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Recommendations please- What headphones should I get for use with my smartphone?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

Sorry for the post.... I am sure what I am asking probably seems naive to most of you... Please excuse my ignorance.

I am looking for some good headphones to use with my smartphone (lumia 820)... I listen to country music. The audio from this phone is actually quite good. When I connect the phone to my home amp it sounds great, plenty of bass, clean vocals, and nuances from steel guitars etc are very clear. Note the amp has an "enhancement" mode for playing compressed audio files (my mp3s are digitised at 250Kps). Ear buds I currently have are obviously mediocre in comparison.

I would like some over ear headphones that will give me a similar experience (or better) as my home amp (a middle of the range Yamaha). After researching headphones for some time there appear to be a heap of options around my upper price of $300. But many of the brands I am not familiar with.

However, I did find the Sony mdr-1r and mdr-10r... The mdr-1r are advertised as "premium audio" with an impedance of 20ohms. The mdr-10r have "high resolution audio", which is advertised to enhance the quality of compressed files, but the impedance is 40ohms. I have read the max impudence for use with smartphones is 32ohms, which would suggest the 10r may not be the best option.. But a Sony sales rep I spoke to said the 10r would be the best option.

I trust Sony and have always found their products to be high quality... Can anyone comment on the quality and suitability of the 1r and 10r for use with my smartphone (inline mic for calls not needed) or can recommend more suitable headphones.

Many thanks,
Jack
post #2 of 8
Impedance =/= power required. There are a lot of things to consider! The impedance, sensitivity etc. But sometimes, those specification won't tell you the truth, say for example the AKG K701;


Frequency Response 10Hz - 39.8kHz
Maximum Input Power 200 mW
Input Impedance 62 ohms
Sensitivity 105 dB SPL/V

But, it requires a lot more power than that! In short, don't mind the impedance smily_headphones1.gif

I recommend the Sennheiser Momentum for you as they are easy to drive, and suit most genre of music except for Classic and acounstic (I am not sure what genre of music do you listen to).

Otherwise, for more neutral sound, there is the PSB M4U1

Hope it helps,
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi Billson,

I like country... There are some accoustic tracks... I will take a look at the PSB M4U1.

thanks,
jack
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by jcannon View Post

Hi Billson,

I like country... There are some accoustic tracks... I will take a look at the PSB M4U1.

thanks,
jack

Will definitely go for the PSB M4U1 if I were you smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Many thanks.. Will definitely check them out..

thanks again.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by jcannon View Post

Many thanks.. Will definitely check them out..

thanks again.

Your welcome! And do let us know on your final choice! And how you like them biggrin.gif
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi again Billson,

I have read on multiple sites that with the quality headphones they are not so good for use with compressed audio files as they amplify the imperfections, which would make sense... This includes the PSBs you suggested... Have you had any experience with listening to compressed audio files with high quality headphones? What's your experience?

Thanks,
Jack
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by jcannon View Post

Hi again Billson,

I have read on multiple sites that with the quality headphones they are not so good for use with compressed audio files as they amplify the imperfections, which would make sense... This includes the PSBs you suggested... Have you had any experience with listening to compressed audio files with high quality headphones? What's your experience?

Thanks,
Jack

Not all high end headphones will have that issue. Usually this only happen on brighter headphone. The PSB do sound better with lossless file but with compressed file, they won't make it sound like a $10 headphone, it will still sound great. smily_headphones1.gif
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