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For recording at home I use Sennheiser HD208's -- I like their tight-to-the-head feature. It keeps ambient noise down and lets me listen at lower volumes so there's less ear fatigue. When I'm tracking at a studio and not I home I prefer AKG K141s -- you can wear these things forever they're so darn comfortable.

With my iPod it's not so much about high fidelity since I'm listening to MP3s. It's about being able to hear my music at volumes that aren't damaging my hearing. I recently switched from a set of in-ear Sony MDREX71SLs for my iPod to their new MDRNC22B noise cancelling ear buds and the difference is night and day. I can't recommend these enough for the commuter. It cuts all the ambient subway and bus noise out and as a result I've been able to seriously reduce the volume level I listen at. Fantastic technology. A friend who rides a motorbike around the city put me on to them. He was using Shure in-ears under his helmet and still having to crank his iPod to hear over the engine noise. With these he's below 15% on the volume meter and it's still too loud at times.
 

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Most any Sony model that starts with MDR work great for home, studio or other quiet environments.

For commuting on public transit with an iPod, it's an absolute must to replace those crappy ear buds with some in-ear canal style. Whether they are super-expensive audiophile or not, in-canals are SO much better because they completely block out all the external noise (traffic, people yakking, etc), leaving you with a near silent background and only music filling your ears. The trick with these is getting them to fit your ears just right, if they don't seal properly they will sound tinny and lack bass. I've been using Etymotic ER-6 Isolators, I found the foam tips to fit the best overall but your ears may vary.
 

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For recording at home I use Sennheiser HD208's -- I like their tight-to-the-head feature. It keeps ambient noise down and lets me listen at lower volumes so there's less ear fatigue. When I'm tracking at a studio and not I home I prefer AKG K141s -- you can wear these things forever they're so darn comfortable.

...thanks for the tips - i'm due for a new set. my favourite sennhieser and pioneer phones are literally falling apart after 20-30 years!

-dh
 

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For recording at home I use Sennheiser HD208's -- I like their tight-to-the-head feature. It keeps ambient noise down and lets me listen at lower volumes so there's less ear fatigue. When I'm tracking at a studio and not I home I prefer AKG K141s -- you can wear these things forever they're so darn comfortable.

With my iPod it's not so much about high fidelity since I'm listening to MP3s. It's about being able to hear my music at volumes that aren't damaging my hearing. I recently switched from a set of in-ear Sony MDREX71SLs for my iPod to their new MDRNC22B noise cancelling ear buds and the difference is night and day. I can't recommend these enough for the commuter. It cuts all the ambient subway and bus noise out and as a result I've been able to seriously reduce the volume level I listen at. Fantastic technology. A friend who rides a motorbike around the city put me on to them. He was using Shure in-ears under his helmet and still having to crank his iPod to hear over the engine noise. With these he's below 15% on the volume meter and it's still too loud at times.
+1 on the Sennheiser HD208.
 

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I'll go with the sennheiser's, not sure which model I have but they have been around for a long time and I still use them all the time.....
 

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Sennheiser HD280 Pro.
 

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Reviving this thread ...

Amp/guitar too loud (at times) but I still want to play even when it's late at night and not risking being shouted at or having the local police visiting !!
Also, I want to be able to listen to music "plugged in" from the home sound system (different jack size?).

So, this small amp I am using (borrowed) has a small "earphone" (see picture attached) female connector that looks rather small.
Is this where I could use a headphone while playing?
And of course the big question: at around 100$ budget, what is what you guys would recommend?
I see some recommendations up here but some of those headphones are ... pricey!

Thanks!
 

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Sennheiser HD280 in the studio, KRK KNS-6400 on my laptop, a Sony MDR-1000x for work. I also like the Audio-Technica ATM-M series. I had a 40 that i used for 15 years.
 

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Sony MDR-7506 for the guitar, if you can afford them, you will have them for a long tme. I think Henry’s had the best price the last time I looked ($130).

That’s an 1/8” jack. Most headphones will have that plug or will come with an adaptor.

I used to love my in-ears but after many years I started having ear infections. I would advise against them for that reason.

The last in-ears I had were Sony MDR-EX85LP and MDR-EX90LP and before that I had some Sennheisers.

I have two sets of bluetooth Plantronics headphones, I bought them after I had purchased a headset for my mother, who was doing a lot conference calls. One is a Backbeat Sense that I use on the treadmill and the other is a noise cancelling Backbeat Pro 2 I use at work.

I have two sets of Sony monitor headphones, MDR-7506 and MDR-7520. I think there may be something wrong with the 7506s, they seem very muffled compared the the 7520s, I use them for guitar. The 7506s seem to be a longtime industry standard. The 7520s are the best things I’ve owned, I use them for serious hi-fi

I have a set of Audio-Technica ATH-M30s with 7506 replacement pads. They were very good for a lot of years but have developed an imbalance.

I really like technical monitor style headphones. Lots of noise around here, so I prefer noise-cancelling and/or closed back headphones.
 

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Sony MDR-7506 for the guitar, if you can afford them, you will have them for a long tme. I think Henry’s had the best price the last time I looked ($130).

That’s an 1/8” jack. Most headphones will have that plug or will come with an adaptor.

I used to love my in-ears but after many years I started having ear infections. I would advise against them for that reason.

The last in-ears I had were Sony MDR-EX85LP and MDR-EX90LP and before that I had some Sennheisers.

I have two sets of bluetooth Plantronics headphones, I bought them after I had purchased a headset for my mother, who was doing a lot conference calls. One is a Backbeat Sense that I use on the treadmill and the other is a noise cancelling Backbeat Pro 2 I use at work.

I have two sets of Sony monitor headphones, MDR-7506 and MDR-7520. I think there may be something wrong with the 7506s, they seem very muffled compared the the 7520s, I use them for guitar. The 7506s seem to be a longtime industry standard. The 7520s are the best things I’ve owned, I use them for serious hi-fi

I have a set of Audio-Technica ATH-M30s with 7506 replacement pads. They were very good for a lot of years but have developed an imbalance.

I really like technical monitor style headphones. Lots of noise around here, so I prefer noise-cancelling and/or closed back headphones.
Thanks for the recommendation(s).
Looks like the Sony has indeed a price of $139 at Steve's and $129 at Henry's.
Getting there !
 

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Does it make a difference whether you plug the headphones into a "regular" bulb amp input with the standard (1/4") jack vs. a "dedicated" (1/8") one as I have on this SS amp?
I am asking because when my bulb amp comes back from the shop, there is no such "dedicated" input.
So I guess I am asking about the possible danger of damaging a component in the (bulb) amp.
 

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The amp I have has a 1/4" output......mono I think. I couldn't find any headphones so I picked up a set with a 3.5mm stereo pin and got a 3.5mm female to 1/4" male stereo adapter. The headphones are Sony. It works but not fantastic. Then I found some in a thrift store, 1/4" mono. No name but they look like 60's military issue. A lot better I think than using an adapter. .
 
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