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    I'm trying to find any links on how to make your own. All I can find is people messing around with coat hangers and other junk. C'mon, there must be a way to make a decent pair of cans on the cheap! There used to be a guy office down the hall here who made his own high-end cans. You can get the parts, but I can't seem to find any links atm :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc-Engineer View Post
    Laser........... tut tut.........................but it did make me smile.

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    I do really have tinnitus in case any of you thought I was taking the p!ss. I agree with elsiegee, anything half decent would be wasted on me.

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    Trawl the auction of the BBC Bush House stuff Peaker Pattinson (Auctioneers) Ltd There are loads of good quality headphones amongst the lots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Is there a point where you simply do not notice the 'improvement' in audio quality with more expensive headphones?
    Jeff Atwood has a couple of typically well-researched and well-linked posts about the matter:

    Coding Horror: Headphone Snobbery
    Coding Horror: Who Needs a Sound Card, Anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I'm trying to find any links on how to make your own. All I can find is people messing around with coat hangers and other junk. C'mon, there must be a way to make a decent pair of cans on the cheap! There used to be a guy office down the hall here who made his own high-end cans. You can get the parts, but I can't seem to find any links atm :/
    Might be of help : DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Discussions

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    There's an interesting discussion like this here.
    Personally I wouldn't go above about 35-40 for on the go.
    If you decide to make your own I'd be very interested in a photo diary.

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    Says it all

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    5.1 surround sound from a pair (as in 2) of headphones. Yep sure. Yet another meaningless number the masses fall for.

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    The way the headphones do it is have different audio channels in the headset. It is scientifically possible to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    5.1 surround sound from a pair (as in 2) of headphones. Yep sure. Yet another meaningless number the masses fall for.
    Presumably that makes 5.1 surround meaningless as you only have a pair of (as in 2) ears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    The 5 bit yes, but the .1 means subwoofer, as in 1 subwoofer. I think it would make the headphones a bit uncomfortable if they strapped a sub to them. My point is why insist on using "buzz words/numbers" and just call it what it is; [simulated] surround sound.
    While 5.1 tracks might mix specific track for a sub, bass isn't directional and subs are simply a way to minimise cost and to some extent size in a set-up. A decent set of cans will reproduce bass better than most subs and you still only have two ears!

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    5.1 surround sound from a pair (as in 2) of headphones. Yep sure. Yet another meaningless number the masses fall for.
    I have a pair of Speedlink 5.1's (Speedlink SL-8793-SBK-02 Medusa NX 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories)
    They are actually quite good and although sold as a gaming headset are excellent for late night DVD watching when the kids have gone to bed and in the office for music and Skype duties. The surround works very well TBH and the in-line volume control gives you the freedom to set the volume over all channels independently and the audio quality cannot be grumbled at given the price.

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    I have a pair of Skullcandy Hesh, think I paid about 45 from HMV for them


    The noise cancellation is great - I never hear a word my missus is saying while I game on my PC :P
    Wear them for hours at a time, no discomfort at all, plus lifetime warranty from SC if they break

    The sound is far better than the 10 earphones I got from some-electrical-shop.

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    The Hesh's aren't actually noise cancelling.

    what they do have is great isolation, and big fat 50mm drivers.

    ...just sayin'

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    Yes, in my experience expensive is generally better... BUT you have to avoid the silly features, once they start putting useless 'fancy' things like in-line volume controller which add to the cost and add to the wearing out potential, that's where you get trouble.

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