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alright.. help me out.. I'm researching music equipment. Headphones. I want a pair of good ones. It's not urgent because I'm willing to take the research time to find Juuuuuuuust the right ones.
I fully expect them to be expensive, so that's no big deal either.
I'd rather have quality than just another "for right now" set because I'm tired of feeling like I'm only really getting parts of the music.

So ... I was looking at some Koss Pro-4AA headphones... I dunno if I like them, the reviews say they're heavy, but they've got the full ear coverage and the full pad, which I prefer for sound blocking and it's usually more comfortable.
I'd like some that aren't disgustingly heavy, but at the same time, I'd prefer something that isn't plastic crap.

I'm looking for actual really high quality, studio grade headphones. If you have any ideas, reccomendations, what have you, I'd be more than happy to hear them.


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Aug. 23rd, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC)
I wish I could help ya but since my headphones are used only with my laptop, I settle with the $20-30 range. The laptop sound is decent but not that great so anythign bigger would be a waste. I have Koss TD-61 headphones I use at work with the laptop or MP3 player. It has the full ear coverage and helps block out the office sound but still lets some in so I'm not ignoring people. The sound is ok, but it is a kinda thin.

Have you tried posting this in one of the dj or audio communities? I bet they could help you out.
Aug. 23rd, 2002 02:40 pm (UTC)
I posted this here becuase I know there are a couple music junkies on my friends list and usually, the opinions of people I know are a tad more tailored to what I use things for.

And I find that people in highly specialized communities tend to be shits to anyone who isn't trying to be the biggest kid in the sandbox.
Like, I'd never go to a perl community and ask a question. In their need to appear superior to one another, the geeks would turn into raging assholes and lord their knowledge over me rather than answering my question. (just an example)

Aug. 23rd, 2002 03:02 pm (UTC)
here is the real test. walk into music store. take out test headphones. plug them into a practice bass amp. pick up a bass, play. loud. if you hear a rattle, they are shit. if not, buy them
Aug. 23rd, 2002 05:24 pm (UTC)
You should have come to me right away...
Aug. 24th, 2002 08:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, sure, Dave.

heh... does it matter what sort of music I'm mainly listening to? Just curious.

I'm not going to be playing music... so I want something with decent (but not featured, if that makes sense) sound cancelling.

I've been happy with my super cheap (under $30) sony headphones. They're just getting old and I lust after that set that Sean had (the brand I dunno) that I borrowed from him for awhile. He was a DJ, (but not a DeeJay) so he had some really nice quality headphones... and now I want some.

Aug. 24th, 2002 04:01 pm (UTC)
Nah it doesn't if you get high quality ones like Sennhauser, cause they're more studio monitors. Most recording studios use them.
Aug. 24th, 2002 04:28 pm (UTC)
First of all.. SENNHEISER.
not Hauser.


And looking at the specs on both the studio monitor sets (the one I picked and the one from sennheiser), the differences are very very little. The Sony has a better frequency response (5Hz-30KHz compared to Sennheiser's 8Hz-25KHz), Sony also has a much much lower impedience (24 ohms to Sennheiser's 64 ohms), The Seinnheiser is a little more sensitive (118 dB/mW instead of Sony's 107 dB/mW.
But other than that, they're both run with dynamic transducers, have similar ear pads and I don't really care about the cord sooooo yeah.

And there is another set of phones that's one up from the ones I picked on the Sony side that blows all the Sennheiser's out of the water. The ones I'm comparing to the Sennheisers (MSRP $199.95) are MSRP $149.99.

Very comparable quality, $50 less.


Aug. 24th, 2002 04:35 pm (UTC)
I forgot to put in the links...
this is the Sennheiser I was looking at (professional monitoring) and
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I forgot to put in the links...
<a href="http://www.sennheiserusa.com/pages/products/headphones/index.htm" target="_blank">this is the Sennheiser I was looking at</a> (professional monitoring) and <a href"http://www.sel.sony.com/SEL/consumer/ss5/home/accessories/studiomonitorheadphones/mdr-v700dj_specs.shtml" target="_blank">this is the sony</a>
Aug. 24th, 2002 04:44 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I've just never had luck with anything Sony, but I know I'm the exception, not the rule. What I like about Sennheisers is that they only make headphones, they specialize in them, plus most recording studios use them. I've used them a few times. I personaly have a pair of Koss ones that are decent.
Anyway, the Sony ones look great too, I'd go to a place and see if they let you listen to the different ones, proof's in the pudding.
Aug. 24th, 2002 04:49 pm (UTC)
Dude, I dunno. Both my phones, headphones, alarm clock/cd player thingy, and vcr have all outdone themselves, they're all Sony.
I've had probablems with just about every other popular brand of home electronics except Aiwa... and I'm not really thrilled with the sound on my lil Aiwa boom box...

Sooo yeah.
And I know they specialize in headphones, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best.
(though the changeable parts are good too)
Aug. 24th, 2002 08:34 am (UTC)
and dude, you mean Sennheiser.
Aug. 24th, 2002 06:57 am (UTC)
Go here:
Click on the headphones
Find some you like
They're higher than something you'd get at Radio Shack - but they're pro quality...
Aug. 24th, 2002 08:21 am (UTC)
They look interesting, but the only thing mentioning MSRP is a pdf that doesn't include headphones. Of course, I can't get that page to load without errors... so maybe that's why I can't find it.

I'm still comparing and shopping around, but thanks for the link.
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