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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Im new to high quality headphones, so I have no idea what to look for. My friend helped me narrow down some brands: Sennheiser, akg, grado, audio technica, beyerdynamic, shure, ultrasone. Are there more brands i should look into? I listen to jazz, soul, blues, and some hip-hop and reggae.

 

Are there any specifications i should look for in headphones? Im interested in what peoples recommendations are, but i also understand that itll be biased, so knowing good specifications will be helpful. I just wanna know the basics before I commit to buying expensive headphones.

post #2 of 20

Should probably give a price range. Otherwise, I'm going to recommend the BHSE and STAX O2. They do pretty well for just about anything I've thrown at them.

post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 

$300 max, also my friend said the grados are uncomfortable is this true? cuz ill usually listen to music for hours.

post #4 of 20

 

 

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Are there any specifications i should look for in headphones? Im interested in what peoples recommendations are, but i also understand that itll be biased, so knowing good specifications will be helpful. I just wanna know the basics before I commit to buying expensive headphones.

 

 

Basics? on high quality headphone i suggest to test the entry tier on headphones. popular choices here are the Grado sr80/225 which are open for Beyer dt 770, Denon has the D2000, same goes for the closed ATH700 , Sen 650/600 and the AKGs everyone has a different sound signature and i suggest to know/research exactly what you're looking for in a headphone before dropping some moolah on the table

 

 

and yes electrostats is the final destination of most headphone conquest

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

k thx, i was thinking of getting open headphones for my dorm, cuz i heard they have the better sound quality, and then some cheap in ears so i dont bother ppl in the library and in public. any suggestions for >$50 ie?

post #6 of 20

At your price range I'd certainly stay away from mid range Sennheiser or AKG due to amp cost.

 

AudioTechnica AD900

 

Ultrasone HFI780

 

Beyerdynamic DT880 32ohm

 

Grado SR325i

 

Give a look at those.

post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thx maxvla that helped alot. I was thinking of buying akg k701 or the sennheiser hd600 until you said that. I didnt know they wouldnt be loud enough straight from my ipod. Im thinking of buying the grados but ppl keep saying theyre best for rock and metal, and i dont listen to either. Also are they as uncomfortable as some ppl say? I just want a pair of headphones i can relax in for up to 4 hours.

post #8 of 20

I'd get the AD900s as they don't need good amplification to shine.

post #9 of 20

DT440 or AD900

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by trane View Post

Thx maxvla that helped alot. I was thinking of buying akg k701 or the sennheiser hd600 until you said that. I didnt know they wouldnt be loud enough straight from my ipod. Im thinking of buying the grados but ppl keep saying theyre best for rock and metal, and i dont listen to either. Also are they as uncomfortable as some ppl say? I just want a pair of headphones i can relax in for up to 4 hours.


Some of the mid-range Grados are a bit smoother like the 325i which is the only reason I listed it. Also the Alessandro series is like Grado but balanced more to your genres, you might take a look at those as well.

 

I can't stand the Grado fit, regardless of pads, but there are some who find them perfectly comfortable. You'd have to try them yourself to know for sure. If comfort is a concern at all, the AD900 looks better and better, as it's a universally comfortable headphone. The only complaint some have with the AT phones is they can be a bit loose so you don't want to jerk your head suddenly or they might fall off.

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post




Some of the mid-range Grados are a bit smoother like the 325i which is the only reason I listed it. Also the Alessandro series is like Grado but balanced more to your genres, you might take a look at those as well.

 

I can't stand the Grado fit, regardless of pads, but there are some who find them perfectly comfortable. You'd have to try them yourself to know for sure. If comfort is a concern at all, the AD900 looks better and better, as it's a universally comfortable headphone. The only complaint some have with the AT phones is they can be a bit loose so you don't want to jerk your head suddenly or they might fall off.

One of them is me :), I would suggest Alessandro MS2i's. Those excel in Blues for sure, the other genres it will do good with
 

post #12 of 20

I think the HD600 sounds like a good suggestion, it also doesn't require great amplification. I bet you could get decent sound out of the iPod, wouldn't try that with a K701.

post #13 of 20
I agree with the HD-600. One of the best out there at any price, but I wonder if it is perceived as "old" because the various Ultrasones, Audio-Technicas, et al. usually are recommended over it. But the HD-600 is a classic like a navy blazer or a little black dress. The others have their charms, but a HD-600 is something you truly can't go wrong with. They do like amplification, but you can get it from an old two channel receiver found at a junk store. You can also build your own if you want. Also, I'll disagree about 'stats being the ultimate iteration of headphones. I still prefer the K-1000 to the O2 for soundstage. You also get a much cooler array of tubes (including DHT) to power dynamic headphones. Though electrostatic speakers are possibly my favorite overall....
post #14 of 20

I agree the HD600 is a great phone, but after my experience I just can't suggest it without proper amping. They sound completely different from an ipod than an amp pushing a few watts.

post #15 of 20

I do enjoy the PX100-II quite a bit, they sound great from an iPod. Very much like the HD650 sound signature to me.

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