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Postby saranclaps » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:28 am

scramble wrote:
wolfie wrote:just threw down for these

https://www.amazon.com/1MORE-Headphones ... B01A7G35S0

will report


mr. wolfie, how did these fare long(er) term?
I can't speak to the triple driver headphones, but my double driver pair has held up remarkably well. Like, they may be the best constructed pair of IEMs I've owned. I've had Sennheiser, Schur, Ultimate Ears and Sony, but this is better quality. Sound is pretty flat on the duals though.
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Postby lockheed's old roommate » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:30 am

dvr wrote:I think ya gotta parameterize "stupid expensive"


hmm i dunno just not like $500+
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Postby powderfinger » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:50 am

dvr wrote:I feel like I'd listen to so much more music if I had some wireless. But I love the sound of my sennheiser momentum 2.0s, it'd be like a $500 pair to match the sound quality wireless


I have listened to waaaaaay more music since getting wireless headphones, but yeah the sound quality is a bit of an issue. On my iPhone it's weirdly app dependent. Spotify "extreme" sounds quite bad, but stuff that I pull down from my Subsonic server and high bitrate house/techno podcasts sound just fine. I'm hoping when I switch to Android soon the Spotify quality will improve.
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Postby dvr » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 am

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dvr wrote:I feel like I'd listen to so much more music if I had some wireless. But I love the sound of my sennheiser momentum 2.0s, it'd be like a $500 pair to match the sound quality wireless


I have listened to waaaaaay more music since getting wireless headphones, but yeah the sound quality is a bit of an issue. On my iPhone it's weirdly app dependent. Spotify "extreme" sounds quite bad, but stuff that I pull down from my Subsonic server and high bitrate house/techno podcasts sound just fine. I'm hoping when I switch to Android soon the Spotify quality will improve.


I don't stream any music, so this wouldn't be an issue.

I think later today I'll research some canz
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Postby lockheed's old roommate » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:49 am

decided to buy the AKG n60nc noise cancellers, they seem pretty great and were recommended by a friend. also they are like 200 bucks on amazon so not bad i think
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Postby dvr » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:53 pm

Anyone tried these or heard anything about them? https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Bluetooth-H ... B01NAJGGA2 , Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear

I'm looking for something cheap to wear around my apartment when my neighbors are being loud. I'm worried about getting something that will have over-powering bass
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Postby Big Oil » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:47 pm

My Pistons finally shit the bed after almost two years. Since the new Xiaomi line is like double what I paid for the Pistons I decided to go further down the Chinese 'hifi' in-ear rabbit hole and got these:

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Hopefully they don't suck!
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Postby joe » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:50 pm

love my m50-x cans

was curious if anyone here has the bluetooth adapter for them: https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Adapte ... hnica+m50x

considering that instead of buying actual expensive bluetooth headphones
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Postby freshweed » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:23 pm

joe wrote:love my m50-x cans

was curious if anyone here has the bluetooth adapter for them: https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Adapte ... hnica+m50x

considering that instead of buying actual expensive bluetooth headphones


Whoa holy shit
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Postby Milquetoaster Strudels » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:51 pm

What are the best options for over-ear headphones from AKG/JBL/Harman right now? I can get a pretty sweet discount.

Somewhat related, I'm also looking at some new speakers for my hi fi system.
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Postby wolfie » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:41 pm

Check your dads basement

I just setup these goddamned 35 year old speakers I dug out of his place and they sound so damned good it’s not funny.

Pretty cool how this technology has improved 0% in three plus decades
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Postby wolfie » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:44 pm

I mean maybe I dunno what I’m talking about but this old stuff sounds real good to me. I got a Yamaha receiver, ADS speakers and wired a Bluetooth receiver into the tape input (lol) and I stream right from my phone to the setup and it sounds damned good

My dad bought all this stuff in the early 80’s
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Postby viachicago » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:49 pm

my mdr-7506s are hitting the decade mark of daily use and still trucking

and yea used speakers are the way to go. i picked these circa early-2000s things up for $400 a while back and cant imagine ever needing to upgrade. looked up the original list price and was over 2k

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Postby wolfie » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:58 pm

I also have a pair of audioengine a5+ speakers which sound good. They’ve got built in amplification which is nice cause you don’t need a receiver.... just line shit in.

I will say tho that these new speakers cost me something like 400 bucks and although good I like the 30 year old basement ones more
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Postby powderfinger » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:16 pm

it's weird how having traditional speakers at all is now an ultra niche hobby

Few people under 30 even knows what real speakers sound like, even shitty ones. Even fewer people think of a component stereo system as an important part of a home anymore. My parents aren't particularly into music or gadgets or anything fancy, but I remember when I was a kid in the early 90s they treated buying a Sony stereo system with a receiver, tape deck, and CD changer housed in a cabinet and paired with big ass tower speakers like it was a middle class obligation, same as owning a washing machine and dryer or a lawn mower. It was a big expenditure for them at the time but nothing lavish. It got used daily. They still have it and it sounds great! Of course now they use a shitty sounding Bluetooth speaker that literally sits on one of the tower speakers.

Bluetooth speakers and sound bars have come a long way (I'll stipulate this for the sake of argument), but there is no way to shortcut the physics of moving air to make sound. Nothing like having a party to a brick of plastic the size of a small toaster.

I've probably made a variation of this post a dozen times but I think about it a lot.
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Postby powderfinger » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:21 pm

we need a consolidated audio/visual gear thread for me to be an obnoxious nerd in all the time
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Postby sigmonrunner » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:20 pm

I noticed Etymotic has a new ER3 iem. Seems like they are supposed to be inbetween HF5 & ER4. I have the HF5 and think it's pretty great, but how much better can the these upper tier ones be?
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Postby nonchalant » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:27 pm

i've been out of the expensive IEM game for such a long time that I don't even know what's on the market anymore. i had UE superfi 5Pro's in high school, and then moved on to Shure E5's, which broke a while ago

I've been thinking about making another $300-400 investment in a new pair of something, I haven't had a good pair in a while. I guess I'll spend hours this weekend on head-fi lol
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Postby Milquetoaster Strudels » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:31 pm

I have a Pioneer receiver from the mid-'70s and some JBL L40s from around the same time and I love them, but the cone on the right speaker has a small dent and the rings have deteriorated and detached from the cones, so I'll need to get them serviced. Sounds like I'm probably better off going that route.

In the event that I decide to upgrade, what do y'all prefer? I've read a lot of great things about Altec and Klipsch gear from that era
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Postby Zardoz » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:37 pm

I threw some Comply foam tips on the Final Audio 3000 headphones and they sound extremely good, isolation is great and they are far more comfy
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Postby scrambled » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:10 am

hi my job is offering a $150 credit for headphones - i've never bought any headphones above $30 before and i'm so anxious over this decision. what is a good beginner audiophile choice? is my whole world going to change
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Postby Dinosauria We » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:15 am

sort of in the same boat, but looking for a lower price point. what would be everyone's recommendation for everyday headphones, preferably buds? i do most of my listening via headphones while commuting, sitting at my desk, and running. looking for something with better sound quality than the standard apple buds, but nothing that will set me back all that much.
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Postby nonchalant » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:37 pm

I bought Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) wireless noise cancelling headphones from the Best Buy Express kiosk at the airport. They were $350.

I was intending to just test them out and eventually return them, but fuck I might just keep them. The amount of noise cancellation is mindblowing,it made my plane ride entirely quiet and peaceful. The NFC pairing to my iPhone is instant and flawless, and the headphones can be connected to my iPhone and macbook simultaneously, which I found incredible. Plus build quality, sound quality, all excellent. I've steered clear of Bose in the past because i know they're overpriced moneytraps, but this just feels like such an amazing product.
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Postby dvr » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:59 pm

I think Bose has a patent on the best Noise Cancelling technology
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Postby wolfie » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:47 pm

scrambled wrote:hi my job is offering a $150 credit for headphones - i've never bought any headphones above $30 before and i'm so anxious over this decision. what is a good beginner audiophile choice? is my whole world going to change


Sennheisers for over ear

For in ear it appears you can get by pretty inexpensively considering the last few pages of this thread.
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Postby forest design » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:34 pm

wolfie wrote:
scrambled wrote:hi my job is offering a $150 credit for headphones - i've never bought any headphones above $30 before and i'm so anxious over this decision. what is a good beginner audiophile choice? is my whole world going to change


Sennheisers for over ear

For in ear it appears you can get by pretty inexpensively considering the last few pages of this thread.



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Postby came to wreck » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:04 pm

been thinkin of getting the b&o e8's cause i'm sick of cords but wanna stay with buds for my subway commutes
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Postby milano boy » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:28 pm

i just got ATH-LS200iS and they are fucking incredible
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Postby dvr » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:13 pm

Anyone had luck driving Sennheiser HD series 1/4" jack headphones off a phone?
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Postby uax » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:33 pm

powderfinger wrote:wireless headphones

joe wrote:expensive bluetooth headphones

wolfie wrote:Bluetooth

nonchalant wrote:wireless noise cancelling

dvr wrote:the best Noise Cancelling technology


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