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Need help choosing a pair of <$100 for my Dad to hear movies better - he needs all day comfort

post #1 of 10
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My Dad has that form of hearing loss where you can't understand what they are saying in a movie.  So I let him borrow a cheap set of Sennheiser HD201's as a test, and he said it works great! - he is plugging directly into a 3.5 mm jack on a Samsung plasma TV.

 

Now I want to upgrade him with the following main considerations:

 

● over the ear with good isolation

● all day comfort (he sits and watches movies for hours)

● a LOOONG cord to reach his easy chair (10ft. on the HD201's is not long enough)

● $100 or less at a discounted online source such as amazon

● sound quality that would be most suitable for distinguishing voices in movies (he doesn't do music or gaming)

● do not want a "noise canceling" headphone - his environment is quiet

 

comfort for wearing hours at a time is the primary consideration

 

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Edited by wild bill - 1/4/14 at 5:27am
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by wild bill View Post
 

My Dad has that form of hearing loss where you can't understand what they are saying in a movie.  So I let him borrow a cheap set of Sennheiser HD201's as a test, and he said it works great! - he is plugging directly into a 3.5 mm jack on a Samsung plasma TV.

 

Now I want to upgrade him with the following main considerations:

 

● over the ear with good isolation

● all day comfort (he sits and watches movies for hours)

● a LOOONG cord to reach his easy chair (10ft. on the HD201's is not long enough)

● $100 or less at a discounted online source such as amazon

● sound quality that would be most suitable for distinguishing voices in movies (he doesn't do music or gaming)

● do not want a "noise canceling" headphone - his environment is quiet

 

comfort for wearing hours at a time is the primary consideration

 

~

Hello,

 

Look into the Sennheiser HD439. It has great imaging and warmth bass for movies. It comes with a 1.4 cable and a 3m extension cable. In case it's not enough, you can always purchase a extension cord from Sennheiser

 

Hope it helps

Billson :)

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

Hello,

 

Look into the Sennheiser HD439. It has great imaging and warmth bass for movies. It comes with a 1.4 cable and a 3m extension cable. In case it's not enough, you can always purchase a extension cord from Sennheiser

 

Hope it helps

Billson :)

 

what would I need to buy to make the cable more like 5m or so? - would like a minimum number of connections so as not to affect sound quality - do companies make 4m or 5m etc. cables for these? (a single cable rather than an extension. - or if using an 3.5mm female to male extension is the only choice, does someone make one that is reasonably priced, yet not typical Chinese ebay crap cable?)

post #4 of 10

it might not be very good in audio or weight but....wireless headphones anyone?

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Interesting that you mention wireless, he has now increased his budget to $125 and has decided he wants wireless!  :rolleyes:

post #6 of 10
Wireless = degraded SQ. Too much wireless connection + wireless headphone = horrible signal and music may cut once in awhile. I am not sure if there is any good wireless headphone at your price range that can go as far as 5m.

If you want quality extension cable, MoonAudio makes quality cable but very pricey. Try contacting some of the Head-Fi DIY-iers, they may b able to build one for you at cost

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 10
MDR 7506 with velour pads.
post #8 of 10

sennheiser hd 518

 

If a cable is too short, just get an extension cable.

http://www.amazon.com/C2G-Cables-13787-Female-Extension/dp/B00007FGU7/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388892012&sr=8-1&keywords=3.5+extension+cable

 

and yes, wireless headphones kinda suck.

post #9 of 10
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MDR 7506 with velour pads.

That will work too but the less fun sounding signature of the MDR-7506 may make action movie sound boring eh? 

post #10 of 10
Your probably right. I'd get the Citiscape Uptown with an extension, or m50.
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