Discussion in 'Headphones' started by cmb3366, Sep 20, 2009.
Nothing beats a vintage headphone set......
My RS2e also, I drink way too much wine...
Original pair of Grados going to good use
I’ve had a pair of Realistic PRO-60 headphones since the mid 80’s when I worked at Radio Shack. My friends thought I was nuts spending what was then almost 20% of my 2 week income on a pair of headphones.
Over the years the foam eventually turned to goo and I attempted home made replacements that worked OK I guess but eventually I packed them away and forgot about them.
Recently while performing an archeological dig through some boxes in my basement I found my old headphones, I brought them upstairs and plugged them in, yep still work. On the Koss website I ordered a few different replacement pads to try, they were all too small and nothing like the originals. I took some measurements and logged on to that auction site, again I ordered a bunch of different pads to try well I’ll be damned if one of the sets worked so well I’ve been using them exclusively for the past 2 weeks. The new pads are very comfortable, seal nicely around my ear, don’t cause any discomfort at all and keep my ear from touching the headphone.
Not the most incredible headphone ever made, certainly not for critical listening, specs have probably changed a lot over the 30+ years I’ve had them but for sheer comfort I can’t beat these right now.
My Focal Clear's are my pride & joy. I've never heard better sound ever. Words do no justice. Well worth $1,500. My Sennheiser 650 HD's are truly magnificent legends too.
This thread is named incorrectly. It should be "Show us your cans!"
Now my inner bogan has expressed itself, these are the headphones I currently own, downloaded images though:
Monoprice Monolith M1060C
Monoprice Monolith M1060
Monoprice Monolith M560
AKG K712 Pro
Symphonised Wraith 2.0
The M1060C's are easily the best I've heard, and the Symphonised Wraith 2.0 the worst of those listed. The AKG's are certainly better than the standard M1060 though not the C. I haven't yet received the M560's though am looking forward to doing so
I actually found the M1060 a bit muddy though I think it may be a poor match for my Darkvoice 336SE headphone amp. It showed enough promise for me to acquire the C's though which are a much better match.
Seeing praise for the M1060C's makes me tempted. I am looking for good closed backs for work. I love my etymotic HF5s that I currently use, but the Fulla 2 has too much power; I have a very small region of the volume knob to work with before it gets too loud. However, looking at the M1060C's specs show that its optimal power is 1 W, which is more than the Fulla can provide.
I have been thinking about Audio Technical ATH-M70x because I do like neutral sounding headphones (love my HD600s for home use). I know people seem to prefer the M50x, but there are people who prefer the HD650s for the same reason.
I must say that initially the M1060C were a little mid scooped though that has evened out with use. They are a little bass heavy compared to my AKG's though I don't mind it at all. The hint of warmth makes them smoother and more forgiving without hiding any detail. The texture of sound is clearly defined. Frankly I've never heard better from headphones
Sennheiser HD800S and MrSpeaker Aeon (closed back)
Sennheiser HD598SE. $12 from the Goodwill in evidently unused condition. Easily exceeds my lowbrow auditory discernment. I was initially skeptical of the velour muffs, but after one session with them, I was hooked. Super-comfortable, substantially better frequency response (especially down low) and detail than any of the previous Best Buy crap that these replaced. I hope they still make them when these are worn out.
I had HD600s that sounded good but were too tight. Bending the metal arms did nothing to help so I sent them back..I loved the K240s but the bass distorted to easily (55ohm), the old 600 ohm ones I had in the 80s were much better. The HD595 have good bass power and super comfy but are too colored elsewhere. Wanna pull the trigger on current ones like the 712s but I'm getting mixed reactions. Any suggestions?
Some fabulous headphones on here!....I bought these B&O headphones back in 1982 from Glasgow flea market brand new in the box for £1 yes a quid!...as you can see they've been well used by me and have to say,they sound amazing...probably the cheapest pair of headphones posted on here
They not only provide a private world for the person who wants to listen without distraction, they also allow others in the household the freedom to talk - or watch TV - uninhibited by the music.
Grado GH1 - these get a lot of use while the rest of the family sleeps and I listen in contentment during the early morning hours!
Looks like it's been a minute since this thread saw a shame post.
I hadn't bought headphones in many years until last year when I went ape sh*t crazy and bought a few pairs. I was doing fine with the inexpensive AT phones before that. The Sennheiser hd 600s are great for the money, but that finish on them...yikes. The Klipsch are like Halle Berry...gorgeous but not ever going to win an Oscar (I know, she won one, but she shouldn't have...still excellent headphones, though...just very expensive). The HD 800s...that's another story. The comfort alone makes them outstanding. The sound is even better. Does anyone own the lightweight Koss Porta Pros? I would be willing to go out on a limb to state that they are the most timeless of all headphones. They started in the early 80s and are still competent now, and the price is very reasonable. No, they don't compete with the big boys, but they are amazing competitors given the age and price. Ok, that was more than I wanted to share.
I agree about the HD600 appearance. I live with it knowing that when I wear them, I cannot see them, so it is all good. Eventually want to get HD800 or something else similar, but that is way down on my list of future audio purchases.
Given the cost difference between the 600 and 800, I cannot say it's a worthwhile expenditure, but I can say the 800s are easily the best sounding/most comfortable headphones I've tried...and I have not seen a close second. I won't go into all that audiophile hoodoo about sound stage and depth/breadth...blah blah. They just sound great.
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