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Need help finding wireless bluetooth headphones for watching movies

post #1 of 18
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Hi everyone, I just stumbled onto this forum, and I'm really glad that I found it.  I'm looking into swapping out my 10 year old pair of over the ear Sennheisers that have served me well for a newer pair.  I'm looking for a pair of bluetooth wireless to watch movies late at night, and also use with my Macbook occasionally.  It'll mainly be used with an Onkyo receiver.  I'm going to order an Avantree bluetooth transmitter to use them.  It has the new AptX codec, so I'd really like to find a pair that have that if possible.  I have fairly large ears, so on the ear headphones could also be an option if anyone has an opinion about those being more comfortable for those of us with larger ears.  I do find that wearing the over the ear do get hot, and cramped after a while.  Unless the pair I have are just a little small.  I have looked at the Sennheiser MM 550-X, but was concerned about the limited volume reviews I've seen.  I've also looked at the Parrot ZIK, but the reviews seem to be mixed on those.  I will say that I have the chance to get a pair of the ZIK's for free through my rewards program at work if those are a good fit.  I don't think they have AptX, but I'm kind of a Noob, so I might be making too much out of that.  I looked at the Bose, and they were ok, but the side panel looked a little strange.  I will admit that I did look at the Beats Studio Wireless and the Beats Wireless.  I thought both of them sounded pretty good.  I did listen to them at Best Buy with all of the hip hop songs on the display that may be tuned for them.  I know there are a lot of headphone brands out there I've probably never heard of.  I've also thought of maybe even a gaming headset like Turtle Beach so I could get the Dolby Headphone surround since I'll be watching movies.  Sorry for the long winded explanation.  As you can see, I really want to find the perfect pair!  I had my home theatre system set up perfect with my Polks and my Onkyo in my "Man Cave."  My son came along, and now he's sleeping on the same side of the house.  Wouldn't trade him for the world though!  Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 18

Have you checked out the UE9000?

post #3 of 18

How about the Sony MDR1RBT

post #4 of 18

I second the UE9000. I owned one for a while and it worked perfectly with everything I paired it with, from phone, to macbook and multiple other devices. They sound pretty great with music and have nice, satisfying bass for movies as well.

post #5 of 18
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Do they still make the UE9000's? It doesn't look like its easy to find. On Logitech's website, all I can find are listings for weird looking earbuds. The Sony's look pretty good. What about those Parrot ZIK's. Anyone know about them? Anything about over ear vs on ear preferences for large ears? What about the AptX codec?
post #6 of 18

I've been able to find em fairly easily.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094S37GS

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Logitech-UE-9000-Headphones-/321419584371?

I thought about getting the Zik myself for a while, but I remember reading somewhere, a while back after it first came out, that it was kinda buggy and required firmware updates. I didn't wanna deal with that (just wanted some cans I could pair and go) so I stayed clear. 

The UE9000 were pretty large and decently deep. I have pretty big ears myself- and glasses - but they were comfortable to me. Onlyy drawback they had, imo, is the ear pads aren't replaceable, so once they lose their plushness then that's it. That, and their cable was kinda flimsy.. It never gave me any problems though. It does support AptX, and so does the Parrot Zik. Don't know about the Sony's though. From what I understand, AptX just allows for music and other supported audio to be streamed with less file compression than standard bluetooth.

post #7 of 18
Look into Harman Kardon BT as well. I find them nice and comfortable, and have really enjoyed listening to movies on them.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Look into Harman Kardon BT as well. I find them nice and comfortable, and have really enjoyed listening to movies on them.

I was looking at the Harmon Kardon NC's actually last night.  I like the features on them as they have everything I'm looking for.  How does the bass sound on them?  

post #9 of 18
Ue900s are definitely a good set for watching movies and never once dropped connection. They're not too comfortable with glasses and the headband hurts after awhile, what I did is I bought a custom headband to go over it, literally just saw a thread selling the exact thing for $15 which made it far more comfortable. I sold the headphones eventually because I found myself not really using the wireless featue that much.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/newposts/filter/participated link to headband
post #10 of 18
The bass isn't amazing, but its pretty good. Its not a bass head can, but for most it'll be enjoyable.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

The bass isn't amazing, but its pretty good. Its not a bass head can, but for most it'll be enjoyable.

I think I'm going to get these.  I really like the specs on these, and the design.  I'm not looking for heavy heavy bass, just pretty good like you say.  I just hate getting headphones that have all highs and mids with no lows at all.  Do you have any experience with noise canceling?  I'm thinking about getting the NC rather than the BT, and wonder if the noise canceling would take away any from the sound quality?

post #12 of 18
I haven't tried it, but in many cases NC takes away from the sound quality. If you do get the HK BT, I hope you love it. I'm not a huge fan of BT headphones in the first place, but actually like the sound of this one, plus the mic has always been clearly understandable.
post #13 of 18

[On Ue9000] Well, the NC is pretty bad actually, it's maybe only a couple extra decibels. It already isolates very well though. If I recall, there was an audible hiss when using either NC or Bluetooth, I can't remember. So that's the one negative. It's pretty inaudible when listening to anything above ~65 decibels but still.

 

edit: Misunderstood what you were talking about, but there's my opinion on NC on UE9000.


Edited by Hapster - 6/7/14 at 12:57pm
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

I haven't tried it, but in many cases NC takes away from the sound quality. If you do get the HK BT, I hope you love it. I'm not a huge fan of BT headphones in the first place, but actually like the sound of this one, plus the mic has always been clearly understandable.

I got my Harman BT's today.  I love them!  They are amazing quality!  So glad I went with them!  Music sounds clear through my Mac.  I got a little Apt-X transmitter to watch movies with them for my Onkyo receiver.  They work amazing for that.  Very comfortable to wear.  Thanks for your recommendation!  By the way, the bass on them is outstanding in my opinion.  I think it's how you tweak the equalizer.  If you use iTunes at all with them on the computer, change the iTunes equalizer to the Rock setting, you'll see what I mean.

post #15 of 18

Glad you found something you like man!

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