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post #11596 of 29490

Hey guys, I'm thinking that I'm gonna buy a new set of cans in the 300$ price range.  I'll likely be playing them from my laptop and through an E9/E10 setup.  I have two questions:

 

1) Would the HD600 or the DT880/600 be better cans to go with that amp/dac setup?  I listen to all sorts of music, mostly classical, opera, and classic rock.  I would also be using them for watching movies.  

 

2) What cables would I have to buy separately to go Macbook pro to E9/E10 to cans?

 

Thanks,

Mark

post #11597 of 29490

I am checking in to see if there would be any more opinions on phones that I will be getting.

Right now I have been thinking the Denon D2000 with a Fiio E17 DAC/AMP

 

I am planning to use this with PC, PS3, Ipod, phone for a large spectrum of genres, movies, and gaming with a lot of time in public so closed is kind of needed.

 

Budget is about $400

 

With the E17 for PC/PS3 use would I only need to connect the USB or will I need to connect another cable?


I also want to see if anyone knows of some good storefronts to go and demo some phones in Orlando FL, USA


Edited by Illmatar - 1/30/12 at 6:59pm
post #11598 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Are the Soul by Ludacris headphones any good?

From what I've heard from headphiles, they're better than Beats.

Edit: Of course, $21 Monoprice `phones are better than $300 Beats, so...
Edited by Magick Man - 1/30/12 at 7:16pm
post #11599 of 29490

Nope, they are good straight out of anything.  However, the just warning you, the DAC in the Galaxy S2 is the worst one I have ever heard.  Massive amounts of noise.  Playing anything above 64 kbit on it is a joke it is so bad.  Trust me, I have one...
 

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Originally Posted by raziel980 View Post

Shall definitely pick these up then. I was looking at the ATH AD700 and M50/S as alternatives. But considering i've no clue where i can demo them near me, I'll take the 1100s ;)

One last Q;

 

Portable 'phone amps, FiiOs and the like, They worth splashing a little extra dough on with these 1100s?



 

post #11600 of 29490

Are the B&W P5's good at not leaking sound?

post #11601 of 29490

Guys, I'm back... So right now I'm looking at Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10. Would an over-ear closed headphone, blow these IEMS out of the water? Would it still be a good buy to get the UETF10? I don't like open ear just because other people can hear you... 

post #11602 of 29490
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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

Nope, they are good straight out of anything.  However, the just warning you, the DAC in the Galaxy S2 is the worst one I have ever heard.  Massive amounts of noise.  Playing anything above 64 kbit on it is a joke it is so bad.  Trust me, I have one...
 



 



;) Saved money then. Thanks for the input. 

post #11603 of 29490
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Originally Posted by avkdh View Post

 

I had pretty much decided to get the senns HD558, but then realized that they cost about 260 usd shipped to my country, seems somewhat overpriced (like 80 bucks more) than what I expected based on what I´ve read on this forum. I have no problem spending 260 usd (pretty much the top of my budget) but are the HD558 the best I can get for that price, any other recommendations? (think of phones that cost about 230-230 usd, so its about 260 with shipping included)? 
 
On the cheaper side I can also get the Alessandro MS-1 or the Audio technica ATH-ad700 for about 150 usd. Is the HD558 considerably better (100 buck better :P) than these?.
 
 
 
thanks 


Depends on what you listen to.  The MS-1 is good for rock and metal, the AD-700 is good for classical and gaming (massive soundstage).  The HD558 is decent for everything.  Are you planning on using these in public?  Because all of the ones you listed are open-back designs and leak sound.

 

Some others to consider: Audio-Technica ATH-M50, Sennheiser HD25-1 II, V-Moda M-80, Ultrason HFI-580/780 (if you like bass).

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Are the Soul by Ludacris headphones any good?


As already said, they're a bit better than Beats, but you can do better for the price.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Destide View Post

Ello

I'm looking to upgrade from my Sennheiser 280 pro's 

I have been using the Sennheiser's for a couple of years in music production. Looking to buy another pair of cans for listening to FLAC. Is it worth getting another pair or would an amp be a better purchase? Currently using my UA-25.

 

It will be purely for home listening so doesn't matter too much about ruggidness or open back design

 

Seems to be from the forums, that there's no one Headphone to rule them all so maybe this will help. I listen to a wide range of music from Zappa,The Who,Max Ritcher,Arcade fire Daft punk, Joanna Newsom, Tom Waits, Coltrane, Hendrix,Floyd with various classical and electronica thrown aobut.

 

Thanks in advance guys


Budget?  If you're on a tight budget, you might be better off getting a good DAC and amp - the 280s are decent headphones.

 



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Originally Posted by jipajappa View Post

Hey guys, I'm thinking that I'm gonna buy a new set of cans in the 300$ price range.  I'll likely be playing them from my laptop and through an E9/E10 setup.  I have two questions:

 

1) Would the HD600 or the DT880/600 be better cans to go with that amp/dac setup?  I listen to all sorts of music, mostly classical, opera, and classic rock.  I would also be using them for watching movies.  

 

2) What cables would I have to buy separately to go Macbook pro to E9/E10 to cans?

 

Thanks,

Mark


1) probably the HD600 - I think they'll go better with the genres you like.

 

2) The E10 comes with a USB cable for Mac to E10.  You might need a 3.5mm male-to-male cable though to connect the E10 to the E9.  I can't remember if the E10 came with one, and I have no idea if the E9 does.

 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Illmatar View Post

I am checking in to see if there would be any more opinions on phones that I will be getting.

Right now I have been thinking the Denon D2000 with a Fiio E17 DAC/AMP

 

I am planning to use this with PC, PS3, Ipod, phone for a large spectrum of genres, movies, and gaming with a lot of time in public so closed is kind of needed.

 

Budget is about $400

 

With the E17 for PC/PS3 use would I only need to connect the USB or will I need to connect another cable?


I also want to see if anyone knows of some good storefronts to go and demo some phones in Orlando FL, USA


For PC, you'll only need to connect the USB cable.  Not sure about the PS3 - you may have to run the E17 off battery power and use a 3.5mm interconnect cable.  The E17 should come with a couple of them.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Are the B&W P5's good at not leaking sound?


Supposedly.  Haven't heard them myself, but people say they have really good isolation, especially for an on-ear headphone.  You can demo them at many Apple stores if you're curious.

 


Edited by LimeANite - 1/30/12 at 7:46pm
post #11604 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Are the Soul by Ludacris headphones any good?


I think the consensus is better than Beats, but still not great for the money.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by avkdh View Post

 

I had pretty much decided to get the senns HD558, but then realized that they cost about 260 usd shipped to my country, seems somewhat overpriced (like 80 bucks more) than what I expected based on what I´ve read on this forum. I have no problem spending 260 usd (pretty much the top of my budget) but are the HD558 the best I can get for that price, any other recommendations? (think of phones that cost about 230-230 usd, so its about 260 with shipping included)? 
 
On the cheaper side I can also get the Alessandro MS-1 or the Audio technica ATH-ad700 for about 150 usd. Is the HD558 considerably better (100 buck better :P) than these?.
 
 
 
thanks 


Maybe you can see if you can get the 598s for that price? If you're willing to spend the money, I'd say go for it, unless you really want to save some.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Destide View Post

Ello

I'm looking to upgrade from my Sennheiser 280 pro's 

I have been using the Sennheiser's for a couple of years in music production. Looking to buy another pair of cans for listening to FLAC. Is it worth getting another pair or would an amp be a better purchase? Currently using my UA-25.

 

It will be purely for home listening so doesn't matter too much about ruggidness or open back design

 

Seems to be from the forums, that there's no one Headphone to rule them all so maybe this will help. I listen to a wide range of music from Zappa,The Who,Max Ritcher,Arcade fire Daft punk, Joanna Newsom, Tom Waits, Coltrane, Hendrix,Floyd with various classical and electronica thrown aobut.

 

Thanks in advance guys


How much are you willing to spend? If your budget is under say $200, I'd say save a little more and go for something like the HD598s. 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by jipajappa View Post

Hey guys, I'm thinking that I'm gonna buy a new set of cans in the 300$ price range.  I'll likely be playing them from my laptop and through an E9/E10 setup.  I have two questions:

 

1) Would the HD600 or the DT880/600 be better cans to go with that amp/dac setup?  I listen to all sorts of music, mostly classical, opera, and classic rock.  I would also be using them for watching movies.  

 

2) What cables would I have to buy separately to go Macbook pro to E9/E10 to cans?

 

Thanks,

Mark


Not sure about the first, but regarding 2, I think the E9/E10 should come with the necessary cords.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Are the B&W P5's good at not leaking sound?


Yes

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Illmatar View Post

I am checking in to see if there would be any more opinions on phones that I will be getting.

Right now I have been thinking the Denon D2000 with a Fiio E17 DAC/AMP

 

I am planning to use this with PC, PS3, Ipod, phone for a large spectrum of genres, movies, and gaming with a lot of time in public so closed is kind of needed.

 

Budget is about $400

 

With the E17 for PC/PS3 use would I only need to connect the USB or will I need to connect another cable?


I also want to see if anyone knows of some good storefronts to go and demo some phones in Orlando FL, USA


Setup sounds good, but it may depend on what music/games/whatever you want to listen to. You connect the PC to the E17 via USB, then plug in your headphones. 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by cardboardhome View Post

Guys, I'm back... So right now I'm looking at Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10. Would an over-ear closed headphone, blow these IEMS out of the water? Would it still be a good buy to get the UETF10? I don't like open ear just because other people can hear you... 


A pair of over-ears at the same going price as the TF10s probably won't blow them out of the water, unless you really want soundstage, or have something against IEMs.

post #11605 of 29490

Quote:

Originally Posted by Illmatar View Post

With the E17 for PC/PS3 use would I only need to connect the USB or will I need to connect another cable?

 

Just want to clarify since nobody seems to have given a straight answer:

 

E17 + PS3 via USB will only transmit power, and will NOT transmit any audio data. You will want an optical/TOSLINK cable to go from the PS3 (you will need to change your sound output settings) to the E17 for best quality.

post #11606 of 29490

im thinking about getting a gift for my friend who listens to mostly rock music. hes really into diy and i figure he would mod the crap out of them.

 

trying to figure out which grado is best to get from the 60,80, 125 or 225. what are the sonic differences? the 60s look like they have the most low end bass from the headphone graphs.

post #11607 of 29490
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Originally Posted by scoopbb View Post

im thinking about getting a gift for my friend who listens to mostly rock music. hes really into diy and i figure he would mod the crap out of them.

 

trying to figure out which grado is best to get from the 60,80, 125 or 225. what are the sonic differences? the 60s look like they have the most low end bass from the headphone graphs.


If he's going to mod them, just start him on the 60s, as the modders on this forum have made them sound better than the 225s (allegedly). Something about all of them using the same drivers anyway.

 

post #11608 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by scoopbb View Post

im thinking about getting a gift for my friend who listens to mostly rock music. hes really into diy and i figure he would mod the crap out of them.

trying to figure out which grado is best to get from the 60,80, 125 or 225. what are the sonic differences? the 60s look like they have the most low end bass from the headphone graphs.

Get them the 60i, no reason for anything more expensive if he's gonna mod them.
post #11609 of 29490

Hello,

 

I'm currently using Audio-Technica AD700s. I've been using them for a year now... the sound quality is fantastic but I want to buy a new pair now, with much stronger bass. Source is going to be mostly desktop computer (using HT | Omega Striker 7.1 sound card) and ipod touch. I listen to pretty much all genres of music (except dubstep). Also will be used for gaming -- but soundscape doesn't seem to be that important to positional audio (with the AD700s enemies often sound farther than they really are, for example).

 

I've done a lot of reading and I've narrowed it down to the AT M50, Beyer DT770, and Denon D2000. I looked at the Ultrasone headphones as well but I don't want any of the S-logic / implemented virtual surround.

 

I was very close to buying the DT770 (250 ohms) but apparently they sound awful without an amp. I do not have an amp and don't intend to buy one either. IF I did get one it would probably be the Fiio E9, but then I wouldn't be able to use the headphones with my ipod.

 

Then I looked at the Denon D2000s but I hear they have a very widespread issue with a screw breaking or coming loose... which was disappointing considering I wouldn't expect these issues from $200-300 headphones.

 

Finally there's the M50... but I haven't read too many good things about it on here. They look really nice though.

 

ALSO I have a big head. :(

 

What should I do?

post #11610 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by genome852 View Post

Hello,

 

I'm currently using Audio-Technica AD700s. I've been using them for a year now... the sound quality is fantastic but I want to buy a new pair now, with much stronger bass. Source is going to be mostly desktop computer (using HT | Omega Striker 7.1 sound card) and ipod touch. I listen to pretty much all genres of music (except dubstep). Also will be used for gaming -- but soundscape doesn't seem to be that important to positional audio (with the AD700s enemies often sound farther than they really are, for example).

 

I've done a lot of reading and I've narrowed it down to the AT M50, Beyer DT770, and Denon D2000. I looked at the Ultrasone headphones as well but I don't want any of the S-logic / implemented virtual surround.

 

I was very close to buying the DT770 (250 ohms) but apparently they sound awful without an amp. I do not have an amp and don't intend to buy one either. IF I did get one it would probably be the Fiio E9, but then I wouldn't be able to use the headphones with my ipod.

 

Then I looked at the Denon D2000s but I hear they have a very widespread issue with a screw breaking or coming loose... which was disappointing considering I wouldn't expect these issues from $200-300 headphones.

 

Finally there's the M50... but I haven't read too many good things about it on here. They look really nice though.

 

ALSO I have a big head. :(

 

What should I do?


The M50s are very solid, what you're reading is mostly backlash to keep people realistic, because they are not end-all, be-all cans. You might also want to look into the HD25s and M80s, but I think the M50s will work for you.

 

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