Audiophiles (Speakers/Headphones etc.) Official Discussion Thread

April 26, 2010 @ 08:26:33
April 26, 2010 @ 08:27:06
@droalex: what's your budget?
April 26, 2010 @ 14:52:01
Audiophiles: Which Home Theatre Speakers should I get?
I am choosing between these two sets of speakers:

http://reviews.cnet.com/surround-speaker-systems/energy-rc-micro-5/4505-7868_7-33260627.html?tag=mncol;lst;1

(Official Site: http://www.energy-speakers.com/na-en/products/rc-micro-overview/ )

AND THESE

http://reviews.cnet.com/home-theater-systems/onkyo-ht-s5300-black/4505-6740_7-33997674.html?tag=mncol;lst;9

(Official website: http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=HT-S5300&class=Systems&p=i )

I know the Energy speakers do not come with an AV receiver but I heard Energy might be of better quality?

I've never owned a speaker system in my life but I would use these to play movies off of, music at parties and my PS3 videogames.

What are your opinions? Thanks in advance!
April 26, 2010 @ 14:56:01
I think a good question to ask also would be:

Why are these two about the same price when the Onkyo's come with two extra speakers and an A/V receiver? (Not to mention the ipod dock and so on)...
April 26, 2010 @ 14:57:22
April 26, 2010 @ 15:01:29
I am choosing between these two sets of speakers:

http://reviews.cnet.com/surround-speaker-systems/energy-rc-micro-5/4505-7868_7-33260627.html?tag=mncol;lst;1

(Official Site: http://www.energy-speakers.com/na-en/products/rc-micro-overview/ )

AND THESE

http://reviews.cnet.com/home-theater-systems/onkyo-ht-s5300-black/4505-6740_7-33997674.html?tag=mncol;lst;9

(Official website: http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=HT-S5300&class=Systems&p=i )

I know the Energy speakers do not come with an AV receiver but I heard Energy might be of better quality?

I've never owned a speaker system in my life but I would use these to play movies off of, music at parties and my PS3 videogames.

What are your opinions? Thanks in advance!
April 27, 2010 @ 12:54:17
good to see knowledgeable members here. <3 my grados
April 28, 2010 @ 18:03:09
I'm not an audiophile by any definition of the word but i do like high quality sounding music.

I'm currently using a 60gb ipod video with audio technica ath m50 headphones and a cmoy with an AD825 op-amp. I'm kind of getting tired of carrying an extra amplifier and having the extra wires connecting it to the ipod. I'm also thinking of buying a new mp3 player.

So this brings me to my main question, which mp3 player do you guys recommend? I was looking at the cowons mentioned in the last post and i've read good things about the cowon iaudio 7 but i'm still not sold. Moneys not a problem but being under $200 would be a plus.


Cowon d2+
Great SQ, descent video quality and you get expandable memory.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001UHOBW0?tag=adw008-20
April 29, 2010 @ 03:12:35
I bought Dr. Dre and returned it, it was good, but overall feels and quality do not justify the hefty price, cant beat the value of my old koss. too bad its discon'd and mine was broken.
May 01, 2010 @ 23:03:03
give me some great headphones under 200$ I'm pushing towards the grado sr80i, but is there any other headphones that are far better
May 02, 2010 @ 10:01:56
give me some great headphones under 200$ I'm pushing towards the grado sr80i, but is there any other headphones that are far better


Here you go:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R0TPQ8/ref=ord_cart_shr
May 02, 2010 @ 12:23:39
so far

audio technica; ath-a700 ath-es7 or ath-anc7b

and whats wrong with bose?
May 02, 2010 @ 21:51:57
and whats wrong with bose?


overrated. they're just the main decent ones that most big chain stores carry so i guess most people think of them as genuinely good.
May 03, 2010 @ 03:08:55
so far

audio technica; ath-a700 ath-es7 or ath-anc7b

and whats wrong with bose?


(B)uy (O)ther (S)tereo (E)quipment.

As mentioned, they overprice their stuff for what you get. You pay quite a bit for the name. From what you've listed tho, I've experienced all of them and can say that the A700s are definitely the best of the bunch. What you lack in portability, you make up for in really great sound, especially at the price, and comfort. Great bass, clear mids, and some decent, crisp highs. The soundstage isn't that great, but it's quite good for what you're dropping on a $115 set of cans.
May 03, 2010 @ 23:53:15
my favourtie acronym for bose is B.asic O.verpriced S.hitty/S.imple E.lectronics
May 04, 2010 @ 00:21:53
just cawped the ATH-ES7 for my ipod

damn the mirror finish - i can see this getting mad scratched when being thrown in my bag daily
May 04, 2010 @ 02:29:42
^^I heard the top band part is supposed to be real big (i.e. looks like a halo on your head), your thoughts?

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May 04, 2010 @ 03:06:06
just bought them online b, so haven't got them

it better not create a halo around my asian head - these were meant to be my travelling cans
May 06, 2010 @ 14:02:15
give me some great headphones under 200$ I'm pushing towards the grado sr80i, but is there any other headphones that are far better
If you're going to get the Grado's, look at the Alessandro MS-1s instead. They are a modified (with blessings from Grado Labs) pair of SR80's that use the better SR125 drivers and some other tweaks. They run for $109 (the $99 version uses an older design that is inferior to the newer '09 remodel).

http://www.alessandro-products.com/headphones.html
May 27, 2010 @ 00:08:27
anyone know any good noise cancellation headphones, oh and it also has to have a durable wire. My iphone stock headphones keep breaking.
May 27, 2010 @ 01:34:45

Back from when i used to game in CAL smokeyfacesmokeyface


Pretty Goddamn Durable and sound pretty good


Wire was pretty flimsy but sounded pretty goddamn good
May 27, 2010 @ 16:47:26
If anyone hates Beats by Dre, it's because you've been buying a shit load of high quality sound equipment/headphones. Anyone who likes Beats by Dre, upgraded to them from a shitty $20 earphone. You don't know what sounds good until you looked deeper. I owned a sony mdr-v700 and it broke structurally in a year. I then bought fake ones and gave it to my homie lol. After that I bought the real ones again and they broke after a year. After being fed up, I bought the Denon DN-HP1000's because they were loud as HELL!!! And they looked sturdy too. They broke in like 2 years structurally too. I then bought the Heath and Allen laughing-53's which got a lot of good reviews, but I returned it.

I liked the sony mdr-v700's the most, because the sound was loud, but clean and crisp.

The fakes.... sounded fake lol.

The Denon's were loud, but the clarity didn't seem as good as the sony's.

The Heath and Allens are exactly the same as the Denons (same company), except they have an alluminum lining for more durability... and they look better.

I bought the Lady Gaga Heart Beats (yess... laugh about it). I bought them because I needed earphones to workout with and I thought they looked cool. The left ear doesnt work and I'm still under warranty, but I think I'll pass...

I just sort of gave up on headphones... for now.

I'm just listening to music and watching movies off my laptop. I use a behringer xenyx 1832fx mixer plugged in via USB with Event PS6 studio monitors on the outputs.
May 27, 2010 @ 17:16:18
Yes ^^ I just bought some beats by dre and have never really used quality headphones. I like the way they look and the sound I expect to be better than what I'm used to hearing.

Having said that I want to ask you guys does it matter where the music is coming from...For example...I currently only have an iPod shuffle and a Blackberry to play my music from.. Does it make a noticeable difference say if I played it from my Macbook?

Thanks
May 27, 2010 @ 17:16:56
Yes ^^ I just bought some beats by dre and have never really used quality headphones. I like the way they look and the sound I expect to be better than what I'm used to hearing.

Having said that I want to ask you guys does it matter where the music is coming from...For example...I currently only have an iPod shuffle and a Blackberry to play my music from.. Does it make a noticeable difference say if I played it from my Macbook?

Thanks



yes your source makes a difference, everything from the music quality itself all the way to the headphone needs to be of quality for the quality to make it to your ears. your macbook will definitely be able to produce better sound than your blackberry or ipod but not by a huge margin. especially if your music is ripped at 128kb/s. to get quality music you should rip at a higher quality. most people prefer lossless but since it doesn't seem like you're going to be investing too much i wouldn't worry about it

i sold all my audio equipment last year cause i needed the money and had way too much stuff...looking to set up a new home rig when i move to a new house since i'll have more space for all my shit again. haven't been keeping up with audio stuff so there's too much crap to look through over at head-fi and this question probably gets asked there too much so i'm gonna give it a try here...can someone recommend a setup i could buy fairly easily? not really looking for pieces i'm going to have to hunt down. just straight retail would be best. looking to spend under 2k not including the headphones. as for headphones i'm probably gonna grab a set of hd650s or something from grado
June 13, 2010 @ 16:19:47
I've never used any earphones except the shitty Apple ones.

Mine just broke, and I'm looking for a cheap alternative (preferably in-ear earbuds).


I've looked at the Sennheiser CX300-B, but the cord is totally stupid. Any recommendations?
June 13, 2010 @ 20:33:11
Whats your budget?
June 14, 2010 @ 12:37:33
^ $20-50
June 14, 2010 @ 16:02:31
check out the yuin pk3
June 14, 2010 @ 20:27:01
If you could extend your budget to 90 you could get an iem equivalent to those 200<. Check out some reviews on the head direct Re0. Its original price was 200 and now its at 80 +shipping last time i checked.
August 07, 2010 @ 15:58:44
AIAIAI TMA-1 dropping in a few days. thoughts?

http://www.tma-1.com/

$199USD

Technical Specifications:

Driver Unit Size: 40 mm
Impedance: 32 Ohm at 1 KHz
Operating Power: (Nom/Max) 0.02 / 0.05
Total Harmonic Distortion: 1KHz / Nom. Power Max 0.8&#37;
Buzz and Rattles: 1.1V at 100~2KHz Sine wave
Sensitivity: (0dB=20uPa) At 1 KHz 1mW IEC318 Coupler 115+- 3dB
Weight:140 gram
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