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AVS Forum is planning a series of buying guides for the holiday shopping season, and we need your help. Each guide will include the top picks of AVS members based on reviews, threads, and—most importantly—your response to queries such as this one.

 

So, what are your favorite headphones? Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models. Simply post a comment with the make(s) and model number(s) and any elaboration you care to add; we might even use your comments in the final buying guide. Perhaps you love the one(s) you own or those you've seen at friends' places. Either way, feel free to include more than one, but please limit your response to the best you've seen among currently available models. You can also consider price and value in your choices—a particular product might not be the absolute best performer, but if it's very good and its price is relatively low, that makes it an outstanding value and worthy of inclusion.

 

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from the limited selection I've owned/tried...

best noise cancelling: bose qc15
best value: JVC HA-S700 or HA-S600
best sq: too rich for me, I have no idea tongue.gif

ones i'd like to try: Audio-technical M50, akg k181dj, v-moda crossfade, and apparently the monster headphones(now that they left 'beats') are actually pretty decent too

I should note, i'm not sure if all of these are 'current models' but they are definitely still being sold in stores/online.

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Noise Canceling: Bose QC15
Regular: Sony MDR-V6 or the pro version Sony MDR7506.

The standard of the recording and radio industry. I have listened to headphones that cost 3-4x as much and they don't sound as good or well balanced. Had a pair of Denon AH-D5000, which were definitely more detailed, but I couldn't get over how little padding there was on top, and the frame while light and made of magnesium hurt the top of my head.
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Grado SR80i - My favorite $100 headphones.

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I have m-50's and they are pretty decent for 100 bucks. very good with rock that has fast bass drums(not classic rock) and very good overall performance (for the buck) for people who listen to a wide variety of music, like me. That is what makes this a good entry level investment. When buying a headphone it really depends on how you are going to amp them and what kind of music it will be for. I also own some wireless sennheiser r120 which are just ok and some audio technica ATH-AD700 which are great for classic rock and some light jazz and blues. Its all about taste though. My next pair will be open ear with great bass response. Won't be cheap though but thats what I want smile.gif
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I listened to several headphones in the big box stores when looking for a pair for casual listening and my favorite were the Sony MDR-V6. Great bang for the buck!
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Noise cancelling- psb m4u2
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Akg K702 are a great neutral headphone and the Philips Fidelio X1 are great and fun headphone with great bass.

Am updating this post as i now have a pair of Sennheiser HD558's and they are fantastic with rock music. Very snug fit. Great bass and great vocals as well.
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Klipsch x11i

or the

Klipsch Image ones for $100 range.

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I have the Sony MDR-1RBT:

http://store.sony.com/premium-bluetooth-headphones-zid27-MDR1RBT/cat-27-catid-All-Headphones-Earbuds

I love them, bluetooth so they pair with my laptop, phone, and tablet. They sound great and are very comfortable. When I do work in our datacenters, it's nice to be able to listen to music without the worry about the cable getting caught on something. I can answer phone calls with them also which is an added bonus.

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My favorite headphones are made by a Korean company named Phiaton. I like their midsized over-ear type model 400 ms, ms for 'moderna series'. The earcups are made of black carbon fiber with very soft leatherpads and headbands. The leather comes in either a sleek looking black or a funky red. Very comfortable even during extended use. But their best feature is their sound quality. The sound is very balanced from top to bottom without any overemphasis in a certain frequency range. Bass is strong when the material calls for it with a very detailed and clear midrange and treble. While not cheap, these are a bargain, in my opinion, in the $100-150 range. I would say these are similar in sound quality, and a strong competitor with, the midrange Audio Technica models. I've bought these as gifts for freinds and family and everyone's been thrilled with them.

Highly recommended for good looks, comfortability and affordability!
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I love my Beyerdynamic DT990 very good for the price

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Grado SR80i - My favorite $100 headphones.
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I don't listen on headphones much these days, but I love my Sennheiser HD598s. Open, natural sound, great cosmetics too.
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+1 on the hd598's. the highs are amazingly energetic without any edginess, piercing or sibilance. Lots of dynamics and speed aren't this headphones strength but give them more focused music and they open up best. Transparency isn't bad either. The music seams to bloom out of the headphone softly. a nice character of the headphone which makes listening to music at night while laying in bed pretty euphonic.
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Listening to some Beatles music via my Marantz cd player with my Audio-Technica ATH ANC 7b:

http://eu.audio-technica.com/en/products/product.asp?catID=5&subID=36&prodID=3649

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The bose quiet comfort 15 are my current favorite because of the noise canceling, comfort fit and good size.

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Noise cancelling- psb m4u2

Same here. They have the best sound and noise cancellation and they are pretty comfortable. The only disadvantage is they are big.
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As recommended recently here on AVS, I purchased Pioneer SE-A1000 phones.
Really dorky looking, but they sound and feel great.
I like phones that I tend to forget are on my head and phones that sound very neutral.
These qualify on both counts.
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I like the V-MODA Crossfades. I have the LP2 which I think aren't made anymore, however, I'm sure there's a similar model currently sold. I tried to find a reasonable home theater headphone for my late night viewing, but they sound great for my music as well.
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I love my Sennheiser HD800s, everything about them. It's hard to beat their enormous soundstage and super detail. They are also the most comfortable headphone's I've used. The longer I have them on the more I forget I'm actually wearing them.
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I love my Sennheiser HD800s, everything about them. It's hard to beat their enormous soundstage and super detail. They are also the most comfortable headphone's I've used. The longer I have them on the more I forget I'm actually wearing them.

Same here, just wonderful, comfortable, awesome sound phones! If you can find a deal on them, they are well worth the price of admission! I use mine for gaming and love them.

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My favorite would have to be the Sennheiser hd800's. Though to truly get the benefits of such a headphone you need a dedicated amp and a quality dac.
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Just picked up set of Onkyo's new head phones. ES-FC300. Looks and sounds great.
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Open: Sennheiser HD598
Closed: Shure SRH-840
Best Value: Beyerdynamic DT 235
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Just a reminder it's a buying guide, as many of you all are recommending discontinued headphones which is not available as of now.

For cost-no-object, universal earphones, I would have to recommend none other than my terrific Shures SE846! Best tonality one can ask for.

However custom in ears and headphones are also other options with so many choices in so many price range, it's really hard to pull together a guide for headphones.
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In ear = Klipsch Image X10 (now the Klipsch Image X11)

On ear = Bowers and Wilkins P5

Over the ear = Bowers and Wilkins P7

...all driven by my NuForce iDo and Apple lossless files on my 80GB iPod classic. Only $150 and it has improved the quality of my music tremendously!
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Koss KSC75, and they cost about $15.
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+1 on the Koss KSC75. With a street price of $15, they really are unbeatable. They are a true budget audiophile gem with a signature that is fairly neutral yet dynamic. The earpieces are a little unusual, but the drivers are easily installed on a universal headband available from Amazon or Parts Express for about $7. You would have to spend over $100 to get a better sounding headphone.

The Sennheiser HD 558 and 598 is the next level in quality audiophile sound at the under $200 price point (street price). These open headphones have a natural ease of sound reproduction that stays close to neutral, yet has an open airy quality that makes them a joy to listen to. These are not thumpers so if you like pounding boosted bass, shop elsewhere. Many owners like using them with an amplifier, but they sound very very good plugged right into a portable music player too.

The Sennheiser HD 600 is next on the heirarchy. Street prices fall between $300 and $350 and for that investment you get a true audiophile grade headphone that is the ultimate "Jack-of-all-trades." Another headphone that sounds pretty much neutral in frequency response, the bass is fast and punchy, yet more fully fleshed out than the 558/598 above. Beautiful midrange and a detailed but not too bright treble make them a match for all music genres. They sound more refined and grain-free than the lesser headphones on this list, and you get the bonus of much higher build quality. Their high impedance means they sound best with an amplifier. For most enthusiasts, these are the last headphones you would ever need.

The Sennheiser HD 800 is the creme de la creme. It retails for $1500 but is often available for $1200 if you shop around. The HD 800 is simply the finest dynamic headphone you can buy with its extreme comfort, big airy soundstage, deep, fast and defined bass, silky smooth mids and sparkly detailed treble that, for better or for worse, reveals every last detail of your recording. Like the 600's above (but superior in every way), they are a chameleon that performs beautifully with any genre of music. They also require an amplifier to get the most out of them.
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