Good headphones w/ mic for the iPhone4

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by reservedegotist, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. reservedegotist macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2009
    I was debating between the B&W p5s and the V-Moda Crossfade LPs; has anyone tried either and would like to share their experience?

    Or are there alternatives that are just as good but aren't $300 :p? I currently have an in-ear pair so no need for another in-ear pair (unless there's a high-end one going at insane discounts!) Thus I would like one that I could wear for a long time comfortably and provides good passive noise isolation. Sound-wise I prefer to listen to a more neutral sound (damn I'm getting a bit demanding aren't I?) but if that's beyond my $300 budget I would prefer a slightly warmer and a slightly bass-heavy sound.

    Thanks for the help! :)
  2. The510Kid macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Beats by Dr. Dre........... iphone ready cable included with em
  3. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    IMO, any of the higher-end Skullcandy over-ear headphone models. (i.e. Skullcrushers, etc.)
  4. lorenwade macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2008
    If you have a $300 budget, I'd suggest actually looking into Sennheiser. They're incredible. I'd also suggest checking out and which are the two best sites on audiophile listening. Hope that helps. ;)
  5. RMXO macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2009
  6. lorenwade macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2008
  7. jsgreen macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    My vote is for Etymotic HF2 (great sound and very good customer service)
  8. reservedegotist thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2009
    Hmm thanks for the suggestions so far guys, I'll definitely hit up the websites and find some time to test them out.

    I forgot to clarify though I was specifically not looking for in-ear headphones since for me they tend to amplify my chewing while I eat (lol I'm weird, sorry :p) and I have one already. I was looking for over the ear headphones for office work or home listening. I'll definitely look at the Sennheiser headphones; if they have a mic that's a plus.
  9. lorenwade macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2008
    In that case, here's a great portable, non in-ear or earbud headset. These things get rave reviews. Definitely not in the $300 range, but a great set! I think you'd like these.

    Sennheiser MM60 iP
  10. macbookpro45 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    bose qc15...they're great. crank up the volume and no one knows what you're playing
  11. theone09 macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2008
    how about bose in ear with my mic. $129. it is very great
  12. schulzmc macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2006
    I have and absolutely love the B&W p5's. Sound is amazing, and the design and quality of the build makes me admire them every time I pull them out of the case. The only downside is the pads are so soft and close fitting that they get a little warm on my ears.
  13. BoleCailey macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2009
  14. Opie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2008
  15. wattsja macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009
    I third them.

    Save your money on the <Anythings> by Dre ... they are overpriced and are cheaply constructed. They are a fad and not even a good one.
  16. lorenwade macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2008
    I think he wants a mic too.

    He doesn't want in-ear.

    Same with Skull Candy. Skull Candy pales in comparison to my $14 Sennheisers!
  17. LordOBoogie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    Not a fan of Skull Candy. I love my Bose Quiet Comfort 2 headphones.
  18. wattsja macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009

    I would have voted for these also because they are great with some of THE best noise canceling available ... BUT, the OP requested the earphones have a MIC and these do not.
  19. reservedegotist thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2009
    Do you wear glasses by any chance? If so, how is it after sustained periods of wearing? Sounds like it's quite a snug fit...

    Strangely enough I haven't seen people wear them outside; but it does seem a bit too bass-heavy. Based on build-quality alone I agree; I would rather get the B&W p5 over their over-ear variant which is the same price.
  20. Macficionado macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    I have the BnW p5 and wear glasses. They do fit very tightly but it hasn't been an issue. My biggest issue with them is that I have a relatively large head and they barely fit. You may want to go to an apple store and try them on to see how they fit.

    I'd have Bose QC3 and Sennheiser HD650 and I have to say that the sound quality of the BnW p5 is really stunning and almost as good as the HD650 to my untrained ear. i particularly dislike Sennheiser device designs; they're really tacky and poorly crafted, regardless of their actual sound quality. Therefore I'm not getting rid of these anytime soon.
  21. RMXO macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2009
    You lucky bastard! JK :D

    Wish I was able to get some back then.
  22. Makaveli6103 macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    Klipsch S4i are under $100 and have great sound quality. I had to break them in for around 200 hours.
  23. reservedegotist thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2009
    Does the whole concept of breaking in new headphones actually do anything or is that a placebo effect?

    (I'd get the s4is if it were uber-cheap but alas, they're not :) )
  24. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Breaking in new headphones is audiophile crap. I doubt anyone can hear the difference.
  25. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    It does. The drivers are usually very "stiff" when they come out of the factory. Playing music through them for a while loosens them up, and the bass response gets better.

    I wouldn't necessarily run them for hours, but just realize that the bass will get better and don't return them just because the bass is weak at first.

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