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#1 kombucha

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Posted Yesterday, 07:28 AM

Hey now,

 

It's splurging season and I'm ready to invest in some headphones for those long, coveted vinyl listening sessions, but I'm completely overwhelmed by the choices out there. I know I can trust yall here in the STMB to point me in the right direction because, like yall, the bulk of my vinyl collection consists of Stones Throw releases.

 

With that being said, I listen to A LOT of Dam-Funk, Yesterday's New Quintet, and most recently MNDSGN, so I'm looking for headphones with an emphasis on bass but nothing over-the-top or artificial sounding like Beats by Dre (yuck).

 

I do indulge in some rock music, mainly R. Stevie Moore, and other genres besides hip-hop, so it's not all about the bass I suppose. But it's a double-edged sword because when I put on records like 'Down 2 Earth Vol 2' or 'Rock Konducta,' I REALLY wanna hear that boom-bap and rich bass; somedays I crave it. I know you guys understand what I'm talkin' about.

 

My price range is $100 - $200, which unfortunately is a little low for "quality" headphones these days, but there's got to be something decent out there within that range.

 

I'd like to note that I am not a DJ, nor do I listen to music on my phone/ laptop often (if so, it's with ear buds), I simply love the wax and the prospective headphones will be for wax listening only. 

 

A typical listening scenario would be getting home from work, kicking back in a comfortable chair and getting lost in both sides of 'Angles Without Edges' OR I could last for all 5 Volumes of 'Toeachizown,' it all depends on the day. It's my way of unwinding. I like to listen to both sides of a record before sleep most nights, too.

 

Basically, I need something comfortable for those long listening sessions. I've dealt with crappy over ear Sony cans in the past from my iPod days and my ears would ache after 20-30 minutes of use, forcing me to remove them prematurely. My ears would remain sore for a while after use, and I'm trying to avoid that at all costs.

 

After various Google searches, two brands keep popping up: AIAIAI and Grados. 

 

Naturally, I'd love to cop AIAIAI's TMA-1 Stones Throw edition headphones (LOVE that purp color, and the leather pads seems comfy), but every review emphasizes that they are "FOR DJ's" and fail to mention if they are good for long hours or everyday listening.

From what I've read, I'm confident in the sound of the TMA-1's, but when I say "for everyday listening" I'm referring to the comfortability and the longevity.

 

There's been a lot of complaints about the headband snapping and the lack of padding on the band, but then there're others who claim it's not an issue.

 

Grado is another brand that often pops up in my searches and the SR80E model seems like a reasonably priced set of cans. THey allegedly "lack bass" and I don't know how I feel about the foam ear cups.

 

Basically, what do yall have / are there any alternatives to the AIAIAI and Grado models that I mentioned / do you have experience with either of those models? 

 

Thanks for reading.

 

 



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Posted Yesterday, 10:38 PM

There was a thread started by Pete Marriott on here concerning the same topic. 100-200 is more than enough for good headphones.
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Posted Today, 01:47 AM

$200 is more than enough bro.

 

best budget headphones on the market in my opinion 

http://www.audio-tec...df909675b1be4d/ (not the most comfortable for extended listens, more for mixing, studio work)

 

otherwise: http://en-au.sennhei...reo-hifi-hd-598

 

Sennheiser make the best shit for casual/entertainment purposes if you ask me. They're always ridiculously comfy. I've used a set of HD 555's for the past 4 years or so on my home theatre set up for gaming, can't say a bad thing about them.

 

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Posted Today, 01:58 AM

$200 is more than enough bro.
 
best budget headphones on the market in my opinion 

http://www.audio-tec...df909675b1be4d/ (not the most comfortable for extended listens, more for mixing, studio work)
 
otherwise: http://en-au.sennhei...reo-hifi-hd-598
 
Sennheiser make the best shit for casual/entertainment purposes if you ask me. They're always ridiculously comfy. I've used a set of HD 555's for the past 4 years or so on my home theatre set up for gaming, can't say a bad thing about them.
 
peace.

 
 
This this this this this.
 
Back in college I had the 555's, most comfortable headphones ever. I ended up going to a HD 280 when I moved back home as I didn't want sound bleeding. The 280s were ok, but very uncomfortable. I moved on to the Audio Technica m50's (then later upgraded to the m50x version with detachable cable). For closed ear headphones, hard to go wrong with the M50s.
 
I recently got a pair of Sennheiser 595s (Amazon had black friday deal for $99, amazing deal) and they are fucking amazing once you get an amp for them. They are so great that I actually ended up convincing myself to invest like $700 on a better turntable, preamp, and headphone amp for my record setup. Everything sounds amazing now, easily my favorite pair of headphones I have ever owned. 
 
tl;dr version for under $200 go M50 if you need closed ear headphones, if you're using them only at home the 598s are the way to go (if you can get them under $200) in my opinion. 
 
 
Edit: If you're simply wanting to use them for hours, definitely go with the 598s or 555 (or anything in the 500 series imo). The 598s are so comfortable I fell asleep with them on by accident the first day I had them. Just be sure to grab a headphone amp too, I'm using one of these for when I'm just listening to my tablet/laptop/etc http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B005HJWWW8
 
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My price range is $100 - $200, which unfortunately is a little low for "quality" headphones these days, but there's got to be something decent out there within that range.


 
$100-200 is the sweet spot, you can get great quality headphones at this price range if you aren't buying shitty Beats or Bose headphones. If you're trying to win a fashion contest, you might need to spend more though (I do think the new Sennheiser Momentum headphones look great and get awesome reviews though). I personally think the 598s are fugly but I don't care since I'm using them at home where nobody can see me lol

 

Edit 2:

 

Haven't really kept up with Sennheiser stuff, looks like 555's aren't being made anymore and have been replaced with 558. If they are like the 555, $120 or so is a great deal. I'd probably invest the extra $40-50 more towards 598s though.


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#5 kombucha

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Posted Today, 10:05 AM

 

 

I personally think the 598s are fugly but I don't care since I'm using them at home where nobody can see me lol

 

LMAO I was feeling the same way after I Googled 'em but like you said, these are for home use only and therefore for my eyes only. The retro look is growing on me actually..... The velour ear cushions look so comfortable and I dig how the oversized look.

 

That padding on the head band seems like it would keep me comfortable for hours and it sure beats the hell out of the TMA-1's in that respect.

 

Man, these things have everything I'm looking for in a pair of headphones - Thanks for putting me onto these! This is why I finally joined this message board - yall know your stuff and can really dish out the solid advice!

 

Amazon has the 598's on sale for $159.99 right now... not too shabby. 

 

Also, I can't find a single reviewer on Amazon who dislikes these 'phones BUT the lack of bass seems to be the common theme throughout the reviews.. not too sure how I feel about that. There aren't a lot of hip-hop listeners reviewing these either. Supposedly  they're not gonna produce that artificial, over-the-top sounding bass like Beats, so that's a good thing, but the bass is "flat sounding." :mellow:

 

I'm wondering how all my 'Lib records are gonna sound through these cans..hmm.

 

As a Sennheiser user past or present, how would you rate the bass? 



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Posted Today, 10:07 AM

$200 is more than enough bro.

 

best budget headphones on the market in my opinion 

http://www.audio-tec...df909675b1be4d/ (not the most comfortable for extended listens, more for mixing, studio work)

 

otherwise: http://en-au.sennhei...reo-hifi-hd-598

 

Sennheiser make the best shit for casual/entertainment purposes if you ask me. They're always ridiculously comfy. I've used a set of HD 555's for the past 4 years or so on my home theatre set up for gaming, can't say a bad thing about them.

 

peace.  

I'm glad yall agree on the 598's.... Thanks for the recommendation! I've been looking into 'em all morning.






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