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[Your opinion]Which are the best headphones out on the market today?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by YouTubez, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. YouTubez

    YouTubez Regular Member

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    I hear a lot of good things about "Dre Beats", but I have a gut feeling its just a bunch of hype and marketing.

    Would appreciate your guy's opinions, I need these for when I'm working to jam to either some dubstep or some beatles/the who/justin beiber.
     
  2. osnapitzari.labs

    osnapitzari.labs Newbie

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    I've been through a lot of pairs of headphones (I'm an audiophile) and there are some that are hype and there are some with great sound quality.

    What's your budget for a pair of headphones?
     
  3. YouTubez

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    I can see somewhere around $200-$300.
     
  4. chapter2

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    Best headphones on market?

    Probably Grado PS1000/GS1000i, Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla, Sennheiser HD800, Ultrasone Edition 10... but these are in the $1500-$3000 price range, and an adequate DAC/preamp will easily double the investment.

    - Do you have any budget in mind?
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    nvm, didn't see post above.
    - What do you plan to use to power them?
    - What are your priorities / criteria? Eg. portability, can be used with iPhone, powerful bass, etc.
     
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  5. Invoker

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    Dre Beats are not comfortable nor even medicore in quality. My fav earphones to date is the Creative Fatal1ty headset.

    They are far better than anything else for 50 bucks.
    They are old tho but still extremely good
     
  6. osnapitzari.labs

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    With a budget like that you should check out AKG headphones. I can't post the link here but just a quick google search will bring the site up. AKG headphones are of top notch build and sound quality. They're not that well known, that doesn't mean they're bad quality, but you could find a demo at a Magnolia store (Most Magnolia stores are located in BestBuy).

    I would also recommend Bose, they're pretty well known. From what I hear and what I've tried, Bose comes kind of close to AKG. Beats by Dre headphones are so-so. They are pretty hyped, but they sound amazing with SOME songs, not all.

    Despite all these recommendations, you have to DO RESEARCH. Join, or just lurk, audiophile forums. That's how I chose my headphones. Look for peoples' personal reviews! Then, when you have your heart set on a pair, do some research on where you can demo them yourself. If you cant, most companies will offer your money. Rinse and repeat until you find the perfect headphones for you!

    Disclaimer: Everyone has their own taste in headphones. Take my advice lightly. You may not like Bose or AKG, but you may like Beats by Dre. Choose a pair that YOU like, not that other people like. Remember, whatever floats your boat.
     
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  7. YouTubez

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    Power them, however they need to be I guess...

    I plan on using them for dubstep (heavy bass) and tons of heavy metal (clear audio). No need for portability or use with my iphone or mobile device.
     
  8. osnapitzari.labs

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    If you don't need portability then you will want a pair of headphones that run through a preamp. (as chapter2 mentioned)
     
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  9. Zapdos

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    There are several ways to power headphones.

    1) Using the computer output. Nothing special
    2) Using an amp on a soundcard. Requires a soundcard with appropriate power for the headphones
    3) Using an external amp. Requires an amp (and sometimes) a DAC. However, even these vary. Some headphones are unbalanced, balanced or require an electrostatic amp. Ordered by price generally.


    Generally shittier headphones use #1
    Better headphones use #2
    Best headphones use #3 and go from worst -> best within that range as well. Balanced output is better than unbalanced. Its more expensive. Electrostatic is a few thousand $ so generally not even in the equation.

    You also have to consider the power requirement as not all headphones use the same. For example my brother has a pair of Sennheiser 595's. They can be pretty easily powered by a soundcard with an amp on it (~50 ohms IIRC.) Whereas the ones I was looking at are the Sennheiser 600 or 650s which are 300 ohms and its generally recommended to use an external amp. A soundcard would be ~$100->$200. An external amp is $100->$4000+. A DAC (also usually recommended) is $100->$4000+


    But with a price range of ~$300 you'll probably be able to get an used Sennheiser 595 (or 580) + soundcard with dac+amp for about that much. Buying new (+quality) would be hard.
     
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  10. Seoworking

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    Bose headphones are quiet good looking and comes with superb quality.
    Bose QuietComfort 15- around $300(best audio quality eliminates outside noise)
    Grado SR80i-around $100(cheap and best, looks awesome)
    Bose QuietComfort 3- around $350(Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones)
     
  11. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Dr Dre beats are a freaking rip off, if you break the cord you have to send it in for repairs and they only have a few year warrenty, If Im going to spend more than $100 on a pair of headphones Im getting one with a detachable cord.
     
  12. Chris22

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    Don't get beats.



    Pick up some Bose QC15, awesome pair of headphones - great if you have to catch planes a lot too.
     
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  13. Roparadise

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    These are the best headphones imho

    http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/headphones/srh750dj-professional-dj-headphones