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Good cans, for 100US price range
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post Apr 30 2005, 05:03
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I have a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-ES5 headphones which I find reasonably comfortable(I wear them all day at work) & sound great. I also have a pair of Alessandro MS-2s which are fantastic sounding headphones.

I have spent a lot off money on headphones & buds over the past few years. I am now very happy with these for work & home.
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post Apr 30 2005, 13:56
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bear in mind, i will be using these headphones mainly on the go or in my house, not a studio. so headphone jacks that stick 2" out of my ipod, and have a easy-to-trip-on 9' cable is a big no no (mdr-v300). which pass this test?
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post May 1 2005, 03:47
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QUOTE (earphiler @ Apr 30 2005, 09:56 AM)
bear in mind, i will be using these headphones mainly on the go or in  my house, not a studio. so headphone jacks that stick 2" out of my ipod, and have a easy-to-trip-on 9' cable is a big no no (mdr-v300). which pass this test?
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So that makes the Philips HP-1000 a no no no. crying.gif
Not good for on the go listening - too big.
Headphone jack will stick 1" at least.
6m long cord - I believe that makes 18 feet more or less.
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post May 1 2005, 06:37
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Does anyone know where in vancouver,Canada, I can get the sony 7506????

Someone mentionesd http://www.trewaudio.com, has anyone shopped from there?
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post May 2 2005, 01:59
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QUOTE (Dhry @ Apr 23 2005, 09:10 AM)
Sennheiser HD-590s, or virtually any of the Sennheiser HD series.
They're very comfortable, have long cords, and several are open-design so they're great for wearing in an office environment where you still need to be able to hear the phone ring or someone talking to you.
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Wrong. The only worthwhile Sennheiser HD phones are the HD580, 600, and 650. You WILL be disappointed with the others considering their price.

Another SR-80 vote over here, but in the $100 range you might want to also check out the Sony V6 (or V7506, same thing). There are a lot of good headphones in this price range. You might want to ask around in Head-Fi.org.
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post May 2 2005, 10:45
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QUOTE (MD1032 @ May 1 2005, 04:59 PM)
Wrong. The only worthwhile Sennheiser HD phones are the HD580, 600, and 650. You WILL be disappointed with the others considering their price.


That was true a few years ago, but not anymore.
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post May 2 2005, 15:27
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QUOTE (Busemann @ May 2 2005, 01:45 AM)
QUOTE (MD1032 @ May 1 2005, 04:59 PM)
Wrong. The only worthwhile Sennheiser HD phones are the HD580, 600, and 650. You WILL be disappointed with the others considering their price.


That was true a few years ago, but not anymore.
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Well... I got the HD 202 and I'm pretty happy. Cheap cans? Sure, but very efficient. They're lightweight, very comfortable, clear sound - although I find the bass a little exaggerated- and there's a clip holder for the three meter cable. Specs here. Good luck!

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post May 2 2005, 17:15
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I got a pair of Sennheiser's PX100 and they're very good. You can get those for less than 50 bucks...pretty cool especially when you want some headphones you can travel with or for your portable... -> http://www.headphone.com/layout.php?topicI...ctID=0020080010


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post May 3 2005, 20:13
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JPG ...I'm just curious, did you find any Philips domain links about that hp 1000 cans? ..or any other info?


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post May 3 2005, 23:45
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QUOTE (thinkum dinkum @ May 3 2005, 04:13 PM)
JPG  ...I'm just curious, did you find any Philips domain links about that hp 1000 cans?  ..or any other info?
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I have a link from the Philips site here in Brazil. It's in portuguese though.
http://www.consumer.philips.com/consumer/c...RESHQNHKFSEKI5P
If you know Spanish, maybe you can understand it.
Anyway, if you click on the link "+Experimentação Virtual" a window will pop-up with a 3d model of the phone.
And if you click on the link "Especificações", it will show you the specs which I believe you will understand. If you don't I can translate it to you.
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post May 4 2005, 00:23
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I'd have to recommend you get the Sony V6 (not V600!!!)...Unlike a lot of Sony headphones, they don't over emphasize the bass and they're very clear sounding. You can get em for $70.00 over at B&H Photo Video which I'll recommend as an online store in general.

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post May 4 2005, 01:06
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JPG ..now I know exact name, it's not hp100 but SBCHP1000, so I found links in english dry.gif ...while searching for hp1000 I always end up with anoying hewlett packard products biggrin.gif

..tnx, and btw. congrats for excellent headphones, I enjoy them every day


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post May 4 2005, 04:12
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AKG K-55 or AKG K-66

Cheap headphones that sound quite exceptional and a reasonably comfortable.


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post May 8 2005, 15:31
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QUOTE
and several are open-design so they're great for wearing in an office environment where you still need to be able to hear the phone ring or someone talking to you.


...what's wrong with a post-it note stuck to the can saying "please knock", like what i use?

i'm using Koss R-80's. they're quite old now, the model has been discontinued, but they sound better than anything i've auditioned in the last few years, except ones twice the original price (and even sony's $300 offerings sounded "brown" to me, that is lacking in upper-mids and treble).

the lower-prices sennheiser HD's are okay if you need to hear around you - solid sound, but lacking treble (this is compared to the R-80's which i use as reference for everything).

only problem with the R-80s is my sideburns tend to scrape away the pads. they're looking quite raggedy by now. also, the bass is gradually getting more rattly as the cans get old, partly due to their modular plastic design - sometimes you have to clamp down on them with your hand to stop it.

nobody should be worried about having big cans on in public - people will just think you're a DJ, and if anything you'll look cooler for it (i wear my cans in the train all the time).

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AKG K-55 or AKG K-66

Cheap headphones that sound quite exceptional and a reasonably comfortable.


tried these... seemed to have trouble staying on my head. good sound though, but lacking a little in bass and isolation.

beyerdynamic cans are pretty nice. little high in the upper vocal range maybe (~ 2k to 8k).
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post May 9 2005, 03:25
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The Sony 7506 is typically not found in regular stores because it is in Sony's "Pro" line. But, nevertheless they are easy to find online as this cnet search shows:
http://shopper.cnet.com/Sony_MDR_7506_-_he...9-30236247.html
... I have ordered from Ecost, BH, Etronics and J&R with no problems, I think they are also at Amazon. I ordered replacement 7506 pads from Trew with no problems, I think they cater primarily to pros.

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post May 20 2005, 02:48
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Regarding the Sony MDR-V700s,
DON'T!

First of all when I bought them one Winter ago they ran about $140, past you $100 cap. After being overjoyed at their thumping bass, it took less than a month to realize I had purchased not-so-great sounding earmuffs. Those mothers are heavy, totally enclose your ears (not so safe walking around) and make you look like quite a freak. They are pretty, have a nice cord, and adjust easily; for the price you should get quite a lot more.

Along comes last Winter. Knowing sound quality is what I wanted, I sought advice from my snobby, vinyl-only friends. I listened to SR-60s and SR-80s by Grado and decided on the SR80 just because it was still in my budget range. Yes, they do look retro. Yes, they are an open-air design and will annoy the hell out of people near you on the bus or in the library. But boy howdy do they sound nice. I have not heard many other large headphones, but I am terribly pleased with the life-like mid-range on the SR-80s. The SR80s are not as big on skull-rattling bass as my V700s, but they offer consistent quality across a broad range of sounds and genres. I have listened to alternative rock, blues, classic rock, country, hip-hop, jazz, opera, and techno on these headphones.

Regarding fatigue complaints, the SR80s are painful but only in their initial shipping shape. These headphones have the cheapest-looking adjustment methods I have ever seen, so it took a while for me to grow a pair and just torque the headband. The metal headband feels so tense that it will break rather than bending, but this is not the case. If you spread the headband properly then adjust the length of the ear extensions so your ears are as cupped as possible, there will not be fatigue. I have worn SR80s for more than a few hours at a time at the library and they are not painful.


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post May 20 2005, 03:26
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QUOTE (JPL @ May 2 2005, 06:27 AM)
QUOTE (Busemann @ May 2 2005, 01:45 AM)
QUOTE (MD1032 @ May 1 2005, 04:59 PM)
Wrong. The only worthwhile Sennheiser HD phones are the HD580, 600, and 650. You WILL be disappointed with the others considering their price.


That was true a few years ago, but not anymore.
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Well... I got the HD 202 and I'm pretty happy. Cheap cans? Sure, but very efficient. They're lightweight, very comfortable, clear sound - although I find the bass a little exaggerated- and there's a clip holder for the three meter cable. Specs here. Good luck!
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They're one of the exceptions. There are exceptions, but more of the "HD" phones aren't worth it.

In reference to the last post, which is 100% correct, you might also want to check out the Sony V6's or V7506 as they are now named. These should not be confused with their crappier cousins, the V600's and V700's, they're actually not half bad! My friend's pair sounded pretty good when I put it through a nice amp.
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post May 20 2005, 03:47
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personally, i have the sennheiser hd280 and the sony mdr-v700. the sonys totally suck compared to the sennheisers. and my sennheiser cost around $30 less at $85 from J&R, i think
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post May 23 2005, 10:59
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QUOTE (MD1032 @ May 19 2005, 07:26 PM)
QUOTE (JPL @ May 2 2005, 06:27 AM)
QUOTE (Busemann @ May 2 2005, 01:45 AM)
QUOTE (MD1032 @ May 1 2005, 04:59 PM)
Wrong. The only worthwhile Sennheiser HD phones are the HD580, 600, and 650. You WILL be disappointed with the others considering their price.


That was true a few years ago, but not anymore.
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Well... I got the HD 202 and I'm pretty happy. Cheap cans? Sure, but very efficient. They're lightweight, very comfortable, clear sound - although I find the bass a little exaggerated- and there's a clip holder for the three meter cable. Specs here. Good luck!
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They're one of the exceptions. There are exceptions, but more of the "HD" phones aren't worth it.

In reference to the last post, which is 100% correct, you might also want to check out the Sony V6's or V7506 as they are now named. These should not be confused with their crappier cousins, the V600's and V700's, they're actually not half bad! My friend's pair sounded pretty good when I put it through a nice amp.
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I beg to differ. I tried one out of a 3G iPod (an IPOD!) and the bass was unbearably exaggerated. I thought my head would explode.
EDIT: don't know why i typed my post there :X

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post May 23 2005, 11:09
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I bought my Sennheiser HD280 Pro's around a year ago for $70, and they sound amazing for the price. I believe headroom gave these cans a 5/5 as well.
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post Jun 8 2005, 00:38
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http://www.trewaudio.com/catalog/cat29.htm

Shows the 7506's for $98. I would go for the Aleesandro MS-1's myself being a Grado guy. I plan on doing the woody upgrade later on with the velour pads so they are uber comfy.
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