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Offline 8ullfrog

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Headphones.
« on: June 19, 2013, 04:34:51 AM »
I've derailed things you hate for long enough, so here I will beg.

Your advice, oh swami of sound. What headphones should I be going with?

I'm thinking Sennheiser 201's, to get in on the ground floor as it were. The 280 pro's look nice, but that's quite the sticker shock for me. Considering how rough I am on my hardware, I'd like something below $100, but I realize with my desire for lows, and my like of bass, I will either have to pay more, or compromise on sound quality.
just one little time change so a draft board in 1968 turns down the bribe to accept "bone spurs" and we are home-free.

Offline 6pairsofshoes

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Re: Headphones.
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 09:26:01 PM »
Sennheiser is a decent company and most of what they put out is decent.  I've seen 201s at very low prices.  ebay has some store demos for sale for around $25 including shipping.  They're only 30 bucks new from Sennheiser, so I'd shop around.  I'm not sure if you are near any audio stores, but giving them a listen first is the best idea.  I auditioned my hd497s before I bought them, although they also let me listen to some HD600s which were drop dead wonderful.  Both are open ear headphones, though.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sennheiser-HD201-Lightweight-Over-Ear-Binaural-Headphones-/221242542051?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item33831547e3  Eh.  It's only c. 15 bucks.  Live a little.  Give em a try if you can get em for that price.  I picked up better models for about 25 and am waiting for them to arrive.

The Sennheiser site is another place to get useful info about the available models.  Unless you get them for at least half off, I'd buy them from Sennheiser or an authorized reseller so you get the 2 year warranty.  I contacted them when my hd497s had problems with the earpads disintegrating and while they were discontinued, they offered me another comparable pair at half off, not much of a deal.  I later called them again and found replacement pads and a new wire that were very easy to replace for less than $20 so I went with that option.

I'd stay away from stuff that is mass  produced or cheap unless you know people who've used them or can listen yourself.   I hear beats by Dr. Dres are overpriced, for example.  Sony can produce good ones, as can skull candy, but you have to be selective and do research.  Grados are well regarded, but every model is different.  I'm by no means an expert.  I just tend to get sort of obsessive when I buy stuff and do lots of research first.  It's been a while since I've been shopping but I haven't needed much.

That said, if you can come across some good bluetooth for cell phone or decent earbuds or small portable headphones that I can carry with iPad, I'd be happy for any suggestions.

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Re: Headphones.
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2013, 01:53:18 PM »
http://www.headphone.com/selection-guide/sennheiser-hd-205-ii.php

Got these at Guitar Center. The lows are probably better than my bose had, but it's not quite the brain rattling bass I was looking for.

Still, it's 30 miles away, so I'll probably stick with em.

N/M, Threw on some Dust Brothers, brain was sufficiently melted.

So these are better than the Bose, which go for $135, and I paid $70.

The 280's were above my price range, but someday.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2013, 02:05:09 PM by 8ullfrog »
just one little time change so a draft board in 1968 turns down the bribe to accept "bone spurs" and we are home-free.