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ILChief
09-29-2012, 02:50 PM
OK, I am tired of the ear buds that come with the iPhone/iPod. Looking for some good over the ear headphones. Not wanting to drop $200+ on Beats by Dre or anything. $50 or less is my price range.

I've looked at the iFrogz Vertex and SkullCandy Hesh 2.0.

Anyone one these or have recommendations on another pair?

L.A. Chieffan
09-29-2012, 03:36 PM
Do you want a mic with it? Do you like Bass?

I got the VModa bass freq earbuds for like $50 for my S3 and it works great.

ILChief
09-29-2012, 03:44 PM
Do you want a mic with it? Do you like Bass?

I got the VModa bass freq earbuds for like $50 for my S3 and it works great.

Mic not necessary. Don't need a ton of bass. I mostly listen to 80s/90s rock

JD10367
09-29-2012, 06:24 PM
Go buy a pair of cheap noise-cancelers. Not only does the battery power cancel noise, it also provides a sound boost.

WhitiE
09-29-2012, 06:46 PM
DRE BEATS!!!!!! not worth the money my brother gave me his pair before going back to Afghanistan

DJJasonp
09-29-2012, 10:01 PM
I bought a pair of in-ear bose for about 80....wasnt worth the money. Returned them and bought a 50-60 dollar sony in-ear.

Couldnt be happier at that price.

And yes, beats by dre suck

KChiefer
09-29-2012, 11:46 PM
Sennheiser is a good brand imo. Check slick deals for a good prices, then check reviews for said model.

Predarat
09-30-2012, 08:16 AM
Get some old school RCA headphones off ebay.

DaveNull
09-30-2012, 03:15 PM
If you can stretch your budget a little bit, I recommend these Shure headphones (http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH440-Professional-Studio-Headphones/dp/B002DP1FTU). Really durable and they sound great.

jd1020
09-30-2012, 03:19 PM
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO.

A bit above your price range but if you can stretch your budget a bit you might be able to score a pair for ~$75 if you look around.

qabbaan
09-30-2012, 03:21 PM
Any cheap noise cancelers sound fine and are an improvement over pack-in phones

Bewbies
09-30-2012, 10:51 PM
Look on Amazon. Lots of highly highly reviewed out there for way less than $50.

Aspengc8
10-01-2012, 06:25 AM
Why do Beats suck? Had my solo HD's for a year now, use them every day at work & at the gym. Best $150 i ever spent.

loochy
10-01-2012, 08:04 AM
I'm looking for the best noise reduction. Sound quality doesn't matter much to me (within reason) but I want to block out all outside noise. And no, I don't want a mic. What would be a good choice?

patteeu
10-01-2012, 10:41 AM
If your problem with the standard earbuds is comfort, you may not need to go all the way to over-ear headphones for relief. I use some inexpensive JVC earbuds with marshmallow soft earpieces (http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones/jvc-marshmallow-red/4505-7877_7-33705422.html) that produce decent sound and are very comfortable even after long periods. I even sleep with mine in sometimes, which is something I never could have done with Apple's standard issue buds. They do a pretty good job of blocking out external sound too. Best of all, they're only $10-15 or so (even cheaper for some colors). Search for "JVC Marshmallow" on amazon.com or click on the picture below for a black pair that's selling for $10.70.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21cfW9tQogL._SL500_AA300_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HA-FX35-B-Marshmallow-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B0036RDVRI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349109559&sr=8-1&keywords=jvc+marshmallow)

If you have other reasons for wanting over-ear headphones (super audiophile, ears get cold, etc.), sorry for wasting your time.

ILChief
10-01-2012, 01:52 PM
Why do Beats suck? Had my solo HD's for a year now, use them every day at work & at the gym. Best $150 i ever spent.

I don't think they suck. I think you're paying alot for the brand and fashion statement

Papi
10-01-2012, 02:43 PM
I don't think they suck. I think you're paying alot for the brand and fashion statement

This, crazy markup. Anytime I see someone with them on I immediately know one thing about them: sucker.

Papi
10-01-2012, 02:46 PM
I'm partial to Sennheiser and Pioneer. For your purposes a pair of lower end Sennheiser will sound amazing and be near your $ range. Someone already said the HD280 Pro. Do yourself a favor and grab those. :thumb:

QuikSsurfer
10-01-2012, 02:59 PM
Sennheiser CX 475 in-ear --- love them

DaveNull
10-01-2012, 03:14 PM
Those JVCs might not be too bad. I had a pair like that from Koss a while back that were similar. You couldn't hear *anything* and they sounded pretty good. A little too much on the bass (just like everything from Koss) but overall good for the price.

The big thing is to understand your needs. If you want something that's going to be used for running, then big over the ear's probably aren't the way to go. Stability is as important as anything else in that situation. I also wouldn't run with those marshmallow earbuds because you might not hear cars around you.

If you're going to be wearing them for hours at a time, spend a little money and get something that's going to be comfortable. Same thing for the sound. If they sound like ass, then you won't actually end up using them as much.

Oh, and for sound quality once you get a pair of good headphones you'll quickly see that it does matter as you start pulling out old albums to listen to again. The Beatles albums in particular are almost like new if you have the remasters and some half way decent speakers or headphones.

Buehler445
10-01-2012, 03:29 PM
If your problem with the standard earbuds is comfort, you may not need to go all the way to over-ear headphones for relief. I use some inexpensive JVC earbuds with marshmallow soft earpieces (http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones/jvc-marshmallow-red/4505-7877_7-33705422.html) that produce decent sound and are very comfortable even after long periods. I even sleep with mine in sometimes, which is something I never could have done with Apple's standard issue buds. They do a pretty good job of blocking out external sound too. Best of all, they're only $10-15 or so (even cheaper for some colors). Search for "JVC Marshmallow" on amazon.com or click on the picture below for a black pair that's selling for $10.70.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21cfW9tQogL._SL500_AA300_.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HA-FX35-B-Marshmallow-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B0036RDVRI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349109559&sr=8-1&keywords=jvc+marshmallow)

If you have other reasons for wanting over-ear headphones (super audiophile, ears get cold, etc.), sorry for wasting your time.

I bought a pair of V-Moda from Radio Shack. Dude said it would do pretty well about keeping noise out. I thought BS, but they've got this rubber seal that seals to your ears and actually does a fair job. Nowhere near the battery powered noise reducers though.

But the sound is excellent for in ear jobs, they have all metal plugs and speaker housings along with quality materials, and they were in the $60 range. I couldn't be happier with them.

I looked for them on V-Moda's website and couldn't find them. But you might try there. I really like them.

T-Town
10-01-2012, 03:31 PM
I got my Sennheiser HD 202 Headphones off Amazon and love them! $25.00

Molitoth
10-01-2012, 04:59 PM
Go with Sennheiser's, which is a TRUE professional brand, and not just a marketing gimmick (like BEATS).

Bwana
10-01-2012, 05:44 PM
I have a pair of Denon noise-cancelers that are life savers on flights.

Aspengc8
10-02-2012, 06:59 AM
Go with Sennheiser's, which is a TRUE professional brand, and not just a marketing gimmick (like BEATS).

I went with the Beats Solo HD, and don't regret it. I'm sure most of the price is for the name, but vs the other $150 headphones that were on display, the bass sounded by far the best on them. Don't remember the other brands but the prices were all around the same.

Had them for over a year and use them daily in the gym & during football warm-ups. Dropped them a hundred times and still good to go.

Are there better headphones for that price? Sure.
Do they sound good? Hell yeah.. especially if you like bass.

Molitoth
10-02-2012, 01:59 PM
I went with the Beats Solo HD, and don't regret it. I'm sure most of the price is for the name, but vs the other $150 headphones that were on display, the bass sounded by far the best on them. Don't remember the other brands but the prices were all around the same.

Had them for over a year and use them daily in the gym & during football warm-ups. Dropped them a hundred times and still good to go.

Are there better headphones for that price? Sure.
Do they sound good? Hell yeah.. especially if you like bass.

Sorry, after re-reading my comment I did seem a bit harsh.
I like Beats Audio quality and I shouldn't have knocked them, but I really do prefer other brands for the price (Same with Bose). There is a significant markup on Beats audio right now due to the popularity like someone else mentioned.

Audio Technica and Sennheiser both make fantastic headphones that can be found online for cheaper.

Aspengc8
10-02-2012, 02:10 PM
Anyone have experience with ear-buds made specifically for running/activity so they dont fall out, but offer high end audio quality & bass? Budget is $150-200.

Molitoth
10-02-2012, 06:07 PM
Anyone have experience with ear-buds made specifically for running/activity so they dont fall out, but offer high end audio quality & bass? Budget is $150-200.

I would check to see what Shure has out.

jd1020
10-02-2012, 07:14 PM
For in-ear headphones I use Klipsch s4's. They'll run you about $70-80. They have a pretty thin wire and some people complain about it breaking but I haven't had a problem with it. The only time it broke was when I left it out and my cat thought it was a toy. I love'em. The sound is pretty awesome and its constantly compared to the quality of headphones that run you $200+. I personally can't verify that since I'm not stupid enough to spend that kind of money on headphones.

aturnis
10-02-2012, 09:09 PM
How about in ear "earbuds" with a cloth/fabric covered cord? Preferably decent sound, not picky. For my fiance who mostly listens to audio books. Maybe under $30? Sick of buying cheap sets over and over. The cloth seems to extend the life considerably.

Buehler445
10-02-2012, 10:15 PM
How about in ear "earbuds" with a cloth/fabric covered cord? Preferably decent sound, not picky. For my fiance who mostly listens to audio books. Maybe under $30? Sick of buying cheap sets over and over. The cloth seems to extend the life considerably.

Check out the Vmoda ones at Radio Shack. I love them. I've abused them some and they do really well.

patteeu
10-03-2012, 07:46 AM
How about in ear "earbuds" with a cloth/fabric covered cord? Preferably decent sound, not picky. For my fiance who mostly listens to audio books. Maybe under $30? Sick of buying cheap sets over and over. The cloth seems to extend the life considerably.

What do you mean by "extend the life"? What's happening to the ones you've had?

aturnis
10-03-2012, 08:42 AM
What do you mean by "extend the life"? What's happening to the ones you've had?

Cord wears out. Either at the ear piece, or the jack.

Buehler445
10-03-2012, 09:01 AM
Cord wears out. Either at the ear piece, or the jack.

Honestly, I'd go to Radio Shack and tell them. They offered to sell me warranty with those VModa ones for pretty cheap. I declined, but I really like the headphones and got pretty decent service. With the warranty, it sounds like what you need.

I'm sure other electronics stores can do the same things, but I got good service from Radio Shack, so I'll plug them.

Micjones
10-03-2012, 09:16 AM
Sony MDR-V150's. You can get a pair for about $25.
I've owned a half-dozen of these over the years.
They sound great, but they need to be carefully handled.
Every pair I've owned has broken the exact same way.
They have improved the durability of the design over the years, but you can't just toss these around.

Or...JVC HARX300's. Those go for a shade under $20.

I buy headphones on a regular basis from Burlington Coat Factory.
You won't find recognizable brand names there, but you can get a quality sound for a cheap price.
I routinely buy headphones and earbuds there for $10 or less.
Just bought a pair of "over the ear" iVibes that I love. Great mid-range and low end.
They leave a little to be desired up top, but again they only cost $11.

htismaqe
10-03-2012, 04:03 PM
I have these:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41HiIc4KzZL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Skullcandy Agent.

They are awesome. I wear them to mow and they're perfect for drowning out the mower.

Urc Burry
10-03-2012, 04:14 PM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Earbud+Headphones+-+Blue/2204132.p?id=1218314733609&skuId=2204132&st=Sony%20earbud&cp=1&lp=6

I've boughten these 3 separate times enforce finally getting the insurance beat buy offers.. The headphone jack always ends up coming apart, but for the 5 or so bucks the insurance that lasts 2 years I'm not complaining. These are the best sounding for the price I've experienced

DaveNull
10-03-2012, 05:23 PM
<blockquote>I buy headphones on a regular basis from Burlington Coat Factory.
You won't find recognizable brand names there, but you can get a quality sound for a cheap price. </blockquote>

At some point won't you end up buying enough to equal one pair of sturdy high quality headphones? I mean...listen to Paradise City on a good pair of headphones once and you'll hear things you never could before.

DBOSHO
10-03-2012, 06:54 PM
I have skullcandy titans. Theyre earbuds.

Usually ill have a pair of headphones for about a month before they crap out but ive had these for about 4 or 5 months and theyre still going strong (knock on wood)

Micjones
10-04-2012, 10:18 AM
<blockquote>I buy headphones on a regular basis from Burlington Coat Factory.
You won't find recognizable brand names there, but you can get a quality sound for a cheap price. </blockquote>

At some point won't you end up buying enough to equal one pair of sturdy high quality headphones? I mean...listen to Paradise City on a good pair of headphones once and you'll hear things you never could before.

I misspoke. I probably only buy a pair of headphones once every 6 months.
I might spend $30 annually on headphones.

I currently have three pair of 'over the ear' headphones:
1. A pair of Sony MDR-V150's (held together with duct tape)
2. A pair of Skullcandy SCS-SCBP3.5's (which I hate...they require batteries for the subwoofer action)
3. A new pair of iVibe I-V110's (the high end is average, but the mid-range and low-end are excellent)

The iVibe's ran me $10 at BCF.

The iVibe's were the last headphones I purchased.
The Skullcandy headphones were a gift.
The Sony MDR-V150's I've probably had for about a year now.
I've spent maybe $36 on headphones the past 12-15 months.

I have picked up a few pairs of earbuds though (for the gym). The iWorld earbuds (modeled after the Beats By Dre earbuds) are amazing. They fit comfortably and have excellent sound quality. I messed them up during a workout though.

The iWorld earbuds were also $10 at BCF.

If you want good quality for a low price, that's the way to go.
You can also find quality OTE headphones at Big Lot's.
Online? Try Amazon.

AussieChiefsFan
10-05-2012, 07:45 AM
Sennheiser HD 201 headphones are really great for their low price (I got mine for $21). I use them on my desktop PC. The cord is 3m long which is great for having it connected to the back of my PC and going around my desk which the PC is in. Might be a but inconvenient to take places without a cord length reducer thing. But overall great headphones for the quality and price, definitely worth it!

Can't post pics yet so here's the link to a photo of the headphones: img.diytrade.com/cdimg/1150214/12582838/0/1271917987/Economy_Sennheiser_HD201_hot_paypal.jpg

htismaqe
10-05-2012, 07:56 AM
I misspoke. I probably only buy a pair of headphones once every 6 months.
I might spend $30 annually on headphones.

I spent $55 on mine and have had them a bit over 2 years.

Seems to me you could save some money by buying higher-quality gear. :D

Molitoth
10-05-2012, 07:57 AM
I use the Sennheiser HD202's for my guys recording in my home studio. They are cheap to replace if they get broken and a great bang for the buck.

I personally use Audio-Technica's ATH-M40fs in my studio... but they are more of a flat response for mixing purposes.

http://ak.buy.com/PI/0/300/203325391.jpg

patteeu
10-05-2012, 09:20 AM
Sennheiser HD 201 headphones are really great for their low price (I got mine for $21). I use them on my desktop PC. The cord is 3m long which is great for having it connected to the back of my PC and going around my desk which the PC is in. Might be a but inconvenient to take places without a cord length reducer thing. But overall great headphones for the quality and price, definitely worth it!

Can't post pics yet so here's the link to a photo of the headphones: img.diytrade.com/cdimg/1150214/12582838/0/1271917987/Economy_Sennheiser_HD201_hot_paypal.jpg

I use one of these inexpensive Radio Shack switches for switching between headphones and normal speakers on my PC. The switch has a long enough cable to go behind my desk and to the back of the PC and I just plug my headphones into the switch that sits on top of my desk.

http://daxxtech.tripod.com/articles/hpsw/hpsw2.jpg

Micjones
10-05-2012, 02:21 PM
I spent $55 on mine and have had them a bit over 2 years.

Seems to me you could save some money by buying higher-quality gear. :D

I think there are several other variables to consider.
What are they being used for?
How often are they being used?
How are they being stored?...

Headphones break. Cheap headphones break. Expensive headphones break.
I'm a heavy-user and I tend to be hard on mine anyway.

So I'm not sure spending more money would do me any justice.
I'd NEVER pay $50 or more for headphones unless I was using them for mixing purposes. For casual usage (listening to music), I'll always run with headphones under $25. And I think I showed you my watering holes for buying them cheap, you'd see why. For the buck, you just can't beat the headphones I come by. Quality, look, durability. I'd wager half my paycheck on that.

I do want a pair of Beats though. Just can't bring myself to spend that much right now.

htismaqe
10-05-2012, 02:54 PM
I think there are several other variables to consider.
What are they being used for?
How often are they being used?
How are they being stored?...

Headphones break. Cheap headphones break. Expensive headphones break.
I'm a heavy-user and I tend to be hard on mine anyway.

So I'm not sure spending more money would do me any justice.
I'd NEVER pay $50 or more for headphones unless I was using them for mixing purposes. For casual usage (listening to music), I'll always run with headphones under $25. And I think I showed you my watering holes for buying them cheap, you'd see why. For the buck, you just can't beat the headphones I come by. Quality, look, durability. I'd wager half my paycheck on that.

I do want a pair of Beats though. Just can't bring myself to spend that much right now.

I wear mine anywhere from 4-6 hours a day but most of that is sitting at my desk. When I'm not wearing them, the cord is wrapped around them and they're sitting on my desk in pile of other shit, sometimes with stuff stacked on top of them.

I also wear them when I work outside and mow. I can't tell you how many times I've snagged the cord and violently yanked them off of my head, unplugged them from the MP3 player, or both.

Mine have had the shit beat out of them and they work like new.

BigMeatballDave
10-05-2012, 09:59 PM
I have these, they came with my phone.

Sound pretty good for free. http://shimshop.net/samsung/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-2-i9100/samsung-galaxy-s2-s-ii-2-i9100-case-cover-cases-covers-gel-silicone-hard-genuine-leather-pouch-sleeve-new-hot-case-cover-cases-covers-casing-casings-accessory-accessories-stereo-headset-02.jpg