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AFJ_Locust
06-02-2005, 03:37 AM
Lets see some pics of your HeadPhones

also if you can rember Model# & Price & if there good or not?

Heres mine Sony MDRv600
Id rate them as good not great
Paid 100$ US

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/AFJ_Locust/MDRV600.jpg

stansdds
06-02-2005, 04:19 AM
I'm using a set of Altec Lansing's with the boom microphone. I think I paid about $30 at Best Buy. They seem to work pretty well.

John_Stag
06-02-2005, 07:03 AM
Had problems with USB phones after I installed TrackIR 3, so I got a set of these. (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=107194&item=5202173613&rd=1&ssPageName=WD2V)

I'd rate them indispensible.

lkemling
06-02-2005, 11:35 AM
Using the Plantronics Gamecon1 with boom mic. and have found they are excellent quality for the Dollar under $30.00
these are the slightly older ones that don't have the usb but plug right into my sound card.

DayGlow
06-02-2005, 12:17 PM
Medusa 5.1 headphones. Great possitional audio and unbelievable bass. You really feel the air move with these things. Firing the .50s will never be the same. About $120Cdn

http://img149.exs.cx/img149/3607/headphones.jpg

http://www.medusa-canada.com/details.htm

knightflyte
06-02-2005, 05:38 PM
Locust............. you forgot the price http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

ElAurens
06-02-2005, 06:30 PM
I use the Sennheiser 150

http://images10.newegg.com/productimage/26-106-346-02.JPG

Excellent headset...be sure.

$55 US @ Newegg

T_O_A_D
06-02-2005, 06:47 PM
http://www.edimensional.com/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=30

The Force feedbck is overrated, so I don't use it,in game, for Movies its cool. The sound and mic are quite good though.

AirborneCoyote
06-02-2005, 07:11 PM
http://img185.echo.cx/img185/5112/headphones3uu.th.jpg (http://img185.echo.cx/my.php?image=headphones3uu.jpg)

Some Sony uh..um....Movie...entertainment..

..system...

-brain fart-

fleminra7
06-02-2005, 08:28 PM
I bought these Grado's last year and they have outstanding frequency response. They are SR225's and feature crystal-clear highs and very deep bass. I use them with a 40Watt home amplifier. Some people say they are uncomfortable, but IMO they are light and comfortable (you can adjust the headband). The SR225's are around $200.00. They also make a SR125 that is less expensive. These are the best "cans" I have ever owned.

Some Reviews:
http://www.goodcans.com/HeadphoneReviews/grado225.htm
http://www.penstarsys.com/reviews/headphone/grado/sr125/

RAF

http://fleminra7.home.mchsi.com/Headphones/IMG_0865_resized.jpg

veauger
06-02-2005, 10:54 PM
Excellent, fleminra7!!! I have the SR125's, have had them for about 7 years and love them! people just don't believe me though. In fact most people don't understand quite how good sound can...sound until they actually hear a pair of Grados or high end Sennheisers http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I'd def. recommend a pair of Grados, or a decent pair of Sennheisers, like the HD555, which just cannot be beat for its price.

I personally don't have a problem with the comfort of my Grados, but some people complain that they don't like the feel of the pads on their ears after a couple of hours.

The Senns use really really big earpads that will surely go around your ear completely and probably wont touch it much. The pads are made from velour, and are really really soft. Many people like this, but they make my ears hot after a while.

In the end the Grados have superior sound, I think, although its somewhat a matter of preference.

If you are looking at getting a new pair of phones, you owe it to yourself to check out the Grado SR125's, 225's, and the Sennheiser HD555's (although they dont sound as good as the 125's, they do have big fluffy earpads).

BTW, the 125's are probably the best choice for general use, since they dont need an amp, and sound almost identical to the 225's (a bit less bass and a tiny bit less in the mids).




Anyway, for anyone who is interested, see Appendix A http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Sorry but I love these things and I like to talk about them.

There are a few Grado models.

The SR60, SR80, SR125, SR225, SR325, RS1, and RS2.

The SR60 is the low end of the "Prestiege" line of Grados, and offer a great value for their $70 price tag. They are a good intro to the Grado sound, and don't need any kind of amp to sound good. The SR80's are not at all like the 60's; they require an amp to really shine, and I'm afraid I'd just foget them for computer use in most cases and just skip to the SR125's for $150 (can be had for 125 at a few good online stores).

The SR125 is a low impedance headphone and thus needs no amp to sound good. They use nice bowl shaped earpads as opposed to the SR60's flat pads, and they provide simply incredible sound, and are a good balance on the edge of the price cliff.

The SR225's are a slight improvement over the 125's, offering a bit more bass and mids, but they are higher impedance than the 125's, so dont expect to run them off of some **** sound cards (which can sound just fine, btw, until you ask them to actually drive something). If you are lucky enough to have a decent sound card, like a SB Live or Audigy, you should be fine, but I don't think they'd sound as good as the 125's without an amp. Price for 225's: $170-200

The 325's are a lot like the 225's but with aluminum earpieces. I'm not sure, but most people would probably find a difference in sound between the 225's undetectable. $275-300

The RS1 and RS2 are a whole nother ballgame. They are two of the best sounding headphones ever made. I'm not kidding. They earpieces are made from mahogany. You need an amp for these guys, and really the price is astronomical. IMHO, the 225 is quite enough unless sound is your life and you have $$$ to burn. RS2 and RS1 $600 and $700 respectively.


Ok done. I can't beleive I just wrote all that.

TgD Thunderbolt56
06-03-2005, 06:44 AM
I use AKG Studio headset/mic. Sorry, no more info right now, but they are easily the BEST headphones I've ever used. They weren't cheap (about $150 USD) but it's one of those purchases that can migrate with every new pc I build so the cost is more easily justified when amortized over a few years.

TB

NTESLA
06-03-2005, 08:01 AM
I use Plantronics Audio 90 headsets. Let me tell you that though they are not as expensive as some here they do have great audio clarity and fullness to music and games alike sounds. What I found most interesting and important is that they are durable! My pair has fallen numerous times from a hight of about 3 ft. and still work without a problem! I highly recommend them for those looking for an economical set:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000665P5.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

AFJ_Locust
06-03-2005, 08:32 AM
Cool I was looking for some sen or Grado models

I need a new pair & am looking around for options
Medusa 5.1 headphones these could be an option if the price is right http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Orion_GR
06-03-2005, 08:55 AM
i use Plantronics Audio 90 Headset, is a great Product.

Saunders1953
06-03-2005, 09:03 AM
Ditto to Orion and NTESLA. They work and sound great, but now these other hotshots have me wondering if I should upgrade....especially Dayglow. My .50's sound isn't earthshaking--does the Medusa really boost the sound that much?

John_Stag
06-03-2005, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by Saunders1953:
Ditto to Orion and NTESLA. They work and sound great, but now these other hotshots have me wondering if I should upgrade....especially Dayglow. My .50's sound isn't earthshaking--does the Medusa really boost the sound that much?

Yes.

fleminra7
06-03-2005, 07:17 PM
veauger,

I share your enthusiasm for the Grado's. I can relate because when my family hear I was going to spend close to $200.00 for a set of headphones, they thought I was out of my mind. Before I purchased these, I went to the local Best Buy, etc and demo'd some headphones, including noise cancelling etc, but I could'nt find anything that impressed me. I use my headphones a lot, especially since I started playing FB http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

The Grado SR225 utilizes a vented diaphragm and sits on your ears, so background noise will come through easier than the closed style that fit over your ears. I use mine in my basement so this is not a problem for me. The upside is awesome SQ and low frequency response! Grado's are hand-made in NY and utilize HQ components.

RAF

Oilburner_TAW
06-03-2005, 08:03 PM
Originally posted by AFJ_Locust:
Lets see some pics of your HeadPhones

also if you can rember Model# & Price & if there good or not?

Heres mine Sony MDRv600
Id rate them as good not great
Paid 100$ US

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/AFJ_Locust/MDRV600.jpg

I have the exact same set. I agree. Speakers are not an option with my wife so if anybody has a better pair (especially with some good bass) and of course fully enclosed, I'd appreciate it.

Wemic
06-03-2005, 08:06 PM
I'll throw my support behind the Plantronics Audio 90 as well. Great product!

veauger
06-03-2005, 09:40 PM
Yeah, a lot of people don't know that the open phone design that "leaks" sound has great benefits over designs that attempt to seal it off. The high end Sennheisers completely cover the ear, but they are open and "leak" just like the Grados. However if thats a problem, the Beyerdynamic DT880s are a semi-sealed design that sound really great (high impedance, however).


Originally posted by fleminra7:
veauger,

I share your enthusiasm for the Grado's. I can relate because when my family hear I was going to spend close to $200.00 for a set of headphones, they thought I was out of my mind. Before I purchased these, I went to the local Best Buy, etc and demo'd some headphones, including noise cancelling etc, but I could'nt find anything that impressed me. I use my headphones a lot, especially since I started playing FB http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

The Grado SR225 utilizes a vented diaphragm and sits on your ears, so background noise will come through easier than the closed style that fit over your ears. I use mine in my basement so this is not a problem for me. The upside is awesome SQ and low frequency response! Grado's are hand-made in NY and utilize HQ components.

RAF

AFJ_Locust
06-04-2005, 10:44 AM
Man I readup on thoes medusa 5.1

True 5.1 digital audio from a Headphone

Its gota be impressive I want it !!!

Not too mention Music http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

SeaFireLIV
06-04-2005, 10:47 AM
What i`d dearly like is a pair of decent Headphones where one of the wires don`t quit after 2 months so everything you hear is just in one ear! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif It seems to happen to all of them, even the expensive ones.

I guess cordless might be my only option left...

bolillo_loco
06-04-2005, 11:06 AM
I am cheap and squeaky, I talked the local computer shop's owner down to 15.00 dollars for a pair of these

http://umart.net/au/images/AHS202.jpg

I do not care about great sound because I only ever talk to guys like you, reddeth, and jeppo to name a few. the do have nice sound though. I was a club DJ for 10 years in my state's capital so I do have a lot of experience with head phones and these cheap little head phones sound very good.

AFJ_Locust
06-04-2005, 12:22 PM
Originally posted by SeaFireLIV:
What i`d dearly like is a pair of decent Headphones where one of the wires don`t quit after 2 months so everything you hear is just in one ear! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif It seems to happen to all of them, even the expensive ones.

I guess cordless might be my only option left...

Seafire I have had these sonys for 5 years cord is tough but I also take very good care of them

If you have kids good luck

AFJ_Locust
06-04-2005, 12:23 PM
No Music Bola ?

bolillo_loco
06-04-2005, 12:35 PM
Originally posted by AFJ_Locust:
No Music Bola ?

no I do not store music on my computer, nor do I listen to music at all. strange when you consider I was a club DJ for 10 years huh.

AFJ_Locust
06-04-2005, 12:40 PM
WHAT ???

Dude get some Pink Floyd or some Nro or Masters
maybe some Marley or maybe some POLKA? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

why dont you listen too music Bol ?
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

bolillo_loco
06-04-2005, 01:56 PM
Originally posted by AFJ_Locust:
WHAT ???

Dude get some Pink Floyd or some Nro or Masters
maybe some Marley or maybe some POLKA? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

why dont you listen too music Bol ?
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

I am Pennsylvania Dutch and my grandma was a "plain girl" meaning she didnt use make up, wore only black and grey dresses that went below the knee, and sometimes wore a bonnet so I actually do like polka music. being a drinker (sometimes) beer barrel polka is my favorite.

I do not like pink floyd and I think it is terrible music. nor do I like any classic 70s rock or have I in the past. I do not like marley either. it is all "drug music" to me. I can still picture classic rock fans with bad grooming, long hair, jean jackets with pot leaves on the back doodling pot leaves on their school books while they enjoyed "classic rock"

I was a disco fan in the 70s, then punk rock late 70s, and during the 80s I liked alternative rock mostly from the UK. by the early 90s alternative rock went too main stream for me and I banished it because it was no longer unique like it was during the 80s.

believe it or not I like bachata, merengue, salsa, and cumbia, but I do not listen to it at home or in my car. I will play it at a latin bar I go to, but I do not go out very often. I am/was a mechanic so I listen to my car when I drive. I find the radio a distraction. I just do not listen to music at all, ever.

StreakEagle0
06-04-2005, 01:57 PM
I bought these about 2 months ago for $80 USD. They are USB and sometimes it conflicts with my soundcard. When I want to switch between my headphone and my speakers that plug into the soundcard I have to restart my computer and unplug (or plug in) the headphones. I cannot use external speakers and the headphones at the same time. It can become a pain sometimes. If I would not have purchased these, I would have bought the Medusa headphones.

LTB USB M 5.1 Surround Sound headset
http://images.tigerdirect.com/skuimages/large/s200-1000b.jpg

Tallyho1961
06-04-2005, 08:08 PM
Sennheiser HD570's. Had them for six years. Until IL2 they were my jazz phones. Now they purr with the sound of Merlin's and .50 cals.

Cost about $225 CDN when new in 1999.

Levethane
06-05-2005, 01:29 AM
I use the Beyerdynamic DT234pro's.
Very clear sound and decent base for the price.
http://www.beyerdynamic.com/standard/images/big/dt234pro_bg.jpg

Bearcat99
06-06-2005, 06:02 AM
I use these Logitechshttp://www.logitech.com/lang/images/0/6753.jpg USB is the way to go IMO.

irR4tiOn4L
06-07-2005, 12:20 AM
I use a pair of Sennheiser HD 590s - they are very good headphones. Cost me $400 AU (US $306).

http://www.audioreview.com/Channels/AudioReview/images/products/Product_118011.jpg

I like those Grados too - different methods of presentation

PS - Sennheiser heaphones are fully open air designs with all the associated advantages. Sennheiser pioneered the open air heaphone in the 70s - I have a pair of those, surprisingly good too!

I am extremely happy with these and heartily recommend them to anyone in need/want of studio monitor headphones with an extremely accurate sound presentation. The other headphones I highly recommend here are the Grados for a different type of sound presentation and the Sennheiser HD 555 for a great cheaper headphone set.

Only thing is, the better the headphone the more it reveals how inadequate computer soundcards and lower quality HIFIs are - you need some serious equipment, but even then the PC cant pump out HIFI quality sound.

Darkbluesky
06-07-2005, 01:01 AM
I use the Zalman 5.1, great surround effect,
I got them for 60" in Spain. According to some inet reviews, they are better than many others 5.1. But I can't check this, I have not test any others.

http://www.pix8.net/pro/pic/6285n7XME/501141.jpg

irR4tiOn4L
06-07-2005, 01:44 AM
Fleminra7 and Veauger - Its great to finally see some audiophiles and http://www.goodcans.com users! Most people really have no idea what good sound reproduction is!

Goodcans is a great site, but the guy is a Grado afficianado - good to keep that in mind. Also the HD 555 really are not in the same bracket as the Grado 225s or the HD 590.

Sennheiser vs Grado is a long discussion - it is up to preference and purpose - while Grados have a more energetic presentation (and are more about the best sound than the business of sound reproduction) they are not IMHO as accurate in their sound presentation as Sennheisers - something that weighs in a studio environment - and many people find them harsh and unpleasant to listen to - in other words some prefer Sennheiser sound.

BOTH are absolutely stunning! Good headphones are lightyears better than the same price speakers. I think they are a must.

There is a reason the most expensive headphones will set you back 10 000 pounds!

Aaron_GT
06-07-2005, 05:34 AM
Heres mine Sony MDRv600
Id rate them as good not great

I have a pair of those and they tend to make the audio sound a bit distant. For FB I actually use an old pair of Sennheiser open backed headphones with a decent quality condenser mic gaffa taped to them. But I am tempted to get a pair of Beyer DT109s (DT100s with dynamic mic)

Sturm_Williger
06-07-2005, 08:20 AM
Hmmm, I have a pair of ... well, I don't think any manufacturer wanted to put their name on them. They cost me all of 5 !
The mic is attached to the cables just after they join, so hangs below your mouth.

Whaddaya know, they actually work great !

PS : Do you have to make your own mic arrangement with those Grados ?

SlagterAbe
06-07-2005, 08:56 AM
I just purchased some Grado SR80s for 95 USD (shipping included). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Had Koss A250 (149 USD) - Beautiful headphones, but one of the drivers blew out and I sent it back to be repaired and it came back completely crapped. Went through this process twice before I decided to get some quality anti-department store cans.

EDIT:

veauger - I've read multiple reviews that the sr80 is basically the sr60 with better bass response and is the most recommended headphone under 100 USD by about 10 audiophile publications. I've also read that the sound quality often surpasses the lower-end Sennheiser models (under 250 USD price)

AFJ_Locust
06-08-2005, 02:34 AM
with thw sonys you have to have a seprate mic it sits on the desk

labtec am232 works fine

Im so torn between headphones now

Not sure if I should get medusa grado or sen

well ive narrowed it down between thoes 3 or maybe the sony v700

AFJ_Locust
06-08-2005, 02:36 AM
anyone have these???


Audio Techna Pro5 MS (http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/60b1bce22bb6c4e1/index.html)

Jex_TG
06-08-2005, 03:54 AM
Originally posted by DayGlow:
Medusa 5.1 headphones. Great possitional audio and unbelievable bass. You really feel the air move with these things. Firing the .50s will never be the same. About $120Cdn

http://img149.exs.cx/img149/3607/headphones.jpg

http://www.medusa-canada.com/details.htm


Hey I ordered a pair of these yesterday, they arrived today and I can't wait to get home and try them. 50.00 here in the UK. The packaging is excellent,nestled on a black satin-look sheet and a little red ribbon lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

DruidPartholon
08-28-2005, 04:55 PM
I have some sealed headphones because I used to live in a noisy apartment. While I think they are good for things like that I'd rather have open ear phones like everyone has meantioned.

PS. Does anyone else listen to music while gaming? I usually have Rhapsody (the program not the band) on while I'm gaming streaming music.

asgeirr73
08-29-2005, 07:06 AM
First I had a altec then a labtech both broke

then I used a Philips 890 then I wanted a realy good top of the line headset and bought the new Sennheiser PC 160 it´s realy nice whit good sound
as said very soft pading on earcups but have after sevral hours of palying and talking I don`t think it makes my ears hot but this is after all not the same size as the one he talked about the microfone is realy top notch

ashley2005
08-29-2005, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by DayGlow:
Medusa 5.1 headphones. Great possitional audio and unbelievable bass. You really feel the air move with these things. Firing the .50s will never be the same. About $120Cdn

http://img149.exs.cx/img149/3607/headphones.jpg

you got ripped off lol http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=srmr&page=title&r=ELEC&title=172076

there only 40 in the uk http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

http://www.medusa-canada.com/details.htm