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Hello guys, I am debating whether I should choose a headphones or in-Ear Buds/Ear Buds (regular one) for audio editing and programming video games.

I'll be using it on my laptop during college's campus, and I'm not sure which is better in term of better performances.

Can you guys help me?

Price might be an issue probably under 30 dollars.
     
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Hello guys, I am debating whether I should choose a headphones or in-Ear Buds/Ear Buds (regular one) for audio editing and programming video games.

I'll be using it on my laptop during college's campus, and I'm not sure which is better in term of better performances.

Can you guys help me?

Price might be an issue probably under 30 dollars.

For quality you want headphones. IEM's/Buds are nice but lack the overall power. you need to spend more to match what cheaper headphones can do.


Click, Buy be happy.

Check the internet for review's of the hidden gem's. Epic for anyone on a budget. Add a cheap headphone AMP(like CMOY) and they get better.
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I would stick with over the ear at that price range. In ear headphones are pretty crappy until you get to $100 and even then if they don't fit perfectly they are still crap until you get custom fit ones and now we are talking hundreds.

If $30 is all you can put out then Superlux HD681 if you can save your money up for a while then at $80 you can get a pair of Grado SR 60i. I know that is a lot more money than you want to spend but you could have these headphones for 20+ YRs. I bought my Sennheiser HD590s in 2002 and even though every wear and tear part on them is replaceable and I have run over the cord 1000 times I have yet to repair anything on them (although they could use some new foam).

Just be aware some of the nice headphones are open air. I prefer open air but for travel they are garbage which is why I do own a pair of Bose over the ear for flights and in ear for bicycling. So if you need multi-use keep that in mind. If they need to be sport compatible you will be sacrificing a lot but at that price I recommend the over the ear pads that have the bar that goes behind your ears.

Also any headphone can damage your ears but in-ear headphones are much more likely to do so.

As for a headphone amp... not trying to disagree with the above but I own 2 and be very careful if you ever buy one because you can def waste your money. The Grado one that costs like ~$400 is nothing more than a piece of junk with $30 worth of DIY parts in it. Maybe less and if you are plugging them into your laptops analog port then LAUGH. To use a headphone amp you need an external DAC, or an analog source which is not a laptop. So the DAC alone is going to cost you more than what it is worth to hear on especially on $30 headphones. If you do find you want a headphone amp then there is a portable DAC/Headphone amp that is dirt cheap (as far as DACs go). You can get it at nuforce.com but honestly I would dump any of that money into the headphones first cus like I said headphones can be with you for 20+ years.
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I would stick with over the ear at that price range. In ear headphones are pretty crappy until you get to $100 and even then if they don't fit perfectly they are still crap until you get custom fit ones and now we are talking hundreds.

If $30 is all you can put out then Superlux HD681 if you can save your money up for a while then at $80 you can get a pair of Grado SR 60i. I know that is a lot more money than you want to spend but you could have these headphones for 20+ YRs. I bought my Sennheiser HD590s in 2002 and even though every wear and tear part on them is replaceable and I have run over the cord 1000 times I have yet to repair anything on them (although they could use some new foam).

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Also any headphone can damage your ears but in-ear headphones are much more likely to do so.

As for a headphone amp... not trying to disagree with the above but I own 2 and be very careful if you ever buy one because you can def waste your money. The Grado one that costs like ~$400 is nothing more than a piece of junk with $30 worth of DIY parts in it. Maybe less and if you are plugging them into your laptops analog port then LAUGH. To use a headphone amp you need an external DAC, or an analog source which is not a laptop. So the DAC alone is going to cost you more than what it is worth to hear on especially on $30 headphones. If you do find you want a headphone amp then there is a portable DAC/Headphone amp that is dirt cheap (as far as DACs go). You can get it at nuforce.com but honestly I would dump any of that money into the headphones first cus like I said headphones can be with you for 20+ years.

A decent budget DAC can be had for pretty cheap. However when talking about PC's I have found most on-board sound is unable to properly drive most headset's. Example is both the rig's in my sig. I use the headphones I linked above with both of them. They sound ok with just the on-board sound, however add in a decent form of AMP and they really come alive.Mind you Decent dose not have to cost, I use a JDSLabs Cmoy BB that I built(for like $50) and a FIIO i picked up for $80. Same with laptops. Onboard audio is just lacking. Yes DAC's are better but you do not need a DAC to use an AMP. AMP's can be used with Cell phones, MP3 Players and laptops.
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Do you guys know a foldable one for under 30 bucks?
I mean a headphone
     
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sub $30....audio editing...it ain't gonna be good.

Being realistic here.

Where you do go to campus?
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Do you guys know a foldable one for under 30 bucks?
I mean a headphone

That Monoprice set linked above folds. Quoted below again, in case you missed it:
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Click, Buy be happy.


As alluded to above, what really is the usage here? How good are you expecting and needing these to be? $30 is a tough range to work with, unless the editing is more of a "here is a sound coming in at the right time" kind of deal.



I'm going to have to disagree with a lot of the opinions above; I tend to like cheap in-ears more than cheap headphones, including down to around $30. With headphones, there's just not enough money to go around into the construction to not get a really plasticky build and some cheap earpads, usually, and a lot of the sets are pretty compromised sonically as well (though same for most of the IEMs in the range too).

Do you need any noise isolation? You asked about folding, so I guess it wouldn't be sitting in your room only.
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Do you guys know a foldable one for under 30 bucks?
I mean a headphone

Take a look at the Gemini DJ headphones, they are getting mentioned on another forums as well:
http://www.amazon.com/Gemini-DJX-07-Professional-Monitoring-Headphones/dp/B006Y2BFG6
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Do you guys know a foldable one for under 30 bucks?
I mean a headphone

Yea, The monoprce headphone's have all the "DJ" options one could want. removable cable, the ear cups rotate and the headset fold's up into its self. They list for $23 USDM... check them out.
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I've heard decent things about Superlux headphones (essentially the same as some Sony and AKG models). Even then, they're slightly above your price range.

Semi-Open, $32 (looks like the AKG K240 or K271, without the detachable cable)

Closed, detachable cable, $40 (essentially a Sony MDR-7506)

Neither will fold, though.
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