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Need help to choose a headphone

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi there all,

 

I decided to wind up using rubbish earphones.  To be honest, I have lost among recommendations and remarks in other topics.

 

I'd like to buy a decent, reliable, non fragile, noise cancelling,  (no amp) proper portable over the ear headphone. I don't want to buy a BRAND, I want to buy long lasting QUALITY. I am just a regular music lover who loves to listen music travelling on a coach, train or flight, walking down the street. Often listen to classical music, electronic, rock, and vocal. Need a good bass and a nice, clear sound.

 

I went to a shop this week and tried some beats stuff, the beats studio was the best I ever tried. I was amazed. But some guys remarked that they break easily, a hip-hop artist said keep away from it. Others say that is the best, according to others Sennheiser is the best and others say Sony, Philips, etc.

 

What do you recommend?

 

Many thanks 


Edited by negyedikandras - 11/4/13 at 10:20am
post #2 of 12

Budget? Brand doesn't matter.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Under 300

post #4 of 12

You listen to a good range of genres so I'd recommend the use of an eq and the purchase of one of the following:

 

KEF M500

Focal Spirit One

ATH WS99

PSB M4u 1

Sennheiser Momentum

MDR 1r

etc. etc.

 

The KEF M500 (to me at least) is the best, followed by the Focal Spirit One and ATH WS99.  The KEF is pefectly balanced, the Focal Spirit One is really dark and intimate, with good clarity.  The ws99 is dark, though not as dark as the FS1, and slightly bass heavy.  The FS1 doesn't have a large bass boost (at least I can't hear it).

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your help! I'm gonna check them.

post #6 of 12
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Thank you for your help! I'm gonna check them.

The sound Magic Hp 100 are my favorite for about $200 NEW. Best of all you can save some money! Also Non the those headphones are active Noise Cancelling, how ever many of them have Passive Noise Cancellation [which is very good on the Sound Magic HP 100 actually] not to mention again you can save some money!

 

If you do not mind me asking what is your source? Or the unit you will be playing music from 

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you Mshenay!

 

Nothing serious, just mobile phone (Android and iPhone) and mp3 player.  In the near future I'm gonna buy a proper home set, but right now I want to use it for personal use, I travel quite a lot and surrounding noise and rubbish quality annoys me a lot. I try to find the best solution.

post #8 of 12
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Thank you Mshenay!

 

Nothing serious, just mobile phone (Android and iPhone) and mp3 player.  In the near future I'm gonna buy a proper home set, but right now I want to use it for personal use, I travel quite a lot and surrounding noise and rubbish quality annoys me a lot. I try to find the best solution.

I think your very best bet, is to grab the HP 100, it has great quality and very good passive isolation. In addition to it, get your self a Sansa Clip Zip [about $30] get the BIGGEST one they have and buy an expansion card for it [what ever it takes] from there get all of your music in 16bit Lossles FLAC if possible and if FLAC is not possible [go hunting the interwebs for it lol] if you can't find flac then stick with 320k mp3! A lot of nice headphones will reveal the well neagtive effects of compression. 

 

Meaning when you take a Natrual Sound wave, and Digitize it, you lose about .01% of it since the pc can only get a sample. It can't get the entire perfect wave only again like a 99.9% sample of it [which is more than enough] Now take that 99.9% which is refered to as "Lossless [Flac, Wave, Ape (common Lossless formats)" and compress it into Lossy or [Mp3, ACC, OGG (common lossy formats)] at 320k your down to like 95% and each additional compresssion, from 320k to V0 then v2 ect... ect... when you make that percentage drop. And you end up losing your High Frequancies, and again high quality headphones will reveal that "loss" resulting in rather poor sounding music. The % are an estimate it might be WORSE or Better that my estimations. My point is, the Sansa Clip Zip can play Lossless quality music. SO if you want quality go lossless! If you can't find lossless copies of your favorite music, then 320k mp3 [which is rather common] is your next best bet.

 

If you want more info on all this, Pm me and I can write an even longer post with pictures and what not xD [or I can do it here if you'd like on this thread] Either way chances are your current phone or mp3 player does not support lossless play and I feel that the BIGGER size of lossless files IS worth the increase in sound quality. 

 

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And yes I can AB/X Lossy and Lossless with any song for those who want to get into that.
 
Most of what your lose in compression is the air in the music. Most noteable are the highs. They just sound funny to me on mp3's and they should because part of their white noise, and decay are removed from the recording. 
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks dude, you sounds like a pro!

 

I read somewhere that the HP100  has some sound leakage. Is that true? And getting the ears sweaty after a few hours?

 

Is this Chinese stuff reliable? 

post #10 of 12
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Thanks dude, you sounds like a pro!

 

I read somewhere that the HP100  has some sound leakage. Is that true? And getting the ears sweaty after a few hours?

 

Is this Chinese stuff reliable? 

Hmm I never had any one tell me the sound leaked? If it does I nor the ppl around me did not notice it. And yes there are some very GOOD Chinese companies. Keep in mind these are the ppl who invented Gunpowder, Paper and the Compass. That said there are still great Chinese Companies who aren't like their cheap knock off country men. Men and women with a passion about Audio same as teh rest of us. Not to mention I owned the HP 100 and i like it very much 

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I know, Chinese science was first class. I didn't mean to offend them, but you know, the most crap is coming from that country. 

 

I'm gonna check this HP100.

 

Thanks for your advice!

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by negyedikandras View Post
 

Yeah, I know, Chinese science was first class. I didn't mean to offend them, but you know, the most crap is coming from that country. 

 

I'm gonna check this HP100.

 

Thanks for your advice!

Oh yea there is a lot of garbage. So much that the really good products get a little skewed [as you are experinceing now] Non the less do check them out. 

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