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Over ear headphone suggestion
« on: January 07, 2017, 04:09:13 PM »
i am looking for some over ear cans for music listening.

any recommendations up to R3000.

i am currently using a set of sennheisers HD202's and i am very happy with them but feel it is time to upgrade .



someone told me that i can make ice cubes with left over wine.
i am confused, what is left over wine?

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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 05:30:32 PM »
HD600 or HD650 can be had used in the 3000-4000 band. Those would be my default recommendation ... I own both for a second time now. But what muzak do you listen too, in what type of environment, and what do you intend driving them with?
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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2017, 09:08:30 PM »
^^ What Scubadude said...

If they are intended for office or public transport (e.g. Gautrain), closed ear design would be the way to go.
If it's purely for private listening, the open-backs, like the suggested HD600/HD650 are definitely great choices.
 
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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2017, 10:01:19 AM »
intended use is for home music listening driven of a small headphone amp (witch i will upgrade in future)
i listen to a wide variety of music but nothing like House or similar soul destroying equivalents.
favorites are live acoustic stuff.
someone told me that i can make ice cubes with left over wine.
i am confused, what is left over wine?

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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 10:36:00 AM »
favorites are live acoustic stuff.

Used HD600 / HD650 all the way depending on personal preference. Great sound out of basic amplification but scales incredibly well with future upgrades.
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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2017, 08:56:49 PM »
^^ (Again) What Scubadude said...

As an owner of a HD650 as a my first 'real' headphone, I can attest to their scalability... Took me from my meagre set-up of low-quality mp3s being played through onboard PC sound-card, to various grades of DACs, and then head.amps, and then combos, etc. etc.

Perhaps list your location/area, and let's see if one of the community members can give you a demo of them (?)
 
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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2017, 09:35:09 PM »
I can second those HD650's

They were my first real cans and I used a little dot 3.

The 650s are a warmer sound than the 600's, I enjoyed the 650's with female vocals but always wanted a bit more energy when it came to rock e.g. dire straights.

Try and demo the 2.

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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2017, 08:58:17 AM »
My vote goes for Beyerdynamic based on comfort. The other suggestions will sound fine as well, best you find out by Francois (Scubadude) when the next headphone meetup is and get to listen to many cans.

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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2017, 09:11:52 AM »
Thank you for the suggestions.

i am in centurion.

seems like finding a set of 2nd hand HD600/HD650's is going to be difficult?

can one purchase new earpads for them locally?
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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2017, 09:17:42 AM »
can one purchase new earpads for them locally?

https://www.audiomart.co.za/product_info.php/sennheiser-hd600-replacement-ear-pads-p-4914

Otherwise email Sennheiser SA directly and they will sort you out (but more expensive last time I checked)

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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2017, 10:03:14 AM »
Heinrich they do come up every now and again if you keep your eyes open. As I said I have both ... welcome to pop in for a listen. I'm in Moreleta Park.
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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2017, 11:10:31 AM »
Or if you can find a pair of Yamaha Pro500, they are really good closed back over ears. Great sound, a bit weight heavy, easy to drive, reasonable price. Remedytec might have a pair.

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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2017, 01:31:29 PM »
Scubadude, thank you. i would appreciate that.
probably only over a weekend.


are the yamaha ones big enough to fit over ear?


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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2017, 05:48:16 PM »
beyerdynamic DT990 Pro.
Great sound (maybe not quite up to HD600/650 but still great.)
Super comfortable
Rugged and reliable
and best of all
in your budget BRAND NEW with warranty and no one else's ear wax, sweat etc.

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Re: Over ear headphone suggestion
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2017, 07:54:29 AM »
beyerdynamic DT990 Pro.
Great sound (maybe not quite up to HD600/650 but still great.)
Super comfortable
Rugged and reliable
and best of all
in your budget BRAND NEW with warranty and no one else's ear wax, sweat etc.

this seems like a good place to start , and then keep my eye out for some 2nd hand HD600's

this a reputable dealer?
https://www.mercurymusic.co.za/Beyerdynamic-DT990-Pro-Open-Back-Headphones
someone told me that i can make ice cubes with left over wine.
i am confused, what is left over wine?