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post #16 of 33
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@NA Blur What genres do you listen to? Do they compare with the DJ100's ?

 

Right now i've narrowed it down to DJ's and Grados , maybe the philips if I can get someone to tell me if they compare to the more expensive alternatives .

If anyone else has some last moment recommendations don't hesitate to post them.

post #17 of 33

I listen to mostly jazz, world, and acoustic.  In that regard it might not be the best headphone for rock, but as far as the general sound quality coming from the Philips it is really amazing for the price.

 

Grados are uncomfortable especially with the bowl or comfy pads because they are not thick enough and part of the driver places pressure on the outer ear.  Acoustically they are great for rock and metal.

 

I have not heard the DJ100.

post #18 of 33
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I've been giving this a lot of thought , I've checked a lot of reviews about the grados , people say they are great headphones for unplugged music and not so good in other genres , is that true ? The biggest minus though,  is the fact that they have an open back , I am very tempted to buy them , but that's quite a drawback , beside the noisy neighbourhood , It's rather bothersome to have everyone around my room hear what I'm listening to , it pretty much defeats the entire purpose of using headphones.

 

I don't think Grados sound bad in any genre. I also like rock and metal, and I think if you like the sound of those genres they may sound good to you for any genre. Someone who likes another genre might not like them for that genre, but you might like them even for that genre because your tastes in music and sound are different to theirs.

 

The openness is not as big an issue as some make it out to be. If you listen at reasonable to high levels, others will be able to tell what you're listening to, but I've read that others will be able to hear almost as loud as you do and that's a big exaggeration. With closed headphones you are still going to hear some of the noisy neighborhood, so it's not like it's a matter of zero noise with closed headphones vs all the noise with open headphones. If you or others in the same room are easily irritated by noise they still might not be the best choice however.

 

Comfort is a bit of an issue for me with the Grados. My antitragus (I had to look that up because I didn't know what it's called, it's the bit that sticks up above your ear lobe) sticks out so the ear pads rest on it and create some spot pressure. If your ears are relatively flat they are probably fine, or you can try changing or modding the pads like someone else already mentioned.

post #19 of 33

If you can, I might try to shoot for the Koss DJ 100 TBSE Edition, for a closed headphone I found it to be comfortable over long periods and sound pertty dencent...

 

BUT the Grados are fun to mod, and I've always enjoyed modding my headphones a little :3  there is also [if it's within your budget] the Logitech UE 6000, which retails for as low as $85 here in the US 

post #20 of 33
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The TBSE edition of the dj100 is US exclusive , so no , I cannot find it anywhere unfortunately, only the standard version is available here in Europe.

The Logitech ue 6000 are in fact cheaper than the grados , 95E compared to 105 , how are they compared to the grados ?

post #21 of 33
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The TBSE edition of the dj100 is US exclusive , so no , I cannot find it anywhere unfortunately, only the standard version is available here in Europe.

The Logitech ue 6000 are in fact cheaper than the grados , 95E compared to 105 , how are they compared to the grados ?

very different, but I really liked the UE 6000 they worked well for all genres for me 

post #22 of 33
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In the end I gave up on the Grado sr80i and open back models , indeed they are great headphones , the sound is extremely good , but I can't get over the fact that they are open back , it would bother me and the people around too much , it's truly a shame but not much I can do about it.

 

Instead , the Koss DJ seem like a decent pair of headphones , I've been cosidering buying them , but then I found (again) the Shure srh440 , they look good , they have very good reviews , but the problem is I can't find them anywhere in italy , there is one shop , but I trust italian shops as much as I would trust the guys who look like they didn't take a bath in months trying to sell you bracers because they are raising funds for kids and whatnot. My old hd203's broke after one year and they have no such thing as warranty cuz as the vendor said , if the cable breaks inside the can , it can't be fixed ( d`oh).

Then there's the Philips Citiscape Uptown , which i've found good reviews on around youtube , but still don't know if they can compare quality and sound-wise to the other models present and comparison videos are very rare to come by.


Edited by folie - 6/1/14 at 8:01am
post #23 of 33
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Okay , so , tomorrow I will order one of 2 ( maybe 3 )  pairs , I'm leaning towards the Koss right now but I want to ask one question about the Grados which I can't really seem to get off my mind , are they durable? I will use the headphones sometimes for even 12 hours , with various pauses ofc , but the thing they're plugged into will still run , so that will still have its toll on them. Also , is there a way to make them more confortable , like getting some , perhaps cheaper pads , cuz if I were to buy them I would be jumping the budget quite a bit.

post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by folie View Post
 

Okay , so , tomorrow I will order one of 2 ( maybe 3 )  pairs , I'm leaning towards the Koss right now but I want to ask one question about the Grados which I can't really seem to get off my mind , are they durable? I will use the headphones sometimes for even 12 hours , with various pauses ofc , but the thing they're plugged into will still run , so that will still have its toll on them. Also , is there a way to make them more confortable , like getting some , perhaps cheaper pads , cuz if I were to buy them I would be jumping the budget quite a bit.

 

Personally, I think the UE6000 is the best all-rounder of the three.  That said, Rock is...what Grados DO.  The DJ100's are probably a good compromise between the two.

 

I don't have any comfort issues with my SR60s which I like more than the 80s, 125s, and 225s...to me they have better bass and the high end's not as edgy.  No durability issues with my Grados.


Edited by GearMe - 6/3/14 at 2:16pm
post #25 of 33
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So you would personally get the UE6000 over the grado sr80i's for rock?.

 I'm asking because i'm so very confused , it took me 2 weeks to narrow it down to 2-3 headphones and the list is starting to grow bigger yet again

post #26 of 33

You know...this afternoon I've been listening to some headphones that just do everything well ($45 in US, $73 Euros on Amazon.it).  Running them from my laptop w/Fiio E10

http://www.amazon.it/Pioneer-SE-A-1000-Cuffie-tradizionali/dp/B001381SLI 

 

They're the Pioneer SE-A1000s.  I poke some fun at them on the thread (mostly because of the thread's title...and their looks) but the really have a good soundstage, vocals, and detailing; better bass than the Grados, take EQing well.  

 

I've been listening to DMB, Van Halen (Right Now, Judgement Day, Man on a Mission, 316), Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers, Deep Purple (Fireball, Highway Star, Speed King), Clapton, The Stones, SRV...even the Black Eyed Peas -- all good.  In addition, they're very good at live stuff too -- unplugged, Jazz Quartet, etc.  

 

Two downsides -- as mentioned, they're ugly (imo) and the cord is too long.  That said, I figured out the cord thing is actually a benefit for me as I can plug them into to AVR system and sit on the couch across the room and the cord reaches no problem.  BTW, they're very good on Movies (and supposedly gaming as well).  Lastly, they seem to have gotten better as I've used them.

 

Below is a thread where people talk about them (yeah...the title's over the top).

http://www.head-fi.org/t/670454/pioneer-se-a1000-appreciation-club-sennheiser-hd-650-for-45

post #27 of 33
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So you would personally get the UE6000 over the grado sr80i's for rock?.

 I'm asking because i'm so very confused , it took me 2 weeks to narrow it down to 2-3 headphones and the list is starting to grow bigger yet again

 

I bought my Grados for Rock, and when I'm just listening to that, there is nothing better in my collection.  The thing with the UE6000 is its a much better all-rounder in my opinion and I think some other folk's estimation as well...but they are warmer sounding and not as 'fast' to my ears.

 

Here's a good write up on them.  http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/surprisingly-good-logitec-ue6000-and-ue9000

post #28 of 33
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I don't care how they look like , but are they really worth 73 euros? 45 USD are roughly 36 euros , I understand they are great headphones for their price in the us but would you still buy them over the UE6000 or sr80i if they were 90$?

 

Let me tell you few bands I listen to so you can maybe get an idea on what i'm looking for.

 

Deep Purple , Pink Floyd , Dire Straits ( my favs ) , Alice in Chains , Great White , White Snake , Allman Brothers Band , Electric Light Orchestra , Billy Idol , Twisted Sister , Steevie R.V. , Tenacious D for fun cuz J.B. is awesome , The Smashing Pumpkins , Megadeth , Metallica ,  Moody Blues , Motley Crue , Bruce Springsteen and many others .


Edited by folie - 6/3/14 at 3:19pm
post #29 of 33
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I don't care how they look like , buy are they really worth 73 euros? 45 USD are roughly 36 euros , I understand they are great headphones for their price in the us but would you still buy them over the UE6000 or sr80i if they were 90$?

 

If I had one headphone to get out of these it would be the UE6000 because I listen more music genres...but with your focus on Rock, I'd go with Grados.

post #30 of 33
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Thank you :) , I think I will order them tomorrow , I only hope I will be luckier with this pair , the hd203's broke on me at the worst time possible , alongside my mouse . Oh, one more thing, I will probably use skype a bit , and i am planning to get a zalman zm-mic1 , I won't have problems such as the sound leaking so bad that the other party can hear it through the mic , right?

 

In any case , I want to thank everybody who helped me with various suggestions and answered my questions on this thread.

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