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Aug 31, 2010 04:02 |  #16

I own and run Headphone Reviews (external link), it's been #1 in google for the phrase "headphone reviews" for many years, so i've heard a few headphones. I think right now I only have about eight pairs, but at one point I had about 30 pairs of headphones. A lot of them were free, people send me headphones to review all the time.

Audio Technica do some great stuff, but don't try and move too much when you're wearing their full size stuff. I'd love a pair of their open headphones. I have the A900s and they're fantastic. Big, but fantastic.

My work headphones are the Monster Dr Dre headphones, at about $400 last time I checked, mine were review units though. They're pretty awesome though, quite compact, the noise reduction works great on air conditioning or airplane noise. They use 2xAA batteries.

I really like Sennheiser open headphones, I wish they'd send me some HD800s to review. Best i've tried is HD595s, they were pretty cool, lots of detail, but you need a really quiet room to use them.

Sony make pretty good earbuds, but my cheap "these are gona get ruined" recommendations are the Creative EP630. I did like the EX71 and EX81 though.

I had Ultimate Ears 5 Pros, I thought they weren't bassy enough. I have the 5EB now, they're amazing, so detailed, they have a bass driver and a treble driver in a reasonably large package. The memory wire goes behind your ear and reduces cord noise, which is great.

I've had Audio Technica in ear buds, I didn't like them. Average sound quality at best, not the most comfortable. I had full sized AKG headphones, 271 something, they were only ok.

I also have a headphone amplified, but it'd been purposed to drive the surround speakers from my office sound system for music in my bedroom, from the iPod. Surprisingly good sound from that setup. Edifier make great speakers.

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Aug 31, 2010 04:12 |  #17

tim, which AT earbuds did you not like?

The ones i have i cant fault. They sound great if inserted correctly, and feel really comfortable (for me).
Also what tracks do you listen to to review them? One of the best i have heard is Elton John's Rocket Man. It has great tone across the range, and sounds fantastic cranked up. Give it a go.

I used to have some Shure ones before using these (in fact i still have them), and found them lacking in bass unless put into the ear correctly, which took a little practice.

Good to know you rate my AT A900's though. They are fantastic for mid priced headphones.


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Aug 31, 2010 04:19 as a reply to  @ PCthug's post |  #18

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Aug 31, 2010 04:47 as a reply to  @ canongrip's post |  #19

PCthug wrote in post #10821579 (external link)
tim, which AT earbuds did you not like?

The ones i have i cant fault. They sound great if inserted correctly, and feel really comfortable (for me).
Also what tracks do you listen to to review them? One of the best i have heard is Elton John's Rocket Man. It has great tone across the range, and sounds fantastic cranked up. Give it a go.

I used to have some Shure ones before using these (in fact i still have them), and found them lacking in bass unless put into the ear correctly, which took a little practice.

Good to know you rate my AT A900's though. They are fantastic for mid priced headphones.

ATH-CK7's, retail is $60, so low to mid priced really. I use whatever music I feel like at the time to review headphones, but I mix it up: dance, Jazz, vocal, etc. I review earbuds from my iPod, because that's how 95% of people will use them.

I had a pair of Shure's once, I didn't enjoy the sound.

The problem with most headphone reviews is the reviewers don't have any context, and they rate everything really high. The aim of my website was to give objective reviews, from people who know good from bad. That's why I approve reviewers individually, based on what they've heard.

Some of my favorite headphones were the legendary Sony CD3000. They cost me about $1000, can't remember if that was USD or NZD. Nice sound, calf skin leather, they're really hard to come by now. I didn't use them enough to justify keeping them, plus I got hooked on photography and spent money on that instead.


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Aug 31, 2010 05:51 |  #20

how timely is this? I just lost my $14 koss "the plug"
headphones that I use. From that statement you know that i am not an audiophile....sometime​s even an audiophobe!
but i wanted to upgrade to something portable (even REALLY portable) for use in mp3 player/movie player...
and so i thought of either:
audio technica ath-ckm 55
shure se 102 (i know that they are older)
or the
ethymotic hf5s

I would appreciate a good quality, in the ear or bud type of system which is easily taken out and put in the ear (interrupted very often when I am listening)

any ideas?

thanks!


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Aug 31, 2010 06:00 |  #21

ceriltheblade wrote in post #10821762 (external link)
how timely is this? I just lost by $14 koss "the plug"
headphones that I use. From that statement you know that i am not an audiophile....sometime​s even an audiophobe!
but i wanted to upgrade to something portable (even REALLY portable) for use in mp3 player/movie player...
and so i thought of either:
audio technica ath-ckm 55
shure se 102 (i know that they are older)
or the
ethymotic hf5s

I would appreciate a good quality, in the ear or bud type of system which is easily taken out and put in the ear (interrupted very often when I am listening)

any ideas?

thanks!

These (external link), or maybe these (external link).


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Aug 31, 2010 06:23 |  #22

:) thanks for the suggestions. $1100 for a pair of headphones is a bit of a stretch! :) I'd prefer a nice lens!
the other ones are only a lsight bit out of my price range. I saw on your site some really interesting opinions. Thanks for running such a nice site. just as a heads up...I didn't come across it vis a vis google.


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Aug 31, 2010 06:30 |  #23

Do you see it when you google "headphone reviews" (without the quotes)?


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Aug 31, 2010 06:50 |  #24

yes. my apologies. it seems i misunderstood. When I google search, I enter the specific headphones I am looking at associated with the word "review"


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Aug 31, 2010 15:55 |  #25

Yeah I haven't quite cracked that part of the seo yet.


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Aug 31, 2010 18:16 |  #26
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Tim, maybe I am missing it on your site, can't seem to find any skull candy reviews.


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Aug 31, 2010 19:09 |  #27

Lazuka wrote in post #10825499 (external link)
Tim, maybe I am missing it on your site, can't seem to find any skull candy reviews.

Most reviews are done by users, not be, no-one must have reviewed them yet. I only do a small number of the reviews, when I buy something or the manufacturer sends them to me.

Feel free to register, add the headphones if they're missing, and review them :)


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Oh ok, yeah I was looking on my ipad for a few, i'll check in a bit.


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Aug 31, 2010 20:12 as a reply to  @ Lazuka's post |  #29

Thanks guys for your input..

I'm really quite happy with my Sonys but I'm always on the look out for the "perfect" pair..


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Sep 01, 2010 00:32 |  #30

I have a set of Maximo's that I bought off woot that I use for my day to day @ work headhones. they work amazingly well at blocking out noise with their silicone plugs while not causing ear fatigue. No sound Isolation.

For bike rides; I can't use the silicone tipped ones as they block out the sound of cars. I use Sony MDR-ED21LP They have a long enough cord that's a Y (each earbud cable is the same length) and they stay in my ears while riding/running/hiking whatever.


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