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Hi, I'm fairly new when it comes to headsetsNeed help finding headset for around 350dollars.

I consider the Audio Technica ATH-M50?

My application:

- PC (Spotify) (Flac)
- Listening to all kind of music

I am considering DAC or a new sound card as well, if I have money left.
 
 
 

 

 

 

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Hiya,

 

I'm considering getting an over ear headphone, and am looking for some suggestions.

 

I currently have a pair of shure 535s which I'm happy with (I picked these over westone 4s because I prefer the warmer sound), and listen to oldies/ modern instrumental/country. I don't like metal etc, nor anything which has excessive bass because it tends to give me a headache after a while. 

 

The reason I'm looking for headphones is because wearing the shures for a long period of time gets a bit uncomfortable as it's pressing on this spot in my ear, and also because the sound isolation is good to the point where I can't hear the phone ring etc. I plan to use the headphones exclusively at home, and would prefer open headphones so I can hear stuff happening.

 

I have a xonar DX soundcard, and would prefer not to get an amp unless it's really necessary (no idea how hard headphones are to drive). 

 

Thanks for any help!

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Originally Posted by SindreE View Post

 

Hi, I'm fairly new when it comes to headsetsNeed help finding headset for around 350dollars.

I consider the Audio Technica ATH-M50?

My application:

- PC (Spotify) (Flac)
- Listening to all kind of music

I am considering DAC or a new sound card as well, if I have money left.
 


Are you looking for something to use while you're out and about, or just sitting at your desk? Also, what kind of sound are you looking for (i.e. warm, bassy, analytical, etc)?

 



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Originally Posted by nwsk View Post

Hiya,

 

I'm considering getting an over ear headphone, and am looking for some suggestions.

 

I currently have a pair of shure 535s which I'm happy with (I picked these over westone 4s because I prefer the warmer sound), and listen to oldies/ modern instrumental/country. I don't like metal etc, nor anything which has excessive bass because it tends to give me a headache after a while. 

 

The reason I'm looking for headphones is because wearing the shures for a long period of time gets a bit uncomfortable as it's pressing on this spot in my ear, and also because the sound isolation is good to the point where I can't hear the phone ring etc. I plan to use the headphones exclusively at home, and would prefer open headphones so I can hear stuff happening.

 

I have a xonar DX soundcard, and would prefer not to get an amp unless it's really necessary (no idea how hard headphones are to drive). 

 

Thanks for any help!


As far as warm goes, look into the Sennheiser HD598 or HD600/650 (though the last to may need amps). Also, did you have a price range in mind?

 

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Are you looking for something to use while you're out and about, or just sitting at your desk? Also, what kind of sound are you looking for (i.e. warm, bassy, analytical, etc)?

 

Just sitting at my desk. Have a desktop PC. I do not know ... i think warm or bassy
 

 



 

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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


Are you looking for something to use while you're out and about, or just sitting at your desk? Also, what kind of sound are you looking for (i.e. warm, bassy, analytical, etc)?

 


As far as warm goes, look into the Sennheiser HD598 or HD600/650 (though the last to may need amps). Also, did you have a price range in mind?

 


Somewhat flexible on the price range I guess since I'm not too sure what the sound quality for various price ranges is like; I don't want to exceed the sound quality of my IEMs by much though, or I'll feel sad when using them on travel and stuff :p

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Just sitting at my desk. Have a desktop PC. I do not know ... i think warm or bassy

 



Denon D2000 tied to a tube or hybrid amp/dac.  I think you would like the Hi-Fi Man EF2A Tube USB DAC Headphone Amp.  In the US you can do all that for under $400.

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What's the going street price for a Stax basic system (SR-207 or SR-202 with basic amplifier)? I'm looking to get my first set of Stax earpseakers, but I would like to know what a fair price to pay would be. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


Are you looking for something to use while you're out and about, or just sitting at your desk? Also, what kind of sound are you looking for (i.e. warm, bassy, analytical, etc)?

 


As far as warm goes, look into the Sennheiser HD598 or HD600/650 (though the last to may need amps). Also, did you have a price range in mind?

 


Somewhat flexible on the price range I guess since I'm not too sure what the sound quality for various price ranges is like; I don't want to exceed the sound quality of my IEMs by much though, or I'll feel sad when using them on travel and stuff :p


Well, so which would be your primary headphone? I can easily see you being disappointed with the home setup if the Shures sound better, and you'll probably notice more since there's not as much ambient noise. Regardless, look into the ones I mentioned, and also into some budget desktop amps, since most open headphones in this range will probably like some kind of amp anyway.

 

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Somewhat flexible on the price range I guess since I'm not too sure what the sound quality for various price ranges is like; I don't want to exceed the sound quality of my IEMs by much though, or I'll feel sad when using them on travel and stuff :p


Exceeding the sound of your IEM's is good trouble.  In addition to the Senn HD 598 already mentioned, other good mid-fi cans include the AKG Q 701 (great clarity and sound stage), Beyer DT 880 Pro (good all around semi-open can) and Denon AH-D2000 (closed can with strong bass and sub-bass).  The studio oriented and closed Shure SRH 940 is also very good.

 

Your step up options, in addition to the Senn HD 600 & 650, include the closed Denon AH-D5000 & D7000--both have excellent bass but are also warm and very musical.

 

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Well, so which would be your primary headphone? I can easily see you being disappointed with the home setup if the Shures sound better, and you'll probably notice more since there's not as much ambient noise. Regardless, look into the ones I mentioned, and also into some budget desktop amps, since most open headphones in this range will probably like some kind of amp anyway.

 


I would say time spent would be 50/50, since I won't be home all that much. I thought headphones would be able to get better quality sound for a lower price compared to IEMs, since there isn't as much of a size constraint - am I wrong there? My room's pretty quiet generally, so the ambient noise shouldn't be too much of a problem I think, but thanks for the suggestions :)

 

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A number of you folks with just a general idea of what you're looking for would be well served by spending some time looking at these buying guides, followed by some due diligence on your own concerning the cans from the lists that you find to be of interest.  Once you do that, you will receive better answers when you're ready to post your question.

 

Start here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

 

and here:

 

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


Edited by KG Jag - 3/29/12 at 1:43am
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Aside from Stax and other electrostatics, what dynamic headphones achieves the closest alternative in terms of offering sheer transparency, clarity, transient speed, and "airiness" that are the usual hallmarks of electrostatics? I've heard that some models of the Ultrasones offer some amazing clarity and detail, at the expense of sounding too harsh or bright to some people. I don't really mind a bright sound signature however, as long as the mids are still sweet and prominent, along with a good amount of bass. I've listened to Stax earspeakers before, and they sounded absolutely amazing, but they're a little out of my price range at this point in time. Anything at all even remotely similar in the dynamic headphone realm?

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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.

 




I think I can help,

I have the same equipment as you so its nice to speak to a fellow NJC Audio owner (I thought I was all alone here, it seems most owners keep quiet as its like the best kept secret in the audio world, shhhh!), I also use the NJC Monitor II amp with their 24bit DAC, amazing equipment, as somebody else on another forum once said, its British engineering & hifi at its very best, fact I was so pleased with them I wrote a review on this forum some time ago, although on second thoughts probably not the best place as its mainly more mainstream stuff here.

Since buying them I have listened to a lot of headphones on this amp & dac from AKG, Beyer, HifiMAN, Fostex & Sennheiser (including the HD650), if you loved the 595's then the 650's might be more up your alley, they are much nicer than the 595's, they might not have the instant wow of the Beyers but you may find you can listen for longer, although I dont actually have any problems with any of the beyers, but hey everyones different & no headphone is perfect.

The HD650's are darker headphones but nowhere near as bad as people make them out to be, I think the 650's sound absolutely sublime on this amp & dac, ive had the usual headphone amps that are talked of so much on here but havent heard anything better than what I have now.

Id say go for it mate, the 650's are a great headphone & all the bad comments about them being veiled, lacking detail, bass heavy, boomy, dark, syrupy, is greatly exaggerated, that may have been the case with the older model or if you plug them into a piece of crap but I can listen to them for hours on end no probs.

One thing about the 650's though is they do have a strong clamping pressure, not painfully strong but more than with the Beyers, thats the only fatigue you might experience, but its not a major issue but thought id bring it up.

If I were you I wouldnt sell your Beyers, they will compliment the 650's nicely, keep them both for a while & see how you go, if like me you will soon find yourself using both pairs (I dont part with any), they both offer completely different sounds, use the 650's for long sessions or for long albums & the beyers for those albums that they are more suited to, I like to play classical with mine as the brighter sound helps with string & wind instruments, although the 650 are definately not the underdog, just different.
 

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Hi guys, not strictly a question regarding headphones, but I didn't want to start a new thread unnecessarily. I've recently purchased the Denon D7000's & am now looking for a portable amp/dac  to use with my laptop.

 

I'll appreciate any feedback as I have no past experience with portables & have only got reviews to go off, the one I have been considering is the Headamp Pico amp/dac, anyone know of any better portable amps priced under $1,000?

 

Edit: It would be a brilliant if the portable could also drive a hifiman he-5le, not a priority but if anyone knows of any please let me know. Thanks.


Edited by Zapp Brannigan - 3/29/12 at 4:02am
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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


Not enough bass, probably. The TF10s are bass-heavy, and many find the K701 to be bass-light. Perhaps look into the Denon D2000s?

 


Fair enough, though i think we need him to specify open or closed, since he mentioned iPod use, and all the cans he mention are closed.

 



I would recommend Closed. But if one open headphones are AMAZING. Then I will go with open. Closed preferred. But I want a sound stage bad.

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