Old 2nd January 2005, 07:12   #1
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Headphone recommendations?

I'm looking for a set of headphones for ~$150 or less that will net me the best audio quality. I'll be using them to listen to music and watch movies, both from my computer. Since I know nearly nothing about headphones, I thought I'd run it by you winamp folks before I purchased hastily. Thanks for any help.

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Old 2nd January 2005, 08:17   #2
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Check out whatever Grados you can get for whatever you're willing to spend. I have a pair, and they're great, though there are extruding (that is, the sound isn't held into your ears, if you listen loudly, other people can hear).

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Old 2nd January 2005, 12:36   #3
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http://www.headphone.com/layout.php?...&subTopicID=26

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Old 2nd January 2005, 15:44   #4
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I have Sennheiser HD 280 Pros. They sound great.

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Old 2nd January 2005, 17:04   #5
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I have a pair of Sony MDR-V600, and they're great. Nice long coiling cable for sitting back on the couch while plugged into the stereo.
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Old 2nd January 2005, 17:17   #6
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Any reccomendations for really good wireless headphones?

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Old 2nd January 2005, 18:56   #7
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I think I'll go with Sennheiser HD 280 Pros. Thanks for the help guys.

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Old 2nd January 2005, 21:11   #8
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I searched for the specs and contact pressure seamed a little high (6 N) with the HD 280. I don't know if that's comfortable if worn for a few hours. I have a Sennheiser HD 25 myself and it's great, though a little expensive.
If I could choose again, I'd go for the Beyerdynamic DT 250. Those are amazing headphones, with superior sound. They are used in studios a lot as well. They're very comfortable and you can get them for around $150. Maybe just a little more but you won't regret, I promise.

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If you'll be using them with your computer ONLY you might not want to invest $150. I use mine with my computer as well as with hifi equipment and there's a huge difference when it comes to sound quality. Soundcards never sound as good as hifi does and superior headphones can't help that.[/EDIT]

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Old 3rd January 2005, 04:58   #9
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Probably not what you're looking for, but these little suckers are simply the best sounding earbuds you can get for $12. They deliver awesome bass, and have a 12-22,000Hz sound frequency range (which is good considering that many expensive ones only have a 20-20,000Hz range). But like I said, I'd probably go with something more expensive unless you suddenly have a smaller budget.

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Old 3rd January 2005, 05:22   #10
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yea, Sennheisers are really good. I have HD457 that were like 50 bucks at a circuit city near me. not bad quality.

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Old 3rd January 2005, 12:54   #11
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Koss and Sony have some good models also. Sony have pretty cheap headsets with pretty good sound. Koss is the choice to make if you want phat sound.

Most models from Sennheisers doesn't isolate the sound so the sound is escaping easily. That doesn't make the sound bad, but can be bothering for your eviroment.

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If you'll be using them with your computer ONLY you might not want to invest $150. I use mine with my computer as well as with hifi equipment and there's a huge difference when it comes to sound quality. Soundcards never sound as good as hifi does and superior headphones can't help that.[/EDIT]
I have to disagree.
A good soundcard connected to a hifi amplifier sounds just as good.
My Audiophile 2496 actually sounds better (to me) than my old Sony cd player.
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Old 3rd January 2005, 13:07   #13
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If you'll be using them with your computer ONLY you might not want to invest $150. I use mine with my computer as well as with hifi equipment and there's a huge difference when it comes to sound quality. Soundcards never sound as good as hifi does and superior headphones can't help that.[/EDIT]
Unless you've got a really cheap sound card I challenge you to tell the difference.

Similarly I challenge you to find a hi-fi which sounds better than the setup I have here .

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Old 3rd January 2005, 18:56   #14
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I still think the Grado SR125s are better.

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Old 3rd January 2005, 19:51   #15
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In that case: go for the Beyerdynamic DT 250 then.

I think I could tell the difference, but yeah my soundcard is not that great indeed...


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Most models from Sennheisers doesn't isolate the sound so the sound is escaping easily. That doesn't make the sound bad, but can be bothering for your eviroment.
Of course make sure you get closed headphones. My Sennheiser HD 25 isolates extremely well and so does the DT 250. They both are comfortable and have a perfect btw (important).
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or these?

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Sennheiser HD202s are less than $35 at buy.com. How hot is that.
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The hd 280s do a really good job of isolating the sound. Yes, there is a lot of pressure, but there is so much padding that it is very comfortable. This huge amount of padding is why the noise reduction works so well on them.

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