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post #10666 of 29490

The 600 ohm variant is very hard to drive, one of the hardest easy to get headphones. Depending on your listening volume, the E10 could maybe drive it, but I'd generally suggest a superior amp in most cases.
 

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Originally Posted by nesf View Post

Not sure if this should be here or a separate thread but anyway: 

 

Researching good choices for neutral, very detailed headphones for home use for listening mostly to Classical, Choral and Opera. Any decent performance in Rock and Metal is a plus but not essential. I'd like to stay under £200 if at all possible. Not buying immediately so there is some flexibility in budget but not a whole lot. 

 

So far I've been recommended DT 880s and Shure 940s. Been reading over the site but I'm not finding much information on the genres I'm particularly interested in with these two compared. Are there other options I should be looking at? 

 

Second question: how hard are the 600 Ohm 880s to drive? Could an E10 manage it until I got my hands on something better or would I want to sort out a better desktop amp first? Interested in satisfactory volume not maximising SQ here. 



 

post #10667 of 29490
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Originally Posted by nesf View Post
Not sure if this should be here or a separate thread but anyway: 

Researching good choices for neutral, very detailed headphones for home use for listening mostly to Classical, Choral and Opera. Any decent performance in Rock and Metal is a plus but not essential. I'd like to stay under £200 if at all possible. Not buying immediately so there is some flexibility in budget but not a whole lot. 

So far I've been recommended DT 880s and Shure 940s. Been reading over the site but I'm not finding much information on the genres I'm particularly interested in with these two compared. Are there other options I should be looking at? 

Second question: how hard are the 600 Ohm 880s to drive? Could an E10 manage it until I got my hands on something better or would I want to sort out a better desktop amp first? Interested in satisfactory volume not maximising SQ here. 

 

200 GBP is equal to $309 US.

 

You would want at least a very decent headphone amplifier to drive the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600-Ohm.

Fiio E10 is only rated up to 300-Ohms, you would want a Fiio E9 at a minimum

Personally I would be spending at least $200 on a headphone amplifier to make it worth buying 600-Ohm headphones.

 

The Shure SRH940 (42-Ohm) should (guess) would be much easier to drive, like with the Fiio E10.

 

 

post #10668 of 29490

Is there much of a difference with the lower impedance versions of the 880? 

post #10669 of 29490
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Is there much of a difference with the lower impedance versions of the 880? 


The Beyerdynamic DT880 Premium 32-Ohm headphones would be easier to drive, in theory.

But they need a little more power/juice to sound right compared to other 32-Ohm headphones.

So you would want at least the Fiio E10

 

Something like the Audio Technica ATH-A900 works well without a headphone amplifier.

 

 

post #10670 of 29490

Hello!  I've been lurking around for a few days and researching a bit on purchasing a pair of higher-quality headphones, and I figured I'd ask for some expert advice. :) Right now, I've been using the earbuds that come with my Zune, but I'd like something that has better quality.

 

A few details:

  • I'm a college student interested in headphones primarily for use on my laptop.  If they're portable so that I can use them with my Zune while walking to class, that's a plus, but it's not a necessity.
  • Closed-backs are a necessity since I wouldn't want the sound to leak out while I'm in the dorm.
  • I often wear my headphones for several hours at a time, so I would need them to be comfortable for that long.
  • I've read that there aren't headphones designed for specific genres, but if it's beneficial to know, most of the music I listen to is recent pop/rock music (basically anything you'd find on an adult contemporary station), along with some songs in other genres. (my last.fm profile: http://www.last.fm/user/trombone13)
  • Budget is (preferably) about $200--I can spend a little more than that if need be, but $200 is my target.
  • For the record, I have absolutely zero knowledge on amps, haha.
  • The only thing I use them for is listening to music--I don't play video games, and I don't DJ or anything like that.
  • I haven't a clue what kind of sound card I have, but if it helps, I have a Dell Studio 1558 laptop and haven't replaced whatever came with it. confused_face(1).gif

Not sure if something matches my preferences, but I figured I may as well ask.  Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

post #10671 of 29490

@Trombones13 - have you considered IEM's (In-Ear Monitors)? These are basically like high-end earbuds that you insert into your ear canal. Don't be freaked out! I was when I first heard about them but I was a quick (and enthusiastic) convert after using them. Your budget puts you squarely in the upper mid-range of the IEM market so you'd be able to get something very nice at that price point (or less if you'd like). They fulfill many of your criteria very well - extremely portable, easily driven from a portable music player or laptop (generally no amp needed), and if you get something with a great fit (and there are many out there to choose from), you will quickly forget you are wearing anything. There is pretty much zero chance of sound leakage with IEM's, as well, so no worries there.

 

Based on what you've described, it sounds like you are looking for a bright, lively sound signature. The Fischer Audio DB-02 or Sony MDR-EX600 would be decent places to start for IEM's. I'd point you to this thread as a good place to start some research: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-210-iems-compared-acs-t15-creative-aurvana-3-added-12-22-11

 

Welcome, and good luck :)

 

post #10672 of 29490
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I forget what shures we mentioned lol. If your getting the HD598, you can get the Shure SRH940 for around the same price ($200). They have a very good soundstage for closed headphones, slightly less than the 598's. They are very detailed though, so if you have bad recordings and/or mad mp3 files, you will hear it, and it will not be good. On the other hand if you have good recordings/files (preferably flac) you will be able to hear EVERYTHING. Overall I would say the srh940 is just as good, if not better than the hd598 (Just not as sexy)


 

 

i lot of money mate.. but thanks :)

post #10673 of 29490

PomPWNius,

 

so basically you are saying that Shure SRH940 is the best possible for me AND they equal to HD 598?

They are still great for my music taste and gaming right? Same brilliant soundstage/rich sound/SQ/bass/hearing footsteps perfectly/etc/etc. right? nothings changed there?

 

and btw do Sennheiser make as good closed phones as the (open ones) HD 598?? I mean ones that equal to HD 598 perfectly as Shure SRH940 do?

 

post #10674 of 29490

 

 

Need help finding an open back headphone!

I was thinking of buying the HD 598s.

 

Would be using with iPod Touch 4th Gen amped.( maybe a fiio E17) and also my PC to play BF3 and listen to some music too!

 

I would like a wide soundstage, good separation ,life like sound, immersive experience, light and tight bass, and good timbre. 

I listen to Katy Perry, Daughtry, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez... Demi Lovato...Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson...etc.etc.etc...


How would these perform while playing BF3?

 

Is there any other options available? ( preferably cheaper. xD ) 

 

Thanks in advance! :D

post #10675 of 29490
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Originally Posted by WaLaoEh View Post



Need help finding an open back headphone!



I was thinking of buying the HD 598s.


Would be using with iPod Touch 4th Gen amped.( maybe a fiio E17) and also my PC to play BF3 and listen to some music too!



 



I would like a wide soundstage, good separation ,life like sound, immersive experience, light and tight bass, and good timbre. 



I listen to Katy Perry, Daughtry, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez... Demi Lovato...Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson...etc.etc.etc...





How would these perform while playing BF3?



 



Is there any other options available? ( preferably cheaper. xD ) 



 



Thanks in advance! biggrin.gif



Sennheiser hD598
post #10676 of 29490
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Originally Posted by LuciferRising View Post

PomPWNius,

so basically you are saying that Shure SRH940 is the best possible for me AND they equal to HD 598?
They are still great for my music taste and gaming right? Same brilliant soundstage/rich sound/SQ/bass/hearing footsteps perfectly/etc/etc. right? nothings changed there?

and btw do Sennheiser make as good closed phones as the (open ones) HD 598?? I mean ones that equal to HD 598 perfectly as Shure SRH940 do?

Not completely equal. They are quite different actually, but they are the best closed for the money you can pay. Yes, they are expensive, I got mine for $200 Open Box on ebay from this guy. . Heres some differences between The shure and the sennheiser. The Shures soundstage is comparable to the 598's, it is pretty big. You will hear more details. The bass is about the same (not much, but you can hear it). I think the SRH940 is a great closed option for you. If you can't pay that much go for the shure srh940 or Brainwavz HM5. you can get the HM5 for $140 and the SRH840 for $160
Edited by PomPWNius - 1/2/12 at 5:22am
post #10677 of 29490
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Originally Posted by evildude683 View Post

Hey guys I found the Shure SRH440 on amazon but they're sold by some place called "best seller 21" my question is if I get them and there is a problem will Shure honor the warranty or they have to necessarily be full filled by Amazon, you can check them out here
 I hope they're not knock offs



Thanks.

 



 



They are probably not knock offs. Shure will not honor the warranty though, as that is not an authorized reseller.
post #10678 of 29490

Proper pain in the rear end to find a stockist of Beyer headphones in the UK. Websites do them, but no av stores, most of them just do Grado, Senns and AT.

 

Think I might have to order both pairs online and send the pair back I don't like (under distance selling regulations).

post #10679 of 29490
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Originally Posted by jimmyhart View Post

Proper pain in the rear end to find a stockist of Beyer headphones in the UK. Websites do them, but no av stores, most of them just do Grado, Senns and AT.

Think I might have to order both pairs online and send the pair back I don't like (under distance selling regulations).

Good choice. Just make sure its a site that allows returns haha. Amazon is good
post #10680 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PomPWNius View Post


Good choice. Just make sure its a site that allows returns haha. Amazon is good


There's a headphone store that have a website that are apparently very good, so I'll ring them tomorrow to make sure. Ideally I want to compare the 32 and 600 ohm 880s and the 598s. It's strange because Beyers seem to be really popular on here and another forum I read.

 

I called 2 shops earlier, one just said they don't stock them any more, but they have others if I want to try them, they were really nice. This other shop said they have others, I said ah I'd like either the Beyers or Senns really, I've tried a friends Grados on my system and they sound fantastic but don't have enough bass for my taste. He replied "well I don't think you can accuse Grados of not having bass, it's probably your setup isn't good enough, that's why we stock them and not Beyerdynamic." lol. I thought you cheeky sod, they just aint for my personal needs, I didn't say they were bad! And if my sound card amp causes them to be too loud above 10% volume, I'm pretty sure it's good enough to drive Grados! But there we are, I'll just shop somewhere else who are more helpful.

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