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#387221 - 12/23/12 10:53 PM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: dakkon]
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That's kind of my point, loud speakers have 'standards' while headphones/earbuds appear to have none. You can buy them with 16ohm all the way up to 350ohm(I think is the highest I have seen). A standard for this item should almost be mandatory considering how close these devices are to your ear drum.
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#387240 - 12/24/12 09:18 AM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: jakewash]
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Originally Posted By: jakewash
That's kind of my point, loud speakers have 'standards' while headphones/earbuds appear to have none. You can buy them with 16ohm all the way up to 350ohm(I think is the highest I have seen). A standard for this item should almost be mandatory considering how close these devices are to your ear drum.


That's why I don't think you see really high current current headphones like 4 ohm. This is just a guess but portable MP3 players are already designed for lower impedance headphones (16ohm-32 ohm). My guess why you don't see 4ohm or 8ohm headphones (typical sensitivity) is they would be much too efficient considering the sound source is right against your ears. My hypothesis is there would be no room for volume adjustment. It would go from soft to REALLY loud too quickly.

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#387245 - 12/24/12 01:07 PM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: dakkon]
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I own a pair of Sennheiser HD600s and they are the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever had, and I love how they sound. I’ve actually forgotten I was wearing them until I got up and walked away only to have the cord yank them off my head. However a portable device will not drive them and they are open ear so will not attenuate background noise and others may be able to hear what you are listening too. So they are not good for travelling.
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#387256 - 12/24/12 02:50 PM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: BlueJays1]
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Originally Posted By: BlueJays1
That's why I don't think you see really high current current headphones like 4 ohm. This is just a guess but portable MP3 players are already designed for lower impedance headphones (16ohm-32 ohm). My guess why you don't see 4ohm or 8ohm headphones (typical sensitivity) is they would be much too efficient considering the sound source is right against your ears. My hypothesis is there would be no room for volume adjustment. It would go from soft to REALLY loud too quickly.


I don't think he's suggesting 4 or 8 ohm as a standard for headphones, just that headphones should have their own standard, so there's not such a huge range of possibilities.

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#387262 - 12/24/12 09:54 PM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: dakkon]
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I bought these
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Momentu...ntum+headphones

They came in today.. I figured that i would give them a try for a bit, i listened to them a little bit today... i'll take them to the office on Thursday and spend some time with them....


Closed headphones was a must, due to the primary purpose is for the office.

If for some reason I'm not happy with the Sennheiser's i think the Denon AH-D5000's will be next.. However, my initial impression of the Sennheiser's is that they are pretty a pretty impressive pair of headphones..

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#387265 - 12/25/12 01:02 AM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: dakkon]
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Alex, you didn't give even a hint that closed headphones were a "must". The Grados you were considering are about as open as they come. You probably would have got some different suggestions.
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#387292 - 12/25/12 01:59 PM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: dakkon]
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Crap. John, your right i said "over ear" but not closed... So much for having a well composed question eh???

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#387299 - 12/26/12 10:53 AM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: dakkon]
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So what's wrong with the Bose head phones? I am well aware of their home audio history and BS, and generally dislike....but I thought their headphones and car audio was highly regarded??? No?

I wanted to get a pair for travelling, air travel mostly. The Bose noise cancellation headphones looked like the ones to get. A friend of mine has a pair, and I thought they sounded pretty good, they are comfortable and they have a nifty travel case. Should I be looking at different head phones for traveling?
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#387302 - 12/26/12 12:05 PM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: dakkon]
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My SIL has them and loves them. She travels a lot. I think the main objections are philosophical.
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#387304 - 12/26/12 01:14 PM Re: Head phones anyone? [Re: dakkon]
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I also have a pair of QC2s and think they sound fine, certainly not Sennheiser HD600 quality but then their main draw is travelling not dedicated listening. I went with them because noise cancelling is a must on military aircraft otherwise I’d have to pump up the volume past what any of my mobile devices are capable of which would also be at ear damaging levels.
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