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07:06 PM on 04/10/14 
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A place to talk about headphones and other audio equipment.
07:06 PM on 04/10/14 
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The biggest advice I give anyone when buying headphones (or other audio equipment) is to do the research first. Read as much as you can about the different products and options you have. Try and understand what problem you want to solve (comfort, sound, portability, look, etc.) and then search for the product that best hits all these marks. And lastly, you need to listen to the music you’re actually going to be listening to through them when you test them. If you listen to a certain kind of genre more than another — test using that music or a playlist of your favorites. The bass in your favorite punk album is going to sound different than the Top 40 test music they have at the store.

Before buying headphones guide to read:
As the Wirecutter’s resident headphone tester and an audio engineer by training, I hear a lot of the same questions over and over again. Like: “How much should I spend on headphones?” and “Are Beats By Dre good?” and “What’s the difference between in-ear and over-ear headphones?” Let me answer these questions for you.


Spend some time learning if you want open or closed headphones (good video about difference) and on ear or over ear or in ear.

Here are my favorites:

Earbuds:

Klipsch Image S4-II
-- Super portable, great sound to price ratio.

(Love all Klipsch earbuds.)

Open Headphones:

beyerdynamic DT 990

Closed Headphones (Under $150):

Sony MDR7506
Audio-Technica ATH-M50
Onkyo ES-FC300
Sennheiser HD-280 PRO

Little more expensive:

Beyerdynamic DT-770

Closed Headphones (Around $300):

PSB's M4U 1s
Sennheiser Momentum

Super Expensive:

Beyerdynamic T90
LCD-3
07:18 PM on 04/10/14 
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These are my headphones, incredible sound quality for the price:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...solutepunk-20/
10:08 PM on 04/10/14 
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I want to sell my Ultrasone HFI-780s and get something somewhat comparable but more comfortable; they're a bit tight on my head and I get fatigued too quickly because of that. Presently looking at the Sennheiser HD 598s, but I'm open to other recs as well. My Koss KSC75s started cutting out in one ear today too so now I'm looking at replacements on the cheap/portable end as well.
11:46 PM on 04/10/14 
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Best phones I've ever bought
03:06 AM on 04/11/14 
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I got a pair of ATH-M50s right before those new ones came out, wish I would've known.
06:04 AM on 04/11/14 
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Fourchordwonder
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I have Sennheiser HD-439s, and I love them. Not terribly expensive, and I think they sound great.
07:03 AM on 04/11/14 
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I love my Sony MDR-EX100 for in-ears. They sound great and they're only $40.

I did find a pair of Beats Solo HDs on the sidewalk a week ago so I've been using those. They're ok. I'm glad I didn't spend money on them.
07:51 AM on 04/11/14 
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iamalexenglish
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I'm absolutely in love with my Sol republic HD tracks. They're never off my head.
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I love my Sony MDR-EX100 for in-ears. They sound great and they're only $40.

I did find a pair of Beats Solo HDs on the sidewalk a week ago so I've been using those. They're ok. I'm glad I didn't spend money on them.
I've been looking for good in ears, when I can't use my on ear Sol's. I'll look into them. Thanks.

might just get those in ear sol's though. im in love with sol
10:26 AM on 04/11/14 
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Currently running my all my sources through a marantz sr-5007. That's powering a pair of Martin Logan Motion 4s and a Dynamo 500 sub. But the stereo sound is starting to drive me crazy when I'm watching movies. I gotta add a center channel like, now haha.

I would ultimately loved to get a pair of Martin Logan ESLs to move as my front speakers and then put the Motion 4s as rears. But money.
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I got a pair of ATH-M50s right before those new ones came out, wish I would've known.
I have the old ones too actually haha
10:56 AM on 04/11/14 
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Bose IE2's have been my go-to in-ears for a couple of years now. Super comfortable and the sound is great.
11:29 AM on 04/11/14 
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Apple EarPods


11:31 AM on 04/11/14 
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Bose IE2's have been my go-to in-ears for a couple of years now. Super comfortable and the sound is great.
They're really comfortable. But I hate Bose.



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