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Funny cause I use my SRH440 when Im working out , everyone looks at me like im some mad man :) yeah a mad man with good sound cant stand in ears sorry :p

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Hi,

My budget is $1000, and I was thinking of either getting UM Miracle or HE-500 + amp. I listen to all sorts of genres, but mostly rock, alternative rock, rock-pop and jrock/jpop (think Mylo Xyloto). I also listen to soundtracks and orchestral. I prefer balanced headphones with good bass impact and treble sparkle. I find soundstaging and imaging comes second after sound signature. Currently my IEM's are TF10's, they sound great but the soundstage is a bit cramped compared to headphones plus the midrange is getting to me. Any recommendations? Should I get the UM Miracle or HE-500? Sound quality is my main concern because on the go I can still use my TF10's, although it would be nice to have something good and portable.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The CAL! is.  However, it is lightly built and will not stand up to punishment. 

 

In addition I don't get wearing over the ear or even on the ear headphones for jogging and similar physical activity.  Falling off your head; over heating your head and ears while working out; and getting sweat all over the inside of them and the headband moves me far away from such a use.

 



The CAL!'s are natural/balanced sounding as the HM5's? I've read that it's bassy? If what you say is true and it is clear/natural/balanced sounding like the HM5 then I might as well just get the CAL!

 

As for the jogging part, it would be a nice change to have something else on my ears rather than the shrilling Ipod earbuds. They get rather uncomfortable after a while, or my ears just don't like having things in my them for as long.



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Originally Posted by Zulkr9 View Post

Funny cause I use my SRH440 when Im working out , everyone looks at me like im some mad man :) yeah a mad man with good sound cant stand in ears sorry :p

Haha good point, plus good sound can be even more motivating. :)
 

 

post #13564 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The CAL! is.  However, it is lightly built and will not stand up to punishment. 

 

In addition I don't get wearing over the ear or even on the ear headphones for jogging and similar physical activity.  Falling off your head; over heating your head and ears while working out; and getting sweat all over the inside of them and the headband moves me far away from such a use.

 



The CAL!'s are natural/balanced sounding as the HM5's? I've read that it's bassy? If what you say is true and it is clear/natural/balanced sounding like the HM5 then I might as well just get the CAL!

 

As for the jogging part, it would be a nice change to have something else on my ears rather than the shrilling Ipod earbuds. They get rather uncomfortable after a while, or my ears just don't like having things in my them for as long.



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Originally Posted by Zulkr9 View Post

Funny cause I use my SRH440 when Im working out , everyone looks at me like im some mad man :) yeah a mad man with good sound cant stand in ears sorry :p

Haha good point, plus good sound can be even more motivating. :)
 

 


You're right, the CAL are less neutral than the HM5. If you sweat while jogging, though, it might not be a good idea to be wearing over-ears at all, as it might damage the pads at the very least.

 

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The CAL!'s are natural/balanced sounding as the HM5's? I've read that it's bassy? If what you say is true and it is clear/natural/balanced sounding like the HM5 then I might as well just get the CAL!

 

As for the jogging part, it would be a nice change to have something else on my ears rather than the shrilling Ipod earbuds. They get rather uncomfortable after a while, or my ears just don't like having things in my them for as long.

Haha good point, plus good sound can be even more motivating. :)
 

 


Remember that the CAL! is a sub $100 can (was $54 when I bought one late last year) and the HM 5 is at least $120 or so .  That's quite a spread.  There just aren't many under $100 cans that provide a reasonably full, clear and accurate sound across most of the audible frequency range.  The CAL! does that quite well and in a fun and natural way.

 

Tyll Hertsens (now) at Inner Fidelity put it like this:

 

"The Creative Aurvana Live! sounds great! Overall these cans have a warm tilt with a bit of excitement up top. The bass extension is very good, though could be a little bit tighter sounding. The bass is tastefully accentuated, but not bloated or wooly in the least. The mids connect very naturally to the low notes and would call them excellent but for being slightly overshadowed by the happy highs. The treble, though a tad prominent is very well controlled and articulate, and only slightly edgy on occasion.

 

Treble clarity and coherence does deliver a good sense of depth with these headphones, and the imaging is good as well. The dynamics are good but not great, missing out on the last bit of needed tightness in the lows to achieve that status.

 

When compared to the similarly priced and also excellent Sony MDR-ZX700, I found the Sony to have a stronger and more organically balanced mid-range; possibly superior for vocals. But the Sony's bass was not as satisfactory as the CAL!. I slightly prefered the CAL! to the Shure SRH440 and Audio Technica ATH-M50 due to the less aggressive highs.

 

All-in-all the sonic performance of these headphones is simply outstanding for the price, and would still be a contender at five times the price."

 

Link:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

 

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Originally Posted by 50an6xy06r6n View Post


You're right, the CAL are less neutral than the HM5. If you sweat while jogging, though, it might not be a good idea to be wearing over-ears at all, as it might damage the pads at the very least.

 


I see your point. I'd probably just use it more for walks in and around the university and park.

 



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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Remember that the CAL! is a sub $100 can (was $54 when I bought one late last year) and the HM 5 is at least $120 or so .  That's quite a spread.  There just aren't many under $100 cans that provide a reasonably full, clear and accurate sound across most of the audible frequency range.  The CAL! does that quite well and in a fun and natural way.

 

Tyll Hertsens (now) at Inner Fidelity put it like this:

 

"The Creative Aurvana Live! sounds great! Overall these cans have a warm tilt with a bit of excitement up top. The bass extension is very good, though could be a little bit tighter sounding. The bass is tastefully accentuated, but not bloated or wooly in the least. The mids connect very naturally to the low notes and would call them excellent but for being slightly overshadowed by the happy highs. The treble, though a tad prominent is very well controlled and articulate, and only slightly edgy on occasion.

 

Treble clarity and coherence does deliver a good sense of depth with these headphones, and the imaging is good as well. The dynamics are good but not great, missing out on the last bit of needed tightness in the lows to achieve that status.

 

When compared to the similarly priced and also excellent Sony MDR-ZX700, I found the Sony to have a stronger and more organically balanced mid-range; possibly superior for vocals. But the Sony's bass was not as satisfactory as the CAL!. I slightly prefered the CAL! to the Shure SRH440 and Audio Technica ATH-M50 due to the less aggressive highs.

 

All-in-all the sonic performance of these headphones is simply outstanding for the price, and would still be a contender at five times the price."

 

Link:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

 


It seems just when I'm close to making up my mind, something gets in the way. 70% of the music I listen to are vocal-oriented (Blues, Sufi music, Soul, etc) - don't know if I should still go for the CAL! or start looking at the Sony MDR-ZX700. Do mids even matter that much in the genre's I listed (I'm new to this whole thing so please excuse my lack of knowledge)?

The CAL!'s are $73 on Amazon right now, I don't know if I can justify spending that if it won't suit the type of music I generally listen to.

 

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I see your point. I'd probably just use it more for walks in and around the university and park.

 


It seems just when I'm close to making up my mind, something gets in the way. 70% of the music I listen to are vocal-oriented (Blues, Sufi music, Soul, etc) - don't know if I should still go for the CAL! or start looking at the Sony MDR-ZX700. Do mids even matter that much in the genre's I listed (I'm new to this whole thing so please excuse my lack of knowledge)?

The CAL!'s are $73 on Amazon right now, I don't know if I can justify spending that if it won't suit the type of music I generally listen to.

 

 

When last I checked the the Sony (best price new) was $10 more than the CAL! is now.  What I can tell you is that I listen to what you do and the CAL! is my go to phone when on the go listening to music through my iphone--with no amp added.  It sound great within the limitation of the music files and what the iphone 4 can do with it.

 

Remember that the CAL! is a slightly improved version of well regarded Denon D1001(which the link I posted earlier points out).

 

Perhaps more important--the CAL! is now $54.99 at Amazon.
 

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

When last I checked the the Sony (best price new) was $10 more than the CAL! is now.  What I can tell you is that I listen to what you do and the CAL! is my go to phone when on the go listening to music through my iphone--with no amp added.  It sound great within the limitation of the music files and what the iphone 4 can do with it.

 

Remember that the CAL! is a slightly improved version of well regarded Denon D1001(which the link I posted earlier points out).

 

Perhaps more important--the CAL! is now $54.99 at Amazon.
 

 

Ah thanks for the heads up, the price drop does make it even more tempting!!

By the way, have you bought headphones from Amazon before and would you happen to know if I'll be able to return them for a full refund, if I don't like the CAL!'s? Just to be on the safe side.
 

 

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I've never returned headphones to Amazon--only other products.  With regard to those, as long as they were returned in a timely and proper manner, neither my wife nor I have had any problem.

post #13570 of 29490
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Originally Posted by azurite View Post

Ah thanks for the heads up, the price drop does make it even more tempting!!

By the way, have you bought headphones from Amazon before and would you happen to know if I'll be able to return them for a full refund, if I don't like the CAL!'s? Just to be on the safe side.
 

 



I've never had an issue with returns to amazon. I wouldn't be too worried but might want to just read over their policy to be on the safe side :)

post #13571 of 29490

hey what headphones in sennheiser (over ear or on ear) would be good sounding in metal in dubstep? how about shure srh440 do they sound good in both genre? i will use it with fiio E11. still can't decide what headphones will buy. thanks

 

(budget:$100)


Edited by Mironov - 4/1/12 at 9:35am
post #13572 of 29490
Budget: CAD $150

Genre: Mostly trance, house, techno, hardstyle, dubstep, mostly bass heavy genres. But also rock and ambient.

Sound signature: I like bass, but not XB700 style. I also like a little bit of a bright/air-y sound. Neutral/flat are okay too.

Usage: Mostly home, but portable would be a plus. Music 80% of the time and games 20%.

Open/Closed: Leaning towards closed, but open if they have decent bass.

Amp'd: PAV2V2

Previous Cans: SR125, ATH-ES7, current pair Equation Audio RP21s.

I've looked at the ATH-M50s, and ATH-AD900s.
post #13573 of 29490

Okay, which is the better amp..... Fiio E7 or Fiio E11?

post #13574 of 29490

I'm looking for something under $250 (used off Amazon) with good comfort/sound. I would also like some portability, but that is not a necessity. I listen to a little of everything, but I like my bass to be felt. I also like vocals to be up front. I don't like when the sound is distant, so more in your face, I guess. I would prefer them to be closed back, but if open would be a better option, then sure. I have no amp, nor do I really want one, so low impedance so I can play music from my phone; but I do have a karaoke machine (haha) that can power speakers bigger than my big head with a 1/4" headphone jack on it, and I'd like to see what it can do. 

post #13575 of 29490
I'm looking for a mid-high end pair of headphones (upper spending limit around $500-$600 I'd say, I don't mind buying used/refurbished) for general use. I'm afraid of having speakers in a college dorm, especially monitors because I tend to listen a bit loud and I don't need RAs yelling at me to turn it down.

That said, these headphones will need to be extremely comfortable for long term use, and for someone who wears glasses. Beyond that, they need to be able to handle gaming as well which means soundstage and imaging have to at least be okay--preferably, the headphones should be fast as well. Other than that, I will be powering audio through iBasso D7, and I prefer a neutral to bright tonality. Right now I use the Shure SRH840 at home, but they do get uncomfortable after a few hours (heavy, and hurt my ears where my glasses are).

In terms of music I listen to almost everything. Acoustic, alternative, trance, dubstep, rock, piano/jazz (not really classical, though) and some slightly orchestral music (think doujin groups from Japan/touhou).

Any ideas? I'm looking at the Audio Technica ATH-W1000X, but how are they in terms of comfort? If I purchase something like this, I'll need a separate amp as well, yes?
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