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post #16 of 41

On a budget and you mainly listen to rock....this is a no brainer.....grab the Grado SR60i or the SR80i.....both are great

 

Then buy a pair of L- cushions....you are all set.

post #17 of 41
Thread Starter 
Thanks again Claritas.

 

Based on the fact that I have 2 young boys and a lively Jack Russell, which I will be using the headphones to walk outside, means that they will certainly not get the care of a potential audiophile like yourself! With that in mind, is the removable cable more advisable in case of damage/wear? Are all open cans more prone to roll off as I've been looking at the AK451 which is described as good with bass?

 

Anyone got any opinion on the other points raised as well?

 

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Having trawled eBay, I have found some old Grados (SR60 and RS1), but would they still be better than newer current models and suitable to my bass requirements?! On a slight tangent I've also found some very reasonably priced AKG K840KL wireless cans - might these be worth a punt, or is wireless still not sorted?
post #18 of 41
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

On a budget and you mainly listen to rock....this is a no brainer.....grab the Grado SR60i or the SR80i.....both are great

 

Then buy a pair of L- cushions....you are all set.

Are the previous SR60 similar enough in quality (see eBay comment previously!)

post #19 of 41
The SR80i with l-cush is a great can but... It's literally the most uncomfortable headphone I've ever worn. I can't wear it for more than 15 min.

The SR80i has ample bass , but the extension just isn't good. Nice for rock, bad for electronic, Hip hop, stuff like that.

If you want some bass, if go for the UE6000 @$100 which is over ear.

If you can afford it, the ES FC300 is my favorite recommendation under $350.
post #20 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thanks Trunks,

 

Been looking again at the UE 6000, but cannot get them easily in the UK. All of the US shippings add $30 for taxes, let alone the $40 shipping charges, which makes for a much larger bill than necessary! Anyone got some on here that they'd be willing to part with for a reasonable fee?!

post #21 of 41
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Originally Posted by TheRev76 View Post

Based on the fact that I have 2 young boys and a lively Jack Russell, which I will be using the headphones to walk outside, means that they will certainly not get the care of a potential audiophile like yourself! With that in mind, is the removable cable more advisable in case of damage/wear? Are all open cans more prone to roll off as I've been looking at the AK451 which is described as good with bass?

Anyone got any opinion on the other points raised as well?

Open cans are not a good choice for outdoor walks as you will hear your environment too easily. It also means you will not be able to tune out noisy boys or dog, either, when you have a chance to listen to your music.

I still think that the Onkyo FC300 is a good fit for you. The sound is very good.
post #22 of 41
Thread Starter 

My main issue with the Onkyo, is the supply. UK stockists bump the price, so where the US charges $120, the UK is £150 ($250)!!

post #23 of 41
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My main issue with the Onkyo, is the supply. UK stockists bump the price, so where the US charges $120, the UK is £150 ($250)!!
Check amazon uk. I saw them for less there.
post #24 of 41
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Originally Posted by TheRev76 View Post

Based on the fact that I have 2 young boys and a lively Jack Russell, which I will be using the headphones to walk outside, means that they will certainly not get the care of a potential audiophile like yourself! With that in mind, is the removable cable more advisable in case of damage/wear? Are all open cans more prone to roll off as I've been looking at the AK451 which is described as good with bass?

I don't think the issue of whether the cable detaches should have such a strong influence compared to overall sturdiness. Plastic Grados, for example, aren't especially tough. A friend's beagle chewed up his SR60 pretty easily.

Regarding roll off, one can find it in both open and closed, but it's easier to prevent in closed. I agree with cel that you should go with a closed model for the isolation.
post #25 of 41
Thread Starter 

I would like the detachable cable so that I can replace this later if it were to get damaged, but I guess it's not critical if it's detrimental to the phones? Closed seems to be favourite then *removes K451 from list* so the Onkyo fill the brief - Google searches will fill my evening!

post #26 of 41
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Opinions on the DT770?

post #27 of 41

Have you considered the AKG K545? A portable version of the K550, with more bass, a removable cable and all-round better fit.

 

The fact that I happen to have one for sale in the classified section is purely coincidental ;)

 

(Seriously though, they sound like a good option for you to consider)

 

 

post #28 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info J, and they really do sound like they'd do the job - and look the mutts!

 

However, even at your sale price they are a bit too steep for me, as I was hoping to get some for around £50, or slightly more if the necessity arose :wink_face: crackin' as they look, it's like fancying Jessica Biel but with the appeal of Jonah Hill!

post #29 of 41
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Originally Posted by TheRev76 View Post
 

Thanks for the info J, and they really do sound like they'd do the job - and look the mutts!

 

However, even at your sale price they are a bit too steep for me, as I was hoping to get some for around £50, or slightly more if the necessity arose :wink_face: crackin' as they look, it's like fancying Jessica Biel but with the appeal of Jonah Hill!


No worries - for that price I'd recommend the Creative Aurvana Live. Full size, over-ear, but compact and light weight and very comfortable.  Sound quality as good a headphones 2-3 time their price.

 

Good review here: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

post #30 of 41
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Originally Posted by TheRev76 View Post
 

Are the previous SR60 similar enough in quality (see eBay comment previously!)

Yes they are very good.

 

You can wear open headphones for walk, nothing wrong with that at all....it will let you hears your surroundings....which is pretty important if you are walking your dogs.

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