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Posted 3:28pm on Thu 7 February 2013
EverTheOptimist
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile
Posted 3:31pm on Thu 7 February 2013
FantasyMeister
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile

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Phillips SHP2500 headphones great for PC/Phone, Earforce XL1 headset great for gaming.
Posted 12:36am on Fri 8 February 2013
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile

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Depends on what you're gonna use them for. For gaming, I'd recommend a nice big pair with all the little bells and whistles. But for on the go I have yet to find a pair of headphones that have suited me better than Apples new earpods with the built in microphone/volume button. The sound quality is pretty damn good, they fit well in my ears and they're versatile for almost any occasion.

I always use headphones when gaming. My speakers are horrible.
Posted 2:55am on Fri 8 February 2013
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Depends on what you're gonna use them for. For gaming, I'd recommend a nice big pair with all the little bells and whistles. But for on the go I have yet to find a pair of headphones that have suited me better than Apples new earpods with the built in microphone/volume button. The sound quality is pretty damn good, they fit well in my ears and they're versatile for almost any occasion.

I always use headphones when gaming. My speakers are horrible.

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I'd never thought i'd hear that about apple headphones..

Saying that I swear by a £20 pair of Sony headphones. On my second pair in 3 years. Considering I get through apple ones in about 4 months, they are damn good! Tongue

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-MDREX38...0292078&sr=8-1


That also reminds me.. I need to get my blooming gaming headphones at some point :P
Posted 9:07am on Fri 8 February 2013
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile

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If you are ever feeling rich, I was rather blown away when I tried those outrageously expensive Beats headphones.

I've looked into getting new ones recently and SoundMagic E10 (£35) seem to get very good reviews.

With the state of my hearing I'd not recommend any. I'm currently using Senheriser PX200 which I pinched off a guy in work who claimed they were broke. I can't hear in stereo anymore so they work a treat to my ears. And can't argue with the £0 price tag either Smile
Posted 9:52am on Fri 8 February 2013
EverTheOptimist
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile

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This is really helpful, thanks guys. They're more for listening to Spotify on my phone but music is something I believe to be absolutely sacred. One of the reasons I paid more for my phone contract was so I could have unlimited data and stream songs at 320kbps Smile

@dav2612 I've listened with the Beats headphones too and they are jaw-dropping. It's not just a gimmick (although it may be fashionable) but I definitely, definitely don't have money for something like that!
Posted 9:57am on Fri 8 February 2013
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile

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These are what I use for PC and out and about (keeps my ears warm Smile)
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/9049938.htm
Posted 9:56pm on Fri 26 July 2013
Aazman
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile

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I'd actually recommend Sennheisers. I've bought them for friends. Beats quality is ok- but its digitally amplified so it's not as great as natural audio- take a listen of the Bowers and Wilkins P5- that is incredible sound quality. But any low end Sennheisers last for ever. I've had Senn CX95 for 5 years and it's still crisp. Another thing to note- Headphones take some time to "burn in" and the sound quality will improve.
Posted 2:23pm on Thu 6 March 2014
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile

» Go to EverTheOptimist's original post
I know this has kinda been brought back for no particularly constructive reason, but any topic on headphones has to come with a recommendation of my Audio Technica ATH-M50s. Forget Beats, overpriced rubbish. I was in a Currys megastore the other day and they have test pods that allow you to plug your own sound source into a load of different headphones, no surprised most of them were expensive ones. I tried the Beats ones, which to be fair were better than any of the other Sony or Seinnheisers on display, but they certainly didn't beat my ATH-M50s and at double the price I know where my money would go.

Bowers and Wilkins and similarly Grados are audiophile headphones, which is good, but also bad. Because if you're listening to a standard 192kbps mp3 they will accentuate all the flaws that compression creates and in truth probably sound worse than your mid-range Beats and Seinnheisers. However if you're listening to hi fidelity audio, the likes of FLAC and a pure audio source then you'll certainly notice all sorts of awesome bits of songs you never knew were even there. Separation of instruments is what you pay for in a good set of cans, clarity and sharpness. You want muddy bass and tinny highs Sony, Beats (low to mid end) and Seinnheiser have you covered. Don't waste money on good headphones if all you listen to is drum n bass or dance music, there isn't enough musical depth for you to notice the difference.

For gaming I used a pair of Seinnheiser PC 350s, not the greatest sound quality for music but the microphone is pretty unbeatable and even though they are a good many years old now, Seinnheiser still sell them and I was surprised to see a review of them pop up with a recommendation from Seinnheiser themselves! They still hold their value today. For pure clarity of voice and an excellent microphone i can definitely recommend them. When someone asks for gaming headphones i always think they're being used for comms and positional audio, not cinematic sound. I've always wanted a pair of Razer Krakens for the best of both worlds though, supposedly Smile
Posted 5:34pm on Fri 7 March 2014
snowman
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My headphones are ruined. I'm listening to the podcast while flurries of foam fall from my lugs and it's time to look at a new pair.

What do you guys use and would you recommend them?

I use my headphones for pretty bass-heavy hip-hop, metal and punk but I don't like headphones that neglect clarity for this. I'm open to in-ear or over-ear headphones and I'd probably spend around £40.

Also, just while I'm here and discussing items of an aural nature, do any of you use gaming headphones and do they add much to the experience versus a cheap, but functional, surround sound system?

Cheers Smile

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Senheisers are good headphones. Even the cheaper ones
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