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**HELP** Replacing Denon AH-C551 with new 'phones?

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I managed to be a dumb@$$ and lose my Zune 80 and AH-C551 in one go, yay me. 

 

I've been thinking I should upgrade for a while, but fortunately, upgradeitis is vaccinated by pennilessness.  But even such a state succumbs to the dire straits of no longer having a player nor IEMs (I surely won't go out the door with my Audio Technica ATH-AD700).

 

Anyhow, I loved the AH-C551 and also had the AH-C700 at one point, which I loved to their literal death. They had a good amount of bass and I'm a bit of a basshead.

 

What 'phones can you recommend with a similar sound signature to these within the $100-150 range?

 

I listen to more death metal, dubstep, hip hop, and indie than I do things like jazz or classical, so I'd prefer a more aggressive sound than a clinical, precise one, but would still like some sort of balance. 

 

Btw I'm considering getting a Creative Zen X-Fi2.


Edited by ashxcore - 7/25/10 at 11:07am
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Hope bumping isn't contemptible here...

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I am also on a similar position: i.e., current AH-C551owner looking to replace with better buds (bit of a bass-head).  Based on my research, I narrowed down my options to two:

 

1. Sennheiser IE6

2. Monster Turbine High-Performance In-Ear Speakers

 

Actually, I started a thread requesting to compare the above buds:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/503673/sennheiser-ie6-vs-monster-turbine-high-performance-in-ear

 

Probably the recommendations/suggestions/opinions in that thread might help me (and you) to make our picks.

 

Thanks,

baron


Edited by bluebaron - 7/23/10 at 1:19pm
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Thanks for your response, baron. I was eying the IE7, but of course they are a bit outside of my price range. I'll give your thread a look-see. 

 

I have been lurking a bit and heard lots of great things about the Monster Turbines, but I am not sure how much they offer in terms of clarity (unfortunately, I think it's impossible to have a really bassy 'phone that offers much in the way of clarity).

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I recently purchased the Hippo VB as an upgrade to my C551k. Based on what others have said, it's a good bang for the buck bassy IEM. I'm still waiting for it to come in... any day now...

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Originally Posted by ashxcore View Post

 

Anyhow, I loved the AH-C551 and also had the AH-C700 at one point, which I loved to their literal death. They had a good amount of bass and I'm a bit of a basshead.

 

What 'phones can you recommend with a similar sound signature to these within the $100-150 range?


I had the C700's and C551's too. If you like the Denon sound, why not try out the C710's? There was an appreciation thread a while back. If I remember correctly, about 80% of joint C700/C710 owners thought the C710's were an improvement (I was one of them).

 

They occasionally pop up in the sale forums, but I think you can get them brand new and still have something left over from your budget. The only disappointment is that the C710 cable is a piece of sucky flimsy crap compared to the amazingly well-made C700 cable. It's quite horrible... and too short without the extension lead

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Hi there, just wanted to voice my (slightly experienced) opinion. I own a pair of AH-C551's which I DID love! Until moving onto some Westone UM1's, I thought they were excellent, however, now I have owned a better, more neutral pair of IEM's, going back to the Denon's is almost unbearable. I feel the bass is extremely muddy and intrudes on the other parts of the frequency range.

 

What I am saying is that, although you proclaim yourself a "Basshead", a change in 'phones will let you experience other sound signatures that you might love! I listen to a lot of Dubstep and other elec. music on my Westone's (which have been called Bass light). 

 

TL;DR  I recommend you a Sennheiser IEM, (IE6/7), the sound signature is well rounded with good bass... But do not rule out the possibility of purchasing a non-bassy pair of IEM's, you will adjust to love them like i did!

 

My 2 pence. ;)

 

Tom.

 

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Originally Posted by phaboman View Post

I recently purchased the Hippo VB as an upgrade to my C551k. Based on what others have said, it's a good bang for the buck bassy IEM. I'm still waiting for it to come in... any day now...


That's another one I had been looking at. When you get them in, please do respond to this thread, or shoot me a PM!

 

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Originally Posted by soozieq View Post




I had the C700's and C551's too. If you like the Denon sound, why not try out the C710's? There was an appreciation thread a while back. If I remember correctly, about 80% of joint C700/C710 owners thought the C710's were an improvement (I was one of them).

 

They occasionally pop up in the sale forums, but I think you can get them brand new and still have something left over from your budget. The only disappointment is that the C710 cable is a piece of sucky flimsy crap compared to the amazingly well-made C700 cable. It's quite horrible... and too short without the extension lead


I have not heard about the 710s, but I sort of want to try to test the waters a bit and try another company, meanwhile keeping a similar sound signature.

Oh, and is the cable flimsier than C551s? I had to use the extension lead with those too, which became a major annoyance. I missed my C700 cable for sure!

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mayzei View Post

Hi there, just wanted to voice my (slightly experienced) opinion. I own a pair of AH-C551's which I DID love! Until moving onto some Westone UM1's, I thought they were excellent, however, now I have owned a better, more neutral pair of IEM's, going back to the Denon's is almost unbearable. I feel the bass is extremely muddy and intrudes on the other parts of the frequency range.

 

What I am saying is that, although you proclaim yourself a "Basshead", a change in 'phones will let you experience other sound signatures that you might love! I listen to a lot of Dubstep and other elec. music on my Westone's (which have been called Bass light). 

 

TL;DR  I recommend you a Sennheiser IEM, (IE6/7), the sound signature is well rounded with good bass... But do not rule out the possibility of purchasing a non-bassy pair of IEM's, you will adjust to love them like i did!

 

My 2 pence. ;)

 

Tom.

 


I love that deep bass. The deepest bass I've ever heard in earphones (although I have only listened to some EP-630s, the Zune phones, e2cs, Sound-fi 3s, and the two Denon 'phones mentioned). I own Audio Technica ATH-AD700s, so I am familiar with a completely different type of sound signature, but I NEED my deeeeep bass. I've heard quite good things about those Westones, though, mostly from lurking here.

 

And yes, the Sennheisers sound right up my alley. Hoping to get a few more suggestions, though. 

Thanks everyone for your helpful replies thus far! 


Edited by ashxcore - 7/23/10 at 1:41pm
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Thread Starter 

Now I am looking at the Monster Turbines as well. Any thoughts on those vs. Sennheiser IE6 vs. Hippo VB?

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Thread Starter 

Now narrowed it down to just the Turbines or the IE6, leaning toward the Turbines.

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