Headphones for Ladies?
post-183233
Thread Starter
Post #1 of 34

SteveA

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Feb 8, 2002
Messages
142
Reaction score
10
Joined
Feb 8, 2002
Posts
142
Likes
10
Hi All!

I've purchased a 5gig iPod for my wife's birthday. Ever since we saw one last year at the local Apple store, she has hinted from time to time how nice it would be to have one.

I ripped all her favorite tracks and downloaded them to the little rascal. An aside: the Windows version using MusicMatch worked well with no hitches or drama, just had to add a Firewire card to the PC, loaded the disc, and was good to go!

Her birthday is this weekend and I believe one possible issue might be the earbuds supplied. I've seen posts stating they do not sound great but I don't believe she will take exception to that aspect. Rather, I'm concerned about the comfort and fit. I've tried these and found them to not fit very well. Maybe my ears are larger and they will fit fine on her.

She works in a somewhat noisy office environment so some noise isolation is desirable. She does spend some time on the phone so whatever she uses will need to be easily removed. She wears earrings and also doesn't want to muss her hair. These last considerations plus the "dork" factor were what kept her from donning the Grado SR80s I provided for use with the boombox she has now.

Seemingly an ideal candidate for Etys which I would gladly buy for her. Unfortunately, I don't think she would be comfortable with these little guys planted in her ears.

So where does that leave me? I plan to give her the unit and try the stock buds (with a pack of Rat Shack foamies thrown in) and if they don't work we'll go to the local audio huts and try some options. Does anyone care to suggest some units for a short list? Or, if there are any ladies here, would you please share your insight?

Very best regards,
Steve
 
     Share This Post       
post-183237
Post #3 of 34

Sol_Zhen

Takes his kids to the natatorium every morning.
Joined
Sep 6, 2002
Messages
2,113
Reaction score
10
Joined
Sep 6, 2002
Posts
2,113
Likes
10
It would probably help if you could list her preference in styles. Is she OK with ear buds? Does she prefer full size cans? Or will they muss up her hair?
 
     Share This Post       
post-183239
Post #4 of 34

SteveA

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Feb 8, 2002
Messages
142
Reaction score
10
Joined
Feb 8, 2002
Posts
142
Likes
10
I believe that if the phones are light enough with a narrow band, like the Sonys Rick mentions above, she might not take issue. Full size cans would likely require her to remove her earrings to wear. She does not like my Grado SR80s or my Sennheiser HD600s.

I'm really not sure if she will or will not like the buds. I think this will depend upon how well they fit and how relatively non-intrusive and inconspicuous they are.

Regards,
Steve
 
     Share This Post       
post-183250
Post #5 of 34

Magicthyse

Better to look good than to sound good!
Joined
Jun 13, 2002
Messages
890
Reaction score
10
Joined
Jun 13, 2002
Posts
890
Likes
10
Headphone for ladies?

<------- Need I say more


Hmmmm. Joking aside, hair-friendly yet good-sounding and good-isolating phones are hard to find.

There's the KSC-50, which dangles from the ears from the top so would be earring-friendly even if the earrings are substantial (unless she has them 70's hoops). But they provide practically zero isolation with plenty of leak. Perhaps worth getting one just to try though? At $15-$20, you can hardly go wrong...
 
     Share This Post       
post-183251
Post #6 of 34

Tyll Hertsens

Garmentus Vulgaris & Headphoneus Supremus
Member of the Trade: Innerfidelity
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Messages
4,102
Reaction score
1,172
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
4,102
Likes
1,172
     Share This Post       
post-183274
Post #7 of 34

MacDEF

Headphone Hussy (will wear anything if it sounds good)
Joined
Jun 26, 2001
Messages
6,761
Reaction score
12
Joined
Jun 26, 2001
Posts
6,761
Likes
12
If she has a thin/small head, I agree with Tyll. If not, get a pair of KSC-35 while you still can (actually, buy two... you'll want one for yourself
).
 
     Share This Post       
post-183275
Post #8 of 34

Neruda

Banned Moderator
Joined
Jun 20, 2001
Messages
3,216
Reaction score
10
Joined
Jun 20, 2001
Posts
3,216
Likes
10
or the KSC-50s, I suppose.
 
     Share This Post       
post-183284
Post #9 of 34

MacDEF

Headphone Hussy (will wear anything if it sounds good)
Joined
Jun 26, 2001
Messages
6,761
Reaction score
12
Joined
Jun 26, 2001
Posts
6,761
Likes
12
Quote:

Originally posted by Neruda
or the KSC-50s, I suppose.


I dunno; they're a good deal bigger and heavier than the KSC-35, as well as being less secure and harder to put on, IMO. That's why I say to grab the 35 while you can!
 
     Share This Post       
post-183294
Post #10 of 34

fiddler

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Jun 24, 2001
Messages
1,930
Reaction score
30
Joined
Jun 24, 2001
Posts
1,930
Likes
30
My friend bought (under my recommendation) a pair of KSC-35s, and now I know what all the hype is all about. I agree that they are FAR more comfortable than the -50's, which I sold.
 
     Share This Post       
post-183299
Post #11 of 34

Dusty Chalk

Head-Fi-holic: With headphones would just be a benny.
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Messages
6,565
Reaction score
15
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
6,565
Likes
15
Why would headphones for ladies be any different than headphones for men?
 
     Share This Post       
post-183304
Post #12 of 34

RickG

Electrostatic Elvis
Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Messages
4,722
Reaction score
11
Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Posts
4,722
Likes
11
I agree with you guys about the sound of the KSC 35's; (hell, I've stockpiled at least 10 pair for when times get tuff - then I'll sell 'em). The question is more about fashion and a "ladies" perspective. The 35's are difficult to put on and look like a couple of Leaches on your ears. Now I know us guys don't care about that kind of thing, but believe me, women do! Maybe the 55's would be good; at least the band could be hidden under the hair. They will not, however, be good for anyone with anything but a real small head.

Just some thoughts...

 
     Share This Post       
post-183306
Post #13 of 34

Dusty Chalk

Head-Fi-holic: With headphones would just be a benny.
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Messages
6,565
Reaction score
15
Joined
Jun 22, 2001
Posts
6,565
Likes
15
Quote:

Originally posted by RickG
Now I know us guys don't care about that kind of thing...


I do.
 
     Share This Post       
post-183307
Post #14 of 34

RickG

Electrostatic Elvis
Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Messages
4,722
Reaction score
11
Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Posts
4,722
Likes
11
Quote:

Originally posted by Dusty Chalk
I do.


LOL, Dusty!

 
     Share This Post       
post-183341
Post #15 of 34

kerelybonto

doo-di-doo-di-dum doo-di-dum doo-di-doo-di-dum
Joined
May 6, 2002
Messages
1,518
Reaction score
10
Joined
May 6, 2002
Posts
1,518
Likes
10
The Koss KSC-55 would also be my choice under your criteria. And by the way, Tyll sells them at HeadRoom, though trying to be impartial he was too polite to direct you there.

kerelybonto
 
     Share This Post       

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top