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#299152 - 03/28/10 11:37 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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Let's see. They have the ER-4P for $180 right now, $144 B-Stock. They say suggested retail is $300. Is this something I should jump all over?
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#299175 - 03/29/10 09:04 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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Before you spend a boatload of money, check out the Sony MDR-7506. They are an extremely neutral headphone and can be had for only about $80 from Amazon. They are the most widely used headphones in recording studios for both music and film and have been for many years. I had this dilemma recently and can say that I will never buy another headphone as long as these stay in production. Which, based on their extensive use in the industry should be a long time.

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#299176 - 03/29/10 09:12 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: sgtpepper]
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I never really get the opportunity to listen to cans on my stereo, but use Sony 7506s and AKG-240s for on-location recording and when I've got someone in the sound booth. They're my two favorite headphones, and clients have always liked them as well...
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#299182 - 03/29/10 10:16 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Too bulky for this application, unfortunately. Thanks for the recommendation, though!
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#299215 - 03/29/10 02:29 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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I haven't read the entire thread yet but I LOVE my Shure SE310s. One thing to keep in mind is that a replacement set of the foam rubber tips will often be softer and more comfortable than the included pair.
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#299220 - 03/29/10 02:39 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: prototype3a]
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Definitely a tad rich for my blood. \:\)
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#299233 - 03/29/10 03:41 PM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: Ken.C]
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They're nice to have when F-18s are landing 10feet from your head... \:D
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#312795 - 06/30/10 12:49 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: sgtpepper]
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Originally Posted By: sgtpepper
Before you spend a boatload of money, check out the Sony MDR-7506. They are an extremely neutral headphone and can be had for only about $80 from Amazon.


I suppose I should let you all know that I ended up with some headphones of my own, finally. I got a pair of these along with a pair of Sennheiser HD 555s. I figured I'd try both open and closed phones. I can't say which I prefer yet. They're both pleasant to listen to, and they both sit comfortably. Maybe I'll have some criticism after more use.
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#312952 - 07/01/10 01:01 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: CV]
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I've sort of given up looking for headphones that impress me the way Axiom products do, although I did search around for a while. I had some Koss headphones ($75-150 range, sorry can't remember the model number, they were open but I don't see a similar model anymore in the online photos) that I thought sounded great especially on a budget but the build was weak and they disintegrated, twice I believe, despite having a lifetime warranty. I didn't want to be vindictive so I simply called it quits following the disintegration of the replacement pair. Then I had a pair of Sennheiser 590s, which weren't bad until my daughter took out one of the channels by tugging on the extremely thin, in my opinion, cord while playing computer games. Now I use Grado SR225s but they really don't blow me away.

Perhaps I haven't gotten into a high enough price range or stumbled across a design that fits whatever my headphone preference might be, if anything, but I suppose that's a good thing, because my wish list at the moment is hopelessly long: I'm jonesing for audiobytes with sub for my computer desk, a vp180, another ep800, most likely M80 V3s or sonically upgraded V2s, to mount the plasma on the wall, and upgrade the head unit for my automotive sound system.

At least I know where I want to start, i.e., with a VP180, beyond that I'm lost. :Sigh:
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#312954 - 07/01/10 01:30 AM Re: Head Phones Recommendations [Re: SatKartr]
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These headphones aren't blowing me away, either, which I attributed to being spoiled by my Axioms. They can sound nice, but like you, I think I must need to spend quite a lot more to where it competes with my main system.
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