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post #16 of 32
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So, I'm sure of this now: I want a warmer sound with more bass than the Ety's, but not overpowering bass, and I hope it has low end such as hearing a bass line sounds smooth? Such as in slower rock/acoustic indie tracks? So would the HD 555's be good for that, or would the K271's be better?

Thanks for the help.

So the competition is definitely between the K271's and the HD555's. I know they're kind of two different headphones, but which is better, and are the K271's worth the $50 premium? And I don't have to worry about bass impact so much because of my amp that will have bass boost.
post #17 of 32
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I know it's only been less than 2 hours, but I wanna give a bump in hopes that I can get a reply when I come back later from the movies, thanks again for the help guys.
post #18 of 32
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Oh and they both have more noticeable bass than the ety's or the super.fi 3's right?
post #19 of 32
You should be able to find a store to listen for yourself. They are both popular headphones.
post #20 of 32
ive read from some experienced ppl posts in this forum, that 595 is much worth the price difference above the 555..
post #21 of 32
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yeah, but I don't have the extra 30 bucks...so please any info on either of these headphones will helpful...thanks. I wear glasses too, this won't effect either of these phones much will it?
post #22 of 32
why would wearing glasses affect headphones?

I see some ppl recommending 595s here for a bit more money, but if you're looking for something with good bass that kicks then the 595s are not for you. I find the bass to be quite laid-back and it doesn't have enough punch to me. I just got a pair this week and waiting on my amp to see if it'll improve the bass enough.

The Grados have always been well known for the sound they output for rock music.. if I was you i'd really look into SR80s, their bass will kick more than the SR60s, and you'll get great sound for your music.
post #23 of 32
Thread Starter 
grrr so many decisions, i was looking at the grados...grrr... I plan to get an amp with bass boost too, but I wanna get the hd555's not the 595's.
post #24 of 32
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so i'm thinking hard now...and the competition is between the grado sr125's, the grado sr80's, the senn hd555's, and the akg k271 studios. SO what do you guys think?
post #25 of 32
I don't mean to confuse you or anything, but I was in your situation for a few months. About 12-15 hours of researching led me to believe that it's very, very hard to go wrong with the Alessandro MS-1's. A lot argue that they're the best for that $100ish pricepoint.

They sound great unamped. Since they're $50 below your intended spending range, you can even use it towards a better amp.

I recommend these not only because I enjoy mine for -any- genre of music, but because these are a safe bet--I've personally never heard anything negative about these phones, even when I searched purposely for flaws.
post #26 of 32
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yeah, i shoulda added them in there instead of one of the grado phones...lol...aren't the ms-1's supposed to be for rock genre's anyways?

I'm still leaning hard towards the hd 555's, but what are the best for the rock/metal/indie/acoustic genre?
post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by pez View Post
So, I'm sure of this now: I want a warmer sound with more bass than the Ety's, but not overpowering bass, and I hope it has low end such as hearing a bass line sounds smooth? Such as in slower rock/acoustic indie tracks? So would the HD 555's be good for that, or would the K271's be better?

Thanks for the help.

So the competition is definitely between the K271's and the HD555's. I know they're kind of two different headphones, but which is better, and are the K271's worth the $50 premium? And I don't have to worry about bass impact so much because of my amp that will have bass boost.
I own the Senn HD555s and listened to the AKG K271s and I think that the AKGs are much better - definitely more in the league with Senn HD580s or 595s, but with a different sound sig. K271s are definitely more refined and perhaps more detailed than HD555, have a weaker, but more defined low end, more natural sounding midrange and smoother highs. However, I think that the biggest difference between the Sennheiser cans and the AKGs is the soundstage. The AKG k271s have a much larger soundstage than the HD555s, and much better placement of instruments too IMO. When listening to HD555, I can't really tell the exact location of many instruments in 3D space that the phones create, but with the AKGs I can actually feel as though I have a mini representation of a concert hall/studio in front of me with each instrument presented accurately in it's own little space.

P.S Oh and I must add that the AKG k271s do remind me of UE Super.fi 3s (sound natural), but with a much better soundstage, more refinement and better detail.
post #28 of 32
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everything you just said pianist sounds perfect, but what about bass comparison b/w the ue's and the akg's?
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post
I own the Senn HD555s and listened to the AKG K271s and I think that the AKGs are much better - definitely more in the league with Senn HD580s or 595s, but with a different sound sig. K271s are definitely more refined and perhaps more detailed than HD555, have a weaker, but more defined low end, more natural sounding midrange and smoother highs. However, I think that the biggest difference between the Sennheiser cans and the AKGs is the soundstage. The AKG k271s have a much larger soundstage than the HD555s, and much better placement of instruments too IMO. When listening to HD555, I can't really tell the exact location of many instruments in 3D space that the phones create, but with the AKGs I can actually feel as though I have a mini representation of a concert hall/studio in front of me with each instrument presented accurately in it's own little space.

P.S Oh and I must add that the AKG k271s do remind me of UE Super.fi 3s (sound natural), but with a much better soundstage, more refinement and better detail.
even after you tell me all this and even clarified for me in pm...i still have the urge for the hd555's.
post #30 of 32
If it's an urge you have, go for it!

Personally, I think it's generally accepted that for the best SQ in the rock/metal/indie/acoustic genre, Grados will shine above any other phones. Of course, I only say this to speak for most people. It's not like I've heard many of the other phones out there.

I go to threads where people ask for recommendations and as soon as they mention that they listen to rock, Grado just floods in from nearly all directions o__o. It's scary. It really is.

Edit: Don't believe me? See this thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...ht=rock+phones

or this

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...ght=grado+rock


As you'll see, almost EVERY recommendation is a grado or alessandro can. :3 Hope this helps.
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