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Your thoughts on high quality headphones?
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At public areas I use a pair of Sennheiser HD-25 II which costed me around 200$ while they don't have the best sound for its price the build quality is great and they still look like new after 2 years of use.
When I'm home I use a pair of HD598 and I really love the sound of em but I need to get an amp for em... Soon goin to grab a modmic to have em replace my headset which sounds like crap
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TrueGoober wrote:

Alright, so I got a pair of $90 headphones recently. While I was researching what headphones to get, my suspicions were pretty much confirmed that Beats are crap and Bose is overpriced. Beats look good and Bose has been around forever. So it makes me wonder...

Have you bought expensive headphones before? Are you an "audiophile?" Why did you buy your headphones? Do you like or dislike Beats/Skullcandy, etc...

I've got some Sony MDR-V6's on the way, so I'll tell you how they sound when they get here.


It really depends on your tastes and how you plan on using them. I personally recommend Ultrasone to anyone looking for some high quality headphones. I've been using a pair of their Pro 900's for the last 4-5 years. The sound is much better than any Sennheiser headphones I have used. Also, if you look hard enough you can usually get a new pair for $300. If you plan on using your headphones with a PC don't overlook your sound card. Getting a better sound card can vastly improve your audio. Same goes with any other forms of equipment (ex. amplifiers etc.). Good luck on you search ^-^
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asharka wrote:

I bought a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones ($110) that sound great. Crystal clear and full response. If you are using any headphones with a PC though, you still need a decent sound card; the default sound system just doesn't cut it and can make even good phones sound bad.

I was thinking about getting those, but I figured I might as well save 20 bucks on a purchase I kind of made on the fly. Plus people say that the MDR-V6's durability is great.

It's good to know the information about the sound card too, but kind of worrying for me. The way my laptop goes, it's got a Beats audio soundsystem, with whatever that entails. Basically, if I'm on Youtube, then a 360p video will sound the same as the 1080p version with the speakers it has. I hope that it's just the speakers and not the sound card. I'm hoping for a little difference with $90 spent.


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I'm not a huge Audiophile, but I love having a decent pair of headphones. I once owned a pair of Skullcandy over-the-ear headphones and they were simply terrible. The padding was rock-hard and would bruise my ears after an hour of wear. The band was cheaply made and ended up cracking after a short while. The fit was too tight and would squish my head causing pain & discomfort.

This is exactly the experience I had with some Skullcandy's I got a couple of years ago. My inner ears were fine, but my outer ears were on fire lol, especially with my glasses frame partially in the way.


humblechili wrote:

It really depends on your tastes and how you plan on using them. I personally recommend Ultrasone to anyone looking for some high quality headphones. I've been using a pair of their Pro 900's for the last 4-5 years. The sound is much better than any Sennheiser headphones I have used. Also, if you look hard enough you can usually get a new pair for $300. If you plan on using your headphones with a PC don't overlook your sound card. Getting a better sound card can vastly improve your audio. Same goes with any other forms of equipment (ex. amplifiers etc.). Good luck on you search ^-^


If my sound card ends up being the issue with my laptop's sound, can getting an amp circumvent the need for a new sound card? Or it is just kind of extra icing on the cake?
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@TrueGober You can use an external device. For example, the computer I built did not have enough space for a sound card since it is the size of a shoebox so I use this:
http://www.rakuten.com/prod/focusrite-scarlett-2i2-2-in-2-out-usb-recording-audio-interface/225912469.html?listingId=303057858&scid=pla_google_MusicalInstruments&adid=18176&gclid=CLbEyeSQoL8CFc8F7AodLjYAKw
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I myself have only bought basic headphones. I figure why buy expensive headphones when you have bad hearing. The headphone I use the most are my Sennheiser HD 202. There my TV headphones. I can hear my videos without crank up the volume.
Posted 6/29/14

asharka wrote:

I bought a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones ($110) that sound great. Crystal clear and full response. If you are using any headphones with a PC though, you still need a decent sound card; the default sound system just doesn't cut it and can make even good phones sound bad.


I use the same headphones as well. They da bessssssss. Sound super good just straight into my laptop, and incredible when using my Steinberg UR22. No excessive bass, or tinny sounds. Just really balanced. When I first got them I'd actually just lay in bed for hours listening to music 'cuz it sounded so niiiiice, haha.

And for anyone who cares for trendy stuff, there's quite a few pictures of Dre and Skrillex using ATH-M50s in the studio. Mainstream cred.
Posted 6/29/14
I used to go for pairs that were around $20 but the cables kept wearing out or the pair would crack and break. I wasn't even that rough with them and would only use them a couple times a week. I decided to try and find something more durable even if I had to pay a bit more and in the end I went with Skullcandy Hesh 2 Toxic Lurker headphones for I believe it was $60. I wasn't sure if it would last or not but I figured if they broke I would just go back to buying cheap and not bother with the more expensive ones. So far they have been great though. They show no real signs of wear and are comfortable for hours on end. I'm not an audiophile so I can't really say how good the sound is but it is good enough for me at least. So sound quality can't be absolute crap but I don't mind it only being decent as long as they are high quality with durability. I do, however, use a Fiio amp with my headphones most of the time which makes the headphones even better as far as I am concerned.
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For headsets I tend to go Sony since they do their job and are comfy. Can't say they are the best but they work, especially since I'm not spending $100+ on headphones.

For regular headphones I use Skullcandy, they're pretty awesome for a decent price. Last a sufficient amount of time.

If anyone knows of a stellar set that costs like $25-$30 let me know, I'd be willing to hop to that price if they didn't immediately break or sound the same as my $10 Skullcandy, haha.
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How can you spend so much money and stuff like that...? I buy $12 and they work beautifully. Mine I currently have now are just cheap ear buds, and they hold up nicely. I guess if you're using them as a musician, high quality headphones are efficient... But just to listen to music, wow.

To each their own.... But good lord.
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I have a few professional audio engineer friends. From them I have heard the following:

"No highs, no lows, must be Bose."
"If you knew Bose like we know Bose you'd know Bose blows."

Beats are below even insulting them. Pure junk.

Get the best Sennheiser's you can save up for. In a few years the foam padding will turn to powder. Replacement pads are on eBay. An HD 600 would be nice, on sale of course.
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For on the go headphones I just use buds, I don't care about quality then.

But at home I am a gamer. I currently use Razer headset I think at the time I bought them they cost $110.

I would never buy one of those $300+ headphones meant for music, i've tried them before and to me they sound the same as my gamer headsets.
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http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/gamecom-780

Only thing I don't like about 'em is they use a USB instead of a jack, and they're tough to clean.

I had a pair of cheapo Turtle Beach ones before this, but the joints were weak and one broke.

It might be worth mentioning that a friend of mine who's a seasoned musician swears by "gamer hardware".

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galaxiias wrote:

How can you spend so much money and stuff like that...? I buy $12 and they work beautifully. Mine I currently have now are just cheap ear buds, and they hold up nicely. I guess if you're using them as a musician, high quality headphones are efficient... But just to listen to music, wow.

To each their own.... But good lord.


The thing is, I've spent over $1000 of my spare cash on music through the years, and hundreds on things to hold my music, and maybe only $70 total over a few sets of headphones to actually enjoy it to the fullest? I tried a pair of headphones out on my initial hunt this last week (some $300 Bose ones) and listened to a few of my favorite songs, and I was hearing stuff that I had never heard before. (And Bose arguably aren't even that good lol) It added more layers to already amazing songs. That's worth a whole lot more than a set of good headphones any day to me.

Of course, maybe even my anime will sound better, or my games. Or it might spark a new interest in music again. Who knows?
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O2 amp + K/Q 701s + $5 mic! Maybe, one day I'd buy a mod mic.
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i use a 10 dollar pair of skullcandy's. they work well enought for me in the lack of a decend sub.
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