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Discussion in 'Headphones and Earphones' started by afterlife2, Jan 9, 2016.
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I have a set of Audio Technica ATH-70 electret condenser phones that are over 35 years old and I think the caps are tired- they're very quiet. They still sound good, though.
I also have a set of Koss PortaPro that are around 30 years old and they still sound good and I recently got a set of Koss PRODJ200 that I use mostly for diagnosing problems with audio systems. My oldest phones are also from Koss, SP3X, which was their second model- we got them directly from John Koss, who is a family friend. I don't usually wear headphones, so I'm not going to spend a lot for them but if I ever decide that I need a great set, it's gonna be expensive.
Interesting as to how many have multiple headphones! I've got one pair and have had it for a really long time (don't really remember when I bought them, probably late 80s), they replaced some Sennheisers I had for a while before that, think they were the HD414s by looking around on the 'net:
The ones I have since then are the Denon AH-D210
I do have some various earbuds and earphones I picked up for use on bikes and other forms of exercise quite a few years ago, they were some closeout bundle of various Sennheisers, no pics and don't even know where they are these days . Discovered I really didn't like riding with them nor liked gyms much.
Overall I just don't like wearing headphones nor have any reason to do so these days, used to fly on business quite a bit for work before retiring and that was the last time I used headphones with any regularity.
model MM-400X hybrids (wired or bluetooth)
KZ ATR and KZ AST(dual armature and dynamic driver). The AST are amazing and look musician pro for the price. The bass is there and not overwhelming. Vocals are clear and cymbals are Crystal clear. No sibilance detected unless recorded as such. Audio fans get a pair NOW. The ATR look like they need break in time. Its a bit bassless although they are clear. Mmm hmm pic:
I have never owned a pair of good headphones. I don't think I've even listened to a really good set, though I am curious. In my mind it'd be very hard for me to like them nearly as much as my speaker system. Largely because I don't imagine you'd feel the bass. Plus imaging and soundstage and stuff.
Forgive my rudimentary comments. Like I said, I have no real experience. I'd love the opportunity to give a listen to a few and be proven wrong.
It's just a different experience.
2 main items to consider--You can get an incredibly high quality set of headphones for a fraction of the price of high end speakers. And, headphones completely remove the room-interaction variable from the great sound equation!
Then, sometimes you want to listen to music while other members of the household want to watch TV, or everyone else is asleep, so headphones are nice there too.
I think the favorite set that I own is the AKG BT845. The Senn SD598 are really nice too, but they don't dig as deep on the bass.
I purchased a pair of Oppo PM-2 headphones in January for my birthday. A set of cans was the last thing to finish off my new equipment purchase from the end of the summer. I must say I am impressed with their sonic quality as well as the comfort. I can wear these headphones for hours on end without discomfort. I thought about buying the PM-1's, but the only difference is the styling box you get and a mirrored polished finish instead of the brushed finished on the PM-2. In reality, I prefer the brushed finish as you can handle the headphones without seeing your finger prints all over them. After I got them, I purchased 2 Binaural CD's from Newport Classic. The spatial imaging and pin point sound stage is just mind blowing.
Bowers & Wilkins P7 over ear 'phones, with adapter.
Here's another pair from my collection: