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I have a pair of JVC noise-cancelling headphones. They are dying. Recommendations for a new set? 

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WraithGod Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Skull Candy is great, you can get them for like $20-$30 this time of year and the bass i crazy for that price range. I'd suggest finding a liquidation store (idk if you have XS Cargo, Liquidation World, Factory Direct anything like that) of some kind and grabbing a pair there, you will twice the bang for your buck than if you went to an electronics store.
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rheaosylvandras Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
AHHHHH!!!!!! And then once that's over, a nice pair of sony (extra bass) is wonderful, or [link] but they are expensive.....
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Artist
I tried on the extra bass today, actually, they were pretty sweet. I just don't need bass ALL the time, y'know? XD Aaaaand yeah, my budget is like $100... I don't think I'll ever have a reason to spend anywhere near 1k on a pair of headphones, hahaha.
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rheaosylvandras Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
darr, find good ones?(yeah, i was kinda retching at the price afterward.. i can't imagine spending that much on them.. perhaps if i made them... and were selling them.., but yar!)
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thexxxrust Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Urbanears Plattan all the way. In my opinion the sounds quality is WAAAAAAY better than skull candy, I'm hearing things in my songs that I never even knew were there before. The noise cancellation on them is superb, I can't hear anyone around me even on fairly low volumes, and they don't leak noise at all. If you blast your music on the highest volume just stick the headphones together and you can hardly hear a thing. PLUS they aren't at all expensive, selling for 60 USD on the website.


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Ludjia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ear buds are easier to take with me and don't break as fast, have less energy usage than headphones.
My mp3 player loose all its battery if I use headphones. I know nothing about brand, but earbuds is really better for portable music imo.
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Lenalis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Holy wow, hah! I came screaming over here to laud Bose for its awesome, and I see that's been taken care of D:

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That link right there (though you can find them cheaper but I don't know what the most reputable sites for purchase would be) is to the headphones I use for 6-8 consecutive hours daily. It is my bread and butter to have uninterrupted, uncompromised sound, and these bad boys do just that. I'm also in an environment with lots of foot traffic and nearby conversation (...cube forest) and I have zero interruption until someone physically touches my shoulder for my attention.
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Lenalis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
lol end-italics fail

disregard that
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Flaming-pancakes Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
ya cant go wrong with most philips headphones der not to expensive and they last age:D
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nervene Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Oh, and as another point; if you can afford them, go for the more-expensive 'high reputation' brands - my Sennheisers were $150 when I bought them, but they've lasted for four years, which basically runs down to the same price you might end up spending buying a bunch of crappy headphones after they keep breaking (I know some people go through a pair every 6 or so months).

Some might argue they don't mind buying pair after pair for cheap headphones, but no matter how many cheap headphones can last as long as a single pair of high quality ones, you're still listening to cheap sound during that time.
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nervene Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Whatever you do, don't go with Skullcandy; they are fashion statements with frequency responses that put the artists' mixes in a blender and sound nothing like what was intended for your ears to hear.

Sounds a bit strange, but something you can go by that will often help you skip over the utter garbage is to avoid headphones that come in various colors (often times these are just consumer-grade fashion statement headphones for people concerned about what they look like over the quality of the sound) or ones that have 'names' - by that, I mean the headphones worth putting on your head are usually just the company name with some letters/numbers to designate the model (of course, this is by no means a way to find out which ones are good; just something to help expose the ones that probably are not-good).

Bose seem overpriced for the sound quality, but I can't speak for noise canceling - people who know good headphones have said good things about Bose noise canceling, so if I was in the market for that I'd definitely look at them.

I've been using the same Sennheiser HD 595s for about four years now - do love them, but they're open ear design (which is basically the exact opposite of noise canceling, but great if you're in a quiet environment or would like to be able to speak to others without removing them). AKG, Grado, Denon, Audio Technica also have high reputations if you're serious about good sound, but again, heard next to nil regarding any noise canceling technologies from these - however the closed-ear designs may have sufficient noise stopping power, but like what I own, some go over your whole ear but are still acoustically open, so you have to check for that.

Anyway, main drive to write this was just to get you to avoid burning your money away and getting a pair of garbage Skullcandy as there are so many recommending them. :faint:
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tealizard Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sony MDR-XD200 if you want something lower in cost... Bose if you don't mind paying 200+ for a pair of headphones.
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R-Eventide Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I can't help much in the noise-canceling department, but in terms of earbuds, I've been using the $40 Sonys for years now, and they're awesome. They're not Bose, but they're great for earbuds. Shovin' 'em into your ears helps muffle outside noise, though not as much as actual noise-canceling ones, of course.
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LexGoyle Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Skullcandy SkullCrushers or Logitech G35 (if this is for computer listening)
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm probably one of the last people you'd want to ask about headphones; but Sony and Bose would probably be my recommendation.

I've suffered way too much hearing loss due to noisy environments (jet engines, hydraulics units, industrial noise) and old age. I've got quite a bit of tinnitus (ringing in my ears).
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ScribbleFox Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
The higher end Skullcandy are very nice.
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ScaredyCat Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Mine are Sony noise-canceling, model MDR-NC6 and they were refurbished. Let me tell you, the factory must have done something ultra awesome when they refurbished them 'cause a brand new MDR-NC6's sound quality just isn't as good as my refurbished pair. I've had them for 3 years and they're a bit worn now, but the sound quality is still amazing.
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Zaebrael Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Expensive but I recommend Bose. Very nicely built, great quality.
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Frozenglasstiger Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010   Digital Artist
I have a Pair of regular Sony Headphones I bought from Future shop for 10 bucks, and they've lasted me just about 4 -5 years now soo, and they've been through weathers imaginable! lol Canada! anywho they're just regular ear bud phones, Cheap like 10$ or something. their black and orange, and their great. I dunno if they're all like that, suppose I just lucked out, my mom keeps buying me new ones but I never need em! lol, I used to go through head phones every half year before she bought me these XDD

Hope this helps.
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repinswodahs Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
For me, there's a brand called iFrogz, and their earbuds are called "Radiation" and come in a pretty broad selection of colors. And they're only $10. Generally I have a problem with earbuds, but when these are in, it blocks out almost everything. And I even wear them around inside Walmart, can't hear anything with the music paused.
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Sadistic-Half-Demon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like skull candy, but there kinda fragile.
Try em and see if you like them. :3
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Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student General Artist
If you are ok with expensive--Boise!
If not, Sony = BEST choice :)
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6th-Dimensional Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I use Sennheiser with great satisfaction. I got the PXC 300/350 for a few years, but they had this wonderful habit of the wires shorting out after about a year of use. I downgraded to the 250 series - cheaper, not very noticeable sound difference (still amazing bass and clarity), and they've lasted me much longer, since I think this current set is upwards of 3 years old.

They aren't PERFECTLY noise-cancelling, but I'd say not being able to hear the engines on a small aircraft while music is playing is a pretty good thing. Only difference I really noticed was the cheaper pads on the headphones, and that goes away once your ears aren't spoiled. xD ... Oh, and for the amount of time I use them (a lot), I typically have to replace the batteries every week or so.
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Pyrah Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I have Razer's Megalodon Headset. The price may be a bit hefty, but it's totally worth it. You don't need to install any drivers, they work instantly.
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Skullcandy has the best sound quality I've ever seen (Well. Heard), but they break way too easily. I'd recommend iFrogz Vertex if you can find them (actually any of the iFrogz over-ear headphones are great, but Vertex are the best so far [link]). They're almost as good as Skullcandy and a lot harder to break, and the best part is that they're less expensive. Not that much less, though :T

For earbuds, though, I'd definitely go for Skullcandy. I have a pair of Skullcandy Ink'd earbuds that have fantastic sound quality and are noise-canceling like you wouldn't believe. They've also lasted me quite a while.

AND THEY COME IN COOL COLORS *U*
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NewShine Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link]

They're noise cancelling, but they don't retain noise perfectly. BEST fifty bucks I have EVER spent. EVER.
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Artist
Hrm, thanks for the link, I've actually been looking for a pair of smaller phones for working out since my nano earphones are also on their way out. These look like they'd be great!
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CuzzaCurry Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Anything BUT Skullcandy! Those are crap when it comes to durability. Go for Sony or Bose if you're willing to dish out a lot of cash.
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dionneong Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bose or Sennheiser. Don't get conned into the 'fashion statement' brands.. <3
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FantaTara Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you can afford them, BOSE headphones are very good with excellent bass. :)
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DexuMihai Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I have a pair of Technics RP-F290,i am very pleased with them,i have them for about a year and a half, gold plated standard 3.5 mm jack and a larger one for the amplituner or stereo deck,they are awesome,i give them 1000 thumbs up :thumbsup::D


Good luck in your search :)
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zilla774 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Bose Quietcomfort 15 - the over ear NOT the on ear
Audio Technica ATH-ANC7

I've tried both, the Bose is absolutely STUNNING for noise reduction. The Audio Technica wins on price (half the price) still plays if the battery fails, but the noise cancelling isn't as good as the bose. Both have the same audio quality overall - but the Bose definitely won out for me :)

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Nera-Aljon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have a lovely pair of Sony headphones, myself. They were a bit more expensive, $80 I think it was, but it was worth every penny. Even at a low volume, people usually have to wave to get my attention. lol They're comphy, too.
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gravenimagez Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Artist
Sony work just fine for me.
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JynxedDraca Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
If you don't mind ear buds, marshmallows are awesome and they are also noise canceling.
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jinx0 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Sennheiser HD 205 - dj's head phones
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Very good quality of sound and deep bass...
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WindsweptHells Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
-nthing skullcandy. I have two and earbuds and I love 'em. can't hear a thing.
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HyruleUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bose for sure. Or those like special ones they come out with for celebs, because they are a super good brand, even if they ARE for Jay-Z >.>
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beansbigtop Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I use Skullcandy. I use the ear-buds, but they're noise-canceling and have good bass.
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3DVortex Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
www.skullcandy.com best headphones dude, durable, amazing sound, and design
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yes on all accounts apart from durability. I love Skullcandy, but they break SO EASILY.
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3DVortex Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Not really! I have my lowriders and they have been sooo durable!
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I had a pair of Hesh phones. They were great while they lasted, but I dropped them once and the adjustey bit in between the band and the earpiece snapped. It was ever so annoying :T
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3DVortex Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Dude, recommended, low riders, mmmm and try the ones that have the cable protected with wool
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Pythosblaze Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I had lowriders before, but the sound quality wasn't quite up to par and they also broke after only a year or so.

Haven't heard of the wool-protected cable, though.
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Wolf-Daemon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have extremely small ear canals, so my earbud selection is rather restricted and probably unhelpful. :C
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absolutezero1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
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Beat headphones i have ever used
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Maieth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Join HeadFi forums and get some solid advice from the audiophiles on there.

Loads to consider, inclusding your taste in music, budget and other concerns, e.g. comfort, style, portability etc.

For example, I wanted to spend around 100 for headphones to use mostly at my desk while working. I like all sorts of music but mostly things with a rich a deep sound. There were loads of headphones available but following plenty of personal advice and recommendations on there I got some Denon AD-D1001s for about my target price and they are EXACTLY what I wanted - immensely comfortable, great clarity with a lovely smooth, rounded tone that delivers plenty of bass without being too punchy. They're also miles better than anything I would have bought in a store for the same price.

If your music and listening habits are important to you, get some really good advice ;)

Have fun
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Maieth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
And on the subject of BOSE, mentioned above - they are great, and often easy to find and try out, which makes them very tempting, but you can get better for similar money.
For you, BOSE's noise cancelling products are second to none, but their sound quality can easily be outmatched by similarly priced products from brands like Sennheiser, Denon and Audio Technica.
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eXiidus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am using Siberia icemat headset, nothing I would recommend if you need good bass. But very comfy. :)
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