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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Chris Huber

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Posted December 19 2003 - 10:10 AM

Hey guys, I am looking for some REALLY good quality ear phones. I want great music reproduction.

You are thinking, well thats easy... Well, they have to be head-banless. You know, the ones that fit into your ear or clip over your ears on each side.

Which ones should I go for? What settings on the back of the box can I look for(frequency response or anything)?

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted December 19 2003 - 11:11 AM

The Shure E series are supposed to be quite good. Starts under $100.00, click here for info.
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#3 of 11 OFFLINE   MikeH1

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Posted December 19 2003 - 11:38 AM

Sennhieser HD 590s. I used to own Grados SR 125's and these, for a little more, sound much much better and are very comftorable. They cost me $250.00 Cdn.

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   NickSo

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Posted December 19 2003 - 11:39 AM

He's lookin for earbuds, or clips without the headband...

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted December 19 2003 - 11:44 AM

Reading comprehension has dropped precipitously here. Posted Image
"I was born to ramble, born to rove
Some men are searchin for the Holy Grail
But there ain't nothin sweeter 
Than riden' the rails."
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#6 of 11 OFFLINE   MikeH1

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Posted December 19 2003 - 12:44 PM

ahhh I missed that part.

And thanks Jim for reminding me that I overlooked something. Posted Image

#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Rob Speicher

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Posted December 19 2003 - 01:12 PM

If you weren't looking for earbuds I'd second Michael. I have the Sennheiser HD 580s and they get amazing sound. While listening to stuff I've heard background chatter on the track and actually thought it was someone behind me Posted Image

But as far as earbuds, I've heard good things about these: http://www.etymotic.com/ For that price they'd better be good.


#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted December 19 2003 - 02:00 PM

Think nothing of it Michael, it was worth it just to see the little "Rolling Eyes" guy again. Posted Image
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#9 of 11 OFFLINE   Pamela

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Posted December 19 2003 - 02:18 PM

I have Etymotic ER4-P earphones and all I can say is, "WOW!" They are incredibly detailed and sound wonderful. They're a bit pricey, but well worth the money ($245 at The Earplug Superstore , and $249 at headphone.com).

The best part is, they are sound isolating, so you can't hear much of what's going on around you. This could be bad, however, if you want to wear them in situations where you need to hear the outside world (like running or walking outside).

The ER6 earphones are less money, at $123. They are not bad sounding, but I traded up for the ER4-Ps. Much better bass response. Headphone.com and The Earphone Super Store have a generous return policy, so if they are not to your liking, you can send them back for a full refund.

#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Seungsoo Hwang

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Posted December 19 2003 - 11:19 PM

Freq response on the boxes dont really tell you anything, I wouldn't base a headphone purchase on them.

For some clip-on suggestions, see if you can find a pair of Koss KSC-35s for a cheap solution. Audio-Technica makes some higher-end clip-ons which are quite a bit more expensive but may be worth a try. I have the ATH-EM7s and I like them a lot, although some people find them bass-shy. Check www.audiocubes.com for A-T stuff, and you might try looking at the used forums at head-fi.org or somesuch for ksc-35s (I dont think they sell em on the koss site anymore).

The canalphones already mentioned would be a good bet, but if you don't want something actually going in your ear canal, and just want an earbud, try sennheiser mx400/500 for something cheap. Sony E-888s are supposedly nice but expensive, as are some of the audio-technica earbuds.

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Andrej Dolenc

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Posted December 20 2003 - 06:45 AM

I've heard many good things about the Etymotics, though I couldn't get myself to spend that much $$ on a set of headphones. I went and bought some Sony closed design earphones - they seal against your ear canal and block outside sound. MDR-EX70LP though it's since been updated, sony site shows some different models now. Same price range though, around $50. Highly recommended if you don't want to spend Ety kind of $$.

Check the headphone reviews and forums here for more info: http://headwize.com/

Andrej