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You Say Headphones, I Say... "What? I Can't Hear You?"

Is there some sort of setup using both wireless headphones and stereo receiver with surround sound whereby two people can watch TV together at different volumes? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Headphone amp for Sennheiser 555s and mp3s--worthwhile?

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 - 8 answers

Looking for Data Center headphones

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 - 12 answers

I need the perfect headphones.

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 - 2 answers

kick the cans

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 - 14 answers

Optimal OGG to MP3 encoding for quality vs. file size?

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 - 15 answers

Looking for under-$60 headphones with detachable cord

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 - 16 answers

What's wrong? jacking mic and headphones for Frankenstein headset

I really want to combine my headphones with my microphone so that I can use it as a headset on my home phone. So I got a 3.5mm splitter and a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter so that I can plug the mic and headset together, then reduce it to 2.5mm so it can plug into my phone. It doesn't work. Why? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by cheesyburgercheese on Mar 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Headphones for laptop music monitoring

I have questions about monitoring audio on a laptop using headphones. [more inside]
posted by preparat on Sep 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones?

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

I want to prevent my new headphones from fraying near the plug.

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 - 18 answers

Pimp my listening experience!

Audiophilia-on-a-budget advice needed: I want to upgrade my desktop listening experience for around $200 or less. Currently reasonably happy using Sennheiser HD-280 plugged straight into my Mac Pro, but borrowing a friend's Total BitHead has inspired me to look further. [more inside]
posted by supercres on May 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Best USB Headset?

What is a good-quality USB headset? (Headphones with Microphone)? [more inside]
posted by cell divide on Apr 30, 2012 - 4 answers

YAHQ (yet another headphone question) -- what's the best all-around pair, good for running *and* working?

YAHQ (yet another headphone question) -- what's the best all-around pair, good for running *and* working? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Mar 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Get yer cheap can recs on

Audio filter: My beloved Sennheiser HD 202 desk headphones died last weekend. What should I replace them with? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Mar 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Best over-ear headphones for iPhone?

I'm looking for recommendations on great over-ear headphones I can use with my iPhone. I've been using Klipsch earbuds, but they don't stay in my ear that well, and I'm concerned about hearing loss, so I'd like to keep a small distance from my sound source. I've seen in previous questions that the Sennheiser HD-280 and Sony MDR-V6 have been recommended for general use. I'm not sure about the viability of a hugely long cord for using these while walking around, however, nor do I know if the iPhone could drive these cans. I'm looking for accurate sound reproduction (no pumped-up bass, please) and comfortable wear. I'll be using them both outside and indoors, but they don't need to be sound-canceling.
posted by the sobsister on Feb 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Recommendations/thoughts for Bluetooth audio transmitters?

Any experiences or recommendations for Bluetooth audio transmitters (3.5mm to Bluetooth)? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Jan 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Going up to eleven. And twelve, thirteen...

Would a FiiO amplifier or similar be suitable for amplifying my TV through headphones? [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime on Nov 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Wireless audio for my computer and phone?

Which Bluetooth headphones will work well with an iPhone 4 and late-2008 iMac? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

What wireless headphones should I get?

What wireless headphones should I get? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Oct 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Which headphones should I get for a long (14 hours) flight with kids?

Which headphones should I get for a long (14 hours) flight with kids? I want ones that are comfortable on a large head and are easy to remove, because I'll need to get up frequently. I looked at noise-cancelling headphones on Amazon, but the ones that sounded best for me (Sennheiser PXC 450) are too expensive for something I'll use infrequently. On previous trips I've used earplugs to deaden the ambient noise and just turned the volume up on my (airline-supplied) headphones, but there must be a better way.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 4, 2011 - 16 answers

What do I need to go from Digital Audio Out port on TV to 1/8" stereo headphones?

How do I connect stereo headphones (1/8" male end) to a Toshiba 24SLV411U HDTV/DVD Combo? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Jun 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Best headphones on the market that are $60 or less?

Best headphones on the market that are $60 or less? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 9, 2011 - 25 answers

Pinout for Etymotic ER-4p earphones

Does anyone know the pinout of the cable for the Etymotic ER-4p in ear monitors? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Mar 9, 2011 - 3 answers

USB charger + iPod = static

Cheap wall USB charger seems to interfere with iPod headphones, do I just need a better charger? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Jan 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Protecting my Precisssioussesss...

Headphone(NOTearbuds)Filter: Looking for a protective case for Beyerdynamic DT 770-PROs which were, apparently, designed for--and by--God himself! ;) [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on Sep 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Best earbuds for iPod?

What are the best reasonably-priced earbud-style headphones? I need a good set for use with an iPod and am looking to improve on Apple's white earbuds.
posted by killdevil on Sep 20, 2010 - 24 answers

Hooking up RCA-out Record Player to headphones?

Hooking up RCA-out Record Player to headphones? [more inside]
posted by JimBennett on Aug 17, 2010 - 19 answers

iPod headphone jack... of DOOM???

I think my iPod's (5G; 30 GB) headphone jack may be screwy. It seems to make headphones that penetrate it permanently screwy. Am I just screwed? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Jul 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Please help me find my ideal headphones.

Please help me find my ideal headphones. My price range is up to $200. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Jun 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Wireless headphones under $40

Recommendations for cheap wireless headphones? (Under $40) I've just destroyed my latest pair of headphones by tripping over the wire. [more inside]
posted by Charmian on May 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Why does one side of my headphones keep dying?

My headphones keep running into the same problem: after several months of use, one side stops working. Why does this happen, and how can I fix them? [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Feb 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Which iPod cable to use with my Sennheiser HD650 headphones?

Any recommendations for a high-quality iPod cable for my Sennheiser HD650 headphones? I've been a using a Cardas cable, but the cable's so heavy that it appears to be damaging the headphone jack on my iPod.
posted by zembla3 on Jan 31, 2010 - 3 answers

The opposite of noise-canceling headphones.

Does there exist such a thing as headphones that allow/amplify/mix ambient noise in addition to the audio coming from whatever source they're plugged into? More or less the opposite of noise-canceling headphones. [more inside]
posted by J-Garr on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

What kind of hardware jack does my Sleek Audio SA1 headphones use?

Help me identify this audio jack. [more inside]
posted by SamuelF on Dec 10, 2009 - 5 answers

My wife doesn't like the cord on her earbuds...

...so can anyone recommend a pair of earbuds with a cord that looks like a capital y (Y), not a lowercase y (y)?
posted by judomadonna on Dec 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Champion Sound

Why does music on my MP3 player sound better with small earphones than with big headphones? [more inside]
posted by murtagh on Nov 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Best sub $100 headphones?

Headphone Filter: Looking for a pair of quality headphones, but cant try them on because im out of the country. [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85 on Oct 9, 2009 - 13 answers

Headphones to take a licking and keep on ticking

What are the sturdiest headphones you've ever owned? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Aug 26, 2009 - 20 answers

Should I upgrade my headphones for computer listening?

Are Grado SR 225i headphones worth it for listening to music on my computer? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Aug 15, 2009 - 15 answers

Maximizing quantity/$ in headphones.

Headphone optimization, but not of the usual kind. Quantity/$ [more inside]
posted by DU on Jul 30, 2009 - 19 answers

Open Back Headphones On A Budget.

Could someone please reccomend me some comfortable open back headphones with decent enough sound for under £40? Prefebly they should have a short cable (as I keep triping over my Sennheiser's). [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Jun 15, 2009 - 7 answers

"Seasoning" headphones?

Is the practice of "seasoning" headphones just supersition? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Jun 15, 2009 - 47 answers

The voices, make them stop!

Good noise isolating headphones for work? [more inside]
posted by chairface on Apr 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Headphone amp for Airport Express?

I buckled and bought a set of AKG k701 cans. They're currently hooked up directly to my Airport Express and sounding great, just lacking the final couple of decibels. Can anyone offer any advice on choosing a suitable headphone amplifier or, even better, suggest a recommendation (sub $500)?
posted by hydrophobic on Mar 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Value Headphones (Grado)

Are the Grado SR60's the best headphones that I can buy for under $100? I plan on using them, or whatever headphones I get, mainly with my iPod.
posted by waltzing astronomers on Apr 21, 2008 - 28 answers

Please help my find a pair of headphones that won't hurt my head or ears.

Please help my find a pair of headphones that won't hurt my head or ears. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Nov 29, 2007 - 21 answers

Soundcard interference but only over KVM?

I need help figuring out a strange audio interference issue with my computer setup, involving headphones, a KVM, and an apparent contradiction. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Jul 10, 2007 - 7 answers

How do people listen to audio in the shower?

One Ipod. One shower. One man. How can this man listen to his audio in the shower without damaging his Ipod or his ear cavities, using only household (or otherwise inexpensive) items. IMPORTANT : Must be able to hear the words. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Mar 14, 2007 - 15 answers

How to record a sing-along choir track without a pile of headphones?

Lo-fi group recording: how can I record a 6-8 person sing-along choir cleanly if I don't already own a bunch of headphones and splitters? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 7, 2007 - 18 answers

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