Oh I think you're misunderstanding me. I want the M50's because they don't leak sound since they're closed, and I do radio w/ a condenser microphone so yea. They'll be exclusively for music.
I was wondering if some Sennheiser 5xx's would be a good 2nd pair to get even if I'm just using them for games and movies.
Well, all I meant was that I don't think sound leak from an open pair will interfere with microphone usage. If that's true, you might not even need 2 separate pairs, and save yourself a hundred bucks.
Hey all, Im looking for new pair of headphones. They need to be extremely comfortable. Price range $300-$400. I listen alot of music and watch series & movies. Some gaming too.
Current amp: Meier Audio Corda Head-Five
Current cans: Beyerdynamics DT-770 pro 80ohm
Dubstep/Drum and Bass: Pendulum, Headhunterz, Mord Fustang, Feed Me etc..
Rock: Rise against, In Flames
alot of various artist in Hip Hop too.
I was looking at Sennheiser HD598, HD600 or AKG 701, are any of these cans good for my taste of music?
Well, what's deficient in your current cans? are you looking for something different, or an upgrade?
I've narrowed my choice for open full size headphone to these:
Sennheiser HD558 (or maybe the 598 if it is worth it)
Audio technica ATH-AD900
I do not have a headphone amp and I will use these only at home. I'm looking for a balanced sound, with no particular emphasis on any part of the frequency range.
Without an amp, i think the senns are your best bet.
Thanks. I was a worried about putting myself out there and getting comments like you listen to that. But from what I've seen everyone is pretty accepting of other's tastes around here.
Regarding portability, I would like it to be portable in that I can take them to the office from time to time, on vacation, or camping. However, I don't need them for walking around. But if I am eliminating a viable option with better sq with this level of portability, I would rather go with the sq. I'm giving the HM5s serious consideration. The Denon's I have heard can perhaps be a little more bass than I like, given my preferences. What do you think? I'm also seriously looking at the hd598s as well. Would it make sense to purchase the hd598s drive them with what I have and once I have the funds invest in a nice amp. That way when I am possibly thinking of upgrading I'll have a adquate amp.
I think either one is a good option, so it's up to you. the senns might be more scalable as you improve your setup, however.
Hey all! I'm a longtime IEM user and I'm thinking of buying a pair of cans. I have a budget of around $150 USD.
Generally I prefer sound signature that's warm (or on the warm side of balanced). I definitely like to have some sonic flavor and steer clear of anything dry or analytical. I prefer forward mids but have no problem with them being neutral, I'm not a fan of recessed mids and I like them to be silky smooth and flow like liquid.
I like bass with good impact and extension but I don't need them to be cannons. I also like to have as massive of a soundstage as I can get, whether it be immersive or spacious. I enjoy both forms of presentation.
Build quality is a huge thing for me, I can't drop money on audio quality alone, I'm looking for a complete package. Overall, I'm looking for something that's very fun, engaging, non fatiguing. These will be amped with a portable so impedance isn't really an issue. These will only be used to listen to music, no movies or gaming.
Thanks for all of your help!
Since you have IEMs I assume they'll be for home, so maybe the HD558s?
- Rock- RHCP, Incubus, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rise Against, Thrice, Kings of Leon, Grateful Dead, Audioslave, 311, Therefore I Am, Brand New, CCR, etc.
- Pop-rock- Third Eye Blind, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, The Beatles, The Killers, Oasis etc.
- House- Deadmau5, Flux Pavilion, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii
- Rap/Hip-hop- Aesop Rock, Nas, Tupac, The Roots, OutKast, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye
- Also a lot of mellow music a la City and Colour, Slightly Stoopid, DCFC, OAR, Bob Marley etc.
- Lot's of FLAC and high quality OGG files for the most part.
Not totally sure if I would like a neutral or colored headphone better to be honest but as you can see the majority of my music is rock oriented. I have a pair of Senn HD25-1 II for portability that I enjoy but I haven't had a lot to compare them with. I can say with certainty that I would like a slightly more aggressive sound, a rather wide and accurate soundstage (to contrast the Senn's I own now), bass with decent impact/control, and highs that have a fair bit of sparkle. With all that said detail and accuracy of detail are key but not at the expense of enjoying my music.
What to get
I have a budget of up to 350 USD (a little over if need be) for a pair of headphones and a Amp/Dac but obviously do not wish to spend it all for the sake of spending it. They will be used at home in a quite area so isolation and portability are a non-issue. I have been floundering between the Fischer FA-003's and FA-011's though I have a feeling that I might find the 003's to be too sterile. Would a pair of 011's paired with a Fiio E17 be suitable for my music tastes? If not, what do you suggest? Also keep in mind that I will most likely sell off the E17 in favor of the upcoming ODA/ODAC ( desktop version of the O2 amp + DAC) when it is released. What say you Head-Fi?!
To be honest from what I've read about both of these headphones it sounds like they would be seriously lacking in the bass department for both Rap/Hip-hop and any EDM while only being average for rock music. The Q701's are often described as thin sounding while the HD598's are said to excel in the orchestral and acoustic genres. However, I do agree that an open headphone may be preferable to contrast my HD25's. Any other suggestions?
Edit: Sorry, kinda screwed up the first quote. Kinda new to the whole forum thing.
The HD598 should have more bass than the Q701s if you're concerned about that.
so could anyone help me with minestrange request?
it would be awesome if someone could answer not only "listen to all headphones at store", i'm too shy and lazy to listen for all headphones.
Where do you live that the M50s cost 500? Sorry, I can't really decipher the rest of your post... But if you want more bass, i think a look into the Ultrasones may be warranted.
I listen to a variety of music. 311, Ben Folds, Avenged Sevenfold, Flyleaf, Vitamin String Quartet, Mumford & Sons, AC/DC, Queen, Johnny Cash, a little bit of rap, not enough to really influence a headphone choice however.
Yes, I read the AKGs clamp hard, so I will probably rule them out. The CALs definitely look solid, just missed an eBay auction on them, ha. I know if I got them I would be happy. I know if I got the DBI 700s I would most likely have to replace the pads (another $30) but they are tough as nails, literally. As for sound signature preferences, I don't want something too bass heavy, and that's about my only preference for sound signature. I'm afraid I don't have the experience enough to have a big opinion.
Mids: Forward? I believe is the right word I am looking for
Highs: Smooth, not grainy I guess.
Bass: I'm not a basshead, therefore a large amount is not needed. Enough for a punctuation point on the music, not an exclamation mark.
I guess my decision falls to CAL vs Superlux HD668B vs DBI 700 (only show up on eBay every once in awhile). The Superlux is more open than the CALs though, right? I keep reading more and more good thing on the Superlux's, is there that much sound leakage? With how cheap they are I wouldn't feel bad upgrading their pads. Yet if I upgrade the pads, I might as well have just gotten the CALs :)
I think you're best off getting the CAL!s, because they have a pretty mainstream sound signature, and are just overall most convenient to use. I wouldn't know anything about the DNBs, and I've never heard of them around here, so be wary. Also the superluxes will leak some sound, and you will be able to hear what's going on around you.