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Your thoughts on high quality headphones?
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Posted 6/29/14
Alright, so I got a pair of $90 headphones recently. While I was researching what headphones to get, my suspicions were pretty much confirmed that Beats are crap and Bose is overpriced. Beats look good and Bose has been around forever. So it makes me wonder...

Have you bought expensive headphones before? Are you an "audiophile?" Why did you buy your headphones? Do you like or dislike Beats/Skullcandy, etc...

I've got some Sony MDR-V6's on the way, so I'll tell you how they sound when they get here.
Posted 6/29/14 , edited 6/29/14
I got a $400 bose headphones. and it's totally worth it... in my non-humble opinion.

ultra clarity, I can hear stuff I can't hear on cheap ones.

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I have bought a lot of headphones in my life... the cheap ones have a fuzzy/cloudy sound... especially ones that are noise-cancelling.

I invested in the $400 bose noise-cancelling one and it's so clear... and also block low-level noise. And I needed to block environmental noise when i'm travelling somewhere... I even wear it when i'm shopping for clothes... as I don't like listening to the music they play in the background.
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Posted 6/29/14
Beats cost roughly $14 to actually make which is laughable considering their retail price. As for headphones, I don't tend to use them due to fraying and easy breakage (past experiences) and I don't have much extra money to contribute to those kinds of things. Of headsets that I still own or have tried out in the past, I find Turtle Beach, Logitech and Razer headphones to be the brands that I've had the best experience with. Then again, Turtle Beach and Razer are gaming orientated brands, and Logitech has certain products orientated to gaming but also otherwise. Given that, I'd suggest checking out Logitech and Sony (you've already got some on the way, so that's great!).
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I have some decent Sennheisers. I can't afford super expensive headphones, but I got the best pair I could within my range.

It really matters, especially if you're doing any sort of recording.
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Posted 6/29/14
These big brands like Beats are overpriced imo. They are not that bad but no where near the best. I have always had skullcandy headphones. They are not the best either but they are not the worst. Pretty good bass and clear sound, also they look damn awesome and are mega comfy. I would never spend hundreds of £ as it's not something I could justify But I guess the more you spend on a quality brand (Not Beats lol) the better sound you will get.

Also it depends what you want them for. I just use mine for anime on here, so Skullcandy suits me pretty well
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Posted 6/29/14
nah my $10 ones are the best ones i've had -- i've had "high quality" ones before and ended up returning them. My current ones do everything they need -- drown out the outside noise and give a good bass.
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Beats aren't bad if you go for the higher end models. I had a pair of Executives that were pretty nice but I ended up giving them to my cousin for his birthday. Right now I use Sony MDR7510s that i bought for 130$ and I am extremely impressed with its performance. This is one of the few headphones I found that had 50mm sound drivers under the 150$ benchmark. The bass is phenomenal and the headphones offer excellent noise cancelling even though it is not listed as one of its features. My dad prefers his Bose Quiet Comforts to my Sony's but I think my Sony's have better bass and cost half the price of his Bose headphones.
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I have a pair of Sony MDR ZX750's That I bought when I was in Japan (My monitors broke during the trip D:) AFAIK You can only get them in Japan... They're great, Good sound, Bass and Quality. And they were only about $85. A good find I think

I also have a pair of bluetooth's on the way, the headphone jack is dying on my ipod lol
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I am on my second pair of Sennheisers HD280 PRO . First pair (6 years) Padding started to go just when with the same! Excellent for music watching anime / TV / movies etc! I even have a headphone AMP but rarely use it because the audio has improved a lot!

BTW $100.00 or so get you a set! Guitar Center has these and of course even higher ends I long for a Beyer set but like $300.00

What I chose these good reviews and they deliver. If they make great microphones it males sense!

They get used heavy duty!
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Posted 6/29/14 , edited 6/29/14

FLjerry2011 wrote:
I am on my second pair of Sennheisers HD280 PRO .

Those are awesome headphones.

In that price range, they're the closest you're getting to pro quality. They're not there, but they're also not toys.

I also use some Sennheiser mics that are the same way. e906, e602 II.
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Posted 6/29/14 , edited 6/29/14
I'm not an audiophile by any stretch, but I definitely appreciate a pair of good headphones / earphones. I totally agree that the double Bs (Beats & Bose) are probably the worst offenders in terms of price relative to quality, but kudos to their marketing teams, I suppose. They definitely scream "high end" (emphasis on the quotation marks) to the average Joe.

I've had a few Sennheisers, but my preference right now in the not-so-expensive range are Ultimate Ears. For over-the-ear cans I'm currently using UE6000s which I got on Amazon for less than $100 (image below). For my commutes, I use the Ultimate Ears UE600vi. What I love about Ultimate Ears is the sound clarity and overall balance in sound where you can make out the highs, mids, and lows (Beats and Bose, in contrast, come off as rather flat or muddy).

For my workouts I use the Westone ADV Alpha. Highly recommended

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Posted 6/29/14 , edited 6/29/14
Anyone saying sound quality is equal regardless of the price must be on some serious drugs, i've used 300-400 bucks headphones my entire life and you can't even begin to compare with those shitty 40-50 bucks ones that break every few months, with a few exceptions of overpriced garbage like Razer krakens and Beats, i'd say paying high price for a headphone is justified as long as it has 7.1 surround sound.
Posted 6/29/14
Yes am audiophile lol not just in regular headphones but also in gaming (4 different pairs for PS3 just 1 for the PS4 for now).After spending $200 for Bose and $150 for Beats I realize the bullshit I was being feed. Just cause the product has "The Name" doesn't make it legit. I just recently bought Synchros S700 by JBL and they are by far the best headpnoes I ever purchase. I've been listening to a lot more drum and bass and the sound quality is just amazing better than the previous two I mention by a long shot.
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Posted 6/29/14

outerheaven139 wrote:

Anyone saying sound quality is equal regardless of the price must be on some serious drugs, i've used 300-400 bucks headphones my entire life and you can't even begin to compare with those shitty 40-50 bucks ones that break every few months, with a few exceptions of overpriced garbage like Razer krakens and Beats, i'd say paying high price for a headphone is justified as long as it has 7.1 surround sound.


Yup so true. Headphones are as much as in investment as anything else. Great headphones really makes it easier to get lost in the music.
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Posted 6/29/14
I don't really care about what headphone/headset you got as long as they support 7.1 surround sound audio (I'm not referring to virtual 7.1).
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