Headphone/Earphone Recommendations? Ask For Advice Here!

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  1. Copie

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    And you can charge them whilst you are using them
     
  2. Sharpe

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    Could have sworn I saw them listed as needing batteries...perhaps I was looking at an old model's description?

    Still, i'd prefer a set that also sounds good without noise cancellation, but might just be best to bite the bullet and pick these up.
     
  3. Matthew kane

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    As much as I hate Bose, the QC35's is probably the best when it comes to a portable wireless noise cancelling headphone.
     
  4. DraGoN-BoY

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    I bought the QC35 for the missus, I found them to be super comfortable and the noise cancelling is top notch. However the Sony MDR-1000X are also worth a look. SQ wise I prefer the Sony, also the Sony have more options when it comes to noise cancelling.

    Personally I use IEMs with custom molded sleeves and found the noise isolation on par with the noise cancelling of the Bose.
     
  5. sanjeevlives

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    i got the parrot zik 2 for a recent trip and the NC in the plane was fantastic, could hear every word from my tv shows clearly and in the airport with NC set lower [you can set the amount via the app] it was still sounding good
     
  6. Nerdbox87

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    Yeah I recently bought the QC35s but often fall back to IEMs with comply tips. QC35s are basically unusable whilst walking or in any type of wind and do a shit job next to people talking if you're only watching Netflix (ie not as loud or consitant in volume as music)
     
  7. Cpt.J.Sparrow

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    QC35 have issues. Namely, firmware, sound leak, and high volume distortion. I returned mine and got Sony 1000X for less.

    Imo, QC35 is an expensive downgrade from QC25.

    If you have custom fitted IEMs with noise isolating tips, you probably don't need NC headphones in most situations. You will also get superior sound quality. I own 5 different NC headphones and can testify that SQ isn't their strength. Sony 1000X and Audio Technica's ANC9 top the field in terms of SQ, but not extraordinary in any way.

    QCs have exceptional NC and comfort, but are really tiring to ears especially on long flights. I am guessing the sound generated to cancel the noise is responsible for the pain. I recommend wearing foam ear plugs at same time if not listening or if you are trying to get good sleep during the flight (or in a server room :paranoid:).

    If you are after best Bluetooth NC headphones, Sony's 1000X is simply the best at the moment. Sony really stepped up their NC game.

    The best way to save on these overpriced NC headphones is:

    1. wait for a substantial discount (eg. stock clearance sale)
    2. price match at a competitor's store
    3. pay with discounted gift card(s)
    4. claim TRS

    or buy secondhand in audio forums (they appear to depreciate like Hyundai :lol:)
     
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  8. OJR

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    I agree with the above. I have 2x pairs of Zero Audio carbo IEMs and they are perfect for any NC duties I need. I often work in loud datacentres and have tried NC headphones and found the IEMs to work better.
     
  9. Matthew kane

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    The Sony 1000X are much more expensive then the QC35's though. $480-550 vs $350-395 for the latter.

    Surprised Comply are still business. Unfortunately the T-400 and T-500 tips I had didn't last long enough. The foam and double flange tips from Sennheiser are absolutely superb for medium to large ear canals.
     
  10. DraGoN-BoY

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    Comply seem to be pretty popular and are often bundled with IEMs. I personally couldn't get a good seal with them and found Etymotic grey cylindrical foam tips worked best for isolation. Then I discovered Sensaphonic silicone sleeves which are perfect in all aspects.
     
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    Hey guys, I'm currently hunting for some sub ~$200 closed over-ear headphones. They will be used for a variety of things, music, tv/movies, guitar, keyboard, and a little gaming. From my searches Audio Technica M50X's came up a lot. In the comments there were also a number of people suggesting the M40X were also worth considering (some saying they liked them better). JB hifi had the M50X and MSR7 which I tried for a couple minutes each. I'm coming from canalphones (Shure SE215) so the isolation on both didn't seem great but that was in a fairly noisy store. I thought the M50X's sounded pretty decent but for certain music like rock I found the treble end of the sound to be a bit harsh, I didn't notice the same in other genres like jazz or electronic. The MSR7's are out of my current budget but I did find I liked the fit of them better and the highs didn't seem to have the same harshness as I found in some music on the M50X's but they also had a little less on the low end which I'm guessing is what is meant by "flat sound profile". Haven't found a set of M40X's to try yet. Any suggestions for other headphones to consider?
     
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    I don't find the treble of the M40X harsh. The bass is a touch too pronounced, but apparently the M50X are worse. JB price matched a much better online price for me.
     
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    What are my options for wireless headphones with a mic?

    Will be used purely for gaming, no music or anything (would get some decent wired ones for that).

    Only thing is that it has to have a strong wireless signal. My current set (G930's) cut out intermittently because of interference from my wifi/baby monitor/whatever.
     
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    currently run ath-ad700 open back headphones but need new ones some time soon. i would like a similar unit but in wireless, is this a thing? is it possible to get good open back cans that are wireless?
     
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    Guys, I was reading about some motherboards today and I was amazed at the effort some go to to put good audio hardware onto their boards but nearly every headset that I or my kids have used (gaming) are usb so am I missing out on something? Are usb headsets (eg G930) good enough for gaming? What non-usb headset would you even use for gaming?

    Looking forward to replies on this.

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    I bought this PowerADD bluetooth reciever for a solution like that (paired with both my SHP9500 and HE-350) but honestly, it's got some horrendous signal noise/interference. I'd imagine a set-up like this with a much better receiver might be the way to go.
     
  17. Trevstar

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    Howdy all,

    Looking to buy a new set of headphones to replace my budget ones ive had for years.

    They will be used for gaming (overwatch/mmos etc) and youtbe/music (rock/todays music).

    Looking to spend $200.

    Mic would be a bonus but not concerned if it doesn't have one.

    Prefer the type that covers my ear.

    Have been reading some reviews on the Steelseries Artic 5 they are looking pretty sweet - i have opted for the wire cause i cant justify over $100 more for the 7 version just for wireless.

    Anyone have experience with these headphones?
     
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  18. Matthew kane

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    AD900x or 558. Both closed, acceptable sound quality without spending a shit load and no mic. They are circumaural, covers your ears.
     
  19. Trevstar

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    Has anyone had experience with Creative Sound BlasterX H7 HD 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset?
     
  20. jpw007

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    Ad900x as mentioned, or the model with a mic ADG1X :thumbup:
     

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