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Old 09-14-09, 07:15 PM   #1
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Help with headphone selection

Need a new pair of headphones. Need to be able to listen to what I want without disturbing others.

Any suggestions?

Keep in mind that I'm a broke @$$ father to now four, who just happens to be back in college, with an Acer laptop that probably doesn't have the best soundcard...
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You can get cheap earbuds for $10 all day long at Staples / Office Depot / Walmart...
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grado's. Start around $50 and go to up to you want how much for headphones? not sure if that fits the budget, but they are great!

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Koss KSC-75s. Around $20. Beats most headphones up to $50 and those by a certain overpriced, overhyped brand costing much more than that.
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You can get cheap earbuds for $10 all day long at Staples / Office Depot / Walmart...
I understand that. But not all designs are equal in my requirement of not disturbing others. I've seen/heard too many of those that when turned up are rather audible to the non-wearer.

Oh, and I should mention that I'm also trying to isolate myself from the noise that the kids make while playing Mario Kart on the N64.
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grado's. Start around $50 and go to up to you want how much for headphones? not sure if that fits the budget, but they are great!
Grado's are great, I agree (I have a pair of SR-80s). But their headphones are open-back and may not best fulfill the OP's requirement of not disturbing others.

For budget cans, take a look at these options:
http://www.headphone.com/guide/by-budget/under-40/
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I understand that. But not all designs are equal in my requirement of not disturbing others. I've seen/heard too many of those that when turned up are rather audible to the non-wearer.

Oh, and I should mention that I'm also trying to isolate myself from the noise that the kids make while playing Mario Kart on the N64.
I'm sorry.. I thought you needed them to be cheap.

I think Bose is working on a version of their X Pilot Headset with the DSP tuned to cancel out screaming children. It'll cost $1000, but it'd be well worth it.
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Grado's are great, I agree (I have a pair of SR-80s). But their headphones are open-back and may not best fulfill the OP's requirement of not disturbing others.

For budget cans, take a look at these options:
http://www.headphone.com/guide/by-budget/under-40/
Thanks for the link. Guess what I'm looking for is the 'closed' ear type of headphone.
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I use these. They have a really good sound quality, muffle out a substantial amount of noise, and others can't hear what you're listening too. They work great as earplugs on airlines as well.
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I use these. They have a really good sound quality, muffle out a substantial amount of noise, and others can't hear what you're listening too. They work great as earplugs on airlines as well.
Those look nice, I just recently <sob> lost my old pair of headphones - which were small, comfortable and sounded great - and they really guarded out the sound from people next to me (tested them out) and so I'm back to the ear buds and have a couple but they are not good things - especially for riding on public transportation (for hours) with these things on....

You say no one can really hear what you're listening to with them on? Test them out on anyone - I did it with my old headphones and was surprised at how quiet it was - I miss them).
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Those look nice, I just recently <sob> lost my old pair of headphones - which were small, comfortable and sounded great - and they really guarded out the sound from people next to me (tested them out) and so I'm back to the ear buds and have a couple but they are not good things - especially for riding on public transportation (for hours) with these things on....

You say no one can really hear what you're listening to with them on? Test them out on anyone - I did it with my old headphones and was surprised at how quiet it was - I miss them).
I've worn them on many many 3+ hour flights and have had no issues with discomfort. I swear by those things.
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http://www.head-fi.org/

Personally I've been using some cheap Skull Candy ear buds lately, very nice for the price. About $15.

Also can recommend Sennheiser PX 100 and the Koss Porta Pro for reasonably priced portable headphones although sound is audible to others.

Got some Etymotic buds too but you don't want to know how much those were.
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For good sound quality, not disturbing others and blocking out outside sound, definitely some Etymotics earbuds. These are great. (Etymotics ER-6i).

The HeadRoom website is fantastic for headphone information. They're serious headphone geeks. Might be worth spending some time looking at their recommendations on the "Block it Out" page

(Edit: I had a pair of ER-6is, but left them on a plane . Have a pair of Grado SR-60s, which I love, but aren't right for what you need... they're totally open. I had a pair of Sennheiser PX-100s, which were really good until they stopped working)
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These aren't as compact as other options, so I don't know how well you'll like them to pair with a laptop, but I have and like these for under $40:

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-V300-...2994875&sr=8-1

I don't think they qualify as "sealed" but they both block out external sound and contain their own sound well. They tend to fit a little tight on my head, and get a little uncomfortable after a couple hours, but for moderate durations, they're fine.

I've seen some complaints about them breaking, but mine are about five years old, including occasional trips in my backpack with textbooks, and they're in great shape, except for the soft vinyl lining on the ear cups is currently flaking off, to expose the foam padding underneath.

Overall, probably slight overkill for what you need, but I figured I'd throw the suggestion out.
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sennheisseur has some closed cans for <$100
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Skullcandy Ink'd headphones, you can find them at FYE for 10 dollars...
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Need a new pair of headphones. Need to be able to listen to what I want without disturbing others.

Any suggestions?

Keep in mind that I'm a broke @$$ father to now four, who just happens to be back in college, with an Acer laptop that probably doesn't have the best soundcard...
Stay away from Skullcandy if you care about how your music will sound at all. I prefer Sennheisers and Audio Technica headphones over anything else that I've tried. For cheap Sennheisers, just go for the HD-280's which are circumaural headphones that produce a really analytical sound, but doesnt provide much of a sound stage. They cost around $80.

Right now I'm using Audio Technica ATH-A700's with a bass boost cMoy amp, which are also circumaural headphones, though they're much more comfortable than the HD-280's and produce a much wider sound stage with a warmer sound. These go for only about $100-120, a mere scratch in the wallet in the audiophile world.

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Time to fess up. I already own the Skullcandy Smoking Buds (earplug type), the ones that came with my Sansa Clip (iPod like, that I don't find all that comfortable), and some cheapo Phillips SHS3910 wraparounds.

The over the ear Phillips are far more comfortable and have a better sound quality than the Skullcandies. But they allow sound to leak out, disturbing my wife who likes to read and can't stand the distraction.

Tried some USB types, but they are either uncomfortable, had poor quality, or the wife took them. I'll keep using the Skullcandies for when I'm out and about, but need something else for around the house. From looking at some of the feedback so far, it looks like Sennheiser (sp?) has a wrap around with noise isolation set that look interesting.
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http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones/j...-32865339.html

I love JVC "Marshmallow" ear buds. They seem to last FOR-FREAKING-EVER and you can't beat the price. I like the sound quality, too. I highly recommend them.
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Is Skullcandy your top choice of audio equipment? What other headphones have you used before that you can compare any Skullcandys to?
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Is Skullcandy your top choice of audio equipment? What other headphones have you used before that you can compare any Skullcandys to?
I own some Etymotic ER 4P's....how's that?

Plus a headphone amp.

You aren't one of those audio snobs are you?

Skull Candy are decent, nice priced buds. You don't need to spend a ton for some nice sound. If you don't like em, you ain't out much but I bet you'd find occasional use for them anyway.
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I use a pair of these Sony noise cancelling bud ear phones. Expensive at US$99, but well worth it in the long run.

Soft rubber grommets (they come with a couple of sizes in the pack so you can pick the right ones for you) block out a lot of outside noise, but the noise cancelling action is the shiz. Means that you don't have to turn the volume up too loud to enjoy things (good for you) and you won't disturb anyone.

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I really miss my Koss Sparkplugs. They were stolen along with my MP3 player. I got a replacement model with a mute button. The button tended to get stuck and the headphones would fade in and out, so I recommend the Koss Sparkplugs without the mute button.

These are what I use now. I honestly couldn't be happier with them.
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