Decisions, decisions.

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by Audiotfoot, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Audiotfoot

    Audiotfoot AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    It's time to purchase new headphones. My vintage Lafayettes sounded pretty good compared to my inexpensive modern phones. But, alas, those have perished. And then my son let me listen to his Sony MDR950N1 Bluetooth noise canceling headphones. Holy great sound, Batman, my old Lafayettes and the departed inexpensive new headphones sound like tin can and string setups in comparison.

    It was tempting to go the boy one better and buy a Sony WH-1000XM2. But reviews and comments indicate that the headphones in that line have a tendency to break where the headband connects to the ear piece.. And Sony appears to consider that user abuse, not covered under warranty.

    So - lots of time on AudioKarma and other places on the net looking. Cordless? Corded? Each has benefits. Noise canceling? I'd like that, a lot of my headphone use is in noisy environments. But the inexpensive units I've tried - sub $100 - haven't been very good at cutting the noise. So is the extra complexity and bother of charging or changing batteries worth it? Hmmmm. Over ear is essential. I've had a set of on-ear phones, and don't like them. Then there is the matter of ear size. Does the fact that my nickname as a kid was Dumbo the Elephant give a clue? And now, 65 years later, they have grown. The last pair of over-ear phones were only partially over-ear.. Incidentally, that is a real advantage of the Lafayettes - there is room to spare for my ears.

    Then there is SQ. I Need, not want, what was heard last week.

    Oh well, we're headed to town Friday, guess I'll see what Best Buy has to offer. Our local ShopKo has nothing. But, if anyone has thoughts about what might meet my needs (wants?), well, those thoughts would be appreciated.
     

     

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  2. judsonw

    judsonw Well-Known Member

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    I have two questions.

    1. Budget?
    2. Do they have to be over-ear?

    If they need to be over-ear, you can disregard the rest of this post. Otherwise, read on.

    My reason for asking number two is that I have rather enjoyed my Etymotic HF5 ear buds. They are not noise cancelling, but have really good noise isolation (website lists them as 35-42 dB reduction), They sound quite good in my opinion for the price and they made doing non-call center work in a call center environment possible.

    The one drawback I have with them is that if your source is not good, you will hear that. I have some music on my work computer I listen to from time to time, but the work computer is very noisy in the electrical sense. If I have excel open I can sometimes hear a tone whenever I click the mouse button. I have, in times of mild delirium, pretended it was the button for a telegraph and that I knew Morse code. However, with a decent source, such as my ipod, that noise is not there and the sound is crisp.
     
  3. Audiotfoot

    Audiotfoot AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Location:
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    Budget. Up to 350. As for earbuds, I have a relatively inexpensive pair that provide really good sound and good noise isolation. However, to use them I have to remove my hearing aids. I do that at times but really would like to have over-the-ear headphones that can be used with my hearing aids. Thanks for the suggestion I appreciate your time.
     

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