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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hello Everyone!

 

After seeing the site multiple times I decided to finally become part of the Head-fi family. MY question today is more of asking for some recommendations. I'm looking for a full size pair of headphones for my desk while I'm sitting in my dorm room. I would say that I listen to music for 3-4 hours a day and the genera is varies greatly  with some metal, rap, some classical, and other things like house. I want a pair of headphones that gives me the true sound of what I'm listening to, not something that totally amplifies the bass and distorts what the music should sound like. I have looked at a pair of AKG K-240 Studio Headphones and I didn't know if anyone had some information on them. I am very open to suggestions but I am looking to spend <$150 on these. Also, if need be for the headphones suggested, could I also get some recommendations of fair prices amplifiers? I know people had said for example that the AKG's may need one as many higher end headphones need more power to reach there full potential. 

 

Thanks,

Tracer9191

post #2 of 16

AKG K240Studio could be a choice but it indeed need some amps to have a much better sound, even though it is easy to be driven by PCs, this could be a common sense on most of full-sized headphones, especially when you intend to play classical music.

 

While the "true sound" might not be quite practical as the the sound is significantly distorted when it is recorded(There are lots of limitations even though the recording equipments are on the top line). What you may think of could be a fairly natural or an analytical sound. For the former one you may have a relax and pleasant music experience while the latter one will provide you much clearer and preciser sound, if they are on the same level. 

 

My suggestion is you could try some headphones that are easy to have a good sound considering you may buy amps in the future, such as

 

Denon D1100/1001 : relax sound and, may be, all-rounder, but not extremely easy to drive

 

Sennheiser HD555/595 : good sound stage and a bit slow bass, ideal for symphonies. 595 may sound a little better than 555 on PCs, i.e need an amp

 

Sennheiser HD380pro : analytical and full vocals, deep but few bass, highs are good but the trebles are a bit recessed, better use amps

 

Shure SRH840 : good highs and sweet vocals, better with amps to have a good performance on solos

 

AudioTechnica ATH-M50 : sounds a bit slow, ideal for vocals, extremely easy to drive 

 

Grado SR-80 : warm vocals and bass, fast, ideal for vocals and rock, easy to drive

 

and many more... biggrin.gif


Edited by maudemaude - 11/16/10 at 7:29am
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

I looked into many of the suggestions that you listed here and have actually narrowed it down to two. The M50's and the Shure SRH-750 DJ's. Yes, I know that they both have very big low end bass to them, and I am fine with that. So between these two, where would you go? Also does it hurt to run phones with out an amp and eventually add one? I just wanted to make sure they wouldn't get use to playing at a certain power level and then hurt them with I get something like a desktop tube amp.

 

Thanks!

post #4 of 16

+1 on the m50s..there are plenty of threads regarding them since they are a popular phone right now. check them out and see if thats what you are looking for. GL

post #5 of 16


No, you're headphones won't get "used" to playing at some certain power level, you'll be fine.  You should also consider Alessandro ms1's (or grado sr80s if you prefer more bass) though since they're good with rock and metal and can kindof good with classical, not sure about rap.  I've heard m50's are good as well though.
 

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Originally Posted by tracer9191 View Post

I looked into many of the suggestions that you listed here and have actually narrowed it down to two. The M50's and the Shure SRH-750 DJ's. Yes, I know that they both have very big low end bass to them, and I am fine with that. So between these two, where would you go? Also does it hurt to run phones with out an amp and eventually add one? I just wanted to make sure they wouldn't get use to playing at a certain power level and then hurt them with I get something like a desktop tube amp.

 

Thanks!

post #6 of 16

Btw forgot to mention...

Welcome to Headfi and sorry about your wallet!

post #7 of 16

Based on your requirements, M50 and SRH-750DJ would be a poor choice. The SRH-750DJ is as far away from neutral as you can get probably. It's very bass heavy, probably even more so than my D2000. The M50 is also too bass heavy and I found it a terrible for a lot of genres and it's bad for people that put vocal quality very high on their priorities. To me, vocals are not as forward as i'd like. The bass on the M50 wasn't very well controlled at all. The D2000 on the other hand is much better controlled when properly amped. The M50's soundstage is also not that good, but about average for a closed headphone. Despite all this, it's still a good headphone. I'd give the sound quality an 8/10. The k240 a 8.75 and the SRH-840 an 8.5.

 

The k240 Studio fits your requirements more than any other headphone I can think of. It's not that hard to drive really. It does sound best with amp but I think it was fine out of my Ipod Touch, but I use it amped. A few others have reported that it's not all that hard to drive.

 

Out of the dozens of headphones i've tried it's one of the few that seems to work well for every genre. It's also semi-open and would also work well for games and movies. It's not quite neutral, but close. It does have more bass than a few other headphones like it, but it's not bass heavy. To me, it's a far better headphone than the M50. People who want a ton of bass would prefer the M50 of course. The M50 is also far easier to drive.

 

BTW I had the black boxed version of the M50. The M50 in the white box version may sound slightly different.


Edited by tdockweiler - 11/16/10 at 4:48pm
post #8 of 16

You might want to consider the Hd555s as well since they are good all rounders and its fairly neutral staying true to the music.

post #9 of 16

The problem with recommending headphones is that the OP listens to "metal, classical, and rap" (and variety)  which are so different so that one headphone that is good for one of them would not work for the orther two.  Ex. Grado sr80's are good for metal but the soundstage and upfront presentation would ruin classical music.  AD700s have the soundstate and mids for classical but no bass, which I would think kills rap.  M50's would be good for rap (just a guess, don't actually listen to rap) but aren't the best for metal or classic.  I guess for all rounders I'll restate ms1s and +1 on the hd555, ms1s edging towards the rock/metal side of music and hd555s in the everythnig else category minus rap/hiphop/electronica and other bass heavy music.

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

After running through my Itunes collection and what I have in CD's, its mostly Hip-Hop, rap, rock, electronic, and some drum and bass. Maybe a little country thrown in there too. Change any of the suggestions or put me in a different market? Also, any recommendations on amp that don't cost an arm and a leg? (oxymoron) 

post #11 of 16

Welcome to Head-Fi (sorry about your wallet). 

 

What's your total budget for headphones and other equipment? And what other equipment will you be plugging into? You'll want closed headphones for use in a dorm. 
 

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I'm looking for a full size pair of headphones for my desk while I'm sitting in my dorm room. 


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Also, any recommendations on amp that don't cost an arm and a leg? (oxymoron) 

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am looking at spending about $150 or less on these as they are going to be my first set of high quality phones. Genera: Hip-Hop, rap, rock, electronic, and some drum and bass. Maybe a little country thrown in there too. I'll be using these at my desk as I use skull candies for out and about as I want to keep these nice. They will be hooked up to my Mac Book to start with but I am hoping to add an amplifier. Any suggestions for either some sort of solid state or tube amplifiers for $150 or less? I guess I could always get one from the B/S/T thread too.

post #13 of 16


Seriously, the k240 is one of the few headphones that will work well for almost any genre. It's just fine for rap, metal, electronic music, rock, even classical. It'd be neutral if it wasn't for it's bass. It's not quite a studio monitor to me because of this. I honestly can't think of any other headphone that's good for every genre and i've tried maybe two dozen.

 

There are very few desktop amps for under $150 it seems like. The only option i'm aware of is the E9 for $129. I got my Asgard for $200 and i'm perfectly happy with it. It even drives my k601 quite well.

 

With the k240 Studio, even a portamp amp would be enough. Even the $20 E5 might work! I haven't tried it yet and many have reported they can be driven out of some larger Mp3 players.

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Originally Posted by tracer9191 View Post

I am looking at spending about $150 or less on these as they are going to be my first set of high quality phones. Genera: Hip-Hop, rap, rock, electronic, and some drum and bass. Maybe a little country thrown in there too. I'll be using these at my desk as I use skull candies for out and about as I want to keep these nice. They will be hooked up to my Mac Book to start with but I am hoping to add an amplifier. Any suggestions for either some sort of solid state or tube amplifiers for $150 or less? I guess I could always get one from the B/S/T thread too.

post #14 of 16

Heavy metal and classical music best sounds on Grado. Electronic music sounds best on Ultrasone IMHO.

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

If I was going to go the AKG route would the 172 HD sound any better than the 240 studios? found a pair for 165 on amazon

 

http://www.amazon.com/Akg-K172Hd-High-Definition-Headphones/dp/B0012XTJ3S/ref=sr_1_71?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1290036200&sr=1-71 

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