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Originally Posted by saywhuut View Post

What is the next step up from the ATH-M50 for closed cans that have a bit wider soundstage yet maintain the great punchy bass and clarity without getting fatigue? Looking to use iPad as my source not really interested in anything I'd have to amp. Does this exist or should I stick with getting the ATH-m50?

 


The logical step would be to an Ultrasone.  The problem is that the model I would recommend (Pro 750) needs an amp--at least out of an iPhone 4.  The leaves the HiFi 780, which is a  bit more efficient.

 

Another option is the Shure SRH 940, but I have done an A/B comparison between it and the M50 about sound stage.  The Shure SRH 940 is in the "it will work but it's close" category with the iPhone 4.

post #14417 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by GL1TCH3D View Post

I had a question.
What kind of amping do the grados need? They're easy to drive right? Should a fiio e17 be sufficient?
The specific grado model I'm getting is the sr325is.

 


You don't mention your source, but a 325 is fine out of an iPhone.  Except--if you have certain types of iPhone cases, they could block the wide plastic bottom end of the Grado pug into the device--but you'll need a converter, as the 325 comes on with 1/4" plug.


Edited by KG Jag - 4/30/12 at 11:13am
post #14418 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Silverspar View Post

Hello,


I've been lurking this website ever since around february and have seen alot of headphones, but i don't know what pair to choose from.
I'm looking for a pair of headphones that are around $70 or less and good for gaming, movies and music. My music tastes vaires from Electronic (DnB and Trance) to Rock(Grunge and Metal) and Soundtracks from Video Games and Movies. I've looked into budget headphones praised around here such as the Superlux 668b and the Samson SR850. Thanks.

 


For gaming and movies you will want something open (but not for in public use--they leak).  That leads me to the Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones or Samson SR850 Semi-Open Studio Reference Headphones.

post #14419 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

 

Another option is the Shure SRH 940, but I have done an A/B comparison between it and the M50 about sound stage.  The Shure SRH 940 is in the "it will work but it's close" category with the iPhone 4.

 

Too lazy to do the math but I'm pretty sure SRH940 is easier to drive than M50.

post #14420 of 29490

hello everybody

 

i am thinking about upgrade my sound system that i'm using right now on my PC

i have an ATH-AD700 and a xonar DG

 

im thinking about upgrade to a sennheiser HD 595. do you guys think this is a good option? I use the headphones mostly for games(competitive) and movies, so i like a open design with good soundstage, clear and crisp sound, with balanced bass

 

should i get the HD 595 or it will be just a waste of money?

 

 

 

post #14421 of 29490

I hope you guys can set me on the right track for choosing some great headphones, thanks in advance. Some information for you to be able to give me adequate advice.

 

Music genres: Ambient, Trance, Chillout, Popular music and Classical (minimal like Philip Glass). Furthermore it will be used for Youtube and other sites alike, for movies and series.

Portable: No, I will use it most of the time with my laptop.

Price range: Preferably 100 euros max (see list a bit further). This is without an headphone AMP which may be an option in the future.

Closed/Open: Closed. Don't want to wake up others or burden them with my sounds.

Headphone preference: I want to listen and enjoy the music.

Listening time: All day long. I have at this moment USB PC headphones (Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000) and the pads are scaling off (if that's a correct translation). I actually don't know the difference between PC headphones and normal headphones. Anyone an idea about that? So not only is the factor sound important the headphones also need to be comfortable.

 

A list I have composed based on the FAQ in this topic and other sources on the net. Remeber all are 100 euro's or cheaper other additions are of course welcome :) but will make choosing even harder.

 

- Koss Pro DJ 100 (75eu)

 

- Philips Uptown (99eu)

 

- Ultrasone Hfi 580 (B-stock don't know exactly what is wrong yet) (99eu)

 

- Shure SRH-440 (75eu)

 

- Creative Aurvana Live! (60eu)

 

- KRK KNS-6400 (89eu)

 

 


 

post #14422 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Pepeo View Post

hello everybody

 

i am thinking about upgrade my sound system that i'm using right now on my PC

i have an ATH-AD700 and a xonar DG

 

im thinking about upgrade to a sennheiser HD 595. do you guys think this is a good option? I use the headphones mostly for games(competitive) and movies, so i like a open design with good soundstage, clear and crisp sound, with balanced bass

 

should i get the HD 595 or it will be just a waste of money?

 

 

 

 

 

I wouldn't really call the 595's an upgrade from AD700.  If you want more bass, go for HD558's. They're pretty much better than 595's in every way, and have more bass, but again, it's not gonna be a big upgrade to AD700 for gaming or movies. Might actually be a downgrade in some areas of sound since AD700 are particularly good at stuff that needs a big soundstage. Maybe find a good used HD580 or HD600...or K601, or AD900.


Edited by derbigpr - 4/30/12 at 1:37pm
post #14423 of 29490

I know I'm being stubborn, and I should just get an amp, but my computer has a realtek hd audio sound card (RTKVHD64 to be exact, if you can make sense of that). Would that do the headphones any justice? If it can't, I'll just get a fiio amp. What fiio under $100 would go well with the 598s?

post #14424 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

 


The 598 is easy to drive, but I can't tell for sure that your laptop (no details provided) could drive it at or near its full potential.  What I can tell you is that if an amp/dac is needed, you can almost certainly get by with a very affordable one, such as made by Fiio.

 

I know I'm being stubborn, and I should just get an amp, but my computer has a realtek hd audio sound card (RTKVHD64 to be exact, if you can make sense of that). Would that do the headphones any justice? If it can't, I'll just get a fiio amp. What fiio under $100 would go well with the 598s?

post #14425 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by odehib View Post

 

 

I know I'm being stubborn, and I should just get an amp, but my computer has a realtek hd audio sound card (RTKVHD64 to be exact, if you can make sense of that). Would that do the headphones any justice? If it can't, I'll just get a fiio amp. What fiio under $100 would go well with the 598s?

 


Technically, 598's would need something like E9 to get powered properly. They're not as easy to drive well (not meaning loud) as its specifications would suggest.

post #14426 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Pepeo View Post

hello everybody

 

i am thinking about upgrade my sound system that i'm using right now on my PC

i have an ATH-AD700 and a xonar DG

 

im thinking about upgrade to a sennheiser HD 595. do you guys think this is a good option? I use the headphones mostly for games(competitive) and movies, so i like a open design with good soundstage, clear and crisp sound, with balanced bass

 

should i get the HD 595 or it will be just a waste of money?

 

 

 

 


The 595 is a discontinued model that has some record of cracking problems.  Are you going for it over the newer 558 and 598 because of price?

post #14427 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by derbigpr View Post

 

 

Technically, 598's would need something like E9 to get powered properly. They're not as easy to drive well (not meaning loud) as its specifications would suggest.

 

Hmm could you clarify this to me. Because after looking at HD598 specs they are pretty easy to drive. You only need around 13mW to reach 110dBSPL with these headphones. I don't see how having something big and strong would make a difference to driving these headphones when they need so litte power.

post #14428 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

 


The 595 is a discontinued model that has some record of cracking problems.  Are you going for it over the newer 558 and 598 because of price?

 

yeah basicaly because of price, maybe got a used one

they should have beter sound than 558 right?

 

post #14429 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Papander View Post

 

 

Hmm could you clarify this to me. Because after looking at HD598 specs they are pretty easy to drive. You only need around 13mW to reach 110dBSPL with these headphones. I don't see how having something big and strong would make a difference to driving these headphones when they need so litte power.

 


Definitely, not into the science of this stuff, but I enjoyed the HD598 much more amped. Just more dynamic.

post #14430 of 29490

 

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Originally Posted by Pepeo View Post

 

 

yeah basicaly because of price, maybe got a used one

they should have beter sound than 558 right?

 

 


I don't know, I've only heard the 558.  Are you aware of the simple tape removal mod than is supposed to make the 558 sound almost exactly like the 598?  If not just look it up.

 

It is true that the 558 is "only" the middle tear offering in the current 5x8 line.

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