Headphones

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  1. birdsnest2021

    birdsnest2021 New Member

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    I was thinking of giving my DS over the ear, noise cancelling headphones for his high school graduation gift. Will he be able to use these after BCT? He really enjoys listening to music and I figured any kind of speaker would be either not allowed or disruptive to roommates. Thanks!!
     
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    haleym 5-Year Member

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    Yes! Noise cancelling headphones here are a blessing. They are a big help when it comes to getting work done, especially if you struggle with outside distractions.
     
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    birdsnest2021 New Member

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    Wonderful. I'll start shopping now!
     
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  4. Capri120

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    You might consider wireless headphones as well. Depending on how your DS uses them, it can save wear and tear on the headphone cord and/or cell phone power cord if he decides to sleep with them on while listening to music or something on his phone.
     
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    And many of the cordless are actually rechargeable so no need for batteries. Some of the corded noise-cancelling require batteries.
     
  6. MN-Dad-2016

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    I have a passion for good sound. 1st rule; stay away from Beats or any other heavily marketed product. IMHO, Beats sound terrible for the $$'s. Bose slightly better.

    The highest performing products normally are not household names. Just like the people who are into biking, they know of brands like Niner, Cipollini, Ribble’s etc. Notice Schwinn, Huffy, Raleigh would be considered "junk".

    The best site by far to read what endusers have to say (and frequented by passionate people) is this site http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/noise-canceling . In nearly all cases, over the ears headphones are going to outperform in ear products. Personally and for the money, I liked the Sennheiser PXC 550's. Go to an airport to listen because they will have the biggest selection.

    Here is my free advice. While I an normally not a fan of extended warranties, I'd highly suggest buying a long extended contract for headphones. If you do, I predict it will pay for itself. Especially if it covers accidental damage. But the issue with YOU picking out the final product (over the ears) is subjective comfort. If a blood relative (son or daughter) that has the same noggin is able to try them on, that person can select a pair for comfort.

    Good luck!
     
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  7. Sneak

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    Yeah don't buy beats or bose, and don't buy wireless headphones. The Bluetooth standard is not capable of bandwidths that will make your music not sound like crap. Decent cabled headphones will have a sturdy cable that won't break anyway.

    Headphones that have batteries for active noise cancelation are probably good to avoid as well, because the overall sound quality is usually not as good. But that's kind of a personal preference thing too, some people just like active noise cancelation.
     
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    haleym 5-Year Member

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    Not really understanding the Bose hate. Bose are just fine. Use them on a daily basis, and especially useful during travel (I'm usually asleep before the plane even takes off :))
     
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    Apt-X-Lossless (not to be confused with Apt-X by itself) is a better caliber bluetooth approach. Bluetooth by itself is "lossy" while Apt-X-lossless is, well.. "lossless". In order to benefit, you need your source (phone, tablet, computer) to have Apt-X AND the wireless headphones. As of now, the iPad and iPhone decided not to use Apt-X. why should they, Apple Music (their streaming site) sounds less than ideal and the Beats headphones also sound sub-par. Android products (Samsung Galaxy 4 and beyond) have been using them for years.

    But your source material is an important part of all of this. If you use highly compressed mp3's, that's a sacrifice. I happen to use Tidal and piggy back on our daughters military discount (I pay for here; normally $20 a month for hi res and get a discount for $10 a month and add me for another $5).
     
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    I'm not a Bose hater. They happen to sell more speakers and headphones than anyone in the world. So they are doing something right! It's like Dyson vacuum cleaner (heavily marketed) or those annoying "My Pillow" commercials. In my opinion, BOTH are "good", but not great. Much of the price tag of Bose product is attached to expensive marketing. I said, "in my opinion" because, in my opinion, Bose LOVES to sue anyone. They are so litigious that they have sued their own industry (CEDIA comes to mind). Since they are so sue-happy, that's another reason I am not a fan.
     
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    Bose are universally hated in the home theater world because they are overpriced, overrated and they will go after any publication that gives them a negative review. They are famous for having no highs and no lows. The fact that they sell well is a tribute to their marketing and sales department and the fact that most people dont know what a good sound is. There are groups of people who build DIY speakers and they have contests where they have to replicate Bose speakers for $20 or less. They have no problem doing so. To be fair there is nothing wrong with Bose equipment, its just that for what you pay, you can do better. And if you like the Bose quailty, you could buy a different brand for a lot less.

     
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    Google "top noise cancelling headphones 2017" and read a few of the reviews. You'll find that Bose are expensive, but they are usually rates as the best noice cancelling headphones. There will be a tradeoff between the best noise cancelling and best sound quality. It's also good if you can try them on and test them in person. Also, make sure you get over the ear models.
     
  13. Humey

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    Their headphones for pilots are also well regarded and expensive