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Do you need closed? Why not the HD650 with those genres? You'd have plenty left to get a really great amp, like the Asgard, etc.

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Originally Posted by Mcclure View Post

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.

 

 



 

post #13622 of 29490

D2000 from Electronics Expo is only $200 w coupon code. Look good, too.
 

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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 #13623 of 29490


You might try the K702 w/ a Matrix M-Stage amp. I am not a fan of the K702 but from what you describe you might really like it. It does play finicky with amps though. A good and often recommended budget amp is the Matrix M-Stage (Its thread will give you some recommendations of whom to buy it from.) But seriously, it is a weird headphone to amp so make sure to do some reading on the K702 thread. But the M-stage is where lots of us on headfi cut our teeth with the K702.

 

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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 #13624 of 29490

I believe I have narrowed my choices down to the following

Shure 440 or 840
ATH  M50
Beyer 770 pro 80

I will use these at work with ALAC files from an iPad without an amp for now, but I am open to that in the future.
I do travel from time to time and isolation from outside noise is important to me.
Besides SQ I would also say that isolation is very high on my list too
My music preferences would be heavy on classic rock but I also listen to a lot of older jazz too
Pink Floyd, Eagles, Stones, Deep Purple, Led Zep, CSN&Y
Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Sinatra

I will be able to audition these this weekend so I know that SQ is best left up too me but does anyone Have any experiences with how good the isolation is on these phones?

post #13625 of 29490

Hey guys and gals,

I'm looking to purchase a pair of headphones, but which one?

1. Shure srh 440

2. Sony MDR-V6

3. Sennheiser HD-280 Pro

 

Basically I need the headphones to get good bass as well as mids and highs unamped, but which sounds best unamped?

 

I listen to

Classical (Morricone, choral, holst etc.)

Hip-Hop/ Rap

Rock

 

My budget needs to be less than $100,

 

Thanks

 

post #13626 of 29490
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post


Do you need closed? Why not the HD650 with those genres? You'd have plenty left to get a really great amp, like the Asgard, etc.



 



I don't need closed, but the HD650 is $499 on Amazon. So that leaves <$200 for the amp. If I can get something that is good in that range I would consider them. It sounds like the HD650 use to run in the $350-$400 range which I would have done as long as they are more comfortable than the HD280. The AKG-Q701 is about $265 right now. I'm surprised at how much it changes. It seems like the different colors change price almost everyday. The HD650 has been $499 since I have been looking.

 

post #13627 of 29490

Check with Brian at Razordogdeals. Petty sure he can get you it for $350. And he's an authorized dealer!
 

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Originally Posted by Mcclure View Post



I don't need closed, but the HD650 is $499 on Amazon. So that leaves <$200 for the amp. If I can get something that is good in that range I would consider them. It sounds like the HD650 use to run in the $350-$400 range which I would have done as long as they are more comfortable than the HD280. The AKG-Q701 is about $265 right now. I'm surprised at how much it changes. It seems like the different colors change price almost everyday. The HD650 has been $499 since I have been looking.

 



 

post #13628 of 29490
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Originally Posted by saxanguitarplyr View Post

Hey guys and gals,

I'm looking to purchase a pair of headphones, but which one?

1. Shure srh 440

2. Sony MDR-V6

3. Sennheiser HD-280 Pro

 

Basically I need the headphones to get good bass as well as mids and highs unamped, but which sounds best unamped?

 

I listen to

Classical (Morricone, choral, holst etc.)

Hip-Hop/ Rap

Rock

 

My budget needs to be less than $100,

 

Thanks

I have the SHURE srh 440 I can vouch for it in rock and acoustic music but the lack in bass impact makes me hesitant to recommend it to anyone who listens to rap or any other bass heavy genre. 

The SHURE srh 440 is really efficient, it plays quite loud from my zune, perhaps you might prefer louder but in any case its quite efficient, overall I love the mids and imaging of the SRH 440 I think they have the best imaging in their price range you also might look at the creative aurvana live its supposed to be quite balanced sounding with deep lows that have nice impact, alot of people say the low end is a bit wooly and boomy.

HD280 and MDR-v6 no idea but the latter is loved by many.

 



 

post #13629 of 29490

 

Hello folks.

 

I primarily listen to electronic music, specifically genres such as Dubstep, Electro House and Progressive House. I also listen to classical and jazzy music every now and then. I currently own the DT 990 Pros and are quite happy with them. I'm just looking for some new headphones with a different sound signature that are still good for electronic music. I don't mind if the cans are open or closed. I was thinking about the AKG K701/K702/Q701 but decided that they would be too "cold" and analytical, with a very weak low end which simply does not bode well with electronic music. 

 

I'm currently trying to decide between: 

 

Denon AH-D2000 (heard they are basically a closed, less sibilant version of the DT 990) 

Sennheiser HD600 (waiting for price to drop) 

Sennheiser HD650 (waiting for price to drop) 

Ultrasone Pro 750 

Hifiman HE-400 

 

Bass (duh'), soundstage (some of the tracks have beautiful synths and strings that roll to infinity), mids and "resolution" are very important to me. My source is my PC and I'll be driving with a cMoy or Little Dot MK3. Which headphones do you guys recommend? Are there other ones that I should think about? My max budget is $350. 

 
post #13630 of 29490

I wouldn't pick HD600 or 650 for electronic, though the HD600 is stellar for classical. Definitely a different sound from the DT990's! You don't have to wait for a good price on them. Brian at Razor Dog Deals normally hooks people up for like 300 and 350 respectively.
 

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Originally Posted by BIonde View Post

 

Hello folks.

 

I primarily listen to electronic music, specifically genres such as Dubstep, Electro House and Progressive House. I also listen to classical and jazzy music every now and then. I currently own the DT 990 Pros and are quite happy with them. I'm just looking for some new headphones with a different sound signature that are still good for electronic music. I don't mind if the cans are open or closed. I was thinking about the AKG K701/K702/Q701 but decided that they would be too "cold" and analytical, with a very weak low end which simply does not bode well with electronic music. 

 

I'm currently trying to decide between: 

 

Denon AH-D2000 (heard they are basically a closed, less sibilant version of the DT 990) 

Sennheiser HD600 (waiting for price to drop) 

Sennheiser HD650 (waiting for price to drop) 

Ultrasone Pro 750 

Hifiman HE-400 

 

Bass (duh'), soundstage (some of the tracks have beautiful synths and strings that roll to infinity), mids and "resolution" are very important to me. My source is my PC and I'll be driving with a cMoy or Little Dot MK3. Which headphones do you guys recommend? Are there other ones that I should think about? My max budget is $350. 

 


 

post #13631 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Dan DRC View Post

I believe I have narrowed my choices down to the following

Shure 440 or 840
ATH  M50
Beyer 770 pro 80

I will use these at work with ALAC files from an iPad without an amp for now, but I am open to that in the future.
I do travel from time to time and isolation from outside noise is important to me.
Besides SQ I would also say that isolation is very high on my list too
My music preferences would be heavy on classic rock but I also listen to a lot of older jazz too
Pink Floyd, Eagles, Stones, Deep Purple, Led Zep, CSN&Y
Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Sinatra

I will be able to audition these this weekend so I know that SQ is best left up too me but does anyone Have any experiences with how good the isolation is on these phones?


The Beyer and the Shure SRH 840 are the best from your list.  If you like bright--go with the Beyer (which is also the most comfortable).  If not--go with the Shure (which is a better mobile can and has a detachable cord.).

 

post #13632 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

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. I was thinking about the AKG K550's, but I'm not entirely sure. They sound about right though.

Any help?
 

 

post #13633 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Any help?
 

 


I don't think that many people follow the Amazon used market--except maybe like new open box sales.

 

post #13634 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Rezound Sound View Post

Any help?
 

 


The K550s would not really be portable..they are pretty big and have a 10ft cable. They can be driven by a DAP and are very comfortable. The signature is not really in your face but they have a decent bass response. There is a whole thread about the K550s you can read through.

post #13635 of 29490

Portable and comfortable together are a tough combo. Unfortunately, I haven't heard the AKG 550's. Sorry! You might like the HD25-1ii (portable but not super comfy). You also might like the D2000 (though not really portable) but they are available for $200 new from Electronics Expo (see deal thread for details). I guess you have to answer how much do you really need portable. If its a couple hours a week, maybe just get a cheap pair of iems and something quality for the home! The Vmoda M80 is not a horrible option either, though again not super comfy. I think you'd like the sound though.
 

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Any help?
 

 



 

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