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Recommend me a pair of headphones for my iPod and my ProBook
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Jul 2, 2010, 12:41 PM
 
I have had Koss Porta Pros for a few years now, but the quality is steadily declining (in particular the plug has gotten flimsier and flimsier). I'm chewing through a pair of headphones a year.

So I would like to have alternatives. I don't want them to be too large and of decent sound and build quality. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Jul 2, 2010, 04:54 PM
 
In b4 Bose.
     
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Jul 2, 2010, 06:03 PM
 
How big is too large?

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Jul 2, 2010, 06:31 PM
 
Bang & Olufsen earphones
     
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Jul 2, 2010, 07:43 PM
 
I have had Klipsch Custom 3s for about a year now, totally love them.
     
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Jul 2, 2010, 10:47 PM
 
Buds, on-ear, or over-ear? Budget? What type of music? Picking out a set of cans is as subjective as selecting speakers.
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Jul 2, 2010, 11:29 PM
 
The sony MDR7506's are AWESOME!!!!

I really like my Sennheiser HD280 PROs too... when I replace these I will be going with the sonys though.

If you have never listened to a >$60 pair of headphones you really should... its truly amazing.

Bose headphones are decent, but overpriced... try to listed to a set of 7506s they are awesome.

I had a pair of sony MDR700s? (the silver DJ headphones) and the bass was amazing but the build was flawed and they still always break.

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Jul 3, 2010, 03:33 AM
 
The budget is about 60-80 €, perhaps more if I'm really tempted -- after all, that's what I've paid for my first pair of Porta Pros. Regarding what is too big and what isn't, I don't think I want a closed headphone (e. g. a pair of Grados), they're simply way too big.
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Jul 3, 2010, 07:38 AM
 
Koss gives a lifetime warrantee, so why not just send them in and get a free replacement? The Portapro was introduced in the 80's, so it's getting slightly long in the tooth but is still great value for the money. I love them.

A great alternative are the Sennheiser PX100 (not 200, they suck). Cost about the same, fold down flat and sound fantastic for the money.

Stay well clear of Bose.

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Jul 3, 2010, 06:15 PM
 
I bought my first Porta Pro 7~8 years ago when they cost me 86 €. My last pair cost about a third (~30 €). In the same time span, the thickness of the cable has decreased significantly (feels almost like a factor of 2, the cables on my initial Porta Pro were massive!) and the quality of the plug has gone from solid to flimsy.

I've sent them in a few times and I've had good experiences with the customer service. However, I'd prefer to get something that doesn't break on me within a year or less. To be honest, if I could buy and old-school Porta Pro with a decent plug and cable, I'd be a happy camper.

The alternatives posted here are either too expensive or too big. Regarding what is too big, I don't want closed headphones, they're too bulky and I look as if I work on the tarmac of Munich airport

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Thanks for the review, I'll read it tomorrow (it's quite late here)
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Jul 3, 2010, 08:48 PM
 
If you don't want closed headphones, (or similar sized offerings that aren't technically closed) your best bet for good sound quality is a pair of canalphones for about $100 are probably a good bet.

Btw has anyone noticed that cheap canalphones have largely replaced the earbud market, must be a style thing I don't understand.
     
   
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