Yet another headphone thread

Compared to wired, wireless are always going to be lacking, be it the chance for interference on the band, batteries running dry, or any other inherent weakness compared to wires. Doesn't mean they can't be good, but they'll never be as good as a set of wired headphones.

That said, lay off. He wanted someone to talk him out of it, and that's what I was doing.

I wouldn't say never. Who knows. Wireless stuff has come a long way recently.

I wouldn't advocate buying that particular set that got linked without a lot more research, but I'm not going to hate on wireless audio.

Even just a couple years ago (maybe more like 3ish, I forget) it had a deservedly bad reputation and was kind of awful in almost all of its affordable-for-a-normal-consumer forms, but that's not really the case anymore. There's some decent stuff out there.

I'm saying that dollar for dollar, wireless isn't going to be as good as wired. It's just the nature of the beast, since you have to budget in transmitters and other stuff you don't have to deal with using wires.

Sure, but unless you have a high-end setup I'd be surprised if you could tell the difference. And this is wired vs. wireless to a $100 pair of headphones even. Personally... I have a bluetooth-enabled head unit in my car and it sounds amazing. But typically, you choose wireless for cases where running wires is a burden, and then it's just a matter of finding a /good/ wireless setup.

To add some information... I think my current wired bluetooth headset is starting to give out.

I can't seem to get it to interface with Steam hardly at all, and even in skype, some people complain that I am very quiet.

Add to that the issues I've had with the wiring in the volume control widget (one ear cutting out, or the other, or my mic depending on how I flex and bump the widget), I figure it's time for a new headset.

That being said, I am really tempted to buy the cheapest highly-rated piece of crap I can find, but there is a real appeal to going wireless, as I have way too many wires going on in my setup right now. I have an Xbox one at my desk, connected to one of my monitors, the controller + headset sitting on my desk, an xbox 360 controller wired to my pc, and the headset, plus various charging cables...

AnimeJ, I appreciate the perspective, and you're making solid points regarding components needed for wireless pushing the price up and more things to go wrong. I don't know how concerned I am about sound quality - I love great quality sound, but just like fantastic graphics, it often pales when considering convenience for me.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a cheap reliable alternative, wired or otherwise?

Dr.Ghastly wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Someone talk me out of buying this Mpow Muze headset!

I wouldn't buy wireless headsets period, let alone some with all those controls built in. Too much that can go wrong. And at that price point, I'd have a hard time believing they sound anywhere near as good as they claim.

You have no clue what you are talking about. I've had wireless headphones for a couple years now and they are great. I bought the sony gold wireless ones.

I would only use MPows for audibooks, podcasts, or working out. They are Chinese cheapies that sell under tons of different brands on Amazon but all with identical, or close to identical, hardware. The reason they are rated well is because they are boosted by questionable reviews. e.g. Free samples, bot reviews, & not verified purchases

I have a pair of in-ear wireless Mpows for running and they do the job fine but have very little range and almost no bass. The "reviews" made them seem like they would equivalent to $200 Sennheisers.

My concern lines up with EvilDead's, MPows stuff that I have tried has seemed rather cheap. I have a nice set of wireless headphones and can definitely see the appeal, but I am also very weary of Mpow.

That's kind of what I was hoping/expecting to hear.. thanks EvilDead and BagelMage.

No problem. If you do find something nice let us know. I just wish the wireless Sennheisers weren't so damn expensive. I would love a pair of wireless Momentums but could never justify the price.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a cheap reliable alternative, wired or otherwise?

I've got a set of these and absolutely love them.

Oh, last note on wireless in general, I did that route for a while, and ultimately came back to wired all the things. I got tired of spending as much or more on mice for wireless and the quality being much less, same with keyboards. I totally get the convenience factor of not having to deal with wires, but that hassle is replaced by multiple others.

AnimeJ wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for a cheap reliable alternative, wired or otherwise?

I've got a set of these and absolutely love them.

Oh, last note on wireless in general, I did that route for a while, and ultimately came back to wired all the things. I got tired of spending as much or more on mice for wireless and the quality being much less, same with keyboards. I totally get the convenience factor of not having to deal with wires, but that hassle is replaced by multiple others.

I switched back to wired mouse/keyboard for similar reasons... headset though... being able to put it on and take it off without knocking things off my desk or side table seems like a bonus, or being able to do it without spending 2-3 minutes disentangling everything.

EDIT: That headset is not cheap

Dakuna wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for a cheap reliable alternative, wired or otherwise?

I've got a set of these and absolutely love them.

Oh, last note on wireless in general, I did that route for a while, and ultimately came back to wired all the things. I got tired of spending as much or more on mice for wireless and the quality being much less, same with keyboards. I totally get the convenience factor of not having to deal with wires, but that hassle is replaced by multiple others.

I switched back to wired mouse/keyboard for similar reasons... headset though... being able to put it on and take it off without knocking things off my desk or side table seems like a bonus, or being able to do it without spending 2-3 minutes disentangling everything.

EDIT: That headset is not cheap :(

I have those and the 595s at home and they are about the most comfortable headset that you could possibly find. The felt-like material and open backed design makes them breath even on the 95+ degree days in the New England summer. I hate the feeling of sticky leatherette on hot days. On sale sometimes you can nab the 558s for $70-80.

American pricing..

Dakuna wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for a cheap reliable alternative, wired or otherwise?

I've got a set of these and absolutely love them.

Oh, last note on wireless in general, I did that route for a while, and ultimately came back to wired all the things. I got tired of spending as much or more on mice for wireless and the quality being much less, same with keyboards. I totally get the convenience factor of not having to deal with wires, but that hassle is replaced by multiple others.

I switched back to wired mouse/keyboard for similar reasons... headset though... being able to put it on and take it off without knocking things off my desk or side table seems like a bonus, or being able to do it without spending 2-3 minutes disentangling everything.

EDIT: That headset is not cheap :(

That's why I like having a silly long cord for my headphones, no real worry there now. Also, how about this?

Jerk... I bought it.

Damn enablers

Thanks for the advice, AnimeJ!

So tempted again for the Sennheiser G4ME One's at $130.

I have Sennheiser HD558's with a Modmic. Anybody know if the sound is significantly different on the G4ME One's, or is it just a more convenient mic for me if I buy them?

I have one of the AKG K7XX headphones that Massdrop has sold in the past, new in box for $150 + shipping, if anyone is interested.

jonnypolite wrote:

I have one of the AKG K7XX headphones that Massdrop has sold in the past, new in box for $150 + shipping, if anyone is interested.

Such a good deal. I've got mine on right now while playing some Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess.

Posted in the trading post, crossposting here because headphones.

I have a new in box Bottlehead Crack Headphone Amplifier Kit, with the Speedball upgrade and a Bottlehead badge for the front. I bought this a while back thinking i'd have time to do it down the road, but the headphones i've settled on just don't match well with this amp, it does better with high impedence headphones. And i just don't have time for the project in the foreseeable future. On the website, this would run you $420 plus shipping, i'll be glad to enable your project/listening pleasure for $300 + shipping.

Dropping price on AKG headphones to $140.

gah... stop tempting me with great offers!

Wish I could, damn wife wanting to go somewhere to "relax". I'd relax way better with new headphones.

jonnypolite wrote:

Posted in the trading post, crossposting here because headphones.

I have a new in box Bottlehead Crack Headphone Amplifier Kit, with the Speedball upgrade and a Bottlehead badge for the front. I bought this a while back thinking i'd have time to do it down the road, but the headphones i've settled on just don't match well with this amp, it does better with high impedence headphones. And i just don't have time for the project in the foreseeable future. On the website, this would run you $420 plus shipping, i'll be glad to enable your project/listening pleasure for $300 + shipping.

Dripping price to $275 plus shipping.

Edit: last week for these, i'll have to take it to ebay then.

jonnypolite wrote:

Dropping price on AKG headphones to $140.

Price drop! $130 + shipping.

I just found a set of Sony MDR 7506 laying on a side table. Might give them a shot and see how they compare with these crappy Logitech speakers.

jonnypolite wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:

Dropping price on AKG headphones to $140.

Price drop! $130 + shipping.

How are these not sold yet? I'd buy them but I already have 2 pairs of AKGs, so I don't need backups.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:

Dropping price on AKG headphones to $140.

Price drop! $130 + shipping.

How are these not sold yet? I'd buy them but I already have 2 pairs of AKGs, so I don't need backups. :)

If I wasn't saving for my trip to Disney World they wouldn't be for sale anymore.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:

Dropping price on AKG headphones to $140.

Price drop! $130 + shipping.

How are these not sold yet? I'd buy them but I already have 2 pairs of AKGs, so I don't need backups. :)

I know, right?

Last week for these, i'll take them to ebay then. They're going for $150-180 there, used. These are new in box, never opened. Let me make you happy.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:

Dropping price on AKG headphones to $140.

Price drop! $130 + shipping.

How are these not sold yet? I'd buy them but I already have 2 pairs of AKGs, so I don't need backups. :)

Are they great for gaming?

Balthezor wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:
jonnypolite wrote:

Dropping price on AKG headphones to $140.

Price drop! $130 + shipping.

How are these not sold yet? I'd buy them but I already have 2 pairs of AKGs, so I don't need backups. :)

Are they great for gaming?

I sure think so. You can wear them all day without getting remotely uncomfortable or hot. You can just use a zalman clip on mic, modmic, or desktop mic for multiplayer chat.

They have a really big soundstage in part due to how far the actual speaker is from your ear, so when you're in games where there's a lot of natural environmental noise, it feels like you're in a big open space. For example, if you're walking through a field in The Hunter or The Witcher 3, from a sound perspective, it feels like you're outside listening to the breeze rustle the grass, all the bugs buzzing around, and the birds chirping here and there. Stuff like that is really cool.

If you've played MGS V, I played a lot of that on the PS4 but using the AKG K7XXs hooked up to my receiver. When you're in Africa and those storms start with all that rain and lightning... it's so cool audio-wise. It feels like you're sitting on a covered porch in real life watching a thunderstorm.