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The Headphone Thread

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Share ko tong very nice thread na nakita ko sa isang private forum,
Para sa mga interested ng QUALITY OF MUSIC.

Before reading this thread I want everyone to realize that sound is subjective. Something that one person may find to be a great headphone may in-fact sound terrible to the next person. With that said I'd like to keep the discussion of headphones civilized. I realize opinions can cause someone to get heated possibly, but we're all here for the same purpose! That being the most important thing to note, there are other important things to consider when buying a new set of headphones and this information will be highly helpful to provide when asking for advice:

Audiophile - is a hobbyist who seeks high-quality audio reproduction via the use of specialized high-end audio electronics.

1: Location: Where do you intend on using these? If you're looking for a portable solution, a pair of open full sized circumaural headphones may not be for you. Consider the most practical option, not the flashiest.

2: Budget: A budget is very important to set-up before you consider your purchase. Some headphones are known to "need" amps to shine. The headphones will still work without an amp, but some headphones won't be up to their potential without one.

3: Music: The type of music you listen to will be very important when looking for a new pair of headphones. If you like bass heavy music then you're going to want something that has some bass impact.

Headphone Types


IEMs: Otherwise known as in-ear monitors. These are headphones that go into your ear similar to ear buds, but they go a step further by nesting into your ear canal. They generally provide a higher level of isolation than earbuds

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Earbuds: These are the headphones that you'll see come with an iPod. They sit in the outside of the ear, and don't provide much isolation. These aren't very popular in the audiophile world and generally you won't find many higher end ones.

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Full-Sized, Circumaural: These can be open or closed headphones, it doesn't matter. The defining characteristic of these is that they will completely cover your ear inside the pad. The pad of the headphone generally won't touch the ear, rather make a seal around the outside of the ear. These headphones tend to be large and are generally not ideal for portable use.

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Full-Sized, Supra-aural: These can be open or closed headphones, it doesn't matter. The defining characteristic of these is that they sit on the ear, rather than cover your ear.

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Resources


http://www.head-fi.org/ Head-Fi - Many of you may already know about this site, overall it's fantastic. Be weary of audiophoolery though, a lot of people tend to get caught up in searching for the perfect sound and lose sight of what's important, the music.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread...-kozee-infinity-x1-earsonics-sm2-added-04-16/ Multi IEM Review - A very nice guide to many IEMs in many price brackets with more added regularly.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/513393/guide-sonic-differences-between-dt770-dt990-models-more/ Beyerdynamic Reference Char - This is an amazingly useful post on the varieties of the Beyerdynamic Dt770, 880, and 990, models that any user considering these models should purchase.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread...eviewed-sennheiser-px90-px100-ii-added-04-17/ Portable Headphone Shootout - This is an incredibly useful guide for headphones on the go for multiple price brackets and many headphones with more added regularly.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread...one-gaming-particularly-with-dolby-headphone/ MLE's Gaming Guide - An excellent guide to gaming headsets.

http://anythingbutipod.com/ Anything But iPod - Features information and reviews on not just headphones but other audio equipment with some trusted reviews.

http://www.headphone.com/index.php HeadRoom - A nice site with some fantastic resources. Headphones tend to be a bit overpriced here though.

http://www.innerfidelity.com/ InnerFidelity - Great unbiased reviews.


Warning!

When considering your headphone purchase it's always best to attempt to find a place to demo them yourself to try your own music on them and see if they suit your ears. Remember sound is subjective and one headphone I enjoy the next person may not. This is meant to help guide you into the more popular and well received models available to further research.

Things to avoid:

In general it's best to avoid products made by Skullcandy, Bose, Beats, or Monster unless otherwise specified in this thread. These companies spend a lot of money on advertising and looks rather than quality. That isn't to say these companies haven't put out headphones worth buying, the Monster Turbine Coppers are actually fantastic IEMs, it's just that a lot of the time you're paying a premium for the name.


Active Noise Canceling
is also something else you'll want to avoid. In-general the average person will get the isolation needed from IEMs or other full-sized headphones. With active noise canceling you're going to pay a premium on the noise canceling tech, rather than the sound quality. Only buy these, or even consider them, if you absolutely need them.
 
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wow,, sir,, nice sharing,,, i used to love headphones/ headsets with superb based sound output... yun bang pag nag play ka,,, rinig pa ng katabi mo yung music mo,,,,
 

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Reviews and Price Range
Note Guide:

(1) Denotes amp is not required and the headphone will probably not see any change with one.
(2) Denotes amp is not required, but one is recommended.
(3) Denotes amp is required. Using these without an amp will leave much to be desired.

Any headphone with a B next to the number, IE:
(2-B) indicates that it's a bass heavy headphone.
Any headphone with an S next to the number, IE:
(2-S) indicates that they are made for studio monitoring, though may also be good for listening.

Budget Headphones: $0-$75(P0-P3000)
Looking for a pair of headphones for travel, something cheap to throw around? Or perhaps you can't justify spending much on a pair of headphones but want something of decent value? Look here!

IEMs

(1-B) JVC Marshmallow, $10-$14. Strong bass, recessed mids, tinny highs. Good for exercising.
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(1) Meelectronic M6, $20-$30. Good controlled bass with good extension, slightly aggressive, but clear, mids, clear highs. These IEMs are highly regarded for budget IEMs.
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(1-B) Meelectronic R1, $25-$30. Cheap woodies. Deep extended bass with good impact, perhaps too much at times. Warm mids, though somewhat grainy. Rolled off highs that are pleasing to the ear.
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(1-B) SoundMagic E30, $40. Strong bass, slightly pushy. Mids are slightly forward, great attack and clarity. Highs extend well, not fatiguing but slightly sibilant. Great for bassheads who don't want the rest of their sound compromised.
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(1) Maximo iMetal iM590, $40-$50. Rather balanced sound, rather clear throughout.
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(1) Meelectronic A151, $45-$60. Full warm sound. Full bass, clean smooth mids, clean highs. Build quality is great, no microphonics. One of the best, if not the best option under $100.
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(1) Soundmagic PL-50, $50-$65. Decent bass but not much impact, great mids, clear highs. A very good value.
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(1) Apple Dual Driver IEM, $65-$75. Warm bass with some impact, clear mids and highs. Rather detailed for the price. Has inline remote/mic for iPod/iPhone.
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(1) Dunu Ares, $70-$85. Decent overall balanced sound, leans slightly to the warm sound. Bass is adequate, nothing special, mids and highs are lush, but slightly grainy. These are excellent for those who want a good looking IEM while having decent sound.
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Open Headphones

(1) Koss KSC75, $10-$20. Bloated bass, decent mids, clear highs. *These are clip-ons*. Good for portable use.
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(1) Superlux HD681, $30-$40. Good Bass, mids, and highs.
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(1-S) Superlux HD686b, $30-$50. Neutral, slight emphasis on treble.
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(1-B) Koss PortaPro, $30-$40. Strong, slightly, muddy, bass, recessed mids, slightly rolled off. Good for portable use.
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(1) Samson SR850, $40-$60. Good punchy/slightly deep bass, slightly recessed clear mids, detailed and clear highs.
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Closed Headphones

(1) JVC HARX700, $30-$40. "A poor mans A700." Thumpy/muddy bass, decent mids, decent highs.
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(1-B) Sony MDR XB500, $50. Comfortable. Strong bass, recessed mids, decent highs. Good for portable use.
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(1) JVC HARX900, $50-$60. "A poor mans A900." Decent soundstage. Tight/deep bass, recessed mids, bright/fatiguing highs.
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(1) Beyerdynamic DT231, $45-$60. Slightly boosted lows, clear mids, slightly boosted, but clear, highs. Considered to be one of the best closed headphones under $100.
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(1-S) Sony MDR-V6, $60-$70. Clear sound with a rather flat response.
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(1) Sennheiser HD 448, $50-$60. Rather weak bass, overall balanced clear sound.
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Mabibili nyu lang po to through online, mostly sa AMAZON meron
Hit thanks pag nakatulong,
 
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teka sir,, wala pa tapos edit to,, makikita mu,, dami pa, with reviews,

sige sir,, wait ko pa yung iba,, i used to have a skull candy,,, (forgot the product code),, 995PHP bili ko dati.. ganda ng bass,,, bingi agad ako pag na max volume eh
kaso wala na akong ibang alam na maganda ang sound quality eh,,, tried yung sa philips,, ang mahal ng bili ko dati,,, almost 2k,,, kaso wapk,,,:slap::slap:,, ang pangit ng sound output,,,,
 

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hintay rin ako ng update sir :) :thanks:

sana masama din yung monster beats TM :)
 

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owned grado (iGrado) at Audio Technica (bijoue). sulit ang pera kahit medyo kamahalan. lalo na grado.
 

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boss earphone

i bought it on florida for $99

satisfied naman! now i want an ipod classic transmitter and wireless earphone

planning to buy soon.
 

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owned grado (iGrado) at Audio Technica (bijoue). sulit ang pera kahit medyo kamahalan. lalo na grado.
Wow sir, anu specific model ng grado mu?. san mu nabili?.
 

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boss earphone

i bought it on florida for $99

satisfied naman! now i want an ipod classic transmitter and wireless earphone

planning to buy soon.
Post mo muna dito sir,, kung anu ang bibilhin mu(ipod classic transmitter and wireless earphone
)>? tingnan natin ang review,
 

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eto mga HP ko now:

http://www.symbianize.com/showpost.php?p=5540928&postcount=85

wala jan yung Kanen KM92 at PL11.. pero meron din akong ganu, yung KM92 palagi kung dala, I love the rich, warm sound ng Kanen, tas ok din isolation niya..

Bang for the Buck hunter kasi ako.. ^^
hindi ko tinitignan yung Brand..

share lang about sa Bose.
malakas marketing nila, kaya sikat, pero kung titignan mo sa HeadFi forum, binabalewala lang nila Bose, bukod sa mahal na, di pa napapantayan ang performance ng mga other HP with in the same or lower price range..
 

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morning mga ka symb ! planning to buy beats tour(OEM) kaya lang andami ko nakikita gumagamit , lalo tuloy naghahalatang peke.. kaya naisipan ko nlang bumili ng Nokia WireLess Bluetooth BH-503 , Un Style nya ok na ok sakin .. di nga lang ako sure dun sa Sound Quality , enge naman tips dyan hehe =)
 
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wala jan yung Kanen KM92 at PL11.. pero meron din akong ganu, yung KM92 palagi kung dala, I love the rich, warm sound ng Kanen, tas ok din isolation niya..

Bang for the Buck hunter kasi ako.. ^^
hindi ko tinitignan yung Brand..
Oo nga baket wala jan haha sa tcp ako nakakuha ng kanen km92
 

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morning mga ka symb ! planning to buy beats tour(OEM) kaya lang andami ko nakikita gumagamit , lalo tuloy naghahalatang peke.. kaya naisipan ko nlang bumili ng Nokia WireLess Bluetooth BH-503 , Un Style nya ok na ok sakin .. di nga lang ako sure dun sa Sound Quality , enge naman tips dyan hehe =)

sir magkano po bili mo sa peke? :D
 

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morning mga ka symb ! planning to buy beats tour(OEM) kaya lang andami ko nakikita gumagamit , lalo tuloy naghahalatang peke.. kaya naisipan ko nlang bumili ng Nokia WireLess Bluetooth BH-503 , Un Style nya ok na ok sakin .. di nga lang ako sure dun sa Sound Quality , enge naman tips dyan hehe =)

may OEM na binebenta sa mga malls. around P1, 300.00 ang price.. ang sound quality ay close sa original, meaning buo ang feeds ng music na ipe-play. pati sa pagtawag at recording, malakas ding pumick-up yung mic nya. recommended headset, rating 8 out of 10.. :D

mas recommended ko ang BH-905. Super-Duper. 10 out of 10 siya sa akin.. hehehe..
 

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Hi Guys, I'm planning to buy a headset for my Nokia n97, ano po marerecommend niyo? mahilig po ako sa rock music at yung di masyadong malaki sana.
 
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gamit ko iriver head phones from Korea

tsaka altec lansing head phones!
 
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