@f00l They’re nowhere near top of the line audio quality, but are definitely better than earphones like the ones that came with the older model iPhones. They do drop out at lower frequencies (the company that makes them even says this). Also, if you have them really loud and it hits a deep bass you can feel them vibrate on the side of your head which is a weird feeling.
I have a set of $200 noise-cancelling earbuds someone left on a plane and never claimed from lost and found. I almost never use them. As great as the noise-cancelling bit is, they are ridiculously uncomfortable, presumably to get a good seal for canceling noise. No, I grab my big, cheap, ear-covering headphones. The sound is better, and while they technically aren’t “noise-cancelling,” you’re going to be shouting pretty loud before I hear you. Plus, no one can claim they didn’t know you were wearing headphones, unlike tiny earbuds. Taking away their wire will just make that issue worse.
Just to get this out of the way, because I hear people use these terms interchangeably.
I positively hate, hate, hate earbuds. Must be something about the shape/size of my ear, but I find them downright painful to wear. But if I am going to be hiking/walking, a comfortable pair of in-ear headphones as an acceptable replacement for over-the-ear cans
@DrWorm I really hate the earbud style. For in-ear, I have found that relatively cheap memory foam tips make all the difference. They make a better seal, so better bass, and they are crazy comfortable compared to the horrendous silicone tips.
Not stylish, but supremely functional, under $100 and possibly the best selling headphones ever.
They’re not the work horse of audio professionals for nothin’.
When even multi-million dollar studios choose $99 cans, there’s a reason.
@f00l I currently have an over ear pair that cause some discomfort after a while. If I’m really careful about tucking the back of my ear into the cup, it’s usually not so bad. I’ve always had issues with over ear, even though my ears are average sized. They were Bluetooth and $10 shipped so I’ll deal for now.
On ear absolutely suck. Maybe not the old walkman style. Don’t remember those hurting so bad.
@RiotDemon Yes they’re over the ear and I do find them comfortable even after wearing them for long periods (like I said, they’re not the go-to choice of professionals for nothing).
I have had other pairs of over the ear phones that caused me a lot of discomfort, either by being too hot and/or too tight/painful, but that’s not the case with these.
When I bought mine (at B&H, iirc) they came with a free pair of replacement cups/pads, however, after years of use the originals are still in perfect shape; unlike the Sennheisers I had previously (and regretfully) bought, whose pads started disintegrating after surprisingly little use.
Best overall sound, my Bose QC35’s (made even better by the fact that my step-bro works for Bose and got them for me at half price). While I generally think Bose isn’t worth their prices and their rep is overblown, they really do make the best noise canceling headphones.
@ACraigL I have Bose OE bluetooth for work, Bose SoundSport for running, and AirPods for commuting/phone calls. Bose isn’t the best, but it’s solid sound and very high build quality. For something that you don’t need to worry about taking good care of, Bose is hard to beat.
@Coldrice The trend of big to small and back to big is funny to me. I think the issue was it was too hard for people to tell who had expensive headphones when everyone was using tiny ear buds, so it was impossible to use them as a status symbol. Now that they’re huge again, you can easily see who has spent too much on their personal audio peripherals.
I feel obliged to point out that Beats, considering the price, are the WORST headphones on the market.
I mean, you can definitely find lower quality phones but, dollar for dollar, they’d still be a better deal than Beats.
Understand that Beats are a fashion statement, form (& marketing hype) over function, and absolutely NOT a high quality, good sounding set of headphones.
Hopefully I’m preaching to the choir and you all know this already.
I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the Audio Technica ATH-M50X yet. I recently bought the Bluetooth adapter, but haven’t gotten round to trying it. Oddly enough the Audio Technica Sonic Fuel Over-Ear Headphones I got from Meh aren’t too bad, until they start to hurt from being too tight.
When I’m on the go I’m using the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones, which I got during their Black Friday sale to replace my beloved Bose BT2, even though that was only for one ear.