Yet another headphone thread

The volume stays the same no matter how loud I turn the speakers.

On any typical speaker, there's foam on the cones that deteriorates over time. As far as I know, this deterioration is generally unavoidable with use, but you may be shortening the life of the foam. Generally, it can be fairly easily replaced, but who knows what lies beneath in headphones.

I wouldn't worry about any fatigue-related issues for butyl surrounds. I don't see how usage would have any bearing on dry rot. (IANAMaterialsScientist)

LiquidMantis wrote:

(IANAMaterialsScientist)

Neither am I, which is why I may be full of sh*t.

They are Sennheiser HD555s. I don't know if they are foam or other on the inside.

There's a layer of foam in the 555s, but it's not the driver. Near as I can tell, the driver in the 555s is some sort of plastic.

Thanks, all. I'm not going to worry about it for the most part. I will unplug them if I'm playing music or watching a movie, though. The volume is pretty steady and the driver should be fairly sturdy.

I got these in the mail today. I wanted something for running but hate, hate, hate cords. I tried them out and they are perfect. I can shake my head around and they don't come off. They actually isolate noise a little too well (gonna have to pay close attention to vehicles when running). The sound isn't spectacular (kinda bass heavy) but totally fine.

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It's extremely easy to throw MP3s on. It just took me a few seconds to do on my work computer. It automatically used Windows Media Player but I think you can just drag and drop in Windows explorer. Apparently the thing quick charges to 1 hour in just 3 minutes which is also awesome.

Color me very surprised and impressed!

Edit: The only negative thing I can think of is that it doesn't do FLAC. That's not a big deal to me, though, because I'm just gonna use it for podcasts, probably.

If anybody wants a good pair of sealed headphones for a pretty damn great price, the V-Moda Crossfades are on sale on Amazon as the Deal of the Day for $79.99. They're widely regarded as great even a bit above $100. Should be amazing for $80.

Goddamnit, Thin_J... You owe me $80.

NSMike wrote:

Goddamnit, Thin_J... You owe me $80.

Enabling. It's what I do

Thin_J wrote:

Enabling. It's what I do :D

Well then lets keep this streak going.

I've decided that I want to get some circumaural headphones for work; instead of the earbuds I've been rocking for years. I need something that is somewhat portable since, they will be stashed in my work laptop bag when not in use. I listen to mostly rock, techno, and country; from Amazon Cloud downloaded to my Droid X.

-Isolation is of great importance; I don't want to be heard or hear others.
-Price is of little concern; other than I don't want to be too worried about leaving them unattended in my cubical. Lets say under $300.
-Subdued looks are also of concern, since they will be used in a work environment. Matte finish will get a bonus.
-Portable, these will be living in a laptop bag when not in use. I fly a lot for work and don't want to be lugging full sized phones around.

I came across this review earlier (Head-Fi.org - Shootout: 102 Portable Headphones Reviewed); any thoughts on the following sets:
-Beyerdynamic Tesla DT 1350: At the high end of my price range. I have a pair of Beyerdynamic MMX2's on my PC and love them for gaming/chat.
-Audio-Technica ATH-ES10: Outside of price range.
-Audio-Technica ATH-M50: No thoughts of my own.
-V-Moda Crossfade M-80 / V-80: Borderline in the subdued looks dept.
-Denon AH-D11 00: Ihave friends who swear by their receivers; I know nothing of their headphones.

Not on the list but I've had my eye on them.
-Klipsch Image ONE or Klipsch Reference ONE's: I've been using Klipsch earbuds for the past 5 years (Custom1's (4yrs), X10i (<1yr)).

Tigerbill, do you think these would be portable enough? They're the new hotness on head-fi and a few other forums. I believe people like them better than the Denon AH-D1100. And pretty affordable at $50

Citizen86 wrote:

Tigerbill, do you think these would be portable enough? They're the new hotness on head-fi and a few other forums. I believe people like them better than the Denon AH-D1100. And pretty affordable at $50

They look a little on the big side just from the Amazon photos.

Tigerbill wrote:
Citizen86 wrote:

Tigerbill, do you think these would be portable enough? They're the new hotness on head-fi and a few other forums. I believe people like them better than the Denon AH-D1100. And pretty affordable at $50

They look a little on the big side just from the Amazon photos.

They're also semi-open, so people would probably be able to hear them.

Thin_J always says the Audio Technica ATH-A900 (I think?) are awesome. They're the closed version.

All the Audiotechnica cans in that series are pretty huge. Some of the biggest I've ever seen or used in fact. Not really portable.

Honestly, the V-Moda pair is such a good deal at that price if that's within your budget I'd just get the black ones and be done with it.

Since portability is a concern, I would recommend the Sennheiser HD 439s. That're what I use on the go. They fit in a messenger bag okay. They're circumaural but not on the huge side. They're definitely closed and geared for devices like mobile phones or laptops that don't have a lot of power. They block outside sound fairly well (I wear them on the bus all the time and they do a pretty good job of shutting out noise. They're not as good as in ear headphones for that, but they do a decent job.

I got them because you can replace the cable easily. The headphone cable is always the first thing to go for me on my on-the-go headphones. In the few months that I've been using these, I haven't had to replace the cable so far.

The sound is excellent for the price. They're not mind blowing, but they're good. I don't know how they'd compare to the V-Modas.

Tuff, the 439's are discontinued and out of stock on Amazon, Crutchfield, and pretty much everywhere else. The only place I saw to actually get a pair was ebay.

Oh, and the cable on the V-Modas is also easily replaceable. *Well my link didn't work. But you can see the cable(s) it comes with in the pictures on Amazon.

Thin_J wrote:

Tuff, the 439's are discontinued and out of stock on Amazon, Crutchfield, and pretty much everywhere else. The only place I saw to actually get a pair was ebay.

Oh, and the cable on the V-Modas is also easily replaceable. *Well my link didn't work. But you can see the cable(s) it comes with in the pictures on Amazon.

Whoah, I totally didn't realize that. They were the follow up to the HD 438 and I just figured they'd still sell them. That's a bummer. I should get a fair amount of life out of mine, at least, since I can replace the cable. That's great that the V-Moda has a replaceable cable. If my HD 439s fail me, I'll look into getting a pair of those.

It's super strange. The HD 439s are on Sennheiser's website but you can't buy them directly. You can get the HD 449s, but those don't have the replaceable cable. That's a whole can of weird.

Thin_J wrote:

Honestly, the V-Moda pair is such a good deal at that price if that's within your budget I'd just get the black ones and be done with it.

...and ordered. Worst that can happen is, I sell them to someone on here.

Sennheiser HD201. I have seen them sell for under $20. The casing is cheap, but the drivers are wonderful. I recommend them because they are the cheapest closed circumaural headphones you can find that do not sound like tin cans. A portable amp will squeeze some more performance out of them and if they break it is not a financial tragedy.

As a caveat...if you go with an expensive portable headphone, be sure to get one with a lifetime warranty. My Aviators are in for warranty repair (mini-plug fail) and if I could not have gotten them fixed, then it would have been huge bummer. Having the removable cord is nice, but they really should use a right-angled plug. Failure is almost inevitable with a straight plug, even one as low profile as the one on the Aviators.

My HD429's failed recently too, for the same reason. I also have a pair of Koss headphone's I still need to send in that failed at the mini-plug. All are straight plugs. I have not had a right-angled plug fail, although they seem to get ripped out from the driver. Every company should just have removable cord+right-angled plug to be truly portable friendly.

heavyfeul wrote:

Sennheiser HD201. I have seen them sell for under $20. The casing is cheap, but the drivers are wonderful. I recommend them because they are the cheapest closed circumaural headphones you can find that do not sound like tin cans. A portable amp will squeeze some more performance out of them and if they break it is not a financial tragedy.

There are those Monoprice phones that people seem to like. Supposed to be the same as some Kickers that cost $80+.

MannishBoy wrote:
heavyfeul wrote:

Sennheiser HD201. I have seen them sell for under $20. The casing is cheap, but the drivers are wonderful. I recommend them because they are the cheapest closed circumaural headphones you can find that do not sound like tin cans. A portable amp will squeeze some more performance out of them and if they break it is not a financial tragedy.

There are those Monoprice phones that people seem to like. Supposed to be the same as some Kickers that cost $80+.

Bought 'em. I have to give them a try.

heavyfeul wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
heavyfeul wrote:

Sennheiser HD201. I have seen them sell for under $20. The casing is cheap, but the drivers are wonderful. I recommend them because they are the cheapest closed circumaural headphones you can find that do not sound like tin cans. A portable amp will squeeze some more performance out of them and if they break it is not a financial tragedy.

There are those Monoprice phones that people seem to like. Supposed to be the same as some Kickers that cost $80+.

Bought 'em. I have to give them a try.

Big thread at Headfi.org.

Thin_J wrote:

If anybody wants a good pair of sealed headphones for a pretty damn great price, the V-Moda Crossfades are on sale on Amazon as the Deal of the Day for $79.99. They're widely regarded as great even a bit above $100. Should be amazing for $80.

They came today... These things are a little short of astonishing.

At first, I thought the low end was a little saturated, but I'm used to them now... Unless Netflix has dramatically upgraded the audio on the Star Trek: The Next Generation streams, I'm hearing things that I never heard before, even next to my Sennheiser HD280's.

My only complaint is that they're a little small for my ears. They're a little painful after a few hours of use.

Glad you like them, or at least for the most part.

I have trouble wearing the Senn 280's for more than an hour or two myself, so that's perhaps not super surprising. Although I thought having seen a couple people wearing the V-Moda's in the past that they seemed larger than the 280's. I guess that's not the case.

Something I'll keep in mind for the future I suppose. Either way, glad you like how they sound and that you can at least wear them for a decent amount of time.

Thin_J wrote:

Glad you like them, or at least for the most part.

I have trouble wearing the Senn 280's for more than an hour or two myself, so that's perhaps not super surprising. Although I thought having seen a couple people wearing the V-Moda's in the past that they seemed larger than the 280's. I guess that's not the case.

Something I'll keep in mind for the future I suppose. Either way, glad you like how they sound and that you can at least wear them for a decent amount of time.

Size comparison on my rather large head:

HD280's:

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Crossfades:

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As you can see, they're a good amount smaller. The HD280's are actually roomy inside in comparison.

Recently got a pair of bower and wilkins c5s for at work, love them. Very comfortable, lets in a bit of sound (i'm at work so that's a plus) and has a surprisingly wide sound stage.

Searched the forums and didn't come up with any results so I apologize if this has been asked previously. Has anyone used the Universal Afterglow wireless headset by PDP? I'm not looking for anything fancy - just something I can use when the SO is studying and that won't have a cord going across the living room. These seem to be the only ones I can find under $100 that will support full audio from my 360.

I'm no audiophile so I'm uncertain I'd be able to tell the difference. If I do get a wired USB headset can I just use one of the cheapo USB extension cables I have lying around or do I need to get a specific type?