Headphones advice

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  1. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    I bought some Bose On ear headphones for my 18 year old daughter for £119 which stopped within a year (one earpiece failed). I now want to replace them having got my money back. What should I buy? They will be used principally with an Ipod/Ipad, but perhaps occasionally with a HiFi system. They need to be functional, discreet and great sound quality and in the £100-£200 price range. They need to be fairly robust as well as they will be carted around a lot - a case is vital. I think she should have over ear phones this time to block out external sounds, but the smaller the better. Any advice? Ideally, 2 or 3 suggestions would be good. One final thing - we need them within 2 days! Thanks
     
  2. Ian Hifi

    Ian Hifi Super Moderator

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    Audio Technica ATH-ES55 Foldable On-Ear Headphones in Black [HH00486]

    Hi there, I think the key here is good sound and robust. We are big fans of Klipsch. Well built, pretty bomb proof with youngsters, they look cool, and sound great. This model has a mic, so you can mute your tunes to hear what's been said.

    Klipsch Image ONE Closed-Back Headphones with Mic & Remote Black [HH00285]

    Klipsch Image ONE Closed-Back Headphones with Microphone & Remote in Black
    CNET Recommended: Very Good
    3-Button Remote for Full Music & Voice Control
    Stylish Headband Headphones Perfectly Match iPad, iPhone & iPod
    Professional Foam Ear Cups Provide Premium Comfort & Noise Isolation
    Ear Cups Fold Flat for Easy Storage & Travel

    Klipsch Image ONE Closed-Back Headphones with Mic & Remote Black
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Closed Monitor Headphones Coiled Cable [HH00002]

    Audio Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio & Monitor Headphones
    Designed for Studio Monitoring & Mixing
    Large-Aperture Drivers with Neodymium Magnets
    Cushioned Earcup Design Creates Maximum Isolation
    Single-Sided Coiled Cable & Swivelling Earcup

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Closed Monitor Headphones Coiled Cable
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    Really comfy on the ear and really spatial sound. Sounds more like listening from speakers than from headphone. Once again, really robust.

    Shure SRH840 Professional Closed-Back Headphones

    Shure SRH840 Closed-Back Studio Headphones
    Precisely Tailored Frequency Response Delivering Rich Bass, Clear Mid Trebles & Extended Highs
    Extremely Comfortable On-Ear Design with Ultra Flexible Headband
    Closed Back Design Offering Good Sound Isolation with Excellent Sound Stage
    Collapsible Headphone Design for Easy Storage & Portability
    Legendary Shure Build Quality to Withstand Everyday Usage

    Shure SRH840 Professional Closed-Back Headphones (SRH 840)

    I think this fits the criteria too. Once again, good robust design. Shure have been making good kit forever. All of the above models fit your criteria and they all have a good sound quality. They all have slightly different sound characteristics but its a subjective thing. The bottom line is that they are all a good sound quality and a robust everyday build that is unlikely fail anytime soon.
     
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