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Topic # 161887 22-Jan-2015 14:08
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Looking for some cheap headphones to take on plane (something better than economy ones air nz provide). Under $50.

Been looking at Senhessier HD201 $44 at PB Tech, any other contenders ?

Happy to buy secondhand off TradeMe as well.

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  Reply # 1220131 22-Jan-2015 14:39
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Yep, the 201 are good, cheap, headphones.

I doubt you will find anything better at the price tbh.  Word of warning though, try some on and make sure they don't press on your ears, I had a similar but older model and they hurt my ears after more than an hour of wearing them.  If you can stretch a bit, check out the HD219 as well they are a bit smaller and sit on the ear, maybe more comfortable.



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  Reply # 1223109 27-Jan-2015 11:46
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ubergeeknz: Yep, the 201 are good, cheap, headphones.

I doubt you will find anything better at the price tbh.  Word of warning though, try some on and make sure they don't press on your ears, I had a similar but older model and they hurt my ears after more than an hour of wearing them.  If you can stretch a bit, check out the HD219 as well they are a bit smaller and sit on the ear, maybe more comfortable.


Yeah figured the HD201 were the best based on many reviews, $44 at PB Tech. Almost got a pair but saw some Panasonic DJ style ones at Harvey Norman for $14 on clearance (Normally $49,95) which I couldn't resist at that price.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1223174 27-Jan-2015 12:41
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HD201s are cheap and cheerful but are on-ear, not over. Had to stop using them as LANs as my ears HURT. If they don't hurt when on they will do the job.

HD280s are awesome, over ear, decent isolation but are out of your price range (I got mine on special for $120).

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  Reply # 1223203 27-Jan-2015 13:13
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wasabi2k: 
HD280s are awesome, over ear, decent isolation but are out of your price range (I got mine on special for $120).


Added benefit of the HD280 is that they block out a lot of sound, which is always nice on an airplane. :)




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  Reply # 1223224 27-Jan-2015 13:27
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The trouble with over ear headphones is that you then have to make room in your carry on bag, and then carry them around when you get to your destination.  I much prefer ear buds for flights.  They are usually way more comfortable than over ear headphones, and they block more outside noise.  I actually prefer the sound from the ones I now use as well.

Don't forget to get a four pole jack version if using for iPhone/iPod etc.   I listen to audio books almost constantly, and have bought a lot of ear buds over the years.  Sometimes from breaking then after catching the cable, and before the four pole options came along, they would stop working on one channel after a while.  I liked the Sony iPhone buds, and have bought two of those (broken cables), but now have Sennheiser MM30i which have lasted me a couple of years so far (by far the longest I've managed).  They are super comfortable, and sound great, and I love being able to stop/start, and adjust volume from the control on the cable.

I do own a cheap noise cancelling over ear, but I _always_ use the Sennies for flying now.




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  Reply # 1223308 27-Jan-2015 14:27
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I prefer IEM's for flights. They block sound quite nicely and is less bulky then the cans

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  Reply # 1223326 27-Jan-2015 14:46
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wasabi2k: 
HD280s are awesome, over ear, decent isolation but are out of your price range (I got mine on special for $120).


Added benefit of the HD280 is that they block out a lot of sound, which is always nice on an airplane. :)


... decent isolation.... ?


or does that not mean what I think it does?

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  Reply # 1223554 27-Jan-2015 20:33
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the 4 pole adaptor is only needed on the older planes. But it only gets you to listen to the stuff on the plane which IME is not worth it.

When I used a hacked up USB cable to make the tablet think it was a charger, the USB socket on the new air nz plane was able to keep my note from discharging while I was using it. 12" tablet >> tiny IFE screen.




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