Any recommendations for headphones?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by PDFierro, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I wasn't sure where to post this, but I guess it could go here. I'm searching around trying to find a good pair of headphones. What do you use with your Mac?

    I will be getting a iPhone 5, so maybe something the 3-button remote that will be compatible with it. Looking to limit myself to 100 dollars or so. I was looking at the Nixon Micro Blaster, but I'm open to Bluetooth headsets like the Jabra Halo also (which I might go with).

  2. Flagg macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
    From a standpoint of a non-audiophile that just loves a great sound experience at a moderate price, the Bose and Dre earphones they sell at the Apple store (and which you can very likely get cheaper elsewhere) are fantastic. I use Bose earbuds myself.
  3. PDFierro thread starter macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I'm most certainly not an audiophile. Heck, the sound coming from the Air's stereo speakers sounds great to me. I am just going to need some headphones for when I'm at the bookstore or on a plane.

    I have looked at the Bose, been considering those too.
  4. ann713 macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2008
    This thread might help a great deal. Personally, I'm not audiophile myself, I'm pretty content with the Klipsch S4's.
  5. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
  6. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Sennheiser PX 100 are really good (check out the 1k+ reviews). they are about $95 on Amazon.

    also, another very similar design (ultra light over the ear) that's probably just as good are the Koss Porta Pros (although I'm not keen on the design particularly)

    Senn link.

    this design type is going to have much better sound than the in ear (as there's real bass).
    You can't go wrong with these, and everyone should have a pair (audiophiles and everybody else :D )

    Of course, the in-ear have advantages, and they are just another option. (great isolation)
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    Aug 23, 2005
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Good thread, and thanks for posting it, but quite a bit of the stuff on the older pages has been superceded by new models.

    I'm looking for advice myself on head-phones and have consulted a number of threads on the issue.

    Friends tell me that Shure are among the best, but they are also rather expensive. I have had quite good experiences with Sennheiser and Bose.

  9. Austin907 macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2010
    The low-end Bose earbuds (without that weird curve at the top) are the best buy for the money. I've had my pair since December '09 and they're the best earbuds I've ever used. I've actually had them replaced 2-3 times for things that were actually my fault (stepping on them, washing them (just last night), etc ) and barely any questions were asked. In one case the employee at the retail store just grabbed a pair off the shelf and sent me on my merry way. They're quality earbuds made by a great manufacturer, I can't recommend them enough.
  10. PDFierro thread starter macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Thanks, that almost sells me on the Bose. I have looked up many reviews on headphones and people constantly say they are breaking.

    It looks like I have several options, I guess it comes down to preference. Other than sound, I do care about the design. Thanks!
  11. jeffg819 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2006
    Depending on how much you want to spend, Bowers & Wilkins are coming out with in ear headphones in August. I have their desktop speakers and a pair of their P5s, needless to say I like the quality of the sound as well as the design of both products, but they are very proud of their work!

    I own the Bose and actually use them daily. Good stuff as well.

    And no, I'm not an audio expert, just a 50 year old guy with 50 year old ears.

  12. PDFierro, Jul 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011

    PDFierro thread starter macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I had never hear of B&W, and I looked at their upcoming headphones and they look cool. $180 though, slightly out of my price range but something to consider.

    I think I might go with the Jabra Halo. I'm a writer and I'm thinking a Bluetooth headset would be better, although I don't like using Bluetooth for calls much.

    I guess I will just think about what style I want. Thanks again.
  13. radiohead14, Jul 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011

    radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    I've owned 3 pairs of the bose. while they sound good.. they have a weak joint on the input, and you can get much better sound quality for less. the bose is good if you like a bass hump.. but it takes away from the mids and the highs' clarity (i found that the dre beats had an almost similar characteristic as well). sound isolation is pretty poor on the bose also, so that takes away from the sound spacing/dimension. i used to think they sounded great until i tried out others from thinksound, grado, head direct, beyerdynamic, and more. do yourself a favor and take the time to go through that link i posted above. it's fun discovering the right iem for you.

    edit: forgot to mention that the chart in that link i posted also indicates which ones have mic/phone and music controls

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