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Old 05-04-2015, 01:27 PM
slowListener slowListener is offline
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Default Headphones for the wife - advice needed!

Hello boys and girls,

This my first post here so please don't be too harsh

My wife who barely listens to music finally said that maybe an MP3 player and a pair of headphones was something she could use on a bus/tube.

The player bit will be easy - a rockbox'ed Clip+.

Things get more tricky with the headphones part - her initial thought was "in-ear" whereas I am thinking something like AKG K490 NC a bit of a gap

Let's go through the checklist:
Location: UK
Use: on public transport (so closed-back)
Music: Classical / pop / country / jazz. Maybe soft rock but most definitely NOT heavy metal
Player: Sansa Clip+ / Rockbox / MP3 VBR2 or similar quality
In-ear / over ear: not sure
Noise cancelling: possibly (but she can easily forget to charge it)
Other features: must be sturdy and simple (to survive in a handbag for any length of time ), and a case would be great
Size: preferably smaller (she thought my Audiotechnica ES55 were ridiculously large!)
Style: yet, it matters
Budget: up to 120

etting my wife to try various options in-store will be nigh impossible so trying to come up with a short list.

Having listened to Sennheiser CX3 and AKG Y40 (didn't like either) and my ES55 (Ok-ish), I tend to think that "reasonable" sound quality starts with around 40mm driver but maybe I am wrong.

Any advice?
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