Casual work headphones help

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by thiocyclist, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
    Be forewarned. I am PICKY. But I am really in need of some help here.

    I like to listen to music at my job--it's a busy job and something with a beat keeps me happy to be moving. But I also have to talk to others, so those rubber in-ear things that block noise are out. Cans are too clunky and also block noise so they're out. On the flip side the sound quality of the other style (typified by Apple's last two generations of earbuds) don't have great sound quality because they don't rest well in the ear, so basically they hang and project poorly. You can hear others but you're always re-adjusting them so that you can actually hear the music.

    I've been using the latest Apple earbuds for a while. Nice, but muffled sound. They sit in the ear better than the old ones but the overall sound quality kind of drops.

    I need something that fits the criteria that I can hear others while they're in (so not noise-canceling) while staying in place (maybe something that grips the ear as well but they seem to get bad reviews like the Skullcandy Chops). Other things like durable cables and good sound quality, and affordability, are alsl pluses too.

  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I can't think of anyway you will get great sound quality without noise canceling. The best ear buds I have ever heard actually came with my Galaxy S II Skyrocket. But they seal off in your ear so they are noise canceling.
  3. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
  4. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
  5. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
  6. I wear my open back Grado SR80 at work every day and can hear others when needed.

  7. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Cans don't block noise if they are open-back or semi-open.

    My K240S don't block squat.
  8. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
    Didn't realize there were open cans. Is that to help vent the driver?

    Cans would be clunky as hell but if it would get the job done...
  9. Have you considered Bluetooth binaural headsets?

    I've used Motorola binaural headsets for my phone for 6 years or so and recently moved to the S105 model. I was upset that the S105 didn't have as much battery life as the HT820 but they have done wonders. The downside for you--depending on use--is they have a 5 hr battery vs the old 17 hr I was used to.
  10. Epidrake


    May 24, 2011
    I second the Grados. Open back and they sound amazing.
  11. Open backs make your music sound like they would have a wider sound stage, compared to closed back which will be more narrow. At least that's the general idea.
  12. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    How can you hold a conversation of any quality when you have music pumping into your ears? It takes two seconds to knock a pair off your ears and onto your shoulder, and another two to put them back on. So in this case, any headset should pass. But to keep the cans or whatever on your ears while talking to someone? That would come off as disrespectful to me.

    I think the option you are looking for is a boombox.
  13. There's this little button with the word 'PAUSE' on it...

  14. Leo Smith

    Leo Smith Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Grado SR80, for sure.
  15. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
    Yeah... you don't get it. So either answer my OP or just don't post.

    I hold plenty of lengthy conversations while the music's running. I don't blast it--I have no need to. And as Tarrbot said, "Pause" is another option. Problem with not being able to hear a conversation while the music's on is that someone may try to initiate and I won't realize it.
  16. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Oh snap dude, you're pretty clever! Boy, do I feel stupid now. ;)

    And OP, I get it completely, but I guess I am wondering what type of job it is you're doing where it's not gonna be deemed rude to hold conversations with co workers with a headset on?

    And in a roundabout way, I DID answer your question.

    Then I made an alternate suggestion.

    No big whup.
  17. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
    I get pretty annoyed by people who read an OP and go, "That's the wrong way to look at it, here's what you SHOULD be asking/doing." It's just insulting. Like, "Hey, what Jazz Bass should I get?" "A P Bass." :rollno:

    In any case, let me respond to this now:

    Here's an easy answer: my job. I'm good at it, people like me, I get along with my boss and we've held countless conversations with me wearing headphones the whole time. Sometimes my co-worker also wears her headphones. This is not a desk job, this is a doing job, and I think we all understand the need for some music if it doesn't get in the way. If those things are true, I have no reason to further justify my question.
  18. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Sorry to have apparently offended you, as I was making no assumptions, I was just asking.

    Didn't imagine I would raise such ire nor was I asking for any justification, I was just genuinely curious. Sorry I applied apparently a little too much of my personal view / bias on the matter into my reply, while being flip with the boombox comment.

    AKG, Sennheiser, Grado and Sony make lightweight robust built offerings that balance well against being budget friendly.
  19. I get that you may not have intended it but the phrasing of your question implied that he was rude by doing it without even knowing what job he did. Surgeons even use music while operating and that's not seen as rude. :)

    I can't speak for thiocyclist, but I appreciate the apology. You were pretty heavy at the scathing sarcasm with me too and all I was trying to do is redirect your question into a (hopefully) funny reply. :D

    Let's all go have a beer and jam now. :bassist:
  20. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Yeah man, sorry to you as well, I apparently had a whole dredlock across my ass earlier, and I'm almost bald. Methinks it's better to break my fingers lest I reply in haste again in those instances.

    Mmm, beer.