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post #10141 of 29490
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Originally Posted by pasan View Post

Hello all, I'm looking for a pair of headphones that will (in sound) be the headphone equivalent of my JVC FXT90s. I previously thought of myself as a basshead, but its becoming clear that I very much enjoy sharp, crystal clear mids and highs as well. I listen to a lot of electronica and electronic orchestral music, and I believe the soundstage and the overall fun factor is second to none. The FXT90, I use with my Rockbox Clip+ with a slight EQ bump in 50-60Hz frequencies. I have a Digizoid ZO2 on the way for use with my Zune 120, and am considering:

 

a) BeyerdynamicsDT880 Pro (250 ohm)

b) AKG K701/2

 

Since I'm still very much a n00b, I have no idea how far off my expectations and assumptions are, and would love some feedback on my choices, and indeed any other viable alternatives to them. My budget ceiling currently remains at around $350.



DT990s are coming down in price these days

post #10142 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ThatOneDudeSam View Post

I was looking for some headphones for around 100$. I want them for listening to music (mostly portable music) and gaming. I listen to mostly like rock and alternative. Im not sure if im a bass head or not but i guess you can say i like the little "thump" you get. I was looking at the Audio-Technica ATH-M50, but im not sure if their any good for playing video games or not. Their currently priced at 160$ and i dont think i wana spend more than that. Also, would anyone recommend me buying refurbished headphones http://www.soundprofessionals.com/cgi-bin/gold/category.cgi?item=ATH-M50s-FR&source=bing? Is there any other headphones you would recommend other than the ad700s, because i have a small head and their kinda big.


 

The Sennheiser HD555/558 is a popular choice in your budget range. It suits a wide range of music and gaming well. not portable

 

The M50 has kinda lousy midrange and soundstage, though it does a good thump. I'd rather go for one of the Shure models.


Edited by Armaegis - 12/15/11 at 10:38am
post #10143 of 29490

Hello!

I've been lurking for some time here trying to find a decent pair of headphones to buy. I guess there's not much market for this kind of headphones where I live, so I have no way to test any of them out, that's why I need a bit help. Also I can't be bothered to go through the hassle of ordering them from abroad, so I'd skip to the quite limited selection available from local web stores if possible.

I listen to electronic music mostly (dubstep, house, dnb). But also to classic rock, hiphop, blues, classic and some others when in the mood. Mainly from iPod classic, Thinkpad's built-in soundcard and sometimes from NI Audio 2 DJ. I also try some DJing occasionally as a hobby.

Here are some headphones I've considered so far.
Sony MDR-XB700. They seem ok, but I'm a bit worried about the bass. I currently have DIY floorspeakers with wide ranger drivers. So I'm quite used to not having too much bass. Would they be too fatiguing to listen for a long time?
Grado SR80i. I've heard so much good about them, I would have already bought them. Also I like their looks. But I gather they are not really suited for electronic music? Would the sound quality be bad compared to other cans listening to this kind of music?
Shure SHR440. I quite like the idea of monitors - listening to the music the way it was intended to. But then again I never have so I don't know. The popularity of normal sound devices compared to monitors makes me wonder if it's something for a specific taste?

Other headphones I've considered:

Sennheiser HD25 SP1
Denon DJ DN-HP500
Pioneer HDJ-500
AKG K240 Studio
Sennheiser HD555

Which of these do you recommend? Or is there something a lot better in the same price range?

post #10144 of 29490

The HD 25 would work pretty well for that combination.
 

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Originally Posted by jackdalton View Post

Hello!

I've been lurking for some time here trying to find a decent pair of headphones to buy. I guess there's not much market for this kind of headphones where I live, so I have no way to test any of them out, that's why I need a bit help. Also I can't be bothered to go through the hassle of ordering them from abroad, so I'd skip to the quite limited selection available from local web stores if possible.

I listen to electronic music mostly (dubstep, house, dnb). But also to classic rock, hiphop, blues, classic and some others when in the mood. Mainly from iPod classic, Thinkpad's built-in soundcard and sometimes from NI Audio 2 DJ. I also try some DJing occasionally as a hobby.

Here are some headphones I've considered so far.
Sony MDR-XB700. They seem ok, but I'm a bit worried about the bass. I currently have DIY floorspeakers with wide ranger drivers. So I'm quite used to not having too much bass. Would they be too fatiguing to listen for a long time?
Grado SR80i. I've heard so much good about them, I would have already bought them. Also I like their looks. But I gather they are not really suited for electronic music? Would the sound quality be bad compared to other cans listening to this kind of music?
Shure SHR440. I quite like the idea of monitors - listening to the music the way it was intended to. But then again I never have so I don't know. The popularity of normal sound devices compared to monitors makes me wonder if it's something for a specific taste?

Other headphones I've considered:

Sennheiser HD25 SP1
Denon DJ DN-HP500
Pioneer HDJ-500
AKG K240 Studio
Sennheiser HD555

Which of these do you recommend? Or is there something a lot better in the same price range?



 

post #10145 of 29490

I want to buy the HD-25 1 ii but on amazon they sell for 175 and on the official Sennheisers they're more expensive for about 300 I want to know if the ones on amazon are legit or fakes.

post #10146 of 29490

Simple, Sennheiser's street price is nowhere near MSRP.  It is probably legit.
 

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I want to buy the HD-25 1 ii but on amazon they sell for 175 and on the official Sennheisers they're more expensive for about 300 I want to know if the ones on amazon are legit or fakes.



 

post #10147 of 29490

Hi guys, first post here.

 

I'll admit upfront, I know nothing about headphones. I'm looking for a pair of headphones (up to £140/£150 ish) for listening to music on my stereo, I'll also use them with my laptop but their main use will be with my stereo. I listen to a lot of different types of music, my favourite genre is metal - thrash, death and heavy metal are my favourites. They obviously need to sound great when listening to metal. My favourite non metal and rock artists/bands are The Smiths/Morrissey, The Beatles and LIGHTS, so obviously they'll have to sound good with other genres as well. 

 

I've just been looking at the Sennheiser 558's on amazon, they have great reviews, are these any good?

 

Thanks for the help upfront.

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post



The Sennheiser HD555/558 is a popular choice in your budget range. It suits a wide range of music and gaming well. 


 

Why recommend the 598s to somebody who wants portability? He could try the HFI-580... If only to tell me whether it's worth it! 


Edited by Qui audit - 12/15/11 at 10:09am
post #10149 of 29490

So I've been considering getting another pair of cans for the holiday season. I currently own a pair of Sennheiser HD555s, which I enjoy at home, but I am looking for a pair of closed back cans I can bring with me mostly to the library, but also to the workplace and public transportation.

 

I do not own an amp, and will be mostly powering these from my laptop and less often with my iPhone

 

I do enjoy quality sound but I do not consider myself an audiophile. I am willing to sacrifice some overall sound quality for the features described below, which I ranked by importance:

 

 

Closed back Circumaural w/

 

1. Isolation - sound leakage is the main concern, but also will be traveling with them

 

2. Bass - Im looking for a fun/exciting sound w/ some punch, willing to sacrifice some overall sound quality (will be listening to mostly Rap, R&B, Electro/Dance, Rock/Country/Reggae to lesser extent)

 

3. Comfort - I have a pretty big head (7 7/8 hat size), big ears as well

 

4. Durability - doesn't need to be built like a tank, but looking for a pair that feel sturdy

 

5. Detachable Cord -  on the same note as durability, this isn't quite necessary, but I have had some cable troubles in the past

 

 

Price Range: Preferably less than $110 w/ tax & shipping

 

 

Some of the headphones I have been considering are

 

Sony XB500 - almost purchased for $50 but pulled back when reading about sound leakage concerns

Creative Aurvana Live!

Shure SRH750DJ

Shure SRH448

Sennheiser HD280

Sony MDR-V6

M-Audio Q40

 

In the end the decision is up to me, but I haven't had experience with any of the cans listed above besides reading up on some reviews. I have been able to try out my roommate's M50s which I enjoy, but they are a bit out of my price range.

post #10150 of 29490

looking for

 

closed

Circumaural

portable

no AMP/DAC required

listen mostly to pop/hip hop/rock

 

looks more like Beats, less like Grados

price range anywhere from 100-200

 

i was told to look at the Audio Technica m50, but would like other options as well.

post #10151 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Qui audit View Post

 


 

Why recommend the 598s to somebody who wants portability? He could try the HFI-580... If only to tell me whether it's worth it! 


Because I make mistakes every once in a while and missed the part about portability.

 



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Originally Posted by bak5391 View Post

So I've been considering getting another pair of cans for the holiday season. I currently own a pair of Sennheiser HD555s, which I enjoy at home, but I am looking for a pair of closed back cans I can bring with me mostly to the library, but also to the workplace and public transportation.

 

I do not own an amp, and will be mostly powering these from my laptop and less often with my iPhone

 

I do enjoy quality sound but I do not consider myself an audiophile. I am willing to sacrifice some overall sound quality for the features described below, which I ranked by importance:

 

 

Closed back Circumaural w/

 

1. Isolation - sound leakage is the main concern, but also will be traveling with them

 

2. Bass - Im looking for a fun/exciting sound w/ some punch, willing to sacrifice some overall sound quality (will be listening to mostly Rap, R&B, Electro/Dance, Rock/Country/Reggae to lesser extent)

 

3. Comfort - I have a pretty big head (7 7/8 hat size), big ears as well

 

4. Durability - doesn't need to be built like a tank, but looking for a pair that feel sturdy

 

5. Detachable Cord -  on the same note as durability, this isn't quite necessary, but I have had some cable troubles in the past

 

 

Price Range: Preferably less than $110 w/ tax & shipping

 

 

Some of the headphones I have been considering are

 

Sony XB500 - almost purchased for $50 but pulled back when reading about sound leakage concerns

Creative Aurvana Live!

Shure SRH750DJ

Shure SRH448

Sennheiser HD280

Sony MDR-V6

M-Audio Q40

 

In the end the decision is up to me, but I haven't had experience with any of the cans listed above besides reading up on some reviews. I have been able to try out my roommate's M50s which I enjoy, but they are a bit out of my price range.


The HD280 by far has the best isolation of the group, with a mild accent to the bass. I'd say the 750 comes next in isolation, and has much more bass to it and I believe does have a detacheable cable. 

 

post #10152 of 29490

I'm looking for my first set of real headphones, as the best pair of phones I've used so far are a middle-of-the-pack pair of IEMs.

 

I'm not an audiophile, but I make sure to use good quality music (256+ bitrate or lossless); I listen to music for pure enjoyment.

 

Right now I'm leaning towards the AKG K240 MKIIs based on what I've heard people say about sound quality, but I am also considering a closed headphone that would be more portable, such as the Audio Technica ATH M50s or V-Moda M-80s or Crossfade LP2s.

 

I've never really heard much about the V-Modas, how do they compare to the others I listed?

 

I've also never owned a pair of semi-open headphones, do the K240's leak less than a completely open headphone or the same amount?

 

Thanks.

 

Ken


Edited by ken3592 - 12/15/11 at 1:59pm
post #10153 of 29490

Thanks for your reply. So the HD25 SP1 are on par quality wise with other phones mentioned? I was only able to find one review from 6 years ago and some not too positive comments about them. But I guess they are compared to HD25-1 II which cost twice as much here.
 

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The HD 25 would work pretty well for that combination.
 



 



 

post #10154 of 29490

Hmm...  Didn't realize it was different...  IDK, I can't imagine they would be that terrible.
 

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Thanks for your reply. So the HD25 SP1 are on par quality wise with other phones mentioned? I was only able to find one review from 6 years ago and some not too positive comments about them. But I guess they are compared to HD25-1 II which cost twice as much here.
 



 



 

post #10155 of 29490

Hey guys, bit of a noob but I'v been learning a ton over the last few days of reading these forums. Anyways, I'm trying to make the most well informed purchase for my next pair of headphones because I'll probably stick with em for a very long time.

 

 

 I went from the Klipsch S4 -> Beats Studio (grad. gift)

 

And after two years, the left side of the Beats speaker pretty much went out which I did like for its bass and was my first encounter with good(keep in mind, I was all about earbuds prior to using these) on ear headphones. My roommate has the M50 which I considered buying because it played rock music much better than the Beats but I'd say 70% of the music I listen to is jazzy/progressive hip hop and am a big loseless user, but I do want a versatile pair because I listen to a lot of other genres like indie, rock, electronic, etc. and the m50's felt underwhelming in the hip hop genre.

 

I want full size phones but I'm on the go a lot for classes and I don't want my cable to be ridiculously long like the m50 so I'm considering a portable pair also. I also plan on getting a portable amp (fiio e6)

 

I thought I was set on the DT 990 premiums because reviews seemed to fit well with my preferences but some suggested they weren't good for portability and the 32 ohms were the weakest of the DT model

I saw some suggestions for the 25HDII and V-Moda M-80s but those haven't quite sold me yet.

 

I'd like a good deep bass but I'm also looking for crisper clarity and sound stage than my Beats.

 

Weight and looks arent too important to me compared to sound quality.

 

Sound leakage isn't that important to me unless its a huge problem.

 

A small sample of music I like to listen to through a quality pair.

 

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