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post #13876 of 29490

 

Hey Guys,
I am looking to buy a new pair of headphones with a budget of $150. The headphones should be extremely comfy as I will be wearing these for up to eight hours. The design of the headphones doesn't worry as I don't need any isolation from my environment so closed or open back headphones don't worry me and I will be fine with both.
I will be using these headphones with music such as this:
 
The Current headphones I have in mind are:
- Shure SRH440 - $105
- Grado SR80i - $99.00
- Allessandro MS1 - $109.99
- Sennheiser HD518 - $129.95
- Audio Technica ATH AD700 - $149.00
 
I'm willing to take any headphone recommendations as well.
post #13877 of 29490

Budget: €120-€150~ (please note that prices in Europe are usually higher than those in the States!)
Genre: mainly metal, rock, d'n'b, dubstep, techno, trance tho I listen to pretty much anything ^^"
Sound signature: I like bass along the lines of moderate-low/moderate. I'm also a critical listener and I prefer listening to instruments instead of vocals (for example, when I listen to metal I pay a lot of attention to the guitar(s) and zero to none to the vocals xD)

Usage: here comes the hard part~ I'll be moving to a uni dorm in a different country and even tho I'll be living alone in a room I'm 100% sure that the people around me won't be quiet 24/7 and I want a pair of good headphones which will be able to isolate noise fairly well. I won't have an amp (nor will I have the money to buy one there) so I'll directly plug the headphones in my laptop. Most of the time I'll use them for listening to music tho I'd love to be able to watch films and play video games with them too i.e. sometimes I might have to wear them for a prolonged period of time so they have to be rather comfortable. 
Open/Closed: hm, I believe semi-open/closed will be better (see why in the usage passage above!)

the two pair of headphones I've been looking at are the AKG K240 mkII and Audio Technica M50 but I totally can't decide which pair to get confused_face(1).gif tho any other recommendations are welcome too!

post #13878 of 29490

Since I was having trouble choosing headphones, someone here recommended me to order more than one pair of headphones from amazon, then return the ones I don't like. How does that work? Is that normally what's done when ordering online? Is there usually a return shipping cost associated? Thanks.

post #13879 of 29490

First post here. I'm looking for a portable set up. I was looking at the DX100 and (waiting) HM-901. For cans I was looking at the HE-5LE and HE-500, whats the main difference between the 2 and what would you recommend? Will the DX100 and 901 be able to drive them? What would you recommend for cables? Any other headphones you would recommend? Anything else (amp, dac, etc)?

 

Thanks

post #13880 of 29490

You can do it. I don't know if its normally done; Amazon is very generous with their return policy (make sure it is actually fulfilled by Amazon, though it doesn't have to be sold by Amazon). There is a return shipping cost but its not horrible. I would try not to take advantage of it!
 

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Originally Posted by zonedout245 View Post

Since I was having trouble choosing headphones, someone here recommended me to order more than one pair of headphones from amazon, then return the ones I don't like. How does that work? Is that normally what's done when ordering online? Is there usually a return shipping cost associated? Thanks.



 

post #13881 of 29490

Someone recommend me a pair of cans for $100 - $150.

Music preferences: Vocal Trance, Electro House, Dubstep, UK Hardcore.

post #13882 of 29490

ATH-M50's...
 

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Originally Posted by EpicPie View Post

Someone recommend me a pair of cans for $100 - $150.

Music preferences: Vocal Trance, Electro House, Dubstep, UK Hardcore.



 

post #13883 of 29490
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

ATH-M50's...



They aren't exactly what I'm looking for. I've used them, my DJ1's sound better.

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Any advice?

 

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Originally Posted by Cu Chulainn View Post

 

Hey guys,

 

Been looking to get some new iems, after my rather shocking CX400-IIs were stolen. Joker's thread and reviews have helped me out a fair bit and narrowed the choice down to either of the two mentioned in the title.

 

The CW31s I can get for £21, whereas the R02s are £26 - not willing to pay more than £30, as I simply cant afford it.

 

Which is the best bet, or are there other alternatives out there? (Please dont just post a name, doesnt help me much :p)

 

Main genre is metal/rock, but I listen to a lot of Jazz and "Classical" (mainly classical or romantic) and am slowly edging into DnB (mainly liquid tbh).

 

Thanks in advance!



 

post #13885 of 29490

Hello all,

 

I am new to the whole sound world and happened to stumble on this website.

 

I want to buy a new pair of over-ear headphones, I used to have a bear of Dr Dre Studio Beats which I thought were fantastic. I mainly listened to very chilled out House music or things like "The xx, mumford & sons, Ben Howard etc" but I also want to have enough bass in the headphones to listen to dubstep and people like "The Twelves".

 

I was originally torn between purchasing a new pait of Dr Dre's (my previous pair broke) and the bose quietcomfort 3. But after reading different threads I am now completely clueless as to what headphones I should buy.

 

Price isn't really a huge issue, something similar/less to that of the Dr Dre's or Bose (max £250). And comfort is key, every pair of headphones I have had in the past have hurt my ears, (however I will sacrifice comfort for sound quality). Can anyone recommend a good pair of headphones which will provide excellent sound quality for chilled out house, rock, classical music. But also have enough bass for dubstep? They will mainly be used with my ipod/laptop. (I have no idea what to do about amps? Never even heard about headphone amps until I came to this forum).

 

Thank you in advance for any help :)

 

 


Edited by EddSett - 4/13/12 at 1:51pm
post #13886 of 29490
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Originally Posted by EddSett View Post

Hello all,

 

I am new to the whole sound world and happened to stumble on this website.

 

I want to buy a new pair of over-ear headphones, I used to have a bear of Dr Dre Studio Beats which I thought were fantastic. I mainly listened to very chilled out House music or things like "The xx, mumford & sons, Ben Howard etc" but I also want to have enough bass in the headphones to listen to dubstep and people like "The Twelves".

 

I was originally torn between purchasing a new pait of Dr Dre's (my previous pair broke) and the bose quietcomfort 3. But after reading different threads I am now completely clueless as to what headphones I should buy.

 

Price isn't really a huge issue, something similar/less to that of the Dr Dre's or Bose (max £250). And comfort is key, every pair of headphones I have had in the past have hurt my ears, (however I will sacrifice comfort for sound quality). Can anyone recommend a good pair of headphones which will provide excellent sound quality for chilled out house, rock, classical music. But also have enough bass for dubstep? They will mainly be used with my ipod/laptop. (I have no idea what to do about amps? Never even heard about headphone amps until I came to this forum).

 

Thank you in advance for any help :)

 

 

 

Do they need to be portable? If not, the Denon AH-D2000 and the FiiO E10 DAC (or FiiO E7 if you want an amp/DAC) is a great choice. Also, the quality of your sound files is HUGE. I would recommend you have at least 320 kbps if you don't want to use FLAC/AAC.
 

 

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Originally Posted by Crossfire23 View Post

 

Do they need to be portable? If not, the Denon AH-D2000 and the FiiO E10 DAC (or FiiO E7 if you want an amp/DAC) is a great choice. Also, the quality of your sound files is HUGE. I would recommend you have at least 320 kbps if you don't want to use FLAC/AAC.
 

 


Hey, thanks for answering :)

 

Yea preferably I would like them to be portable. Want to be able to use them on the walk to uni, train and in the library etc. Sorry, but what is FLAC/AAC? I have just seen that the Audio-Technica ATH M50 are ranked #2 on this website, would you recommend these? I want to stay clear of an amp purely due to the fact I have no idea what they are haha.

 

Thanks for your help man

 

post #13888 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by EddSett View Post

Hello all,

I am new to the whole sound world and happened to stumble on this website.

I want to buy a new pair of over-ear headphones, I used to have a bear of Dr Dre Studio Beats which I thought were fantastic. I mainly listened to very chilled out House music or things like "The xx, mumford & sons, Ben Howard etc" but I also want to have enough bass in the headphones to listen to dubstep and people like "The Twelves".

I was originally torn between purchasing a new pait of Dr Dre's (my previous pair broke) and the bose quietcomfort 3. But after reading different threads I am now completely clueless as to what headphones I should buy.

Price isn't really a huge issue, something similar/less to that of the Dr Dre's or Bose (max £250). And comfort is key, every pair of headphones I have had in the past have hurt my ears, (however I will sacrifice comfort for sound quality). Can anyone recommend a good pair of headphones which will provide excellent sound quality for chilled out house, rock, classical music. But also have enough bass for dubstep? They will mainly be used with my ipod/laptop. (I have no idea what to do about amps? Never even heard about headphone amps until I came to this forum).

Thank you in advance for any help smily_headphones1.gif


First piece of advice, never consider those two brands for anything ever again(Maybe the QC3 if you're frequent flyer, but that's it).

I'll let the more experienced forums member suggest stuff. I'll go with the Shure SRH940s.
post #13889 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by EddSett View Post

Hello all,

 

I am new to the whole sound world and happened to stumble on this website.

 

I want to buy a new pair of over-ear headphones, I used to have a bear of Dr Dre Studio Beats which I thought were fantastic. I mainly listened to very chilled out House music or things like "The xx, mumford & sons, Ben Howard etc" but I also want to have enough bass in the headphones to listen to dubstep and people like "The Twelves".

 

I was originally torn between purchasing a new pait of Dr Dre's (my previous pair broke) and the bose quietcomfort 3. But after reading different threads I am now completely clueless as to what headphones I should buy.

 

Price isn't really a huge issue, something similar/less to that of the Dr Dre's or Bose (max £250). And comfort is key, every pair of headphones I have had in the past have hurt my ears, (however I will sacrifice comfort for sound quality). Can anyone recommend a good pair of headphones which will provide excellent sound quality for chilled out house, rock, classical music. But also have enough bass for dubstep? They will mainly be used with my ipod/laptop. (I have no idea what to do about amps? Never even heard about headphone amps until I came to this forum).

 

Thank you in advance for any help :)

 

 



For bass, I recommend the Audio Technica PRO700 MK2. They're definitely heavy on the lower-end, but the bass is tight and it doesn't (significantly) drown out the rest of the spectrum. Sound stage is good for a closed headphone, and they're foldable, if you want to use them out of the house. 

 

Another plus is that their cables aren't fixed, meaning that if you happen to damage the cord (the cans come with both a straight and a coiled cable, by the way), you can just switch it out with another one.

 

If portability isn't much of an issue, then I highly recommend the Denon AH-D2000. The bass isn't overwhelming, but it's enough for most. Cons are that they don't have much in the way of isolation, they're not meant for portable use, and that the sound a bit "flat". 

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Originally Posted by SpiderNhan View Post


First piece of advice, never consider those two brands for anything ever again(Maybe the QC3 if you're frequent flyer, but that's it).
I'll let the more experienced forums member suggest stuff. I'll go with the Shure SRH940s.


The 940s? I've yet to try those in particular, but in my experience Shures aren't all that heavy in the lower frequencies. Also, don't Shure supraaurals have durability/build quality issues?

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