This is my first entry in Head Fi. Would call my self an amateur Audio Lover not Audiophile. :P
I have the Sennheiser HD 457 for around 2 Years and Want to move to something better now.
First of all, I like Open style of headphones . I hardly need isolation as I will use them with my laptop at home and Also, comfort is an important factor as virtually My headphones are on my head 12 Hours a day .I don't care about leakage and my priority is good quality music , more over I live alone so Who the hell cares about leakage.
Further, My budget is 200 US$. I am not a bass lover but having said that, I do prefer a good and tight bass response but not overwhelming bass. I like my vocals and mids to be strong and not too bright.
For my music taste, I listen to a lot of Rock, Metal,some dance/trance, Rap and ..that would be all. I don't listen to Jazz/Classic/Acoustic/Pop.
I have chosen 2 headphones on my own research, 1) Sennheiser HD 518, 2) Audio Technica ATH M50
I have two options,
1) As i will use a laptop as my source with inbuild sound card,I want to get a dedicated amp. So, I can go for HD 518 + Fiio E10/E7., this will sum up to around 200 USD
2) I can also go for ATH M50 + Fiio E10/E7 as well.
Now firstly, I want to know that are HD 518 a good open headphones for my style, and secondly, do they benifit from the use of Fiio E7/10. The same for ATH M50 as well and how much of a difference could i possible notice in both these headphones with amps. I have heard that the HD518 respond better to amp. as compared to ATH M50. How far is that true?
Further, a bit different topic, I want to know what is the difference between AMP and DAC. For example, E10/7 are amp dac, I understand the function of amplifier but what does a DAC do and how could it possible give better quality considering I use a laptop as source,.
Thanks all for reading and responding.
I say get the HD558 and wait to get an amp later. They sound good unamped, though they can sound a bit better with one.
i'm not looking for head rattling bass. i need tight/punchy/fast bass. enough to stir your heart yet, enough to warm up female vocals so you feel it in your chest
fast and firm for metal but extended and controlled enough to be atmospheric.
Q701 or HD598? Sorry, don't know a ton more.
hey, so im kinda new to this whole headphone thing
i was just wondering if somebody could give me a couple suggestions just to get me started
i'm looking to spend $300 - $600 ish
i'll mostly be using these with my desktop, so leakage wont be an issue
as for my musical taste, i listen to a lot of shoegaze/dream pop (my bloody valentine, m83, blonde redhead)
also, a lot of electro house (justice) so it would be nice for them to have a bit of kick to them
Denon D2000/5000 for bassier stuff, but still good all around, HD598 for all-around, but less bass. I think it might come down to how much bass you want. Also, the 598 and D5000 would like an amp, so actor in that cost. The Beyers suggested earlier are good options as well.
Well, that's a bit more bass-heavy, and you requested something with mids and treble as well...
I'm looking for open-back headphones for home use with my laptop. Uses include music, movies, TV shows and anime. I guess I need an all-rounder considering the general use. The only other requirement is that I should be able to watch a whole movie without feeling too much discomfort. I'm concerned about my ears heating up too often.
As for the budget, I'm not really sure. I was thinking of getting a pair for no more than £50, but maybe that's too low? Provided I'm not an audiophile, would I be able to hear a huge difference between something that's £50 and something that's £100? It's subjective, but I just need a rough idea.
Creative Aurvana Live fits the bill, though I don't know how much they run across the pond. They're $55 stateside atm and are excellent all-around.
Another newbie to headfi, I'm looking to upgrade from my RX700s and keep my Xonar D1 soundcard. Hoping you guys can give me some recommendations for an all purpose/genre set of headphones around the £150 mark with heavy emphasis on soundstage/positioning for competitive gaming.
So far I've been looking at AKG K701s (£160), Beyerdynamic DT770s 80ohm (£130), HD598s (£160), Ultrasone pro 550/650s (£140/£120) and the Fostex T50RP (£120).
I get the impression that the AKGs have large but somewhat misleading soundstage for gaming, and might need a headphone amp from my soundcard? I've not really read enough about the Fostex to figure out whether its suitable for gaming. None of the rest seem to have any glaring flaws but I'd really appreciate your input in comparing them all.
I've heard the Q701 fixes some of the soundstage airiness of the K701s, and are the same price stateside, don't know about internationally. Don't really know much about gaming with headphones, but try looking and asking around a bit in the Gaming headphones thread.
Hey guys, Im thinking of getting the Grado sr80i, and i hear that the pads which come with them wear out quickly. What are the best pads then i should get for these headphones once the bundled ones wear out? Thanks:)
Update: I mostly listen to jazz and Funk and a small bit of Rock
I know some people like Sennheiser HD414 pads, and just replacement pads from Grado
I'm looking for a good set of IEMs for working out. I want something sweat resisitant, comfortable and with good sound for around $200 or less. I'm currently using the B&W C5 but think I'm gonna return them to the apple store as I keep hearing I can probably get more bang for my buck elsewhere. Should I wait for something like this to come out?
For exercise, something like the Sonys seem like they could work pretty well, but also check out the offerings from H2OAudio, which are supposed to sound pretty good as well. Most IEMs won't be too sweat resistant, so something specific to exercise would be your best bet.
I'm looking to buy my first pair of mid/upper tier headphones and would appreciate a few recommendations. I don't really know enough to offer any technical preference, but here is the best idea I have of what I'm looking for.
- A sharp, clean, and balanced sound. I mostly listen to rock from the likes of Third Eye Blind, Incubus, Billy Talent, etc. The remainder of the time I spend listening to music is divided fairly equally between classical and hip hop. I don't need skull-crushing bass or any other kind of sound bias, just a pair of headphones that will give me a higher level of clarity.
- I can part with $200 to $300, unless there is an exceptionally compelling option just outside of that range.
- I'd rather have a pair that I can use without an amplifier.
- As a layman, I have no idea whether I prefer closed or open back. If I receive recommendations for both types, I'll just go and do some research myself.
- These headphones will be pretty exclusively for use at home and on long distance trips. They don't need to be extremely portable, but I would like to be able to move around my house while listening.
Thanks ahead of time for your help and advice.
M50, HFI780 for a fun sound (might not work as well for classical), HM5, SRH940 for a neutral sound. And yeah, closed back is probably better for your purposes.
I just realised the last time I posted on here was when I was looking to move from Sennheiser CX-300s to Denon AH-C751s. That was three years ago, and while they still work, the Denon's aren't wowing me anymore, just like the Sennheisers did eventually.
I picked up some Phonak Audeo PFE022's for a very good price (£30 ... less than half RRP).. but they're not that special I don't think. I've ordered some Comply tips to see if they'll improve.
But in the mean time, I feel like I'm ready to move to some cans. My criteria:
The HM5s will be a good choice for balanced, but may not have the bass necessary for dubstep and the like.