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Should I buy a Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC)?

Just wondering if this is something I should invest in, or would it be a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 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

Sonic Masterpiece Albums

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? [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Sep 28, 2013 - 35 answers

Earphones: Am I doin' it wrong?

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 - 11 answers

It sounded great until I used headphones

Looking for examples of music made less enjoyable by headphones. [more inside]
posted by urethra_spanklin on Dec 2, 2012 - 11 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

What headphones should I buy to run with?

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 - 10 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

Extensions, frequencies, and driver types, oh(ms) my! Best headphones for a bassist?

Looking to buy high quality headphones as a gift, but am no audiophile, so a lot of the jargon and specs mean nothing to me. Looking for recommendations based on certain parameters. [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Nov 6, 2010 - 12 answers

MeFites, Countrymen, lend me your ear(phones) (suggestions)!

If money were no object, what are the best noise canceling headphones I could buy? [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Aug 31, 2010 - 15 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

Digital piano headphones speakers

using headphones with digital piano allowing piano speakers to function [more inside]
posted by gingercoffee on Jun 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Good, cheapish headphone recommendations please!

A simple question that has led me down many dead ends: what cheap-ish headphones would you recommend for someone (in the UK) who primarily wants to listen to music and recorded songs? [more inside]
posted by jhighmore on May 6, 2010 - 13 answers

What are some great headphones for city walking?

I'm looking for headphones I can use while walking around town. Ideally, they will allow some noise to filter in (i.e., if I'm about to be run over by a bus!) but still allow me to hear podcasts and audiobooks clearly. Also, it would be great if they were compatible with an iPhone (mic and controls). I have trouble with two styles: earbuds (they are very uncomfortable) and over the ear loops, because they interfere with my eyeglasses. So far, I've not found anything remotely useful because I'm so picky. Thanks for any thoughts!
posted by scottso17 on Mar 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Good headphones for a corporate office environment?

What are good headphones (specific models) for a corporate office environment? I don't want to use noise-cancelling, but I also can't have the sound leaking out and disturbing people. But I don't want to lose all the low-end bass frequency!
posted by kelechv on Jan 29, 2010 - 19 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

I need new headphones - Any suggestions?

What are the right headphones for me? Big head, normal ears, likes loud noises, $100-$200 budget. Mostly for listening to music on my iPod Touch, occasionally playing games on my computer using it's (reasonably competent) onboard audio. I understand the listening experience is subjective, but if I can narrow it down to a short list, I can work on getting my head on various items to see how they work for me. [more inside]
posted by Rendus on Jun 24, 2009 - 18 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

Headphone recommendations for road cycling?

[cycling] best headphones, preferably not buds? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones on May 16, 2009 - 17 answers

Headphone-filter

My headphones have broke again - the plastic parts that connect the headphone to the headpiece. I use my headphones everyday, and find that no headphones are durable enough to handle me. Maybe i need to stop going to places like futureshop to get headphones, but i thought that by spending 100 bucks that it would be somewhat quality, but it isnt. [more inside]
posted by figTree on Nov 24, 2008 - 16 answers

I need new earphones

Looking for durable, preferably in-ear, earphones. [more inside]
posted by Perpetual Seeker on Aug 10, 2008 - 29 answers

Stop noise bleeds before they start

I like to listen to my music loud, but out of respect to others I'd like to keep the noise bleed to a minimum. (Think: riding in the subway.) Are their headphones that are built specifically to reduce the amount of noise pollution given off? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on May 27, 2008 - 11 answers

getting the most out of my cans

How can I get the most out of my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Apr 21, 2008 - 4 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

Will my head explode if I wear my earphones the wrong way round?

stupid question: why are there left and right stereo speakers? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Mar 23, 2008 - 31 answers

Can you recommend a pair of headphones which will cancel out human voices?

Can you recommend a pair of headphones which will cancel out human voices? [more inside]
posted by katala on Nov 17, 2007 - 18 answers

I enjoy listening at a reasonable volume from nine to eleven

I'm looking for recommendations of good-sounding headphones that don't leak sound, so I can crank up the volume without annoying my coworkers.
posted by harmfulray on Oct 9, 2007 - 14 answers

Headphone music

Please help me find headphone-centric music [more inside]
posted by rtimmel on Sep 19, 2007 - 41 answers

lend me your ear(phone)s

headphone choice for non symmetrical hearing: my father is mostly-deaf in one ear. He wears an in-ear hearing aid that works well. He would like to find the following... [more inside]
posted by luriete on Oct 24, 2006 - 4 answers

Am I damaging my hearing?

Often when listening to music or a film on my in-ear (ipod) headphones I fold my ears forward and hold them. Is this damaging my hearing? [more inside]
posted by oxala on Jul 29, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I keep headphone wires from fraying at the plug?

How do I keep headphone wires from fraying at the plug? [more inside]
posted by muckster on Mar 4, 2006 - 10 answers

What are the best headphones for athletic use?

What are the best sports headphones for general working out and/or running? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Jul 29, 2005 - 12 answers

How do I make my Shure e2c's not hurt my ears?

I've got a pair of Shure e2c's for listening to music on my iPod and as noise cancelling discreet headphones go, they're great. However as comfortable and secure in the ear headphones go, they suck. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence on Jun 14, 2005 - 10 answers

Best Earbuds?

I need to get earbuds for my morning ferry ride to use with my laptop. Which ones are best? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on May 13, 2005 - 22 answers

I need new headphones

I need new headphones. Which ones should I get? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Mar 16, 2005 - 17 answers

Does anyone make an mp3 player with speakers built in?

I don't believe in headphones. Does anyone make an mp3 player with speakers built in, like a small boombox perhaps? Seems like an obvious market (even people who DO use headphones sometimes want to share their music with others in the room), but I have yet to see one.
posted by rushmc on Nov 22, 2004 - 28 answers

seeking good information about headphones earbuds

I need new headphones. I use my mp3 player when I run, work out and at the office. Currently I use Sony headphones at work and Koss earbuds when I workout. The earbuds do not give me loud enough sound and they pop out. The Sonys don't give good quality sound either and they hurt my left ear.

I've been told that headphone/buds that go into your ear, instead of laying on top are better for good quality and loudness. Does anyone have any suggestions for really good headphones/buds that will stay on while running and exercising, as well as be comfortable enough to be worn all day? I'm willing to spend up to $75.
posted by Juicylicious on Aug 9, 2004 - 14 answers

Earmuff-style headphones with a built-in radio?

I'm looking for a pair of earmuff-style headphones with a built-in radio. Any recommendations? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Apr 5, 2004 - 1 answer

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