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post #4426 of 4435
Joker, would you say the Meelec Matrix2 is superior to the V-Moda M-80 sq.-wise?
post #4427 of 4435
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Originally Posted by suman134 View Post
 

joker , have you heard the amperior ? if yes , can you recommend me an IEM close to its charecteristics !!

 

No, I haven't.

 

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Originally Posted by SyCo87 View Post

Joker, would you say the Meelec Matrix2 is superior to the V-Moda M-80 sq.-wise?

 

I don't think it's necessarily better but I didn't compare them due to pretty different signatures. The M-80 is definitely warmer and bassier, with a more lush and full-bodied sound. The Matrix seemed to me fairly neutral (it was a loan and went back, I think Tyll @ InnerFidelity has it now). If it had more treble, it could pass for "analytical" but as is it's just smooth and neutral-ish. 

post #4428 of 4435

Hi ljokerl,

 

I want to buy a headphone(Over/On ear) with budget around 200$. I listen to Melodic Death, Thrash, Black and all speed type metal genres.

 

I basically love a signature with good instrument seperation & good bass thump, overall bass. Vocals need not to be prominent. I love to have more significance on rythym,bass guitars with detailing & drums especially snare double-bass drums bass thump.

 

I need it to use with my desktop and so please suggest something which suits me the best.

 

Here is my experience with some of the headphones/IEM's I own sound wise:

 

1) Sony MDR V55(On ear)- Vocals focused more(Overcomes guitars), somewhat less bassy for my liking, need more thump and more instrument seperation.

 

2) Xiaomi Piston V2.1(IEM)- I use this with my Sansa Clip Zip with +6 bass EQ and it is my perfect taste, my favorite headphone in my current collection. Bass is good enough, would like more instrument seperation and better mids/highs as well as more detailing. So, basically I need a good upgrade to this.

 

3) Skullcandy Titan S2TTDY033 (IEM) - Probably perfect in terms of bass and warmness for me but would like more better instrument seperation, better detailing in mids and highs.

 

4) Sony MH1C (IEM) -  Sound is very less. Couldn't able to listen to songs at good volume even when cramped at +15DB on my Sansa Clip Zip. I liked piston signature(with +6 bass EQ) much more than MH1C, though two are pretty similar
 

Another most important thing to mention is comfort, my ears are pretty small. I'm able to insert piston only with Foam tips, all size flanges used to make me uncomfortable. Sony MDR-V55 gives a pain in my ear within just minutes of hearing. I tried everything with MDR V55, tried to adjust headband, also bought 2 replacement pads. I bought these 2 :

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290901698506 & http://www.ebay.com/itm/300802862033 .Honestly nothing made it comfortable and also sound signature is not the perfect I desire of.

Skullcandy Titan S2TTDY033 & Sony MH1C are both pretty much perfect for me in terms of comfort.

 

PS: I don't have an amplifier, I am looking to use with my desktop. My bro already got a Sony MDR-V6 that he can give to me, shall I just buy a good amp and save all the budget? Can it actually meet my signature needs if amped ? Also any suggestions on its comfort would be appreciated.

 

So, if Sony MDR v6 amped can meet my signature, I will not buy another headphone. If not I'm looking to buy one in 200$ budget. Or else a headphone+good amp in 200$ also would be fine with me.Also, comfort is pretty important too, spent over 100$(with pads etc) on my MDR v55 which gone in vain :(

 

I live in India and I am ordering to my friend in USA. So, I can't test them or return and would solely buy on your suggestions.Though I will be able to order from any USA online or offline store.

 

I ordered Sony MH1C and Xiaomi Piston V2.1 Reading your reviews and I can't be more happy with the purchases. Honestly you do such a great job with these reviews. I hope you'll find some time to read my post and give out your valuable opinion. I really appreciate it

 

Regards


Edited by hitme987 - 11/12/14 at 8:33am
post #4429 of 4435
ATH M50x would probably work well for you.
post #4430 of 4435
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Hi ljokerl,

I want to buy a headphone(Over/On ear) with budget around 200$. I listen to Melodic Death, Thrash, Black and all speed type metal genres.

I basically love a signature with good instrument seperation & good bass thump, overall bass. Vocals need not to be prominent. I love to have more significance on rythym,bass guitars with detailing & drums especially snare double-bass drums bass thump.

I need it to use with my desktop and so please suggest something which suits me the best.

Here is my experience with some of the headphones/IEM's I own sound wise:

1) Sony MDR V55(On ear)- Vocals focused more(Overcomes guitars), somewhat less bassy for my liking, need more thump and more instrument seperation.

2) Xiaomi Piston V2.1(IEM)- I use this with my Sansa Clip Zip with +6 bass EQ and it is my perfect taste, my favorite headphone in my current collection. Bass is good enough, would like more instrument seperation and better mids/highs as well as more detailing. So, basically I need a good upgrade to this.

3) Skullcandy Titan S2TTDY033 (IEM) - Probably perfect in terms of bass and warmness for me but would like more better instrument seperation, better detailing in mids and highs.

4) Sony MH1C (IEM) -  Sound is very less. Couldn't able to listen to songs at good volume even when cramped at +15DB on my Sansa Clip Zip. I liked piston signature(with +6 bass EQ) much more than MH1C, though two are pretty similar

 
Another most important thing to mention is comfort, my ears are pretty small. I'm able to insert piston only with Foam tips, all size flanges used to make me uncomfortable. Sony MDR-V55 gives a pain in my ear within just minutes of hearing. I tried everything with MDR V55, tried to adjust headband, also bought 2 replacement pads. I bought these 2 :
http://www.ebay.com/itm/290901698506 & http://www.ebay.com/itm/300802862033 .Honestly nothing made it comfortable and also sound signature is not the perfect I desire of.
Skullcandy Titan S2TTDY033 & Sony MH1C are both pretty much perfect for me in terms of comfort.

PS: I don't have an amplifier, I am looking to use with my desktop. My bro already got a Sony MDR-V6 that he can give to me, shall I just buy a good amp and save all the budget? Can it actually meet my signature needs if amped ? Also any suggestions on its comfort would be appreciated.

So, if Sony MDR v6 amped can meet my signature, I will not buy another headphone. If not I'm looking to buy one in 200$ budget. Or else a headphone+good amp in 200$ also would be fine with me.Also, comfort is pretty important too, spent over 100$(with pads etc) on my MDR v55 which gone in vain frown.gif

I live in India and I am ordering to my friend in USA. So, I can't test them or return and would solely buy on your suggestions.Though I will be able to order from any USA online or offline store.

I ordered Sony MH1C and Xiaomi Piston V2.1 Reading your reviews and I can't be more happy with the purchases. Honestly you do such a great job with these reviews. I hope you'll find some time to read my post and give out your valuable opinion. I really appreciate it

Regards
MDR-V6 is a rather bright headphone. Not what you seem to be looking for.
Some suggestions: Logitech UE6000 really great with metal. Lots of bass impact and great texture with good mids. Upper treble is rolled off, giving them a laid back sound signature. Fantastic comfort, although some experience fit issues.

M50x is good too. There's an abundance of reviews on them, so no need to go too in depth, although I will say the bass doesn't kick as hard as the UE6000's.
The beats solo2 is another great choice. Imo, better comfort, looks, and sound than the Sennheiser Urbanite which I auditioned for a week.
B&W P5's are great. A kid at my school has them. Didn't have that much time with them, but good overall.
ALRIGHT now lets see what ljokerl suggests... popcorn.gif
post #4431 of 4435
New P5 series 2 are excellent but the P5 is about $100 more than budget
post #4432 of 4435
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by hitme987 View Post
 

Hi ljokerl,

 

I want to buy a headphone(Over/On ear) with budget around 200$. I listen to Melodic Death, Thrash, Black and all speed type metal genres.

 

I basically love a signature with good instrument seperation & good bass thump, overall bass. Vocals need not to be prominent. I love to have more significance on rythym,bass guitars with detailing & drums especially snare double-bass drums bass thump.

 

I need it to use with my desktop and so please suggest something which suits me the best.

 

Here is my experience with some of the headphones/IEM's I own sound wise:

 

1) Sony MDR V55(On ear)- Vocals focused more(Overcomes guitars), somewhat less bassy for my liking, need more thump and more instrument seperation.

 

2) Xiaomi Piston V2.1(IEM)- I use this with my Sansa Clip Zip with +6 bass EQ and it is my perfect taste, my favorite headphone in my current collection. Bass is good enough, would like more instrument seperation and better mids/highs as well as more detailing. So, basically I need a good upgrade to this.

 

3) Skullcandy Titan S2TTDY033 (IEM) - Probably perfect in terms of bass and warmness for me but would like more better instrument seperation, better detailing in mids and highs.

 

4) Sony MH1C (IEM) -  Sound is very less. Couldn't able to listen to songs at good volume even when cramped at +15DB on my Sansa Clip Zip. I liked piston signature(with +6 bass EQ) much more than MH1C, though two are pretty similar
 

Another most important thing to mention is comfort, my ears are pretty small. I'm able to insert piston only with Foam tips, all size flanges used to make me uncomfortable. Sony MDR-V55 gives a pain in my ear within just minutes of hearing. I tried everything with MDR V55, tried to adjust headband, also bought 2 replacement pads. I bought these 2 :

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290901698506 & http://www.ebay.com/itm/300802862033 .Honestly nothing made it comfortable and also sound signature is not the perfect I desire of.

Skullcandy Titan S2TTDY033 & Sony MH1C are both pretty much perfect for me in terms of comfort.

 

PS: I don't have an amplifier, I am looking to use with my desktop. My bro already got a Sony MDR-V6 that he can give to me, shall I just buy a good amp and save all the budget? Can it actually meet my signature needs if amped ? Also any suggestions on its comfort would be appreciated.

 

So, if Sony MDR v6 amped can meet my signature, I will not buy another headphone. If not I'm looking to buy one in 200$ budget. Or else a headphone+good amp in 200$ also would be fine with me.Also, comfort is pretty important too, spent over 100$(with pads etc) on my MDR v55 which gone in vain :(

 

I live in India and I am ordering to my friend in USA. So, I can't test them or return and would solely buy on your suggestions.Though I will be able to order from any USA online or offline store.

 

I ordered Sony MH1C and Xiaomi Piston V2.1 Reading your reviews and I can't be more happy with the purchases. Honestly you do such a great job with these reviews. I hope you'll find some time to read my post and give out your valuable opinion. I really appreciate it

 

Regards

 

I think the M50 or M50X is a good recommendation with the caveat that you may have to raise the bass a little via EQ if you want to match a Piston that you've already EQd to increase bass (that's quite a lot of bass). You can also try the Creative Aurvana Live! to prioritize comfort - not sure what you issue was with the V55 but I think for smaller ears the fit of the CAL! is perfect.

 

Also, if you have the option, you should try the V6 just to see where it stands for you. It doesn't have hugely enhanced bass, but it's pretty punchy and a good headphone overall. Like the M50, it may need EQ to get up to Piston + 6 bass levels. It doesn't really need an amp but if you found that you couldn't get up to listening volumes with the MH1C you may find the V6 too quiet as well. However, at that point we're talking potentially dangerous volume levels so I can't really make a recommendation towards boosting the volume further with an amp. 

post #4433 of 4435
Well, I listen to sometimes old metal recordings which doesn't got that good volume. MH1C volume maxed was enough for most recordings though would like a bit more overall volume wise. With rock boxed Sansa Clip Zip on piston I listen to -4 dB to 2 dB at max with most now a days recordings

Discomfort With mdr v55 maybe it is due to the tight clamping pressure on ears I guess. Within few minutes of hearing it heats up my canals and extended hearing just increases it more. Senheiser HD 201 was very comfortable for me so I guess long pads suit me better. Since mdr V55 housing was small even replacement pads didn't help

Also how would you compare m50x with logitech ue 6000? I also would like buy an amp just to boost bass(volume levels might be sufficient with desktop) would fiio e6 be good enough or shall I go for higher models such as e11/19?

Thanks again! You're a god send to the head fi community.

PS: I bought a Logitech UE 6000 just now. I loved the reviews as well as got a good deal for the same locally in India for 77$. I will give out my impressions and maybe I'll get M50X from US in case UE 6000 doesn't suit me. Any further opinion on the same is appreciated ! Thanks DisCHORDDubstep for your suggestion too!

Final EDIT : Got my UE6000 and guess what its the perfect match for me. Can't be more happy with the signature, pretty much great upgrade on piston's signature in noise cancellation mode. Bass thump is awesome as well as great mids, instrument seperation is amazing. Noise cancellation off also makes a great balanced signature. Top notch headphone imo. Hope you'll review it some day ljokerl! Thanks a ton DisCHORDDubstep for your perfect suggestion, can't be more happy with the purchase smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by hitme987 - 11/17/14 at 3:22am
post #4434 of 4435
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Originally Posted by suman134 View Post
 

joker , have you heard the amperior ? if yes , can you recommend me an IEM close to its charecteristics !!

 

The Amperior is really very close to the HD25, but given the lower impedance it'll behave differently depending on the amplifier. In general, I'd say it's cleaner up top but slightly looser in the midbass region, with a decent amp negating the difference in the bass.

post #4435 of 4435
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

 

The Amperior is really very close to the HD25, but given the lower impedance it'll behave differently depending on the amplifier. In general, I'd say it's cleaner up top but slightly looser in the midbass region, with a decent amp negating the difference in the bass.


 thanks .

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