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post #1 of 22
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Hello

Im after a new pair of phones mainly for use in public transport and outside. I listen to a wide variety, from indie (The Kooks, Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys) to Dire Straights to The Beatles to Queen. I have to say though, most is modern music.

I'm not looking for loads of bass but would like to hear it at least. A perfect example is "Broken Stones" by Paul Weller. The bass drum is a perfect test IMO. I could make this out on the Bose On Ear headphones very well, and it sounded good and open. Im looking for a transparent and detailed sound. If it helps, I use B&W DM601 S3 speakers in my hifi setup.

However, i'm also considering the Super.fi Studio 5 Pro as these are the same price (£110 GBP). Ive seen good reviews of these.

Should I be considering anything else? What are your opinions on what I should go for? Is spending 120 GBP ish worth it, can I get near enough the same for a lot less, ie the Sennheiser CX 95 at 55 GBP? What about the Sennheiser HD 25?



Ive owned many (but none perticulary great) phones so far and the are mainly sennheiser" Ones include:
Sennheiser MX500 - doesnt fit my ear well, too big and therefore cannot hear bass
Sennheiser CX300 - find it very bassy and sound is quite muddled
Sennheiser PX200 - when I get the seal right they are not bad but again bass is lacking.
Apple iPod (newest earphones) - while many people say they are terrible, I find they fit my ear well and its probably the best sounding earphone ive got, its clearer than the CX300.
Sennheiser RS120 - cordless headphones which have the best sound of any headphones I own.
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by jazzy639 View Post
Hello

Im after a new pair of phones mainly for use in public transport and outside. I listen to a wide variety, from indie (The Kooks, Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys) to Dire Straights to The Beatles to Queen. I have to say though, most is modern music.

I'm not looking for loads of bass but would like to hear it at least. A perfect example is "Broken Stones" by Paul Weller. The bass drum is a perfect test IMO. I could make this out on the Bose On Ear headphones very well, and it sounded good and open. Im looking for a transparent and detailed sound. If it helps, I use B&W DM601 S3 speakers in my hifi setup.

However, i'm also considering the Super.fi Studio 5 Pro as these are the same price (£110 GBP). Ive seen good reviews of these.

Should I be considering anything else? What are your opinions on what I should go for? Is spending 120 GBP ish worth it, can I get near enough the same for a lot less, ie the Sennheiser CX 95 at 55 GBP? What about the Sennheiser HD 25?
The HD-25 II's are no doubt the best sounding (although a bit coloured for my liking) our of all those you mentioned. What's your budget?
All of the ones you've owned so far are well, pretty much crap and/or oveprriced I hate to say.
post #3 of 22
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Thanks for the response. I got my CX300's for 1GBP, think that was a pretty good buy

I would say my budget is 120GBP. I'm not sure if I should go with over ear like the HD 25 or IEM liek the Super.fi 5 Pro/5 (new).

After looking on the net, im not sure if the HD25s are portable enough and so would probably not consider these
post #4 of 22
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Thanks for the response. I got my CX300's for 1GBP, think that was a pretty good buy
Most likely fake though. Lots of fake CX300's floating around.

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I would say my budget is 120GBP. I'm not sure if I should go with over ear like the HD 25 or IEM liek the Super.fi 5 Pro/5 (new).
For around that price, I'd go the Sleek Audio SA6 or the HD-25 II (not to be confused with the HD-25 SP).
post #5 of 22
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Firstly, the ones I have are definately real as they are £16 sold from Amazon UK directly (not marketplace) and I was given a £15 voucher for Amazon for signing up to a trial of their dvd rental service (which I cancelled).

Back on topic... The Sleek Audio SA6 is a little over my budget at 150GBP. I'm not sure why I considered the HD-25 (non SP) in the first place as these arn't portable enough for me.

When I auditioned the Bose Over Ear monitors, I thought the sound was nice and full with good detail. Have you tried these yourself?
post #6 of 22
Take a look into the Yuin line up, they offer some great buds, and even new on ear clips which i havent read much about but i'd assume also fairly decent based off the buds.

Dave
post #7 of 22
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When I auditioned the Bose Over Ear monitors, I thought the sound was nice and full with good detail. Have you tried these yourself?
No but the general opinion here on Head-fi on Bose products (apart from the Triport AE's) is that they're genrally crap. I'm not sure wether you tried the Triport AE's or not.

Anyway, yeah, buying from a very reputable retailer in the UK like hifiheadphones.co.uk, the HD-25-II's look like a very good choice and will easily beat any earphones you've had before.
Note though however that the UK is nortrious for overpriced headphones thus the nickname 'rip-off Britain' (mainly due to VAT and other taxes = not the retailers' fault).

Anyway, you can buy them here: Sennheiser HD25-1 II Monitor DJ Headphones (HD 25-1 II DJ) HiFi Headphones
post #8 of 22
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Thanks for the replies.

I have decided to not consider the HD 25 II's as they arn't portable enough for me as they dont fold down small or anything like that.

The Bose triport on ear were extremely comfortable and do get good reviews on the apple website however I appriciate that generally people who review havn't tried anything better: Apple Store (U.K.) - Bose® Over Ear Headphones

I have listed to the triport around ear phones aswell and I think I prefer the on ear, will need to go back for another comparison however they were close in terms of sound quality.
post #9 of 22
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The Bose triport on ear were extremely comfortable and do get good reviews on the apple website however I appriciate that generally people who review havn't tried anything better: Apple Store (U.K.) - Bose® Over Ear Headphones
I would go the Super.fi 5 bth if you can't get the HD-25 II's.
I'm pretty sure the HD-25 II's can fold up, they are meant for portable use.
post #10 of 22
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The Sleek Audio SA6 is a little over my budget at 150GBP.
Hifiheadphones.co.uk used to sell them for 125ish. You could just email Shaun (the owner) and ask him. They're one of our sponsors.
post #11 of 22
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The Sleek Audio SA6's are the adjustable ones? Ive seen a few reviews suggesting only average sound quality?
post #12 of 22
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The Sleek Audio SA6's are the adjustable ones? Ive seen a few reviews suggesting only average sound quality?
Anyone suggesting that the SA6 is average quality should never be taken seriously again. Either that, or they are not using the correct configuration for the Sleeks.The SA6 is one of the best value IEMs you can get at the moment, and they are what you are looking for, hearable and not overwhelming bass.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for clarifying that. Can anyone briefly describe the differences in sound between the Super fi 5 (new), Super fi 5 Pro, Shure SE210/310 and Sleek SA6?
post #14 of 22
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Thanks for clarifying that. Can anyone briefly describe the differences in sound between the Super fi 5 (new), Super fi 5 Pro, Shure SE210/310 and Sleek SA6?
I think the general consensus is Sleeks > SF5 > SF5 Pro > SE310 > SE210. You should read this thread. Or do a "X vs Y" search.
post #15 of 22
I just got the new super fi 5s and judging by your taste in music I think these would be very good for you. Dire straits money for nothing and brothers in arms sound amazing. Good clear bass. The sound is warm with a focus on the mids and the trebles never get too sibilant so you don't get fatigued from listening.

One poster on here described the sound as smooth and chocolaty and I would have to agree. These are phones not to be analysed (so if that is your preference - to analyse the music precisley) rather to just get lost in the music - which is perfect for on the go and travel phones!
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