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what are some good headphones to use direct from the amp? i'm hoping to keep it under 50 bucks, but i can go over that for something really nice. any suggestions?

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Quite honestly, you most likely will not find anything that "great" for under $50. However, stay away from anything that resembles an "ear-bud", and look for a set that encapsulates the ear by using a pneumatic design to give you some discernable low end.

 

I recently upgraded to a set of Grado Labs PR 225, and am more than happy for bass and home stereo applications. A touch pricey though, at least here in Canada. But, I'd definitely recommend to save a little more, and purchase a set with as little colouration as possible.

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yeah, i think i was being a little unspecific too.

 

my friend has some sony studio headphones we were using at his house for recording, and while i didn't have them direct into my amp, we had em for overall monitoring and they sounded good. i'm gonna look on ebay for these 'phones when i buy them, so i can get something a little nicer hopefully.

 

related question, are more mm on the drivers better for bass tone?

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I like stuff from Sony and Radio Shack. They have some good models for under $50. While I do like the full range quality of most modern sets, I took the chance at a very basic model the Shack sells. It's model 33-1176, and uses a coiled cord.

 

The sound of it is like a set of old Jensen headphones I had about 12 or 13 years ago: sweet, with an emphasis on midrange, but the Shack ones have better headroom. Sounds great with the vinyl records, and with a bit of tweaking, bass. Plus, individual volume controls at the side of the headset. That makes it great when using it with a multiFX's phone jack, as some of those lack a master volume control.

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Originally posted by Geoff Cousens:

I recently upgraded to a set of Grado Labs PR 225, and am more than happy for bass and home stereo applications. A touch pricey though, at least here in Canada. But, I'd definitely recommend to save a little more, and purchase a set with as little colouration as possible.

Geoff,

 

May I ask how much you paid for those PR225's, and where you bought them? I just did a quick search and found several review, but didn't see any prices or sellers.

 

Thanks,

 

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Originally posted by Bruiser:

Originally posted by Geoff Cousens:

Geoff,

 

May I ask how much you paid for those PR225's, and where you bought them? I just did a quick search and found several review, but didn't see any prices or sellers.

 

Thanks,

 

Bruiser

Of course, $350 CDN before taxes at a local store here in Ottawa.

 

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I have a pair of Sennheiser HD200 - they're closed back headphones targeted at DJs. Extremely tough, all the parts replaceable separately, very deep bass, a little over-blown sounding but excellent clarity for such a tough pair of headphones that only cost £50. And they don't take a good headphone amp to drive them, they're perfectly happy with my Discman.

 

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The best sixty bucks I've spent in a long time was buying a pair of Vic Firth isolation headphones. They are basically a pair of earmuffs with high-quality headphones inside. I have used them heavily in the recording project I'm doing right now. As a drummer, they were indispensable. My guitarist played direct and stood in the booth with my drums, and I had a perfectly comfortable level of vocals and guitar while protected from the loudness of my drums. Plus, I could hear the processed sound of my drums, which felt GREAT. Even if you just use them for listening, they shut out ALL outside noises. I love'em.

 

There is another company making similar headphones under the name Studio Kans. I think they're more expensive.

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I'm a Raven Labs dealer, so when it came time to pick up a set of phones for practice use I bought a set of theirs, which are made by Yamaha. Figured I could trust Steve Rabe's taste, and I was right.

 

http://www.raven-labs.com/pages/products/hps/hps.html

 

Certainly not a high-end or even a middle-range headphone, but very inexpensive and very linear and clean-sounding.

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Jode, where did you get those headphones from?? Or what is the product # or exact model so i can look for them online.

 

I use a pair of Philips that were about $30, and they sound good, except they were built poorly, so the headphone speaker is disconnected from the rest, i've used tape and super to hold it together, but it still comes apart once in a while. As for at home listening, i use a pair of Stageworks Pro30 headphones, which give a nice bass for practicing and listening to music. they were about $30 in a 2 for 1 deal at Sam Ash.

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