I'm up to a new pair of on-ear hp's. It'll be my first pair in the higher price cat.
The genres of music I'm listening to:
-Hiphop / R&B /Dance / some bass / Alternative / some Rock
-Soundtracks of movies !
I won't use it for games, or whatever. Just music / movies with my iPod Touch.
So, I need all-round good music quality with some bass in it.
- it has to be portable, on-ear, no huge shells
- comfortable, I'm not wearing glasses so, that won't give any problems most of the time. Will wear them for about 3-4 hours a day.
- has to be sturdy, cuz I will wear them even it's raining.
- quality is important
- its a plus when the cable is thicker as normal
- its a plus when it has a 45/90° connector
- design is a plus, I like to have some nice looking hp's too
- not willing to use an amp, so the quality of the sound needs to be good.
BUDGET approx. €200.
I've already tried the Senn. HD25-1 II but I miss some bass in it, overal sound is clear, but way to quiet.
TMA-1 / V-Moda M80 / Ultrasone HFI-580 / ATH-ES55 / but I can't test these so.. if the HD isn't my thing, what will?
If you thought the bass was lacking on the HD25-1-ii, then the only one of those listed that will have more is the HFi580 (which is over-ear). You might also consider an AKG K181.
I'm buying semi headphones (closed/semi open, doesnt matter) for hobby studio use and music listening for a low budget, say 50€. Type of music I listen is electronic dance music so solid low end production is essential. Im not really searching for cans that have very flat response, because I found such kind of headphones to be very "sterile", boring to listen and to work with. It's also very important that low end section isn't artifical (like you pushed low frequency EQ sliders up a lot) and that it sounds great at small levels.
Till now I've used Superlux 668F and for my taste they have weak low end. I tried to fix that with EQ which only brings that artifical low end rather giving some decent sounding. They also doesn't sound so big, 'in your face' I'd expect.
Which cans should I try?
closed: Senn HD280
open: AKG K140/141
I am a beginner when it comes to headphones.
I have a budget of about $300, but would really like to keep it closer to $200.
I would primarily use the headphones for laptop gaming, but also want to be able to use them for listening to music (on computer and portable) and handheld games. In terms of gaming, I would like them to work well for positional awareness in FPS games, while still being great for other games.
I am also considering amps. I want a DAC/AMP combo that allows surround sound. It would primarily be used with my laptop.
Amazon $130 - Astro gaming mixamp
Amazon $90 - Creative Soundblaster X-fi HD USB Audio System with THX SB1240
Amazon $60 - Creative Soundblaster X-fi surround 5.1 Pro USB Audio System with THX SB 1095
I have no idea what the difference between the Soundblasters are.
Amazon $199 - Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro Closed
Amazon $170 - A-900 Closed
Amazon $125 - AKG K271MKII Closed
Amazon $120 - A700 Closed
Amazon $110 - AD700 Open
Amazon $60 - Creative Aurvana Live Closed
Mad Lust Envy's guide to Headphone Gaming has been informative and has influenced some of the items on the list. One of the things mentioned is the DT770 pro has too much bass for competitive FPS - would it be possible to just lower this in a mixer? Also, I'm not really super competitive when it comes to FPS's; would it matter as much for me?
Also, how portable are the headphones? I know the Creative Aurana Live is considered a portable, but are any of the others? What issues make them not suitable to be portable?
From what I hear I like the AD700 the most, except that it is open. Does this impact the leakage significantly?
If the Aurvana's are good enough I would go with that, but could they really utilize the amps?
Is there a major difference between the A700 and AD700?
Is there any other info that would help you guys help me?
Thanks for any input!
If you're not competitive, then it doesn't really matter what the bass is like.
Open headphones leak considerably and do not isolate from outside noise.
Of all those listed, the only ones I would consider portable would be the CAL. The rest are all full sized and do not fold or collapse in any way. You pretty much will need a large backpack or duffle bag to cart them around. Even then, I'd only feel comfortable carrying the Beyer (which does have it's own case, but it's huge). The AKGs and Audio Technicas aren't exactly the most robust headphones; they're not fragile per se, but not something I'd want to toss around in a bag either.
Few cans I'm looking at for portable use. Possibly being paired with a Fostex HP-P1 or ALO Rx Mk 3.
DT770 600 Premium
I realize these all have pretty different signatures, but my biggest question is which of them responds best to amplification?
Any other suggestions in ~$300 range that respond really well to amplification are welcome.
I missed this thread a bit.
I haven't heard the Shure 940, but I've heard the rest in the line. In my experience they did not benefit appreciably from amping. The M80 sounds maybe a tiny bit better, but it's got such high sensitivity that amps with gain are sometimes hard to control to get a comfortable volume before going too loud. The Beyers are always hungry and do like the power from beefier amps; it would be the easy pick out of these three (though personally, I think they sound better from high impedance outputs like OTL tube amps). I'm surprised you even asked considering your experience here.
Other cans that like amping (that are closed I'm assuming)... orthos, and actually the Denons since with their low impedance and high sensitivity some sources can get grainy, so a low gain amp with clean power works best for them.
The se215 is a very solid IEM. I would have kept mine if it were just a smidge smaller so I could get a proper fit (I have rather small ears).
I'm new here and new to the field (but not to buying things I can't afford). I currently have Sennheiser 280pros, which I was very happy with for quite a while, but am now looking to step things up a bit.
I've tried the Sennheiser HD650s at my friends and was thinking of going with those, but was a bit concerned about the highs rolling off. How significant is this? In theory, I'd like a pretty balanced set, but in reality I'm not too sure how necessary this is given my tastes (not necessarily listening to too much classical). I generally listen to rock (beatles, talking heads, can, pixies, deerhunter) to some more experimental and electronic type stuff (boards of canada, aphex twin, flying lotus, animal collective), and, rarely, jazz and classical. Also, at 350 USD, I've been a bit hardpressed to find another set of cans (to listen to Can) that are as well regarded as the HD650s. Any suggestions or recommendations for me, or am I on the right track? Do the HD650s highs outweigh the lows (or should i say LOs outweigh the HIs)?
Secondly, I'm a bit lost on amps. I'm not looking to spend an obscene amount and was thinking the Schiit Asgard or Valhalla. I heard the Asgard was a good fit for the 650s, but what about the Valhalla? Would there be a significant difference between the two? Is a tube amp for a HD650 worth it?
(that was tough to write without making a schitt joke)
Also, any other amp recommendations for the HD650s would be much appreciated.
I actually found the Senn HD5xx series to have a bit more treble energy than the 6xx series. Additionally, the 5xx do not need an amp whereas the 6xx like more power to sound their best, so you can save more money that way.
Sennheisers do like tube amps... but now you're looking at spending easily in the $5-600 range. If you do go this route and have a little DIY experience, I'd highly recommend the Bottlehead Crack tube amp (actually, I think I saw one on the sale forums just the other day).