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Posted 3/19/15 , edited 3/19/15
So, what headphones do you guys use to watch anime, play games, listen to music, or whatever else? Are they any good? Would you recommend them and if not, why? How much were they?

Main reason I ask is that I'm looking for a good pair to replace my current $50 Sennheiser HD 201's, but also just out of interest and for sake of conversation. I got mine 50% off, so I'm not complaining, but I feel like the headphones are really lacking in bass, and definitely aren't loud enough. I think I need something with volume control for the headphones themselves, or at least something far louder, because I'm both a Nintendo 3DS and Wii U user, and max volume while gaming is pretty quiet on those things. They're pretty great for listening to music, especially at that price, although the bass is kind of lacking.
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Simple is usually better imo at least for music. I use skullcandy sport headphones. 30ish bucks
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for sitting at work where I need at least 1 ear open, I just have a pair of Skullcandy Jib earbuds. they're cheap ($10 or less cheap), but they're comfortable, and the sound quality is actually really good.

for at home, I have a pair of Skullcandy Hesh2 bluetooth headphones. amazing sound quality, and they're incredibly comfortable.
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I had a Turtle Beach headset. After I quit my xbox days I only used it for porn. Then they broke and now I don't use headphones. For, erm, anything.

I believe I purchased it for $20 at the time. Could have been $50. Doesn't matter now.
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I like the apple ones that come with the iPhone,but usually buy the cheapest headphones. Reason being is I break or lose headphones at least once a month,sometimes sooner. Makes more sense to lose a $7 pair than a $100 one.
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regular apple ones. the other ones look ugly
Posted 3/19/15 , edited 3/20/15

kamahl01 wrote:

I like the apple ones that come with the iPhone,but usually buy the cheapest headphones. Reason being is I break or lose headphones at least once a month,sometimes sooner. Makes more sense to lose a $7 pair than a $100 one.


Man i thought i was bad with headphones, i usually go through a few pair a year but once a month thats harsh.
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I use the headphones that came with my iphone 5c. they're great
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I hate apple headphones they are the worst design in headphones since they started making them. I refuse to use them.
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I just use a pair of really cheap ones. I should invest in better ones probably.
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Logitech z506 5.1 surround sound.

Sound amazing and has really good bass for that boom effect. And they were rather cheap. So why not? And they have a headphone port that you can use to connect your headphones into the speaker control.

And I use that port with my Apple earbuds since that came with my iPhone. They're decent and I don't really need to get another headphone if this suffices.
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KyotoTofu wrote:


kamahl01 wrote:

I like the apple ones that come with the iPhone,but usually buy the cheapest headphones. Reason being is I break or lose headphones at least once a month,sometimes sooner. Makes more sense to lose a $7 pair than a $100 one.


Man i thought i was bad with headphones, i usually go through a few pair a year but once a month thats harsh.


I inherited the trait from my mother, she use to lose stuff all the time and I'm the same exact way.Its just one of my traits I guess .
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Sennheisers cheap but with pretty solid sound quality, and quite durable.
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bose q15.....ive had them for about 3 years now with heavy usage and they still work like the day i bought them. perfect sound quality and noise cancellation
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Here goes, from an audio engineers perspective the Sennheiser HD380 Pro's are OK, they can be had for about $90 used on Amazon. They have a fairly flat response (most people would complain about lack of bass) and are intensely sealed against outside noise. They provide very detailed sound without adding anything to it, I have found the bass response just fine for gaming and the sound quality is great for anime. Audio Technica M-40x are similar but offer less isolation, much wider imaging (helpful for games and anime) and a really nice cable. They are also better for casual listening than the HD380's as they offer a bit of sound coloration adding some high and low punch (or just scooping some mids), however, they are much harder to use for actual live audio work. For casual listening I'd take the M-40x's, for anything to do with playing instruments/sound or if you need a lot of isolation I would take the HD380's. The 380's have stronger mids but very even sound, the M-40x's have a more pleasant sound with stronger highs/lows (or weaker mids).

However, my ideal headphones for listening at home are my Audio Technica ATH-AD500 Open-Air Dynamics. Right now the cord is busted so I'm using my HD380's which are really my work/mixing headphones. The open air dynamics block out no noise at all and can barely be felt. They are great for long gaming sessions, excellent depth effects/immersion, and even for wearing a headset (I use a wired 360 one) underneath for a make-shift gamer headset. The sound quality is absolutely incredible, I have found myself jolted out of my chair many times thinking some crazy sound was coming from my house only to realize my headphones fooled me. The plus is you can hear people talking to your or other things happening as they block very little noise. This could also be a downside depending on your situation.

If you need earbuds, I always recommend skull-candy ink'd. Now that they have the in-line mic I worry a bit about durability but still, its by far the best sounding pair of headphones you can buy for under $100. I say $100 because even though they are only $10-20 I have compared them to many more expensive brands and they make a joke out of Beats, Sony's, mid-range sennheisers, etc. Unless you want to move up to some Sure SE215 In-Ear monitors (only $80-90 on amazon) you will likely not notice a difference between skullcandy ink'd buds and anything else out there, including sounding a million times better than iphone earbuds for only $10-20.

Also in-line volume controls are the best way to decrease durability and cause problems. No-one touches them in my industry. Also, headphones like the ones I have listed typically require more power to drive the larger drivers (speakers). As such they will struggle to be "loud enough" or have absolutely optimum quality on mobile or small devices (though they will still sound better than basically anything else).
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