А как вас зовут, извините? (vityokr) wrote,
А как вас зовут, извините?

Best headphones update

As you might know, I try to keep abreast of the top headphones market. Ie I basically buy / try whatever new headphones come out to see if anything out there is better than what I already own. I do this 2-3 times a year.

In general I am fairly happy with the state of in-the-ear headphones but am yet to still find the perfect over-the-ear pair.

Last week was a big one - I've been very happy to find two new pairs that now occupy my 'the best reasonable money can buy' perch.

In-the-ear headphones - thinksound ts02-blkchoc. $80

While I was fairly satisfied with my last pair (don't remember the name but they were red) - these are simply amazing. I give them a 10 on sound quality. Unbelievable power - I can not turn the volume on my Macbook above 2 (out of probably 15) - gets too loud.

The only thing I think of that can be improved is fit - not because they are uncomfortable (they are probably the most comfortable ones I've had as well) - but just because it's something that can always be improved.

There is one thing missing, though. There is no microphone and hence no easy way to tell L from R.

Over-the-ear headphones - Sony MDR-1A Headphone - Silver (International Version). $240

I have not had much luck finding quality over-the-ear headphones that I could wear for at least 30-40 minutes without feeling discomfort (from pressure oh my head and poor heat dissipation). Tried many different pairs (going up to $400-$500) - without no success. Last pair I tried before these was Master & Dynamic MH40's - that look like a piece of art and sound great as well. Unfortunately I could only handle them for about 15 minutes - after that the pressure and heat grew too much. Was a sad return.

Then I specifically googled for 'comfortable fit' and found this new pair from Sony. So far I'm blown away. They sound amazing and have, so far, the best fit I've come across. Still not perfect but better than anything I've seen.

They cost $300 everywhere but Amazon was offering a $240 "international version". I was a bit apprehensive but have to report that it's absolutely legitimate and that's the one I would recommend to get.
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