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Headphones for babies?

One year old, first long flight, looking for recommendations for headphones so baby can comfortably watch his favorites (Sesame Street, Super Why, and Adele music videos) if necessary to keep things sane. [more inside]
posted by erst on Aug 24, 2014 - 11 answers

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

Headphone and Earbud Recommendations?

Looking for suggestions for headphones and earbuds to purchase for myself. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 12, 2013 - 12 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

Good headphones (nothing more, nothing less)

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 - 25 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

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

TripleFi cables can rot in hell

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 - 2 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

Earphones that sound as good as Etymotics without the cord noise?

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 - 8 answers

Why are my headphones not playing vocals?

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 - 5 answers

Headphone pitch phenomenon

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 - 7 answers

Smaller than an elbow...

How do I find out what earbuds don't hurt my ears? [more inside]
posted by mephron on May 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Shut out the world!

Please recommend your favourite in-ear/earbud noise-cancelling headphones with an iPod/iPhone control and mic. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 1, 2012 - 7 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

Bluetooth no worky

My new Motorola S9 HD bluetooth headphones are paired with my HP Elitebook 8440p laptop (Windows 7 32-bit) - yay! But no sound comes through. The laptop has A2DP technology, according to the downloadable manual. Both are "on" - headset & computer BT transmitter. Clues?
posted by IAmBroom on Apr 12, 2012 - 6 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

Snap, Crackle, Pop, Ouch.

Why do my headphones give my ears little electric shocks in the winter, and how can I avoid it? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

High Quality, High Isolation Cans?

I need high-quality headphones with good isolation and good sound quality, for use in a cube farm with an annoying air handler hum. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jan 12, 2012 - 9 answers

earbud headphones - permanent hearing damage?

A few years ago I heard a popular scientist on the radio discussing the effects of listening to music via earbud headphones. He said that if someone can hear the music I'm listening to, I am doing permanent damage to my ears. Is this true? I would appreciate reference to any peer-reviewed scientific research on this topic, if available.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 3, 2012 - 10 answers

silly headphone question.

I have these Audio-Technica headphones. You can see in this picture that the connector has a spring which serves as strain relief on the cable. Only my spring has come out of its housing like so. How can I get it back in? [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Dec 19, 2011 - 4 answers

I need new, durable headphones. Again.

I've had enough of all of my Shure in-ear isolating earbuds dying on one side. My right bud died suddenly, and this is the third pair in a row. I've had this pair for less than 6 months. Could you recommend a durable pair of isolating/noise cancelling earbuds/headphones with a few requirements? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 28, 2011 - 32 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

How to increase volume on flights?

How to listen to ipad/iphone/netbook while on noisy flights? [more inside]
posted by derivation on Sep 1, 2011 - 17 answers

Looking for good PC gaming headphones

What are some good PC gaming headphones in the $50-75 range (and available in Canada)? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Aug 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for a traveling case for two small headphones and an iPod

I'm looking to make or buy a traveling case for my iPod (classic v6) and two sets of headphones (image, including new headphone case). Thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 6, 2011 - 3 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

Keeping the noise out.

Sometimes I need to get to sleep well before the 1 AM noise cutoff for the shared house I live in. SleepPhones seem to come up in a lot of Ask threads about this sort of thing. Has anyone tried them, and are there cheaper alternatives for comfortable, sleepable headphones? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Why so much leakage?

As a test, when I have music on loud, I take my earbuds out, hold them a few feet away from myself, and I can't hear it. Yet, I can clearly hear the words in the songs of people wearing headphones 20 feet away from me in the subway. Do their headphones have terrible leakage? Do they have their music on earsplitting levels? [more inside]
posted by Jagz-Mario on Feb 18, 2011 - 15 answers

Why do my Grado headphones cause me ear pain?

Why do my Grado SR325 headphones cause my ears to hurt? If I wear them for over half an hour, I get pain from my earlobe around to the jaw joint. It's not related to ear infection or anything specific, because I've experienced this a number of times. I read in a related question that some suggest the headband be bent out, but I don't see how to do that on this model without breaking it--its flexibility wouldn't seem to support it. The weird thing is they don't feel tight when I wear them; it's just that, after a while, I start feeling persistent pain.
posted by the sobsister on Feb 9, 2011 - 11 answers

drummer's headphones

I want my son to protect his ears while drumming, but he wants to listen to music. [more inside]
posted by wisekaren on Feb 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Is it possible to find the perfect mix of affordability, quality, and external quietness in headphones?

I need to get some new headphones that both sound great, aren't so expensive and importantly don't leak much noise at all. [more inside]
posted by tumples on Dec 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Open back studio headphone recommendations please

I'm looking for a new pair of headphones, specifically for studio and hifi use, open back preferable. My budget is up to £200, and I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by iivix on Dec 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Can I use one set of headphones for two audio sources?

I'd like to plug one pair of headphones into two sound sources, and hear one, the other, or both. Help me find a "headphone toggle"? [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial on Oct 10, 2010 - 10 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

I need a way for people to get my attention while I am wearing heaphones.

How to attract the attention of a be-headphoned person in a cube across an aisle facing away from the entrance without touching them? Ideally this would be inexpensive and not require any hardwiring. [more inside]
posted by winna on Aug 19, 2010 - 32 answers

Silent headphones?

I need help building a quiet work environment in a noisy house. Headphone recommendations needed. [more inside]
posted by andlee210 on Jul 31, 2010 - 12 answers

£50 in-ear headphones.

I'm looking for an all purpose (mainly speech) set of in-ear headphones. My budget is £50.
posted by nam3d on Jul 20, 2010 - 6 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

Headphone mania

Help me find USB headphones for Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by movicont on Apr 20, 2010 - 5 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

Noise canceling headphones & the like: Help me stop the beat from going on.

My husband's been playing drums for about a year, and he's getting really good. Yay! Unfortunately, I sometimes have a really hard time concentrating on my work when he's practicing. Help me find some gear that will give me the quiet I need. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Feb 20, 2010 - 14 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

Upgraaade Me.

I hearts my Grado SR80s. But I need punchier bass. What are my options (for other cans, or whatever)? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Jan 6, 2010 - 4 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

What is the best in-ear headphone under $100 for use on long airplane flight?

I am in urgent need of in-ear earphones for use on a number of long flights I have to take in the coming months. I've narrowed down my choices to the Shure e2c or the Sony MDRNC22. The Shure is noise isolating, the Sony is noise cancelling. Which is better? The shure's seem to go deeper into the ear. Will that get uncomfortable?
posted by Pastabagel on Oct 15, 2009 - 30 answers

no noise

Macbook pro sound problem. Some sounds only heard through headphones. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Jul 22, 2009 - 6 answers

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