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Shopping for headphones

SikarianSikarian Registered User regular
edited November 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm trying to shop for a pair of headphones. I'll be using them mostly to hook up to an amp so I can play my guitar quietly...but they will also need to be used occasionally for Xbox and PC use, although not as much.

I'd prefer something around the $40-80 range, if at all possible, and also preferably something that goes behind the head instead of over-the-top.

I realize for that price range I won't be getting BOSE quality sounding stuff, but I'd like to get what I can out of it.

Any ideas?

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2007
    Good fuck

    Bose is shit. It's overpriced, ridiculous crap.

    For that price range, you can get a really decent pair of Sennheiser headphones. The PX-100s are brilliant entry-level headphones, but they're over the head. I'd suggest trying them anyhow as they're VERY highly adjustable, but if you're that concerned about your hair, they also make some "sport" styled headphones that I haven't tried personally.

    Koss also makes a good pair called the Porta-Pro. I think there's also a Sporta-Pro but I don't know if they have the same drivers in them. If they do, they're worth every penny as well.

    Seriously though, don't buy Bose. If you're looking at headphones, take your music player with you and try out Grado and Sennheiser headphones. If you're not sure where you'll be able to find those brands, tell us which city you live in and someone will probably know a place.

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    IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited November 2007
    I too recommend Sennheiser as a brand, they have great stuff, even for the cheaper pairs. I like big over-the-ear headphones, even so, I liked these when I had 'em, but busted them buy carrying them around in my back pack. they aren't robust.

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    GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I throw in my vote for Sennheiser, specifically the HD212 model. It is comfortable and has great sound quality. One complaint would be if I'm moving around (I walk around with these on) they will tip forward a little if I lean over for some reason. They don't fall off but they just move a little. Also I had to coil up the cord since they give a monster length with the headphones which could be good. Either way the sound quality is great for the price and they've put up with alot of abuse.

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    TheGreat2ndTheGreat2nd Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    One more vote for Sennheiser.
    Because Senns just rock harder.

    Go for the big over the ear headphones is my suggestion, and if you can spend a bit more, these HD280s are awesome.
    http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-280-Pro-Professional/dp/B000065BPB/

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    Acolyte57Acolyte57 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    In that price range, definitely another vote for Sennheiser. Why do you want the behind-the-head models? They're usually targeted at runners or iPod listening, and I have the feeling (though not any actual empirical proof) that you're losing sound quality vs $ value ratio when compared to the traditional models.

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    SikarianSikarian Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Acolyte57 wrote: »
    In that price range, definitely another vote for Sennheiser. Why do you want the behind-the-head models? They're usually targeted at runners or iPod listening, and I have the feeling (though not any actual empirical proof) that you're losing sound quality vs $ value ratio when compared to the traditional models.


    I just wanted behind the head just for comfort and style. I don't care about messing my hair up or anything, I just always thought that the behind the head ones where a bit more comfortable. Seems that Sennheiser is what I'm going to go with, got some nice models posted here too for lookin at :) Really appreciate the help fellas

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2007
    Try on the PX-100s. My girlfriend has a tiny head (she fits childrens glasses) and I need to wear XL hats. We're both comfortable wearing PX-100s.

    They also have pretty much the best sound quality for that price range.

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    RNEMESiS42RNEMESiS42 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    One more vote for Sennheiser.
    Because Senns just rock harder.

    Go for the big over the ear headphones is my suggestion, and if you can spend a bit more, these HD280s are awesome.
    http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-280-Pro-Professional/dp/B000065BPB/
    I second these headphones. I initially bought them for tracking vocals so the headphones wouldn't bleed into the mic, but now they're permanently hooked up to my mixer, which I run my computer through. They're a little out of your price range, but a really good investment! Also, it can be taken apart if you ever wear out the cord or padding, so they can be replaced easily.

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    GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Yeah if I had to buy another pair of headphones I would go for a larger size physically. I just didn't feel like spending the money at the time. I'm wearing my HD212s right now though and they're very very comfy.

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