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Hey guys, so I'm looking for some recommendations on portable over-the-ear headphones to work with my iPhone 5.  Budget, no more than $500. I plan on using them at least an hour or two a day, longer on airplane trips, which is only 1-2 times year.

 

Has to have the following:

-excellent SQ, strong mids, good balance but fun somewhat of a basshead

-closed or open design is ok

-absoolutely no wireless technolgies (BT, WiFi, etc.), basically wired all the way

-must be portable

-100% use on iPhone 5 with AAC 256VBR files. I don't want to buy something that would take full advantage of it.

-listen mostly to heavy metal, but sometimes other genre's sneak in

-comfortable

 

I know it sounds a bit picky, but I figure if I list them, it would narrow down the choices.


Edited by rjruiz - 4/28/14 at 12:13pm
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As of right now, looking into the Sennheiser Momentums over the ear.

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You might like the nad visio hp50 and focal spirit one

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You might like the nad visio hp50 and focal spirit one

Okay, will take a look into it.  Thanks!

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After some consideration and reading about different headphones, I finally settled on the Viso HP50's.  Thanks zunehdrocks.  Guy whom I spoke with gave me a good price and recommended that I break them in at least 25 hours.  Is there a specific volume or music genre or type (AAC, lossless, CD, etc..) I should use?

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After some consideration and reading about different headphones, I finally settled on the Viso HP50's.  Thanks zunehdrocks.  Guy whom I spoke with gave me a good price and recommended that I break them in at least 25 hours.  Is there a specific volume or music genre or type (AAC, lossless, CD, etc..) I should use?


I use white noise loops at a volume a little higher than normal listening. You can find them here.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/466827/free-burn-in-files

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I use white noise loops at a volume a little higher than normal listening. You can find them here.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/466827/free-burn-in-files

Great, thanks again!

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Great, thanks again!


You're welcome

but

be sure to leave your impressions here :D

http://www.head-fi.org/products/nad-electronics-viso-hp50-noise-isolating-over-ear-headphones

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You're welcome

but

be sure to leave your impressions here :D

http://www.head-fi.org/products/nad-electronics-viso-hp50-noise-isolating-over-ear-headphones

Will do. ;)

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I use white noise loops at a volume a little higher than normal listening. You can find them here.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/466827/free-burn-in-files

Are there any benefits to using these and just regular music to breaking them in?

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Are there any benefits to using these and just regular music to breaking them in?

No.

In fact, burn-in is unnecessary. If you just listen to your headphones, it will happen naturally. Just takes longer smily_headphones1.gif
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No.

In fact, burn-in is unnecessary. If you just listen to your headphones, it will happen naturally. Just takes longer smily_headphones1.gif
That's what I thought, just moderate volume right?
post #13 of 45
I run mine moderately loud when breaking them in. You just don't want the music distorting because it's cranked up too high--but you never want that. It won't hurt them otherwise to play them loud. Headphones (and speakers) don't have to be broken in to prevent damage. The break-in is about slight changes to the frequency response that--for those that believe in break-in (I do)--results in slight, desirable improvements to the sound quality.
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Are there any benefits to using these and just regular music to breaking them in?

Well white noise can make the headphones sound more neutral. You can change the sound signature a bit by using different genres of music. Some people would tell you otherwise but trust me, it can. If you don't believe me, play white noise, use an equilizer, and put a frequency range at an upper extreme (DO NOT DO THIS TO GOOD HEADPHONES) and leave it playing overnight. You should hear a noticeable change.

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Well white noise can make the headphones sound more neutral. You can change the sound signature a bit by using different genres of music. Some people would tell you otherwise but trust me, it can. If you don't believe me, play white noise, use an equilizer, and put a frequency range at an upper extreme (DO NOT DO THIS TO GOOD HEADPHONES) and leave it playing overnight. You should hear a noticeable change.

As audio equipment designers will tell you, headphone (and speaker) break-in is inverse exponential, and it happens over the life of the device. Although before long, the break-in is so infinitesimally gradual that you would not be able to tell the difference between 100 hours of additional break-in. So it's all going to all break-in eventually pretty evenly if you just play music with it. White noise will have more energy, so it can make it happen faster early on.

Although, if you want to keep believing in that, you should use pink noise. White noise is not perceived as neutral by human hearing. Pink noise is.
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