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I've been wanting to own a pair of over-ear headphones for a while, and since I'll be on a 14 hour flight in August, I thought it would be time to actually get a pair now.

Does anyone here know of any good models to get?

I'm looking for:

  • good sound quality (I'm a semi-audiophile)
  • comfortable wearing for long periods of time
  • A cord that's short enough for travel (10 ft. cords aren't exactly portable)
  • Preferably under $200

 

My music library usually consists of folk music, usual pop music, indie music and classical music.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Originally Posted by billyhightech View Post

Hey guys this is my first post here at head-fi but I am an audio junkie (especially headphones!) I have 3 decent sets now but want to crank it up a bit. I am looking at the shure srh840 and the fostex t50-rp. I listen to all types of music so if anyone has heard both,let me know. Also if anyone else has any recondmendations for something $130 or less ( i can get a very good deal on the shures) let me know,thanks guys..

 

The 840 is a very good choice in that price range.  Depending on your device, you may need to amp it to get the volume level you want.

 

I have not yet heard the Fostex.

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Originally Posted by Taelin View Post

I've been wanting to own a pair of over-ear headphones for a while, and since I'll be on a 14 hour flight in August, I thought it would be time to actually get a pair now.

Does anyone here know of any good models to get?

I'm looking for:

  • good sound quality (I'm a semi-audiophile)
  • comfortable wearing for long periods of time
  • A cord that's short enough for travel (10 ft. cords aren't exactly portable)
  • Preferably under $200

 

My music library usually consists of folk music, usual pop music, indie music and classical music.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

For less than half your budget, I like the very efficient Sony MDR-ZX700.  They have the short cord, isloate well, are comfortable for long sessions and have a good and balanced sound.  The 7510 & V900 HD sound a bit better but have the long cord.

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The 840 is a very good choice in that price range.  Depending on your device, you may need to amp it to get the volume level you want.

 

I have not yet heard the Fostex.

The Fostex has magical liquid mids.  It is a little hard to drive loud though out of a portable.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

For less than half your budget, I like the very efficient Sony MDR-ZX700.  They have the short cord, isloate well, are comfortable for long sessions and have a good and balanced sound.  The 7510 & V900 HD sound a bit better but have the long cord.

 

Is the sound crystal clear though? I want to be able to hear each individual instrument in an orchestral piece (sorry, I'm just extremely picky about that).

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Originally Posted by Taelin View Post
I've been wanting to own a pair of over-ear headphones for a while, and since I'll be on a 14 hour flight in August, I thought it would be time to actually get a pair now.

Does anyone here know of any good models to get?
I'm looking for:

  • good sound quality (I'm a semi-audiophile)
  • comfortable wearing for long periods of time
  • A cord that's short enough for travel (10 ft. cords aren't exactly portable)
  • Preferably under $200

My music library usually consists of folk music, usual pop music, indie music and classical music.

KRK KNS 8400, the cups turn 90%, easier to pack.

replaceable cord.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

For less than half your budget, I like the very efficient Sony MDR-ZX700.  They have the short cord, isloate well, are comfortable for long sessions and have a good and balanced sound.  The 7510 & V900 HD sound a bit better but have the long cord.

Those Sony ZX700s do sound nice, listened to them once at a Sony store hooked up to an mp3 player.

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It depends mostly what kind of music you like. The LP2s were designed to sound like a dance club in your head. They have visceral bass. While not my cup of tea (I listen to a lot of jazz, and not at loud volumes) I do use them for gaming. They isolate well. If you want to be super cool, you can get custom plates for them with your own design.

 

The Aviators lean towards a more "neutral" sound, with less bass than you usually get with fashion headphones. Good if you like a wide variety of genres and not just pop and club music. I can't remember offhand how well they isolated when I tried them in the Apple Store.

 

I'm not familiar with the last ones.  I hope that helps though.

My music library mainly consists of rock, a bit by Adele and a bit by Coldplay. (As a side note, what would Coldplay's songs be classed as? Alternative?) So, with that in mind, what would you recommend?

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Those Sony ZX700s do sound nice, listened to them once at a Sony store hooked up to an mp3 player.


I like them for good sound quality and convenience when traveling by air and using an iPhone for music.  Here's Tyll's review:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/sony-mdr-zx700

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can i use the athm50s with a cowon player without an amp?

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can i use the athm50s with a cowon player without an amp?

Yes.

post #15567 of 29490

nice i may get it then instead of the ath ad700

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So I'm looking to upgrade from my DT880s. I'd like to move away from the somewhat bright and analytical sound of the DT880s and get something with some more bottom end and maybe a little lushness. The HE-500 seems to fit the bill perfectly and its price is really good when compared to the other high-end headphones. I considered the T1 and HD800, but both those seem to err on the brighter side. I also need something that plays nice with a wide variety of music, and the HiFiman seem to be a better choice than either of those.

 

I'm thinking about pulling the trigger rather soon. Any thoughts?


Edited by evanft - 6/18/12 at 4:48pm
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Originally Posted by evanft View Post

So I'm looking to upgrade from my DT880s. I'd like to move away from the somewhat bright and analytical sound of the DT880s and get something with some more bottom end and maybe a little lushness. The HE-500 seems to fit the bill perfectly and its price is really good when compared to the other high-end headphones. I considered the T1 and HD800, but both those seem to err on the brighter side.

 

I'm thinking about pulling the trigger rather soon. Any thoughts?


 You might also want to post this in the Summit-Fi section of the forum.  You are definitely pushing into their turf.

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Hey all, so I've taken your advice on buying an add-on mic.. but i do still have a few questions:

 

Why is it that they manufacture gaming headphones - and not just manufacture, but dedicate entire companies to, like turtle beach - when you can always just buy a mic? I mean is there really any difference between a gaming headset and a headset with a mic added on? Are you really just paying a premium for the convenience of a mic..or? 

 

Also, I've noticed that, unfortunately gaming headphones are among the best-looking headphones for most 17 year-olds. Yes a pair of Senn's will have vastly superior sound quality, but are there any good audiophile headphones that are sleek and hip? 

 

Either way, i've been looking at reviews for audiophile headphones, and I found some on Sennheiser, so i looked on their site. A question of mine is: Is Sennheiser the type of company that labels the quality of its products with a number? (IE, the X 550 is better than the X 450) Because I've noticed a price jump that goes along with a higher number - is this because of the level of quality, or simply because of how newly released it is?

 

So here are my finds, in order of what I personally think looks the most promising:

 

HD 558    http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/1376/14

 

HD 449    http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/2876/43

 

HD 439    http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/2875/43

 

And one that I'm also curious about how it compares is the HD 380 pro http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/1241/13

 

If anyone has had any experience with any of those, I would love to hear their thoughts

 

 

 

Now, one last thing that I am considering is the infamous V Moda Crossfade LP  http://v-moda.com/crossfade-lp/

 

A lot of people apparently have been hating on these, as though they are the new Beats, however, this article gives me hope: http://www.head-fi.org/t/613371/vmoda-crossfade-lp-why-all-the-bad-reviews

 

 

 

Im so swamped with all the choices out there, i would love some help narrowing them down. Thank you in advance to anyone who tries to help :)

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