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Headphones

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I tried those. They didn't impress me and the music sounded muddy with no clarity

I'm beginning to think I can't go back to closed back headphones for home listening, the music feels too boxed-in. As sharp as the Sony 7506 sound, the upper midrange or treble gets annoying after a while and I go back to the Grados. I dunno. (the Grados are "brighter" than the Sonys but that's not what I'm talking about)

On top of this I bought this small amp I saw in several stores here (can't find ANY reviews).There's a line in and 2 headphone jacks in the back, and a volume control.

http://www.acclaim-m...-SKU_27481.html

So I plug it in the audio out of my PC and I get about a 3X amplification of my signal. No hiss or distortion added and it doesn't color the sound. Now I'm going somewhere and my Grado SR-60's sound to their full potential. Not only that, I can properly EQ them to improve the bass while lowering the itunes pre-amp to make sure nothing gets distorted

I'm thinking my final headphone upgrade choice may be the Grado SR-125's or 225's and return the Sonys

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I tried those. They didn't impress me and the music sounded muddy with no clarity

Would you say they sounded unnaturally muddy or muffled? These headphones are said to have a natural treble. They don't produce artificially bright frequencies. If your used to listening to Grados then most headphones will sound muffled. Maybe they don't sound open enough?

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I mean they also sound muffled compared to the 7506 . I tried both of them one after the other . And that the Grados are bright but don't sound as ear piercing as the 7506's. Grados are sort of the middle ground and the midrange is beautiful so that's why if I upgrade I'm looking more to upgrade in that line . I want more natural bass than the SR-60's and that's what the higher models have. Also now the Sennheisers 558/598 would work with this amp.

And also i prefer more open headphones

I do 99% of my music listening on headphones, so i have to make sure to pick ones I really like

I'm set for my portable device with the Shure SE215. No issues with those

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I am

Same when I buy a new TV. Lucky I only do that every 5 years

But right now the slightly EQ'ed and amped-up SR-60's sound about right

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Wow, I do at least 10 years with a TV. Although I must admit, the prospect of a larger plasma TV screen (60" instead of 50") is appealing to me now.

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Could you imagine even 10 years ago you would be watching high definition video on a screen bigger then 70 cm?

We really have progressed.

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Absolutely

Music wise 10 years ago I had my MD walkman with a bunch a bulky disks I had to record manually and only held 74 minutes each

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Same here. But in those days we were happy, because it was a lot better then cassette tapes.

I was very interested in MP3 players in the early noughties, but became disappointed when I saw they could only do around 256 MB.

My PC in those days had 8 GB of memory, which was HUGE!.

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Could you imagine even 10 years ago you would be watching high definition video on a screen bigger then 70 cm?

We really have progressed.

No, (and yes, I saw HD TV more than 25 years ago at an audio video show) and that makes me really happy because now when I put on a blu-ray disc everything feels more 'cinema' . A 60" screen would probably increase that feeling even more. The most amazing thing about progess is that it only costs 999 Euro for having such a giant HD screen in your living room. My old small tube tv (a Philips 82 cm/32") costed a hell of a lot more! Damn! I would never want to go back to those days. Imagine going back the vinyl days!

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A pity broadcast TV is still struggling to keep up.

compressed SD looks horrible on a big screen.

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I was very interested in MP3 players in the early noughties, but became disappointed when I saw they could only do around 256 MB.

And the early ones sounded like shit

My first was the ipod shuffle

A pity broadcast TV is still struggling to keep up.

compressed SD looks horrible on a big screen.

I NEVER go to the SD channels anymore. Most have an HD equivalent here

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Sadly many channels here are still SD only. especially the digital networks.

We have not reached the pinnacle of the Great and Bountiful Kanadian Empire yet.

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Actually, SD looks fine on my Pana plasma which is 42". For movies and series on DVD (Blu-ray and DVD) I watch my Samsung plasma 50". I don't know how DVD will look like on a 60" plasma. Not very good, I'd imagine.

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Ugly!

I thought so before I bought them, but it turns out they do look rather stylishly luxurious. Not that it really matters - they're not usable for the road, and when I'm at home, I don't see them when I have them on. Plus the sound is fabulous.

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It's likely they're pretty bad

If your gonna get something like that at least get Sennheiser PX-100 or Koss Portapros

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Ok, after careful consideration I got the Grado SR-225i. (returned Sony 7506)

They cost me 250$ but they sound really nice .

Not a huge, in your face difference compared to the SR-60's (same basic sound and balance) , but the music sounds more polished and refined ("smoother"). The staging is also wider.

In other words ,seems like a nice upgrade from a sound I was already familiar with

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Day 5 with Grado SR-225i

AMAZING

Jason if you were considering Grado SR-60 these are lightyears better

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I also fully recommend this Boostaroo USB powered amp (I ordered it for the hell of it expecting it to be garbage) . It's not a "soundcard" like a Creative USB DAC , only a signal booster but has a very dramatic impact on the performance of my new headphones. No software or drivers, USB is just for power and the signal still comes from the PC audio out. Signal is very clean and adds no distortion or artificial processing

http://boostaroo.com...-Amplifier.html

It's the best thing I've found so far and works 100% as described

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Well my girlfriend got me the Sony MDR7506's for Christmas!

I'm checking them out for the first time right now. Started with the Star Wars main title of course (ESB actually) :)

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Haha yea I guess I'll keep her around :)

Headphones sound great!

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I need to give a VERY belated thank you to our good buddy Blume here. A looooooooooooooooooooooooong time ago I asked for some headphone advice, and he gave some very good suggestions. One was the Sony MDR-V6, and about a year ago I grabbed them while they were on sale at Amazon. I've been thrilled with them ever since, a very good pair of cans indeed.

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Grado SR 225i will be my permanent home headphones

I had the chance to compare them with the V6 for a few days and they and they are much more pleasant sounding

Still recomment the USB Boostaroo for anyone listening from the PC Out

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Still recomment the USB Boostaroo for anyone listening from the PC Out

This seems like a really nifty little gadget so I guess I'll be adding it to my next Amazon order! This is the same thing, right?

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Yeah that's it.

Works very well. Had been looking for a long time for something that does exactly that

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For anyone who wants a headphone for walking down the street while not looking foolishly, B&W's P3 is it! It's better and cheaper then their P5.

Alex

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People wearing headphones walking down the street are fair game for drivers. It's not even a crime in some municipalities.

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Pedestrians may walk down on the pavement side with headphones. Tell the world that I have said so.

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It's okay to walk down on the pavement with headphones. You basically have to fucking look when you're crossing the road. I almost got hit the other day.

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There is no headphone other than buds and in-ears that looks good while walking around town.

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There is no headphone other than buds and in-ears that looks good while walking around town.

That's old-fashioned thinking. It's like saying people that wanna look good must wear contact lenses instead of glasses. Hip people in Paris, London and Milan don't wear in-ears anymore.

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See, I love in-ears, and hate headphones. Well other than the giant ones I use when at my computer

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Me too

For portable I plan to use Shure SE215 until they stop making them. Of everything I tried over the years (including my previous Shure models) , these are the ones I'm most satisfied with sound quality and comfort wise

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I don't use my iPod anymore. I use my 6 disc CD player in the car. At home I listen through my desktop speakers. On a plane I'll dust off my noise-cancelling Sony's.

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