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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

So...a simple question.  What are the most fun headphones that you've ever heard? By fun I mean, they made you dance, they made you feel the music, they were just very engaging, alive and...fun. :P  


Mention any headphones, regardless of price, size, type, sound signature, etc....and give a few reasons for why you mentioned them. :P

 

 

For me,  most fun headphones were Sennheiser HD212pro.  Cheap $50 DJ headphones that looked and felt cheaper than a piece of toilet paper, but sounded great.  Deep tight bass, not very detailed, highs recessed, mids muffled,  soundstage pretty small, and overall they sounded pretty dark and muffled, but somehow, I can't explain why, they always made any music I played trough them sound very engaging, because they always put crucial parts of the music forward.  They were obviously colored, but they were my go-to cans for the past couple of years, they even made my HD558's and HD650's wait in line when I would be listening to new music I got.

post #2 of 23

Simple answer:

 

Pick a Grado, any Grado  smile_phones.gif

 

 

impact, quick, up-front & personal, I love rock & so do Grados


Edited by NiceCans - 2/1/12 at 1:17pm
post #3 of 23

Grado SR325is, if only they wouldn't fly off my head

post #4 of 23
Sennheiser Orpheus. At least the HE90/HEV90 system. Euphonic detail. The Stax SR-X Mk3 Pro is pretty good too - relatively neutral but impactful, forward, and dynamic as all hell.
post #5 of 23

Probably the Panasonic HTF600s.

post #6 of 23

Grado SR60i (modded a bit, but that's not unusual)

post #7 of 23

Sony MDR-F1. 

 

They aren't flat, they don't isolate for anything, and they look wild. That said, they do something with vocals that even my ESPs can't capture. Everything is just "alive" but it's all very civilized; there's no "sizzle" just a very good, musical (or whatever) balance. Their soundstage is also something magical. Nothing sounds "bad" on these, except for over-compressed audio (and oh my do they let you know when a videogame or movie has over-done the compression on the vocal tracks; we're talking less forgiving than the Emperor).

 

 

post #8 of 23
I should explain something.

I don't really think "fun" has as much to do with headphones as it does with mindset. I find that my enjoyment of music varies far more from day to day and mood to mood than it does with gear to gear. When I'm in the right mood, I can listen to laptop speakers and still be moved by the music since my mind fills in the gaps where the system lacks. And on the flipside, when I'm in the wrong mood any piece of gear will sound wrong, and the more insistent it is with its presentation the more grating and annoying it becomes. Plus, there's a whole load of physiological factors that are in play here - even a small change in blood pressure will physically affect my perception of sound, and the same rig will sound very different at different times, and certainly will vary wildly in enjoyment.

I also don't really understand what "fun" means per se; there's accurate sound and there's inaccurate sound. Accurate sound is very different from the common notion on HF, and neutral doesn't mean cold, analytical, or dry. Real live music has warmth, it has saturated tone colors, it has lushness and impact. Stand next to a drum kit and tell me that the cymbals don't sizzle or that the kick drums don't slam; listen to a live sax and tell me it's not lush, or a live harp and say it's not ethereal. There's so much vivid life in real music that any system that fails to capture that is by definition inaccurate. I've heard some of the finest and most accurate speaker systems in the world, and guess what - they were extraordinarily musical and involving. Which is why sound that I've found the most musical has usually also been the most accurate - emotion is inherent in the music and failure to capture it is inaccuracy.

So all this talk about fun and excess bass and all that is just silly to me.

TL;DR I hate fun, happiness, and kittens... I had fun once... it sucked and I didn't like it! Also Cat, drink less before you post...
post #9 of 23

Koss Pro DJ 100 and Grado SR-225i.

 

 

 

post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by catscratch View Post

I should explain something.
I don't really think "fun" has as much to do with headphones as it does with mindset. I find that my enjoyment of music varies far more from day to day and mood to mood than it does with gear to gear. When I'm in the right mood, I can listen to laptop speakers and still be moved by the music since my mind fills in the gaps where the system lacks. And on the flipside, when I'm in the wrong mood any piece of gear will sound wrong, and the more insistent it is with its presentation the more grating and annoying it becomes. Plus, there's a whole load of physiological factors that are in play here - even a small change in blood pressure will physically affect my perception of sound, and the same rig will sound very different at different times, and certainly will vary wildly in enjoyment.
I also don't really understand what "fun" means per se; there's accurate sound and there's inaccurate sound. Accurate sound is very different from the common notion on HF, and neutral doesn't mean cold, analytical, or dry. Real live music has warmth, it has saturated tone colors, it has lushness and impact. Stand next to a drum kit and tell me that the cymbals don't sizzle or that the kick drums don't slam; listen to a live sax and tell me it's not lush, or a live harp and say it's not ethereal. There's so much vivid life in real music that any system that fails to capture that is by definition inaccurate. I've heard some of the finest and most accurate speaker systems in the world, and guess what - they were extraordinarily musical and involving. Which is why sound that I've found the most musical has usually also been the most accurate - emotion is inherent in the music and failure to capture it is inaccuracy.
So all this talk about fun and excess bass and all that is just silly to me.
TL;DR I hate fun, happiness, and kittens... I had fun once... it sucked and I didn't like it! Also Cat, drink less before you post...


 

I respect your opinion and agree with you to some degree.  The way we react to music depends on our mood indeed, but there's no running away from the fact that no matter what mood you're in, sometimes gear can change it, at least for me.  Music made me laugh when I was feeling down with HD212's,  with HD650's, its complete opposite. No matter how pumped up I am to listen to some tunes, once I put them on and play the music, serious face comes on and I just sit and listen, without being excited or engaged. 

 

I mean, yesterday for example, a situation which made me start this thread in the first place happened, and made me realize something about my headphones. I was listening to  a stereo system in my room which consists of Monitor Audio RX1 speakers and Yamaha A-S700 amplifier.  Its is a really fun, musical and engaging system, it makes all music feel very lively.  I was listening to some Dire Straits, and was really excited, jumping around like an idiot and playing air guitar and drums... biggrin.gif.

However, my room mates came back from collage and I had to switch to HD650's to not bother them with noise. My excitement sort of vanished in a couple of seconds with HD650's, because they simply sounded boring and not engaging or lively at all, they just manage to take all the fun and excitement away.  That's what I mean by fun / engaging sounding headphones or boring / dull / distanced sounding ones, and HD650's are DEFINITELY boring. I knew that since I bought them, but I guess I subconsciously forced myself to like them until now.   Anyway, I'll most probably replace them with Beyer DT990,  Denon D2000, Philips Fidelio L1 or Grado SR325, but I have to try those first, they don't look very comfortable.


Edited by derbigpr - 2/2/12 at 7:26am
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Koss Pro DJ 100 and Grado SR-225i.

 

 

 



+1 for SR225i. Sounds even better with the reverse bowl and tape mod shown on innerfidelity. Also I would have to add my newly aquired Vintage AKG K141 Monitor with the Sextett drivers. Really engaging and it sort of has a "vintage" feel in the sound. It sounds experienced and wise hahaha

 

post #12 of 23

The W1000x imo, beautiful, wonderful voices and a very fun headphone imo.

post #13 of 23
Denon AH-D7000
post #14 of 23

Koss Pro DJ100  , great headphones for the price.  Hear detail I have never heard before..

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by NiceCans View Post

Simple answer:

 

Pick a Grado, any Grado  smile_phones.gif

 

 

impact, quick, up-front & personal, I love rock & so do Grados


grado rs1 here!

 

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