Headphone Help!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Cricketman, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Cricketman macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Hi everyone

    I am in the market for a new pair of headphones. I am looking at both in-ear headphones and over ear ones. However, I will be attending college next year so I feel that big and bulky over the ear headphones will be cumbersome to use while walking around campus and stuff. I will be using these with my iPhone so volume control and mic is a must.

    I am looking at the Klipsch Image S4i (http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-S4i-Premium-Noise-Isolating-3-Button/dp/B00264GYMG/ref=pd_cp_e_1), Bose MIE2i (http://www.amazon.com/Bose-326223-0030-Bose®MIE2i-mobile-headset/dp/B0043WCH66/ref=pd_cp_e_1), and Beats by Dre studio (I know, you guys hate them :eek:)

    I have about $250 to spend.

    Any recommendations please?
  2. Cricketman thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
  3. WillEH macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2011
    United Kingdom
  4. Cricketman thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    I haven't really considered it.... I would prefer the regular style I think.
  5. kjmff5 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2011
    I have the Bose MIE2 and they are amazing. The best part is that they actually stay in your ear and don't move.
    There are 3 kinds
    IE2- just headphones ~100
    MIE2- headphones with a mic ~130
    MIE2i- made for iphones- headphones, mic with volume controls~130

    Good thing with the MIE2/MIE2i is that it can answer calls, and pause music on MP3 players and your computer.

    I tried the Klpisch S4i but I couldn't find the right fit, granted my ears aren't your ears.
  6. bpaluzzi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2010
    For on-the-ears, check out:
    Bowers and Wilkins P5.

    IMO, they blow away the Bose + Beats stuff. Look a lot classier (all leather, aluminum, and steel -- no plastic), and a much more natural sound. None of the jacked-up highs+lows of the Bose, and none of the mid-range boost of the Bose.

    I'm not a fan of in-ears for portable listening -- when I use in-ears, I get a loud "thump" in my head with every step I take. It doesn't happen to everyone, so you might want to try them out before buying. One other thing -- if you need to communicate frequently with other people (i.e., wearing them at work, etc.), in-ears are a bit of a pain. On the positive side, I use a set of Shure E5 as in-ear monitors with my band, and the sound quality is absolutely phenomenal.
  7. Cricketman thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Thanks for the suggestions. I want to be able to use these for working out too so take that into consideration too please....

    Basically I will be using these when

    walking to class outside
    studying in library/dorm
    working out

    basically all the college stuff :p
  8. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I have the Klipsch headphones you mentioned. I bought them a bit over a month ago and I've been very pleased. The noise isolation is is wonderful, I can't hear anything else when wearing them. Sound quality is also very good. My usage is pretty similar to yours.
  9. Poncho macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2007
    In Holland we have a saying when something is designed to look better than its performance which roughly translates as it's an 'idiot's eyefull'. That's how I would describe any product by Bose. For over-ear headphones stick with Sennheiser, especially the XP100 model, voiced to partner the iPod and excellent value for money.

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