Getting new headphones, but don't know what to get
Mar 25, 2006 at 4:27 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 13

cth

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I've been wanting to get some nice headphones for awhile, but haven't been able to decide what to get. my three main choices all have flaws. a) bose triports supposedly break all the time. b) sennheisser 555's have a 10-foot long cord (from what I've heard) and that is too long for me. c) bose quiet comfort 2---$300.

I will be using these headphones to listen to music on my iPod and movies on my laptop. i hate earbuds. I mainly listen to rock music, my favorite band is the Beatles if that helps determine what I need.

Any analysis will be greatly appreciated as I plan to make a purchase sometime this week.

Thank you, cth.
 
Mar 25, 2006 at 4:28 AM Post #2 of 13

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bose...no.

no bose.

no bose no.

get senns.

555s or maybe used 595s.
 
Mar 25, 2006 at 4:32 AM Post #4 of 13

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Check out the official Bose Triport alternative thread. Lots of good suggestions there.

Is the long cord really a worry? I keep mine tied up with a twisty-tie or a velcro strap - it doesn't bother me. I'd suggest the HD 555/595 or the Audio Technica A500/A900. Both have, AFAIK, 10ft cords.

You might want to consider the Sennheiser HD 25-1. It does well with this kind of music, is easy to drive, and has a 4.5 ft cord.
 
Mar 25, 2006 at 4:43 AM Post #6 of 13

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I think Grados would work very well for you. One issue a lot of people have with Grado headphones is comfort. I find them fine, but some people can't stand them.

Also worth considering are the Audio Technica A500 and AKG k240 Studio, if portability isn't needed as much. Most of these headphones have longer cords, so just keep some of them looped up with twisty ties or something. Long cords are handy sometimes.
 
Mar 25, 2006 at 4:58 AM Post #8 of 13

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i feel it is.

but it's really up to you.

the 595 improves on all areas of the 555 to some extent.
 
Mar 25, 2006 at 7:40 AM Post #9 of 13

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Use this as a guide
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Mar 25, 2006 at 11:01 AM Post #10 of 13

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Quote:

Originally Posted by cth
thanks for the answers so far guys.

does the difference between the HD 595's and the HD 555's justify the difference in price



From my experience: yes. They bring the music much more alive than the HD 555 by adding more punch and musicality. The HD 555 are still great cans though.
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 7:16 AM Post #13 of 13

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HD 555 works great without an amp.
HD 580 unamped...is okay....but not very loud or dynamic. Kinda ordinary.

If I didn't have an amp, and my source was an iPod, I would pick the 555 over the 580.
 

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