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Sep 15, 2002 at 1:49 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 14

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I justed started looking into headphones and the first two names that popped up were Seinnheiser and Grado. I'm looking for a closed headphone (I'm in college, so it would make more sense if no one else can hear my music, since I like to play it loud). I listen to music all the time and I also play counter-strike on my computer. So I'm looking for a headphone that's good for music and gaming (I don't know if there are "good" headphones for gaming or not, but I figured I would ask if there are). I'm not about to spend $250 on a set of headphones, but I was looking at the Seinnheiser HD 212 Pro's which go for $80 from Seinnheiser's site (I'm not planning on buying from their site, but I wanted a ballpark price). Has anyone tried these? I chose them because it was a nice price, they're closed, and I like the style of the headphone. Although, I really don't have any idea what the quality of that model is like. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.
 
Sep 15, 2002 at 1:55 AM Post #2 of 14

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Hey,

I am in college, and was in your situation about 5 months ago. I ended up with a pair of HD 280 Pro's from Sennheiser, and I have been very pleased with them. The isolation is amazing, so not only do others not hear your music, you don't hear the annoying sounds around you. The only problem that I have noticed with them, is that they lack some bass that I am used to. So keep that in mind if you are a bass lover.
 
Sep 15, 2002 at 4:10 AM Post #4 of 14

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READ - MAH - TEXT.
SONY - V - 6.

Just make sure you stay far, far away from just about anything else by Sony, particularly the deceptively named and monumentally ****ty V-600.

Do a search on http://shopping.yahoo.com for "Sony V6"
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BTW, sorry about your wallet.
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Sep 15, 2002 at 4:17 AM Post #5 of 14

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Hi salz

It would really help others to know what kind of music you like to listen to as well as what your sources will be. You might want to fill in your profile as well as put this info in a post so you can get better recommendations for this and any future questions.

I bought the Senns HD280 but found them a bit lacking in bass and very analytical. They are nice phones but they brought up all of the detail in a recording and put it right in your face whether you wanted to hear it or not. I also found them to be somewhat unforgiving of less-than-ideal sources such as 128k MP3 and sound-blaster-type comp cards. Some find them comfortable but they were not comfortable to me.

I ended up buying the Beyer DT250-80 but they go for about $170 vs $80-100 for the Senns HD280. Read my review here http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...&postid=184407

Also use the 'search' and you'll turn up a lot of info.

An inexpensive closed phone that comes up a lot is the Sony V6. I've only listened to a beat up set of these at a local CD store and was trying to overcome the really loud crap on the in-store speakers so my experience was not ideal. They didn't sound bad and favor bass.

Also, try to gain an understanding of the person making the recommendation. If someone recommends a set of phones to you because they sound good to them with classical music but you listen to rap, that might not be a good recommendation.
 
Sep 15, 2002 at 5:26 AM Post #6 of 14

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Well, salz you have certainly came to the right place for headphone information. Very doubtful you’ll get a bad recommendation from any of these guys. I noticed that you said that you like to play your music a little on the loud side. Also, your looking for a closed phone that isolates well.
That kind of sounds like my situation a little while back; I was looking for an alternative to the HD-600s, which lets a lot of sound leak in. During the summer time I have the air conditioning, and a very loud computer fan going at the same time, so it was time for some isolation.
I chose the Beyer DT-770 pros, and I think I am enjoying them more, and more every time I listen to them.
I think for someone that doesn’t want to play with tube amps, but loves silky smooth treble, a liquid midrange, and powerful deep bass would be in heaven with these phones. They are also great to play loud because the treble doesn’t pierce your eardrums. The build quality is very durable, they isolate well, are great gaming phones, and comfortable also.
The downfall, you will probably need a minimum of a Fixup, Cmoy, or Meta42 amp to drive them well, but I bet it would be well worth it.
Other closed phones to consider: Sony V-6, Beyer DT 250-250/80, Sennheiser HD25s, 280s, or Beyer DT 831s. Good luck!
 
Sep 15, 2002 at 5:30 AM Post #7 of 14

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Here's more informtion. Most of the music I listen to is new rock/metal and I have a sound blaster audigy gamer sound card and I use winamp to play my music. All of the music on my computer is mp3's. I beginning to realize that if I really want some nice headphones, I'll need to spend more, so feel free to give me more expensive suggestions. But if possible, I don't want to have to empty my bank account. Thanks.
 
Sep 15, 2002 at 9:34 AM Post #9 of 14

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I think really decent headphones would be wasted on MP3's.

I'd stick with the 212 Pro - they're more than enough for your needs.

I have a brief review on them. Have a read if you like.
http://www.geocities.com/magicthyse/...one.html#hd212

On any PC, turn down the bass a bit and the phones should be suitable for the vast majority of music.

I also listen to nu-metal/rock in the main. I use the 212 as a backup to my main portable phone, the MDR-V700DJ.
 
Sep 15, 2002 at 3:32 PM Post #11 of 14

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Before I came here I was down with the koss r-80's.

Biggie.
 
Sep 18, 2002 at 5:20 AM Post #12 of 14

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Salz, as many others have recommended to you, the Sony MDR-V6's are great if you are looking for something inexpensive but still quite good. Most of my music listening is done on my PC with a SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 sound card using Winamp to play my MP3 collection, as well as some gaming done on this machine. They are my first set of real headphones and were well worth the $70 I paid for them from millionbuy.com. They are great all around with very good bass extension and decent treble. My music collection mostly consists of industrial and rock. My only real complaint with these headphones is that they all too starkly show how mediocre my sound card sounds
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Sep 18, 2002 at 5:57 AM Post #13 of 14

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Why not upgrade from Winamp to Coolplayer? Why not upgrade from an Audigy to a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz ???

http://www.epinions.com/cmd-review-8...3A024B24-prod2

http://www.epinions.com/content_55647309444

Also... the HD280's are inexpensive from Etronics:

http://shop.store.yahoo.com/etronics...nhd280pro.html

And here is a good set of 2.1 multimedia speakers that is small enough to fit on a dorm desk and still give good sound and look good:

http://commerce.gateway.com/accessor...ductid=1904047

Yea, some HD280's, a TBSC, and some PM9's, and you're set!
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The TBSC is inexpensive from here:

http://shop.store.yahoo.com/newegg/29-118-101.html

BTW, you can shave $8 off of the price by buying from a cheaper, no-name online place, but Newegg is known for good customer service.
 

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