Any good headphone recommendations?

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    Jul 06, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    I'm not looking to spend $500 on headphones, but I want a pair with good sound and wouldn't mind dropping around $200-250 MAX on them. Full headphones, not earbud ones that come with the iPods, etc.
  • TDSmoove

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    Jul 06, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    I'd go with the Bose AE2 or OE2. Great sound, clarity, bass response, collapsible and rather lightweight. I'm no fan of ear buds either. Don't spring extra for noise cancelling. These are so well insulated that you ready don't need to pay the extra. I'd stay away from Beatz by Dre. There's just no way I'd spend that much for headphones. Floor standing speakers cost as much and those headphones.
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    Jul 06, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    I know you said that you don't want buds but you should definitely check out the Iron Man headphones. they're like $20 and sound just as good as Beats. Plus they stay in your ears during a workout because the plastic part is weird but it actually stays in your ear.
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    Jul 06, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    TDSmoove saidI'd go with the Bose AE2 or OE2. Great sound, clarity, bass response, collapsible and rather lightweight. I'm no fan of ear buds either. Don't spring extra for noise cancelling. These are so well insulated that you ready don't need to pay the extra. I'd stay away from Beatz by Dre. There's just no way I'd spend that much for headphones. Floor standing speakers cost as much and those headphones.


    Bose are ok, but really overpriced. You pay for their advertising budget.

    If you don't mind open headphones (the kind that sits on a foam pad on top of the ear, sound may leak out), a popular opinion is the Grado line and their close cousins, Alessandro headphones. I have a pair of $99 Alessandro MS-1s and they kick the ass of the much more expensive canal phones I wear around town with my iPhone. But every set of headphones has a different sound signature, so YMMV.

    Take a look at the headphone forums at head-fi.org for enthusiast recommendations.
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    Jul 06, 2012 8:10 PM GMT
    +1 on Grado. I'm also fond of Shure dual-driver ear-buds. These can extend to the $500 range and are typically used in professional settings, so you know they won't suck.

    I have both the Dr. Dre beats and Bose QM-15. The Beats have exaggerated low end which is awesome if you're into that stuff. I know I am. But, noise cancelling is not nearly as powerful as the Bose QM-15. And, they use two AAA bats instead of Bose with one.

    At work, have a coworker, undereducated, with selfish/sociopathic tendencies and the mental focus span measured in nanoseconds. This breeder has "bad allergies" but is too stupid/lazy to blow his nose. So, he sucks snot into his lungs then hacks it out.

    The Bose have better noise cancelling than the Dr. Dre.

    What I don't understand is why guys wear the Dr. Dre's to the gym and sweat in them. Or am I the only one with ear sweat? Fashion trends. sigh.
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    Jul 06, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    might i suggest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_MDR-V6

    i have the low end ones as recognized by many websites... they've last 5 years of abuse and i paid only 50$

    they out perform the beats studio and the "closed can" is quiet to those around you and has noise dampening.

    after listening to 500$ headphones and that of the like... spend the extra cash on the people you love, 100$ is as high as i'd get in this market.
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    Jul 06, 2012 8:25 PM GMT
    My personal preference is the KOSS PORTAPRO although the quality seems to have taken a dive recently. $50 and you get their lifetime warranty icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 06, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    RobertF64 said+1 on Grado. I'm also fond of Shure dual-driver ear-buds. These can extend to the $500 range and are typically used in professional settings, so you know they won't suck..


    For years, I used to have a pair of Shure SE-530s, which had already been completely replaced once under warranty. I really liked them. Then on a trip this year, I lost them - I think when unpacking and then repacking a bag in Shanghai airport security. I was sad, to say the least.

    So in Hong Kong, I bought a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-CX70PROs. Mainly because they were decent, and they were there. They cost considerably more than they would have by mail order here in the US, but were still way cheaper than my Shures. Oddly enough, I like them better. I think they are clearer, less muddy, more precise and with a wider soundstage.
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    Jul 06, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    For general use, Auvio Agility Band Headphones. They're lightweight, comfortable, sturdy, and I like the color too:

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    For exercising, try these wrap-arounds from Sennheiser. I'm lucky if I can get three months out of cheaper brands, but these I've had for two years and they're still going strong:

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    Jul 06, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    I have a pair of Klipsch Image One that completely outperform everything else I've listened to including Beats, Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, et al at almost any price range. They were $149 from the Apple store, which is relatively cheap for what you get. The clarity of sound and the quality of bass is just phenomenal.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/H2984VC/A?fnode=MTY1NDA1MA&p=4
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    Jul 06, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    Zenheiser or Sony - Sound quality is amazing and they have some good stuff right on the $200-$300 mark

    Just don't get Beats please, ure literally just paying for the logo.
  • NashRugger

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    Jul 06, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
    BOSE earbuds. The pair I currently have I purchased at Target in Jacksonville Beach, FL...in August 2008! They're still going strong and the sound quality is excellent. Price is $80-100 so they've been a good investment for me.
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    Jul 09, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    Yeah, I guess I am looking for a decent pair of headphones to use while exercising that aren't too expensive, and then a pair of good ones to use while not exercising, traveling as a passenger, etc. Thanks for all of the the recommendations guys, keep them coming. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 09, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/headphones/audio_headphones/in_ear_headphones/index.jsp for earbuds,

    http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/headphones/audio_headphones/around_ear_headphones/index.jsp for full out headphones.

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  • Machina

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    Jul 09, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    For Earbuds I would go with a nice pair of upper-end from Sony like the XB2 or a pair from Sure, you can never go wrong with them.

    For a pair of nice "cans" I would recommend Sennheiser HD580, HD600, or HD650 if you listen to a lot of instrumental or orchestral music. If you like Rock, Rap, Electronic, etc. I would go with something from Grado Labs, like the SR125i or Beyerdynamic's DT990.

    For the bigger headphones though, pay attention to the ohm rating. A high ohm rating means you'll need a dedicated headphone amplifier to drive them or else you'll be disappointed.