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(Christian Science Monitor)   How to choose headphones for overcompressed music you aren't paying attention to   ( divider line
    More: PSA, Choose the Right, ambient noise, Oreos, music, Kevlar, frequency range  
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4516 clicks; posted to Geek » on 24 Mar 2013 at 12:41 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-03-24 12:45:40 PM  
3 votes:
If anything, headphones, like smart phones, are prized more for status than for function.
2013-03-24 03:05:59 PM  
2 votes:

great_tigers: total thread jack, but does anyone know why my laptop will not type anything but letters and numbers???? no tab, delete, enter or backspace. using an on screen keyboard right now.

In the case of Farkers, it commonly means a liquid, usually a form of alcohol, was spilled onto the keyboard during last night's drunken Farking, and is not remembered during the haze of next day's hang over.
2013-03-24 10:22:26 AM  
2 votes:
I get the feeling no one actually listens actively to music anymore. That makes me sad.
2013-03-24 09:45:45 PM  
1 vote:

Benevolent Misanthrope: /And seriously - "Beatz by Dr. Dre"?  It' the faring Monster Cable of headphones.

Beats is actually a funny story. The brand was created by Monster Cable originally, but the son of the founder didn't know what he was doing and gave the whole farm aways to Jimmy Iovine  and Dr. Dre in the contract. (Warning: Gizmodo story) The poorly written contract basically allowed Iovine and Dre to take the brand away from Monster and then sell it to HTC. There is some wonderful schadenfreude there for anyone who hates Monster.
2013-03-24 08:17:47 PM  
1 vote:

Luminiferous Aether: Once you .flac, you never go back.

/Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro 250 Ohm
//FiiO E09k and E17

 Rather than beat the dead-horse, too subjective debate of sound quality, the REAL reason to have FLAC is archiving. I know that ten years from now my FLACs can be converted to whatever lossy format is superior by then. I can also pick my own format and bitrates for portables that convert on-fly while syncing, etc. It's just common sense to use lossless when drives are so cheap.

Lots of people laugh at us for using FLAC, but they're the ones who'll eventually be stuck with that one lossy rip. With FLAC you can manipulate your files over and over again, keeping the original pristine.
2013-03-24 07:28:42 PM  
1 vote:
Earbuds are NOT headphones.
2013-03-24 07:01:44 PM  
1 vote:

On the Side: The truth is, if you're using cheap cables you're missing out on the best part of the musics.

So you'd recommend some nice directional cables?

Personally I find cables made of wire that connect snugly work best. My price point is about 20% off the eBay bottom line.
2013-03-24 05:06:26 PM  
1 vote:
I just learned to solder so I could repair the six or so pairs of Grado SR-80's I have purchased and subsequently broken over the last 10 years.
2013-03-24 04:59:12 PM  
1 vote:
Wireless headphones are a poor idea if you're concerned about sound quality and price to performance ratio.

They're combining headphones, a DAC and an amp all into one product then anally violating the consumer with the price. The consumer generally doesn't realize this and simply sees "convenient."
2013-03-24 04:30:43 PM  
1 vote:
Bought a pair of Sennheiser HD433's back in the late 90's along with some HD455's.
I will be buried with them.
/replaced the cables on the 455's twice
//still love them
2013-03-24 03:53:21 PM  
1 vote:

ginandbacon: I get the feeling no one actually listens actively to music anymore. That makes me sad.

I used to be ignorant, and then I got engaged to a musician. I can't enjoy the radio anymore. :(

/hopefully will be able to go back to school for fun someday and earn a B.Music.
//is seriously in awe of her fiancé's talent, skill, and experience
2013-03-24 02:35:04 PM  
1 vote:

grinding_journalist: Tom_Slick: grinding_journalist: DNRTFA, but if it says anything but that, it's superfluous twaddle.

The article basically runs downs different sets for whatever activity you are using them for.

My point remains. If you like wearing giant over-ears while exercising, they're right for you. If you like tinny tiny earbuds when trying to listen to the subtle differences in chords on the B-Side of a Cream album, they're right for you.

THIS.  Maybe I have oddly shaped ears or something, but there is no way in hell earbuds will stay in my ears once I start to sweat.  I'm constantly fiddling with them, trying to push them in well enough to Stay the Fark In There, dammit!  Bought a cheapo set of JVC flats and haven't had a problem yet.  The sound isn't even as good as the apple earbuds, but they were cheap and they don't fall off me while on the bike.

Headphones are like wine, IMHO.  There is no such thing as inherently bad wine.  If you like it, it's good wine.  If they suit your needs, they're good headphones.

/And seriously - "Beatz by Dr. Dre"?  It' the faring Monster Cable of headphones.
2013-03-24 01:46:52 PM  
1 vote:
David Byrne gives 16 minute talk on how architecture helped music evolve.  TED vo lve.html
2013-03-24 01:33:55 PM  
1 vote:
My Beyerdynamics are my favourite music investment ever.
2013-03-24 01:22:50 PM  
1 vote:

Encode the music right in the first place.
2013-03-24 12:50:49 PM  
1 vote:
1. Listen to a bunch of them and pick what sounds best to you

...and you're done.

DNRTFA, but if it says anything but that, it's superfluous twaddle.
2013-03-24 10:23:50 AM  
1 vote:

ginandbacon: I get the feeling no one actually listens actively to music anymore. That makes me sad.

I do, and my friends do, but it is getting to be an unusual activity.
2013-03-24 09:30:01 AM  
1 vote:
Don't worry, those headphones are perfectly appropriate for overcompressed music you aren't listening to.
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