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128 kbps challenge

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by ian111, Nov 12, 2012.
  1. Ian111
    Okay, I listen to my ipod nano with typical "junk files".  I simply don't have the time and energy to upgrade my 1000+ song collection to 320 or lossless at this time.  Maybe a couple years from now when my newborns are older and I have some free time.
     
    Looking into "upgrade" or just something different from my Grado RS60i powered by FIIO E6.  Just something better or more fun to listen to.
     
    Budget $100-$500
    Sennheiser Momentum
    Sennheiser Amperior
    Beyrdynamics DT1350
     
    or "Forget it dude stick with your Grados, not worth the effort or money with crap files" [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Doc-holliday
    Are they files you converted yourself or are they itunes music?

    The reason I ask is I know that apple was allowing people to upgrade their songs for like 29 cents a song to at least 256kbs.
     
  3. Pure Quickness
    Quote:

    The better the earphones/headphones, the worse those files are going to sound!
     
    I would imagine that you can fix a majority of the song files by looking them up via torrent! (I know you did say you didn't have time)
     
    but... it just seems like a waste to buy some quality earphones/headphones in the hopes that it could make those bad files sound better. It probably wouldn't!
     
  4. Ian111
    Mostly ripped from my CD collection about 20% or so downloaded from iTunes.
     
  5. MalVeauX
    Heya,
     
    While lower bit rate MP3's can sound pretty awful with a highly resolving headphone, they're not completely broken. You can still enjoy them of course. Sometimes, hi-fi is not the best-fi for your music collection.
     
    Depending on your preference to signature of audio, I would suggest you look at dark headphones or essentially non-bright headphones, or use amps that are slightly dark (Fiio tends to be I find). Treble tends to really quickly reveal a low quality MP3, as it sounds artificial, etchy, scratchy, or really dull sometimes. Smooth headphones that have rolled off treble often mask this issue and allow for a lower quality recording to still sound good.
     
    Suggestions:
     
    Closed:
     
    Mr Speakers Mad Dog (modded T50RP) with a portable amp (like a Fiio E11 or E17 or JDS CMOY).
    AudioTechnica A900X
    M-Audio Q40
    Shure SRH840
     
    Open:
     
    Ultrasone HFI 2400 with portable amp like Fiio E11/17/CMOY.
    Sony MA900
    Hifiman HE-300
     
    Very best,
     
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  6. Ian111
    Quote:
    So I guess my entry level Grado is an exception because they still are a dramatic improvement (for me) over most headphones costing around that price?
     
  7. Doc-holliday
    And while we are at it... since all the headphones you put in your short list are portable on-ear headphones... I would throw out the Phiaton MS400. In alignment with what Malveaux just said, it has relaxed high end. Uber comfy too.
     
  8. Ian111
    I'm a complete newbie to this world and I assumed the cans I listed made more for portable devices might be more forgiving with junk files.
     
    I realize I won't be able to enjoy them at their true potential, not even close, but if they can still be enjoyable I don't mind spending the money.  And hopefully within a year or two I'll be able to upgrade my files.
     
  9. Ian111
  10. fjeena
    just a suggestion. if you sign up to itunes match, it costs £21 a year, u can upload 25000 songs. the main feature is being able to store your music on a cloud. But a nice extra that comes with it, is any of your music that it "matches" with its online servers. it allows you to re-download in 256kbs, it doesnt matter if u bought it from itunes or not.but bear in mind, this isnt going to help you if most of your music is by small unheard of artists and bands. its worth a try IMO. just something you might wanna look into.
    although if it were me, id start slowly re-ripping or downloading everything in at least 320.
     
  11. MalVeauX

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