Headphones

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

  1. oman

    oman Senior member

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    brand-wise, go with either sernnheiser or grado, always

    unless you know one of those obscure japanese audiophile headphone manufacturers
     
  2. Full Canvas

    Full Canvas Senior member

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    If it makes you feel better, my home speakers aren't going to win any style awards, though they sound better than anything I've ever heard at a hifi salon, including Wilsons, Avantgardes, Revels, Avalons, Sound Labs, Magnepans, Joseph Audios, Von Schweikerts, and B&W's diamond tweeter line.

    [​IMG]

    Now if only they looked like Avalons!


    There's always room for agreement! You can shut your eyes and enjoy the music! Often, "˜invisible' speakers provide the best overall experience. Fortunately, I can't see my Jecklins when I use them!

    Maybe you saw my Bedlington wearing the Jecklins in my reply to your comments on Mr. Knightly's "Cheap, vintage convertibles" AAAC thread: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/F...TOPIC_ID=21959. The spit, mumble, and hiss (apologies to the late Mr. Bob Challman) of my exhaust are great music without headphones or speakers!

    Pretty is the pair of DSP8000s in the living room. They sound "˜pretty' good as well. I sent them back to California from England when I made a side-trip from Minsk to the Lotus Festival at Donington Park in 2001.

    Not so pretty, but still sounding great in the den are my old Quad ESLs paired with my Entec subwoofers. Both the Quads and the Entecs were modded and rebuilt by the legendary and reclusive Jerry Crosby.
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  3. SGladwell

    SGladwell Senior member

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    Pretty is the pair of DSP8000s in the living room. They sound "˜pretty' good as well. I sent them back to California from England when I made a side-trip from Minsk to the Lotus Festival at Donington Park in 2001.

    DSP8000s, as in Meridian DSP8000's? Those are some pretty speakers indeed. I can't say I've ever heard them properly dialled in. They have room correction features built in along with the amps, right? Like the Meridians my Genelecs are active, but they don't have room correction built in. Luckily, TacT has addressed that concern nicely for me. [​IMG]

    Not so pretty, but still sounding great in the den are my old Quad ESLs paired with my Entec subwoofers.

    '57s or '63s? I would love someday to hear a pair of ESL-63US 'stats atop Gradient dipole subs but thus far that combination has eluded me.
     
  4. Full Canvas

    Full Canvas Senior member

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    DSP8000s, as in Meridian DSP8000's? Those are some pretty speakers indeed. I can't say I've ever heard them properly dialled in. They have room correction features built in along with the amps, right? Like the Meridians my Genelecs are active, but they don't have room correction built in. Luckily, TacT has addressed that concern nicely for me. [​IMG]



    '57s or '63s? I would love someday to hear a pair of ESL-63US 'stats atop Gradient dipole subs but thus far that combination has eluded me.


    Ten or fifteen years ago, I stopped paying any great attention to spec sheets and technical details on my audio equipment and automobiles. Today, I either like what they do for me or . . . I just don't. So much audio gear seems great on paper, but doesn't please my ears. So many cars are "must-haves" according to the pundits. But the seat of my pants (or my budget, or my wife [​IMG]) tells me otherwise.

    A former Boothroyd Stuart technician did the final equipment installation, set-up, and placement of the DSP8000s. I nodded appropriately as he explained. Ten seconds later, I couldn't repeat what he told me. The sound was definitely better when he finished.

    The Quads are ESL-63s. I got the speakers in 1990. The Crosby mods were done in 1993. My ears noticed the difference at the high-end primarily. Not everyone agrees about the mods. Here's a link from an author that has never listened to my set-up.[​IMG] He prefers to listen to the ESL-63s "˜as-is'. http://www.stereophile.com/loudspeak...16/index9.html.

    Mr. Crosby brought the Entecs back-to-life in 2000 with his own-design boards. I got the Entecs when I purchased the Quads. I haven't heard the Gradient subwoofers.

    The speakers at our house near Cargese are Rauna Angelas. Do you know of those "concrete cabinet" speakers from Sweden? http://www.rauna.com/. If I recall correctly, I got those speakers in 1985.

    Here in Minsk, we listen to our music on some ancient Rogers LS3/5a mini-monitors. These things have been rebuilt two or three times now since I got them in 1979.
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  5. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I'm going to go with these Shure E2 things. They look pretty ok to me.
     
  6. A Y

    A Y Senior 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
     
  7. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior 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.
     
  8. Manny Calavera

    Manny Calavera Senior 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.
     
  9. blackgrass

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

    faustian bargain Senior 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.
     
  11. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior 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
     
  12. Max

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    Those Jecklin jobs will become the new hipster uniform in 5...4...3...
     
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    Back on topic, my set of Shure e2s seem to be having some cord fraying issues after about 2 years.
     
  14. 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.
     
  15. Mr. Checks

    Mr. Checks Senior member

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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)
     

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