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#151 Posted by Jynxzor (9305 posts) -
Just checking in I picked up some Sennhieser 280's loving them so far. A bit snug but overall rather comfortable fit even with my glasses.
#152 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jynxzor"]Just checking in I picked up some Sennhieser 280's loving them so far. A bit snug but overall rather comfortable fit even with my glasses.

Sennheisers are known to be a bit on the small side. Regardless, I'm glad you love 'em! :D Boz
#155 Posted by andmcq (259 posts) -
Audio technica Ath ad700`s are a very good headphone for gaming and they arent too expensive these days. No mic though and they are open.
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#157 Posted by CrysisHeir (160 posts) -

What would be the best ear-bud headphones for under $50? I live in Canada (Toronto to be specific) and I'm currently using some cheap, $20 SkullCandy ear buds (that are dying), so anything is an improvement. I'd prefer noise cancelling but it's not a necessity, they will be used for sports, walking around, and sometimes sitting at my house when I need to be quiet/want quiet in the house. I wanted to get the sennheiser cx 680 but they're $70 on amazon.ca (compared to the $45-50 price range on amazon.com), I prefer this design compared to ear buds like the px 680 which go around the outside of your ear tbh. Thanks in advance!

#158 Posted by NVIDIATI (7642 posts) -

One option for $60 CAD are the Paradigm e1 earbuds. They're rather new to market and are said to be tuned to sound similar to Paradigm's Monitor series speakers.

I did notice Bay Bloor Radio has the Denon AHC260 for $30 CAD which is the same as the American price (this is extremely rare for Bay Bloor Radio to not be overcharging as almost everything else in their store is marked up). So they might be worth a look. Here is some feedback of them on Head-Fi

I don't really have much experience with budget IEMs, so another user might have better insight.

#159 Posted by brian6330 (27 posts) -

Great FAQ - definitely handy!

#160 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -
So, how are the Bose Quietcomfort 15's? Planning on getting one pair for home (sennheiser hd 650's) and one for when im out of the house, so i'm gonna need some good headphones with great N.C.
#161 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
[QUOTE="kris9031998"]So, how are the Bose Quietcomfort 15's? Planning on getting one pair for home (sennheiser hd 650's) and one for when im out of the house, so i'm gonna need some good headphones with great N.C.

Despite the flak they receive from audio enthusiasts, Bose is the leader in noise-cancelling headphones (they invented it). If you want an over-ear headphone where noise-cancelling is a priority over sound quality, then Bose is a good bet. That said, if you're simply looking to reduce external noise, you might try a closed-back headphone. They require no additional power-source, and will effectively muffle external noises without compromising sound quality. If this is for travel, such as airports, then appearance and portability may be a factor. If you're open to a closed-back headphone and my aforementioned travel assumption is correct, consider the Audio Technica ATH-M50, V-Moda M-80s, or possibly an IEM if you're not opposed to an in-ear versus over-ear. Happy gaming, Boz
#162 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -
[QUOTE="Bozanimal"][QUOTE="kris9031998"]So, how are the Bose Quietcomfort 15's? Planning on getting one pair for home (sennheiser hd 650's) and one for when im out of the house, so i'm gonna need some good headphones with great N.C.

Despite the flak they receive from audio enthusiasts, Bose is the leader in noise-cancelling headphones (they invented it). If you want an over-ear headphone where noise-cancelling is a priority over sound quality, then Bose is a good bet. That said, if you're simply looking to reduce external noise, you might try a closed-back headphone. They require no additional power-source, and will effectively muffle external noises without compromising sound quality. If this is for travel, such as airports, then appearance and portability may be a factor. If you're open to a closed-back headphone and my aforementioned travel assumption is correct, consider the Audio Technica ATH-M50, V-Moda M-80s, or possibly an IEM if you're not opposed to an in-ear versus over-ear. Happy gaming, Boz

Alright, thanks
#163 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -
Alright, so i'm now looking for the best noise cancelling (not as important as sound quality), closed back, portable, no amp required to drive (well), closed back pair of headphones for ~$300
#164 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (22113 posts) -

im thinking of getting either Audio Technica ATH-PRO5MK2 or the Sony MDR-V55 but not sure which one to get. which has the better sound quality and is the most comfortable?

#165 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
Alright, so i'm now looking for the best noise cancelling (not as important as sound quality), closed back, portable, no amp required to drive (well), closed back pair of headphones for ~$300kris9031998
I do not use noise-cancelling headphones, personally, but the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B is very well-regarded. The new Klipsch Mode M40's are supposed to be excellent, featuring a built-in amplifier; you might be able to find them for $300 street. In general, though, over-ear noise-cancelling headphones are not very portable. I would strongly suggest you consider the V-Moda M-80s. You can get them from Radio Shack, and I suggest this because their return policy is excellent, so you can evaluate them for 30 days without worry. They are very portable, durable, sound excellent without amplification, come in under your budget, do a decent job blocking out most noise (airport type noise, not construction zone noise), look great, come with a carrying case, and are just wonderful, in general. I might also suggest an IEM (in-ear monitor). Though it's not what you asked for, I find IEMs to be the best option for reducing external noise and convenience while traveling.

im thinking of getting either Audio Technica ATH-PRO5MK2 or the Sony MDR-V55 but not sure which one to get. which has the better sound quality and is the most comfortable?

TheShadowLord07
I haven't used that particular model from Audio Technica, but I have auditioned the MDR-V55. I'm not sure what happened to Sony, but I've found their current headphone lineup to bass-heavy and muddy. If it's between the two, I'd blindly go with the Audio Technica. If you don't mind an open-back headphone, the Grado SR80i is probably the best value in the $80 price range. Happy gaming, Boz
#166 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (22113 posts) -

is the audio technica ath-50 coiled version has a detachable cord? their website (link)mention it comes with 2 cords. i want to replace it with a straight 1.2m cord

#167 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7353 posts) -

is the audio technica ath-50 coiled version has a detachable cord? their website (link)mention it comes with 2 cords. i want to replace it with a straight 1.2m cord

TheShadowLord07

Where does it say it comes with two cords? I know they come with m50 coiled and m50s straight cable, also the typical mini plug + big plug adapter.

Unless they revised it than I dont think so and the reason why I got pro700mk2 before :\ I guess if you dont mind a hack job to fit a shorter cord that will work. I got a ultrasone hfi 780 before recently and they made the cords shorter so you can attach an extension cord for home use.

#168 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (22113 posts) -

[QUOTE="TheShadowLord07"]

is the audio technica ath-50 coiled version has a detachable cord? their website (link)mention it comes with 2 cords. i want to replace it with a straight 1.2m cord

Bikouchu35

Where does it say it comes with two cords? I know they come with m50 coiled and m50s straight cable, also the typical mini plug + big plug adapter.

Unless they revised it than I dont think so and the reason why I got pro700mk2 before :\ I guess if you dont mind a hack job to fit a shorter cord that will work. I got a ultrasone hfi 780 before recently and they made the cords shorter so you can attach an extension cord for home use.

Cable 1.2 - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') Coiled, OFC litz wire

mentions a 4 feet and a 10 feet cable i think.

#169 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7353 posts) -

[QUOTE="Bikouchu35"]

[QUOTE="TheShadowLord07"]

is the audio technica ath-50 coiled version has a detachable cord? their website (link)mention it comes with 2 cords. i want to replace it with a straight 1.2m cord

TheShadowLord07

Where does it say it comes with two cords? I know they come with m50 coiled and m50s straight cable, also the typical mini plug + big plug adapter.

Unless they revised it than I dont think so and the reason why I got pro700mk2 before :\ I guess if you dont mind a hack job to fit a shorter cord that will work. I got a ultrasone hfi 780 before recently and they made the cords shorter so you can attach an extension cord for home use.

Cable 1.2 - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') Coiled, OFC litz wire

mentions a 4 feet and a 10 feet cable i think.

I think they meant coiled up length & maximum length.

#170 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
If you want straight cable just be sure to get the Audio Technica ATH-M50s. The "s" at the end of the model number denotes the straight cable. Happy gaming, Boz
#171 Posted by aqkamboh (19 posts) -

I don't know so much before the these forums. That really great forum for me and I think also for all readers........

#172 Posted by carmelgene (81 posts) -
Earphones is very important. It can harm you also if you don't use it correctly.
#173 Posted by DarkGamer007 (6024 posts) -

I currently own a pair of JVC HA-RX700 headphones, and I'm looking to upgrade to headphones in the $100-$150. I've heard great things about both the Audio Technica's ATH-M50 and the Grado SR 125i headphones, both can be found for similar prices. Does anyone have any recommendations over which one is better? I listen to everything from Slipknot, to Eminem, to Ella Fitzgerald, to Pink Floyd and I listen to both compact discs, wave files, and vinyl records. Which headphones will give me the best sound quality for $150? Other headphone recommendations are welcome. Thanks in advance for the help.

#174 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7353 posts) -

I currently own a pair of JVC HA-RX700 headphones, and I'm looking to upgrade to headphones in the $100-$150.

DarkGamer007

My friends has those rx700 since I paid him off for his ultrasone dj1 (hfi 580) so I recommend that for $120-150 range.

Good all arounder with some emphasis on bass.

From a head-fi review:ATH-M50 is no slouch either and I think it's a great value at a bit over $100 but my ears have been too "fouled" by 8 years of SR-80 listening to I am going to keep my HFI-580. I will be wearing these every day so I am hoping the pads will wear down and soften up over time (otherwise I will have to get new pads)

[lol, at the last comment]Now, if anyone is interested in a virtually brand new ATH-M50S, let me know ;)

sauce to headfi review

#176 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

I currently own a pair of JVC HA-RX700 headphones, and I'm looking to upgrade to headphones in the $100-$150. I've heard great things about both the Audio Technica's ATH-M50 and the Grado SR 125i headphones, both can be found for similar prices. Does anyone have any recommendations over which one is better? I listen to everything from Slipknot, to Eminem, to Ella Fitzgerald, to Pink Floyd and I listen to both compact discs, wave files, and vinyl records. Which headphones will give me the best sound quality for $150? Other headphone recommendations are welcome. Thanks in advance for the help.

DarkGamer007
I have used both headphones at length, and they are both very good. Some thoughts: The ATH-M50 will perform similar to your HA-RX700 (full-disclosure: my daily headphones). For the most part they will offer superior performance for Slipknot, Eminem, games, and movies if you like a little punch in your music. It will also offer superior noise isolation, both in and out. The Grado SR125i will offer superior performance for Ella Fitzgerald and Pink Floyd, with wide open, breathy vocals and an expansive soundstage. It may also offer better spacial reproduction, which can be good if you're playing a FPS with either CMSS-3D or Dolby Headphone. These are more comfortable than the ATH-M50's but, because they are on-ear, do not offer very good isolation. In this particular case I would personally I would go with the SR125i's. Normally I recommend the ATH-M50 over everything: They are pretty much the best value in headphones. However, you already own a pair of HA-RX700's, which are basically the poor-man's ATH-M50's. The SR125is offer a bigger change relative to the HA-RX700's, and are very comfortable. You will probably find yourself switching between the two depending on to what you want to listen, which is not a bad thing. To make an upgrade from the HA-RX700 worthwhile, I'd want to jump up to the Denon AH-D2000, which is a serious change in budget, as well. If possible, find a local hi-fi shop where you might audition a few. We've got a great one in Harvard Square near Boston (Audio Lab); not sure where you live. Good luck! Boz
#178 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
Heh: You needn't re-post your original comment. When you've had a moment to read the FAQ, come back with questions; it's my pleasure to assist. Happy gaming, Boz
#181 Posted by CrysisHeir (160 posts) -
#182 Posted by NVIDIATI (7642 posts) -
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#184 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7353 posts) -

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Lol, didnt know ultrasones made these o.o Im guessing if the hfi 550 aw sounded like mines than them aw fanboys are in for a treat.

Anywhom still waiting for my first couple paycheck to get my pro 900 ultrasone :\ The thing I want is better mids/soundstage which most headphones can provide but at the cost of bass. I came to my realization that I am a basshead in the hp world so eh. Hfi 580/dj to pro 900 seems like the natural progession choice unless someone on here can prove me otherwise.

#185 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
Ultrasone and Alienware, eh? I wish Ultrasone had better distribution support so I could actually try a pair. It's tough to find them retail, even from boutiques, and I've been looking. Happy gaming, Boz
#186 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7353 posts) -

Ultrasone and Alienware, eh? I wish Ultrasone had better distribution support so I could actually try a pair. It's tough to find them retail, even from boutiques, and I've been looking. Happy gaming, BozBozanimal

Amazon.com plus return policy!? What reason may it be that you prefer to buy retail?

Im pretty bummed that there isnt even any headphone store around my area anyway, local guitar center doesnt allow demo, and dxc store in culver city closed. Closests thing is this sony style store that had like 20 of their headphones to test out.

#187 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38214 posts) -

I am getting a set of headphones soon andI have narrowed it down to 2 options because I can get them relatively cheap and I would like your opinion on them

The corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 set at 78 euro

OR

Sennheiser PC 333D Headphones at 120 euro

#188 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7353 posts) -

I am getting a set of headphones soon andI have narrowed it down to 2 options because I can get them relatively cheap and I would like your opinion on them

The corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 set at 78 euro

OR

Sennheiser PC 333D Headphones at 120 euro

seanmcloughlin

ultrasone_dj1_04.jpg

Sorry this became my $120 holy grail so I got to spread the love.

#190 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6630 posts) -

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Lol, didnt know ultrasones made these o.o Im guessing if the hfi 550 aw sounded like mines than them aw fanboys are in for a treat.

Anywhom still waiting for my first couple paycheck to get my pro 900 ultrasone :\ The thing I want is better mids/soundstage which most headphones can provide but at the cost of bass. I came to my realization that I am a basshead in the hp world so eh. Hfi 580/dj to pro 900 seems like the natural progession choice unless someone on here can prove me otherwise.

Bikouchu35
Wow.. Alienware Ultrasones? :O
#191 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

You need to put the HD600 somewhere in there. Many people consider it do be better than the HD800.

#192 Posted by FPS_Gamer123 (4363 posts) -
How are the Razer Electra's for $50? Just saw them at an NCIX today and was just wondering if anyone here had an opinion.
#193 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -

You need to put the HD600 somewhere in there. Many people consider it do be better than the HD800.

Wolfetan
The HD600 is a solid headphone, but then so is the HiFiMan HE-400. And the Shure SRH1440. My point is that yes, I completely agree that the HD600 is awesome, having had the opportunity to audition it at some length alongside the HD800 (and the privilege of hearing the HD700, which was cool), but that there are lots and lots of great headphones out there. This list is by no means comprehensive, but it does offer readers some insight into brands with which they might not be familiar coming from Razer, Tritton, and Turtle Beach and models inside their price ranges. My high-end recommendations are really only to give readers a sense of scale. Once you start getting into that level of headphone you're going to be doing your research on Head-Fi and directly in boutique stores. We cannot forget the site that hosts us and its typical demographic, which is primarily teenagers and young adults with limited budgets. In conclusion: Yes, the HD600 is one sick headphone for its price! :D Happy gaming, Boz
#194 Posted by BPoole96 (22784 posts) -

I'm looking for a new headset to use with my Astro 5.8 Mixamp. I currently have the Astro A30s but the boom mic on it is pretty terrible and makes the voice cut in and out. The speakers themselves work fine but its a pain having to switch to a different headset when I want to play games with my friends.

Anyway, I would like to keep using the Mixamp, so a USB headset won't do. I'm looking for a headset in the $120 range primarily used for gaming but also for listening to music. I noticed the Sennheiser PC161 in the OP so I've been looking at those. Anyone else have any other recommendations for that would fit my criteria?

Edit: So after looking around and reading reviews and such, I decided to buy the PC161's. Amazon actually has one of the most expensive prices on the web for them surprisingly. I was able to find them for $90 with free shipping. They should be here by Thursday.

#195 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
Come on back and let us know what you think; more feedback - good or bad - is always appreciated! Happy gaming, Boz
#196 Posted by Lord_Omikron666 (4748 posts) -

I'm in need of some recommending. I'm looking for an Xbox 360 headset, and the most important thing next to quality for me is ease of use. Price isn't much of an issue for me, but the less figuring out how to setup or whatnot I have to do the better as I'm not very knowledgeable on headsets/headphones. Right now I'm kind of leaning towards Trittons, but if anyone has any recommendations based on my prerequisites, I'd appreciate it.

#197 Posted by BPoole96 (22784 posts) -

So I got the Sennheiser's today. While the sound from them is very good (better than the Astro A30s from my comparison), the mic is still really choppy like the Astros were. I thought it was just a bad mic on the A30s, but this mic works fine on my laptop. I have tried plugging it in to both the Astro MixAmp and the headphone/mic jacks on both the front and back of my case. When I do this, sound only comes from the left ear, but the mic does work. If I plug it into the MixAmp, the sound is perfectly fine but the mic is unbearably choppy.

Does anyone know what could be causing this?

#198 Posted by Bozanimal (2483 posts) -
I'd consider making a dedicated thread, BPoole96, or going to Astro's proprietary forums. They might be able to help with your mic issue, since it sounds like its only choppy when you have the mic plugged into the Mixamp. Not as many folks check the FAQ for these types of issues. The issue with sound only coming from your left ear - but only when plugged into the laptop - would indicate a problem with the jack on the laptop. This can be confirmed by plugging in an alternate pair of headphones to the laptop to see if the problem persists. Good luck, Boz
#199 Posted by BPoole96 (22784 posts) -
[QUOTE="Bozanimal"]I'd consider making a dedicated thread, BPoole96, or going to Astro's proprietary forums. They might be able to help with your mic issue, since it sounds like its only choppy when you have the mic plugged into the Mixamp. Not as many folks check the FAQ for these types of issues. The issue with sound only coming from your left ear - but only when plugged into the laptop - would indicate a problem with the jack on the laptop. This can be confirmed by plugging in an alternate pair of headphones to the laptop to see if the problem persists. Good luck, Boz

I was able to solve the problem last night. My computer has headphone/mic jacks on both the front of the cases and on the motherboard. I disabled the front jacks under and I guess that made the rear jacks work. I gave up messing around with the Mixamp. The sound quality is great on the Sennheisers so I'll probably just sell the Astro set.
#200 Posted by rickliao (60 posts) -

I would add such headphones as the AKG K240, Audio Technica AD700, Beyerdynamic D880 (there are many more I can think of, but this should suffice for now).

Also Head-fi.org is an amazing resource for headphones and other devicessuch as amps or dacs.

NVIDIATI

nice! cheers