Good headphones to go with Mac?

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  1. jmebbk macrumors regular

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    Can anyone recommend some good earphones to go with a MacBook Pro?
    I mainly listen to randb and hip hop music.

    I know people say headphones are better but I prefer earphones...
     
  2. BarracksSi Suspended

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    How much money do you want to spend?

    (speaking as someone who hasn't spent much since buying some Shure in-ear earphones at least five years ago)
     
  3. Precursor macrumors 6502a

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    I use Airpods with my MBP :p
    The freedom of movement is fantastic!
     
  4. apppen1 macrumors 6502a

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    If you prefer earphones I got some RHA T10I last week and they sound incredible with my Mac.
     
  5. abdulkar.im macrumors 65816

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    B&W P7 Wireless, sound awesome with the type of music you've specified.

    Ah. you said earphones, so guessing you mean iem. Do you want wired or wireless and how much are you looking to spend?
     
  6. meteoreos macrumors regular

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    The RH MA-750s are incredible too for what they cost.
     
  7. Gesturthor macrumors member

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    For headphones i would pick jabra move wireless only 99$. i have one myself.
    For earphones i would pick the apple airpods or B&W C5 Series 2.

    It might not seem important but get a carrying case for your earphones, it keeps them untangled and protects them for wear and tear.
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    How much are you willing to spend? Do you want in-ear? Over the ear? Do you care at all about sound quality or do you listen to crappily encoded mp3 files?
     
  9. jmebbk thread starter macrumors regular

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    £100 max..I am in the UK
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    £100 but I can go a little higher
    Tbh I prefer wired. I don't want to keep charging all the time...
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    I am willing you spend up to £100 but can spend a little more if possible
    I do care about sound quality and all my music is from the iTunes Store/Apple Music
    I prefer in ear tbh....
     
  10. infernoguy macrumors regular

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    Beats Solo 3. The W1 Chip makes paring, battery life and range fantastic!
     
  11. jmebbk thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've heard beats are awful and not worth the money
     
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    If you want really good sound and don't mind a full sized set, the Audio Technica M50x are highly regarded. They are an over-the-ear design and a pleasure to listen to. On par with these long-standing classics, the Senhieser HD80 are flatter and more honest sounding. If you only want to listen, the M50x may be the better bet. If you plan to use your Mac for any type of recording, the flatter HD80 may be better.

    Few of the "popular" brands can touch these two sets, though Bose makes several that are fun to listen to (though less accurate). I don't bother with BT sets because of sync issues when watching movies and the last thing I need is something else to be charged.

    Good luck!



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  14. raqball macrumors 68000

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    I have AirPods and a pair of Jaybird X3's.. Both pair and work just fine with the Mac.

    I think the X3's sound a little better than the AirPods but I like that the AirPods do not have any wires whatsoever...
     
  15. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    For about 100 quid and you don't mind a cord, I'd go for a pair of Grado SR80e cans, no question. I own a pair of the original SR80 cans and a newer pair of SR325e cans, bring the former with me on the road.

    My GF goes to the UK quite often, she picked up a pair of beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus cans on her last trip for about your budget, these go on sale here on Amazon about every couple of weeks; she uses a pair of DT770 Pro cans while here - both are pretty nice IMHO. I'm also a beyerdynamic fan, owning a pair of T51i cans, but they're a bit more coin. I'm not a BT headphones fan, all I've tried are bollocks for sound "quality" (BT and sound quality are oxymorons IMHO)… Cheers!
     
  16. infernoguy macrumors regular

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    Either the AirPods or Beats enhance the experience IMO.
     
  17. jmebbk thread starter macrumors regular

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    Beats are said to be awful for the price
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    Beats are supposed trash and not worth the money
     
  18. abdulkar.im macrumors 65816

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    Indeed true, however Beats have got better over time, but you can get so much better for the money with other brands. Bose is also another brand that is very overrated, the only reason they get so many sales is because they spend MUCH more than any other company on advertising, product placement and having shops push their brand more than the others.

    I'll look into IEMs in your price range for you mate, I usually spend at least £200, so what I would recommend would be a bit over your budget on this occasion.
     
  19. jmebbk thread starter macrumors regular

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    Which ones do you recommend?
     
  20. abdulkar.im macrumors 65816

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    The ones I had were http://www.lendmeurears.com/flc8s-blue/?setCurrencyId=3 and were absolutely fantastic, but around £275. They give full sized cans a run for their money and you can change filters to alter the sound signature.
     
  21. jmebbk thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nah too expensive lol
    Anything else
     
  22. abdulkar.im macrumors 65816

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    I thought so. lol

    Have you tried looking on head-fi forums under portable headphones/IEM?
     
  23. infernoguy macrumors regular

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    I agree... sound quality isn't great but if you have multiple Apple devices, going between them with standard Bluetooth is a pain. W1 chip makes it so much easier. The range blows standard Bluetooth out of the water and 40 hour battery life... makes up for mediocre sound IMHO.
     
  24. raqball macrumors 68000

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    Agree! I an generally not a fan of Beats but I will buy the Beats X when released just for the new chip.. If they suck then to my unused / money wasted electronics graveyard box they will go...
     
  25. abdulkar.im macrumors 65816

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    Hahahaha, I have a graveyard too!
     

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