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Headphones to play guitar with an Amp

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey folks,

 

I'm looking for headphones to use with my electric guitar amp (so that I don't disturb my neighbors). To plug the headphones to the Amp while playing/practicing alone.

 

Plan to use it occasionally on ipod (very few instances tho).

 

Budget less than $200.

 

If the guitar music is accurate enough, I'm fine. Any suggestions please? 

post #2 of 11
So I guess by "accurate," you definitely want neutral response?

Do you want open headphones, which will give you a bigger soundstage, but will not isolate you from your environment? In other words, is it OK if people in the room with you can hear what you are playing, and it is OK if you can hear your environment?

How long are your playing sessions? Is long term comfort a big issue?

Do you happen to know what kind of impedance headphones your guitar amp can take?
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yeah, by accurate I meant something that'll play the sound the way it is.

 

Isolation is something that I'm planning to use the headphones for. Playing sessions are gonna be at least an hour per day.

 

Yeah wear comfort would be nice to have.

 

I've not checked on the impedance on the amp. 

post #4 of 11

My guitar-head-fi practice setup is a line6 POD => K701.  The 701 is a good pairing, good spectral balance and not too heavily tipped one way or another .  Being a right handed player, the left side cable is preferred over "Y" cables of my other cans.

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by swamesp View Post

Isolation is something that I'm planning to use the headphones for.

Open headphones aren't so loud that some one could hear them in the next room with the door shut. The speaker on my smartphone puts out more noise into the room.

But if there are other people around and you don't want to hear what they are doing, then you definitely want to go closed. Or if you want to sit and play guitar while someone else is watching TV. That kind of thing.

Open headphones do have the advantage of often being cooler because your ears is not completely sealed in.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Looks like I might choose a open headphones, I don't like the feel of sound coming from my head. Any good brand/models to be looked at?

post #7 of 11
Q701s (similar to the K701s mentioned) are a good deal right now. However, they can be difficult to drive (often need a headphone amp).

Sony MA900s are known for being extremely comfortable. It has a 12 ohm impedance, so some headphone outputs may not be suited well for that.

Sennheiser HD598s are at a very low price right now. These tend to run well on most devices.
post #8 of 11

Have you had a look at the VOX amphones? They're made by Audio Technica… might be helpful?

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

I went to Audio Lab in Cambridge, tried on few of the BeyerDynamics, Sennheiser and Audio Technica... I sampled with my ipod. BD 880 was very comfortable overall. I'm not sure which impedance to go for. They had 32ohm which was very powerful on ipod but it might blow out on amp  the headphones. 

 

Should i go with 250? 


Edited by swamesp - 3/15/14 at 7:01pm
post #10 of 11
Blow out an amp? No, the headphones aren't going to hurt the amp. However you need to know what is a good impedance match so. That they sound their best.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

My bad, I've edited it. They said it might blow the headphones.

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