Home Theater Wireless Headphones Recommendation

Buckethead78

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I'm going to be working afternoons at the plant next month for a while. This makes watching surround movies and playing xbox pretty hard when my wife is sleeping.

I'd like to get some good headphones for night watching (especially since my new receiver has Dolby Headphone output!) I have some ultimate ears I use with my Ipod, and I guess I could get a wire extender, but I'd prefer wireless I think.

My last experience with wireless headphones was about 10 years ago and everything was pretty scratchy.

Anyone have any recommendations for under $200?
 

Ennsio

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You're sacrificing sound quality if you go wireless. If you are going to be mostly stationary while watching movies or playing xbox, I would go with wired headphones since most wireless headphones do not sound as good. If you could just use a longer cord with your ultimate ears, or buy good wired headphones and a long cord, I would do that.
 

Alon Goldberg

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I have to agree with Ennsio, you'll be sacrificing audio quality with wireless headphones. For your budget, I'd consider Audio-Technica ATH-A900 closed headphones (which won't annoy your wife):

http://www.audiocubes.com/category/H...eadphones.html

I've used the ATH-AD900 open headphones and was absolutely blown away with the audio quality for the money. Plenty of discussion and reviews of both the ATH-A900 and ATH-AD900 over at head-fi and of course in searching Google.

Cheers,
Alon
 

Buckethead78

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I'll be sitting about 12 feet or so away from the receiver.

It sounds like I'll be getting some wired phones. I decided against the ue's I have for regular use. I don't find them that comfortable (but I love the noise reduction and small size for airline travel).

A friend at work recommended some Grado's

Grado Labs, Inc.

He also recommended getting a "headphone amp", which I never heard of until today. I shouldn't need one running from my AVR should I?
 

Alon Goldberg

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The two most prominent headphone manufacturers are Grado and Sennheiser, they both make outstanding headphones. I recently auditioned both manufacturers reference headphones, the Grado RS-1 vs Sennheiser HD-650, and my own preference was towards the Senn's as I found the earpiece on the Grado's to be uncomfortable for extended listening.

I plan on purchasing the Senn HD-650's along with a Naim Headline headphone amp and power supply next year. That being said, these headphones are in a higher price bracket (>$500) and need a headphone amp to truly shine.

In the $200 price bracket I would still lean towards the Audio-Technica headphones from my previous post, and have found that these headphones are a very strong contender and sound wonderful when driven by a receiver, even without a dedicated headphone amp.

But be sure to audition several headphones including selections from Grado and Sennheiser before selecting your purchase, ensuring that what you purchase will be comfortable for extended listening.

Cheers,
Alon
 

kaeksen

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I see this forum tread is old, but still i will tell XVTHB100 sucks. Batterylife is 5 songs on full power, and 1 hour talk. And this was first time use!!
 

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