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Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... #1580430 12/20/10 05:31 AM
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less then $100?

Pure and simple, could I get a reasonable set of headphones for practicing for less then $100? AND if you could, what would they be lacking compared to those >$100

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Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: hoffy] #1580443 12/20/10 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by hoffy
less then $100?

Pure and simple, could I get a reasonable set of headphones for practicing for less then $100? AND if you could, what would they be lacking compared to those >$100

Cheers


As far as < $100 headphones go, the Koss KSC-75s are excellent for the money, though the relatively short cord means that they'll only work if your headphone jack is placed conveniently. (Just noticed you're in Australia; I'm not sure if the KSC-75s are easy to find over there, but here they cost < $15 USD)

The main things you're sacrificing by buying cheaper headphones is accuracy / clarity, but both may work against you with many DPs - the headphones might reveal unpleasant flaws with the sound of your piano / music / whatever.

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Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: hoffy] #1580449 12/20/10 06:26 AM
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I read good reviews about chinese Sony 7506

You can find on Ebay for few bucks. Maybe they're not genuine but they look to sound very well!


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Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: hoffy] #1580523 12/20/10 10:14 AM
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The absolute best headphone under $100 is Grado SR-60.

Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: Ovidiu M] #1580531 12/20/10 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Ovidiu M
The absolute best headphone under $100 is Grado SR-60.


While I wouldn't necessarily go that far, I'd certainly agree that the Grado SR-60i and SR-80i are excellent for under $100.

I'm actually listening to my SR-80i's right now smile

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AKG K-240. $99 @ Amazon. Get the 55 ohm version.

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I also like the AKG K-240 for sound AND comfort.

As dewster mentioned .... use the 55 ohm version.

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Originally Posted by hoffy
less then $100?

Pure and simple, could I get a reasonable set of headphones for practicing for less then $100?


For years, decades maybe the AGK K240 has been a standard in the recording industry for use by engineers. Sweetwater has them for $99.99

These are "open" headphones. They don't block sound. At any given price point open headphones will sound better. For equal sound in "closed" type you have to about double the price. The closed type are harder to make as the diaphragms need to work against compressing air in the shell. So if you want good quality at a lower price you'd be looking at open type. The K240 are pretty much the the industry reference point for studio headphones

See this for more info K240

You might want the closed type if you are recording and don't wantsound in the phones to spill out into the mic or if you are practicing next to a noisy TV set. The closed type isolate sound in both directions better but for equal quality the price is roughly double. The other option is in ear moniotr. They fit in like earplugs and do a good job of blocking sound

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Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: hoffy] #1581046 12/20/10 11:34 PM
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How about Senhesider HD-280's

I had a $20 gift card at guitar center, so got a pair of AKG K44's for $30 before the card, they were listed at $80.

I can't say though I like them any more than my Sony MRD X200's which were only $23


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Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: hoffy] #1581084 12/21/10 12:53 AM
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If you do end up buying a set of AKG's. I strongly recommend you buy a headphone amplifier as they do not do come near their potential sound without one.

If the AKG's appeal do to you though, but you do not want to have to purchase an amp. Check out the Audio technica ATH ad700 (open) or if you prefer closed the ath a700. Or if you push your budget to the limit, the Shure 840's (closed) are very popular and although at around $150, if you search around you can find them for less then $100 on occasion.

If you do choose to buy Sony's, the V6 and the 7506 are good models. I prefer the v6's though as they have a larger frequency range, and sound a little warmer to my ear. Do NOT buy these from ebay. Counterfeit copies of these two models is VERY high.

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Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: hoffy] #1581159 12/21/10 05:51 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys. I am probably not too keen to go the amplifier route unless I need to.

Has anyone had anything to do with Roland headphones? One of the local music equipment shop seems to have quite a few of their models in stock, but I haven't found much in the way of reviews online.

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I just got AKG K514 and I'm satisfied with them. Would have liked to have the K240, but the stores here didn't have them. So I saved myself the equivalence of 80 dollars (headphones are more expensive in Europe.)


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Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: hoffy] #1581769 12/21/10 10:15 PM
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Far as a I know, Roland headphones are just cheap Cans with the Roland logo on there so they can jack up the price. At least, I never hear about them in audiophile forums, anyway.

I would recommend getting the best you can get. The difference between a cheap pair of headphones, and high fidelity phones might just amaze you.

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Did you ever decide on a pair, hoffy?

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My two-cents: About a decade ago I had a pair of AKG's. I forget which model, but they were really excellent.

After they were stolen, I got a pair of Grado SR-225's, and those are also excellent. 10 years later, and they're still going strong.

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No, not yet. I am waiting for the post Christmas madness to subside!


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Buy the headphones you can afford, and don't worry if you have only 100$ or even 20$. The most important thing is the music, your feel, timing, melodies. I listen a lot of old recordings, where piano was recorded by crappy microphones, but I still enjoy and hear that music, the notes and dynamics, harmony. Better headphones means more comfort in wear and sound, but most important thing is in your head, not on it - that's my point.

I use Philips SHP2000 (20$), and they provide better sound that many speakers build in digital pianos. I forget I wear them, and that's the goal. IMHO it's completely enough to practice piano. If you can afford better ones, go for it smile


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AGK K240 or if you want closed Sennhiser HD 280's go ok


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Re: Can you get a reasonable set of headphones for..... [Re: Qbert] #1587519 12/30/10 09:36 PM
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I would go for the Sony MDR-V6 for a nice flat response. I upgraded the pads to felt and they're really cozy. Sounds great. Check Amazon.


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