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Topic # 101280 28-Apr-2012 01:07 Send private message

I want a pair of headphones (full over the head style) I am not an audiophile and any sort of headphone will sound better than standard ipod earphones. For a start you can cross out the cheap ones which are built so they are prone to breaking and have rubbish padding on the ear muffs which will wear through / deteriorate in a month or so. Ideally looking around the $50 mark. 

Been looking at sennheiser / sony / panasonic 

Wanting recommendations, what ones are good what ones aren't, what would you recommend?  

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  Reply # 616383 28-Apr-2012 04:50 Send private message

Phillips, in terms of cheap headphones Phillips are leagues above the rest.

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=97268

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=258028

Both you can get from DSE and both are a absolute steal. If you dont believe me just do a google, that second link comapres to $300 headphones (though not as robust, but good for the price).

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  Reply # 616475 28-Apr-2012 10:27 Send private message

I love my foldable sennheisers. I do take care of them and always keep them in the case. They make my bus commute a pleasure

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  Reply # 616497 28-Apr-2012 11:26 Send private message





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  Reply # 616624 28-Apr-2012 16:41 Send private message

ArcticSilver: Phillips, in terms of cheap headphones Phillips are leagues above the rest.

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=97268

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=258028

Both you can get from DSE and both are a absolute steal. If you dont believe me just do a google, that second link comapres to $300 headphones (though not as robust, but good for the price).


interesting thanks, I had not ruled out philips at all. Open to more opinions keep them coming, post links pictures stories anything 

I am not looking for foldable ones. I will use them only at home for ipod / computer so i can hear sounds in music you can't hear with standard ear buds

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  Reply # 616639 28-Apr-2012 17:06 Send private message

I would encourage you to stretch your budget nearer to the $200 mark, but regardless of price point I strongly recommend Sennheiser.

Within your budget you should avoid noise cancelling headphones as you'll have to make significant compromises with these if you're spending any less than $300.



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  Reply # 616712 28-Apr-2012 18:59 Send private message

yea im not worried if they are noise cancelling or not as i am not using them around much noise.

I want to stick with my budget too ideally around $50 but can stretch that up to $100 if i am getting good bang for my buck. I was initially going to just get a pair for around $20 but figured i might as well get something a bit better.

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  Reply # 616730 28-Apr-2012 19:32 Send private message

howabout sennheiser hd280 pro? not quite under $100 but what do you guys think - is it better than the others you've mentioned?



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  Reply # 617181 29-Apr-2012 23:51 Send private message

I was looking at these initially

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  Reply # 617878 1-May-2012 12:39 Send private message

Koss PortaPro.

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Seriously, they walk all over anything else in your price bracket.




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  Reply # 617888 1-May-2012 12:56 Send private message

+1 on the PortaPros, which have a personal recommendation from Supercurio.




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  Reply # 617891 1-May-2012 12:59 Send private message

$50 is very much entry level. Check out my headphone reviews website, try the wizard to help choose things and set your budget (in USD), then read the reviews.




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  Reply # 617895 1-May-2012 13:15 Send private message

timmmay: $50 is very much entry level. Check out my headphone reviews website, try the wizard to help choose things and set your budget (in USD), then read the reviews.


Thanks for the link.

Wish there was an option to select units with a built in Mic to use with a phone.




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  Reply # 617903 1-May-2012 13:25 Send private message

openmedia:
timmmay: $50 is very much entry level. Check out my headphone reviews website, try the wizard to help choose things and set your budget (in USD), then read the reviews.


Thanks for the link.

Wish there was an option to select units with a built in Mic to use with a phone.


I'm redeveloping the site once I get through my busy summer period, I'll add that to the list thanks :) Other ideas on how the site could be better would be appreciated.

In general sound quality and a built in microphone seem to be mutually exclusive, in my experience, though it's not a hard and fast rule.




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  Reply # 617917 1-May-2012 13:49 Send private message

qwerty7: I want a pair of headphones (full over the head style) I am not an audiophile and any sort of headphone will sound better than standard ipod earphones. For a start you can cross out the cheap ones which are built so they are prone to breaking and have rubbish padding on the ear muffs which will wear through / deteriorate in a month or so. Ideally looking around the $50 mark. 

Been looking at sennheiser / sony / panasonic 

Wanting recommendations, what ones are good what ones aren't, what would you recommend?  


Can you pop into a JB Hi Fi?

They have a Headphone wall where you can try them all out. Take in your music and have a listen.



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  Reply # 618025 1-May-2012 19:03 Send private message

Just been having a googlethon. I know if i spent more i could get better but i really want to stick to my budget for now. 

Philips shp-2000 $16

Panasonic rp-ht160e-k / rp-ht161 about $25 don't know the difference between the two models look the same and the same price

Sennheiser hd 201 $39.99

Sony mdr xd 100 $49

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