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Hello everyone,
I'm new to head-fi, although i've been surfing the forum, especially the computer-as-source section. This is a great place, so I've joined and this is my first post.

I'm looking for a pair of headphones to listen to through an M-audio Audiophile USB, playing lossless audio from my PC. (this acts as a preamp for my main hi-fi system, -- class A monoblocks and speakers).
My only experience with headphones in my life have been with stock Sony earbuds and a pair of Panasonic closed models I bought a few years ago for about $20. The black padding on them is peeling, and they sound awful.

So I need a replacement, and really would like to get into headphones for late-night listening. But hunting through the forums has left me confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

My criteria are as follows (in no particular order):

1. Comfort - being able to listen in warm climates and not feel sweaty, and not feel like my head is being squashed.
2. Sound quality (of course). I never knew headphones could produce a soundstage like speakers -- but apparently they can....
3. Good quality sound at reasonable volume -- with my cheap phones, I need to crank them to deafening levels before I even "hear" the music....
4. Noise isolation -- where no-one else in the house hears too much "tsss tsss tsss tsss".... (closed headphones).
5. Good build quality, and nothing too "plasticky".
6. If it makes any difference, I mainly listen to alternative rock, folk, blues, plus punk, some ambient, classical, and world. Guitars are what I like, so I need nice detail and natural sound.
7. Price: can I get all this for less than $100. I could stretch that a little if there is a strong contender at something up to $150.

By the way, these would not be for portable listening, just for staying at home.... Also, tell me if $100 or so is unrealistic if I want something that is "built to last".

Thanks a million in advance, and sorry for the long post.

s.
 
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Hi stefan,

I have not auditioned some of the Sennheiser closed cans so I will have to leave others to make suggestions. However, I recommend you a pair of used Audio Technica A900 is probably around $160, do a search and you shall find good things about them.

Best of luck,
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Originally Posted by stefan
My criteria are as follows (in no particular order):

1. Comfort - being able to listen in warm climates and not feel sweaty, and not feel like my head is being squashed.
2. Sound quality (of course). I never knew headphones could produce a soundstage like speakers -- but apparently they can....
3. Good quality sound at reasonable volume -- with my cheap phones, I need to crank them to deafening levels before I even "hear" the music....
4. Noise isolation -- where no-one else in the house hears too much "tsss tsss tsss tsss".... (closed headphones).
5. Good build quality, and nothing too "plasticky".
6. If it makes any difference, I mainly listen to alternative rock, folk, blues, plus punk, some ambient, classical, and world. Guitars are what I like, so I need nice detail and natural sound.
7. Price: can I get all this for less than $100. I could stretch that a little if there is a strong contender at something up to $150.



Hi Stefan - Welcome to the headphone haven that is Head-Fi
Sorry about your wallet!


Given your budget and musical tastes i'd like to put the Alessandro MS1's forward for your listening pleasure...

1 - Comfort, The Alessandro/Grado line seems to be a love it or hate it thing regarding comfort... I personaly can wear them for hours but some of the more girly
Head-Fi'ers here complain about ear cartelidge (sp) issues. This is easily remedied by bending the metal headband to suit (An often performed opperation acording to the size of your melon
) You mention the sweaty ears problem - Again, i've never experienced this with my MS1's unlike the Beyers which can become a 'lil uncomfortable in the heat.

2 - Soundstage, They aren't the best in this area by any means - but they aren't hideous either.They also deliver the goods unamped (You'll notice a lot of difference with a dedicated amp though - Even a cheap Cmoy will reward you


3 - Isolation, If you go for these or Grado's forget it - They don't do isolation... If you really need it then it's closed 'phones for you and the hot ear issue rears it's head...

4 - Build and price, They are mostly plastic - They do however have a quality feel to them, If you want solid you're going to have to step up the food chain a little to the MS2i's or SR325's IMO - In summary the MS1's are the Head-Fi steal @ $99 inc shipping and a good place to start with the Alessandro/Grado line.

Hope this has helped a little and good luck in your hunt for 'phones!
 
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Originally Posted by stefan
Hello everyone,
I'm new to head-fi, although i've been surfing the forum, especially the computer-as-source section. This is a great place, so I've joined and this is my first post.

I'm looking for a pair of headphones to listen to through an M-audio Audiophile USB, playing lossless audio from my PC. (this acts as a preamp for my main hi-fi system, -- class A monoblocks and speakers).
My only experience with headphones in my life have been with stock Sony earbuds and a pair of Panasonic closed models I bought a few years ago for about $20. The black padding on them is peeling, and they sound awful.

So I need a replacement, and really would like to get into headphones for late-night listening. But hunting through the forums has left me confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

My criteria are as follows (in no particular order):

1. Comfort - being able to listen in warm climates and not feel sweaty, and not feel like my head is being squashed.
2. Sound quality (of course). I never knew headphones could produce a soundstage like speakers -- but apparently they can....
3. Good quality sound at reasonable volume -- with my cheap phones, I need to crank them to deafening levels before I even "hear" the music....
4. Noise isolation -- where no-one else in the house hears too much "tsss tsss tsss tsss".... (closed headphones).
5. Good build quality, and nothing too "plasticky".
6. If it makes any difference, I mainly listen to alternative rock, folk, blues, plus punk, some ambient, classical, and world. Guitars are what I like, so I need nice detail and natural sound.
7. Price: can I get all this for less than $100. I could stretch that a little if there is a strong contender at something up to $150.

By the way, these would not be for portable listening, just for staying at home.... Also, tell me if $100 or so is unrealistic if I want something that is "built to last".

Thanks a million in advance, and sorry for the long post.

s.



Sounds like you are looking for a good all-around pair of comfortable cans, for home use. Think about the AKG 240S for $100 (or maybe cheaper, if you search). They are "semi-open", but I don't think they leak too much sound.
 
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