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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:00 am 

Picked up a pair of Sony MDR ZX600 headphones that were going cheap. Overall I'm happy enough with them, they sound pretty good hooked up to the computer and my phone. I like that the bass on them isnt overbearing and drowning out the rest of the sound which a lot of headphones i tried on seem to do. Only problem is that they are pretty quiet when connected to the iPod which is unfortunate but not the end of the world.

I'm still on the lookout for some in ear ones with a mic to use as a handsfree for my phone when I'm at work, driving etc. The Sony MH1C earphones seem to be getting rave reviews and are cheap too so may order a pair of em.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:36 pm 

RobMcS wrote:
I'm still on the lookout for some in ear ones with a mic to use as a handsfree for my phone when I'm at work, driving etc.


I've been using Bose MIE2 for more than a year, they're very comfortable and the sound is excellent, their only disadvantage is that they don't block noises from outside very well so when you're in a noisy environment you have to turn the volume up (however this can be seen as an advantage if you're driving and need to hear other cars).


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:06 pm 

got cheapo skullcandy cans from HMV two years ago, 20 quid and they do the trick, also not worried about having them out and about because theyre not mad pricey


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:56 pm 

I would really appreciate if someone could link me to a durable set of decent in-ear headphones.

I am burning through standard Sennheiser and Skull Candies at a rate of one every couple of months. I'm beginning to think I must be treating them harder than everyone else, I know it's only a matter of time before one ear goes.

I don't know about anyone else, but I have to disconnect / wrap up my earphones several times daily, and it seems like that is just murdering them. I'd love to get my hands on a durable in-ear pair that can I know will last me.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:04 pm 

I've had two sets of Sony MDR-EX71 over the last, I think, twelve years, possibly more. I got about six years out of the first pair when I used to use them all the time. The second set are used less but they're still going strong. I wouldn't buy anything else.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:21 pm 

ResidentOfBok wrote:
I would really appreciate if someone could link me to a durable set of decent in-ear headphones.


Missus got me a pair of these last year. Apparently she entered "indestructible headphones" into google and these came back. Have to say, they're very sturdy and the anti-tangle cable is great. Would be lost without them. Had been using Marshall Minors up to that point but got through 2 sets of those in about 9 months.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nocs-NS400-101- ... B00AAHT12G


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:43 pm 

Picked up a pair of AKG K321s a couple of years ago. Very durable and sound great.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:32 am 

I recently upgraded to these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Audio-Technica- ... a+ath-m50x

Unreal sound from them - given the price to the top end other brands. Had them at Stansted airport at start of the month and did a bit of comparison to in the currys/dixons shop whilst burning time to the flight: they were just as good if not better as Bose/Beats/top end Sennheiser - they just lack the noise cancelling feature of the Bose.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sennheiser-Clos ... headphones
I had also upgraded from these [which I still use on laptop] and for £20 you probably wont do better!

For out and about I just have a pair of JVC Marshmallows. They go for about £5 and I've no complaints - decent sound quality and fit comfy. Also if they get broke or lost they cheap to replace!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:25 am 

Audio Technica are indeed the absolute tits when it comes to quality headphones. Was torn between those very ones, these very saucy AKGs and a decent set of Sennheisers wehn I was replacing my Technics a few years ago.

I was surprised when my local HMV had a set of Sennheiser HD 558s in stock for a reasonable price, so snapped them up there and then (no faffing with the postman just leaving stuff on my doorstep, as he had done in the past). Was super happy to find those as I prefer open back cans for at home and they sound superb on the hifi. Plus, they are comfortable as fuck.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:44 am 

Thanks for that. I'm going to take the time to properly research the recommendations people have given me. Hopefully one of them will do the job!

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nocs-NS400-101- ... B00AAHT12G


Ouch, quite the price-tag on them. But I suppose it's well worth it if they really last you.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:41 pm 

They're showing no signs of giving up yet anyway. A bit pricey alright but given that I use them constantly, it's worth the few quid.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:07 pm 

Never skimp out on headphones, for the few extra bob even a half decent set will give you so much more enjoyment than a crappy cheap set.

False economy and all that.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:34 pm 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SoundMAGIC-E10-Earphones-Silver-Black/dp/B005HP3OB0

These boyos will do the job nicely. They're not exactly indestructable (although they're sturdy enough) but the sound quality relative to their price is insane..

I'd also recommend picking up the Comply tips for them:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Comply-T-400-Isolation-Earphone-Medium-Black/dp/B002NUJ2RM/ref=pd_bxgy_ce_img_y/277-9928733-0488100


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:47 pm 

ragnarok wrote:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/SoundMAGIC-E10-Earphones-Silver-Black/dp/B005HP3OB0

These boyos will do the job nicely. They're not exactly indestructable (although they're sturdy enough) but the sound quality relative to their price is insane..

I'd also recommend picking up the Comply tips for them:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Comply-T-400-Isolation-Earphone-Medium-Black/dp/B002NUJ2RM/ref=pd_bxgy_ce_img_y/277-9928733-0488100


yep, those are deadly IEMs for the price! nice wee case with them too. The earphone casing would be sturdier than similar level sennheissers though my last pair bit the bullet after getting firmly lodged between seats on the bus resulting in me trying to yank them out only for one of the earphones to break off...shite. No earphones could've survived that though.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:42 pm 

There are all sorts of fantastic IEMs coming from China lately for extremely good value. And I'm not talking about knock-off stuff, I mean high end audio quality at fractions of the cost you'd pay here (presumably due to the cheap labour and materials cost over there).
I'm quite fussy about headphones and speaker stuff so I did a fair bit of research before buying and these three are what I've used so far. All have been impressive.

Best of the bunch so far is the TTPOD T1E http://penonaudio.com/TTPOD-T1E-Bass?search=TTPOD
They look like awkward yokes but come with enough tips to get a good fit. The reason they're so big and weird looking is that they've two drivers inside them. They're so clear and tight, with just the right amount of bass punch, they're great for metal. Possibly not great if you're gonna be pulling a hat over the ears with them regularly as they protrude out a bit.

The first of those brands I went for were these Xiaomi Pistons 2. Cheap and all the research I read raved about how good value they were http://www.ibuygou.com/p-original-xiaomi-piston-earphone-updated-version-brown-5708.html. Great sound again and for half the price a shite pair would cost you here. The included tips though are a bit rubbish so you probably would need your own. Also, the carry case they come with smells of chocolate.

I also got these in the post today http://penonaudio.com/AuGlamour-AG-R1?search=auglamour and so far they sound pretty good, but not quite with the TTPOD.

Anyway, the best place to research headphones is probably over on the head-fi forums. They can be a bit technical but there's a lot of useful information there (epsecially the Chinese/Asian IEM thread for dem dealz).


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