General Discussion: Headphones...


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sodomgomorra
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1364 posts since 24/3/14

1 Apr 2019 07:31
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Fläsket
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3585 posts since 14/8/04

6 Apr 2019 14:51
8 years ago
troll wrote:
Burt wrote:
DuffMan wrote: dre beats are a con, sound quality for the price is appalling compared to decent manufacturers
Despite my insistence on not buying 'cans' I went for the solo HD's in the end…


…whilst I don't consider myself an aficionado when it comes to headphones they're by far better than anything I've ever owned (I've had a coupla pairs of Sennheiser and some Sony's in the past), I'd say that they're ever so slightly bass heavy but the sound is crisp, there's very little bleed, they're comfortable (to the extent that I've worn them for 5 hours straight on a train journey) and I didn't feel that much of a prick wearing them in public.

would have to put the aiaiai tma-1 above those they are absolutely fantastic, sound is clarity itself and the bass is the right side of heavy.


and with the minimalistic styling guarantees you not to look like a nonce.

been enjoying the different combos that they offer. a couple years banging em around and they still work Cool
Burt
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5480 posts since 3/1/10

2 May 2019 07:23
Anyone picked up the new Samsung Airpod equivalents?
shields88
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377 posts since 25/5/11

7 Jun 2019 23:24
Does anyone have any recommendations for noise cancelling headphones?

I travel via plane quite often to NC is needed for this. I’m not that fussed about 100% NC.

I tried on the XM3 and they sounded great (my opinion probably isn’t worth much as I’ve never had anything better than some Bose in ears a while ago), NC was amazing too.

The only thing about the Sony’s was they looked pretty cheap for the price.

Any other recommendations?
M4att
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175 posts since 3/2/12

8 Jun 2019 09:00
shields88 wrote: Does anyone have any recommendations for noise cancelling headphones?

I travel via plane quite often to NC is needed for this. I’m not that fussed about 100% NC.

I tried on the XM3 and they sounded great (my opinion probably isn’t worth much as I’ve never had anything better than some Bose in ears a while ago), NC was amazing too.

The only thing about the Sony’s was they looked pretty cheap for the price.

Any other recommendations?

I went for the XM3's.

Bose look better and are marginally lighter, but the Sony noise quality was far superior when tried B2B.

They have been worth every penny on the three long haul flights I've taken in the last few months.
illwill
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3596 posts since 17/5/04

8 Jun 2019 09:26
Had a seat next to the wing on a flight the other day and had to have my earphones at 90% volume to hear above the engine noise.

Can't even imagine how much damage that's doing on a multi-hour flight.

Even if you're only flying a few times a year, your health deserves some top notch NC headphones.
shields88
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377 posts since 25/5/11

8 Jun 2019 21:30
I actually flew today and got to give the XM3's and the B&O H9i's and some others a try. The H9i sound quality was so good, but only just better than the XM3's. The NC on the XM3's was much better though, and even though they don't look as nice, they were way more comfortable on ear. The H9i felt like it was pushing into my head, rather than just resting on it.

I went with the XM3's in the end. Definitely worth the money.
tom
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2117 posts since 9/10/04

9 Jun 2019 09:30
Akg K702 at home and aiaiai tma-1 for out and about, also keep a pair of apple earpods in my pocket for quick referencing.
sodomgomorra
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1364 posts since 24/3/14

10 Jul 2019 11:53


Got XM3's today as I found the NC on the Sennheisers a bit lacking. Didn't expect them to feel this plasticky and flimsy.
inspace
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145 posts since 26/11/11

10 Jul 2019 18:56
can't believe i paid £330 retail for the xm3's in fEB and now they are deals for like £200 on them Cry having said they are the best thing I ever bought, ANC is incredible!
Hanto
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1701 posts since 30/11/09

10 Jul 2019 19:54
I got the h9i's for 259 in December, as I had a voucher. The comfort one broken in excellent and the build quality is great. Plus the cups can be replaced which is a bonus at that price so no need to replace the whole unit. The case is a bag so is not that great though considering the cost.
Rdes1974
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210 posts since 29/1/14

11 Jul 2019 11:23
xm3s are 240 in costco…might pick up one today
inversesquare
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6663 posts since 7/6/08

11 Jul 2019 16:01
Are Beyerdynamic DT990 the best bet for the price around 120 quid?
sofashionmuchamaze
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714 posts since 12/12/13

11 Jul 2019 17:10
inversesquare wrote: Are Beyerdynamic DT990 the best bet for the price around 120 quid?

Probably, but you will need an amp.
Rdes1974
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210 posts since 29/1/14

12 Jul 2019 14:06
picked up the sonys…lovely bit of kit
sodomgomorra
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1364 posts since 24/3/14

posted 13 Jul 2019 12:20, edited 13 Jul 2019 12:20
How does the sound quality of those XM3, or any other high-end ANC bluetooth headphones, compare to those classic studio monitors you can nowadays pick up for less then €100, like a Sony MDR-7506 or AKG k240. Other than it being not as neutral, i'v never had a listen to anything of the sort.


Dee
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11190 posts since 22/11/07

13 Jul 2019 12:32
XM3's are great but need to be handled with care, sent mine back after something snapped off inside.

Had these Campfire Audio Comet IEMs for a while, pretty good for the £

MLI
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4406 posts since 6/10/09

13 Jul 2019 13:03
Got my first balanced IEMs. Sony IER-M7. Glad I did.
Hanto
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1701 posts since 30/11/09

13 Jul 2019 13:24
I have a pair of Westone 4Rs.can anyone recommend a good brand for foam tips? I've used comply but they have fallen apart quite easily.
Dee
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11190 posts since 22/11/07

13 Jul 2019 13:45
Those M7 Sony's top IEMs? Must be good they're a fair whack.

Had the 4 and the 4rs both were great but didn't like the way Westone went with their designs after them and I broke both pairs, the shells kept splitting so handle with care (I typically don't).

Comply's are normally ok other than they get a bit grubby after a while and need to refresh, never had a better seal with any others. I'm sure I've got a couple of bags of silicone tips, have a few spares somewhere as on my 3rd pair of Campfire Audio!