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best closed headphones for $300/unamped?

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I want a pair of headphones that i can use unamped.  Anything out there better than the m50's?

post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by bridge8989 View Post

I want a pair of headphones that i can use unamped.  Anything out there better than the m50's?


Music tastes? 

post #3 of 17

Check out the M-audio Q40. Personally having owned both the M50 and M-audio Q40, I prefer the Q40. It's like the M50...on steroids. Just does everything a bit better IMO. Both phones are great un-amped.

 

Another great headphone under 300 that you can drive relatively well is the Denon D2000. I haven't heard the D2000s but they receive great praise on this site. Worth checking out for sure.

post #4 of 17

Used D5000.  If you don't mind a headphone that leaks sound some and also lets everything in.

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What kind of sonic signature are you looking for?

How do you like your music... warm, cool, analytical, bassy, bright, etc.?

What are your source files, and how critical is your listening?

 

shane

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Used D5000.  If you don't mind a headphone that leaks sound some and also lets everything in.


I dont know, but the D5000's require real amplification to get the most of them. I listened to them with an mp3 player and they loose some of the bass and fidelity..just some of my experience. 

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I dont know, but the D5000's require real amplification to get the most of them. I listened to them with an mp3 player and they loose some of the bass and fidelity..just some of my experience. 


True, they do improve a lot with good amplification (particularly their bass, which might be their weakest point).  Still, among closed headphones that I compared, I liked them most out an ipod and portable amplifiers (and also over a Grado reputed to sound good out an ipod).  My ears ranked them:

 

D5000 > SR225 > SRH840 > DT770 > K271

 

And to agree with your point, I also found that they improved with my tube amp more than most of those headphones:

 

DT770 > D5000 > SRH840 > SR225 > K271

 

Oh noes, I'm sounding like a Denon fanboy.

 

fwiw, I haven't heard an M50 and people who have heard a lot of closed headphones do like them a lot.

 

p.s. 500th post!

post #8 of 17
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i listen mostly rock, folk, pop.  Some jazz, rap, electronic. No classical or metal.   Im gonna be using a mp3 player/laptop jack as source (no amp). 

post #9 of 17

Easy.  HFI-780.  Let the bass rock your world....Once you listen to some trance on them, you are done....

post #10 of 17

What equipment will you be plugging these headphones into?

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Originally Posted by bridge8989 View Post

I want a pair of headphones that i can use unamped.  Anything out there better than the m50's?

post #11 of 17
X2 for Hfi 780 or AT ESW9
post #12 of 17

The HFI-780 is an okay pick for you. I had them for quite a while and I listen to mostly rock. They were okay only if you can handle the harsh treble for a while until it "burns in." If you can't wait a couple of hundred hours I suggest not getting them. By the way the velour earpads for the 780s are a real good investment. Comfort levels go from mehh to yeah!

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I didn't like how the 780s sounded with the velour pads so I switched back to the stock ones. The 780s really need a recable to sound good.

post #14 of 17

I've been real happy with my AKG K271-MKIIs.

 

Great mids/highs, keeps sound in/out pretty well, ohmage is low enough that an amp usually isn't necessary.

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Easy.  HFI-780.  Let the bass rock your world....Once you listen to some trance on them, you are done....


Oh lawd, I had to laugh at this. I listen to trance aswell, and I absolutely hated these, not only did they sound harsh, but I couldn't wear them for more than half an hour before nearly crying at the pain of the headband. It digs into your head and just hurts to wear.

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