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13 years old, Now trying to find an amp! Headphones have been found!

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Hey all,

 

New to all this stuff, please welcome me lol.

 

I found a somewhat old pioneer cassette deck and amp. Family has never used it. Don't know anything about it (will ask in another thread) and I'm trying to find some decent headphones for home listening, I listen to all kinds of different music, from Philip Glass to Daft Punk to Jimi Hendrix. I'll be happy with really any headphone/earbud/IEM, etc, but I don't want any noise cancelling/sound isolating headphones. I'd also like it to be durable (I built a gaming computer, may ragequit often), removable cables would be nice but not necessary. Please, nothing above 200 dollars.

 

BTW I think the sleek sa7 looks beyond shmexeh, but I cant get it frown.gif

post #2 of 392

get an ATH-M50 and run away.  

post #3 of 392

Or the Shure SRH840. Or the Sennheiser HD215.

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Get the Skullcandy Hesh. SRH-840 sounds just as good, but not quite. SRH-840 isn't as good because the volume is too low  with my Ipod Shuffle.

I suggest a recable though to bring out the soundstage. You can get a fairly good one for around $240, buy they're easy to solder on.

I took mine in to have Uncle Ernie (he's an audiophile) do it and he only charged me $50

 

My mom grounded me though the next day because I used her credit card to pay him for it.

I had no money left over because I spent 2 summers mowing lawns to buy the cable.

Oh and my dog ran away

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Get the Skullcandy Hesh.



definately not! I once owned a set ifrogz DJ headphones and that is absolutely the last time I'm ever going to own anything of the sort. I'm thinking of a nice set of Grados, or Beyerdynamic 990 pros

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Originally Posted by KuKuBuKu View Post





definately not! I once owned a set ifrogz DJ headphones and that is absolutely the last time I'm ever going to own anything of the sort. I'm thinking of a nice set of Grados, or Beyerdynamic 990 pros

 

Sorry, I wasn't serious!

I'd definitely look into the Shure SRH-440, 840 or Audio Technica ATH-M50.

The Creative Aurvana Live is also pretty good and it's only $70 or so.
 

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Get the Skullcandy Hesh. SRH-840 sounds just as good, but not quite. SRH-840 isn't as good because the volume is too low  with my Ipod Shuffle.

I suggest a recable though to bring out the soundstage. You can get a fairly good one for around $240, buy they're easy to solder on.

I took mine in to have Uncle Ernie (he's an audiophile) do it and he only charged me $50

 

My mom grounded me though the next day because I used her credit card to pay him for it.

I had no money left over because I spent 2 summers mowing lawns to buy the cable.

Oh and my dog ran away


WHAT THE F

 

Oh, you were joking. Phew.

 

@KuKuBuKu

Welcome to Head-Fi, sorry about your young and tender wallet. Get something and get out before your life force is drained by DACs and amplifiers. M50 is a good option, but there are others and if you don't mind going open you can get the HD 555 or a Beyer DT880, which are great for gaming.

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Dont get the M50's for gaming, you should go with an open headphone unless you need the sound blocking of a closed set

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Originally Posted by anon55 View Post

Dont get the M50's for gaming, you should go with an open headphone unless you need the sound blocking of a closed set


 

Why? There are many great closed-back headphones.

post #10 of 392

^Because an open headphone typically has an expansive and more 3D soundstage... at this price point, when I compare closed headphones to my lowly Koss PortaPro, they make it sound like I am in a cave, with reverberations and echoes crammed in a small space between my ears. Open and closed headphones may sound equally good in general, but when it comes to soundstage, the open headphone nearly always wins, except when it comes to Grado, that manages to  make an open headphone sound like a cramped shrill IEM with no bass due to the overly efficient treble reproduction.

 

OP: If your stereo has an EQ, I would get the Shure SRH-840, because of it's huge potential to handle bass. Using the EQ on my Cowon S9, I can really get it pounding, and have no audible distortion.

 

If you want an amazing soundstage like the one described above, get the Koss PortaPro on a budget, or the Audio Technica ATH AD-700 for an even more enveloping experience, minus some bass.

 

If you are able to get used to accuracy above all else, get the Etymotic Mc5 and call it a day, they are the most natural sounding IEMs. It also offers the best isolation of any other brand of earphone I know of.

post #11 of 392

1+  Audiotechnica M50  outstanding bang/buck + durability

post #12 of 392

+1 M50

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Originally Posted by anon55 View Post

Dont get the M50's for gaming, you should go with an open headphone unless you need the sound blocking of a closed set



X2.  I liked my open $150 Grado SR225 about as much as my closed $800 D7000 and it absolutely killed my other 5 closed headphones in sound quality (including SRH840, D5000, etc. etc).  And my open $200 HD600 beat even the D7000 with the right amp. 

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Do you guys seriously think that a 13 year old is going to enjoy the Shure SRH840's???

 

I'm almost 40 and I find them boring as hell.

post #15 of 392

why why why why why do you find them boring.  why

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