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Gift for a friend: $150 Budget, Foldable + Case, Noise Cancelation, Better than Beats by Dre

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Hey guys, planning on getting a gift for a friend who mainly listens to his iPhone.

 

Basically I am on a 150$ budget (Though I would prefer 130 max), and he wants a foldable headphones with case (Like Beats by Dr Dre), noise isolation/cancel, and better than Beats as they were his last headphones that he broke, but I told him I can probably find better headphones than Beats.

 

I was looking at this, anyone has experience with them?

Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones

 

Any other recommendations? Please use only Amazon.com


Edited by wonderba - 12/3/10 at 5:57pm
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No experience with the ATs, but here is another option to consider:

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AH-NC732-Active-Cancelling-Headphone/dp/B001ETPZ74

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Also, I'd appreciate if people who have had the Beats by Dre could post and compare their nominee with the Beats or post about their past experiences with the Beats

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Beats are not that revered here:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/438081/thinking-of-getting-the-beats-by-dre

 

I personally did not care for them when I had a chance to demo them at Best Buy.  I thought their bass was bloated and muddy.  However, every Denon pair of headphones I have demo'd has offered a nice warm bass-rich response without the distortion.


Edited by SoulSyde - 12/3/10 at 5:21pm
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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post

No experience with the ATs, but here is another option to consider:

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AH-NC732-Active-Cancelling-Headphone/dp/B001ETPZ74



I'm sorry but I am really a noob when it comes to headphones, and have only really heard of Sennheiser/Grados/Shure/ and Audio Technicas? Are Denons also a really good company? And it says this, which confuses me Over 40 hours of battery life with a single AAA battery. Why do they need batteries?

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Denon is a very good company.  Their highest end headphones retail for $1,000.

 

The battery is for the noise cancelling chip that is located in one of the ear cups.  Any good noise cancelling headphone needs to be battery powered to power the NC device.  The Denons can also be used without a battery, the NC device is just not activated in that case.

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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post

Denon is a very good company.  Their highest end headphones retail for $1,000.

 

The battery is for the noise cancelling chip that is located in one of the ear cups.  Any good noise cancelling headphone needs to be battery powered to power the NC device.  The Denons can also be used without a battery, the NC device is just not activated in that case.



Thanks for your help, alot!

 

Any other opinions/options guys? I would like if the price was more of 100-120ish since I didn't plan on really paying the full 150 bucks! Maybe there is a good Denon noise cancelling headphone that is around that price. Thanks

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anyone else?

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