Need a recommendation for a high quality affordable pair of headphones - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 08:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
bkchurch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,801
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Hi all, I'm in college studying audio engineering and have been shopping around for a good pair of headphones to use in my labs but can't decide what to go with. I'd like something either over-the-ear or noise-canceling so it's just me and whatever I'm working with and I'll probably use them for personal use with my guitars amp, audio receiver (for games and movies), and my iPod outside of class.

I was looking into the Sennheiser HD280 Pro over-the-ear headphones for their audio isolation and CNET gave them a great score (8.3) but I've heard the bass isn't really that great. I was also looking at Bose over-the-ear headphones in CC the other day but even though they sounded good I'm under the impression Bose is typically far to overpriced and there's something better in my price range. I'd like to stay within $150 which seems reasonable considering both the Bose headphones and the Sennheiser HD280 Pro are less than that.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.
bkchurch is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 08:55 AM
AVS Special Member
 
warpdrive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,099
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked: 34
Yes, the Bose are definitely overpriced, and not really that great sounding.

The HD280Pro is definitely not a bassy headphone.

Forget about noise cancelling, you have to deal with a power source to power the noise cancelling circuits, and they don't really work better at noise reduction than a simple sealed headphone.

So for a sealed headphone (going up in price) I'd recommend the:

AKG K81DJ
Sony MDRV6 or 7506 siblings
Beyerdynamic DT 250-80 (click here.....this reviewer mentions the HD280 in the same review)

All good sealed headphones in their various price ranges

Certified Ultra Professional AVS Special Member Class A
warpdrive is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 09:14 AM
 
Stefano-M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Vienna, VA
Posts: 727
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
The Sennheiser is definitely a decent headphone at a good price. The isolation it provides is very respectable, it is fairly comfortable, and I didn't have any major issues with its overall SQ. Bass isn't even that bad; I was happy with it for rock and even a little ultra-late night HT (so long as you don't push the levels too much). My only complaint about it was that seemed a bit on the bright side, although you can't expect the world at ~80 or so.
Stefano-M is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 09:28 AM
Member
 
Chief5286's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 44
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I'd go for the Senns HD280pros. Comfy, good sound. Perhaps not the most efficient headphones. I'd say if anything, there is plenty of base but without correction it may tend to be a bit boomy. Not at all bad though.
Chief5286 is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 09:38 AM
Senior Member
 
abuharabi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 246
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Go with Beyerdynamic DT770. You will not be disapointed.

Gamertag: Bonfirehat
abuharabi is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 09:43 AM
Advanced Member
 
VicAjax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: ñ¥ç
Posts: 542
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
this ain't the place to ask... go to www.head-fi.org

music is the best.
VicAjax is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 10:21 AM
 
ChrisWiggles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Seattle
Posts: 20,730
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 15
headfi.org
ChrisWiggles is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 02:10 PM
Advanced Member
 
einsteinjb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Philadelphia, PA USA
Posts: 970
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
For any professional use IMO there's only one pair of headphones you need to consider: Fostex T20RP mkII. The T20RP is a classic that's been used in most pro recording studios for many years, for some very good reasons. Don't bother paying more for the higher end models in the line, they actually don't sound as good (I tried them). Also don't bother with the AKG K240s, which are another really popular model. They're too bright and can't handle the levels the Fostex ones can, though they're way more comfortable and hold up better over time. You do need to be gentle with the Fostex ones because they have several parts that can, over time, get loose or broken. The good thing is though, on fostex.com you can buy replacements for any part of the headphones that might need replacement.

The Fostex ones are only $59 or $69 at Amazon. I just checked and the ones listed for $59 just say T20RP (they ship from MusiciansFriend.com), while the $69 ones say T20RP mkII. I don't know but I would guess they're both the mkIIs since that's the current model and it's been out a long time.

By the way... No offense but anyone studying studio recording needs to learn how to spell "bass" which is a completely different word from "base."
einsteinjb is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 05:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
bkchurch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,801
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by einsteinjb View Post

For any professional use IMO there's only one pair of headphones you need to consider: Fostex T20RP mkII. The T20RP is a classic that's been used in most pro recording studios for many years, for some very good reasons. Don't bother paying more for the higher end models in the line, they actually don't sound as good (I tried them). Also don't bother with the AKG K240s, which are another really popular model. They're too bright and can't handle the levels the Fostex ones can, though they're way more comfortable and hold up better over time. You do need to be gentle with the Fostex ones because they have several parts that can, over time, get loose or broken. The good thing is though, on fostex.com you can buy replacements for any part of the headphones that might need replacement.

The Fostex ones are only $59 or $69 at Amazon. I just checked and the ones listed for $59 just say T20RP (they ship from MusiciansFriend.com), while the $69 ones say T20RP mkII. I don't know but I would guess they're both the mkIIs since that's the current model and it's been out a long time.

By the way... No offense but anyone studying studio recording needs to learn how to spell "bass" which is a completely different word from "base."

Sorry that's the second time I've done that tonight, I'm fully aware of how to spell bass I've just been typing in a hurry and not proof-reading. I'll check those out though, thanks for the recommendation.
bkchurch is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 09-11-2007, 05:37 PM
AVS Special Member
 
hdmi4ever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,465
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Liked: 12
You want bass for less than $100? Sony MDR-V6.
hdmi4ever is online now  
Reply Speakers



Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off