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post #1 of 26
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I'm about to buy the sony mz-r900. I've heard from so many people that the supplied earbuds suck. I would really like a descent pair of headphones (I don't really like the earbuds thingies). Can anyone recommend a good up to 50US$ pair of portable (It's rather important they'll be portable) headphones.

post #2 of 26
I'd reccomend the Koss KSC-50. It's a clip-on style headphone, extremely portable, and it sounds great. I'm not sure where you live, but you can buy a pair at Borders for $20, as you can at Best Buy and it only costs $15 at Circuit City. It's also a rather stylish pair of headphones. Here's a picture:

This just in! Koss has also made a new set of streetstyles with what should be the same transducers as the KSC-50. SO if you like streetstyle headphones, you can get them at www.headphones.com. Again, here's a picture:
post #3 of 26
Originally posted by Neruda
It's also a rather stypish pair of headphones.
"stypish" -- are those the kind of 'phones that Michael Stipe wears?

post #4 of 26
alright, you know what...

it's edited. you happy now?
post #5 of 26
Lots of minidisc owners also like the Sony EX70SL's, they some in black or white and have a short cord, with an extension cord. $57 @ www.minidisco.com ; $51.50 @ www.minidiscmall.com
A *little* over budget, but keep it in mind.

Also the Koss KSC-35's ($22-$30) and KSC-50's (only $20) (as Neruda recommended). These use the same drivers and are fairly cheap; The 35's squeeze on your ears for better bass, and i guess a slightly better sound overall, and the 50's are cheaper and look better; some say they are a bit loose compared to the 35's. [The Portapros and Sportapros both use the same drivers as the 35's and 50's - Portapros seem to be the best choice for most - reg $50, but they can be had for as low as $35 if you look around the net]

Some good cheap earbuds are the Sennheiser MX-500's, a few ppl cannot use them because they don't fit their ears right, but many proud owners (who have the right fit with the MX-500's) say that they are quite similar to the (approx) $80 Sony e888's, and share many of the same qualities, but are a lot better value.

-Hope I didn't leave any out!
post #6 of 26
I was going to reccomend the ex70's too, but he pointed out that he doesn't like "earbuds thingies." So we'll have to leave those out, unless he's willing to try them.
post #7 of 26
Originally posted by Neruda
alright, you know what...

it's edited. you happy now?
Nope - I kinda *liked* "stypish"... and it let me make a joke. Ok... admitedly, it was a bad joke....

post #8 of 26
I was going to reccomend the ex70's too, but he pointed out that he doesn't like "earbuds thingies."
Oops, missed that part, sorry!
post #9 of 26
They might not work well with the r900 anyway, since they're rather hard to power.
post #10 of 26
I use the 888's with my R-900 recorder - they do go loud enough most of the time for me (although they do let a surprising amount of outside noise in for earbuds). I have also used the MX-400's and they work well.

The only time I've known this player to go 'really loud' though is with the Etymotic ER4P's. If you can afford them - don't hesitate.

I hope this helps.
post #11 of 26
I would just like to ask why everyone is always saying that the EX70s are hard to drive? My MZ-R90 mdp (2x5mW) drives them really loud at 50% volume. Maybe I just listen really quiet?
post #12 of 26
or maybe I listen really loud . They do have a low effiecency rating though, I think around 91dB/mW.
post #13 of 26
Actually, the MDR-EX70LP has an efficiency rating of 100dB @ 1mW, which is moderately lower than that of other Sony earbuds (108dB @ 1mW).
post #14 of 26
But 100 dB @ 1mW is still more than Grados 98 dB @1mW.
post #15 of 26
yeah whatever, they don't get as loud as Grados!
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