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Old May 26th, 2012, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Headphone recommendations/discussions (wired/wireless)?

So I ordered a a set of ibeats headphones for my self and a pair of skullcandy 50/50 headphones for my son. I honestly think the skullcandy headphones sound better.

Now I am thinking about getting the 50/50 skullcandy headphones instead of the ibeats..... anyone else try some good headphones with their LTevo?

I also have found that I can't adjust the volume up or down with either pair. Is there a setting that I am missing?

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Personally, I love Skullcandy headphones. I plan on buying a red pair to match with the EVO.
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headphones or earbuds? and what's your price range.

I'm not a fan of Skullcandy. They're convenient, because they're sold everywhere and they look good, but not necessarily well made. I use them at work.

Klipsch S4's are good in the $60-$80 range
Sony MDREX310's are good and in the $60-$80 range
MeElectronics probably makes the best cheap ones in the $15-$30 range. I think the M9's are better than Skullcandy's.
JVC and Sony also have some pretty good cheaper ones.

Then you have your Monster and Shure's which can get pricey over $100

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I just want a pair that won't short out quickly and leave me with one ear not working. I had a pair of skulls and after a few weeks one ear was already shorted out. not happy
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headphones or earbuds? and what's your price range.

I'm not a fan of Skullcandy. They're convenient, because they're sold everywhere and they look good, but not necessarily well made. I use them at work.

Klipsch S4's are good in the $60-$80 range
Sony MDREX310's are good and in the $60-$80 range
MeElectronics probably makes the best cheap ones in the $15-$30 range. I think the M9's are better than Skullcandy's.
JVC and Sony also have some pretty good cheaper ones.

Then you have your Monster and Shure's which can get pricey over $100

I wasn't as much concerned about price as I am about quality. I ordered the Beats "iBeats" for $100 at BB....but I bought the Skullcandy 50/50 @ $50 for my son....I also found the white iBeats @ Walmart for $97, and grabbed those for my wife. I honestly think the Skullcandy sounds better. But am also looking for the ability to take calls. I drive my dump truck and I legally need to have a hands free device.
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I go through earbuds pretty frequently, well until I got the Klipsch, so I've had a lot of experience.

I had the in ear Beats which fit horribly and others have had the same complaint. They don't stay in your ear. Which is magnified if you're active. The iBeats seem to have the same shape. You're essentially paying for a name. They're plenty with better sound and quality that cost less.

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I just want a pair that won't short out quickly and leave me with one ear not working. I had a pair of skulls and after a few weeks one ear was already shorted out. not happy
Same here from using them at the gym less than a month, twice. Happen with two pair of Sennheiser 300's also. Silly me was thinking maybe I just had a bad pair and not a bad product or one not meant for a active lifestyle.

I like them because of the length of the cord. I'll see what happens at my desk at work, since they have a lifetime warranty
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Personally, I love Skullcandy headphones. I plan on buying a red pair to match with the EVO.
They are having a deal on them on eBay for $9.95. I ordering the Black and Red.

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I have the dre beats "tour" and they sound amazing especially when you click on the enhancer and change the beats settings
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I have the dre beats "tour" and they sound amazing especially when you click on the enhancer and change the beats settings
I agree.....but I plugged in my sons skullcandy 50/50 ear buds and thought they sound even better..... but neither the ibeats nor the skullcandy 50/50 would let me make volume adjustments.
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you guys need to try some Sennheiser's like these Sennheiser USA - Around Ear Headphones HD 439 - Personal Audio
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This phone has really made me want to invest in some good headphones... I'm not usually one to use them.... So let me get this straight... The beats audio Is only in play when using headphones? bc that's the only time the logo appears.... I had an argument with an iphone4s user about this today at work and I'd like to be more educated.. He argues there is no way the phone can enhance the sound of regular headphones and that the beats audio must be a gimmick..
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These won't let you make volume adjustments, but before ICS, the play/pause worked with some 3rd party apps. Microphone works.

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Klipsch S4's are good in the $60-$80 range
Sony MDREX310's are good and in the $60-$80 range
MeElectronics probably makes the best cheap ones in the $15-$30 range. I think the M9's are better than Skullcandy's.
JVC and Sony also have some pretty good cheaper ones.
Some good recommendations here. Other ones to consider in this price range ($50 - $100) are the Vsonic GR06 and Hifiman RE0. Both are excellent sounding for the price, although the Hifiman may not have the best build quality.

For over-ear recommendations, I can't recommend the V-Moda M-80 enough at $200 for a versatile, all-around portable headphone. It has a mid-centric presentation, and sounds very lush and smooth. It plays well with a wide variety of genres and don't have many big flaws. I prefer them over Beyerdynamic DT1350, Sennheiser HD25, AIAIAI TMA-1 and B&W P5s, which are other big hitters in this portable niche.

For price-no-object, go with JHA JH13 Pros can call it a day
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I really love the Thinksound TS01 earbuds. They're a solid company started by someone who works & lives in the audio world and just wants to create a great product. They have a newer studio monitor series that I haven't tried yet. Even the mic model worked perfectly with my original EVO.

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Grado SR80i, hands-down. I learned about these back around 2005 or so (they were called SR80 then), and they've served me very well since then. WARNING: They're open-air so (even though they sound amazing) anyone can hear what you're listening to.

For portability, the Thinksounds knock it out of the park. Once I got my first pair I never looked back (I have every model except the studio ones).
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My favorite are the Kilpsch s4. These are the best I have ever used including Bose.
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Grado SR80i, hands-down. I learned about these back around 2005 or so (they were called SR80 then), and they've served me very well since then. WARNING: They're open-air so (even though they sound amazing) anyone can hear what you're listening to.
Or, you can save $20 by getting the SR60i. Back in 2005, the SR80 came with donut pads so it was worth shelling out the extra cash. But nowadays, the donut pads aren't included until the SR225i and up.

If you don't care about noise isolation (ie. if you will only be listening at home), then the lower-end Grado's are a great bang-for-your-buck gateway into the world of audiophilia. Beware that you may be enticed to dig deeper, though and that can be a slippery slope
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Are there any headphones that have playback control that work with Android phones? I had an old mp3 cd player with a jack that had volume and play controls. It's very convenient not to have to take your phone out and turn on the screen to change the track, etc.
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I got a set of these for $18.99 at Best Buy (no mic). Best earbuds I've used to date.

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More info on headphones and earbuds than you could ever finish here.

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This phone has really made me want to invest in some good headphones... I'm not usually one to use them.... So let me get this straight... The beats audio Is only in play when using headphones? bc that's the only time the logo appears.... I had an argument with an iphone4s user about this today at work and I'd like to be more educated.. He argues there is no way the phone can enhance the sound of regular headphones and that the beats audio must be a gimmick..
Beats audio is a gimmick, all it is is an equalizer. Nothing more. It "enhances" it the same way selecting a different equalizer would.
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They are having a deal on them on eBay for $9.95. I ordering the Black and Red.

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I just ordered the black & red also. Thanks for sharing the link.
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Well, I picked up my new iBeats Thursday night ....couple things I noticed.... the ability to receive calls, change tracks, and turn up the volume does not work with LTevo. This is the 3rd pair of ear buds I've tried, that supposedly have those functions, but don't work. I am beginning to wonder if its my LTevo......
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Take it for what it's worth

Best 5 headphones - CNET Reviews

but I can vouch for the S4's
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I use earbuds daily on my motorcycle commute to and from work. I had a $100 pair of Shure phones that were OK, but sound quality was lackluster. Went back to Sony EX 36 (I think, numbers are hard to see). Cost about $30 at BB, last longer, has wheel volume control on the wire and sound quality is much better than the Shures. Haven't tried any other high-end models but as hard as I am on them, I'm very happy with the Sonys.
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This is the best earphones, bluetooth and the works. All compatible with android and apple products with volume control, music playback and more! Better sound that beats!
LG HBS700 - headset - In-ear ear-bud, Binaural

I use this with my LTEvo, ipad, itouch. Most my family have this, plus this wraps around your neck so wont have to worry about losing/dropping it like other bluetooth ear phones.
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This phone has really made me want to invest in some good headphones... I'm not usually one to use them.... So let me get this straight... The beats audio Is only in play when using headphones? bc that's the only time the logo appears.... I had an argument with an iphone4s user about this today at work and I'd like to be more educated.. He argues there is no way the phone can enhance the sound of regular headphones and that the beats audio must be a gimmick..
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Beats audio is a gimmick, all it is is an equalizer. Nothing more. It "enhances" it the same way selecting a different equalizer would.
Gimmick is the wrong term here, audio spectrum equalization would be correct. Beats audio is a set of equalization curves tailored to improve the quality of the sound being reproduced through specific devices. It is a standard practice applied to audio all over the world to improve quality but in this case you have a fixed set of curves tailored by a particular engineer to what he/she believes to be the "correct" tonal quality of the music.
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Well.... both my wife and I returned our iBeats ear buds ....she went with the Klipsch S4i ear buds ....I'm waiting for her to get home now so I can try them ....they also come in an Android specific model called the S4A.....going to try them out tonight. :-)
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Let us know how you like them. I saw they had the Android version available a few months ago.
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Klipsch S4A's are my favorite. $99 but they are worth it. Make sure it has the "A" at the end of S4 because that models music/voice control works with Android device. Make sure you download the Klipsch app from the playstore.
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I just ordered the Klipshc S4A's off Amazon for $55. We'll see how they are once they get here.
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Let us know how you like them. I saw they had the Android version available a few months ago.
I will do that. I was going to plug the S4i into my LTevo last night, but forgot about it after work. I'll try to remember to listen to them tonight. Unfortunately, I will have to order from BB or amazon.....BB didn't have the S4A in stock. So I'm going to check prices and hopefully order a pair in the next day or so.
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Beats audio is a gimmick, all it is is an equalizer. Nothing more. It "enhances" it the same way selecting a different equalizer would.
Do you make headphones? Is that why you say there a gimmick?
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I am in need of a new BT headset. I am using a Plantronics M100 as a temporary solution but received feedback that is not clear. My old Blue Ant T100 worked but is crapping out.

Can anyone give me any insight of their experience with BT headset connectivity and functions with the 4g lte.

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The best blue tooth device I have ever used was the Motorola S9 rocker. I may even dig that back up and try it with LTevo. My only problem was battery drain with the blue tooth. But lately I have been turning my data connectivity off for most of the day, only turning it on to check in on emails as I need to.
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The best blue tooth device I have ever used was the Motorola S9 rocker. I may even dig that back up and try it with LTevo. My only problem was battery drain with the blue tooth. But lately I have been turning my data connectivity off for most of the day, only turning it on to check in on emails as I need to.

That's what I'm curious about...I hear that Bluetooth 4.0 (which we got I think) makes significant improvement to audio quality. I can't find a single pair of BlueTooth cans that are 4.0. I don't care for buds, don't really want a big over the ear either. (Too hot for mowing the lawn)What I use mostly are Sony wrap around, and if I could find BT4 version of that, I'd be happy. And BTW...I just got my LTEvo on Friday, starting messing with loading music on it last night, discovered Itunes Playlists load (kewl) and the audio quality is LEAPS & BOUNDS over my Evo 4g. Wow maybe a valid successor to my iPod. Eat that Apple ya suing bastiches!
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If I don't find any BT4, probably get these....UltraFit2000 Sports Headphones - Polk Audio®
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Old June 10th, 2012, 10:28 AM   #38 (permalink)
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That's what I'm curious about...I hear that Bluetooth 4.0 (which we got I think) makes significant improvement to audio quality. I can't find a single pair of BlueTooth cans that are 4.0. I don't care for buds, don't really want a big over the ear either. (Too hot for mowing the lawn)What I use mostly are Sony wrap around, and if I could find BT4 version of that, I'd be happy. And BTW...I just got my LTEvo on Friday, starting messing with loading music on it last night, discovered Itunes Playlists load (kewl) and the audio quality is LEAPS & BOUNDS over my Evo 4g. Wow maybe a valid successor to my iPod. Eat that Apple ya suing bastiches!

A little Off topic but......how did you sync your iTunes play lists?
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A little Off topic but......how did you sync your iTunes play lists?
Using new version of HTC Sync (3.2.20)... and connecting with the SYNC MANAGER it gave me the option, under music tab. As I only have an 8GB card (from old EVO) for now, and a bunch of junk on it, I didn't want to put a lot of music on it. So I just copied over a couple of my Itunes lists and it works. The default music player picked it up, but it was the CAR dock music player that is waycool. After messing around with the Beats and my cheapo Sony wraparound headphones, I was blown away... Today I copied over some more music to the phone storage connecting with Sync Media option. As my card is nearly full, I dropped some in the Music folder (Phone Storage) and again, the player picked it up flawlessly. A few lessons learned though.

1. It doesn't recognize the Apple Lossless format.
2. It doesn't recognize MP4 audio.
3. I think AAC & MP3 are good. (more testing needed tho)
4. The TuneIn radio is pretty slick as well. Granted I'm using WiFi looking forward to checking that with 3G & LTE.
5. I GOTTA GET A CAR DOCK! Found this on HTCdepot...iBOLT Car Dock for HTC EVO 4G LTE, One X - HTC Car Kits & Mounts
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I'm gonna be stuck using my Shure SCL5 monitors, since I don't have money to blow on a pair of cheap(er) ear-buds. Life sucks...
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Well... I just got back from BB, I bought a pair of Jaybird Secure Fit wireless Bluetooth Buds. My friend who works there in the mobile department said he has been selling a lot of them to people with new Android phones lately. Going to let them charge for a while and then set them up and try them out.
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Klipsch S4A ("A" for Android). Controls volume, skip tracks, incoming calls, etc....does it all.
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Anyone have any recommendations for headsets? I saw in the General bluetooth issues thread people have been having trouble with bluetooth devices. I looked at the BlueAnt T2, but reviews on Amazon weren't inspiring. I looked at the Motorola HX550 and ELITE Flip both with mixed reviews. I'm looking for a mono headset that I can use voice commands to make calls, have text messages read to me and have good voice quality.
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After reading countless reviews I finally decided on the jawbone icon and bought two. If only I'd browsed the support forum first! Like many others I had nothing but problems with it, to the point of it being totally useless: noise-canceling was diabolical, other parties struggled to hear me, I could rarely hear them etc. After resetting, updating, and even exchanging the headsets, with no improvements whatsoever, I eventually returned them and swapped them for Motorola headsets which though not noise-canceling, work brilliantly.
So my advice is do your research carefully and try your new headset in different environments, but most of all check out the device's forum.
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If price is no object, then consider these: Etymotic Research, Inc. - High-fidelity Earphones, Headsets and Hearing Instrumentation
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I picked up a Motorola S10HD from Costco, and am fairly satisfied. It works very well with the LTEvo as far as sound quality and all functions work, my only issue is the LTEvo seems to either have a weak Bluetooth radio, or it underpowers it. This is with A2DP use, it's much more stable with normal telephony earpieces. Outdoors I have incidences of it cutting out if I have it in my pants pocket. If I hold it closer or put it in my back pocket, it seems to work better. Not sure if that will eventually be fixed or is fixable.
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I can't stand Beats because IMO their cheaply made and all they do is pump up the bass (and yes I've tried them). Not to mention and they're criminally overpriced. The integrated Beats audio on the 4GLTE/1X is just a gimmick and gives the music minimal sound enhancement.

IMO Klipsh S4's are the best buds under a $100.00. For cans the V-moda Crossfade LPs are great. Bought a pair at Costco for $80.00 and they're built well, sound great, comes with a really bitchin' case and also comes with 2 kevlar reinforced cords.

Oh also the ear plates can switched out for another color. I have the black ones and they came with a pair of red plates as well.
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I picked up some Motorola S10's off Woot a couple months ago for $25 each to use with my OG Evo. Work well and I think the sound is very close to the S9 that quit on me. S9 had a known problem with sweat. Haven't killed the S10's yet. Not real hot on the mic though, just use them for music and transfer calls to the phone when they come in.

I use a Media Bridge in the truck for pushing music to the stereo via bluetooth. Saturday I drove about 6.5 hours with music going the whole time and it didn't seem to make a dent in the battery at all. Battery life so far has been stellar in general.
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I just bought a pair of Monster Miles Davis Tribute headphones from the Monster stor on Ebay. They were a screaming deal for $105 shipped. They originally retailed for $500.

There is some fine print though.

They do not have a mic or volume control.

They are refurbs.

On Headfi they were reviewed and got a value rating of 8 out of 10 when they had a street price of $300.

They sound awsome.

I bought a pair of $25 dollar headphones with a mic to use in the car for calls.

Also to get them for $105 you need to put in the coupon code cmonster.

I also use a small amp to drive them a bit better the Fiio e5, but will probably eventually get a Fiio e11 amp.
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