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Offline pandaattack

Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« on: July 11, 2018, 03:28:39 PM »
As some of you might know, I am very new to the headphone and audio game. Although I have been listening to sounds my entire life. (hah, please laugh at my joke...)

After watching and reading many reviews, spending a few hours at Scubadude's house listening through his collection of headphones... I could not decide which one I would use for an entire day's worth of sounds.

Let me get to my point, I caught myself really enjoying, and I mean really enjoying my Bose SoundTrue II last night... Not paying much attention to the music, but just letting it be there in the background while I browsed the web etc. And I realised people rarely post their 'relaxed headphone' preferences... Maybe I am just such an audio newbie that there is no real difference between relaxed listening and analytical listening.

So, what headphones do you use/recommend when you listen to music? (..instead of LISTENING to music.)
« Last Edit: July 11, 2018, 03:31:05 PM by pandaattack »
I now own HD598's HD650's... Which automatically qualifies everything I have to say audio-wise. :D

Offline Michon

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2018, 04:21:28 PM »
HD600 for me.

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Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2018, 04:52:46 PM »
I enjoy them all ... But for what you describe HD650/6XX is just about perfect.
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Offline Curlycat

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018, 05:01:43 PM »
I think sometimes how one enjoys music depends very much on one's mood at the time. I really enjoy my HD650's at home and my Sennheiser PX100's when I am mobile.

Offline pandaattack

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2018, 05:03:30 PM »
... depends very much on one's mood ...

Very true!
I now own HD598's HD650's... Which automatically qualifies everything I have to say audio-wise. :D

Offline Michon

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 05:11:59 PM »
It may well be the HD650 for me, but I havent heard them yet.

Offline capetownwatches

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2018, 09:00:10 AM »
There seems to be some consensus here...for long, relaxed listening sessions nothing beats my HD600

They are without doubt the "easiest" headphones I own for extended listening due to their smooth, natural presentation.
I prefer them to the HD650 personally.

Every home should have one..! :cool:


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Offline canman1971

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2018, 10:48:56 AM »
HD800 for me.

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Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2018, 10:54:11 AM »
My HD6XX (650's) are unbelievably smooth. I haven't heard the 600's yet.
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Offline pandaattack

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2018, 10:56:31 AM »
I have a feeling that I wont be needing my Bose in a month or two...
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Offline capetownwatches

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2018, 11:11:43 AM »
I have a feeling that I wont be needing my Bose in a month or two...

The rabbit hole is slippery and deep - apologise to your wallet upfront and you'll be OK... >:D


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Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2018, 11:14:54 AM »
My wallet is beaten and battered already from other hobbies...   :stop:

But I did manage to squeeze a bit from the sucker for 2 okay sets. Now onto dacs and amps we go...  :be: :be: :be:
I now own HD598's HD650's... Which automatically qualifies everything I have to say audio-wise. :D

Offline capetownwatches

Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2018, 11:25:47 AM »
My wallet is beaten and battered already from other hobbies...   :stop:

But I did manage to squeeze a bit from the sucker for 2 okay sets. Now onto dacs and amps we go...  :be: :be: :be:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...




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Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2018, 02:52:41 PM »
They say a picture is worth a thousand words...



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Failing that, the insane value offered by the Nuprime UDSD makes it a forum favourite as well.
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Re: Preferred Headphones for 'relaxed' listening?
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2018, 07:39:48 PM »
HD800 for me.

That is a great recommendation actually! Of the many headphones I have the one that gets by far the most headtime is the HD800. Technically it is brilliant and paired to a suitably transparent amp, with a neutral to warm-neutral chatacter, it delivers the sonic goods like few others. I for one don't buy any of the bass-shy face tweeter crap.
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