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Is there any point to buying expensive headphones if you listen to MP3s

post #1 of 4
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I heard that there's no point because expensive headphones would just expose all the flaws in your MP3s because it's not the best or clearest file format.

 

Should I stick to cheap headphones like these?

 

http://store.sony.com/p/Stereo-Headphones/en/p/MDRZX100/BLK


Edited by LastDayz - 10/5/13 at 12:41pm
post #2 of 4

Get higher bitrate MP3's and you should be fine.

Not many people can differentiate between 320kbps and lossless, even with detailed headphones.

post #3 of 4

Properly encoded MP3 files, i.e. ripped and converted from original CD are fine for the many in the context of outdoor commuting usage

 

And at a sufficiently high bit rate 256kbps or 320 kbps

post #4 of 4

You could do better than those $20 Sony's while limiting yourself to MP3s, but yeah, it would be a waste to get something that costs $600. This is obviously a huge generalization, but I'd say the $200-300 range is probably as high as it would be worth going. I'm assuming that you're not using an amp, just the regular headphone jack on a portable player, so how easily the headphones can be driven is also a factor. Headphones like the Sennheiser Momentum, Amperior, HD25, V-moda, etc. would all be worth the money with MP3s, IMO, especially if you get higher bitrate MP3s. 

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