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post #10426 of 29490

Made a new thread before I saw this, so I'll just opy/paste here

 

I'm looking for some new headphones to replace my Philips SHM7500 - So as you've already probably figured out, I'm definitely new to this area of tech and I'm not fussed about anything like bass. My price range is up to $200 USD. I'd like also like to use it for gaming - I was originally going to get a headset until I read how much of a rip-off they were, apprently. My music tastes centre around acoustic and indie-folk, and I'd prefer if I didn't have to use an amp of any sort.

 

A few headphones I've been looking at are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50, Sennheiser HD558 and Sennheiser PC360 (for the mic.)

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated; and I'd also like some tips on what kind of mic I would use for a pair without headphones - I've heard of clip-ons but a quick google didn't reveal very much.

post #10427 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by galeknight1 View Post

Made a new thread before I saw this, so I'll just opy/paste here

 

I'm looking for some new headphones to replace my Philips SHM7500 - So as you've already probably figured out, I'm definitely new to this area of tech and I'm not fussed about anything like bass. My price range is up to $200 USD. I'd like also like to use it for gaming - I was originally going to get a headset until I read how much of a rip-off they were, apprently. My music tastes centre around acoustic and indie-folk, and I'd prefer if I didn't have to use an amp of any sort.

 

A few headphones I've been looking at are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50, Sennheiser HD558 and Sennheiser PC360 (for the mic.)

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated; and I'd also like some tips on what kind of mic I would use for a pair without headphones - I've heard of clip-ons but a quick google didn't reveal very much.


Fischer audio fa-011, I'm planning on it for competitive fps gaming and movies, the M50 is great, but just not good enough, my old 50$ creative fatal1ty pro mkii's were better for gaming and movies. 

 

post #10428 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by galeknight1 View Post
Made a new thread before I saw this, so I'll just opy/paste here

I'm looking for some new headphones to replace my Philips SHM7500 - So as you've already probably figured out, I'm definitely new to this area of tech and I'm not fussed about anything like bass. My price range is up to $200 USD. I'd like also like to use it for gaming - I was originally going to get a headset until I read how much of a rip-off they were, apprently. My music tastes centre around acoustic and indie-folk, and I'd prefer if I didn't have to use an amp of any sort.

A few headphones I've been looking at are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50, Sennheiser HD558 and Sennheiser PC360 (for the mic.)

Any recommendations would be appreciated; and I'd also like some tips on what kind of mic I would use for a pair without headphones - I've heard of clip-ons but a quick google didn't reveal very much.

 

Sennheiser HD-558

 

Go to the website Electronics Expo, put the HD-558 in the shopping cart, use the coupon code "BOUNTII", enjoy.

Zalmen makes a decent mic, but there are others.
 

 

 

post #10429 of 29490

Ok, I've been in the hunt for something for awhile.  I'll try this thread out and see what you guys have to say.  Any suggestions are welcome, even if I am picky :)

 

I need a full sized headphone that ACTUALLY isolates well passively.  I've heard a lot of closed headphones that people said isolated well, but they only accounted for how much outside noise was blocked...not how much the headphones actually leaked.  I want a portable (or I guess even semi-portable, considering I use the 940 as a portable at times right now) headphone that does a stellar job at containing the music (essentially avoids leaking sound as much as possible).  I intend to use this headphone on the likes of buses, trains, planes, and in libraries.  I'd prefer to be polite and not bother other people with my music, but I'd like to not have to be too volume conscious either.

 

My current portables are the Senn HD448 and Shure SRH-940.  I adore both (even though they sound like polar opposites) but quite frankly both of these phones leak a bit.  The 940 leaks a ton. So yea, I am in the market for a new headphone that can be driven from a lame to semi-lame source (iPod or portable amplifier like a FiiO e11 or something comparable).  My budget is currently about $300 USD, but that doesn't mean I will rule out options that fit my needs that cost substantially less.

 

I listen to mostly alternative rock, instrumental, and folk music with some jazz and classical.  Sometimes I sneak in some aggressive rock music and hip hop.  More importantly, I prefer a sound that has a flatter character, and if there is an emphasis I generally prefer it to be in the treble... although peaky treble is my arch enemy.  I'm picky with my bass as well.  "one note" bass just won't cut it for me, and bass that bleeds into the midranges makes me cry as well.  The bass doesn't necessarily have to be impactful or tonal (either is fine), I just want it to have some texture.  I'm mostly a detail head that prefers balance of hamonics (to achieve a natural timbre).  I LOVE my mids, and it seems forward mids sit just fine with me.  I'd prefer to avoid V or U shaped character.

 

Here are the CLOSED phones I have tried, so no need to recommend those unless it is in reference.

 

Ultrasone: HFI580/680/780 - all of them had strange mids to me and the soundstage seemed artificial, at least with my crappy source (iPod, demoed in store).  780 was the best of the three if I HAD to choose.

 

Sennheiser: HD448 (own) - doesn't fit my description of the type of sound I like necessarily, but I love it nontheless and is my current "plug and play".  Real easy listening type headphone, I can throw it on and forget about it.

                 HD428/438- I found them inferior to the 448 in every regard, except that the 438 had a bit more bass (but not better).

                 HD238 - Lame soundstage, didn't isolate THAT well and was on ear (I just don't prefer on-ear).

                 HD-25 I-II - Fantastic sound honestly, if the damn things were just more comfortable and were over ear.  I also thought they were a little bit dark despite having some sparkle up top and maybe even some U character.  They could have isolated a little better as well, although the leakage was pretty good.

                 HD280/380 - I actually preferred the 280 to the 380.  The 280 had a little more sparkle in the treble and I actually thought it was better balanced.  The HD380 had big bass, both in impact and in size (meaning it bled into the low mids, IMO).  Ergonomically, the 380 was sweet though, having that case and being foldable and all.  Either way, they didn't fit the bill.  I actually noticed a subtle veil/smearing in the 380 treble on my portable setup (FiiO e7 from iPod classic) in string notes.

                PX 360 (owned these in the past).  Okay, these headphones have still leaked the least to ANY I have tried.  These are one of the few sets that just did not leak at all at normal listening volumes.  Ergonomically they are awesome as well... built solid, collapse into a small package.  Problem?  They just sounded weird to me.  Big bass, recessed low mids, strange vocal peak, rolled off highs.  Gah, so close....  they were even insanely easy to drive.  The sound was really energetic and bright, and I still find myself recommending them to people who want high energy, portability and isolation.  They just didn't fit me well.

Shure: SRH-440 - Honestly these guys weren't that bad.  The comfort was average at best, I don't think they folded or anything (ergonomically average) and the isolation was okay.  They seemed easy to drive and all.  I guess I just prefer the HD448!  No reason to get these

          SRH-840 - Not bad, isolated pretty well...  the midbass hump is pretty prominant and the comfort wasn't good.  Ergonomically they were poor.  These guys are just bricks. I liked the balanced treble response, but the bass was bleh and the midbass was a bit much for me.  I think I can do better.

          SRH-940 (own) - Yeah, I really like them.  They are far from balanced, but the treble is silky and it has a lot of strengths.  They leak a lot, and ergonomically are average at best (kinda big, but at least foldable, detachable cable and good case).  If these didn't leak, they'd be a clear winner.  In fact, it is only because these leak a lot that I am even shopping for a new quality portable.

Beyerdynamic: DT770 32 ohm - These have a pretty big sound and isolate quite well.  Not my style for the U shape character, but the bass was sweet.  The highs sounded stranded... I couldn't do these as a portable even if I recognize them as solid.

Denon: Lol, NOT portable even if they claim to be closed and easy to drive.  Won't bother talking about the D2000

Audiotechnica: ATH-M50 - I just didn't like it.  Bass didn't cut it for me and the mids were too recessed.  Fun? Maybe.  Not my style at all.  If I am going to go U shaped I feel like there are better options with my budget (like the DT770 or Pro750/900)

I tried some phiaton model too, but I hardly remember it (so it likely wasn't impressive).

 

I'm sure I forgot some headphones that I've demoed.  I bought the KRK KNS-8400 as a gift for someone, and honestly it is still the best can I have heard that doesn't leak at decent listening volumes, and is superior in terms of ergonomics.  I don't have a problem getting a set for myself, I just want to make sure I am not missing out on something given my budget. 

 

Cans I am interested in hearing people's impressions of:

PRO-750: Good bass that is thick but doesn't bleed and is controlled?  S-logic isn't out of control, mids aren't weird?  Not sibilant or peaky?  ISOLATION??  Easy to drive I've heard?  Comfy?

AKG 272HD: Yea, not foldable or that ergonomic, but how is the isolation?  I hear the detail is great and the treble is slightly emphasized (good, potentially).  I'm sure the comfort is fine.  Thoughts??

AKG K550: Yea, yea, brand new and no one knows much.  Does anyone have anything to say about these?  So far there have just been postings of bright and thin treble, but impressive soundstage for being closed.  AKG claims they isolate well....

 

Thanks for reading this long post and helping out, if you have insight.  Anything helps.  I've done a fair share of searching the threads, so just let me know what comes to YOUR mind or things you have heard.


Edited by R-Audiohead - 12/25/11 at 12:50am
post #10430 of 29490

SEE MY  POST BELOW 


Edited by dsclaw88 - 12/25/11 at 9:30pm
post #10431 of 29490

 

Hey all. I am having my birthday soon and I am getting around 400$, and I decided to spend it on headphones.

I listen to music almost all day long and all my free time. Right now I have the AKG K518DJ, and they're awsome but they hurt my head and ears. I listen to music from my computer and my iphone. I need a recommendation for a 400$ headphones wich would sound AMAZING, with high sound quiality. Noise isolation isent nessesery. I've got my eyes (ears :) on the Beats by Dre Pro, AKG K702, Sennheiser HD650. AKG K702 is kinda out of th e question since everyone say they're quite natual and they don't have bass, but they're open backed, so they have quite the sound on them.

I am REALLY lost, please help...

Also, I have no place to test any of these headphones since in Israel, headphones arent too popular :(

I mainly listen to pop and R&B and I am a fan of bass :)

I am also using glasses, and I am planing on taking the cans on long journeys..

So...

1) Price: up to 400$ (but if its a deal breaker I dont care another 50$).

 

2) I listen to pop and R&B (Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5, Beyonce, Lily Allen, Glee, Bruno Mars, Emily Osment, etc.)

 

3) They can't be too ugly. aesthetically pleasing.

 

4) Noise isolating is NOT a must. They need to have basic noise reduction so I wont hear pepole talking on the train or the plain's noise, etc, but they does not have to cancel any noise so I wont be able to hear anything from the outside.

 

5) They must be comfterable, unlike my K518DJ wich hurts... Prefered around the ear, not on ear since (I guess) it's more comfterable. I am using glasses so they can't be too preasury.

 

6) Sound quiality must be mindblowing :) Good bass, warm mids and good highs. I also want to be able to hear every insterment. Like the background violents, I think it's called Insterment Saturation?

 

7) Size dosen't matter at all. If its tiny, if its HUGE, if its heavy or light, aslong as it's over ear, not inside, but I do preffer it big, or HUGE. 

 

Thanks for the help :)


Edited by tals - 12/25/11 at 5:09am
post #10432 of 29490

I'm looking to get some new headphones. I'd like them to be stylish with crisp, loud bass (I listen to pretty much 99% Hip Hop) and great quality. The highest I'll go is like $350-400. Thanks to anyone in advanced.

post #10433 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Yaowa View Post

I'm looking to get some new headphones. I'd like them to be stylish with crisp, loud bass (I listen to pretty much 99% Hip Hop) and great quality. The highest I'll go is like $350-400. Thanks to anyone in advanced.



from what I've heard about the es10, it seems like the perfect fit for you 

post #10434 of 29490

 

UPDATE WILLING TO PURCHASE A ULTRA PORTABLE AMP- IGNORE PREVIOUS POST

 

I am a avid reader of this blog, however just decided to join as I officially decided I need a pair of headphones, my current noise isolating ear buds are not cutting it for me anymore. I currently use the klipsch s4 ear buds. However, want something which depicts the bass more accurately. 

 

Requirements

 

1) The headphones must be portable as they will be used  mainly with my computer at work or with my Ipod when traveling on a plane or train, however I am willing to purchase a portable AMP (FIO E5 maybe?, since seems ultra portable)

 

2) I listen to music in all genres, mainly jazz/blues, classic rock, and Dave Matthews Band (JAM BAND?). However, I do occasionally listen to heavy bass music (rap/house) but, this would only be approximately 10-20% of my music listening in a week.

 

3) Price range is $300 -350

 

4) Would like them to be aesthetically pleasing.

 

5) It must isolate out the sound of the train/plane, does not necessarily have to be noise canceling. Therefore, I believe they need to be closed/sealed. I am not worried about the sound leaking too much, although it would be nice if the headphones do not leak much. 

 

6) I wear glasses, so for comfort sake I would prefer circumaural headphones as I have heard the closed on-ear headphones clamp more.

 

Any suggestions? 

 

I like the look of the Klipsch Mode M40 but I haven't seen any reviews because of how recent the headphones were released.

 

 

 

 

post #10435 of 29490

First post, hello world.

 

Great thread... here's my noob post:

 

Budget: ~$300, less is always nice if its a better deal.

Open/Closed: Doesn't really matter

Music: jazz, folk, blues, rock n roll, lots of live music SBDs/AUDs/Matrix, also electronic music as well as soul/hip-hop/r&b.

- Also will be used with recording my sax.

- Would appreciate comfort as i wear glasses.

 

I'll probably pick up an amp if its a good idea, for using on my laptop, recs are welcome. Not really aware of having a preference of a certain "color" or whatnot of the sound.

 

 

Thanks and merry holidays...


Edited by wheresbrando - 12/25/11 at 10:32pm
post #10436 of 29490

It's been about 2 years since my last big spend on audio equipment. So here is what I have, Pico DAC > Headroom Micro Amp > HD 650.  What is the weakest link in that setup? I am looking for more soundstage and perhaps a bit more bass. Budget of three grand.

post #10437 of 29490

Hey everyone, my cousin has 155$ worth of credit on Amazon, and he's looking for a pair of heaphones.

 

They need to be over-ear, and can be open or closed (Will only be using them at home)

He usually listens to just rock and metal.

Does not like Grado headphones.

Amping is not a problem.

Need to be available on Amazon.

 

Anything else, just ask.

post #10438 of 29490

I'm looking for Bass-Heavy, good looking, well built pairof headphones for around 100€ ( 50+, 50- ). I listen to Dubstep and DnB. I'll be using them on a bus to school and at home just for music, not for gaming.

 

Thanks, Erik

post #10439 of 29490

I'm looking for Bass-Heavy, good looking, well built pairof headphones for around 100€ ( 50+, 50- ). I listen to Dubstep and DnB. I'll be using them on a bus to school and at home just for music, not for gaming.

 

Thanks, Erik

post #10440 of 29490

Hi! 

 

Ive desided to get myself some proper Headphones + DAC and Ive had a couple of stuff in my mind. But I have to say, Im pretty rubbish on Hi Fi :P. Currently I own Denon AH-D2000 + Xonar Essence STX soundcard which doesnt satify me alot anymore.

Ive thought about getting the Burson HA 160D with either HD800 or Audeze LCD 2!

I listen to all types of music but not metal and rock. Mostly electronica, house, and guitarish songs. 

 

What would you guys recommend me?

Budget is around 3000 USD

 

Thank you

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