I used to work in the headphone industry so like to think I know a thing or two about what cans to use. I recommend these guys here for best audiophile headphones advice and as a great source of independent knowledge. Although if you don’t want to spend hours doing research then you can’t go past Sennheiser for quality and value for money.
For the ultimate in portable, lightweight and affordable headphones you can’t beat in ear buds. These are getting better and better as technology continues to advance. However not everyone is a fan of having that little bit of plastic sticking into your ear no matter how advanced and ergonomic they make them – can you tell I’m not a fan?!
There are some good quality cans around that can fold up and take up less room – perfect for those of us that love to travel “carry on” only!
I’m currently using V-Moda xs as my travel cans. These puppies really feel sturdy and the build quality solid. The sound quality is definitely good and (to me) on par with some pretty respected cans – and I’ve tried a lot. You could probably find equal sound quality in cheaper packages with cheaper materials and no convenient folding mechanism but these are great for travel. They come with:
- Exoskeleton Case – Fits in the palm of your hand
- Carabiner – Clips inside or outside your bag
- CliqFold Hinge – Folds to an impossibly small size with a satisfying click
I do have some in ear buds for running as they’re convenient and more comfortable for exercise – and I don’t wear them for hours on end so can put up with them! I’m using 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones which are a good price and pretty comfortable. They seem to have a good range of sound and are reasonably clear. They are being touted by some as audiophile headphones but I don’t think I would go that far. In my opinion buds have a long way to go before they get to audiophile standard.
Well that’s my cans at the moment. There are so many options out there that it pays to do your research if you have time…..and if you don’t, these guys here know what they’re talking about!