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How much is too much...

I need some new headphones for work. There main role is as ear defenders, they just also happen to have speakers in them.

I could get some Sennheiser HD 201 for £20
"Highly recommended for those looking for great sound, a seal from the outside world, and the convenience and comfort of a full-sized headphone and a price that is unbelievable for a headphone this good."

I could get some Sennheiser HD 200 for £40
"Guard your ears against outside noise and deliver powerful dynamics inside - the HD 200s are an ideal choice for DJ monitoring. With ergonomic design and exceptional comfort for mastering extended listening applications."

I could get some Sennheiser HD 280 for £80
"The HD 280 Professional is a closed monitoring headphone for true professionals. Their very high level of insulation against ambient noise makes them the ideal headphones for DJs or for loud outdoor transmissions. "

I could get some Sennheiser HD 25 for £120 (good price RRP is £199)
"Split headband and great sound make this a great headphone for the DJ, drummer, or active outdoorsy listeners."
"Whether in the studio or in live sound recording: detailed sound reproduction, ease of use and excellent attenuation of ambient noise is what you expect of a pair of monitoring headphones. The HD 25 offers all this - plus an extremely rugged construction with a steel cable for high durability."

Need to find a stockist who has a decent range and try them.

I am tempted by the HD 25 as these are designed to be worn all day, are light, and just about every part is replaceable if broke.

As to why are they are all Sennheiser, I have had lots of makes of headphone and some have been good, some bad, but all the favourite ones have been the Sennheiser ones. My current home/travel ones are a pair of the folding Sennheiser ones (PX 100 or 200), good but I need something more solid and with more ambient noise reduction for work. Oh, electric noise cancellation is not a good idea, some of the time I am just wearing the headphones to not be disturbed but am not really listening to anything, the anti-noise is a bit annoying as the sounds you do hear are a bit distorted.

Normally I would not consider the dear ones but I just got my car insurance bill and it is £1200 so I figure the odd hundred extra can't hurt!


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Mar. 15th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
I've just bought a nice pair of logitech speakers for my Mac so I can listen to my Radio 4 recordings in the bedroom. I refuse to look on the net for the UK price as it would only annoy me. :)

That's a seriously scary car insurance quote! I can see why the extra hundred wouldn't hurt after that.
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
I have so many outstanding (3) claims where someone else hit me that I now have no no-claims discount. When they get out of there legal mess and any one is ruled in my favour I get about £900 back of overpaid premium (700 this year and 200 for last year) but I am of course out the money in the mean time. And I still have the £700 car hire from the accident with the fuckwit in 2004 that is ploding its way through court...
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
OK, REALLY scary headphones...
all the developers here wear Bose QC2 headphones - I've tried them, best I've heard and worn. Only £250.... I'd really like a pair BUT....
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, REALLY scary headphones...
The most prestigious headphone brand is Stax. Their products use electrostatic drivers and are called "earspeakers".
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, REALLY scary headphones...
Indeed, but ya wouldn't take them to work, cos the source is a pc, or if you're lucky a cd player, so they'd be wasted...
Mar. 15th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, REALLY scary headphones...
Oh I do not use the pc sound - it buzzes. I have a Edirol USB audio interface that I use. It means that the signal is digital as long as possible. It even has an optical out I could used if there are any digital headphones?
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, REALLY scary headphones...
I had seen a pair of those. The ones I saw were designed to sit about 1/2 inch from each ear so were not good at blocking background noise and also leaked sound to others. I just found there web site - they do make a closed version as well but I think I cannot afford the dedicated amp let alone the headphones!
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: OK, REALLY scary headphones...
Hmm, I supose I have tried £40 to £80 noise cancilation headphones - I gues you get what you pay for. The problem with them being bose ones is only bose sell them so no online reduction from RRP.
Mar. 16th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: OK, REALLY scary headphones...
The Bose noise canceling ones do not get great reviews - at least not for sound quality. Noise cancelling and design are good, however, IMHO.

People I know (colleagues) swear by the Etymotic range for sound-isolation (passive noise reduction essentially) - either the cheaper ER-6 or the better ER-4P (if you have a headphone amplifier) the better ER-4S - but those are a large amount of money.

Only issue I've heard is that some people find pushing them into their ears that far quite uncomfortable.
Mar. 16th, 2006 09:18 am (UTC)
Re: OK, REALLY scary headphones...
Hmm, they even had a long faq entry on how you put them into your ears. Sounds interesting to try - once maybe. I have never really liked any in-ear headphone I have tried. They sound good but after 10 mins my earlobe feels like it has cramp.
Mar. 15th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
A couple of reviews that might be useful:

Other brands worth looking at are AKG and Beyerdynamic. But you know that I've always been happy with Sennheiser.
Sep. 15th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thought I better add that the ones I got in the end were the HD 215

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