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Old 10th April 2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Fostex TH series - thoughts?

Hi guys,

New to serious headphone listening, but I figured I may as well ask about some reasonable over-ear headphones.
I have some half-decent Sennheiser in-ear ones, but find over-ear ones more comfortable, and have a more natural bass response.

Source will be my iPod Touch playing LossLess files. Being a teenager, I'm on a limited budget, so I'm just looking for something in the budget headphone ballpark that'll sound better than my current 'phones:

MDR-XD100 (MDRXD100, MDRXD100.CE7) : Accessory finder : Sony

So, moving on, I've found these, and wondered if anyone had tried them: I know Fostex makes some decent gear, but would be willing to entertain the thought of other brands (Sennheiser?) if the price/performance was right.

Thanks in advance,
Chris

PS - is it worth trying to modify the Sonys to improve their sound?
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Old 11th April 2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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If you haven't, check out innerfidelity.

In your price range, I think the best sound you can get would be from in ear monitors, and the Shure 215 would be a great place to start. A lot of over the ear cans might benefit from having an amplifier. I don't know the fostex you linked. I'm a big fan of Fostex T50RP's that have been modded with some damping, but I'm not sure that you would be able to drive them well with the output on your idevice.

I'm certain that you will be able to find a headphone that suits your needs on innerfidelity.

good luck in your search.

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Had a read through the reviews etc, and the wall of fame. Interesting stuff.
I'm considering the Creative Aurvana headphones that are recommended on the 'site, but there doesn't seem to be much on there in the budget arena.

WRT driving stuff...
iPod Touches (and iPhones) seem to put out a decent amount of signal, driving even my relatively quiet Sonys to "hey can you turn that down, I can hear it over here" levels (my old MP3 player struggled).

I'd much rather go with a decent pair of full-sized headphones as I find their bass much more natural than those that seal to the ear canal.

Been looking at some of the budget-end Sennheiser stuff, and some of the DJ stuff caught my eye: decent sound isolation is good to have.

The search continues.

Chris

PS - I opened up my Sonys, found they're cheaply made and played with adding stuffing to the plastic capsule. The sound cleared up a little, but I'd still like something better.
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