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Unread postAuthor: MRR » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:35 am

I don't know if you get Sennheiser in America but if you see them you should definitely check them out.
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Unread postAuthor: Heimo » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:51 am

MRR wrote:I don't know if you get Sennheiser in America but if you see them you should definitely check them out.


I have a set of Sennheiser headphones they are awesome...
I would reccomend them, I use mine every day...
Edit, I forgot to add, these headphones I have is probably the most comfortable headphones I ever owned, I sometimes forget I am wearing them since they don't bother me while I am wearing them at all....
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Unread postAuthor: Crna Legija » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:35 am

Harman Kardon EP720 i have a per and they are da bomb
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Unread postAuthor: al-xg » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:43 am

I am speaking for the audiophile/professional range, entry level HD512 up, although they son't seem to make that model any more. I have some HD515's, and had use of HD600's for quite a few years.

You won't be getting "good bass" from Sennheisers, you will get a realistic amount of bass, as in, what was on the track originally. You do get the percussive effect though (you can feel the bass drum), as the lower frequencies are represented properly. You could always turn on Bass boost or something, that defies the point in my opinion and spoils music.

I do tend to feel the midrange is slightly exaggerated (they'll probably call it enhanced) on Sennheisers.

I would suggest closed cans though, unless you are only going to be using them indoors somewhere quiet, however spatialisation is generally much better on the open can designs.

I have been quite impressed by Grados, I have tried the SR80's and SR125's very true sound, I tried them out versus some ProAC speakers (older version of the Response D Two, I think) and Sub, and it was just like shifting the stage forward and back when switching between the two.


Skull-candy, Dr Dre, Beiber... etc, are mostly average headphones sold for extreme prices because of the branding and wearing massive cans as fashion accessories trend. But as far as sound quality and fidelity are concerned you can get equivalent headphones for less than half the price.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:05 am

The debate on the best headphones could go on for years. Smart thing to do in this case is buy the 3 year extended warranty on the pair you think sounds the best to you.

Tech, I know what your meaning when you say the phone is ringing, but it ain't it's in the song. It blew my mind the 1st time I listened to Led Zeppelin II on CD as opposed to the album (I've all ways had good record players with good needles). I wonder if Robert Plant ever found his Blue Bird? Heheheeee...
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Unread postAuthor: Technician1002 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:40 am

I did keep a good turntable for a while to enjoy some of my music prior to the invention of the CD. Keeping LP's clean and scratch free was the difficult part to keep them in good shape. A good linear tracking turntable with a good moving coil cartridge provided frequency response well beyond what can be recorded on a CD. CD's excelled in dynamic range where LP's excelled in response. You can reproduce a 35KHZ signal on a LP, but not on a CD.

A sweep test of a CD player from 20-20K will show the problems with the relatively low sample rate and ailising. The LP does not have that.

The Denon Technical Audio Test CD is a must have for testing systems. A scope to use with it is handy. :D It helps to identify just what that was, and how much of it there is, you are hearing in your recording that does not belong in it. With the proper test equipment you can seperate out performance from the salesroom hype.

Have you seen the frequency response of any Bose speaker system? Direct reflecting is not natural and flat response. It is full of nulls, phase shifts, and peaks.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:58 am

Tech wrote:Have you seen the frequency response of any Bose speaker system?


No I haven't, I don't own any Oscilloscopes and have never gotten that far into it, but I know what sounds good to me L0L. It's a shame most people mistake loudness for quality. One thing that annoys me to no end is to hear a boofboofboof rolling down the street and all you can hear is vibration, not a decent note to be heard. I'd rather have a happy medium...
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Unread postAuthor: JDP12 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:49 am

Thanks for all the input and the interesting stuff bout Bose.. I'll never buy em now. I think I'm gonna go with beats solo. I think they sound amazing, a little pricey but should last forever
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Unread postAuthor: Technician1002 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:58 am

I will admit that Bose has the best PR team. The portable wave radios don't sound too bad for a small radio.. I will give them credit for that. It beats the TV speakers that most portable radios have, but they are no match for a good diecast bookshelf sepaker system with decent drivers.
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Unread postAuthor: JDP12 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:29 pm

Alright so I picked up the Beats Solo HD. I must say even though I've only had them for an hour and I'm incredibly impressed especially with the bass. I never realized how much detail there was in half the bass of songs I listen to because my old headphones just couldn't output them, and I just heard "general bass".

Audio quality is amazing, and I must say it is better than normal Beats Solos. I compared them both at Best Buy, and I noticed the difference almost instantly, which I was surprised by.

Just wanted to let anyone know who may be interested in them that they are extremely nice. i got the 2 yr warranty just in case though.
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