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Old 01-28-2014, 12:50 PM   #1
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Audiophile Opinions on Headphones

I'm looking to purchase headphones and would appreciate opinions on various products.

I'm leaning towards Sennheiser right now. Just about every review I've read on Sennheiser headphones have a lot of positives and whatever negative issues people might have had with them are fairly minor things.

Here are a few basic things I'm looking for:

1. ipod touch compatible

2. Over the Ear or Around the Ear Headphones
(On the Ear might be ok but, I need a convincing reason)

3. Doesn't have to be wireless (unless its quality is as good as a wired
one)

4. Budget - around $300 (of course, anything under that is even better)


I'd like to get some opinions based on your research or purchases.
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Go to Thailand. You can buy Beats for $75. I've had mine two years and they still sound a treat.

when they break I'll probs get Sennheisers tho
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:57 AM   #3
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I'm really, really happy with these bad boys right here:

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Old 01-29-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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I don't like the sound on Beats headphones much. I prefer Sennheisers, which type you want is your personal preference.
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Go to Thailand. You can buy Beats for $75. I've had mine two years and they still sound a treat.

when they break I'll probs get Sennheisers tho

I have some reservations about Beats headphones. Of course my feelings are based on reviews I've read but these reviews were written by professionals in the music business.


I came away with the feeling that Beats are the "Flavor of The Month" Its a cool thing to have right now and of course they are heavily advertised and you see celebrities wearing them so they must be good right?


quite a few reviews mentioned that Beats are not very durable and they do tend to crack. Also, that they are very Bass heavy and might drown out more subtle notes or instruments.


Well, looks like I'm inching closer to Sennheisers. But I'll research some more on Beats and maybe try out a few models.
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I'm really, really happy with these bad boys right here:

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Thanks, I'll research these as well
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I don't like the sound on Beats headphones much. I prefer Sennheisers, which type you want is your personal preference.

Do you own Senneheisers?, if so what model?

I think I'll have to try on a few models at a store to help narrow down the selection.
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Currently I only own in-ear Sennheisers, so I can't advise you on the shells. I've had those in the past but I don't recall the model or make. For in ear I have the Xbass type, MX470 http://en-de.sennheiser.com/stereo-e...-phones-mx-470, I find they don't overdo it on the bass but make each instrument just a little clearer. And I do like making out the bass as I play the instrument, just not the Oonts Oonts Oonts shite you hear in a club.

A good tip I once got from a music teacher: If you are checking for headphones, test them with Bohemian Rhapsody. That song has pretty much highs and lows for each instrument in it.
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Currently I only own in-ear Sennheisers, so I can't advise you on the shells. I've had those in the past but I don't recall the model or make. For in ear I have the Xbass type, MX470 Sennheiser MX 470 - Earphones - Optimized for Smart-, Mobile Phones, MP3 - Stereo LiveBass-System, I find they don't overdo it on the bass but make each instrument just a little clearer. And I do like making out the bass as I play the instrument, just not the Oonts Oonts Oonts shite you hear in a club.

A good tip I once got from a music teacher: If you are checking for headphones, test them with Bohemian Rhapsody. That song has pretty much highs and lows for each instrument in it.

Cool!! that's a great tip. I'll be walking around town with my Queen CD now.

your comment on the Senneheisers seems to be on par with what I've read, that they kind of make every instrument stand out clearly
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Yeah pretty much every type of headphones I've had sofar had that. My dad used to sell Sennheiser sound systems back in the 90s so I grew up with them. Then again a lot of my friends also have Sennheisers. I find that the people who appreciate the 'older' music from the 80s and 90s(yea yea generation gap) tend to go for more traditional headphone brands like Sennheiser, and the one going for the 'cool' new music go with Beats. I've tried out those from a uni mate, they don't sounds special to me at all. A lot of loud muffled bass, so perhaps for generic pop songs or bass-heavy songs they'd be good. But I prefer to hear each instrument.
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Yeah pretty much every type of headphones I've had sofar had that. My dad used to sell Sennheiser sound systems back in the 90s so I grew up with them. Then again a lot of my friends also have Sennheisers. I find that the people who appreciate the 'older' music from the 80s and 90s(yea yea generation gap) tend to go for more traditional headphone brands like Sennheiser, and the one going for the 'cool' new music go with Beats. I've tried out those from a uni mate, they don't sounds special to me at all. A lot of loud muffled bass, so perhaps for generic pop songs or bass-heavy songs they'd be good. But I prefer to hear each instrument.

I agree. If my music library was all Rap or Dance music then maybe Beats might have been a good choice.

But, I listen to a variety of music a lot of U2 of course, Rock, Rap, Classical, Jazz, Ambient, World. So I want to have that experience of
re-discovering my music through better headphones.

BTW, I got a chuckle out of your line about "older music from the 80s and 90s" I was in my teens and twenties during that time period and to have that time referenced as the "old days" just makes me face reality that I may otherwise ignore.
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Well I was born in 89, and I've always loved 80s music. But trust me, that was SO uncool in highschool. I apparently listened to 'grandpa music', most common thing I heard when I said my fave band was U2 was "oh, my parents love them". So that's why I call it older music, cause apparently I was born a generation too late.
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Well I was born in 89, and I've always loved 80s music. But trust me, that was SO uncool in highschool. I apparently listened to 'grandpa music', most common thing I heard when I said my fave band was U2 was "oh, my parents love them". So that's why I call it older music, cause apparently I was born a generation too late.

Well, I was born in 71' so really the 80s was the time time period when I really started getting into music. 80s music is the shit. don't let anybody tell you otherwise. That decade was groundbreaking, musically. bands experimented with sounds and styles. Yes, there were a lot of one hit wonders but they were trying something new sonically.

At the risk of sounding too cynical, there are a lot of rock and pop acts today that are just "studio manufactured". Not a lot of experimentation going on. Even if the artist wants to do somethng different, the studios just won't allow it because the want to keep it safe so that it will sell.

And yes, U2 is in a way "grandpa music" Imagine some 20 year old in the late 70s who discovered this new band coming out of Ireland. That person is now in their mid 60s and most probably a grand parent. I have been to a lot of U2 concerts and I routinely see people in their 60s or older
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I know, I agree with you. I didn't really care how uncool I was. I embraced it. The 90s was a lot of fun with the boybands, britney spears and the rave music, but nothing beats the 80s for me.
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To be honest, I don't think Beats really qualify as audiophile. Sorry, cobs. [/snob]

I own Sennheiser HD-595s that I love. Super comfy and really nice, balanced and detailed sound. I think the most current version is the 598 - which you can find for under $200. I also have a pair of Grado SR-225i's that are great for rock music (more up-front presentation), but they're not nearly as comfortable as the Sennheisers since the Grado's rest on the ear instead of over it. I wear glasses, and after a half hour the headphones start to put too much pressure against the glasses for me, and though they are a more involving headphone for rock music, they aren't so much better than the Sennheisers to warrant that loss of comfort (at least for me). If you don't wear glasses you might not have any issues with them, though. The Grados are around the same price as the Sennheisers, too.

I guess I should ask what you're planning on using these for. If you're just going to be listening around the house, then either the Senns or Grados will be fine. But if you're planning on using them while commuting or out in public, they won't work since they're open backed headphones and will both leak a lot of sound and let outside noise in. In that case you'll need to get sealed/closed headphones.
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