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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

So I definitely don't know too much about headphones. I just started college and I'm currently stuck with the earbuds I got with my iPod (the 3rd generation ones) because my roommate didn't want me to bring speakers and I am near fed up with them. When I was at home I usually used my speakers and in comparison, the earbuds I have sound... dull.

 

I'm not sure how, exactly, to determine what earphones sound better than others but I like listening to alternative rock, EDM, pretty much anything but hip hop and rap. 

 

What I really like about the speakers I have at home (and in my car) is that they sound really "lively". I don't know how else to describe it. 

 

Any help/suggestions would be very much appreciated :D

post #2 of 13

Headphones for use with your iPod.

JVC HA-S500 on-ear folding headphones, $60.

post #3 of 13

Earbuds for your iPod: Philips SHE9000/28 (http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHE9000-28-In-Ear-Headphone/dp/B004JU0E3A)

 

I owned two pairs, till one of them died. But that took a really long time, I forgot when I even bought them when they did die. Personal favorite, in terms of earbuds.

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

I think I'm going to opt for headphones. The headphones I have used before tend to become uncomfortable after a few hours of wearing them. They tend to pinch my ears against my head and it gets sore. 

 

For the JVC HA-S500, can you tell me why you suggest that one? Or what you like and don't like about it?

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Headphones for use with your iPod.

JVC HA-S500 on-ear folding headphones, $60.

+1 on the JVC's

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by fawntyre View Post
 

For the JVC HA-S500, can you tell me why you suggest that one? Or what you like and don't like about it?

Over 500 pages of how great they are...

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-jvc-ha-s500-appreciation-fan-thread

:beerchug:

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by fawntyre View Post
 

I think I'm going to opt for headphones. The headphones I have used before tend to become uncomfortable after a few hours of wearing them. They tend to pinch my ears against my head and it gets sore. 

 

For the JVC HA-S500, can you tell me why you suggest that one? Or what you like and don't like about it?


I do own the JVC HA-S500-Z (Gunmetal gray) headphones, easier to use then my Sony MDR-V6s.

Have used the HA-S500 with my Clip Zip and Sony E465, and to me the sound quality is fine.

Also it's only around $15 for different ear pads (Velour or Leather) for use with the HA-S500.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by fawntyre View Post
 

I think I'm going to opt for headphones. The headphones I have used before tend to become uncomfortable after a few hours of wearing them. They tend to pinch my ears against my head and it gets sore. 

 

For the JVC HA-S500, can you tell me why you suggest that one? Or what you like and don't like about it?

Do you have a price range? Perhaps you should look into some full-sized headphones, I also have the issue of comfort with "on-ear" headphones, so I usually lean towards full-size, ones that sit over the ear. Those can range from the (sticking with JVCs) the HARX300, which are nice but lack in a lot of areas but are dirt cheap, to the HARX900, which are heavy but produce good sound at a reasonable price. Of course there are much more expensive options such as Sennheiser and AKG, some Sennheisers do tend to clamp extremely hard, like the HD280s they clamp hard. AKGs and the "higher-end" Sennheisers such as the HD598s don't clamp as much and are actually really comfortable. 

 

Good luck in your hunt. 

 

Run on sentences all over the place, I think.

post #9 of 13

The JVC FXD70 is a better sounding version of S500.

With the right EQ and DSP it can sound pretty darn good, even when compared with much pricier in-ears and open over-ears.

The S500 is rather uncomfortable as well.

You need these foam tips though with the FXDs.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-PR-Memory-Foam-Tips-Earbuds-Eartips-For-Most-in-ear-earphones-Sony-Mdr-as-40ex-/321040110591?pt=AU_Electronics_Portable_Audio_Accessories&hash=item4abf7b53ff

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for something under $75,

 

The S500 does look very tempting. How are they "uncomfortable"? Do they piinch your ears after long hours of wearing them?

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

So I ended up buying the JVC's, and I love them Thanks for your help ^__^

 

Now that my in-ear earphones have died, any suggestions for in-ear ones that are of similar sound quality? 

post #12 of 13
I have the Donscorpio Bass Colours, which are the same as the first generation Velodyne vPulse. Good bass for the price smily_headphones1.gif

Also, the Xiaomi Pistons get a lot of love on Head-Fi: http://www.head-fi.org/t/703651/the-xiaomi-pistons-thread

Lots of good IEMs to choose from in this set of reviews: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-318-iems-compared-narmoo-r1m-added-07-03-14-p-936
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

I was looking for a thread like the last link. Thanks!

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