headphones that sound like speakers - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > General Interest > Everything Else

Everything Else Anything related to audio / video / electronics etc) BUT remember- we have many new forums where your thread may now fit! .... Parts, Equipment & Tools, Construction Tips, Software Tools......

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10th October 2003, 03:55 AM   #1
Xray is offline Xray  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: South Carolina
Default headphones that sound like speakers

I have to either get headphones or a divorce, and I figure headphones will be cheaper. However, I listen to a lot of live music (classical, jazz, some 60's rock), and I've never heard real music that sounded like it was coming from an ear muff. Can anyone recommend a headphone setup that comes close to the feel of live music? I've heard some high end headphones that sounded really good, but never quite natural.

My current setup isn't great, but it's musical. I have NAD electronics and Mirage speakers. I've spent all of my adult life around machinery, so I'll never hear the nuances many of you search for, but I love music and want to be able to hear from my system what I hear in real life.

If you can't recommend good headphones, do you have any suggestions for a wife who will let me play my music moderately loud at midnight?

Thanks.
Joe

Bush/Cheney 2004: When the truth just isn't good enough.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th October 2003, 05:19 AM   #2
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Sector ZZ9 plural Z alpha
Warning: at the high end, headphones are as expensive as mid-end speakers. Headphone amps too.

www.head-fi.org

If you're looking for the closest headphones to small speakers, I suggest the K1000, which is for all intensive purposes(size, looks, price, etc) two small speakers strapped to your head.

If you're looking for good sound, on the other hand, there are varying opinions on that
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th October 2003, 11:10 AM   #3
protos is offline protos  Greece
diyAudio Member
 
protos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Athens+Addis Ababa
That's a good link for learning about how to go about maximising you headphone listening.However a very good set of cans delivering hi-end details and dynamics rivalling and bettering many speakers would only set you back a few hundred USD.
With a good headphone amp with crossfeed you might find your main set-up may not be as revealing as you thought.
You can build your own head amp from as little as 20 usd or max out with a Gilmore or PPA for 300-400usd.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10th October 2003, 06:08 PM   #4
diyAudio Member
 
Timn8ter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Seattle, WA
I read an interesting post about headphone listening and thought I'd paraphrase here. Psychoacostically speaking, the tendancy is to play headphones at ~5 db higher than the same perceived level of loudspeakers. Say you listen to your speakers at 85 db, your perceived level of equivalent loudness will be 90 db on headphones. It doesn't take too much more to hit the infamous 92 db level which can cause long-term damage after prolonged periods. Just a note of caution.
  Reply With Quote
Old 11th October 2003, 09:26 AM   #5
jake is offline jake  Australia
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Xray,

I have the pair of earphones for you, the new Bose ones. They are only about $300AU and have excellent sound and at high volumes sound the equivalent or better than your hifi speakers.

____
Jake
____
  Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2003, 12:32 PM   #6
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: UK
Quote:
Originally posted by jake
Xray,

I have the pair of earphones for you, the new Bose ones. They are only about $300AU and have excellent sound and at high volumes sound the equivalent or better than your hifi speakers.

____
Jake
____

I would Highly recomend paying a visit to Head -fi, and researching peoples views on Bose products before parting with
any cash!



Setmenu
  Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2003, 01:13 PM   #7
Electrons are yellow and more is better!
diyAudio Member
 
peranders's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
Blog Entries: 4
Stax is also rather OK, but expensive....

Sennheiser HD545 and above is also quite OK, not so expensive.
__________________
/Per-Anders (my first name) or P-A as my friends call me
Super Regulator SSR03 Group buy
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
sound of 45 v. 205d v. 2a3 v. 300b for headphones dsavitsk Tubes / Valves 25 26th September 2013 06:21 PM
Pregnancy headphones/ speakers? lgreen Multi-Way 3 30th December 2008 12:00 PM
Small tube amp for headphones/computer speakers?(first post) caveman24 Tubes / Valves 5 16th March 2008 10:42 PM
DAC directly drives headphones & speakers ? Bernhard Digital Source 21 13th January 2005 05:02 PM
Switching off speakers when plugging in headphones? Christian Everything Else 20 28th August 2002 09:35 PM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:54 AM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2