View Full Version : Multi-purpose Headphones

04-22-2010, 09:20 PM
I'm a pretty mobile MacBook Pro user, and I'm thinking about buying a set of multi-purpose headphones. Here's what I'm looking for:

Headphones that can be used as camcorder audio monitors during shooting (I have a Canon Vixia HV 40, an HDV unit)
Headphones that can be used as post-production monitors for Final Cut, Garage Band, etc.
Headphones for mobile entertainment (preferably noise-canceling) at home or during travel
Headphones that are built to be carried, and probably come with a carrying case

I have to admit I've never looked at multi-purpose headphones before.

Where are some of the best places to look? Chances are, I'll have to do this through mail order because I'm in a rural area and there isn't much selection here beyond Radio Shack.

04-23-2010, 08:17 AM

I use these: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-CX380-Sport-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B001GSX7R8/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1272034728&sr=8-11

Not sure what your feelings are about in ear headphones but I love these! They come with their own silicone carrying case. If you're not into in ear headphones I would still recommend checking out the company. My friend mixes music on his computer and swears by their studio headphones.

04-23-2010, 08:27 AM
there was a headphone thread before :


all around my faves are the sennheiser hd 25-1 II

04-23-2010, 12:16 PM
Headphones (http://www.hv20.com/showthread.php?t=34141&highlight=headphones)

04-23-2010, 08:40 PM
Thank you for the interesting links!

Are the pro phones like the Sennheiser HD-25 family collapsible for travel?

04-28-2010, 09:02 AM
Mtn man-

Those Sennheiser's I mentioned do not collapse, they sound amazing though.

04-30-2010, 09:19 PM
I received similar advice from another forum, pointing me toward the Sennheiser HD25-1-IIs, which are supposed to be pro-quality headphones, and more collapsible that some other models.

Since this is a web-forum about travel bags, I thought I should ask: do any of you use a padded zip-shut bag or other pouch to carry your headphones? When I move forward with a purchase, I will also build up enough $ to buy a storage pouch because these new phones will likely get tossed around quite a bit, probably from my backpack to my Super Ego to whatever camera case I will eventually get from my new Canon camcorder. I was looking at a padded nylon Porta Brace pouch at B & H (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/541059-REG/Porta_Brace_PB_B9_PB_B9_Stuff_Sack_Black_.html), but I was having trouble finding a decent size among their pouch selection (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Porta-Brace/ci/8909/N/4291075328).

It would be great if I could find something with a webbing loop or a zipper with an eyelet should I could attach a Tom Bihn key strap to attach it to a Bihn briefcase or travel bag.