Earphones / Headphones: Where to try, what to buy?

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  • grado owners tend to have their own offices !!

  • ha!

  • No need to wear headphones if you've got your own office though.

  • : ]

  • good article about how Monster got screwed with Beats by Dre, although they did it to themselves

    http://gizmodo.com/5981823/beat-by-dre-t­he-inside-story-of-how-monster-lost-the-­world

  • Monster deserve to get screwed.

  • Mega bass, solid mids and clear highs from these bad boys.

    Best headphones at this price point for anyone into anything with and emphasis on bass.

    http://www.xears.com/index.php/produkte/­giant-force-xgf500pro-blue-edition

    Also with code KLANGFUZZIS any head phones on this website can be had for 35 euros + 8 euros P+P

  • ^ Well, that's a fib to start with.

    The 160 Euro Xears 4 core don't work with that code.

  • i've bought a pair of the x10is from amazon - £99. i fell like a bit of a cunt for spending a bradman on in-ears that are likely for break in 6 months, but at least i can blame you, lowpug. :P

    Ha, good choice. I hope they work out for you. The sound will loosen up dramatically after about 2 weeks of use. Initially they'll be a bit harsh. Also careful with the source material - 128kbps mp3 will sound a bit poo. 256 and above, i.e. most streaming services will be OK. Obvs, the higher the quality, the better. FLAC!
    If the silicone tips don't work out, Comply foam tips are great, but an ongoing cost. Also, use the little box to transport them, I had a pair of X10i for 2 years no issues until i left them on plane :( Bought another set straight away.

    Oh, and don't worry about the extra cash for the "i" model. According to most reviews the X10i is built better than the standard version.

    BTW, they are excellent in-flight. They block out the noise beautifully.

  • ^ Well, that's a fib to start with.

    The 160 Euro Xears 4 core don't work with that code.

    Works for the 149 euro the Xears Woodynator XWH700PRO

    Edit: not that they've ever been worth 149 eurobucks

  • It seems to work with most of the expensive ones, not seen any reviews of them around though so I'm not sure if it's a DFS style thing where the sale price is more like the realistic RRP. I do fancy some wooden ones though.


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  • Went for a pair of AKG K451's based on reviews and price (In case the office thief strikes again)

    AKG K451 High-Performance Foldable Mini Headset with: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    Just plugged them in and they sound better than the beats (Not hard), plus less blingy should = less temptation.

  • good article about how Monster got screwed with Beats by Dre, although they did it to themselves

    http://gizmodo.com/5981823/beat-by-dre-t­he-inside-story-of-how-monster-lost-the-­world

    It was fuckin’ obvious that cunt was gonnae fuck some cunt.

  • It was fuckin’ obvious that cunt was gonnae fuck some cunt.

    Is the this the level of discourse you're inclined towards?

  • Ha, good choice. I hope they work out for you. The sound will loosen up dramatically after about 2 weeks of use. Initially they'll be a bit harsh. Also careful with the source material - 128kbps mp3 will sound a bit poo. 256 and above, i.e. most streaming services will be OK. Obvs, the higher the quality, the better. FLAC!
    If the silicone tips don't work out, Comply foam tips are great, but an ongoing cost. Also, use the little box to transport them, I had a pair of X10i for 2 years no issues until i left them on plane :( Bought another set straight away.

    Oh, and don't worry about the extra cash for the "i" model. According to most reviews the X10i is built better than the standard version.

    BTW, they are excellent in-flight. They block out the noise beautifully.

    had them two days and i am pretty impressed. they are really, really comfortable - the most comfortable i have had. they do a good job of sealing my holes and blocking noise. they sound great, too, but i will wait for a bit to make my judgement.

    now to see how long they last before pooing their pants.

  • Is the this the level of discourse you're inclined towards?

    Ha no I looked for a picture of Begbie from Trainspotting with that quote on but couldn't find one.

    I guess it was meant as an oblique reference to how depressing these insights into big business are.

    Very interesting article nonetheless!

  • Noone on this thread mentioned Shures? I absolutely love my 320s. Beautiful sound, awesome fit and rock solid build. Recommended.

  • So I got in touch with Sennheiser about warranty on my CX980s. They're still within warranty period and I found the TK Maxx receipt but got the double whammy of the important half of the ink having been rubbed off the receipt (presumably from being stuck in my wallet) that bit is basically blank, you can just about make out that they're listed on there as 'Lifestyle product'.

    Sennheiser emailed back saying unfortunately that won't really cut it, but they'll offer me 35% off a new pair of headphones from their online store.

    Tempted but not sure what to go for and whether I'm willing to spend enough to get proper equivalents for the CX980s. The RRP on them was £190 and I got them from TK Maxx for £77, so I know I'd have to spend a fair bit more for an equivalent product...

  • kirkov repped for Begbie quote

  • Went for a pair of AKG K451's based on reviews and price (In case the office thief strikes again)

    AKG K451 High-Performance Foldable Mini Headset with: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    Just plugged them in and they sound better than the beats (Not hard), plus less blingy should = less temptation.

    I've had these for about a month, I think they're good but I have unrefined ears

  • I've had those for about a week now - really like them.

    Sound is very good; rather neutral / precise, with quite some punch.

    They're very comfortable.

    They seem quite well made also, the headphones themselves.
    Cable (plug) looks like it will break if bent too often, but let's see.

    The remote for play / pause / skip / adjusting volume is not as great as, say, the iPhone one -
    it's rather big, and I have difficulties double or triple clicking the middle button; maybe it's me.

    All in all very good headphones for the price, would buy again.

  • My Soundmagic E10s have arrived. I'm rather impressed and I'd say they stand up pretty well to my old Sennheiser CX980s.

    The E10s feel like there's more clarity to the bass, the mids feel quite prominent and the treble initially sounded quite harsh. Might be my imagination but that seems to have settled down, they're definitely still clearer than the Sennheisers at the top end though. Realistically, I'd find it hard justifying paying the £190 RRP for the Sennheisers instead of £20 for the E10s.

    Too early to comment on build quality but they feel pretty solid. Although they come with a plethora of tips only the very smallest fit comfortably in my ears. Maybe I have tiny ears? Might try the Comply tips at some point.

    Anyway, on the strength of the E10's quality, I've ordered some Soundmagic PL50s, be interested to hear how their balanced armature model sounds and might even try to use them for monitoring.

  • sportsproof earphones that have a microphone?

    adidas monster collaboration

    monster victory isport

    sennheiser c685i

    or any others that i should consider?

  • Works for the 149 euro the Xears Woodynator XWH700PRO

    Edit: not that they've ever been worth 149 eurobucks

    Well, if I had paid 149 for these 'phones, would be distinctly peeved. They're OK for the discounted price.

  • My Sony EX50s are on the way to death.
    I need some new in-ears.
    Are Soundmagic E10s the way to go?
    Dont really want to spend more than £30

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