My latest annoyance is that this used iPhone 4s that I bought has the headphone jack on the top. This makes getting it in and out of my jacket pocket and holding it annoying for me. And I can't just turn the phone upside down like an iPad does. Is there such thing as a case that either replicates the headphone jack on the bottom, or has its own built-in headphones originating from the bottom? I found this one
but the headphone cord still comes out of the top. Alternatively, recommendations for bluetooth headphones that have comparable good battery life and sound quality to the plugged-in kind.
posted by bleep
on Feb 6, 2014 -
I've been thinking about building this little Altoid tin headphone amp kit
for listening with my Sennheiser 555s.
Granted, the point of building the kit is, well, building the kit--but given the limitations of a (cheap) kit-built design and the fact that I listen exclusively to mp3s on my iPhone or Mac, will there be a perceptible improvement in sound from the cans? Is there more to the sound of my mp3s that I might not be hearing just driving the Sennheisers with the juice from the iPhone's or Mac's headphone jack that would merit stepping up the signal with the little amp?
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jan 28, 2014 -
Is there a device of some kind that will allow me to listen to music on my ear buds and still hear my desk telephone ringing? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ
on Jan 17, 2014 -
I work in a data center, and when amongst the racks the noise is pretty tremendous - gotta lean in towards the person you're talking to just to hear them, ear plugs are a must for any long-term work if you don't have other coverage. So I'm looking for good headphones in the 100-150 dollar range that have either active or very effective passive noise cancellation/reduction. The restriction - no earbuds, I hate 'em. Over-ear cans are the way to go. The Sennheiser 280 is a classic standby, but I can't find any specifics on how much white-noise type sound they block. The 429/439s look pretty swank as well, but once again, can't find any details beyond nebulous claims of 'sound isolation'. Anyone in a similar noise environment have recommendations?
posted by FatherDagon
on Jan 14, 2014 -
I recently received Bose QC15 noise cancelling headphones, and in my first two days wearing them at work -- periodically, about four hours in total each day -- I've experienced mild headaches and mild nausea. Do people experiencing these symptoms eventually adapt, and the symptoms go away?
posted by RobinFiveWords
on Jan 3, 2014 -
I'm looking for earbuds. Under $200 is preferable but willing to go up to $300. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pdq
on Dec 24, 2013 -
I'm trying to track down a pair of Sony Featherweight headphones for Mrs_Eep, but the prices have quadrupled. Is there a similar pair that anyone can recommend? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep
on Nov 26, 2013 -
I have some Sennheisers. They're nice, but not enough. I want wireless around-ear
headphones with active noise cancellation
. They should be extremely comfortable
. The pair of headphones should have a long battery life
, good sound
, and an easy-to-use charger station
that I can just set the headphones down on at the end of the day. It should be portable
in my messenger bag. If it cannot both be good and portable, then it doesn't need to be portable. I have a Mac, which it needs to work with
, and a Ubuntu desktop (with Bluetooth) I would like it to work with. I would like to spend anywhere from $100-$500 on this. I'm willing to wait a few months if something new and awesome is coming out, but probably not longer than that.
posted by ethidda
on Oct 24, 2013 -
I bought a pair of Kinivo BTH240, and they've been great, but every once in awhile they'll start clicking and popping over the audio. When I notice it, I can close the audio-producing app, reopen it, and the clicking is gone. Has anyone else experienced this with bluetooth headphones? [more inside]
posted by bjork24
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I'm looking for new headphones or earbuds. Sound quality isn't that important.
Long-term comfort and build quality are. [more inside]
posted by theodolite
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I'm preparing to revamp my digital music library, including re-encoding a lot of high-bitrate OGG tracks as MP3 to increase portability and cut down on file size. What are the best LAME encoder settings
to maximize appreciable quality for the future without taking up too much space? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 14, 2013 -
I have a very busy, hard to shut up brain and falling (and staying) asleep has always been a problem for me. A few months ago I came across the guided relaxation/hypnosis/meditation programs by Andrew Johnson
in the google play store and started listening to them in bed as I fall asleep. They are wonderful. I want more, and I want to be able to do this more comfortably. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I (project manager) work together with my wife (film editor) in a shared office. I like music while I work and she doesn't. One of us needs to be able to hear and respond to the real world, while the other needs not know it even exists.
What headphones would be best placed to provide a high level of audio isolation, given the nature of sound in film editing (sometimes quiet), be comfortable for long periods and have a good audio range?
posted by a non e mouse
on Oct 7, 2013 -
With Fall around the corner I am looking for some new music to drive to and take long walks with. I listen to a lot of music but find myself returning to many of the same records. Most are sonically complex and feature lots of layers. I like the fact that I feel like I hear something new after the 1000th listen of the Fragile. What albums sound as good to you after the 100th listen as they did when it was new?
posted by kbbbo
on Sep 28, 2013 -
You know those earpieces on curly cabling you always see agents wear in films? I've seen someone advertising them for connecting to a phone or MP3 player. I have hearing aids with a similar design, and I find them both comfortable and useful.
Can anyone help me find them again? They don't fill the whole ear, and just sit inside the outer canal ... I cycle a lot in central London, so being able to hear other stuff is pretty handy!
posted by lucullus
on Sep 4, 2013 -
That headline may sound confusing. I need headphones in a small congested shared work environment. The headphones need to be visibly prominent on my head & over the ear ONLY because folks realize I am working and don't bug me. Problem is, the nicely rated pair I bought from Sony on the cheap
(and not too bad for usual user nor the price) blare the music out to those around me. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon
on Aug 9, 2013 -
EarPhoneFilter: I used to have absolutely amazing in-ear earphones years ago before an associate broke them and I missed the really awesome experience of having super high quality music... so as per an audiophile friend's recommendation recently bought what were supposed to be an absolutely amazing pair to top any other in its price range, Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10
. However, I have had absolutely no luck with them so far and have sort-of been missing my free Samsung Galaxy SIII earbuds? Is there any way I could be... cripes, using them wrong? Is it possible to use earphones... wrongly? Has anyone had any experience with this particular model? Do I have a dud pair? Help! [more inside]
posted by Keter
on Jul 1, 2013 -
My son is in Camp Pendleton in Boot Camp right now for the Marines. I'm thinking I want to buy him some awesome high quality over the ear headphones that sound great and can take a beating(because they will). A warranty would be great. What are some good sounding Marine proof Headphones. These will take lots of Abuse. He's not too picky, but I want something that will last him the next 4 years, and he can use for his music, videos, and Skypeing back home. I'm looking to spend under $200.00, that is my budget..(He graduates Sept 6th, so any advice would be awesome)
posted by highgene
on Jun 23, 2013 -
I'm currently working in a smallish office where people arrayed around a group of tables chat to each other during the day. I'm hoping to find very comfortable headphones for listening to music (mostly just soft wordless music - my base station is Pandora's 'classical for studying' station) that will let me not hear voices, but also will not leak and be obnoxious for my colleagues. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous
on Jun 17, 2013 -
I have always used over-the-head headphones, but they're a bit cumbersome and not very practical for riding the bus, taking a walk, keeping in my purse, etc. I really want a pair of earbuds (canalphones?) but I need comfortable ones. Advice? [more inside]
posted by radioamy
on May 24, 2013 -
I replaced my earbud headphones for the third time in six months yesterday. I'm not particularly rough on them (I don't think), yet after three months, inevitably one of the ears will get all static-y and then completely die about a day later. I'm buying pretty mid-range headphones and while they're not amazing, they should bloody last longer than three months.
So what is it that I am doing that's apparently so beyond the wear and tear expected of these headphones? Is it how I'm wrapping the cord? Where I'm keeping them? Gah! [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Apr 18, 2013 -
I'm looking to find out whether any brand of in-ear headphones also carry a noise reduction rating (NRR). I'm not so much shopping for headphones as for earplugs with a headphone feature. [more inside]
posted by tirade
on Apr 10, 2013 -
I am looking to purchase an over-the-ear headphone under $100 for daily techno and deep house music listening. Which headphone would you recommend?
posted by likeapen
on Apr 4, 2013 -
I'm looking for an under $60 set of headphones with a detachable cord/cable. Every corded headset I've bought has failed because of the cord, so being able to replace it is important. [more inside]
posted by shoyu
on Mar 23, 2013 -
I need replacement cables for my TripleFi 10 earphones. Problem is, the default ones by Logitech are kind of crappy, and the only alternative I see online
looks even worse. Are there any durable, modestly-priced cables I can get that'll fit my TripleFis? (I'm hoping for something in the $30-40 range if possible – I have no idea if it's too much to hope for cables that cheap that won't also break.)
posted by Rory Marinich
on Mar 11, 2013 -
I was at some live classical music the other night (Philip Glass, if it matters) and the experiencing was life-changing. I've got the music from iTunes but it doesn't sound that great over my normal cheapo headphones. I have never cared about audio quality before and it's not something I'm likely to get seriously into. But say I had up to 250 euro or so to spend on getting the sounds that's closest to what I heard in the concert hall - what should I buy or do?
posted by StephenF
on Feb 19, 2013 -
So I love my Etymotic hf2 headphones. The sound is crisp, lush, and only just a little light in the bass. The problem is cord noise. Is there another brand or model of in-ear phones that doesn't have this problem? [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett
on Jan 29, 2013 -
Where can I find tech-friendly fashion that looks good? E.g. sweaters or hoodies that help you with headphone cables, storage for gadgets etc. Shouldn't be too exclusive or pricey. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo
on Dec 28, 2012 -
I have a pair of Monster Inspiration
. I'm trying to play Madness by Muse
but if I plug the headphones completely into the iPod or computer, I can't hear the vocal parts at all. If the jack isn't completely in, then I can hear it perfectly. Why is this happening?? [more inside]
posted by cyml
on Dec 27, 2012 -
How can I get headphones to work with my hearing aids? The noise leaking out of them is making my fellow commuters (and me) unhappy. [more inside]
posted by Lescha
on Dec 5, 2012 -
Is there such a thing as a wireless headphone amp (wireless headphones without the headphone)? [more inside]
posted by primethyme
on Nov 19, 2012 -
If you take off a pair of headphones and lay them down somewhere, the music sounds like it's in a different pitch than when they're on your head. Why?
posted by facetious
on Oct 30, 2012 -
earbuds are basically the best headphones I've ever used. However, their cord is way too thin, and I've broken at least half a dozen pairs of these over the last few years, usually by having the wire tear straight off of the plug. I've never broken any other kind of headphones this consistently. These
are my back-up pair, and are tough and sound okay, but I'd really like ones as durable as the Skullcandies and as crisp and rich as the Thinksounds. The 30-50 dollar price range is preferable. Any suggestions?
posted by cthuljew
on Oct 29, 2012 -
I'm looking for non-sealing earbuds with iPhone controls that aren't white, and I can't find them. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by unsound
on Sep 28, 2012 -
I'm looking for iPhone headphones that will hold up to daily use while walking. Every pair I've owned has problems with the 1/8" connector after a few months, or less, of use (while walking, usually in a pocket, but often getting taken out to check an email, respond to a text, etc...). More details inside. [more inside]
posted by jeffch
on Sep 5, 2012 -
Looking for Bluetooth headphone recommendation to replace Motorola S305 which don't work with Windows 7 [more inside]
posted by hokie409
on Aug 15, 2012 -
Help me figure out what's wrong with my headphones (Sennheiser HD 280 pros) and how to fix them, or decide on a replacement pair. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Aug 6, 2012 -
What headphones should I buy for running and the gym? Wish list: Sounds better, and doesn't fall out as easily as the Apple earbuds; lets more ambient sound through than those in-ear headphones with silicone tips; includes an inline microphone and controls that actually work with an Android phone. [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Jul 16, 2012 -
I'm looking to spend about $100 on headphones that deliver excellent music, and with superb passive noise isolation. I will mainly be using this at home, for music and movies. But I'd also like to take them on long-haul flights, to block out engine roar. Difficulty: must be comfortable, no in-ears, and no active noise-cancellation. Argh! Do these headphones even exist?
posted by Xere
on Jul 9, 2012 -
I want to prevent my new headphones from fraying near the plug. Can you give me tips to prevent this from happening like it always does? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart
on Jul 8, 2012 -
The sound of my coworker typing is driving me crazy. I'm not permitted to wear headphones. How can I deal with the noise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 13, 2012 -
You're on a crowded bus, street car or subway. Someone has on headphones with the music so loud that you, and everyone in a 7-foot radius can hear it. Do you politely ask that person to turn their music down? [more inside]
posted by althanis
on May 20, 2012 -
All iPhone / mobile headphone reviews go into (sometimes) excruciating detail about the sound qualities and quality of the headset, but I've found very few that actually talk about the mic quality.
So I ask: are there candidates for "best mic"?
posted by theNonsuch
on May 15, 2012 -