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Old November 23rd, 2004, 05:02 AM   #1
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My old Sony MDR-D77 headphones have finally given up the ghost. Can anyone recommend some good highly portable headphones with 3.5" jack?

The main use will be monitoring sound on my VX2000 or later a PD170 or whatever. But they'll also get used for listening to my walkman or laptop :)

I guess I'm thinking US$ 100-200.
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 08:30 AM   #2
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I carry 2 kinds of headphones with me most places.
My trusty, standard Sony 7506
My Etymotics ER 6's.

7506 is a great benchmarking headphone that most engineers in the world are familiar with. Not the best, not the worst, but by far and wide the most common. They are a semi-closed phone with great sound.

The Etymotic are a electret transducer that goes in-ear. Fabulous sound, nearly the best sound I've ever heard. Deep, rich bass that comes from being in contact with your body, these are labeled the "most accurate headphone in the world." I don't know about that, but I love them. I've premastered audio on them and found them to be darn near perfect.

Both models sell in the 120.00 range.
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 05:59 PM   #3
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I second the sentiment on the Etymotics ER6. I've used them so far for a straight play and a "Kids on Broadway" musical revue. They are great, especially when you have to set up at the back of the theater with the house speakers blaring at you. I get a good 20 dB reduction of the outside sound, pretty much across the spectrum, so I can clearly discern what I'm recording.-

Since the sponsors don't carry these, I trust it's okay to say that I got mine for $100 from discountheadphones.com
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 06:43 PM   #4
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Sony MDR V6s are the consumer version of the 7506s and pretty much the same except the sticker doesn't say "professional". This is a cheaper way to get 7506s. froogle.com, ebay.com are places to find stores which sell them. They are discontinued I believe.

The following website has some nice information on headphones for listening/personal enjoyment use:
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 11:10 PM   #5
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I'm not sure over there in the States. But over here we have the MDR-V150's and the MDR-V250.
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