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Need your help choosing my headphones (very specifics needs)

post #1 of 11
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Hi everyone,

 

I've been surfing the web for a couple day now trying to choose my headphone, to finally understand this forum seems to be the "gold standard" as for information about headphones.

I'm still searching but a bid of your help would be greatly appreciated.

Here are my needs:

 

*The price is not yet a problem so I have no price range restriction, although I don't want something over 1000$... if you know what I mean.

  • I want my headphones to be completely wireless (no wire, no usb dungle, no dock station).
  • I want to be able to lay in my bed or walk into the house without the laptop with me (especially for Google/Skype Phone Calls) (this let me conclude that any IR (infra red) wouldn't be suitable since they require the headphones to be in sight of the IR signal transmitter to communicate.
  • I will be using these both for phone call and listening to music as long as playing so games (so It requires a Mic for the phones calls and must have some decent sound quality. )
  • Mic must be part of the headphones themself (mic stick or built-in mic) (not on a duck station, usb dungle or anywhere else than on the headphones themselves. Why ? ---> because I want  to be as much mobile as possible and I don't want to be forced to bring any added accessories with me to be able to make a calls.
  • I'm looking for something portable but no ear buds. (something suitable for both outdoor and home)
  • Transmission range (both mic and speakers): doesn't need more than 10 meters but no less than 4 meters

 

So that's pretty much it.

From the searches I've done so far, I came up to some certitude that I need something bluetooth, since all other transmission technologies I know wouldn't suit all of my previously mentioned needs. (let me know if I'm wrong)

 

It's hard to search directly on the manufacturer's websites, because they all seems to list their very latest models only.

 

Here are some models I found that meet all the requirements I have mentionned above (I used headphones.com for my selection since it is the only site that offer a decent selection wizard (i.e by type of transmission, with or without mic, etc..) :

 

Sennheiser: MM100 - MM400 - MM450 - MM550

Creative: WP300 - WP350

Jabra: Halo

Plantronic: the Pulsar series

Nokia: BH 905

Bose: QC15

Akgk: 830bt

 

I'm almost sure I missed many, and that's where you guys comes into play. Let me know what's your suggestion ? (I know there are many more brand I missed like Denon, Bose, Creative Labs, Logitech, etc. etc..... so please share your knowledge with me and help me making a good choice.)

 

Thanks !


Edited by headfimarc - 8/14/11 at 10:32pm
post #2 of 11

1. Forget Bose, they're always hugely overpriced

 

2. The limiting factor is going to bandwidth of the wireless link. The last time I checked the best technology here was Kleer Audio. Some Senns have it but they'll probably run you over $100 if you can find a pair with a mic. If you want true hi fi sound this is probably the way to go - but you don't say what source you're using and what speakers or wired phones you are used to, so I don't know if this is part of your spec.

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by scuttle View Post

1. Forget Bose, they're always hugely overpriced


r u kidding me??

 

Bose has the most neutral sounding headphones. they can charge 1 million bucks for the Bose IEs cause they are without doubt the most advanced IEMs on the market

 

but there are 2 headphone companies called Beats and Skullcandy that even Ultrasone and Beyerdynamic can't match!!!!

 

lol jks

 

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by scuttle View Post

1. Forget Bose, they're always hugely overpriced

 

2. The limiting factor is going to bandwidth of the wireless link. The last time I checked the best technology here was Kleer Audio. Some Senns have it but they'll probably run you over $100 if you can find a pair with a mic. If you want true hi fi sound this is probably the way to go - but you don't say what source you're using and what speakers or wired phones you are used to, so I don't know if this is part of your spec.



Sound Quality is not my priority. Mobility is (which is why I want bluetooth...not even a dungle to plug), and require a mic

Source will be mostly laptop but eventually could also be my Smartphone, my PS3 or any other gaming console, TV or anything else that support Bluetooth , no wired phones, only bluetooth, speakers are withing the headphone.... I won't use any seperate speakers.

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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Eric_C View Post

What was wrong with the recommendations in your previous thread? http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/564587/looking-for-the-right-bluetooth-stereo-headphone-with-mic-for-me



Actually I forgot to look back. I just replied on it. Also I updated the first post with some more restriction in my choice.

Thanks

post #7 of 11

Sennheiser MM450 or MM550 are best sounding bluetooth headphones for better mobility, has built in mic, can use wireless or with wires, block out noise(has NC feature), maximum range, usefull buttons to control media.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Seems like Senheiser do their job in terms of marketing. Just everyone talk about these two exact models for my needs, although I know there are many other that should be considered before making the right choice... Thanks to all of you anyway, I'm glad you help me.

post #9 of 11
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Does any of you know a Wireless headphone (RF) whit it's transmitter as small as this ?:

 

been searching for an hour now and found nothing... these small transmitters are very common in wireless mouses.. but it seems like it's not so common for headphones. Let me know

MINI-USB-Bluetooth-Dongle-EL-DG018-.jpg

 

 


Edited by headfimarc - 8/17/11 at 9:30pm
post #10 of 11

You would probably get more responses If you posted this in the headphone section instead of the portable amp section :)

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post

You would probably get more responses If you posted this in the headphone section instead of the portable amp section :)



holy *$! why didn't I even notice that ?

Thanks

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