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post #13426 of 29490
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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


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

 

 


 

Good for price? Any better headphones you recommend in similar price range?

 

Is the steel construction strong enough because it looks flimsy?

post #13427 of 29490


Vmoda M80s or Crossfade LP2? Spec and sound quality wise

 

 

post #13428 of 29490

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Originally Posted by metal112524 View Post

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.

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Originally Posted by Bag3l View Post


+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. 

 


Is there a full size equivalent to either in the same price range? I guess my question should be what Full size pair can I get that is as good as the hd25/m80 for $200. Will I regret getting the creative aurvana instead? My concern is that over ear and on ear phones dont "sound" the same, I like that my ears are enveloped in the earphone and dont want sound leaking out. If the hd25/m80 don't leak then I will get them if their is no other alternative. 

 

post #13429 of 29490

I've got some Alessandro MS1s right now, and I'm looking for an upgrade.

 

What I want:

  • Closed, with good isolation
  • Good bass, lots of it (or at least a good amount, more than my MS1s), but no mid muddiness/bloated bass like one gets from Beats by Dre.
  • Comfortable, I'm going to be wearing these for long periods of time (6+ hours).
  • A decent soundstage
  • Around $200-$300 CAD

 

I like the sound of my MS1s, but I wish they were clearer, had more bass, and a better soundstage. They'd be perfect for me with those things I think. They also don't like to stay on my ears while commuting, and tend to get uncomfortable after a while.

I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but about 70% of my library is either rock or metal (which is why I got the MS1s in the first place), the rest being maybe 20% electronica and 10% misc other genres.

 

My home source is an Asus Xonar DG, portable will be a 2nd gen iPod Touch -> FiiO L9 -> FiiO E11. Depending on how the DG's onboard amp responds to the cans I might skip it and use the E11 instead.

 

Right now I'm considering the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro-80's, Denon D2000s (if I can scrounge up the extra money), and Audio Technica ATH M50s.

post #13430 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


If you want to go for the best value, I'd say it is the MS-1, which (although based on the SR80) is often compared to the 125 & 225.  However, if you want undiminished Grado brightness--go with the SR80 for the most bang for the buck.

 

The 325 gives you much deeper bass, significantly greater clarity and superior build quality.  It is however very bright--even by Grado standards.  A significant sized group of Gradophiles even find it to be harsh.  I like the 325, but also see the point of the critics.  The 325 also costs more than 3 x the price of the 80.

 

The middle ground that virtually every Grado family fan likes--and is at a relatively affordable price--is the 225.

 


Hi ordered the Grado's SR 225i :) they should arrive by the end of the week... let's wait and hear.

 

Cheers

 

post #13431 of 29490

I don't know if anyone saw my thread earlier, but I let it die since I was asking for headphone advice before I saw this thread (apologies for that, by the way)

My puppy recently went rampant and stripped my sound card and broke my Sennheiser 555's.

What would be a good upgrade from those, in the 400-500ish range for headphones + an amp maybe? (i didn't even know those existed until recently, I just used a sound card) and whatever else I might need?

Some people were saying the sennheiser 650s are best in that range, but I figured I might as well get you guys' opinion before I succumb to some fanboys or something :p

I don't care if it's sennheiser or not, I just really want some great headphones that will be used every single day from playing piano on to listening to music at 5+ hours at a time at minimum. I listen to all kinds of music, classical, hardcore, hipster indie whatever you call it, electro, etc, but not too big into metal but obviously something at least A LITTLE bassy would be best.

tl;dr

puppy destroys home / my wallet (figuratively)

need best headphone setup for 500$ including sound card (if i need one), amp (if i need one) and whatever else since i have no idea what i'm talking about.

thanks guys!

post #13432 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Fortunex View Post
Right now I'm considering the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro-80's, Denon D2000s (if I can scrounge up the extra money), and Audio Technica ATH M50s.


Go with either the Beyer or Denon.

 

post #13433 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post

Hi everyone, new to Head-fi, though I have been reading the various threads around the forums for a bit now (give or take a month).

 

I currently have the following sets (either bought, gotten from friends, or even picked up from the trash (!!!)):

 

Audio technica CKM55

Hifiman Re0

Audio technica ATH-SJ55

Audio technica ATH-A700X

 

And of course, the standard iPod/airplane ear buds.

 

I'm interested in purchasing a new pair of full-sized headphones; here is some information that should help with the decision making process:
 

 

Anyone have any suggestions? I have a few in mind (AKG K550, DT770 Pros 80 Ohm), but still am not sure what is best.

 

 

 


Try Brainwavz HM5. $140, so you could get a DAC/amp and still be within your budget.

 

 

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Originally Posted by azurite View Post

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.

 

Same advice, just without the DAC/amp

 


Edited by AR Cascade - 3/27/12 at 12:39pm
post #13434 of 29490
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Originally Posted by TGTBATQ View Post

I don't know if anyone saw my thread earlier, but I let it die since I was asking for headphone advice before I saw this thread (apologies for that, by the way)

My puppy recently went rampant and stripped my sound card and broke my Sennheiser 555's.

What would be a good upgrade from those, in the 400-500ish range for headphones + an amp maybe? (i didn't even know those existed until recently, I just used a sound card) and whatever else I might need?

Some people were saying the sennheiser 650s are best in that range, but I figured I might as well get you guys' opinion before I succumb to some fanboys or something :p

I don't care if it's sennheiser or not, I just really want some great headphones that will be used every single day from playing piano on to listening to music at 5+ hours at a time at minimum. I listen to all kinds of music, classical, hardcore, hipster indie whatever you call it, electro, etc, but not too big into metal but obviously something at least A LITTLE bassy would be best.

tl;dr

puppy destroys home / my wallet (figuratively)

need best headphone setup for 500$ including sound card (if i need one), amp (if i need one) and whatever else since i have no idea what i'm talking about.

thanks guys!


If you could spend you entire budget on headphones, I would recommend an open box Denon AH-D7000.

 

However, it sounds like you need amp/dac plus headphones for $500.  You can get a decent entry level amp/dac for under $200.  Take a look at the Topping TP30 Class T Digital Mini Amplifier with USB-DAC 15 WPC, FiiO E9 and E7 Bundle Desktop and Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB DAC and HiFiMan EF2A (which I have) paired with an open box Denon AH-D5000 or Senn HD 600 (both at or a bit beyond your budget limit)--or Denon AH-D2000, Senn HD 598 or Shure SRH940.

 

Warning: the Senn HD 600 requires more power than the other headphones mentioned.

 

Caveat: I listen to the vast majority of my music on vinyl and CD.  So you will want additional input from those who primarily listen to downloadable files--especially through a computer.


Edited by KG Jag - 3/27/12 at 12:27pm
post #13435 of 29490
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Originally Posted by aaaaaahh View Post


Vmoda M80s or Crossfade LP2? Spec and sound quality wise

 

 



Stay away from LP2s, I haven't tried the M-80s but I heard they were completely different.

post #13436 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


If you could spend you entire budget on headphones, I would recommend an open box Denon AH-D7000.

 

However, it sounds like you need amp/dac plus headphones for $500.  You can get a decent entry level amp/dac for under $200.  Take a look at the Topping TP30 Class T Digital Mini Amplifier with USB-DAC 15 WPC, FiiO E9 and E7 Bundle Desktop and Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB DAC and HiFiMan EF2A (which I have) paired with an open box Denon AH-D5000 or Senn HD 600 (both at or a bit beyond your budget limit)--or Denon AH-D2000, Senn HD 598 or Shure SRH940.

 

Warning: the Senn HD 600 requires more power than the other headphones mentioned.

 

Caveat: I listen to the vast majority of my music on vinyl and CD.  So you will want additional input from those who primarily listen to downloadable files--especially through a computer.



Is there any way you could link me to some of the products you're listing? I can't tell if some of them are separate or if they're all one product, i'm sorry i'm pretty illiterate at this stuff, computer building is my forté :p

Also, between the Senn 600's and the Denon AH-D5000's, which would you choose and why?

post #13437 of 29490
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Originally Posted by TGTBATQ View Post

I don't know if anyone saw my thread earlier, but I let it die since I was asking for headphone advice before I saw this thread (apologies for that, by the way)

My puppy recently went rampant and stripped my sound card and broke my Sennheiser 555's.

What would be a good upgrade from those, in the 400-500ish range for headphones + an amp maybe? (i didn't even know those existed until recently, I just used a sound card) and whatever else I might need?

Some people were saying the sennheiser 650s are best in that range, but I figured I might as well get you guys' opinion before I succumb to some fanboys or something :p

I don't care if it's sennheiser or not, I just really want some great headphones that will be used every single day from playing piano on to listening to music at 5+ hours at a time at minimum. I listen to all kinds of music, classical, hardcore, hipster indie whatever you call it, electro, etc, but not too big into metal but obviously something at least A LITTLE bassy would be best.

tl;dr

puppy destroys home / my wallet (figuratively)

need best headphone setup for 500$ including sound card (if i need one), amp (if i need one) and whatever else since i have no idea what i'm talking about.

thanks guys!

 

 

You're pretty safe by going for HD650's. They are the best choice in that price range, because they're the most versatile, they do everything well.
 

 

post #13438 of 29490
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Originally Posted by derbigpr View Post

 

 

You're pretty safe by going for HD650's. They are the best choice in that price range, because they're the most versatile, they do everything well.
 

 



What exactly is the huge difference between 600's and 650s? aside from what looks like $200 ><

post #13439 of 29490

Hey guys,

 

Currently own a decent setup, but I am thinking of switching it up a bit. I currently run a NJC audio amp and DAC (Hand built in the UK, extremely neutral, do not colour the sound one bit and relatively cheap for the sheer build quality of them. check them out by googling NJC Audio uk).

 

Because of the price difference between DT880s and 650s, I decided to go with the 880s. I've been using them for a couple of months now, and whilst they've been awesome... I don't know. I kind of feel like they're too 'forward' and 'bright'. They're good for short sessions, but prolonged listening? (like I do). I don't think they're all that suited to it. It's kind of like they tire my ears out after a while, or I get sick of their overly forward presentation. Not sure how to describe it. I've heard the HD650s/600s may be more up my alley. The type of headphone you can really 'lose yourself' in.

 

Then there's the 650s/600s debate. I heard the 650s are darker and more bass heavy, whilst the 600s are more neutral. What do you guys reckon I should go for? Any personal opinions/experiences that can help would be appreciated!

For comparison, before this setup I owned a HD595 (still do) plugged into the PC audio jack. I loved it for years. because of this, I may be attuned to the 'sennheiser' sound.

 

I think I'm definitely leaning more HD650s, as 600s sound more like the DT880s I already have. Seems like the 880 is my 'analytical' phone, and I could do with one for just general listening.

 

post #13440 of 29490

First time poster,

 

I am currently looking into buying a better headphone. I am currently upgrading from an Icemat Siberia (got it back when they were considered amazing for gaming) but after reading around, I hear gaming headsets suck and I should grab a quality headset with a seperate mic. I thought the icemat's sound was amazing when I got it but apparently the sounds can get MUCH better so I'm curious to find out!

 

The Icemat Siberia were insanely comfortable but after 3hours or so, the surface of my ear would turn red.

I also had a turtle beach x31 wireless headset which was a terrible experience for me. the overhead-band pressed against my skull and it was insanely painful to wear for more than 5minutes. Wireless signal was always being disturbed. (Please note I am looking for a headphones for PC only, I only mentioned the turtle beach because perhaps there is a specific 'style' which is very unconfortable for my head)

 

I was looking at the Astro A40 headsets but the shipping costed half the price of the headset itself (I'm located in Canada) so that idea's out the window.

 

I have taken a look at a couple of headsets such as the ATH-M50 but apparently the soundstage is so great that the games will sound too fake/precise (not sure where I read that)

 

I'm looking for an all-in solution which will cost me less than $350 CAD.

I am completely new at this so I will be reading up online after work, but what are amps for? Will I need a sound card?

 

 


Edited by nostic - 3/27/12 at 2:28pm
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