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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've found myself working in an office setting and I need a solid pair of headphones to get me through the day. Portability won't be an issue, so I'd prefer to go for not-earbuds. I know Sennheiser puts out quality products but I'd prefer not to buy blindly on brand reputation and instead hear what others have to say.
post #2 of 15
I have a pair of triple fi 10 that I scored for 100€. They're in-ears. Or would you really prefer headphones? I'm not sure how long you want to wear them per day, but if you have some hair on your head, you may have a dent after you've worn it for a couple hours. Especially if you do it every day. Just something to think about.
Anyway, the triple.fi 10 are pretty good and high fideltity but likely a little outdated by now.... but...

... this brings me to the point that you first need to think about what you really want. Do you want hi-fi (high fidelity, i.e. true to reality, nothing gets exaggerated, for some it's flat, for me it's real)? Do you want base-centric ones? Etc.
post #3 of 15
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To be honest, I'm not too particular as to what I want - because I'm not sure I know what I want in terms of more expensive headphones. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and speeches, with movie soundtracks, metal and various kinds of electronic music thrown in. I'm not too concerned with the over-the-head thing - it does mess with my hair a bit but I'm in a casual office and earbuds always make my ears hurt.

I've found these Klipsch ones - http://www.amazon.ca/Klipsch-Image-ONE-Headphones-3-Button/dp/B0043M9AU2/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&m=AVV0Q1CLVKKPP&qid=1347325383&s=generic&sr=1-11

and these Sennheiser's - http://www.amazon.ca/Sennheiser-HD-280-Pro-Headphones/dp/B000065BPB/ref=pd_cp_ce_1

and both seem to fit the bill, although I'm somewhat hesitant about buying them based on Amazon customer reviews.
post #4 of 15
Well, you should know what you want. Do you ever listen to classic and such? Do you want your headphones to really give you a club feel with heavy bass (and therefore not hi-fi at all)? I would suggest to try out a few at some local store, if you can.

FWIW, for work, it would be much better to listen to music like classic. Avoid high bpm. tongue.gif
post #5 of 15

I'm not much of an audiophile, but I have a pair of Grado SR-80i's which I love. I would recommend them if your want to go the over-the-head route

post #6 of 15
Anyway, jarude, I'm sure there is a profound high-fi (or something like that) forum in English. In Germany, we have www.hifi-forum.de which covers pretty much everything. Might want to inform yourself a little at the corresponding forum and you'll realize what you may like.
post #7 of 15
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Well, you should know what you want. Do you ever listen to classic and such? Do you want your headphones to really give you a club feel with heavy bass (and therefore not hi-fi at all)? I would suggest to try out a few at some local store, if you can.
FWIW, for work, it would be much better to listen to music like classic. Avoid high bpm. tongue.gif

Heh, I listen to mostly movie soundtracks and speeches/audiobooks at work. Some trance if I'm getting sleepy. smile.gif BTW.. hoe gaat het?
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I'm not much of an audiophile, but I have a pair of Grado SR-80i's which I love. I would recommend them if your want to go the over-the-head route

Nice rec, I dig the styling but they are a little out of the price range.

I decided to go with the Sennheiser's... I figure with their original price point they should be enough bang for my buck. Thanks guys
post #8 of 15
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Heh, I listen to mostly movie soundtracks and speeches/audiobooks at work. Some trance if I'm getting sleepy. smile.gif BTW.. hoe gaat het?
Nice rec, I dig the styling but they are a little out of the price range.
I decided to go with the Sennheiser's... I figure with their original price point they should be enough bang for my buck. Thanks guys
Whoa, slow down there, son.

First of all, movie soundtracks highly implies that you probably want a hi-fi headphone because there's much "classic" involved. I.E. so you can hear the violin on the most left handed side and distinguish it from the guitar, or whatever, in the center. Quite fascinating, actually. So, here's a list of headphones in different categories (I think you can understand them -- "portable", "studio", and "hi-fi": http://www.hifi-forum.de/viewthread-211-182.html You can have a look at the ones listed, if you're interested in a specific one, and the Google translate doesn't make sense, PM me. Other than that, really, look for an English-speaking forum. I mean, you're paying 100$+- so you're not low-end, thus should think a little harder about what you buy.

You realize that the HD 280 is noise-cancelling, i.e. you won't hear much of your enviornment anymore? That is, you likely won't hear when your colleague wants to talk with you.

Hoe gaaat het, just had to look it up. You probably speak better Dutch than I do. laugh.gif
I just moved here for studying from Germany. So far, so good! smile.gif

Oh yeah, and don't forget the most important aspect.. say goodbye to MP3 and hello to FLAC & co (in your case, ALAC).
post #9 of 15
Grado SR-60....I've had a pair for a decade and for the price they are quite excellent.
post #10 of 15
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Grado SR-60....I've had a pair for a decade and for the price they are quite excellent.

+1
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by jarude View Post

Heh, I listen to mostly movie soundtracks and speeches/audiobooks at work. Some trance if I'm getting sleepy. smile.gif BTW.. hoe gaat het?
Nice rec, I dig the styling but they are a little out of the price range.
I decided to go with the Sennheiser's... I figure with their original price point they should be enough bang for my buck. Thanks guys
Whoa, slow down there, son.

First of all, movie soundtracks highly implies that you probably want a hi-fi headphone because there's much "classic" involved. I.E. so you can hear the violin on the most left handed side and distinguish it from the guitar, or whatever, in the center. Quite fascinating, actually. So, here's a list of headphones in different categories (I think you can understand them -- "portable", "studio", and "hi-fi": http://www.hifi-forum.de/viewthread-211-182.html You can have a look at the ones listed, if you're interested in a specific one, and the Google translate doesn't make sense, PM me. Other than that, really, look for an English-speaking forum. I mean, you're paying 100$+- so you're not low-end, thus should think a little harder about what you buy.

You realize that the HD 280 is noise-cancelling, i.e. you won't hear much of your enviornment anymore? That is, you likely won't hear when your colleague wants to talk with you.

Hoe gaaat het, just had to look it up. You probably speak better Dutch than I do. laugh.gif
I just moved here for studying from Germany. So far, so good! smile.gif

Oh yeah, and don't forget the most important aspect.. say goodbye to MP3 and hello to FLAC & co (in your case, ALAC).

I don't think hd280 is noise canceling. It's just closed back. Hd380 is noise cancelling

Get the audio technica ath m50s. Better than grado sr 60 and sr 80. I'm tempted to sell my esw9s to get them (300 dollar downgrade) cuz I wear glasses and on the ear cans are slightly unconfortable
post #12 of 15
Hm. Are you sure? Hifi-forum writes:
"Isolation:
Der HD280Pro ist ein Isolationsmonster. Schon ohne Musik sind Geräusche stark gedämpft und wirken entfernt,
mit leiser Musik sind Türklingeln und Telefon nicht mehr zu hören."

- "a beast in isolation, you can hardly hear noises anymore even without music playing. if silent music is played, you often won't hear the telephone or door bell."

Ah, yeah, I think I used the wrong word. Maybe not noise-cancelling but very good isolation.
post #13 of 15
yeah. noise cancelling means the headphones actively send out wavelengths that distructively interfere with background noise. the hd280 just has a closed back but it prolly does have good isolation
post #14 of 15
I've narrowed down my search to:

Grado Prestige SR80i and the Sennheiser HD 280 PRO.

Both are ~100.

I plan on using it for my ipod, iphone and computer.

I wear glasses, would one of them be more comfortable? Better sound quality?
post #15 of 15
280 is probably more comfortable but sr80 is probably better sound quality (choose comfort). i would get ath m50s, better sounding and more comfort and its the same price
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