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Re: headphones (again!)
Other good sites to check for headphones are: www.head-fi.org;
www.headphone.com. The latter one is a commercial site but they are
quite candid about which headphones they like and which they don't. They
also provide frequency response measurements and distortion spectra
for most of the headphones on their catalog.
Given these headphones will be used for experim ents, I suppose closed
headphones would be preferable to open ones. Unfortunately, it is easier
to get good sounding open headphones for the same price, especially if
the price is relatively low. Tough to get low-distortion headphones for
IMO, your best bet would be either Sennheiser (e.g., HD202, PX100) or
Koss (portapro) for low-cost, decent quality headphones.
>===== Original Message From
>I doubt that earphones from Grado are really better than from
>Also, it might be difficult to correctly measure headphones outside an
>appropliate acoustic dummy, mimicking the impedance of ear channel.
>I recommend www.headwize.com for headphone issues.
>Andrew Brouse <brouse@MUSIC.MCGILL.CA> wrote:
>> On Thu, 30 Sep 2004, Stuart Rosen wrote:
>> > We need to buy headphones for use in student lab experiments, so
>> > 30 in all. We want something decent but don't want to spend more
>> > say 40 GBP (equivalent buying power = $40!). We have measured
>> > Beyers and Sennhesiers in this price range but they seemed to have
>> > awful lot of distortion. Any recommendations, anyone?
>> Many people have been very satisfied with Grado headphones such as
>> I'm not sure what they cost in the UK but they are very reasonably
>> priced in North America.
>> Andrew Brouse
>> Music Technology
>> McGill University
>> Montreal, Quebec, Canada