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Looking for good cans < $250 that deliver bass earthquakes to my brain

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Looking for my first set of real quality headphones.  Tried a few last week, for lack of a better store close, at Best Buy.  They did not have a very impressive display line-up, but of the sets they had out, I really enjoyed the bass while listening to the Monster Beats by Dre.  Then I start doing a little research and find that most people trash these, so now I am very excited about what may be out there.  Unfortunately, there are very limited opportunities where I live to listen and compare.  So, I'm asking for your help.

 

Like I said, I really enjoyed the bass from the Monster Beats, so I would like something with equal if not more.  I listen to lots of different music...The Arcade Fire, Blood on The Wall, Buckethead, Cake, Coco Rosie, Dixie Dirt, DJ Shadow, Flaming Lips, Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Hieroglyphics, Jimi Hendrix, The Mars Volta, MC Chris, OutKast, Phish, Pink Floyd, Praxis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, STS9, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sigur Ros, Snoop, Ween...and would like a set that could handle all of this, but will primarily be using the headphones for when I am drawing, and thus mostly electronic music.

 

Major requirements for me:

1) Gotta be very comfortable (I've got an average to smaller head)

2) Gotta deliver plenty of bass I can FEEL...but don't want it to screw with mids and highs too much

3) Gotta be < $300 and preferably < $250

Overall, I just want some headphones that are fun to listen to!

 

From my research on here I've thought about Beyer DT-770/80 or 990, Shure SRH 840, Ultrasone HFI 580 or 780, and Dennon D2000 but am sure I am overlooking some great cans.  People seem to be pretty positive about the Ultrasone Pro900's too and I found them for 340$ new, but that is really more than I can spend...unless they are really worth it.

 

Any help is appreciated!

post #2 of 23

The DT770 Pro has more bass quantity than the HFI-780. I have a small head and the Beyer fits perfectly and is very comfortable. Way more comfortable than the Ultrasones.

 

I do prefer the HFI-780, though, because the bass is punchier and it has better highs. In your case I'd prefer the DT770.

post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 

Found some HD 650's for 300$ and would consider them as well...

post #4 of 23

If bass-earthquakes is what you want I'm not sure that the HD-650 is what you want. They do have bass but very balanced, and not very heavy.

 

I also think that one important part of the equation is missing: what do you intend to amp your phones with?


Edited by Jespiir - 7/28/10 at 5:12am
post #5 of 23

If you want "fun" then I would go with D2000.  I have a pair, rate them highly.  Extremely comfy, foward presentation with epic bass... BUT be warned they really need an amp.  I have a little Meier amp and it does the business.

post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by lobstersky View Post

 

From my research on here I've thought about Beyer DT-770/80 or 990, Shure SRH 840, Ultrasone HFI 580 or 780, and Dennon D2000 but am sure I am overlooking some great cans.  People seem to be pretty positive about the Ultrasone Pro900's too and I found them for 340$ new, but that is really more than I can spend...unless they are really worth it.

 

Any help is appreciated!

hey!

i will vote for Shure SRH 840. because from where i can see, your utmost requirement is BAss quality and these headphones guarantee that. well as far the sound quality is concerned, its good but not as best as other headphones.

But again, talking about budget, these are available on amazon for $199 only :)


 

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by lobstersky View Post

 

From my research on here I've thought about Beyer DT-770/80 or 990, Shure SRH 840, Ultrasone HFI 580 or 780, and Dennon D2000 but am sure I am overlooking some great cans.  People seem to be pretty positive about the Ultrasone Pro900's too and I found them for 340$ new, but that is really more than I can spend...unless they are really worth it.

 

Any help is appreciated!

hey!

i will vote for Shure SRH 840. because from where i can see, your utmost requirement is BAss quality and these headphones guarantee that. well as far the sound quality is concerned, its good but not as best as other headphones.

But again, talking about budget, these are available on amazon for $199 only :)


 

post #8 of 23

Definitely going to want to factor in a decent amp/dac into your budget, which will still leave you with plenty of room for your headphones.  I would say definitely go for the dt770, and spend the rest on a decent all-in-one type unit like the uDac, Carat Emerald or FiiO E7.  The E7 will probably give you the most flexibility of that lot for pumping up the bass.

post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by lobstersky View Post

 

From my research on here I've thought about Beyer DT-770/80 or 990, Shure SRH 840, Ultrasone HFI 580 or 780, and Dennon D2000 but am sure I am overlooking some great cans.  People seem to be pretty positive about the Ultrasone Pro900's too and I found them for 340$ new, but that is really more than I can spend...unless they are really worth it.

 

Any help is appreciated!

hey!

i will vote for Shure SRH 840. because from where i can see, your utmost requirement is BAss quality and these headphones guarantee that. well as far the sound quality is concerned, its good but not as best as other headphones.

But again, talking about budget, these are available on amazon for $199 only :)


 

post #10 of 23

I'm new as a poster here, but have been lurking for years...just wanted to give my 2 cents on this one.  I'm currently auditioning 2 sets of headphones for the role of my First Full-Size Closed Cans to complement my Ety ER4P's.  The 2 headphones I'm comparing are the Shure SRH840 and the Monster Beats Studio (as a result of having gift cards for Future Shop, either of these are basically free to me, so they're my only real choices).

 

I'll post about my thoughts on the 2 sets of headphones in more detail later, but suffice it to say, if you're not using an amp, I can't imagine that you'll be happy with the bass quantity or quality of the SRH840 in comparison with the Beats.

post #11 of 23

The closest bass wise to the beats that I've heard were the DT770/80. I found the bass to have lots of quantity but the quality wasn't the best. The bass ended up coming off as boomy and muddy. I think something along the lines of the Ultrasone HFI series. Plenty of bass quantity and pretty good quality as well. If you have a Guitar Center nearby I'd suggest going to try out some of the cans mentioned in this thread. I'm pretty sure they have the M50, 840, DT770/80, and some lower end Ultrasones.

post #12 of 23

Hey NapalmK, out of curiosity, how does the bass quantity on your markl modded D2000s compare with the Beats?  Also, did you get to hear the D2000s stock?  How did those compare?

 

Just asking, because those headphones might be viable options for the OP as well.  I've listened to the Denons quite a bit, but have very little experience listening to the Beats, so I couldn't comment on them comparatively.

post #13 of 23

The AT M50 has more bass than the 840 while still maintaining bass quality and being well defined. Check the Sales Forum for good prices.

post #14 of 23

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Originally Posted by Sophonax View Post

Hey NapalmK, out of curiosity, how does the bass quantity on your markl modded D2000s compare with the Beats?  Also, did you get to hear the D2000s stock?  How did those compare?

 

Just asking, because those headphones might be viable options for the OP as well.  I've listened to the Denons quite a bit, but have very little experience listening to the Beats, so I couldn't comment on them comparatively.

 

You're right they would be a good choice.

 

For stock D2000s I think it's similar (a little less maybe?) but pretty close. I'm going from memory as I haven't heard the Beats in a while so I may be off. I guess I'll have to go listen to them again sometime.

The Denons do have very nice bass presence better than the beats for sure as they don't drop off nearly as early and have better extension. I'd recommend an amp as I noticed the bass tightened but quite a lot as opposed to unamped. Amped D2000s destroy Beats in every way for me. Unamped the Denons are still better though fairly boomy.

 

With the mod (half MarkL with D7000 cups), a little less than stock but it's better controlled and the sound is more refined overall.

 

I think they would be a good starting point as you can upgrade with an amp, source, and mods as you have the money. If you want something portable that provides isolation though I'd probably look elsewhere.

post #15 of 23

I know I'm gonna get flamed for suggesting gaming headphones, but the Steel Series Siberia v2 have a huge amount of bass. It does mess a little bit with mids and highs, but the bass is really punchy. It may lack a little clarity but from a firsthand account they are actually alright 'phones. I wouldn't suggest them is you can find better though.

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