Recommend me some headphones

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  1. Lel

    Lel Senior member

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    Just put down my order for the Sen HD280 so I will all let you know my (amateur) opinion of them once I receive them.

    Yes, I realize it's been a while since starting this topic but I got distracted and threw my money at *ahem* other things.
     


  2. sleekblackroadster

    sleekblackroadster Senior member

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    i like my senns very much.

    thinking of picking up another pair, probably hd555's for the office. i used to take my senns back and forth but now they stay at home.
     


  3. Sprezzatura2010

    Sprezzatura2010 Senior member

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    Grados sound like a bad car audio system (or Wilson speakers, take your pick): lotsa boom-tizz but no music. And they're ugly, too.

    Sennheiser strikes me as erratic. Their entry level cans, such as the PXA-100, are the only cheap headphones that can compete with the Koss Sportapro/Portapro/35/55/75 lineup. Most of their middle-range headphones sound warm and mushy. The HD580/600/650 family is superb. They came out with a model a few years ago that I think was supposed to be an HD580 replacement (HD590?) that sucked, sucked, sucked.

    As far is IEM's, I think the originals (Etymotic ER4) are still the best. I disagree with S. Linkwitz on the Shures. They never sounded as good as the best Etys to me.

    I'd be interested in hearing those new Denons as well as the AKG 700-series. I was less than impressed with my auditions of the Sennheiser Orpheus and AKG K1000. Honestly, I preferred the HD580 + HeadRoom Total Airhead combo to both by quite a margin.
     


  4. Lel

    Lel Senior member

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    Alright, just received my SenHD280.

    Initial thoughts, very nice. Sound quality is pretty damn good. Hard to tell since almost all my music is (illegally) downloaded so the sound quality on the songs themselves vary a LOT. However overall I am pleased as I only need to pump up the volume to %50 or %75 to get decent sound on most songs. Fiddle around with the EQ a bit on my iPod and I'm set.

    So to a novice like me they sound pretty amazing. Sure I can spend more money and get nicer headphones for but $85 I'm content with what I have. The only issues with sound quality, I imagine, are from the songs themselves and if they are the headphones... well it beats anything else I have tried.

    Now the cans themselves are almost. Not supremely plush on my ears but they don't bug me. Maybe after a few hours they might, but so far no big deal.

    My only issues are that it's rather large, so it creates an unpleasing block-headed silhouette and that the cord is long, very very long. But that makes sense and would rather have one that's too long than too short.

    All in all I'm very pleased with my purchase and would like to give thanks to SF for their advice. I don't want to, by any means, become an audiophile, so I'm content with what I have.
     


  5. Brian SD

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    I wanted some highly portable headphones that aren't ear-canal fits (getting sick of headaches from my ER4s), so I decided to give these Audio Technica clip-ons a try:

    [​IMG]

    I rather like them. The soundstage is really broad, considering the fact that they sit so close to your ear, and the clarity is top-notch - dare I say it matches the ER4s. They're a bit pricey, but perform well enough that I'm overall very satisfied. They're small and comfortable, and the design is a lot better than the other clip-on headphones, especially the (nice sounding if a bit muddy) Koss ones that are basically throw-away plastic/foam affairs.

    The negatives would be a fairly weak bass, compared to full-sized cans, and some noticeable sound leakage (both in and out, though leak out is not so bad). Oh and they're REALLY tinny when you first put em on. I've never been a believer in burn-in phases, but I think I am after using these guys. I left em in the sock drawer playing music for a couple days and now they sound significantly more balanced.
     


  6. Artisan Fan

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    Those look like drilled brakes from a sports car. Kinda cool.
     


  7. hannibal06

    hannibal06 Well-Known Member

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    I got Sennheiser HD 595s, and I love them too. Use them on my Denon PMA500AE most of the time.
     


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    Brian SD Moderator

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    Those look like drilled brakes from a sports car. Kinda cool.

    Yep, thats the design. There are a couple variations of them, including some really fancy looking wood ones (ATH EW9 would be the wood ones, mine are EM9D, the M being metal, and the D being 'disc brake')
     


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    I got Sennheiser HD 595s, and I love them too. Use them on my Denon PMA500AE most of the time.

    me too. they kick ass.
     


  12. Sprezzatura2010

    Sprezzatura2010 Senior member

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    Orpheus
    Gorgeous, but kind of thin and undynamic sounding. I wrote above that I preferred my Senn 580/HeadRoom Total AirHead to the Orpheus sonically, and I meant it. Ditto with the AKG K1000. No denying how gorgeous the Orpheus amp and veneer-work is, but the sound could be better. Does anyone here have Denon D2000's? I'm thinking about getting a pair for the law library, because I obviously can't take in my Senn 580's and after a while the ER4's are uncomfortable. I've not listened to any closed headphones that didn't suck, though.
     


  13. Girardian

    Girardian Senior member

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    Hear the Orpheus and really like them ... then again I heard them with the source being the APL NWO 3.0 ($30K -- total as modified) CDP ... so I attribute a lot to the source. That was the first time I hear the Orpheus so I have no other points of comparison.

    Here's a write up of the set up I heard them on:
    http://www.aplhifi.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=679
     


  14. Sprezzatura2010

    Sprezzatura2010 Senior member

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    Hear the Orpheus and really like them ... then again I heard them with the source being the APL NWO 3.0 ($30K -- total as modified) CDP ... so I attribute a lot to the source.
    You shouldn't attribute anything to the source. Unless it was broken or "modified" to be an inaccurate reproducer, won't sound any different from a $40 DVD player. Anyone who spends $30k on a digital player for a reason other than s/he thinks it looks, oh, $29,900 better than any disposable Chinese player, is really quite a fool. What is far more interesting is what your source material was. I tried Bela Fleck's "Live Art," some Mahler, and whatever disposable rock I was listening to at that time (probably DMB or the Wallflowers). Also, what your immediate basis of comparison was. As I said, compared to my TAH/580 combo, the Orpheus was lacking heft or body. And obviously, given that the Orpheus amp does not have Headroom's crossfeed circuit, the Orpheus had that typical headphone "image in the middle of one's head" issue that annoys me to no end.
     


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    bach Senior member

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    source doesn't matter blah blah blah.

    can you elaborate on listening to music with a dvd player? i've heard of this... i'm interested. especially the mahler part [​IMG]
     


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