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Over ear headphones for guitar player and music enthusiast

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Hi, I'm Eric and I'm picking up guitar after being a percussionist for about ten years.  What I'm looking for is a pair of headphones to wear while practicing.  A few years ago I found this website, and now I've come back to ask for your help finding a pair of headphones to suit my needs.  Specifically, what I'm looking for is excellent sound quality (I'm thinking Sennheiser?) at a modest price (<$120, preferably ~$70).  Since these will mostly be used at home, I'm thinking open ear would be the better option.  I also looked at Sennheiser's website, and I'm not sure how to compare headphones side by side.. I'd like to make sure I'm paying for sound quality rather than paying for portability, style, or any "cool" features.  Any suggestions?


Edited by ericd8 - 5/23/14 at 11:19am
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I'm no expert, but i have a pair of Grado SR80i's that sound lovely via a Roland Cube, playing (not terribly well) an American Standard Stratocaster...they're (the headphones) cheap in the UK, even better value in the US, I think. Long cable too. Good luck getting something you like!

post #3 of 7
Hi

I use Akg k240s for guitar prac
Comfortable and pretty neutral sounding

Grados not bad either
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How will you be using them, what sort of guitar or music do you play? If you use them for listening to music while playing along with an acoustic or electric at low volume, open headphones could be a good choice. I usually like to crank my amp up loud, so when I jam to a track or record myself I use IEMs with earmuffs over them so I don't go deaf.

 

I have the Grado SR125i and they are great sounding open headphones. The 60i or 80i should also be good depending on what you want to spend. I don't even know what my IEMs are, they aren't that important as long as my amp and microphone sound good and I can listen to the recording later with proper headphones.

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Originally Posted by Assy McGhee View Post

Hi

I use Akg k240s for guitar prac
Comfortable and pretty neutral sounding

Grados not bad either

How does the AKG k240s compare to the AKG k240 MK II?  They are priced similarly on Amazon, which is the reason I ask.  It looks like the MK II might be closed ear?

post #6 of 7
Read this review

http://www.amazon.com/review/R38315II1E82LA/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R38315II1E82LA

They are pretty much the same sound wise
The mk2 has a few more accessories
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I've considered buying the AKG mk240s. They seem great for the guitar because I'd be using an amp, but I'd also like to use the headphones for my iPod. Would the 55ohm impedence of the 240's be too much for the iPod? If so, could I get a suggestion for headphones with a lower impedence so I don't have to invest in a portable amp as well?
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