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post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 

Does the perfect set of headphones for me exist?  If so, I haven't seen them......yet.  Anyone up to the challenge of finding a pair that meets this description:

 

- on-ear/earpad
- GREAT bass (quantity & quality; deep, tight, hard-hitting)
- good isolation (closed)
- decent soundstage (doesn't sound like music is coming from a long, narrow tube)
- good sound quality (decent amount of details heard)
- not-so-harsh highs (fatigue)
- single-sided cable
- right "L" angled adapter
- easily driven unamped by portable mp3 player
- can be found for less than $200 in great-to-new condition without worrying about being fakes

 

Right now I have a pair of Monster Turbine Pro Golds.  I like them, but I would be in love if they were on-ear instead of IEM's, and if they had more bass quantity.  What do you think?

post #2 of 32
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Wow....22 views and no responses.  Maybe they don't exist?

post #3 of 32
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp16 View Post

Wow....22 views and no responses.  Maybe they don't exist?


Most definitely, too many prerequisites.  But there are great IEM below 200 USD which may or may not meet at least 60% of your standards:

Check  this ones:

Radius DDM,

FA DBA-02

Pony HJE900

RE0

 

Did I miss any?

post #4 of 32

Sennheiser PMX-100 II's or HD 238's on the low-end, or their HD 25 getting up there. Maybe try for a vintage Ortho?

 

It's not featured on head-fi much, but you could try out the Phiaton PS 320. If you find a place with a good return policy, you could give it a try. If you don't like it, you can still give a review on head-fi, and help others out.

post #5 of 32

HD25-1 II is pretty much on there,

post #6 of 32
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I know.  That's why I kind of set up the question like that, as "perfect," when I have so many requirements.  As for IEM's, I already have the golds and they aren't bad at all, I just would greatly prefer on-ear 'phones.  So that's what my next purchase will definitely be.  I guess I should've listed my preferences according to priority:

 

1)  closed on-ear (definitely not IEM's)

2)  Great bass quantity, good quality

3)  easily driven by unamped mp3 player

4)  < $200 street price/sale

5)  decent soundstage (doesn't sound like music is coming from long, narrow tube)

6)  good sound quality  (not audiophile, but decent detail/clarity)

 

I guess I don't have to included "good isolation" since they should be good enough being fully closed.  Don't need to specify "not-so-harsh highs" since they're bass heavy.  And the single-sided cord with right angle adapter is preference and shouldn't be required, but would still be nice. 

 

I've been recommended the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II's, but I've heard they can be difficult to push unamped on a portable.  Also I'm guessing they don't have enough bass. 

 

I tried the Monster Beats Solo HD's, and I wanted to love them because they were very comfortable, isolated great, and had the cable I liked, but the sound was awful.  No bass and sounded like the music was coming through a thin, 10 ft pole or something.  So I figured the regular Solo's were the same way.  Anyone know if that's the case or if the one's I tried maybe were faulty?

 

Also, the AKG K 450's look interesting. 

 

Any thoughts?


Edited by bigdaddyp16 - 9/11/10 at 9:02am
post #7 of 32

Shure 750DJ?

post #8 of 32
Thread Starter 

Those seem to be full-size, over-the-ears.  I would greatly prefer on-the-ears since they're generally more portable/less bulky, more comfortable over long periods (heat), and are easier to push on an unamped portable.  But those do look really nice. 
 

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Shure 750DJ?

post #9 of 32
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Those 1st 2 seem to be open 'phones.  Although the HD 228's are closed and seem similar.  Not sure how the bass is on them, though.  Harder-hitting than my Golds?  And I haven't looked into the Phiaton's.  I'll have to read up on them. 

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Originally Posted by Sambones View Post

Sennheiser PMX-100 II's or HD 238's on the low-end, or their HD 25 getting up there. Maybe try for a vintage Ortho?

 

It's not featured on head-fi much, but you could try out the Phiaton PS 320. If you find a place with a good return policy, you could give it a try. If you don't like it, you can still give a review on head-fi, and help others out.

post #10 of 32
Thread Starter 

Scratch the Phiaton's.  Read a couple reviews and both mentioned a con of having weak bass. 

post #11 of 32

HD228 bass is just right, its plenty but dont quite have the punch of the golds.

post #12 of 32
Thread Starter 


I'm actually looking for more punch than the Golds.  I guess it's safe to say I'm pretty much a bass head.  I didn't really have enough experience in headphones to know this until recently.  I blame my broken JBL Reference 410's.  I adored the bass they put out.  Lot's of quantity, but the sound quality was sub-par.  The Golds have better bass quality, though.  Still, my next 'phone purchase must be on-ear AND have more bass quantity than the Golds. 

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HD228 bass is just right, its plenty but dont quite have the punch of the golds.

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Originally Posted by bigdaddyp16 View Post

Those seem to be full-size, over-the-ears.  I would greatly prefer on-the-ears since they're generally more portable/less bulky, more comfortable over long periods (heat), and are easier to push on an unamped portable.  But those do look really nice. 
 


 


The shure 750DJ is not a fullsize headphone, they're not much bigger than the akg k450, sit on your ear and have a lot of bass

Not sure about comfortable though

post #14 of 32
Thread Starter 

These?

 

They look big and are labeled as full-size. 

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The shure 750DJ is not a fullsize headphone, they're not much bigger than the akg k450, sit on your ear and have a lot of bass

Not sure about comfortable though

post #15 of 32

I second the person who said HD25-1 IIs.

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