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Originally Posted by zonedout245 View Post

Hello, everyone,

 

I'm interested in purchasing the Shure SRH440 ($85) [Or possibly Shure SRH840 ($150) if the extra dough is worth it].

 

I'd like to compare the Shures to others that have been recommended by this forum: CAD Audio MH310 ($63), Creative Aurvana Live! ($95), Koss ProDJ100 ($55), and Superlux HD668B ($50).


Genre: IDM (electronic), Jazz, Video Game Soundtracks, some Rock/Alternative like Radiohead and Shudder to Think. I try to use lossless formats when possible, otherwise 320kpbs mp3 or the highest quality lossy format.
Sound signature: I think I prefer a moderately flat response, since I might use them for mixing audio.

Usage: I plan to use these for studying mostly (home and library), but also for mixing and recording (guitar direct-in to an interface, no mics yet). I may not use these for commuting. Although the ability to use them for travel might be nice, it is not a necessity, so perhaps cans that do not need to be amped are best, but in the future I might get into amping. I don't want the headphones to leak too much sound, but I also don't want to hear too much outside noise. I don't necessarily mean near total isolation.

 

Thank you in advance for any information/insight you have to offer; it is greatly appreciated.

 

The 840 is your best bet from that group.

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Originally Posted by draco159 View Post

Hey guys, I've been a long time lurker and just decided to create an account since I'm having trouble deciding. Anyhow I am in the need of some over ear headphones for just at office purposes.
 

Music genres:  95% Alt rock, the rest is random things here and there.

Portable: No, only at the computer.

Price range: Max I'd say $200, but if I would benefit from an amp for a headphone in this range, I'll be for adding a cheap but good amp you'd recommend.

Amped: If needed

Closed/Open: I'd say closed since I listen to my music on the louder side and I share an office with three other people.

Headphone preference: I'm pretty sensitive to bright tweeters/highs, so fatigue needs to be low. Definitely don't like metallic sounding highs in rock at all. I will be wearing these for pretty much the whole working day (8hrs), so comfort is crucial. I do prefer an overall warm/balanced sound with enough bass to fit in with the balanced idea. As far as looks, I really don't care all that much, but if it looks nice, that's a plus.

FWIW, I know the 8400s receive a lot of praise here, but I found them really fatiguing. (YMMV). They are really comfortable though. I second the M80 as a consideration.

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Hello! I'm looking into a set of good all-round closed headphones for ~$100-150. I haven't owned a decent pair yet, so as my first foray, I've been considering the ATH M50, V-Moda M-80, Fischer FA003, Shure 840, beyer DT770. I'd also be using these at the office so it would be best for the phones not to be enormous, and sound good even when unamped. The M50 seems to be the most frequently recommended, so that may be a good first set. What do you think? 

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Originally Posted by brencho View Post

Hello! I'm looking into a set of good all-round closed headphones for ~$100-150. I haven't owned a decent pair yet, so as my first foray, I've been considering the ATH M50, V-Moda M-80, Fischer FA003, Shure 840, beyer DT770. I'd also be using these at the office so it would be best for the phones not to be enormous, and sound good even when unamped. The M50 seems to be the most frequently recommended, so that may be a good first set. What do you think? 

What kind of music do you listen to most? 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Consider the V-Moda M-80, KRK KNS 8400 and Shure SRH840.

 

Thanks! In my searching, those seem to be the three to choose between for this price point.

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Consider the Shure SRH840 (some had had comfort issues--I don't), KRK KNS 8400 or Brainwavz HM5.  Adding an amp is a good idea.  

 

I'm going to swing by guitar center after work and hopefully they will have the first two for me to demo. I hadn't considered the Brainwayz, I'll look into those. Thanks!

 

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Originally Posted by gonkulator View Post

FWIW, I know the 8400s receive a lot of praise here, but I found them really fatiguing. (YMMV). They are really comfortable though. I second the M80 as a consideration.

 

They do get a lot of praise here, I'm hoping to test them out after work this afternoon at guitar center. How is the m80 comfort wise?

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Originally Posted by draco159 View Post

 

 How is the m80 comfort wise?

The comfort takes some breaking in. Even V-Moda suggests this. They can also be twisted a bit to conform to the correct angle toward your ears. They have been fine for me since then. 

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Thanks KG Jag. I know the SRH840 is the best of the group, but I was initially considering under $100, possibly under $80, but I've been increasing my budget slightly because I just want to get a good pair the first time around. Is there any significant improvement in durability or warranty by going up to the SRH840s? If they'd last longer than the other then I can justify the extra money spent. What are the general differences typically experienced with the increase in price from <$100 to mid $100s? Thank you.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Consider the Shure SRH840 (some had had comfort issues--I don't), KRK KNS 8400 or Brainwavz HM5.  Adding an amp is a good idea.  


If you decide to look in the HM5's, go for the OEM version sold by jaycar

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/digitech-pro-monitor-headphones#wiki

http://www.jaycar.us/productView.asp?ID=AA2065&form=CAT2&SUBCATID=1015#4

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Im looking for a pair of closed headphones around 300 dollars over ear good for rap hip hop and metal and some rock i was looking at the akg k550 but wasnt sure if thats what i should get because im a little new to this stuff and i wont be using an amp ill just be using my iphone 4 thank you in advance for any replies and sorry if im posting in the wrong thread

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Originally Posted by brencho View Post

Hello! I'm looking into a set of good all-round closed headphones for ~$100-150. I haven't owned a decent pair yet, so as my first foray, I've been considering the ATH M50, V-Moda M-80, Fischer FA003, Shure 840, beyer DT770. I'd also be using these at the office so it would be best for the phones not to be enormous, and sound good even when unamped. The M50 seems to be the most frequently recommended, so that may be a good first set. What do you think? 

 

Those have different sound signatures.  Do you prefer a "V" shaped EQ (recessed mids), recessed highs or a more neutral take?

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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

What kind of music do you listen to most? 

A wide variety, even at work. But from highest to lowest, probably something like: jazz, electronic/ambient works, rock and pop tied with folk, hip-hop, classical... Which set would be good for all-around listening? And while we're at it, would one of them be best for jazz, folk and classical on the one hand and rock/pop/hip-hop and electronic on the other?

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Those have different sound signatures.  Do you prefer a "V" shaped EQ (recessed mids), recessed highs or a more neutral take?

I suppose I'd like to avoid overly bright or piercing highs, as that tends to be fatiguing to me in the long-run. Other than that, I'd value clarity but not necessarily at the expense of a punchy bass (which seems to not be as much of a problem on closed headphones, as opposed to open ones, at the risk of sounding too boomy). 

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Im in doubt between the sennheiser HD 598 and the V Moda crossfade LP. Which one is better for comfort and sound quality?

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Originally Posted by Tarmijo View Post

Im looking for a pair of closed headphones around 300 dollars over ear good for rap hip hop and metal and some rock i was looking at the akg k550 but wasnt sure if thats what i should get because im a little new to this stuff and i wont be using an amp ill just be using my iphone 4 thank you in advance for any replies and sorry if im posting in the wrong thread

 Unless you're going with open Grados/Alessandros $300 and unamped does not compute very well. You really need better quality sound files/records/CD's and an amp to get good $300-ish sound from the best cans in that price band.  Also mp3 or the like out of an iPhone limits any can you attach to it.  Best bang for the buck listening to mp3's out of an iPhone is about $100 to $150. 

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Originally Posted by daniel521 View Post

Im in doubt between the sennheiser HD 598 and the V Moda crossfade LP. Which one is better for comfort and sound quality?

 

598 hands down.

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