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post #16 of 23

on my part, I recommend DT880. Best Headphones

post #17 of 23
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im located in australia and am currently contemplating

AD900 $323AUD local seller

DT880 600ohm version $249USD from amazon

K 701 $305ISD from amazon

K 702 $277USD from amazon (might as well get these instead of 701? same headphone but cheaper?)

at the moment the AUD/USD is pretty much 1:1 so yeah

 

also my mate is looking to upgrade his onboard sound with the hd485 i've recommended him essence st/x and the AD700, others seem to agree this would be a good combo though i've seen people here say the AD900 dont need amplification so they might be a better option? he listens to similar music as me

 

cheers



Good luck ordering headphones from Amazon into Australia. 

post #18 of 23

Add Grado into your consideration especially you like rock.

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by cdtoaster View Post

hey guys, i've been coming here for ages reading threads so i thought i might join and get another opinion, especially since it often comes to personal preference.

 

currently im using a essence ST with the HD555, one thing id like to note is that i've read reviews saying these are weak on the bass and can be harsh sounding. i've been quite happy with the bass (ive done the "595 mod") and cant really comment on the harshness since i've not had many phones to compare them with but they sound pretty good.

 

i've bought a kit for the bottlehead crack transformer-less tube headphone amp and would like a new pair of headphones to suit this setup.

 

personally i prefer headphones which are light and open and i like the warmer/natural sound not so much technical. the music listened to would be a range, its mostly the electronic and older rock i will listen to.

in terms of genre:
electronic: ambient, psychill, trance, psytrance, vocal trance, progressive trance, liquid DnB, dubstep-like stuff
other music: black sabbath, pink floyd, tool, fischer-z rage against the machine, some classical.
metal: power, symphonic, folk

 

i've been leaning towards the k701/2

 

im located in australia and am currently contemplating

AD900 $323AUD local seller

DT880 600ohm version $249USD from amazon

K 701 $305ISD from amazon

K 702 $277USD from amazon (might as well get these instead of 701? same headphone but cheaper?)

at the moment the AUD/USD is pretty much 1:1 so yeah

 

also my mate is looking to upgrade his onboard sound with the hd485 i've recommended him essence st/x and the AD700, others seem to agree this would be a good combo though i've seen people here say the AD900 dont need amplification so they might be a better option? he listens to similar music as me

 

cheers

 

I don't think the K701 would be a good choice for you as I think they don't suit rock that well and they are not the best match for the amp you bought. Sennheiser might be a little too laid back for your music. The DT880 would be a good choice for you I guess. They can handle every music genre imo including films. 

 

Best of both worlds would be to own something for your slower electronic (a Beyer would be perfect) and a Grado for your faster rock music.evil_smiley.gif

 


 

post #20 of 23

I see you bought the Crack kit from the OCAU group buy beerchug.gif

 

IMO skip the 70x, they sound like shite. AD900 probably wont suit the Crack either.

 

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Good luck ordering headphones from Amazon into Australia. 


Not hard. Just use a mail forwarding service. Depending on what you buy it'll probably still come out cheaper than buying from shops over here anyway.

 

 

@apatN: another person with a festive avatar, yeh!

post #21 of 23

As an owner (and a satisfied one at that), I can tell you that the DT880 is most definitely not "warm" or, by most accounts, "natural", at least as it relates to a lot of produced, amplified (i.e. non-classical) music. It's pitched toward the bright, analytical end of the spectrum, which is exactly what you say you don't want. I'm a little confused by the recommendations, therefore. After Senns they'll come as a huge shock. I really like mine for classical, and they're fairly competent for most other things, but they're definitely a little light on bass (though long on extension--they go hella deep, just not loud in that range), though most of the range is remarkably coherent and smooth.

 

They're tipped up in the treble, which gives them their analytical and somewhat cold cast. They're not tinny, but very slightly strident, if that makes sense. They don't have thin treble; they have strong treble. Again, I don't know if this quite makes sense, but that's the best way I can describe it without going into audiophile terminology (in which case I would say they have level upper midrange and strong lower treble/treble).

 

I'd say nothing on your list really seems to be what you're after, as everything there is considered bright and airy. The DT990 (never heard one, though I'd like to) will have the bass foundation most of your music choices would need (maybe even too much!), but with even brighter treble than the DT880. If you're looking for an open set, I'd say wait a while, save up, and look higher into the Sennheiser lineup. The HD650 often gets knocked as a rock can, but it also frequently gets the "warm/natural" moniker, so it might work for you, especially if you already like your HD555.

 

Hopefully this helps, and hopefully I haven't strayed into the tl;dr realm.

post #22 of 23

I never found DT880s to sound cold. Especially not the 600ohmer.

post #23 of 23

I find the DT880 to be pretty neutral in balance myself.

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