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What Type of Headphones are Best?

Posted September 13, 2011 10:21 AM

Headphones — the limiting factor in today's music systems — go for just a few bucks up to £1,000 at the top end. What type of headphones do you prefer: closed back, open back, earbuds, noise-cancelling, etc.? Why? How much are you willing to pay?

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09/13/2011 11:25 PM

i use headphones only when on my morning walk, or on a plane.

i could not get used to earbuds, so normal on-ear ones for me.

Got a good deal on Sennheiser PX-100 for the equivalent of $40. Excellent bass and pleasant mids and highs. (my music is mostly instrumental, classical, both western and indian).

Now got an excellent deal ($80) on an Audio-Technica Noise-cancelling headphones which, to me, sound as good as the $ 350 Bose that my son has. Uncanny silence when on a plane !

i covet the $2000 Sennheiser HD800, but wouldn't buy it even if i could, since neither my audio system nor my aging ears can do justice to it

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09/14/2011 12:53 PM

Thanks for providing the link. Here is an interesting excerpt:

"The limiting factor on the quality of music on most devices is the headphones," says Dom Feeney, UK consumer product manager at specialist headphone firm Sennheiser.

"It's no good having the best quality of music if you have a rubbish pair of headphones. That said, low quality headphones will mask some of the quirks and flaws in MP3s."

So much of the growing market for headphones is due to the use of portable devices to play music. The quote above indicates that the real "limiting factor" is the MP3 compression of the audio track!

I prefer to listen to music with real speakers (Boston Acoustics). But my travel head phones are SONY noise cancelling ones. They were only about $ 60, but the cancelling feature really helps on airplanes (if you are not driving, they really help in cars, too).

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09/25/2011 3:54 PM

Ultimate: Stax elecrostatic. Noise cancelling Yes, but the Bose QC and QC2 are horrible compared to the QCIII. Koss Porta-Pro is really nice. Then sometimes you need a USB Headset

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09/26/2011 11:44 AM

The STAX 0009 look really good. However, I am at the age where I can't hear all the highs and lows anyway!

How expensive are the STAX? I could not find that on the web.

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09/26/2011 1:06 PM

You don't want to know. I listened to a pair at a hi-fi show a long time ago. They were too impressive.

How is $2600 USD for the STAX SR-007 MK2 http://www.wooaudio.com/headphones/stax/sr007mk2.html#electrosystem without the required amplifier? And another $499 for the amp: http://www.wooaudio.com/products/wee.html http://www.wooaudio.com/headphones/stax/sr007mk2.html#electrosystem

Even the lower priced versions are out of my price range.

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09/26/2011 2:08 PM

Holy cow! Way put of my league. Thanks for the information, though.

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09/26/2011 10:31 PM

Please take a look at this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-ANC1-QuietPoint-Noise-Cancelling-Headphones/dp/B0031RG832/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1317090306&sr=8-2

The noise cancelling is impressive (i can hardly hear the plane's engine) and the bass, midrange and trebles are more than adequate....all at $80. Not inferior to the Bose which costs $ 320.

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