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post #1 of 5
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Hi I'm kind of new all of this, after years of cheap crappy headphones like skull candy etc. I've decided it was finally I got a pair of audiophile headphones so I can hear my music how it is meant to be heard. I have been told to stay away from bose and beats as they just aren't worth the money. From looking around I have found the best ones are likely going to be either sennheiser ie 80, shure 535LTD, Phonak Audeo PFE232. Was just after some general thoughts to help me decide. 

 

I listen to a very wide range of music everything from Bon Jovi to Mozart really so I really want a pair of headphones for all occasions if that is possible. I have a budget of around $500-600 I hope that is enough. 


Edited by enapace - 1/3/14 at 8:27am
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Hey there, Welcome to Head-fi, You are right to stay clear of the likes of Bose and Beats, Beats being a fashion and the Bose earphones I had were a bit disappointing to say the least.

I am also considering buying some IE80's, I have owned the IE8's and must say that the Sennheiser IE line is very bass heavy. I have also had the $1000 IE800 for a few months, also bass heavy, but not to the point it compromises the mids & high's, if you can find some on the sale for trade forum in your budget get those!. Otherwise the IE80 is also an excellent choice with the option for a removable cable, just make sure you have the ear space to accommodate them! As they are fairly large.

I cant comment on the Shure's, I haven't owned them but I've heard a few other on here complaining about their lack in bass and that they're overpriced. But sound stage is good.

It' really depends if you are into bassy music, look at the Senns if you aren't fond of it then maybe look at the other ones. :)

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Originally Posted by AudioJunki3 View Post
 

Hey there, Welcome to Head-fi, You are right to stay clear of the likes of Bose and Beats, Beats being a fashion and the Bose earphones I had were a bit disappointing to say the least.

I am also considering buying some IE80's, I have owned the IE8's and must say that the Sennheiser IE line is very bass heavy. I have also had the $1000 IE800 for a few months, also bass heavy, but not to the point it compromises the mids & high's, if you can find some on the sale for trade forum in your budget get those!. Otherwise the IE80 is also an excellent choice with the option for a removable cable, just make sure you have the ear space to accommodate them! As they are fairly large.

I cant comment on the Shure's, I haven't owned them but I've heard a few other on here complaining about their lack in bass and that they're overpriced. But sound stage is good.

It' really depends if you are into bassy music, look at the Senns if you aren't fond of it then maybe look at the other ones. :)

Thanks for welcome & advice I was looking at a pair of the Shure 535 LTD Red as heard there was a noticeable difference between those and normal 535 and found a place selling in my budget. I will keep the IE 80's in mind not really into bassy music more than any other really I do have a wide mix of tastes in what I listen to. I'm currently doing a lot of commuting a day on the bus and decided that I wanted to get a solid pair of headphones. Honestly I don't even really know what sound stage is. 

 

PS Nice to see I'm not the only one of here from the UK.


Edited by enapace - 1/3/14 at 9:36am
post #4 of 5

I see, I must look into these new Shures as the points I made were the main reason I moved away from them :D

Best advice I can give really as I've not heard them is search the forums for reviews :) I've not been here long either so I don't know as much as some of the other guys here. They might be able to help you better.

 

Sound stage is the recreation of the recording of a musical event in the x, y, and z axis. (w, d, h) be it in mono/stereo.

 

The x axis is the easiest to reproduce, the z hardest. In large home systems you are really entering deeply into diminishing returns to get that height.

 

Best recordings to identify sound stage easily is to choose a well recorded orchestra such CSO, LPO etc. and see where the wind, strings etc. sections and see if you can identify the section according to the arrangement of that orchestra.

 

Imaging is whats placed within the sound stage. Here you should be able to pick up the individual characteristics of the said instrument, its size in relation to the others in the sound stage. ie a piano should sound much larger than a violin etc.' 

 

-Quoted by member: skprs01

 

Hope this helps :)

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Originally Posted by AudioJunki3 View Post
 

I see, I must look into these new Shures as the points I made were the main reason I moved away from them :D

Best advice I can give really as I've not heard them is search the forums for reviews :) I've not been here long either so I don't know as much as some of the other guys here. They might be able to help you better.

 

Sound stage is the recreation of the recording of a musical event in the x, y, and z axis. (w, d, h) be it in mono/stereo.

 

The x axis is the easiest to reproduce, the z hardest. In large home systems you are really entering deeply into diminishing returns to get that height.

 

Best recordings to identify sound stage easily is to choose a well recorded orchestra such CSO, LPO etc. and see where the wind, strings etc. sections and see if you can identify the section according to the arrangement of that orchestra.

 

Imaging is whats placed within the sound stage. Here you should be able to pick up the individual characteristics of the said instrument, its size in relation to the others in the sound stage. ie a piano should sound much larger than a violin etc.' 

 

-Quoted by member: skprs01

 

Hope this helps :)

Thanks I appreciate the quote/explanation it makes a lot more sense now I will make sure to check out what others have said.

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