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post #15481 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KevinM87 View Post

Hi all, first post..

 

 

I've always used IEMs (the little earbud types that just hang straight down). I've always been satisfied with the sound, but am tired of them breaking (having one earphone cut in and out, mainly, what a pain the ass..). I'm looking to try my first set of over-ear headphones.

 

What I'm using them for:

  1. Listening to music (Top 10: Alice in Chains, Tool, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails)
  2. Playing games(mainly first person shooters, so spacial awareness is important [i.e. knowing where someone is approaching from]. I believe this is called soundstage but i don't know what I'm talking about)
  3. Watching movies - all sorts, big movie buff so this will take up a decent portion of my listening time.

 

Features I'm looking for:

  1. Build quality - the reason I'm moving to "cans" is because my other headphones keep #@$%ing breaking. Detachable wire is preferred so I can replace that if need-be. I would like these headphones to last me for life.
  2. Isolation - I prefer not to broadcast my music to the world. so they need to be closed. They don't need to be ultra-soundproof, just enough to not be obnoxious.
  3. Comfort - When I'm going on sitting on the computer for hours on end, I don't want a massive head-ache. I think I have an average sized head... not really sure..
  4. Soundstage - see above, I don't really care about this for music so much as for playing FPS's.
  5. Price - Maximum I'm willing to spend is 200, but they better be freaking awesome for that much. Would prefer in the 100-150 range.
  6. Portability - I would like to be able to walk around the house and listen to music from my phone (android).
  7. Looks - Kind of an afterthought, I wouldn't trade this for anything else, but it'd be nice if they didn't look ridiculous.

 

What I'm NOT looking for:

I'm not looking for crazy accurate, super flat, uber-analytical(?) studio monitors. Before today, I didn't know what a monitor was. After spending 6+ hours on this forum trying to pick out the right pair for myself, I've learned one thing: I don't know anything about anything. As long as these headphones are decent sound quality for a non-audiophile, I'll be happy. I'm not saying I'm cool with crap quality, but I'm probably alright with something that might offend a purist. As long as they make an enjoyable listen and don't break the bank, I'll buy em. What the hell is an amp, anyways?

 

 

TL;DR:

  • I'm buying my first cans
  • I want a good casual listening set for metal/grunge/alternative/rock/classic rock and first-person-shooters.
  • Build quality is important, isolation and comfort slightly less important, portability slightly less, and looks the least important
  • Max price = $200. Preferred range ~$150.

 

 

To whichever experts come to my aid: thank you. After spending all day on these forums, I've realized the longer I read, the more "potentials" I add to the list, so I'm going to use you guys to narrow it down for me.

 

Edit:

Just to give you guys an idea of what I've been looking at and the reason I haven't been able to settle on one:

 

Brainwavz HM5 - Buying guide recommends using an amp with these... don't even know what an amp is. Is this OK for a casual listener?

Shure SRH840 - Heard that these can get uncomfortable. Also, are they too "analytical" and "boring"?

KRK KNS 6400 - Heard that these are "boring".

 

No offense to the OP--but color me amazed!  Recently we have seen more than a couple of folks who are looking for $150 closed cans that are great for gaming, movies, mutiple kinds of music; have a great sound stage; fantastic frequency response; even better sound; are very durable; are portable; don't need an amp; and have detachable cables. [or something very similar] They don't exist.  If you ever find them (other than on sale for 30 seconds) please tell all of us.  We want to buy them too!

 

What I can suggest is that you read this thread and tell us what might best meet your needs (I doubt it will be $150 or even $200):

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-6-10-2012-ultrasone-pro-2900-added-many-edits

 

Next--it's helpful that you told us what you don't like, but please give us more of an idea of what sound signature you want.  You may  have to listen to a few cans or at least read some reviews to accomplish this.  The fact is we can't help very much unless we know.


Edited by KG Jag - 6/15/12 at 12:15pm
post #15482 of 29490
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Originally Posted by abhijollyguy View Post

Hi, I want neutral can which has very deep, very tight and very punchy bass up to being neutral which doesn't bleed into the mid-range at all, want mids which should not recessed nor the center image of the sound signature. I want treble which is smooth and extends very well aka I want smooth very extended treble. Very good soundstage, instrument separation all of this under $200. I have 2 cans in my mind - Fischer Audio FA-003 and Beyerdynamic DT1350

 

You're not going to get all that new (and maybe not used) for under $200.

post #15483 of 29490
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Originally Posted by BMT View Post

I'm looking for:

 

  • closed headphones (no IEMs, they cause a mild sense of pressure in my head after a while)
  • decent amount of isolation
  • comfortable enough to wear for the entire work day (with a few breaks here and there)
  • can be driven either without an amp or with an entry level amp like my Portaphile V2
  • acceptable for general music listening (most genres)
  • < $350 - $400

 

If anyone has a recommendation, I'd love to hear it.  Thanks!

 

Sony MDR-V900HD,  Sony MDR-7520.

post #15484 of 29490

Reposting my question here~

 

Looking for an upgrade from my headset and wanting better sound for my music and stuff. Currently, I narrowed it down to the AKG K550 and K701/702. I mainly listen to Anime, JPop, OSTs (sound tracks), and sometimes electronic. Alot of the music I listen have vocals as well.

 

I currently have an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card in my computer, and the headphones will be mainly plugged in there. Can the sound card be able to power these headphones? Or I have to get an amp to really make these headphones shine?

 

I been reading alot on both of the headphones and hearing alot of mix stuff with them, can anyone point me in the right direction? Or even suggest better headphones? That would be great!

 

Thanks in advance for the advice :3

post #15485 of 29490

I'm looking for a closed pair of headphones for progressive metal, I will be using these in an open-office environment, at home I use (and love) my grado sr80i.

My upper price range is $250, has to be a bit less if they require an amp.

I was looking at the beyer dt 770 pros but the upper mid trough put me off quite a bit.

 

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

 

Velour/velvet earpads are a plus, portability isn't a concern as they will be used at my desk.

post #15486 of 29490

I would definitely recommend the K701s for vocals because I own a pair and they are great; wonderful midrange and incredible detail. You cannot really go wrong with these but if you are really into electronic music then i would suggest the Denon AH-d2000 or d5000 is you have the cash. I have both the D2000 and K701.

post #15487 of 29490

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Originally Posted by Hachiko View Post

I currently have an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card in my computer, and the headphones will be mainly plugged in there. Can the sound card be able to power these headphones? Or I have to get an amp to really make these headphones shine?

The STX has a built in headphone amplifier which can easily power most high impedance headphones (asus say up to 600ohm)

post #15488 of 29490
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Originally Posted by regicide View Post

I'm looking for a closed pair of headphones for progressive metal, I will be using these in an open-office environment, at home I use (and love) my grado sr80i.

My upper price range is $250, has to be a bit less if they require an amp.

I was looking at the beyer dt 770 pros but the upper mid trough put me off quite a bit.

 

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

 

Velour/velvet earpads are a plus, portability isn't a concern as they will be used at my desk.

 

As a Grado lover, you might like the Ultrasone Pro 750.  They need and amp though...

post #15489 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Hachiko View Post

Reposting my question here~

 

Looking for an upgrade from my headset and wanting better sound for my music and stuff. Currently, I narrowed it down to the AKG K550 and K701/702. I mainly listen to Anime, JPop, OSTs (sound tracks), and sometimes electronic. Alot of the music I listen have vocals as well.

 

I currently have an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card in my computer, and the headphones will be mainly plugged in there. Can the sound card be able to power these headphones? Or I have to get an amp to really make these headphones shine?

 

I been reading alot on both of the headphones and hearing alot of mix stuff with them, can anyone point me in the right direction? Or even suggest better headphones? That would be great!

 

Thanks in advance for the advice :3

 

Don't know your genres, but having heard from another poster that your sound card can push them, I recommend the Q 701 over the three you have listed.  In the States it's cheaper than all of them as well.

post #15490 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

No offense to the OP--but color me amazed!  Recently we have seen more than a couple of folks who are looking for $150 closed cans that are great for gaming, movies, mutiple kinds of music; have a great sound stage; fantastic frequency response; even better sound; are very durable; are portable; don't need an amp; and have detachable cables. [or something very similar] They don't exist.  If you ever find them (other than on sale for 30 seconds) please tell all of us.  We want to buy them too!

 

What I can suggest is that you read this thread and tell us what might best meet your needs (I doubt it will be $150 or even $200):

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-6-10-2012-ultrasone-pro-2900-added-many-edits

 

Next--it's helpful that you told us what you don't like, but please give us more of an idea of what sound signature you want.  You may  have to listen to a few cans or at least read some reviews to accomplish this.  The fact is we can't help very much unless we know.

 

Let me rephrase. I'm not looking for for "great sound and a great soundstage" and I could care less about the quality of the frequency response. I've stated my priorities. They are build quality, decent isolation, and comfort. I think I can get that with $200. I'm coming to you guys because I think you're qualified to tell me what headphone I can get that satisfies all of those and will supply me with the best sound possible... for under $200.

 

Again, build quality(including detachable wire), decent isolation, comfortable. Can't I get those 3 properties with <$200? If not, then I stand corrected.

 

If i can't get all of it, at least tell me where to start looking... I'm willing to make compromises in quality, what I'm not willing to do is spend $500 on a pair of headphones.

 

KG Jag... what do you think about the 3 choices I've narrowed my search down to... which would you recommend for me (unless you have something else in mind)

Shure SRH840

Brainwavz HM5

KRK KNS6400

 

They all seem to meet my 3 requirements outside of SQ.. and they're all $100-150... I just don't know enough about sound quality to be able to pick the best one for me?

 

post #15491 of 29490

Hey guys, I know this may not be the right thread, and i may have posted about this before but, here we go. 

 

Im looking for someone to make custom molded ear plugs for me, professionally, I just bought a motorcycle and learned about how loud wind noise can be, and I know ill use them considering how much loud noise im around either at work, home, or on the new favorite hobby. 

 

So how much does it usually cost for professional custom molded hearing protection? Who usually does it? (what company is good or whatever) Are there different material choices? Like latex, silicon, foam etc.? How much is it usually for an extra pair?

 

Any information much appreciated, DD.  

post #15492 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KevinM87 View Post

 

Let me rephrase. I'm not looking for for "great sound and a great soundstage" and I could care less about the quality of the frequency response. I've stated my priorities. They are build quality, decent isolation, and comfort. I think I can get that with $200. I'm coming to you guys because I think you're qualified to tell me what headphone I can get that satisfies all of those and will supply me with the best sound possible... for under $200.

 

Again, build quality(including detachable wire), decent isolation, comfortable. Can't I get those 3 properties with <$200? If not, then I stand corrected.

 

If i can't get all of it, at least tell me where to start looking... I'm willing to make compromises in quality, what I'm not willing to do is spend $500 on a pair of headphones.

 

KG Jag... what do you think about the 3 choices I've narrowed my search down to... which would you recommend for me (unless you have something else in mind)

 

Shure SRH840--Best sound of the three: neutralish with mid-bass hump; great mids for the price range.  Will work out of many portable devices without an amp, but it works better amped.  Build quality it a problem if you're rough or careless with them.  I find them to be comfortable; some others don't.  Isolation is decent.
 

 

Brainwavz HM5--neutral but on the bland side.  Come with case and many extras.  Initially clamp hard but will probably be OK with stretching and use.  Has the best isolation of the three.

 

KRK KNS6400--Excellent value and maybe the best/safest choice if unamped.  Solid "B" across the board.

 

 

They all seem to meet my 3 requirements outside of SQ.. and they're all $100-150... I just don't know enough about sound quality to be able to pick the best one for me?

 


Edited by KG Jag - 6/15/12 at 8:35pm
post #15493 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Deathdeisel View Post

Hey guys, I know this may not be the right thread, and i may have posted about this before but, here we go. 

 

Im looking for someone to make custom molded ear plugs for me, professionally, I just bought a motorcycle and learned about how loud wind noise can be, and I know ill use them considering how much loud noise im around either at work, home, or on the new favorite hobby. 

 

So how much does it usually cost for professional custom molded hearing protection? Who usually does it? (what company is good or whatever) Are there different material choices? Like latex, silicon, foam etc.? How much is it usually for an extra pair?

An audiologist can do the impressions, for me it was $20NZD and I imagine it would be similar (if not cheaper) in the US.

 

try 1964s (http://1964ears.com/products_solid_earplugs.html $50) I havent bought their solids, but I own a pair of their dual armature custom IEMS and am very happy.

 

They also offer 'musicians earplugs' (http://1964ears.com/products_musician_earplugs.html) which are solid except for a small opening with a seal, these will let small amounts of noise through (may be useful to hear other vehicles around you) although I havent heard of anyone using these on a bike.

 

Good luck.

post #15494 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

As a Grado lover, you might like the Ultrasone Pro 750.  They need and amp though...

I have been looking at them actually, sadly I cant hear them locally anywhere (nor can I hear most headphones locally) and I also cant seem to find much information online (headfi reviews, freq resp graphs, etc.).

 

I do love my grado sr80i, at times they can be slightly too harsh but they just sound awesome most of the time. Maybe a little less bright could be good, but im not sure.

 

What kind of amping would the pro 750s need?

post #15495 of 29490
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Originally Posted by regicide View Post

An audiologist can do the impressions, for me it was $20NZD and I imagine it would be similar (if not cheaper) in the US.

 

try 1964s (http://1964ears.com/products_solid_earplugs.html $50) I havent bought their solids, but I own a pair of their dual armature custom IEMS and am very happy.

 

They also offer 'musicians earplugs' (http://1964ears.com/products_musician_earplugs.html) which are solid except for a small opening with a seal, these will let small amounts of noise through (may be useful to hear other vehicles around you) although I havent heard of anyone using these on a bike.

 

Good luck.

Ah I quite like the pricing on the solid ones, quite a bit cheaper than JH audio. While the solids im sure will be good enough for any type of noise reduction, for the bike I may opt for musicians plugs, as I would like to hear vehicles around me. Im thinking -15db probably. thanks a bunch for the input. And that would be awesome to get impressions done for that cheap, but I get the uneasy feeling that it will be more. 

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