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Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:01 pm
by premieklovn
Just got back from the store with some:

Sennheiser HD25-1 II

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...and I love them. They're sitting tight, light weight (140 grams!), produce good and clear sound and all the parts are changeable so if I manage to destroy something I don't need to buy a new set of headphones. I will mainly use them for portable players and DJing. They're a bit expensive but I'm sick of buying mid range headphones that dies after a year.

So, what do you use?

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:22 pm
by CS_TBL
Wouldn't be too optimistic about those replaceable cables. Have replaced mine 2 times after the plug of the original broke. They make bad contact somehow. After some years of the first replacement one side eventually stopped making sound, and my current cable is very sensitive, touch it, and one side may stop working. Touch it again, and it may work again.

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:23 pm
by meatballfulton
Headphones c**p out on me...except for the first pair I bought at Lafayette Radio in 1970 for $8. They sound like sh*t but still work perfectly. Meanwhile I've had a half dozen expensive phones blow out on me over the years. So I don't buy expensive phones any more #-o

My current pair is some Sonys I got at best Buy for $20, I got the cheapest closed-ear set they had. There are much better phones out there, but these work fine for what I need them for...monitoring when miking stuff.

I also have some $15 Koss Sparkplug in-ears that sound surprisingly good:

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Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:29 pm
by premieklovn
CS_TBL wrote:Wouldn't be too optimistic about those replaceable cables. Have replaced mine 2 times after the plug of the original broke. They make bad contact somehow. After some years of the first replacement one side eventually stopped making sound, and my current cable is very sensitive, touch it, and one side may stop working. Touch it again, and it may work again.
Hope I don't have to experience that.

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:34 pm
by xpander
i've been using sony mdr-v600's for years now, i'm on my third pair (sooner or later i break 'em). someday i'll probably try out the high-end AKG headphones.

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Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:02 pm
by Tardis
I use circa 1974 vintage Pioneer SE-405 cans like these...

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I paid 75¢ for them at GoodWill & they're the best sounding headphones I've ever used...

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:04 pm
by Yoozer
I love the soft cushions of my Philips SBC HP890.

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Never understood why they discontinued these. If I ever have to replace these, the AKG 701/702s look nice and soft.

Before these, I had Sennheiser HD 497s which clamped my head in a vise, hurt my ears (I wear glasses) and gave me headaches.

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:13 pm
by premieklovn
Tardis wrote:I use circa 1974 vintage Pioneer SE-405 cans like these...

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I paid 75¢ for them at GoodWill & they're the best sounding headphones I've ever used...

I have a lower numbered model. Paid 5$ or something at a flea marked. They're a bit too thin-sounding for my taste.

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:30 pm
by Vxster
Sennheiser HD280 here

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:36 pm
by Christopher Winkels
AKG... the model number escapes me, but they were about $200.00 for the set.

Much better than the (admittedly much cheaper) Sonys I used to use.

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:36 pm
by wiss
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Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:43 pm
by Tardis
premieklovn wrote:I have a lower numbered model. Paid 5$ or something at a flea marked. They're a bit too thin-sounding for my taste.
The lower number, aka SE-205/305's, "are" thin sounding.
The SE-405/505's are the high dollar cans w/better guts ;)

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:31 am
by OriginalJambo
Sennheiser HD 202s here. Definitely not the best, but they do have a decent bass response.

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:48 am
by novielo
i'm using these jbl reference. bass response is great, i almost can feel my eardrum being push and pull at lower bass.

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Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:03 am
by aeon
Sony MDR-7506.

I use them every day, and they tend to last ~7 years. I'm on pair #3 since 1987.


cheers,
Ian