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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

Headphones to cut me off from the world.

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 - 21 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

Me + loud typing = disaster

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 - 20 answers

Is asking someone to turn their headphone music down a bad idea?

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 - 53 answers

What's the best mobile/iPhone headset mic out there?

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 - 3 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

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

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

Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack?

Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Feb 29, 2012 - 25 answers

Hide the ugliness. Please.

How do I hide the ugly colors on the cables of these headphones? [more inside]
posted by raheel on Feb 26, 2012 - 13 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

Noise cancelling headphones

Noise cancelling headphones? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 14, 2012 - 26 answers

In Search Of The Perfect Headset

What are the best in-ear, iPhone4s comparable, headphones with a cloth/braided cord cover? [more inside]
posted by strixus on Jan 25, 2012 - 12 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

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

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

Looking for Headphones

Looking for suggestions for stereo headphones. They need to be optimal for Bach and Monteverde first, late 19th century and early twentieth century classical second and 1940s and early 1950s jazz third. They need to be sturdy, preferably with a replaceable cord. Not necessarily noise cancelling, as they will be used in a quiet room. No earbuds. Price in the low three figures max.
posted by Raybun on Dec 7, 2011 - 17 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

HEADPHONE RAGE

Is there a way to make these, the MOST INFURIATING HEADPHONES KNOWN TO MAN, slightly less infuriating? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Nov 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Headphones in a theatre?!

What was this person doing wearing old headphones and making hand signals in a theatre during a musical? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Oct 24, 2011 - 19 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

Need a good headset

I need recommendations for a good headset with mic for recording. The mic can't shake when I move my head, and the headphones need to be insulated enough so the mic doesn't pick up what's coming through the headphones. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Sep 7, 2011 - 9 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

Identify a pair of earphones based on far too little information

What were the brand and model of the earphones I left in a muddy field three months ago? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 30, 2011 - 7 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

$300 Sennheiser 600's sound no better than normal iPhone headphones with iMac? Huh?

$300 Sennheiser 600's sound no better than normal iPhone headphones with iMac? Huh? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Jul 12, 2011 - 13 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

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

Noise-Canceling Things

Noise-canceling headphones, or noise-cancelling earbuds, or earmuffs, or earplugs, or some combination? I need to protect my ears from both subway noise and loud co-workers. [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Jun 6, 2011 - 17 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

Please help me out of headphone obsession

I'm looking for the perfect closed headphones for under $100 that fold up for portability. I am currently trying out the Sony MDR-V6. I like the sound and they're comfortable enough (a little tight) and the size is right. The problem is the stupid coiled cable - it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by kdern on May 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Need some good portable headphones.

Good portable headphone suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead on Apr 20, 2011 - 14 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

Shut up shut up shut up!

Recommend me some good noise-cancelling headphones, please! [more inside]
posted by cgg on Mar 23, 2011 - 18 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

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

Good bluetooth stereo (noise canceling?) headphones?

Good bluetooth stereo (noise canceling?) headphones? [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Feb 23, 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

In search of sweatproof Bluetooth headphones

I need reasonably good, sweatproof Bluetooth headphones for running. [more inside]
posted by kuperman on Jan 28, 2011 - 1 answer

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