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Originally Posted by OPTiK View Post
Looking for a good pair of headphones for $40 that are also aesthetically pleasing since they will be for my niece and nephew. I want something that does well with everything lol.

Suggestions?

Panasonic RP-HTF600-S

Samson SR850 (made by Superlux)

The Panasonic has more bass then the Samson.
 

 

 

post #10007 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Exodusx32 View Post
They're both about the same price here in Sweden. Is there any other differences in sound than less bass in the 32 Ohm version?


In the Beyerdynamic DT770 series the 32-Ohm has the least bass, the 80-Ohm has the most.

The 600-Ohm Premium has the best sound and the 250-Ohm Pro is a close second.

I believe the 32-Ohm is "Premium" and of course the 80-Ohm is Pro.

The Premium version(s) are a little more comfortable and slightly less champing force around the ears.

The Pro(s) has a slightly tighter champ on the ears, better seal for working in the studio.

I own the 250 Pro and 80 Pro versions and I find them very comfortable.

 

I usually push for the 250-Ohm Pros over the 32-Ohm Premium because the 250-Ohm Pros are usually around $75 (USA) cheaper then the 32-Ohm Premiums.

Which is $75 one can spend for a decent headphone amplifier.

 

 

post #10008 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post


In the Beyerdynamic DT770 series the 32-Ohm has the least bass, the 80-Ohm has the most.

The 600-Ohm Premium has the best sound and the 250-Ohm Pro is a close second.

I believe the 32-Ohm is "Premium" and of course the 80-Ohm is Pro.

The Premium version(s) are a little more comfortable and slightly less champing force around the ears.

The Pro(s) has a slightly tighter champ on the ears, better seal for working in the studio.

I own the 250 Pro and 80 Pro versions and I find them very comfortable.

 

I usually push for the 250-Ohm Pros over the 32-Ohm Premium because the 250-Ohm Pros are usually around $75 (USA) cheaper then the 32-Ohm Premiums.

Which is $75 one can spend for a decent headphone amplifier.

 

 



Here in Sweden the 32, 80 and 250 Ohm all cost pretty much the same and the 600 Ohm is way more expensive. It seems like the 32 and 80 Ohm are the same with the only exception of the impedance, not sure though. As far as amps go I've only got a PA2V2 pocket amp and I can't buy one for more than something around $70. Would the amp be able to handle the 250 Ohm or is there any amp for $70 or less that could? How are the headphones for listening to melodeath?


Edited by Exodusx32 - 12/10/11 at 5:14pm
post #10009 of 29490
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Originally Posted by OPTiK View Post

Looking for a good pair of headphones for $40 that are also aesthetically pleasing since they will be for my niece and nephew. I want something that does well with everything lol.

 

Suggestions?



PX100 or PX200 maybe?  The latter has less bass (bad for young tastes) but are closed, which could help them listen at lower volumes and they come in white.  I saw Queen Latifah wearing the PX200 on a plane once.

post #10010 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


The best I've (not) heard in full sized headphones: 

Beyerdynamic DT770 (there's the drummer version which is the 770M which isolates even more but loses a bit of sound quality), and get gel pads for even more isolation

Senn HD280/380, Senn PXC350/450 (which is the 380 with active noise cancellation on top)


Thank you. I will check out some reviews and such on these headphones. The 770M look really good from the manufacturer's specs. I wonder if the 35dBA attenuation is for real or over-rated? If it's for real, that might just be the perfect headphones for me!

 

If anyone's wondering why I'm not going for in-ear earphones, main reason is that they keep getting clogged with earwax which is extremely annoying. I don't listen to music at loud levels, but my ears produce a lot of wax regardless. Also the in-ear earphones can cause some discomfort after several hours use. I have a half-decent pair of Sony circumaural headphones which I can wear pretty much indefinitely with no discomfort at all. However they are open-back so they do not attenuate noise at all.


 

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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post

Honestly, if your main priority is noise attenuation, I say that you just get a pair of actively cancelling headphones. The higher-end Bose models don't sound the best for the price, but from my experience their noise cancelling functions work quite well. You might also want to look into the ANC offerings from other brands like Sony, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica.


 

There seems to be very mixed opinions about noise cancelling headphones. Many say they are great for attenuating repetitive, low-frequency noise but aren't very good for higher frequencies and impulse noises. Also many people say the noise cancellation circuitry has quite an impact on audio quality.

 

I guess I'll have to go to a retail store and try out some ANC headphones. Local stores are unlikely to have anything high-end though.

 

From what I can find about the Bose ANC headphones, you get no sound at all if the batteries are dead. Doesn't seem like a very good "feature".

post #10011 of 29490

Are in ears an option?
 

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Originally Posted by TehMG View Post


Thank you. I will check out some reviews and such on these headphones. The 770M look really good from the manufacturer's specs. I wonder if the 35dBA attenuation is for real or over-rated? If it's for real, that might just be the perfect headphones for me!

 

If anyone's wondering why I'm not going for in-ear earphones, main reason is that they keep getting clogged with earwax which is extremely annoying. I don't listen to music at loud levels, but my ears produce a lot of wax regardless. Also the in-ear earphones can cause some discomfort after several hours use. I have a half-decent pair of Sony circumaural headphones which I can wear pretty much indefinitely with no discomfort at all. However they are open-back so they do not attenuate noise at all.


 


 

There seems to be very mixed opinions about noise cancelling headphones. Many say they are great for attenuating repetitive, low-frequency noise but aren't very good for higher frequencies and impulse noises. Also many people say the noise cancellation circuitry has quite an impact on audio quality.

 

I guess I'll have to go to a retail store and try out some ANC headphones. Local stores are unlikely to have anything high-end though.

 

From what I can find about the Bose ANC headphones, you get no sound at all if the batteries are dead. Doesn't seem like a very good "feature".



 

post #10012 of 29490

I need a comfortable pair of full size headphones mostly for listening at home but also while traveling occasionally. So they have to be fairly durable and not leak too much sound. I listen to mostly rock, metal, indie rock, pop and a bit of electronic. I have narrowed my choices down to two. The sennheiser hd558 and the audio technica m50 . Here in Singapore the m50s are being sold for about 40 usd cheaper than the 558s. Any advice? 

post #10013 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Stormcloak View Post

I need a comfortable pair of full size headphones mostly for listening at home but also while traveling occasionally. So they have to be fairly durable and not leak too much sound. I listen to mostly rock, metal, indie rock, pop and a bit of electronic. I have narrowed my choices down to two. The sennheiser hd558 and the audio technica m50 . Here in Singapore the m50s are being sold for about 40 usd cheaper than the 558s. Any advice? 



 

Forgot to mention that I will be listening to these headphones on my iPod, phone and 13 inch MacBook pro. I may think about getting a portable amp later but right now it's out of my budget.

post #10014 of 29490
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Originally Posted by elemein View Post

" You have to order Alessandro headphones directly from their site. I don't think they're available anywhere else as far as I know. Grado/Alessandro headphones have no isolation whatsoever, making them unsuitable for quiet places like a library, or noisy environments. I would say the MS1 is on par with or slightly above the SR80. Honestly I have trouble differentiating between the 60/80/MS1/125/225; they are all quite close.

 

Given your requirements, I still say the Sony V6/7506 is your best choice. Decent isolation, good durability, portable. "

 

Yeah I decided to go looking around on head-fi reviews of the SR60 and MS1 and the consensus seems that for comfort, you either have to wait a long time to get accustomed to it, or mod it (I dont mind modding it, but I'd rather not if its just for comfort), their isolation is moot, some reviews say people from 5m away from the headphones can hear ttheir music loud and clear even if the headphones are at full volume load. Also, Im personally not as much as a fan of the design as the SRH750DJ or V6, so really, the only thing alluring me so much were the reviews that the sound quality is amazing, I somehow overlooked that these headphones are about as open as they get and the isolation is moot, so the beautiful music you're going to hear is going to be muddled by outside noises or everyone else in the room can hear your music. Also the fact you cant order MS1's from amazon is a bummer. I think I'm going to drop those from my shortlist.

 

Also, any comments on the SRH750DJ? No one has ever said anything about them when I mentioned them.

 

And what's the real-world difference between the V6 and 7506 Sony 's? Is one better than the other? One more expensive?

 

And finally I'd like to really thank you! You've been such a great help to me! You're awesome ^w^

 

Edit: I went looking around a bit more again and found most people saying the build quality of the SRH750s to be only okay, and the comfort to be quite bad. On top of that, some people said it will only fit for people with small heads, and I myself have an averageish-larger head. I think this may be a problem for me. And other say the extender is weak, which I really hate since my DJ-RPS400s had weak extenders, and I dont want a relapse of returning the phones to amazon every other month. Have you any experience with these headphones so that I can see if these headphones will fit my needs?

 

Also, any other headphones you can reccomend, or only the V6 and 7506? :D Thanks again!


I felt the 750 were reasonably comfortable, and I have a large head. Soundwise they are V shaped with a moderately punchy bass. Their construction feels durable, though I didn't really try abusing them to any degree. 

 

For others to consider, maybe the Shure 440, KRK 6400, Senn HD280, Beyer DT250... these are all studio headphones that you should be able to find in music stores. 


 

 

 


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Originally Posted by Posam View Post

I was thinking about replacing my Sony XB500s with a pair of v moda m80s as I have been listening to much more rock than I used to but i still don't know if they will provide enough bass as I need. I need something that hits the low end bass when I listen to drum&bass or some rap but be able to play rock very clearly which I don't feel like the sonys can do well enough for me. from what I've read the m80s don't need an amp but would an amp be able to perk up the low end on them without making them muddy (if so what amp that) or is there another pair of headphones that can hit the lows while still get good mids and highs? They don't need to shake my head when played loud like the sonys. I listen to Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Pendulum, A7X, a little blink 182 some deadmou5, faithless, Hendrix, kid cudi, linkin park, wiz khalifa, and a little bit of various dubstep and pop/dance music (this is just more of the common stuff I listen to). I would say I listen to the rock about 60-70% of the time.

 

Gonna add in that I would prefer over ear over on ear but not completely necessary.


The M80 are good, though personally I'd prefer the HD25 for rock. 

 

In a full sized, the M50 is a strong all-rounder. You could also consider a Shure 750/840, Ultrasone HFi780, Denon D2000, etc.

 



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Originally Posted by shadowxeagel View Post

Shure 840 vs ATH m50s. 

I believe both are quite good at noise isolation (IMPORTANT) and can be portable? But which one is better for someone that can range from Skrillex(dubstep/electro)-------Classical 

My total budget is 190>

I'm looking for a cans that are a lil of a mixture of use about mobile and home, like i want to use them while walking around campus but most of the time i'm going to be sitting down/chilling. I'm more of in the middle about being a basshead and an audiophile balance. Fit is generally not a problem, avg sized head. Thanks in advance!


The 840 is a bit more balanced and isolates more. The M50 has a punchier sound and is is lighter and folds up smaller. 

 



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Originally Posted by Stormcloak View Post

I need a comfortable pair of full size headphones mostly for listening at home but also while traveling occasionally. So they have to be fairly durable and not leak too much sound. I listen to mostly rock, metal, indie rock, pop and a bit of electronic. I have narrowed my choices down to two. The sennheiser hd558 and the audio technica m50 . Here in Singapore the m50s are being sold for about 40 usd cheaper than the 558s. Any advice? 


Definitely the M50 if you're going to be using these portably. They are far more durable and provide isolation and fold up for transport. 

 

post #10015 of 29490

I'm new to the headphone scene (never owned a pair), and will be in the market for one during my vacation in Hong Kong next week; hoping you guys can help me out here.

Here are main my criteria:

  • I mainly listen to Electronic Dance Music (lots of Trance and some Hardstyle), all sorts of Metal, and even some Ballad/Classical. I'm not sure if I'm a bass-head, but good bass is definitely desired.
  • The headphones needs to be closed, mainly due to the fact that I will be using them mostly in the office, and I don't want my loud music leaking out distracting others.
  • My budget is about $300 US Dollars. Being a nub, I'm definitely not shelling out a grand for a pair of headphones that I have little knowledge of, plus I wouldn't be able to afford them anyways.

 

Sub criteria/concerns:

  • Good comfort is a plus. I could be using the headphones up to 6 hours in the office.
  • Gaming performance? I don't know how "enthusiast" headphones perform with games, but I'll assume this is a non existent issue. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
  • Durability and portability. It's not like I'll be throwing the headphones around or be using them on the streets, but I will be bringing them to and from the office everyday, and use them at home for gaming as well (hence the point above). This is a minor concern.


After doing a little bit of research on Head-Fi, the Ultrasone HFI-580 seemed to be my best bet. However, someone suggested the Denon AH-D2000 instead. After looking it up, I've become really interested. It seems like the D2000 is a direct upgrade (closed headphones, strong bass) from the HFI-580, although it is also about twice as expensive.

So what do you guys think? Are there any other models that you guys have in mind that matches my criteria? To stretch it even further, is it worth it to get the D5000 instead over the D2000? A lot of people are saying Denon makes the best closed headphones, and they all have good bass, which if this is the case, I could be willing to invest a bit more on a better model, like the D5000.

 

While we're at it, how's the jump from D5000 to D7000? No, I won't be able to afford the D7000, but it would be great to have all three Denon models put into perspective.

Any help would be much appreciated.


Edited by Gravien - 12/11/11 at 12:32am
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Originally Posted by Posam View Post

I was thinking about replacing my Sony XB500s with a pair of v moda m80s as I have been listening to much more rock than I used to but i still don't know if they will provide enough bass as I need. I need something that hits the low end bass when I listen to drum&bass or some rap but be able to play rock very clearly which I don't feel like the sonys can do well enough for me. from what I've read the m80s don't need an amp but would an amp be able to perk up the low end on them without making them muddy (if so what amp that) or is there another pair of headphones that can hit the lows while still get good mids and highs? They don't need to shake my head when played loud like the sonys. I listen to Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Pendulum, A7X, a little blink 182 some deadmou5, faithless, Hendrix, kid cudi, linkin park, wiz khalifa, and a little bit of various dubstep and pop/dance music (this is just more of the common stuff I listen to). I would say I listen to the rock about 60-70% of the time.

 

Gonna add in that I would prefer over ear over on ear but not completely necessary.


The M80 are good, though personally I'd prefer the HD25 for rock. 

 

In a full sized, the M50 is a strong all-rounder. You could also consider a Shure 750/840, Ultrasone HFi780, Denon D2000, etc.

 

 

I have considered the denon d2000 and they seem (based off what others are saying) to be exactly what i want however they are over $300 plus it is recommended to have an amp so it is way out of my price range. (unless i can find it for around 230 or less).

I'm concerned that the shure 840s might be too revealing but i will listen to them at a guitar center... 

SOOoo.. basically where can I find some denons for cheap and what cheap amp Zo2 or otherwise that is around $100 or less would pair well with them? Otherwise I'm feeling the m80s and z02 if I think they need more bass still.

 

post #10017 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Gravien View Post

I'm new to the headphone scene (never owned a pair), and will be in the market for one during my vacation in Hong Kong next week; hoping you guys can help me out here.

Here are main my criteria:

  • I mainly listen to Electronic Dance Music (lots of Trance and some Hardstyle), all sorts of Metal, and even some Ballad/Classical. I'm not sure if I'm a bass-head, but good bass is definitely desired.
  • The headphones needs to be closed, mainly due to the fact that I will be using them mostly in the office, and I don't want my loud music leaking out distracting others.
  • My budget is about $300 US Dollars. Being a nub, I'm definitely not shelling out a grand for a pair of headphones that I have little knowledge of, plus I wouldn't be able to afford them anyways.

 

Sub criteria/concerns:

  • Good comfort is a plus. I could be using the headphones up to 6 hours in the office.
  • Gaming performance? I don't know how "enthusiast" headphones perform with games, but I'll assume this is a non existent issue. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
  • Durability and portability. It's not like I'll be throwing the headphones around or be using them on the streets, but I will be bringing them to and from the office everyday, and use them at home for gaming as well (hence the point above). This is a minor concern.


After doing a little bit of research on Head-Fi, the Ultrasone HFI-580 seemed to be my best bet. However, someone suggested the Denon AH-D2000 instead. After looking it up, I've become really interested. It seems like the D2000 is a direct upgrade (closed headphones, strong bass) from the HFI-580, although it is also about twice as expensive.

So what do you guys think? Are there any other models that you guys have in mind that matches my criteria? To stretch it even further, is it worth it to get the D5000 instead over the D2000? A lot of people are saying Denon makes the best closed headphones, and they all have good bass, which if this is the case, I could be willing to invest a bit more on a better model, like the D5000.

 

While we're at it, how's the jump from D5000 to D7000? No, I won't be able to afford the D7000, but it would be great to have all three Denon models put into perspective.

Any help would be much appreciated.


The D5000 has different drivers. The D7000 is just a cup upgrade. That said, I wouldn't really want to carry a Denon around. They aren't the most durable of headphones. The Ultrasone would be much better suited, and also folds up better for travel. Actually, the Pro750 might even be better as it's a bit more solid and comes with a case. 

 



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Originally Posted by Posam View Post

I have considered the denon d2000 and they seem (based off what others are saying) to be exactly what i want however they are over $300 plus it is recommended to have an amp so it is way out of my price range. (unless i can find it for around 230 or less).

I'm concerned that the shure 840s might be too revealing but i will listen to them at a guitar center... 

SOOoo.. basically where can I find some denons for cheap and what cheap amp Zo2 or otherwise that is around $100 or less would pair well with them? Otherwise I'm feeling the m80s and z02 if I think they need more bass still.

 


The D2000 do not really need an amp. They seem to be getting harder to find now though. I know you used to be able to find them for $250 on sale.

 

post #10018 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


The D5000 has different drivers. The D7000 is just a cup upgrade. That said, I wouldn't really want to carry a Denon around. They aren't the most durable of headphones. The Ultrasone would be much better suited, and also folds up better for travel. Actually, the Pro750 might even be better as it's a bit more solid and comes with a case. 


Thanks for the reply.

 

Regarding the transportation scenario, it's basically unplug the headphone, put it in my car and drive home/to work, on a daily basis. I think I should be OK with that... :P

 

After further research, at this point, it seems like I'm really set to get the D2000. Can you please elaborate on the D5000 vs D2000 a bit more? How does the different driver perform?

post #10019 of 29490

I'm quite sure it's the other way around, D2000 and D5000 is the same headphones with different cups and cables and D7000 is different all together.


Edited by Guldkrull - 12/11/11 at 2:11am
post #10020 of 29490

Hi,

 

I was deciding between the Sennheiser hd439 and the Sennheiser hd558.

 

Since the hd558 has a greater quality I'd go for that one but the headset is a bit "open" and I don't like sound leaking.

 

Is there anything similar to hd558 in quality (maybe even from the same brand) but that doesn't leak sound as much? also in a close price range?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

EDIT: Should not require an amp. Maybe as a plis but should get good quality without it already..


Edited by m4co - 12/11/11 at 2:46am
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