I want something to bring my music to life, with a bit of weight. I will be using it for many genres, but I've currently got the HD448 which is great for vocals and acoustic, but I want some cans that will extend on the atmosphere of a song. I also like black space between notes. My main focus for these are Metal. I'm thinking the Sennies aren't the best choice (although I haven't heard them), and I could buy the FA-011 AND a modded T50RP/D2000 since the FA-011 is only ~$120 and the others around $200. I don't know.
Maybe try both of those, then keep the one you like better. I think the FA-011 and D2000 would be your best bets, if you're not modding the T50RP yourself.
I can get the HD25 but they're out of my budget (€177 and €229 for the Adidas) and it wouldn't look nice on her anyway. The Phiaton MS400 is not available here sadly.
For now, I've narrow it down to:
AKG K272HD, Audio Technica M50, Denon D1001.
The source will be an iPod Nano, unamped, music is varied so a good all rounder headphone will suit her best, I don't think she really cares about soundstage though, maybe headphones that impresses her is more important. I'm leaning towards the AKG K272HD for her though, looks good to her and probably sound good as well (not sure). I could get it for €120 but will it work well unamped, plugged into an iPod nano?
Well, i can tell you the M50s will look a bit strange, so she might not like that. If you think she'll like the AKGs, I just say go for it, sice it seems like your selection is pretty limited.
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Just for curiousity sakes, I'm just a typical headphone user who goes beyond 5 hours a day with headphones on. I'm currently using a basic *cheap* set-up incomparable to the thousand dollar sets-ups a lot of true audiophiles have.
I'm currently using the following:
Shure SRH 440 w/ 6.3mm
Fiio E7 + Fiio E9 (Which i'm very satisfied for how it sounds)
I was hoping to slowly invest into a pair of headphones such as the Sennheiser HD700's for long term usage and as an upgrade from my SRH440's. Do you guys believe it would be worth buying the HD700s straight away while being used with a USB dac/amp combination such as the Fiio's?
The cans *at least to me* seem to be the biggest player of musical reproduction besides the audio files being used to play back the songs.
I know that the HD700's won't be released until March, and i'm willing to wait for reviews to come out following the release. I just want to ask those who are willing to help without throwing a hissy-fit for a poor student such as myself. Because if i think more of short-run terms, i'd be wasting much more than a thousand dollars on multiple pair of headphones, and i believe i might as well get it over with by going for a higher end model which i might be very satisfied with for quite a while.
Thanks if you're able to give me your ideas and thoughts about this decision.
I think you might be able to nominally drive the HD700s with the E7/E9 combo, but you'll have to ask Jude or someone else who has some experience with them. However, they might not be at their full potential until you get a better amp, which could set you back another couple hundred dollars. For your setup, maybe stick with something slightly easier to drive like the HD598, DT880 250 ohms, or Q701, then sell them off if you want to upgrade later. All of these are still excellent cans, however.
Basically if you don't have the amp yet, don't go for the top-tiers, unless you want to get an amp now.
I have the GR07s but not the ER-4s, but from what I've heard, the GR07 will have more bass emphasis, whereas the ER-4 will give you more microdetail. It boils down to personal sound preference, really.
Is this a good deal for the Shure SRH750DJ for 80£? http://www.izonedeals.co.uk/headphones-earphones/shure-dj.html
I wanted to get the Audio Technica ATH-M50 at first but the price difference between these Shure headphones and the cheapest Audio Technica I could find is around 50£ which makes quite a big difference for me. Any opinions? Thank you!
Where do you live? That might give a better idea of what your selection is like. I haven't heard a ton about the SRH750s, but from what little I know, they have pretty big bass, but clamp hard. I'd say the M50s might be better, but probably not for twice the price. See if you can find Ultrasones or something at a more reasonable price, for more options.
Just posted new topic when i noticed there was this topic :D(newbie in here)
So, I have hard decision between few cans. My budget is allowing me to buy hd600+amp, but do i really need amp if Ill choose "better" cans?
Ill listen music on my computer and theres only integrated X-fi soundcard(good for games though), but I'd like to listen music with better quality.
Is the only way to get dac/headphone amp or is my soundcard just good enough to drive some good cans?
And if I need some kind of amp/dac for phones, where do I find those?
I have about $700 budget, so I can't buy too expensive set, but what do you prefer?
Thanks for advices!
The thing is, the "better" the headphones, the more amping you'll need, and your soundcard won't be able to supply enough power for anything better than the 600s, and even then it's a stretch. Your soundcard might be good for the HD598s, but with $700, you would be able to get the HD600s and a good dac/amp as well.
Definitely closed. Some options, on an increasing price scale: AKG K81, Creative Aurvana Live!, Koss DJ100, HFI580/780, M50, HD25, M80, D1100/2000.
Maybe something like the Fiio E17 if you want the DAC, iBasso D-Zero/T5, among others. Those are just the ones I've heard of, there's probably a lot of others.
Hello, I'm new here and not a native English speaker, so I apologize for any mistakes :)
I'm looking for on-ear headphones as replacement for my broken Skullcandy's. I listen to 80's punk-rock and sometimes jazz. I listen to it mostly at home and also in public (on the bus), so closed design is in my opinion the best option. My budget is 70$ (50€). I almost bought AKG-K430 (about 60$ here), but then I read in some threads from this forum that they have weak bass. And I'm not a bass freak, but I want the best quality for that price. I like their design, portability (case, foldable) and they have great frequency range.
So, can you tell me if those AKG's are good, and if they aren't, please help me with my decision.
Thanks in advance.
Maybe also see if the K81s will work for you. It's sometimes hard to recommend based on a budget to those outside the U.S. because pricing can change drastically depending on location.
I'm looking to upgrade to some better headphones. I've had the Sennheiser HD 280 pro's for a while. I'm looking for something under $300 that is comfortable. If at all possible I'd like better bass response than the 280 pro's with maximum comfort. I was considering the HD600's until I read about the "death grip" on your head. I hated that about the HD 280's - so much so that I disassembled them and made them a little more loose. I don't want a pair of headphones that require a headphone amp. My idea of comfortable - my JVC RX900's. I'd also like the headphones to have excellent immersion (or whatever you call it).
So in review:
1. Under $300 (or around there)
2. Sound quality better than HD 280 Pro (particularly bass response)
3. Comfortable - No death grip!
4. No amp necessary.
So are you going to use them exclusively at home? If so, open cans might be better. Something like the HD598s would be super comfortble.