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Offline ZombieCake

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Decent Headphones Recommendation
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:38:25 pm »
Hello,
I'm after a new set of half decent head phones. My Tascam ones stopped working when I trod on them and the old Sennheisers have now finally blown up. The Beyerdynamics DT100's which I've been eying enviously for a while now sound nice and neutral when auditioned. Thing is I can't listen to everything Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, etc. and so I was wondering what other people use for some useful pointers. Looking at anything up to around £200, not earbuds though.  Also haven't yet really got a straight answer on the impedance range - 16, 32, 200. Leaning towards 16 as it seems to go well with most stuff.  Don't like excessive bass or treble, just something that's neutral with as little colouration as possible, if that's even possible.
I'm currently listening to Taylor Swift on the cheapo things that plug in your ears, help!  Yes I have asked musicians, help!

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Re: Decent Headphones Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 11:23:26 pm »
I've got a pair of apple EarPods for on the go. but for 'proper listening' i've got a pair of sennheiser momentum on-ear earphones - which i've absolutely no complaints about. look stylish, good range of sounds form bass through treble. no built in noise cancelling but forms a decent seal on the ear so don't tend to hear anything external.

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Re: Decent Headphones Recommendation
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 06:53:36 am »
I've got a pair of DT-150s and a pair of DT-770s, both of which are really nice. The 770s I could wear all day without my head hurting, sounds really impressive, very little colouration and great sound insulation. I've had them over 15 years and they're still my go to headphones. The 150s I bought recently and if anything they are even more neutral and tough as nails. Not quite as comfy, but still good, very good insulation and you can replace every single part of them when you break them. Both tend to be the goto headphones in professional studios which alludes to their quality.

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Re: Decent Headphones Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 08:25:41 am »
AKG K92.

They come in at about £40 and punch well beyond their weight.  Highly recommended.

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Re: Decent Headphones Recommendation
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 11:25:53 am »
16 ohm impedance will seriously limit your options in decent headphones !

I have quite a few headphones - used for listening and mixing/tracking - you may like grados in your price range (sr60 are great value and fun to listen to - also easy to drive with portable devices) . DT770 are really nice but bass heavy (in a good way) - my iPod will happily drive the 80 ohm version. They’re closed back if that is important to you. You could stretch to dt880 which are really really nice (very neutral but open backed) - I’ve got the 250ohm version - I wouldn’t use a portable device with it though - it really needs a decent headphone amp. HD600/HD650 are awesome but probably a little out of your price range but again I’d really consider using a headphone amp. IEMs are also worth considering....

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Re: Decent Headphones Recommendation
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 06:36:44 pm »
I've got a pair of apple EarPods for on the go. but for 'proper listening' i've got a pair of sennheiser momentum on-ear earphones - which i've absolutely no complaints about. look stylish, good range of sounds form bass through treble. no built in noise cancelling but forms a decent seal on the ear so don't tend to hear anything external.

I second this regarding the Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones.  I purchased mine in around march, and am thrilled.
There is no active noise cancelling, but they do form a good seal, as JoshW says.
They seem sturdy enough.  They come with a nice stiff (but not hard) case and bag, and fold up quite neatly.
I travel abroad for work sometimes, and they have survived being chucked in and out of luggage.

If I recall, there are two sizes... I have the larger (full size) ones.

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Re: Decent Headphones Recommendation
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 08:08:26 pm »
I've got a pair of apple EarPods for on the go. but for 'proper listening' i've got a pair of sennheiser momentum on-ear earphones - which i've absolutely no complaints about. look stylish, good range of sounds form bass through treble. no built in noise cancelling but forms a decent seal on the ear so don't tend to hear anything external.

I second this regarding the Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones.  I purchased mine in around march, and am thrilled.
There is no active noise cancelling, but they do form a good seal, as JoshW says.
They seem sturdy enough.  They come with a nice stiff (but not hard) case and bag, and fold up quite neatly.
I travel abroad for work sometimes, and they have survived being chucked in and out of luggage.

If I recall, there are two sizes... I have the larger (full size) ones.

I think (it's been a few years since I bought them) that there is on ear and over ear ones which might be the larger size you're talking of.

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Re: Decent Headphones Recommendation
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 08:33:38 pm »
I've got a pair of apple EarPods for on the go. but for 'proper listening' i've got a pair of sennheiser momentum on-ear earphones - which i've absolutely no complaints about. look stylish, good range of sounds form bass through treble. no built in noise cancelling but forms a decent seal on the ear so don't tend to hear anything external.

I second this regarding the Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones.  I purchased mine in around march, and am thrilled.
There is no active noise cancelling, but they do form a good seal, as JoshW says.
They seem sturdy enough.  They come with a nice stiff (but not hard) case and bag, and fold up quite neatly.
I travel abroad for work sometimes, and they have survived being chucked in and out of luggage.

If I recall, there are two sizes... I have the larger (full size) ones.

I think (it's been a few years since I bought them) that there is on ear and over ear ones which might be the larger size you're talking of.

That sounds about right. I have the over ear.  Would recommend.

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Re: Decent Headphones Recommendation
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2018, 08:28:04 pm »
Thanks for all the comments, most appreciated.  Bit of head scratching to do now (thinking that is, I haven't got nits!).  Sennheisers sound interesting, hadn't heard of them before.