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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Feb 3, 2011

Three reasons to use headphones, and which headphones to use. 

One thing I neglected to emphasize in the show is being sure your headphones are comfortable. 

No matter how good your headphones are, you won't enjoy them much if they squeeze your head or hurt your ears. 

Worse, you'll quit detecting sooner and thereby miss a lot of finds.

Here's a set I like:


What about those super-expensive headphones?  Here are links to both sides of the argument:

PRO:  expensive headphones
CON:  expensive headphones


And if you don't like to read, check out my Metal Detecting Manual.

Dan Hughes
almost seven years ago

Sizzler, try it now. I've updated the link for you.

The headphones reviewed are no longer made, but the points made in the review are the same ones advanced for other expensive models.

almost seven years ago

Well Dan in that 3-5 minute pod cast i can honestly say that I learned a lot about headphones.Thank you I also read the cons of headphones very informative but I couldn't access the pro's of headphones

over eight years ago

I have an ace 250 and the walkman type headphones are nice during the summer heat. Full size headphones tend to make my head feel hotter so those I usually use in the colder months.

If you do have an Ace 150/250 (not sure about the 350) and a set of stereo (mono will not work) headphones with no volume control, there are separate volume control adapters you can use.

over eight years ago

One consideration that you did not discuss is the origin of the headphones manufacture. This is key to me in deciding what to buy, for example I only buy batteries made in USA even if the cheaper ones are just as good. The same goes with headphones expensive headphones Sunray and Killer Bs are made in USA. The grey ghosts are not. I'd also like to say that I am an ivy league educated college professor at a major university and not some militant ultrapatriotic yahoo.

In addition, many of the expensive ones have limiters to save your hearing from really loud blasts when you have the volume cranked to hear the "whispers".

Otherwise, my major considerations are the coiled cord and individual volume controls.

SteveP (NH)
over eight years ago

One feature usually found on high end metal detecting headsets you did not mention is that many of them have a limiter switch on them. While this by itself might not be enough to justifiy their higher cost to everyone, I find it a very useful feature in some situations. You can run the volume of your gear very high without concern that you will suffer an uncomfortably loud ding from a shallow, large target.

I have also found that Koss makes a reasonably priced set of headphones designed for use at race tracks and for metal detecting called QZ-99s that retail for about $45.