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#2987266 06/03/20 04:23 AM
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Hello,
Well after much searching i finally bought the Kawai MP7SE to base my digital piano solution on.
Basically i am going to build a custom cabinet that looks something like an upright piano with integrated speakers.

So now I need to find a nice pair of headphones for late night practice sessions please.
Open back type will be ok, as stray sound shouldn't be a problem in my music den.
I generally prefer over the ear type rather than on ear types.
Not really interested wireless type solutions, although they would be considered.
Ones that have an unplug-able lead would be nice as could, short lead for MP7ES, long lead for armchair HiFi.
Max budget is £200, but about a £100 would be nice.

Many thanks in advance IK

PS when i unboxed the MP7ES last night and tried it on an old pair of Sony MDR-XD200 i was somewhat unimpressed with the sound :-(

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This link should also find relevant topics:

https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aforum.pianoworld.com+headphones

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Originally Posted by IanKnight
Hello,
Well after much searching i finally bought the Kawai MP7SE to base my digital piano solution on.
Basically i am going to build a custom cabinet that looks something like an upright piano with integrated speakers.

So now I need to find a nice pair of headphones for late night practice sessions please.
Open back type will be ok, as stray sound shouldn't be a problem in my music den.
I generally prefer over the ear type rather than on ear types.
Not really interested wireless type solutions, although they would be considered.
Ones that have an unplug-able lead would be nice as could, short lead for MP7ES, long lead for armchair HiFi.
Max budget is £200, but about a £100 would be nice.

Many thanks in advance IK

PS when i unboxed the MP7ES last night and tried it on an old pair of Sony MDR-XD200 i was somewhat unimpressed with the sound :-(

For that budget, I can recommend the AudioTechnica MRS7b or BeyerDynamics DT 880 PRO (however, the DT880 pros might require a headphone amp.
https://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-technica-ath-msr7b
DV247 - Beyerdynamic-DT-880-PRO-250-Ohm

However, I don't myself use them much because the set of cheap Sony earphones I got bundled with my mp3 player years ago provide almost as good a sound (Sony earphones are just very good value).
Sony-MH410c-Stereo-Headset-Black

In your position, until you're able to afford say "£230 to £280" on Sennheiser HD600 or Philips Fidelio X2 or £380 on the Sennheiser HD660S, you're not really going to push the boat out that much.


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Now Kawai sells their own headphones Kawai SH9 optimized for their digital pianos. It's right about £100.

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Iaroslav Vasiliev #2987309 06/03/20 08:40 AM
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After trying a lot of headphones I just bought the Kawai SH9 a few days ago (99 EUR). It sounds great.

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I haven't seen the Koss KPH30i mentioned on the forums yet. I'm using them with my N1X, as well as for listening to recorded music of all types. For $30, they are hard to beat, and I haven't felt the urge to upgrade them to something expensive. There's a review here.


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I was planning to get the $200 Sennheiser HD 599, but after reading lots of reviews, I decided that the less expensive $75 Philips SHP9500 would work just the same and suit my needs.

Both of these units are open back. The Philips SHP9500 sound great with the Kawai CA79 - and with my PC running VSTs.

My ears don't like in-ear earbuds. They also don't like to be closed up. I find that my ears to still get hot in the open-back style headphones. My head is just a LITTLE too large to use bone-conducting headphones (although the sound of those might not be great). I guess they need to perfect the direct-to-brain listening devices. smile


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I have the Philips X2HR Fidelio headphones that I play with a Kawai MP11SE. I’m not an expert and I haven’t tried tons of headphones, but these seem to produce a pretty natural tone to my ears. Other headphones I’ve tried have been super muddy, a tad bright, tinny, or some combo of these traits, while the Philips headphones fortunately do not possess any of these negative traits. They allow me to forget about the headphones and focus on the music. Also, they are incredibly comfortable and the build quality is really superb. The cable is just a regular detachable 3.5mm stereo cable, so these should last for a long time without having to worry about any cable issues. I do recommend getting a 1/4” right angle adapter to plug into your piano, though, because this will eliminate any cable strain and protect the (very nice) included cable.

https://www.amazon.com/Philips-X2HR-Fidelio-Headphone-Black/dp/B06ZZXKZ25

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Originally Posted by IanKnight
Hello,

PS when i unboxed the MP7SE last night and tried it on an old pair of Sony MDR-XD200 i was somewhat unimpressed with the sound :-(

Hi Ian,

Try changing the 1/4 inch jack plug adapter---sometimes if these are not functioning, the sound is crap.
I had this problem the other day when I mixed up mine for my Fathers and I thought my piano had broken.

Kind regards,

Doug.


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