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  • mal 19 Feb 2013 00:28:20 22,830 posts
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    There's far too many types of headphones and earphones these days. Over ear, on ear, in ear, in inner ear, with headband, without, with sort of weird round-the-ear things. Makes it a bugger when searching for things to buy on the internet. I can't take the in-inner-ear sort, yet I've not yet found a keyword to exclude those from the other sort of headphones.

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  • RobTheBuilder 19 Feb 2013 00:45:06 6,521 posts
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    Why not? Took me a day or two to adjust and the sound is SO much better than other earphones.
  • mal 19 Feb 2013 00:59:55 22,830 posts
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    I can't take them, in that they don't fit in my ears. Dunno why, didn't think I had odd ears.

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  • RobTheBuilder 19 Feb 2013 01:01:24 6,521 posts
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    Hmm. Mine came with three sets and two of the three worked fine. The double fin ones didn't though.
    Still worth it. For 55 quid the sound is fantastic. (Klipsche S4)
  • RobTheBuilder 19 Feb 2013 01:02:00 6,521 posts
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    If you don't mind huge headphones then I absolutely 100% recommend the MAudio Q40. It's currently blasting my ear off with bass.
  • FuzzyDuck 19 Feb 2013 01:11:28 4,887 posts
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    mal wrote:
    I can't take them, in that they don't fit in my ears. Dunno why, didn't think I had odd ears.
    Yeah, even with the smallest plugs they absolutely killed my ear canals.

    It's supra-aural for on the move or circumaural at home for me!
  • MadCaddy13 19 Feb 2013 12:18:58 2,058 posts
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    Are headphone amps worth getting?
  • rtk79 19 Feb 2013 13:01:01 496 posts
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    MadCaddy13 wrote:
    Are headphone amps worth getting?
    Depends on your headphones. Depends on your current amp (good speaker amps tend to offer good headphone output). In short : depends. What do you have ?
  • nickthegun 19 Feb 2013 13:04:27 61,298 posts
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    They are if you are listening to a laptop all the time.

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  • rtk79 19 Feb 2013 13:15:18 496 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    They are if you are listening to a laptop all the time.
    Even then I'd say probably not. Better go with an external DAC if your headphone socket is noisy. If you use any of the headphones that have been mentioned here, an amp is more likely to add distortion than anything else.
  • Deleted user 19 February 2013 13:48:55
    My brother has one, but then he also has some serious proper audiophile Swedish brand you've never heard of made by albino orphans in space and requiring a second mortgage on your house to buy type headphones.
  • gamingdave 19 Feb 2013 15:01:59 4,334 posts
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    I have a pair of Seenheiser HD 595s for in the house and they are an absolute delight. Superb sound and very comfortable even for mammoth listening sessions. They do leak a lot though so no good for travelling.

    On the go I use a pair of Etymotic Research HF2 which are very nice IEMs. They developed a fault where the connector joins the control section making the right ear cut out just before they were 2 years old. Sent them back to Etymotic in the states and they sent me a brand new pair. Very impressed. They have a very natural sound and to me are very comfortable but I know some people don't get on with IEMs.
  • b0rk 20 Feb 2013 16:49:10 2,942 posts
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    My HD 205's literally snapped in two after I had the nerve to pick them up. Gonna get AKG K450 now. :(
  • Armoured_Bear 20 Feb 2013 16:56:28 11,890 posts
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    gamingdave wrote:
    I have a pair of Seenheiser HD 595s for in the house and they are an absolute delight. Superb sound and very comfortable even for mammoth listening sessions. They do leak a lot though so no good for travelling.

    On the go I use a pair of Etymotic Research HF2 which are very nice IEMs. They developed a fault where the connector joins the control section making the right ear cut out just before they were 2 years old. Sent them back to Etymotic in the states and they sent me a brand new pair. Very impressed. They have a very natural sound and to me are very comfortable but I know some people don't get on with IEMs.
    I has Etymotic ER$ for years but never found them comfortable, I now have these which are far better.

    For office use, these are outstanding.

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  • THFourteen 20 Feb 2013 17:03:22 34,468 posts
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    They were probably uncomfortable because your ears are shaped like a wiimote.
  • Tomo 22 Feb 2013 20:51:34 13,980 posts
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    Any tips for overear noise cancelling headphones chaps and lasses?
  • mrpon 22 Feb 2013 21:05:17 29,561 posts
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    Do you want to spend £270?

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • THFourteen 22 Feb 2013 21:08:09 34,468 posts
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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0076NA716/ref=asc_df_B0076NA71612057382?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=hydra0b-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B0076NA716&hvpos=1o5&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10072855491274086198&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

    I swear by these.
  • Armoured_Bear 22 Feb 2013 21:17:28 11,890 posts
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    These BOSE ones are good, I'm not usually a fan of them but these do work well. There are some cheaper Audio Technica ones that sound better but have loads of leakage...

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  • nickthegun 22 Feb 2013 21:18:16 61,298 posts
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    B0rked_Gamer wrote:
    My HD 205's literally snapped in two after I had the nerve to pick them up. Gonna get AKG K450 now. :(
    If you havent already bought them the 451 are a lot better than the 450s and worth the extra cash.

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  • superdelphinus 22 Feb 2013 22:57:32 8,126 posts
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    I borrowed some of those noise cancelling headphones for a week (may well have been those Bose ones actually). Freaked me out, never again
  • RobTheBuilder 23 Feb 2013 02:07:47 6,521 posts
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    I've always found if the headset is good enough you don't need noise cancelling.
    At semi-loud volume it's almost impossible to hear anything else over mine.
  • mal 23 Feb 2013 02:31:02 22,830 posts
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    I bought a pair of these in the Black Friday sales last year (and annoyingly, they're now five quid cheaper than what I paid for them).

    In terms of noise cancelling they do nothing to muffle conversation or deep bass, but I used them on a train journey and they did a lot of dull the midrange noise from the train itself, making the journey a lot more peaceful, and leading to me needing to turn the volume up less when listening to music on them (which they handle not too badly).

    Downsides are if you're trying to use them to quieten the kids while you're trying to work, they'll do very little over an average pair of headphones, and they are perhaps the flimsiest bit of consumer electronics I've ever owned.

    Unlike the specs they work fine with the NR turned off, with minimal impact on the audio quality.

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  • b0rk 23 Feb 2013 02:34:57 2,942 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    B0rked_Gamer wrote:
    My HD 205's literally snapped in two after I had the nerve to pick them up. Gonna get AKG K450 now. :(
    If you havent already bought them the 451 are a lot better than the 450s and worth the extra cash.
    Too late the 450s have been ordered. Hey after using Skullcandy Lowrider as a backup these past few days anything else is going to sound ace.
  • Deleted user 23 February 2013 02:38:29
    I'd try a market knock-off first. Surprisingly the new apple in ears are brilliant and tend not to hurt.
  • superdelphinus 23 Feb 2013 17:39:25 8,126 posts
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    Went and bought the sr80is today (thought I'd buy from bricks and mortar, despite it costing me £20 more).

    Outstanding headphones
  • asha 23 Feb 2013 18:00:05 2,009 posts
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    Anyone interested in buying my Sennheiser HD 595's? I've owned them for a few years but barely used them in that time, so they're in excellent condition.

    Not really sure how much to ask for them, make me an offer!
  • b0rk 23 Feb 2013 18:08:47 2,942 posts
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    Woo found an old pair of decent Sony phoneheads.

    /chucks Skullcandy in bin
  • Dirtbox 23 Feb 2013 18:10:12 79,182 posts
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    From shit to shitter.

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  • b0rk 23 Feb 2013 18:13:42 2,942 posts
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    Nope, nothing sounds worse than Skullcandy Lowriders. The shittiest headphones of all time ever.
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