New headphones

Discussion in 'Techie Discussion' started by Summo, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. Summo

    Summo Loyal Freddie

    I've just bought a CD/MP3 player (iMP-350, £60 from eBay!) and I'm very pleased, but the headphones are a little weak and I'm looking for replacements.

    I'm after in-ear headphones with the best sound possible (obviously) for no more than £30.

    Does anyone have any recommendations?

    Yours, as ever,

  2. Clown

    Clown Part of the furniture

  3. stormrider

    stormrider Fledgling Freddie

    Ive got a pair of Sony MDR-EX71SLB Fontopia Headphones which I havent had any trouble with, but reviews on Amazon seem mixed. 25.99 from amazon, though theyve got a long lead time now.
    Very nice, got nice bass and block out everything around you. Which is why I dont use them at work - difficult enough for people to get my attention with the cheap in-ear ones I use there as it is :)
  4. PR.

    PR. Fledgling Freddie

    I've got some of these, very nice :)

    Great for work cos I can listen to music and no one else knows that I am! Good sound and bass. etc etc...

    Overall (y)
  5. Summo

    Summo Loyal Freddie

    An awful lot of people on Amazon complaining about the left earpiece failing, but then they all comment on how good the sound quality is.

    Hmm... do I take my chances? Hmm...

    Does anyone know about the quality of Sennheiser earphones? Particularly the MX500?

    edit: Actually the customer reviews on the MX500 are shit.
  6. Xavier

    Xavier Can't get enough of FH

    We really liked the MX500 when we used them a while back for iPod testage... but I'd have to suggest these as I've just gotten a set and they blow everything except for my sony earbuds with noise cancelling (>£100) out of the water - and they're a bit of a bargain at £29 or thereabouts online...

  7. Summo

    Summo Loyal Freddie

    Ooh! Thanks, Xav!
  8. Xavier

    Xavier Can't get enough of FH

    Heh, just re-read my post, and just to be clear, the 00ber noise cancelling earbuds we've got are the >£100 jobbies, but for the money those apple aftermarket wossnames are teh spinkeh. Apple have them for direct sale on their UK store - clicky 'the store' - they're under 'iPod accessories' for ~£29.

  9. ArrrImmaPir8!

    ArrrImmaPir8! Fledgling Freddie

    Get a pair of Koss Earbuds and do this to them. Anything else is a waste of cash as all in ear plugs are shitty unless you pay for decent canal fits.
  10. stormrider

    stormrider Fledgling Freddie

    Yup was worried when I read through those last night as well - 100+ comments. Though one comment was from someone who had them 13 months without any problems. Ive had mine about 11 months. Might just have been a bad batch. But as with anything you buy, you assume its going to be reliable. Though I would have thought Sony would cover them - at the very least.

  11. Vae

    Vae Resident Freddy

    I also use the Sony Fontopia headphones and think they are fantastic. My only complaint is that I've lost a couple of the rubber ear buds (there's 3 sizes of them) when they've got caught on things when pulling them out of pockets/bags etc.

    I can wander down a London street and feel in my own little world because it blocks out so much noise - at least until some Taxi tries knocking me down anyway as i walk deafly across a road in front of it :(
  12. wyrd_fish

    wyrd_fish Fledgling Freddie

    i usd to have a pair of koss', they where quite good until that wire broke in side the shefe*, and you had to twiddle it 'till it worked

    they came with my rio mp3 player

    my current ones are some cheep philips, there OK but not mega
  13. Summo

    Summo Loyal Freddie

    Well, I've just bought a pair of these from an offline shop in town so I can take them back if an earpiece fails. There were just so many good reviews of these headphones that I had to have them.

    Thanks for all your help guys!

  14. Summo

    Summo Loyal Freddie

    Fuck! These aren't even as good as the iRiver phones I got with the device! I don't suppose Sony will take them back, either.

    I've just thrown away £35.

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  15. Wij

    Wij I am a FH squatter FH Subscriber

  16. PR.

    PR. Fledgling Freddie

    Pfft, nothing wrong with the headphones, get your ears seen to! :eek:

  17. Clown

    Clown Part of the furniture

    What's wrong with them? Lemme test them :p
  18. mookie

    mookie One of Freddy's beloved

    make sure you've got the right size buds on, and that they are well sealed in your ear, or they will sound like shit.

    i love mine :)
  19. Nos

    Nos Fledgling Freddie

    I've got some Fontopias, don't think they're that good tbh :/
  20. Summo

    Summo Loyal Freddie

    A bit chuffing late for that, Nos!

    A friend at work likes them over his cheap pair and has agreed to but them for £20. I don't feel like such a mug now. :)
  21. tris-

    tris- Failed Geordie and Parmothief

    i need new ear phones, but i cannot wear inner ear phones. reason being they do not fit at all! does anyone know a good pair that wrap around your head? by that i mean round the back of your head.
  22. Clown

    Clown Part of the furniture

    I think I'm going to get both the Sony and Apple in-ear buds...
  23. stormrider

    stormrider Fledgling Freddie

    d'oh, sorry you didnt like them.
  24. Xavier

    Xavier Can't get enough of FH

  25. stormrider

    stormrider Fledgling Freddie

    Nice review - totally agree on the bass apsect of the Sony pair.
  26. Cask

    Cask Fledgling Freddie

    I feel like a mug. Spent 99p on some cheapo ebay headphones just so I could use them for teamspeak on a seperate PC and the cable doesn't even reach half way from the sound card socket to my head.
  27. Tom

    Tom FH is my second home

    Be warned that you cannot wear these headphones with spectacles, or sunglasses.

    I'm wondering if any research has been done into the negative effects caused by personal stereos on people's long-term hearing. I wouldn't mind buying an mp3 player, but I can't help worrying about tinnitus in later life.

    Also, bear in mind that ear infections are quite easy to catch with inner-ear headphones. Make sure you clean them with alcohol every few weeks, and don't let anybody else wear them, ever. Most news presenters have their own inner-ear earbuds for this reason.

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