My 3 most used pairs of headphones

  1. Sony MDR-V600 I bought back around 1999. I used these constantly until the hinge on the headband failed after 5 or 6 years. The earpads were significantly trashed at that point.
  2. Some unidentifiable earbuds that came with a cheap Sandisk MP3 player I bought on Woot. I’ve used them fairly regularly for the past 4 years, they sound okay for little earbuds, they don’t cause me discomfort, and they are useful when it’s too warm to have closed-ear cans over my ears without getting annoyingly sweaty. Strangely durable too.
  3. Sennheiser HD 280 pro (64 Ω). I’ve had these for 4 years or so, they’ve been my replacement for the MDR-V600, and they’re what I tell anyone to buy who wants a decent pair of headphones for about a hundred bucks. The only downside is that if I’m having a little bit of sinus trouble, I find I like to be sure to adjust them so most of the ample tension is on the cranium, not on the soft tissues. I’ve replaced the ear pads once on them, but the rest is still in great condition.

I think that if you’re going to spend more than $10 on headphones, they might as well make music sound really good. Those headphones with the band that goes behind the head are just for folks that are afraid to mess up their hair.

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