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Ultrasone HFI-650 or Sennheiser HD280 Pro?

post #1 of 10
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Well, here I am, finally getting some new earphones after my old ones got run over by the UPS man

Anyway, I have it narrowed down to two different models, Sennheiser HD280 Pro's, or the Ultrasone HFI-650s. I have had more people vote for the Sennheiser HD280 Pro's, but let's see what you peeps think.

I will be using this for....
1. gaming
2. listening to bass-heavy music

I will be bringing these on teh plane and whatnot, so it needs to isolate VERY well.


P.S. Please me easy on me, this is my first visit to this forum
post #2 of 10
Welcome to Head-Fi, sorry about your wallet!

That never stops being funny.

Now that that's out of the way, I can't recommend either because I like the HD280 Pro, but a lot of people seem to feel that it is bass-light.

AFAIK, I haven't read any reviews of the Ultrasone around here, but I am very interested in learning about it. I think Jan Meier (www.meier-audio.com) reviewed it, but I'm an idiot and I couldn't find the review on his site, anyone have a link or am I nuts?

So, I would probably recommend the Sony V6, since no one complains about its bass, and you can pick it up for less than the Ultrasone, which I know nothing about.

If you can wait a month or so, Kelly should be putting up a review that includes both of those headphones. http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/showt...threadid=19237
post #3 of 10
it's true that there hasn't been much talk of the hfi-650's, but the few that do exist, they have all been praise. jan did a review in this thread . kelly has a pair too, and i think he has been pleased with them.
post #4 of 10
Now that I (finally) read Jan's review, I'm wondering whether I should go with the DT770 or the Ultrasone 650.

However, for Asazman, I would say give the Ultrasone a try instead of the HD280 Pro. (Then you can tell me what you think of it for bass-heavy music)
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Re: Ultrasone HFI-650 or Sennheiser HD280 Pro?

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Originally posted by Asazman
I will be bringing these on teh plane and whatnot, so it needs to isolate VERY well.
from jan's review, it supposedly isolates better than the beyer models. pretty impressive..
post #6 of 10
I belive the 280s isolate extremely well, possiobly the most of any reasonably priced, non-noise-canceling headphone. Word on the street is that they sound kinda like the V6 only a little better / more refined / more grown up, whatever that all means. I guess we're to belive they give you more of what you want if ou like the V6, and it's hard not to like the V6. At minimumn, it's hard to dislike the V6 anyway. I can't say anything about the ultrasone, I haven't heard those either and I've not really even heard anything about them even. I guess they'd be worth a try if you can audition them.
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Re: Ultrasone HFI-650 or Sennheiser HD280 Pro?

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Originally posted by Asazman
I will be using this for....
1. gaming
2. listening to bass-heavy music

I will be bringing these on teh plane and whatnot, so it needs to isolate VERY well.

Beyerdynamic DT770 pro
or
Beyerdynamic DT250-80
post #8 of 10
I'll second that Akar's suggestion. Nothing beats the beyer in bass. Unless you have lots of cash then you can get something like sony cd3000 or At100ti(sold out at audiocubes.com) which has very good deep bass slam.
post #9 of 10
Do you have an amp? If you don't have an amp, than the Beyer DT770 might not be the best choice. But the Beyer DT250-80 might be a pretty good choice, better sounding than either the HD280 or the Sony V6 at least. Jan seems to prefer the Ultrasone though.
post #10 of 10
I haven't tried the Ultrasones - so I can't comment, although hey, the more who get these and comment, probably the better. Certainly better than relying on 'the word on the street'.

Avoid the HD280 if you're looking for bass. They have the extension, but not the presence. In their favour is noise isolation but not much else for general listening.

The 250-80's are good for bass, are comfortable for long-term wearing (although they do get hot like any other closed circumaural phone) - and need an amp for optimum results (to justify what you will pay for them). They have comparatively little isolation, so on a plane or any high-noise environment they'll be annoying.

I'm not spending your money so I'll say go Ultrasone, and tell us what you think!
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