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#2510147 - Yesterday at 12:29 PM Headphones for Digital Piano
moderhuske Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/13/16
Posts: 2
Hello guys,

I'm new here and I wanted to which headphones
are best for my Yamaha CLP-575. I'd also like
to use these headphones for listening to music (iPhone) etc.
My budget is around €400 which is about 450 dollar.
I'll also consider those above my budget so please share them.

Any advice?

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#2510151 - Yesterday at 12:46 PM Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: moderhuske]
Dave Horne Offline
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Registered: 07/07/04
Posts: 5428
Loc: Vught, The Netherlands
A lot of us here like the Sennheiser HD 598.

Headphones are personal. It's always better to live with them for a week or two before you buy them, if that's possible.

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#2510163 - Yesterday at 01:36 PM Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: Dave Horne]
moderhuske Offline
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Registered: 02/13/16
Posts: 2
Thank you, I'm currently considering the new Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 over ear. I've read a lot of reviews, so I'm not doubting the sound quality for normal use. Wondering if anyone has used it for their digital piano? I'm not talking about the first Sennheiser Momentum, I've read those are not the best for digital piano's.

#2510177 - Yesterday at 02:18 PM Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: Dave Horne]
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Registered: 12/01/09
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Loc: Suffolk, United Kingdom
Originally Posted By Dave Horne
A lot of us here like the Sennheiser HD 598.

I'd second this recommendation. Very comfortable for long periods. Easy to drive (will play loud with run-of-the-mill headphone amps such as those in digital pianos and iPhones). I don't think you need to spend as much as you think. The Senn HD-598s provide a very good price/performance/comfort benchmark that is hard to beat for your purposes.
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#2510185 - Yesterday at 02:49 PM Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: moderhuske]
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Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 4488
Loc: North Carolina
I didn't like the Senns. I do like Beyers. Lots of people here recommend AKGs.

But what should these opinions mean to you? NOTHING.

Try 'em, like 'em or dislike 'em, and buy what you like.
Recommendations don't mean much.

#2510193 - Yesterday at 03:06 PM Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: moderhuske]
Frédéric L Offline
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Registered: 10/29/13
Posts: 428
Loc: France
I have an AKG K702 on my CLP150. It is fine, BUT, I have to dial the volume at 100% to use them: they are not easy to drive. (I have tried a cheap headphone amp, Behringer MA400... But it is unusefull. I guess it is sold as a LINE-to-easy-to-drive-headphone and I should pay 100€ min. for a real amp).
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#2510233 - Yesterday at 05:28 PM Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: moderhuske]
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Registered: 12/20/15
Posts: 40
I like the fairly inexpensive Grado SR-60s. They're open ear, so they won't be completely quiet (and never use them with a mic sending the signal back to the headphones), but you'll still be able to hear room around you. For a lighter, more work-out friendly over the ear headphone, I like the Koss Porta-pros.

I have tried much more expensive ones from a number of brands, especially in my audio engineering days, but for personal use I rather like the not-too-costly Grados (and Kosses for listening while being active).

#2510256 - Yesterday at 06:46 PM Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: moderhuske]
f3r Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 106
Loc: Italy
Saying the budget is not enough.
Open, Semi-Open, Closed?
On-Ear, Over-Ear?
Sound signature: flat, warm, bass-heavy, piercing highs, etc?

We can suggest you anything but that doesn't mean you will be satisfied with the choice.
The best thing you can do is to try different pairs if you have the chance.

I stick with cheap stuff...

I have a pair of Superlux HD-681 EVO, price around 30-40€. Bassy, warm sounding, semi-open headphones. I didn't really want this sound signature (although I saw the graphs). On a forum there were people talking about how balanced they were... in another almost everyone pointed out the bass emphasis. A bit of simple mods and here comes the treble. Overall they do sound good, but I would suggest these for the bassheads and those who like a warm sound signature.

The new HD-662 EVO are the closed version at the same price; apparently they're better than the 681... after some very easy mods they are very good.

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#2510289 - Yesterday at 08:43 PM Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: moderhuske]
mcoll Offline
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Registered: 11/28/14
Posts: 123
Loc: Europe
Although they're ridiculously cheap compared to your budget, I'm also a happy owner of the Superlux HD-681 EVO mentioned above (priced at 29 euros / 33$). People with 200-300 euros headphones have listened to them and concluded they sound surprisingly good for the price.
I also feel they have a dark sound, unfortunately bought them based on reviews and a preference for the style/package (detachable cables, velour pads), only having tried other similar models from Superlux and Samson (same stuff) but with different sound characteristics. With a little modding they become a bit more open and balanced, but I still plan on getting the Samson SR-850 as well, which sound a lot more open and better balanced, better suited for classical, jazz and playing the piano.
Both are semi-open and are relatively easy to drive so the can be used with a phone as well.
If you're willing to experiment, you might discover these will easily please you, before spending a couple of times more than this.
Wish I could've tried some Grados as well, since I keep hearing about them, but they're not easy to come by in this part of the world, and they still cost 2-3 times more even for their cheapest offerings.

#2510346 - 27 minutes 7 seconds ago Re: Headphones for Digital Piano [Re: moderhuske]
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 522
Loc: Germany
After starting with 30-40 EUR Sennheiser HD 205, I switched to Sennheiser HD 598 on Christmas. I did not test much. They were recommended here and they were on sale just before Christmas and that sealed it. They are a whole other dimension than the HD 205. I am really happy that I have them.

Now I know that the HD 205 actually do DPs a disservice, they add "brilliance" in the middle to high end that does not help.

So if you want to compare, it is quite important that you compare on DPs or at least with music created on DPs I think. So if you can not test them at home, bring a recording of something that you played at home.
Kawai CN35. Daughter wanted a piano, so we got one. Now who'll learn faster? ;-)


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