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« on: June 22, 2013, 03:33:46 PM »

I intend to buy new headphones and have the AKG 242 in mind. Do you have any (better) recommendations at that price level?

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2013, 06:14:54 PM »

I dare to say that AKG's are best bang for your buck, especially the model you have considered due to not having the sticky leather padding which I personally hate in headphones. AKG's are good quality and can take even harder blows without breaking and their sound performance beats some of the most expensive ones. I decided to grab Sennheiser's after my Sony's broke down but soon found out how weak the quality actually is. Everything is plastic and the so-called good bass performance can't take even a normal bass drum. I have been following one particular Hifi forum and most of the people there are praising AKG's so I'm quite sure you won't be disappointed.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2013, 07:24:09 PM »

I have some AKGs that are about ten years old and they were one of the cheaper models at the time (plastic, crappy head band) but they've served me well. I have a large cranium so I like the big over-ear headphones that completely surround my ears.

I've also been contemplating an upgrade and was considering these AKG K702s: http://www.amazon.com/AKG-K702-Headphones/dp/B001RCD2DW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BNZTGLZ21LKZ&coliid=I25WKK5CXCLA0X

At one time I was very close to buying some Denon AHD2000s because of all the good reviews but I never did and I'm somewhat regretting it now. They used to be ~$200 but apparently are no longer being manufactured and the prices have jumped to like $400+

Along with new 'phones I've given much consideration to picking up one of those "cheap" chinese tube amps I've seen around lately and using it strictly as a headphone amp. Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Qinpu-A-6000-Integrated-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0057OI448/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BNZTGLZ21LKZ&coliid=I8ZZAD3JHG2DB

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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2013, 07:58:03 PM »

I have Sennheiser earbuds and over-ear jobbies, both of which perform excellently. I don't have the model numbers to hand, sadly.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2013, 08:58:02 PM »

Does anyone have recommendations for good portable headphones for mp3-players? All the stuff I've checked out so far, sucked in one way or another.
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2013, 09:23:49 PM »

Highly recommend the Sony MDR-7506 headphones. Best $100 you will ever spend.
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2013, 09:35:02 PM »

Thanks for your answers! So I'll get these AKG's - 2 years old but in near mint condition for 50 euros
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2013, 11:35:41 AM »

For years i'm listening to noisy stuff with Technics RP-DJ 1200 which is an excellent choise for this particular sonic kind but good luck to find them because it's a rare model (I think).
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2013, 01:48:47 AM »

I have Audio-Technica M50's and while they work fine, if I can do it I always prefer listening to noise over speakers.
I have not purchased a headphone amplifier myself, but I heard from trusted/credible sound enthusiasts that a headphone amplifier is essential for some of the higher-end headphones, as really high-end headphones are really power hungry, and the good amp is necessary to get all the frequencies from them and really fulfill their sonic potential.
I would love a set like that but I absolutely couldn't afford it haha.
Hope this helps. :]
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2013, 05:37:34 PM »

Akg - cannot remember which model. Perfect and robutst although the damn sticky parts melts in the summer
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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2013, 07:33:57 PM »

visually these AKGs that you've posted in here are truly repulsive. It very much reminds me of some soviet era "vintage" headphones a la TDS etc.

http://www.oldtimers.lt/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=47625
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2013, 07:40:29 PM »

visually these AKGs that you've posted in here are truly repulsive. It very much reminds me of some soviet era "vintage" headphones a la TDS etc.

http://www.oldtimers.lt/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=47625

Who cares how they look? How do they SOUND?

If you're worried about how you look while wearing headphones, maybe Beats by Dre are more your style. Seems like those have become quite the status symbol.
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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2013, 07:48:51 PM »

So status symbol has to do more with looks or with sounds? thanks for consideration, I'm not that worried about how I look while wearing headphones.
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2013, 08:42:43 PM »

Well I am really keen on trying these AKG's and yes they look not very modern but that's fine with me. But concerning an amplifier I guess that wouldn't be a bad idea - but has to be postponed... Does anyone use amplifiers for headphones here?
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2013, 08:46:10 PM »

I've had a set of AKG240M for a very long time.  For $100, I haven't found anything I like as much.  Mine have proven to be durable and comfortable with minimal long-playing hearing fatigue.  Solid, flat sound.  It's important to me that a headphone not boost the high end, and that is where most headphones fail.  I like my headphones like I like my speakers:  flat.  I don't need them to color the music.  I've never heard those 242s, but at that price, I'd definitely give them a chance.
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