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Looking for some over the ear headphones, not earbuds or any of those portable tiny headphones. I will be using these in bed at night for games and movies, so I don't care how big they are, just how good they sound. They need to be fairly comfortable and absolutely must keep all the sound inside so nobody else can hear them.

I don't need the best sound in the world, just the best I can get for that price.
Any suggestions?
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I like the Sennheiser brand and they make decent budget priced headphones that perform very well. A couple of examples are the HD201 and HD202
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD2...2341106&sr=1-4 (closed back)
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-...2341106&sr=1-1 (closed back)
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-...341447&sr=1-65 (closed back)

Another brand to look for is AKG. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_ex_n_...rnid=303116011

These look very interesting.... http://www.amazon.com/Akg-K142Hd-Hig...2342051&sr=1-2

"closed back" headphones attempt to separate the listener from room and outside ambient noise.
"open back" headphones allow a certain amount of room/ambient sound in, an "open" listening experience, good for low noise environments, like home or one person office.
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Thanks, I'll look into those. I should also mention that I want headphones that go completely around the ears. I don't want anything to touch against my ears because that can be uncomfortable after a couple hours.
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Skullcandy makes some good ones. Just got my old lady a pair of onears for ~$30
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If you can find them at a good price, the Sony MDR-V6. Check the reviews on Amazon.

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I always thought skullcandy were just cheap headphones for kids, but I've never used them so maybe that's wrong.
And I'm sure those Sony MDR-V6's are nice, but I can't find them for less than $200, too much for me.
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Another thing I don't like about my old pair, they have a crunchy, squeaky sound every time I move my head. Not from the speakers, from the plastic rubbing together. It's very annoying. I want a quiet pair.
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Check out this site, it seems comprehensive:

http://www.headphonereviews.org/
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I made this thread awhile back, it should help you find the perfect pair: http://www.ifans.com/forums/threads/...s-iems.361891/

Bring your budget up, $60 is not enough. I know you don't want best sounding but at least you want a pair that wont break, and will sound enjoyable.

Since you want closed headphones, I recommend the Ultrasone DJ1 Pro's.

http://www.lockwaresystems.com/headp...at-22-208.html

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The only reason I don't want to spend a whole lot is because these will only be used when I am in bed and don't want to wake up my wife. I have a surround sound system in the living room with a projector and a 130" screen. So the headphones aren't that important, I just want to replace the old crappy ones I have now. Just decent is okay, they don't need to be great.

Any one know anything about the Sony xb500s?

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-XB500...pr_product_top
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Well, then at that price range all I can recommend are these: http://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-BWAV...pr_product_top

First time seeing them on sale. The sound quality is really nice on these. I know you said no IEMs but unless its do to putting them in your ear, they fit your requirements perfectly.

 

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Yeah, I just can't do the in ear ones because they really bother me. I know some people don't mind them, but they are really uncomfortable to me. I guess I have small ears or something.
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You would be surprised by the performance of these monoprice headphones. It's been said these are rebranded Kicker hp541's. I have two pairs I use during broadcasting and they are great. They aren't my sens hd600s, but for $21, they sound pretty damn good.


http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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You would be surprised by the performance of these monoprice headphones. It's been said these are rebranded Kicker hp541's. I have two pairs I use during broadcasting and they are great. They aren't my sens hd600s, but for $21, they sound pretty damn good.


http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Thanks, can you tell me if the plastic parts squeak a lot when you move your head around, or if any one near you can hear the music while you wear them?

After reading all the great reviews on monoprice and this one: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57337747-47/how-good-can-$21.59-headphones-be/

I think I will pick these up. They are so cheap, it's worth a try. And I can return them in 30 days if I don't like them.
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