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Hey guys,

 

I currently own a pair of AKG K240 headphones (with no amp) and am looking to move up to the next level. My budget is about $500.

 

I looked through all the guides and it seems like the AKG K702 are a great value for the price. The problem is, I'm not really sure how to amp headphones. Are there any amp/headphone combos any recommends in my price range? I would also be willing to invest in a new sound card for my computer if that does the same thing as an amp.

 

Thanks for your help in advance!

 

 


Is the K240 you own the Studio or Monitor version? That's to say, considering you've been using them without an amp, you've probably got the 55 ohm version. Forget my first question =_=;;

Anyway, if you're planning on upgrading to the K702, you may as well invest in a decent amp first, and see if that's not enough to make you fall in love with your cans all over again.

I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to things such as amps and the like (my knowledge extends as far as knowing when to use a tube amp or a solid state one), so you'll have to check the Amplifier subforum here on Head-Fi. Considering that the K240s are a pretty popular set of cans, you won't have a problem asking for advice on amping them.

Good luck!
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How important is bass to you? If you're alright with something that has decent mids and highs, but bass that feels like your ears are getting whaled on by loudspeakers, go for the A-T PRO700 MK2. They make the Denon's bass seem frail in comparison.
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Also, since they were designed for DJs and the like, they're foldable and not all that hard to wear around your neck when not in use. On the plus side, they look pretty dang impressive too.


So should I get the Pro 750 or the Pro700MK2? People tell me the Pro 750 is better.

post #13953 of 29490
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So should I get the Pro 750 or the Pro700MK2? People tell me the Pro 750 is better.



Considering you want an overall clear sound, going with the Pro 750 is the logical option. The stock PRO700MK2 isn't exactly a pristine example of clear audio (although some people say the Anniversary edition improves on this).

post #13954 of 29490
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Considering you want an overall clear sound, going with the Pro 750 is the logical option. The stock PRO700MK2 isn't exactly a pristine example of clear audio (although some people say the Anniversary edition improves on this).



But do you think the Pro 750 are great headphones. I just want the best closed headphone for 250 dollars.. Do you recommend anything Roller? :)

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Recommendations on list of headphones to use with asus essence stx? Not really interested in getting other gear to use with.


Edited by GodOfDeath - 4/14/12 at 9:57pm
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But do you think the Pro 750 are great headphones. I just want the best closed headphone for 250 dollars.. Do you recommend anything Roller? :)



Well, I was only advising between the two headphones you mentioned :)

 

So here is the thing. Ultrasone headphones, in general, do have clear audio and do handle bass emphasized genres quite well due to most models having a bigger bass presence (a few exceptions are HFI-680 and Pro 550). That means they will be good to great with Hip Hop, and will be acceptable (although not ideal) with Rock. Do you listen more to Hip Hop or Rock?

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Well, I was only advising between the two headphones you mentioned :)

 

So here is the thing. Ultrasone headphones, in general, do have clear audio and do handle bass emphasized genres quite well due to most models having a bigger bass presence (a few exceptions are HFI-680 and Pro 550). That means they will be good to great with Hip Hop, and will be acceptable (although not ideal) with Rock. Do you listen more to Hip Hop or Rock?


Yep. I listen to hip hop and rock. WIll the Pro 750s be better than the ATH-M50s? Just wondering.

 

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Originally Posted by ZetsuBozu0012 View Post


How important is bass to you? If you're alright with something that has decent mids and highs, but bass that feels like your ears are getting whaled on by loudspeakers, go for the A-T PRO700 MK2. They make the Denon's bass seem frail in comparison.
EDIT:
Also, since they were designed for DJs and the like, they're foldable and not all that hard to wear around your neck when not in use. On the plus side, they look pretty dang impressive too.


So should I get the Pro 750 or the Pro700MK2? People tell me the Pro 750 is better.


I've yet to try the PRO 750 myself, so I can't really say. As to whether the PRO700 MK2s are clear or not, then they're definitely a bit recessed in the mids due to overwhelming bass. If the 750s are as good as you think (had to Google them myself, since I haven't come across those particular cans yet), then I say go for them!
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Yep. I listen to hip hop and rock. WIll the Pro 750s be better than the ATH-M50s? Just wondering.

 


Pro 750's in a walk.  The M50's were a great buy at about $100--their price when they first came out.  They are an OK $150 can.  But there are those who love their "V" shape EQ signature.

 

The Pro 750's will sound great with rock, if you like a bright sound.

 

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Yep. I listen to hip hop and rock. WIll the Pro 750s be better than the ATH-M50s? Just wondering.

 



From what I've read/heard about the PRO 750, they're good for rock; they're not Grado good apparently (but in all honestly, few cans are wink.gif), but the good bass and sparkling treble really work for them. Going to the M50s, I'd say they were okay for that genre, since they're *relatively* neutral in comparison, with a slightly recessed midrange. 

 

A few caveats before you take the plunge for the PRO 750, by the way: Their treble is apparently a bit on the harsh side, and they need an amp to work well. As for the M50, they ran okay directly out of my DAP, reaching decent volume levels without the use of an amp. Not sure if they'd benefit from one, but the answer is probably a "yes".

 

Good luck choosing!

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Yep. I listen to hip hop and rock. WIll the Pro 750s be better than the ATH-M50s? Just wondering.

 



Yes, they are a step above the M50s, and if you were split between either the M50s/PRO700MK2 and the Pro 750, the Pro 750 would be the ones to get.

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Recommendations on list of headphones to use with asus essence stx? Not really interested in getting other gear to use with.



Be more specific. You may as well have posted "I need headphones. What do I get?" Please list your budget and examples of music you listen to. Are there any headphones you are interested in? Also, if you're not in the Continental US, you might want to let us know. You can check the links on the original post to help us get an idea on what you want. In fact, read the original post. it's helpful in and of itself.


Edited by Ora M - 4/15/12 at 5:36am
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I own a Fisher Audio 003 and a Denon D2k, both on a Fiio E7/E9 combo and mostly for music (not limited to a special genre) and pc gaming.
 

Of those two I loooove the d2k, and cannot quite get used to the fisher audio 003 who cannot compete with the d2k.
However the d2k headband feels rather quickly uncomfortable for me, which is a major issue for me.

 

So, I am looking for closed cans with high comfort, especially for the headband, that are as fantastic sound wise as the d2k (or better).

As d5k and d7k use the exact same headband, they are out.

 

I considered the AKG K550, but due to the headband being almost not padded at all i am reluctant to give it a shot.
 

Another contender would be T70, however headband cushion seems to be the same as the one the mmx 300 uses, with which i had the very smae issue as with the d2k.

 

Maybe ATH-A700 would be an option. Some thoughts? Help is appreciated.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Skar View Post

I own a Fisher Audio 003 and a Denon D2k, both on a Fiio E7/E9 combo and mostly for music (not limited to a special genre) and pc gaming.
 

Of those two I loooove the d2k, and cannot quite get used to the fisher audio 003 who cannot compete with the d2k.
However the d2k headband feels rather quickly uncomfortable for me, which is a major issue for me.

 

So, I am looking for closed cans with high comfort, especially for the headband, that are as fantastic sound wise as the d2k (or better).

As d5k and d7k use the exact same headband, they are out.

 

I considered the AKG K550, but due to the headband being almost not padded at all i am reluctant to give it a shot.
 

Another contender would be T70, however headband cushion seems to be the same as the one the mmx 300 uses, with which i had the very smae issue as with the d2k.

 

Maybe ATH-A700 would be an option. Some thoughts? Help is appreciated.

 

 


Just one thing:
From personal experience, the K550 is crazy comfortable. It looks like it's barely padded, yeah, but unless you've a strangely-shaped head, the only parts you'll be coming into contact with are the cushions. 

 

Also, tried them out again recently, and noticed that they're just slightly biased towards the lower frequencies. They're not bass-heavy by any stretch of the imagination, but they're slightly dark. Depending on your taste in music, that could either be a pro or a con.

 

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Be more specific. You may as well have posted "I need headphones. What do I get?" Please list your budget and examples of music you listen to. Are there any headphones you are interested in? Also, if you're not in the Continental US, you might want to let us know. You can check the links on the original post to help us get an idea on what you want. In fact, read the original post. it's helpful in and of itself.



Budget: ~$200

Music: Rock, today's hits, jazz, Sinatra music, today's hits

Use: Music/movies/games

Location: US

Interest: HD598, need something in the comfortable area for if I use it for long hours

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