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Will better headphones make my keyboard sound better or worse?
#680883 06/30/08 04:35 PM
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I loved the sound on the YPG-625 in the store - with (likely) better quality headphones and ample background noise. But having taking a YPG-635 home, and trying it with my $25-dollar Sennheiser headphones, I'm disappointed in its standard Live! Grand Piano sound to the point of not wanting to play it. It sounds tinny and electronic, almost too "bright." I have adjusted the equalizer preset to "Headphones" with only slight improvement.

My question is, can a better set of headphones make the sound more realistic, mellowed-out, and/or resonant-sounding or is it a limitation of the sampling? On one site I read of someone suggesting that with his YPG-625, cheaper headphones were better because the sampling was not good in the first place, and the cheap headphones "cut out" the bad aspects of the samples… hm?

I'd like to think otherwise. Any suggestions? I can't yet get though to the piano store to ask what brand of headphones they use, but that is the next step. I certainly don't want to fork out hundreds of dollars on headphones if there will be no improvement on this type of keyboard.
Thanks for your help...

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In general, better quality audio equipment reveals more of the truth. If you don't like the sound through your headphones as much as the sound from the stock speakers, most likely you're hearing an ugly truth. Your impressions in the store were invalid because of the background noise.

Still, if you want to be certain that the truth is ugly, you may want to try even better headphones. The folks at head-fi.org are of great help.


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Thanks for the ugly truth about the ugly truth then. :-) I suppose it will be worth the money to verify it, and if I'm disappointed still at least I'll have better headphones for the "next" piano.

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Why don't you go back to the store where you bought the piano and ask if you can borrow the headphones that you originally used to try it out in the store. If you leave a deposit, I'm sure they will let you use them over night. At least that way you can confirm that you are getting the same sound you heard in the store. Is it the same piano as the one you played in the store, or was it new out of the box? There is a possibility that there is a problem with yours, if you got a new one, if they still sound different. Unfortunately "hearing memory" is notoriously bad, and PianistOne has a point about background noise masking the "truth". Why not bring it back to the store and compare it to the one on display?

I use a pair of AKG 240S Headphones, which you can get on ebay for under $100 shipped. They are very comfortable and great sounding for the money.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-AKG-K240-St...985QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

You will find lots of opinions on Headfi.org about headphones. Another really good Bang for the Buck Headphone is the Grado SR-60, at around $80, but they are not as comfortable as the AKG's (I've owned them also).

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jgdempsey: Thanks for the advice; I'll look up those headphones, and Headfi.org since you both mention it. (The store at which I had the best results is out-of-state, but I will still inquire.) My concern was whether I would even *want* good headphones with this piano, counterintuitive as it may be. I'm new at this.
For anyone else with the same concern on the YPG, I found someone else's initial sound gripes and remedy by headphones ("I went out and bought a nice Koss headset to use with the Keyboard. WHAT-A-DIFFERENCE!!!"):
http://www.synthzone.com/ubbs/Forum37/HTML/013333-2.html
Thanks again for your help.


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