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post #106 of 131
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
I don't think I can list 10 really bad headphones. But I can at least start with one...
* Koss The Plug. Its just horrible! Not much more to say.
I have to agree with you here. They sounded fine... ahem... when they sat in your bloody ears correctly! They kept falling out, and when I could keep them in it felt like my ear canals were being violated with a rusty fork after ten minutes. They spent most of the time either misangled for correct sound or clogged with earwax.

Turned me off canalphones entirely.
post #107 of 131
iGrados!

I was so disappointed in Grado when I heard them...

Then I realized they are the only Grados not made @ Grado Labs Brooklyn...

Hehe.
post #108 of 131
Sony MDR-V150, MDR-V200, MDR-V300.

Yep, all of them. Waste of materials, cheapest drivers mounted in "presentable" frames, shoddy assembly, flimsy cables (they all tend to break in a couple of weeks).

Sennheiser PX200. Poisonous, compressed midrange, no bass (literally - low cutoff is in low midrange), and a mocking price.

Sony earbuds - the 8xx series.
post #109 of 131
the super.fi 5eb's were my biggest disappointment. i wanted something that could rival my Stax SR-001's. in many ways they do, but that midrange is so unpredictable, and so disjointed. the bass is deep, and the highs are fine, but the midrange, just isn't in sync.

to be honest, it's put me off midrange IEM's....but the metro.fi's restored my faith in UE, and i'm building myself up, to buying the 4's.
post #110 of 131
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Originally Posted by captian73 View Post
the super.fi 5eb's were my biggest disappointment. i wanted something that could rival my Stax SR-001's. in many ways they do, but that midrange is so unpredictable, and so disjointed. the bass is deep, and the highs are fine, but the midrange, just isn't in sync.

to be honest, it's put me off midrange IEM's....but the metro.fi's restored my faith in UE, and i'm building myself up, to buying the 4's.
Sorry, but those don't qualify for the "10 worst" list. You'll have to step out of your comfort zone and find something really poopy sounding
post #111 of 131
Any headphones ever given out by an airline for in-flight entertainment
post #112 of 131
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Originally Posted by lmilhan View Post
KOSS Clipz

I have to double that!
post #113 of 131
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Originally Posted by majkel View Post
I agree because otherwise I could write "any earbuds available in coffee shop" so... let's heat up the thread!

1. AKG K701 - most overrated, with unrealistic artifacted trebles which some people believe for being details, iPodish look, sound fatiguing my ears. Frequent appearance in the FS forum - guess why?

2. Grado SR225 - said to be sweet spot by guys probably not liking Grado sound. Incosistent sound signature - shiny midrange and silky trebles - don't match to each other, short and dry bass, no soundstage. This headphones are no better than the SR60 and far behind the SR325i's (soundstage, bass, realism)

3. Beyerdynamic DT990 - 2005: boomy and empty bass, well hidden midrange, piercing trebles. For me: fatiguing and unlistenable

Please note that I'm not going to discuss obvious crap which is a long list. Let's talk about price high-end.



Have to agree with you in 2) and 3), couldnt disagree more in 1). Just love mine, but for the correct music - classical!
post #114 of 131
Panasonic HJE50 earpoops (nobody have never pierce me like these -even though I've had three 3inch screws in my knee + 1.5inch long silver nail in my elbow after few injuries)

Koss The (butt)Plug

Earphones that came with cheap sony pocket radios

Earphones that came with Sony PSP (actually only a tiny pile of poop)

E4c - Only IEM I've had but I don't think they sounded much better than those previously mentioned poops.

I'm glad I'm not head stock apple poops.
post #115 of 131
Apple poops. I have had $10 sony Supra-aurals that sound better.
post #116 of 131
This thread is getting boring. Needs a bit of spicing up....

Worst headphones ever: Sennheiser Orpheus System
post #117 of 131
I currently have a pair of Steelsound 5HV2 headphones that I paid $10 for. They suck. Especially for the original retail price of $99.
post #118 of 131
I was going to post about the poor quality of the garbage headphones they have at Borders Books where you can scan the barcode of a CD and get a preview. At least airline headphones you can wear for more than 30 seconds. The Borders phones you just want to stomp on.

However....I think I have the winner here. A friend found these in his vintage Chicago house when remodeling the basement. Check out these babies...

The sound... well they sound worse than they look. Imagine the fidelity of an early childhood style boxed record player. Then take that sound distort it, and add some rusty tin can sounding reverb. Take the 1Khz frequency and amplify ONLY that frequency until your brain hurts. Yeah, they're that good.

Comfort... it takes some effort to adjust these puppies as they are well rusty and all tin. People complain about the Grado phones being uncomfortable... seesh at least grados have foam. These have... you guessed it more tin for the ear pieces. Note the six pin holes in the ear piece (tongue in cheek) which are precisely positioned to let out that fine piercing 1Khz sound.
The rubber coated metal coat hanger bands are also fantastic. Spare no expense, they used the entire coat hanger.... you get two head straps.

My FAVORITE part is the cord. Notice one speaker has the cord on the bottom... the other on the top. Yep... engineering at its best. We can do no finer. The cord is encased it what appears to be non matching shoe laces... knots included (they add to the fidelity). Remember you've seen it first here. When there are hundreds of threads on this forum with people tying darth beyer cords into knots as a mod... these phones started the trend. At the far end near the plug the cord is frayed. There is no shielding... its bare copper wire inside the shoelace. yet another head-fi first.

For those of you coming... I'll bring these to the Chicago meet in April.

They are made by Newcomb Audio Products and are labeled "The Sound of Quality". I wonder what Newcomb considered to be non-quality. Here...hold this wad of mud up to your ear and listen...see... non-quality.

If anyone has any info about these phones or about Newcomb Audio Products (a history etc) please PM me. I tried googling with no luck.

And now for the pics...
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post #119 of 131
Maybe it's a DIY?
post #120 of 131
I doubt it's a DIY unless Hellen Keller did it.

There are a few other items from Newcomb Audio Products listed on ebay which tells me it was a valid brand of equipment at one point in time. I would like to date these phones and get some more info on them.
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