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post #13606 of 29490

Hey all, I listen to a wide variety of genres (blues, jazz, funk, R&B, prog rock, post-punk, alt/indie rock, hip-hop, electronic) and am looking for a nice neutral pair of headphones to go with an FiiO E10 DAC/amp as my first audiophile purchase. High-quality source, home-listening situations. Two models I have been looking at are the Brainwavz HM5 and the AKG Q701. With the FiiO E10, do you think that I would experience significantly better performance out of the latter as compared to the former? (The latter is about $100 more expensive.)

post #13607 of 29490
Well. Seeing as my previous post was ignored, and after a day of pretty intensive research I understand why, I guess I'll ask a different and more informed question.

I'm looking for an upgrade to my current Shure SRH840s. I find that they're comfortable, if a bit too heavy, and are good for a wide range of genres, as well as movies and games on account of pretty decent bass (definitely good enough, more than this and I'd dislike it) as well as soundstage. They seem pretty laid back to me, as well. That being said, nothing about them really impresses me.

So I'm looking for an upgrade that will be for general home use. These are basically supposed to be in lieu of any sort of speaker setup, so the phones would need to be extremely comfortable and applicable to a wide range of activities/genres. Basically, nice all-rounders but please no veiled sound and seriously the SRH840s are still too laid back, in my opinion.

My spending limit remains the same at around $500-600, but this would include an amp if the phone being recommended requires it. I currently run audio through my iBasso D7 USB DAC, no amp.

Right now, I'm really not sure of what to get, but I'm leaning towards the AKG K702, but then I'd need an amp and I have no idea what to get. Could I get some help with that as well?

Thanks..
post #13608 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


I know that the Shure SRH 440 is a good can, but I don't know your genres well.  I also don't know much about any current Senn's below the HD 518.  I also have no personal knowledge about your amp.  The 440 is very efficient in any case.

 



Wait I forget to say that i'm gonna use this as a portable headphone. But i've seen reviews that SRH440s are HUGE. Is that true? If yes, is SRH750DJ a good alternative?

post #13609 of 29490
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Oh good grief.  Every review regarding the CAL states it is a warm toned headphone with a bias towards the bass side.  It isn't overwhelming, but anyone who has heard them can tell you that it has good bass extension and impact.  They would work just fine for this guy's purposes.

 

I very much prefer the bass it produces to that of some of the other bass heavy headphones in that thread you mention.  http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

 

I've decided to get the CAL! because these are exactly what i'm looking for and they are not too expensive, thank you very much for the suggestion Kerry56.

post #13610 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Kerry56 View Post



Oh good grief.  Every review regarding the CAL states it is a warm toned headphone with a bias towards the bass side.  It isn't overwhelming, but anyone who has heard them can tell you that it has good bass extension and impact.  They would work just fine for this guy's purposes.

 

I very much prefer the bass it produces to that of some of the other bass heavy headphones in that thread you mention.  http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide



The I guess we're not that far apart.  In any case the poster can and should make his own call.

 

Here's what Tyll said in his review of the CAL!:

 

Sound Quality
Dayum! 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.

 

Link:

 

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

post #13611 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Mironov View Post



Wait I forget to say that i'm gonna use this as a portable headphone. But i've seen reviews that SRH440s are HUGE. Is that true? If yes, is SRH750DJ a good alternative?


No--I would say that the Audio Technica ATH-A900 is huge.  This is, after all, the Full Size Headphones section of the forum.

 

Whether the 440 (which folds up when not in use) is too big for you--is your call.

 

post #13612 of 29490

Hey everyone. I have the Sennheiser HD598 and they sound phenemonal to me although I have been considering investing in a closed headphone as the sound leakage has proved problematic for my lifestyle. As far as the music I listen to, I listen to just about everything (punk, trip hop, soul, metal, folk, indie, funk, psychedelic, alternative, noise, rock, ska, electronica, baroque pop, etc.) so I need an all-arounder but I still don't want something too neutral; these headphones are intended for enjoying music not producing it so a warm, robust, engaging and detailed sound is what I'm looking for.

 

I'm wondering if there is a pair of headphones that shares the characteristics of the HD598 but in a closed form and similar price ($200-250). The AKG K550 does seem very appealing but there isn't too many reviews online as it is a fairly new product. Can anyone please shine any light on this issue? How does the K550 compare to the HD598?

 

Also, I know I'm gonna get a lot of crap for this but honestly I do care about what the headphones look like (sue me) and so I would like something that is easy on the eyes. Don't get me wrong, I don't want something glossy or pretentious here (Beats anyone?). I would prefer a more matte finish with more neutral colour tones but overall a well built headphone. Lastly, I need something doesn't require too much power to drive I'm going to ordering the Fiio e17 and obviously it would be ill-suited for a high impedence headphone. Thanks in advance your answers are greatly appreciated!

post #13613 of 29490

I'm looking for headphones and an amp to use at work. I'm looking at a max of $700 for everything (needs to be through Amazon due to having a gift certificate). I would like something I can listen to for long periods of time, 4-6 hours a day if not longer.

 

I listen to a wide range of music, but I would say 70%-80% is folk and rock (Black Keys, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper, Jack White are some of the current ones). At times (when others aren't making me happy at work, or I need a pick me up) I listen to rap or metal. I also throw in punk, classic rock, jazz and blues at times. 

 

I currently have a pair of HD-280 Pro's but they are not comfortable at all. I admit that I have a large pointy head which just doesn't work well. The clamp was pretty tight at first, but after using them for a while that has gotten better, but they still feel like the handband sits on one tiny little point on my head. I need to turn them so that they are within an inch or two of my forehead to make them so I can listen for more than 5-10 minutes. 

 

So far I have looked at the AKG Q-701, Denon AHD2000, and the Beyerdynamic DT990 600 Ohms. So pretty much the $250-$300 range. Then I figured I could go with an amp in the $300 range. I don't need to worry about others being bothered with noise as I will have my own office.

 

Thanks for any help.

 

 


Edited by Mcclure - 4/2/12 at 11:39pm
post #13614 of 29490

@mcclure--Easily within your budget is a Denon AH-D5000 (open box by Amazon third party sellers Electronics Expo or One Call) and Hi-Fi Man EF2A Tube USB DAC Headphone Amp.


Edited by KG Jag - 4/3/12 at 1:29am
post #13615 of 29490
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Originally Posted by NearMiss View Post

I've got $200-250 of company money to spend and am looking to try and make the right decision.  I was originally after something somewhat portable for my commute, with my main purpose also being noise isolation at work, and so actually went out and purchased some V-Moda Crossfade LP2's.  I really like their build quality and accessories, but unfortunately they seem a bit uncomfortable thus far, and I'm not entirely sold on the sound.  Will probably be returning them.  I've switched gears a bit and am less concerned about portability, and would prefer to get the best sounding for my genre while still isolating well with no leakage. 

 

My main interests are: 
 

* comfort 

* noise isolation and low leakage

- *somewhat* portable in that they at least come with some type of case/bag (likely wont use these for my commute most days)

- ideally a remove-able cord, though not a deal breaker. 

 

My main music genres are things like rock, alternative ect.  A lot of 90's classics. 

 

I've been looking into Senn HD 380's, Shure 840's, AKG 271 MKII's and Fischer FA-003's (among many others!)

 

My concerns with the Shure's are I've heard they can be somewhat heavy and not all that comfortable.  The 380's seem to have mixed reviews on sound, and the AKG 271's may just be a bit too non-portable (no bag/case even mentioned) though I could work around this if they'd fit my other criteria, and I'm having a hard time tracking down a site to buy the FA-003's from.    Any comments or advice for comfort/noise isolation being my main concerns, that'd be good with those music genres in the $200 range? Its not my money, and I'm unlikely to be able to afford a similar purchase in the near future, so would like to try and get this one "right"!



keep on wearing them the pads will soften up thats what happened to me :P

post #13616 of 29490

Hi i am looking for headphones 350 and below. Ive been looking at the Denon AHD2000 but could I get alot better by going the used way and buying something used? Source: iPod Touch Amp: Fiio E11 ( frown.gif)

post #13617 of 29490
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Hi i am looking for headphones 350 and below. Ive been looking at the Denon AHD2000 but could I get alot better by going the used way and buying something used? Source: iPod Touch Amp: Fiio E11 ( frown.gif)



Oh yeah and I wont them to be closed-back and this is for home listening. Have UETF10s and love those if that helps your guys search.(I liek bass)

post #13618 of 29490
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post



Oh yeah and I wont them to be closed-back and this is for home listening. Have UETF10s and love those if that helps your guys search.(I liek bass)


You have to go to near $400 to get open box D5000, so the D2000 or Utrasone Pro 750 might be your best bets.

 

post #13619 of 29490
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Originally Posted by firelakes View Post

I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones that have a good ammount of bass for listening to trance/dnb/dubstep music, and also have good soundstage for playing games.

I have a budget of $110, so the price can't be higher than that.



I am not sure if it's still the case, but don't Headfi-ers currently have a (50%!) discount on the Denon D1100? They are supposedly really bass-heavy and have a wide soundstage (to a point some people say it's unnatural for a closed headphone?).

 

Anyway, relevant links you may want to check out: 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/602719/denon-ah-d1100-hot-offer-for-head-fiers

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/539778/review-denon-ah-d1100

post #13620 of 29490


I think you could be quite happy with the HD598.

 

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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post



Oh yeah and I wont them to be closed-back and this is for home listening. Have UETF10s and love those if that helps your guys search.(I liek bass)



 

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