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The Perfect Portable [a multiple choice poll]

Poll Results: Besides the sound, What are the most important features you look for in a portable headphone?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 4% (57)
    Foldable
  • 8% (102)
    Small
  • 19% (238)
    Comfort
  • 5% (71)
    Detachable cable
  • 16% (202)
    Build quality
  • 13% (160)
    Easy to drive (no amp needed)
  • 0% (5)
    Open
  • 0% (10)
    Semi-Open
  • 11% (138)
    Closed
  • 7% (91)
    Appearance
  • 2% (25)
    Accessories
  • 3% (46)
    Replaceable parts
  • 4% (52)
    iPod compatible
1197 Total Votes  
post #1 of 70
Thread Starter 

Let us have a poll to determinate the most desired specs and features in portable headphones.

 

Besides the sound, What are the most important features you look for in a portable headphone?

 

You can select more than one option, but please dont select them all, IEMs dont apply.

 
post #2 of 70
Thread Starter 

Comfort, Build quality  and Closed seems to lead af os now.

 

besides those 3 I also voted for "Detachable cord" I think it should be a must for portables, single sided cord or course.

post #3 of 70

103 votes and nary a comment...

 

Small, closed, and foldable.

post #4 of 70
Thread Starter 

^ no 'comfortable' maverick?

post #5 of 70

Do you usually wear portables that long?  If I know I'm going to be listening for awhile I use my IEMs instead.  Way more comfortable, but less convenient to take on and off.  They'd have to be pretty damn uncomfortable to not last at least an hour or so which is all I really need.  Most people seem to feel differently though.

 

I could go hog wild and select most of the rest of the options too since many are important to me to a degree but that kind of dilutes it too much.  I'd add neckable too, but since my neck's way to big for anything made for normal sized heads to do that comfortably its probably a lost cause..

post #6 of 70

Comfy headphones go a long way. Even for me, isolation in portable headphones is important. Any, even HD201 isolation (~8 dbs) because I used portable headphones on the go. For me things like detachable cables aren't too important for a portable headphone, because generally I dont be in the environment for critical music listening, rather I'll just enjoy the music.

 

iPOO compatible is a must, especially for a marketing POV, I believe.


Edited by mitos - 6/14/11 at 9:05am
post #7 of 70
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

Do you usually wear portables that long?  If I know I'm going to be listening for awhile I use my IEMs instead.  Way more comfortable, but less convenient to take on and off.  They'd have to be pretty damn uncomfortable to not last at least an hour or so which is all I really need.  Most people seem to feel differently though.

 

I could go hog wild and select most of the rest of the options too since many are important to me to a degree but that kind of dilutes it too much.  I'd add neckable too, but since my neck's way to big for anything made for normal sized heads to do that comfortably its probably a lost cause..

 

Yeah, I usually drive by portables, the thing is at work Im between the campament and the office, and sometimes on the go. and I get to be at my home for about 1 week per month, so for my listening times are 80% in portables I'd say. Ive using the MS1 for portable, would be perfect eccept because of the non existen isolation. 

 

The HD25 does it for me most of the time.
 

 

post #8 of 70
Thread Starter 

bumpo. I want at least 1000 votes. 

post #9 of 70
Thread Starter 

up

post #10 of 70
Seems like Comfort gets the most votes.
post #11 of 70
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by yliu View Post

Seems like Comfort gets the most votes.


I'd expect so.

I'm surprised to see "easy to drive" in third. I guess not all of us think its OK to carry more components

post #12 of 70

Comfy is important, but if portables are not foldable, for me, they are not very portable. (Meaning they are a pain to pack and carry while traveling in a commercial carrier)

 

 

Gawain

post #13 of 70

Am I the only one out of two that prefer open then closed?

 

I wear my grado around with pride! 

post #14 of 70
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

Am I the only one out of two that prefer open then closed?

 

I wear my grado around with pride! 


of course you are not alone grados are great. I use alessandro MS1 sometimes too, mostly in office or waitting room. but when Im on a car/bus/train/plane the sound is not enough, it need to cancel outer noise.

 

post #15 of 70

For me durable and detachable parts are a must,  because I can be a klutz. Being able to replace parts makes a expensive headphones easier to justify. 

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