Best Headphone Ranking

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  1. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    18 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First

    Full-time rapper and part-time headphone brand Dr. Dre likes to say that “people aren’t hearing all the music.” A more accurate assessment: people aren’t buying the right headphones.
    Today, the audio industry is saturated with marketing. Clueless consumers snap up name-brands at $300+ price points while merrily scrolling past better, cheaper pairs. The problem? We’re conditioned to shop by brand, rather than by true audio experience.
    It’s time for change. We set out to separate the sound from the unsound. Which brands deserve our attention, and which should customers avoid?

    After gathering the specs, review scores, and features for nearly 3,000 headphones—from budget earbuds to full-featured DJ pairs—we scored every product out of 100, based on the following factors:
    • 75% – expert reviews (CNET, Wired, TechCrunch, What HiFi, Good Gear Guide, PC Mag)
    • 25% – specs and features (frequency, sensitivity, noise canceling, etc.)
    The results might surprise you. In the words of Dr. Dre, “Sit back, relax, and strap on your seatbelt—you never been on a ride like this before.”

    The Rankings?
    Read on......
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  2. goreds2

    goreds2 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I plan on looking for some noise cancelling ear buds for mowing season.
  3. hyson

    hyson Forum Jerk

    I still enjoy my cheap-o Skullcandy Ink'd earbuds (with their lifetime warranty).
  4. semipenguin

    semipenguin Cheeseburger Connoisseur

    Headphones used to be huge!

    Then they become small, with mesh around them, or they were sideways & could fit in your ear, but they still went over your head.

    Then they became earbuds.

    Then wireless.

    Now they're huge again! :eek:
  5. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    I love my #12 Bose headphones (earbud model).

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  6. Wolf

    Wolf The Lone Wolf

    I use to own a pair of Beats by Dre wireless version, until some asshole stole them, I thought the quality was pretty good, but I'm pretty satisfied with my Apple earbuds.
  7. hyson

    hyson Forum Jerk

    I'm not smart enough to enjoy good fidelity.

    I am, however, smart enough to figure out how to get 2 more pairs of earbuds for free due to lifetime warranties - cheap or not.
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  8. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    These are the first headphones to last me more than 4-5 months. Also the first to have seamless pause and restart as well as volume controls on the earpiece.

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  9. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    My Bang and Olufsen's are about 12 years old, and still sound great.
    The chord is finally starting to wear out. I think they were about $140 or $150 when I got them. Awesome investment. I keep thinking I should get another pair.
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  10. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    Been nursing a pair of $30 Sony buds for a year. I usually go through a pair of cheap ones in a couple of months and as rough as I treat them a pair of expensive ones would be a waste. Whenever the Sonys buy the farm I'd take a long look at a comparable pair.

    Must haves are L shaped plugs, multiple covers with a recessed screen So I can remove ear wax on a regular basis.

    Saw some waterproof models with rubber studs and said WTH. Found that nickel coated instead of gold gives up sound quality for moisture control.

    My weighted priorities are: durability, comfort, color, sound quality and price.

    The 7.1 surround sound on my son's Plantronic Gamecom 780's are perfect for PC, TV and related USB hardware.
  11. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    I used to think the same way. I used to do new pair every 3-4 months. 2 xmases ago I got my Bose ones and they are still good as new. Did get the extended war enter on them just in case.

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  12. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    I finally got another pair of the bang and Olusen's in May. We were in Boston for a funeral, and walked by the B&O store, so I picked up another pair.
    I'm still using the old pair for lawn mowing and whatnot.

    That's something like $12 per year. Not too shabby.
  13. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    I have Sony earbuds. They have all the features I like: cheap and sound okay. I also have a pair of Sony over-the-ears from back in the late '80s that I still use.

    Nothing beats a pair of 150-watt 3-way speakers, however.
  14. JHDK

    JHDK Release Robin's Bra

    this is exactly how i feel. i just stop by walmart around 2 times per year to get a pair of these for $15.


    i really like the sound and the price is perfect. when they break, and they always do, i dont feel bad about just buying another pair.

    i know i buy the cheap ones but i just dont trust myself or the durability of the in ear pricey phones. after anywhere from 3-8 months one ear ALWAYS dies. its like clockwork. if i had a ton of money the bose in-ears do look good.
  15. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    Well, 2 months before the extended warrantee was to run out, I noticed that the covering below the left ear bud had become frayed. They were still working great but I figure it was a matter of time before they gave out. So I opened a call with warrantee people (store doesn't do straight exchanges after 1 year). They e-mailed me shipping label for UPS and I mailed the headphones back. I got a gift card for full refund in the mail good for full purchase price + tax (less extended warrantee cost). (Whole process via e-mail took 2 days.) I notice the exact model I had before was no longer offered. They had some close but then I saw these. I had some extra $$$ from work bonus lying around so I purchased them.

    Bose® QuietComfort® 20 Headphones | Bose

    They are freeking amazing. They fit as well as old Bose ones did and sound as good or better. But the noise cancellation is amazing. And when I am crossing the street they have 'aware mode' so I can hear the truck before it runs me over. They have 2 models of this the QC-20 and the QC-20i. One is for iPhone (the i one) and the other is for Android/Blackberry. Only difference is iPhone model also controls iPhone volume. Obviously this is the one I got.

    I also find I can listen at lower volumes now that I no longer have to overcome background noise. If you have $350 to spare, I would certainly recommend this.
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  16. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Thems look nice.
    Glad they hooked you up so quickly.
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  17. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    Please post details like this first next time. :D
  18. IndustrialH

    IndustrialH "So much music .... so little time..."

    Noel Lee says he built the headphones Apple paid $3 billion for. His take? $0. Now he's suing for his share. (It's a couple of weeks old but still an interesting read)

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  19. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Crazy stuff.
  20. kryptonite

    kryptonite Well-Known Member

    I was using a pair of Sony "behind the neck" streetstyles. After a while, they were pinching my ears, so they were only good in short increments. Plus, the foam padding...not cool. Maybe the ear-pinching was because I only used the right side (easier to hear other noises with only one ear covered.) And...behind-the-neck doesn't lend well to lounging on a couch.

    I switched to the SkullCandy Uprock. :)

    ...I'm just looking for something in the $30 range...and no, the earbuds won't work. I never could get them to fit in my ears and I hear they're worse for long-term hearing, the way the sounds vibrate off the eardrum.
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