2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 9524 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 9 months 4 days ago) and read 1999 times:
I am in the market for headphones and I want to get good ones. What brands do you use and recommend and which ones would you stay away from? I know the kids have Beets but is the more expensive ones, >$150 always better than the $40 to $75 ones or are you just paying for the brand name?
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nickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1958 times:
I have been a lifelong fan of the Sennheiser headphones, of which I own several, including my personal favorite, the HD520-Series-II (no longer in production, unfortunately).
Being somewhat of an audiophile, I have sampled many brands of headphones throughout the years and the Sennheiser brand has always been one of the best that I have come across. My second(s) would be Bose and Koss and third, the Sony ES.
kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1847 times:
What are you after? Even $150+ isn't overly expensive. For me, I'd go up the tree of a brand you quite like and then search online for a recently superseded model, which will often save you at least 50%. I did this with my Senn HD580s, and am about to do similar with Westone 4 IEMs.
As for which brand - what music do you like, what do you like about it and where/how do you plan on listening to it? Will you be amping or running out of a phone or computer etc.
I use IEMs (amped) when travelling, but full size cans at home (again amped, but different amp). And I'm not a bass-head, I prefer something more neutral or with slightly forward mid-range.
And, as to your "do you get more if you pay more", a qualified yes. But there are diminishing returns and, as with any product, some triumphs of marketing over performance.
blueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4564 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1824 times:
Add my vote for Sennheiser for at-home listening.
When on the go and looking to block ambient noise without spending a fortune (I have been known to leave my gear behind accidentally), a Klipsch S4 model is perfect.
Stay away from in-ear Shure buds. Great quality, lousy reliability.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7987 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1788 times:
I don't think you provide enough information. Is it for home hi-fi or mobile, do you prefer open, semi open or closed designs?
And I think you should really test the sound and see if the headphone is comfortable to wear.
I have a Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro. It sits comfortably and has a nice natural sound, but it is certainly not the right one for iPhones or gamers. And I normally prefer semi open designs.
I used to love AKGs but I hear they went downhill after they came under Harman's umbrella. There ought to be some good ones, though! The old K240 was the bang-for-bucks headphone for a long time. If the MK II is as good, I don't know, but amazon lists them for a mere $ 69. That's a steal:
Sennheisers have a particular sound which I for one don't really like.
Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter): >$150 always better than the $40 to $75 ones or are you just paying for the brand name?
Yes, they are. I am hard of hearing and have no difficulties hearing differences between different headphones. El Cheapo headphones try to impress with bass and compression. That said $ 150 isn't that much for a good headphone, really.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14048 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1763 times:
Not to steal the thread, but I'm thinking of moving to a Bluetooth headset with a built-in mic. I want it to have good audio fidelity, good wearability, and ability to take phone calls as well as be a good choice for music. Any advise?
Quoting nickh (Reply 2): I have been a lifelong fan of the Sennheiser headphones
I've used their earbuds and their wired and wireless (FM) headsets and you can't beat them for all around wearability while still having great audio fidelity. Their sound is usually very unbiased and clean, as opposed to too many other brands who boost the bass whether you want it or not.
Note I have not looked to see if any Sennheiser products meet my need for a BT headset yet. I'd appreciate anyone who has letting me know what they think.
I loved the S4s in every way, great sound, controls worked well, small, blocked ambient noise very well; but I found they had one fatal flaw: build quality. My first pair started falling apart about 1 year in. The strain relief at the buds started fraying, but that wasn't a huge deal, it was just cosmetic. The bigger problem was at the plug. The cord is quite a narrow gauge and they don't implement proper strain relief there. The cord started pulling out of the plug until I actually saw the sheathing of the individual wires. I tried wrapping it in electrical tape, epoxy, everything. It worked for a bit, but after about another 5 months they finally quit. I contacted Klipsch to complain that my $100 headphones only lasted 1.5 years (mind you I wasn't abusing them. Daily use, in and out of pocket, but nothing extreme). They sent me a new pair right away.
That pair lasted almost exactly 1.5 years as well.
The s4 would be perfect if they built them to last more than 1.5 years
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Err -- USD$15,000 for a set of headphones (vacuum tube pre-amp notwithstanding) borders on insanity. That was the retail price of the Sennheiser Orpheus HE-90s when they first came out, I believe that they sell for a lot more now, if you can find them -- they are no longer in production, it was just a limited-run "technology demonstrator" sort of thing.
My father had a very rare (WW-II) era set of Grundig headphones with a similar looking valve-type preamp that I recall from the 1960's. I was a bit too young then to appreciate it for what it was, and I am sure that it would have been worth a lot nowadays if I could find it, but anyway - it would have been nice to compare it to the newer 'phones of today.
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AI121 From Canada, joined Jan 2011, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 1613 times:
It depends what you're looking to get from your headphones? Audio Technica M50 are really good studio style headphones with amazing sound quality. If you travel a lot and need noise cancelling headphones then go for Audio Technica ANC7b. I just got them for $135 and they are very good for the price.