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This is a post to all the audiophiles in this community! [Nov. 1st, 2006|09:05 pm]
Headphone Aficionados / Personal Audio Snobs

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[not_kosher]
[music |Miss Otis Regrets - Bette Midler]

Before we continue, the requirements for someone to be an audiophile are these:

1. 128kbps MP3s are a joke to you
2. you can tell the difference between AAC and MP3
3. you can tell the difference between a 320kbps AAC file, an AIFF

If this is you, please keep reading.

I am in the market for some high fidelity headphones. I am a college student on a budget. I really don't want to spend more than $150 on them. Originally I was going to buy the Bose Triport headphones, but I've heard mixed reviews on them (plus I think they're retarded looking). Does anyone know of any moderately priced studio headphones, specifically for 2-channel stereo music? i've heard a lot of studio headphones aren't very loud due to the iPod's low amplifier, and the usual 40mm drives. I need them to sound great, and to play loud.

Thank you SO much in advance!
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[User Picture]From: msondo
2006-11-02 02:42 am (UTC)
Bette Midler sounds fucking great on my Grado SR-125s. The special voice coil really brings out the frequencies of my favorite singers. They are not so great if you plan on traveling with your ipod but if the ipod will be used in a quiet home or office setting I don't think you can get any better for the price.

If not, the Senns that sell for about the same price are not bad... not great, but not bad. For about 50 bucks more the B&O mini headphones are not a bad sound either.
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[User Picture]From: not_kosher
2006-11-02 02:44 am (UTC)
most of my headphone listening is done out of the house :(
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[User Picture]From: voivod
2006-11-02 06:15 am (UTC)
AUIGH AUIGH AUIGH DO NOT NOT TRIPORTS! Nevermind their murky highs or stupifying hump in the midbass region, they have the worst build quality of any headphone this side of Sony MDR-V700s. If you buy a set, the headband will break.

Honestly, for mobile listening, I suggest looking at any one of the Koss cans with titanium drivers. After a proper (100+ hour) burn-in, they sound absolutely amazing, and are cheap enough that you can buy several pairs, even on a college student's budget. My personal favorite is the KSC-55 street style ones. I find this form factor holds the drivers in a position on my ears where I get the best bass response. Some people find the band on them quite uncomfortable, so try on a set before you buy. Also, check out the clip-on KSC-75s. They are $15 or less, and they use the same wonderful drivers, but are significantly more comfortable. My only complaint with them is the nasty volume control that's built in to the cord. If you're handy with a soldering iron, it's easy enough to replace the cables. If you absolutely must have a traditional headband, find a pair of Koss Pro-1s. I have two pairs of these, that are branded Radio Shack, but are identical otherwise. I don't like the sound of them as much as the 55s or the 75s (the drivers don't sit as well) but they are quite comfortable.

Seriously, don't underestimate Koss for mobile use. I own over a dozen pairs of headphones, including Sennheiser HD-650s, and use a Gilmore Lite headphone amp to drive them. As a bonus, if you buy even several pairs of Koss 'phones, you'll have enough left over to get a portable headphone amp like Cmoy or the like (see ebay for lots of premade ones.)

Whatevet you do, remember friends don't let friends buy Bose.
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[User Picture]From: ennor
2006-11-02 06:16 pm (UTC)
studio headphones aren't very loud due to the iPod's low amplifier
Never mix together studio and consumer equipment, in most cases you will not be satisfied with the result.

If you want some portable solution (I suppose that's the case), you have to decide whether you agree to bother your neighbours with sounds from your phones, or not. I mean, does the open-air chamber implementations will be suitable for you. If it is, then at least try something from Grado Prestige serie, depending on your ears and wallet. Yes, you have to use jack converter with them, but it's well worth the sound. Also, Grado phones may look fragile, but they have extreme durability - the headband is made from steel and may be adjusted to every head and auricles.

If you want a closed chamber, take a look at the low end of Fostex line. Beware, though, that many people have issues with very uncomfortable pads (uncomfortable to their ears, of course), especially after several continious hours of listening. So test them by your own head before spending significant amount of money on something you will not be able to use :). I, personally, was forced to reject their top model due to this exact reason.

As for TriComfort... well, yes they are not looks durable enough, especially considering their price. Too risky investment, if you ask me.
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[User Picture]From: punkmonk
2007-08-29 03:50 am (UTC)
Sennhieser HD280 pros + PA2V2 amp with a line out from an iPod. HD280s will isolate well and are super detailed. PA2V2 will help them out, plus you'll need an amp for volume control out of the ipod.
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