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After my first foray into headphones with a Philips SPC HP1000 many many ears ago that died violently, I moved on to in-ear earphones (now have a Shure RE2). But after some itchiness I've been thinking of getting a set of circumaurals again. My budget is at around AU$300 and I'd like something I could wear out occasionally when the mood takes it to listen while walking. (I actually wore my Philips out all the time.) So I guess it has to be a pair of open circumaurals for safety.

 

Is there any ones that you experienced people could recommend me? I'd prefer to buy from http://headphones.com.au/pbrowse?catID=1&sort=recommended since it's based in Australia and I get free shipping, but if the price is good and quality is worth it, I wouldn't mind getting it from overseas. Thanks everyone!

 

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This mostly depends on what kind of music you listen to and what you wish your music to sound like.

 

just call them full sized please

 

Well for about the $300 range a lot of people rave about the HD-598, but then also they buy then for JR for $175 with a phone call. I'm not too sure about shipping

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Does that site seriously have KSC-75s set at $64?

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Genre preference?

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If they say they do, then they do I guess :)

 

I'll look into that HD-598 pair, thanks. How much of a difference are the on-ear ones compared to the full sized? I've always been afraid that the on-ear ones would easily slip off or I'd need to wear it extra tight to prevent slipping.

 

I mostly listen to bossa nova, jazz, classical, instrumental, rock, chillout, a whole range, actually. And I'll probably use it for movies and some light gaming.


Edited by zephyrus17 - 6/14/11 at 7:57am
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I'd recommend you check out Headphonics own forums. The owner gives excellent advice, and pretty much all of the posting members are experienced and know what they're talking about.

 


EDIT: If your budget is $300, the AD900's are fantastic though. Marcus (the owner of Headphonic) recommends them quite strongly and I have to agree. For your needs and your genres, it looks like that's the way to go. If you're in Perth try and go down there and have a listen :). The only thing that may not suit you is that they're quite big - walking around with them on might get you some funny looks. But if you're not worried about that I can strongly recommend them. I'm GUESSING that the guys at Headphonic would recommend them for you as well, if you ask.


Edited by Arnotts - 6/14/11 at 8:08am
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Your genre of music will fit well with the HD-598

 

Actually I just ordered a pair for $179.99 from JR, it's one of those advertised pricing that they can't show online

 

People say they are like grado (which fit's your music tastes like mine) and with better detail and mids.

 

I was looking like the same with you and have decided to get the HD-598, but then my second pick was Koss DJ100 becuase they share the same sound signature. The DJ100 only cost $80 too! and are closed

 

On ear and over ear aren't that different.

 

Some over ear pads are small and touch your ear or push your ear into the driver. Which you can fix. My Sony MDR-V6 pushes my ear itno the driver, which I mind. And my Fostex did also, but then I modded them and fixed this. Now my ears are floating over the driver and only the pad around my ear is touching my head. The HD-598 does this also without a mod.

 

On ear offer less isolation but are smaller, more portable, store well and sometimes are a pain on your ears. A set of Grado or Alessandro (which are grados with a tweak for more mids, more fogged highs and lows) would suit you fine too.

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Would it matter what music player I use? I've been thinking of getting a Sansa Clip+ as well. Would the AD900 and HD-598 suit?

 

I live in Adelaide, so I won't have the opportunity to see for myself.

 

As for the JR thing, so I just call them and ask them for the HD-598s for that price?


Edited by zephyrus17 - 6/14/11 at 8:11am
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The AD900's are just fine from a portable music player. They're very efficient and don't require an amp to sound good. Not sure about the Senn's, but be warned - buying internationally is best avoided if you don't mind paying a bit extra. If something goes wrong and you need to send the headphones back, chasing it up, paying for shipping/restocking fees and then having to wait for them to return can be a hassle. If you're willing to take the risk you can get some really low prices though :p.

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Would it matter what music player I use? I've been thinking of getting a Sansa Clip+ as well. Would the AD900 and HD-598 suit?

 

I live in Adelaide, so I won't have the opportunity to see for myself.

 

As for the JR thing, so I just call them and ask them for the HD-598s for that price?


I just ordered them, 179.99 shipped 4-5 days for JR. It's a price they can't advertise online but can sell it over the phone. Just call their ordering system, give the the code "sen hd598" I believe, some plastic and your info and your good.

 

The Hd-598 are said to be bad for portable. Long cord, adn 1/4inch start jack with 3.5mm adapter

 

They could work, but a lot of cord and no pocket time.

 

Sansa Clip+ is great, get ti rockboxed and enough memory and you'll fly.

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