Recommend me some headphones

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  1. Lel

    Lel Senior member

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    I'm looking for some headphones, the large ones that completely cover up your ear. You know which ones I'm talking about. Mostly I would like them because I feel that they are iconic.

    It doesn't have to be noise canceling or anything fancy. I use normal iPod headphones but they are so deteriorated that I do not even enjoy listening to my music anymore. I saw some Bose ones that fit the bill pretty good. However I am aware that they do not have a good reputation in the audiophile world. They ran about $130. A reasonable price, but I am looking for cheaper.

    They should also be durable, as I listen to my headphones a lot and would probably just wear them around my neck often (even when not listening to music).

    The cheaper the price the better. To be honest, since I'm used to iPod headphones, even the Bose ones sound amazing. So in all honesty, sound quality isn't the highest priority. I'm a bit strapped for cash, so such things like comfort and price would rank higher on my priority list.

    Anything I could go to a store and try on first would be ace but if I can get it on the internet for cheaper then I would be happy.
     


  2. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Are you looking for cans that go over your ear? Or larger "pad" types that rest on your ear?
     


  3. HomerJ

    HomerJ Senior member

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    Grado SR60 by default. Might look at other entry level Grado or Sennheiser but the SR60 is the entry level standard.
     


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    Lel Senior member

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    Matt [email protected]

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    ...and would probably just wear them around my neck often (even when not listening to music).
    Please don't be That Guy
     


  6. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    Oh god..

    Ignoring this comment, Grado SR80s and SR60s are awesome, but they're open air design and so pretty much everyone in a 15-foot radius is gonna hear the trebles floating.
     


  7. landho

    landho Senior member

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    The Sennheiser HD 280 is a superb headphone for the price; it originally retailed for around $200, but you can find them for about $70 at retail stores or online these days. From reviews I read, they are the second-best headphones in their class; the others, the Ultrasone HFI 680, run about $200 to $250.
     


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    skiwebster Senior member

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    while they are not completely over the ear, i rock the koss porta-pros

    they are retro looking enough to still be ironic and look cool and the sound is pretty sweet. their price is under $40 and they fold up pretty compactly also which a plus.
     


  9. Tokyo Slim

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    Ones that completely cover your ear, like so. http://www.popgadget.net/images/X-Fi...s-Creative.jpg
    That doesnt really show me anything, and I'm not familiar with the way those sit so i don't know for sure. Are you looking for the earcups to fit around your ear and rest on your skull or do they rest on top of your ear pressing it against your head? I'd second the Sennheiser HD280 if its the former, and the Grado SR60/SR80 if its the latter.
     


  10. Artisan Fan

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    Grado SR60 by default. Might look at other entry level Grado or Sennheiser but the SR60 is the entry level standard.

    I like Grados and have several. There are Sennheiser fans, AKG fans, and Grado fans. Here is the difference. The Grados have a slight midrange boost in the low K range, AKG have the opposite with midrange "suckout" which I don't like at all, and the Senns are very flat but are rolled off on the high frequencies. I use a Senn 600 (my friend Nick has it) and and Grado SR-80 for our recordings.

    The Grados are a bit more open and transparent while the Senns are slightly veiled.
     


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    Only problem with the Grados is that if your amp isn't the best, the way they favor the trebles you'll be hearing some nasty fuzz.
     


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    Get a set of Audio Technica, i have the d40fs and they are awesome, they p1ss on anything else I've had in ages.
     


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    Fulcannelli Senior member

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    double post
     


  14. unpainted huffheinz

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    A lot of the larger cans will sound bad when connected to the iPod since they require a fair amount of juice to drive cleanly. headphone.com has some recommended iPod phones here:

    http://www.headphone.com/guide/by-application/ipod/

    I have the Beyer ones which are pretty good and quite comfy.
     


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    I like Grados and have several. There are Sennheiser fans, AKG fans, and Grado fans. Here is the difference. The Grados have a slight midrange boost in the low K range, AKG have the opposite with midrange "suckout" which I don't like at all, and the Senns are very flat but are rolled off on the high frequencies. I use a Senn 600 (my friend Nick has it) and and Grado SR-80 for our recordings.

    The Grados are a bit more open and transparent while the Senns are slightly veiled.


    +1

    Personally, I like the sound of both Senn's and Grado's for different applications, but Grado Labs offers amazing service and support, if that means anything to the OP.
     


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