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post #76 of 177
-Clarity and extension
-build quality should be fairly good and not fall apart
-in terms of aesthetics, the design can be unique but not too bold (MTP Golds come to mind) so probably slightly understated colour tones work well (MS300 is bordering too flashy imho - mainly the red headband and earcups but carbon looks good)
post #77 of 177
i'd like to have seperate parts so you can tweak the headphone itself and not your player
with this i mean about the same system the sa6 from sleek has but then with an headphone!
post #78 of 177
What I look for may be a bit different.

When I buy gear, I look at versatility. For example, when I began building my headphone colection, I bought several different cans that were really good at specific things. My MDR-V6 was my first can, and I bought those because they were the best headphone available nearby at good price and with good bass impact, and clean mids and highs (although now I can tell you it's a bit recessed)... and from there I began filling in gaps that those headphones did not fill.

I bought my audio-technica ATH-AD700 due to a truly expansive soundstage and comfort that allows them to be used for hours upon hours of gaming. My Audio technica's get worn when i need accurate spacing... games like Counter Strike, Quake, Unreal, etc. When it might give me a competitive edge. I sometimes listen to music, but I've found that they are not my favorite for music.

Having a good set of closed cans for privacy, and a good set of open cans for gaming, I filled that gap with something that can provide a nice closed in presentation with strong treble, and good mids and bass. For me, that was the SR325i which is my preferred can for music. All three cans I have and use frequently are based on a need that the others didn't fill, and depending on how I feel, I use one of the three. I'm also looking for a good can for portable listening, and knowing I like my ksc75 drivers, will probably buy some MDR-V150's soon to do a driver transplant. I'm hoping it gives me a more private listening situation when I'm out and about... plus a more attractive appearance.

I basically pick what fills a gap, and go for it! I also chose my amp for the same reason (little dot I+). Being able to swap tubes and an op amp meant that there were 2 points I could customize the sound at. There are some cans that are quintessential that I'd want, like the HD650, for no other reason than everyone more or less being in agreement that they're devastatingly good for music. The only reason I don't have an HD650 yet is because I don't yet have an amp to drive it... and since I love my I+, I've been more or less picking great cans from the 32ohm spectrum.
post #79 of 177
I want tonal and spacial accuracy, with the ability to play at live levels without creating any feeling of stress or fatigue. Music should have a presence to it and should not sound mechanical. Other concerns would be comfort and fit, especially with in ear sets. Cost matters, but high quality should be possible for under $150. Essentially, with good headphones you should hear music and not headphones.
post #80 of 177
The single most important thing to me: transparency.

Do my headphones disappear?

A truly great pair of headphones makes me forget that I'm wearing them. I want to close my eyes and be in the room with the artist, hearing what they intend for me to hear. I want a soundstage that feels open and gives separation to the individual instruments. I want the subtle nuances of the music to flow cleanly into my ears and allow me to not only hear the music, but to feel what the musician felt when composing and playing it.

I don't care about sibilance, or tight bass, or crystalline's the experience that matters...the ability of music (when properly reproduced) to transport me to another place.
post #81 of 177
For Me, I like headphones that provide a sound signature strong in all frequencies but most importantly clarity. Of course, the phones should be comfortable and isolate well too :-p
post #82 of 177
Most important thing is COMFORT.

Sound quality being equal, I need something that can sit comfortably on my head for hours at work. Nothing too hot (too much leather = sweaty ears) or too heavy (too much metal used in the construction makes it heavy).
post #83 of 177
What do I look for in a headphone........? That is such a hard question to answer. I think most of us here are a bit crazy in our search for perfection. If not we wouldn't spend hours upon hours looking over these forums visiting the sponsors and looking at every single item that they sell. And really researching our hobby. There are a lot of causal users here too, but the ones that stick around are just a little bit touched. We all LOVE sound. We are addicted to it. We want better and better quality of sound. We want to FEEL our music. I am also one of these "touched people" I just can't get enough, and have yet to find the perfect end all be all headphone setup.

In a headphone first and foremost for me is image separation and purity. I want to be able to hear each individual instrument and have it in its own distinct place. I want to be able to feel the music surround my head.

I like a headphone that does not color the sound. I want it to be very revealing. I want to hear the quality of the recording as it was recorded, not colored by an uneven sounding headphone. I don't want a headphone to emphasize the bass, treble or the mids. I want it to sound exactly like it was recorded.

Build quality is another important factor. I don't really care about the looks, I just want it to be made of high quality materials that will stand up to wear and tear. They are going to be sitting on top of my head. I could care less if they had purple polka dots on them as long as they fit well. ( I draw the line at pink, pink goes against my handsome ruggedness.)

And my last big want , GREAT customer support. I want a real person to answer the phone if I call. I want my emails to be responded to in a timely matter. I want a company that seems like they care about me as a consumer. A company that will take what I have to say and really listen to it. A company that supports the people that support it!

That is what I want in a headphone. Is it too much to ask?


Chris Junkin
post #84 of 177
Hmmm, i would say appearance matters. I always loves those products of great build qualities and aesthetic appearance cos i am spending like hundreds or bucks for an IEM. So, i really dun like the PK1, though it has great sound quality, it looks like sth you can pick up for 10 bucks. On the contrary i think ATH is a model of the industry, their phones are excellent on lookings. no matter how it sounds, you will have this kind of feeling, "seems it worths the money i paid". Appearance does come as important as sound quality most of the time.
Sound quality wise, i would say i prefer a rather warm signature. I am no near a gadget geek as i bought my earphone for enjoying music. So those super-analytic and cold sounds i.e. ER4 are not right for me. However, this is not to say detail is not important as if i cant find detail in the IEM i'll again feel like my money is down to the drain. So to give me the feeling of that my money is well spent, this IEM must be pretty analytic.
I believe that intense mids, punchy(can be a little flabby and bassy to create the speaker feeling) bass, slightly distant high is my favourite. As this will create a spacious feeling which you will not be tired of. Denon all series and ie8 i think are on the right track. However, IMO, i think, they are a bit idealistic for the tuning. The reason is most of us used IEM just for everyday use. So we want to enjoy them for pop,folk and so on. The signature of above mentioned phones can hardly be appreciated by average public or even some philes as they sound wierd for those genres. So i think it is good to find a balance.
Anw, to sum up. To lure me to pay for the hefty price, the Phone must have at least the followings.
1. Look good and expensive
2. Reasonably good detail in sound, a.k.a sound expensive
3. Brings me music enjoyment
3.1 Spacious
3.2 warm signature
3.3 strong and not so distant mids,reasonale amount of punchy bass + good extensibility of highs.

This is, IMHO, the guideline of an ideal IEM should have.
post #85 of 177
"What is most important to you about your headphones?"

Gonna go against the grain here, but it'd probably be price. I'm just a student, so I always have to take into consideration how much I am getting for my money, and doing this isn't always easy. I think about the law of diminishing returns, and I usually try to find a bang-for-the-buck "sweet spot" when I buy headphones.
post #86 of 177

I really do admire durability. I've had my clumsy moments in my life and my headphones used to get caught in doors, pulled off my head, whipped through the air and smacked against a door, wall, or hard surface of some sort. I've been through rain and snow with them keeping me warm.

Also I like headphones that dont show off too much (with skulls and such) and tell people HELLO I PAID 500 DOLLARS for these here I am come rob me please. Simplicity in design without over reaching is nice.

I mostly use headphones when im out in the world on route from "point A" to "point B" so I use isolated cans hoping to not get kicked off busses and disturb others.

Theres nothing like sitting back in the chaotic world around you lost in the details of the music.
- not drowned out by base
post #87 of 177
I look for one trait in headphones. Simply, I don't want them to overwhelm me.

I don't want a single area of the acoustic spectrum to overshadow others to the point of the sound distorting, losing its clarity, or even to the point of making the headphones sound "novel." A good pair of headphones is like a relationship; it has all sorts of good aspects, and the good's outweigh any quirks. Novelty in a relationship often wears off, leaving only the underlying personality. If you don't like the personality, then you have no place being in the relationship.

For example, I really love my AKG K340's. They have a slight exaggeration of the mids and some slight euphonic coloration making, to me, female vocals sound simply excellent. However, they are fairly heavy, get a bit toasty on the head, and have an understated bass response. But the "personality" of the phones is what I'm in love with; Imogen Heap's voice makes me smile with the K340's much more than any other headphones I've owned or heard.

This relationship analogy can be extended to many headphones of course, surely Phiaton's as well (though I have not yet had the pleasure).

This typically manifests itself in two ways for me. Given my tastes in music (classical, rock, electronic), I tend to prefer a mostly neutral frequency response. Similarly, I dislike headphones with an excessive bass response or an excessive treble response, specifically causing sibilance.

In summary, I find headphones should play to their design goals and should not aim to be excessive. Given that choosing headphones is a fairly personal decision, a headphone won't please everyone; in my opinion, going for a specific demographic of listeners is the best target.
post #88 of 177
For the top end headphone:

First - Sound quality:
- balanced throughout the spectrum so all frequencies can be reproduced evenly. That means ability to drive very deep bass cleanly and clearly as well as reveal all treble detail without harshness.
- high transient speed for percussive instrument realism
- precise soundstage
- If possible, isolation without sacrificing advantages of open headphones. Never heard one that did this right though, but it is a dream.
- basically to sum it up, be as transparent as possible so you are hearing the source and not the headphone. Don't add any sort of coloration.

Second - comfort:
If a headphone is not comfortable, no matter how good it sounds it won't get much use. I can wear headphones for 8 hours straight, so it's important that it not hurt after just 30 minutes. I guess this means light on the head, no pressure on the ears, no heat buildup on the ears.

Third - moderate sensitivity:
I don't want headphones so in-sensitive like the HE5 that almost nothing can drive. But I don't like that so many full size headphones are so sensitive than all DAPs hiss with them, that volume level 1 is already too loud for some peaceful listening. Something of moderate sensitivity that doesn't hiss with even the noisiest of amps, allows very fine control of volume at the low side with most amps, but can still be played fine on most DAPs would be great.

Fourth - Durability:
Headphones need to be able to withstand use. No snapping in half on people with big heads. User replaceable/removable cord for people who stand up while stepping on the cord or roll over it with their chair. Easy to clean/replace earpads. All things to help it last long and users can spend minimally to keep things as good as new. This is especially important as you go up to more expensive models.
post #89 of 177
Must sound good, now I'm not the pickiest person, but overly bloated and mushy sound just wrecks the work your listening to. Now I do like my sound to be colored, but I don't like it totally different that what it was intended to sound like.

Comfort very important. I love the sound of my sr-80's but they are painful on the ear over extended periods of time. My Bayer dt-770 fir way better and sound better, but are a hassle to move around... anywhere other than the place I usually use them.

Over all just a good sounding, not god awful looking, and comfortable headphone wins the day. It does not need to sound perfect, just better than all the garbage that is pushed everywhere you look at a good price point that won't take away from the money you use to keep your library flowing with new flavors.
post #90 of 177
3 things to consider when buying headphones: comfort, sound quality, build quality. Talking about comfort, this is by far the most important factor to look in a headphone. If the headphone sounds so good but fails to deliver in the comfort department, i would not buy it. In sound quality, the low frequency is the most important factor since this is the part of music where you get to enjoy,feel, and move your body from side to side. The highs and mids should also be balanced equally. I also look for headphones that don't distort across all frequencies regardless of volume. Build quality is very important also because it can give you peace of mind. Imagine something that sounds amazing but has a cheap build quality to it. You feel uneasy because you never know when its gonna break or how long is the lifespan of it. Price is important but not as much as the 3 factors stated above. I would love to try these headphones to see if they live up to the hype of marketing and really deliver what is stated in your website. As a korean based company, I would expect them to have good build quality and can withstand wear and tear daily. So please send me something to love.
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