Started by Bonehelm, June 10, 2007, 02:50:21 PM
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Quote from: Bonehelm on June 10, 2007, 02:50:21 PMHey GMG...I'm planning to invest on a new pair of headphones this summer since I already got a decent pair of speakers..I live in an apartment and would like to do some late night listening. I'm currently considering Sennheiser HD555's or Sennheiser 280 PRO. I've heard that the 280 is better for music and 555 for movies, But according to many reviews the 555's are more comfortable and I like the idea of open headsets. Other than that, I have also heard good feedback for AKG 701's and some other brands...so I have no idea what's the best for me. I'm a high school student and as surprising as it sounds, my budget isn't very high. I'd say about 120 Canadian is as high as I can go. ( I saw HD555's on ebay for $90 - unused !)Thanks a lot GMG
Quote from: Holden on June 10, 2007, 09:06:51 PMAs I've said before, got the 280s and highly recommend them but you need to consider that: -the sound of open air phones is less fatiguing IMO. -the 280s will out perform the 555s-the 280s produce deeper bass with an HP amp
Quote from: Bonehelm on June 10, 2007, 09:15:59 PMIf I don't plan on getting an amp, will the 280s still sound great?
Quote from: toledobass on June 11, 2007, 07:31:26 AMDo you listen through a portable device? I have a pair of 280's and a pair of 580's. I got the 280's for when I'm on road and for when the wife doesn't wanna listen to what I'm listening to. Most of the time I listen to the 280's through a go-vibe amp and a Sony portable cd player. The times when I've listened to them without the amp I thought they were they sounded ok but I really missed the fullness that the amp provides. That's something I don't think I could get used to. It's something that would always bug me. The other hard thing is going back to the 280's after I've been listening to the 580's for a while. The amp helps a lot, especially if they're plugged into a portable player, you really won't get the most out of your headphones without it. With home gear if you have a headphone jack on your amp, you should be fine even though I think it sounds better with a headphone amp.I don't know anything about the other set you're considering.Allan
Quote from: toledobass on June 11, 2007, 07:31:26 AM The times when I've listened to them without the amp I thought they were they sounded ok but I really missed the fullness that the amp provides. That's something I don't think I could get used to.
Quote from: PerfectWagnerite on June 11, 2007, 08:02:16 AMWould you be kind enough to provide the model number for the amp?Thanks in advance.
Quote from: Holden on June 11, 2007, 03:10:11 PMI used the 280s on the plane across the Tasman just recently. Plugged into my MP3 player they sounded fine. However, most headphones benefit from an amp when using portable audio and the 280s are no exception with a more solid bass being evident with these. They are also very good on home equipment. However, the little amps that come out of ampifiers or CD players are nowhere near as good as a deidicated amp. The onne I use at home is a bBehringer MA400 and it is reidiculously cheap for what it does to the quality of headphone listening. You can find it hereAlterntively, something like the Go-vibe will give you a double solution with it's portability an added factor. Of course, it's more expensive and it appears that the V6 is now the only model available
Quote from: Bonehelm on June 11, 2007, 03:15:24 PMHolden, where can I find the Behringer MA400? $29.99 is indeed cheap as hell. Also, what do you think if I tell you I only use those 280's at home and not on portable devices? I think the amp won't matter as much, am I right?Thanks for answering the questions~
Quote from: Holden on June 11, 2007, 07:18:44 PMThis little amp (I saw one for $19.99 BTW - see 2nd URL) is mainly used by musicians as a foldback device to monitor what's going on when they are playing and using a microphone. So I went to my local muso's shop and ordered one from there. You can also get them online from the manufacturers websitehttp://www.behringer.com/MA400/index.cfm?lang=engBut our beloved Amazon have a much better deal and you can possibly help Rob with sponsorship by accessing the site below via the flag at the top of the pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Micromon-MA400-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B000H2D89GI do not, in any way, regret adding this amp to my home system especially as it will go into my PC! And all it cost me was $40 here in Australia. The 280s are top quality phones, why compromise them for the sake of $20?BTW, the Behringer HA400 has 4 inputs if you find that useful and is the same specs and price.
Quote from: Bonehelm on June 11, 2007, 08:40:57 PMVery helpful information you have there, Holden. I have one last question: What about the cables/wires that runs from the cd player (or my pc's audio socket) to the amp and from the amp to the 280? How many cables does that require and are they included with the amp? Thanks again !
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