Which replacement headphones.

Discussion in 'Ask The Experts' started by stec, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. stec

    stec New Member

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    Hi I wonder if you can help me decide which open or closed headphones to get as a replacement for my Creative HQ-1500D Headphones which came with a small dolby/dts decoder. I mostly use them for watching movies through the decoder giving me a surround sound feel, I was ideally looking at spending around £50 but would consider going to a £100 if it increased the quality by a large amount and not just a small amount. Leaking noise is not a problem so I read that open headphones are better than closed headphones for watching movies is this true?
    The ones I have been considering are sennheiser HD 205 at £40, or the Audio Technica ATH-AD300 at £50. Or if there was a good enough improvement in quality (remembering that its going through the decoder) to justify the price, the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 at £110.
     
  2. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    Hi Stec

    I have never heard these Creative HQ-1500D headphones before and I cannot find any reviews to tell me what they are like, I think that is a first! They look OK for the pricebut I am flying a bit blind on my recommendation. I'm taking it that they are not great otherwise you would be a bit more glowing about them - they do however look comfy and competently built.

    Open Back headphones give a greater feeling of space and a more vivid feeling of reality. They tend to sound more holographic than Closed Back headphones and I find when watching films they cause me to look around the room every now and then - I assume the noise of the actors moving around is my girlfriend pottering around the living room - but I find I am spookily alone:)

    The Audio Technica AD300 and AD700 are great choices as they work really well for films and music. There is a big difference in quality of sound and although I would be surprised if the AD300 were not a big improvement the AD700 are shockingly good value for money and easily justifiable as they should last 10 years if looked after.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. stec

    stec New Member

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    Thanks for the reply, and I have decided to go for the AD 700s, My HQ creative headphones were as I remember around £60 but I think a lot of that money was because of the decoder, and I was happy with them until they broke. But I have now decided to treat myself to a decent pair to go with my blu-ray player, and watch movies in surround sound or as close to it as I can. Then again I am saying i will go for the AD 700`s but I have now seen the Beyerdynamic DT860 Headphones at £150 but they are closed backs and my wife would go berserk if she found out I had spent that much.
     
  4. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    The DT860 is Open Backed (DT660 is closed back) and are a good equivalent to the AD700. How mad your wife gets is I'm afraid completely beyond my control!:D I think we have all been there - I wait until I've seen a few pairs of shoes I don't recognise and maybe a new bag before I spring a purchase on my lady.
     
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