A total of 17 reviews of this product on Reddit.
I have a set of Grado SR-60s, I can notice a bit of a difference. I look for it though and have listened fairly extensively to both (without headphones; I’ve listened to a few of the FLACs with, I only recently got the FLAC files), plus those headphones certainly aren’t everyday headphones.
If you’re really serious about plugging in and listening at a computer, go for it, but the FLAC files are simply too large to put on a phone or whatever – Drones is about 1.15 gigs, which is massive for a phone. Just spring for some 320 kpbs mp3s for your phone, or get the FLAC for your computer and use an audio converter to make them into mp3s.
Grado SR60’s. They have superb sound quality that rival headphones that cost $300 and they’re relatively cheap at around $80. Ive heard that they can take a real beating too, so im sure these will last you quite a while. If anything go to head-fi.org and look around the forum to find a pair that will suit our needs. Either way, you should come out with a good pair. Best o’ luck to you!
I’m not sure what issue you’re referring to, but if you just got them, you might consider returning them.
You might want to try the Grado SR-60 instead. It’s too bad you’re in Canada, because you seem to get much worse prices than we do in the US.
I know a couple beligerent assholes… And an Audio Technician. we gave the two most vocal proponents of their headphones an ear test, and both of them could not hear anything at all in the different extra-ranges of the two earbuds, so the quality of the buds did not matter.
obviously you get what you pay for and there is a reason why bullshit stuff from the corner store/grocery is $9.99 but the “good” skullcandys are “19.99”? just spend the cash for good comfortable actual headphones and be happy.
Want some cans that are IMO better quality sound-wise than every one of the headphones recommended in this thread, is made in the USA, and costs $80?
I’ve had them for 2 years, and they’re a little fragile but they’re seriously the best you can get for the price. Grado’s headphones only get better as you go up the price ladder, too, but then you’ll need to buy an amplifier if you’re using an iPhone or the like.
It’s a simple matter of preference to cost. In terms of sound quality, Bose, Beats, and Skullcandy are overpriced in my opinion and by many headphone reviewers. That being said, they’re not terrible headphones.
From my experience, Beats tends to emphasize the base, while Bose tries to balance it out, but it ends up sounding “washed out”. Skullcandy products tend to sound like a cheap pair of headphones (the same or below the ones that come with your music player or smartphone) to me. Some people swear by these brands, and I will admit Bose headphones are some of the most comfortable headphones I have ever used and their active noise-cancellation is second to none from the ones that I have tried. The design of Beats headphones are unique and the colors to me are distinctive, but the cost when compared to the sound quality are not worth it to me. The genre of music you generally listen to will also affect which headphones you prefer.
For absolute best sound quality for all types of music and cost, my pick is the Grado Prestige Series SR-60i Padded Headphone. Amazon link
The style is a hit or a miss, but they are by far the best sounding cans I used. There are several reviews on the net, just Google search. Here’s one that convinced me to try them. Stereophile review
Edit: Noticed I went completely off from the original topic. For general outside use, I like the Urbanears Bagis series.
Due to the ambient noise, I don’t look for extremely high quality headphones. I want a pair of stylish, portable, and decent quality (industrial and sound). I had 3 of these (1st pair were lost, 2nd pair lasted 1.5 years before the right earphone stopped working). The cord is thick fabric so it doesn’t get tangled or easy to unfold when they do. The mic works (nothing to write home about) and the single button works out-of-the-box for the Nexus 4. Single-click for play/pause and confirm. Double-click for next track. Click and hold for Google voice command/search. You can download the Headset Button Controller app Google Play link to get additional functionality which worked fine on the Nexus 4 stock Android.
Budget – Based in the UK my budget it anything up to about £70 though there might be some wiggle room if there’s a recognizable increase in quality.
Source – PC, if they’re portable enough potentially a phone/mp3 player but this is not a priority
Requirements for Isolation – Don’t need much, will be used almost exclusively at home(unless of course they’re portable)
Preferred Type of Headphone – On ear would be my preference, not opposed to full sized either but certainly not IEM’s
Preferred tonal balance – I’d prefer a balanced pair
Past headphones – I have never invested more than £15 on headphones, i’m more of a speaker / sound system guy but i figured i could use some in the dorms i’m living next year. I own a pair of JVC HAFX1X which have been perfectly serviceable as portable headphones and also recently a pair of Sony MDR-ZX100 which i found were a bit quite and didn’t provide the overall quality i was hoping for.
Preferred Music – I’m a bit of an alt rock / indie guy, mainly listen to bands like the arctic monkeys, the strokes, Black keys but also a little heavier stuff in the region of Metalica.
Location – England, UK. My preference would be to order off amazon but I don’t really mind.
Think thats just about everything,
EDIT: Been highly considering these Grado SR60i Prestige Series Open Backed Headphones any thoughts?
The Grado SR-60i’s won whathifi’s best headphones a couple of years ago and for only 79 bucks they are a fucking steal. IMO sennheiser are the Beats by dre of the audiophile headphone market. Grado’s might not be the sexiest thing out there but they are American made, if you care about that type of thing, and dollar for dollar they’re the best on the market. If you’re looking for over ear rather than on, the AKG K-240 has been an industry favorite for years.
Completely depends on your budget
if you’re going the cheaper route, Grado SR60s
The two best headphones under $100:
The first are open headphones, which sound better, but leak sound in and out. The second are closed headphones which will block out almost as much sound as expensive ‘noise canceling’ headphones.
I think you will enjoy the SR80’s for jazz and classical. Keep in mind that without a decent soundcard, you will probably hear interference mixed with the signal from the components in your computer. If you want isolation from noise around you, or you need to listen to music without disturbing people nearby (library, etc), you should consider the HD280’s – keep in mind that they are much better for movies, gaming, or bass-heavy music. The Grado SR80’s perform much better with quieter, detailed music with a lot of dynamic range.
The 280’s I use at work. They are robust, sturdy, and can take a lot of abuse. The ear cups swivel, allowing them fit very easily in a messenger bag or backpack.
The SR80’s are much smaller, easier to carry, but are a little more fragile. Personally, just using MP3’s and a computer, I would suggest buying the Grado SR60’s instead. Save some money.
You may also want to consider Audio Technica ATH-AD700’s (I’m wearing the 900’s right now, but without an amp you won’t be able to hear any difference. With an amp it is only barely noticeable). They are by far the most comfortable of all my headphones. They are open-air circumaurals with a unique design that is fantastic for long listening periods. They sound great with chamber music, particularly stringed instruments like violins and cellos. And of course, Coltrane.
Friends don’t let friends listen to Skullcandy.
you want the Grado SR60s
Personally, the Grado SR60i is my favorite. Open can, though, so if you’re listening around other people you’re gonna lose friends fast.