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87 30 August 14, 2017 at 08:20 PM
My little brother wants some over the ear headphones to listen to music on his iPod. I use the earbuds that came with my phone but my wife uses Beats Studio Wireless. We are not audiophiles and most reviews of headphones go too far down that rabbit hole to make sense. He wants to spend around $70. He also doesn't want something that "looks old" so less steampunk is better. He will be using them on the go so closed back if not noise cancelling and they need to be durable and easy to carry. Detachable cable is good so he can replace that if it breaks but its not a deal breaker if it doesn't. He doesn't want the cheap $10 amazon basics pair because he wants them to sound good and last a while. I'm looking at Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, and a few others. Has anyone seen a good deal on something like this? What is the best headphones in this price range?

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Go Bluetooth if it's a newer model iPod (Touch as it with 2nd gen and Nano has it with 7th gen but Shuffle and Classic don't have Bluetooth).

I got these JBLs [walmart.com]at Walmart for just under $70. Pair the iPod to the JBLs via Bluetooth and you're good to go. Easy and quick to recharge and it should pair with the iPod automatically assuming that the iPod isn't already paired to something else.
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How old is he? Are you sure he wants cans? If he is on the go a good set of in ear buds, or monitors would be a ton easier to move around, they do the noise isolation built in, and can have fantastic sound quality.
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I like cables for headphones... I don't have to worry about them dying when I want them, or battery life.

If you are happy with the Beats quality, stick with them. The corded solo model is $99.
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Sony MDR-XB500
and JVC HARX700s are my goto cans for music. Great performance for the price. They are not noise canceling, but to be honest noise cancelling does nothing for you in most environments.

I would suggest a higher quality set of earbuds though. the JVC marshmallows or the Jbuds are my suggestions for those.
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If you're going wireless / bluetooth look at this list
http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/...eadphones/

If you're going wired it's hard to beat the Sony MDRV6 for the price
https://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDRV6-Studio-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00001WRSJ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=150... [amazon.com]

I've owned those cans for almost 10 years now with almost daily use. Only had to replace the ear pads. One caveat is they might not be the best for on the go listening as the cord is rather heavy and very long.
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Go Bluetooth if it's a newer model iPod (Touch as it with 2nd gen and Nano has it with 7th gen but Shuffle and Classic don't have Bluetooth).

I got these JBLs [walmart.com]at Walmart for just under $70. Pair the iPod to the JBLs via Bluetooth and you're good to go. Easy and quick to recharge and it should pair with the iPod automatically assuming that the iPod isn't already paired to something else.
I like Bluetooth but I don't want to have him have to worry about charging them

I gave him ear buds. He wants over ear ones now. It's probably a "all the other kids at school have them" thing.
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Go Bluetooth if it's a newer model iPod (Touch as it with 2nd gen and Nano has it with 7th gen but Shuffle and Classic don't have Bluetooth).

I got these JBLs [walmart.com]at Walmart for just under $70. Pair the iPod to the JBLs via Bluetooth and you're good to go. Easy and quick to recharge and it should pair with the iPod automatically assuming that the iPod isn't already paired to something else.
Solo is on ear not over ear. The corded studios are still too much.
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Go Bluetooth if it's a newer model iPod (Touch as it with 2nd gen and Nano has it with 7th gen but Shuffle and Classic don't have Bluetooth).

I got these JBLs [walmart.com]at Walmart for just under $70. Pair the iPod to the JBLs via Bluetooth and you're good to go. Easy and quick to recharge and it should pair with the iPod automatically assuming that the iPod isn't already paired to something else.
Looking at these now.
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Go Bluetooth if it's a newer model iPod (Touch as it with 2nd gen and Nano has it with 7th gen but Shuffle and Classic don't have Bluetooth).

I got these JBLs [walmart.com]at Walmart for just under $70. Pair the iPod to the JBLs via Bluetooth and you're good to go. Easy and quick to recharge and it should pair with the iPod automatically assuming that the iPod isn't already paired to something else.
Thanks I'll look into it.
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I'd suggest a gently used pair of Audio Technica ATH-m50x or get the ATH-m40x which is also highly rated.
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Sound quality is always a matter of opinion and in the 70 or so dollar price range you can't expect audiophile\studio quality.


I tend to be a bit of an audiophile and like the ultrasone brand. See review below.

https://www.ironhorsetrading.net/ultrasone/


The Ultrasone Hfi 450 goes for $60. The 550s, 580s and 780s for around $120. Never have tried any of those models, but they come very highly reviewed. I have owned a pair of HFI 700s for years and love them.


That said, the below generic review has 2 in your price range.
https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,...261,00.asp


Personally, headphones is one thing I would never consider getting used, but that is me. Do not really want to put on headphones someone else has worn.
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Personally, headphones is one thing I would never consider getting used, but that is me. Do not really want to put on headphones someone else has worn.
I hear you, but people sell gently used high end earphones all the time.

I would never use in-ear headphones that someone else has used, but over the ear ones are easily cleaned, and if really necessary, replace the pads.
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I hear you, but people sell gently used high end earphones all the time.

I would never use in-ear headphones that someone else has used, but over the ear ones are easily cleaned, and if really necessary, replace the pads.

This is true, but I just am something of a germaphobe and still want no part of it.
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In case anyone is on the edge of their seat, he bought Bose SoundTrue around the ear II headphones. I think being able to try them out at the local target is what sold him on them. I would not have chosen those but that's just my opinion. I think the price was $99.
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