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Would I benefit from better headphones

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by DrPepper, Oct 10, 2020.

  1. Guitardvark

    Guitardvark Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    how much you spend on your headphones is going to determine how much benefit you are going to get from them..

    its the sliding scale formula of how much to make me happy with what I just got :)



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  2. Old Deaf Roadie

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    Since I make my living with a mixing board, I have gone through all sorts of phones from Radio Shack to Shure. I am partial to the Sony models that retail from $100-$120, but like my favorite microphones, I have found exceptional quality with the headphones made by Heil Sound. Like all Heil products, the quality to price ratio works well to our favor across all spectrums from amateur to pro.
    Total disclosure: I am not a dealer or distributor.
     
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    I'll be using my old Sennheisser HD201s until they fall to pieces, which probably won't be too long now...
     
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    Same here.
     
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    Thanks for all of the replies. Based on my experiences with my cheapo Samson's (HP10). I am going to try another model by them... The Z25 set.
     
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    Another vote here for the Sennheiser HD-280 pros.
    $99.00 everyday, everywhere.
    Don't sweat the impedance thing unless it's closer to 100Ω. The Senns are rated at 64 (nominal).
     
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    Terrific thread guys thanks. Had been eyeing the AKG240s for sometime now. Just ordered them.
     
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    Mine are about ten years old, not showing much wear as yet, though I do alternate between these and a set of HD 202 depending which room I happen to be in at the time.
     
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    I find the beats earbuds work as good as many decently priced headfones.
     
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    I know OP made a decision, but another endorsement of:

    AKG K240 Mk II

    LOVE the detachable cable because cables have been the death of my previous several sets of cans. And you can go coily or straight.

    So comfortable, so easy to listen to. Need a lot stronger input signal than my closed-back cans.
     
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    I love my Grado SR60 set. They are 32ohm and great value for the money.
    Plus they are lightweigh and don't heat me up like full ear coverage phone.
    I would describe them as "airy" with a balanced freq response.
    $80 on Amazon....
     
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    Gradoville. Made in New York. Excellent sound, great price, highly rated
     
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    Grado. Sorry for auto correct
     
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    I honestly don't know if you would "benefit" from better headphones or not ...

    But I will say, I just replaced my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Closed Back with Sennheiser HD 600 Open Back headphones ...

    For the love of all that is Holy, the 600s sound incredible by comparison.

    Expensive, but worth it IMHO. I scoured the internet for new ones, but at a decent price. Found a good deal on eBay.
     
  15. codamedia

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    IMO.... yes you will benefit from a better set of phones!
    Lots of great suggestions here already, but FWIW I use a set of Sennheiser 280's and AT ATH-M50's. I also have a set of Shure 215 ear buds for the times I need to use IEM's.

    I don't use an Iridium so I can't comment about ohms/volume, but I never have a problem driving ANY of the ones I use into ear splitting levels with any playback unit I've used them with.

    IMO... you moved sideways, not up! You would still benefit from a better set of head phones.

     
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    My Beyerdynamic DT 770's are something I feel like I should get another pair of just in case something happens to mine.
     
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    Sennheiser HD-201, recently discontinued, but can still find them as clearance items for good prices. Seen 'em new on Amazon for like $36 bucks. See link. Such a deal! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007XJSQC/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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    I know the choice has been made but FWIW I recently got an iridum so I can play quietly due to kids, and have used it with 4 different headphone sets, all sound great! I have not had to adjust the trim pot to generate more volume for any pair, although there is a noticable difference in volume from set to set. If you want to play without disturbing others, I'd recommend a set of sealed back cans, but don't worry too much about their impedance load if you already have a decent set.

    Sennheiser HD 650 300ohms 105db
    Meze 99 32ohms 103db
    Koss Pro4aa 250ohms 95db
    Bose QC 20 71ohms passive 2800ohms active 90db
     
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