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What headphones would be good for the song 'Golden Brown' by The Stranglers?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Very incompetent when it comes to the technicality of music, I like this song and others like it. What brand of headphones would it be played best on (like Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Grado)? 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJL8GjLCGxU 

post #2 of 10

Some brands like Grado have a 'house sound' which means most of their headphone sound quite similar - this however is not true for most brands, so your question doesn't have a direct answer.

 

I do however know the song, so I know you want a headphone that excels at vocals and simple chamber/acoustic music. 

Unfortunately this doesn't have a simple answer either because everyone has different taste in sound.

 

It would be more useful to know your budget and genre preference, and sound taste.

Also what kind of sound are you looking for, and what headphones/speakers you had in the past that didn't make you happy.

post #3 of 10
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Thanks for the reply GREQ! My budget for now is anything under $1000. I think it's trite to say but I listen to all kinds of music. Nonetheless I do prefer alternative/new wave/punk. I haven't had many headphones in the past, I did have a pair of lower end around the ear Bose phones (which I thought were so-so). However, I am looking to buy something more higher end.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

And sorry, what did you mean by 'sound taste'? :confused_face:

post #5 of 10

Sound taste would refer to the sound signature that you prefer. So perhaps a description of the set of cans that you are currently using would be good, also, you can give some thing that you like to change in your new purchase.

 

Eg: I like the sound from XXX, but i think the bass is somewhat lacking. So I would like something with a stronger bass.

 

:dt880smile:

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Originally Posted by Artem View Post
 

Sound taste would refer to the sound signature that you prefer. So perhaps a description of the set of cans that you are currently using would be good, also, you can give some thing that you like to change in your new purchase.

 

Eg: I like the sound from XXX, but i think the bass is somewhat lacking. So I would like something with a stronger bass.

 

:dt880smile:

Exactly.

 

At the very least we can generalise everyone into 3 maybe 4 categories of sound signature preference:

- Treble centric (cold sound, sometimes called analytical or detailed, sometimes clinical. Good for picking out details)

- Neutral (equal balance of all sound - some would argue that this is the goal of a true audiophile)

- Warm (bassier sound, maybe slightly veiled treble - very relaxing/euphoric sound)

- V-shaped (emphasised bass and treble - "bassheads" should apply here - sometimes called a 'fun' sound)

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Honestly anything that would emphasize this song and the genres I listed :) I don't know enough bout music/owned enough headphones (a couple of low end Bose's) to give an explicit answer. :tongue_smile: 

post #8 of 10

If you just want to listen to home look into getting a simple DAC/AMP stack.

Or at least a portable DAC/AMP from FiiO.

 

Here's a list of great headphones under $1000 for you to read about that do ALL music justice.

 

Beyerdynamic DT880 600 Ohm (or 32 if you don't want an amp)

Beyerdynamic DT990 600 Ohm (or 32 if you don't want an amp)

Hifiman HE400

Hifiman HE500 (needs quite a beefy amp to make the most of it, but is still very enjoyable on a simple amp)

Sennheiser HD650 

AKG K712 Pro

Mad Dog by Mr. Speakers (Professionally Modified Fostex T50RP)

Alpha Dog by Mr. Speakers (same as Mad Dog but with 3D-printed custom ear-cups)

(MAYBE) Grado PS500


Edited by GREQ - 10/30/13 at 5:03am
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendations! I will definitely try HE400, HD650, and PS500 :) 

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Why would the Grado PS500 sound not be suitable though?

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