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#252903 - 03/20/09 09:48 PM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: Wid]
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 Originally Posted By: wid

They are a decent sounding headphone for the money.


What model are you referring to?
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#252904 - 03/20/09 09:51 PM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: BlueJays1]
Wid Offline
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The porta pro.
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#252914 - 03/20/09 11:53 PM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: Wid]
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 Originally Posted By: wid
Check these out for an inexpensive set of good sounding headphones.

For a higher HP end that's in the Grado family check out these phones. I know they do international shipping.


I got a pair of those Alessandro MS1s a year or so ago and they sound great, via a Rx or just through an mp3 player. However, if you have a small head like mine they can be a little tight when compressed to fit (I have never tried headphones that fit well). I find that after about two hours I need to take 'em off for 10 minutes. Other than that caveat, I'm really happy with them.

The US$99 included shipping to Canada via USPS.
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#252915 - 03/21/09 12:12 AM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: doormat]
Official Ninja Offline
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Don't flame me, but Bose Tri-port headphones sound very nice and a light and comfortable. They sell in the US for around $130.

I don't think they call them tri-port anymore. Yeah, I just looked them up. They are called Around Ear Headphones now.
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#252918 - 03/21/09 12:31 AM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: Official Ninja]
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Registered: 02/12/09
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Loc: Discovery Bay, CA
Dr,

These may be lower end or priced than you are looking for, but if someone is looking for a good sounding (great base) set of closed headphones, I recommend Panasonic RP-HT355. A friend highly recommended them so I tried them. I think they sound great. I don't mind the feel, but it would probably not be considered in the super comfortable 'I don't know they are there' category. They do not feel like a vise. ;o)But they were around $50 US incl. shipping ($15). I only use them on occasion when I want to watch an action movie when my wife has already gone to bed.
They have a volume switch too.

A posted this more for others that may be looking for an inexpensive pair of decent sounding head phones. I can't say how they would do for critical music listening as I have used them for that.
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#253168 - 03/22/09 10:22 PM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: BlueJays1]
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Dr. Horse, the AKG K240 MKII phones are a top choice within your stated budget. They run about $150USD plus about $25-30 shipping to Canada.
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#253233 - 03/23/09 08:53 AM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: JohnK]
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I used to use 240s as recording monitors and always found them amazingly comfortable...
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#253239 - 03/23/09 09:06 AM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Hi,

The 240s have been in the AKG line for years and I agree that they're very comfortable. But when I tried them out they seemed to have some kind of midrangey aberration that seemed to emphasize tape hiss and upper octave noise. That's all I remember about those phones. . .and that was years ago, so perhaps the tonal balance has changed since then.

Alan
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#253316 - 03/23/09 05:57 PM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: alan]
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I hate to do it, but i have to hate on the Grados a bit (SR 80s). First complaint, comfort. I may have freakish ears, but the driver surface rubs on my ears and aggravates me after...I don't know how long, but not long enough. Say 30 mins. But putting my freakish ears aside [cue Mark to add pic of crazy ears being put on the side] I don't prefer their imaging style. I could not put my finger on it until I read a pro review that put the problem characteristic into words. I prefer the imaging associated with stereo speakers - i.e., an image in front of you. The Grados are fantastic at sound reproduction freq by freq, but, as the author put it, they sound as if you are in the middle of the band, not looking at the band. Not sure how to better describe it - people love them - but for me the imaging is distracting.
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#253319 - 03/23/09 06:19 PM Re: Headphone recommendations [Re: Zimm]
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I already have this avatar I used to use. Golden Ears and all that....
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