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post #11086 of 29490

Hello all,

 

I was looking to get some recommendations on what you feel would be a good fit for me. I joined here last month when I found the site and I've been reading up pretty heavily since then trying to learn all that I can, but could use some direction still.

 

My budget for this pair of headphones wouldn't be anymore than $300 max. I'd be more comfortable a bit lower than $250 but I'll decide. I'm leaning towards a pair of closed headphones, and leaning towards over the ear phones, but wouldn't rule out on the ears totally. but I was curious what others had to say for how well a semi closed headphone like the Beyerdynamic DT 880 would isolate noise from going out. I will say right now that I have had some experience with a pair of open headphones in the Grado sr60i which I purchased but returned to the store here a few days ago. There was a comfort problem for me with them after a short time, but worse the sound was much too fatiguing. Overall I think it was just too much in my face.

My sources I would use them from would be my computer with an Auzen X-Meridian sound card, an iPod, and a Sansa View. I'm considering picking up a Fiio E17 when it comes out so I would have an amp/dac as well, and also thinking an E9 for at home use would be nice .

Also, I know it might seem like portable would be a better fit overall if I take them on the go with me, but I think I could get by with a full sized pretty well as I wouldn’t use them on the go so to speak. No running, or other activities, and I would have them put away when not needed. I mostly use my DAP’s when I go to doctor’s appointments which are typically quite some time in the car, 4-5 hours round trip sometimes, and I don’t drive so it leaves me with lots of free time to listen to and back, and when I need to go grocery shopping at times. It would afford me the option of if I want much better sound quality, or if portability is more important, but I wouldn’t rule out the portables entirely either.

Whatever pair I pick up, I want to make sure that they are comfortable, and don't introduce too much clamping. I wear glasses which causes problems with some of the on the ear phones I've tried in the past, and also had it happen even with the Grado to an extent at times. Definitely not as bad as many cheap ones I've tried. It also is a lot quicker to take a pair of headphones off and go to do something or move the cup back to hear what someone is saying! J

What I’m really out of a pair of headphones is to get more out of the vocals of the singers I listen to. I really love the female singers, but enjoy the males as well. I have a small selection of iem’s and a pair of headphones to draw from at the moment. I have a pair of Sennheiser PX100’s, a MEElectronics CC51, A151, and SP51. I had been using the Sennheiser’s for quite a few years, and while they’re still nice, I just really wanted more, and thus I purchased the MEElectronics all within a short time.

So far, out of what I have that I find I enjoy the most overall is the A151’s. The bass rarely overpowers what I’m listening too. If the bass is in the song strong it’s there strong. If it’s just there as a backup, it’s there only as a backup. It sounds clear and defined with some punch. It can still get in the way of some songs, but out of everything this gets it right more often than not.

The mids are definitely above average. Again it’s dependant on the song as some have it right where I want it but others are a bit laid back and want to hear them more. I get hints of sweetness, but I want to hear more richness and sweetness in the voices, a bit more life. The CC51’s do better in this regard, but these do pretty well in balancing it out. The Grado’s definitely gave some more of what I wanted, but introduced too much of what I didn’t.

The highs for these feel like they’re the overall standout for the headphones. The highs sound absolutely beautiful for me. No fatigue from being too sharp or piercing. They have a full, complete sound and warm, and even slightly mellow it seems, but all I know is I like what I hear. Not bright. I think that was a good deal of the problem with the Grados for me.

Some headphones I’ve looked at that look and sound interesting are the beyerdynamic DT 880 and 1350, the Audio Technica ATH-M50, and the Phiaton MS 400 for some closed and semi closed, and the Sennheiser HD 598 has been there on my mind too. If I had to choose one just on looks I’d have the AKG K701 in a heart beat! That thing makes my heart skip a beat for some reason, with the HD 598 second. The sound and how well it matches up with what I want is what matters the most though! Thank you for reading my post and if there’s anything I need to add please let me know!

post #11087 of 29490

Mainly work on my computer. I have a sound card Asus Xonar Essence ST sound card. Budget is $130 give or take $10. What is the best bang for your bucks headphones for that price range.

post #11088 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jtom94 View Post

Mainly work on my computer. I have a sound card Asus Xonar Essence ST sound card. Budget is $130 give or take $10. What is the best bang for your bucks headphones for that price range.



Everyone has different interpretations of "best" in each price range, so I don't think you'll get a consensus.  In part it depends on what music you prefer and whether you want headphones that are portable as well as for home use.  And it helps to know if you need isolation from outside sound and to keep your music from bothering people around you.  If you need isolation, look for closed headphones.  If not, you can choose either open back or closed.

 

Here are a few you should do some research on:  Sony MDR 7506 (or the very similar MDR V6), Sony ZX700, KRK 8400, Audio Technica ATH M50, Creative Aurvana Live!, Shure SRH 840 (if you can find it that low).  These are all good, but vary quite a lot in sound signature.

 

Another one that should be considered if you can take a completely open headphone is the Grado SR-80i, but it is very much a polarizing set, and some people don't like their sound at all.  You should try the Grado in person before ordering one.

post #11089 of 29490

 

Hey guys, I just joined the forum today and I'm looking for some advice and help. (English is my third language so I might have some difficulties making myself clear, sorry for that)

 

I really don't know much about high-end audio equipment or anything but I'm looking to invest some money into it since I can afford it and I really enjoy listening to good quality music and I believe the price will be worth it in the long run.

 

I've been looking at the Sennheiser HD600/650 for some time now but I'm still not sure about which one to get. I currently have the Sennheiser HD408. They were very cheap but I needed to get new headphones since the Beats Studio I got from a friend broke. Only thing I enjoyed was the bass on those things, for everything else I thought they were pretty poor so I will never buy those.

 

I mostly listen to house, hip hop which has a lot of bass but I also really like female vocals.

1) Just based on that, would you recommend the 600 or 650? 

 

Right now I don't have an amp or anything. From what I've read, my computers (Macbook Pro and Macbook Air) won't be enough to push these headphones to their full potential. 

 

A friend of mine has an OBH11 with the OBH2 power supply for around 100$ that he is willing to sell.

2) Is that a good amp?

 

3) Would that + my computer be enough to get good sound from the HD600/650's or would it be a waste to buy such good headphones?

 

4) Do you maybe have any other recommendations for someone who doesn't know a thing about the equipment itself but recognizes good quality music?

 

What I want is to hear things I've never heard before. I want to rediscover all my music. I could spend 1000$ without really hurting my wallet but I'm forcing myself to stay around the 500$ price point. 

 

 

Thanks guys! I appreciate any answer, help and advice I can get. 

post #11090 of 29490
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Originally Posted by jeng8 View Post

50an6xy06r6n, thanks for your recs!  I was very partial to the M50 for some time, but heard about the clamping issue and wimped out.  Like I said, comfort's a top priority...although in the end, I may just have to suck it up and get these, with the reviews I've been reading.

Your point about closed/open cans and portability makes sense.  I guess I'd prefer closed, since I'll be going out with these, but I really hope it won't affect sound stage a great deal.

 

Any additional advice/recs would be great appreciated (again)!

If you ever have problem with clamping force for pretty much any headphones, put your cans around a tissue box (or something similar) overnight to stretch them a little.

 

Also I don't really know what your sound preferences are, but I found the M50 to be a good all around headphone.

 

 


 

 

post #11091 of 29490

walden, thanks for that little tidbit of information! I'll be sure to do that if it ends up being too tight.

I said in my first post that I listen to mostly r&b/vocals, with emphasis on acapella and live performances (I don't know if the acapella bit is even relevant when choosing headphones, actually)

With the overwhelming support for M50, I think I'll be ordering them tonight, unless anyone else has anymore suggestions.

Thanks again!

post #11092 of 29490

i need help.  a friend of mine needs a pair of in ears for drumming.

i have no idea where to start but the price is 100 or less.

 

thanks

post #11093 of 29490
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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


What's your budget? Also, it might be easier if you pool the money you would spend on those two pairs and buy a single, better pair you can use both at home and on the go. Also, just FYI, the V150s are not very good at all IMO.


This is going to be a few years from now, so hopefully by then I'll have enough coin for both headphone and surround speaker upgrades along with a PC upgrade by then.

And the HD 202's seem like they'd be lighter-weight than the V6's and not as cumbersome, so they seem like they'd lend themselves better towards on-the-go usage. And they're Senn's, so you can't go wrong there.

 

Both the HD 202 and the V6 are great pairs of 'cans, just the V6 seems better for at-home usage with your computer, stereo, etc., whereas the HD 202 seems better for on-the-go usage with your iPod, DS, PSP, laptop, etc, as the Senn's are lighter weight and the cord isn't as thick so it won't get in the way so easily.

 

Also, for surround speaker upgrades, I ultimately want to use a pair of vintage Bose 601 Series III's for the front channels and a pair of vintage Bose 301 Series II's for the surround speakers along with a decent Klipsch center channel, and a good JBL sub.

 

The AVR that's currently in use is a Sony STR-DH500.

 

And as for the V150's, they may not be no V6's or Senn's, but they get the job done. -shrug-


Edited by HPuser9083 - 1/16/12 at 11:04am
post #11094 of 29490

 

Hi guys!
 
I'm looking for something around U$200 (U$300 maximum if the difference is more than slightly)   to use at home so don't matter if it´s portable or full size, closed or open, i just don't want an IEM (i already own an Ortofon e-q5). Basically will use for music/non-competitive gaming/movies in this order. 
 
I really like how my e-q5 do the things but i think they have some faults to my tastes so i would like something that could fulfill these requirements:
 
- Tight deep bass like my e-q5 but more emphasized (no one-note bass here, please :)  )
- Mids at the same level as my e-q5 (give or take a little, of course :)  )
- Better sound stage (ok, i know that's quite easy since IEM's are quite claustrophobic)
- Crystal Clear, smooth, non-fatiguing treble (could be slightly more emphasized, but not a must)
 
My actual Amp is a Fiio E6 but in the next month i will buy a E17 for the DAC/AMP department. 
 
I know that they are very different (portable/full size versus IEM) but i know you guys understand what i mean sound quality wise.
 
By far, i'm considering these (well, basically the standards):
 
DT1350, HD-25-1-II, HD598, D2000 (if i can find them under U$300), DT860, ATH-M50
 
The one that i think to come closer to what i want is the DT1350, but i´m not shure. So, what do you think guys? Also, i accept web-based store recommendation within the USA. 
 
Thanks guys!
 
PS.: Please forgive my English, it's not my native language.   
 
post #11095 of 29490

First of all hi, :)

 

Im going to buy new headphones in next two weeks but im confused. (reading forums too much, confused my mind alot)

 

My budget 130€ + some spare for shipping.

 

Im gonna use this headphones for music > movies and > gaming.

Generally im listening pop/dub/dnb/rock but sometimes im listening country,jazz,blues,classical too but not that much tho. also watching lots of movies & tv shows. for gaming im playing fps games.(bf3 <3)

 

My criterias for headphone (im used philips, creative fatality(2 of them dead because of cable and i didnt finy any audio store to fix that) & couple 10$ headphones) so this will be my first audiophile headphone!

 

Easy to find/buy & easly replaceable cable,(easy soldering) easy to find & replaceable ear cushions

Im not gonna use with ipod/smartphone so portability not that important ( Im gonna use with Creative x-Fi GO! USB soundcard)

Closed-back or open doesnt matter to me

And good performance ofc.

 

Before your recommendations > i got couple choices in my hand

 

Sennheiser HD 555 (but im scared about that cronic cracks? all 5x5 series have that, they say?!)

Shure SRH440

Beyerdynamics DTX 910

Ultrasone HFi 580

Sony MDR-7506

 

Which one should i choose? OR recommend another model. :) But please consider my criterias before your recommendation..

 

Waiting for your responses, Thanks...

post #11096 of 29490
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Originally Posted by jotry View Post

Hello all,

 

I was looking to get some recommendations on what you feel would be a good fit for me. I joined here last month when I found the site and I've been reading up pretty heavily since then trying to learn all that I can, but could use some direction still.

 

My budget for this pair of headphones wouldn't be anymore than $300 max. I'd be more comfortable a bit lower than $250 but I'll decide. I'm leaning towards a pair of closed headphones, and leaning towards over the ear phones, but wouldn't rule out on the ears totally. but I was curious what others had to say for how well a semi closed headphone like the Beyerdynamic DT 880 would isolate noise from going out. I will say right now that I have had some experience with a pair of open headphones in the Grado sr60i which I purchased but returned to the store here a few days ago. There was a comfort problem for me with them after a short time, but worse the sound was much too fatiguing. Overall I think it was just too much in my face.

My sources I would use them from would be my computer with an Auzen X-Meridian sound card, an iPod, and a Sansa View. I'm considering picking up a Fiio E17 when it comes out so I would have an amp/dac as well, and also thinking an E9 for at home use would be nice .

Also, I know it might seem like portable would be a better fit overall if I take them on the go with me, but I think I could get by with a full sized pretty well as I wouldn’t use them on the go so to speak. No running, or other activities, and I would have them put away when not needed. I mostly use my DAP’s when I go to doctor’s appointments which are typically quite some time in the car, 4-5 hours round trip sometimes, and I don’t drive so it leaves me with lots of free time to listen to and back, and when I need to go grocery shopping at times. It would afford me the option of if I want much better sound quality, or if portability is more important, but I wouldn’t rule out the portables entirely either.

Whatever pair I pick up, I want to make sure that they are comfortable, and don't introduce too much clamping. I wear glasses which causes problems with some of the on the ear phones I've tried in the past, and also had it happen even with the Grado to an extent at times. Definitely not as bad as many cheap ones I've tried. It also is a lot quicker to take a pair of headphones off and go to do something or move the cup back to hear what someone is saying! J

What I’m really out of a pair of headphones is to get more out of the vocals of the singers I listen to. I really love the female singers, but enjoy the males as well. I have a small selection of iem’s and a pair of headphones to draw from at the moment. I have a pair of Sennheiser PX100’s, a MEElectronics CC51, A151, and SP51. I had been using the Sennheiser’s for quite a few years, and while they’re still nice, I just really wanted more, and thus I purchased the MEElectronics all within a short time.

So far, out of what I have that I find I enjoy the most overall is the A151’s. The bass rarely overpowers what I’m listening too. If the bass is in the song strong it’s there strong. If it’s just there as a backup, it’s there only as a backup. It sounds clear and defined with some punch. It can still get in the way of some songs, but out of everything this gets it right more often than not.

The mids are definitely above average. Again it’s dependant on the song as some have it right where I want it but others are a bit laid back and want to hear them more. I get hints of sweetness, but I want to hear more richness and sweetness in the voices, a bit more life. The CC51’s do better in this regard, but these do pretty well in balancing it out. The Grado’s definitely gave some more of what I wanted, but introduced too much of what I didn’t.

The highs for these feel like they’re the overall standout for the headphones. The highs sound absolutely beautiful for me. No fatigue from being too sharp or piercing. They have a full, complete sound and warm, and even slightly mellow it seems, but all I know is I like what I hear. Not bright. I think that was a good deal of the problem with the Grados for me.

Some headphones I’ve looked at that look and sound interesting are the beyerdynamic DT 880 and 1350, the Audio Technica ATH-M50, and the Phiaton MS 400 for some closed and semi closed, and the Sennheiser HD 598 has been there on my mind too. If I had to choose one just on looks I’d have the AKG K701 in a heart beat! That thing makes my heart skip a beat for some reason, with the HD 598 second. The sound and how well it matches up with what I want is what matters the most though! Thank you for reading my post and if there’s anything I need to add please let me know!


The DT1350s and the M50s might not be for your preferred sound signature, as both have a bit of treble emphasis that may seem fatiguing if you like your A151s. The MS400s are warmer, and may suit you better, and I would also recommend looking into the B&W P5s (Though they are a little pricey). The P5s are priced a little high, but they make up for it in usability, with very good isolation and comfort (esp. given they're on-ear), portability, and a nice warm sound signature. 

 

Also, the 598s and K701s are open (though you probably know that), and will leak sound. Also, the K701s will definitely need the E17 or something similar to amp them for portable use. From what I've heard at least, the 598s might give you more the sound you're looking for, and aren't quite as amp-dependent as the K701s.

 



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Originally Posted by Rawrbington View Post

i need help.  a friend of mine needs a pair of in ears for drumming.

i have no idea where to start but the price is 100 or less.

 

thanks


So would he be looking for maximum isolation? Or does he need some sound to leak in so he can hear? For isolation, I'd say look into the Etymotic MC5, or even the HF5 if he can find them for under $100.

 



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Originally Posted by HPuser9083 View Post


This is going to be a few years from now, so hopefully by then I'll have enough coin for both headphone and surround speaker upgrades along with a PC upgrade by then.

And the HD 202's seem like they'd be lighter-weight than the V6's and not as cumbersome, so they seem like they'd lend themselves better towards on-the-go usage. And they're Senn's, so you can't go wrong there.

 

Both the HD 202 and the V6 are great pairs of 'cans, just the V6 seems better for at-home usage with your computer, stereo, etc., whereas the HD 202 seems better for on-the-go usage with your iPod, DS, PSP, laptop, etc, as the Senn's are lighter weight and the cord isn't as thick so it won't get in the way so easily.

 

Also, for surround speaker upgrades, I ultimately want to use a pair of vintage Bose 601 Series III's for the front channels and a pair of vintage Bose 301 Series II's for the surround speakers along with a decent Klipsch center channel, and a good JBL sub.

 

The AVR that's currently in use is a Sony STR-DH500.

 

And as for the V150's, they may not be no V6's or Senn's, but they get the job done. -shrug-


Well, how much are you getting the V6s for? I can't find them on Amazon anymore, and list price is about $100. Also, the 202s still have a 10-foot cable, which would still make it cumbersome for on-the-go use. For the ~$130 you would be spending on both, why not spring for a better-sounding portable that you can use in both scenarios?

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by leobigfield View Post

 

Hi guys!
 
I'm looking for something around U$200 (U$300 maximum if the difference is more than slightly)   to use at home so don't matter if it´s portable or full size, closed or open, i just don't want an IEM (i already own an Ortofon e-q5). Basically will use for music/non-competitive gaming/movies in this order. 
 
I really like how my e-q5 do the things but i think they have some faults to my tastes so i would like something that could fulfill these requirements:
 
- Tight deep bass like my e-q5 but more emphasized (no one-note bass here, please :)  )
- Mids at the same level as my e-q5 (give or take a little, of course :)  )
- Better sound stage (ok, i know that's quite easy since IEM's are quite claustrophobic)
- Crystal Clear, smooth, non-fatiguing treble (could be slightly more emphasized, but not a must)
 
My actual Amp is a Fiio E6 but in the next month i will buy a E17 for the DAC/AMP department. 
 
I know that they are very different (portable/full size versus IEM) but i know you guys understand what i mean sound quality wise.
 
By far, i'm considering these (well, basically the standards):
 
DT1350, HD-25-1-II, HD598, D2000 (if i can find them under U$300), DT860, ATH-M50
 
The one that i think to come closer to what i want is the DT1350, but i´m not shure. So, what do you think guys? Also, i accept web-based store recommendation within the USA. 
 
Thanks guys!
 
PS.: Please forgive my English, it's not my native language.   
 

If you're only going to be using them at home, I think the HD598s will give you the most of what you want, especially in terms of soundstage over the DT1350s, which also might have a too-prominent treble.
 

 



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Originally Posted by Fever View Post

First of all hi, :)

 

Im going to buy new headphones in next two weeks but im confused. (reading forums too much, confused my mind alot)

 

My budget 130€ + some spare for shipping.

 

Im gonna use this headphones for music > movies and > gaming.

Generally im listening pop/dub/dnb/rock but sometimes im listening country,jazz,blues,classical too but not that much tho. also watching lots of movies & tv shows. for gaming im playing fps games.(bf3 <3)

 

My criterias for headphone (im used philips, creative fatality(2 of them dead because of cable and i didnt finy any audio store to fix that) & couple 10$ headphones) so this will be my first audiophile headphone!

 

Easy to find/buy & easly replaceable cable,(easy soldering) easy to find & replaceable ear cushions

Im not gonna use with ipod/smartphone so portability not that important ( Im gonna use with Creative x-Fi GO! USB soundcard)

Closed-back or open doesnt matter to me

And good performance ofc.

 

Before your recommendations > i got couple choices in my hand

 

Sennheiser HD 555 (but im scared about that cronic cracks? all 5x5 series have that, they say?!)

Shure SRH440

Beyerdynamics DTX 910

Ultrasone HFi 580

Sony MDR-7506

 

Which one should i choose? OR recommend another model. :) But please consider my criterias before your recommendation..

 

Waiting for your responses, Thanks...


First of all, whereabouts do you live? That really affects headphone prices. But out of your choices, I'd say the HFI-580 would give you a bit of bass boost for your bass-heavy genres, and Ultrasone's S-logic may be good for gaming, if you can get used to it.

 

post #11097 of 29490

Well, either try and find some used on Craigslist, or new on B&H for around $95 or something like that, and the V6's obviously aren't happening currently.

post #11098 of 29490
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Originally Posted by HPuser9083 View Post

Well, either try and find some used on Craigslist, or new on B&H for around $95 or something like that, and the V6's obviously aren't happening currently.


What do you mean aren't happening currently? Also, I don't think the V6s are a very good deal at $100, so you might want to keep looking.

post #11099 of 29490

Well, gotta save first, that's what I mean by "not happening currently".  And what about the V6's professional bro, the 7506?

post #11100 of 29490
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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post

First of all, whereabouts do you live? That really affects headphone prices. But out of your choices, I'd say the HFI-580 would give you a bit of bass boost for your bass-heavy genres, and Ultrasone's S-logic may be good for gaming, if you can get used to it.

 



Currently im living in Turkey but my friend lives in UK so he'll buy the phones for me and ship it to me right away.

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