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Subject: Re: OT: a headphone question

Re: OT: a headphone question

From: Brian <>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 15:58:35 -0500

If you don't mind encompassing bigness, you should try the Koss UR40's. Any
time they short out you can send them there and get a new pair for about $5
shipping there and then you pay them $7 to ship back... a little time
consuming but its another great pair of headphones for $12, lifetime

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From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: OT: a headphone question

> First, for all you ever wanted to know about headphones (and MP3 players,
though sadly no one there seems to like Archos) go to I've
been searching for my ideal headphones for my new V2 and have found it very
> Second, I bought a pair of Koss KSC55s, which sound like what you want -
they have a fixed behind the neck band and are under US$20. Like many of
the inexpensive Koss phones, they have the same drivers as the PortaPros and
SportaPros, which people seem to like. I don't know, though - the minute I
took them out of the package and spread them apart to get them around my
head the cheap plastic band broke. Really, really shoddy construction - I
immediately returned them.
> Third, I bought the Sennheiser PX100s. I'm listening to them at work
right now. Great, great sound for a small, light, foldable open set. I
like them for work because I can easily hear the telephone or a a knock on
my office door. They're under $40 at HeadRoom, i.e., and I
understand are pretty widely available at retailers on the US mainland
(though apparently not here in Hawaii, sigh, the usual problem with living
so far from anywhere civilized). They only go over the head, though, not
behind the neck. And they have a straight plug, not a right angle plug.
The stress caused by leveraging that plug in my pocket may have contributed
to a headphone jack problem that forced me to return my first V2. For the
replacement, I only use these phones with a right angle adapter to minimize
stress on the headphone jack.
> Fourth, for gym use I wanted something that didn't have pads that would
get all sweaty, and that had some isolation capacity to block out the muzak
they play. So I bought a pair of the Sony EX71s from for about
US$32. There seems to be wide disagreement about these. Some people really
like them; others don't. I didn't. They suffered immeasurably from
comparison with the PX100s. The sound was not up to par for me - big sloppy
bass, not much midrange and kind of a screechy treble to my admittedly
non-audiophile ears. The cord was highly microphonic - every small touch
resulted in a boom in my ears. I had to wrap the cord over my ears and
thread it behind my shirt in the back to get an acceptable result. Finally,
the cord is very short, with a connection plug to a longer extension.
Combine the weight of this connection plug with a much shorter cord to the
left ear than the right, and normal gym activity made the left bud
constantly work out of my ear. I re
> turned these within a week.
> Fourth, I now have a pair of Shure E2s on order from an e-Bay merchant -
new for about US$70 (more than I paid for my V2!). They should be here
soon - we'll see how they work out.
> I hope my experience is useful to you. Good luck with your search.
> Charlie
> _______________________________________________

Received on 2004-03-31

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