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I absolutely adore Bose. Everyone in my family uses Bose headphones and speakers, and we are hopefully going to get a cinema system from them soon as well.
The sound quality is very good, especially with the noise-cancelling ones. I don't have a pair of those though *cries*

The thing I like about bose that sets them apart from other expensive, high quality headphones is the company itself I guess... My brother's still worked, but sounded a little bit off so we took them in and they replaced them, totally free of charge. He had absolutely abused them to be honest, but that he got a free replacement is great

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Posted 6/29/14

cbborfmm wrote:

I absolutely adore Bose. Everyone in my family uses Bose headphones and speakers, and we are hopefully going to get a cinema system from them soon as well.
The sound quality is very good, especially with the noise-cancelling ones. I don't have a pair of those though *cries*

The thing I like about bose that sets them apart from other expensive, high quality headphones is the company itself I guess... My brother's still worked, but sounded a little bit off so we took them in and they replaced them, totally free of charge. He had absolutely abused them to be honest, but that he got a free replacement is great



I have to agree with you on Bose, My car has a full Bose system and despite it being 11 years old, it still pumps out the beats like no tomorrow haha
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Posted 6/29/14

MitchDJohn wrote:


cbborfmm wrote:

I absolutely adore Bose. Everyone in my family uses Bose headphones and speakers, and we are hopefully going to get a cinema system from them soon as well.
The sound quality is very good, especially with the noise-cancelling ones. I don't have a pair of those though *cries*

The thing I like about bose that sets them apart from other expensive, high quality headphones is the company itself I guess... My brother's still worked, but sounded a little bit off so we took them in and they replaced them, totally free of charge. He had absolutely abused them to be honest, but that he got a free replacement is great



I have to agree with you on Bose, My car has a full Bose system and despite it being 11 years old, it still pumps out the beats like no tomorrow haha


Haha sweet
I think renault did a partnership with bose and for a while they sold their cars with bose sound.... Not sure if they do that now though.

The other thing about Bose is that they have a factory shop near where we live, so it's a bit cheaper than elsewhere
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Posted 6/29/14
I'm a cheap person so I rather not spend a lot of money on headphones i won't use.
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Funny you mention this. Next month for my birthday, since I use my PC A LOT, I'm picking up some Sennheiser HD 558's. Any word on whether they're good?
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Never tried some, and don't feel like spending money on them.
I'm fine with my cheap ones. I doubt I'd notice any great difference on the expensive ones.
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Posted 6/29/14

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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.


good to see that someone who also is loyal to sennheiser made it on the first page. I own their PC363D's which is, if you're looking for a headset and not headphones, is the best on the market for headsets overall.
However, I would advise looking into some good 200-300$ USD headphones and a blue snowball mic(maybe upper 100s-mid 200s, but still)
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I am a proud audiophile and I do have a fairly wide collection of headphones ranging from an affordable pair of Beyerdynamic DT 880s(which are good for classical music,very good-but I prefer the HD 600s to them) to the ultra-expensive HD 800s and LCD-3s) and a bunch of other stuff.I know,terribly expensive hobby.

Beats are terrible.Terrible!So are Bose!I want to be respectful,but seriously,for the money you give on them you can get a good pair of headphones such as the AD900X and a Magni+Modi/O2+ODAC amp+dac combo and still have paid less than the Beats Pro(or at least not much more if you go for the O2+ODAC and don't DIY) and still have gotten so much more sound quality!Sure,audiophile headphones may not look as flashy,but are headphones really supposed to be fashion accessories more so than sound instruments?

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@To the guy who said HD 558s

They are good,in fact they have the same drivers as the HD 598s(which are what,$60 more expensive?So you end up paying extra only for the design of it-which only slightly changes audio quality) so what you can do is you can buy them(preferably used-headphones age well) and do the foam mod(look it up) and now you essentially have the HD 598s,except (possibly-I don't own the 558s) better and cheaper.

Edit: Also,make sure that your pc can handle them,chances are you're using the onboard sound card which is awful for higher-end headphones.If your pc can't handle them,I seriously recommend you get an amp and,if possible,a dac as well.Just something like a FiiO E5(which is somewhere around $20) will get the sound loud enough for use and will most likely get rid of any distortion,but for optimal sound quality that will completely bring out your headphones potential(or at least most of it),go for something like an O2,even if you can't pair it with an ODAC.The O2 is very respected and when you feel it's time to get the ODAC,you'll already have half the combo ready.

2nd Edit: If you're dissappointed with the sound quality,burn-in is important for these headphones.Leave them on overnight a couple times(like 3-7ish) with the volume higher than usual.Cover it up with something so that the sound leakage doesn't make you or anybody else uncomfortable.Good luck with your purchase!
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I bought a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones ($110) that sound great. Crystal clear and full response. If you are using any headphones with a PC though, you still need a decent sound card; the default sound system just doesn't cut it and can make even good phones sound bad.
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I have some Sennheisers sitting around, and they're decent for price, but headphones irritate my hair so, I switched over to MAudio BX8 D2's studio monitors + MAudio SBX10 subwoofer. They cost way more, but they're a great value for the price even with the design flaw.
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Posted 6/29/14 , edited 6/29/14
I'm happy with my $200 Razer Tiamat 7.1. Some people complained about the sound quality saying it was bad, those people were fools who didn't know how to manipulate Window's sound settings.
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Posted 6/29/14
skullcandy's...don't really care for buying expensive stuff..if im bored ill buy something pricey
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23 / M / New Jersey
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I have a pair of beats ( i didn't buy them) i also have some nice bose headphones. I also have a pair of razer kraken headphones so i have 3 decently expensive headphones. I like them all and i use them all, now the question of do you think their worth it. I mean i kind of thing good headphones are worth it but you don't have to spend 300 dollars to get a good pair of headphones.
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I have a pair of Bose, 300$+, with noise cancelling... I got them because I get easily distracted by every little noise and I cannot stand ear plugs. The noise cancelling is, at best, decent, I wasn't expecting any miracles to begin with as I know the limits of the technology, but I did not regret buying them at all. They fit perfectly on my ears and they are so soft and comfortable... you can feel them oozing quality.
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Posted 6/29/14 , edited 6/29/14
I'm not a huge Audiophile, but I love having a decent pair of headphones. I once owned a pair of Skullcandy over-the-ear headphones and they were simply terrible. The padding was rock-hard and would bruise my ears after an hour of wear. The band was cheaply made and ended up cracking after a short while. The fit was too tight and would squish my head causing pain & discomfort.

I don't have any experience with Beats, but the prices are outrageous. It seems like most people buy them based on name recognition rather than the actual quality ff the headphones. The sound seemed pretty good when I used them, but I'm not sure that justifies the price.

I currently have some Sony MDR XB500 Extra Bass headphones which are super comfortable and sound great to my ears.
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