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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

 

 

You'll need a new jack, soldering iron, and wire strippers (or just be really carefull with a knife/scissors). You can probably get all that from Radio Shack for $25. Heck, some jacks are solderless (they might be a buck more) and you might not need the iron, but the soldered ones are more secure. 

 

When you snip the end off there should be four wires, two of which should be the same colour. Those are your ground wires. The other two are left and right. 

 

You could also find an electronics shop to do the work for you, although chances are they'll charge $30-40. 

 

Or just skip all this and just get a velcro strap from the dollar store and wind up your cable for the time being until you're ready to do the entire recable. Do note that if you wind the cable, please use an over/under wrap method so you don't kink the wires.



I have a soldering iron from other adventures, just kinda hesitant as if i mess up i gotta cut more cord/undo my work till i get it right or be without headphones till i can get the money and send the headphones away for recabling. Will the audio connector parts have a little information on which connector is the right or the left output? That's another one of my fears. I dont wanna rewire them backwards.

 

EDIT: also, since I do wish to get a recabling done, would it make sense to go ahead with the less risky option of the solderless plug, and if that's fine I can attempt the soldered plug or just leave it how it is till the moth or so i have before getting the upgrade done?


Edited by kenman345 - 12/2/11 at 10:06pm
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Originally Posted by GasMaskMan View Post

I have a feeling I'll love 'em, but for some reason I feel weary.  Also is it true they switched to powder coating for the newest ones?


Just take the plunge, or buy used for less risk.

 

I'm not sure what the current surface finish it... it was either powder coat then switched to chrome, or vice versa, or maybe they changed again recently...?

 



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Originally Posted by Wysockisauce View Post

Hello there.

 

I'm looking to buy some new headphones this Christmas and I was hoping to get some recommendations.

 

Price- $500 +/- (Headphones+Amp+Dac) I'm willing to drop a few hundred more for a noticeable increase in sound quality.

 

Music- I listen to Jungle, Drum & Bass, Future Garage and Dubstep. So I guess that all qualifies under edm. Sub bass is probably the most important parameter I'll be listening for.

 

Amp- I will be using an amp and dac.

 

Style- Haven't decided yet whether I need closed or open headphones, whatever sounds better I guess. I'll have them plugged into my computer 90% of the time.

 

If someone could recommend an amp and dac as well I'd be appreciate it.

 

Thanks.


Open vs closed should be determined by your environment. Generally open headphones will give a better sense of space, but they leak sound and don't isolate either meaning it'll be difficult to hear your music over external noise. Closed headphones generally lack soundstage, but isolate from external noise and usually have heavier bass. 

 

For your genres, I would venture to say that a closed headphone would be more suitable. The Beyerdynamic DT770 (80 or 250 ohm) is very good here. I like Beyers paired with a Bottlehead Crack amp, but that requires DIY unless you're spending more to get a pre-built one. 

 

On the more portable/transportable side of things, maybe a FiiO e7+e9 combo, or an iBasso D6.



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Originally Posted by kenman345 View Post



I have a soldering iron from other adventures, just kinda hesitant as if i mess up i gotta cut more cord/undo my work till i get it right or be without headphones till i can get the money and send the headphones away for recabling. Will the audio connector parts have a little information on which connector is the right or the left output? That's another one of my fears. I dont wanna rewire them backwards.

 

EDIT: also, since I do wish to get a recabling done, would it make sense to go ahead with the less risky option of the solderless plug, and if that's fine I can attempt the soldered plug or just leave it how it is till the moth or so i have before getting the upgrade done?


If you open up the cups, you should be able to see what colour wires correspond to which side. For the jack, tip/ring/sleeve is left/right/ground, and usually the connectors on the innards you can kinda trace by eye to figure out which is which. If you have a multimeter, that's the best way to check for sure. 

 

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Any educated opinions? pertaining  to the p360 vs hd598


Edited by RockJaw - 12/2/11 at 10:53pm
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Originally Posted by tmchow View Post

I'm new to the headphone game but appreciate great sound.  I'm buying a set of full size headphones for my wife who wants something that sounds great but is also stylish :)  She loves the look of the Beats Studios but everything I've read point to them being incredibly over priced.

 

  • While it's easy to find suggestions on great headphones here, I'm looking for a recommendation that factors in the design/looks of them so appeal to my wife, and as mentioned, she loves the look of the Beats.
  • Price <=$300.
  • She will be using it with her iPhone 4 and mainly listens to Top 40 and Hip Hop but isn't necessary a bass head. Any type of amp cannot be required.
  • Should be a closed design as she'll be commuting with them.
  • "Over the ear" design
  • Active noise cancellation not a requirement

 

Seems strange not many are fans of Denon here. I think their headphones are overlooked because unlike the other major brands (Beats, Bose, Soul and their likes), they spend relatively less on marketing (getting stars to parade in their products and then charge ridiculous prices for mediocre products) their products. In the world of accessories Try Denon AH-D1100. Its simple design belies its sound quality. It's very well reviewed. It is a very balanced set of headphones, which is good for almost all kinds of music, save bass thumping kind. I was very impressed with the sound quality after testing for more than half an hour. Unlike the Bose OE, which I own, AHD1100 does not press on the ears as it's closed over the ears. I can never survive three songs on the OE without feeling the pain. The sound quality is way inferior compared to 1100. Have also tried Bose QC15. Have concluded that it's not worth the money unless you're looking at noise cancellation rather than quality sound. Have also tried brands like Beyerdynamics, Sennheiser, Klipsch....I still think Denon has better cans at that same price range.   

 

The soundstage of AHD1100 is great. It gives a sense of space. Does not give you the feeling that the instruments are all 'cluttered' together. The cans are big enough to feel comfortable. And you don't need an amp, even though it will benefit from one. The only reason why I didn't buy it was because I was more impressed with it's cousin cans - AH-D2000!

 

But don't think the 2000 is suitable for your wife because they are not meant for portable use. Anyway I couldn't care less. I'll bring them wherever I go. Couple it with an amp/DAC, you'll realise Denon is seriously over looked.  


 

 


Edited by trekkie76 - 12/2/11 at 11:29pm
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Originally Posted by joeylw View Post

I guess what I am looking for would really be is an under $100 alternative to the Beats By Dr. Dre Solo HD in size and performance. The iPhone mic/controls are optional, but I want something at least a little slick-looking.


Check out the AKG k81/518le models (just color differences). I think they look pretty slick.

Or even the Q460 model, I've heard good things about those...

 


Edited by 50an6xy06r6n - 12/2/11 at 11:22pm
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Originally Posted by RockJaw View Post

Any educated opinions? pertaining  to the p360 vs hd598


Didn't I already answer this above? Or go ask in the gaming headphones thread if you're looking for something more extensive... 

 

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Ok a little help? I'm more or less set on the ultrasone HFI 580's
http://www.headfonia.com/closed-cans-shootout-m-50-esw-9-t50p-hd25-1-beats-studio-srh-840-srh-750dj-k181dj-and-dj1pro/8/

b
ut some reviewws are scaring me. is the S-Logic in general something to want? Meaning, for most people that hve the headphones. ?

I just want generally music listening headphones. and this technology. makes..it sound so weird and foreign. with one amazon reviewer talking of how he prefered the ATH M50's over the HFI 580's for regular music.


Edited by bowei006 - 12/2/11 at 11:16pm
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

Ok a little help? I'm more or less set on the ultrasone HFI 580's
http://www.headfonia.com/closed-cans-shootout-m-50-esw-9-t50p-hd25-1-beats-studio-srh-840-srh-750dj-k181dj-and-dj1pro/8/

b
ut some reviewws are scaring me. is the S-Logic in general something to want? Meaning, for most people that hve the headphones. ?

I just want generally music listening headphones. and this technology. makes..it sound so weird and foreign. with one amazon reviewer talking of how he prefered the ATH M50's over the HFI 580's for regular music.


It works for some people and doesn't work for others. I say go for it.

 

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Thank you very much. I guess i'l go for it and try them ....

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


Just take the plunge, or buy used for less risk.

 

I'm not sure what the current surface finish it... it was either powder coat then switched to chrome, or vice versa, or maybe they changed again recently...?

Ah, then the plunge I shall take!

I'm pretty sure it was vice versa, hoping I can get a pair of chrome's!

Thanks!
 

 

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Hello,

I'm looking to buy some headphones for listening/production purposes. I know producing on headphones is far from ideal, but our walls are on the thin side and our community doesn't do well with loud noises (read: trailer parkwink_face.gif) . I'm broker than broke, so I was looking at used vintage headphones on eBay. I listen to everything but polka and opera but am aiming to produce dubstep, house and hiphop. I have a Fiio E5 and am getting a PreSonus Audiobox, so high impedance is welcome. I don't have a preference for open or closed cans. I own the Superlux 681s and realy enjoy them. I'm considering the Pioneer SE-305s. Do these sound good (pun very intended)?

 

Thanks,

~Will

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Originally Posted by GasMaskMan View Post

Ah, then the plunge I shall take!

I'm pretty sure it was vice versa, hoping I can get a pair of chrome's!

Thanks!
 

 


And with the 325, you can always opt for the Magnum upgrade in the future.

 

As an aside, there's also the Alessandro MS2 to consider.

 



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Originally Posted by CashNotCredit View Post

Hello,

I'm looking to buy some headphones for listening/production purposes. I know producing on headphones is far from ideal, but our walls are on the thin side and our community doesn't do well with loud noises (read: trailer parkwink_face.gif) . I'm broker than broke, so I was looking at used vintage headphones on eBay. I listen to everything but polka and opera but am aiming to produce dubstep, house and hiphop. I have a Fiio E5 and am getting a PreSonus Audiobox, so high impedance is welcome. I don't have a preference for open or closed cans. I own the Superlux 681s and realy enjoy them. I'm considering the Pioneer SE-305s. Do these sound good (pun very intended)?

 

Thanks,

~Will

 

I would stick with closed headphones just to keep noise leakage minimal and because isolation is probably beneficial for you. Unless you really need those inputs, opt for something cheaper than the Presonus and spend a larger portion of funds on the headphones. Maybe even something like the Focusrite VRMbox which is pretty nice for room emulation. For headphones, something like a Sony V6 or Senn HD280 is reasonably budget friendly.

 

post #9778 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


And with the 325, you can always opt for the Magnum upgrade in the future.

 

As an aside, there's also the Alessandro MS2 to consider.



 

Magnum upgrade?  What's that?


Edited by GasMaskMan - 12/3/11 at 5:25am
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Hey all,

I've just joined after browsing these forums for a few days and I'm hoping someone can help. I've just purchased some Sony MDR V6s from Amazon (I know there are mixed opinions of these headphones, but they're really my first ever decent pair so I'm pretty sure they will sound good to my uneducated ears!).

 

My question may seem a little silly but here it is, when I receive them how can I tell if they're genuine or not?

 

The reason I'm concerned is that the price I found from the seller on Amazon is £51, around £20 lower than everywhere else: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-MDR-V6-Headphones-ear-cup/dp/B00001WRSJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322903922&sr=8-1

 

It says the order will be fulfilled by Amazon, but that just means the seller stores it in the Amazon warehouse so Amazon can dispatch it. When I was looking on ebay I noticed loads of these headphones for around £30 from China - when they arrive is there a way for me to make sure I haven't been sold a set of these somehow?

 

Thanks!

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