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- Thursday, January 25th, 2001 Like Share


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Shackerrific Jan 3, 03
Radio Shack has had this exact same product for nearly ten years.

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=&product%5Fid=33%2D1109

And I do mean exact, the case, specs, everything but the printed logo is the same.

Same price, too.
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Roj Jan 3, 03
Not in this lifetime or any other. If I want to drive my portable cans properly, I'll get a REAL smplifier thankyouverymuch.
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Gxcad Jan 4, 03
Hey roj, just curious what your preferences are in cans? IE which makers or specific cans do you like? I personally like senns but I haven't heard that many to begin with and never in a dedicated headphone amp.

-Gxcad
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Roj Jan 5, 03
I'm relatively inexperienced in full sized cans, preferring to dabble in portables to go with my MP3 / CD player (the best-of-breed Panasonic SL-MP35).

In that genre I recommend the Koss PortaPros, SportaPros and KSC-50s. After listening around extensively I have come to the conclusion that the rest are largely useless drek (Sony and JVC are particular recipients of my ire).

I look forward to auditioning the Senn HD-497 when they get to Canada in the Spring.
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Gxcad Jan 6, 03
Yes the 497's are in general highly regarded for the budjet/portable market, as well as the Grado SR60's. Panasonic portables seem to be good as far as sound quality goes, as I own a older model myself (although the bass booster feature is terrible of course;)).

-Gxcad
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Xar Jan 6, 03
Consider trying the Sennheiser HD-570s; you can get them for about $100 at Amazon. They're probably the best thing I've found from a price/performance standpoint - even most portables can drive them well enough. The headphones themselves aren't portable, though. Senns have a warm, smooth, pleasant sound to them. If you want absolute detail and the feeling that you're sitting on the stage next to the guitarist, Grado SR80s are comparable to the 570s. There's a Koss model in the same price range, I can't remember the model number, that performs on par with the 570s as well. If you're using cans on your computer, anything more expensive than those 3 will probably be a waste; I've considered getting the 590s or even 600s, but signal quality comes into play at that point, and you should really use better audio equipment to get the best out of them.
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Roj Jan 6, 03
I never use XBS - ewwwwwwww!

I have a set of Panasonic Shockwave portable headphones too. Indestructible, great stereo separation but sound as if I'm listening to everything through a blanket - no sharpness and clarity.
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Roj Jan 6, 03
The only problem with full sized cans in a portable environment is that I'd rather not look like an alien on the public transport system.

That's why I have the SportaPros - they're a good compromise of fidelity and portability. They also don't require a separate amp to drive them to get the best out of them as just about everything at the 5xx level of the Sennn line does.
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Sam de man Jan 11, 03


I thought of buying a boostaroo and then I though I would check it up before I spend 25 quid on one. If i was to buy an ordianry splitter then would it be better to buy a boostaroo instead???? Would I get more volume????? Please help me????
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XXGardez Oct 11, 04
There is definatly a better version of the Boostaroo on the net. http://www.boostaroo.com
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