The best headphones can be had for under $100. Reading reviews on headphones is enough to make your head spin. I have narrowed my choice down to skullycandy hesh 2 or hesh 3.
I’m not a picky audiophile, but having been a musician, audio engineer and lover of music for 25 years, I need my audio as perfect as I can get, for me. I listen to all styles of music from hardcore metal to classical and pop rock to movie scores. When editing audio, it’s best to have a pair of headphones with a flat response, meaning, they will sound as close to the original music as possible. My favorite headphones in the studio are Sennheiser, hands down. Nothing beats them in my opinion and I have used many.
My biggest gripe in headphones and ear buds is the muffle factor. I can’t muffled audio, as if there’s a pillow over the speakers. Beats headphones are really good and popular, but for me, not the type of bass I need in my music, so I knew they were out.
Ear buds are great if you find the right ones, but after a while, they tend to irritate the inside of my ears (I wear them about 5 hours a day…it’s a long daily commute on the train to work.) I was very surprised at how powerful and clear the included earbuds with my iphone7 made the music sound. Although I love the earbuds, I looked at changing to “over the ear headphones” for comfort reasons and cordless. The ear bud cord pulling on my jacket is annoying. I don’t like being tied to things and a falling out ear bud just ticks me off. Perhaps I need to listen to more meditation audio.
A friend showed me one of the metal bands he’s currently listening to via his new headphones, the skullcandy hesh 2. He’s a big skullcandy fan. I was impressed with the full spectrum of EQ that wasn’t muddy or ear-piercing. The sound was balanced well and the bass was punchy and tight. These headphones inspired me to research skullycandy, their various over the ear models, and a couple other name brands. There are a lot of great brands out there for under $100 or way more than $100. For the purposes and length of this article, I will focus on the skullycandy hesh 2 and skullcandy hesh3 and why I chose what I did.
As I said, the skullcandy hesh2 headphones sounded great and all reviews said they’re made really well.
- They sit on top of the ear as opposed to around the ear.
- After awhile of listening, people said they got slightly uncomfortable, although the soft fake leather padding is nice.
- I’m sure the hesh 2 headphones would have been fine but I was nervous about sound leakage. Although I don’t listen to music too loud, I didn’t want anyone around me to hear what I was hearing. I didn’t want to disturb anyone. I didn’t want to be “that guy.” Eric said it was a non issue and that it really needs to be quiet before anyone might be able to hear anything.
- The skullcandy hesh 2 are great headphones. They are on Amazon for $69 at the time of this writing, which is a really great price!
Two other skullcandy headphones I looked at are The hesh 3 and the crusher. The hesh 3 difference is longer battery life (although I’d be fine with the 15 hours battery life of the hesh 2’s.) The hesh 3 is a bit more at $99 and the crusher headphones are $179. I knew $179 was out and even the $99 was more than I wanted to spend.
After reading about the differences between the hesh 2 and hesh 3, I decided to spend a little more and go with the skullcandy hesh 3. The reasons? The hesh 3 headphones cover your entire ear and have memory foam type material for an even more comfortable fit. This was important to me for comfort, and, as I said, I didn’t want looks from people on the train if sound was to leak from them. Some reviews said the skullcandy hesh 3 headphones had a more flat-lined EQ and fuller sound than the hesh 2’s. I already knew what the skullcandy hesh 2’s sounded like and I loved them, so I figured, it’ll be icing on the cake to have better sound than what I already heard.
I’ll report back when they arrive this week for my findings. Ask any questions you have. I’m looking forward to getting these.
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