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    Hello one and all!

    I'm looking into buying a really good pair of headphones. I'm not talking about crappy earbuds, I'm talking about around-ear, padded, high quality headphones with rich sound range.

    So far, the headphones I like the best are Bose Around Ear Headphones. Although a bit expensive, supposedly they are incredibly comfortable and deliver very rich sound quality.

    I've also heard good things about Sennheiser headphones.

    Anyone have any experience with either of these? Anyone have any other suggestions?

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    I can't really say from experience but I don't think you'll go wrong if you buy a higher end pair of Bose headphones.

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    you should check out headroom.com at least i think that's the site.

    i have a pair of grados myself and i like.

    i prefer sennheiser to bose for headphones. those pxsomethings are awesome portable ones.

    but really, opinions and tech talk don't mean much if it the actual headphones don't sound good to you. I would say try as many as you can if possible and then just get whatever sounds best to you.

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    I've had these SENNHEISER HD 280PRO for about three years now. I've tried my friend's quietcomfort headphones and have found these to sound the same (if not better) and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

    Pros:
    -Closed headphones or rather noise canceling. No need to blast these suckers ever, meaning increased longevity for the headphones.
    ^--Details, details, Details! Familiar music sounds new.
    ^---Longevity due to lower volumes
    -Comfortable
    -Great price
    -Flexible

    Cons:
    -Bass is a little low. Having a good sound card on your computer or an amp for your mp3 helps substantially.
    -The headband plastic starts to break after about a year, but has yet to inhibit my comfort in anyway.
    -People touching you to get your attention because you won't respond to them may give you a mild heart attack.

    Neutral:
    -The cord. It's spiral and long. Great for plugging into your computer, but lugging the massive cord around because of your mp3-not so good. Your millage may vary.
    -Big

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    I'm listening to a pair of Sennheiser HD650 pros as I type this. I'm also using a VERY expensive headphone specific amplifier I built to power them, but thats a different thread.

    I also owned the HD280s and I have to say they are far inferior to the 650s.


    Now, choosing a good pair of expensive headphones is a difficult task, especially if you plan on spending more than 300 dollars. There are different types of headphones and many manufacturers, each with their own sound signature and style. Because of this, and the fact that you didn't provide any information about the music you listen to, your audio sources, your amplification source, your preference for headphone size and your intended use, I cant really give you a cut and dry recommendation.
    Now, over the last few years I have owned 4 headphones and 1 pair of earbuds ranging in price from 150 to 600 dollars MSRP. I would be willing to help you directly if you so desire. Feel free to send me an instant message, a PM or shoot me an e-mail. I'd also recommend you join Head-Fi.org: Headphones, iPod earphones, portable audio, MP3 players, high-end audio and make a post, but only after doing some research (which I can help you with).

    Goodluck!

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    anything Sennheiser

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    Sennheiser are supposed to be good but so are a lot of things. Personally I wanted 5.1 surround sound and ended up with the Medusa's. They seem fine to me but I don't think they are ultra high quality.

    What's it for? If it's for a computer then that's different to a HiFi (though why you'd want the latter is beyond me).
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    Sennheiser are supposed to be good but so are a lot of things. Personally I wanted 5.1 surround sound and ended up with the Medusa's. They seem fine to me but I don't think they are ultra high quality.

    What's it for? If it's for a computer then that's different to a HiFi (though why you'd want the latter is beyond me).
    For a long time now, fantastic sound quality has been achievable on a computer, just as good as those expensive "HiFi" components that some people spend thousands on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonJT View Post
    For a long time now, fantastic sound quality has been achievable on a computer, just as good as those expensive "HiFi" components that some people spend thousands on.
    That was my point. It's got even better since I splashed out on an XFi, though reliability is right out of the window it seems.
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    That was my point. It's got even better since I splashed out on an XFi, though reliability is right out of the window it seems.
    OOo, pardon me.

    I dont know if you game or now, but Im very pleased with my EM-U 0404 pro sound card. Fantastic sound quality, but it was designed with professional recording in mind so it has 0 gaming capabilities.

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