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  • coastal 16 Feb 2013 22:56:14 5,389 posts
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    Anyone used the Koss PortaPros? The number of good reviews they get on Amazon is staggering for the price.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Koss-155491-PortaPro-Headphones-semi-open/dp/B00001P4ZH/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=26WV3IU0PMHVY&coliid=I37FVJR0QNHROP

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  • MadCaddy13 16 Feb 2013 23:09:55 2,039 posts
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    Man they are some age old reviews! Way back in 2006 some of um
  • rtk79 16 Feb 2013 23:19:33 496 posts
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    coastal wrote:
    Anyone used the Koss PortaPros? The number of good reviews they get on Amazon is staggering for the price.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Koss-155491-PortaPro-Headphones-semi-open/dp/B00001P4ZH/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=26WV3IU0PMHVY&coliid=I37FVJR0QNHROP
    I've had a pair of these, didn't care for them at all : very flabby bass is their defining feature. Broke within a year of normal use as well. Best keep your money for something else.
  • danathjo 16 Feb 2013 23:47:23 7,478 posts
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    sennheiser hd25s would be my choice, no idea how much they are but they're awesome
  • Mola_Ram 16 Feb 2013 23:51:46 8,006 posts
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    I have Sennheiser pmx 685i headphones for running. The sound quality is excellent, and they never, ever fall out.

    Only beef is that the volume controls don't work with Android phones. But then, the same could be said for just about every pair of headphones these days.
  • MadCaddy13 16 Feb 2013 23:55:12 2,039 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    I have Sennheiser pmx 685i headphones for running. The sound quality is excellent, and they never, ever fall out.

    Only beef is that the volume controls don't work with Android phones. But then, the same could be said for just about every pair of headphones these days.
    Bloody hell if we wanted advice about earphones we know where to go...
    This is a headphones thread?


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  • Mola_Ram 16 Feb 2013 23:56:09 8,006 posts
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    Theres a band that goes around the head, so ner.
  • rtk79 17 Feb 2013 00:10:51 496 posts
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    danathjo wrote:
    sennheiser hd25s would be my choice, no idea how much they are but they're awesome
    I can also vouch for the HD 25's all-around awesomeness but they're quite a way above the OP's budget. They'll last a lifetime but don't come cheap.
  • FuzzyDuck 17 Feb 2013 00:44:04 4,725 posts
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    Yeah, a mate of mine has the HD 25s too, but they cost about 180.

    I recently purchased these for 59.99, the Sony MDR ZX-600. (I've them in black with a grey cable, much nicer!). After a few weeks of using them I've found:

    - Can wear them for hours at a time (they're supra aural) and they stay pretty comfortable (they get warm but that's been a very good thing over the last few weeks!)

    - They passively isolate noise pretty well, also they leak very little.

    - Flat cable, doesn't tangle much.

    - Really easy for a portable device to drive, and they're fairly neutral sounding (which I'm a big fan of). They respond to EQ'ing pretty well.

    I haven't actually tried them out on games or music at home, as that's all through the hifi on a set of Senny HD 558s, but I love them so far, probably my fave set of 'out and abouts'.

    Edited by FuzzyDuck at 00:44:50 17-02-2013

    I found with user reviews to only look for repeating, genuine criticisms. I literally read thousands of them when I was trying to pick out a new set of home headphones, and people flip out and give poor ratings over the most idiotic things (I never failed to 'lol' at folk complaining that the open back headphones they just spent a mint on leaked sound!)

    Edited by FuzzyDuck at 00:47:51 17-02-2013
  • MadCaddy13 17 Feb 2013 01:08:18 2,039 posts
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    I really can't do on ear headphones, my left ear gets blocked with something inside my ear wheb its pressed to my head. Sounds gross and it probably is. My ears ain't right!
  • FuzzyDuck 17 Feb 2013 01:15:16 4,725 posts
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    Eugh! :D

    I tried in ear jobbies for a few months, could only wear them for about 20 minutes at a time, the pain of them, so thank jeebus I can wear the on ears!
  • sirtacos 17 Feb 2013 01:37:21 7,355 posts
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    Sennheiser HD558s are pretty awesome and comfortable but way overpriced.
    Look into Sennheisers, AKG or Grado. Hard to go wrong with any of those brands, but make sure to know what sort of sound you like (bright, bass-heavy, etc.)

    Edited by sirtacos at 01:42:43 17-02-2013
  • superdelphinus 17 Feb 2013 01:38:28 8,125 posts
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    What does "rock the shit" mean?
  • nickthegun 17 Feb 2013 07:47:10 61,098 posts
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    It means they are the headphones of your budget dreams.

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  • superdelphinus 17 Feb 2013 09:48:12 8,125 posts
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    Going to order the grado ones. Will be interesting to see how loud they are to other people!
  • Maturin 17 Feb 2013 09:52:18 3,156 posts
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    superdelphinus wrote:
    Going to order the grado ones. Will be interesting to see how loud they are to other people!
    You're always going to get leakage from open-backed phones. So they aren't perhaps the best for public transport, also they don't block outside sound coming in.

    But for pure listening pleasure in the right environment the Grado SR80i really are brilliant. Love mine.
  • superdelphinus 17 Feb 2013 09:57:16 8,125 posts
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    Yeah they will never go out of the house. I can't really listen to music on the move anyway
  • BravoGolf Moderator 17 Feb 2013 10:04:33 12,752 posts
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    I got these headphones for running, only wore them once but so far so positive. Fit comfortably, don't ache after listening for ages. Sound quality is excellent and it purposefully leaves in enough ambient noise to maintain some level of awareness

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ironman-Inspire-Professional-Yurbuds-Headphones/dp/B00A3RW2B0/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1359829003&sr=1-6
  • markyHD 17 Feb 2013 10:14:01 457 posts
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    Got some HD 485's that I've had for nearly 8 years, still going strong and really good. Definitely in the house gear though!
  • mrharvest 17 Feb 2013 12:15:41 5,201 posts
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    I'd also give a vaguely optimistic recommendation for the Grado but more than that I'd recommend that people try out the 'phones for a while before buying. Also the best 'bang for buck' imo goes to the Superlux Chinese knock-off brand that Thomann stocks. They are pretty decent copies of much more expensive AKG, Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic headphones...
  • mur07 17 Feb 2013 13:27:27 121 posts
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    The AKG 450 are under 40 on Amazon UK at the moment...They got "Headphone product of the year 2011" from the usually trustworthy What Hi-Fi? and generally excellent reviews everywhere.

    I think they were listed at launch at 150, and they're possibly the most comfortable headphones I've ever used,. I use Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro's for making music, which are superb sounding but slowly..crush..your..head. The AKG's you wouldn't even know you had them on.

    You can't really go wrong with Grado's, but for the money these are stupidly good.

    Be warned though - after urging my guitar students to buy these for Christmas instead of some 200 Beats bassboxes, out of ten who bought them two sent them back because of faults. They also bleed a lot, so not really suited for those bus/tube journeys.
  • Trane 18 Feb 2013 12:01:18 4,058 posts
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    rtk79 wrote:
    coastal wrote:
    Anyone used the Koss PortaPros? The number of good reviews they get on Amazon is staggering for the price.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Koss-155491-PortaPro-Headphones-semi-open/dp/B00001P4ZH/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=26WV3IU0PMHVY&coliid=I37FVJR0QNHROP
    I've had a pair of these, didn't care for them at all : very flabby bass is their defining feature. Broke within a year of normal use as well. Best keep your money for something else.
    Love mine, had them for around 3 years now and they are fantastic quality for the price. If yours broke of normal use - why not take advantage of the LIFETIME warranty that they ship with? Odd. They are perfect for my short stroll to/from work.
  • MadCaddy13 18 Feb 2013 12:20:58 2,039 posts
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    Can anyone recommend the HD 449s? They are 70 on amazon - hovering on the buy button.
  • beastmaster 18 Feb 2013 12:21:50 11,807 posts
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    Maturin wrote:
    superdelphinus wrote:
    Going to order the grado ones. Will be interesting to see how loud they are to other people!
    You're always going to get leakage from open-backed phones. So they aren't perhaps the best for public transport, also they don't block outside sound coming in.

    But for pure listening pleasure in the right environment the Grado SR80i really are brilliant. Love mine.
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  • tincanrocket 18 Feb 2013 12:24:25 3,029 posts
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    Cheap and cheerful (17 quid), but surprisingly good:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monoprice-Premium-Hi-Fi-Style-Headphone/dp/B007SP2CO2/

    Oh yeah, and these bad boys for less than 5 are very decent in-ear phones:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monoprice-Enhanced-Hi-Fi-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B007VEQ2UU/

    Seriously, for less than 25 you will have a very good pair of home headphones, and a very good pair for out on the move. Decent build quality on both as well.

    Edited by tincanrocket at 12:28:45 18-02-2013
  • MadCaddy13 18 Feb 2013 22:52:24 2,039 posts
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    I've just lumped for the HD 518s. I must NOT inform my girlfriend!!
  • FuzzyDuck 18 Feb 2013 23:52:27 4,725 posts
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    @MadCaddy13

    Nice! They're a great shout for sheer comfort.
  • rtk79 19 Feb 2013 00:10:02 496 posts
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    Trane wrote:
    rtk79 wrote:
    coastal wrote:
    Anyone used the Koss PortaPros? The number of good reviews they get on Amazon is staggering for the price.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Koss-155491-PortaPro-Headphones-semi-open/dp/B00001P4ZH/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=26WV3IU0PMHVY&coliid=I37FVJR0QNHROP
    I've had a pair of these, didn't care for them at all : very flabby bass is their defining feature. Broke within a year of normal use as well. Best keep your money for something else.
    Love mine, had them for around 3 years now and they are fantastic quality for the price. If yours broke of normal use - why not take advantage of the LIFETIME warranty that they ship with? Odd. They are perfect for my short stroll to/from work.
    The lifetime warranty does not apply to all retailers (or did not, way back then ?). Amazon in particular (in my country, at least). Hence perhaps their low price there. I wouldn't have kept them much longer anyway, as their sound wasn't to my liking, or fitting to my tastes in music.

    Edited by rtk79 at 13:02:10 19-02-2013
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