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Old 12-19-2010, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Headphone advice

I am looking to buy my girlfriend a nice set of over-the-ear headphones for Christmas. However, I don't want to get something excessive given the limit of sound quality for the devices she uses (iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano, Macbook). She has a variety of ear buds to use while working out, so this would be for studying, working, commuting, and relaxing.

Something in the $50-100 range would be best, and it would be great if they were not too large or too utilitarian (something reasonably sized and available in colours would be great). She liked the set of SkullCandy headphones I bought her last year, but I quickly realized the manufacturing quality is sub-par (I realized this around the same time they snapped in half during careful use) and I am sure I could get something with better sound quality.

Thoughts?
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Grado SR-60. And, if you can afford to spend more towards the high end of 100 bucks, go with the SR-80s.

Very good set of cans that do not require an external amplifier. Great sound quality when hooked up to a typical portable media source.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Look for an older pair of Bose on eBay or something similar.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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you can send your skullcandy's back and get 50% off anything they have in stock, I have had to that 3 times now, and I have never had a problem with customer service, so your broken pair doesn't have to go to waste, although I've stopped rocking skullcandy overear headphones because I had the same problem 3 times.. goodluck shopping.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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They may be too bulky for what you are asking but I have some Sennheiser 570's and I really like them. I also don't know what they cost because they were a gift. They are super comfy.

I wear them at work and people think I can't hear them but I can actually hear just fine. It's pretty funny.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks! I am thinking the Grado will be too large. Also, I will add the requirement that they must be somewhat enclosed. She has a shared office so sound leakage would piss people off. I have read that Grado sets leak a lot of sound.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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They are a little more expensive, but what about the AKG K518DJ? The reviews look good and the store down the street has them.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I just saw a couple of options pop up in my inbox this morning from newegg.

Here's the flyer (grab the coupon codes)
Newegg.com - Last Chance for Holiday Shipping + Find Perfect Last-Minute Gifts Here!


and here are the direct links (again, should be cheaper with coupon codes from above)
Newegg.com - Sennheiser - Professional DJ styled - Closed Dynamic Bass Headphones (HD 202)

Newegg.com - Sennheiser - Evolution Over-the-Ear Headphones (eH 350)
The reviews seem pretty good.
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They are a little more expensive, but what about the AKG K518DJ? The reviews look good and the store down the street has them.
IDKFA, the size difference between the Grado's and the AKGs is negligible.

But, you are right about the sound leakage. The particular model of Grados I mentioned favour an open-ear approach for better natural, sound quality. Whereas those particular AKG's are closed back. So, the leakage will be less at the cost of a little sound fidelity.
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Call me a hipster but visit your local Urban Outfitters. They usually have a nice over-the-ear headphone selection.
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