Headphones for ipod price not an issue! what do u sugest.

Discussion in 'iPod' started by msarway, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. msarway macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2007
    New York City
    I need new headphones for my ipod i love rock and dance music i am looking for over the ear and in-ear both types. what do you all sugest. price does not matter.
  2. tactician1016 macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2010
    in ear: Ultimate Ears' UE-10 Pro $900
    over ear: Grado PS1000 $1695

    You did say price wasn't a problem, right?
  3. Apple-Man23 macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2007
    etymotic research makes really great headphones, definitely check out the er-4 and the hf-5 models. However, they are not know for their bass, it's pretty good but not the best in the industry.

  4. Sol macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2003
    Buying the best headphones is not a matter of spending the most. I have the mid-range Grado SR325 and love them to bits but I would never go on the street with them because they are too unwieldy for that. When out and about I use the iGrado that are plastic and cheap because they are efficient, sound good, have a short cord and are disposable in case of damage or loss. Their only failing is that they do not have a built-in mic and remote but I got over that by using a Griffin accessory.
  5. The Wedge macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2009
    I'd go with the Etymotics for in-ears. I can't work out without them.
  6. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    I find for noise cancellation and sound quality over the ear headphones are the ones to go for, although of course there are exceptions.
  7. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    I'm sorry, but I politley disagree.
    First off, I owned a pair and returned them. The frequency response is great for the bass, but however for higher treble frequencies, they lack. This was my experience, and I had the white $249 pair.

    Honestly, for the price, the Apple In-Ear headphones have a great mid,passable low, and nice high frequency response, and are the best for the type of person who listens to all types of music, plus, they are realitivly inexpensive, and are perfectly capable of being carried around all day.
  8. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    I recommend this model:

    Klipsch Image S4:


    If you have a newer iPod model that supports in-line controls (4G-6G iPod nanos, "6.5G" iPod classics with the single-platter 120 GB or 160 GB hard drive, or newer iPod touch models), you can get the Image S4i model, which has the in-line controls on the cable itself.
  9. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    in ear: shure se535 with sony extension cable (japanese import)

    out ear: b&w p5
  10. Policar macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2004
    It's going to be hard to find good advice on headphones on the ultra-high end because most people can't afford one pair, let alone enough to compare and see what works for them. My guess is that most people here have only tried a few pairs and are just suggesting whatever they own.

    If I wanted noise cancellation and/or something to take to the gym I would get in-ear monitors, if I wanted generally good sound when in a quiet room I would get open headphones ("audiophile"), and if I wanted to monitor (edit) sound I'd get closed headphones ("monitors")... Past that point, it's personal preference, mostly.

    I've owned (and liked) a few low and mid-end headphones: the Sennheiser HD280, which have boring but highly accurate sound; the HD497, which have good bass but are a bit tinny; the Grado SR80i, which are very inaccurate but make bad recordings and really dense recordings sound good and warm; the shure e4, which sound good and block tons of noise; the ultimate ears 10, which sound slightly better maybe and block lots of noise?

    They all sound fine to me. None sound great all the time. Anything that's well-liked and higher end than those (none of what I posted above is very fancy; I always get cheaper stuff since I break it so fast) should sound good, but at that level it's all application-specific. You're paying a lot of money. Make sure you're getting what you want... I've tried other comparable models, too (Sony, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, Grado, etc.) and they all sound good in their own way. (I have a sneaking suspicion Grados have the worst sound quality but they sound subjectively really good, it's weird.)

    Best for the money are JVC marshmallows and Sony V150s... It's all depreciating returns past that point.
  11. bobthecat23 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2008
  12. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    I have Shure SE530's as my daily phones. They are ok, I expected magic and got meh, but their customer service is outstanding (I crushed a set in a car door and they sent me a replacement set for <<50% of MSRP). For customer service alone Shure's are worth a look. For much less money the Etymotic's sound damn good too.

    Over the ear, I like Senn's but they are power hungry and sound much better with an amp.

    Stay away from Beats by Dre. They are all marketing, very little acoustical goodness.
  13. kayrypp macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    If price really isn't an issue, get the JH13 Pro by JH Audio. Jerry Harvey is an engineer & was a co-founder of Ultimate Ears but left before Logitech bought them. The JH13 has 6 drivers: dual low, dual mid & dual high. I have not heard the JH16 Pro, which costs $50 more & adds an additional pair of low drivers. If you don't want customs, try the Shure SE535 or any of the following by Westone: UM2, 2, or 3 (depending on the sound signature you desire).

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