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Solafaa
Oct 30, 2004, 03:43 AM
I am looking to buy a head phone for my laptop and iPod. I dont like the ones that comes with the iPod and looking for something portable and constable. Thanks.

Vanilla
Oct 30, 2004, 03:57 AM
You need to decide first what type of headphones you would like: In-ear types, buds, or std headphone cans (either open or closed).

I personally replaced my iPod buds with a pair of Shure E2C's, which fit directly into your ear canal, sealing off the outside world with foam (my choice) or soft plastic covers. Fitting them takes a little practice, but after about a week I got the hang of it and no longer need to stand in front of a mirror to install them. The sound is superb, bass response exquisite, you are not distracted by outside noise and neither do you irritate fellow commuters as sound leakage is minimal.

Well thats my suggestion but as I say, knowing what kind of headphones you would be comfortable with would be a good first step to narrow down your search.

Vanilla

kirk26
Oct 30, 2004, 03:57 AM
Sony MDR-EX71

cluthz
Oct 30, 2004, 07:08 AM
Koss PortaPro is cheap, good, portable and good sounding.
Beware, there is also a SportaPro which is cheaper but not as good (not that their bad)

If you are looking for more high-end you can opt for the Grado SR80 which is superb!

Large headphones often requires much power, the iPod can't often give them enuff, and the sound quality will suffer. This also affects the batterylife.

Chimera
Oct 30, 2004, 07:57 AM
I've got Sony MDR-EX71s which are the in ear type as mentioned above, theyre very good for a relatively cheap pair 25 so i guess $30?! Theyre pretty bassy but thats to my liking anyway. If you want to go to a goof forum about headphones look at www.head-fi.org which is what i did.

Frank

hobbes3113
Oct 30, 2004, 07:58 AM
You need to decide first what type of headphones you would like: In-ear types, buds, or std headphone cans (either open or closed).

I personally replaced my iPod buds with a pair of Shure E2C's, which fit directly into your ear canal, sealing off the outside world with foam (my choice) or soft plastic covers. Fitting them takes a little practice, but after about a week I got the hang of it and no longer need to stand in front of a mirror to install them. The sound is superb, bass response exquisite, you are not distracted by outside noise and neither do you irritate fellow commuters as sound leakage is minimal.

Well thats my suggestion but as I say, knowing what kind of headphones you would be comfortable with would be a good first step to narrow down your search.

Vanilla


Gotta agree with Vanilla, the E2C's are fantastic.

russed
Oct 30, 2004, 08:48 AM
generally i have found that any that are made by sony and cost about 20 + are pretty decent and take a lot of wear and tear. mine (mdr-ed268) i got a few years ago and cost 35 and are brilliant. they can be tugged on etc and still dont break though they do have a tendency to get tangled up!

Westside guy
Oct 30, 2004, 03:21 PM
Regular headphones - I bought some Sennheiser PX-100s off of Amazon for right around $40. I'm quite happy with them. Good bass response, and while they are of the "open" type (which is probably why the bass response is good) there isn't any sound leakage unless the volume is quite high. They are very comfortable to wear, and while they dampen down external sound somewhat they don't really interfere with your ability to hear things you need to hear - i.e. car horns. :D I've seen some oblivious in-ear-phone wearers step out in front of cars and Metro buses. :eek:

They also fold, which is handy.

stevehaslip
Oct 30, 2004, 04:45 PM
Every pair of earphones that i have bought have self destructed after about 6 months or so. But i bought the Sony MDR-EX71 nearly 3 years back and they are still going strong. I thought that they looked pretty fragile when i got them but they are amazing. (for the money) The EC2's are great from what i've heard from people but aren't they nearly 100??

Duff-Man
Oct 30, 2004, 05:00 PM
Duff-Man says....I use the Sony EX71's as well and like them very much. If they should ever tank out on me I'll have a look at what is new, perhaps the Shure's and the Etymotic's (http://www.etymotic.com/) too but they're both a bit more expensive....oh yeah!

dvdh
Oct 30, 2004, 05:57 PM
If you are considering regular headphones (such as the sennheisers) be sure to try out a pair of low end Grados as well (the SR60s or SR80s). They have amazing sound quality, are not to heavy and fold flat.

iEric
Oct 31, 2004, 09:34 AM
Don't know how much you're willing to pay but I bought the Etymotic ER-6i from toddthevinyljunkie.com and they are SO amazing. It's kinda pricey tho ~$130, US.
However, this company makes like hearing aids and stuff so when it comes to in-ear buds, they know what they're doing. They have all this maintance stuff like filters and stuff that come with it. It's amazing. the sound, no words can explain and i'm on the bus for 2 hours EVERYDAY and now with these headphones i can't hear what ANYBODY says cause it keeps out noise so well.
the only downpoint is the price and the fact that the wire of the headphones is thin and MIGHT be easily breakable. I don't know if thats a fact or if it has ever happened, just looks like it could.

Mechcozmo
Oct 31, 2004, 10:32 AM
I have a cheap $5 pair from Target which work nicely. Also the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 headphones. They are large, but they are great for noise canceling. I like em a lot.

Whigga Spitta
Oct 31, 2004, 12:01 PM
I've had a pair of Bose Quiet Comforts for quite some time, which are a superb pair of headphones paired with my iPod/Powerbook. For on the go, though, I bought some foldable/water resistant Sony headphones which have been nice so far. They're only about $20, so I don't have to take that good of care for them, which is nice.

Loge
Oct 31, 2004, 12:16 PM
I like the Sennheiser MX550 as an inexpensive alternative to the iPod earphones. They also have a volume control on the cord. For my Powerbook I tend to use Bose TriPort but I think they are rather overpriced (and not too robust, I've had one replacement due to them snapping). I think I'll stick with Sennheisers in the future.

risc
Oct 31, 2004, 03:22 PM
I use Sennheiser PX200s, the are closed collapsible mini format headphones, and for the price have great sound.

kjgnola
Nov 8, 2004, 10:33 PM
I use the ER-4S and love them. They are pricey, but if you are into good sound these are great.

One other great thing about these is that while traveling by air you cannot hear a thing going on around, no annoying neighbors and engine noise is gone.

I wish I had waited for the 6i's as I would love to have the white cable, yes I know it is a bit much.

puckhead193
Nov 9, 2004, 09:24 PM
I've had a pair of Bose Quiet Comforts for quite some time, which are a superb pair of headphones paired with my iPod/Powerbook.

I have those and they are amazing. Everyone who tryed them wants them but they can't afford them, but if u have the cash, and travel alot on planes.... u have a kick a$$ set of headphones and are worth carrying them

mkrishnan
Nov 9, 2004, 09:47 PM
Anyone use noise-cancelling *in ears*? I've been more and more put off by the amount of noise walking around Gainesville recently... :( I'm not expecting anything like what the QuietComforts do (those are *amazing* but I don't use over-ear headphones often enough to justify it).

The ratings say they give you 10 dB of noise reduction, which should be noticeable walking around outside, albeit probably not good enough for using on an airplane. And I guess you have to put a separate battery in them? :(

vga4life
Nov 9, 2004, 11:00 PM
Anyone use noise-cancelling *in ears*? I've been more and more put off by the amount of noise walking around Gainesville recently... :( I'm not expecting anything like what the QuietComforts do (those are *amazing* but I don't use over-ear headphones often enough to justify it).

The ratings say they give you 10 dB of noise reduction, which should be noticeable walking around outside, albeit probably not good enough for using on an airplane. And I guess you have to put a separate battery in them? :(

I fly a lot and have owned a lot of headphones in my life (including several models of active noise-reduction headphones, dating back to the original Noisebuster models). I'm over ANR headphones. They simply don't sound as good as other types of headphones, they chew up batteries, and they don't block much more noise.

For traditional headphones I recommend Beyerdynamic DT250-80's. Sealed, closed-ear circumaural phones. Not cheap (~$180) but they block about as much noise as any ANR headphones I've ever owned (~10db isolation) and sound ten times better. They're also the most comfortable phones I've ever owned - I wear them for hours on end at work or on planes and they simply never get uncomfortable. (With circumaural phones, the pads go around one's ears, rather than resting on them. I find the latter very uncomfortable after an hour or so.) Also, unlike most sealed studio phones, these are sensitive enough to be driven by portable audio gear (i.e. no need for a headphone amp).

Good in-ear phones block even more noise than ANR phones. There would really be no point to ANR with something like etymotics or shure in-ear headphones because they already cut something like 15 - 25 db of noise - as much or more than any current ANR technology is capable of. Shure e2c's are a great value for ~$100 and will sound better than any ANR phones.

just my opinion,
-vga4life

nbs2
Nov 11, 2004, 12:22 PM
I use the MDR-EX51 from Sony. It's a bit cheaper than the 71s, with no real loss in sound quality. At least, nothing I've noticed. I got mine for $20. The 71s are a bit more and the E2C is a little more than that. My only problem with the E2C is it looks kind of white-ish (someone can correct me?). Living in downtown Baltimore, I feel a bit more comfortable with having a set of plain black phones either in my ears or hanging around my shoulders.

A good website you can checkout for deals is http://bensbargains.net

lasuther
Nov 11, 2004, 12:40 PM
I use etymotics and highly recommend them. The ER6 is very good. I also recommend the low end Grado's and Sennhieser 580 or 600. If you travel or want to reduce outside noise, go with the etymotics.

lasuther

mkrishnan
Nov 11, 2004, 01:04 PM
Hmmm...I'm going to have to get a pair of in-ears with the rubber earplug style noise isolators, like the sony's or something. Are the etymotics available in white? :D

plasticparadox
Nov 11, 2004, 01:08 PM
I use the Apple In-Ear Headphones (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/71108/wo/Et6ioH3XTEi12em0tf4GqGmoITl/8.0.0.11.1.0.6.10.11.0.1.0.1.1.0.1.0.13). No problems here. I really like the case that comes with them - helps me keep the wires organized.

Sabbath
Nov 11, 2004, 01:43 PM
I use the Etymotics ER-6 but I don't find them as wonderful as everyone else, especially considering how much they cost. They easily distort as you turn the sound up, and I find even with them right deep in my ears they don't block all the sound out, so you do have to turn them up on public transport and when walking around busy areas (where I use my iPod most). They sound great in a quiet area with acoustic or what i'll call light music, if you throw any bass heavy rock or hip hop at them they tend to distort if you have much volume, or a rock or hip hop equalizer setting. Additionally to get the best out of them you do have to tailor the equaliser to each song, which is a major pain if you have a playlist of various music types. I find myself going back to the original iPod headphones for general listening out and about and only using the ER-6s somewhere quiet like a library or a plane. Although I do understand the more expensive Etymotics are much better.

I used to have a pair of Koss portapros, which sounded much better, but were very ugly, a bit uncomfortable and not really practical for all round use. I also had a pair of the original Sony in ear headphones that were great for the price and could be used in any situation, so I would just go for the Sony or apple in ear headphones if I was getting new headphones.