Headphone/Earphone Recommendations? Ask For Advice Here!

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  1. broccoli

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    I meant into the lightening -3.5 adapter. If the headphones are usb, can you add a usb/3.5 adapter into the lightening-3.5 adaptor.

    I'm not talking about those in-ear headphones (earbud thingies), but over the head headphones, proper headphones. I expect the phone probably came with those earbud thingies but it's also for the pc.
     
  2. Danske

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    Ohhhhhhh.

    I presume two adapters *should* work. But I have never tested it nor have I researched it. Might lose some quality I guess.

    Gotcha, over the top headies.
     
  3. jpw007

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    I doubt USB headphones would work on an iphone as i doubt they'd have the drivers etc they'd need on apple to send that signal over usb.

    You'll need to look at headphones with 3.5mm plugs and either get a usb dac for the PC or plug them into the headphone port of a PC (all laptops and desktops will have a headphone port)
     
  4. broccoli

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    ok thanks, that's helpful, I'll look for headphones with a "normal" plug, not usb.
     
  5. theSeekerr

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    Needed some sealed cans in a hurry the other day because my HD25's are busted (don't worry, I'll repair them), grabbed some Sennheiser HD380 Pro's.

    These things are way underrated IMO - around the same price as the AT M50x, better isolation, and a sound that's definitely not worse. Better? Eh. Different.

    Looks are much of a muchness - personally I think they're both pretty ugly.

    Neither are really portable, although I'll note that the 380's are surprisingly light. With a replacement cable (the included cable is 3m of curly cord) I'd consider the 380 suitable for air travel etc, just not general use outdoors.

    I also auditioned the Momentum 2.0 Over-Ears, since I could get them around the same price after specials/cashbacks etc.
    Couldn't stand them - super warm, with a massive mid-bass hump and recessed vocals, unpleasantly "crispy" cymbals, and no real top end at all. Comfortable, but the isolation was pretty poor. Even at $200 I wouldn't recommend them, and they want $400 for them normally!
     
  6. Spork!

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    Big thank's to Matthew Kane for repairing my STAX amp.

    For anyone looking at spending some coin to get truly excellent sound from headphones, don't overlook a second-hand STAX setup.
    Even with (VERY reasonable!) repair costs this HPs and amp. combo cost me about 1/2 of what my dynamic HPs and amp. cost - (although the dynamic amp was brand new, and I've spent a fair chunk on aftermarket tubes and adapters for it).

    nb: if LOOKS matter, forget the STAX stuff, unless you want to go really high end with a set of '007's or '009's.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. aokman

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    LOL I'd love a set of STAX but my god they look crap. Reminds me of the 80's cheapness.
     
  8. jpw007

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    How do they STAX up quality wise compared to other well know brands?
     
  9. Spork!

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    Strictly for at-home use. I can't see them when I'm wearing them, and I have very little self respect anyway. :D


    I think Matthew K can answer this better than I can, however my impressions are: the amp is a solidy made bit of gear. Mine is 30ish years old and did need some work. But cap's don't last forever... When I got my amp originally it looked like it had been used to prop up a pile of rubbish in a barn for a decade or so.

    The headphones are an excercise in ugly, and the aesthetic carries over into how they feel in your hand.
    Once on your head, however, they are an extremely comfortable headphone. Many parts are replaceable, including the (real) leather strap and pasds - the bits that you actually touch (should that be the bits that touch you?) while using them.
    I have a feeling they would actually be pretty robust, more prone to bending (and then going right back into shape) than breaking.
    AFAIK they are still made in the same factory they have always been. If you look on ebay, or the HeadFi classifieds you'll find plenty of STAX hp's from the 60's - 70's and 80's still going strong. If that's anything to go by the durability is excsellent, however if you want nice metal hangers and grilles you have to go for the TOTL models.
     
  10. GoneFishin22

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    I was thinking it looked like early 80's porn goodness......
     
  11. Danske

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    I ended up getting the AT IM70. So far they produce a good sound, bass is a bit, well bassy compared to what I'm used to, I'm hoping that'll settle down as the headphones get burnt in from use. Mid to top range is pretty crisp.

    The standard silicon tips make a perfect seal with my ears, I literally cannot hear anything happening around me.
     
  12. mootant

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    Any recommendations for headphones (open or closed) between $100-$200?

    Will mainly be used for fps gaming and listening to music collection/youtube/full hd movies on the pc.
     
  13. OJR

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    What source are you using? Ie DAC? Or just on board?
     
  14. mootant

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    Just using onboard atm.
     
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    They may not fill in the criteria of the looks department but the build quality and parts used is far cry from crap, like anything you treat it right with care and it will last a long time. You want craptastic reliability, build quality and poor quality control? Look at Audeze and Hifiman, they tick all those aspects.

    Not to mention Stax has always been the esoteric in house assembled in Japan brand from the 50's to now. They were the very best in sound reproduction in terms of headphones you could buy between 60-90's till major competitors came onto the scene (Orpheus and modern stuff).

    Sound quality wise? They offer a different ethereal sound that no other headphones on the market (aside from headphones that are also well engineered based on electrostatic technology) offer. Build quality is superb and gets better in terms of R&D as you move up the Stax chain. If you want banging bass and play hardcore metal, rap and techno, look elsewhere.
     
  17. vinli

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    Can anyone please recommend me some headphones for general use; typically listening to music or watching youtube on my phone whilst in transit? I don't have an amp, and price range is up to say $150-$175.

    I seem to go through canal phones pretty quickly; they rarely last me more than a year before one side dies. I'm not sure if I'm being too rough with them, but I'm not coiling them tightly in between use or anything. So either extremely tough canal phones, or over-ear headphones (open or closed) that have a replaceable cable would be ideal.

    Caveat: no leather please.

    Thanks :)
     
  18. negatron

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    What about IEM's with replaceable cables?

    Depending on your budget, any of the well reviewed ones from Aliexpress (Kz Z3, tennmark pro) might be suitable.

    If you want something more branded, try the Shure iems?
     
  19. Smokin Whale

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    What about a few sets of Xiaomi Dual Hybrid IEMs? I'm usually rough with mine and they've lasted a year with no issues to report. Will probably die within the next year or so though. At $25 a pop it's no great expense.

    Also, are you sure earwax isn't jamming up your IEMs? I thought one of my older sets died but it was just earwax in the tio, it managed to get in the little mesh and plug it up without it looking like it was being blocked at all. It wasn't until I took the mesh off I saw that it was blocked :/
     
  20. Squatting_Tiger

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    Bose QC25's worth the $$? Where are is best place to buy? Thanks
     

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