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Offline bluefoxicy

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Good headphones?
« on: February 22, 2011, 08:11:17 PM »
I'm looking for some good casual headphones.  Not studio monitors with giant ear cups, just something for an iPod or cell phone (honestly?  The cell phone has FAR better audio quality, having used the same $20 Sony headphones with both).

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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011, 08:23:46 PM »
I only use the kind with the big ear cups and I've not tried any of these but I'm familiar with the brands (look toward the bottom of the page and the second page).  cheers, j

http://www.audioadvisor.com/products.asp?dept=41

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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2011, 09:35:12 PM »
how much are you wanting to spend???
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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2011, 09:46:49 PM »
Dude, I use Skull Candy. For 20$ you cannot beat the quality. Sharp highs, and tight bass. Best money I spent on cheap headphones.
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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2011, 10:02:38 PM »
Sony MDR 7506...what the pros use.
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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2011, 10:08:38 PM »
I use some cheap ones but I got them for the volume control directly on the cord - it's too much of a pain to quickly turn the volume up and down with an ipod in my pocket.
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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2011, 10:10:40 PM »
Sony MDR 7506...what the pros use.

those are great, but probably bigger than he wants.

i like these.....

http://www.ultrasone.com/index.php/en/products/zino.html

and these.....

http://www.sennheiserusa.com/headphones

(they make a few smaller ones for personal use.)

i have both ultrasones as well as sennheisers, but i have the bigger ones that dj's use.  i also have some smaller sennheisers that sound great, but are dated and not on that site.

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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2011, 10:47:56 PM »
Sony MDR 7506...what the pros use.

those are great, but probably bigger than he wants.

i like these.....

http://www.ultrasone.com/index.php/en/products/zino.html

and these.....

http://www.sennheiserusa.com/headphones

(they make a few smaller ones for personal use.)

i have both ultrasones as well as sennheisers, but i have the bigger ones that dj's use.  i also have some smaller sennheisers that sound great, but are dated and not on that site.



The 7506 isn't any bigger than the picture you posted, by the looks.  The ultrasones look good, though.
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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2011, 10:56:05 PM »
When I play on stage at a church, I sometimes have to use in-ear monitors, and they have decently high end ones, that at least cost a lot of money.  I personally hate those things, and I've started using cheap earbuds that probably are 30 cents in parts cost.  Its funny and a bit ironic, but I hear everything so much better and play better with the crap earphones!  :D

But on stage monitoring is different than music listening or studio monitoring, I actually want to hear the outside sound, which fills in the gaps of what I may not be hearing in my monitor mix.

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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2011, 11:05:44 PM »
If you use in ears, you should get a room mic mixed in for your monitor mix.  Makes a world of difference.  I guess you've already discovered the ultimate pragmatic solution, though.
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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2011, 11:35:17 PM »
Other people love them, I hate them, so I'm an odd duck...I also hate how far they go into the ear, so the cheapies are a two-bird, one-stone thing.

Generally though I run the monitor output to a small powered wedge and I'm happy!

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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2011, 12:04:23 AM »
Generally though I run the monitor output to a small powered wedge and I'm happy!

As long as there's no vocal mic nearby, the audio engineer probably won't kill you!  ;)
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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2011, 12:19:50 AM »
I'm a fan of Senn's. If I can con someone into buying them, then I'll typically try and get some grado's.
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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2011, 04:07:47 AM »
Generally though I run the monitor output to a small powered wedge and I'm happy!

As long as there's no vocal mic nearby, the audio engineer probably won't kill you!  ;)

Haha, they have admirable self restraint.  But I'm within feet of a ragingly loud drum kit and my 4x10 pumps out a goodish deal (and when I'm doing fretless, I like lots of mids and highs so I can play in tune!), so my little wedge monitor is the least of their concerns.

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Re: Good headphones?
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2011, 10:07:16 AM »
My favorite by FAR are the Sony MDR-something in-ear with the NECKLACE style cable - that's the one with one earbud cable shorter than the other - you put the longer one around the back of your neck, perfect for keeping a cable from hanging around.
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