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Recommendations for investing in a decent pair of over-ear headphones

post #1 of 6
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Hello, I am considering investing in a decent pair of over-ear headphones, but I have a few doubts as to whether or not it's worth it.

 

I'm by no means an audiophile, so far I've only been using cheap headphones. I mostly listen to rock and metal on my notebook or phone.

 

My main concern is if there's going to be a big enough difference in sound quality to justify going from a cheap pair of Philips headphones to decent (but not too expensive) Sennheisers or AKGs.

 

When listening to metal for e.g. in more intensive parts of the songs, with faster drums and guitars, the sound gets muddy and loses detail (not sure if this is the best way to describe it). Will more expensive headphones deal with this?

post #2 of 6
How can anyone else tell you whether *you* will think new headphones are worth the money?

I suggest you take your phone to a store or to someone you know with better headphones and try it.
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When listening to metal for e.g. in more intensive parts of the songs, with faster drums and guitars, the sound gets muddy and loses detail (not sure if this is the best way to describe it). Will more expensive headphones deal with this?


In general, yes, but you haven't mentioned any particular headphone models. If you narrow it down to a specific headphone, you can get an idea of what it will sound like from reading here, but like billybob said, the only way to really know is to try it yourself. The recordings and file types you listen to, as well as your phone itself, will also affect what you hear.


Edited by manbear - 1/18/14 at 9:08am
post #4 of 6

Hi,

 

From my experience with headphones, I think it is really important to pick a headphone that sound good with your favourite genres. An expensive headphone not neccesarily sound better than a cheap one with a more engaging and forgiving sound signature. Some audiophile headphones are really unforgiving of poorly recorded music (most modern music - over bright/compressed) then it is important to make a little of research after buying simply a "technically superior" headphone.

 

For the genres you've listed, I find my Yamaha HPH-200 to sound very good, warm with nice air and soundstage, punchy bass and lively highs, probably not the best headphones for classical music, but great for rock and metal. This headphones are not a good choice if you need isolation and/or no sound leakage. In that case you should consider Yamaha HPH-Pro 500 which also has very good reviews and preserves a similar sound signature.

 

Best Luck!

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

I know trying them personally is the best way but it's not as easy as it sounds. Most stores refuse to unpack headphones, unless they are higher-end ones because they are stored in boxes, which can be opened without breaking the packaging.

I am currently looking at AKG K514 MKII and Sennheiser HD 429, they cost almost the same in my country.

 

The file type I listen to is 320kbps MP3.

post #6 of 6
You asked whether *any* more expensive headphone would make your music sound better. That's why I suggested you try to demo something from either a store or a friend - anything decent would do - any demo phones.
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