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L2gbrian
Apr 7, 2011, 01:21 AM
Just wondering if anyone uses there iPad with nice headphones like Dre beats etc.....



wesk702
Apr 7, 2011, 01:59 AM
Just wondering if anyone uses there iPad with nice headphones like Dre beats etc.....

Pioneer hdj1000s when I tracking stuff but I rock a pair of in ear sonys when Laying in bed.

The headphones weren't originally for the iPad if that's what u meant. Any who, it's a great investment for some quality in ear hp when u just want to listen to music while surfing the interwebs.

iVeBeenDrinkin'
Apr 7, 2011, 02:02 AM
Just wondering if anyone uses there iPad with nice headphones like Dre beats etc.....

Beats aren't nice, they're over priced skull candys. Try Etymotic, Ultimate Ears, Grado, or Westone.

kevinkc
Apr 7, 2011, 05:20 AM
http://images.thomann.de/pics/prod/232163.jpg

I use my AKG k 142hd headphones

celo48
Apr 7, 2011, 06:06 AM
Grado 60 and/or 80s. I prefer my 60s over my wife's 80s.

M-5
Apr 7, 2011, 06:32 AM
I've used these Bose on-ear headphones for probably a little over two years. I know there are a lot of people who probably don't like Bose and would say they could find a better product for the money, but I've really enjoyed these headphones and love them.

I've used these basically every day since I've owned them, and I've never regretted purchasing them.

http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/2381/oeheadphonesbllg.jpg

boshii
Apr 7, 2011, 07:44 AM
I use the iBeats

http://appmodo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ibeats-258x300.jpg

TwinCitiesJHawk
Apr 7, 2011, 07:45 AM
Beats aren't nice, they're over priced skull candys. Try Etymotic, Ultimate Ears, Grado, or Westone.

Im using beats pro, and they are great.

orlandocano
Apr 7, 2011, 07:50 AM
Im using beats pro, and they are great.

Mine are getting delivered TODAY!! I usually would not spent that much $$$ on any pair of headphones.. and I agree that for $400 there are better options out there.. but mine are a gift.. so I cannot complain!

netdog
Apr 7, 2011, 07:52 AM
http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg

TwinCitiesJHawk
Apr 7, 2011, 08:03 AM
Mine are getting delivered TODAY!! I usually would not spent that much $$$ on any pair of headphones.. and I agree that for $400 there are better options out there.. but mine are a gift.. so I cannot complain!

awesome, enjoy them!

sotie
Apr 7, 2011, 08:05 AM
http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg

Me too!

orlandocano
Apr 7, 2011, 08:08 AM
awesome, enjoy them!

Thanks! I had the studios and sold them when I found out I was getting the pros. Strange but the battery powered noise cancellation in the Studios made me dizzy. Happens to me with the Bose QC too. Glad I wont have to worry about that anymore!

TwinCitiesJHawk
Apr 7, 2011, 08:17 AM
Thanks! I had the studios and sold them when I found out I was getting the pros. Strange but the battery powered noise cancellation in the Studios made me dizzy. Happens to me with the Bose QC too. Glad I wont have to worry about that anymore!

I had studios as well and the pros are a lot better - they surprisingly cancel noise in normal conditions (not in an airplane) and they dont leak sound at all whereas the studios did. The only thing you will notice right off the bat is they are not as comfortable as the studios because of the weight, but after the 1st week, you'll be set in them for sure.

miamialley
Apr 7, 2011, 08:26 AM
Mine are getting delivered TODAY!! I usually would not spent that much $$$ on any pair of headphones.. and I agree that for $400 there are better options out there.. but mine are a gift.. so I cannot complain!

$400?! :eek:

orlandocano
Apr 7, 2011, 08:39 AM
I had studios as well and the pros are a lot better - they surprisingly cancel noise in normal conditions (not in an airplane) and they dont leak sound at all whereas the studios did. The only thing you will notice right off the bat is they are not as comfortable as the studios because of the weight, but after the 1st week, you'll be set in them for sure.

I am actually looking forward to the sturdier (heavier) build... one thing with the studios is that they were so plasticky (love making up words) that i could never rest my head back for fear of breaking them (on long flights and road trips)... heard the pros were tough as nails! so im not too worried about them not being as comfortable... i am not sure i love the coiled cable design but i can always just order the cables from the solos (pause button, mic, and volume controls included!!) down the road

orlandocano
Apr 7, 2011, 08:40 AM
$400?! :eek:

Yup.. quite pricey! I got lucky and received the studios as a gift.. then my sister's boyfriend got the pros but hated the fit and traded them for my studios straight up... so i basically got the pros for free! =) happy happy..

rovex
Apr 7, 2011, 08:43 AM
http://images.thomann.de/pics/prod/232163.jpg

I use my AKG k 142hd headphones

Do you use/need an amp for those?

gtmac
Apr 7, 2011, 08:48 AM
Just wondering if anyone uses there iPad with nice headphones like Dre beats etc.....

Yes I have this exact combo. Very happy with them.

RobertK81
Apr 7, 2011, 09:14 AM
I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 448.

http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/products.nsf/resources/B8803740717D59C0C12575C200407462/$File/HD_448_ProductImage.jpg

Awesome bang for the buck! Cost me 55 euro's. Can also use them on the road etc, as they are CLOSED over the ear, and leak no sound.

The have a great review on headphone.com

Domdog31
Apr 7, 2011, 09:17 AM
I cant stand people who wear those god ugly beats headphones...

Its like wearing a $200 Monster Cable around your neck saying look at me I overpaid by $195 for an HDMI cable cause im a MONSTER!!

solaris7
Apr 7, 2011, 09:31 AM
I have these and they are awesome!!!!
http://fakeheadphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/sennheiser_ie8_earphones.jpg
Sennheiser IE8

ReallyBigFeet
Apr 7, 2011, 09:34 AM
Sennheiser PXC250's, folding noise cancelling on-the-ear headphones. Just wore them on a 12 hour flight from Newark, NJ to Tel Aviv, Israel with most of that watching the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy - extended edition ripped down to my iPad 2. Headphone batteries (noise cancelling gizmo) ran out before the iPad 2 did. Very comfy headphones, this is my second pair from Sennheiser. Great travel companion.

http://www.sennheiserusa.com/noise-cancelling-headphones-travel-headphones_502818

Piarco
Apr 7, 2011, 10:37 AM
http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg

Me too!

Me three!

Don't use them with the iPad too often as I've only got about 3GB of tunes on there, all imported at the lower aac encode. The P5's are used with my iPhone most of the time with it's higher rate encodes & lossless files. I <3 B&W.

rovex
Apr 7, 2011, 11:15 AM
It was highlighted on another forum that there's a serious lack of good headphones from British manufactures, yet we are renowned for making such high quality Hi-Fi gear. it's good to see B&W tap into the headphones market but we need more British makers to get in there.

I've considered in the past the P5's but i'm no fan of on ears, if they come out with circumaural "P6" I will seriously contemplate getting a pair.

ccsicecoke
Apr 7, 2011, 11:18 AM
Sennheiser PXC 250-II

Active noise cancelling

Amazing

rkdiddy
Apr 7, 2011, 11:35 AM
I have these that I use for 95% of the time with my iPhone and iPad. They sound pretty good, but I really like how well they stay in my ears (especially when working out). I had the more expensive Apple ones, but they would constantly fall out of my ears.

http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/dzmLArHi_drwDqNb5MXOVp7gymMjv-Tj-uWvGoqViVxUl9wbHmUriFiCZuO2QV9AyfRnDdG9R7LtirTbwl9CfmRDCks3rj1wrB77LzNWvossCmQELkM9V6oglgaL

The only downside with the Bose ie's, is I find they don't work very well on planes. For traveling I use these:

http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/5KHrEW7bNX9WXvNJHl9mU3Y2S384q80oYjPaFsyCanrn0DVFjA1P1BcekfkyiHUzLLAhBl44aAyF7tbbyuZEHCmc6i_8SdNxnrhQ MtZpkplgPXiGTicKdbjtgnEd

I just got back from a 4 hour flight last night that had two screaming babies. I love how I can just turn these on and tune out the world.

My next major purchase will probably be the B&Ws. I recently purchases MM-1's and I've been really impressed by the sound quality.

HengenJL
Apr 7, 2011, 11:49 AM
I use the Klipsch S4i earbuds with my iPad and they sound amazing!

mac jones
Apr 7, 2011, 12:07 PM
I use AKG K702 into an iBasso D6 USB portable headphone amp, with a 12V rechargeable lithium battery and dual Wolfson DACs, connected to a iPad connection kit.

This works really well, but you need an amp for the these Akg's.

for decent sound without an amp I use Koss Porta-Pros, or Sennheiser HD 280's or Sennheiser PX-100 (which sound pretty good for lightwieght, cheap Phones).

I've found that it's a toss up between the PX-100 and the Porta-Pros (for anyone interested)....Old rivals :D

jonbones
Apr 7, 2011, 12:46 PM
beats/bose are terribly overpriced but not as bad as people will make them seem.

i use two pairs of sennheiser... if i'm gonna rock out, i use a fiio headphone amp + hd555s. if i'm on the go, i use the in ear cx-300b

http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/fiio_e5_headphone_amp_2.jpg
http://assets.head-fi.org/8/83/830649cc_SennHD555+1.jpg
http://www.techdigest.tv/sennheiser_cx-300_2_5mm_earphones.jpg

mcdj
Apr 7, 2011, 01:18 PM
Klipsch x10i FTW.

c7aea
Apr 7, 2011, 01:37 PM
Ultrasone Pro 900 :) but usually Sleek Audio SA6 The ipad doesn't do that good of a job with the Ultrasones

kevinkc
Apr 7, 2011, 01:44 PM
Do you use/need an amp for those?

For these one no amp. If you step up to the higher end studio cans then an amp is def needed.

The thing with AKG cans is that they have such a timeless look, they've been in the audio game longer then most mentioned here.

rovex
Apr 7, 2011, 02:47 PM
For these one no amp. If you step up to the higher end studio cans then an amp is def needed.

The thing with AKG cans is that they have such a timeless look, they've been in the audio game longer then most mentioned here.

The 701's definitely need An amp. They are pretty good and very well priced.

I just got recently the new Sony Z1000, would like to try the beyerdynamic T50p one day.

screensaver400
Apr 7, 2011, 04:38 PM
Etymotic ER-4P for me.

johnnyturbouk
Apr 7, 2011, 04:43 PM
+1 for klipsch s4

truly astounding quality sound, from deep bass, the the fine pedantic higher pitch percussion instruments - truly breathtaking

Eddyisgreat
Apr 7, 2011, 04:45 PM
UE-10's for me. Six separate drivers - sound so crisp and clean I feel as if i'm sitting in an acoustically tuned private concert with my selected artist lol.

http://pocketables.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/12/20/ue_triplefi_10_final.jpg

henry2
Apr 7, 2011, 05:54 PM
UE-10's for me. Six separate drivers - sound so crisp and clean I feel as if i'm sitting in an acoustically tuned private concert with my selected artist lol.

http://pocketables.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/12/20/ue_triplefi_10_final.jpg


thanks for the info on the headphone and i just order a set from Amazon

Eddyisgreat
Apr 7, 2011, 06:06 PM
thanks for the info on the headphone and i just order a set from Amazon

ya enjoy bro that's a phenominal price compared to original MSRP. check out the wiki on this thread : http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2424539

There are links to custom molds / cables and uncompressed test audio downloads.

bursthead
Apr 7, 2011, 07:52 PM
I've used these Bose on-ear headphones for probably a little over two years. I know there are a lot of people who probably don't like Bose and would say they could find a better product for the money, but I've really enjoyed these headphones and love them.

I've used these basically every day since I've owned them, and I've never regretted purchasing them.

http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/2381/oeheadphonesbllg.jpg

Those are some great cans, I have the same pair... Though I prefer using my Shure SE-530. Heres a review..
http://travestytech.com/?p=16

Didn't like the Beats by Dre tour.. I had problems with the jack losing its connection to my ipad, and it doesn't fit with my otterbox on my iphone 4. And it sounds like the forgot about having any bass..

Heavyhitter504
Apr 7, 2011, 07:58 PM
i received the v-moda crossfade as a gift, i think they're pretty good

brudog68
Apr 7, 2011, 08:25 PM
Anyone been pleasantly surprised with any $50-$75 models?

Afro Blu
Apr 7, 2011, 08:52 PM
I have these that I use for 95% of the time with my iPhone and iPad. They sound pretty good, but I really like how well they stay in my ears (especially when working out). I had the more expensive Apple ones, but they would constantly fall out of my ears.

http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/dzmLArHi_drwDqNb5MXOVp7gymMjv-Tj-uWvGoqViVxUl9wbHmUriFiCZuO2QV9AyfRnDdG9R7LtirTbwl9CfmRDCks3rj1wrB77LzNWvossCmQELkM9V6oglgaL

The only downside with the Bose ie's, is I find they don't work very well on planes. For traveling I use these:

http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/5KHrEW7bNX9WXvNJHl9mU3Y2S384q80oYjPaFsyCanrn0DVFjA1P1BcekfkyiHUzLLAhBl44aAyF7tbbyuZEHCmc6i_8SdNxnrhQ MtZpkplgPXiGTicKdbjtgnEd

I just got back from a 4 hour flight last night that had two screaming babies. I love how I can just turn these on and tune out the world.

My next major purchase will probably be the B&Ws. I recently purchases MM-1's and I've been really impressed by the sound quality.


I have the Bose earbuds too. I love mine.

fsshariq
Apr 7, 2011, 08:56 PM
UE-10's for me. Six separate drivers - sound so crisp and clean I feel as if i'm sitting in an acoustically tuned private concert with my selected artist lol.

http://pocketables.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/12/20/ue_triplefi_10_final.jpg

Same here. Had mines for some time now. Excellent build quality and even better sound.

I also use a Sennheiser CX500s and Shure E2Cs. You can also check out Head-Direct RE0s. If you are on a budget, check out SoundMagic PL30s and PL50s.

soshibo
Apr 7, 2011, 09:14 PM
<3 klipsch s4's. no mic on these. get the s4i if you want a mic.

i use the s4's everywhere... sooooooo comfortable, excellent sound quality.

hlr element
Apr 7, 2011, 10:05 PM
i agree that beats are way too overpriced for what they're worth. they are nice though. I have audio technica ath m50

zoman504
Apr 7, 2011, 10:15 PM
<3 klipsch s4's. no mic on these. get the s4i if you want a mic.

i use the s4's everywhere... sooooooo comfortable, excellent sound quality.

Agreed! Just picked up a pair of white s4i's on ebay for $60 and love them!

rondz
Apr 7, 2011, 10:28 PM
<3 klipsch s4's. no mic on these. get the s4i if you want a mic.

i use the s4's everywhere... sooooooo comfortable, excellent sound quality.

I use the s4i's with iPod Shuffle on bicycle rides and my iPad 2 when necessary. Got s4i because I use to own an iPhone 4. Very comfortable! :)

nightsky971
Apr 8, 2011, 08:36 AM
Use with iPod Classic/iPad -

At Home: Audio-Technica ATH-A900
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4946610/20101215215855.jpg


In my bag: Audio-Technica ES55
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4946610/0905241901141eabfcccb18a2a2.jpg

Steel28
Apr 8, 2011, 08:46 AM
I have the Bose earbuds too. I love mine.

+100. tried Klipsh, Shure and returned them. Bought Bose and can't be more happier.

DeLoMan
Apr 8, 2011, 09:05 AM
I have Sennheiser HD-555s and Grado SR80s. The Sennheisers are a much better product, hands-down.

M-5
Apr 8, 2011, 08:26 PM
Those are some great cans, I have the same pair... Though I prefer using my Shure SE-530. Heres a review..
http://travestytech.com/?p=16

Didn't like the Beats by Dre tour.. I had problems with the jack losing its connection to my ipad, and it doesn't fit with my otterbox on my iphone 4. And it sounds like the forgot about having any bass..

I had purchased some $100 Shure earbuds before I bought the Bose headphones, and they were the ones that came with around 9 different tips (Hard rubber, Soft rubber, and Foam, each in 3 different sizes), and they were to get a snug fit into your ear, but I could rarely get them to fit snugly or comfortably even by trying all the tips. They were just a hassle to put into my ears, and they were just so uncomfortable to wear. I felt like I was jamming them into my head, and the sound was just alright. I don't know, I'm just not a fan of the earbuds you have to jam into your ears.

I had also purchased the Bose earbuds too, and I actually liked those because you didn't need to push them far up into your ear canal, but I returned those for some reason.

Mr. Biggles
Apr 8, 2011, 09:25 PM
For Home: AKG 271 MK II

http://media.headphone.com/productphotos/large/0020120272_3605.jpg


Work or on the go: Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

http://media.headphone.com/productphotos/large/0020080026_117.jpg

On the go: Westone UM2

https://www.westone.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/product/UM2_clear.jpg

Portable Amp: JDS Labs cMoy

http://www.jdslabs.com/images/gallery/x203/3.jpg

Mufasa804
Apr 8, 2011, 09:47 PM
I use Monster Turbines. Amazing

class77
Apr 9, 2011, 02:27 AM
Can anybody recommend a behind the neck bluetooth headphone? I've got earbuds, but I'd like something easy to pair with my iPad

Aqua Bliss
Apr 9, 2011, 04:29 AM
Just got these Jaybird Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones today. Paired right out of the box with iPad 2 and watched "Armored" on Netflix Streaming with them - no noticeable video/audio lag which I'm happy about.

The fit is great, very snug. I've never been a fan of "over the neck" so these work great for me.

Once you go wireless it's hard to go back.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w32/Harajuku23/accord/casio/jacket/midnight_black.png

SactoGuy18
Apr 9, 2011, 07:34 AM
Here's what I use:

Etymotic Research MC3 headset with in-line controller:

http://common9.ziffdavisinternet.com/util_get_image/23/0,1425,i=231904&sz=1,00.jpg

I use Comply Foam Tx-100 ear tips on this earphone.

DotCom2
Apr 9, 2011, 11:56 AM
Just got these Jaybird Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones today. Paired right out of the box with iPad 2 and watched "Armored" on Netflix Streaming with them - no noticeable video/audio lag which I'm happy about.

The fit is great, very snug. I've never been a fan of "over the neck" so these work great for me.

Once you go wireless it's hard to go back.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w32/Harajuku23/accord/casio/jacket/midnight_black.png

I just got these too! For watching movies on my iPad they are GREAT!
For music though, they are a little weak on bass which is what I like but I have my in-ear ones for that. I got them in candy apple red. GORGEOUS! :D

omni
Apr 9, 2011, 01:53 PM
Yuin PK3. Best $40 i ever spent on audio gear - no joke. They are THAT good.

henry2
Apr 9, 2011, 03:06 PM
ya enjoy bro that's a phenominal price compared to original MSRP. check out the wiki on this thread : http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2424539

There are links to custom molds / cables and uncompressed test audio downloads.

I checked my email this morning when i logged on and got the tracking number from the Amazon and i should have them monday or tues at the lastest ..I leave to go out of town for a couple of weeks and i tell you how they did on the road trip

Rmv221
Apr 9, 2011, 03:25 PM
I LOVE my BOSE Comfort 2 headphones!

vito
Apr 9, 2011, 04:24 PM
http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg

Me four! got them last week, they're awesome

Pete the Geek
Apr 9, 2011, 05:51 PM
I got the Klipsch Image ONE On-Ear Headphones (http://store.apple.com/ca/product/H2984VC/A?fnode=MTc0MjU4ODc&mco=MTk4Mzg5Njg&s=topSellers) for travel a few months before I got my iPad. I've been using them with my iPad and I really like them. They sound great, they do a good job of blocking ambient noise and the volume buttons are large and easy to use. They fold up nicely and come in a high-quality compact hard-case. When I fly, I just wear them around my neck onto the airplane. These are by far the most expensive headphones I've ever purchased, but I'm really happy with them.

http://storeimages.apple.com/1834/as-images.apple.com/is/image/AppleInc/H2984?wid=185&hei=185&fmt=jpeg&qlt=95&op_sharpen=0&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.5,0.5,0,0&iccEmbed=0&layer=comp

Aqua Bliss
Apr 9, 2011, 07:38 PM
I just got these too! For watching movies on my iPad they are GREAT!
For music though, they are a little weak on bass which is what I like but I have my in-ear ones for that. I got them in candy apple red. GORGEOUS! :D

You're right, I'm finding today that bass and volume are the weak points. Other than that I like them very much. Will live with them, very comfortable!

The red looked tempting but stuck with piano black...

bembol
Apr 9, 2011, 09:45 PM
Currently using Sony MDR-XB500, trying to find Shure 750DJ.

T4R06
Apr 9, 2011, 09:54 PM
http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg

Me five!

bursthead
Apr 11, 2011, 10:35 PM
I had purchased some $100 Shure earbuds before I bought the Bose headphones, and they were the ones that came with around 9 different tips (Hard rubber, Soft rubber, and Foam, each in 3 different sizes), and they were to get a snug fit into your ear, but I could rarely get them to fit snugly or comfortably even by trying all the tips. They were just a hassle to put into my ears, and they were just so uncomfortable to wear. I felt like I was jamming them into my head, and the sound was just alright. I don't know, I'm just not a fan of the earbuds you have to jam into your ears.

I had also purchased the Bose earbuds too, and I actually liked those because you didn't need to push them far up into your ear canal, but I returned those for some reason.

If you had an issue with the stock earbuds, another option could be getting them custom made. I had a pair of the E2C, and I found some after market tips on ebay and that made a world of difference.

ExnomenDei
Apr 12, 2011, 01:41 AM
I have and use a pair of Ultimate Ears UE-11. They are pretty much the most sensitive earphones I can think of. Unfortunately, since Spotify hasn't made an iPad-specific UI yet, I haven't tested the iPad's audo quality. Using an iPhone 3GS however, is quite nice, it's ne f the best sounding poetables I have ever owned, and I've owned the lot. (D2, h120, Rockboxed Clip, etc...)

I'll try the iPad, perhaps today. My issue with most sources like my MBP is a lot of noise beng output when the amp turns on. Clicks and pops aren't unfamiliar to me either.

MrMac'n'Cheese
Apr 12, 2011, 01:49 AM
I use the stock apple earbuds.

I was looking into those 199-299 monster ones.

Are they quality like they presume? Anyone here have them?

If you know of a cheaper/better set please recommend it please.

shootingrubber
Apr 12, 2011, 05:27 AM
Thanks! I had the studios and sold them when I found out I was getting the pros. Strange but the battery powered noise cancellation in the Studios made me dizzy. Happens to me with the Bose QC too. Glad I wont have to worry about that anymore!

How much did you get for them if you don't mind me asking?

ikm19
Apr 12, 2011, 07:34 AM
http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg

I got this one too..
Now i am looking for some portable amp. how is fiio E7 guys.

sotie
Apr 12, 2011, 09:18 AM
I got this one too..
Now i am looking for some portable amp. how is fiio E7 guys.

B&W P5's were designed specifically for the iphone. An amp shouldn't be necessary.

JSchroeder80
Apr 12, 2011, 09:34 AM
Beats solo

pbateman.as
Apr 12, 2011, 02:31 PM
Sennheiser MM 400's. Bluetooth works great.

Eddyisgreat
Apr 12, 2011, 02:49 PM
I have and use a pair of Ultimate Ears UE-11.

I hate you. I can only imagine the creaminess that would flow from quad drivers.

gus6464
Apr 12, 2011, 04:04 PM
Phonak PFE 112

http://www.audioelevation.co.uk/CartV3/images/PhonakPFE112.jpg

and these are my home cans

Beyerdynamic DT770 250ohm

http://www.personalmediareview.com/images/headphones/beyerdynamic-dt770.jpg


Sony MDR-SA5000

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs27/i/2008/155/2/8/Sony_MDR_SA5000_by_illmaticv60p.jpg

I use this amp on the go for my PFE's and sometimes my Beyers

Soundmagic A10

https://www.bargainpile.net/images/images_extra/SoundMAGIC%20A10%20-%203.gif

Mako5
Apr 12, 2011, 07:49 PM
http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er4.aspx

http://www.headphone.com/headphones/etymotic-er-4p.php

Honumaui
Apr 12, 2011, 09:03 PM
Denon AH-D2000


http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/public/J2UxcN7oSV2ovSsQOfnF_Sk6gQfyaPk8OHkOuqjQZ0-Hw-G5FRgklpLoc4KoPynOegUQbT3dxJCbmA4i1xqKDb_S7vvwx23RXnViHz_dVIJbczb-PJPqRzlFOdld_FwsXQCVBezcHHWffTmm3mmiwuyf

THFourteen
Apr 13, 2011, 11:43 AM
Sennheiser MM 400's. Bluetooth works great.

I have a pair of Sennheiser PXC 360 BTs, they are great. Bluetooth is OK, but try using them with the wire or using an apt-x dongle, and they really sound great. But for walking around outside, you wont even notice the difference.

I also have a pair of gunmetal VModa Crossfades which look great and are really bass-y for trance etc.

In-ear wise, i use vmoda remix remotes, affordable, and also pretty bassy. The red pair look the best IMO.

hmmm.. thats like 500 worth of headphones O_o

OneForGadgets
Apr 13, 2011, 03:00 PM
http://pan.fotovista.com/dev/7/7/06687577/g_06687577.jpg

Have this...use them with my iPhone and my iPad. Really do like them.

MrMac'n'Cheese
Apr 13, 2011, 11:19 PM
I've already put out a lot of money on the iPad 2, PS Anti-glare for the front, ghost armor for the back, and a Portenzo case,


With that in mind, what are some good/great (I understand in my range I can't find "the best") earphones/plugs/buds I can buy in the 140-160 USD range?

Dragonforce
Apr 13, 2011, 11:36 PM
http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg

Me seven!

vkuber
Apr 17, 2011, 10:20 PM
I've been using Sony MDR-V6 Monitor Series. The MDR-V6 were introduced in the 1980s and became popular with sound engineers and DJ's. I won't buy anything else on the market. Please don't waste your money on Beats.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2054/1602542764_fbb8f63471.jpg

ethics101
Apr 17, 2011, 10:23 PM
Beats by Dre Studios

KrisEagling
Apr 18, 2011, 07:34 AM
I've used these Bose on-ear headphones for probably a little over two years. I know there are a lot of people who probably don't like Bose and would say they could find a better product for the money, but I've really enjoyed these headphones and love them.

I've used these basically every day since I've owned them, and I've never regretted purchasing them.

http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/2381/oeheadphonesbllg.jpg

Totally agree with you

I have these and the Ime2's and love them. I don't mind paying a premium for a product that's of good quality. I use both for either my iPad 1g or iPhone 4

Thanks
Kris

HighEndMac
Apr 18, 2011, 09:08 AM
Beats aren't nice, they're over priced skull candys. Try Etymotic, Ultimate Ears, Grado, or Westone.

Beats are sick, i dont know what ur smoking, but i have two sets and you can't beat the SQ.

ethics101
Apr 18, 2011, 09:27 AM
Beats (except for the original solos) are high quality headphones. Some people don't like them because they're main stream and expensive. Funny how the negativity is on a MAC forum when they get the same rep.

kazaam93
Apr 18, 2011, 09:45 AM
a-jays are really really good!!!

Mr. Biggles
Apr 18, 2011, 09:57 AM
Beats are sick, i dont know what ur smoking, but i have two sets and you can't beat the SQ.

I don't think most question the sound quality, it's the build quality that's leaves a lot to be desired. Cheap plastic and too much $$$$

There are better head phones for a lot less $$$ to choose from. Maybe not as trendy, but for those not in High School or who blindly follow the advertising hype, many better choices exist especially at the $300 price point.

rovex
Apr 18, 2011, 01:08 PM
Beats are sick, i dont know what ur smoking, but i have two sets and you can't beat the SQ.

Beats (except for the original solos) are high quality headphones. Some people don't like them because they're main stream and expensive. Funny how the negativity is on a MAC forum when they get the same rep.

The Beats base ruins the overall listening experience by washing out the vocals. They probably come in the nicest packaging I've ever seen though. Quite contradictory in fact. The product itself is incredibly cheap and the materials and construction advocates this.

benjayman2
Apr 18, 2011, 01:22 PM
Beats are sick, i dont know what ur smoking, but i have two sets and you can't beat the SQ.

I have beats studios and I like them, but your statement is all sorts of wrong.

MrMac'n'Cheese
Apr 18, 2011, 01:53 PM
Just got these Jaybird Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones today. Paired right out of the box with iPad 2 and watched "Armored" on Netflix Streaming with them - no noticeable video/audio lag which I'm happy about.

The fit is great, very snug. I've never been a fan of "over the neck" so these work great for me.

Once you go wireless it's hard to go back.

http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w32/Harajuku23/accord/casio/jacket/midnight_black.png

Thanks!

I went with these guys in Midnight Black!

Ordered Directly from Jaybird.

Biggest appeal was modest price, good reviews, and wireless/bluetooth+++

gus6464
Apr 18, 2011, 06:24 PM
With that in mind, what are some good/great (I understand in my range I can't find "the best") earphones/plugs/buds I can buy in the 140-160 USD range?

What are you looking for? Earphones or IEM? Are you going to be running an amp?

Do you want something that is very analytical or is just enjoyable with everything you throw at it?

If you want something that will sound great on your ipad without amplification UE Triple Fi 10's are currently on sale at amazon for $189 and are worth the extra $30 IMO if you can splurge it. They are fun balanced IEM's that sound good with pretty much any kind of music.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41G8LQOS54L._AA300_.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Ears-TripleFi-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B0019RBJOE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303168903&sr=8-1

TheUndertow
Apr 18, 2011, 06:29 PM
Was debating between some Bose, or going in on some Grado Rs2i or Rs1i but not sure if I'd need an amp, as well.

I ended up in Best Buy last night and picked up a pair of Klipsch Image One headphones and so far, they sound real nice with the iPad 2.

"Slick Tip" you can actually use Best Buy coupons on them where you can't with Bose for example.

Not sure if I'm going to keep them though or invest in truly "Studio Grade" cans.

I've spent a ton historically on Shure and UE in ears ($300-$400 models), and the cables always go in short order.



http://www.klipsch.com/images/c/4495/500x500.aspx

3goldens
Apr 18, 2011, 07:50 PM
Here's what I use:

Etymotic Research MC3 headset with in-line controller:

http://common9.ziffdavisinternet.com/util_get_image/23/0,1425,i=231904&sz=1,00.jpg

I use Comply Foam Tx-100 ear tips on this earphone.

if you buy any Etymotic Research headphone, which are the very best headphones for true audiophiles around, they have a deal where you can get custom ear molds for $100.00 with a coupon on their website. normally to go to an audiologist and get this kind of thing would be three times the cost.

I did this with the various ety's I have and think really it's the only way to go!

Mr. Biggles
Apr 18, 2011, 08:15 PM
I ended up in Best Buy last night and picked up a pair of Klipsch Image One headphones and so far, they sound real nice with the iPad 2.

Not sure if I'm going to keep them though or invest in truly "Studio Grade" cans.



The Klipsch Image One are bass heavy, can be good or bad depending on preference, but still real nice for $150 or less. Real nice.

You could always compliment them with studio grade cans. Set for home and the Klipsch on the go.

WyldRyce
Apr 18, 2011, 08:50 PM
http://pan.fotovista.com/dev/7/7/06687577/g_06687577.jpg

Have this...use them with my iPhone and my iPad. Really do like them.

+1 however I have the S4's without the remote.

rovex
Apr 19, 2011, 11:38 AM
The Klipsch Image One are bass heavy, can be good or bad depending on preference, but still real nice for $150 or less. Real nice.

You could always compliment them with studio grade cans. Set for home and the Klipsch on the go.

You are better off getting the the equivalently priced Denon AH-1100 than the image ones. Sound is superior. Downside, the headband sticks out above the ear cups and makes you look pretty silly!

henry2
Apr 21, 2011, 12:37 AM
ya enjoy bro that's a phenominal price compared to original MSRP. check out the wiki on this thread : http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2424539

There are links to custom molds / cables and uncompressed test audio downloads.

I got my earbuds and i think there great and i wish i had bought them when i first got the ipad last year

ethics101
Apr 21, 2011, 01:06 AM
The Beats base ruins the overall listening experience by washing out the vocals. They probably come in the nicest packaging I've ever seen though. Quite contradictory in fact. The product itself is incredibly cheap and the materials and construction advocates this.

The Bass is fine on the studios. I do agree on the solos though. Its quite clear they put an emphasis on the Bass to mask the subpar sound quality.

gigemzach
Apr 21, 2011, 11:08 PM
The nicest I am willing to pay for is the Zagg buds :cool:

yourtoys7
Apr 22, 2011, 01:28 AM
Westone 2' :D

rwpeary
Apr 23, 2011, 02:27 AM
Sony MDR7506

http://i.imgur.com/JPfwH.jpg

Very happy with these for music, games, & movies.

TheUndertow
Apr 23, 2011, 10:43 AM
The Klipsch Image One are bass heavy, can be good or bad depending on preference, but still real nice for $150 or less. Real nice.

You could always compliment them with studio grade cans. Set for home and the Klipsch on the go.

Yeah still debating whether to hold onto them or not.

I'm finding them less and less comfortable (stiff / tight headband, harder cups, warm/hot after a bit).

Definitely plenty of Bass...I think the rest of the sound is solid if not as open/airy, which may also be due to the way they're closed cap.

I do like the idea of Road and Studio cans (can't see myself bringing studio reference cans on a flight or work trip).

I may try the Bose OE for the travel since they're a bit smaller.

I keep going back to the Grados or maybe AKGs hmmm....anyone try these without Amperage on an iPad? I'd imagine you'd need a tip converter...

Eventually I'll be getting an Apogee D/A I/O and maybe a Bose L1 to drive them in the studio.

rovex
Apr 23, 2011, 12:37 PM
Sony MDR7506

Image (http://i.imgur.com/JPfwH.jpg)

Very happy with these for music, games, & movies.

I have the Sony's MDR Z1000's which just released, Just terrific for home use. I've used them outdoors travelling and they are ok but a little on the heavy Side.

Mr. Biggles
Apr 23, 2011, 01:57 PM
Yeah still debating whether to hold onto them or not.

I'm finding them less and less comfortable (stiff / tight headband, harder cups, warm/hot after a bit).



I would suggest you take a listen to the Sennheiser HD25-1 II, and not just because I own a pair, but because they sound outstanding (just check for reviews at places like www.head-fi.org) and do not need any type of additional amplification power to sound their best. They are portable, the cable is replaceable and two sets of ear cushions are provided (leatherette and a chamois/felt like material)

Negative is they have a bit of a noticeable clamping to the head initially, which with usage becomes a non-issue and of course are not very 'trendy' looking.

Either way, good luck with your quest.

zerolight
Apr 24, 2011, 04:14 PM
Me too!

And me.

TheUndertow
Apr 24, 2011, 05:49 PM
I would suggest you take a listen to the Sennheiser HD25-1 II, and not just because I own a pair, but because they sound outstanding (just check for reviews at places like www.head-fi.org) and do not need any type of additional amplification power to sound their best. They are portable, the cable is replaceable and two sets of ear cushions are provided (leatherette and a chamois/felt like material)

Negative is they have a bit of a noticeable clamping to the head initially, which with usage becomes a non-issue and of course are not very 'trendy' looking.

Either way, good luck with your quest.

Gracias - I'll check em' out.

Jaro65
Apr 25, 2011, 12:13 AM
Image (http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg)

Ditto.

gus6464
Apr 25, 2011, 09:46 PM
Just got my new IEM's in the mail today.

http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/4011/monsterturbineprogold40.jpg

TheUndertow
May 1, 2011, 09:22 AM
Swapped the Klipsch for the Bose OE.

Not a world of difference so far in the sound...little less bass and I need to listen a bit more for the other stuff.

I do not like the Bose cables...way too thin and bound to be a failure point. The plug projects at an angle which could be a problem with a lot of cases (though not this Dodo) and there are too many flex/swivel points folding/unfolding and I feel like I'm a little pressure in the wrong direct to breaking them.

Cups feel nice (and nicer than Klipsch)...softer material and less pressure.

I may just go back to buds for travel and less "gimmicky" Studio Cans for everything else.

JimAtLaw
May 1, 2011, 10:50 AM
Etymotics. Quiet the surrounding sound and lovely sound quality.

Mikesus
May 1, 2011, 11:02 AM
Any one using an amp regularly? Picked up an Fiio E7 and running the external Dac and on my Bose EC15, gotta say it's a lot better than the stock DAC.

lego batman
May 1, 2011, 12:43 PM
I find it odd that my first post after being a long time lurker isn't about a case, but headphones :-P I have been using A set of Phonak PFE's for portability but you guys are out to make me upgrade.

I am also curious about how many of you are using an amp regularly?

gus6464
May 1, 2011, 02:58 PM
I find it odd that my first post after being a long time lurker isn't about a case, but headphones :-P I have been using A set of Phonak PFE's for portability but you guys are out to make me upgrade.

I am also curious about how many of you are using an amp regularly?

I use an amp for when I want to use my big cans at home. I just purchased a new small tube amp which I am going to mod for more power to use with some new cans I am buying in a couple of weeks.

gus6464
May 1, 2011, 03:01 PM
Swapped the Klipsch for the Bose OE.

Not a world of difference so far in the sound...little less bass and I need to listen a bit more for the other stuff.

I do not like the Bose cables...way too thin and bound to be a failure point. The plug projects at an angle which could be a problem with a lot of cases (though not this Dodo) and there are too many flex/swivel points folding/unfolding and I feel like I'm a little pressure in the wrong direct to breaking them.

Cups feel nice (and nicer than Klipsch)...softer material and less pressure.

I may just go back to buds for travel and less "gimmicky" Studio Cans for everything else.

You might want to look into a pair of Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones. You can find them around the $200 range and will run circles around the Klipsch and Bose.

tenshin5426
May 1, 2011, 03:04 PM
I am currently using Bose comfort 3 headphones and I only have 1word to say about them wow! Fantastic noise cancelation and clarity is perfect, are they worth 350+ again yes they really are

Mr. Biggles
May 1, 2011, 03:18 PM
You might want to look into a pair of Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones. You can find them around the $200 range and will run circles around the Klipsch and Bose.

;) See post #106 in this thread.

lego batman
May 1, 2011, 03:19 PM
I use an amp for when I want to use my big cans at home. I just purchased a new small tube amp which I am going to mod for more power to use with some new cans I am buying in a couple of weeks.

You have me curious about the small tube amp, Gus, is there a link you could share?

I'm considering the Senn's you mentioned too, I have read a lot of good things about them.

JonMPLS
May 1, 2011, 03:31 PM
I would really suggest custom IEMs. Ultimate Ears and JH Audio are some of the bigger names. I know they are really expensive, but mine are going on 6 years now with no problems.

rovex
May 1, 2011, 05:47 PM
Swapped the Klipsch for the Bose OE.

Not a world of difference so far in the sound...little less bass and I need to listen a bit more for the other stuff.

I do not like the Bose cables...way too thin and bound to be a failure point. The plug projects at an angle which could be a problem with a lot of cases (though not this Dodo) and there are too many flex/swivel points folding/unfolding and I feel like I'm a little pressure in the wrong direct to breaking them.

Cups feel nice (and nicer than Klipsch)...softer material and less pressure.

I may just go back to buds for travel and less "gimmicky" Studio Cans for everything else.

Honestly, if your disappointed get the Denon D1100 which are selling for around the same as those. The sound is by far and away better. Or, the new Sony MDR ZX700 are a great set of cans. I've just ordered a pair and some on Head fi.org are proclaiming that they offer tremendous value for money and the sound is better than $300 headphones like the B&W P5 I remember someone noted.

Seriously consider these two. You won't be disappointed with either I reckon.

gus6464
May 1, 2011, 06:25 PM
You have me curious about the small tube amp, Gus, is there a link you could share?

I'm considering the Senn's you mentioned too, I have read a lot of good things about them.

The amp is a Chinese hybrid called the Indeed G2.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hybrid-Headphone-Tube-Pre-Amplifier-6N23P-G2-Class-/250748620802?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a61c85002

I won an auction for one at $50 and mine will come with a different tube but that won't matter because I will be changing it out anyway. As far as mods I will be changing out the mosfet and swapping some caps to give it more power. There is a thread at rockgrotto forums that by doing these simple mods it becomes a completely different monster. I will let you know how it goes once I get it and do the mods. I am buying a pair of AKG Q701 cans to pair this amp with as well.

lego batman
May 2, 2011, 12:56 PM
Thanks so much for the link and the forum info!

I think I was inadvertently looking for a small project and you just pointed me right to it. It looks a bit outside my electronic expertise (Read: apply hammer until fixed) but there's never any harm in trying not to fail. I will definitely keep an eye out for updates to see how yours comes out.

TitanJeff
May 2, 2011, 12:56 PM
I've been following this thread and find the bulk of these options too expensive for what I am needing. I've just purchased an iPad2 and wanting some ear buds in the $50-75 range. I need something durable. Would like to block out sound as much as possible.

Advice?

I see the following have a good rating on Amazon and are under $30:

JBuds J2 Premium Hi-Fi Noise-Isolating Earbuds
Sennheiser CX300-B In-Ear Stereo Headphone

gus6464
May 2, 2011, 07:41 PM
I've been following this thread and find the bulk of these options too expensive for what I am needing. I've just purchased an iPad2 and wanting some ear buds in the $50-75 range. I need something durable. Would like to block out sound as much as possible.

Advice?

I see the following have a good rating on Amazon and are under $30:

JBuds J2 Premium Hi-Fi Noise-Isolating Earbuds
Sennheiser CX300-B In-Ear Stereo Headphone

For $50 I would say go for a pair of refurb Monters Turbines. Then spend 7 bucks on some Sony hybrid tips.

http://www.monstercable.com/outletstore/linelist.asp

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Replacement+EX+Earbud+Cushions+for+Most+Sony+Earbud+Headphones+(3-Pack)+-+Black/9228356.p?id=1218062716626&skuId=9228356&st=sony%20tips&cp=1&lp=1

stringbeanie
May 2, 2011, 07:47 PM
Klipsch x10i FTW.

Ditto. These are unbelievable!

TitanJeff
May 6, 2011, 07:09 AM
For $50 I would say go for a pair of refurb Monters Turbines. Then spend 7 bucks on some Sony hybrid tips.

http://www.monstercable.com/outletstore/linelist.asp

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Replacement+EX+Earbud+Cushions+for+Most+Sony+Earbud+Headphones+(3-Pack)+-+Black/9228356.p?id=1218062716626&skuId=9228356&st=sony%20tips&cp=1&lp=1
Good suggestion and thanks for it.

Come to find out the family gave me a set of Ultimate Ears 500vi just after posting my question. I'm burning them in now.

BTW, here's a great site for that:
http://www.jlabaudio.com/burn.php

Anyone else have these?

BoBBo!
May 27, 2011, 05:34 PM
http://www.klipsch.com/images/c/3870/300x300.aspx

Pairs quite nicely with the iPad & iPhone. Still in the affordable range at $100.

jsh1120
Jun 26, 2011, 10:39 AM
Anyone been pleasantly surprised with any $50-$75 models?

Yes. I use the Sennheiser PX 100-II headphones with my iPad. For the money, they can't be beat. In addition to excellent sound their great advantages are portability (They fold into a tiny package that can literally be put in a pocket) and comfort (They can be worn for hours without discomfort or toasted ears.)

If you want a bit more sound isolation and are willing to break the $75 limit, the PX 200-II model is a closed (over the ear) design. I gave my musician brother-in-law a pair for his birthday and he raves about them.

Should be noted, however, that these are not bass heavy boomers. Sennheiser prides itself on accurate sound reproduction of complex musical genres. If you're looking for headphones to rattle your rib cage, try something else. But it you want to hear subtle aspects of your music in a highly portable pair of headphones, you can't do better than these.

If earbuds are your preference and you want true sound isolation, try the Shure 115. And if you're willing to spend a bit more, consider the Shure 215. I often use these on a plane and will be happily listening to music when we crash into that mountain. I'll be oblivious.

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-100-II-Ear-Miniheadphone-Black/dp/B002SSHVEK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1309101924&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PX-200-II-Headphones/dp/B002SP1QX0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1309102503&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SE115-BLU-Isolating-Earphones-Microspeaker/dp/B001TDKML4

http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SE215-Full-Range-Earphones-Clear/dp/B004SBOLZW/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1309102626&sr=1-4

Ronnoco
Jun 26, 2011, 01:56 PM
Image (http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg)

I have the B&W P5's as well and as someone that has worked in broadcasting/Recording Studios most of my adult life (the past 30 years) and depends heavily on good headphones for my living, these are about as good as ANY headphone I have ever worn...jawdropping true to life sound, brain-rattling bass, comfortable, solidly built and beautiful to look at...the B&W P5's are as good as portable audio headphones get...they are truly "professional grade"...
I also have Shure E5's that I use when I need "in-ear" and I do have Bose QC3's that I use on airplanes and I have Altec Lansing/Plantronics Backbeat 906's for Stereo Bluetooth, but the P5's are head and shoulders above any I've ever worn...

benmrii
Jun 29, 2011, 09:51 AM
I've been looking at good headphones for a while, reading threads like this and tons of reviews, and I think I'm sold - inasmuch as you can be without listening to them - on the B&W P5s. I'm wondering if any of you knows of a place I can actually test them in advance. Or perhaps - as I've never had to - has some experience with returns through Buy.com or Amazon.com if I find them not to my liking?

Mr.C
Jun 29, 2011, 10:42 AM
After reading all these positive comments here and reading various professional and consumer reviews around the net I'm tempted to pick up a pair of B&W P5's myself. Until now I've been using a relatively cheap pair of Sony headphones at home and a pretty good pair of Senheiser PX-200's on the go.

I'm thinking about getting the P5's primarily for home use and also possibly for on the go use. I think I need to take a trip to one of my local Apple stores for a test drive first. It's annoying that they can be picked up for $300 in the States but here in the UK they cost roughly the equivalent of $400. If anyone knows of a place in the UK local or online where they sell for less then 250 please let me know.

Piarco
Jun 29, 2011, 03:46 PM
After reading all these positive comments here and reading various professional and consumer reviews around the net I'm tempted to pick up a pair of B&W P5's myself. Until now I've been using a relatively cheap pair of Sony headphones at home and a pretty good pair of Senheiser PX-200's on the go.

I'm thinking about getting the P5's primarily for home use and also possibly for on the go use. I think I need to take a trip to one of my local Apple stores for a test drive first. It's annoying that they can be picked up for $300 in the States but here in the UK they cost roughly the equivalent of $400. If anyone knows of a place in the UK local or online where they sell for less then 250 please let me know.

Can't help you on the cheaper P5 point, but my advice is BUY THEM!! I was hesitant over the price initially, but I have had zero buyers regret. They're simply phenomenal. I've got a set of Klipsch X10i's for those occasions that I need something lighter weight/pocketable, but I use the P5's whenever possible. Bowers & Wilkins did an amazing job with them.

Ronnoco
Jun 29, 2011, 05:16 PM
After reading all these positive comments here and reading various professional and consumer reviews around the net I'm tempted to pick up a pair of B&W P5's myself. Until now I've been using a relatively cheap pair of Sony headphones at home and a pretty good pair of Senheiser PX-200's on the go.

I'm thinking about getting the P5's primarily for home use and also possibly for on the go use. I think I need to take a trip to one of my local Apple stores for a test drive first. It's annoying that they can be picked up for $300 in the States but here in the UK they cost roughly the equivalent of $400. If anyone knows of a place in the UK local or online where they sell for less then 250 please let me know.

As I have stated elsewhere, I wear headphones for a living in broadcast studios, recording studios and at home while listening to recordings of our broadcasts as well as ruffs of studio recordings and I can tell you that these P5's rival the very finest non-powered studio headphones costing much more...
I'll state again that I have yet to wear a pair of non-powered portable headphones that are:
a. as comfortable to wear
b. sound as good
c. are built as sturdily
as my B&W P5's...

Rare do the words "bang-for-the-buck apply to an item costing $300USD but it certainly does in this case...
This was the best use of $300 I've made in quite some time in the electronics field...they are worth far more to me than $300 or even $400 USD's...to me and my use of them, they are priceless...

The Norman
Jun 29, 2011, 05:23 PM
Grado. Might be overkill depending on what the iPad pumps out, but I like 'em.

Ronnoco
Jun 29, 2011, 05:32 PM
I've been looking at good headphones for a while, reading threads like this and tons of reviews, and I think I'm sold - inasmuch as you can be without listening to them - on the B&W P5s. I'm wondering if any of you knows of a place I can actually test them in advance. Or perhaps - as I've never had to - has some experience with returns through Buy.com or Amazon.com if I find them not to my liking?

All Apple retail stores have the P5's for testing...one note of importance is that my P5's were a tad tight to wear for the first couple of days but after the New Zealand Sheep's leather ear-pads with memory-foam started to form to my ears and the tension of the padded headband loosened up they became very comfortable...now, mind you, I wear these headphones for well over 8 hours a day nearly everyday so YMMV in the break-in period...
Oh, one more thing...speaking of break-in, unlike many other expensive headphones, the P5's sound great right out of the box but after a few weeks they REALLY open up and sound even better (although it was hard to imagine them sounding better than they did on my first wear)...:D

benmrii
Jun 29, 2011, 08:16 PM
All Apple retail stores have the P5's for testing...one note of importance is that my P5's were a tad tight to wear for the first couple of days but after the New Zealand Sheep's leather ear-pads with memory-foam started to form to my ears and the tension of the padded headband loosened up they became very comfortable...now, mind you, I wear these headphones for well over 8 hours a day nearly everyday so YMMV in the break-in period...
Oh, one more thing...speaking of break-in, unlike many other expensive headphones, the P5's sound great right out of the box but after a few weeks they REALLY open up and sound even better (although it was hard to imagine them sounding better than they did on my first wear)...:D

Thanks so much for this. Sounds like I'm headed to the Apple Store... :)

Mr.C
Jun 30, 2011, 02:22 PM
Well I went to the Apple store today to check out the B&W P5's. I have to say everything I've read online is true and they are an amazing set of headphones. The audio quality just blew me away. I tried the various genres of music on one of the demo iPhones ( the P5's were connected to it ) and the clarity was amazing. I can only imagine how it would sound on my own iPhone, iPad and Onkyo home cinema amp.

I almost bought them then and there but spending 250 on a pair of headphones is still holding me back. I've looked everywhere and they sell for the same price. I might wait until I know of someone coming or going to the States before I get them.

I do have one question. Do Grado, Senhieser or any of the other top brands make headphones of the same quality at the same price or lower ?

mosx
Jun 30, 2011, 02:57 PM
Cracks me up when people say they have high end headphones then post pictures of their Beats or Bose headphones :rolleyes:

Every Bose fan should read this http://intellexual.net/bose.html

xxstatic
Jun 30, 2011, 03:25 PM
I switch up depending on where I am at.

iGrado's are nice for when I'm out.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31VYnZc6SPL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

If I'm at home and want isolation I go with my Shure SRH-840's

http://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/products/new/581388.jpg

Also on the go and at home i'll use my Shure E3c's with the black olive looking tips

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21vIV35bM8L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

And at worst I rock the iBuds if I'm in a hurry and just need something quick to grab.
I tried the Beats, not a big fan, I think they are good for certain types of music, just not what I listen to.

benmrii
Jul 1, 2011, 08:15 AM
I had a listen to both pairs of B&W P5s at the Apple Store and was impressed by the sound but disappointed by the volume. I'm sure in part it was affected by the noise of where I was, but both iPods they were connected to, and my own iPad, had to be cranked up quite a bit to get to an enjoyable level, and on the softer things - especially a capella pieces - to hear them at all.

Any thoughts from those who own them? I don't doubt they've both been very abused on that floor, but thought I'd throw the question out.

okrelayer
Jul 1, 2011, 08:49 AM
I personally think the P5's are plenty loud. On my Mac where i do most of my listening the volume usually around half way, give or take one or two notches depending on the recording. So that leaves plenty of room to make it louder, or softer. However I do recall a reviewer on youtube saying that he felt the headphones could be a bit louder, so maybe your not the only one! I would imagine they kept the volume to be this way to its not amplifying your sound, thus keeping it away from the natural sound signature they display.

I mentioned this in another thread but, I have 3 headphones I use on a regular basis. Sennheiser HD 555 for recording music (because they are open, I am able to hear around me and such) Bowers & Wilkins P5 for home listening, and occasionally if I am at a wifi spot. And Bose MIE2i (Earbuds) for going around town, and sleeping. I am far from a Bose supporter, but those IE2's are pretty great for around 100.

aawil
Jul 1, 2011, 09:10 AM
I've been using the B&W P5's or the Bang and Olufsen Earset 3i's. The 3i's are what I've been using the most recently.

okrelayer
Jul 1, 2011, 09:55 AM
I've read that those are pretty bad? No?

aawil
Jul 3, 2011, 09:32 AM
I like them, they lack bass but I kinda prefer that anyway. My biggest compaint is the horribly thin cable, but the p5's have the same problem. Non issue obviously on the p5 since it's changeable.

jsh1120
Jul 3, 2011, 10:52 AM
I like them, they lack bass but I kinda prefer that anyway. My biggest compaint is the horribly thin cable, but the p5's have the same problem. Non issue obviously on the p5 since it's changeable.

With the exception of the Sennheiser PX100-II's, I'd never purchase a pair of headphones without a replaceable cable. It's just too easy to turn a good pair of headphones into a paperweight when the cable breaks.

On that line, I purchased an industrial strength braided cable at Radio Shack for about $17 that I've used with several pairs of headphones. I could suspend a concrete block with it.

MrBambinoDent
Jul 4, 2011, 12:42 AM
Is there any Bluetooth headset that will work with Skype and Viber on iPad 2 ?
I'm lost dying to find one, if not what do you suggest ?
Thanks in advance :)

Ronnoco
Jul 4, 2011, 01:34 AM
Image (http://www.compare-ipod-speakers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/BW-P5-Mobile-iPod-Headphones.jpg)

Best non-powered portable headphones ever...

honeycomb
Jul 5, 2011, 02:40 AM
Looking at the NOKIA BH 905i - bluetooth and noise cancellation. Seems to do everything. Read can have problems pairing with the ipad 2 though.

http://www.cnet.com.au/nokia-bh-905-339298834.htm