What Headphones Do You Use, And Why?
What headphones do you use for your radio operation, and WHY do you use that particular make and model?
I use Audio-Technica ATH M30x professional monitor headphones (cans).
I use my rig’s filters to shape the audio.
1. I’ve replaced the over-the-ear pads with Gel pads. Wearing these cans is comfortable enough to use for extended periods of time (such as contests).
2. The mid-range with these cans is superior to other cans I’ve had.
3. They are rugged, so taking them out to the field isn’t a problem.
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I find these the most versatile amongst a host of different radios:
Koss KTXPRO1 Titanium Portable Headphones with Volume Control – On the air, non-squeezing comfort with nice response for CW as well as SSB. Last an entire contest without a headache.
Koss UR29 Collapsible Portable Headphones – Over the ear for increased external noise reduction, with a very nice CW and SSB response in these as well.
Both are available at online retailers for less than $30. I own and use both depending on duration of my usage. The inline volume control can prove useful if using on a HB QRP kit with no AGC, or if different operators may be swapping on and off the radio.
I have a more expensive pair of Sensheiser HD280 Professional monitor headphones sitting in cabinet, and that is where they continue to sit, as they are not as comfortable or good-sounding as the above.
I use Koss SB-45 because the mike is a very good condenser one and has good quality audio plus the ear phones are comfortable and of good quality as well.
I use the Heil BM-17Ic which is a perfect match for my Icom IC-7300 Transceiver. My audio reports are always excellent. The Ic element really works well.
I have 3 KOSS headsets. Like all 3.
Very inexpensive, Great Audio quality. Made in Wisconsin USA.
I have had my headphones for positively years – they are Beyer Dynamic DT-220 which were bought for me by friends back in the late 70s.
I have the AKG K240 headphones and have had them for about 7 years now. There is no fancy noise cancelling with them but they sound great. They are nice and light. CW sounds great with them and I have very much enjoyed them over the years.
I use the RadioSport RS60 headset with a variety of rigs. It is comfortable (24 hours of FD) to wear for long periods of time. It deadens any shack sounds very effectively. TX & RX audio are excellent! It is “expensive” but worth the extra cost, especially relative to the price of rigs and antennas.
I also use the Koss SB-24 and Yamaha CM-500 headsets, mostly when portable or mobile. They’re OK but don’t hold a candle to the RS60, nor are they as expensive or hold up as well. 73, Bill, K8TE
I’ve used AKG K-240 studio cans for years, along with a homebrew 3-band equalizer / 2 watt amplifier. My high-frequency hearing isn’t what it used to be, and the extra headroom and EQ really helps in pulling marginal signals out of the noise floor.