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Old 08-07-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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The ONLY Headphones thread

Every so often (a few times a day) people post threads about headphones. Therefore, I made this thread for any headphone related questions, suggestions, and whatever else.

Here's a "guide" to buying headphones. This is taken from a link that Pauldapro will soon post

Suggestion for amping:
"0" denotes amp usually included/bundled
"1" denotes amp not needed.
"2" denotes amp recommended.
"3" denotes amp required.


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 08-07-2008, 06:30 PM   #2
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:31 PM   #3
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A noble deed, but one to go to waste. Nubs won't search up an only headphone thread to ask their questions.

In that case, their threads will be reported and closed. More fun for the report-police
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I made a thread about headphones 6 minutes before this one... lol sorry
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:33 PM   #6
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cool, my headphones always break which is uber lameeeee
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:38 PM   #7
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cool, my headphones always break which is uber lameeeee


same here... maybe someone should start by suggesting good headphones?
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:42 PM   #8
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What's a decent non-in ear earbud that's around $20-30?
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:45 PM   #9
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These headphones are pretty awesome. They're in-ear but are more comfortable than any regular earbud I've had. Slight noise canceling and magnets to hold each earpiece together when not in use.
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I've got the Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 5 Pros, they're awesome. In ear, comfortable (for my ears anyway), and sound great. There's an extended bass version for those who are into that sort of thing, but I like the more even sound of the Pros.
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What's a decent non-in ear earbud that's around $20-30?


JVC Air Cushions. They're pretty bassy, but very budget ear buds.

Also, I'm joining this "club". I love my Sennheiser PX-100's!
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What's a decent non-in ear earbud that's around $20-30?

i have some sweet sony ones for 29.99...they broke but it was my fault. i'll get you the model in a sec.

k..i have these ones i think and they worked great for me, cheap and not bulky at all.

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i didn't read the earbud part so my post is pretty much irrelevant. sorry.

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i have some sweet sony ones for 29.99...they broke but it was my fault. i'll get you the model in a sec



I don't really recommend you get Sony at all. They are meh at best. Muddy bass, low highs is all you're going to get. I have a pair of studio ones and they are ****. Get anything Sennheiser, Grados, Shure, Koss. Avoid Sony and Bose. Bose for the same reasons as Sony.
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I don't really recommend you get Sony at all. They are meh at best. Muddy bass, low highs is all you're going to get. I have a pair of studio ones and they are ****. Get anything Sennheiser, Grados, Shure, Koss. Avoid Sony and Bose. Bose for the same reasons as Sony.

try and find something by any of those companies for 20-30 bucks.

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try and find something by any of those companies for 20-30 bucks.



http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/he...s-guide-271258/
Look under the "Anything under 70 bucks" part.
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ahaah and under the earbud section, not ONE was under 30 bucks...soooo...try again maybe?
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ahaah and under the earbud section, not ONE was under 30 bucks...soooo...try again maybe?



Uh...maybe use your eyes and brain?

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.

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