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I need new Headphones

Postby BasharOfTheAges » Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:27 pm

A couple of days ago the in-ear headphones that came with my Dell DJ got tired of being pulled around and one of the channels finally gave out. I need recomendations on a replacement pair of either in ear or small on ear headphones so I can keep listening to music at work, when I walk, etc.

Now, I have a decent pair of editing headphones, a headset for Vent and whatnot, but nothing to replace the broken ones (that would be appropriate for wearing outside and to work) except an old piece of shit $5 pair from the 90s with no low tones, tinny sound, and terribly quiet output - they're so bad i've decided to go without until i can get a decent replacement pair.

I really don't want to pay an arm and a leg, but i know the quality you get when you buy the bargin pairs. Any reccomendations?
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Postby Scintilla » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:41 pm

If you don't mind behind-the-neck-style headphones, I'd suggest <a href="http://www.consumer.philips.com/consumer/catalog/tree/en/us/consumer/portable_entertainment_gr_us_consumer/ca00301_ca_us_consumer/ce/_productId_SHS3910_27_US_CONSUMER/Neckband_Headphones+SHS3910_27?proxybuster=GXJW1PQRTJWHPJ0RMRESHQVHKFSEKI5P">these</a> from Philips.

They have the best bass of any lightweight headphones I can remember ever using, but unfortunately, I had to return them because the neckband style just wasn't working for me... I couldn't put my head back against my desk chair, plus they hurt the tops of my ears from resting on them. And unfortunately, I didn't see a normal over-the-top-style version.
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Postby BasharOfTheAges » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:02 pm

I'll check them out. The behind the neck ones do tend to make my ears a bit sore with my glasses and all, but they might be worth it if they sound good.
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:20 pm

Sennheiser PX100

/end thread :o

Seriously though, my brother (a certified audiophile) has a pair of these; they don't look like much but the sound quality on them is really amazing for something that size. They're rather small/light and foldable too. You can usually find them for around $70.
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:50 pm

Otohiko wrote:Sennheiser PX100

/end thread :o


Actually, one qualification after consulting my brother - he says these aren't "street" headphones and wouldn't be too great in noisy environments due to lack of sound isolation. Sennheiser do have similarly-sized and -priced 'street' sets though, too...
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Postby ngsilver » Sun Jul 15, 2007 5:04 pm

Actually, I've never had a problem with the Sony wrap around the ear style headphones. They emulate the sound quite well while also not annoying people around you, and above all you can still hear things happening around you if you need to. I used them when I worked in food service and had no problems hearing orders over the grill and vent, but could still rock out.

The only problem is if your ears can actually handle it. Though I find them more comfortable then the old earbud style that let no air inside your ear. Their fairly cheap too, I got mine for 10 bucks and I've had them for a good 5 years now, no problems.
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Postby guy07 » Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:24 pm

I have a pair of sonys, only cost 10 bucks, decent quality. Forget the model name/number, they r black and can be found at music world (but i'm not sure if they have that store in America so you can get them at wall-mart too).
Won't cut it if you are a audiophile though. Cheap Though.
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Postby NeoQuixotic » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:04 pm

I also have a behind-the-neck pair of Sonys (MDR-G42) that I've had for about 2 years and I think they sound pretty good. I'd just buy some and return them if you don't like them. Of course this depends on the return policy from whatever store. However, I've bought several headphones from Best Buy and CompUSA and returned them with my reason being they sucked.
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Postby BasharOfTheAges » Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:53 pm

Ended up getting pressured by friends into getting Philips SHE9500 in-ear ones. They sound pretty damn good, but I just found out I could have gotten them from Amazon for half the price (including shipping) that I paid at Best Buy. :?
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Postby requiett » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:00 pm

BasharOfTheAges wrote:Philips SHE9500

I'll vouch for those. I've had several different Philips in-ear models, and these are fucking awesome for the cost. I actually got mine at WalMart [Yeah yeah, I know =\ ] for $14.99.
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Postby BasharOfTheAges » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:25 pm

$14.99? Wow - i really fucking hate best buy. $35
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Postby Orwell » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:46 pm

BasharOfTheAges wrote:$14.99? Wow - i really fucking hate best buy. $35


You realize that's how they give their employee's discounts right? They charge them normal prices, and the customer get it's in the ass. If the customer buys it, great, but when you go to get hired there, they check your interests, see if you might buy directly from them.

Or so I've been told.
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Postby NeoQuixotic » Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:22 am

Orwell wrote:You realize that's how they give their employee's discounts right? They charge them normal prices, and the customer get it's in the ass. If the customer buys it, great, but when you go to get hired there, they check your interests, see if you might buy directly from them.

Or so I've been told.

I've worked for Best Buy. Employees get items at cost+5%. I always laughed that a 6 foot USB cable is sold for $32 and employee cost was like $1.80. That's nearly 1000% markup :shock:! Of course there isn't that much margin on everything. Believe it or not, but computers generally only have about a $40-$80 margin. And if they are on sale (i.e. instant rebate), the company loses money. That's why electronic retailers are always pushing their warranties and service plans, so they can make up the difference.
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Postby godix » Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:55 am

anubisx00 wrote:
Orwell wrote:You realize that's how they give their employee's discounts right? They charge them normal prices, and the customer get it's in the ass. If the customer buys it, great, but when you go to get hired there, they check your interests, see if you might buy directly from them.

Or so I've been told.

I've worked for Best Buy. Employees get items at cost+5%. I always laughed that a 6 foot USB cable is sold for $32 and employee cost was like $1.80. That's nearly 1000% markup :shock:! Of course there isn't that much margin on everything. Believe it or not, but computers generally only have about a $40-$80 margin. And if they are on sale (i.e. instant rebate), the company loses money. That's why electronic retailers are always pushing their warranties and service plans, so they can make up the difference.

As a general rule large electronics in big box stores are usually right around cost. The accessories are where you get fucked. True of computers and the TV dept usually (although TV's have more markup but still it isn't much). So go buy your accessories from a small mom and pop shop that is happy as fuck to sell a USB cable for $8 and make 4 times what it's worth, it's far far cheaper than the big box stores.

Bonus tip: You know those monster component cables with gold tips that sell for $80 to $150? Ignore them. Get a cheap ass couple dollar composite cable instead. You won't see a difference.
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Postby BasharOfTheAges » Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:34 am

godix wrote:Bonus tip: You know those monster component cables with gold tips that sell for $80 to $150? Ignore them. Get a cheap ass couple dollar composite cable instead. You won't see a difference.


I like how places like circuit city and CompUSA (or at least the ones around my area) won't even sell reasonably priced cabling - it's the expensive shit or go elsewhere. You can get a lot of that crap on Ebay for pennies from hong kong.
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