General Discussion: Headphones...


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Seventyfour
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8670 posts since 6/10/05

posted 21 Dec 2018 10:57, edited 21 Dec 2018 10:57
For home listening I'd go with Grado labs

Has anyone tried Phonon?the SMB 02 and 4400s are supposed to be great, I'm not entirely sure I believe the hype though
matt_brown89
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35 posts since 23/9/18

22 Dec 2018 07:45
beardywierdy wrote: Iem or full size?
Wireless?

LEM? - not much of an audiophile so not sure what this means?

Wireless preferably
beardywierdy
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476 posts since 8/1/13

22 Dec 2018 09:23
Sorry, meant iem- ( in ears)

I just picked up the Sony wireless xm3, probably the best wireless/noice cancelling around at the moment
Around £300, a bit more than you want to pay but worth it. You can pick the previous model up (xm2) for around 150, they are meant to be very good too.
Crackajack
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6949 posts since 21/4/05

22 Dec 2018 09:46
How does Bluetooth compare to a solid connection? Recognise they are for commuting / travelling but I guess audiophiles wouldn't go near a bluetooth set for home use despite the added convenience?
Hanto
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1610 posts since 30/11/09

22 Dec 2018 09:52
Cable is best usually. They normally provide cables that are at least 2m long to compensate from being sat away from the source and an adapter for a phone jack. Someone like Shure or Audeze as an example.
beardywierdy
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476 posts since 8/1/13

22 Dec 2018 10:12
If you have Aptx technology in the source and headphones, the stream is supposed to be high quality but i don’t think it can compete with wired connection.
I have high end headphones connected to a DAC for home use but the Sony’s are my go to for walking around.
MLI
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4136 posts since 6/10/09

posted 30 Mar 2019 23:49, edited 30 Mar 2019 23:49
I will never use wireless for anything important like listening to music.

Been using Sony MDR-CD900ST (MDR-V6) for a few months to keep the neighbors happy. Real happy with these. Very comfortable and built for pro use, I guess the sound is probably "neutral" but I just think it's "good" because it sounds the way I like, I guess I like the "Sony" sound? Flat, detailed, neutral..


I've tested a lot of the Sony headphones at around $300 the last few years and I would say at this price range the 900STs are still the best you can do for new home headphones (keep in mind these aint for portables, proper non convertible large phones plug only).. Straight outa Bic Camera so I know I ain't got the fakes that are everywhere. Nothing like putting these on, cracking an Asahi and enjoying my latest Yuming laserdisc from Japan..nippon no seikatsu ii na..

themistake
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10467 posts since 20/2/06

31 Mar 2019 07:59
I know you are talking about home set-up but I’ve given up on wireless headphones for iPhone.

I’ve had three types and they are all awful.

AirPods - awful sound quality. (Whathifi 3 star review)
NuForce Be Sport 4 - better sound quality, poor connectivity and keep falling out. (Techradar 5 star review)
Beyerdynamic Byron - great sound but poor connectivity and awful build quility. (Whathifi 5 star review)

I’ll go back to wired for now and the fucking awful Apple lightening converter.
hate
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1570 posts since 4/1/12

31 Mar 2019 09:38
ordered a pair of bose qc 35 II a week ago, wasn't impressed… noise cancelling nowhere near what I expected (probably good for frequent flyer or anywhere with a constant low noise). sound quality wasn't that great either. Thinking about getting air pods just for the comfort of wireless + the gym and sticking to my sennheisser hd25 that I am using for the past 10 years now. Sad
Sholto
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478 posts since 25/12/12

31 Mar 2019 10:05
Brands that are style over substance:

Bose
B&O
Beats
Apple

Brands that are focused on substance:

sennheiser






sodomgomorra
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1264 posts since 24/3/14

31 Mar 2019 10:22
Rather pleased with my Sennheiser M2 wireless but find the noise cancelling to be a bit lacking. Those XM3's seem to be the obvious choice but is there anything else I should consider?

beardywierdy
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476 posts since 8/1/13

31 Mar 2019 10:27
Hi
My MX3s are up for sale if anyone is interested
4 months old mint, with receipt
Not using as as much I thought I would
Check out the reviews, they seem to be the best of the wireless/ noise cancelling at the mo
Kingmob07
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8938 posts since 11/5/07

posted 31 Mar 2019 11:08, edited 31 Mar 2019 11:08
Bit off-topic, but recommend the Soundmagic E10Cs for cheap in-ear headphones. Few years old so probably an even better version now.
illwill
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3376 posts since 17/5/04

31 Mar 2019 12:58
Anything Bluetooth does my nut. Its such a shit technology.

8 times outta 10 your devices will connect flawlessly but that 20% of the time you have to fuck around forgetting pairings and restarting devices and has me going bananas and reaching for the aux cable. I'm just trying to stick on the Archers omnibus while I'm hanging the washing FFS.

Not to mention the slight background hiss you get on all BT speakers no matter the quality or cost.
themistake
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10467 posts since 20/2/06

31 Mar 2019 13:05
Kingmob07 wrote: Bit off-topic, but recommend the Soundmagic E10Cs for cheap in-ear headphones. Few years old so probably an even better version now.

Soundmagic are incredible.
I’ve gone for the E11c, slight upgrade on the E10c.
I’ve never heard a better in ear. Especially for the money.
DuffMan
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14232 posts since 21/2/07

31 Mar 2019 17:52
The only problem with the soundmagic is they break a lot, been through two or three pairs.
chicagojoe
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117 posts since 1/5/16

posted 31 Mar 2019 18:12, edited 31 Mar 2019 18:12
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Crackajack
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6949 posts since 21/4/05

31 Mar 2019 18:27
DuffMan wrote: The only problem with the soundmagic is they break a lot, been through two or three pairs.

Yep…
sodomgomorra
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1264 posts since 24/3/14

31 Mar 2019 20:04
beardywierdy wrote: Hi
My MX3s are up for sale if anyone is interested
4 months old mint, with receipt
Not using as as much I thought I would
Check out the reviews, they seem to be the best of the wireless/ noise cancelling at the mo

How much do you want for them?
beardywierdy
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476 posts since 8/1/13

31 Mar 2019 20:11
200 posted
Cheers