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I'm having a huge problem with Headphones. I'm lucky to see any of my headphones work for more than a month. These are cheap 10-15 dollar headphones. Anyone know brands or specific models that come close to practically indestructible, preferably under 25 dollars.

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Only headphones that have ever lasted more than a month for me are $1 headphones from Dollar Tree. :P I use those for music, though. For gaming and stuff I don't know anything about them as I just use my speakers. :P (Sometimes I use those cheap headphones but…only if necessary)

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For music I got some tight headphones for like 20 bucks at Wal-Mart. They're seemingly indestructible :shock:

Can't really help with gaming ones though...

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YOUR AUDIO TECH SAVIOR IS HERE

Alright, so, for a pair of extremely good sounding over the ear sets I'd look into either the Sennheiser HD-201 or the HD-202 sets.

The HD-201s are pretty cheap, running around $15 or so. My brother has a pair of these and loves the hell out of them.

Pros:

-Fairly durable

-Sound good

Cons:

-Kind of uncomfortable

-Volume issues due to the power required to run them. My brother's DS struggles to pump out volume, even on max.

-Bulky

The HD-202s are what I use for when I play most PC games online (To get rid of voice feedback). They go for around $23 or so.

Pros:

-Fairly durable

-Sound incredible

-Very Comfortable

-Great Volume

Cons:

-None that I've found.

Now, for school, I picked up a pair of Sennheiser CX-200 headphones. These are great headphones, they pump out volume and bass without issue.

Pros:

-Very Small

-Sound great

-Comfortable IMO

Cons:

-Slightly more expensive, running for around $30-40

-They're in-ear, so some people might find that uncomfortable.

So there's what I use.

Now, I've also heard from friends that the SkullCandy brand of headphones is good, I can't testify this for myself though. They seem a lot more durable than my Sennheisers, but I don't know about audio quality, volume or comfort.

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I was in the same boat. For EARphones I found quality doesn't seem to help.

For HEADphones that's a different story. First and formost basic headphone care. In others words not putting them on the floor or throwing them about the place. Seems obvious but alot of people seem to do it.

As for me, I'm currently using a pair of steelseries headphones. Good for games, film and general purpose, but might not be so good for music as they are quite bassy. Anyway, the build quality so far is good as I have dropped them several times and they still seem like new. However, the quality comes at a price. If you are going after a set of good headphones you will have to pay through the nose for them, and if you set your hopes to high buyers remorse could set in. I've had these since the begining of the year give or take, and other then some dirt on the cloth bits and the lack of the new electrinics smell they are pretty much like out of the box.

I'm using the 5Hv2 because they are good, but also cheaper due to not being the latest model. Even so they are still within the 50-75 euro range. Not cheap. I am also recommended the steelseries Siberia headphones and Turtle Beach headphones, but I can't speak of the quality personally.

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Thanks everyone, I'm thinking about the Sennheiser CX-200s. I'm not sure though, the primary problem is that mainly my parents are the people who pay for them, and I'm pretty darn sure that after going through 4 pairs of ear/headphones in well under a year, they may not want to by me anything with wires ever again. I have a thing about this, and I swear that 2 breaks of mine were broken at purchase, though these were headsets, not headphones, and aren't part of the count. My PC heaset already had a broken wire in it, and my Xbox 360 just didn't work at start.

As for why I'm leaning towards ear phone, it's because I really don't want to be walking through school wearing giants, I've done it before, though it didn't get me made fun of, they are really clunky to work with on the go and they were the set that just broke, actually starting this topic.

I forgot to mention, if anyone here has more suggestions, I'm still ok with smaller headphones. (The ones that used to be the standard in the 90s, instead of the ones that look like hunting earplugs.) I also can not stand "Dangling at the entrance of your ear for dear life"phones. The ones like Gummi headphones. They are possibly the worst invention ever.

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Yeah, the CX-200's are great. I just recommend not putting them in your pocket, and rather hanging them from the neck of your shirt or something like that.

I'm just going to warn you, though, they are pretty bassy, so I'd just watch out for that.I listen to a lot of electro and play a lot of games with them, so they work great. But it's not so bassy as to mess up the music.

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Hmmm...Well, I'm not really sure what I can recommend. I use headphones that aren't really big and the audio is fine, but they're pretty darn flimsy. We've gone through lots of headphones. Trust me. lol. The type we use I think is called Koss kph/6 or at least, that's what it says on the side of the ear muff things. I'm not sure if this is any help though. So all I can really say is good luck. :|

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Yeah, the CX-200's are great. I just recommend not putting them in your pocket, and rather hanging them from the neck of your shirt or something like that.

I'm just going to warn you, though, they are pretty bassy, so I'd just watch out for that.I listen to a lot of electro and play a lot of games with them, so they work great. But it's not so bassy as to mess up the music.

Bassy is fine, I like that, I listen to Electra as well, stuff like Mayhem.

Anyways, that's the problem, I need a set that I CAN just shove in my pocket willy nilly, that's the one thing I hate about In ears. They have the worst wiring ever. They just go into a tube on the bottom, instead of actually being glued or attached to the earbud like "Hanging on for dear life"buds.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Definitaly don't get the ones I just bought, $80 and I feel like I'd snap the wire if I gently tugged on it. They're Sennheiser but they don't have a model number the box just says Dynamic Base Sound.

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