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 -
I like to listen to the radio in bed at night, but my wife doesn't. Can you recommend some good headphones? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler
on Jun 21, 2009 -
With the release of iPhone OS 3.0, I have some questions that I'd like answered. One relates to Stereo Bluetooth headphone recommendations, and the others relate to internet tethering. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Jun 18, 2009 -
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 -
I just unplugged my headphones from my PC to find that the top of the jack has broken off and is stuck inside the socket. Does anyone know how I could get it out?
posted by Andy Harwood
on May 31, 2009 -
I love my in-ear headphones (regular old Creative EP-630s). Unfortunately, I've always been prone to -- TMI warning -- pimples and blackheads inside my ears, and these are exacerbating the problem. What kind of headphones should I switch to? [more inside]
posted by Ildeth
on May 20, 2009 -
Could anyone recommend me a pair of cheap (under $50) and very durable headphones for lending out at a library? It should be designed with the goal of surviving some gratuitous quantity of abuse and then being cheaply replaced. Other criteria include around-the-ear cups, a long (3m minimum) cord, and a standard (2.5mm?) computer audio plug. Noise cancellation, great fidelity, and adjustability not essential. Pretty is a downright disadvantage, since we don't want people walking off with them.
What happened to those massive abominations of puke-colored shatterproof plastic we used in elementary school, that could facilitate a multimedia class and a game of catch equally well?>
posted by d. z. wang
on Apr 29, 2009 -
Can you think of any recent writing, or art, about it being somehow intellectually damaging, or spiritually dangerous, or in any other way harmful to constantly be plugged into content, particularly via an ipod or some other mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Apr 25, 2009 -
Are headphones and earphones inherently worse for your ears? In other words, is there a difference between listening to something live or through speakers, and listening to something through headphones or earphones at the same volume
, in terms of damage done to your ears? [more inside]
posted by dicetumbler
on Apr 3, 2009 -
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 -
My iPod's headphones wore out, but I'm not mourning them. What's a good replacement under $35 or so? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Jan 25, 2009 -
Can you recommend a decent low-cost headphone amplifier and surround sound processor? I used to have a Sennheiser DSP which did Dolby Pro-Logic decoding and headphone simulation, and am looking for something like that, but for Dolby Digital. [more inside]
posted by hades
on Jan 21, 2009 -
Can you recommend some ear/headphones for someone with small ears? The ones that came with my old ipod always fall out because the earbuds are a bit too big. I read some previous threads here that recommended the kind that loop over your ear, but I wear glasses, so those never fit properly and fall off. I'd prefer some cheapies, as I'm not looking for superior sound quality; I just like to listen to pop music when I jog.
posted by bluefly
on Dec 28, 2008 -
Looking for headphones (and/or configuration ideas) for PS3 (Socom: Confrontation, specifically) that will allow me to both listen to audio AND chat with other players [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist
on Dec 2, 2008 -
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 -
I lost part of my headphones. Must I replace my beloved earbuds, or can I just replace the lost part? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus
on Oct 30, 2008 -
My second pair of Shure SE210 in-ear headphones have just broken in the same way for the second time. Can anyone recommend some in-ear headphones that don't suck? [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy
on Oct 17, 2008 -
Are my noise-cancelling really dead?
I have a pair of Sony over-ear noise-cancelling headphones, which I have been very happy with for several years. They still work, but the noise-cancelling part does not. I changed the batteries (of course), but the light does not come on. Are they toast or is there somewhere I could take them? The local shop of course says 'buy new ones' but I'm not sure I want to give up so quickly.
This question applies to electronics in general, actually. I often have stuff that stops working (in part) and feel bad about throwing it out.
What do you do?
posted by sinbarambam
on Oct 3, 2008 -
I need headphones for running with. I know there are other headphone questions out there but I have really specific needs:
1. No bluetooth as my MP3 doesn't support it
2. I have really small ear holes so the larger ones don't stay in, I can use the smallest covers for the in-ear ones
3. Do the over-ear hook ones get in the way of one's glasses? Experience on this please!
4. I need a wire that's long enough to get to my waist belt without an extension (with a linker thing that flaps around)
5. I don't want white ones!
6. Available in the UK.
Thanks all - hope someone can help!
posted by LyzzyBee
on Sep 13, 2008 -
I'm in search of headphones to use on my laptop while working at my home office and sometimes at a cafe. I've been using earbuds, but find I get "earbud ear" (ala "hat head") after having them in there all day, and my ears ring from the less then quality sound. I want to find some on ear headphones, preferably $125 and less, that have quality sound, are comfortable on my large size head, don't get sweaty after extended wearing, and have minimal sound bleed in or out. Some is fine. I know about open/closed headphones, and it seems most closed ones are butt ugly, with sweaty pleather and compromise sound. Are there others? The Sennheiser 555
s have been a contender on my list. The Grado S60 is no longer, because I've frequently read of it's excessive leaking sound out.
Do you have some favorite headphones that meet this criteria, or know of some you'd recommend? If it helps, I listen to mostly electronic, downtempo while working. So well detailed, tight sound all around would be preferable. Don't need a bass heavy headphone.
thanks in advance for your suggestions
posted by healthyliving
on Sep 3, 2008 -
Noise cancelling headphones for use in a home office with young children around. Comfortable for all day use and not too expensive. Possible? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest
on Sep 3, 2008 -
I’ve just started using my first PDA/Smartphone (Blackberry 8820) and I need some recommendations for a headset. I know there are tons of questions already—and even more online resources—for finding the best Bluetooth earpiece, but I’m not looking specifically for your standard Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by jckll
on Jul 16, 2008 -
I'm looking for some headphones comfortable enough to wear while sleeping/trying to sleep. [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast
on Jul 7, 2008 -
I am looking for a headset for my phone. I cannot find what I'm looking for anywhere. Are you a bad enough dude (or dudess/ette) to help me? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker
on Jun 8, 2008 -
Recommend-some-earbuds-that-meet-my-bizarrely-specific-criteria-filter: I like everything about my current earbuds except the fact that they're making my ears pop. [more inside]
posted by doift
on Jun 4, 2008 -
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 -
I recently purchased an iPod Shuffle, and while I've been happy with it so far, I'm sick of Apple's earbuds. Are there any respectable headphones that the Shuffle can power without a significant decrease in battery life? I've searched AskMe, and while this question has come up in regard to full-size iPods, I'm worried about the ability of the Shuffle's tiny battery to keep my headphones going for more than thirty minutes at a stretch. If it helps, I'm considering buying a pair of Koss Portapros (I've had great experiences with them before and the price and size are right). Any suggestions are welcome.
posted by Merzbau
on May 17, 2008 -
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 -