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Postby banquo » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:53 pm

are sr60/ sr80 still the best for the money?

any others to be noticed/that you've been enjoying that we should look at before making any important headphone decisions?
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Postby sleigh » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:57 pm

I'm just a simple man who loves his sony mdr 5706s
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Postby zamboni » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:01 pm

dont get those klipsch s4 earbuds people always mention in these threads, they sound exactly the same as these:

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HA-FX35-B-Mar ... 857&sr=1-1

but cost like $50 more
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Postby papercup » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:41 pm

super happy with these earbuds for $60 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003TO531K/

will never go back from the foam tips, you squeeze them and fill up in your ear for the perfect fit
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Postby Boo » Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:28 am

banquo wrote:are sr60/ sr80 still the best for the money?

any others to be noticed/that you've been enjoying that we should look at before making any important headphone decisions?


sr60 sounds great, yes, but:
- not comfortable for extensive listening
- significant sound leakage, no sound isolation
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Postby nautical hyperblast » Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:57 am

Sennheiser cx 300 Ii are my buds currently and I love them.
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Postby pocket shepherd » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:37 am

Denser and more luxurious than ever with increased elasticity and dimensional stability.
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Postby powderfinger » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:04 am

If you want Grados, consider the Alessandro MS1s instead. They use the SR-125 drivers but cost the same as SR-80s.
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Postby banquo » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:46 pm

Boo wrote:sr60 sounds great, yes, but:
- not comfortable for extensive listening
- significant sound leakage, no sound isolation



i'd like to know more about best for extensive listening
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Postby Luke » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:51 pm

I'm happy with my portapros
-cheap
-decent bass
-the pads take the pressure off your ears
-lifetime warranty
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Postby super gas » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:24 pm

i don't know what you mean with best for the money... i guess that depends on "money". for $350 akg 701 is still the king to me.

i just got a pair of akg 702 modified by ken ball alo, just great,

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Postby an otter » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:43 pm

http://www.headphone.com/headphones/ the writer reviews tend to be too soft, so i only really check for level-headed customer reviews and the performance charts. numbers tell more of a story anyway.


i've got a pair of sr80i's going right now, and i agree with Boo that they're not comfortable for any real length of time, but there's plenty of support out there to 'mod' them to make them more comfortable. with the low-end grados it's just the drivers you want anyway, everything else is crap. cheap plastic, cheap cabling joints, cheap foam, cheap headstrap, but the drivers are meticulously picked. they're too bright for a lot of people, though, and if your music pool is bass heavy they wont do you much good. plus a lot of weak mp3 players (all apple phones/pods fall into this category) don't have the power to really push the drivers, so i recommend picking up a cheap amp if you get a pair of grados. my pair's stage opened right up after i bought this cheap little nothing: http://www.fiio.com.cn/product/index.as ... uID=020301
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Postby rap and country » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:04 pm

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panasonic rp-htx7

about $50

i really like the look and they sound as good as i would ever care about headphones sounding
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Postby kodachrome » Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:55 pm

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akg 81 dj's are unreal for the price.
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Postby buboclot » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:02 pm

i need new earbuds. think i'm gonna stray from the standard sennheisers for the first time ever. maybe just skull candys or something. i tried out some etymotics a few ago but the probe was so invasive, had to return. felt like i was gettin checked for an ear ache.

at home i have and really really love the beyerdynamic dt-880 pro. semi-open design is key.
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Postby The Munificent Motherwell » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:07 pm

i got those sennheisers everyone always recommends. HD-280 i think. they hurt my head/ears so much i didn't give a shit about the sound quality and sent them right back.
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Postby 5% Tint » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:40 pm

i really like the look and price of those kodachrome, are they comfy enough on your head?
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Postby The Munificent Motherwell » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:42 pm

these are the most comfortable headphones i've owned

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Postby internethandle » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:05 pm

faulting open headphones for "significant sound leakage" is a little odd given that they're open

open headphones are generally considered the best of the best in the sense that the top tier uber-expensive ones are all open for the most part, but it's also a matter of taste (some people mod senn 650's e.g. to be closed with "woody" mods or whatever)

it's also obviously a matter of where you're going to use them and if it's at home with people around or outside then open are not the way to go at all
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Postby dragon jeans » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:09 pm

super gas wrote:i don't know what you mean with best for the money... i guess that depends on "money". for $350 akg 701 is still the king to me.

i just got a pair of akg 702 modified by ken ball alo, just great,

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Been wanting a pair of these. My K-171 Studios are still my fav sounding headphone I own.

Just bought some AIAIAI earbuds for the bus or walking or whatever. They're pretty ok. Like most IEM style earbuds, they're a little bass heavy and the high end can't quite compete, but a pretty decent value.
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Postby acidity regulator » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:23 pm

5% Tint wrote:i really like the look and price of those kodachrome, are they comfy enough on your head?

I had the AKG's before and they were a lot of things but not comfy or robust. Great sound for the price though.
They clamp on your head very tight, which is a problem especially if you wear glasses. I did, and I still liked them but yeah, not very comfy. Also the swiveling mechanism is very cheap plastic and will be prone to snap when something unexpected happens.
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Postby mikey » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:27 pm

rap and country wrote:Image

panasonic rp-htx7

about $50

i really like the look and they sound as good as i would ever care about headphones sounding


i bought a pair of these for $20 about 2 1/2 years ago. they are fine. the skin is peeling off the foam though. they are about $30 on amazon, but i would not pay $50 for them
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Postby mikey » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:28 pm

i got the sheckler version because they were $20 when the other colors were $25 at the time
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Postby dragon jeans » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:33 pm

the rp-htx7s are pretty shrill, but not a terrible value in terms of lightweight, non-clunky, closed back headphones.
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Postby mikey » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:43 pm

does anyone know a pair of earphones that handle outdoors well? i want something that i can wear while running or if it rains
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Postby j-ol » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:46 pm

mikey wrote:does anyone know a pair of earphones that handle outdoors well? i want something that i can wear while running or if it rains


this is my question exactly. i have been wearing sennheiser earbuds but they don't stay in the proper position within my ears. as soon as they become dislodged, the bass gets really dampened and sometimes they fall out completely.
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Postby dragon jeans » Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:12 pm

sounds like you just need different caps. those AIAIAIs i mentioned came with seven different cushions/caps. Shures usually come with 4 or 5. Might try either of those.
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Postby husbands » Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:15 pm

I had the SR-60's at one point but found them very uncomfortable. I gave them away.

Currently listen on these at home:
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Sony MDR F1

and these on trips:
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Sony MDR d66 (pro eggos)

I've have both for at least 6 years and they both still work great.
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Postby FidelityCastro » Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:45 pm

Motherwell wrote:i got those sennheisers everyone always recommends. HD-280 i think. they hurt my head/ears so much i didn't give a shit about the sound quality and sent them right back.


the HD515s are so so so so comfortable. Wear them for hours at a time and frequently forget I have them on.
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