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I have a pair of bose qc20i I got as a present because I got sennheiser hd252 and was telling friends how much I wanted another different pair of headphones. So I got the bose.

They look really pretty but review said the quality was that of $50 headphones. The noise cancellation is supposed to be phenomenal but I don't see the point since on my sennheisers I listen so loud I can't ear anything anyways.

I haven't used the bose yet so I was thinking I would sell them on ebay. They seem to be in high demand.

What should I put the money towards? I'm really open to any style but in ear. My third pair is polk 6000. They sound good. A little too much bass. Virtually no noise cancellation. But still sound good.

I like electronic music and metal. Super loud. Lots of mid range. Good but not overpowering bass. And enough treble to get by.

I suppose the only kind I don't want are the super huge kind. Unless those really do sound that much better. Mostly I'd like a new set of phones just or fun to listen to and switch things up a bit.
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Also. Is there a safe trading forum here or elsewhere so I could just trade for what I want? Not that ebay is a hassle or anything.
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They look really pretty but review said the quality was that of $50 headphones. The noise cancellation is supposed to be phenomenal but I don't see the point since on my sennheisers I listen so loud I can't ear anything anyways.

 

The point of noise cancellation is so that you won't have to crank it up to begin with, although active cancellation has the potential to screw around with the sound vs being alone in a quiet room at nigh using even open-back headphones. Also, even if you have something loud enough to drown out the noise floor, fact is that noisefloor is still there. You don't consciously notice it but it doesn't mean that it doesn't affect what you're listening to. My system at 1:00 on the amp during a meet is never as good as with it at 10:00 on my nightly listening session at home. I crank it up to 1:00 then, and not only does the amp not distort noticeably, but my ears cry "uncle!" at that point (I used to listen at 2:00 on the dial but that's at low gain settings when I had another headphone to use it with).

 

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Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post

What should I put the money towards? I'm really open to any style but in ear. My third pair is polk 6000. They sound good. A little too much bass. Virtually no noise cancellation. But still sound good.

I like electronic music and metal. Super loud. Lots of mid range. Good but not overpowering bass. And enough treble to get by.

I suppose the only kind I don't want are the super huge kind. Unless those really do sound that much better. Mostly I'd like a new set of phones just or fun to listen to and switch things up a bit.

 

You can try Grados, but in stock form they might not have enough bass for you; an alternative would be the Sennheiser HD25-1 II. Past these nearly all that are better than these in many ways (not in absolute terms) will likely need an amplifier or a digital audio portable player with discrete components (and a powerful amp circuit) due to low sensitivity or very high impedance, and a decent one too that has the right mix of voltage and current for a specific headphone's needs and also has very low distortion.

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Those sennheisers you recommend are the ones I have. I abbreviated too quickly.

Maybe I would be better served not getting new headphones but something like an amplifier or other accessory to tweak and enhance the sound.

Im listening on an iphone and iPod. Here are two recommendations I got.

Audio engine d1
Nuforce digital analog compressor.

I was also recommended open backed headphones for a greater soundstage.
Edited by northoceanbeach - 3/26/14 at 1:17pm
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Those sennheisers you recommend are the ones I have. I abbreviated too quickly.

Maybe I would be better served not getting new headphones but something like an amplifier or other accessory to tweak and enhance the sound.

 

You might want to stick with the HD25-1 II for much longer. I wouldn't really be much into getting an amp for those though, as they are relatively easy to drive and don't scale as well as other headphones. If you really must experiment, read up on iPod DACs that can take the signal out of any iDevice using the same sync cable (or a shorter one from the DAC manufacturer).

 

 

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Im listening on an iphone and iPod. Here are two recommendations I got.

Audio engine d1
Nuforce digital analog compressor.

 

I think you meant "converter" - "compressor" in digital audio terms means you're going into a lossy conversion, like into 128kbps MP3. Also, NuForce makes several DACs, so I can't be sure which one that is, although given the price point and circuit architecture of the D1, I suppose that's the uDAC.

 

Why not get this instead? Works with iOS (check if the CCK is still needed for your device) and OSX/Windows.

http://www.jdslabs.com/products/84/c5d-amplifier-dac/

 

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I was also recommended open backed headphones for a greater soundstage.

 

Note that you can only really use many of them at home because noise leak (in and out) and bulk, as some tend to use larger drivers for a wider frequency response and ergo larger pads that also isolate the ear, so at least noise coming in on that side of the drivers are reduced. The Grados I mentioned above at least conform to your requirements that it not be of "the superhuge kind" and they fold flat, so you can lug these around and if you get to a reasonably quiet place where you can't hear anything else (jacking up the volume on the Grados while on public transport will NOT help) no one will be disturbed by what you're listening to (jacking up the volumes will likely get you a punch to the face from another commuter).

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Try a pair of audio technica ath esw9, nice mids, good bass, smooth. Though not the last word in detail. I would also recommend a set of grado Sr225's for a more high energy sound, good for rock. If you want to step into world if hifi.. the holy trinity are the sennheiser hd600's - beyerdynamic dt-880 - akg k701. Do your research, pick your poison. Be aware for them to reach their potential you will need an amp. I'd go for the sennheiser hd600. the for sale forums here are a good place to buy and sell used gear. Though you might be better off selling the Bose on eBay. You might not get much love for them here.
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