Well, I ordered some headphones with my Christmas cash: a Sennheiser HD-280. Sen-who? Yeah, I'd never heard of them either. But apparently they make some of the most lusted-after headphones out there. Their real specialty seems to be "open" headphones where the outside has a bunch of little holes to let air (and sound) in and out. I prefer to block out most outside noise and keep my music to myself rather than bugging whoever is sitting nearby, so I looked at their "closed" options, and that one seemed to come out on top.
I did some hunting on Froogle, and saw that I could have paid about double and gotten something from Beyerdynamic, but I figured I'd be paying enough as it is. Besides, that white velvet on the ear cups just looks a little silly ;-) I also threw out another option or two because the companies in question used separate wires to power the left and right sides. I prefer to just have a single wire going to my head, since it's nice to be able to throw the cord over my shoulder without choking myself.
Well, it might just turn out to be an expensive little bit of folly. My ears can hurt if I have headphones on for 2–3 hours. It's not a volume problem, just the pressure of the enclosure against skin and cartilage. This is why I have monster headphones that encircle my ears rather than press directly against them—I'd be complaining much quicker in that case.. Unfortunately there just doesn't seem to be quite enough clearance in my current headset. Hopefully these new ones will fit nicely—comfort is probably my biggest worry in buying them.
Well, I wrote something. Happy New Year!Posted by mike at December 31, 2005 12:43 AM | Music