Are You Listening??

In this new world of phones that dub as mini stereos, where are you with your listening devices? I mean, we spend crazy money on the actual unit of our choice, be it an iPhone, Zune and various other mp3 players, but what about ya ear/head phones? I’m all about quality sound. The first thing I do when I go to a listening session for the new whoever’s album at a studio is look for the sweet spot and lock it down. For the non-knowing, the sweet spot is the area where the speakers are directed at an angle so the sounds meet at a point in the middle of the room (usually). If you stand or sit there, you’ll get the optimum sonic experience. Most home theaters and movie theaters are set up similarly. So for my music leisure time, be it heading to work or catching a flight, I’m always chasing that sound. Yet, to do so means, in most cases, getting the biggest, most cushiony, bulkiest headphones around.

I’m talking shit, ‘cus my daily ones aren’t anywhere near those, but that is usually the thought process for me. I have the Beats by Dre headphones, which are a marvel to enjoy. I also have some Skullcandy Snoop Dogg Fatherhood promo joints that are pretty decent. I even have some new ones that I haven’t cracked open called iFrogz, they look impressive (I have the Billionaires) ‘cus they are big cushiony and bulky. They are all fine and dandy and each serve a purpose, but my everyday pair are some non descript $6 earphones (not plugs, I feel like a martian wearing those) that take me a few moments to figure out which is the left and which is right since the lettering has worn off. I untangle the wires and plug it to my iTouch and neck-snap away to Black Moon, Black Star or my new favorite DJs Black Chiney. My $6 dollar hearing pieces are convenient, they work and are sound in quality, until there is a flight I need to take and I break out the big boys. The Beats are like having an orchestra in your cranium. The resounding bass and super crisp highs let you know how Dre wanted you to hear his productions as well as those of his musical family. Through those I’ve heard new background sounds and more Jim Jones adlibs than ever. Yet, I can’t walk the streets of NYC and feel comfortable with over the ear headphones on. With the anything-can-happen-in-a-New-York-minute attitude I have, shit be poppin’ off on the street too much for me to be in THX land singing the latest Lil Wayne hook.

So I sacrifice my everyday listening pleasure for the safety of my $6 joints. Yeah, my ears ache after 5 minutes of funk, but at least I can sort of hear what the hell is going on around me in these evil streets. I’m gonna test these iFrogz out on the trips I’m taking during this week and next and update y’all.

But first, let me know what you listen to your music through and is the experience live wire or limp biscuit?

  • f-rock

    i use some $20 v-moda Bass Freq in ear earphones, hooked up to my iTouch. i also use mp3gain on my tracks so i can apply the equaliser on the itouch to give the sound a particular bias depending on whioch genre of music im listening to. the v-modas are fairly inexpensive, but give really impressive sound quality, i sure you could manage the upgrade for your standard buds

  • f-rock

    i use some $20 v-moda Bass Freq in ear earphones, hooked up to my iTouch. i also use mp3gain on my tracks so i can apply the equaliser on the itouch to give the sound a particular bias depending on whioch genre of music im listening to. the v-modas are fairly inexpensive, but give really impressive sound quality. for your regular buds, a modest upgrade wouldn’t be outta the question

  • Bobo D

    Behringer HPS3000.
    Real high perfomance, last year I plugged it in my TV and I heard sounds which I’ve never heard before.

  • Worley

    AIWA HE 133 or AIWA V061.

    I’ve been rocking with these joints since the walkman days. The bass knocks and the highs are crisp. The quality sound is their drawback though. You will usually blow them within a month. They are hard to find and should never cost more than $10. Online is the best bet. Very good for some everyday joints.

  • P-Matik

    BRING GOOCH BACK!

  • DV8

    I stay using the always reliable Sony studio monitors (i forget the stock number) they’re like $30 bucks or so at your local retailer. Also I use the earbuds that came with my Dell laptop. They have great bass and sound clarity.

  • dj ashy fingerz

    Word fuck this corny shit, bring back Gooch

  • render

    those dre headphones are mediocre and overpriced like everything put out by monster. Seems aggressive product placement is enough to have yall buying them tho

    Sony MDR’s are 1/3rd the price and do the same job (used to break headphones often when i dj’d and 3 of these still cost less than 1 pair of dres). If you really wanna burn a paycheque and drop 3 bills on headphones go with sennheiser or beyers cause they beat the shit outta dre’s sound quality

    otherwise you’re just paying for image and marketing…like everything else in hiphop

  • render

    damn just noticed

    fuck happened to gooch?

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Sony MDR-G56′s (Blue)

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Umm why are we talking about headphones? For a Scratch blog I was expecting some in the form of what was actually in the Scratch Magazine before it R.I.P.’d….

  • Shawty J

    This blog has gone down hill ever since XXL staff started doing it. Either bring back Gooch, or ditch the Scratch blog period.

  • Shawty J

    Bring back Gooch!

  • Eman

    To everybody hating on this blog Did any of you dumb muthafuckerz even read scratch or did you just look at all the cool pictures of digi 002s and fantoms and tell all your homies that one day your going to get rid of your bootlegged fruity loops and buy a Triton only to buy a Triton Le and figure out you dont know how to program it. Scratch is for the gear heads and yes good headphones are aresenal in a real musicians set up.To anybody wondering why this blog is about headphones stick to your dell stock speakers and shut the fuck up.

  • FlapJack

    Gooch for president!