Originally posted by Mac Man 020581
I am leaning towards the Sony, because the Frequency Response for the Sony's 5-30,000 Hz where the Sennheiser are 12-22,000Hz. Am I correct in this comparison?
Would I be making the right choice buying the Sony's over the Sennheiser or are the Sennheiser really that good?
Ideally you'd go some place and try them out.
I know there are other factors besides frequency response, but personally that's my baseline judgement factor.
Look around and you will not see headphones going down to 5 Hz or up to 30,000 Hz. The most opprobrious online headphone dealers will tend to hide these statistics, so look deeply. In a store, ask to see the box or pamphlet. It's your right as a consumer. Also look at the manufacturer's website for the stats. They tend to be better about showing them since they are obligated to, whereas dealers aren't.
Frequency response tells you how low are the lows and how high are the highs. Other stats are important, but this has the most dramatic effect. I'd wager that other statistics become less an issue (such as loudness or what point they distort) if you can hear a satisfying range at lower volumes.
I praise the Sony I mentioned particularly because I work in a 15x15 office with 6 other people, AC and phones, plus 6 computers humming and usually 2 people playing their own music softly through their computer speakers.
Hell. Also I take the commuter train (the Amtrak kind). Between those 2 environments, I needed good over the ear headphones plus higher highs and lower lows than I might need say if I was jogging by a river or laying in the hammock out back or in my den.
It's a very personal choice, also depending on the type of music you listen to. I really love bass and and find that I don't need to crank up the volume as much as with other headphones.
Aside: I often play music with the earphones more on my sideburns and not on my ear, so I can hear discussions around the room yet have personal music playing. This lets me turn it up a bit more. Yeah we are geeks.
Re: Etymotics via ebay: Please tell me you are buying some fresh earplugs.
You could easily get an ear infection if you use someone else's.
Misc: I tend to not like actual "noise cancelling" headphones, I'm too aware of the slight sounds they make. Granted it's minute compared to the noise they do cancel, but I'm picky.
Grados: Look cool. Wish their site actually sold them
But I collect headphones so I'd get them to merely augment the Sony's I have.
Big Cans: Yes but these Sony DJs are snug at least. I bet you could excercise with them, but why get all that sweat on such nice headphones
I do feel like a dork with big headphones but then I look at the cool homeboy 2 seats up with the same pair and think "no, it's just me that is a dork, the headphones rock and we know it"
No, I don't own Sony stock...)
Take care of your ears and take it easy on the volume!