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Noise-Cancellation [Mar. 29th, 2006|11:23 pm]
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[music |amparanoia - welcome to tijuana (tequila, sexo y marihuana)]

I have been on a search for decent noise-cancellation headphones lately.

My requirements are that they sound decent, they are comfortable for long flights, they actually cancel sound, and that they not cost too much or attract too much attention because I tend to travel to ghetto places and take the bus everyday to work (to a bad part of downtown.) I tried the Bose headphones and they are very nice... very comfortable... but there is no way in hell I'm walking around with $300 on my head.

Sharper Image: Travelers' Noise-Cancellation Headphones 2.0
Price: $70
I tried these initially because there is a Sharper Image not far from my work. I bought them the day before a flight and the noise cancellation part was decent but not as good as the Bose headphones. I figured $70 was slightly more than what I wanted to pay but I'd give them a shot. In short, they are fairly comfortable but the sound quality sucks. The high frequencies are muddled and the low frequency gets lost in la-la-land. It's basically as if you lived next to some noisy people and you had your ear pressed against their wall to listen to their music. Honestly, I have these cheap ass Sony headphones (the kind you get when you buy one of their low end radios?) that sound 10 times better than these did. The construction felt flimsy. Also, Sharper Image has a bit of a "high image" here in the States, even though they are an over-glorified Radio Shack (and Radio Shack probably makes higher quality products... and Radio Shack sucks anyway)--long story short, I thought they attracted too much attention anyway. I took them back and demanded my money back.

Philips: HN110 Active Noise Cancelling
Price: $50
These were priced right at the top of what I wanted to pay and what I guess I could afford to give to some derranged crack head with a shank and a mouth full of missing teeth demanding I hand over my AM/FM radio. Anyway, I intially thought the noise cancellation part wasn't as good as the Sharper Image headphones but I think it might actually be better thanks to the fact that these seem to have a better construction and the natural noise cancellation the earcups provide probably enhance things. The sound quality is not bad either. It's obviously not as good as my Grado headphones, the soundstage is as flat as Oklahoma, but the sound is defined enough to keep me sane on a morning bus ride over the lake. Also, since they are Philips I don't think people will pay much attention to them. I still need to test them in action and I probably wont be flying again until May but so far they seem ok.

Does anybody else know of good noise-cancelling headphones at or under $50?
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2006|04:59 pm]
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[mood |bouncybouncy]
[music |The Music - Bleed from within (Thin White Duke RMX)]

Sennheiser HD590
Sennheiser MX500

Sony MZ-RH910 minidisc recorder

long live german audio products!
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Oh well, hello =) [Oct. 18th, 2005|12:05 am]
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[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Blind Guardian, "Imaginations From The Other Side"]

Finally, I've found a community for headphone freaks such as my humble self...
My 'gear' consists of Sennheiser HD555, Sennheiser PX100 and Sennheiser MX400 (just in case). So, I'm an obvious Sennheiser freak =)
I'm a huge fan of metal and progressive music and my collection of CDs and MP3s seems rather impressive to many (around 100Gb of stuff).
So, nice to meet you all! =)
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(no subject) [Aug. 31st, 2005|02:49 pm]
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do any of you feel weird walking out on the street or sitting on the bus or subway with full size dj style headphones?
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Got my AKGs [Aug. 12th, 2005|01:34 pm]
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After a long time of waiting and searching I finally got headphones. It is the AKG K 271 Studio.
And I must say, it sounda really good, even when connected to the computer. So everyone who is searching for really good headphones with really fat bass and a very clear sound, buy this headphones.
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(no subject) [May. 17th, 2005|08:00 am]
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Hey, I hope I'm not out of place posting this here. Let me know if I am and I'll shut up :P

Basically I'd like some advice on a pair of headphones. I'm not a DJ or anything, but I've finally gotten sick of the standard earphones you get with portable players and I want to get myself a good set of 'phones to enhance my musical experience, as it were.

I've been slogging my way through headphone websites and looking at reviews but there's just so many that it's hard to pick out the best ones. I like the look of the Sennheiser HD25 SP, and as I'm on a student budget they're probably at the limit of how much I wanna spend. I've been totally put off Sony by the reviews I've been reading. And I'm not a big fan of Panasonic. But other than that I know literally SFA about headphones.

I'd be using them with a portable player plus headphone amp. I'm thinking sealed cos I absolutely hate being able to hear background noise when I'm listening to music. I listen mostly to punk, ska and DnB, and as you can probably guess the DnB is what I'm aiming to get the most out of here.

Can anyone give me any advice? I'm definitely interested in the Sennheisers, but if anyone knows of a better headphone for that price range I'd love to know.

Thanks for your time!
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restate assumptions: proof that god exists [Mar. 18th, 2005|12:00 am]
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[mood |aggravatedfire and brimstone]
[music |something mysterious.. woooooo]

If you have ever doubted that there is a god, please consider the following:
Grado RS-1 with Grado Headphone Amp

Do not, however, convince yourself that certain fairytales exist.
They are evil.
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no-no [Mar. 17th, 2005|02:36 pm]
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welcome [Mar. 16th, 2005|12:51 am]
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[mood |hifi]
[music |blonde redhead]

This is a community made for headphone freaks: personal audiophiles, people who obsess over what they put on their ears.. people who don't think it is crazy to spend $700 on a pair of headphones.. or at least dream they could.

I've got a pair of Grado SR-125's and Sennheiser PX-200's. Someday I hope to have a pair of Grado RS-1's and a decent Grado Headphone Amp. I love music, obviously, and have an mp3 collection approaching 20k songs (can you sense a tendency to obsessiveness?) I'll post thoughts/reviews soon.

My favorite headphone related site is:
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