Best Headphones?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by leidendude, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. leidendude macrumors newbie

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    Do any audiophiles out there have any good headphones to recommend that would be good for listening to music on an iPod. I'm sick of the terrible sound that the iPod headphones have and have been saving up for a pair. I would like a pair that really sound well with Alternative/Indie music. Good bass is preferable. Are there any good headphones that meet most of these conditions in the $100-$170 price range?
     
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  3. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

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    Senheizer makes some of the bes headphones out there....
     
  4. ScarletRed macrumors regular

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    The best of the best?

    Die hard audiophiles might want to consider Shure's E5C earphones if they have the money and don't mind exorbitant price. Their unique state of the art design makes their earphones act like headphones without the cumbersome weight. You can go to their website and read up about it at

    http://www.shure.com/PersonalAudio/Products/Earphones/ESeries/index.htm

    I found out about their product from one of the issues of Science Digest from last year. Shure should be releasing their top of the line earphones called E500 sometime within the next two months. When they do, expect a big price drop on E5Cs. E500s are expected to retail for about $500 per unit.

    By the way, how would I provide a shorthand url link to the site above so I won't have to use long and cumbersome address?


    By the way, wouldn't this sort of topic belong in Mac Peripherals section? I was reprimanded the other day for posting an identical topic in two diferent threads. Something about violating one of their rules..... My topic was on non-wireless solution and I wasn't sure which thread would be more appropriate. So I posted in both.
     
  5. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Ditto.

    I recieved some SR-60s (~USD70) for Christmas and couldn't be happier. The sound quality is absolutely fantastic and have been problem free for a good 6 months and I'm sure that anything from their SR series would give you the same result.
     
  6. twistedlegato macrumors 65816

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    The ones that actully make a sound and you can put in your ears;)
     
  7. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Just choose whatever shorthand you want to be the link and choose the "Insert Link" option (Globe with chain icon) and insert full address.

    You mean like changing the thread topic to ask questions like this one? ;) Don't worry too much about it, but yes you should make an effort to find the subforum that best fits your question.
     
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  9. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Another enthusiastic vote for Bose Triport. Whenever I listen to them in certain stores, sound quality is superb.
     
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    Another vote for Bose Triport. The sound is very accurate and spacious. :)
     
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    Problem is that they break. :eek: :(
     
  14. zelmo macrumors 603

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    Step AWAY from the Bose Tri-Ports!

    Yes, the Bose sound nice enough [not an invitation to those who protest the 'manufactured' Bose sound]. I have a pair, am in fact on my third pair. That's why I say don't bother. Wish I never had. The problem, well-documented if you look around on the web, is that the cheap ass plastic headband breaks and the ear pieces fall off. Bose will replace them for you at no charge, but it is a chronic issue. I use them in my bedroom when I'm listening to music or watching a movie on my PB so as not to disturb my wife. They break under this type of usage, and it is annoying as all hell. I have electrical tape holding my current pair together. I don't think I'll bother sending these back in. i just have to resign myself to buying a new pair when I spent $150 for these not quite two years ago.
     
  15. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    I've got the Sennheiser HD 212Pro and love every thing about it. Highly recommend :)
     
  16. iGary Guest

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    Great minds think alike. ;)

    I ended up throwing mine in the dumpster after my second pair broke. ;)

    Go with the Shure E3C's :)
     
  17. zelmo macrumors 603

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    Last time I called Bose, I tried getting them to just give me a pair of their $300 QuietComfort NC headphones, arguing that they might as well do it now and save the cost of sending me new Tri-Ports every 9 months or so.;)
    Maybe I'll try that one last time. If not, I'll shop around.
     
  18. iGary Guest

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    Can't hurt to try, Zelmo. :D
     
  19. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for the E3Cs here. I've had mine for 4 months now, and they're phenomenal. Expect a few more votes for these too, there are a number of happy E3C users around here.
     
  20. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    If you don't care about the looks, then go with the KOSS Porta pro...they have
    amazing bass response, sound terrific and not expensive.
     
  21. adk macrumors 68000

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    Grado SR-60 Hands down. They're $60-$70 and they sound better than any headphones I've heard.
     
  22. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I'll have to say the tried and true studio standard Sony MDR-7506's. Flattest response out there for headphones and can generate an insane amount of noise without distorting (which means they can be EQ'd to your exact liking). In fact, I've never heard them distort even when I boost the EQ +12 in bass. Just to let you know, these are sealed cans (they go completely around your ear, like the triports) and only emit sound when the volume is cranked. You can't hear anything else and no one can hear your music.

    Also, they are built like a tank (out of actual metal) and fold up into a nice plethor drawstring bag. Plus you can get them at your local Guitar Center for $99, or less if you can find a better price (say online). They'll honor it.
     
  23. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    Grado's are the industry standard. And they are affordable!
     
  24. thumb macrumors 6502

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    first, you have to decide, in ear or over ear.

    in ear = shure

    over ear = grado

    as for the over ear, i would be curious, of those above who didn't buy grado, did you compare what ever you bought to grado? if you did, why on earth did you buy something else?
     
  25. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    shure. I have the e2c for the money can't be beaten... :D
     

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