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Originally Posted by soalexx View Post

Hi guys, long time lurker, only recently signed up. In the market for new headphones, budget got cut down recently due to a little car trouble so I've had to prioritize the funds. 

 

Looking at HD650 or the D5000 realistically. EDIT : maybe HE-400 even?

 

I listen to lots of different genres so I need something that does well enough with most everything. 

 

Highlights would be vocals / midrange (male and female), I listen to radiohead and porcupine tree as far as rock goes, jazz (mostly mellow and relaxed), female vocalists, bit of hip hop and classical of equal parts(when the mood strikes). It would be in that order most probably, thats not to say it would have to be mainly focused around rock (I've heard enough of radiohead not to mind, as long as the vocal's come out clear).

 

Alternatively, my budget is around about $500..ish. I'm open to alternatives. 

 

I come from IEM only background (Shure SE530 + Westone 3's), and I wouldn't mind some real bass. I suppose I'm a bit worried about the HD650 because I've never heard the bass on a set of good opens before, and if it's worse than my IEMS then quite honestly I'm not interested. Both of the IEM's lack any sort of impact, the Westone 3's are probably deep enough, but lack any feeling because the whole "Balanced Armature" thing. That said, i'm not really a bass head, I think I'm just a little starved for some decent impact. If the 650's can give me a bit more feeling than a BA IEM in this department, it's in the cards. 

 

My thoughts on the D5000 is mainly mid range, vocals etc. Also soundstage compared to HD650's. Again from IEMS, I'd like for the sound not to be in my head anymore. For that I'll just use the IEMS. 

 

Both strictly for use at home, for musical listening only (will be playing games etc with them as well, but I dont care at all how they do in that regard). I've got an O2 amp already, will be getting the ODAC when its released as well.

 

Eventually I'm going to get a new set of CIEM's when the funds permit, probably MG6Pro's or UM Merlins, so the HD650's might complement those well in terms of being a different sound signature, maybe, I dont know, just putting it all on the table for any help I can get.

 

Thanks guys, much appreciated in advance.

 

 

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post #14237 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by chefman21 View Post

 

 

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

 

Anyone else?

 


I prefer the Shure, but it might not be the best fit for the requirements you mentioned earlier.  The HiFi 780 and Pro 750 are a very good cans but outside of your price range.

post #14238 of 29490

 

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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!

 

Wishing I could save up for a DSLR myself, but head-fi's my current priority; My dad's going to buy one anyway, so I have the privilege of being able to "borrow" it when he's not using it. To be honest, I'm the one in my family who's obsessed with photography, even though I barely spend anything on it. As if audiophilia wasn't enough of a cash drain T_T

 

I can see the practicality in avoiding CIEMs, but once you get high up on the upgrade ladder, they pretty much (reportedly) blow other universal IEMs out of the water. There's no competition when compared to a respectable head-fi home kit, but the improved imaging and isolation make up for that. Add the UE18s or the Merlins to my current wishlist of things I'll probably never get :P

 

I agree that wooden cups are way better looking than a lot of the plastic stuff that's in the market nowadays (Have you seen the ATH-M50 LE, though? Dang, I drooled when I first saw a pair up for sale in MoA). For one thing, when I first saw the LCD-2s in person earlier this year, I literally almost made a total idiot of myself when I asked the shopkeeper if I could audition them, I was stuttering so badly. Okay, that may have been a bit exaggerated, but it was my first run-in with cans at that level >.<

 

The D5000s are excellent, yeah, and you will end up spending even more money for a great amp/DAC (more likely separate ones) if you get the LCD-2, but imagine how great it will sound. May as well get a Stax SR-009 while you're at it. <-- Wish I could afford one myself biggrin.gif

 

Yeah, born and raised a Pasigueno XD

*checks profile* Ah, dang. I was hoping that I might have found someone I'd be familiar with at a meet, but I guess that was just unlikely. Audiophiles are more common in the Philippines than I thought, but the hobby's still not as widespread as to make meeting one very likely.

 

P.S.

Good taste in cameras, though I'd settle for an E-600 myself. As I said, photography takes second place to headphones ^_^

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I prefer the Shure, but it might not be the best fit for the requirements you mentioned earlier.  The HiFi 780 and Pro 750 are a very good cans but outside of your price range.

 

What sort of price bracket should I be looking at? 

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I hear a lot of people praising the d5000 for their bass response, but I can't find much discussion of how they handle mids and highs. If anyone could help me out with a quick comparison of these to say, the shure srh940, sennheiser hd650, or any of the upper-end ultrasones (pro 900, 2500, 2900, none of which I've heard), it would be greatly appreciated. I'm also considering a hifiman he500 but I've heard the comfort is an issue.

 

I really want a headphone with particularly solid mid-range frequencies, along with good lows and highs. Of the headphones I listed, the only ones I have now are the Shure srh-940. I have the beyerdynamic dt-880 as well and find the midrange to be too recessed. Thanks

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hey guys, what do you think of the hd380 pro? I am going to save my money and get those. 

post #14242 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by RBNYC2 View Post

I hear a lot of people praising the d5000 for their bass response, but I can't find much discussion of how they handle mids and highs. If anyone could help me out with a quick comparison of these to say, the shure srh940, sennheiser hd650, or any of the upper-end ultrasones (pro 900, 2500, 2900, none of which I've heard), it would be greatly appreciated. I'm also considering a hifiman he500 but I've heard the comfort is an issue.

 

I really want a headphone with particularly solid mid-range frequencies, along with good lows and highs. Of the headphones I listed, the only ones I have now are the Shure srh-940. I have the beyerdynamic dt-880 as well and find the midrange to be too recessed. Thanks

 


See:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/luscious-denon-ah-d2000-ah-d50000-and-ah-d7000

 

post #14243 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by chefman21 View Post

 

 

What sort of price bracket should I be looking at? 

 


The Ultrasone PRO 750 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones go for as low as $225 shipped at Amazon.  That should be your target for the qualities you say you want in your next can.

 

If you are willing to make compromises, go with the 840 for about $70 less.

post #14244 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by RBNYC2 View Post

I hear a lot of people praising the d5000 for their bass response, but I can't find much discussion of how they handle mids and highs. If anyone could help me out with a quick comparison of these to say, the shure srh940, sennheiser hd650, or any of the upper-end ultrasones (pro 900, 2500, 2900, none of which I've heard), it would be greatly appreciated. I'm also considering a hifiman he500 but I've heard the comfort is an issue.

 

I really want a headphone with particularly solid mid-range frequencies, along with good lows and highs. Of the headphones I listed, the only ones I have now are the Shure srh-940. I have the beyerdynamic dt-880 as well and find the midrange to be too recessed. Thanks

 

Mids are slightly withdrawn in comparison to lows and highs, but they've become even less withdrawn since the revision.  TBH though others could give you a better picture I bet. 

post #14245 of 29490

My brother is looking for a pair of closed cans. His price point is in the $200-250 range. He wants bass and a decent looking can. I had told him to check out the V-MODA line, are there any other decent cans for this price point?

post #14246 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Arboginge911 View Post

My brother is looking for a pair of closed cans. His price point is in the $200-250 range. He wants bass and a decent looking can. I had told him to check out the V-MODA line, are there any other decent cans for this price point?

 

If he wants good bass and not just a bass heavy can, the Ultrasone Pro 750 and Denon D2000 (if not used while on the go) are good choices.

 

Of course it would be helpful to know through what he plays his music and whatever else (e.g. movies, games) to which he will be listening.

post #14247 of 29490

The limited edition ath-m50 is pretty sharp looking and quite a bit cheaper. But yeah, the D2000 would be a great option.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

 

If he wants good bass and not just a bass heavy can, the Ultrasone Pro 750 and Denon D2000 (if not used while on the go) are good choices.

 

Of course it would be helpful to know through what he plays his music and whatever else (e.g. movies, games) to which he will be listening.

 

 

post #14248 of 29490

Would a Superlux HD 668b work well with an Asus Xonar DG for mainly music? 


Edited by Supertoaster - 4/23/12 at 1:16am
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

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Originally Posted by chefman21 View Post

 

 

What sort of price bracket should I be looking at? 

 


The Ultrasone PRO 750 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones go for as low as $225 shipped at Amazon.  That should be your target for the qualities you say you want in your next can.

 

If you are willing to make compromises, go with the 840 for about $70 less.


Thanks a lot. I think I might save that bit more and go with the 750. Just need to find somewhere to listen to them first!
post #14250 of 29490

 

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Would a Superlux HD 668b work well with an Asus Xonar DG for mainly music? 

 

They'll sound fine from any source.

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