Monday, February 10, 2014

Riding in Style

A good pair of over-the-ear headphones has always been part of my winter strategy when I was using public transportation.

  1. They let me escape the hubbub going on around me.
  2. They work like earmuffs.
  3. I do need 'a' pair of headphones, if not a good pair of headphones.
  4. They can even help me avoid some interaction with other travelers when I'm not in the mood for conversation. (like on my way to work)

I found all of that in this pair for $20.
Panasonic RP-HTX7 Stereo Headphones (Black)

  1. They adjust to a wide range of head sizes.
  2. The ear cups are fairly cushy.
  3. They have a decent cord, which is only on one side.
  4. At $20, I don't need to worry about a detachable cord in case the original breaks.
  5. I even like the style.

You couldn't ask for more for $20.  Unfortunately, I forgot I can't stand the economy level of sound quality.  It wore on me, so I bought these.

They're entry level as far as audiophile head phones go, but I was able to get a "like new" pair for $100.
Audio Technica ATHM50RD Pro DJ Headphones - Red

  1. They're made of more sturdy materials.
  2. For this price, I would really like a replaceable cable.
  3. The sound is much better than the first pair, but still not as good as a $300 pair. (which is to be expected)
  4. They do fold into two very nice positions for travel.
  5. I think they're even more stylish, if a little too flashy.

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