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Emperor
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Cell 53, East Wing
Insane since: Jul 2001

posted posted 04-08-2005 00:10

Just a quick request for advice. My brother travels a lot with work and is looking for pair of earphones to plug in the laptop when he watches DVDs and I said I'd get them for his b'day. So they'd have to be reasonably good quality and fairly portable.

Any recommendations, advice on what to look out for, etc.?

I'm imagining there isn't much to the whole thing and I could stick a pin in Amazon's selection and do OK but I thought it worth opening up for debate just in case.

Also I did suggest I look into helping him get VOIP connected so he can contact us back home over the Internet but that'd require a microphone too and I was unsure if he really wanted that (well he was unsure anyway ) so I leave hat option open too

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eyezaer
Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: the Psychiatric Ward
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted posted 04-08-2005 00:32

Does he fly?

I must say, hands down, the most amazing headphones i have ever heard were the bose sound canceling headphones... they were an absolute joy to wear on my last flight. For the first half hour I just fliped the noise canceling function on and off in awe. I think they are far superior to even sony’s noise canceling jobbers… and uh… at the uh… price, they dang well better be.

For me they were worth every stinkin penny. I love em. For music, I even prefer them over the sony studio headphones.

As far as portability, they come in a nice case. It is largish I guess (my mp3 player fits in the case with the headphones) but that is a non-issue for me.

Emperor
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Cell 53, East Wing
Insane since: Jul 2001

posted posted 04-08-2005 02:38

eyezaer: Yeah he has to travel a lot - Asia, Australia and the States in the future.

I had a look at them and I think he wanted something more discrete - they also 2 or 3 times what I was budgetting for but I'll bear them in mind as a recomendation for him for the future.

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Schitzoboy
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Yes
Insane since: Feb 2001

posted posted 04-08-2005 08:48

I have bose headphones as well but not the noise cancelling ones. They're about 2 or 3 times less than the noise cancelling ones and they have amazing sound quality and impressive base. The look kinda big but they're very comfortable and light weight. Also comes with a lil bag to keep 'em in.

Rinswind 2th
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Den Haag: The Royal Residence
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 04-09-2005 01:04

Check out sennheiser they are making headphones since these are invented. As an sound professional i say you can't go wrong with even the cheapest sennheiser you can get.
One of the more interesting ones is the PX 250 model which has some noise repressing system and a 3.5mm to dual mono 3.5mm airplane adapter.
Sennheiser also has an special product line for the airline traveler: Inflight Entertainment
I could not find prices but as stated even the cheapest sennheiser earphones are worth the money.

An airplane adapter is an must for anyone who is flying alot, get one with the earphones you buy for him.

<edit> A very nice site with a lot of info on head/earphones: www.headphone.com </edit>

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axleclarkeuk
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Swansea, Wales, UK
Insane since: Aug 2001

posted posted 04-09-2005 11:48

If you are looking for somethign a little disceet, have you considered the earphones that wrap around the head as opposed to over the top. From experience, the smaller ear pod discreet earphones are uncomfortable over time, so i would recommend something small that has a little cusioning, this will help prevent the ear from throbbing and sweating. I'm sure your brother is not too concerned with sound quality as long as he is able to comfortably listen to his laptop in peace.

Try these, i find them very comfortable and discreet too: Earphones

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Rinswind 2th
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Den Haag: The Royal Residence
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 04-10-2005 11:25

You want an good in-ear or closed system because an open earphone leaks hightones to the outside world, which will be heard by the guy next to you as an irritating hiss. You also want to block out the noise around you for the most i guess this also can be handled by an closed headphone or in-earphone. Even with no "noise-cancelation-system" a closed headphone will reduce the sound off the outside world due to it's insulation an open headphone will leak through in both ways.

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