Head-Fi.org › Forums › Help and Getting Started › Introductions, Help and Recommendations › ++ FULL-SIZE HEADPHONE RECOMMENDATIONS THREAD++ CLOSED: Please post a thread in the Introductions, Help and Advice forum
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

++ FULL-SIZE HEADPHONE RECOMMENDATIONS THREAD++ CLOSED: Please post a thread in the... - Page 10  

post #136 of 29491

Well at 240 USD the Fostex T50rps are know to have some of the most natural sounding vocals/instrumentations ever in that price range due to it's electrostatic drivers and are definitely audiophille quality. I reckon they are better than the HD595s. But make sure you get the T50rps not the T50. The old T50 have no bass at all...
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by heymian View Post

I've been in the market for a decent set of headphones for a few months now.  I've done a great deal of research reading through articles and reviews online.  What's so surprising is the sheer amount of manufacturers and models that exist today.  It's a rather daunting task trying to find exactly what you want.  And as with all headphone purchases, unless you try before you buy, you are taking a shot in the dark.  I've found this out the hard way and it has cost me.  This is really my biggest concern, the closest store that has demo models available is over 100 miles away, not including the trip back.

 

So with that possibility out of the question, I've decided to take that "shot in the dark", but not without a little confidence first.  I was hoping some fellow audiophiles could point me in the right direction with my next purchase.

 

- The most amount of money I'd like to spend is $200.00 USD but if there's some compelling reason why I should spend more, I might go a little over.  Now I know this is going to be a point of debate.  Some will say "You won't find audiophile grade cans for $200".  And I can agree with that, to an extent.  But notice I said decent set of headphones, I'm not looking for the best of the best or even close.

 

- Open-air headphones are a must.  I will be using these in the privacy of my own home so there is no concern about bothering people on an airplane or on a bus.  I'm fully aware of the sonic differences between closed and open, and from what I've gathered, open is the way to go if you're looking for audio fidelity.

 

- Comfortability is also a factor here, not a huge factor though.  I dislike headphones that clamp on your head like a vise or and/or are rough on the ears but at the same time, I'm willing to endur some discomfort if it's the right price and open-air.

 

The pair I'm looking at right now are these:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD595-Performance-Premiere-Headphones/dp/B0001FTVE0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1293251963&sr=8-1

 

From what I understand, these are an absolute steal at that price.  They're comfortable and open-air.  The only thing that's stoping me from buying these right now is this:  Bass.  I've read several reviews from websites and owners that say these headphones are "lacking in the bass department".  Before I go any further with that, I just want to say that I do plan on running my headphones through an amplifier.  Exactly which amplifier, I do not know but I will come to a decision sooner or later.  The reason why I bring this up is simple, the first thing to go out with underpowered headphones is usually the bass.  And bass is important to me.  I listen to mostly dance and electronic music so I need that deep, rich, warm bass to provide that energy and excitement.  Without it, tracks sound dull and lifeless.  But please don't get me wrong, I am not a basshead.  I don't want the bass drowning out vocals and other frequencies.  I guess you can say I want something that's balanced for highs, mids and lows.  The HD595's seem to do that well, and I'm really hoping the people who complained about the bass weren't driving them properly and/or are giving subjective opinions because I am rather interested in these cans.

 

I'm sorry for the wall of text, treat if how you like it makes no difference to me.  I'm just asking for some suggestions here, anybody got some?

post #137 of 29491


Did you mean T50rp?  I'm not seeing a T50rps model anywhere on google.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by yifu View Post

Well at 240 USD the Fostex T50rps are know to have some of the most natural sounding vocals/instrumentations ever in that price range due to it's electrostatic drivers and are definitely audiophille quality. I reckon they are better than the HD595s. But make sure you get the T50rps not the T50. The old T50 have no bass at all...
 

 

post #138 of 29491

please write about m50

post #139 of 29491

Haha yeah i meant (T50rp)s. They are really great!
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by heymian View Post


Did you mean T50rp?  I'm not seeing a T50rps model anywhere on google.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by yifu View Post

Well at 240 USD the Fostex T50rps are know to have some of the most natural sounding vocals/instrumentations ever in that price range due to it's electrostatic drivers and are definitely audiophille quality. I reckon they are better than the HD595s. But make sure you get the T50rps not the T50. The old T50 have no bass at all...
 

 

post #140 of 29491

please write about audio-technica ath-m50

post #141 of 29491

Sure. The M50s have a U shaped sound, slightly bloated bass, recessed midrange, maybe just a bit sharpish treble that you might not be used to if coming from lower end phones since low end phones have zero treble at all. It is definitely not neutral at all, but has a very fun sound. Vocals may sound just a bit hollowed out or metallic as some like to call it. I would say they are all rounders but the best for bass heavy music, not very proficient with classical music (lacks the soundstage of a open can) but then again classical music is very hard to get right. The M50s are a very good purchase at around 115 that it is selling now ad directly compete with other dynamic headphones in the 100-200 price range. However, if i heard the fostex t50s first, not otherwise, i would have gotten them instead.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by 65dos View Post

please write about audio-technica ath-m50

post #142 of 29491

If you dont like the sound at first try burning them in for at least 2 days. Trust me. Burn in works. And try to look for some amps to complement them. They sound great unamped (better than others) but a budget E5 would make it shine, that is, until headfi forces u to upgrade.

post #143 of 29491

better if their hd 280

post #144 of 29491


To be honest i havent heard the HD280s but have heard most phones in the 5xx series which are a few steps up. The M50 is basically a closed version of the HD555s with a slightly different sound. But most people seem to think that the M50s are vastly superior to the HD280s which are more like DJ phones rather than the "studio monitor" phones that the M50s are. How much is your budget exactly? And any preference like IEMs/ closed cans/ open cans? I can recommend a phone for u to try out. Also if u listen to rock, just rock exclusively, the Grados SR60s are even brighter sounding than the M50s and therefore better for rock. They cost around 70+ USD.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 65dos View Post

better if their hd 280

post #145 of 29491
Quote:
Originally Posted by olor1n View Post

Armaegis, you should be giving advice in this thread, not asking for it. wink.gif

 

Minus the muddy aspect, it sounds like the HD650 matched with the right gear would fit the bill. Looking at your profile I'm not certain you've had experience with an HD650 in a system that has good synergy (not sure if you've formulated an opinion based on your time with just the HD580). My system is quite modest but there have been plenty of wow moments.


Hmm, maybe. The times I heard the 650 were not in the best environments, and not on my amps. I did think the 580 and 600 were quite good. The oval Senns fit oddly on my head though. Maybe if there were some softer pads...?

 

I dunno, it's possible I'm also just incredibly indecisive and like switching headphones every few months. I'm kinda thinking I might just sell my crack/sextetts combo and focus on a more compact set. As much as I like them, they're rather big and I don't sit very often for extended listening sessions.

 



Quote:

Originally Posted by Dapper View Post

 

As the title suggests, I need a little help choosing between the following headphones:

 

  • AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-AD500
  • Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
  • Sennheiser HD 555

 

There is a possibility I may be able to add the AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-A500 but they are currently out of stock and also cost quite a lot more than those mentioned above.


I don't live in the US and there is only one outlet available in my city that stocks quality headphones. What I've listed above is what's available.


If the AD500 is similar to the AD700, it should be a good buy. I'm not a fan of the HD280 personally, although it offers great isolation if you need that.

 

Where are you located? Typically, any music/guitar centers have a decent selection of headphones that you can try. Almost guaranteed they will have a few Audio Technicas, some Beyers, Shures and AKGs.

 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by inarc View Post

Hey everyone,

 

I'm looking to get my first pair of nice headphones, with a budget of $50-$100.  I don't mind buying refurbished/open box items.  I prefer a natural, realistic, detailed sound that isn't too harsh.  I'm thinking an open air headphone might be better, as I will usually listen to these at home in a quiet environment.  I listen to a variety of genres: primarily vocal stuff (like Norah Jones, etc.), jazz, rock, and some hip hop/rap.  Deep or strong bass isn't a necessity to me, and I plan on using an amp in the future.

 

I was looking at the Sennheiser HD 555's, and they seem like nice all-around phones, but I was wondering if anyone here knew of anything that will be better for my money/tastes.

 

Thanks for the help!


The 555 is a solid choice. I also really enjoy the PX100-ii.

post #146 of 29491
Quote:
Originally Posted by yifu View Post

Well at 240 USD the Fostex T50rps are know to have some of the most natural sounding vocals/instrumentations ever in that price range due to it's electrostatic drivers and are definitely audiophille quality. I reckon they are better than the HD595s. But make sure you get the T50rps not the T50. The old T50 have no bass at all...


First of all, the Fostex T50 RP are orthodynamic headphones, not electrostatic. They have somewhat similar characteristics, but should not be confused. While the T50 RP is generally regarded well, be aware that orthos require a lot of power behind them to sound their best. Running off a computer sound card or ipod will barely be able to drive them.

 

If you're interested, the T50 RP is also a popular headphone for modding projects. Take a gander at the giant orthodynamic or Thunderpants threads.

 

Also, they are typically available for less than $100 USD.


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by 65dos View Post

please write about m50


As already mentioned , they have a U-shaped frequency response. Punchy bass, somewhat shrill highs, recessed mids, decent isolation and comfort. Good for modern genres that are bass heavy, not so much for anything that has mids and vocals. Lousy for jazz and classica. Easy to drive, doesn't need an amp (some people say an amp makes a difference, I've tried with several and didn't notice any difference). I am overall not a fan of the sound signature.

 

Easy mod: swap out the pads for some Shure SRH 840 pads for better comfort and isolation.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by 65dos View Post

better if their hd 280


I don't like the M50... but I like it more than the HD280. What the HD280 is fantastic for though is isolation. It has a flat frequency response and is meant for studio work.

post #147 of 29491

LOL sorry i got confused. I forgot planar magnetic=orthodynamic. Also please link me the 100 dollars t50s! I would be really interested to buy them at that price since the last time i checked the T40s were 150 and the T50s were 200+.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by yifu View Post

Well at 240 USD the Fostex T50rps are know to have some of the most natural sounding vocals/instrumentations ever in that price range due to it's electrostatic drivers and are definitely audiophille quality. I reckon they are better than the HD595s. But make sure you get the T50rps not the T50. The old T50 have no bass at all...


First of all, the Fostex T50 RP are orthodynamic headphones, not electrostatic. They have somewhat similar characteristics, but should not be confused. While the T50 RP is generally regarded well, be aware that orthos require a lot of power behind them to sound their best. Running off a computer sound card or ipod will barely be able to drive them.

 

If you're interested, the T50 RP is also a popular headphone for modding projects. Take a gander at the giant orthodynamic or Thunderpants threads.

 

Also, they are typically available for less than $100 USD.


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by 65dos View Post

please write about m50


As already mentioned , they have a U-shaped frequency response. Punchy bass, somewhat shrill highs, recessed mids, decent isolation and comfort. Good for modern genres that are bass heavy, not so much for anything that has mids and vocals. Lousy for jazz and classica. Easy to drive, doesn't need an amp (some people say an amp makes a difference, I've tried with several and didn't notice any difference). I am overall not a fan of the sound signature.

 

Easy mod: swap out the pads for some Shure SRH 840 pads for better comfort and isolation.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by 65dos View Post

better if their hd 280


I don't like the M50... but I like it more than the HD280. What the HD280 is fantastic for though is isolation. It has a flat frequency response and is meant for studio work.

post #148 of 29491

The only 2 shops i saw they were 200+

http://www.velvetsystems.com/Fostex.T50.RP.Headphones.cfm

and ebay

post #149 of 29491

Well I listen to rock, post-punk, shoegaze, grunge, classic rock and jazz, blues, classical music.
I listen only to your PC, without an amplifier and sound card.
I have $ 150-170

post #150 of 29491


For rock the grados sr80i is better since it has "better" treble.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 65dos View Post

Well I listen to rock, post-punk, shoegaze, grunge, classic rock and jazz, blues, classical music.
I listen only to your PC, without an amplifier and sound card.
I have $ 150-170

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
This thread is locked  
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Help and Getting Started › Introductions, Help and Recommendations › ++ FULL-SIZE HEADPHONE RECOMMENDATIONS THREAD++ CLOSED: Please post a thread in the Introductions, Help and Advice forum