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Just woke up from an audio-coma, Need some recommendations for my next set of long-term headphones

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Hey Head-Fiers

 

I've been reading head-fi for a few years now but this is my first personal post and, as always, it comes at a time of dire need. 

 

A few years ago I invested in a pair of Bose Tri-port AE's which eventually lead to a follow up purchase of the original IE's which have lasted me until recently. Coming from apple earbuds and Sony $20 specials the Bose sets were a major improvement but they have worn down over time and need to be replaced. 

 

After some research I decided to pick up a pair of Etymotic HF5's which will soon be going back to the store due to serious cable-noise issues which I can no longer bare. However, the sound from the Ety's was quite pleasing and a big step in the right direction from my relatively muddy Bose IE's.

 

Now, after some more extensive research, I've found that cable noise issues (which i never really noticed with my Bose IEM) are all too common amongst IEM's and I'd like to avoid running into that issue again. As I've gotten older I also find that I enjoy IEM's less and less and I've decided to make a move on a good pair of Headphones to tie me over for the next few years. 

 

As far as musical preference goes I'm really a big Mid's and High's guy, I love treble, clear, sharp acoustics and snappy snares and symbol's. When it comes to bass I'm not too picky and will take even the weakest of offerings as long as the rest fills out nicely. 

 

I listen to mainly classic rock, 90's rock and pop, live acoustic jam sessions, blues, funk, jazz and a little classical. 

 

Lately I've been on a kick of James Taylor, The Band, Blind Melon, John Mayer, CSNY, Nick Drake, Bill Withers, Allman Brothers, just to name a few......

 

I have a few Tech Spec requests to hopefully guide any recommendations: 

 

- Folding Design 

- Single Cable Connection

- Above Average Build Quality

- Clean Cable (NO VOLUME REMOTES)

- Between $200 - $400

post #2 of 3

One thing that would help people recommend a good set of cans would be your preference on open/closed back design. If you're not worried about sound leaking, I'd recommend Grados, as they tend to have a brighter sound signature (not too bright though). Their built quality is quite nice, and the cups rotate so that the headphones can lay flat in your bag, etc. In your price range, the Grado 325is would be one to consider.

 

Edit: Sorry, I missed your preference for a single cord. Please ignore the stuff above in red.


Edited by spacetoast - 1/8/14 at 8:25pm
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Originally Posted by spacetoast View Post
 

One thing that would help people recommend a good set of cans would be your preference on open/closed back design. If you're not worried about sound leaking, I'd recommend Grados, as they tend to have a brighter sound signature (not too bright though). Their built quality is quite nice, and the cups rotate so that the headphones can lay flat in your bag, etc. In your price range, the Grado 325is would be one to consider.

 

Edit: Sorry, I missed your preference for a single cord. Please ignore the stuff above in red.

 

The grado's do look like a decent contender and i'll look at them a little closer. 

 

They are however an open design and I was looking for a more private experience so closed back would be preferred. 

 

thanks toast

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