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Re: headphone RFI

Subject: Re: headphone RFI
From: "Kevin Colver" kjcolver
Date: Thu Jun 4, 2009 5:19 pm ((PDT))
Hi Nathan,
For years the only headphones I've used in the field are Sony MDR-W08  
headphones.  They cost about $10 a pair.  They are easy to slip on and  
off, I can hear ambient sounds around me so I'm not sonically cut off  
from my surroundings (could be bad in bear country), inexpensive  
enough to have a few tucked away here and there, and do just fine for  
field monitoring.  Of course, I use better speakers to analyze my work  
at home in the studio.  The cord is not coiled.  Despite comments by a  
reviewer on Amazon, I've abused them (I also use them constantly for  
jogging) and never had one malfunction.

Good Luck,


On Jun 3, 2009, at 12:49 PM, Nathan Pieplow wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm in the market for a new pair of headphones, and I'm frustrated
> with my search. I need something to use in the field with my Fostex
> FR2-LE and my Telinga stereo parabola. The headphones must have a
> closed back and a 1/8 inch stereo plug; also, importantly, they must
> have a straight cord (preferably short). I can't deal with a coiled
> cord when I'm hiking through, e.g., thornscrub. Usefulness in the
> field is actually far more important to me than sound quality.
> Ironically, my favorite headphones were a pair that I bought off the
> wall at a Radio Shack for $30. I expected them to last about a
> month, but instead they made it a good year and a half before
> succumbing to the rigors of wear. They replaced a pair of Sony
> MDR-7506s that actually lasted far less time (and were the source of
> my continuing angst about coiled cords). But the headphones I liked
> are no longer manufactured, and Radio Shack and Best Buy have let me
> down recently; I bought and returned a pair from each store since
> their cords and connectors weren't even up to any jiggling at all,
> let alone chasing down a bird on a wooded slope. On the other hand,
> I'm loath to buy online without some recommendations since feel and
> fit are so important. The higher-end pro audio stores in my area
> don't seem to have what I'm looking for either; I'm willing to pay
> $150 if I'm reasonably assured the product will last years in the
> field, but most headphones aren't made for that.
> I suppose if someone can graft a straight cord onto my Sonys (or fix
> my cheapo Radio Shacks), that would be a good option too.
> Any recommendations?
> Nathan Pieplow
> Boulder, Colorado

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sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause

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