I've owned the following headphones: Bose Triport, Bose QuietComfort 2, Sony EX71 earbuds, Shure E3Cs, Beyer DT-770, Sony cans (can't remember the model, but high-end), Audio Technica A900, and other stock brands. I started out with the QC2s and liked them a lot, but after all the bashing I read at Headfi, I was convinced to try some of the other highly-rated phones I mentioned above. In the end, I went back to the QC2s. I don't care for most of Bose's products, and their marketing practices and prices are definitely questionable, but I have to admit that I haven't found any headphones I like better than the QuietComfort 2s. At $300, they're definitely expensive, but they're awesome on planes and can be worn for hours on end without any discomfort. I think that comfort is almost as important as sound quality when it comes to headphones. Many would say (and with good reason) that the Etymotics 4Ps are much better sounding and actually block noise better. I won't deny this, but they aren't comfortable (at least in my opinion). What good is an great sounding pair of headphones if you can't stand to wear them for more than an hour? The Bose product may not sound as good as other brands (they sound just as good to me, but I'm not an "audiophile"), but they're much more comfortable than anything I've tried.
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1/13/05 at 12:57pm