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routerguy
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 4:10 pm    Post subject: Need advice on headphones Reply with quote

Hello,

I am in the market for purchasing high quality head phones. I don't have too much of a budget constraint, but it would be nice to keep it under $100. I do not want to sacrifice too much quality for price, however.

Unfortunately, I am pretty uneducated when it comes to this topic. There are a few things I would like to know:


  • Does the thickness in cord make a significant impact on the quality of the sound?
  • What kind of equipment do I need if I would like to use a thicker cord? I only know of the Creative Audigy Drive, which is quite expensive and I do not own
  • Is there a significant difference between digital and analog?
  • In terms of price, at what point does the quality level out as price continues to increase?
  • In terms of price, at what point does the quality level drop of as the price continues to decrease?
  • I would like to ensure that all frequencies are covered, even the highs and lows.
  • I will be using this primarily for listening to music and playing my MIDI piano
  • I will be using ALSA on my Gentoo desktop
  • Any suggestions on brand or model are greatly appreciated (where do I start?!)


So far I have come across this: http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_techspecs_full.php/masterid=704322

Remember, I have done very little research (because I really don't know where to start), and this is only an example of an early search result.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!:)
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Locarius
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest, if you dont have a pretty good quality source (soundcard, home audio equipment, etc) you will not see any benefit from getting expensive headphones. Sennheiser make some excellent entry-level headphones (and high-end ones) that you should be able to get for under $100.

If you want to hear some elitist banter about audio tech check out http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/ . There is good info there if you can sift through the BS.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread should help you: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-179381.html

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