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post #91 of 118 Old 05-27-2014, 10:58 PM
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The Koss Porta Pro.

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Denon AH-D320 urban raver. Please note I have never really been interested in headphones as I have a great Klipsch home theater setup. I purchased these for my partner so she could watch her whatever it is on her phone while I watched my setup. I had to know what they sounded like and was pleasantly surprised, nowhere near as bad as I had thought. Good bass (may or may not be your thing) excellent for my music and youtube. $100 NZ they were the cheapest higher priced headphones I found.

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I just added a pair of Grado SR60i's to my collection. To anyone considering spending $30 - $40 for a pair of plastic throwaway's that won't last 3 months, it is definitely worth stretching your budget out to $60 for these Grado's. They aren't technically as good as my HD 800's, but they sound terrific and I enjoy them very much.

Seriously. I like them better than any headphone I have heard under $250. I plug them into my iPad and stream Spotify with them - I could be perfectly happy with this as my only headphone rig.
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I actually use the beats by dre studio headphones even when filming. It keeps all sound out and I can hear crisply and saves me time on editing because we can tune during filming. Definitely a stellar set, you can see our work at www.lavalandproductions.com we do video editing and recording. Honestly I remember when casio had good quality headphones.

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pioneer hdj2000 - my number one absolutely!
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I actually use the beats by dre studio headphones even when filming. It keeps all sound out and I can hear crisply and saves me time on editing because we can tune during filming. Definitely a stellar set, you can see our work at www.lavalandproductions.com we do video editing and recording. Honestly I remember when casio had good quality headphones.
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Grado SR80 - balanced bass, light and comfortable, great and deserved reputation.

Turtle Beach XP400, wireless Dolby 5.1 surround - not super comfortable, so-so fidelity, but good surround effects.

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PX 100 II !!! Portables, open cans, lovely Bass! I stayed away and stuck with Koss for a long time because I was weary of the so called "Sennheiser veil" with rolled off treble, but I love these!! Makes me curious about their 5 series Open cans (even if they are a bit more neutral)

Definitely picking up the Sony V6s, so many reviews and ravings and they're relatively cheap.

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I'll vote for Etymotic hf3 for noise cancelling, though they are not for everyone's taste as they are pretty flat... most would like them best with a decent bump in the lower frequencies... sound isolation is fantastic though, and passive to boot...

Over the ear, i love the Grado SR 60's and 80's for great budget/bang for the buck options...


On another note, headphones are tough to recommend since everyone has a different taste in what sound they like... Not to mention budget ranges are pretty important too...

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I kinda like my AKG K495's but I've found myself using my Denon AH-D7100's a bit more lately. It definitely brings a more comfortable fit when on the go or if I'm just laying in my bed listening to vinyls. The sound quality is superb.
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Sennheiser HD800. The LCD-3 is a close runner up with superior bass and more involvement in some rock/pop tracks, but loses in the good-at-everything-including-imaging stakes to the HD800.

I don't own the Stax SR-009 or the long defunct Sennheiser HE-90 (Orpheus) but both of those have been the best headphones I've listened to (on separate occasions sadly, so I can't compare them to each other directly), and better than the best of the two I own listed above.
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NAD VISO & ifi micro iCan

I have not done much critical listening headphones. Last week my Sennheiser cx6 ear buds bit the dust. I was using them to listen to my FLAC files played through JRiver on my laptop. SQ was pretty good and everything was fine, I felt no need to change. Now the plot thickens, wanting to use my HRT Music Streamer HD with some headphones, I bought the NAD VISO headphones & the ifi iCan headphone amplifier. I am very pleased with the SQ of the setup. The headphones are very light, comfortable, seal outside sound rather well. I can wear them all day. The sound is true & natural to me anyway. One neat thing is you have the option to plug the cable into either ear (cable could be longer though). They are definitely worth a look, IMO.
I know this is headphone thread so all i'll say about the ifi iCan headphone amp is WOW!

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Thoughts on best headphones under $50?
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Favorite Headphones??

Sennheiser.....

For iPod/iPhone -- Sennheiser HD-205/HD-205II (but looking into getting a Headphone Amplifier to use with the iPhone 5S (my current Player) and my Sennheiser HD-205II), but looking into getting Bose Headphones or Beats Audio Headphones instead (Less Than $50.00).

For Home System -- Sennheiser HD-600 ($400.00 to $450.00).

For Home Theater -- Sennheiser HD-580 ($200.00 back in 2000).

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Sony's MDR-1R, which replaced a half dozen other cans I used to love. Now I only have one pair of daily cans in my life.

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dre studio headphones are the bomb!
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dre studio headphones are the bomb!
Aren't those made by Apple?
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IEMs...Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE....I'm a Bass lover and these exaggerate the bass WITHOUT muddying the Mid-range or Treble. They sound AMAZING!

Over Ear....I have had the Sennheiser HD570 for years now but I'm shopping for a new pair. The Bass is excellent, as is the Mid-range, but the Highs can be bright and even harsh.

I've been considering the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros or the Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pros to replace the HD570s. Is anyone familiar with these "cans" from Beyerdynamic?

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A couple of years ago, I bought a pair of Bose QC-15s for travel. They work over the ear phones and you can wear them pretty much all day without fatigue. The sounds quality is nowhere near a Grado...but it's good enough - I'd say a 5 on a scale to 10. But what works really well with these headphones is the noise cancellation. It's got to be a 8 or 9 on the same scale[I'm assuming 10 is perfection - which we never achieve]. Anyway, after a year of ownership, the left channel suddenly stopped working. As soon as I was able, I contacted the local Bose outlet store close to my hometown and told them what happened. The guy said to bring the phones in and he'll switch them out for a brand new pair for only $100. Considering the initial cost of these puppies, I did it and the new pair has been working fine since then. So for the QC-15s, I give 5 for overall SQ, 9 for Noise cancellation, 8 for customer service, 5 for build quality [ just because I had to replace the first pair], and a 9 for comfort.

A couple of months ago, I went back to the Bose store looking for a bluetooth head set for working out. They showed me the Soundlink - on ear bluetooth headphones. I tried em out and they semed to be ok, so I bought em. It didn't take long for me to realize that these phones still had a ways to go. The ear fatigue starts coming on strong after about an hour of wear, the bluetooth works with smartphones but I couldn't get it to work with my laptop. the Bose site says they have software to download for it but when you do the download, it doesn't work, the cable hooking the phones to the source is too short, the phones have to re - pair with the bluetooth device whenever they come back within range; it's not automatic. So for the SoundLinks, SQ gets a 5, for bluetooth I give a 4, there was no customer service yet so I can't give a score there, but for build quality I give a 6. They just weren't ready for primetime yet, IMO. I'm probably going to re-sell them and go for the QC-25s.

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The thing about bluetooth is - most of the comments from folks who have tried it in headphones are negative - or I'll just say not positive. So I can't blame all the faults of bluetooth on Bose. I have to give some consideration to the fact that, as a technology, it's still growing and it just hasn't gotten to the point where it can "get out of its own way". I still like the idea of it but until it goes totally transparent, we're probably in for a bumpy ride with it.
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The thing about bluetooth is - most of the comments from folks who have tried it in headphones are negative - or I'll just say not positive. So I can't blame all the faults of bluetooth on Bose. I have to give some consideration to the fact that, as a technology, it's still growing and it just hasn't gotten to the point where it can "get out of its own way". I still like the idea of it but until it goes totally transparent, we're probably in for a bumpy ride with it.
The Sony BT Headphones are quite good as are the Parot Zik. Not as good as some comparably priced wired headphones and no NC, but it you're looking for a tether free experience the Sony and Parot are more than acceptable.

What you won't find is BT plus NC with decent sound quality.

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I did end up buying a set of Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones (for $178 on Amazon...regular price is anywhere from $229 to $249) and I absolutely love them! I did a burn-in the first two days (using the online Tekfusion Burn-in player) and tonight I spent quite a bit of time listening to some good Trance CDs. Amazing is all I can say! They have the BASS that I love and yet the Mids and Highs are excellent too with a very nice balance. I had mentioned in a previous post that I also have some Beyerdynamic IEMs (the DX 160 iE) and they have a very similar sound...with deep bass that doesn't muddy the Mids or Highs. I truly appreciate these cans compared to my Sennheiser HD570s...the HD570s are just too bright in the highs with some tracks being downright HARSH!

I should mention for you Bass Heads out there that these Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros have a custom sound slider with 4 vent holes (Light, Linear, Vibrant & Heavy) for adjusting the Bass and they work great. This is not a gimmick, by any means. They work on the same order as a Ported Sub-woofer that allows you to close ports to achieve deeper bass. From vent one to vent 4 the bass goes up by 20 Db!! I'm finding that the 3rd vent (Vibrant) is my normal choice though every once in awhile I find myself checking out the "Heavy" bass and it's unbelievably accurate!

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In the house I use Sennheiser HD600, on the go I use Sennheiser Momentum.
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The Sony Pulse Elite Headset. I didn't even know I wanted good headphones until I bought them on sale once. I keep hearing things in games that I had never heard when playing through normal speakers. Works great when I play movies on the PS4 also.
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I've been pleased with my Sennheiser Momentum On-ear headphones coupled with an Audioquest Dragonfly to listen to classical music on my PC. Modest cost and great sound. It's hard to beat Seennheiser at any price level.

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I've tried so many headphones that I can't mention the list is so long. My latest travail was the Beats Studio wireless. Although they tamed the bass response a bit, it was too boomy. They also became uncomfortable after an hour of use. So I picked up the new Bose SoundLink on-ear wireless and they had very good audio quality. Bass and mids were great - lots of punch if called for. However they had a few issues for me #1 after an hour or so they started to bother my ears. Not that they crushed my ears but I needed a minute or two with them off. #2 all my devices started to skip & break up a bit after a few days. Once I re-paired them it would be OK but the problem returned. I did do the Bose firmware update and I don't know if that caused the problem, but for $250 it was not something I wanted to live with.

Today I picked up the Bose SoundTrue in-ear buds in white. Let me say that if you just use the StayHear tips that are included you will be disappointed. I decided to grab a pair of the StayHear+ tips that come with the QC20's and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!

Not only do they help with noise isolation but the audio now feeds into the ear canal much better providing great bass and mid-tones like you would expect. The guy in the Bose store kept trying to tell me they would not fit correctly - he's wrong. They fit just ofine and provide the sound I love for my music.

I plan to keep these and see how well these tips work on my next plane trip.
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I've had several Shure products over the past few years.

Over-the-ear headphones: SRH1540 - Top of the line and well worth the price. I read some online reviews stating these are the best cans you can buy and I totally agree.

Budget over-the-ear: SRH440 - Nice sounding for $100.

In-ears - SE846 is simply stunning. Uber expensive for earphones, but honestly, I never thought it would be possible to hear but not feel a subwoofer. These things go so low. Plus, you can tailor the response to your liking with different supplied filters. Not to mention the fact that they fit in your ears! Just awesome!
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