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Good headphones from notoriously 'bad' brands.

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

As the title says. Are there any certain models from companies like Bose, Monster, Skullcandy, etc that are actually good price for peformance ratio? And I'm not saying they are actually 'bad' companies but ones that are known for bad quality, price for peformance, etc.

 

Just asking this out of curiosity

post #2 of 17

I found the Skullcandy Aviators to be surprisingly decent.  More loose in its presentation than I prefer, but I didn't detect anything offensive about them sound-wise.  Comfort was good, but I didn't care for their plastic/cheap build quality that made them feel more like a toy than a piece of audio equipment.

 

In terms of price/performance, I have no idea what they sell for so I can't speak to their value.  From memory, I'd say $79 would be an optimal price for them.  $100 would be acceptable based on the brand's mass appeal.

post #3 of 17

The Monster Turbine Pro Copper are pretty great if you can get them for $80-100. The $399 or whatever MSRP is hysterical though.

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

The Bose QuietComforts are fricken' magic. I think they are overpriced but. That noise cancelling is amazing.

post #5 of 17
I've never heard a bad offering from Sony. Even their low-end stuff, despite all of their flaws, are still redeeming and enjoyable on some level.
post #6 of 17

The Aviators really are something special, considering Skullcandy's reputation. The Bose AE2's seem pretty nice as well, though the suction the ear cups create is pretty unsettling. Still, as far as sound and value go, I'd put the Aviators ahead of them.

 

The Beats Pro's are decent-to-good sounding, but an incredibly poor value.

post #7 of 17

Skullcandy Mix Master Mike are "ok"... just WAY overpriced...

post #8 of 17
Originally Posted by gelocks View Post

 

Skullcandy Mix Master Mike are "ok"... just WAY overpriced...

 

Lol, now I see why you reacted to the Audeze LCD-3 thread.

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kukuk View Post

The Aviators really are something special, considering Skullcandy's reputation. The Bose AE2's seem pretty nice as well, though the suction the ear cups create is pretty unsettling. Still, as far as sound and value go, I'd put the Aviators ahead of them.

 

The Beats Pro's are decent-to-good sounding, but an incredibly poor value.

I sound-tested both AE2s and OE2s at the PX over here, and liked what I heard from both of them, but liked the AE2s a tad better.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by kiteki View Post

 

Lol, now I see why you reacted to the Audeze LCD-3 thread.

 

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post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by HPuser9083 View Post

I sound-tested both AE2s and OE2s at the PX over here, and liked what I heard from both of them, but liked the AE2s a tad better.

 

I didn't like the OE2's at all. They sounded incredibly muddy, and I heard a lot of distortion in the highs. They were really comfortable though.

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kukuk View Post

 

I didn't like the OE2's at all. They sounded incredibly muddy, and I heard a lot of distortion in the highs. They were really comfortable though.

Of course I'd take a pair of MDR-7506's, UR-40's, Bass Freq's or any Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, or AKG offering over AE2s, or any Skullcandy or Beats offering any day.

 

Now as for QC15s or QC3s, that's a different story.


Edited by HPuser9083 - 7/1/12 at 4:58pm
post #13 of 17

i agree with the copper turbines.

post #14 of 17
The QC15's are badly constructed, have okay sound, but the comfort, 17/10, I'm willing to say they're the most comfortable headphones ever.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post

The QC15's are badly constructed, have okay sound, but the comfort, 17/10, I'm willing to say they're the most comfortable headphones ever.

they are comfortable but there is this weird suction when you put them on and it feels like its gonna pop my eardrum

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