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Originally Posted by scOtterpop View Post

Hey headfi! I am new on the headphone scene and I've been lurking on this site for quite a while now just trying to research which headphone is the "perfect" one for my needs. I still need some help though.. :\

 

I will be using these headphones for gaming, music, and movies. I will be powering the headphones using an astro mixamp ONLY WHEN I AM GAMING, other than that I will not be using any sort of amp.  I was hoping to spend around ~$150 the cheaper, the better. I was looking at the superlux 668b and I wasnt sure if it will be the right headset for me. I prefer a semi-open, or closed pair of headphones. I will primarily be using them inside the house, but I want to be able to take them outside too. 

 

Music genres: acoustic, rock, house, dubstep, country. In no particular order.

 

Oh gosh I sound so needy.. Thanks HEAD-FI!

 


Get something small and portable then if you're planning on going outside. Have you checked out Joker's big portables review thread? Tons of options in there. I'd randomly throw a Senn PX200-ii in there for something good and well below budget. 

 



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Originally Posted by Drazalas View Post

Hi, trying to get new headphones here but I just can't choose, I have a budget of ~200 and I was aiming towards Sennheiser HD 598 or PX360 BT.

I listen to a lot of metal, some house/dubstep. Advices would be amazing! Thanks in advance. If you have other questions I'll reply ASAP.


It'd be cheaper to get the 598 and a clip-on mic. (through with all the sales coming up, that might flip)

 



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Originally Posted by fumg View Post

Hi everybody, I'm looking for a new headphone and I ifnd this forum.

 

Before all I would say you thank for your work. It's really helpfull for the newbies like me. :) ^^

 

It's a moment I'm thinking to buy a better headphones than the creepy iphone headphones.

 

It's really difficult to find something with all the possibility and choice.

 

I'm not at all a audiophile, I just search a headphone for like everythings.

 

Looking to buy:

Closed around the ear headphone

 

Music Style:

 Mainly Electro, Hip Hop and R&B but all kind  

 

Price range: 

<100$ around 50$ would be perfect

 

Use:

I would be able to use it when I go to the gym center, a little bit course, else I will use it in the city, commun transport, speak in skype and at home and watch some movies.

 

Previous research:

I find the line Sennheiser PX 360 BT, Sennheiser PXC 360 BT and MM400 but too expensive for me, I can't really afford it. But maybe you know something like it more cheaper.

Else I find AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-ANC27 which look very good for me. But you are better than me to judge. 

I'm open at all every other idea.

 

I don't really need the noise cancellation, but I just want a good isolation. And I like the possibility to choose if I want to use it by BT or wired.

 

 

I think that's it. If you need more informations ask me. Thank you in advance.

 

ps: I'm sorry if I do a lot of faults, but I'm not english :/


Cheap with good isolation would be the Senn HD280, but it has a long cord. 

 



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Originally Posted by Whitey888 View Post

Seasons greetings!

Apologies that my first post is a plea for advice.

I am looking to buy some new headphones over the next few weeks, and I am very new to the audiophile headphone market.
I assumed naively that buying a pair of headphones for under £200 would be a matter of seeing which pair had the most favourable reviews online, and then finding the cheapest place to buy these cans. The more I researched, the more factors I realised I had to take into account, and the more confused I became. My confusion was not helped by the fact that none of the shops in my area allow you to try out headphones, and I found it difficult to trust their advice. 'Beats are the best on the market!' was a line I got sick of hearing. (If there is one conclusion my research allowed me to make, it was that I was not going to buy 'Beats' Headphones)

The factors which clouded the issue for me were:

The existence of Ohm values - I noticed that some models were made identical except for this value (The DT880's spring to mind)

Headphone amplifiers - I gathered that the need for these depended at least partly on the Ohm value, but am completely in the dark as to the conditions which warrant their use, and the portion of my budget I should set aside for these

Closed/open back - I was literally heartbroken when I found that the HD 598's would be impossible to use on public transport due to the sheer amount of sound that they leak. Not only do they seem to receive excellent reviews, but they are also the most beautiful things I have clasped eyes on...

To cut to the chase, I am looking to spend £200 on a pair of headphones (and headphone amplifier if required) which sound stunning playing a range of music (anything from metal through to classical, drum and bass, country...etc) and which will be suitable for use on public transport, though I really don't mind if they aren't particularly portable.

Thanks in advance for any advice. 


So you'll want something with good isolation and reasonably portable. Something like the Senn HD25, Beyer DT1350, B&W P5 spring to mind. In full sized there's the HDJ-2000, Shure 840/940, etc. Come to think of it, you could probably fit a Beyer DT770pro + cheap amp within budget.

 



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Originally Posted by Markeo1995 View Post

Basically I'm in the same situation as Whitey888.

 

I'm looking to buy some new headphones preferably under £200. The genres that I tend to listen to are Rock, Blues,Heavy Metal and some Classical .I would also be using them when watching films, and also the odd bit of gaming.

 

Basically I don't want open back headphones because of the leakage when I'm listening to music late at night. (Unless there are some open headphones that don't leak as much)

 

The main question I want to ask is are there any recommended headphones that people can recommend to me?

 

I was looking at the Bose QuiteComfort 3/15's at first but then got drawn in to the Bowers and Wilkins P5's. These seemed perfect but I have heard that the sound quality on them isn't as good as other cheaper headphones such as the Audio Techinca ATH M50's. I have heard many possitive reviews about these but I have also heard many people complaining about how much these headphones hurt after a while; plus there is the fact I do not know if these headphones will be the best for the genres I mostly listen to.

 

Which one of these two would you recommend to me; or are there any other headphones you would recommend me?

 

Thanks in advance

 


Bose are ok, but expensive for what you get. The P5 is quite nice with average sound but you pay for the build quality too, and isolation and comfort is top notch. 

 

Between the Bose and P5, the P5 is an easy choice. 

 



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Originally Posted by Whitey888 View Post

I have been looking at the Beyerdynamic DT770's today, which are retailing for roughly £130.

In terms of sound quality would it be better to buy the 250Ohm set and compliment them with a cheap(ish) portable amp or to spend the full £200(ish, hopefully less)  on a different set of cans?

Very, very confused.

Also, has anyone had experience with the Sennheiser HD598's? To what extent do they leak sound?

I am hoping to begin the new year as an audophile, but I am finding making a decision harder than anything I did at uni...

Thanks



If you want good isolation, the DT770 are some of the best before you head into IEMs. Get a cmoy or something like that for cheap and you'll be fine. 

 

The HD598 will leak quite a lot. Not very suitable for public spaces. 



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Originally Posted by Markeo1995 View Post


I have also been looking at the HD 598's and I also would like to know how much sound they leak.

 


Not as much as a Grado, but still a lot. 

 

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Originally Posted by TheStobe View Post

So, looks like I've narrowed it down to the Sennheiser HD25-1 ii and the Ultrasone HFI-580 / 780. First of all, which Ultrasone would be better for house, trance, dnb, dubstep, and electronic? Now with that answer, which would be better the Ultrasone or the Sennheiser HD25-1 ii?
I tried out the Senns today at Guitar Center, and they sounded great with that tight bass, way better than my M50s. Only concern was the comfort. The pads were uncomfortable and made my ears sweat like crazy.
Note: I am returning my M50s because they did not have enough bass for me.


I have both the 780 and 25-1 II, and they are both great headphones.  Neither of them have that much comfort, really, though.  The 780s don't put the pressure right on your ears, but they have serious clamping force, and the pads are pretty small for full-size headphones.  I find the comfort for the HD25-1 II are better with the velours, but don't expect a miraculous change.

 

If you liked the sound signature of the HD25, you might find the 780 a bit too cold and metallic.  You get a bit more soundstage, but the HD25 is also really forward and aggressive, in a way the 780 can't match.

 

I know that's not terribly helpful.  The one thing I have learned, though, is this: if you find a headphone uncomfortable when you hear them for a few minutes in the store, don't expect them to be better when you're using them for hours.

 

Would the V-Moda M80 be a consideration? I heard the are more comfortable than the HD25-1 ii and have nice bass. Even with a semi-open design. I haven't seen them in stores yet.

What would you compare the 780 to? I've heard the Shure 840, Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80, whatever krk 8400 (or something like that), and Shure 750DJ.

I know you don't own them but, would the 580 be a susceptible choice to anyone else who have heard them both?

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Bose are ok, but expensive for what you get. The P5 is quite nice with average sound but you pay for the build quality too, and isolation and comfort is top notch. 

 

Between the Bose and P5, the P5 is an easy choice.

Thanks, but are there any other headphones based on my specifications that you would recommend?

 

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Would the V-Moda M80 be a consideration? I heard the are more comfortable than the HD25-1 ii and have nice bass. Even with a semi-open design. I haven't seen them in stores yet.
What would you compare the 780 to? I've heard the Shure 840, Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80, whatever krk 8400 (or something like that), and Shure 750DJ.
I know you don't own them but, would the 580 be a susceptible choice to anyone else who have heard them both?
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The HFi580 would be more in line with your bassy needs. The M80 are indeed more comfortable than the HD25 due to a much lighter clamp; but they also have significantly less isolation. 

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post



Do not go with open cans for an office environment. Your coworkers will hate you; Grados are almost louder on the outside than in. Maybe consider one of the new Sennheiser HD4x9? Or get one of the closed Audio Technicas like the A700/A900.

I'm confused. I must not listen to headphones nearly as loud as most people on this site. I happened into an audition of Grado SR125 today (found out my friends store recently became a dealer) and I did not hear much (if any) sound leak at all.

I had the volume turned up to a good listening level to where I could barely hear the conversation going on next to me. Then I took the headphones off to listen to the volume of the sound bleed, but I didn't hear anything. The McIntosh preamp was turned up to 45-48% and I put the headphones on my leg to simulate them being pressed against my head and there simply wasn't really a noticeable level of sound.

Where am I going wrong?
post #10401 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Markeo1995 View Post

 

Thanks, but are there any other headphones based on my specifications that you would recommend?

 


I don't know if you need portability or not, but here are some other options...

Audio Technica ESW9a

Shure 840/940

Phiaton PS500

Ultrasone HFi-780

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Would a tube amp around 150$ be better for the DT990/600 than my e9?

 

If it is. Would there be any tube amps that would power the DT990/600 well, mostly around the 150$ mark. If it includes a DAC, I don't mind reaching towards the 200$. 

 

I'm looking at the Maverick Audio A1, would that be better than a e9/e7 combo


Edited by DestinyBear - 12/23/11 at 2:57pm
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I'm confused. I must not listen to headphones nearly as loud as most people on this site. I happened into an audition of Grado SR125 today (found out my friends store recently became a dealer) and I did not hear much (if any) sound leak at all.
I had the volume turned up to a good listening level to where I could barely hear the conversation going on next to me. Then I took the headphones off to listen to the volume of the sound bleed, but I didn't hear anything. The McIntosh preamp was turned up to 45-48% and I put the headphones on my leg to simulate them being pressed against my head and there simply wasn't really a noticeable level of sound.
Where am I going wrong?


It's all relative, but I think most head-fiers go deaf by 40 or something not far off. My beyers 880 are semi open of design but you have to crank them open to insane levels before a coworker could actually hear what you're listening to. Well in my case a fellow student but the idea is of course quite the same. Yes if I hold my ear up next to it when it's playing at a normal volume I hear it, perhaps in a bedroom it would be quite noticable for someone trying to sleep next to me, but other than that? Not really. 

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Paging Armaegis (and others).  I posted a few days ago, and am now considering a few other headphones.  Specifically the Sony MDR-ZX700 and Creative Aurvana Live (toying with the idea of the brainwavz hm5 as well, but can't find too many reviews)

 

I was previously considering the Sennheiser HD-25's V-moda M-80's and Grado 325is (upgrading from Grado sr80'i's) I enjoyed the Sennheiser's, but the recessed/veiled mids were a deal breaker for me.  The 325is seemed too bright (even from a Grado fan) and the m-80's just didn't do anything for me. 

 

I think I just might be too used to the Grado sound ( which I do enjoy) and I might be looking for something  that falls between the Grado's and the HD-25's.

 

I was mainly considering on ear headphones previously, but am now open to considering over ear phones as well.  They just need to be easily powered and under $200.  (150 would be better.)  sound is the most important factor for me.  Isolation isn't too much of an issue, I don't listen for more than an hour or two at a time, so I can forgo some comfort. 

 

I mainly listen to rock/alt (Killers,Nirvana,Cake,Radiohead) and seem to be listening to a lot of female vocalists lately  (Lykke Li, Ting Tings, Fiona Apple, Little boots) with some punk thrown in.

 

Thanks again Armaegis for your previous help.  Guys like you make this one of the most welcoming forums I've ever been to.  Also,  your shootout/revue

was very helpful when I was a/b ing the Sennheiser's and V-moda's.  It really helped my untrained ears identify the strengths and weaknesses of those headphones which I would not have been abple to identify on my own. 

 

 

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Has anyone here ever tried the Ultrasone Edition 8 headphones? I'm looking for top of the line closed headphones that wont leak sound. I tried the D7000's and they they will sadly have to be returned. Sound great, but the sound just pours out (and in) with ease. I was also looking at the T5Ps, though the reviews that i've seen state that while they sound good, there are better headphones in the price range.

 

Thoughts?

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It's all relative, but I think most head-fiers go deaf by 40 or something not far off. My beyers 880 are semi open of design but you have to crank them open to insane levels before a coworker could actually hear what you're listening to. Well in my case a fellow student but the idea is of course quite the same. Yes if I hold my ear up next to it when it's playing at a normal volume I hear it, perhaps in a bedroom it would be quite noticable for someone trying to sleep next to me, but other than that? Not really. 

Thank you for chiming in and letting me know that I am not going completely crazy just yet. I am 32 years old and still hear well after decades of playing guitar in live shows, so I do consider myself lucky and I try to take care of my ears.

Well I really enjoyed the SR125i I listened to and everyone says the 225i is head and shoulders better, so I think I am going to jump into the Grado club next week.
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Right. Snowballing some ideas for an xmas/self present.

What are some thoughts on a new set of headphones and/or combo with an amp for around ~$400-600. Obv something that sounds amazing, is really comfortable, will be driven off my X-Fi Ti HD, open, use for movies/tv/music, trance/techno/house/dnb/dubstep/bit of pop/rock/classical too etc. Love my AD700s but feel they are getting pretty old and worn out, and I feel like I could get more. Maybe a similar sound sig?

Thoughts? If the case may be it can be a headphone/amp combo (like a Matrix M-Stage and K701/DT880 etc - also been recommended the AD900s/1000s - anything else to look at?)

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Hi

 

I'm looking to upgrade my Sennheiser HD-280s. I'm kind of new to headphones, this will be my second pair.

 

I will be doing most of my listening on my iPod.

 

 

After doing some research I was thinking about getting the Beyerdynamic DT 770-PRO 250 ohms with the FiiO E11 amp. Would the E11 have enough power for the 250 ohms?

 

Any reason that would not be a good/noticeable upgrade for me?

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Would a tube amp around 150$ be better for the DT990/600 than my e9?

 

If it is. Would there be any tube amps that would power the DT990/600 well, mostly around the 150$ mark. If it includes a DAC, I don't mind reaching towards the 200$. 

 

I'm looking at the Maverick Audio A1, would that be better than a e9/e7 combo


Personally, I like the Beyers from a tube amp (and I don't even like the Beyers to begin with). Take a look for Skylab's tube/hybrid review thread which lists a bunch of options. There are a couple within your price range.

 


 

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Originally Posted by chachokat View Post

Paging Armaegis (and others).  I posted a few days ago, and am now considering a few other headphones.  Specifically the Sony MDR-ZX700 and Creative Aurvana Live (toying with the idea of the brainwavz hm5 as well, but can't find too many reviews)

 

I was previously considering the Sennheiser HD-25's V-moda M-80's and Grado 325is (upgrading from Grado sr80'i's) I enjoyed the Sennheiser's, but the recessed/veiled mids were a deal breaker for me.  The 325is seemed too bright (even from a Grado fan) and the m-80's just didn't do anything for me. 

 

I think I just might be too used to the Grado sound ( which I do enjoy) and I might be looking for something  that falls between the Grado's and the HD-25's.

 

I was mainly considering on ear headphones previously, but am now open to considering over ear phones as well.  They just need to be easily powered and under $200.  (150 would be better.)  sound is the most important factor for me.  Isolation isn't too much of an issue, I don't listen for more than an hour or two at a time, so I can forgo some comfort. 

 

I mainly listen to rock/alt (Killers,Nirvana,Cake,Radiohead) and seem to be listening to a lot of female vocalists lately  (Lykke Li, Ting Tings, Fiona Apple, Little boots) with some punk thrown in.

 

Thanks again Armaegis for your previous help.  Guys like you make this one of the most welcoming forums I've ever been to.  Also,  your shootout/revue

was very helpful when I was a/b ing the Sennheiser's and V-moda's.  It really helped my untrained ears identify the strengths and weaknesses of those headphones which I would not have been abple to identify on my own. 

 

 


Hmm something between a Grado and HD25... so lively top end, good bass oomph, but maintains mids. Iif you had an amp I'd say maybe something along the lines of a Beyer DT880/990.

 

Other random suggestions:

KRK 6400/8400

Audio Technica AD900
Ultrasone HFi680/780

Phiaton MS 300

 

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Originally Posted by Evarin View Post

Has anyone here ever tried the Ultrasone Edition 8 headphones? I'm looking for top of the line closed headphones that wont leak sound. I tried the D7000's and they they will sadly have to be returned. Sound great, but the sound just pours out (and in) with ease. I was also looking at the T5Ps, though the reviews that i've seen state that while they sound good, there are better headphones in the price range.

 

Thoughts?


I haven't heard them, but they generally seem to garner a love/hate reaction from people. From what I've read, they do seem to be very good at isolation.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Subatomic View Post

Right. Snowballing some ideas for an xmas/self present.

What are some thoughts on a new set of headphones and/or combo with an amp for around ~$400-600. Obv something that sounds amazing, is really comfortable, will be driven off my X-Fi Ti HD, open, use for movies/tv/music, trance/techno/house/dnb/dubstep/bit of pop/rock/classical too etc. Love my AD700s but feel they are getting pretty old and worn out, and I feel like I could get more. Maybe a similar sound sig?

Thoughts? If the case may be it can be a headphone/amp combo (like a Matrix M-Stage and K701/DT880 etc - also been recommended the AD900s/1000s - anything else to look at?)


You could always move up to the AD900. The K701/Q701 with the FiiO e9 is also a fairly popular combo. My personal favourite combination is a vintage Sextett with a Bottlehead Crack tube amp.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Uncontrol View Post

Hi

 

I'm looking to upgrade my Sennheiser HD-280s. I'm kind of new to headphones, this will be my second pair.

 

I will be doing most of my listening on my iPod.

 

 

After doing some research I was thinking about getting the Beyerdynamic DT 770-PRO 250 ohms with the FiiO E11 amp. Would the E11 have enough power for the 250 ohms?

 

Any reason that would not be a good/noticeable upgrade for me?


In all respects that should be a reasonable upgrade. Do note that the DT770 is quite a bit bassier than the HD280. You could also consider an HD380 which doesn't need an amp.

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Ok, so I'm looking to make my first expensive headphone purchase.  I'm going to buy the Sennheiser Hd598 to go along with the Nuforce Icon Udac 2.  I plan on using my computer as my source, however I also plan on using the headphones for when I play call of duty, will i be able to run the sound thru the Nuforce and then to the headphones?

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