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Are the Denon AH-NC800's good? I could get a used pair from amazon for less than $200 right now. Are they better than the B&W P5's? How much sound do they leak out?

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Originally Posted by yawny View Post


 



 

So do you think the D2000 will be too bass-heavy for me?

 

I'm not a huge rap fan, but obviously don't want something that's weak on bass, but at the same time don't want overpowering bass on my rock, alt, and indie music. I always was under the impression that the 595 were pretty neutral. Not sterile, but neutral.

 

Maybe I need something pretty all-purpose since these are gonna run the gauntlet purpose and genre-wise. 


It should work ok, as I've heard they're nice all-rounders, but if the bass bothers you perhaps look into the Brainwavz HM5s or the Senn HD598s.

 



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Originally Posted by ravefire View Post

Looking for a budget pair of over ear headphones. Trying to decide between Audio Technica ATH-400, JVC HARX700, Panasonic RP-HTF-600-S, and Sennheiser HD 201. Want something a little more on the bassy side because I listen to a lot of electric music. What do you guys recommend?

 


Maybe the AKG K81DJ? That's supposed to be pretty bassy, though if you just want bass and nothing else, the Sony XB500 would do it too.

 



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Originally Posted by scohen158 View Post


These would solely be for home listening from a stationary source likely no more then 6-8 feet away usually less.


If its at home, I'm not sure the HD25s will do it for you. I'd recommend looking at the Ultrasones and Denons. The M50s might not be bassy enough.

 



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Originally Posted by rosen View Post

Thanks for the replies.

 

I went "headphone-testing" today ;). Tried the following:

 

 

Ultimare Ears Triple Fi 10

 

Shure SE215, SE315, SE425 and SE535.

 

AKG K518 DJ, K701, Q701 and K3003.

 

Beats by Dr Dre Solo, Studio and Pro.

 

Sennheiser CX300-II Precision, HD598, HD280 and HD25-II 1.

 

Sony MDR 7509, XB300, XB500 and XB700.

 

Ultrasone HFI 680 and HFI 780.

 

Denon D1001, D2000 and D5000.

 

Grado SR60i, 80i, 125i and 325i.

 

AiAiAi Tracks and TMA-1.

 

Philips O'Neil Stretch and SHP8900

 

Marshal Minor and Major

 

Bowers & Wilkins P5 and C5

 

Yep... That is a all in one day :P. So what was the conclusion? I bought a pair of Triple Fi 10's from Amazon for 120 pounds. And I think that Shure SE215 is probably the best sounding sub 100 USD for the iPhone without an amp. It will be my recommendation for my friends when they ask me what to get. Since non-audophiles will not spend half a fortune on headphones and probably loose them, break them, through them around a bit and wants to use them as a portable headphone without an amp and probably with an MP3-player or mobile phone I think the SE215 is ideal for them. Moreover I do like the Grado sound but they are way to uncomfortable for me. I can not hear a different between the SE535 and the K3003. The D5000 is the best sounding closed headphone I have heard. The TMA-1 sounds really, really nice but are seriously muddy to my ears. If you want a portable and great sounding headphone without bloated bass that work straight out from an iPhone, the Headfi community is right, just get tha HD25-II 1 or the Originals version (or wait for the Amperior ;).) and be done with it. Unfortunately I have a liking for bass and they do have great punch and quickness but not the impact I am looking for. I think I am one of the few people here that actually like the Beats. Not the Solos or Studios thou, but the Pros. To me they are not worth the asking price but for a bit less my opinion is that they are a great package of style, comfort, bass, treble, midrange and portability. They look really good compared to most headphones. They do not sound that good thou. But if you want a bassy sound with a lot of impact and too much color of the midrange then these are pretty good. They are more comfortable then all the other headphones I have tried (Yes, I do like the strong clamping force). They seem to be well built. And since I travel a lot they block out a respectful amount of unwanted sound. So I will save up for a pair of Beats Pro or try to listen to the Audio Technica ATH M50. Maybe I will wait for the Beats Executives, Philips Fidelio L1 or the very exciting Parrot Zik headphones. Anybody got any adwise?


Umm, what's the question? The main thing about the Beats Pro is that they're mostly just overpriced, and the build is questionable, given the record of the other Beats models. For style, maybe those new models in Jude's CES interviews could help, as well as some V-Modas like the M80s or the M100s, when they come out. The M50s sound pretty good for the price, but look a bit awkward when worn. For more bass, though, I've heard the new V-Moda LP2s have fixed the muddiness, but are still bass-heavy.

 



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ok, I checked and the HD202s are slightly above my budget but I am prepared to spend.
You said the Uprock is good but then why the question mark?
By the Koss, you mean the UR18


By koss I meant the KSC75s and PortaPros. The question mark was mainly because it was only one person, and they're supposed to be a little unreliable. Go ask Kiteki.

 



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Originally Posted by mc906 View Post

Hi I was wondering how much of a difference is it between full size headphones with detachable cable and with attached

 


Nothing soundwise, it's mainly a question of convenience and personal preference.

 



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Originally Posted by leonelvsc View Post

Hi all i want to buy a Razer chimaera 5.1 http://www.razerzone.com/minisite/chimaera/faq/build 
But i have a question . Can i connect the digital audio to the base of the transmitter , and the microphone on the 3.5mm output to the mic input on my pc  , and still have 5.1 sound ?

Sry for my english.

Bye


I think that should work, but why do you want this particular pair? By all accounts, there's no advantage to surround sound in headphones, and a good stereo pair should do just as well or even better. Just something to think about.

 



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Originally Posted by yawny View Post

I think i've revised my opinion on what type of headphones i'm looking for. Open backs are fine too, i just want an upgrade from my 595s, a change of pace if you will, that will adequately cover all the bases, music, monitoring and movies, as well as possible for around $300 (i'm thinking of selling the 595 to my friend for around $100).

 

I found a few pairs of HD650s for about $300, but i've heard that a good amp should be bought with them. I'm not against this, since it'd be nice to have one for my desktop and laptop in college. Amazon shows the FiiO E7 and E9, which i'm sure aren't that great, bu interest me since they aren't all that expensive and work as a desktop/portable pair.

 

So, a generally good set that can be used at home and in public for music (rock, alt, indie and some modern rap and such), monitoring, and movies/media.

 

Sure, i couldn't use open-backs to study, but why limit myself, i could always pick up a cheaper pair for those rare instances. "Best" all-round pair for ~$300, give or take $100, new or used, amp or no amp.


HD598 seems to fit your budget, and you could get an E10 to go along with them.

 



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Originally Posted by Delgadido View Post

Ok I just got the ATH-M50s.... I have a problem.

I also have the modded sansa clip+ and it irrirates me that the little clip sounds better than my xps 15 laptop.
 

I am a newbie at audio and my laptop wont sound as clean as my clip+... I also have better bass control. Now I have a e7 dac/amp but when i use it as an amp i can pull out more bass, when I used it as a DAC it sounds a little muddled.

 

Is there somethign I should be using with DAC such as a different equalizer or something???


Try the E10. Also, are you sure you're hooking up the E7 correctly? It should be an improvement over your laptop sound card.

 



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Originally Posted by plorwax View Post

hey guys I really need to make a decision. I'm looking for an in ear monitor, my budget is $200. right now im looking at the ultimate ears triplefi 10, shure 315, ultimate ears ue700, and audio perfect fit PFE 112.

 

I listen to mostly r&b, but pretty much listen to almost everything. Im going to have the fiio e17 soon. I only have the hd598 from sennheiser and AT m50.

 

I care the most about the quality and looking for a warm feel (dont like harsh headphones like grado).

 

any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.


Add the GR07s and FXT90s, which have excellent bang-for-buck. The TF10 sounds like it would fit your music too, though the UE700 might sound bass-anemic.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Are the Denon AH-NC800's good? I could get a used pair from amazon for less than $200 right now. Are they better than the B&W P5's? How much sound do they leak out?


Do you need the ANC? It only jacks up the price and degrades sound quality, so unless you're a constant flier, a passively isolating pair might be a better choice. The P5s, for example are not ANC, but isolate very well. I don't think you'll have any issues of sound leakage with any closed headphones.

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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


Try the E10. Also, are you sure you're hooking up the E7 correctly? It should be an improvement over your laptop sound card.

 



how can I not be hooking it up correctly? plug in usb->change playback to usb-> plug into headphones to e7

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how can I not be hooking it up correctly? plug in usb->change playback to usb-> plug into headphones to e7


Ok, yeah just checking... Maybe test out the E10, it's supposed to have a better DAC and amp than the E7. Also it's cheaper cuz it's not portable, just transportable.

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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post

HD598 seems to fit your budget, and you could get an E10 to go along with them.

 



Would the 598 really be worth an upgrade from my 595? I can snag a 650 for only $50 more and i was looking at grabbing an E7/E9 combo at some point in the near future to help run with both my iPod and computer, though the Striker 7.1 card does a pretty good job of driving the 595.

 

I've also been having some fatigue problems with my 595 lately. Not sure if its the fit or the sound itself, but it's gotten more noticeable recently. I have pretty sensitive (not discerning, but i hear noises that are beyond most people's hearing range) hearing, so it may be some type of upper end issue that sits behind the music, but is still present. Like the pink noise coming from my car stereo.


Edited by yawny - 2/4/12 at 7:38pm
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Originally Posted by yawny View Post



Would the 598 really be worth an upgrade from my 595? I can snag a 650 for only $50 more and i was looking at grabbing an E7/E9 combo at some point in the near future to help run with both my iPod and computer, though the Striker 7.1 card does a pretty good job of driving the 595.

 

I've also been having some fatigue problems with my 595 lately. Not sure if its the fit or the sound itself, but it's gotten more noticeable recently. I have pretty sensitive (not discerning, but i hear noises that are beyond most people's hearing range) hearing, so it may be some type of upper end issue that sits behind the music, but is still present. Like the pink noise coming from my car stereo.


Well, I've read that the 598 is indeed significantly better than the 595, and the sound signature might be more versatile than the 650s, especially without proper amping. However, $300 for the 650s is a pretty good deal. Also, the 650 won't run unamped, whereas the 598 doesn't, though it sounds better with one.

 

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Originally Posted by LepakVT View Post

I have a quick question about getting my beyers Darth'd. 

 

I've had DT770pro80 for close to 5 years now and I'm thinking of making the upgrade.

 

I was reading over the headphile order page and was a little confused about the pads and headband for the V4CS. 

 

If I get Darths, can I opt to keep my original headband and earpads instead of buying new ones? The only reason I ask is because:

 

"Black pads are more than V4, because I can't use your pads like I can from my new pairs. Same with leather headband. I would return your pads and/or headband pad if either or both are ordered."

 

 

 


Err, why aren't you asking in the Darth Beyer thread?

 

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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


Ok, yeah just checking... Maybe test out the E10, it's supposed to have a better DAC and amp than the E7. Also it's cheaper cuz it's not portable, just transportable.


well ****. I might as well. this damn clip+ doesnt need an amp at all. sounds better than my damn laptop because of bass control...

post #11754 of 29490

 

Hey Guys!

 

I'm new to Head-Fi, so please excuse any Audiophile Faux-Pas.

 

I had a pair of Sennheiser HD 218s for about 8 months before the jack broke. I have had to use $12 Sony headphones from Walmart ever since.

It's probably pretty obvious by now that I want to upgrade. :P

 

I have a budget of ~$325. I listen mostly to Rush, but sometimes Daft Punk, deadmau5, and such show up in my library. I also have to go through 10-18 hour-long bus rides for school trips, so I am looking for something VERY comfortable.

 

I have been looking at Audio Technica ATH-M50 for a while, but I was looking for a detachable cable for painless replacement.

 

I made up my mind to go for Shure's SRH940s, unless someone interjects here. :)

 

Please help ASAP!

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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post

 

If its at home, I'm not sure the HD25s will do it for you. I'd recommend looking at the Ultrasones and Denons. The M50s might not be bassy enough.

 

 

 

Funny you should mention Ultrasone I ended up ordering a pair of Ultrasone HFI 780's for 151.00 shipped I should have them Thursday. I am really looking forward to them. I decided I need to just make a decision and then if they aren't what I am looking for I will likely be more able to explain why and what I'm looking for with a headphone I've used as a point of reference. Thanks all.

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Originally Posted by Sandy95 View Post

 

Hey Guys!

 

I'm new to Head-Fi, so please excuse any Audiophile Faux-Pas.

 

I had a pair of Sennheiser HD 218s for about 8 months before the jack broke. I have had to use $12 Sony headphones from Walmart ever since.

It's probably pretty obvious by now that I want to upgrade. :P

 

I have a budget of ~$325. I listen mostly to Rush, but sometimes Daft Punk, deadmau5, and such show up in my library. I also have to go through 10-18 hour-long bus rides for school trips, so I am looking for something VERY comfortable.

 

I have been looking at Audio Technica ATH-M50 for a while, but I was looking for a detachable cable for painless replacement.

 

I made up my mind to go for Shure's SRH940s, unless someone interjects here. :)

 

Please help ASAP!


The 940s might not have enough bass for your electronic music, so maybe keep looking. The Denon D2000s seem to fit your bill quite nicely, except for the lack of detachable cable. 

 



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Originally Posted by scohen158 View Post

 

Funny you should mention Ultrasone I ended up ordering a pair of Ultrasone HFI 780's for 151.00 shipped I should have them Thursday. I am really looking forward to them. I decided I need to just make a decision and then if they aren't what I am looking for I will likely be more able to explain why and what I'm looking for with a headphone I've used as a point of reference. Thanks all.


Sounds like a good plan! Hope you find something that suits you.

 

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I'm looking for a nice budget set of phones for around $50. I'm looking for ones that would be good for gaming mostly rpg's and single player games. And my taste in music is mostly rock, classical, and orchestra's. I would like something with a nice sound stage without a ton of bass im not really a bass nut some is ok but if its too much I start getting annoyed with it. And on the opposite side I don't want a lot of treble either.

 

Sadly I don't live anywhere close to somewhere that i could try out any headphones closest place would be about 2 hours away. And as i dont have a car its almost impossible to get there XD

 

Sorry i don't really know how to describe what im wanting well im a complete noob when it comes to this stuff. The headphones i've been seeing everyone recommend are

 

Panasonic htf600 (I have heard these can be quite bass heavy so i dont know how much I would like them)

 

superlux 668b/samson sr850

JVC harx700/900

superlux 681

 

As you can tell I am looking for mostly over ear headphones so i would like that. 

 


Edited by Wraithe - 2/4/12 at 9:16pm
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would i get a big improvement with Fiio E7/E10/E17 with Macbook Pro and ATH m50?

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What's better at isolation? Denon AH-D1100? or B&W P5?

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Looking for new headphones to wear at work, use with an iMac (no amp). I generally listen to rock and country with podcasts thrown in from time to time. Budget is around $60 but I'll go up to $100 if it is worth it.

 

Right now I am looking at the Beyerdynamic DT235 and the AKG K 518. I really like the CAL! but at ~$20 more I am not sure it is worth it. 

 

I am also considering getting a refurb HD203 off Amazon now ($13) and waiting for beyer to throw another DT770 on eBay. 

 

I am coming from cheap $5 earbuds so I am sure whatever I end up with will be a vast improvement, but I want to make the right choice.

 

Please help me choose?

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