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Is that normal for an open box item to be in great condition from them?

 

And I'll look up the reviews for the D2000, but if you could sum up what makes it worth the extra $40 and risk of being damaged rather than going for the new m50's it would be appreciated.

 


Yes--my experience with EE open box items thus far has been that they are in great condition if not mint.

 

post #13412 of 29490
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I was considering the AKG 550 as well, I'm currently reading through the 70+ page thread; there seems to be a lack of review just due to the fact that it is a relatively new pair of headphones. I haven't been able to try them in a store yet either.

 

The D7000 + amplifier would be out of my price range, unfortunately. I am looking to spend about $300 for a set of headphones.

 

 

 

The core of the dilemma is that the sound you want is probably only going to achieved by a (new) can that is above your budget.  Also--as a general rule an open can is going to be better listening for to classical music than a closed one--due to the sound stage.  That said...

 

The AKG K 550 might be a good compromise, but I haven't heard it.

 

I have heard the Shure SRH940 and it a very nice high quality studio closed can that can easily be driven well by a decent quality receiver.  It sounds great run from the headphone jack of my Yamaha RX-A800.  It goes for $250 +/-.

 

If you can save another $100, you can get a D5000 open box from Electronic Expo--either directly from their site or through Amazon--for $400 +/- shipped.

 

If you are willing to go with an open can, a Senn HD 598 is still within your budget.

 

Back in October you could have picked up the open and classic Senn HD 600 for $270, but now under the new MAP they want $400 for it.  You might be able to pick up a used one within your budget.

 

The Beyer DT 880 is semi open.  I have heard the Pro version, and it is in the neighborhood of what you want for a mid-fi price.

 

 


Edited by KG Jag - 3/26/12 at 10:20pm
post #13413 of 29490
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Hi guys:D
I'm definately a noob, and I'm in a bit of a pickle.
See I'm looking a getting a pair of headphones or cans as they seem to be refered to as!
But I'm unsure as to what to get, I'm looking at either spending upto 500 bucks on a pair of cans alone. or going for about 800 and getting a ballanced pair and an amp as I mostly used my iPod and computer! I've got a bit of some ideas about what I'm looking for but I'm not 100%rolleyes.gif
If anyone can give me some pointers that would be greatly appreciated!
I'm looking for; a powerful bass
Strong mediums and
Crisp highs
They should also look fairly decent as I'm 17 and don't wanna look like odd:p
As I listen to a fairly broard range of music rap, hip hop, 60s-90s rock, techno, and a bit of opera and classical Herrera and there
I have been looking at sennheiser, ultrasone, audio technica, beyyer dynamics and some other brands but for some reason every pair that I like someone always has a review that makes em seem dodgy or not worth it
Take the ultrasone 900 for example, I've heard that there is a slight imbalance in them
And in some sennheisers they can be a bit weak on bass
As you may guess all this would confuse a noob so any replies would be great
Thanks:)


So yeah just an update I'm currently considering the Audio Technica M50's or the ultrasone pro 900 balanced, I'm looking at the balanced as I can get the for 500! Please talk me in or out of buying one of the two!!!!! biggrin.gif

Also I have the money now so please help me!!!!!!


Well, I think you need special equipment to runt he balanced version...

 



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Currently looking at the Vmoda M80s

 

Good for its price in terms of sound, comfort and durability?

 

Also selling Audio Technica Pro700mk2anv 50th Anniversary Edition, (within Australia only)


Good on sound and durability, comfort is a bit low as it's a on-ear portable and the earcups don't swivel much.

 



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Friend want budget headphones that will completely blow his mind in movies and games (if there is such a thing), and luckily he is a complete noob when it comes to audio so I want to suggest something that has the right qualities that audio noobs tend to enjoy!

 

Limit is about £40/$100 so I was thinking the CALs or Samson SR850 or panasonic htf-600. Which one would probably be best, and are there any other worthy mentionables? He will use them on his laptop/360 and probably through a mixamp.

 

Cheers

 

edit: he isn't into competitive FPS so immersion is the most important factor


I'd say CAL! for a nice combination of clarity and decent bass for a new convert.

 



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I am looking for my first pair of decent-quality headphones.  For the past three or four years I was using Skullcandy Skullcrushers (yes yes, I know).  They broke recently, and for now I am borrowing a pair of Sennheiser HD428s.

In any case, I have a budget of $200-300, but I'm also a sucker for a good deal.  I prefer closed cans simply because I don't want to disturb anyone else with what I'm listening to, and right now listening privately at my computer isn't an option.  A friend recommended the ATH-A900 as he is personally a big fan of them, and although they look a little weird I kind of like the design.  Much like my friend I would be using these as kind of an all-purpose laptop headphone, so it would be for music as well as games, video, and anything else  that comes up, and I would also be wearing them for long stretches at a time.  However, I work retail and have recently discovered that my shop will be getting the ATH-A900x next month, which means I'll be able to get them for roughly half price and cheaper than the A900s go for.

The reason I'm asking here is that it seems like reaction to the A900x has been a little mixed here.  I was wondering if you folks thought this would be a good starter set, or if it would actually be a better decision to go with the A900s...or something else entirely?  Previously I was looking at the ATH-M50 (everyone seems to love them), ATH-ESW9 (I'm not sure I'd like the on-ear nature of these and I am worried they would be flimsy, but the portability would be nice), HD 280 pro (recommended by a musician friend who uses them to record), AKG-Q701 (don't think I want open cans, and I gather I would need an amp for these).

So yeah, I would very much appreciate any advice.


The M50, as well as it's competitors the HFI780s and SRH840s are all good places to start. DJ-style cans seem to fill a niche for all-purpose desk-use and semi-portable headphones due to their folding capabilities, and are generally pretty durable.

 



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Well I can guarantee that you won't be dissapointed with the M50's. The Sound Professionals is also doing a detachable cable mod for $199 (the headphone is included along with 3 extra wires). What sort of sound signature are you looking for and what kind of music do you listen to? That could help us help you. 

 



I don't have a specific sound signature, I really am just starting out.  I suppose I would be looking for balance, just because i'm going to be using these headphones for a wide variety of things.  They will primarily be used at the computer for several hours a day for music, video, podcasts, livestreams, etc.  I don't actually listen to a lot of music, though now that I am looking into nicer headphones I've actually started to increase my music collection.  I have a lot of game soundtracks, I like the Beatles, Jurassic 5, They Might Be Giants, The Who...not a whole lot, I guess.

The only thing I would note with my previous headphones is that I never really used the subwoofer on the Skullcrushers, and borrowing these HD428 has shown me that because of that I haven't really been hearing any bass for the last few years.  I don't want to focus on it, but I was shocked at the difference between them.  The reason I'm focusing on the A900x is because the A900 was highly recommended and I know I can get a good deal on it, but I'm certainly open to suggestion.


For a more neutral sound, maybe something like the SRH840 or HM5 would be better than the M50s, but for your stuff, the M50s will probably work too.

 

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Hey guys!

I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones , the price range would be $150 to $200.  I love classical music,especially the piano concertos like Rach No.3. So, for me, good presentation of both piano and orchestra is important. Besides, cans with recessed midrange are not welcome.

Well, I know I ask for too much given that I only have an ipctongue.gif(I plan to get an IBasso D6, but not sure wheather it'll match  the headphones) ,so i'm ready to make some concessions. Any advice from you is appreciated!

p.s Since I'm from China, my expression may seem strange to you,sorry for that ~~

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Brainwavz HM 5 are said to be neutral, of good quality sound and with a good sound stage for a closed can--a poor man's Senn HD 600 (which is open).  I wish I could tell you first hand about the sound, but I'm still waiting for mine (ordered in early January) to ship.

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Can you help me decide between getting the Creative Aurvana live + Fostex t50rp, the Senn hd25-1II or the Vmoda m80. I would like to have the best sounding phone but would like a full size, but if the Senn or Vmoda are that much better as far as sq goes then id take them. I'd love to hear the fostex and seeing as the Aurvana was once a 200 dollar phone (d1001) and getting it on sale now and the fostex sounds like a deal to me. But I also want something that just sounds great right out the box and doesnt need too much modding or an amp to sound great (even though i have a MilletSS). Source will be a sansa, possibly rockboxed.

post #13417 of 29490

Hey guys!!!

 

which headphones does sound good in both metal and dubstep genre? Shure SRH-840, Audio Technica ATH-M50, or Sennheiser  HD280 pro?

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Hey guys!!!

 

which headphones does sound good in both metal and dubstep genre? Shure SRH-840, Audio Technica ATH-M50, or Sennheiser  HD280 pro?


+1 Vote for the M50's. Being a flat response headphone, they can pretty much do every genre some justice. 

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Can you help me decide between getting the Creative Aurvana live + Fostex t50rp, the Senn hd25-1II or the Vmoda m80. I would like to have the best sounding phone but would like a full size, but if the Senn or Vmoda are that much better as far as sq goes then id take them. I'd love to hear the fostex and seeing as the Aurvana was once a 200 dollar phone (d1001) and getting it on sale now and the fostex sounds like a deal to me. But I also want something that just sounds great right out the box and doesnt need too much modding or an amp to sound great (even though i have a MilletSS). Source will be a sansa, possibly rockboxed.


+1 for the Senn HD25-1 II and the VModa M-80's. The M-80's have apparently performed phenominally well in terms of over-ear headphones and they have a pretty good fan-base raving about the sound quality. If you're wary about sound quality and you want to guarantee that you'll like your headphones, get the Senn's. You will NOT be dissapointed. 

 

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Hey guys!

I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones , the price range would be $150 to $200.  I love classical music,especially the piano concertos like Rach No.3. So, for me, good presentation of both piano and orchestra is important. Besides, cans with recessed midrange are not welcome.

Well, I know I ask for too much given that I only have an ipctongue.gif(I plan to get an IBasso D6, but not sure wheather it'll match  the headphones) ,so i'm ready to make some concessions. Any advice from you is appreciated!

p.s Since I'm from China, my expression may seem strange to you,sorry for that ~~

 

Audio Technica ATH-M50. Since you're in China, be very careful about fakes of this headphone because it is highly counterfeited especially in China. Try buying from a large distributer such as the large Shangha Media Mall and what-not. 
 

 

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Are there any set of cans similar to the JVC HARX700's in terms of sound quality, build quality, and price? Maybe ones that don't look so goofy.


CAL!, AKG K81

 



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I'm looking to buy headphones below the $140 range ($150 at the most).

The majority of my music consists of Blues, Vocal Soundtracks, Soul, and some pop, r&b, and the occasional soft rock.

I'm not a bass head so I'm not looking for anything bass heavy.

I think headphones that are clear, detailed and have good mids and highs would be best suited for the type of music I listen to, no?

 

I'm relatively new to all of this so you're recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

 

Edit: I'll mainly be using this at home on the laptop and on my ipod so I don't want to buy an amp.


A Brainwavz HM5 sounds like it could work for you. 

 

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Well, I think you need special equipment to runt he balanced version...

 


Good on sound and durability, comfort is a bit low as it's a on-ear portable and the earcups don't swivel much.

 


I'd say CAL! for a nice combination of clarity and decent bass for a new convert.

 


The M50, as well as it's competitors the HFI780s and SRH840s are all good places to start. DJ-style cans seem to fill a niche for all-purpose desk-use and semi-portable headphones due to their folding capabilities, and are generally pretty durable.

 


For a more neutral sound, maybe something like the SRH840 or HM5 would be better than the M50s, but for your stuff, the M50s will probably work too.

 



Thanx bro
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I don't know what the M50 would give you that the Ultrasone (even the Pro 750) does much better.

 


Thanx bro
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From what I understand, it is pretty normal for their open box products to be mint or near mint. I am pretty sure they will also replace the item if it is defective, even if it is open box. It also comes with the manufacturer's warranty. Someone else could confirm this maybe.

 

Anyways, the D2000 has the best soundstage and bass response in its price range for closed headphones. It has slightly recessed mids but it shouldn't matter for what you listen to. They are a very bright headphone though, the treble is very bright, which can cause some sibilance before a little burn-in. I found the bass to be very punchy, almost like a subwoofer on your head. Some songs had slightly flabby bass, but I hear that gets solved with amplification. They do not need amplification however, they are efficient enough to run off an ipod. They aren't the most portable headphones, though.

 

They leak quite a bit of sound for closed headphones and they don't clamp hard making them extremely comfortable. They won't fly off your head or anything but they are definitely intended for home use, not on the move use. They will benefit from a good amp, however. I ultimately returned them because I didn't like the sound signature for what kind of music I like, but they would definitely work well for dubstep and rap. I loved rap on them, everything sounded very clear and the bass was great.

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Is that normal for an open box item to be in great condition from them?

 

And I'll look up the reviews for the D2000, but if you could sum up what makes it worth the extra $40 and risk of being damaged rather than going for the new m50's it would be appreciated.

 



 


Edited by shorke - 3/27/12 at 12:53am
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how comfortable are the ATH-AD900s compared to the AD700s, for a person with a small head? i tried the AD700s and while they feel really nice, they're just too massive for my head.

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