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    Looking to get a new pair of headphones. Any recommendations? Preferably in the sub-AU$80 price range.
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    Sennheiser have a good pair of in-ear headphones which sell for around $80 - $90 NZ. Best shop around and see where the best specials are though, you get what you pay for generally.
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    Do you want cans or IEMs? If you're talking about cans, these are pretty much universally regarded as the best sounding ones you can get for that price: Grado SR60i (edit: seems Amazon don't ship these to Australia, so you'll probably have to pay a bit more)

    They have a very natural sound, clear and precise. They might sound a bit 'bright' and take some getting used to. Main drawback is that they're open and will therefore leak a lot of sound in and out, so they're not really meant for use in public. Closed cans will be a huge drop in sound quality at that price level though.

    If you want IEMs there are dozens of decent choices in that price range. I can suggest a few or give you some links if you like.
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    Looking for cans. That looks a good shout, don't mind a "bright" sound but I am a stickler for depth/texture (esp given the type of music I listen to quite often).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamc View Post
    Do you want cans or IEMs? If you're talking about cans, these are pretty much universally regarded as the best sounding ones you can get for that price: Grado SR60i (edit: seems Amazon don't ship these to Australia, so you'll probably have to pay a bit more)

    They have a very natural sound, clear and precise. They might sound a bit 'bright' and take some getting used to. Main drawback is that they're open and will therefore leak a lot of sound in and out, so they're not really meant for use in public. Closed cans will be a huge drop in sound quality at that price level though.

    If you want IEMs there are dozens of decent choices in that price range. I can suggest a few or give you some links if you like.
    Can vouch for the Grados, they are absolutely excellent. Most impractical headphones ever possibly invented, but they more than make up for it in value and sound quality. Would definitely recommend them for home usage, but I wouldn't bother with them if you like using them out and about, they're too much hassle and won't last long without breaking, they're pretty fragile.
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    Hmm. Maybe a slight trade-off for practicality, then? What would that pop up?

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    any electronic music lovers here? I've recently been getting into it a lot. Trance, techno and electro house are my fav genres. I despise dubstep though.

    Also for in ear headphones sennheisers and shures are top notch. DO NOT GET BEATS. Also if you have a low budget like 20 bucks or so then get Meelectronics m6's or m9's. Cheap but amazing price to performance ratio.

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    Love electronic, but a very different variety.

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    Yeah, same. With regards to trance and so on, I don't mind a bit of infected mushroom every now and again, but there's only so much enjoyment I can get out of that sort of music tbh. Not exactly what I would call an "interesting listen".

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    The trouble I have with a lot of electronica and, indeed, guitar bands who tend towards the "sonic cathedrals of sound" ambient type post-rock music like (say) Sigur Růs, Godspeed You! Black Emperor & Tortoise is that, whilst at times quite beautiful, the music does tend to merge into a whole and get a little samey.

    I picked up Haunted Dancefloor by The Sabres of Paradise the other day (kinda trip-hoppy with slight Big Beat undertones). It's a good listen and well worth the £1.99 I lashed out, but like a lot of Warp stuff no individual song really snagged on my consciousness.

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    Sigur Ros don't actually have a guitarist. Unless you count the one that plays the bowed guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    The trouble I have with a lot of electronica and, indeed, guitar bands who tend towards the "sonic cathedrals of sound" ambient type post-rock music like (say) Sigur Růs, Godspeed You! Black Emperor & Tortoise is that, whilst at times quite beautiful, the music does tend to merge into a whole and get a little samey.

    I picked up Haunted Dancefloor by The Sabres of Paradise the other day (kinda trip-hoppy with slight Big Beat undertones). It's a good listen and well worth the £1.99 I lashed out, but like a lot of Warp stuff no individual song really snagged on my consciousness.
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    That's a good point BB, and for that reason I do tend to stick to bands/artists with a very identifiable aesthetic. I can tell straight away from the style, for example, whether I'm listening to Tim Hecker or OPN.

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