Sub £100 for iPhone Use

Discussion in 'Full Size Headphones' started by Lan#2, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Lan#2

    Lan#2 Casual Listener

    Apr 17, 2010

    Could anybody recommend a decent pair of
    headphones for use with an iPhone?

    I have a set of Denon in ears which are pretty
    good but I now want to upgrade on my £20 Sennheiser
    over ears for home use.

    Any suggestions? Initially I'm thinking Denon, Bose,
    Sennheiser but am open minded re brands etc.


  2. Lan#2

    Lan#2 Casual Listener

    Apr 17, 2010

    The Sennheiser Headphones I am looking to replace are HD201's.
  3. Napoleon

    Napoleon Casual Listener

    Apr 10, 2010
    Sub £100 iPhone phones


    I've been there. Here are the three I've tried: Klipsch S4i, Creative HS-930i, SoundMagic PL21 - the first two about £90 and the SM PL21s are £27. Don't be fooled into thinking the more you pay the more you get. here's my take on these three (and you didn't specify taste, and as I like a strong bass this influenced me, all these three being quite bassy):

    Build quality and appearance:
    1. Creative (really tops, polished aluminium etc)
    2. SoundMagic (good)
    3. Klipsch (plasticky, look cheaper than the SMs despite being x3 in price)

    Accessories you get out of the box:
    1. SoundMagic (all the bits AND comply foam tips)
    2. Klipsch (standard but no laptop converter)
    3. Creative (crappiest carry case ever)

    Quality of the mic (important for iPhone):
    1. SoundMagic (reasonable)
    2. Klipsch (okay)
    3. Creative (my wife constantly couldn't hear me)

    Sound quality of the buds:
    1. Creative (excellent bass with clarity across the range)
    2. SoundMagic (almost identical to the Creatives, but just miss 5% of their clarity)
    3. Klipsch (bright and clear, weakest bass and too harsh for me - a road to tinnitus).

    I think you have my verdict - there is NO need to spend up to £100 when the SoundMagic PL21s do it for £27! These IEMs are a bargain, and either WAY under-priced or the others are way over-priced (that's probably nearer the mark, though to be fair the Creatives do look a £90 pair).
  4. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    iPhone headphones under £100

    Lan#2: One question. Are you looking for a pair of over headphones with iPhone microphone and answer/hangup button? If so your choices are very limited. In fact I'm struggling to think of any that have this.

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