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« on: August 20, 2013, 05:00:18 AM »

I've moved into an apartment from a home and thus cannot listen to music at the levels that I've been used to.......

I'm looking for suggestions on a decent pair of headphones for use with my pc and receiver.

I'm no audiophile however I do enjoy music. I'm not looking for a pair of $1k earcups.

thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 05:58:25 AM »

Do you have roommates who will be near you while you game, or is it ok if your headphones are not completely soundproof?  If the latter, I think open earphones sound better and are more comfortable to wear for extended periods.

What price range are you looking for? 

You can find something ok for under $30, something nice for under $100, something really nice for under $200, and the sky is the limit beyond that.

If open and ~$100 works for you, I'd recommend this pair or this pair.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 06:32:03 AM »

thanks pug - no pc gaming really. maybe torchlight only.
gaming is done on console.

when I work from home I like to listen to my iTunes library. no roomies just me so sound bleed is ok.
I cab spend up to 300 or so.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2013, 08:41:46 AM »

I have the sennheiser RS-170, they are wireless so I can walk around the apartment.
They use a wifi-signal so no background noise which some radio based wireless headphones have.

You can probably get better sound-quality for the money, but I the fact that they are wireless is worth it. And they're very comfortable smile
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2013, 01:18:55 PM »

Love my Audio Technicas for $60: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M30-Professional-Closed-back-Headphones/dp/B00007E7C8
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2013, 01:23:24 PM »

They're expensive, but my Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling headphones might be the best investment I've ever made.  The sound is fantastic, and they're a godsend when traveling.
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2013, 03:52:57 PM »

Do you prefer cups or buds?  I'm a bud guy myself and have found nothing I love more than my Ultimate Ears, though that was before they were acquired by Logitech.  I've been rocking these guys for years and could not be happier: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Ears-TripleFi-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B0019RBJOE/ref=sr_1_5?s=aht&srs=2530678011&ie=UTF8&qid=1377013848&sr=1-5&keywords=ultimate+ears

I also use the Comply tx500 foams and they are super comfortable.  I can sleep with them on.


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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2013, 06:30:28 PM »

I'm one of those idiots that spends a ridiculous amount of money on headphones. I have everything from a set of in ear Vsonic GR07's ($180) to Sennheiser HD-700's which run about a grand. As far as pure listening - and if you want to spend the money, I don't think you can beat the Sennheiser HD-600's. Yeah they retail for about $400 but you can pick them up for around 300 if you shop around. These are open ear headphones so music will bleed out but it's really like having a set of high end speakers attached to your head.

If you don't want to spend that much then these are the undisputed king of low cost but incredible. Audio-Technica ATH-M50S. I'd call these my fun, all around go to headphones.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2013, 09:07:03 PM »

thanks so much for all the help and suggestions guys.
After much hemming and hawing I decided on............

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/8899070fa454699b/index.html

The Audio-Technica M50s in White.
So far I am very happy with them - sound is great and they are comfortable.

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2013, 12:58:08 PM »

I was going to recommend Sennheisers, Ive been using them for decades and they have fantastic sound quality but it looks like youve already jumped on some Audio-Technicas.  AT has pretty good quality as well and of course the most important and telling point is if youre happy with the sound.
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2013, 02:47:01 PM »

Quote from: zinckiwi on August 20, 2013, 01:18:55 PM


These are my work ear phones and was a wonderful buy.  Currently, listening to them now and they effectively block out the world when I am engrossed into a project

Had to check my Amazon account, but I brought these at 37 bucks.. Awesome sale and I love Amazon
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2013, 03:54:19 PM »

Sennheiser was next on my list believe me - however I picked up the ATs for under a hundred so it was a no brainer.

Also agreed on the noise reduction - they seem to be 'passive' rather than active - either way they do a great job.
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