Best ear/headphones for listening to iPod

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    maclamb

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    I am wondering what you think are the best:
    1. in-earphoens
    2. Noise-cancelling headphones

    and why?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Noise cancelling - if you travel by air a lot

    I really love my Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, especially during air travel. In a typical year I take 2-3 flights long-long flights - they are amazing then. Work best with white noise. But, they are expensive!

    In regular use I tend to prefer my regular iPod earphones.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    I am still waiting for my iPod, but with previous mp3 players such as my creative 20gb, I just used standard ear-bud panasonic headphones. I like the earbud style the best for being on the road. So natually I will probably use the standard ipod headphones when it arrives.

    When I am at home listening to music and the player can be plugged in or I am on my computer, I have a pair of Sony MDR-v700's. These things are dj headphones, block like all outside noise, fit really snuggly to your head, can go real loud and have amazing bass definition.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    I HATE the iPod headphones. Maybe I have weird shaped ears or something, but they can never stay in, EVER. The sound quality isn't *TERRIBLE* but I much prefer my Bose QuietComforts. If you can justify spending the money for them, they will be one of your best investments, especially if you fly. Our family has 4 pairs of them, that's how good they are. They are unrivaled in sound quality and super comfortable.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I am a real big fan of apples in-ear headphones. They sound fantastic, and reproduce bass real well. not only that, but when I am flying (which is a lot), I don't hear anything other than the music. Another big plus, they are comfortable.

    Kimo
     
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    Duff-Man

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    Duff-Man says...the Apple in-ear ones were not availabl;e yet when I got my original 5GB iPod and I did not like the Apple supplied buds much....so I got the Sony MDR-EX70's - really happen with them. I think they've now been updated to EX71's and there is a cheaper version (EX51) too.....oh yeah! **
     
  7. macrumors member

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    I prefer in-ear (canalphones) as well.

    I use either the shure e2 or the shure e3, depending on what mood i'm in :)

    But the shure e2 are excellent value at around $80, which sounds like a lot, but isn't when you consider that these are almost professional musicians quality...

    But the sony ex51/71 are also quite good at around half the price ;)

    For more info check out www.head-fi.org


    apt
     
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    I'll second that about the shure e2's... I got a pair at "The Guitar Center" for $79.99— the guy at the store asked me if I was going to be using these to perform on stage with or for my iPod... lol... When I asked how he knew I had an iPod he said the only people that buy them are either performers or people with iPods...

    They are comfortable (unlike the iPod earbuds- those things feel like an ear infection to me) & they block all outside noise... I just finished cutting my grass & couldn't even hear the tractor running at all...lol...
     
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    puckhead193

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    I have to agree, I love my bose headphones. I have the first ones there like gold/champage color.... Everyone is so jealous when i can't hear a single thing. There even good around the house.
    There expensive but are the best!
     
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    Yea noise cancelling is great for headphones. Note that for a while American airlines was giving away Bose v2 noise cancelling headphones if you flew business class to london from several american cities.

    Also I like the Sony V700DJ's for studio work (nice boosted low end for electronic tunes). And the upcoming Etymotic ER-6i's sound very interesting (if they come through on their promise of increased bass without compromising fidelity).
    -jim
     
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    I like my Bang& Olufsen A8's although many will say they aren't worth the money.

    They are definately expensive, but they are stylish and comfortable.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Chip NoVaMac

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    For your type of use, do you think that the cost is worth it for the rest of us ?
     
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    Maybe I have strange ears, but, for me, comfortable over-the ear headphones are much better - noise cancelling or not. Not as portable, no, nor as cool. But, listening at my desk at work, I can leave over-the-ear ones on all day. I can't do that with earbuds. My choice is the Sennheiser HD600, but they cost a fair amount. However, I wear them while at work a number of hours most days, and I've had them for years, so it was a good investment.

    Noise-cancelling ones are great during travel, but I have no real use for hem otherwise. And they don't sound as good, IMHO, as similarly-priced "normal" ones.
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    Probably not. I am as cheap/broke as the "rest of us" :D and this is one of the few wanted-but-not-needed items that I have splurged on in the last one year.

    However, a week after buying them I got to use them on a last-minute transatlantic flight in which I was seated in the middle seat in the last row (the one that does not lean back) :mad: The headphones made that ungodly trip fairly bearable :eek:
     
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    JFreak

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    i also recommend the shure E-serie. i myself have the flagship E5 earphones, but that's just because i'm a musician and need those on stage. however, for most of us, the E2 model might be enough to be in awe of how great the music sounds ;)
     
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    homerjward

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    i have some sony h.ear's. i would have gotten them in pink but circuit city didnt stock them so i got blue. very comfy, fit my ear perfect. sound really good for earbuds which never do sound as good as over the ear.
     
  17. macrumors 68000

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    etymonic research er-6's are absolutely incredible. expensive, but incredible. i heard things from them and my ipod that i never heard from a cd and a $4000 stereo.


    they are incredible.



    r.
     
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