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High-End Headphones Rapid City SD

The Audio Technica and Denon are closed-back (aka sealed) designs that isolate the listener from external, ambient noise, and both feature real wood earcups. People who listen in bed or in noisy environments tend to gravitate to closed-back headphones.

Telescan Satellite
(605) 341-1142
1832 W Main St
Rapid City, SD
 
Fearless Fischer Electronics
(605) 343-2000
1700 W Main St
Rapid City, SD
 
Rex Tv & Appliance
(605) 388-8153
1495 N Haines Ave
Rapid City, SD
 
Telescan Satellite
(605) 341-1142
8 Knollwood Dr
Rapid City, SD
 
Wirefree USA
(605) 343-3806
680 N Lacrosse St
Rapid City, SD
 
Rent-A-Center
(605) 343-3600
301 East Blvd N
Rapid City, SD
 
Best Buy
(605) 341-8220
2320 N Haines Ave
Rapid City, SD
 
Karl's Tv Audio Appliances
(605) 343-3610
8 Knollwood Dr
Rapid City, SD
 
Amick Sound Incorporated
(605) 348-3633
385 12th St
Rapid City, SD
 
Aarons Sales & Lease Ownership
(605) 737-1111
17 New York St
Rapid City, SD
 

High-End Headphones

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September 21, 2009 By Steve Guttenberg

Head Games

Headphones sound fundamentally different than speakers. The sound is, after all, all in your head; with speakers, it's in the room. And that's the problem.

Room acoustics, your position relative to the speakers and the room itself dramatically affect the sound you hear. Room reverberation, reflections and standing waves—not to mention ambient noise—all conspire to blur detail and obscure quiet sounds. With headphones there's nothing between you and the sound.

Sennheiser HD 800After spending some quality time with the new Audio Technica ATH-W5000, Denon AH-D7000 and Sennheiser HD 800, I'm convinced we're now entering the golden age of high-end headphone design.

Each headphone is in its own right a major advance over what was available before.

All three are circum-aural (over-the-ear) headphones, but they differ in operating principal.

The Audio Technica and Denon are closed-back (aka sealed) designs that isolate the listener from external, ambient noise, and both feature real wood earcups. People who listen in bed or in noisy environments tend to gravitate to closed-back headphones.

The Sennheiser HD 800 is an open-back design. Listening to these headphones you'll hear sound from all around you, and anyone near you will be aware of the HD 800's sound.

For this review, I listened to the headphones with a dedicated headphone amplifier, a HeadRoom Desktop Ultra.

Trust me on this, with headphones as good as these, don't even think about plugging them into a receiver. They're too good for that.

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