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Headphones for old MBP

Postby wireman » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:03 pm

My wife has taken to watching videos and listening to music using our (very) old MacBook Pro. She wants to get some very comfortable headphones (closed).

She is currently using my old Sony MDR CD-750s but bits of black plastic are now falling off them, and there is something loose somewhere as there is a rattle, like a screw moving around.

I think something with replaceable parts would be good, and something as good as the Sony's so I can retire them.

I'm thinking of the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 ohm.

Would those be suitable? Does anyone have other suggestions? I picked 80 ohm because I think the Sony headphones are 40 ohm and the computer can drive them much louder than is comfortable but that was the only reason.
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby Trevor Johnson » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:24 pm

I'm thinking of the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 ohm.

There is also a 250 ohm version.
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:29 pm

Driver efficiency is as important as a lower impedance. How old is the 'old' MBP?
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby wireman » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:38 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Driver efficiency is as important as a lower impedance. How old is the 'old' MBP?

Purchased in 2009, model A1286
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby wireman » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:43 pm

"Driver Efficiency", good point, I was not thinking about that, this is not mentioned on the data sheet.
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:53 pm

My MBP is a 2012, I'm happy to test my K702s and HD25s with it tomorrow and report back with impressions and the impedances*. My gut feeling is that of you are not watching something different in the same room the K702s will be a good choice if you can snag a pair of Scan's B stock at around £70. If you share a room noise in/out from the open back 702s could be an issue. I find the HD25s comfy for a fair length of time but others find them a little tight, they do sound good though and spill is very well controlled.

* I also have a 2011 but my wife is using it, I could easily try it though I suspect there won't be any difference between it and the 2011's headphone outputs. Obviously both are different to your 2009.
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby blinddrew » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:07 pm

I find the isolation on my 770s is very good. I've got the 250 ohm versions and they're fine with my phone and laptop as well as proper interfaces. But i'm sure the 80s will be fine.
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby wireman » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:41 pm

I just remembered that I have DT150s that are 250 ohm so I can try those to get another data point for what is likely to work.
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby FrankRaz » Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:42 am

The 770's really are comfortable. She won't disappointed in that respect. :thumbup:
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Re: Headphones for old MBP

Postby wdsteele » Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:05 am

Currently working on a Mac Book Air with the 80’s and previous to that a 2008 pro model , they work great and yes they are comfortable but do feel a tad heavy in comparison to the AKG 712 , although they are a good few years older , maybe they’ve just got a little loose down the years .I’ve also got an older pair of Audio Technica ATH 30’s which also work great , although they feel a little tighter .

For me anyhow the Breyer can get a little warm around the ears and I’ve replaced the pads twice now ; can’t imagine wearing them for long bouts for relaxing to a movie or whatever , something lighter might be better , be inclined to try the HD25’s in that respect.
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