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    1. PARENT - Sony MDR-EX71 Fontopia
    Too low to display $117.99 list($199.99)
    2. Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones
    $31.29 $28.99 list($49.99)
    3. Sony MDR-EX81LP Bud-Style Stereo
    Too low to display $63.79 list($99.99)
    4. Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones
    Too low to display $92.94 list($149.99)
    5. Etymotic Research ER6i Isolator
    $14.19 $13.49 list($19.99)
    6. Sony MDR-A35G S2 Sports Headphones
    $48.62 list($69.99)
    7. Sennheiser HD-497 Over-Ear Headphones
    Too low to display $102.99 list($169.95)
    8. Sennheiser PXC 250 Noise Canceling
    $20.98 list($49.99)
    9. Jensen JNC50 Noise Canceling Collapsible
    $19.47 list($29.95)
    10. Sennheiser HD 202Headphones
    $6.49 list($9.99)
    11. Sony MDR-E828LP Fontopia Earbuds
    12. Bose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise
    $94.99 $75.57 list($109.99)
    13. Sennheiser RS-120 Wireless Headphones
    Too low to display $83.01 list($199.95)
    14. Sennheiser HD-280 Dynamic Collapsible
    $71.19 $70.49 list($129.99)
    15. Sony MDR-V600 Studio Monitor Series
    $47.45 list($149.99)
    16. JVC HANC100 Noise Cancelling Headphones
    $89.25 list($149.99)
    17. Sony MDR-V700DJ Monitor Series
    Too low to display $122.70 list($169.95)
    18. Sennheiser RS 130 Wireless Surround
    Too low to display list($99.99)
    19. Sony PSLX250H Turntable
    $37.99 $31.63 list($49.99)
    20. Sony MDR-EX81LP/B Bud-Style Stereo

    1. PARENT - Sony MDR-EX71 Fontopia Bud-Style Headphones
    by Sony

    Asin: B00077JZHA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (284)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Return to sender
    I haven't even plugged these in and am already annoyed.The cord is designed moreto show off the SONY logo instead of comfort or what you're use to with any other set. I am not going to sacrifice comfort just so I can act as their billboard.Instead of meeting in the middle, both L & R wires come together on one side, so you have this stupid metal clip/logo hanging right next to your face, hitting you as you move around.I tried them on and was instantly annoyed.Who the hell designed these stupid things?Keep looking, these suck.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Comfort, comfort, comfort
    Did I mention that these are verycomfortable?Well, they fit snug and comfy and sound very clear. When it comes time to replace the awful headphones that probably came with your portable player you might try these.Essentially these have the same specs as another pair Sony makes that is black and without the extension cord. If color is not an issue take the black pair. Why? Well they don't come with an extension like these do. The extension is a pain. If you use them without the extension they will be snugand good only if you re not moving and a little person. If you are average size or bigger and on the go with your portable the original cord is too short. If you run , bike, walk or skate for exercise with music the original cord is no good. If you use the cord it is overly long. I mean you could probably strangle yourself in cord there is so much. I don't get why they didn't stick with the original formula which was perfect. Anyway the sound is very good compared to most originals that come with portables. I got a pair for one of my sons and he likes them, except the length or shortness of the cord. One more thing, the price at Amazon seems better than most other outlets since theyseem to charge up to $20 more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very nice sound, but...
    .. the left earphone has gone nearly dead after three months.Probably my fault.The wires are *very* thin, and I pinched one of them in the lid of the plastic case.Going to look for something a bit more sturdy.
    I gave this a lower rating earlier because I thought one of the earbuds had gone south due to a pinched thin wire.Not so.If one or both of the earbuds loses volume and clarity, check the little screen covering the speaker nozzle.There should be a tiny pinhole in the center of it.If it gets clogged with earwax, the sound will drop dramatically.*Carefully* clean it out with a pin, and all will be well again!

    4-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT HEADPHONES!
    These headphones are great! The sound quality is excellent and the in-ear style is much more comfortable than any other type of headphone. Good price also. I use these headphones for running, climbing, hiking and it's been under the sun, in the sand, accidentally in water and been through some tough treatment, yet withstands and plays great, even after 1.5 years!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Sound and price Good, cord BAD!
    What others have said about the good sound quality of these earphones is true, and they are also very comfortable, much more so than the Ipod phones that I retired when I got these.This is my second set which I got on recommendations of some of the reviewers.The first set was white, and the insulation on the wires of those started dissolving and falling off after only six weeks.Some reviewers said the wire on the black ones was better so I tried those.I sit here another six weeks later with headphones that are disintegrating, the insulation has turned to a soft putty-like consistency and is just falling off the wiring in hunks.Perhaps users that wear the product outside of clothing where perspiration is less of an issue would be more satisfied with this product, unfortunately job safety prevents me from wearing the Ipod and it's wiring exposed. ... Read more

    2. Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones
    by Shure
    list price: $199.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001NNLHK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Shure
    Sales Rank: 262
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Get these Shure Sound Isolating Earphones for when music really matters. They produce an audiophile listening experience with their studio-quality sound, and they are small and ultra light with a compact design, making them ideal for active listening while you're on the go. These high-energy micro-speakers deliver great tonal balance across the entire frequency range, revealing the subtle details of original recordings, and the foam and soft rubber sleeves customize your degree of isolation and reduce outside noise. Imported. ... Read more


    • Compatible for use with 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) audio output ports
    • Smallest of Shure E-series Weighing only 0.9 ounce - less than 1 ounce
    • Instead of bulky headphones, E3 wearers get form-fitting earpieces that stay securely inside the ear without uncomfortable headbands
    • Sound isolation prevents outside noise from interfering with the music, and creates a quiet space for exceptional audio clarity
    • The studio grade, low mass, high energy micro-speakers employ balanced armature technology for more efficient output and extended high frequencies

    Reviews (54)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best earphones by far!
    First off, if you're scared by the price, you won't appreciate what these earphones offer you.Otherwise, these are the best earphones I have ever tried (though I haven't tried the Shure E5C).

    Simply put - the sound is crisp, flawless, and flat.Too many consumer earphones falsely boost the bass or rolloff the treble frequencies (intentionally or not).These give you a wonderfully flat response, so you hear the music as it is recorded and was meant to be heard.

    Keep in mind, these are designed to be on-stage in-ear monitors.They're rugged, lightweight, and solidly built.The method of routing the cord (over the ears, down the back of the neck) is designed to conceal the cord behind a performer and inside their clothing.However, I have found that the E3C's work in any position that is comfortable to the wearer.

    The E3C's do a remarkably good job of blocking out ambient noise.I am looking forward to the next time I can fly to try them out in that grueling environment.In fact, the first night I had them, I missed 3 phone calls because I couldn't hear the phone ringing - and it is only 6 feet away from where I was sitting!

    As well as keeping sound out, they keep sound in - meaning artists in my project studio can have the monitor volume they want without it bleeding into the microphone at all.

    To recap - a well designed earphone that is one of the best earphones out there.For audiophiles and recording engineers, it is well worth the money!

    5-0 out of 5 stars These earbuds stink...
    If you are tone deaf or have ears stuffed full of wax!

    These are UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE!

    I don't typically write reviews or post my opinions. BUT, I have to.I am sitting here working late at night, and I have these on.I can't truly express how they make me feel.They make you feel like I'you are at a concert.Really.

    They are amazing.They TOTALLY isolate you from anything else. I have 3 kids and yes, the E3C's give me that "Calgon, take me away" feeling! They have just perfect highs and the bass isn't BOOM-BOOM-DROP YOUR HONDA DOWN bass, it's full, solid tight sounding low end frequency.

    The little yellow foam inserts work the best for me.I don't know I'm wearing them until I take them out and miss the music.

    The only thing that is a little strange is the way you have to wrap the cord over the back of your ear and route the cord aroundthe back of your neck.This is really not a big deal.It actually makes more sense MOST of the time. You must Definitely purchase the Shure E3C's if you are using an MP3 player, or walkman,or a boombox, 8 track or electric autoharp...

    If you can afford these bad boys, go for it and buy em.If not, steal the money from someone...

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
    These Shure earphones fall into the category of In Ear Monitors...that is they plug directly into your ear canal, so they are more commonly called canalphones.

    Like all canal phones, it must be inserted and sealed into your ears properly for best sound. To do so, the package includes a large assortment of different sleeves, soft, medium, and disposable foam. Let me save you the trouble, the foams are by far the best. They provide the tightest seal, and the best sound quality. You compress them by rolling them in your fingers and then insert the earphone into your ear and they will expand to form the seal.
    Without a proper seal, you will lose all the bass notes and it will sound tinny. After a while, they will wear out, and lose their elasticity, and you will have to buy replacement foams. Shure is charging a lot for these foams, so keep that in mind when you buy this product. I wish they could have priced them more reasonably.

    After you insert the earphones into your, you can loop the cords around the your ears to provide stability (so the cord is less likely to yank out your earphones as you move around). It does take a while to get used to inserting them, and it takes a few moments to do so. So these are not good earphones if you expect to take them off a lot as you will wear out the foam inserts even faster.

    Also, as Shure says, these are noise ISOLATING headphones. This is a blessing, as they block out at least 20dB of noise with the foams, and even in the noisiest environment all you hear is clear music. Even on an airplane or train, you are isolated and feel like you are in your own private concert hall.

    About the sound quality. I've heard and owned a lot of headphones from highly praised Sennheiser PX-100's, HD497's, Grado SR60, AKG electrostatics, and others, and these Shures sound completely different. They have a very intimate midrange, you will feel like the music is hardwired to your brain. Vocals are clear and crisp and the singer sounds like they are practically singing to your face. Bass is not very prominent. It's all there, and very tight sounding. But it does sound a little bit relaxed. Compared to most headphones, I feel the bass is accurate, but just a tad bit weak.

    However, above 6Khz, the treble response does start to roll off significantly. So much so that I was wondering if I had a defective product. But this is the way they are supposed to sound. Compared to nearly every other good headphone I've used, I find the Shure's treble response to be unsatisfactory. So much so that I start resorting to EQ settings on the iPod just to try to bring it back on par.

    So I don't recommend these, all the treble that you are used to hearing with most other headphones are a distinct whimper. It's too bad because the sound of the Shures is pretty nice otherwise. For the same price, I really do suggest you look at alternatives like those from Etymotic Research or the new dual driver Ultimate Ears canalphones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Make These Fit Better for Cheap!!! - READ THIS
    I have tried this with E2Cs and I suspect that this will also work for E3Cs:

    I love these headphones.They sound great, they have great isolation, and they are very durable.BUT, I had almost resigned myself to an unneccessarily painful fit:I have normal sized ears, but I couldn't get either the smallest plastic or foam inserts to be comfortable for more than an hour before I felt like my ears were going to bleed from the outward pressure of these buds . . . until I had a thought: "Why doesn't Shure sell these phones with the small-ish inserts like Etymotics uses.

    I had remembered the earplugs that I had used to take all of my biggest exams with, so I went down to my local sporting goods store, browsed the hunting and shooting section and found $2 rubber earplugs with three "fins" on them like the Etymotics.These plugs are hollow, so all you have to do is carefully cut a small hole on the end, cut off the bulk of the back of them (the opposite end of what you put in your ear), stick them on the bare tubes of the Shures, and eureka!My EC2s fit perfectly and sooooo much more comfortably.

    I have since learned that Shure sells inserts like these for an extortive price, but why buy when you can make them for 1/5 the price.I reccommend buying 2 or 3 pairs of the earplugs your first go-around, just in case you butcher the first pair like I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sonic Goodness
    This is my first purchase in my quest for mobile music satisfaction.I use the E3cs with my cheapo Rio MP3 player and my iPAQ 4150 runing Pocket Music. In a phrase, they kick posterior!The crisp highs, smooth midrange and punchy bass more then amplified the glowing comments I read on here that prompted me to purchase in the first place.The sleeves I chose fit the "monitors" to my ear canal like they were custom made for me, without any discomfort or irritation.

    I have not yet had the chance to try them with my CD player, but the excellent job they do with just MP3s has convinced me that my money was more then well spent, it was invested. ... Read more

    3. Sony MDR-EX81LP Bud-Style Stereo Earphones (White)
    by Sony
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $31.29
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007N55LE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 80
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    earbud headphones with earclips * 4-foot cord with right-angle, gold-plated mini plug * three sizes of detachable earbuds * carry case * weight: 0.36 oz. * ... Read more


    • Unique, aluminum shaft for lightweight stability
    • Neodymium magnets (360 kJ/m3) for powerful bass and clear treble sounds
    • Closed type earphone structure delivers deep bass sound
    • Elastomer hanger gives a snug, comfortable fit around your ears
    • Soft, silicone rubber earbuds for a stable, comfortable fit

    Reviews (18)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sounds great but not perfect
    I'm no audiophile, but I know how cheap headphones sound like, and these Sonys sound significantly better.First off, you need to stick this in your ears properly else you won't get good fidelity.Sound is generally well-balanced.Bass is not booming (this is good), but treble is still a bit overemphasized which leads to crackling (typical of cheap 'phones).Volume is lower than most cheapos -- which can mean a lot of things -- but still acceptable.

    Ergonomics are good: the buds fit in the ears nicely, provides good isolation to outside noise.I don't know how comfortable these are for sports, since sweat inside the ear canal gets annoying.For other things they're pretty good: though you're not gonna forget you're wearing them, it's like wearing silicone earplugs (which I do for swimming for a prolonged period of time, so it can't be that bad).

    Overall, a good value, but not quite there yet.I'm not spending $100+ for the Shures, so I'm just gonna keep looking for my whale.I'm giving it 5* because it fulfills my expectation of what $30 can get me.

    1-0 out of 5 stars The honeymoon is over
    Well, I was completely happy with these until the white material that wraps the cables started to dissolve! I don't know if it is because of daily use (I used extensively for commuting purpose every day) or if it is due to super-powerful sweat. Doubt that.

    Long story short, these worked fine for less than four months, and now with the white cords falling apart, they are completely unusable.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, poor design
    I had originally picked up a pair of Sony MDR-EX71SL earbuds and found they had phenominal sound, but a very poor design that made it nearly impossible to keep the them from getting pulled out of your ears.I purchased these MDR-EX81LP earbuds because they appeared to be the same drivers with ear hangers to rectify this problem.Although they definitely do stay in my ears better, the ear hangers were apparently designed for someone with huge elephant-sized ears.Anyone with small or even normal size ears will probably find that the hangers wind up sticking up 1/4" or more above the top of your ears when the buds are inserted properly.Other than that, they sound pretty nice, but I thought the MDR-EX71SL's had deeper bass, and a louder fuller sound.Sony needs to invest more effort in the ergonomic design of their products.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Clarity, Well Built, But a Little Lacking in Bass
    I originally bought the EX71-SLs which had spectacular sound quality and frontal-lobotomy-inspired design.I switched to these expecting the sound quality to be lower than the 71s--particularly the bass--and that has definitely been the case.The bass is clearly not as pronounced as the 71s, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing.Had I never heard the 71s, I wouldn't have anything to compare these to.

    However, the design, fit, and quality of these is muuuuuuch better than the 71s.Scale of 1-10, the sound quality of the 71s is a 10 and the 81s (these) are an 8 or so.But as for design, I would give these an 8 and the 71s a 3; so the nod definitely goes to the 81s.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product. Bass and treble clarity is amazing.
    After reading numerous negative reviews regarding these earbuds I was scared to give them a try. I did anyway and am very glad I did. They are very comfortable and fit comfortably in your ears. Bass and treble both come in very clear. The carrying case that comes with is also a nice feature to help protect their relatively fragile design.


    4. Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones
    by Shure
    list price: $99.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CE1UO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Shure
    Sales Rank: 243
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    These full-range Shure Sound Isolating Earphones were developed for demanding onstage environments and crafted to musician standards so you hear every detail. The interchangeable foam and flex sleeves personalize the fit for comfort and block out background noise. Features high-energy drivers, 4' stereo mini plug, 16-ohm impedance and 105 dB SPL/mW sensitivity. Zip case with cable spool included. Imported. ... Read more


    • Enriched studio quality sound used by Musicians worldwide
    • Sound Isolating in-ear design - Hear only what you want to hear
    • Portable and lightweight design -weighing only one-ounce
    • Personal fit kit to contour to your ear size
    • Built in High-Energy in-ear speaker technology

    Reviews (47)

    5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite commuter headphones ever
    These are without a doubt my favorite commuter headphones ever. And when I say commuter, I mean sitting on the train, definitely NOT driving. These headphones are exactly as advertised, sound-isolating. I've actually driven a few times with them on but it seems pretty dangerous. I couldn't hear my car stereo, my cell phone, other cars, etc, etc. Not good. I take a noisy 50 min train ride into town every morning and there isn't a "quiet car." Cells phones everywhere, people having to talk over the noise of the train, blah blah blah. Anyhow to make a long story short, the E2c's cut it all out and don't require the user put the volume at a higher level than normal. Sound-isolating is the key here.

    Here's my punch list:
    1. the little rubber tips that come with the Shure's are worthless. Painful in the ears. I think they are now selling an "ultra-soft" rubber tip that is supposed to be somewhat better. These may even come with the new E2c's. Check before purchase.

    2.the foam tips are wonderful, but take a few days to master. These headphones come with a bit of a learning curve. Slight curve. Takes about a week to become a real master. Twist the foam, take the wire over the back of your ear and twist put in. Sounds painful, but it's really not.

    3. Wax guards on the E2c's don't get waxy unless you are a dirty dirty person who doesn't use q-tips.:)

    4.E2c's are pretty personal. One doesn't really let someone "try on" your ear phones. Mostly because they do stick into the outer ear canal.

    5.I put them on at the beginning of my train ride and I look up once in a while to see people's mouths moving without any sound. I can only hear my music.

    6. Don't listen to your music at a high volume, these phones sit pretty close to your ear drum.

    7. I can't tell if these phones actually produce a better sound than higher-end phones. My ears are not trained to tell the difference. I'd say they do but don't take my word on that. has them for $65.Worth every penny for the long commute into the city or I guess a noisy plane ride, or waiting room, elevator, cab ride, bus ride, restaurant, ahh, I guess really anywhere there's noisy stuff going on and you want to enjoy your music. man, does that sound like a sales pitch? sorry.

    3-0 out of 5 stars great sound, but poor build quality
    I purchased these earphones about 3 months ago.The sound quality is excellent.The first time I used these was at the gym.All external noises (weights clanging, conversations, etc) were filtered out.All I heard was my MP3 player, and my heartbeat.The one dissappointment is the construction quality of the earphones. After 3 months, the plastic housing opened up.It's nothing a bit of super-glue cannot repair.But for $60, I expected more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very very high quality sound and comfortable ear bud
    I live and work in a big city. I take mass transit to work and live. the noise of the train and everyday city noise can drive you nuts so I got this earbud for $60 from the suggestion of my friend who owns a E3c. Anyway, at first the quality of the sound is just unbelievable. it's like listen to high quality speakers in the middle of the night. clear, rich sound without the noise to spoil the music. bass is rich and powerful. the high is clear. it block out the noise yet sit confortably in your ears. I admit at the first few weeks of wearing it my ears is not very comfortable. but after a few weeks, the uneasy feeling is gone and all I left is clear music. I saw some review saying that the bass is bad. I think that's mostly because their music source is weak. This is a powerful ear bud. if you use it to listen to some cheap cd-player or mp3 player. it will suck. if you have a high power source like I use my SONY PDA. the earbud will offer its full capacity. don't believe me? plug it into your HIFI and try some techno or pop CD. you will see. just tune down the HIFI first or you will be deaf.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great earphones.Just don't move a lot.
    I finally got a pair.Turned out to be generally cheaper in Manila at around US$82 plus no need for shipping costs, duties, and taxes.Preferred to get this instead of those battery operated noise cancelling headphones as friends confirmed the weak buzzing sound caused by the noise cancelling system.

    It is a great pair of earphones and it does eliminate the surrounding noise.You do have to do some adjustments with some other gadets you have like celfones as you will definely not hear it.Celfone unit has to be visible or on mute but vibra mode.My Sony Ericsson P910i has a very loud and scandalous ringtone but I could not hear it even if it was at my side... and my music volume was not that loud and I was playing soft music.

    The cables and manner of their connection is very sturdy, including the construction of the case.You get a stronger feeling that you are got a very good product.

    I do have to admit that comfort is somewhat an issue... but tolerable.You get that relieved feeling everytime you take it off after using it for quite a long time.

    I would NOT really recommend this for those with small ears as they may have difficulties inserting it and using it properly to maximize it.

    If you haven't tried one, try pushing a pair of earphones (not headphones) just a little bit inward your ear.You can at least get the idea of how outside noise is isolated, and how much clarity the music is, especially the bass.This is something you can't get from any superbass earphones.

    If you have read some drawbacks on this products, here are some other drawbacks:

    1.Everytime you speak, you hear yourself from within.Its quite annoying.

    2.You hear your footsteps from within if you use it while walking, especially if the volume is low and listening to relaxing/soothing music.

    3.The cables placed behind you ears can also be annoying or even irritating if you move a lot like walking, jogging, or working out.

    4.Since the sound is very clear, you also hear any imperfections in the music.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Overrated.
    Had high expectations on this product even if it was the lowest offering from Shure.I kept these earbuds for 2 days before returning them.Could not get them to truly fit in my ears, even with the smallest of the earbud.When I listened to them for awhile and took them off, my ears hurt with the constant ringing.(Note I didn't even play my music from iPod loud).

    Even when I fit them properly into my ears, I didn't think the music quality was all that it was meant to be.My noise canceling headphones from Sony sounded better than these.The music sounded distant with not enough bass, which I like.

    I didn't like the fact that I had to do some maintenance on these earbuds, as ear wax can easily accumulate within the ear bud.Shure provides an ear wax removal tool and that alone sealed my fate with the e2c.

    Could not justify spending $$$ for these earbuds with all the issues that I've experienced with Shure's e2c.Perhaps the e3c is a better set but it is costly.

    Be sure wherever you buy these earbuds that the seller has an acceptable return policy, just in case!!

    WA ... Read more

    5. Etymotic Research ER6i Isolator Earphones
    by Etymotic Research
    list price: $149.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002ZW5W4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Etymotic Research
    Sales Rank: 249
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    6i isolator earphones are designed specifically for use with the Apple iPod and other small portable players, offering 8 dB higher overall sensitivity and increased bass response. ... Read more


    • Includes 5 ft. cord with 3.5 mm stereo plug / 1 pair eartips / 1 pair foam eartips / 2 replacement filters / Filter changing tool / Shirt clip / Zippered pouch
    • Includes shirt clip and zippered storage pouch
    • Use with MP3, CD, DVD players and personal computers
    • Lightweight, compact, fits in your pocket; no battery required
    • Highest noise isolation (15 to 35dB)

    Reviews (27)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect: A Bit Tinny, But That Problem Is Solvable
    Here is how you solve it...Go to Radio Shack and for about 20 dollars pick up one of their little headphone amps.Looks like half a stick of dynamite with a cable at the end of it. Attach the cable into your audio device and the Etymotics into the amp.Makes the 6i's sound like the 4'P's, which cost three times as much.Really, this works.Without the amp, the 6i's are four stars, but with the little amp, well....outrageously good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars They work like they are supposed to work
    The other reviewers have said pretty much what needs to be said.They are a little bright, meaning there isn't much bass.If you want more bass, crank it up on your player.The highs and midrange are perfect.If I could "define" their sound, I would say that they sound "precise."That is, music comes through super clear -- you will hear everything (e.g., a guitarist shifting his hand along the strings of his guitar).If you have low bitrate mp3's, you will notice the compression noise with the Etymotics because of their clarity (even though you cannot hear the noise in cheaper headphones or speakers).Thus, with the Etymotics, it pays to have higher quality sound files.

    They isolate sounds very well.After a long day, they are fun to listen to when relaxing because all background noise disappears and you can immerse yourself in your music.This isolation is great for loud environments (e.g., plane trips), but the drawback is that you will not hear background sounds, so be careful using them in environments where you need to be cognizant of ambient sounds.For comparison, I have Sennheiser noise isolation headphones, which sound good, but do not sound as good as the Etymotics and do not isolate sound as well as the Etymotics.

    The Etymotics are relatively comfortable.Even if you don't plug them into your ears deeply, they "stick" well and don't fall out.I'm not a big earbud person at all (e.g., I cannot wear the standard Sony earbuds because they will not stay in my ears), but the Etymotics are comfortable & do not fall out.If you have a chance, try them out before buying to make sure they are comfortable to you.

    Bottom line: they sound great, but are a little bright and are a little expensive.I bought mine during a sale for $82 shipped.While this is still expensive, they are a very high quality product.With the Etymotics, you get a quality set of earbuds with precise sound and super isolation.If this is what you are looking for, the Etymotics are about as good as they come.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What are you using your Etymotics for?
    Etymotic ER-6is (white)
    MSRP: $149.00 / Street Price: $90-105 / I paid: $81 (New)

    Reviews on these are mixed and I'm going to throw in my two cents as an unbiased review from a graduate student.
    I spent two weeks researching earbuds for my Creative Zen Micro and here is what I've determined about the Etymotics.

    What they are best at:
    Drowning out ambient noise without needing active noise-cancelling features.

    Where they work best:
    Airplanes, work (self-directed, quiet settings) where people aren't talking to you, book reading, etc.

    I originally wanted my earbuds to do 2 things:
    1.Be portable.
    Yes.These are pretty portable, although they have a 5-ft cord, which is nice for stationary settings, these tend to get tangled.I wind the extra cord around my belt-clip which is a lot cheaper than buying accessories.

    2.Use them while running/biking.
    Now, this I have a very mixed review on.They DO drown out ambient noise.Thus, running or biking with them on means that you have to be VERY ALERT.For someone like me who likes both bike trails (paved/non-paved) and the road, this is slightly dangerous.You aren't going to hear cars, sirens, or hear the guy behind you yell, "ON YOUR LEFT!"

    You are going to hear a lot of stuff rattling around in your head because the inner ear space is sealed off.That means, when your teeth chatter, or when you chew, you're going to hear it over your music if you don't have your volume up loud enough.When you're going over bumpy road on a bike, you hear "WHUPwhupWHUPwhup."I turn my "cPod" up to about volume level 10 at work, and 14 outside to combat this. (Max is 24)

    Sadly, I might just go back to the Creative-included headphones (surprisingly decent sound but a little big for my ears), or my cheapo $9 SONY earbuds.Both give me a little more peace of mind for their relatively "open" sound.As I bought these earbuds for their "multi-functionality," I was sort of bummed out.

    **Other thoughts**

    I thought the bass was still a little "tinny" for what it was, but Etymotic explains it as "true sound."I found that the cure (at least for CREATIVE owners), is to change your equalizer settings if you want "hotter" bass.

    It really sends shivers down my spine to listen to piano rock on it.The notes are well-defined and just gorgeous; for example, Ben Folds is nuanced and nice.The surround-sound left-ear to right-ear channel effect that some bands do literally makes me dizzy with these 'buds.

    I do think some of the problems people are finding with these earphones comes from the fact that they're probably also listening to middle quality mp3s (read: 64-128 kbps).I have noticed a definite quality difference in comparison vs 192/VBR (variable bit rate) mp3s.

    Pluses: The customer service people are NICE!!!You can get smaller/bigger earpieces by calling, and they are terrificaly nice about it.

    If you can actually use these, if they fit your lifestyle,and if you not pay $149.00 MSRP, they may be worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing.....
    If you are reading this wondering wether or not to get these i would highly suggest you get them! I switched to these headphones from my origional ipod headphones which were terrible.Once i got these i instantly recognized the difference, their simply great. They are worth every penny, the only downside about them is you can start to tell that your mp3's are not all quality sound, but the headphones are suberb i would reccomend them to anyone looking to buy a pair of noise canceling headphones in a small package.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yow wow! Nice earphones
    My doctor said I had some low-frequency hearing loss. I figured that, as I don't listen to loud music, it might be the thundering noise of full-throttle locomotives in enclosed train stations, busses racing past two feet away, and the sound of the Chicago El clattering deafeningly overhead. Just a guess. I needed noise reduction!

    These earphones are great. Noise reduction is at better than with earplugs - these things fit deep in your ear - and you can listen to the music softly while still hearing the subtlties of the tune. All this as you stand next to a locomotive at Union station. What more could you ask?

    The bass is, as reported, nothing spectacular, but it is sufficient and seemingly accurate. Most players have an "add bass" button, by the way, so if you're into distorting music with headphones with extra bass, you might as well just distort the music at the source.

    The headphones seem quite efficient. I run my non-ipod at "4" on a scale of 25 of loudness. Those little speakers are right next to your eardrums, so you don't need much out of them.

    I can see how earplugs might bother some people. If you find somebody putting a wet finger in your ear to be kinky rather than irritating, then you will be okay with them. Hmm, you might even find them exciting. I say a wet finger because the best way to put them in is to slightly moisten them first. Too moist, of course, and they squoosh around in your ear a lot.

    Now for the warning: when listening to music with these, you will not hear the car beeping at you. You will not hear the bus driving past. You will not hear the train bearing down on you. You will not hear the cop yelling "stop or I'll shoot." You will not hear the announcement saying your train is on a different track. You will not hear your wife screaming that the house is on fire. It all sounds funny, but we use sounds all the time for context and safety, and you need to take extra care when using these. ... Read more

    6. Sony MDR-A35G S2 Sports Headphones with Sweat Guard Mechanism
    by Sony
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $14.19
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    Asin: B000067G0J
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 205
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    In-the-ear design * lightweight, folding headband * Acoustic Twin Turbo circuit * water-resistant S2 SportsĀ® design * 4' cord with mini plug * 0.7 oz. ... Read more


    • Water resistant for outdoor use
    • Folding construction is compact and portable
    • Acoustic Twin Turbo circuitry delivers powerful bass sound and high efficiency
    • Moisture Guard mechanism pulls sweat away from the ear canal
    • Comfortable vertical, in-the-ear design

    Reviews (18)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Functions well for 6 months
    I picked up these headphones to replace a pair of Aiwa HP-JS35 I used for jogging. The Aiwas had quit on me within a few months. The Sony headphones are well designed, they fold up for easy portability in a tri-fold design. They also sound reasonable as far as in-the-ear headphones go. As with the Aiwas, the left ear piece stopped functioning after a few months. These outlasted the Aiwas, but that's a small consolation. I do sweat a fair amount on a 10K run, but the description, which sold me on the Sony headphones, reads:

    Water-resistant - stands up to rain, snow and occasional splashing
    Moisture Guard Mechanism pulls sweat away from ear canal

    Apparently, the moisture guard is a gimmick, because the left ear piece shorted out from the sweat. I've been looking for another pair of headphones, but so far, I haven't found a pair that would be suitable to take on my jogs. I'm using my iPod earphones while I keep looking, but I don't expect them to hold up with repeated use as they're not designed for exercise.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice design; awful sound quality
    This is an interesting headphone design that works to keep sweat out of the headphone mechanism, but the sound quality is unbelievably bad. I thought the stock iPod earbuds were bad, but they sound worlds better than these. No bass at all.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice fit but lasts only 90 days
    These headphones fit well and are much better than the ear bud styles.Those never stay in place.I also like how they collapse, and are therefore much more portable to take the gym.

    The downside I have experienced is these phones have lasted me about 90 days and then stop working.

    I use them almost daily on the treadmill and can feel the sweat building up.It appears that the sweat eventually shorts out the earphones.

    I do like these headphones for overall performance and cost.I keep several on hand, knowing they won't last very long.My issue is they unexpectedly stop working, usually in the middle of my workout, and must finish my workout on the treadmill in silence.

    I will try the behind the head version as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sweat!
    On my 4 mile jog this morning I was thinking I should come back and post a great review of how these headphones have worked so well.Then a big drop of sweat landed in my ear and created this popping noise everytime the earphone created a seal in my ear canal and then broke the seal.I had to take the headphones off for the last mile since it was too annoying.

    This is my third pair of headphones in my quest for the perfect jogging headphones.I'm starting to think there is not a "perfect" set out there.These have come the closest of any.They stay in place which is huge.They sound OK.The sweat wasn't a problem until today (which was my 3rd time jogging with them).I guess I needed to point it out since they advertise a sweat guard mechanism.I sweat ALOT, so it doesn't surprise me that this feature doesn't work quite right.Maybe I sweat inside my ears??

    For the price, I think these headphones are worth the attempt to see if they work for you and your excercise pursuits.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for runners
    These headphones are really designed for runners. They have strong and light adjustable frame, never slip off, fit nicely, sound is good and the price is right. Unless you have some very special requirements, you can't be wrong with buying these phones. ... Read more

    7. Sennheiser HD-497 Over-Ear Headphones (Silver)
    by Sennheiser
    list price: $69.99
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    Asin: B000065BPC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sennheiser
    Sales Rank: 610
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The top model of Sennheiser's StreetWear range delivers crystal-clear, well defined highs and absolute precision across all frequencies.

    With a warm, natural, detailed sound image they not only give a brilliant performance on Hi-Fi systems, they will also bring your portable player to life! Ideally suited to all types of music.


    • Open-Aire® dynamic Hi-Fi stereo headphones
    • Completely new ergonomic design
    • Extremely lightweight and comfortable
    • Extended frequency response and warm, natural sound reproduction
    • High-efficiency drivers - great for use with portables
    • Detachable OFC copper cable
    ... Read more


    • High-efficiency drivers--great for use with portables
    • Detachable, 9-foot OFC copper cord
    • Open-Aire dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones (open-ear design eliminates undesirable resonances)
    • Lightweight and comfortable, ergonomic design
    • Extended frequency response and warm, natural sound reproduction

    Reviews (84)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Give it time, you wont regret it!!
    wow, where to start.. well I bought these cans after reading the praise from and some user reviews here. At first, sound quality from this guy wasnt the best.. but trust me, give it some time (about a week of heavy listening, I just kept my computer playing music 24/7 on them) and they will REALLY warm up. I cant believe how great the sound quality turned out to be! Wierd because it was like one day I put them on and they magically sounded amazing...

    As for comfort, at first they were very uncomfortable but I found out I was wearing them wrong. Its easy to mistake these for ear-surrounding headphones (cause your ears sort of fit inside the pads) BUT they're not! if you just rest them on your lobe and on top of your ears, they're way comfortable! I can listen to them for like 3 hrs+

    4-0 out of 5 stars Made for Japanese Market?
    Same complaint that everyone else has - nice, clear sound but the ear cups are tiny and tight-fitting.The bass is somewhat weak compared to my Sonys.These headphones also feel very cheap and I would not recommend sleeping with them or carrying them around.One roll onto these things and they will break.These are not as tight-fitting as the vice-like grip I got from a pair of Yamaha headphones, but they are definitely not as comfortable as my Sony headphones.I've owned several Sony headphones, and they are always very comfortable with big, bulky ear cups.From my experience with the Yamaha, you can slide the ear cups all the way down to maximize the headband length to reduce some of the tightness.Also, what you can do is place the headset around something wide for a few days to stretch it (i.e., a basketball or books).This will break them in without breaking them.The Senns have a brittle, hard plastic band (unlike the flexible but sturdy plastic of my Sonys), so if you keep flexing it back and forth, you're liable to snap it into 2 pieces (see the hairline at top of headphones where plastic is joined).I put the Senns around a box for 3 days and it has loosened the grip around my head considerably.It's even loose now to the point where I have to move the ear cups up a notch.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Returned becuase of comfort
    Great sound, very lightweight. But even after breaking them in for 3 weeks I had to send them back. I'd say I have average size ears, but these still placed too much pressure on the ear and I couldn't stand to wear them for more than 45 minutes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great headphones, great price
    These are great headphones at any price, and unbelievable for the price they're being sold at. Don't bother spending three or four times more on top-of-the-line headphones - these have top-of-the-line sound at a very consumer-oriented price. Wonderful. Faithful, clear, and balanced representation of music. If you dislike the sound coming out of these, your source is at fault. I've found that the higher the quality of the source, the better the sound. You can really tell the difference going up in source quality (try listening to your favorite music with these, using a DVD-Audio disc & player as a source along with a headphone will have a huge grin on your face.) Given the price, this is must-have upgrade from generic headphones for your PC or portable player or home entertainment system.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, Uncomfortable Design
    I've owned many, many headphones in my life.To name a few, Sennheiser 600's, Sennheiser PX 100's, Sennheiser MX 500, Sennheiser MX550, Sony high end Fontopias, Koss UR40, Grado 60's, and Grado 80's.I'm an addict, and I don't know when to stop.I thought I'd try to help out the countless other people out there who want to get the most bang for their buck without going through the same hassel as myself.

    Sonically speaking, these headphones are an amazing value for their price.I personally prefer the sound of the Grado 60's for the same price.In comparison, I would say that these are more exact in their sound but also less forgiving.The Grados are not as black between the notes, but it favors poorly recorded music and mp3 compressed music.The Grados are definitely more engaging and let you enjoy music as opposed to these Senn's that let you critique music.I'd prefer the Sennheissers over the Grados for Classical and Jazz.For Rock and Hip-Hop, I'd definitely prefer the Grados.Techno music is tied, the Grados pump more bass and is more forgiving to the sampled music, the Sennheisers excel in channel separation and timing.

    The Good: Sennheiser HD-497's sound VERY good.Overall Construction is very good.Included 1/4" plug is a big plus for home listening.

    The Bad:Believe it or not, there is an actual break-in time for these headphones.By the time you've finally broke them in, your time to return the headphones may already be up.Out of the box, they sound like crap.

    My main complaint with the Sennheisers is the comfort level.In almost every respect, they are well made headphones.They adjust properly to fit all head sizes and are light enough to wear for hours.The one, and largest shortcoming is the design of the actual ear cushions.They actually sit on outer edges of your ears.And it hurts!After 20 minutes of listening, I had to take the headphones off because my ears hurt.They were bright red on the edges, and I swear, I don't have big ears or a big head!To accentuate this pressure on my ears is the fact that the plastic band is molded to squeeze these suckers as hard as they can on your head.There is no give, nor will there be any sort of future give that a metal headband might have provided.After 30 minutes of listening, I stated getting a headache.Not so much from listening fatigue that is common with headphones, but from the squeezing of my head at the ears.The best visualization is putting a vice grip (albeit with foam pads) on your head at the ears.

    Bottom line:Grados are a better choice for the money, but also uncomfortable in a different, more tolerable way.My advice is move up a line in the Sennheiser series to get greater comfort plus better sound.(Keywords should be: Full-size, Open Ear) If you can't afford that, move down a line, and get the Sennheiser PX100's.An amazing value for the money, extremely well engineered, and sound almost as good.Good Luck! ... Read more

    8. Sennheiser PXC 250 Noise Canceling Headphones (Silver)
    by Sennheiser
    list price: $169.95
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B000089GN2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sennheiser
    Sales Rank: 531
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Block out unwanted noise while you listen to your favorite tunes with these Sennheiser Noise Canceling Fold-Up Headphones. Featuring an exclusive battery-operated noise reduction system that quiets background sounds, these headphones are ideal for travel or other noisy environments. The ultra-lightweight but reinforced metal frame folds up for storage in a protective carrying case (included). Great for travel or outdoor activities, headphones feature a comfortable, solid ear pad design; outstanding bass response; duofol diaphragms for lifelike audio reproduction; ergonomic head pads for a perfect fit; and uninterrupted audio even if noise-reduction system batteries are drained. Imported. ... Read more


    • Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included), batteries required only for noise reduction
    • Folding, lightweight, closed-ear portable headphones
    • NoiseGard active noise reduction cancels steady-state noise by up to 15 dB
    • Fold-and-flip design lets you turn the ear pieces 90 degrees for flat folding and easy transport
    • Includes .25-inch and 2-pronged airplane adapters

    Reviews (88)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not very impressive
    I bought these after reading some excellent user reviews, but wasn't very impressed. The noise canceling is minimal in everyday surroundings, which I expected, but when I tried them on an airplane which was my main intended use, the results were not as good as I expected and I was able to hear a lot of low frequency rumble from the plane. They certainly make a difference and made it more enjoyable to watch a movie, but I don't think they are worth the price. The sound quality is quite good but aren't comparable at all to the Bose in my opinion, which had the 'wow' factor for me. I haven't tested the Bose noise-canceling on a plane yet so I can't comment on that comparison. I did try a cheap pair of noise-canceling headphones in a shop and was amazed at the amount of noise it canceled since most headsets claim they are intended mostly for low noise. Unfortunately I can't remember the brand!
    In summary, I wouldn't recommened the Sennheisers, neither the noise-canceling nore the sound quality are worth the price. I'm going to sell mine and pay the extra for the Bose.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Most of what I wanted is here.
    I first used these headphones on a school trip to an amusement park.I sat at a table in the food court and they blocked 90% of the conversations of people at other tables and walking past.I was still aware of the roar of the rides and the screams of the riders, but they were sufficiently muted to let me hear the string bass(jazz) in detail.The ability to block out the midrange noise and hear the acoustics of the room and the miking was a delight.I look forward to my flights back to Maine this summer, but I doubt that anything will defeat the noise of a turboprop puddlejumper.I am looking forward to Sennheiser's next model as possible family Christmas gifts.
    I found these light and comfortable; I have disliked the feel of many previous headphones.I have not tried the Bose.I still want this product to cost less than $80.00.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Functions well. Ugly design.
    The noise reduction works well. On my back deck it subtracts
    out all of the lawn mowers, traffic, and most of the flights
    overhead, leaving only the birds and the rustling of the leaves
    in the wind.

    I also like how the headphones fold up. They are a practical
    size for slipping in the already overstuffed laptop bag on

    But these headphones are ugly. Not just ordinary ugly: butt
    ugly. Sennheiser needs to hire an outside design firm for the
    next release.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's good but not the best !
    I am writing this review while using this product for the first time ;-). I have great expectations for this product by seeing the reviews. It's good but not exceeded my expectations (with this price).

    As a headphone good. As a noise cancellation it's AVG. Because, it never cancels all the noise around you. That's for sure. Only say 65 to 70% of noise.

    Final suggestion, if you are looking for only noise cancellation there is no other option than this (BOSE is there, which is too expensive). If you are looking for a decent headphone go for a 10$ one next door.

    Good luck,

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quiet Trade Offs
    When turned on but not plugged into an audio source, the Sennheiser headphones reduce white noise, such as jet engines and road noise, by about half (best estimate). It is enough to provide some relief but it does not reduce sounds like talking or clattering, so you will be disappointed if your goal is complete sensory deprivation.

    The competing Bose headphones that I tried in stores provide better isolation but cost more than twice as much, are less compact and block air flow around the ears. The Sennheiser headphones allow ears to breath better and are comfortable enough to permit resting on a headrest or pillow while traveling in an airplane or automobile.

    The headphones fold and store in a 4" x 7" x 1" case with a main pocket and front pocket that holds the converter jacks for old-style large audio jacks and airplane jacks with two prongs. I have enough room in the case to carry the extra battery pack from a digital camera and a USB flash drive.

    When the noise-canceling feature is combined with an audio source, the sound is enhanced and is noticeably superior to regular headphones (especially the junk passed out on airplanes). I use them only once a month so their cost seems high but I am glad to have them when I am trying to hear or tune out sounds on a long flight.

    The two AAA batteries lasted about ten hours before showing signs of fading. The battery pack is in the middle of the cord and can be clipped on a belt or kept in a pocket, leaving enough cord on either end to reach the audio jack and the headphones. Often, however, I find myself wishing the battery pack was at the plug end of the cord so I would not have to juggle it in my lap or lay it on the seat next to me.

    I concluded there were no perfect headphones when I was shopping and opted for the Sennheiser's features and price. I may have chosen differently under different circumstances.

    FYI: The headphones I bought in July 2004 were made in Ireland. Lately, I have seen on packages in stores that production was moved to...guess, not Switzerland, keep going east... Chinese quality seems to be improving but they should have passed some of the cost savings along to the customer for a product that has been out for quite a while. ... Read more

    9. Jensen JNC50 Noise Canceling Collapsible Headphones (Silver)
    by Jensen
    list price: $49.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068IFM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Jensen
    Sales Rank: 1062
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    • Noise Cancelling Headphone ideal for plane, trains and automobile journeys
    • Reduces ambient noise to provide quieter listening environment
    • Foldable headband design for easy portability
    • Soft leatherette ear cushions for extra comfort
    • Dual plug Adaptor for airline entertainment compatibilty
    • Carrying pouch and AAA battery included for ease of use
    • Gold plated plug
    ... Read more


    • Foldable for portability
    • Soft leatherette ear cushions for comfort
    • Includes dual plug adapter for planes
    • Reduces ambient noise
    • Ideal for noisy environments

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS AWSOME
    I was definantly scepticle when i ordered them but for the price and the sale i thought what the hell. So i just got them and i dont belive this they have a usefull case and the airplane plug probably helps too, but the noise canceling is great. i probably would have paid a hundred for these. i would definantly get these again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent headphones but OFF/ON light did not work.
    Although the OFF/ON light on the headphones didn't work, the noise (or even coherent TV sounds in a room) were reduced to faint, almost undetectable signals when the headphone switch was turned on with the headphones hooked to a CD player playing music at a low signal level.

    With the headphone switch turned off, the outside noise sounds were not reduced at all.

    I am very pleased with the headphones. I don't think the headphone light is at all important. You will realize instantly when the battery is not working. I have not tested the battery life, but will comment again here if it is less than 2-4 hours.

    Flying now will be a completely new and pleassant experience.

    3-0 out of 5 stars okay for the price
    i had these headphones for about two days and i really liked the sound quality and the noise canceling worked great.<br /> the only downside was that they didn't stay on my head tightly enough and kept falling off.<br /> <br /> except for that, these would be great headphones to buy for home use and... u can't argue with the price! :D

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good for the price!
    These headphones worked very well on a round-trip to Paris.They cancelled engine noise well enough for me to hear the movie dialogue clearly and to sleep on the overnight flight. They were so comfortable that after wearing them for 7+ hours, I forgot I was wearing them until the flight attendant spoke to me and I could not hear her. The headphones are very light, with fairly small earpads.They fold very nicely to fit into the carrying pouch (included). Battery life is decent, one single battery lasted the flight Paris and a flight to Hawaii from the East Coast.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Pathetic non-existent performance
    I just bought this pair of headphones with high hopes that it would actually perform what it promises:Noise-Cancellation.There was a 2% difference of noise reduction when the unit was turned to it's ON position.And unbelievably enough, that's not even an exaggeration.The only difference from the On and Off position is that when you turn it On, you'll hear a slight "hiss" and your music's volume will increase a little.Other than that, it's just the same turned off or on.The only positive thing I can say about the headphones are that it's cheap, and that when you wear the headphones (off OR on position), they do help in muffling any sound that is around you.So save your AAA battery and don't even use the noise cancellation feature (if you can even give it the credit of being called a "feature").I just bought these headphones today, and I'm returning them first thing tomorrow.They make me wanna throw up just looking at them =|.hahha, j/k...but they do really make me sick. ... Read more

    10. Sennheiser HD 202Headphones
    by Sennheiser
    list price: $29.95
    our price: $19.47
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000065BP9
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sennheiser
    Sales Rank: 148
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Perfect for busy DJs or avid music fans who do lots of listening, these Sennheiser supra-aural headphones are exceptionally comfortable and lightweight. Providing crisp low bass tones and brilliant sound, they feature powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragms that provide high sound levels. These headphones will perform optimally with your home system or your personal player. Comfortable leatherette ear pads are removable. The 10' Y-style cord can be connected to your belt and features a take-up system to adjust the length for on-the-go listening. Headphones feature a 1/4" stereo jack plug. Imported. ... Read more


    • Replaceable leatherette ear pads
    • Closed, dynamic, supra-aural headphones
    • High efficiency drivers
    • Wind-up belt clip for excess cable
    • 10 foot Y style cable

    Reviews (77)

    5-0 out of 5 stars best ive had
    these are the best headphones i have ever owned, the sound is incredible, and although they do get a bit tireding and a bit hot they are still worth it, love the extra extra long cable and the cable winder thing.blocks out a lot of noise and keeps what ur listening to from leaking out.the price is very nice also :D

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sennheiser HD202
    These headphones represent the best money I have spent on music in the past 12 month - and I buy CD's every week. I have always used earbuds and thought they sounded good - what a mistake - its like the difference between dipping your toe in a muddy puddle and swimming in the Ocean - The sound quality of these babies are nothing short of stunning. I can now hear things in my music that I could never hear before. The bass response is awesome with warm mids and sweet but solid highs.

    I paid $50 AUS on Ebay for these brand new - less than some of the less reliable asian brands and if I lost them today, I would go right out and buy another pair.

    The reason I chose Sennheiser is their reputation amongst professional Sound Engineers, DJ's and Audiophiles - they have always been a little out of my league price wise until I found these. .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Are these $20 headphones?
    After reading several reviews, I did something I usually don't do - I ordered a pair of these headphones without listening to them first. I have ordered earphones (the expensive in your ear kind) and was disappointed in both cases. I returned each of them. But these babies are just what I was looking for. I use them with my iPod. I also have a pair of the very expensive Sennheiser HD600 headphones, and while they are more open and more accurate (for 22 times the price they should be!!); I was very surprised how great these sound. When I got these, I thought the earpiece seemed a bit small, but they covered the ear fully, and after using them for a while, I didn't even notice that. I have a very large head, and I have not felt that these are tight at all; in fact I have worn them for several hours, with no discomfort at all. They are very light-weight too!! I have trusted the Sennheiser name for years, and these continue to enforce with me that the trust I have in the Sennheiser name is not unfounded. If you want a pair of headphones that has strong, clean bass, and great sounding mids and highs - get these babies!! You will not be disappointed!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Pleased
    I haven't owned a pair of over ear headphones in years and decided to buy these mainly to be able to listen to the DVD audio a comfortable distance from the audio receiver and I didn't want to spend a lot of money.The sound is excellent with all types of music, having listened to everything from Brian Wilson to James Brown to Buddy Rich on them.The headphones are well constructed, lightweight and comfortable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Headphones!
    I've read some of these reviews saying they're not very comfortable, etc...but I must have the perfect ear size for them or something.These things are still as nice as two pillows after 4 hours and they sound unbelievable...hell for $20 how can you go wrong?!?

    Get these headphones today, you will not be sorry.Sennheiser is a great name, and this is a great product! ... Read more

    11. Sony MDR-E828LP Fontopia Earbuds with Winding Case
    by Sony
    list price: $9.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00008VF63
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1181
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Sony Bud Style Headphone's super-light, in-the-ear design reduces size and weight, providing comfortable wear hour after hour. The high-quality 16mm dome-type driver units and Neodymium magnets provide enhanced sound quality with deep bass and clear treble, are small enough to fit inside your ear, and the Acoustic Twin Turbo circuit gets high sonic output from your portable stereo. Features 16-ohm impedance; 108 dB/mW sensitivity; 50 mW power handling capacity; 12-22,000Hz frequency response. Includes compact case and ear pads. 0.18 oz. ... Read more


    • Compact winding case supplied
    • Super-light in-the-ear design
    • High-quality 16mm driver units
    • Sleek black and silver metallic housing
    • Neodymium magnets provide powerful bass and clear treble

    Reviews (25)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
    It is a pretty good headphone for <10$.

    However, as a 6'4" person, the cord is a tad too short if I have my Ipod in my left pocket. If you are taller than that, it will almost certainly be too short, and I would not recommend you to buy this unless you have an extension cord or a remote.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You got to get these if you listen to any type of music!!!!!
    Get these Earphones now!!!!!!!! If you listen to rap,punk,rock,classical, just get them. They are steal for this price.Great for the computer, MP3 players, and CD players. At first I thought I was going to get ripped off because of the price earphones but these phones have great sound. Crisp and Clear. Lots of Bass for small little things. Just listen to a 50 Cent with alot of bass and you will know what I mean. Can't say much more. You won't be disapointed with the purchase.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Fabulous
    ...And they were less than 10 dollars.

    I have purchased many earphones, but to a lot of disappointment, since I knew that every time I would get them, I would have to compromise sound quality for size and ease of use. However, having 10 dollars in my pocket and my eye on these Sony MDR-E828LP's, I tried the earbud experience for one last time.

    Fortunately, my "last" experience was phenomenal and much better than expected. The 9mm Nd magnets and circuitry made these sound somewhat comparable to my Studio Series headphones (which much difference, of course). The cord length is perfectly suited for these types of headphones, but the design is slightly flawed, depending on whom buys the headphones.

    The sound quality is definitely better than any other earbud that I have tried, however I am sure that it cannot be compared to the quality of Shures or Sennheisers, as those are the de facto companies for professional sound. The bass is somewhat lacking, however the mid and high frequencies are definitely clear and crisp. However, that is only with the foam earpieces on. Operating them without the cushions makes a world of difference, since it completely diminishes the low frequency and alterting the mid and high frequencies noticably.

    The question of design is concering comfort, as good sound also compromises the comfortability level of these earphones. Wearing these headphones for an hour or so is comfortable; it is after that hour of listening that the pain begins. After two hours or so of listening, one begins to feel as if your ears have been cut on the inside, especially without the foam covers. However, the reason why I say that it is dependent on WHOM buys the product is because the construction inside of my ear is small, and that could have affected the comfort of these earphones.

    All aspects considered, the E828LP is a very smart and cost-effective buy for somewhat premium sound. Of course, nothing short of high-quality is expected of a Sony product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Earbuds I Have Ever Used
    The bass is clear and strong.The treble is crisp and does not break up or pop.Great for techno, rock, and alternative music.I compared these to the Apple iPod M9394G/A Earbud Headphones that my friend owned.The Apples couldn't hold a candle to the Sony buds and on top of that the Sonys are thirty dollars cheaper.The sony spin case is also convenient.If you have small ear canals these may be a little too large, but otherwise I would highly recomend them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars dont buy this if you got small ear!
    This headphone is fine for being inexpensive. However it does hurt your ear, if you have small ear like mine. ... Read more

    12. Bose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
    by Bose
    list price: $299.00
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    Asin: B00021Y9OA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Bose
    Sales Rank: 672
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Slip on a pair of QuietComfort 2 headphones and hear your music come alive. Decades of Bose research combine with our Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphone technology to deliver the ultimate in audio performance. This award-winning technology electronically identifies and reduces the unwanted noise around you. So you hear more of what you want to hear and less of the tiresome sounds that have so often distracted you. Proprietary TriPort headphone technology also helps give you our best headphone audio performance while keeping the design compact and streamlined. Unlike conventional, bulky noise reduction headphones, QuietComfort 2 headphones are lightweight and comfortable. Listening to your favorite music, you may even forget you have them on. Our original QuietComfort headphones were designed for airline travel, but proved effective wherever noise was a problem: on buses or trains, in the office, even at home. We enhanced the convenience and portability features of the QuietComfort 2 headphones to make them even easier to enjoy in a variety of environments. Whether you take them on a trip or to the office, your QuietComfort 2 headphones will fold flat to store easily in a bag or briefcase. A single detachable audio cable gives you easy access to portable players, home stereos and in-flight entertainment systems, all with less tangling than two-cable designs. That same cable can be removed so your headphones can go "cordless" when you simply want the benefits of noise reduction. Experience the QuietComfort 2 headphones for yourself. We think you'll notice the difference that our best headphone audio performance and our best noise reduction technology make in this comfortable pair of headphones. ... Read more


    • Premium headphones reduce unwanted noise to make what you want to hear sound even better
    • Acoustic Noise Cancelling and TriPort headphone technology
    • Convenient fold-flat design and comfortable fit
    • Ideal for home and travel use

    Reviews (36)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good headphones
    I am overall very delighted. The headphones are sitting tight on the ears, are comfortable for hours, even if you wear glasses. The mentioned pressure is negligible and at least they produce a warm and pleasent sound. I listen mostly to classical music, so, I can't say much about other categories. With my Ipod they sound great, also with my PSP. I like the feature to disconnect the cords and have a cordless noise canceling device. I tested it in the parked car with the engine on and the A/C running on high. It is as advertised an oasis of silence. I compared them to my AKG HEARO 999 AUDIOSPHERE I, which was twice as much, and I like them more. They are well manufactured, there is no jiggle, and the carriage bag is very nice. Afterall, I don't think they should be used on skateboards (for security reasons!), or in the gym, they are too expensive to risk a damage.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Other option to ponder
    I was surprised to see so many reviews and more importantly, much more views by potential buyers. Since most people come to Amazon to buy product and read reviews, I thought i'll post some alternate products:

    1. Noise Cancelation: If noise cancellation is your ultimate goal, then the best for the task are

    (a) Etymotic Research.
    (b) Shure.
    (c) Ultimate Ear.

    Please be aware that the sound quality and isolation provided by these venerable headphones are leaps better than anything Bose could ever aspire, but the downfall is some of their models cost more than double (..Ultimate Ear costs $900 for instance).

    Some people say that Sennheiser Noise cancelation headphones are better, But I am not sure about that. is a good place to start shopping and reading reviews.

    2. Simple Headphone: If noise Cancelation is not of importance, then the whole wold of good headphone open up to you like Grado, Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, AKG, KOSS etc..

    One thing guarenteed, if you care to look around, then you will never buy a Bose which are worth less than half they are priced at and if u do spend that money Bose costs to get other Audiophile quality cans, then my email is above to personally thank me for guiding you the that way.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good headphones until the buzzing started
    I am reviewing the Bose Quiet Comfort Series 1 headphone.I got this set as a gift and used it occassionally for travel.I found the headphones too bulky to take with me most of the time.Still, I found the noise cancelling to be great and enjoyed the sound quality.Unfortunately, the headphones began making loud vibrating noises after about a year (and 15 total hours) of use.Bose will fix them for $100 or offer me a credit toward a trade in on the Series 2 of $112 (I would pay $188 + tax vs $300).I am not impressed enough to pay this for a new pair.

    1-0 out of 5 stars There's much better out there, people!
    Tried one of these in a Bose store, oh my God it was a joke.Drums sounded muddy and boomy at the same time, highs were shrill and unnatural, and voices sounded completely hollow.

    The Sennheiser PXC-300, at 2/3rds of this Bose's price, blows it out of the water in all departments: noise cancellation, physical comfort, and most of all, SOUND QUALITY.

    Me, I'm no hoity-toity "audiophile"---but I do have friends who are audiophiles, and they do plenty of headphone listening, contrary to the previous reviewer.In fact, many audiophiles will tell you that a two hundred dollar pair of quality headphones can easily surpass the sound quality of a two thousand dollar pair of speakers!

    To be fair these Bose headphones sound slightly better than the under-100 dollar competition by Sony and Phillips.But compared to my Sennheisers at 2/3rds of the price, they're toast.

    4-0 out of 5 stars OK,
    When I began looking for headphones, I knew that i needed a closed system and a very comfortable pair. I was planning on using them for college which is on the east coast and i'm on the west coast. Noise Cancelling or at least attenuation was important for the plane and doing homework. I would use them on the airplane, dorm, and generally everywhere. I looked at the Sennheiser hd 280's, quiet comfort 2's, triports, and a few random sony models. Ifound these headhphones to meet my needs.

    1. These headphones are extremely comfortable. They just are. The pressure on my head is very slight. I can wear them much longer than my sennheiser pcx250's.

    2. The sound was good enough for me. People have cited too much bass, but because i am using iTunes and iPod: i have a good equalizer at my desposal. I can change those aspects if they bug me on any specific song.

    3. They have a shorter cable (about 5 feet) than most high end headphones. This is good because i can listen to my iPod or computer without getting bogged down by the cable. If i am listening to something farther away, it comes with an extension cable so i can do so.

    4. The noise cancelling very good. I have a pair of sennheiser pxc250's and i think that both passively and activly- the Bose has got them beat.

    When you are buying headphones remember a few things:

    monitor headphones give you a flatter sound. Completely as it was recorded.

    you probably aren't an "audiophile".

    Open backed headphones are inapproprate in almost every enviroment we use headphones in: the car, train, airplane, library, around other people, computer, and anwhere that has ambient noise or people that will be bothered by the music.

    Although it may be hard to believe, you will listen to your headphones for 4 hours plus- ie, an airplane, doing homework, watching a movie.

    For these reasons- i suggest a good set of closed headphones. Many people said that the sennheiser 280's were prone to cracking and were somewhat uncomfortable. the cracking would really bug me and i have to be able to wear the headphones for long periods. The triports don't have as full of a sound as the QC2's do. The sony's look dumb and played up to meet a specific audience. I also looked at Ultrasone stuff but nothing there was well recieved.
    I found that Bose Quiet Comfort 2's were a good compromise on all the things i was looking for. Great Comfort, decent noise quality, good noise cancelling, but expensive. ... Read more

    13. Sennheiser RS-120 Wireless Headphones
    by Sennheiser
    list price: $109.99
    our price: $94.99
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    Asin: B0001FTVEK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sennheiser
    Sales Rank: 834
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The RS 120 RF wireless headphone system is an ideal choice for both Hi-Fi and TV use. These lightweight headphones let you enjoy freedom of movement without all of those cumbersome cables. Headphones have powerful rechargeable batteries, so after use, simply place the headphones onto their convenient transmitter base station and they will automatically recharge. Features include an open, wireless RF headphone system with detailed analytical sound reproduction with strong bass response; reception through walls and ceilings with a range of up to 100 meters; 3 selectable RF channels; and a transmitter with metal cradle for storing and recharging. Imported. ... Read more


    • Easy recharge: simply place the headphones onto the charging stand
    • Transmitter can be optionally wall mounted
    • Open-Aire, circumaural, dynamic, stereo headphones
    • Detailed warm sound reproduction with strong bass response
    • Convenient metal stand for storing and recharging the headphones

    Reviews (43)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Headset!
    I've had a number of wireless headsets and this, by far, is the best.The package contains all the possible connectors you would need, from RCA connectors for line out feeds, to standard and minature headset jacks.The headset itself is solid, adjusts nicely and features controls for power on/off, volume and tuning.I wish the earcups were of the recessed type, but other than that I am very pleased with the design.As to performance, the RS-120 reproduces both speech and music cleanly with reasonable fidelity.They won't compare with top of the line wired headsets (costing several times more), but that's not the design intention.There is no hiss nor whistle and I have not detected any interference with other electronic devices in my home, including a six extension 900mHz phone system.The range is impressive and it works well even a reasonable distance outside my home.Highly recommended -- particularly at this price point.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice
    Having some hearing loss I chose wireless headphones so my wife could enjoy TV at a reasonable volume.This model was chosen due to the many rave reviews I have read and they were right-on.

    Extremely easy set-up to a TV, dish, DVD, VCR, headphones jack, or the "Tape-Out" RCA jacks of a receiver for hearing all components.It comes with two gold adapters and all you would need.Easy recharge by simply setting them on the attractive charging stand; it could not be easier.Quick tuning with no interference, 3 channels, smooth volume adjustment.Excellent range throughout my large house; steady sound to the kitchen, bathroom, through four rooms, out in the hot tub, and up and down the stairs.High quality stereo sound.Sturdy, well-made, comfortable weight and earpad design.Two replaceable, easy-to-find, long lasting AA NiMH batteries that do not develop memory when recharging after short use.

    I am very happy with this investment, and my wife is, too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Item
    I've had these for a few months now, I agree with all the praise in other reviews, great sound, long lasting charge, long range, etc. Having said that, I have a few minor gripes/suggestions for Sennheiser.
    I would like more ear cover choices, I'd prefer a soft leather instead of the foam. The foam can get a bit hot and itchy. I'd also like the sides to be thinner. I assume a lot of us wear these in bed, and you can't lay sideways with these huge headphones. And lastly, I would have prefered the connection wires to be plug-in instead of hard-wired to the back, that way I could plug it in to a stereo or satellite radio easily.
    That said, I'm happy with these and would recommend them to anyone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars High Quality, but a little difficult to charge
    These headphones came as advertised:
    - High Quality/Not Flimsy
    - Long Battery Life
    - Clear Reception

    I have a minor complaint about the charger -- as opposed to a previous reviewer who mentioned that getting the headphones to charge was no problem, I had to fiddle with my headphones on the charger for a while before they began charging. That said, these headphones need charging so infrequently, who cares?

    Also, to note, I got these headphones on Amazon for ~$75 and I have noticed they are now $99 -- not sure about the reason for the price increase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Performance -- Sounds Great!
    I settled on these headphones as the result of reading many online reviews (including on CNET).My final decision was one of price vs. performance.These seemed to offer very good performance at a relatively good price.

    Now that I have these and have tried them out, I can say they work great!But please note, my application is not for music and these are the first pair of wireless headphones I have used/bought.I use these for watching TV in bed late at night.Previously I had trouble hearing the TV well since I had to keep the volume low due to my wife sleeping next to me and our baby in the adjacent room.These, along with my TiVo are the perfect combination.

    Some of the pros include the sound quality, AA rechargable batteries, and the comprehensive connectivity options.For my case I plug them into the RCA outputs on my TiVo, but it is good to know I can also use them for other things as well.Finally, I can sometimes hear a bit of noise/static, but it is really insignificant and I still love the sound.

    The only con is having the tuning and volume controls too close together.Even so, I would still buy these headphones again. ... Read more

    14. Sennheiser HD-280 Dynamic Collapsible Headphones
    by Sennheiser
    list price: $199.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000065BPB
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sennheiser
    Sales Rank: 1149
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    These high-performance Sennheiser HD280 headphones are designed to exceed the demands of professional environments. Ideal for noisy outdoor broadcasts or for working DJs, these closed circum-aural headphones boast robust construction and up to 32 dB of ambient noise attenuation. Neodymium magnets provide high maximum SPL. The single-sided, coiled 3-1/4' cable includes a 3.5mm mini jack with locking 1/4" adapter. Earpieces collapse for portability and the earpads, headband padding and audio cord are easy to replace, ensuring these headphones will last. Imported. ... Read more


    • Collapsible ear-pieces for compact transport
    • Earpads, headband padding, and audio cord are easily replaceable, ensuring long life
    • Dynamic, closed-ear headphones with up to 32 dB attenuation of outside sound
    • Lightweight and comfortable, ergonomic design
    • Extended frequency response and warm, natural sound reproduction

    Reviews (88)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound for a low price!
    I bought these a year ago, and wanted to give them some long term use before I wrote a review.

    Everything others have written about the high quality sound is right on.I have noticed bits in songs that I couldn't hear before I got these.The sound is just fantastic, everything comes through nice and clear.I use these headphones for 2 things: playing games and listening to music on my computer, and listening to my portable cd player, and they work very well for both.One thing that I've noticed is that I can actually tell the difference between sound quality on winamp vs my cd player, and I didn't really notice it that much with my old 'phones.

    A few other things:
    Comfort: The headphones are a little snug when you first get them.A tiny bit tight even, I thought.But once I got used to them (about a week or so, I think), I had no problem at all wearing them for extended periods - 6+ hours at a stretch.They are not the least bit uncomfortable to me.The padding on the ear cups and headband is very soft and comfortable.I do have a hearing aid, and I was a little concerned when I saw the padding on the ear cups.The space your ear fits into looks a bit small.But I've had no problems there, they fit great and don't interfere with my hearing aid in any way.

    Durability: I've had absolutely no problems with the plastic band cracking as a few others have reported.Granted, I try not to abuse them, but I do put them in a bag and take them to work, so they get bumped about a little bit.And after a year, they still look and sound like new.

    Burning in: I noticed that they started to sound a lot better after they were "burned in" for a couple days.I've no idea what the principle behind this is, but there you go.They sounded ok when I first got them, but after about a week I started getting this amazingly clear and crisp sound from them.So burning them in definitely helps.

    Noise blocking: I've listened to these at work where there's a huge amount of noise from the machinery, and I can still hear the music really well. They don't completely block out all sound, but I have no trouble hearing the music standing next to loud machinery (so loud that we're normally required to wear ear plugs).
    One minor little quibble: I wish there was a volume control on the cord like I had on the last pair of headphones I owned.Then again, that was the first thing that went bad on the last pair so maybe those cord volume controls are susceptible to problems or something.

    Summary:I listen to a wide variety of music: folk, pop, metal,
    classical, etc, and everything I've listened to sounds really nice.These Sennheiser headphones are a great high quality product, especially for the price and I'd recommend them to anyone.I paid $80 for mine (new) on some online auction site, and you just can't get better sound for under $100.Even if they were $200, they'd still be worth it in my opinion.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Bzzzzzzzzzzzz
    The good first: nice sound, good lows, ok highs, nice isolation, if you're in a noisy environment.
    The bads:
    1. Hard to wear for more than an hour or so at a stretch (your mileage may vary, everybody has their own tolerance for this sort of thing)
    2. VERY poor cable shielding (or something that behaves like that); any time I move the mouse on my computer, I can hear it: bzzzzz. I can hear moving graphics on the screen. OK, I guess, with an mp3 player, not so good with a computer (my use case).

    My last senn's (490's) failed because of cable/plug problems; these seem to be less-than-ideal because of other cable problems. Sennheiser cables: not so good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Value forMoney for my Mini Home Theater
    I bought these after lots or research after my Koss headphone broke (it served a good 10 yrs, and I thought the sound of the koss was great)

    Once I burned in these headphones for 24 hrs, they just sound great. I actually hear new background sounds in Cd's and DVD's (which I have listened to over and over again) with these headphones (like most other people with these headphones)

    Most of what I use it now is to watch movies from DVD's on my 17" apple powerbook in bed, and use a turtle beach USB sound card with that. The 5.1 sorround effect the sound card generates, along with this headphone and the video quality generated by 128 mb radeon 9700 graphics card is just astounding. (This combination have moved my movie watching to bed from the living room, where I have a samsung 50" DLP TV, progressive scan DVD player, and a bose lifestyle 3500 sound system.) The best thing with this headphone is, now me and my wife can watch movies with loud sound in bed, without our 1 yr old hearing anything about it. We both use headphones using a splitter.

    After seeing my setup, 2 of my friends bought this headphone and both of them are quite happy about it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointed with these phones
    I ordered these headphones expecting Sennheisers smooth sound and comfortable fit. Needless to say I did not achieve either.
    I read the reviews here and as I know headphone reviews are very subjective I gave them a try. I happen to own a pair of Sennheisers right now-a very old set that isn't produced anymore. I wanted an upgrade.
    When I first received the phones I tried them immediately and I was shocked at how harsh they sounded. I forgave the fact that they were crushing my head since I felt I would be able to adjust them somewhat. Not so. I tried stretching them apart without breaking them but it didn't help much.
    Since reading many reviews here suggesting breaking them in sound-wise I played a few CD's on an endless loop for many hours a day. To be honest they did improve somewhat. However, I didn't feel like waiting a month to decide whether they would improve enough to warrant the expense and I returned them.
    I suggest these headphones for those with smallish heads, those who like a somewhat harsh, powerful sound, and those who don't like bass at all. I am not a big fan of booming bass but I could not detect any bass whatsoever from these phones, which is odd for a closed ear headphone.
    I gave them 2 stars, even though i considered giving them 1 star, because they seem to be built quite well and headphones are very subjective as you can tell by the differing reviews here.
    But what the heck, Amazon will take them back if you don't like them so tight fit, harsh sound, and lack of bass notwithstanding, give 'em a shot if you think they are up your alley.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound, cheesy plastic headband cover
    I've had a pair of these beasts for more than two years now and I've never had a better set of 'phones sonically.

    Like a number of other people, I find the plastic cover of the headband is cracking and shedding pieces to the point now where it looks like I use the headphones to drive nails.

    Apparently the outer shell just does not flex enough and I do have a somewhat larger than average head.It's annoying and looks awful but until they actually fall apart I'll keep using them and then will probably buy another set.

    Sonically, they are simply incredible.I use a small portable CD player and it drives them just fine, even on battery power.

    The noise isolation is wonderful, I use these on airplane trips and most of the noise just vanishes, at home, I often don't hear the telephone ringing on the end table next to me and I don't listen to particularly loud music.I can enjoy quiet music while my wife watches TV 6' away and barely register that it is on.

    Every time I play a CD for the first time using these 'phones, I am usually astounded, especialy if I've heard the music before on lesser systems. It's like hearing it for the first time.The depth and clarity simply delight me and I am constantly hearing new things or nuances in the music, even on discs I have heard a hundred tims before.

    The bass is full and rich without sounding like you've plugged your speakers directly into a 60hz AC outlet. (Which seems to be a popular thing to do judging from what some people call "bass" but which is more like the sound made when a brontosauraus has really bad gas.)Highs are crisp and clear without sounding tinny or ringing and the soundstage is just right at least for me.

    I use these primarly for classical, jazz and new age/ambient with occasional excursions into classic rock and they just simply work.I can't comment on how they sound with "rap" or similar noise as I only use these to listen to real music, not someone screaming vulgar words while thumping on a bass drum, but I digress.

    If you want quality sound with great isolation, buy these, just don't wear them while bicycling or driving, OK?You won't hear the semi-truck coming through your windshield.;) ... Read more

    15. Sony MDR-V600 Studio Monitor Series Headphones with Circum-Aural Earcup Design
    by Sony
    list price: $129.99
    our price: $71.19
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00001W0DI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 742
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Around-the-ear reversible swivel earcups * folding design * 40mm Aura-Nomic drivers * 10' single-sided coiled cord with UniMatch&reg plug adapter for mini or full-size headphone jacks * 9 oz. ... Read more


    • Concealed single-sided oxygen-free copper coiled cord
    • Gold-plated stereo UniMatch plug
    • Designed and engineered for high-end audio applications
    • Aura-Nomic design conforms to ear's anatomy
    • 40mm drivers for deep bass response

    Reviews (40)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the true entertainment and music fan.
    Im going to break my review into about 3 categorites for what they can be used for.- 1.Music- These are very good for hard rock, metal and blues. If you're a big fan of rock music these are the headphones for you. When hooked up to mystereo I get great bass and when I hook them up to my DVD player to listen to cds through that I get the best treble and mid range. The way these sound all depends on the source.These will not sound very good if they're just plugged into a portable cd player or a 50 dollar boom box but if they're plugged into a great piece of equipment they sound absolutely fine.
    2.Game systems and DVD players- These are also great headphones for the video game fan. I have a Nintendo Game Cube and a Game Boy Player and these headphones make me feel like drawn in and part of the game. These are great for games like Super Smash Bros Melee and Sonic Mega Collection.These are also good for watching movies.You dont miss any dialouge and you hear things from your DVD or video that you wouldn't normally notice just from your televisions speakers.
    3.Price and comfort- These are probably the best deal for the money and you can wear them for hours.They also have a long cord that can reach anywhere in the room.They can easily be adjusted from 0 up to 10. The only real flaws are that they are a little bit hard to carry around on airplane flights and the padding will wear away after a while although they are still usable and sound just as good when this happens.
    All in all if you're looking for a great pair of headphones to add a little life into your cd, video game and DVD collection you really can't go wrong especially at this price.Highly recommended and easy to find.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best I've ever had
    I've been in the broadcasting business for over 15 years and these are the best headphones I've ever used.It took some convincing to invest in them, since I usually bought cheaper headphones.But the cheap ones last a few months, and the Sony MDR-V6s last years.You won't be sorry with this headphones!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Sony MDR-V600 does not equal MDR-V6
    I reckon about half of these reviews were meant for the MDR-V6, based people's description. The MDR-V6 is the one that is comparable to the mdr-7506, NOT the v600. If it werent for the blue "professional" sticker on the mdr-7506, most people would never know the difference between it and the v6.

    And for the record the MDR-v600 is much bigger and bulkier than both the V6 and the mdr-7502. While it uses similar drivers, It has a huge earcup and large foam paddings that color the sound. Most noticeable is overbearing amount of bass this thing gives out, which drowns out the mids. This would account for some of muddiness that other reviewers have described. So how this headphone got to be called studio monitors is beyond me. This headphone is more like a pair of v6 that was modified to meet the mainstream demands of bassheads. Whreas v6 was half metal/half plastic, the v600 is all plastic.

    If you want accurate sound, stick with the tried and true Sony models such as the v6 or 7502.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sturdy Headphone with Great Sound
    I used a pair of Sony V300 studio monitor headphones for about 2 years until they became unrepairable.I didn't realize that this was a blessing in disguise.I purchased the V600 headphones as a replacement since they addressed my greatest complaint with the V300s: ear compression.I use my headphones daily to listen to music while working in my cubicle.This amounts to at least 3 hours of use, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year.That's at least 780 hours of use per year.I don't need my ears pressed up against my head by ill-fitting headphones.The V600s have a circum-aural design that encloses all but the largest of ears.They're comfy and sound super-fantastic.I love these headphones!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wicked Headphones! Wicked Sound! Audophile @heart!
    I have been listening to music for many years. I listen mostly to rap, h&b, hip hop, and love watching movies and playing games with these headphones.

    Just like everyone says, YOUR SOURCE MAKES A HUGE HUGE DIFFERENCE. You cannot honestly listen to a review when they are telling you they are driving these things with just their PC sound card or off of a portable CD player. However, with their sensitivity rating, you'll still punch out a lot of sound.

    When I have these hooked up to my pioneer vsx 455 receiver, they literally shake off my head. I can feel the bass coming from them, no distortion at all. Ran some tests though, it doesn't really go down to 5Hz like it says. I can 'hear' down to around 20Hz running a sine wave through them. Below 20hz, I can somewhat *feel* the bass, since the headphones start to shake. Rock music is also very punchy, feels like your head is getting kicked on the side whenever you hit a punchy deep note. High's are nice and crisp, I can only hear up until around 17,000Hz or so,and avg human hearing is probably up to 16,000 or so. There is no muddyness, mid's are very nice as well.

    If you are upgrading from cheap no name headphones that come with CD players these days, you'll be in for a nice treat. I love watching movies and DVD's with these, stick Intervideo DVD player into Dolby Headphone mode and it sounds pretty immersive.

    If you aren't getting deep bass from these, it is most likely your source. For those that are interested for studio purposes, I highly recommend these. They mask outside noise nicely. The only minor complaint is that my ears do somewhat get sweaty if I leave them on for a long time. Other than that, they are extremely comfortable.

    Happy Listening!

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    16. JVC HANC100 Noise Cancelling Headphones
    by JVC
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $47.45
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    Asin: B0000U19F0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: JVC
    Sales Rank: 2585
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The HANC100 is a Noise Canceling Headphone that can Produce a 75% Noise Reduction when in the Active Mode. It also has 50 hours of use on one AAA Battery. The HANC100 also has a Cord Rewind Sytem, so that it will retract its 4.9 foot cord back up into its left earpiece.

    And to make it easy to travel the HANC100, folds down into a compact size for easy traveling and it comes with a Airplane Adapter and a Carry Pouch. And when you are not traveling the HANC100s can be used in the Passive mode for Great Performance at Home.

    • 36mm Driver
    • 40Hz to 1500Hz Noise Cancel Range With 75% Noise Reduction
    • Noise canceling Headphone
    • Airplane Adapter And Carry Pouch
    • Adjustable Headband Folding Design
    • Retactable Cord System with Rewind Button
    • 4.9 feet
    • L Mini Pin with Airplane Adapter
    • Left and Right Ear Indicators
    • 50 Hours of Use on One AAA Battery (Included)
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    • Full Adjustable Headband
    • Folding design
    • Retractable Cord system
    • 36mm Driver
    • 75% Noise reduction

    Reviews (22)

    2-0 out of 5 stars unwearable
    These things work fine, so long as you wear them.And there's the rub: the earpieces are so small, and they put so much pressure on the outer ear, that the pain became unbearable (at least for me) after an hour or two.They stayed in my brief case for the remainder of the flight to Tokyo, as the airplane noise was, without question, the lesser of the two evils.Maybe this wouldn't have been a problem if my ears were the size of a nine-year-old's...

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing performance
    Maybe my expectation was too high. I wasn't impressed at all by its noise reduction performance during the flight from Boston to Denver on B-737.

    I'll try a brand new set of battery on the next flight.

    I tried it again with a brand new set of AAA batteries; flight from Logan to BWI on B-717. Noise reduction only slightly better than last time. It seems that the noise reduction frequency band is too narrow (low frequency only).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not the Bose...
    ....these are actually a good value!!
    I've had these for a couple weeks now and finally got to test in a variety of conditions on a variety of equipment.I never got around to testing them on my main stereo system, but I figure its unlikely anyone is buying these for there main system anyway so here it is:
    Equipment tested with:
    Systemax pc with integrated sound card
    old systemax with an Audigy card
    variety of laptops including acer and compac
    Ilo mp3 player
    1st gen sony car discman
    I have to say many of the reviews on here must have been by people who took them out of the box put them on for 5 minutes and decided the world should hear what they have to say regardless of accuracy.My first listen was in a room with 3 servers and 3 pcs running, they did a nice job of canceling out the noise but the bass was thin and the upper ends sounded pinched off.The phone started ringing so I set them down and left the music on to break em in a bit.After about 5 hours I put them on and gave a serious listen, the bass sounded much better and the higher end much more natural.
    On the plane they reduced the noise quite a bit, but it was still audible, Really not a problem, I believe they perform as advertised. Contrary to many reviews, JVC says noise is reduced by 12 db at 300hz, not 90% of the audio spectrum.It really makes the flight much more enjoyable, I picked a seat in the back of the plane since that tends to be noisiest on the little commuter jets and they passed my test, which is my ears arent ringing.I'm not a good judge of haedphone comfort because I tend to hate all phones, but these are ok.I can wear em for 30 minutes or so without readjusting.the top band could use a little pad but that should be easily fixed.
    They do introduce noise if you turn them on in a quiet room, but that begs the ?, why are you turning them on?With background noise overall sound is reduced and thats the point.They perform quite nicely without the NC on.They are incredibly easy to drive, my ilo player (which the biggest complaint is lack of volume if you read reviews) drives them easily, and I'm currently listening to them on my discman on the "min" volume setting.Do not plug them into anything without turning the volume down, unless of course you like pain.
    If your never going to listen to anything besides 128 kbs mp3's these provide all the sound quality you need to be happy.They are good enough for the critical ear to enjoy them, and to appreciate better sources without being so detailed that bad/low res recordings are annoying.
    The cord does feel flimsy but snags should be minimal since you only pull out what you need.Mine have about 10 hours so far on the battery and its still kicking, and they seem to get more comfy as the foam in the pads wears in.I really havent noticed the differential in sides, I would send em back if you experiance that and try a different pair.
    These are a really good buy, but if you have to spend more get the sennheisers, at least they dont need separate eq'ing to sound good unlike another brand commonly mentioned.If you gotta have the best and have 299 to blow then get some noisebuster's for the plane and a pair of Grado's for home/hotel, and still have enough leftover for 8-9 cds!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disppointing for the price.
    1.Good headphones need to do physical noise reduction as well as noise cancellation.Although these cover you ear, the cans are hollow - I could hear people around me talking even with music playing.Also air blowing on the outside of the headphones (from the aircraft ventilation system was clearly audible).
    2.The top piece hurt the top of my head (if you have hair up there, you might fare better).
    3.On a Boeing 777, they didn't work at all.They worked o.k. on an A319, a 737, and my laptop, however.On the 777, I got about 1 second of sound and then nothing. I think the new Boeing digital sound system didn't like them electrically (perhaps the impedance is too high or too low) and simply shut down.The United airlines supplied (cheap) headphones and another brand I had with me worked just fine on the 777, but not these.
    4.I compared them with a pair of Heil Sound QuietPhones ( and the Heil phones (at $99 list) did a far superior job of noise reduction. Bob Heil, by the way, was the man who built the wall of sound for the Grateful Dead -- he knows audio.
    5.I agree that the Bose headphones are horribly overpriced, but this set just doesn't make it.Look for something in the midrange (around $100) and you'll be happier.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Noise reduction effective, but...
    These comments are in the past tense, as are the headphones.But first the good news.

    --- Positive

    * The noise reduction was good.Having been warned not to expect miracles, my expectations were close to how they performed.

    * The retractable cord was convenient.

    * They were comfortable.Unlike others reviewers, I had neither ear nor top band (despite the lack of hair) discomfort.

    -- So-so

    * The audio quality was adequate, but wouldn't be your first choice if noise cancellation wasn't needed.

    -- Negative

    * The two sides produced different effects (verified by reversing the them).Several others also reported this.I found it quite irritating every time I put them on, but after a few minutes I accomodated.

    * They stopped working after 4 hours!Actually, they simply stopped passing any input signal, but the noise cancellation continued to work.I had been very careful with them so it wasn't an abuse problem.The noise cancellation was good enough that I wore them for another 14 hours of flying, while reading and watching silent movies.More relaxing, but with plenty of time to build up some bad feelings about them.

    I had paid more than I should have (why didn't I look on Amazon first?), but I got a full refund.Long flights were less tiring, so I'm gong to replace them with some, as yet undetermined, brand. ... Read more

    17. Sony MDR-V700DJ Monitor Series Headphones
    by Sony
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $89.25
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    Asin: B00001W0DH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2173
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Around-the-ear reversible swivel earcups with auto return mechanism * folding design * 50mm drivers * 9.5' single-sided coiled cord with UniMatch&reg plug adapter for mini or full-size headphone jacks * 10.6 oz. ... Read more


    • Detachable 10-foot, single-sided cord made of oxygen-free copper for high conductivity
    • Reversible swivel earcups for DJ and remix single-sided monitoring, and an auto-return swivel mechanism
    • Supra-aural design ensures excellent comfort and creates a controlled environment for better sound
    • Huge, 50 mm drivers deliver deep bass down to 5 Hz and provide outstanding dynamic range
    • 3,000 mW power handling for the most stringent professional applications and daily use at very high output levels

    Reviews (58)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Headphones I've Had
    These headphones are fantastic! They are extremely comfortable and easy to use. Comes with nice white case and they fold farely easily. The sound is spectacular, giving impressive bass! They also look amazing and people will see and HEAR you coming from miles away. I've only had them for 2 days, but so far they are excellent. shipped them frightenly fast. I ordered them and the next day they came!! (Standard Shipping) The only complaint i have with the headphones is that they are rather bulky and big, but other than that they are worth the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For DJ's Only...
    I've had my headphones for 3 years.I'm an amature DJ and could only recommend these for DJ use.

    1st of all, the major complaint about these headphones are the cracks that appear on the swiveling brace.Face it, it's plastic and it can break.And it's not the best design for durability.But it's not gonna happen to everybody.As a matter of fact, a lot of record stores with turntable sampling stations will have these headphones out for use.A local record shop in HB had about a dozen of these headphones out for years of careless use.I think, most people end up sitting on or packing them in heavy luggage.I can't see how you can just put these on top of your head and break them.

    2nd, they're not designed for audiophile sound quality at moderate volumes.They're designed to monitor the next song while listening to blaring 15" club speakers.A device with mediocre output voltage will not move these 50mm drivers well enough to get good sound quality.So stay away from iPods.They're just not gonna drive these headphones really well.Imagine hooking up two 12" subwoofers to your car and trying to power them with your headunit.It's not gonna happen.Like I said, these are specifically designed for DJ's.I use a Vestax PMC-05Pro2 mixer and I get crisp, studio monitor quality sound.Very transparent and smooth lows.

    3rd, as for the 50mm drivers.. these headphones are designed for accurate and distortion free playback at loud volumes assuming you have a clear and strong output.There are other headphones out there that have 50mm drivers that are designed for moderate volume levels.A lot of it is going to depend on the sensitivity of the drivers.Usually, lower sensitivity will handle louder volume levels better but a higher sensitivity unit will sound more accurate at lower levels.So if you're not using headphones to monitor songs at a concert or at a club, go and spend your money on something else.

    3-0 out of 5 stars DJ'S
    i am dj, i used my headphones daily for, spinning records, listening to music, and exercising in the gym.

    About 3 weeks ago the left hand side of the lever that holds ear piece together started cracking, and eventually broke.

    These sound magnificent, but heavy users beware, these will break after about a year of heavy use.

    Ok i gotta read more review and buy more durable headphones, hope this helped

    5-0 out of 5 stars The right headphones for any DJ or serious music fan
    I am an amateur DJ and an avid music fan, so it is pretty important to me that I can hear the music that I'm playing. These headphones are perfect for me. They deliver some of the best tones I've heard from any headphone I've tried. I used to use the Sony mdr-v300 model before I got these, but like many people I had to replace them because they fell apart. I now use them as small pc speakers, because they also give good sound. I'm sure that the v700 will meet the same fate as my v300's, but I'm willing to risk it due to the wonderful sound quality and power in these headphones. The bass response is excellent, in my DJ work I play a lot of trance and techno songs with strong, deep bass, so it's nice to have a pair of headphones that can keep up. Also the high pitches come in loud and clear through these headphones. They are also really comfortable, for a new years party I had to use them for 5 Ā½ hours without any comfort problems. My only issue with these headphones is the fact that they are so powerful. Especially when using them for dj'ing. That same new years party I had a nasty headache at the end from the headphones, because they were playing so loudly. I also partially lost hearing in one ear for a few days. So I suggest that if you plan on using these for DJ use, you wear ear plugs to make sure you don't get any problems. Other than that, I have no issue with these headphones. They are the best pair of headphones I have owned, and I wouldn't be able to recommend anything better.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fuggetaboutit!
    Now I know after reading my headline, you are probably thinking to yourself, "Who is this guy and what's he doing calling these headphones crap?"Well, I, like most of you, was lured to these headphones by their smooth looks and the infamous "50mm driver" and the "high quality sound" that they had.The sound, while good, was not worth the extra cash.The sound was no better than any other pair of headphones that I have ever used (I had never owned a pair of headphones that cost over $35 until these).In addition to that, these headphones are built in such a shoddy manner that they did not last me two whole months.I took them on an airplane, put them in my carry-on baggage, and they broke.

    The headphones you want are the $75 ones made by carries them, so get them instead! ... Read more

    18. Sennheiser RS 130 Wireless Surround Sound Headphones
    by Sennheiser
    list price: $169.95
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    Asin: B0007QN18U
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sennheiser
    Sales Rank: 1483
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Sennheiser's wireless RS130 headphones feature a switchable surround sound system making them ideal for hi-fi or TV use. These fully rechargeable headphones also have intelligent auto tuning to ensure top-quality reception. A NiMH battery pack and wall-mountable charging cradle are included for easy, hassle-free recharging. Headphones also feature a 3.5mm stereo jack plug and a 1/4" RCA adapter. Imported. ... Read more


    • Includes NiMH battery pack, charging stand, transmitter, and 1/4-inch plug adapter
    • Wireless, rechargeable hi-fi headphones with SRS surround sound mode
    • Intelligent auto tuning and automatic signal control ensure high-quality reception
    • Transmission range of up to 150 meters; 18 Hz to 21 kHz frequency response
    • Lightweight, comfortable design; 22 hours average battery life per charge

    Reviews (3)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Make sure no one else is using a similar one nearby
    Great sound and everything when my neighbor is not using his wireless headphone or cordless phone. There is no option to change the transmission frequency. Imagine listening with ambient music playing from my neighbors stereo and sound from my TV.
    With the popularity of better wireless headphones, these models are going to get a lot cheaper and some day soon everyone will own a similar FM wireless headphone.

    Another important thing ( next time you buy a cordless phone look for this feature ) I learnt after buying these headphone is that they can even pickup telephone conversations from some one else's 900 MHz cordless phone.
    So I found from internet that newer cordless phones use a technique where by the base station and the receiver changes frequency many times a minute. Great !! I didn't know about that. Well !! Every day you learn a thing or two.

    I think its time to get rid of my FM headphones and get an infrared headphone from sony. Sorry I am not interested in listening to someone else's telephone conversation with my really "powerful " wireless headphones.

    I have still given this product a rating of 4 for the excellent sound quality it provides
    but really make sure your neighbor is not using a similar one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Listen mostly to classical onXM Sat and streaming mp3 audio from a Mac. Beautiful sound and enjoy outdoors on the patio. Have tried other makes and this is the first truly satisfactory unit. Well worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Money!!!
    I have had these for a week now and have put them to the test as far as sound quality goes. I listen to many types of music and these sound incredible across all genre! The surrond sound brings guitar and piano alive! I am very impressed. I hooked them into my DVD player and they sounded great as well. I am very picky and bought and returned several pair, but these are keepers!!! They are VERY simple to charge, and operate. The only con in my oppinion is that they are big. They are not heavy or uncomforatable, just big. ... Read more

    19. Sony PSLX250H Turntable
    by Sony
    list price: $99.99
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    Asin: B00005T3XH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1039
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Get into the groove with the fully automatic PS-LX250H turntable from Sony. Hook the turntable up to any stereo and reacquaint yourself with all of your old vinyl records. The turntable is compatible with all stereo receivers, even units without traditional phono input jacks.

    The PS-LX250H doesn't require a lot of setup out of the box. A built-in preamplifier adjusts the audio output, giving you a terrific sound. The phono cartridge with a diamond stylus needle snaps right into place. Adjust the turntable EQ setting to your stereo receiver's input configuration and you are ready to go.

    The PS-LX250H spins at 33-1/3 and 45 rpm, allowing you to enjoy albums and singles. A spindle adapter is included for your singles. All of the controls are on the front panel and easy to access. The fully automatic, belt-drive turntable features push-button controls that allow you to change the turntable speed and record size, and raise the tone arm automatically.

    What's in the Box
    Turntable, dust cover, 45 rpm record adapter, user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more


    • Convenient front-mounted controls for simplicity
    • Fully automatic operation
    • Supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm playing speeds
    • Belt-drive system
    • Static balance tonearm

    Reviews (27)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    Husband was looking for a turntable to connect to our stereo system since our "old" turntable did not have it's own amp and wouldn't work without a pre-amp.I, not knowing diddly about any of the above ordered this turntable for his anniversary present.He is thrilled with it.Plugged it in, turned the amp or equilizer switch to the proper position and he was in heaven.Taught high school band for 18 years and wanted to listen to some of his old teaching tools after changing professions.Loved it!It's probably not heavy duty enough for serious vinyl lovers but it fits the bill for us.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 4.25 stars
    My only problem with this turntable is that it is a belt-driven system. the "belt" comes loose quite often. When the belt comes loose, the vinyl record doesn't not play correctly. After about 4 years, the belt came loose daily. It's not a bad turntable but Direct Drive systems are much better

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best inexpensive turntable anywhere!
    I love this turntable! Sound quality is superb. Features are great. It has a start button so just put the album on and hit start and you're in bisiness! Of course, you can also manually put the needle on too. Just so you know, you will have to hook up the belt and set a equilization switch (depending on whether you have phono imput or not). Follow the directions closely and these two things will take only 10 minutes. I happen to have a phono input on my receiver, but for those who don't, that equilization switch could be a god-send. I like the fact that this turntable is super cheap yet still very good performance. Highly recommended!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great turntable for the newcomer.
    I'm a newcomer to the vinyl scene. With pretty much no knowledge about turntables I was looking for one that was pretty much idiot proof.

    This bad boy fit the bill. Out of the box all you have to do really is attach the drive belt and attach the platter, and depending if you have a phono input on you're receiver, you have to click the built in preamp switch on or off. No calibration of speeds was necessary. Whole process from unpacking to playing LP took 5 minutes at most. My bedroom system consists of the following:

    Sony STR-6045 Receiver (1974)
    Sony PSLX350H Turntable
    Klipsch SB-1 Bookshelf's
    Monster Cable & Acoustic Research Interconnects

    My receiver has a phono input, so I didn't have to use the built in preamp. The first 2 LP's I tested was a copy of Death Cab For Cutie "Transatlantiscm" and John Coltrane "A Love Supreme". I hit the "Start" button on the front of the turntable and the arm automatically went up, then down on the edge of the easy was that?

    Right of the bat I noticed that sound was spectacular. The highs were crisp and the bass was low and distortion free. It could be my particular setup, but I was really impressed. My receiver was built in 1974, so I can only imagine how it would sound through a modern day receiver. I have absolutely no complaints as far as sound quality.

    I next hooked up the turntable to my PC to rip some 7" singles that I had acquired. I ran the turntable with the built in preamp on to my SoundBlaster Live! Card with a Monster Cable RCA to mini cable. I ripped the tracks using MusicMatch and encoded at 128kbps. The whole process went off without a hitch. The mp3s sounded great and the process couldn't have been easier.

    Now onto my complaints:

    1.The overall feel of this turntable is kind of cheap. It seems pretty much all plastic. But then again, at this price what do you expect?

    2.The feet are not adjustable.

    3.I have heard that replacing the stylus is a total pain. I have not yet had to do so, but it seems according to others that it is only available through Sony for $50. I do suspect that by going to you will be able to find a suitable replacement though, and for considerably less.

    To wrap it up, this is a great turntable for a beginner. Spectacular if you take the price into consideration. Right out of the box it was easy to set up and use. While the build quality is questionable, at the price you can't really complain. I do plan to upgrade to a higher quality manual turntable once I read up on how to properly calibrate and care for it.

    For vinyl fans here are some cool links: (If you live in NJ this is must shop
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a reasonably priced DISPOSABLE product.
    Like most SONY products the PS-LX250H performs well. It is also very reasonably priced.

    However, like the oil in your car, turntable stylus replacement becomes necessary with time and use. Suddenly, the bargain quickly disappears. The stylus which is only available directly from SONY currently costs $55.52 plus shipping and handling. If SONY would dramatically lower the replacement stylus cost, this turntable would rate 5 stars for it's price to performance value.

    This model should serve well if only occaisonal, casual use is foreseen or if you don't mind paying $15,000 for an oil change. ... Read more

    20. Sony MDR-EX81LP/B Bud-Style Stereo Earphones (Black)
    by Sony
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $37.99
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    Asin: B0007N55LO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1210
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    Product Description

    earbud headphones with earclips * 4-foot cord with right-angle, gold-plated mini plug * three sizes of detachable earbuds * carry case * weight: 0.36 oz. * ... Read more


    • Unique, aluminum shaft for lightweight stability
    • Neodymium magnets (360 kJ/m3) for powerful bass and clear treble sounds
    • Closed type earphone structure delivers deep bass sound
    • Elastomer hanger gives a snug, comfortable fit around your ears
    • Soft, silicone rubber earbuds for a stable, comfortable fit

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