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Old 02-10-2010, 01:45 AM   #1
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The Official Headphone Thread

Alright so there have been a lot of threads popping up about headphones lately, one thread should keep it more under control.

Discuss headphones, ask questions, post pictures etc.

For the record I don't know much about headphones, but it seems a lot of people want to talk about them and a single thread seemed like a good idea.

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Not Recommended Brands

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Under $70

IEM/Earbud
1-JVC Marshmallow (FX33, 34) ($15) Bassy, recessed mids and highs. I love them with rock. Great value. Kramer mod helps these a lot.
1-Creative ep630 ($23)
1-JVC Air Cushion ($30) These sound similar to the marshmallows, but with better detail and no recessed mids/highs.
1-Sennheiser cx300 ($30) Lovely midrange, and very strong bass (although uncontrolled) Highs are the weakness of this phone.
1-Yuin pk3 ($39)
1-Jays j-jays ($50)
1-Shure e2c ($60)
1-Crossroads Mylarone x3i/xbi ($57 and $65)
1-Yuin pk2 ($69)
1-Etymotic er6 ($70) Very detailed. Good mids/highs. Slightly lacking the bass department
1-Ultimate Ears Super.Fi.3 ($70)
1-V-moda Vibe($70) Very muddy, not a lot of detail. no highs to speak off.
2-Altec Lansing im716 ($100) Currently on sale @buy.com for $49

Open Headphone
1-Koss KSC75/35 (Clip-on) ($13) Very good value. Some bass bloat, good mids and sparkly highs.
1-Sennheiser px100 ($33)
1-Koss Portapro ($35)
1-Sennheiser HD515 ($60)
1-Grado sr-60 ($69) Wonderful liquid mids! Amazing with guitars. Not harsh to me, but to some. Lacking in bass.

Closed Headphone
1-Sennheiser HD201 ($22)
1-AKG k81dj ($54) Bassy dj headphone. Better with some damping. Good for rap and Hip-Hop

$70 to $150

IEM/Earbud
1-Sony ex90 ($95)
1-Jays D-jays ($99)
1-Westone UM1 ($109)
1-Shure e3c ($119)
1-Super.Fi.5 Pro/EB ($130-$150)
2-Yuin pk1 ($139)
1-Sennheiser CX95 ($140)

Open Headphone
1-Audio Technica ad500/700 ($100 and $130)
1-AKG 240S ($85)
1.5-Sennheiser hd555 ($95) Availalbe in 50 and 120 ohm versions.
1-Grado Sr80/sr125 ($95 and $149)
1-Alessandro MS-1
2-Goldring DR150 ($135)
2-Sennheiser hd580 ($160)

Closed Headphone
1-Sony Mdr-v6 ($71) A very neutral headphone. Good mids, highs. No bass bloat IMO.
1-Sennheiser HD280 ($80) Extreme isolation in a closed Headphone. Slightly anemic bass.
1-Audio Technica a500/700 ($98 and $140) Very balanced overall sound. Good for rock and metal. Speedy, controlled bass. Cheap pleather pads.
1-Equation rp21/rp22x ($85-$90) Plenty of awesome bass. Slightly recessed mids, good highs
1-Audio Technica ES7 ($110)
2-Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO ($150) Bass monsters! Also a good gaming/movie watching 'phone.
1-Denon d1000 ($130)

$150 to ~$200

IEM/Earbud
1-Shure e4c (~160)
1-Jays q-jays ($170)
1-Atrio M5/M8 ($180)
2-Etymotic ER4p ($180) Very detailed, awesome highs and Mids. Bass is lacking to some. Sound is wonderful with a Mini-box E amp (Bass boost)

Open Headphone
2-Sennheiser hd595 ($180) Available in 50 and 120 ohm versions
1-Grado Sr225 ($180)
2-AKG k501 ($190)
3-Beyerdynamic DT880 PRO/2005 (~$200)

Closed Headphone
2-Sennheiser HD25-II ($175)
1-Audio Technica a900 ($200) Massive soundstage, strong bass, and comfort are its strong points. Great for movies and jazz. Slight weakness in the low-midrange. Crappy pleather Pads.
2-Beyerdynamic Dt250 ($200)
2-AKG 271s ($185)

$200 to $300

IEM/Earbud
0-Stax SR001/003 ($230)
1-Shure SE530PTH ($280)
1-Earpiece Livewires ($250 plus impressions)
1-Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi.10 ($299)
1-Westone UM2 ($299)

Open Headphone
2-Sony Mdr-F1 ($240)
3-Sennheiser HD600 ($240)
2-Grado SR-325i ($249) Most aggressive Grado. Sharp metallic sound with fast attack + decay. Great pair for electric guitars.
3-Beyerdynamic dt990-2005 ($250)
3-AKG k701 ($250) Detailed phones with wide sound stage. Amp dependent for good bass. Often compared against HD650.
1-Ultrasone PROLine 2500 ($263)
2-Audio Technica ad1000 ($330)
2-Alessandro MS-2i ($299)

Closed Headphone
2-Denon D2000 ($260)
2-Ultrasone PROLine 750 ($263)
?-Audio Technica ESW9 ($280)

$300 to $500

2-Headphile Darth Beyer ($370 to Whatever you can imagine!)

IEM/Earbud
2-APureSound Etymotic Er4p
?-Klipsch Image ($350)

Open Headphone
3-Sennhesier HD650 ($325) Dark headphone with ample bass. Very amp/source dependent. A whole new level of awesome when balanced.
0-Stax SR303 ($350)
2-Sony SA5000 ($350)
2-Grado Hf-1 ($350 to $400)
0-Stax SR404 ($450)
2-Grado Rs2 ($495) Liquid mid-range and if used with flat pads, slammy bass. If 325i is too sharp, this is the 'phone to go for.
2-Audio Technica AD2000 ($499)
0-Sony Pfr-V1 ($499)

Closed Headphone
3-Audio Technica w1000 ($399)
3-Denon D5000 ($559)

More Than $500

IEM/Earbud
Westone ES-2
Ultimate Ears UE-10 pro ($900 + Impressions)
Ultimate Ears UE-11 Pro ($1,150 +Impressions)
Sensaphonics 2X-S


Open Headphone
2-Grado Rs1 ($695)
2-Alessandro MS-Pro ($699)
2-Grado GS1000 ($995)
2-Grado Hp-2 (~$1400)
3-Grado Ps-1 (~$1400)
0-Stax Omega 2 ($1850)
Closed Headphone
3-Audio Technica w5000 ($699) Woody headphone which is known for troublesome fit and being picky about amplification. If used successfully - very worth the trouble.
3-JVC/Victor DX1000 ($889)
2-Ultrasone Edition 9 ($1,499)
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:55 AM   #2
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im gonna answer every question by suggesting you get Sony MDR-v150s because theyre IMO the best headphones on the go under 30 bucks
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:56 AM   #3
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im gonna answer every question by suggesting you get Sony MDR-v150s because theyre IMO the best headphones on the go under 30 bucks


+1 I'm wearing them right now
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:58 AM   #4
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TS, make a list of recommended headphone brands in the OP, and which common ones to avoid.


For the record, the Sennheiser HD series ( I have the HD555) is really good, and it's generally accepted that Skullcandy is shit.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:05 AM   #5
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Yeah, OP needs more info, such as respected brands, and those to avoid.

Oh and compare n contrast in ear and over ear
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:05 AM   #6
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TS, make a list of recommended headphone brands in the OP, and which common ones to avoid.


For the record, the Sennheiser HD series ( I have the HD555) is really good, and it's generally accepted that Skullcandy is shit.


Good idea. Do you know some other brands to avoid?
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:08 AM   #7
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Good idea. Do you know some other brands to avoid?


The Apple earbuds ALWAYS break, and are $30. if I remember correctly, and COBY makes horribly cheap headphones that sound like shit.


I don't really know much else
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:18 AM   #8
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Audiophiles can't stand Bose.

Sennheiser, Grado, Denon, and Audio-Technica are generally good recommendations.

Also, there's a good rule of thumb to always remember: Headphones described as "open" or "open-backed" will usually have more organic sound quality than headphones that are "closed" or "closed-backed," but they don't isolate the listener nearly as well as closed headphones do.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:27 AM   #9
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From other post that was cool for a few minutes.

sorry for longness but I feel when it comes to headphones it's srs bsns

^ yeah skull candies are meh, they're there if you want to pretend to listen to music.

As for me I've been using a pair of panasonic rp-htx7 over/around (i forget what the hell is what [they encompass the entire ear]) which were about 50 USD bucks when I purchased them three years ago at target (might be cheaper now), and have been using these tanks ever since. Very durable, cool looking, and a thick cable so none of that fraying bullshit at the connecties (Unless you're a complete ****** with headphones and leave them on railroad tracks).

I've got a picture of what they look like on my profile, mines are green

But those grados those dudes mentioned a couple of posts up look pretty nice, i'm actually now thinking about snagin a pair of those now (thnx for the link bob).
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I've heard good things about grados!

Edit: Oh yeah and the sound quality is very good as well, they get crazy loud, but not insaaanely loud. That was a very very small gripe that I noticed upon first testing that shit out. Compared to stupid five dollar headphones that blare out a ridiculous amount of noise sound these might seem a tad bit tame, but don't get confused, quality is very much there.

Earbuds eh? Well of the conveniant skull candy variety I've owned these little duads for about 5 or 4 years now, not sure the model, but they're around 50 USD at best buy (4 or 5 years ago that is)

But the fact of the matter is that I've owned and used them for an ungodly amount of time when it comes to mainstream head phones (especially skull candies [sorry for the skullcandy bashing, I've had some bad experiences lol]) and they're fairly well put together, good sound, thin cable surprisingly durable, and have a volume adjuster right on the cable which is always great.

So black skull candy earbuds at bestbuy around 50 USD w/the volume adjuster cable should do you good.

Only bad thing I've noticed is that over time the rubbery parts get a little loose and magically dissapear forever (once you've begun to disregard the well being of you're headphones by throwing them all over the place like an empty bag of dorritos that is)

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Old 02-10-2010, 02:30 AM   #10
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- Sound pretty damn good
- Last about 4 months for me, I usually blow one of the speakers or accidentally rip the jack off (ololol, pun not intended). They're pretty durable though.
- Only $9.99

These are all I use.
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I have some Creative ones, don't know the name, but they are in ear and the sound quality is magnificent. Gonna check when I get home.
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my advice:
Ear Buds in general are pretty crap unless you drop a few hundred bucks on them, I guss if you are using a low quality player like an iPod or something you may not notice, but also bear in mind that they are pretty bad for your hearing as well.

Get a heaphone amp for your mp3 player here are my reccomendations for cheap models:

FiiO E5 : decent boost, good sound quality, and uses it's own rechargeable battery.

Boostaroo This one doesn't have the bass boost, but sounds just as good, it also works as a splitter allowing up to 3 sets of phones to be used at once, runs on AA batteries. Thos os what I use when I'm out walking the dog or something and don't want to carry around my nice headphone amp:

NuForce Icon : this is the main heaphone amp I use with my Sansa Fuze and a pair of Sony MDR7506 cans I get sound qualoty that comes as close to matching my home stereo equipment as possible, and all for only a little more than one of the more expensive iPods (which have mediocre sound quality at best)
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I've got some Phillips Surround Sound earbuds that I really like.

And I like Skull Candy, never had a problem with them before.
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I tend to use Sennheiser Cx-300's but they tend to break after 6 months for me. And at around 30 a pop it adds up.
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Bose isn't terrible per say, but for the price, I wouldn't recommend it at all. As for Skullcandy, for a brand dead set on making "cool" headphones, they do seem to severely lack in the design department.

TS, you should have a price range recommendation instead of just brand.

For sub $200
Alessandro MS-1
Grado Sr-225, SR-125
Audio Technica AD700, ES7
Denon D1001
Beyerdynamic DT440
Koss KSC-75

Of course, these wouldn't suit everyone's needs but feel free to ask.
Also, for Aussie people, I recommend going here if you are looking for the headphones above as it is really hard to get them around here. Feel free to consult the forums as well. The guys there are nice and knowledgeable.
http://headphones.com.au/


Bar the huge brands, the general rule of thumb is that you get more bang for buck. If you're looking for something good in terms of build and quality, I recommend spending an upwards of $100-$200 or more on a good brand. I mean, you don't go into a guitar store searching for the cheapest guitar of a crappy build do you? Also, don't restrict your options to a single brand if you're looking to buy a new pair.
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i use audio-technica ATH-F55's and its easily the best headphones i've used. Also, i find sony earphones the best for me, cheap but also have a really good sound in them. Paid 6 for mine
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TS, make a list of recommended headphone brands in the OP, and which common ones to avoid.


For the record, the Sennheiser HD series ( I have the HD555) is really good, and it's generally accepted that Skullcandy is shit.


Im about to buy these real soon, the 100+ price tag is annoying though
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