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Posted May 20 '13 @ 7:12 PM

One thing I appreciate is a good set of headphones.  For at home listening, I prefer my Grado SR60i's.  Great sound, although the Grado "house" sound really leans toward rock.  They were also fairly cheap (~$70) and provide really nice clarity and a great soundstage.  As with any "audiophile" type set of cans, break-in was required.

 

I'll post my Nuforce in-ears as soon as I can find them :P.

 

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Posted May 20 '13 @ 7:16 PM

As a musician, I've always been partial to studio headphones, and these are simply amazing for the money. 

 

http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B0001ARCFA

 

That said, they don't hide what you're listening to AT ALL, so if you're on a plane, your neighbor will likely hear your music if it's up loud enough. Plus, with a phone or something, they aren't super loud, but the clarity is nothing short of excellent. 


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Posted May 20 '13 @ 7:27 PM

As a musician, I've always been partial to studio headphones, and these are simply amazing for the money. 

 

http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B0001ARCFA

 

That said, they don't hide what you're listening to AT ALL, so if you're on a plane, your neighbor will likely hear your music if it's up loud enough. Plus, with a phone or something, they aren't super loud, but the clarity is nothing short of excellent. 

 

Same with the Grados.  Open back = absolutely no sound privacy.  And a bloody nuisance if you listen to what I do...

 

That being said, a good set of cans will give you the joys of experiencing music anew.  I remember when I got my Grados...I laid in bed for hours just re-listening to all of my favorite albums.  I noticed things...notes, instrument separation, tones, etc. that I did not before.

 

Now, whenever something new comes out (e.g. that new Sabbath single, "God is Dead"), I can't fully appraise it until I listen through my cans.  Until then, it's all muddied nonsense :).


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Posted May 20 '13 @ 7:29 PM

For travel I use the Bose QuietComfort 15's due to the fact that the amount of flying I do I needed something with active noise cancellation.  I also have a pair of the Miles Davis edition Monster ones that I got at a mobile event with HTC but since they seem fragile I barely use them.   Most of my listening is at the gym and in that case its whatever headphones came with it or a pair of beats they threw in with the Rezound.


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Posted May 20 '13 @ 10:47 PM

I've been rocking these and love them... super comfy and sound great- Philips O'Neill The Stretch 
 
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Posted May 21 '13 @ 3:53 AM

I use these http://www.amazon.co...ds=sony mdr v55 they have great sound..the only downside is they can become slightly uncomfortable after a couple hours..overall their pretty good.Posted Image

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Posted May 21 '13 @ 9:38 AM

I'm a Sennheiser fan.  My pair broke, so I'm borrowing a friend's HD 700 set right now.  Wish I had the money for a pair like this for myself.  They start at around $900 USD.  :mellow:

 

 

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Posted May 21 '13 @ 4:09 PM

As a musician, I've always been partial to studio headphones, and these are simply amazing for the money. 

What kind of musician? 

 

  They start at around $900 USD.  :mellow:

 

 

http://en-de.sennheiser.com/images/1511/...

 

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Posted May 21 '13 @ 4:24 PM

I seem to have an issue with headphones in that the connector part always seems to stop working after a few months and it messes up the audio.



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Posted May 21 '13 @ 5:33 PM

I seem to have an issue with headphones in that the connector part always seems to stop working after a few months and it messes up the audio.

 

A lot of headphone brands will enable you to fix/rewire that with some minor DIYing.  In most cases, it's not really worth it.  

 

Do you mainly use elbow connectors or straight connectors?


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Posted May 21 '13 @ 5:41 PM

 

I seem to have an issue with headphones in that the connector part always seems to stop working after a few months and it messes up the audio.

 

A lot of headphone brands will enable you to fix/rewire that with some minor DIYing.  In most cases, it's not really worth it.  

 

Do you mainly use elbow connectors or straight connectors?

 

Um, I never really take that into consideration when buying headphones. I'd say I've had an equal number of both.



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Posted May 21 '13 @ 5:45 PM

 

 

I seem to have an issue with headphones in that the connector part always seems to stop working after a few months and it messes up the audio.

 

A lot of headphone brands will enable you to fix/rewire that with some minor DIYing.  In most cases, it's not really worth it.  

 

Do you mainly use elbow connectors or straight connectors?

 

Um, I never really take that into consideration when buying headphones. I'd say I've had an equal number of both.

 

 

And both will have the issues?  Interesting...I know some prefer one or the other (I prefer straight, but that is rooted in my ye olde days of carrying around a player while walking a lot).


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Posted May 21 '13 @ 5:50 PM

I think it's mostly been with the straight ones.



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Posted May 21 '13 @ 6:13 PM

I think it's mostly been with the straight ones.


Do you wrap the cord at all?

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Posted May 21 '13 @ 6:17 PM

 

I think it's mostly been with the straight ones.


Do you wrap the cord at all?

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Around the device? No.



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Posted May 21 '13 @ 6:28 PM

 

 

I think it's mostly been with the straight ones.


Do you wrap the cord at all?

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Around the device? No.

 

 

Very interesting indeed.  For me, elbows work better in that regard, but then you have the issue of the cord going in the opposite direction if the iPod or whatever is in your pocket.

 

That being said, if you have a nice set of cans, you can get that stuff taken care of :).


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Posted May 22 '13 @ 8:46 AM

Forgot to mention, for in-ears I use Klipsch S4 (and to be exact, I use the "rugged" or whatever version that is all blue and waterproof). They are effing awesome and, IMO, better than the Shure in-ears I used to ahve that were $100 more. The klipsch chord isn't as rigid/strong, but it's nice n'thick (though not Beats thick), and the fit/finish of the ear bud is equally as solid as the Shures. Plus, at $70 or something, you can't beat the quality/sound ratio. 

 

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Posted May 23 '13 @ 1:59 PM

Here are my portables:  NuForce NE-700X in silver.  Decent sound, although I haven't had the opportunity to listen to them in ages.


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Posted May 24 '13 @ 5:34 AM

Here are my portables:  NuForce NE-700X in silver.  Decent sound, although I haven't had the opportunity to listen to them in ages.

 

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Posted May 26 '13 @ 3:25 AM

I make the metalz whenever I have free time (it's been a while, though...)

 

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As a musician, I've always been partial to studio headphones, and these are simply amazing for the money. 

What kind of musician? 

 

  They start at around $900 USD.  :mellow:

 

 

http://en-de.sennheiser.com/images/1511/...

 

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Posted May 27 '13 @ 11:03 PM

I have never been able to justify spending that much on "earbuds", usually under $30. And I love music, have an extensive library......................Am I really missing out on the experience, mine seem to sound pretty good: Skull Candy

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Posted May 30 '13 @ 7:08 AM

I have Audio-Technia ATH-M50s for when I am home listing listening or watching movies while traveling and Klipsche IMAGE S4 headphones for when I am just listening to music out and about.  O yea, cheap crappy skull candy headphones for when I am at the gym that way if I break them I could care less and get a new pair.  

 

On a side note... 

 

Going to the gym, I notice a lot of people using Beats headphones (not the ear-buds the huge ones) while lifting or doing cardio.  How in gods name do they do that??  My ears would be hotter than a volcano erupting.  


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Posted Jun 2 '13 @ 6:16 PM

I like free headphones. Seriously. After buying Bose TriPort AEMs (nice $50 headphones that generally cost $130 or more), I used a credit card bonus plan to get their TriPort IEMs for free. Reviews on head-fi.org (I highly recommend the site if you're shopping for earphones) correctly identify Bose products as overrated, and not always acoustically accurate. BUT ... after 24 hours burn-in (using a repeating playlist of burn-in sound files), they sound pretty good without any device EQ or bass boost. Which is important for my older iPods, which distort the music the instant you put on the EQ. 

 

Recently I got a set of the LG Nexus 4 earbuds, and after 20 hours of burn-in, they sound pretty good for $20 earbuds. The fit and finish is okay, though I suspect the ear cushions are cheap and will fail in a few months. I read somewhere that LG uses non-standard sized for the ear cushion mounts ... not sure about that. But I can say that if you need a cheap set of mobile phone earbuds to go with your Android phone, the Google Nexus ear buds aren't too shabby. 


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Posted Jun 4 '13 @ 6:13 AM

I like free headphones. Seriously. After buying Bose TriPort AEMs (nice $50 headphones that generally cost $130 or more), I used a credit card bonus plan to get their TriPort IEMs for free. Reviews on head-fi.org (I highly recommend the site if you're shopping for earphones) correctly identify Bose products as overrated, and not always acoustically accurate. BUT ... after 24 hours burn-in (using a repeating playlist of burn-in sound files), they sound pretty good without any device EQ or bass boost. Which is important for my older iPods, which distort the music the instant you put on the EQ. 

 

Recently I got a set of the LG Nexus 4 earbuds, and after 20 hours of burn-in, they sound pretty good for $20 earbuds. The fit and finish is okay, though I suspect the ear cushions are cheap and will fail in a few months. I read somewhere that LG uses non-standard sized for the ear cushion mounts ... not sure about that. But I can say that if you need a cheap set of mobile phone earbuds to go with your Android phone, the Google Nexus ear buds aren't too shabby. 

 

+1 for Head-Fi.  That's my go to place for audiophile stuff.


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Posted Sep 2 '13 @ 8:33 AM

I use my phone for Pandora and play music all the time and I have 2 sets of headphones that I love. 

 

First is my light weight, go anywhere, blue tooth, and still sounding good headphones. 

 

The Motorola S305

 

They have pretty good sound quality, fit nice and are super light. 

 

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Then my latest set of headphones that I got for free as a points redemption from my online job, are insane. They have the most bass I have ever heard from a headphone. The highs and mids are not bad, but I have never listened to a set of studio headphones to compare them too. 

 

Skullcandy Crusher

 

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And worth a mention is my gaming headset that I use with my desktop. They have decent audio and are 5.1 surround sound which is nice for gaming. 

 

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Posted Sep 3 '13 @ 6:22 AM

I'm currently using the LG HBS730 bluetooth headset.

 

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Great sound quality for $50-ish and I can put it under my collar at work and nobody knows I have them.  Most excellent for drowning out coworkers chatter.  :-)


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Posted Sep 4 '13 @ 12:02 PM

I'm currently using the LG HBS730 bluetooth headset.

 

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Great sound quality for $50-ish and I can put it under my collar at work and nobody knows I have them.  Most excellent for drowning out coworkers chatter.  :-)

 

Do you wear them all day? Bluetooth scares me.



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Posted Sep 4 '13 @ 1:33 PM

 

I'm currently using the LG HBS730 bluetooth headset.

 

http://www.lg.com/us/images/cell-phone-a...

 

Great sound quality for $50-ish and I can put it under my collar at work and nobody knows I have them.  Most excellent for drowning out coworkers chatter.  :-)

 

Do you wear them all day? Bluetooth scares me.

 

Yes, I wear them all day but obviously don't have them in my ears if I'm not listening to music.  Depending on the day I have used them all day.  The battery in this thing lasts a long time and I don't notice any extra battery drain on my phone.

 

Now if I'm in a webinar I'll pair them to my laptop since they can also be used for talking.  I've even used them a few times in a G+ hangout.  :-)


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Posted Sep 4 '13 @ 9:25 PM

Well I lay in bed with both my phone and tablet, so I guess worrying about bluetooth is a little silly lol.