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post #76 of 107

Personally I leave it up the company actually selling the headphone to attempt to justify the price to myself as a consumer. Asking a Sennheiser fan for a headphone recommendation is a bit like asking a Justin Bieber fan for music recommendation. We all have our own preferences. It's entirely possible that for you the iPhone earbuds are an end game headphone that will make you happy for the rest of your life.

 

If you aren't left longing for higher sound quality by your current equipment don't go seeking high quality, because you will likely end up spending a bunch of money to simply go in circles for no reason at all.

post #77 of 107

Sennheiser doesn't make the most expensive headphones, some of the Sennheiser full-size headphones are as cheap as $20. 

post #78 of 107

I honestly don't understand how people can say  they don't hear ANY difference. I have (according to my audiologist) insanely good hearing so that might have something to do with it, but if I'm A/Bing headphones I can hear HUGE differences between every single pair to the point that I consider each new set of cans to be an entirely different listening experience. 

post #79 of 107
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Originally Posted by FancyDan View Post
 

I honestly don't understand how people can say  they don't hear ANY difference. I have (according to my audiologist) insanely good hearing so that might have something to do with it, but if I'm A/Bing headphones I can hear HUGE differences between every single pair to the point that I consider each new set of cans to be an entirely different listening experience. 

Well there is a lot of factors such as source, music quality, how well recorded the music the person listens to is, whether they are using an amp, how good there hearing is, etc...

 

I definitely prefer my ATH-M50 over cheap headphones, it's louder, tighter bass with more impact then cheap headphones, it's not as congested, the bass doesn't drown out the whole song (mainly speaking about beats wireless I recently listened to), etc... I just don't hear anything new in the song I havn't heard before. It 100% sounds better and the sound signature suits me well enough but the amount of details did not change much if at all. Again this is just how I hear it, others may hear it differently.

 

I guess I kind of understand the tv analogy because some things can sound clearer on ATH-M50. In those instances I am not hearing anything new, I am just hearing certain sounds better. 

post #80 of 107
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Well there is a lot of factors such as source, music quality, how well recorded the music the person listens to is, whether they are using an amp, how good there hearing is, etc...

 

I definitely prefer my ATH-M50 over cheap headphones, it's louder, tighter bass with more impact then cheap headphones, it's not as congested, the bass doesn't drown out the whole song (mainly speaking about beats wireless I recently listened to), etc... I just don't hear anything new in the song I havn't heard before. It 100% sounds better and the sound signature suits me well enough but the amount of details did not change much if at all. Again this is just how I hear it, others may hear it differently.

 

I guess I kind of understand the tv analogy because some things can sound clearer on ATH-M50. In those instances I am not hearing anything new, I am just hearing certain sounds better. 

Pick yourself up a pair of the Grado SR60i's (least expensive SR model Grado), and tell me you don't hear crystal clear clarity that you've never heard before with your favorite music, I highly doubt it. 

post #81 of 107
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Pick yourself up a pair of the Grado SR60i's (least expensive SR model Grado), and tell me you don't hear crystal clear clarity that you've never heard before with your favorite music, I highly doubt it. 

This ^

 

The first pair of hi-fi headphones I ever received was a set of Grado SR-80s from my dad and they blew my mind. That set of headphones was what got me into the hobby of headphones and audio in the first place. 

post #82 of 107
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Originally Posted by FancyDan View Post
 

This ^

 

The first pair of hi-fi headphones I ever received was a set of Grado SR-80s from my dad and they blew my mind. That set of headphones was what got me into the hobby of headphones and audio in the first place. 

Same for me, my friend turned me on to the 80's, and I purchased the 80i'…and so on.

I only mentioned the 60i because they are less expensive if Kdavis71 ws going to try them.

BTW, I still praise my 80i's, after even buying the 325is and the RS1i's.

post #83 of 107
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Same for me, my friend turned me on to the 80's, and I purchased the 80i'…and so on.
I only mentioned the 60i because they are less expensive if Kdavis71 ws going to try them.
BTW, I still praise my 80i's, after even buying the 325is and the RS1i's.

In my opinion the SR-80i is the best headphone FOR THE MONEY that I've ever used. They're priced 20 bucks above a friggin video game and give you insanely nice and enjoyable sound, especially for an on ear. I recommend these to all my friends who want high-end listening headphones. They sound great for all genres too, I listen to everything from hardcore dubstep to big band swing on em.
post #84 of 107
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In my opinion the SR-80i is the best headphone FOR THE MONEY that I've ever used. They're priced 20 bucks above a friggin video game and give you insanely nice and enjoyable sound, especially for an on ear. I recommend these to all my friends who want high-end listening headphones. They sound great for all genres too, I listen to everything from hardcore dubstep to big band swing on em.

 

The SR-60i is even better.

post #85 of 107

It's a shame SR80 is probably the highlight of the whole Grado line...

post #86 of 107
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post
 

It's a shame SR80 is probably the highlight of the whole Grado line...

 

Shame for what?

post #87 of 107

SR80 is a great $100 headphone. Anything above that in the Grado line, I don't feel is quite up there with a lot of other brands. The PS500 basically sounds like a SR80 with better bass, but it's $600! And the GS1000, I didn't like at all (I preferred the SR80).

post #88 of 107
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post
 

SR80 is a great $100 headphone. Anything above that in the Grado line, I don't feel is quite up there with a lot of other brands. The PS500 basically sounds like a SR80 with better bass, but it's $600! And the GS1000, I didn't like at all (I preferred the SR80).

 

I see. I also only like the SR60 and SR80 for the price tag. 

post #89 of 107

I'm not even sure how so many head-fiers hear such large difference on such imbalanced systems. I see so many people on here driving 1800$ cans from 200$s of source equipment, but still tell me that stuff like line conditioning, interconnect quality, and optical media manufacturing process is snake oil, although I hear night and day difference with them.

 

Be glad you don't have to go further down the hole, OP.

post #90 of 107
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Originally Posted by FancyDan View Post


In my opinion the SR-80i is the best headphone FOR THE MONEY that I've ever used. They're priced 20 bucks above a friggin video game and give you insanely nice and enjoyable sound, especially for an on ear. I recommend these to all my friends who want high-end listening headphones. They sound great for all genres too, I listen to everything from hardcore dubstep to big band swing on em.

For the money definitely, and they do sound good with whatever genre you listen to IMO also.

 

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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post
 

It's a shame SR80 is probably the highlight of the whole Grado line...

I think all of the Grados that I own sound different in their own ways, and I love them all for that reason.

Yes they may have the same sound signatures in a round about way, but they do have their sound differences.

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