg what did you type to find this gif? (Spottie), Monday, 13 January 2020 23:06 (eight months ago) link

it's really just for bedroom use. I use a cheap pair of earbuds for exercise so I rarely take my over-the-ear ones out of the house

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Monday, 13 January 2020 23:09 (eight months ago) link

seconded, those are absurdly good for the price

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 13 January 2020 23:36 (eight months ago) link

thanks, those seem like a pretty good value, and it looks like they takes a standard/generic cord, so if it does fail over time it should be a lot cheaper to replace

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Monday, 13 January 2020 23:45 (eight months ago) link

yeah def a plus. you may want a headphone amp if you dont have one tho

omg what did you type to find this gif? (Spottie), Monday, 13 January 2020 23:47 (eight months ago) link

yeah, maybe - I do see a few recommendations upthread. my current headphones are 32 ohms (same as the SHP9500s) and as a non-audiophile I don't have any real complaints about their performance, but tbf I don't have much basis for comparison since I've never used an amp

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:14 (eight months ago) link

I just bought my first pair of headphones and got them today (are currently charging). I had been using random airplane earbuds or the generic apple ones that come with things. I got inexpensive cowin ones (e7 pro) that have noise canceling and they also came with noise canceling earbuds for free. I am unsure how much I will use them so I am going to try these out before determining if I want to invest more money in better ones.

Yerac, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:33 (eight months ago) link

These will be for the plane and for home (soooo much street noise because I have the windows open a lot).

Yerac, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:34 (eight months ago) link

i urge you to consider testimonials from the ilxors who will tell you how the sony wh100-xm range changed their lives

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:50 (eight months ago) link

EXPENSIVE!

Yerac, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:54 (eight months ago) link

i was softening you up for a reason

but, and look im not even on ilm like, these things are so good it's crazy. couldnt be without them now.

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:13 (eight months ago) link

I didn't think I even needed some but then I got kindly upgraded on my last flight and they had bang and olufsen nc headphones to use for the movies and it was SO NICE (especially since there was a family of like 10 sitting near me).

maybe I shall rreturn to your recommendation after I view your youtube vlog review.

Yerac, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:17 (eight months ago) link

sub-$100 over-the-ear phones that are likely to last for 5-10 years without significant need for replacement/repair

For $50, the AKG K52's sound pretty darn good. The headband-elastic, one-size-fits-most style may not be to your taste though. They seem durable.

o. nate, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:23 (eight months ago) link

not bad, but the lack of a detachable cable might be a dealbreaker unless the stock cable is very very solid

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:43 (eight months ago) link

Not sub-$100 but these things could be run over by a truck and wouldn't even get scratched:

DJI, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:56 (eight months ago) link

That's true. The cable is not replaceable. However, one thing I like about these is that there is no cable connecting the left and right side. Those cables tend to be rather thin - in fact in my last pair of headphones, that was the part that broke first. So the simplicity of the design seems like a plus for durability.

xp

o. nate, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:57 (eight months ago) link

Xposts
How much is B&H charging for replacement sennheiser cables? I’m getting close to needing one and that was going to be my plan...

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:01 (eight months ago) link

I love my new headphones. I am sure they have whatever faults but it's a big step up from using airplane earbuds. Now I have to maybe buy a ps4. I am starting this decade less than a decade behind!

Yerac, Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:47 (eight months ago) link

How much is B&H charging for replacement sennheiser cables?

the basic 3.5mm to dual 2.5mm Sennheiser cable (currently out of stock) is $19.99 plus shipping on B&H's site, up from $13.40 a little over a year ago. I finally got an email from Sennheiser saying that the cable is no longer available on their own site, so I wonder if it's been discontinued. I don't think their newer models use that type of cable.

there don't seem to be a lot of decent alternatives to the proprietary 3.5mm-to-2.5mm cable. I bought a generic cable once but wasn't too thrilled by it — too short, came unplugged from my mp3 player too easily (probably because of the bulky adaptable plug), and only lasted about a year. other ones I bookmarked but didn't buy (and which might not fit depending on the diameter of the rubber/plastic piece that secures the earphone plugs):

https://www.amazon.com/NEW-NEOMUSICIA-Replacement-Compatible-Headphones/dp/B07H6SPVX5/ (same brand as the one I bought, but it may be a bit more durable)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-35mm3-5mm-to-2-5mm-Replacement-Audio-upgrade-Cable-For-Bose-oe2-oe2i-Headphone/281212520541 (ships directly from China, so idk)

of course none of the above will help unless your headphones use the same type of cable. fwiw I ended up buying a new pair of Phillips SHP9500 headphones, so I'll be retiring my old Sennheisers unless I decide to use them as a backup

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:20 (eight months ago) link

Ali express is your answer here. Whatever cable configuration you want you can get it with a little searching.

Quality is can be. pretty good too.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:23 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I think i'm finally gonna bite and get a portable DAC/preamp for my iPhone. Is Dragonfly (which color) still the one to get?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 7 February 2020 14:20 (seven months ago) link

yerac did you take the plunge with those sonys or something else

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Friday, 7 February 2020 14:26 (seven months ago) link

no! I got the cheaper ones that I had mentioned above. They are totally fine. Will see how they hold up. Using them more than I thought but still not a lot. I don't think I would ever walk around with them.

Yerac, Friday, 7 February 2020 18:49 (seven months ago) link

My main gear has been Denon AH-D2000 (10 years running, currently used at work) and HiFiMAN HE6se. My involvement with the Head-Fi community inevitably results in buying some crazy gear, including an iFi Pro stack, with an energizer for electrostatics. I tried MrSpeakers Voce and HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr., both of which were pretty excellent, but I couldn't stop thinking, damn these are expensive! Also I mostly listen to punk, psych and metal, so it's not exactly worthwhile, so I sold/traded them. The metal community at Head-Fi have been going bananas over the ZMF Verite closed. I finally pulled the trigger a couple weeks ago, and ended up with the special run of leopardwood. Mine are still being assembled: https://www.zmfheadphones.com/zmf-originals/verite-closed-ltd

The best headphones I've heard the last couple years for under $500 are the Drop x Sennheiser 58X Jubilee. I'm doing a drawing tomorrow, actually, to give away a new pair: https://fastnbulbous.com/list-search-enhanced-contest-ends-friday/

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 14 February 2020 14:43 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

Can anyone recommend a sub-$100 pair of bluetooth headphones that have a decent microphone? All the ones I've ever had have been let down massively by call quality, with people at the other end reporting that I sound muffled. Maybe it's not the microphone but something in the bluetooth, as I've never had this problem with wired ones.

I'm sure AirPods are great but I don't really want to stretch to that cost.

Alba, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 19:45 (two weeks ago) link

I'm hesitant to recommend products, but I've been using Anker Soundcore Q20s, and finding them ok for music and calls. And comfortable, and cheap .

Luna Schlosser, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

Thank you. They were the ones that came up when I googled this question too so they look like a way the way to go, and only $45 at the moment.

Alba, Thursday, 10 September 2020 14:36 (two weeks ago) link


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