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Old 10-22-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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Audiophile Thread

So there isn't an audiophile thread around here. I'm not a massive audiophile but I like to own nice audio equipment for personal use.

I recently lost my Sony MDR-V6 on a Turkish Airlines flight, so I'm looking to replace them. Options are:

Sony MDR-V6
Audio Technica ATH-M30x or M40x
Sennheiser HD280 Pro

What gear is everyone else using around here?
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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wow those audio technica ones are cheap. i might look into those. currently rocking bose qc15 they're nice but a little heavy due to noise canceling. i would go with the ae2 for a lighter, no airplane option.
although just had a botched ear surgery so idk what i'll do. can't hear too much out of my left ear.

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Old 10-22-2014, 05:45 PM   #3
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I have a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro's and I love em. Very comfortable (I can wear them all day at work) and while they aren't electronically noise cancelling, they do a very good job of muffling external noises.
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:46 PM   #4
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I have audio technica noise cancelling headphones, they work great and were $200 cheaper than the Bose ones.

Most audiophiles lie about what they can and can't hear anyway. Human hearing has a limit, people's wallets and egos sometimes don't.
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:47 PM   #5
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This price range for prosumer headphones is really competitive. IMO it's the sweet spot in the market for quality. Every product has that sweet spot where an amateur won't benefit too much more by blowing more money. So you could get these for 90% listening quality (just a made up figure) and blow $300 to reach 95%.

The MDR-V6 is renowned as one of the best headphones period in any price range at least for monitoring. I want them again because I loved my pair but I kind of want to try something else. I'm leaning towards the HD280 at the moment.

I think you'll find that Noise Canceling is inferior to isolating headphones like the ones I named. They just cover your ears and physically block outside noise from going in as well as keep your music from bleeding out. Absolutely perfect for flights and public listening.
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
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I'm an audiophile when it comes to home theater & movies... I don't really care about head phones at all.

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Feel free to dump your setup info here. I'm kind of interested in that too. When I buy a home, a nice stereo will be one of the first things I would like to buy once I'm settled in. For now, I can only enjoy audio with nice headphones due to apartment living.
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I just buy crapppy 20 dollar ones every few months because I use em for work... And they break a lot... But on those long rides as a passenger I would use a pair of beats..

But the h/k system in my car works wonders with the iPod hookup
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I just buy crapppy 20 dollar ones every few months because I use em for work... And they break a lot... But on those long rides as a passenger I would use a pair of beats..

But the h/k system in my car works wonders with the iPod hookup
See this is where you're screwing up. Buy one of the pairs I listed and they'll last a decade. Beats are a terrible purchase.
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See this is where you're screwing up. Buy one of the pairs I listed and they'll last a decade. Beats are a terrible purchase.
This I will agree with. Also the HK system sucks bawls. Listen to the system in some of the other cars, especially the bang and olufsen in Audis.

Also, I've tried noise isolating and for an airplane, they aren't as good as pair of good cancelling headphones. They have better sound but I just want to cancel out the engines, I can tolerate a less than optimal audio performance. Obviously don't buy sh1tty ones though.

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Old 10-22-2014, 05:59 PM   #11
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No one uses earbuds?

I use Shure SE215-K earbuds.

I don't like headphones because most are bulky and require a carrying case when putting them away while traveling.
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what would you guys consider to be a solid but reasonable step up from the sony MDRV6s?

Ive been using them for a long time, have no complaints, but wonder what is worth a nominal extra $.
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Feel free to dump your setup info here. I'm kind of interested in that too. When I buy a home, a nice stereo will be one of the first things I would like to buy once I'm settled in. For now, I can only enjoy audio with nice headphones due to apartment living.
you'll want the bic america f12 sub if you're on a budget. it's not a budget sub but it's price would make you think otherwise.
i have this paired with two polk r50 floor standing speakers and it sounds amazing. it's my go to when listening to anything. it's being powered by a H/K AVR 140. the speakers could probably benefit from a more powerful amp. but for a bedroom setup, it can really crank.
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wow those audio technica ones are cheap. i might look into those. currently rocking bose qc15 they're nice but a little heavy due to noise canceling. i would go with the ae2 for a lighter, no airplane option.
although just had a botched ear surgery so idk what i'll do. can't hear too much out of my left ear.
They just released Bose QC25's. They don't require batteries to use anymore. If you don't have batteries, it just prevents noise cancelling from working, but you can still use headphones.
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was about to pull the trigger on the Shure SE215 until i found out that it goes over the ear and no mic / buttons.

any suggestions on IEM in the same price range $100 - $150 with mic / buttons that doesnt go over the ear ?

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Well this is my first car with premium sound.. My jeep has 2 speakers and a crapppy sub and amp someone was throwing away... Literally...
And that got me through highschool,

Now I have a bmw and the h/k system sounds amazing to me, but I do want to upgrade the speakers with higher quality speakers... and put a sub or two in it..

An as for the beats, they are my moms i stole them from her, I need ear buds though as I work inside the hub at ups(brown Santa)
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Well this is my first car with premium sound.. My jeep has 2 speakers and a crapppy sub and amp someone was throwing away... Literally...
And that got me through highschool,

Now I have a bmw and the h/k system sounds amazing to me, but I do want to upgrade the speakers with higher quality speakers... and put a sub or two in it..

An as for the beats, they are my moms i stole them from her, I need ear buds though as I work inside the hub at ups(brown Santa)
IMO the harman/kardon system sounds pretty nice. it's not the best no. but compared to 90% of cars actually on the road it's very nice.
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