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post #976 of 4029

I went to lecture today wearing my es700's and my friend happened to bring his sony zx100 to class, so naturally the conversation drifted to the topic of headphones. He mentioned how his headphones kept breaking and this was his third set of zx100, then asked if my headphones were bassy. To keep things simple, I replied that my headphones weren't focused on bass (they actually have good bass, just not bloated midbass), but that compared to his the music should be much more clear. I offered to let him try it (I have no idea what was playing on his phone) and after just a few seconds he goes "DAMN, I can hear the clarity already!"

 

By the end of the lecture he was asking me for a list of recommendations for portable headphones under $40, which I promised to have ready by sunday. If handled well, I think he could be a possible convert, so any suggestions? :p

post #977 of 4029
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I went to lecture today wearing my es700's and my friend happened to bring his sony zx100 to class, so naturally the conversation drifted to the topic of headphones. He mentioned how his headphones kept breaking and this was his third set of zx100, then asked if my headphones were bassy. To keep things simple, I replied that my headphones weren't focused on bass (they actually have good bass, just not bloated midbass), but that compared to his the music should be much more clear. I offered to let him try it (I have no idea what was playing on his phone) and after just a few seconds he goes "DAMN, I can hear the clarity already!"

 

By the end of the lecture he was asking me for a list of recommendations for portable headphones under $40, which I promised to have ready by sunday. If handled well, I think he could be a possible convert, so any suggestions? :p

Koss KSC35, 75 and Portapros, Panasonic HTF600, Monoprice 8323.

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post #979 of 4029
Jvc-s500
post #980 of 4029

We had company here all week , with my wife's aunt and uncle in town.

 

I saw my wife's uncle checking out my tube amp, just looking at it weird, not touching.

 

Finally on wednsday he asked...."is that an old tube amp for headphones".....sort of in a very curious , but unsure way"

 

I told him it was.

 

I asked him if he would like to hear the headphones {RS1i}

 

He said sure, so I turned him on loose on Grooveshark and the rest of the internet.

 

A couple hours later, he resurfaced again........then said this now classic line for me.

 

"Joe, I have not enjoyed my music for decades, but this I so much enjoyed"

 

"Where could a person buy some headphones like that"...."Target or Best Buy"  :tongue:

 

It made me feel good that he enjoyed his music again....I could not imagine a life without it.

 

He may seriously think about spending $400 for an amp and some nice cans......I really hope he pursue's it......he deserves to enjoy life and his music .

post #981 of 4029
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I went to lecture today wearing my es700's and my friend happened to bring his sony zx100 to class, so naturally the conversation drifted to the topic of headphones. He mentioned how his headphones kept breaking and this was his third set of zx100, then asked if my headphones were bassy. To keep things simple, I replied that my headphones weren't focused on bass (they actually have good bass, just not bloated midbass), but that compared to his the music should be much more clear. I offered to let him try it (I have no idea what was playing on his phone) and after just a few seconds he goes "DAMN, I can hear the clarity already!"

 

By the end of the lecture he was asking me for a list of recommendations for portable headphones under $40, which I promised to have ready by sunday. If handled well, I think he could be a possible convert, so any suggestions? :p

Be honest with him and tell him that he cannot get good headphones for 40 dollars. Give him a good advice from me, tell him to stop buying, for a few months at least, cancer causing sugary drinks and body harming junk snacks. That way he can save enough money to buy some decent sounding headphones. I saw Audio Technica A900X sold second hand for around 100 dollars. That would be a phenomenal buy for him. 

post #982 of 4029
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Originally Posted by 5370H55V View Post

I went to lecture today wearing my es700's and my friend happened to bring his sony zx100 to class, so naturally the conversation drifted to the topic of headphones. He mentioned how his headphones kept breaking and this was his third set of zx100, then asked if my headphones were bassy. To keep things simple, I replied that my headphones weren't focused on bass (they actually have good bass, just not bloated midbass), but that compared to his the music should be much more clear. I offered to let him try it (I have no idea what was playing on his phone) and after just a few seconds he goes "DAMN, I can hear the clarity already!"

By the end of the lecture he was asking me for a list of recommendations for portable headphones under $40, which I promised to have ready by sunday. If handled well, I think he could be a possible convert, so any suggestions? tongue.gif

Add a few more $10 for Grado SR60i (open) or HD439 (closed). Possibly a pair of V-Moda M80 in case it breaks again tongue.gif
post #983 of 4029

Had a good friend of mine come over to listen to my new set up and we wanted to listed to infected mushrooms pink nightmares as a test. So i left him at it so he can brows around the music i had and listen.

 

I came back and he said that i needed to get him away from the computer before he steals my headphones

 

using HT omega eClaro>FLAC library>JVC MX10 pure bliss needless to say hes now looking for studio monitor headphones now

post #984 of 4029
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Be honest with him and tell him that he cannot get good headphones for 40 dollars. Give him a good advice from me, tell him to stop buying, for a few months at least, cancer causing sugary drinks and body harming junk snacks. That way he can save enough money to buy some decent sounding headphones. I saw Audio Technica A900X sold second hand for around 100 dollars. That would be a phenomenal buy for him. 

 

I believe there are good portable headphones under $40 (in fact my list so far has 8 of them), but I also think that recommending him to save up more is a good idea. The problem is that he's probably unwilling rather than unable to pay more than $40 at this point. I'm planning to have him listen to my es700 more and see if it'll influence him to up his budget, but for now I'll stick to mostly <$40 cans for my list plus a couple slightly more expensive ones and recommend that he save up until black friday for the best deals.

post #985 of 4029
When my HE-400s finally came in I had my brother listen to them. He appreciates quality sound and hates beats but was unaware of just how good headphones can sound. He said "hang on let me get my headphones (some $60 JVCs) for comparison so I can hear the difference" thinking that he would have to do a A/B to tell the difference. I told him it was unnecessary and to just put on the HE-400s. I pressed play and his jaw dropped and he proceeded to sit down on the floor with an amazed look on his face. Later that day he said he hates me because now he wants to throw his headphones against a wall. Needless to say he no longer thinks the $400 price tag was too much
post #986 of 4029
^ very nice
post #987 of 4029
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^ very nice
But he kinda disappointed me when he got Bose IEMs.... I told him I would find him something better for the same price or less but he bought them anyway
post #988 of 4029
Tsk tsk!
post #989 of 4029

My favorite non-audiophile reaction was when my friend used my AD900's for Counter-Strike:GO and realized at that moment why I always thought he was deaf when he couldn't hear exact movement across the map. Oh, and music sounded great, too, I guess.

 

Now he's buying my AD900's to fund my eventual AD2k/AD2kx purchase. :biggrin: 

post #990 of 4029

Not at all a high end headphone, but my 17 year old sister was at school today and tried a friend's skullcandy headphone. These ones:

 

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Not only did she think they were ugly, but she said they didn't sound good. When I asked her why she said "They sound just didn't sound, like... deep?" to which I asked her if she meant soundstage (I explained to her the concept of it all) and she said yes. I also asked her if they sounded clear, which she said no.

 

Glad I've instilled some good taste in her!

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