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Five Great Sets Of Over-The-Ears Headphones

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I've assembled a set of over-the-ear headphones that I hope will appeal to those that are interesting in aquiring a set.  I started buying this style of headphones back in the mid 70s with my first pair being a great set of Koss headphones.

I have a bias towards this style of headphone as I feel that they do a good job of attenuating environmental sounds and the larger drivers seem to do a better job reproducing sound in general.  But, I do realize how subjective this area is so keep in mind it's my opinion. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts in the comments section.

I selected headphones from a variety of price points and manufacturers.  Most adult males probably don't own this style of headphone so these might make a nice Father's Day gift.

I offer these in no particular order and all of the prices and URLs are from Amazon.  However, always shop around for the best price.

Someone else might want to create a similar page about earbuds.  I know little about them but would be interesting in the recommendation of someone with experience.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones  $151
A very nice set of headphones at a mid-range price.

Audio-Technica ATHM40FS Precision Studio Headphones  $56
A great price for a set from a great manufacturer.

Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones  $299
Expensive but they sound so very, very good.

Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones$29
A low-priced set from a good name in audio.  A great value.

Sony MDR-XD200 Stereo Headphones  $35
Another low-price set from a good manufacturer with good sound.

erick99 posted Jun 07, 2012

My father bought a set of Bose headphones for me for Christmas and I had only used earbuds before. I couldn't beleive what I heard in some of my favorite songs that I didn't hear with earbuds. It was almost like sitting at a concert.

Jameson99 (rep: 19) posted Jun 07, 2012


i actually have the same sony set displayed on this page, great sound for the price, there's a setting for movie or music on it (can't really tell the difference =P) but the quality you get out of it is amazing. i actually got it on sale for $20=D

nice write up, gosh some of these headphones are just crazy expensive, i can't imagine myself shelling out $300 for headphones unless i'm a Musician, Music producer, or a DJ.

MrBklynW (rep: 426k) posted Jun 07, 2012


I've heard the $300 Bose and they are beyond amazing but they are also beyond my budget :)

erick99 (rep: 433k) posted Jun 07, 2012


nice write up, with so many headphones now on the market its kind of hard to choose the right one because not many stores have them on display to try before you buy

rd995 (rep: 151k) posted Jun 07, 2012


I have the Sennheiser HD 202 II's and they are very good for the price. I got them on sale a while back for $17. Can't complain at all.

My Father in law has the Bose, and they are nice.., but not worth $300 in my opinion. They are really lightweight and comfortable, but the sounds isn't terrifically balanced in my opinion. They sound like Bose. A lot of mid bass and clear highs.

For the money, I'm happy with the Sennheiser's.

maven3 (rep: 5.2k) posted Jun 07, 2012


Good info. If you want to get dj style headphones, here are some good suggestions.

Pioneer HDJ-2000 - $300. Used by many pro dj's. Very well reviewed. Most of their HDJ series headphones are great quality. Only downside is the ear pad doesn't rotate.

Sony MDR-V700 - I have had these for years and totally love them. Years later they are still an awesome quality dj headpones. You can get them for $100 now.

Technics RPDH1200 $120 - Good mid price dj headphone with great sound quality.

bbattag (rep: 7k) posted Jun 07, 2012


Bose is the laughing stock of the audiophile world.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Jun 07, 2012


I have the GEMBIRD brand. Don't know about other stuff from them, but I am very pleased with the quality of my over-the-ear headphones...they aren't that expensive - don't know exactly their price because they were a gift from my brother in law (but they were under $20.

zoneric (rep: 58.2k) posted Jun 07, 2012


I am still a fan of Bose, Acidbaby. I do agree that the origial 901s didn't do what they were supposed to do but I loved the 301s and 501s and I have enjoyed their headphones. My favorite speaker company was Cerwin Vega though I don't know if they still exist. Klipschorn was great too and I always got a kick out of there Heresay series as they were so-named because they lacked the vaunted folded corner.

erick99 (rep: 433k) posted Jun 07, 2012