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best sounding portables headphones?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
best sounding portables headphones?... im considering the koss ksc-35, sony mdr-33, koss ksc-50, and sony ex70 and sony 888?

which has the best sound quaility?


thx
post #2 of 13
I'm not a portables user,but I had a pair of Koss Porta-Pros a few years back and they had great sound. I beleive they are still available.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
how does the senn. mx 500 compared to the sony e888?



btw, whats the difference betweent the senn. mx 500 and mx 400? [is it the same thing..without the volume control?]
post #4 of 13
the answer to all your questions is in coolvij's great review:
COMPARISON: The ULTIMATE Portable Headphone Shootout
post #5 of 13
hehehe......

(beams with pride)

oh....sorry......

(thanx, wab)
post #6 of 13
Of the models you listed, I prefer the KSC-35 for portable use. They have the best, most balanced sound of all those listed, IMO, they actually have good bass, they are extremely comfortable, and they are great for active use since they don't fall off. Best headphone under $50 to me.

The KSC-50 are very similar to the KSC-35, but they use a new design that is heavier and less comfortable. In addition, they don't fit as snugly, so they tend to fall off easier (and lose a bit of bass). The 2nd-best here, IMO.

The 888s are good, but expensive (IMO) for what you get. Plus, their sound seems to be a love/hate thing.

The Senn MX-500 are great for the price, but suffer from earbud syndrome: lacking in good bass (though more than the 888s), and they tend to fall out if you're too active.

The EX-70 don't sound as good as the 888, 500, or KSCs (even with mods, IMO), but they do offer superior isolation than the others.

The MDR-33 should just be forgotten from the get-go
post #7 of 13
MacDEF, do you mean the mx500 lacks bass more than the 888 or that the mx500 has more bass? the general consensus would say the latter, just checking.

definately check Vij's comparison. all you need is in there
post #8 of 13
I didn't write that sentence very clearly, did I?

I meant that the 500s have more bass than the 888s.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
"The Senn MX-500 are great for the price, but suffer from earbud syndrome: lacking in good bass (though more than the 888s), and they tend to fall out if you're too active."



hey MacDEF..... what do you mean by "earbud syndrome". [u made it sound its a bag thing]

any opinions on the senn. mx-400?
post #10 of 13
earbud syndrome: closed in sound, restricted, not very extended. just because they're small. don't worry, it isn't contageous
post #11 of 13
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hey MacDEF..... what do you mean by "earbud syndrome"
As Braver said, sound is pretty closed and restricted. Also, as I mentioned, earbuds usually lack in bass, and are much more dependent on the shape of your ears than other types (i.e. if they don't fit just right, they'll fall out during activity).
post #12 of 13
A lot of people, like me find the mx400/500 just don't fit in your ears at all. They're too big, they hurt my ears even when they aren't in all the way. I never could find a way to get them in my ears so that I could hear what they sounded like, so I returned them. I'm really happy with my ex70's, had them for a while now and they've gotten really beat up and they're really durable. From what I've heard, the e888 isn't what I would consider portable cause they break really easy. I find things always happen to my stuff no matter how careful I am. I also have Koss Sportapros and since they have too much bass I find they often sound really distorted on some music that has a lot of bass guitar in it. Even at really low volumes, btw they can't handle high volumes at all either.
post #13 of 13
I use MX-500 for on the go, they sound great for earbuds.
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