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Headphones

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by SGladwell, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. A Y

    A Y Well-Known Member

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    Meridian offers their room-correction on their surround prepros, specifically the 861 and the 568. Their speakers don't have that feature.

    If you like Quads, build or buy a pair of the Linkwitz Orions. They have all the advantages of the Quads, with none of the drawbacks: amazing dipole bass, big dynamic range, and fairly even power response. It's the finest speaker I've heard, price no object.

    --Andre
     
  2. Arethusa

    Arethusa Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to go with these Shure E2 things. They look pretty ok to me.
    Go to www.earphonesolutions.com and find a cheaper company to pricematch to. You should be able to get them for $75 shipped without any trouble.
     
  3. Manny Calavera

    Manny Calavera Well-Known Member

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    I'm a music fanatic, but know next to nothing about headphones due to the fact I'm poor. However, I do have a pair of Sennheiser HD650's that I got for free, and they are brilliant. I don't see anything topping them. And don't buy Ultrasone's, as they're overpriced and shoddy.
     
  4. blackgrass

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    Another vote for the grado SR60's. Nice cans that are affordable.
     
  5. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Well-Known Member

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    Any links for mods? My brother has an unused pair of those that I could easily requisition and hack up. The mods would have to be really special to make this work, because from what little I've heard of the Plugs they were horrific.

    here:
    http://headwize.com/projects/showfil...=cmoy4_prj.htm
    dunno if it fills the bill, but you be the judge.
     
  6. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    Go to www.earphonesolutions.com and find a cheaper company to pricematch to. You should be able to get them for $75 shipped without any trouble.
    got them today. I like them, thanks
     
  7. Max

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    Those Jecklin jobs will become the new hipster uniform in 5...4...3...
     
  8. Max

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    Back on topic, my set of Shure e2s seem to be having some cord fraying issues after about 2 years.
     
  9. Doc Martin

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    Another vote for the grado SR60's. Nice cans that are affordable.

    I third that. Great headphones for the money! The only thing that I don't like is that they are open.
     
  10. Mr. Checks

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    I have Grado 60s, which are too uncomfortable and a bit dark-sounding, but a steal at the price.

    I've had Akai 501s for several years now and don't see myself ever buying anything else. I also like (but don't own) something from the Senn 600 line that I liked.

    (Meadowlark Shearwaters in the listening room)
     
  11. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Well-Known Member

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    I have Grado 60s, which are too uncomfortable and a bit dark-sounding, but a steal at the price. ...
    Grado mods for the brave (scroll down for instructions on making comfy circumaural earpads) : http://www.headwize.com/projects/sho...=grado_prj.htm
     
  12. SGladwell

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    Well, I've been busy grading essays and writing final exams, but after checking out comments here and following links to head-fi.org I ended up getting a pair from Atlec Lansing of all companies, albeit designed by Etymotic Research and favorably compared to Ety's ER-6. I paid for them with amazon.com Visa kickbacks dating from my MacBook Pro.

    The last Altec product I owned were vintage 605B coaxials, which are very similar to the venerable 604, including the multicell horn, except that the 605 had a ferrite magnet instead of the 604's AlNiCo. While they were more colored in the midrange and less extended on the bottom than the best of the current active midfield studio monitors (Genelec, ATC), they were arguably more fun to listen to. I sold them along with my old home, as they were built into the wall and the incoming resident was an audiophile who decided to buy the house after hearing DSOTM on those 605's.

    I thought hard about the Sennheiser CP-300B's, and probably would have went that way if they had still been $40. Part of me just didn't want to pay $55 for something that I knew others had recently gotten for $40 with no value added for me. Infantile, but we all have flaws.

    I can't believe how many Grado fans there are around here. I'd rather listen to iPod earbuds than any Grados, personally. I'm just not into that incessant boom-tizz. Honestly I think the $20 Koss earclips are much better sounding than Grados. (Or Sony EX-71s, or Shure E2s, but those have isolation advantages over the Kosses.) I could write a 1500word rant on how much I hate the colored house Grado sound, but I'll spare everyone...
     
  13. tiger02

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    I thought hard about the Sennheiser CP-300B's, and probably would have went that way if they had still been $40. Part of me just didn't want to pay $55 for something that I knew others had recently gotten for $40 with no value added for me. Infantile, but we all have flaws.
    Don't worry, it's going around the board these days.

    Anyone else have fit and finish issues with Sennheiser? Maybe it's just mine (HD 280Pro) or the travel I subject them to, but the plastic on the underside of the headband on either side of the pad is cracked. My head isn't particularly wide or anything, so I was expecting more than eight months of use out of $80 headphones [​IMG]

    Tom
     
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    I have several pairs of Senns, and fit and finish has always been pretty good for their plastic construction, except for the well known early connector issues with the 580, but mine only surfaced after a few years of daily use.

    --Andre
     
  15. SGladwell

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    Don't worry, it's going around the board these days.

    Anyone else have fit and finish issues with Sennheiser? Maybe it's just mine (HD 280Pro) or the travel I subject them to, but the plastic on the underside of the headband on either side of the pad is cracked. My head isn't particularly wide or anything, so I was expecting more than eight months of use out of $80 headphones [​IMG]


    I've treated my HD-600's very badly, carrying them around the world before I wised up and bought the Etys for travel. Though I have had to replace the cord once or twice, they're still in great shape. They are carbon fiber and not plastic, though.

    If it's only been 8mos I assume Senn will replace them for free. My first cable broke after about that long and Senn did right by me. And this was in Germany, not the US! (At the time, to echo the Vass thread, HD-600's were about the DM equivalent of $250 over there, and $350-400 in the US. So guess where I bought them.)
     
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    Wow, didn't even think of that. I'll look into it, thanks.
     
  17. javyn

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    I'd like to get some kind of headphones where i could go to sleep comfortably while wearing them....difficult since I sleep on my side.
     
  18. Mr. Checks

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    I'd like to get some kind of headphones where i could go to sleep comfortably while wearing them....difficult since I sleep on my side.

    Ooh, you shouldn't do that. I've gotta think that extended headphone wear is going to result in a lot of hearing loss when you get older if you do that.
     
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    I can't believe how many Grado fans there are around here. I'd rather listen to iPod earbuds than any Grados, personally. I'm just not into that incessant boom-tizz. Honestly I think the $20 Koss earclips are much better sounding than Grados. (Or Sony EX-71s, or Shure E2s, but those have isolation advantages over the Kosses.) I could write a 1500word rant on how much I hate the colored house Grado sound, but I'll spare everyone...

    Grado's sound great with certain types of music and really, having owned 3 pair (SR-40, SR-80, and SR-225) as well as auditioning SR-325's, RS-1's, and some of their original HP models, I'd say that they are without a doubt on a different level than $20 dollar Koss earclips. The soundstage and depth are remarkable, especially when paired with a halfway decent amp. Another thing to love about Grados are their simplicity. The higher the model, the more simple the construction (albeit with higher quality and cost materials) to obtain a truer, less muddied sound.. I really enjoy this sound, even if it is a tad bright.

    I also love my Senns, but they are a studio headphone and their sound doesn't lend itself well to casual listening.

    And, with all of that said, I use my Ety ER-4s's more than anything..
     
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    The best Grados I've heard are the HP-1000s, which are very similar to the original HP-1 and HP-2. The 60 is really nice for the price, too, especially if you don't have a headphone amp. Grados' comfort however is an entirely different story ...

    --Andre
     

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