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Listening setup for classical music cd-store

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

My father is manager of a CD store specialized in classical music and he needs 2 new listening setups so people can listen to CD's before buying. What he is using right now is terrible (just a dvd player w/ no name HP's, a disgrace) but since he is expanding the business he really needs something else. I have the task of looking for possible products, but I really need your help. I've tried the search function many times to get an impression of what's out there, but since there is so much out there I thought I'd start my own thread about this. His budget is 500 Euro (I'm in the Netherlands) for 2 listening setups (HP's CDP, etc). Could you give me some suggestions?
Thanks a million for your input!

Mark

PS: I sincerely apologize if I posted this in the wrong section
post #2 of 13
A great all-in-one option in your father's price range would be a Marantz cd player with Headphone output paired with some Sony MDR-V6 Headphones. I'm not sure of any other affordable cd player that has a dedicated headphone output built in.

The cd player is relatively inexpensive in the US and looks to be under two hundred Euros on amazon. The headphones are listed as 55 Euros. If you were to get two units of cd player/headphone combo, you'd be right around 500 Euros total. Not bad!

Here are some links:

Sony MDR-V6 Studio Sound Monitor Headphones: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

Marantz CD5001 Player: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

I live in the states, so I just checked on Amazon UK for the links. YOu might be able to find better stores where you are. Anyway, the cd player is Marantz cd5003 or cd5001 and the headphones are Sony MDR-V6.

Hope this helps!
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hey MatsudaMan,

Thanks a lot for the advice. I am seriously looking into the Marantz CD5001 as well, might be a winner. I have no experience with the MDR-V6 HP's, but reading the reviews on Amazon I am getting curious about their quality. I have a pair of Senn HD555's that I really like. How would they compare to them? Are they just as comfy as well?
Thanks again.

More opinions would also be greatly appreciated!

mark
post #4 of 13
I would note that the Sony's are a LOT more durable than the HD555's, which may be an issue with so many people using them. the acoustic qualities will be very different from the HD555's, but their analytical nature may be pleasing to customers, who will hear details that eluded them before

just some things to keep in mind
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by MarkNijland View Post
Hey MatsudaMan,

Thanks a lot for the advice. I am seriously looking into the Marantz CD5001 as well, might be a winner. I have no experience with the MDR-V6 HP's, but reading the reviews on Amazon I am getting curious about their quality. I have a pair of Senn HD555's that I really like. How would they compare to them? Are they just as comfy as well?
Thanks again.

More opinions would also be greatly appreciated!

mark
I haven't owned the MDR-v6, but my father has had a pair for many years - seem very durable. While the sound is not "reference" quality, for the price, they are very nice and detailed headphones.

If you want another option, I've heard many good things about Sennheiser hd280's. They are a little more expensive. They are the same class of headphone as the mdr-v6.

Sennheiser HD280pro Closed DJ/Monitor Headphone: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies!

@ El_Doug: Certainly a thing to keep into consideration. Very good remark indeed. Durability is very important, I don't want broken HP's because of too much usage or clumsy customers. That certainly eliminates the HD555 as a headphone. Not that they are fragile, but they won't be 'customer proof'

@ Madsudaman: I've looked into the HD280's before buying my 555's and they really do get good reviews. One thing I read about them is that they really tight on your head. Does anyone have experience with that?

Thanks again, and please keep the suggestions coming!

Mark
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Bump. Very curious about some other opinions!
post #8 of 13
MB Quart, which has been renamed Maestro, make some VERY tough studio models, the 805s for example. Their site only lists shipping to Austria and Germany, but at least one person in the USA emailed them and got a pair.
post #9 of 13
I read this thread with great interest because it's a very interesting question. I am cognizant of normal small business cost constraints and fully support MatsudaMan's intial suggestion of using the headphone out of a marantz CDP. I love my 7001 and everyone must admit the Japanese do classical and jazz superbly. As for the phones: You have to go closed but I don't have much experience in that realm. I hope you find something that works.
post #10 of 13
You should get something really durable!
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Bump

Any other suggestions concerning HP's?
post #12 of 13
In your price range, there isn't much. Just get the MDR-V6's. For the price you can't go wrong. Did you pick up the Marantz cd players? Is your budget still 500 euros for two sets of CDplayer/hp? If so, quit stalling and just tell your Dad what to get already.
post #13 of 13
I'd go with the Sonys as well. Senn HD280 Pro is not durable and you need something that can take abuse. There's a video of the MB Quarts being stomped on but they are at least twice the price of the Sonys. The other option would be Koss, but I don't know if any of their closed headphones sound good. I also don't know if the warranty applies for commercial uses, but if it does, the life time, no questions asked warranty would be hard to pass up.
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