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post #13141 of 29490

Hello, somewhat new to higher end audio. I currently own a pair of v-moda m-80's and would like to get a significant upgrade from those. 

I really love my current headset and I bought them because from what I've read here, the m-80 is a very balanced headset that plays all music well. I would prefer to progress towards another well balanced headset but is open to other suggestions as well. The only thing is I require the headsets to be as good or better in terms of noise isolation. I don't KNOW but I think other people might be hearing my music on the subway when I turn up the volume so I think thats really the minimum isolation for a commuting headset.

 


Some info to the purchase:

 

-headphones around $500 but can be more if they are truly great value or great headphones

-minimum isolation has to match the v-moda m-80 (which isn't much I think)

-Will be used to commute

-most preferably good looking and stylish

-have an e11 Fiio amp (please let me know if it is sufficient for the headphones)

-Usually listen from iPod Nano and laptop

-most music is from iTunes which is around 250 to 320kpbs.

 

The music I listen to varies a lot:

 

-classical

-electronic progressive

-japanese jazz music

-swing/jazz music like Buble and Tony Bennett

-New age 

-electric guitar

-kpop

-old rock

-Lots of piano

-various instrumental music like harps, dark cello themes, chinese guzheng and synthetic stuff

 

Basically, only a small portion of my library actually has any lyrics. Even a lot of rock songs I get instrumental versions without the lyrics.

 


After reading about the higher end headphones, I became more confused. It seems like after the $300 range, I need to choose headphones for different music. I am also not familiar with a lot of the things being used to describe sound like cold treble vs warm treble or depth and width of sound stage. 

 

After a bit of research, I found myself really liking the q701 and highly curious about the Grado RS 1i. Please help me find a good headset that will be sure to outperform my m-80's in all or at least the majority of music I will be listening to. Thanks!

 


Edited by DNZGamer - 3/19/12 at 4:32am
post #13142 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Check out the Beyer DT 770 Pro, Ultrasome HIFI 780 or (if in your budget) Ultrasone Pro 750.

 



Grado sound signature is best for metal and rock right ?

 

So are you stating Beyers dt770/80 ohm and Ultrasone HFI 780 good for those genres?

 

 

post #13143 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phon1x View Post

Any ideas on some really good earphones (but non-inner ear) that are long lasting and have good sound quality?


That's really broad and vague. Could you specify usage scenarios, sound signature preferences, and a price range, please? That will make it a lot easier to recommend something.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by DNZGamer View Post

Hello, somewhat new to higher end audio. I currently own a pair of v-moda m-80's and would like to get a significant upgrade from those. 

I really love my current headset and I bought them because from what I've read here, the m-80 is a very balanced headset that plays all music well. I would prefer to progress towards another well balanced headset but is open to other suggestions as well. The only thing is I require the headsets to be as good or better in terms of noise isolation. I don't KNOW but I think other people might be hearing my music on the subway when I turn up the volume so I think thats really the minimum isolation for a commuting headset.

 


Some info to the purchase:

 

-headphones around $500 but can be more if they are truly great value or great headphones

-minimum isolation has to match the v-moda m-80 (which isn't much I think)

-Will be used to commute

-most preferably good looking and stylish

-have an e11 Fiio amp (please let me know if it is sufficient for the headphones)

-Usually listen from iPod Nano and laptop

-most music is from iTunes which is around 250 to 320kpbs.

 

The music I listen to varies a lot:

 

-classical

-electronic progressive

-japanese jazz music

-swing/jazz music like Buble and Tony Bennett

-New age 

-electric guitar

-kpop

-old rock

-Lots of piano

-various instrumental music like harps, dark cello themes, chinese guzheng and synthetic stuff

 

Basically, only a small portion of my library actually has any lyrics. Even a lot of rock songs I get instrumental versions without the lyrics.

 


After reading about the higher end headphones, I became more confused. It seems like after the $300 range, I need to choose headphones for different music. I am also not familiar with a lot of the things being used to describe sound like cold treble vs warm treble or depth and width of sound stage. 

 

After a bit of research, I found myself really liking the q701 and highly curious about the Grado RS 1i. Please help me find a good headset that will be sure to outperform my m-80's in all or at least the majority of music I will be listening to. Thanks!

 


None of those headphones you mentioned are remotely closed, and will leak sound quite badly. As far as portables go, I don't think you can do a whole lot better than the M80s, unless you're willing to look into Custom IEMs, or something...

 

post #13144 of 29490
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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


Well, I just meant compared to the Sennheisers you have, the Denons would be the better choice. Given your current list, I think I still stand by that. The closest would be the HD280s, but from what I've read, the HP700s are very good for their price. The XB500s and K81s are bassier, but I think a step down in sound quality. If you want more bass, you can always use an equalizer, but you can't add more detail.

 



Okay :D so imma go and purchase denon hp700  :D ....  thanks for ur time bro.

post #13145 of 29490

Not really looking for anything that portable. I am also not looking for closed headphones as my m-80s aren't closed headphones. As long as the sound leakage isn't worse than my current headphones it is fine and like I said, the m-80's aren't good so it is very easy to meet that standard.

 

I don't mind carrying around bigger headphones anyways since I usually just go to places and then setup for listening on my laptop so portability is not a concern unless you are saying that those two headphones are extra large? 

post #13146 of 29490

So I am going to be  buying some new headphones and they will be being drivin from an iphone and a fiio e6. How many OHM's is  thelimit of this setup

post #13147 of 29490
I ordered HD 518, my first high quality headphone for 150$. I wonder should I buy an amp for it. Fiio E11 is 67$, is it makes 67$ sound quality difference? Would you recommend?
post #13148 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by DNZGamer View Post

Not really looking for anything that portable. I am also not looking for closed headphones as my m-80s aren't closed headphones. As long as the sound leakage isn't worse than my current headphones it is fine and like I said, the m-80's aren't good so it is very easy to meet that standard.

 

I don't mind carrying around bigger headphones anyways since I usually just go to places and then setup for listening on my laptop so portability is not a concern unless you are saying that those two headphones are extra large? 


Well, the M80s are at least semi-closed, and isolate decently. Truly open headphones like the K701 and Grados isolate literally nothing. As in, if you have them off, you can hear everything the same as if you weren't wearing them. Ergo, they will leak a lot, and not be good for commuting. At any rate, it will not fit your requirements. So I stand by my statements. You'd be hard-pressed to do a a whole lot better than the M80s as far as portables go. Maybe look into Customs? And yes, the K701s are extra large. The Grados are a bit better.

 


 

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Originally Posted by FlobHobNob View Post

So I am going to be  buying some new headphones and they will be being drivin from an iphone and a fiio e6. How many OHM's is  thelimit of this setup


Not sure what you mean. Are you asking for the output impedance, or the most you can drive with this setup? For the first, you might want to check the specs and/or ask on an E6 thread or in the sound science forum. For the second, also consider asking there, but from what I've heard, the E6 doesn't increase the power by all that much, so it shouldn't be much difference from what you can drive with the iPhone.

 



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Originally Posted by exhornet View Post


I ordered HD 518, my first high quality headphone for 150$. I wonder should I buy an amp for it. Fiio E11 is 67$, is it makes 67$ sound quality difference? Would you recommend?


At least from what I've read, the E11 is a pretty competent portable amp in that price range. It will probably make some difference, though you should ask on an E11 thread or the amp forum for more details. Or hopefully someone later on can answer that.

 

post #13149 of 29490
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Originally Posted by gunnerwholelife View Post



Grado sound signature is best for metal and rock right ?

 

Grado seems to be most popular with rock, metal, blues and even country.  Grado puts you on stage with the band with an in your face presentation.

 

So are you stating Beyers dt770/80 ohm and Ultrasone HFI 780 good for those genres?

 

Yes--but personally I also like AKG & Denon as well.



 

post #13150 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by DNZGamer View Post

Not really looking for anything that portable. I am also not looking for closed headphones as my m-80s aren't closed headphones. As long as the sound leakage isn't worse than my current headphones it is fine and like I said, the m-80's aren't good so it is very easy to meet that standard.

 

I don't mind carrying around bigger headphones anyways since I usually just go to places and then setup for listening on my laptop so portability is not a concern unless you are saying that those two headphones are extra large? 


The only m-80's I know about are closed and are promoted as noise insulating.

 

If you're willing to give on looks and size, you can go with the Shure SRH840 or 940.  Otherwise it might be best to wait for another V-Moda release.

 

post #13151 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlobHobNob View Post

So I am going to be  buying some new headphones and they will be being drivin from an iphone and a fiio e6. How many OHM's is  thelimit of this setup



I would not go over 80, but 30 to 40 something is better.

 

That said--even some very efficient headphones require amping to sound their best.

 

This article that discusses amping with specific headphones may be helpful to you:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-headphones-by-price-range

post #13152 of 29490

Would like to know between m-80 vs crossfade lp.  or should I just wait for the m-100?

post #13153 of 29490

What kind of sound are you looking for, what kind of music do you listen to and how much isolation do you need?
 

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Originally Posted by johnzie View Post

Would like to know between m-80 vs crossfade lp.  or should I just wait for the m-100?



 

post #13154 of 29490

Still need help finding a set of PC gaming cans..

http://www.head-fi.org/t/529144/buying-headphones-seeking-guidance-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here/13035#post_8230208

 

Open or Closed, I'm really just looking for a good balance between bass and soundstage, which seems to be the toughest combo to get just right.

 

My budget is around $300.

 

I value immersive gameplay more than pinpoint sound location accuracy, but would like a good mixture of both.

 

Also willing to get a DAC/Amp if it's necessary/beneficial.

 

Headphones I've been looking at:

 

DT770

DT880

DT990

(pro? premium? 80 ohm? 250 ohm? really don't know the differences here)

 

AKG (701? 702?)

AKG 550

 

Willing to take more advice on different cans..

 

Also, is there a DAC that can be mounted in a PC?

 

Thanks for any help.

 

EDIT:

Would really prefer Circumaural as well..

Also, been looking at ATH-A700 vs A900


Edited by TheCheshire - 3/19/12 at 3:14pm
post #13155 of 29490
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Originally Posted by exhornet View Post
I ordered HD 518, my first high quality headphone for 150$. I wonder should I buy an amp for it. Fiio E11 is 67$, is it makes 67$ sound quality difference? Would you recommend?


What are the HD518 going to be plugged into?

If it's a really poor source(s) for powering headphones, then it might make the E11 more worth while.

 

 

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