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What makes good podcast headphones?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Most of the testing done around here focuses on music. However, being a weird guy, I listen to podcasts all day long and rarely listen to music. Are there certain models of headphone that are particularly adept at reproducing accurate, full sounding human speech? What should I look for in headphones to get the best podcast experience? 

 

I own the AD-700, JVC HARX700 and the Meelectronics M9, all of which do just a so-so job of reproducing speech. It just never feels quite as warm or full as I expect. 

post #2 of 11

What is your amplifier?

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm not using an in line amp of any sort, and usually listen to podcasts on my iphone. 

post #4 of 11
Podcasts are usually low quality audio files in order to make the download smaller. There isn't anything you can do about that.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

I grasp that, I just want to have the richest sound possible given the source. 

post #6 of 11
So something comfortable, probably with isolation, and forgiving of poor source. I can't really help much there but maybe a PX200?
post #7 of 11

I use my DT1350s to listen to podcasts all the time on the train or bus,  they're my all purpose portables though, great isolation.   At home I usually use Denon D1001s in bed because they're comfortable enough to fall asleep wearing and small enough not to get in the way.  I have AD700s as well, but I rarely use them for podcasts.

post #8 of 11

sub'd. Interested in what's good for podcasts as well since I do a lot of podcast listening myself.

post #9 of 11

The V-Moda M-80 are fairly rich and full, and don't require a dedicated amp.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

The V-Moda M-80 are fairly rich and full, and don't require a dedicated amp.

Those look interesting. What about them gives them those qualities? Just trying to figure out what to look for. 

post #11 of 11

Probably something flat, or somewhat mid-forward. I listen to podcasts all the time at work, and I definitely prefer my SE215's over my M6's because the voices have more body to them, instead of sounding distant and muffled. The highs are also very smooth, which helps when people don't have their mics set up correctly (or like to yell randomly). Not sure about the over-ear or on-ear equivalent to that would be, though.


Edited by CapitaFK - 2/13/13 at 9:36pm
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