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I'm looking to add to my headphone collection in the near future, and am specifically looking to add a truly neutral, analytical pair.

My current collection is limited to only the Vsonic GR07 and Audio Technica AD900, both of which I love and which complement each other very well. Here's what I'm looking for:

-Flat response. I absolutely hate "v-shaped" frequency response, or any amount of elevated bass. The AD900s are the limit on the amount of treble elevation that I will tolerate, and the GR07 the limit on the bass quantity.
-Good separation. A huge soundstage isn't necessary, but I can't stand congested sound and I'd like to get a good sense of where the various audio cues are coming from.
-Dry, fast sound with quick attack and decay and very aggressive texturing and detail retrieval. I'm not at all worried about listening fatigue. I don't want a textureless, liquid sound. Even the GR07s are almost too liquid for my tastes (but I still love them).
-Also, my only output device at the moment is a portable player, so keep that in mind.

-I don't have a lot of expendable cash right now, so cheaper is better.

I'm already anticipating that the responses are going to be overwhelmingly in favor of the ER4, which is what I'm planning on getting. I just want to see if there is anything else that might better suit my tastes.

 

 


What are your location and price range?  Above a certain price level you are likely to be limited driving cans with an unamped portable. 

 

You may also be limited by your music source files.  What format are they?

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A pair of HD 555's just went up on craiglist for $80. I've been looking for my first pair of good phones at a budget price. Should I jump on these?

 

If they are in good shape, they might be a reasonable buy.  I won't label them a "must have at that price" or a steal though.

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So I have decided it would be between these 3 Harx 700/Superlux 668HD/Samson SR 850. Which would be best for pinpoint accuracy gaming. I mean clear footsteps that can easily be pinpointed accurately by position. Game in mind is like CS/CSS and the likes.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

 

If they are in good shape, they might be a reasonable buy.  I won't label them a "must have at that price" or a steal though.

 

Could you give me an example of an open backed phone that would be as good in the same price range?

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I'm in the market for a closed can for roughly $150. I narrowed it down to the AKG K271 MK II and the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 but I'm open to suggestions. I'm not extremely picky about sound signature except I want a natural sound, I'm not sure if this is considered neutral or not. I recently got the AKG K240 Studio and I love their sound, their ability to reproduce instruments with a life-like sound has charmed me. I'm aware that the K271 is a closed version and sounds similar to the K240, so I am sure about the K271 in terms of sound. Do the K271 have durability issues? my K240s are already cracking in the right cup and they are only 2 months old, the cracks cause a slight rattle on sub bass frequencies on the right side, I plan to send these in for repair of replacement when I get back home. My question is about the M50 or other closed cans in this price range, do they sound quite natural and offer good detail? Anything over $170 is more than I want to spend. My old cans are the HD 555s, but they sound quite unnatural on most instruments and sounds, so I don't want anything that sounds like those particular Senns.

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Could you give me an example of an open backed phone that would be as good in the same price range?

 


I don't know the used market well, but one is the Grado Prestige Series SR-60i.  So you will have to do most of your own research on that.  There is a part of this forum where you can start.

 

Excellent new open back cans currently priced below $60  (U.S. street) include the Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones and Samson SR850 Semi-Open Studio Reference Headphones.

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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post

I'm in the market for a closed can for roughly $150. I narrowed it down to the AKG K271 MK II and the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 but I'm open to suggestions. I'm not extremely picky about sound signature except I want a natural sound, I'm not sure if this is considered neutral or not. I recently got the AKG K240 Studio and I love their sound, their ability to reproduce instruments with a life-like sound has charmed me. I'm aware that the K271 is a closed version and sounds similar to the K240, so I am sure about the K271 in terms of sound. Do the K271 have durability issues? my K240s are already cracking in the right cup and they are only 2 months old, the cracks cause a slight rattle on sub bass frequencies on the right side, I plan to send these in for repair of replacement when I get back home. My question is about the M50 or other closed cans in this price range, do they sound quite natural and offer good detail? Anything over $170 is more than I want to spend. My old cans are the HD 555s, but they sound quite unnatural on most instruments and sounds, so I don't want anything that sounds like those particular Senns.

 


The M50 might be fun and bassy, but neutral and natural it's not.  You're better off with the Shure SRH 840.  Also check out the KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones.

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I was told that these ear cushions will also fit on 668bs

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Blaster-Warcraft-Headset-Cushions/dp/B004N8J64Q/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335329160&sr=8-1-spell

 

is this true?

 

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Okay thanks. How comfortable are they? I just saw something called the BRAINWAVZ HM5 when looking at the KRK KNS8400's. Anyone know anything about the HM5's?
 

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Okay thanks. How comfortable are they? I just saw something called the BRAINWAVZ HM5 when looking at the KRK KNS8400's. Anyone know anything about the HM5's?
 

 


The HM5 is OK and comes with a great kit.  They are neutral and a bit bland. 

 

The Shure sounds better.

post #14291 of 29490

I'm trying to decide between IE80s and IE8's 

 

pros and cons? 

 

the overall better choice ?

 

thanks ! 

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Originally Posted by Lompang View Post

So I have decided it would be between these 3 Harx 700/Superlux 668HD/Samson SR 850. Which would be best for pinpoint accuracy gaming. I mean clear footsteps that can easily be pinpointed accurately by position. Game in mind is like CS/CSS and the likes.

 

I would 50/50 for the HD668B and SR850.

Do a search for "HD668B verses SR850"

 

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I see. I like a soft, smooth, and laid-back sound. How do the Shure's sound better than the BRAINWAVES? How do the Shure SRH840 compare to the AKG K271 MK II?

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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post

I see. I like a soft, smooth, and laid-back sound. How do the Shure's sound better than the BRAINWAVES? How do the Shure SRH840 compare to the AKG K271 MK II?

 


I have never heard the K271, so can't help you there.  My AKG full sized headphone listening is limited to the K 240 Studio and Q 701.

 

The 840 has greater clarity than the HM5.  To my ears the highs, mids and lows are all better too. 

 

But since you like a "soft, smooth and laid back sound", you might like the HM5.  I find them to be neutral and a bit bland, but different strokes for different folks.

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I see. Well I'm going to go with the HM5s then as they appeal to me quite a bit.

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