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MephistophelesMephistopheles Registered User regular
Once again I come to the tech gurus of this forum for advice. Here is my quandry:

I need some headphones to use on my 3G iPhone, preferably with these specs:

good quality. While I realize this is a very slippery slope with audio equipment, I would prefer to find something below $100. I hear that both Sennheiser and Grado make decent budget models, but I'm not sure which ones.

ex-aural. I can't use in-ear headphones because of issues with ear infections, but would like to maintain the ability to seal sound out. I would prefer the enclosed kind.

foldable/collapsible. I'm mostly on campus and space in my bag has become more and more valuable.

mic and phone controls. This is, I'm aware, probably the least available. Also, for me it probably the least important. But if someone knows of anyway to use quality headphones with an iphone, and maintain the ability to take calls / control ipod functions, that would work fine.

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2008
    I think you want a pair of Sennheiser PX-100s. They fold down to be very compact, are extremely sturdy and are probably the best sounding headphones in their class. If you're American, they'll run you under $50L
    http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PX-100-Collapsible-Headphones/dp/B000089GN3

    As for sealing sound out, well, I listen to them at reasonable volumes and remain completely undistracted by my very noisy office surroundings when I need to concentrate on something. If you really want to compromise sound quality and pay extra for active noise canceling, Sennheiser makes the PXC 250 at $86 on Amazon. I don't know if someone has a cheaper or better pair or not.

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    BeckBeck Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Grado's budget models are the SR60 and SR80. That's a Canadian store, they're within your budget in the US. They do not fold up, however.

    Sennheisers mentioned earlier are nice, too. I prefer the Grados to them but if size is important to you, well, the Sennheisers have them beat.

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    ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    A bunch of companies sell iPhone remotes which go between your headphones and the iPhone and have the button/mic thingy. But nobody makes hadphones with it built in except Apple.

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    Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Beck wrote: »
    Grado's budget models are the SR60 and SR80. That's a Canadian store, they're within your budget in the US. They do not fold up, however.

    Sennheisers mentioned earlier are nice, too. I prefer the Grados to them but if size is important to you, well, the Sennheisers have them beat.

    I have a pair of SR60s and can attest to their worthiness.

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    MephistophelesMephistopheles Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Just an update: I got the Sennheiser HD-280. They're friggin' sweet, and pretty much exactly what I was looking for. They're pretty big, but the fact that they fold up helps alot. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, folks.

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    ginguskahnginguskahn Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The SR60/80s are amazing (I have the 80s) but they are neither enclosed nor particually portable :(

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    Storm ShadowStorm Shadow Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Full disclosure: I work for ASTRO Gaming

    It may not be completely relevant to the OP (especially since there has already been a purchase made), but the ASTRO A40 Headset is fully compatible with the iPhone out of the box, since it has the special 4-pole 3.5mm connector jack that carries both audio and microphone signals. The A40's microphone is an industry-leading noise canceling (highly sinusoidal) part -- the same part you'll find in the high-end Sennheiser headsets.

    Using a full-sized headset isn't the optimal solution for travel or running around campus, but is a *great* way to use your iPhone for music and calls when you are at working or at home by your desk, since it's so darn comfy for extended periods.

    Additionally, if you already own an A40 MixAmp, you'll find a non-ASTRO 4-pole adapter in the package that will enable you to plug in any dual-jack (PC mic/audio style) headset into the iPhone (or the MixAmp, of course).

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    FrazFraz Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I used the astro stuff at PAX and it was rad. The t-shirt I got is one of my favorites too. Very comfy.

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    GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    ben0207 wrote: »
    A bunch of companies sell iPhone remotes which go between your headphones and the iPhone and have the button/mic thingy. But nobody makes hadphones with it built in except Apple.


    Sorry Ben :)

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    ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Gihgehls wrote: »
    ben0207 wrote: »
    A bunch of companies sell iPhone remotes which go between your headphones and the iPhone and have the button/mic thingy. But nobody makes hadphones with it built in except Apple.


    Sorry Ben :)
    Ooh, bookmarked. Now to subtly leave it open all through late Nov / early Dec.

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited September 2008
    ben0207 wrote: »
    A bunch of companies sell iPhone remotes which go between your headphones and the iPhone and have the button/mic thingy. But nobody makes hadphones with it built in except Apple.

    Untrue. V-moda makes them, but they're in-ear.

    Sorry I can't be of more help.







    edit: goddamnit, 1-up'd. I swear I didn't read that response before commenting.

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