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Originally Posted by swib View Post



I tried, in fact I bought them in accessoryjack but it was out of stock and they don't answer me when it will be back in stock again, I already waited for more than 1 month.

 

It's the only option for me since I live in Brazil and they declare a value bellow, here if you import a product above $50 you have to pay extra 60~95% in value.

 

None option that come even closer?


What can you get in Brazil for a reasonable price then? It's a bit hard to guess... rolleyes.gif

 



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Originally Posted by Bralleput View Post

Okay..

I'm looking for some headphones, here's some information..

 

Music

I listen to; The Doors, Pink Floyd, //// Metallica, Black Sabbath //// Fela Kuti (trumpet-stuff music) //// Bass heavy House (I love bass)

Budget

200 EURO / 250 DOLLAR < More if needed... ( I am going to NY, but live in The Netherlands) 

Needs

A headphone with ALOT of bass / ALOT of impact/quantity

A portable to semi-portable headphone, it doesn't have to be small, but it mustn't look silly, (not alot of space between my head and the headband, that's silly...)

A headphone that impresses.. 

Source

iPhone/iPad + Pa2v2 (usage in train, at home, in the car, plane...)

 

>>>> <<<<

I already looked at the: Sennheiser HD25-ll, Ultrasone HFI-580, Audio Technica Pro700, Sony xb500  <<<<< still doubting about these


Add the V-Moda M80, and note that all dj cans (including the 580s and PRO700s) stick out quite a lot from your head, which sucks, I know. The XB500s are a step down SQ wise from the others except for the part about bass. HD25s look good though, though I'm not sure if it'll have earthshaking amounts of bass.

 



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Originally Posted by redskinsboy13 View Post

Looking for headphne, around 100. like bass heavy musiclike rap and techno. I already own ath m50

Thinking mdr xb500 and vmoda lp/lp2 or vmodam80 (ddont know the difference between lp and lp2 or lp and m80 need help.

Othe suggestions welcome thanks.


LP2 is a revised, less muddy version of the original crossfades. The M80s are on-ear, and are more balanced than either of those. The V80 are the M80s with True Blood design accents. The XB500s are very bass-oriented, comparable to the LPs (according to ljokerl).

 



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Originally Posted by mcleif View Post

Hello! 

 

I'm going to buy a step up full-size headphones from my Koss porta pro and need some advice biggrin.gif So what I'm looking for is a portable non-leaking headphone that can be used in public. I do not intend to buy an amp or something like that, neither does it matter what "kind" of sound it has since i listen to a lot of different music. Pricerange is up too 200 usd.

 

Thanks!


M80, HD25, M50, HFI780.580, HM5, SRH840, etc...

 



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Originally Posted by luvs2squizz View Post

~$150
Headset with a good mic or headphones with a good desk mic
I'm looking for a circumaural, open or closed I'm not entirely sure
Currently looking at the sennheiser pc350, how does the playback compare to other headphones, how does the playback compare to other headsets? How does the mic compare to other headsets, how does the mic compare to desk mics like the blue snowball? Is the pc360 worth the step up in price? Is the pleather itchy? Is the cable nice?
Should sound great for music running off this or something similar in this price range
Should sound fairly balanced, but this isn't so much of a concern as high fidelity in both the mic and headphones
Use - online gaming and general voice chat
Thanks!


no idea about mics, but the PC350/360 are allegedly identical to the HD558/598s, but with a mic. Confirm this, then check out reviews of those two headphones.

 



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Originally Posted by Beastieboy1234 View Post

Sennhiesers for 300 dollars. Compared to Mix master mikes. Compare sound quality base and leakage. I listen to all music but country amp less and prefer a bit of bass but nothing too drowsy or overpowering Thanks in advance


Apples and oranges. The Senns for $300 are all open, while the mix masters are closed DJ cans. The Senns will need amping and are totally open, while the Mix masters are closed, and I have no idea about amping. The mix masters have gotten some positive impressions, and they're not widely available yet, though from what I've heard they'll have the standard v-curve for DJ cans.

 



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Originally Posted by Cieran View Post

I've been using Head-fi for a few months now and I have only just discovered this thread. Silly me! Need a bit of help to purchase some headphones so here goes.....

 

I absolutely love the sound of my PX100-ii's but seeing as I am only using them at home I am looking for something with a bigger and more engulfing sound while retaining a similar signature.

 

I've seen Sennheiser HD408's and was wondering would they provide this? I am ideally looking for open, on-ear designs.

 

All advice and opinions welcome...thanks


Maybe the Denon D2000? Not open, but I think it'll work. Read up more on the sound sig to see if you like how it sounds.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Unwise View Post

Hey man

 

Thanks for the advice! Sadly, I forgot to mention in my previous post that I'm not too keen on IEMs. I find the experience too isolating and would rather want on/over ears. Any recommendations then? 
1. 400$, balanced, replaceable cords (extra plus), Strong treble presence

 


Beyerdynamic DT1350? Maybe the M80 as well.

 



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Originally Posted by marceldalagnol View Post

Hi everybody,

 

I'm new at this, so I'm not used to the jargon, but I'll try my best to be accurate =)

I'm looking for headphones preferrably in the $60-80 price range, but willing to spend up to $100 if it makes a big difference. I've looked around the forum and narrowed my choices to a few models (but any suggestion is more than welcome). I usually listen to rock/metal and classic, sometimes dubstep. So I'd like to buy an all-rounded pair, with good bass, but a trade-off between bass and  mid-high frequencies is preferred to something with very good bass only. Noise isolation makes a big difference, but noise cancellation is not necessary. I'm willing to buy new or used.

So, these are the models I've seen:

 

Audio-Technica TAD400

M-Audio Studiophile Q40

Sennheiser HD-280 PRO

Sennheiser HD-203

Samson SR850

 

Thanks a lot for your help!


Also add the  Koss DJ100. The Samsons are semi-open, and may not isolate enough. The AD 400s are completely open as well, so they're out of the running too. The M-Audios are fairly popular around here, so you could ask around.

 



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Originally Posted by abbztract View Post

Looks like i'm back with more questions LOL.....

 

I went over to Addicted To Audio (Melbourne) the other day and trialed quite a few different headphones..

M50, AD700, SRH840, HFI580, DJ1, PRO700MK2, one of the Beyer DTs...and some i cant remember

..

Of all of them, I really liked the HFI-580 and the Shure SRH840..580s a tad more i'd say...

The guy who runs the place said that out of the ones that were available for trial, the only ones that met my needs of a CLOSED set of PORTABLE headphones that do well with HIP-HOP, RAP and a tad of DUBSTEP as well as gaming were the HFI-580 and the Shure SRH840s....

 

APPARENTLY, they have a soundstage good enough for gaming.. because i couldnt test them with any games, i dont really know...

 

I PMed a member of these forums who had recommended to another meber the SRH940 for gaming and according to him, "As far as competitive tracking goes - ie directional positioning - the SRH 940 is definitely better - it just has more detail retrieval, so it's clearer. The SRH 840 is more 'fun' though - it's more immersive because of the mid-bass. Neither is particularly good on sound-stage"

 

He reckons that, "If you want a cheap closed allrounder - that is really good with music, and still ok at gaming - consider the Fischer FA003 / Brainwavz HM5. You'll find plenty of reviews around for both. I currently own the HM5 - and it's a really good can"..

 

"SRH940 was pretty good for gaming - but very narrow genre range for music. To me, the SRH 840 was a lot better for music (not as detailed, and bass a little boomy at times - but at least it sounded real)."

 

Sorry about the quoting crap and massive posting, but can someone tell me whether any of the mentioned headphones are worth getting? I have read MLE's Gaming thread but didnt find much because that is based around use with Dolby Headphone..

 

Thanks, Abz :D


How good is their return policy? Maybe they'll let you buy both and keep the one you like more? Or somehow find a way to bring a gaming system in to test them on.

 



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Originally Posted by kurd View Post

sennheiser px200 II or sennheiser 219? 


PX200

 



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Originally Posted by Necromunda View Post

Posted this in its standalone thread and just not noticed this Thread, whoops! haha :P Well here it is:

 

 

Okay, well as far as Headphones are concerned I'm effectively a total noob in the department. I currently have a pair of Klipsch Image S4 in ears for use for the majority of my music but I'm looking to upgrade to a pair of on ears/over ears.

 

Primarily I listen to EDM music as I'm a huge EDM junkie and love the Electronic Genre as a whole. I'm also currently trying to teach myself how to produce with Ableton and just fiddling around with it which I find extremely fun and intend to take it to a more serious extent over the summer and I might start DJ'ing at some point next year. Aside from EDM, Indie/Classic Rock are my secondary choices for music and hold up a large bulk of my Music Collection so headphones that took these into consideration would be nice as well!

 

I'm looking to spend no more then $200 on a pair of Headphones at the moment, preferably under $150. Also I have no problem with buying a pair of used Headphones and if I can get more bang for my buck, would actually preferably like to buy a pair used. Also I would like a pair that would be effective when walking around as well as I'd probably frequently use them on my average commutes through my Campus and going out anywhere in general as well as using them at home.

 

Upon first thought's I was looking at a pair of Sennheiser HD25-1 II's from a recommendation of a friend who I know has them, however I can't test them out as he unfortunately lives nowhere near me. So I figured I'd post on this website and see some opinions of people who are more versed on the subject! Any help would be appreciated! Also I'm not in a super rush for finding a pair as I plan on buying them in 2-3 weeks. So, any recommendations? :)


the HD35s are a good choice, also look into the v-moda M80s, M50s, and HFI580/780s. Check the for sale forum for good deals

 

 



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Originally Posted by basketball View Post



I've already had the ie8's and loved them. I would buy the ie8's without hesitation.

My question is: Is the twag cable worth it???


At this point you're better off starting your own thread in the cables and accessories forum. This thread is more for general information purposes, and it's hard to answer such specific answers authoritatively.

 



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Originally Posted by applestar View Post

So i'm looking for a good over the ear headphone to go with my future Canon 5d Mark iii to monitor sound that does not require an amp and is under $300.  Any suggestions? 


For monitoring, what are your requirements? Good isolation? Comfort? Any part of the spectrum you want emphasized? The HD280s and HD25s are 2 very popular choices for professionals, however, so start there perhaps.

 



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Originally Posted by MiniWumbo View Post

What's a good headphone/iem for jrock and kpop?  Only thing I need is it to be closed and single-sided cable.  Also, it wouldn't hurt if it didn't look too bad biggrin.gif

 

J-Rock Example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZazJCsJ9elw&list=FLNng2PDBVuFCpcWbxeh1Wcw&index=22&feature=plpp_video

K-Pop Example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GRP1rkE4O0

 

I was thinking of something like the Monster Miles Davis Trumpet or one of the Turbine Pros, but I'm not sure exactly why..


Well, what sound do you like? It's hard to answer such vague questions. Also a price range would be nice.

 



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Originally Posted by dagum View Post

Hello.

I'm looking for headphones less neutral than my AKG 701 and with a little bit more bass. I'm listening to Jazz, Classical (Mahler symphonies, requiems, messiah, etc) et 70's rock. It should be closed or half opened with a price under 700$.

Thanks.

Regards.


Denon D5000/7000? Those should be a nice contrast to the neutral K701s.

 



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Originally Posted by Nastadon View Post

Oh hey just saw this thread... so I'm in need of some good headphones. I just got a brand new HP laptop with beats audio in it, so I was looking at the Beats Studio headphones to go along with it. But not sure if that would be worth the money since I see they get a lot of hate. I'm in a band and we play some heavy music (Pantera, Tool, A7X) I'm the bassist so I would like something that would produce some good bass, and I need a pair that will cancel out sound because our drummer is heavy with his sticks and I feel like I will go deaf after practice each week. For music I listen to mostly hip-hop like Kanye, and Kid Cudi. I have $350 to spend, but I'd like something around 150-200.


M50, HFI580/780, HD280, HD25, and I think Beyerdynamic has some headphones with extra isolation for drummers.

 



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Originally Posted by Sanotter View Post

Hey guys, i have a budget of 150 Pounds (UK) and they need to be decent allrounders, at the moment im into lindsey stirling, but i like my alt rock and sometimes dubstep/dnb, and have been looking at the m-audio q40 but was wondering about any other suggestions? d2000's are 220 pounds here so there out :( needs a secure fit on a smallish head and have little or no sound leak. thanks!


the Q40s are a solid choice, but there's also the M50s, HFI780s, etc. How much do those run for in the UK?

 



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Originally Posted by taslavar View Post

Hi, I'm looking for some advice on a pair of headphones. My previous headphones are Sennheiser HD485s and Phillips HP910s. I prefer the sound and comfort (velvet pads <3) of the HP910s. Since I don't have a great vocabulary for these things, I'll cite someone else's description of their sound: "all of the frequencies are adequately represented. The bass is rolled off, the mids shine true, and the highs bright." So that is the kind of sound that I would prefer. I like to be able to hear deep bass frequencies but I don't like it to be exaggerated or boomy. They HP910s also seem to have more soundstage and the separation of different instrument is better. The HD485s in contrast sound a bit too much like my memory of the Grado SR60s, very "flat" sound, no soundstage, somewhat fatiguing.

I listen to a wide range of music, but if the cans were to sound especially good with certain types of music they should be techno/electronica/downtempo/ambient.

 

So here's what I'm looking for:

Budget: ~$100

Comfort: Very important, I listen for long periods (~6-8 hours at a time)

Size: Ideally portable (I travel for 3/4ths of the year), note that I consider the HD485s to be portable

Sound: Big soundstage

 

So far I have been considering:

Audio-Techncia ATH-ES7

Fischer Audio FA-004/Incipico nx104
AKG K518 LE (afraid they might be too bassy)

Panasonic RP-HT770 / Audio Technica ATH-AD700

 

Would any of these cans actually be an upgrade from what I have now? Am I missing an obvious choice?

 

Thanks!


Answered in the portables thread. Sorry for the delay!

 



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Originally Posted by iJimmy View Post

Hello,

 

I'm looking for some help. I want either IEMs or (full-size) headphones. My budget is around 150-200 dollars. What are the big differences between IEMs and headphones? I listen to (Instrumental) Rock, classical, a bit of everything really. So I would like them to be versatile.  If it's a headphone, then I want them to be comfortable (I have glasses). So far I've been looking at: 

 

Audio Technica ATH-M50

Sennheiser HD 598

AKG K701

 

Monster Turbine Pro Copper

Monster Turbine Miles Davis

Logitech / Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10

 

I will be driving these from my iPhone 4 / laptop, I might buy a CmoyBB though.

 

Thanks in advance!


Headphones can offer more visceral bass and more expansive soundstage, though it depends on the specific headphone. IEMs are more convenient, isolate better, and the top-tiers can offer very good microdetail compared to similarly priced headphones. Also IEMs tend to have lower amping requirements at the highest levels. For your headphone choices, keep in mind that open cans will let in all the ambient noise, which can be annoying if you're in a noisy environment. Also, the K701 will probably need amping beyond a portable Cmoy.

 

 



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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

ok im sick of audiophile sound for the moment. i don't listen to good music half teh time, it's all CD ripped but mainstream crap. This means regular not so prominent vocals usually and ...moooaar basss. I like my Shure's and Ultrasone's but as you can see from my reviews, i differentiate between consumer bass and audiophile bass. I currently now want the former. And, it has to be comfortable, i mean comfortable, and not looks or meh comfortable. Price is $50 at most, preferable...and I mean preferably $30 full size or portable, IEM, or open I don't care. 

Currently looking at, Panasonic 600,Portapro,XB500,JVC700. 

 

for what i want eh XB500 looks to be a great choice. I recommend it all the time, when I demo'd it I knew it wasn't audiophile and was not what I was looking for back then(audiophile sound) but it fits my current purpose. Now, anything cheaper? Despite what people say about the Panasonic's and JVC's I have my doubts, I know what head-fi'ers like to do with their recommendations on bass and what not, and all the stereotype's and Placebo's, plus I'm also young. I want legit consumer bass, and my impression is that the Panasonic 600's won't deliver and the JVV's are iffy.

 

As you can tell, I'm in a iritable mood. My HFI's don't deliver the bass I need and my Shure's are basicaly movie and gaming computer use headphones. I'm ranting like Jgray now. just...a consumer bassy headphone. ill go to best buy one of these days again. my PL11's are very close to what I am looking for, however it all goes to you know where as soon as i pump it up, mids get drowned out and lows just start distorting and bashing uncontroulably


EQ?

 



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Originally Posted by LazBro123 View Post

 

Hey guys,

 

I'm in the market for a new pair of headphones..... I can spend maximum 200 dollars (I can spend a bit more if there is a huge jump in quality.) I listen to mainly hip hop and rock. I want an upgrade from my ATH-M50. What do you recommend?

 

Thanks,

 

LazBro123


I don't think you'll find a significant upgrade to the M50s for $200. There might be better headphones, but nothing that's miles better. You're probably better off saving to go higher.

 



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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Sony MDR ZX700, are they a good deal for $100? Do they leak a lot of sound? How do they sound? And, are they comfortable?


From what I hear, they're a bit mid-centric and generally unoffensive. I've tried some on briefly and they seemed very comfortable.

 



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Originally Posted by LazBro123 View Post

If I get the HFI 2400, which has 70 ohm impedance, is it easy to drive with my Mac and my phone with a Fiio E6 amp and a Fiio L9 LOD?


The E6 is not a particularly serious amp, and the main selling point would be the bass boost.

 



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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Are the Philips CitiScape Downtown's good? Tyll likes them, that may be enough to get me to buy them. I'm making my purchase tomorrow, and I would like to know which is better, the Downtown's or the ZX700's.


Since they've just been released, no one's heard them except for important people like tyll... The Downtowns are more consumer oriented, and might have a more fun sound sig, but this is purely conjecture. Perhaps watch some of Jude's CES vids covering them.

 



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Originally Posted by JdmKicks94 View Post

I would like some advice on a setup. Would the Audio-Technica M50's plus the Fiio E11 be a good setup? I listen to music mainly through my iPhone 4s and macbook. would those be compatible? my budget for headphones is anywhere under $200 and I would prefer closed ear, if anyone would recomend a different pair of headphones. thanks in advance


Sure. The M50s are certainly a solid choice, but it's hard to give alternatives without knowing what kind of music you listen to and what sound you like. Also, I don't think the E11 is entirely necessary, and you might be able to use that money to buy a better pair, unless you already have it...

 



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Originally Posted by uXses View Post

Hello.

 

I'm looking for some headphones for the office. My main criteria are:

 

1) Comfort (not clamping)

2) Low leakage

3) Sound quality

4) Budget is around 300€

 

I currently have a pair of Sennheiser PX-200. At the volume I'm listening to music, they don't seem to leak at all. (Which I find pretty amazing for something that's on-the-ear. My coworker's in-ear thingies leak a LOT more.) Any new pair I'm buying should leak just as little as these. (Or less.) For another reference point, I also have a pair of Sennheiser HD-555's, and those definitely leak too much.

 

I want to switch away from the PX-200 because the padding on one ear is starting to fray. I'm also getting annoyed with having them push on my ears for hours at a time.

 

Type of music I'm listening to: alternative rock, indie rock, some metal. Think Tool, Muse, Radiohead, Eels. Also classical music. And Rammstein.

 

Any suggestions? To emphasize: sound leakage (to the outside, the other way around is a bit less important) and comfort are the absolute most important criteria here.


Denon D2000 for fun and bassy, HM5 for neutral

 


 


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Originally Posted by ahuffman View Post

I need some advice. I have Sennheiser 598's and love them, but I am going on the road for work next tues and need some closed headphones. I listen to a little bit of everything music wise. I was looking at the Beyer DT770 M, Koss DJ100, but any suggestions would be welcomed.

 

Thanks

Aaron

the DJ100 are supposed to be good all-rounders.
 

 



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Originally Posted by st1gmatic View Post

Hai, I was wanting to know which pair of headphones are better: V-Moda's Crossfade LP's or Audio-Technica's ATH-M50's? I need something for making dubstep, so basically music production and for everyday listening. I want something with a good amount of bass as well. The genre of music I listen to is: Dubstep, Hip Hop, Pop, J-rock, J-Pop, Rock, Punk, some Alternative, and a little bit of Rap. I really wanna know the difference between these two pair of headphones


The M50s are miles better than the original Crossfade LPs, which tend to be muddy and very bassy. 

 



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Originally Posted by MartinJ View Post

Has anyone tried the Sennheiser MM 500-X Travel headphones?


I think Jude did a review of the MM450 for Head-Fi TV, if that helps.

 



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Originally Posted by GelatinGhost View Post

Hi everybody, I've begun looking for my first decent pair of headphones ($150+), and it's proving to be quite the daunting task. I've been doing a lot of research over the past couple of days on everything from Sennheiser to Ultrasone to Skullcandy. My major problem is that I want good sound quality for the type of music I listen to (mostly electronic: house, dubstep, electro hip hop... usually not much vocals other than samples), but I also want something relatively portable and that I can wear with pride in public (or at least not feel completely ridiculous with). Besides casual listening I do produce some of my own electronic tunes (dubstep and electro-house mostly) from time to time so that is an important consideration as well. Here are some of the phones I've been considering:

 

Skullcandy Aviators:

 

PROS:

-Very stylish imo

-Seems to have a pretty balanced frequency response

-Seems relatively well respected here (esp for skullcandy)

-Relatively cheap (~$140)

-Lifetime warranty (always skeptical about these, but hey it's there)

-Control talk for my ipod touch (sounds really handy... the one thing about my itouch that makes me miss my old ipod classic is it is harder to switch songs or volume on the fly)

-Low impedance -> don't necessarily need amp

 

CONS

-Unremovable cord

-Maybe not the best bang for the buck in terms of SQ (although I've heard varying reports, some claiming it is better than the ATH-M50s)

-Amplitude peaks at a higher frequency in the lows than I might like (~100 Hz)

 

 

ATH-M50s

 

PROS

-looks alright

-treated like the holy grail here far as I can see

-very balanced frequency response

-Decent price (~$160)

-Low impedence again

-Amplitude peaks at a frequency that seems good to me (~60-70 and again at 100 Hz)

 

CONS

-looks alright

-Unremovable cord if I recall

 

Ok, I'm getting lazier so only brief descriptions of other ones I'm considering right now:

 

Sennheiser HD25-1 ii: Supposed excellent sound quality, but ugly as sin. Also more expensive ($200).

 

Ultrasone DJ1 and DJ1 pro: "Surround sound" but maybe not direct enough for electronic music? Look quite stylish imo w/ the black and white, although the pro version might be a little too huge. Good price (~$150)

 

Skullcandy Mix Master: The other supposedly good quality skullcandy cans, and SC live up to their reputation with another stylish pair of headphones. They are also supposedly better for electronic music with pronounced bass and easy on the ears due to roll off at the top. However, they are at the very top of my price range ($250).

 

And the last one (don't laugh)... Beats Mixr: Ok obviously beats gets a lot of hate here, and that may be justified considering how warped the frequency scheme is, with massive bass and everything else diminished. But I guess who's to say if that isn't a valid scheme... I mean people seem to like it, and what little I've heard from them still sounds pretty clean to my ears. The mixr also seems to be getting better reviews than previous iterations, and as always is an excellent looking specimen (and has control talk). However the price is a turn off ($250 again), and I might feel like a tool buying them, which somewhat contradicts the whole "wearing with pride" thing despite how nice they look.

 

V-moda Crossfade: just saw someone mention these here, and they certainly look pretty cool. I have no idea about the audio quality, but they are the cheapest of the bunch at 100 bucks (for lp1) and got rave reviews on Amazon.

 

 

So, if anybody could help me out here it would be much appreciated. There are so many options I know I've only grazed the surface, so please feel free to suggest anything you think fits the bill (good for electronic music, looks good, $150-$250)

 


I would add the V-moda M80s but take off the M50s and DJ1s, as DJ cans tend to look a tad ridiculous when worn in public, and long cables are a pain. Also take off the Crossfades, which are muddy and a step down in terms of sound quality.

 



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Originally Posted by tricksya555HD View Post

hi I'm looking for some decent headphones on a budget

 

long story short I'm off on a school trip to Paris which is a 10hr+ bus journey

with kids shouting and bus engine humming it will disturb my music

 

heres a list of requirements;

 

comfy

stylelish

noise cancelling

smallish

no leakage

price range £0-£50

closed

durable.

 

ive seen some Sony  xb300 and sennheiser  xr 200 or something like that

i know at that budget I won't get anything amazing and also I listen to dubstep

and drum and bass and rap and I'm using an iPod touch 4g if that helps.

thanks guys!


AKG K81?

 



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Originally Posted by MiniWumbo View Post

Are there any headphones similar to the ATH-M50, but has the option of letting me replace the cable with one that has iPod controls?  I thought the ATH-M50 would be perfect, but, once I received it in the mail, the cable was long enough to touch the floor and come back up to my pant's pockets. frown.gif So close..

 

I liked the sound, though..


V-Moda M80? Or you could recable it yourself and add a detachable socket. I've been wanting to try that myself with my M50s.

 



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Originally Posted by dathisper View Post

Hi all! I am currently using Bose QuietComfort 3, and Triple-fi 10 pro daily, and I am looking for an upgrade for my Bose QuietComfort 3, I find Bose's bass kinda muddy and blurry >< not nice! I want a pair of headphones that has detachable cables and it has good isolation, very little leakage and comfortable, because I will be mainly using them on the street (as i have my focal xs book at home :D) with or without an amp, in library, and in transport.

 

I listen to all kinds of songs including pop, dance, r n b, classical, opera, jazz, blues, just a mix of everything :P, so far i have the fedelio l1, Focal Spirit one, v-moda Lp2, sony z1000 in mind, just wondering which one u guys think will be the best for me or u can give me other suggestions :D

 

thanks!!!


The Fidelio 1 is not out yet, so there's not a whole lot of impressions or comparisons of them yet, and the same is true for the Focal Spirits. The LP2s are supposed to be very bassy, so may not work well for everything. The Z1000 are supposed to be good, though and seem like the most established choice. However, is there a particular sound you're looking for? Fun? Neutral?

 

post #12782 of 29490

uXses--

 

I'm beginning to conclude that you and folks like you need to concentrate on closed studio phones that are best at isolating sound and something audio engineers wear all day without complaint--or even much noticing they are wearing cans.

 

I don't have much personal experience (especially 6 to 10 hour listening sessions), but of what I have heard, you might consider the AT M50, Shure SRH840 and Beyer DT 770/770 PRO.  Hopefully a sound engineer and/or other studio type will join the conversation and make some recommendations.


Edited by KG Jag - 3/6/12 at 1:21am
post #12783 of 29490

hm... well let's put it this way, when i listen to bose qc3, it always feel like there is a cloth that's covering my ears while listening to music? so i guess i want something that's more bright and more open? at the same time i find bose's bass to be too muddy and not clear enough, and sometimes i just wish the bass can be stronger? those 3 headphones are all out in uk now, but the spirit one is very new, so there isn't much reviews yet..

post #12784 of 29490

Hi guys, 

first off, let me start by saying i've been a head-fi lurker for a couple of months now, slowly reading up on whats good and generally recommended.

 

I would like to get a new pair of full closed headphones. my main priority in picking a new pair of phones is sound leakage as i have had very bad experiences with my old pair of full headphones (altec lansings).

 

I've narrowed my choices down to DT660, ATH-M50, SRH750DJ, and the XB700.

 

 

my impressions after reading up.

 

ATH-M50s - very well liked here and good bang for buck, but someone said it was a good pair five years ago.

XB 700 - very comfortable and good bass , mids and highs arnt very good.

SRH750DJ - very energetic and fun sounding. has issues with build quality

DT660 - good bang for buck and good sound isolation. seems comfort is a major issue with these.

 

Examples of music i listen to , 

pop - lady gaga, adele

electronica - dash berlin , atb , tiesto , armin van buuren.

classical pop - katherine jenkins , hayley westenra , sarah brightman

 

i play my music out of my galaxy note/laptop and dont use an amp.

 

if i had to summarize my music preference, i'd say i really love good vocals. and i do realise that the phones that i've picked out might not even be the best for what i like.

 

i am having a massive headache picking a pair that i wont regret.

 

these are all roughly in the same price range for me, and i would like to get someone's recommendation. if theres another headphone that is better suited to what i am looking for and is within this price range please let me know.

 

by the way here are some of the links that i have read so please dont flame me too much for being a noob.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/87543/beyerdynamic-dt660-impression

http://www.headfonia.com/closed-cans-shootout-m-50-esw-9-t50p-hd25-1-beats-studio-srh-840-srh-750dj-k181dj-and-dj1pro/4/

http://www.head-fi.org/t/575805/comfortable-alternatives-to-ath-m50s


Edited by jonasiha - 3/6/12 at 2:01am
post #12785 of 29490

Okay guys it's fine....I bought the HFI 2400s. beyersmile.png

post #12786 of 29490


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post

Denon D2000 for fun and bassy, HM5 for neutral

 


 



From reading the interwebs, D2000 would not have enough isolation. HM5 = Brainwavz HM5? Never heard of these before. Looking at reviews, they do seem interesting. Don't seem to be very well known so rather exclusive, which does appeal to my inner elitist.

 

I'm also still thinking about ATH-M50's. Hrm. Tough choice.

post #12787 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by uXses View Post


 



From reading the interwebs, D2000 would not have enough isolation. HM5 = Brainwavz HM5? Never heard of these before. Looking at reviews, they do seem interesting. Don't seem to be very well known so rather exclusive, which does appeal to my inner elitist.

 

I'm also still thinking about ATH-M50's. Hrm. Tough choice.


The Brainwavz are usually a bit difficult to get.  I believe that they and their clones are made in batches in Russia and then sent out to vendors.  Here's a good price on the HM 5--but you'll have to wait on them:

 

http://mp4nation.net/catalog/brainwavz-hm5-studio-monitor-headphones-preorder-p-663.html

 

post #12788 of 29490

I bought the ATH M50 today and they really rock :D Money well spent

 

Thank you :D

post #12789 of 29490

You've clearly done your research, which I can respect. Ultimately, you just have to ask yourself a few questions and pull the trigger on something.
Personally, of those I've heard the ATH-M50 and the XB700. My music preference is largely for electronica of varied types. On the whole, I preferred the sound signature and feel of the ATH-M50. I can't see why it being a good headphone 5 years ago would make it any worse of a headphone today. If the notion is that there are other good options, of course that's true; however, to me, it's a comfortable, affordable set of cans with good isolation and better sound quality.
Just my two cents. Keep your mind open, but you're going about it the right way.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by jonasiha View Post

Hi guys, 

first off, let me start by saying i've been a head-fi lurker for a couple of months now, slowly reading up on whats good and generally recommended.

 

I would like to get a new pair of full closed headphones. my main priority in picking a new pair of phones is sound leakage as i have had very bad experiences with my old pair of full headphones (altec lansings).

 

I've narrowed my choices down to DT660, ATH-M50, SRH750DJ, and the XB700.

 

 

my impressions after reading up.

 

ATH-M50s - very well liked here and good bang for buck, but someone said it was a good pair five years ago.

XB 700 - very comfortable and good bass , mids and highs arnt very good.

SRH750DJ - very energetic and fun sounding. has issues with build quality

DT660 - good bang for buck and good sound isolation. seems comfort is a major issue with these.

 

Examples of music i listen to , 

pop - lady gaga, adele

electronica - dash berlin , atb , tiesto , armin van buuren.

classical pop - katherine jenkins , hayley westenra , sarah brightman

 

i play my music out of my galaxy note/laptop and dont use an amp.

 

if i had to summarize my music preference, i'd say i really love good vocals. and i do realise that the phones that i've picked out might not even be the best for what i like.

 

i am having a massive headache picking a pair that i wont regret.

 

these are all roughly in the same price range for me, and i would like to get someone's recommendation. if theres another headphone that is better suited to what i am looking for and is within this price range please let me know.

 

by the way here are some of the links that i have read so please dont flame me too much for being a noob.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/87543/beyerdynamic-dt660-impression

http://www.headfonia.com/closed-cans-shootout-m-50-esw-9-t50p-hd25-1-beats-studio-srh-840-srh-750dj-k181dj-and-dj1pro/4/

http://www.head-fi.org/t/575805/comfortable-alternatives-to-ath-m50s



 

post #12790 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonasiha View Post

Hi guys, 

first off, let me start by saying i've been a head-fi lurker for a couple of months now, slowly reading up on whats good and generally recommended.

 

I would like to get a new pair of full closed headphones. my main priority in picking a new pair of phones is sound leakage as i have had very bad experiences with my old pair of full headphones (altec lansings).

 

I've narrowed my choices down to DT660, ATH-M50, SRH750DJ, and the XB700.

 

 

my impressions after reading up.

 

ATH-M50s - very well liked here and good bang for buck, but someone said it was a good pair five years ago.

XB 700 - very comfortable and good bass , mids and highs arnt very good.

SRH750DJ - very energetic and fun sounding. has issues with build quality

DT660 - good bang for buck and good sound isolation. seems comfort is a major issue with these.

 

Examples of music i listen to , 

pop - lady gaga, adele

electronica - dash berlin , atb , tiesto , armin van buuren.

classical pop - katherine jenkins , hayley westenra , sarah brightman

 

i play my music out of my galaxy note/laptop and dont use an amp.

 

if i had to summarize my music preference, i'd say i really love good vocals. and i do realise that the phones that i've picked out might not even be the best for what i like.

 

i am having a massive headache picking a pair that i wont regret.

 

these are all roughly in the same price range for me, and i would like to get someone's recommendation. if theres another headphone that is better suited to what i am looking for and is within this price range please let me know.

 

by the way here are some of the links that i have read so please dont flame me too much for being a noob.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/87543/beyerdynamic-dt660-impression

http://www.headfonia.com/closed-cans-shootout-m-50-esw-9-t50p-hd25-1-beats-studio-srh-840-srh-750dj-k181dj-and-dj1pro/4/

http://www.head-fi.org/t/575805/comfortable-alternatives-to-ath-m50s

I'm not gonna lie, I said that about the ATH-M50s, dont get me wrong, they are still a grey headphone, I just feel that there are better options.
As far as what you have looked at, I recommend you narrow your horizons... The M50s are quite portable whereas the DT660, not so much. I also missed a budget listed in your post. IMO the DT660 need an amp. Of the headphones you have listed, I find that the M50s would be your best bet. Also, budget man... You don't clearly define it. If its under $200 then it's HD-25 1 ii or M80. If its $150, then I'd go ATH-M50.
post #12791 of 29490

So are the D2000s and HM5s comparable in sound quality? I've been trying hard to find some D2000s for a reasonable price but just can't source any, whereas I found the HM5s for $120 + shipping. I'm not sure if that makes them lower quality? I'm looking to get a decent upgrade from Sennheiser 449s.

post #12792 of 29490

So I got both the Q701s and HD650s but the Lyr hasn't arrived yet. Still I put the set of cans through their paces with my Onkyo TX-SR805 fed by my iPhone. (Note: BTW... I am a total noob and don't have a lot of high end experience to draw from.)

 

Safe to say, I'm really enjoying both but I definitely have a preference at this point (pre Lyr).

 

I started out with one of my favorite songs off of one of the greatest rock albums of all time, IMO...

 

Elvis Costello's No Action off of This Years Model. My first impression was that Q701s were awfully bright. But that may have been because my HD280 Pros are just not in their class. Still, while clear, the vocals sounded a bit anemic... not that it's the warmest album of all time (sonically and figuratively!). The HD650's did a nice job of adding a fullness and humanity to the vocals and made for a more musical experience on a song that is not terribly melodious.

 

Next were a number of songs off of KD Lang's Ingenue. Now, this album would sounds great on tin can tied to the end of a string. But the Q701s took it to a new level. The separation of instruments and the presence of the vocals were superb. The whole album was so pure and clean. Based, on the Q701s reputation for this sort of thing I did not thing that the HD650's could top them. However, the HD650's added an extra bit of warmth an humanity to the vocals. I think this is less of a matter of more/less detail but rather more of a personal preference. After all, I've always been a bit of a romantic.

 

I had high hopes for the HD650s on U2's Red Hill Mining Town off of Joshua Tree. The music seemed like it would be more full bodied and serve the HD650s strengths. It was and it did... but I felt the bass was very pronounced to the point of being distracting. I don't know if this was due to the receiver set up or the iPhone but I thought it took away from song. Now, I like bass fine, but I don't want it to be bass for the sake of bass. I want it to serve the song. The Q701s put the bass back into perspective and handled the song well, making for a really enjoyable experience that didn't really lack for warmth.


Roy Orbison's Candyman played a lot like the Ingenue. Crystal clear on the Qs, more warmth/humanity on the HD650s. Same with Johny Cash's The Beast In Me off of American Recordings. By humanity, once again, I mean for me. I can totally see someone saying that the Q701s sounded more human because there were more realistic, like The Man In Black were in the room with them, while the HD650's sounded colored. I just don't have that opinion.

 

I also listened to some Journey. HD650s flattered them (particularly the vocals). The Qs felt a little anemic.

 

I also listened to a bunch of other stuff but enough with that. Here are my conclusions...

 

When I started out I thought I might like the Qs on music that played to their strengths... clear, well produced music with space. Likewise, I thought I would like the HD650s on music that was fuller and more layered. But overall the opposite was kind of true. The HD650s added warmth and humanity to the well produced tracks, while the Q701s were sometimes more clear and more fair with albums like the Joshua tree. But overall, I think the HD650's was more to my taste across a wide swath of genres. And if I had to pick the lesser of the two evils of the pronounced base of the HD650s on Joshua Tree and the bright/anemic vocals of the Q701s on This Years Model, I'd go with the former.

 

A couple of other notes. The 650s were indeed clampy on my head. Every time I put the 701s on I sighed with relief. However, I did a little stretching exercise with the 650s and they eased up. And I noticed with the 701s that, if I shifted my head moderately, they would shift too. After about an hour after my stretching exercise the 650 don't feel too bad.

 

Finally, the Q701 comes with two cords one of which seems to be 10-15ft long. Bravo AKG! Nice touch!

 

Anywho... i'll be back once the Lyr comes in.


Edited by enormo - 3/6/12 at 6:12pm
post #12793 of 29490

Hey everyone,

 

I'm just beginning to venture into the world of high-end audio and am looking for a decent low-budget setup.  Right now I'm leaning towards the ath m50s because, like jonasiha, I've been looking at the forums here for a while and hear that they are an excellent all-rounder.  Also looking at the grado sr80i because I do enjoy listening to rock and many say that is one of its strengths.  My only concern with the grados is that because they are open back if I'm at the library will that be a huge issue to those working around me?  I would also definitely look into any reccomendations given here.

 

I've ripped my cd collection onto itunes using the alac encoder.  My idea for a good desktop setup is to connect my pc to an external dac to bypass the computer's own soundcard.  If anyone can reccomend a decent dac under $50 that would be great.  Then I would hook the dac up to a dedicated tube amp such as the little dot mkiii.  Should I do this or maybe just buy a hifiman ef2a and get the amp and dac in one device?  Or is the improvement in sound quality in the first option worth the extra cash?

 

For a portable setup I'm basically going to get a fiio e7 and use a fiio LOD to bypass my Ipod's soundcard.  Once again if anyone has any other things they like that act as a portable amp and dac at this price please let me know.

 

I mainly enjoy listening to classical, rock, acoustic guitar, and indie/folk (I'm extremely interested in this genre so if any of you experienced audiophiles know good artists please let me know!!!! Mumford and Sons and Matthew and the Atlas are my favorites).  I prefer a controlled bass, not excessively boomy.  I'm very concerned about mids/vocals quality though.

 

So my main questions are relating to which desktop dac and amp setup is best for me, which headphones I should use with this setup or if I should consider getting a better, more high-end pair to cope with the amp and dac.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks everyone,

-Matt

post #12794 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by mross110966 View Post

Hey everyone,

 

I'm just beginning to venture into the world of high-end audio and am looking for a decent low-budget setup.  Right now I'm leaning towards the ath m50s because, like jonasiha, I've been looking at the forums here for a while and hear that they are an excellent all-rounder.  Also looking at the grado sr80i because I do enjoy listening to rock and many say that is one of its strengths.  My only concern with the grados is that because they are open back if I'm at the library will that be a huge issue to those working around me?  I would also definitely look into any reccomendations given here.

 

I've ripped my cd collection onto itunes using the alac encoder.  My idea for a good desktop setup is to connect my pc to an external dac to bypass the computer's own soundcard.  If anyone can reccomend a decent dac under $50 that would be great.  Then I would hook the dac up to a dedicated tube amp such as the little dot mkiii.  Should I do this or maybe just buy a hifiman ef2a and get the amp and dac in one device?  Or is the improvement in sound quality in the first option worth the extra cash?

 

For a portable setup I'm basically going to get a fiio e7 and use a fiio LOD to bypass my Ipod's soundcard.  Once again if anyone has any other things they like that act as a portable amp and dac at this price please let me know.

 

I mainly enjoy listening to classical, rock, acoustic guitar, and indie/folk (I'm extremely interested in this genre so if any of you experienced audiophiles know good artists please let me know!!!! Mumford and Sons and Matthew and the Atlas are my favorites).  I prefer a controlled bass, not excessively boomy.  I'm very concerned about mids/vocals quality though.

 

So my main questions are relating to which desktop dac and amp setup is best for me, which headphones I should use with this setup or if I should consider getting a better, more high-end pair to cope with the amp and dac.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks everyone,

-Matt


the HFI 580 might suit you better. they are more of an all arounder than M50's. I can personally tell you that the HFI 580 does rock and everything well. it's not as comfortable though.

 

Next.. use the E7. the E7 can bypass your computer's DAC....that was it's purpose. you need to connect through USB for it to happen though. 

 

2....who'ever told you that is slightly off on the LOD. the E7 and LOD will not bypass your ipod's internal DAC(don't say sound card for this case) only a CLAS or HP1 and a few others will but those are $500+. an LOD will only bypass the ipod's internal AMPLIFIER and not DAC. however ipod's have a good DAC already and getting a clean signal to your external amp of choice.in this case your E7 would be important.

 

so overal. when in use with a computer, with the E7, you can bypass the computer's DAC through USB and also amp. when using with a LOD with ipod through AUX in, you will not be using the E7's DAC. only the amp of the E7 will now be in use. if you want to JUST use the E7 as a DAC and odn't want to dual amp and get another external amp. you can use the FiiO L7 dock LOD to line out from the E7..this last part is a bit more complicated but don't worry about it

 

since you were confused and have an extra $50...look at the E17. it has a much much much better and more powerful amp than the E7, and more options and what not. it's$140...ithe cost isn't a problem..it's buying it. as of right now it's harder to get an E17 than it was to get an iPhone4S on the second day it was out..im not even kidding.

 

 

any other questions? There are a lot of very knowledgeable head fi'ers passing through this part of the forum, that lurk a lot and have lots of heapdhones. that is great, but i noticed there are some things that even lurkers will miss like the info you were confused on above. so... as a regular poster on head fi. ill be here to help temporarily any lost souls :) ...not on suggestions, but on background infoo like sound science, how i do this or that, how does this work and stuff. i won't be active tonight as i have classes tomorrow but i will skim most posts and fix (bring to their attention) errors that they may have in their understanding. this is not conclusive. i miss many as this thread moves fast.

 


Edited by bowei006 - 3/6/12 at 6:56pm
post #12795 of 29490
Thread Starter 

Great impressions enormo and kudos for posting in this thread to help others.

 

The Lyr + HD650 combo is a very good pairing imo. The great thing about the Lyr is that you can shape its sound (sometimes significantly) through tube rolling. This allows you to dial in the sound to better match your preferences. Based on your impressions I get the sense you may like the balanced signature of vintage Amperex Bugle Boy tubes. With these tubes in place there's a distinct sense of air and separation between instruments, smooth treble and clear mids. Bass bloom is restrained, but the lower frequencies are not rolled off and will hit with weight and authority if in the recording. The Bugles don't quite convey the same holographic imaging as the often raved about Lorenz Stuttgart tubes (good luck sourcing these), but they are more common, cheaper and very close in sound signature imo.

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