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Recommend me some headphones

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Lel, Jun 24, 2008.

  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 Senior member

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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

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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.
     
  4. Lel

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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

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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.
     
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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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    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.
     
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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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    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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    I have Sony Fontopias for my mp3 player. Would it be worth getting the Shure se110 or 210?

    With the 20% Microsoft Live cashback I could get these for $80 or $120 respectively on eBay.
     
  17. Lel

    Lel Senior member

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    Please don't be That Guy
    Ha is there some kind of negative connotation with that image? I just figured that I'd listen to music on my way to class (I always listen to my iPod) and that I wouldn't want to risk cramming my headphones into my bag afterwards.
    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.
    Heh sorry I just google imaged some head phones. But yes the ones that fit around my ear and rest on my skull. Thanks for all the suggestions so far, I need to hunt these various items down and check them out, but keep them coming.
     
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    The Grados have far too much leakage to wear outside. You'd probably be better off with IEM's such as the Shure se210.
     
  19. Tokyo Slim

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    Heh sorry I just google imaged some head phones.

    But yes the ones that fit around my ear and rest on my skull. Thanks for all the suggestions so far, I need to hunt these various items down and check them out, but keep them coming.


    Ok, so that rules out the Grado's, unfortunately that company has yet to develop an "around the ear" (circumaural) set of headphones.

    I'd try the Sennheisers, they have a whole range of headphones within your budget:

    HD201
    HD205
    HD280
    or the HD485

    That site is also good for people wanting to learn more about all kinds of headphones, I know that your typical music player will be able to push decent sound through at least the HD280 at moderate volumes, so I don't think it will be a huge problem. Of course, for the best possible sound, you'll want an amp - but it doesn't sound like you are super serious about this stuff yet. [​IMG]
     
  20. Lel

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    Ok, so that rules out the Grado's, unfortunately that company has yet to develop an "around the ear" (circumaural) set of headphones.

    I'd try the Sennheisers, they have a whole range of headphones within your budget:

    HD201
    HD205
    HD280
    or the HD485

    That site is also good for people wanting to learn more about all kinds of headphones, I know that your typical music player will be able to push decent sound through at least the HD280 at moderate volumes, so I don't think it will be a huge problem. Of course, for the best possible sound, you'll want an amp - but it doesn't sound like you are super serious about this stuff yet. [​IMG]


    The 201 looks tempting, but so does the 280. What justifies the $80 price difference? Will it be noticeable to me? A lowly, uneducated audio peasant?

    Just for reference, I listened to these so if I can find equal if not better sound quality for a cheaper price then I'm set.

    I'm also not looking to get into an audiophile, mostly because being a clothing snob is expensive enough.
     

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