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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Dratino View Post

I won't deny that with the right gear, you would be able to do A/B comparisons and differentiate between 128kbps mp3s and lossless formats. Without an A/B comparison, however, most people may not even realize they're listening to a lossy format tongue.gif
To clarify i wasn't try to scare off squirrelboy but just let him know that it is possible. I agree with about lossy formats tho.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by squirrelboy1210 View Post

so let's see if i've got this straight (summarizing some info i've gathered) ... for ipod users, headphones won't need to go over the $300 mark, (maybe with exception of p7, but those extra 50 bucks are mostly high quality build/ design anyway) cuz those above need amps/dacs to bring out the music, and they also sound bad under 256 bitrate; maybe 320 depending on your ears.
iems should be cut at the $500 mark- (se535, w4, ue900, ie80, etc) while higher models don't necessarily need amping, a portable amp is recommended. they will bring out the bad points in recording/mastering/ and bitrates uder 256 or so quite easily, being detailed. for these higher end iems, a portable amp/quality music player with quality music is needed to justify their price.

conclusion: sell se535 at $400, and m50 at $150 (i live in korea)

buy dunu-dn1000 as iem $200, and p7 $400 as headphone (stuck between p7, nad viso hp50, kefm500, and maybe momentum/mdr1r/m100/k550, but will probably get p7)

While price isn't the best indicator of headphone quality or pairing needs, as a rough benchmark, yes, i would agree with your summary.
post #18 of 22
You can demo a lot of these in Best Buy's Magnolia section.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post

You can demo a lot of these in Best Buy's Magnolia section.

 

For ~$300 headphones try the Sennheiser Momentum model. They are extremely comfortable headphones, have solid isolation, and work for a wide variety of genres. 

post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

 

For ~$300 headphones try the Sennheiser Momentum model. They are extremely comfortable headphones, have solid isolation, and work for a wide variety of genres. 

 

I have to admit, even though I already own the P7s, I get tempted by the Momentums every time I walk past the local headphone stores and see these on the shelves. These simply look too good and sound great as well!

post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

 

For ~$300 headphones try the Sennheiser Momentum model. They are extremely comfortable headphones, have solid isolation, and work for a wide variety of genres. 

I have too many headphones already but maybe you meant to post this to the OP?  The Momentum's are too small for my ears and end up being on-ear headphones for me :) but thank you anyway for the recommendation.  I also already own a pair of closed headphones that I enjoy more than the Momemtum's, the Shure SRH1540.

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post
 

I have too many headphones already but maybe you meant to post this to the OP?  The Momentum's are too small for my ears and end up being on-ear headphones for me :) but thank you anyway for the recommendation.  I also already own a pair of closed headphones that I enjoy more than the Momemtum's, the Shure SRH1540.

Yeah I meant that for the OP, woops!

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