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How does the m50 compare with the 

rezero/re0 (I know they are different IEMS)

triple.fi 10 

CAL!

Shure SRH440

Shure SRH840

anything else

 

I know I'm comparing IEMS with over ears but I don't care which one I have, though IEMS are obviously more portable. 

Any help guys? 
 

 



I've owned both the M50 and TF10 (though not at the same time). The M50 hype at its height was a bit much, but I still think they're good headphones. I particularly like the build quality. With the increase in price there are probably better alternatives, but if I had to choose between just the M50 and TF10, I'd go the AT every time. The TF10 sounded ok, but I never felt they were worth the price I paid for them.

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Alright thanks guys. Really, it's a lot of help. Just for clarification purposes the prices I will try to buy the headphones will be as follows (because I know the cost can vary greatly for headphones):

 

rezero ($60-70)

re0 ($40-50)

triple.fi 10 ($100, from FS/FT here)

CAL! ($55 Amazon) 

Shure SRH440 ($60-70 online)

Shure SRH840 ($100, from FS/FT here)

 

Also, I am able to audition the m50s since a few stores in my area have them. However, I only have the cash to buy one pair of headphones, so which pair do you I should purchase to compare? And I understand few, if anybody has all these headphones, but if you have two or more, could you please compare them to each other or link me to a comparison? Thanks. 

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After a lot of researching i have narrowed down my headphone choices to be Shure 440 with 840 ear cups or 840 if there is a difference worth the $50 more, audio technica m50s and the sennheiser 280 pro. I want fairly large soundstage, mid bass and clear vocals. i am open to other suggestions. I really want the dt770 pro but do not know if i could cough up $170


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this seems to be the thread for it - I am looking for advice in buying a set of headphones

 

for the most part I listen to jazz, funk, blues, rock, but also some electronica, punk, ska. When previewing stereo gear my go-to cd's / albums are Stanley Turrentine - "Cherry" (Japanese version) Stanley Turrentine " Don't Mess with Mr. T" and Papa Mali' "Do Your Thing".

 

Listening to various genre's I tend to like accuracy - if it's bassy I want to hear that, but if it's a more mellow track I want to hear that too.

 

I started out with Sony MDR 7506 many years ago, and I liked them for what they were which was back then a $90 pair of foldable headphones with decent if not great sound. Been reading here for a while and now I'd like to get something a bit better I am still not sure of the price range to be in figure in the $300 plus / minus range.

 

To give you an idea I started looking at this forum looking for IEM's in the $200 range (max) well I ended up with a P-51 amp and Westone um3x-rc's. I really like the sound from this combination. It also means I have an amp to use so it opens a lot of headphone options, hence my looking for advice

 

I am now looking for cans to use at home - typically late night when I can't just listen to the stereo. (ahh apartment life) I am open to open back designs as well as full cans as I don't think even the open cans will really bother the neighbors too much. So recommend away, thanks.


Denon D2000

 

DenonD5000 (open box)

 

AKG Q701

 

Senn HD 598

 

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After a lot of researching i have narrowed down my headphone choices to be Shure 440 with 840 ear cups or 840 if there is a difference worth the $50 more, audio technica m50s and the sennheiser 280 pro. I want fairly large soundstage, mid bass and clear vocals. i am open to other suggestions. I really want the dt770 pro but do not know if i could cough up $170


Your not likely to get a large soundstage with a closed can (especially in this price range)--and all on your list are closed.

 

The Shure SRH 840 and Beyer DT 770 Pro are the best on your list.

 

 

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Any help guys? 
 

 


The CALS! is the best value and the Shure SRH 840 is the best can on your list.  Both have a more even and balanced sound than the AT.

 

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Your not likely to get a large soundstage with a closed can (especially in this price range)--and all on your list are closed.

 

The Shure SRH 840 and Beyer DT 770 Pro are the best on your list.

 

 


It doesn't have to have a massive soundstage just a noticeable one and that is because i prefer a closed can, i will get an open pair if there is major improvement, can you recommend me an open pair with mid bass and good vocals for around 120

 

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It doesn't have to have a massive soundstage just a noticeable one and that is because i prefer a closed can, i will get an open pair if there is major improvement, can you recommend me an open pair with mid bass and good vocals for around 120

 


That's a problem price point in the current market.  Just months ago you could get the Senn HD 558 for not much above $120.  Currently you still have to go above $120 to get the HD 518, which has a smaller sound stage.  The AKG K 240 Studio is now in the low $90's, but the Shure and Beyer are both measurably better overall.

 

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I could get the 840 for about 130 and 440 with the earpads for 80 so i was wondering if its worth the $50 for the 840. I can go up to 160

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I could get the 840 for about 130 and 440 with the earpads for 80 so i was wondering if its worth the $50 for the 840. I can go up to 160



That's a pick 'em on value (assuming you mean the 440 with the 840 pads).

 

I'd go with the 840--but reasonable minds will differ.

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That's a pick 'em on value (assuming you mean the 440 with the 840 pads).

 

I'd go with the 840--but reasonable minds will differ.



Ya i mean the 440s with 840 ear cups. Is there a major difference between 440s and 840s. Will a fiio e6 make a difference

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I'm looking for some around ear (I don't like on ear) headphones that are closed and possibly noise canceling. I got the new iPad and would like some decent headphones for my business trips.
I don't really care if they're very portable or not. I just want to keep the price under $100 if possible. I have hd595's for when I'm at home but thy're open air and would not work well on a plane. If the pair you recommend need need to be driven by an amp, I'd like the total price to be around $100.
Thanks ahead of time!!


self-bump + another question

 

would audio-technica ATH-M30's be ok?  they're not noise cancelling but they're closed ear--which i hope will suffice on a plane

 

are there any similar headphones in performance/price (and that will work on a plane, either from being closed or from having noise cancelling)?

 

what about the ATHANC7 from audio technica?

 

i dont' know crap about noise cancelling because i've never had to buy headphones for a noisy environment (airplane) so i'm not sure where to start.

 

thanks!

 


Edited by bleudeciel16 - 3/23/12 at 11:00pm
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Hey all, I actually have a couple questions here.

 

The first one is for the benefit of a classmate of mine. She just uses the stock Apple earbuds, and I mentioned to her today she should consider an upgrade. I let her try my Xone XD-53's and she was in heaven. She mostly listens to classical music, so I told her that the Xone's are not the best choice, being DJ headphones. I told her I'd do some research and find something for her for around $100, give or take.

 

Now, when I came home, I realized I don't have a lot of knowledge about natural/neutral-sounding headphones. So i thought it would be perfect to pop in here and ask for some suggestions. I told her I wouldn't break her bank (~$100) and these will be her very first step into quality headphones, so I want her to have a great first impression.

 

Suggestions on that?

 

The second thing I wanna bring up is that I'm very interested in buying a portable amp. I didn't even know about them until recently, and am now very curious about buying one.

 

My current phones are ATH-Pro700MK2 Anniversary Edition's, so they have some of the best bass on the market. The mid/highs are improved from previous models, but still not the best. Much better than you might expect, though. Bottom line is, I'm wanting to hear suggestions for a portable amp that will compliment my Pr0700's sound profile.

 

Many many thanks in advance!


Brainwavz HM5 stretches the budget a bit, but I think it's a good choice. The Koss DJ100 is also worth looking into.

 



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Hi guys, I'm new to higher-end headphones.  I'm unfamiliar with the jargon, so you'll have to excuse me while I embarrass myself by trying to describe what I hear without them.

 

For the longest time I was aware of audiophiles and nice headphones in the same way I was aware of wine; I knew that good headphones existed and made a difference, but I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be able to tell a really good one from an average one.  I lost my existing pair of earbuds so I went shopping for a pair, and since I figured that they all sounded the same to my inexperienced ears, I'd just go for what looked snazzy.

 

So that's how I ended up House of Marley Jammin' earbuds.

 

And it's the most I've ever regretted any purchase.  They sound like ASS.  I don't know how to describe it... but it's like someone rolled up some cotton and jammed it into your ears before letting you put these earphones on.  You know how a hi-hat is kinda supposed to sound kind of like "tss, tss", right?  For some reason, all I hear is something more like a muffled "shh, shh".  In the end I went out and bought some Sennheiser MM30i's, which are okay right now.  I'm happy with them so far, but I've never listened to anything better, and I get the feeling that maybe I'm missing something -- particularly since I recently started experimenting with lossless formats of music.

 

Anyway, I'm looking for a pair of nice over-ear headphones.  I'm kind of nervous about suddenly making a huge upgrade and spending a lot without ever listening to them, though.  I listen to pop, rock, classical, electronic, dubstep, drum and bass, and Adele, mostly.  I like bass.  One thing is that appearance does matter to me, as I do plan to wear these outside.

 

At the moment I have my eye on the ATH-M50s (they look pretty sweet to me, seem to be $160 on amazon) and the V-MODA Crossfade (I'm not sure if the aesthetic appeals to me, $100 on amazon).  However, the price is looking a little bit steep for me.  Is it worth getting either of these two, and if so, which one should I get?  Or something else altogether?  Is there anything that's maybe around or under $100, since I'm nervous about making such a big upgrade so quickly?  I'm not sure if I'll be able to hear the difference between merely "good" and "great".

Crossfades are pretty muddy, and you'll hear the difference side by side with the M50s. At $160, though, the M50s have competition from everything from the Ultrasones HFI780s to the Sennheiser HD25-1s, and V-moda M80s. Also keep in mind that the M50s and HFI780s have long cables that can be unwieldy for portable use.
 

 

 

 

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Uh oh... I'm thinking of getting the ATH-M50s also, but I have a Steelseries Siberia V2 as well.  They really are super mega comfy.


M50s clamp a little, but that's the price you pay for isolation.

 



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Thanks for the recommendations!

I do like bass, though -- well, enough of it.

 

I realised a really important thing for me is that I would prefer everything to sound really crisp and clear -- but still have some bass to it.  I was seriously considering the V-MODA LP at first, but I got scared off by someone who said they sounded "muffled".  Does the ATH-M50 have this problem too?


Not nearly as much. I'm sure if you listened to something higher end it might sound muddy in comparison, but it's a lot less prevalent than on the Crossfades.

 



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Looking for some good closed backs, was originally pretty settled on the the M50s, but then stumbled onto the Fischer FA-003s/Brainwavz HM5s, which seem to be higher quality than the M50s and are also available about $40 cheaper.  I'm also looking to get an external DAC for my laptop, and was wondering if the FiiO e10 would be a good pairing. Total price would be $184+shipping, seems reasonable.  Any advice?

 


Sounds good, but keep in mind they have a more neutral sound.

 



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Hi. I am very new to this site and if you guys can help I would appreciate it.

 

I'm looking to buy a new headphone. The current one I have is very uncomfortable. I don't have much experience yet. I am mainly looking for a comfortable nice headphone for wearing in my office and coffee shops while I'm working. I tried on Philips the stretch on few days ago and liked it a lot. But a lot of reviews said there are better ones for similar price. So I'm looking for suggestions. Here's some info on what I'm looking for.

 

- Price: around $70

- over ear

- comfortable

- noise isolation/canceling

- music: I listen to acoustic, classical music, a lot of traditional instruments, and various other genres (sometimes rock)

 

The preference is for very comfortable and good noise isolation. I need to use it for several hours each day in a noisy environment. Good sound quality would be nice of course but I'm not very picky about it. Also, I don't know where to go to try out these headphones. There are not many stores I can find. It's hard to pick one without trying it on.

 

 


Creative Aurvana Live, Sennheiser HD449/429, are also good places to look.

 

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That's a pick 'em on value (assuming you mean the 440 with the 840 pads).

 

I'd go with the 840--but reasonable minds will differ.



Maybe i can go enough to get the M50S. Which is better for sound stage, bass and vocals M50S or Shire 840

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Ya i mean the 440s with 840 ear cups. Is there a major difference between 440s and 840s. Will a fiio e6 make a difference



I don't usually listen to my Shures on small electronics or through a computer, but I can tell you that they are both, at 44 ohms, very efficient.

 

If you have a good music source, there is a significant difference between the two.  If you primarily play low quality itune type files or run of the mill mp3's, then save money and get the 440. 

 

For more check out this Shure brochure, especially the last page:

 

http://www.shure.com/idc/groups/public/documents/webcontent/pdf_2010_headphone_brochure.pdf

 

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