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Originally Posted by chefman21 View Post

Hey guys! I'm after some advice.. It seems this is the biggest forum around, so I thought I might give it a try. I'm a journo, and I need a new set of cans for sound/video editing. Here's what I am after:

 

  • Great isolation. This is very important to me. I need to be able to focus just on the sound to find any blemishes I need to edit out in the piece. It might be a breath I need to remove, or finding the spacing between two short-spaced sentences when I am inserting a quote into a radio or video broadcast. If I'm getting background noise from the air conditioning duct/office sound/dripping tap etc, it will throw me, and I might just miss something.
  • Outstanding sound quality when used with an amp, great sound quality when it isn't. On the latter, I plan to use these headphones at home a bit for gaming/music/movies, but I don't have an amp at home. I don't plan to buy one for a little while, but I still want to be able to use the cans and get great quality out of them. I'm running a Xonar DX on the computer. On the former, I'll be using amps at work, so this is where the sound quality has to be at its highest. I don't plan on doing any work at home if I can avoid it.
  • Not over the top on the bass. I'm aware that I'll probably end up with a set of closed cans which doesn't help, but I'm sure that there is a set out there that fits the criteria. It should support rather than be a major feature. I've always found people using headphones that are heavy on the bass kill any sound editing they do for broadcast. They overcompensate. Besides, most people at home watching/listening to the news don't exactly have the bass cranking. I want cans that will reproduce sound as close to what most mainstream audiences listen to the news at.
  • For at home use, I have a few bits and pieces to mention. Gaming wise, I'd like something that still gives good positional cues. It doesn't need to be crazy good, although that would be a bonus, but I do want it to be worthy of some light-medium gaming. I tend to play RPG's more than FPS's, and I don't play competitively i.e for money/trophies etc. Music wise, it is generally rock and classical music. And if it does a good job at movies that would be nice. At a guess, I'd say 40% work stuff, 30% gaming, 20% music and 10% movies.
  • Price wise, I'm looking at under AUD200. Journos get paid jack. frown.gif

 

Any thoughts? I was thinking A700's might be an option, but I haven't actually had too much experience in buying headphones.

 

 

 


Consider the Ultrasone HFI-680 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones.  The Shure SRH 840 are also good, but I'm sure that they'll give you the sound stage that you're looking for.  That's probably the hardest thing to find in a closed can that falls within your price range.

post #14222 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Jjacq View Post

^ Unfortunately I can't do IEMs because my ear canal is tiny. Even my doctor said it T_T... Also, I tried them but I don't really think I'd pay $150 for them and I guess it's just because of my budget though. I'll see if someone else has an opinion because someone recommended the Fostex T50RP and I have no idea how they are with isolation and soundstage.

 

*EDIT*

Got my 125i's today and I'm a believer! The bass is a bit shy compared to other headphones that I've heard but that's okay, everything else is awesome. :)

 

Hmm, what happened to needing isolation and sound stage? Still, congrats on your purchase, and welcome to the Grado fan club ;)

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^ I'm still looking for one but I think I'm pretty set on the Koss + M50 pads. People are saying that I should sell the HD25's and get the D2000s but they're getting phased out and I'm not really in a rush to get them right now. In the long run I'd like to get the D5000's but really I can't afford it and there MAY be something better in the future so it's all good. The D5000 is so pretty but I have no $$$.

 

On a side note, still lovin' my grados. :)

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Guys, which one should I choose unamped, not considering money... Ultrasone HFI 580, HFI 780 or PRO 750? Need help!
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My friend is looking for some fashionable/flashy headphones that have a good sound signature for bassy genres like dubstep, rap and hip hop. 

They need to be portables and have detachable cables. Budget isn't much of a problem, under £500 is the limit.

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Originally Posted by LazBro123 View Post

Guys, which one should I choose unamped, not considering money... Ultrasone HFI 580, HFI 780 or PRO 750? Need help!

 

If money isn't a problem, the PRO 750's should be better all around, and have a much better sound stage than the other two. Maybe someone else can chime in and verify.

post #14227 of 29490

Do the Superlux 668b's have good bass? I'm not a super basshead but I want enough I can hear it clearly.  

post #14228 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Supertoaster View Post

Do the Superlux 668b's have good bass? I'm not a super basshead but I want enough I can hear it clearly.  

The Superlux HD668B have (decent to good) bass.

And they are selling for $50, which is as low as i have ever seen them.

 

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

 

The Superlux HD668B have (decent to good) bass.

And they are selling for $50, which is as low as i have ever seen them.

 

 

 

I just hope they stay this low until my birthday at the end of May :(

 

Related: How come the SR850's are so overpriced now? 


Edited by Supertoaster - 4/21/12 at 7:13pm
post #14230 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Jjacq View Post

^ I'm still looking for one but I think I'm pretty set on the Koss + M50 pads. People are saying that I should sell the HD25's and get the D2000s but they're getting phased out and I'm not really in a rush to get them right now. In the long run I'd like to get the D5000's but really I can't afford it and there MAY be something better in the future so it's all good. The D5000 is so pretty but I have no $$$.

 

On a side note, still lovin' my grados. :)

 

Maybe you'll eventually "settle" for the PS1000? :P

Anyway, maybe you'd care for something along the lines of a CIEM? Even with small ear canals (honestly, while mine aren't exaggeratedly small, I've also got some issues with IEMs), custom moulds may do well to resolve that problem. I realize that CIEMs on the whole are (WAY) out of your budget, but I'm just making a small recommendation to be looked upon in posterity.

 

P.S.

The AKG K550 is something I've been meaning to get lately. In spite of it's closed-back design, it has an exceptional (read: awesomely large) sound stage, and though a bit bass-heavy, it's got excellent mids and a mildly shiny treble. The only reason I didn't instantly recommend it was because I've been doing so way too often lately, and I hate getting fixated on stuff :P

 

The D2000s are really good cans, but upgrading to the D5000 is definitely worth it. I have yet to try the D2k, but I auditioned the D5000s last year, and barring the Audeze LCD-2s, they were the best cans I've heard to date. Then again, I'm still new to the hobby, so there are a lot of cans I've yet to try.

 

Cheers!

post #14231 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

 


Consider the Ultrasone HFI-680 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones.  The Shure SRH 840 are also good, but I'm sure that they'll give you the sound stage that you're looking for.  That's probably the hardest thing to find in a closed can that falls within your price range.

 

Thanks for the suggestions. Would you pick the former first? Or get whichever one is cheapest?

 

Anyone else?

post #14232 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

 

The Superlux HD668B have (decent to good) bass.

And they are selling for $50, which is as low as i have ever seen them.

 

 

 

Tried those on loan from a friend, and am actually looking for cans that have better bass than that (sorry, I'm not much of a basshead, so I don't have many cans to refer to when comparing bass quantity/quality). Any recommendations? Looking for something with a V-shaped freq. response, but nothing too exaggerated. Grados are sorta hard to come by in the Philippines, and shipping is a bit of a pain. 

 

Budget is around 12k PHP (roughly... 250 USD?)

 

Isolation and portability are musts (looking for cans to take out of the house)

 

Favorite bands include Pink Floyd (mostly during the Gilmour era, though I also like Syd's compositions), Led Zeppelin, Florence + The Machine, R.E.M., Nirvana, MCR, etc. 

 

I'm also looking for something that does female vocals well. Think along the lines of Diana Krall, Jackie Evancho, and Maria Callas. 

 

Thanks!

 

P.S.

If it's any help, I also own the K242 HD, but find their treble to be a bit lacking. I love the mids, though I think the overall presentation is a bit... muffled?

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I feel the need for an upgrade to my music listening experience. I normally listen to madonna, dance music (think eric prydz  or fatboy slim), rap, electronica. However I also like the occasional Bonobo session. Looking for a can to improve on everything I liked in my HD428, bass isn't as important. I want really good mids/highs, short punchy bass that sits in back, and a feeling of being there. I've looked into the HFI-780, ATH M50, Fostex T50RP, grado 60i, 80i, sennheiser is not exactly the direction I want to head simply because I want them to be either easily driven (read: 60ohms or less), I don't mind open cans because I really don't listen to them in public anyway. Prefer a cord ~6 feet long, not coiled, 3.5mm jack. 

So here's what I need:

6 foot long cord

3.5mm jack preferred

80 ohms or less

good mids and highs, but still WARM.

short, punchy, welcoming bass, that doesn't muddy the highs/mids

somewhat existent soundstage, better or equivalent to a hd428.

under $200, preferably under $150

comfortable for hours on end.

 Still open to advice, I just don't feel like the m50 or the next sennheiser is suitable for me, as I've heard the bass is overpowering in the M50, and the sennheiser is kinda out of my price range. The 780 I've heard has good highs/mids, but I want some more opinions. The T50 has been a FotM, and I've heard it's a good all around, but I don't have a 1/4" jack to put it into, otherwise I'd buy it. The grados have always seemed to be a "can't go wrong" choice among headfiers who like mids/highs, but I don't like upfront music without soundstage and "screechy highs". 

So should I buy the 780's and take a chance??Buy grados? or buy the t50's and spend the money to recable them to 3.5mm?  Please help. :(    

THANKS! :) 

 

Open or closed doesn't matter to me, but I want something with the best of both worlds.

post #14234 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by ZetsuBozu0012 View Post

 

 

Maybe you'll eventually "settle" for the PS1000? :P

Anyway, maybe you'd care for something along the lines of a CIEM? Even with small ear canals (honestly, while mine aren't exaggeratedly small, I've also got some issues with IEMs), custom moulds may do well to resolve that problem. I realize that CIEMs on the whole are (WAY) out of your budget, but I'm just making a small recommendation to be looked upon in posterity.

 

P.S.

The AKG K550 is something I've been meaning to get lately. In spite of it's closed-back design, it has an exceptional (read: awesomely large) sound stage, and though a bit bass-heavy, it's got excellent mids and a mildly shiny treble. The only reason I didn't instantly recommend it was because I've been doing so way too often lately, and I hate getting fixated on stuff :P

 

The D2000s are really good cans, but upgrading to the D5000 is definitely worth it. I have yet to try the D2k, but I auditioned the D5000s last year, and barring the Audeze LCD-2s, they were the best cans I've heard to date. Then again, I'm still new to the hobby, so there are a lot of cans I've yet to try.

 

Cheers!

 

Haha I weeesh. If photography wasn't digging a hole in my wallet as well, I'd probably go buy all these nice cans T_T. CIEMs are nice but I don't think I'll ever invest in them because of resalability. Just like speakers... I had a pair of JBLs Studio 130s and a receiver and I was lucky enough to find a local buyer but if I sold it online God knows how much I'd spend on shipping. Now, I currently have Audioengine A5's for my computer and I'm not worried of shipping them since I got them for a steal ($175) But I don't know, I mean I understand that there are people out there willing to pay for shipping but neh lol I'm better off shipping headphones and non-custom ones.
 

But really, who knows lol maybe if I win the lotto.

 

My friend is an AKG fanboy and he loves his K550's but right now, can't afford and the D5000's wooden cups are so hnggg-worthy. I've never heard them in real life but I bet they're nice.

 

Oh and btw, I just ordered my Koss DJP100 but the TB one so that I get the free case and stuff. But definitely going to work my way up to a D5000! LCD-2's would be like me getting a Canon 70-200mm IS II... I wish but lulz I highly doubt it.

 

P.S. YOU'RE FILIPINO??!!

 

I'm half, Filipino-Chinese but I grew up there and moved here back in like 2006. :)))! Davao represent!


Edited by jjacq - 4/21/12 at 8:14pm
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Guys, PRO 750, D2000 or AKG K550 unamped?
Edited by LazBro123 - 4/21/12 at 9:51pm
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