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Advice: Best In-Ear Headphones?

Discussion in 'Computers and Internet Geekland' started by rayray23, Jan 8, 2015.

    Jan 8, 2015
  1. rayray23

    rayray23 Dormant account

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    Hi Everyone!

    I've been following this forum for a while and I see that a lot of you are tech geeks :)

    I need some advice on buying in-ear headphones. I listen to music a lot and up until now have only been spending £15-£20 on headphones, predictably they don't last very long! Usually within 2/3 months an ear-bud stops working, the mic breaks down etc.

    I'm thinking of going all out and spending up to £200 on a good pair with a great sound quality that will last, for a change.

    What headphones do you guys use and what would you recommend?

    Thanks!

    Ray.
     
  2. Feb 9, 2015
  3. mat_b

    mat_b Dormant account

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    UK
    the earphones I like are...

    I like the Sony MDR700, studio/monitor quality in-ear earphones....

    Listening wise....
    They sound quality is awesome...
    Deep bass, crisp treble, and a frequency response that exceeds the audible range (these earphones roll-off around 25+ khz, I recall) so the 'pass band' seems fairly flat across the audible frequency range, and the stereo imaging is pin-sharp

    Dependability wise....
    I've had my pair for over four years... Still 'alive' on both sides, and the cables haven't pulled out of the buds yet!!! ... And they've had inevitable tangles with aircraft seat arm-rests!!!

    Pricing....
    Then.. Around £120...
    Now, unfortunately 'end of life' ... You'll have to go trawling eBay (watch out for the flood of counterfeit MDR700's on there though!)
     
  4. Feb 10, 2015
  5. randomiam

    randomiam Meister Member

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    few tips

    1 if in store try then out on two different devices
    2 don't believe marketing or sales
    3 check warranty conditions
    4 web research on non sponsored sites
    5 most speakers are made in the same places a cheaper brand can have same parts as a higher brand its all about paying for a name
    6 consider a pair of light or fold-able over the ear headphones less stress on the ear drum
    7 also think about what type of music you will be playing and how that will effect the speakers
    8 you don't have to spend over $50 to have great audio the bob marley ones my partner got where great and basically sounded like the ones 3 times the price (over the ear ones)
     
  6. Feb 10, 2015
  7. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

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    These are my go-to guys for gear recommendations these days: You must register/login in order to see the link.

    They suggest Sony XBA-H1 : You must register/login in order to see the link.

    Bonus! : the Sony XBA-H1 are currently available for around £100.

    Wirecutter typically offers 2nd and 3rd suggestions too so it can be a quick way to get some research done.
     

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