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post #15766 of 29490
Looking not to spend over about 800 dollars, I think I've narrowed my choices down to a few things after reading the various useful threads around here. Headphones: Beyerdynamics DT880s at 600ohms - Beyerdynamics DT990s at 600ohms (leaning towards the 990s as I've heard at 600 ohms they are a superior headphone to the 880, despite the opposite being true when comparing the lower ohm version to the 600 ohm 880s) - Amps: Schitt Valhalla (My top choice as of now because the other options come in at about 100 dollars more, those being below) - Schitt Lyr - Elekit Tu882 - Around 90% of my listening is Hip-Hop, other genres that get occasional play are typically rock and rarely classical. They may also find use for movie viewings. I do not plan on using these for commuting. My source would be my computer, and therein lies my biggest issue. I have minitoslink out, and my music is ripped straight from the CD using the Foobar2000 on paranoid settings with the correct offsets to provide FLAC files. (I'm still in the process of converting many cds, so I do have a number of 320kbps MP3's as well.) So my main question lies in the need for a DAC. I could run a 3.5mm stereo to RCA cable straight from the computer to the amp, and let my computer handle the DAC work (using WASAPI in foobar, and I haven't been disappointed with any of the headphones I had on hand, though of course they're not even close to the quality of the above. I've seen DACs for priced anywhere from $40 dollars to fields way out of my budget. Is it worth it to grab a 40 dollar one cheapo and use that until I could upgrade to a different DAC (probably a good 6 months down the road). Should I even get one or just let my computer do it for now? Any other thoughts on the headphones or amp choices are welcome as well. I see all my formatting got messed up, sorry for the inconvenience of a wall of text.
Edited by Bradapalooza - 6/25/12 at 10:24am
post #15767 of 29490

So I narrowed my choice down to the philips citiscape downtown, uptown or the Sennheiser HD25-1 II. I can all get them for around the same price (€100,-). So I have one question left.

1. Which one leaks the least, because I have to use them in very quiet environments so I can't have any leaking even at moderate loud volumes.

 

Hope someone can help me with this, because especially with the Sennheiser I read different things about leakage problems or lack thereof. I suppose the sennheisers are the one to get for that price but I wan't to make absolutely sure they won't leak.

post #15768 of 29490

This is a pricing question, I didn't want to clog the forum with a new thread so I thought I would come here.

 

Are the Denon AHD2000 (Used Recertified) at a good price at $164?

I won them at an authorized auction cite via the Denon certified dealers webpage. I was wondering if the resale value would be affected if there were a few scratches but the sound stayed as is.

I most likely will be keeping them though :D

post #15769 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PceLuvnSloMo View Post

This is a pricing question, I didn't want to clog the forum with a new thread so I thought I would come here.

 

Are the Denon AHD2000 (Used Recertified) at a good price at $164?

I won them at an authorized auction cite via the Denon certified dealers webpage. I was wondering if the resale value would be affected if there were a few scratches but the sound stayed as is.

I most likely will be keeping them though :D

 

I would most likely jump on the D2ks at that price assuming their sound was intact. Heck, you may later want to add wood cups or something instead.

post #15770 of 29490

Hey guys, I'm very new to the whole headphones scene, and I really don't know too much about it. I am, however, looking for new pair of good quality that will last me. 


Budget: not really looking to spend more than $150

 

Music: mainly alternative/rock

Open/Closed: closed

 

Amp: no amp, I'd really only be using them with just my iPod.

 

One issue is the fact that I'll be using them around college, and it tends to rain a lot where I am, will waterproofing be an issue I will have to seriously consider?


 Thanks for the help.
 

post #15771 of 29490
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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

http://www.harriscomm.com/catalog/dealers/Sennheiser_MAP_Policy_2012.pdf

DAFUQ?!?  Grado has done this, but price was a good thing for Sennheiser IMO.

Reading that I am amazed at the amount of control Sennheiser imposes on the retailer.

 

Cannot apply generic discounts to MAP products

retailers can sell it at a price less than MAP however they cannot indicate this on the product page, no 'click for lower price' or anything similar...


Edited by regicide - 6/25/12 at 9:19pm
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Originally Posted by regicide View Post

Reading that I am amazed at the amount of control Sennheiser imposes on the retailer.

 

Cannot apply generic discounts to MAP products

retailers can sell it at a price less than MAP however they cannot indicate this on the product page, no 'click for lower price' or anything similar...


 The more customer confusion and/or the more hoops the customer has to jump through = fewer discounters and fewer discounted sales.

post #15773 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

The more customer confusion and/or the more hoops the customer has to jump through = fewer discounters and fewer discounted sales.

This kind of price fixing is never a good thing for the consumer, 'thankfully' the retailer can still charge less but I have no idea how they indicate this to the consumer other than on the bill.

I find it really sad that this kind of stuff goes on, Sennheiser seems to think they are the sole authority on the value of their goods and that the free market cannot be trusted.

 

On a lighter note, just received my Ultrasone pro 750s today and I am loving the sound signature, they are what I was looking for and more, closed grados with a good base and awesome sound stage.

I don't have my EF2A yet so these are just being driven from onboard sound so I am really excited to hear what they sound like when properly driven :)

 

Thanks for the great recommendation KG Jag, if only there was such thing as recommendation feedback L3000.gif

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Originally Posted by regicide View Post

This kind of price fixing is never a good thing for the consumer, 'thankfully' the retailer can still charge less but I have no idea how they indicate this to the consumer other than on the bill.

I find it really sad that this kind of stuff goes on, Sennheiser seems to think they are the sole authority on the value of their goods and that the free market cannot be trusted.

 

On a lighter note, just received my Ultrasone pro 750s today and I am loving the sound signature, they are what I was looking for and more, closed grados with a good base and awesome sound stage.

I don't have my EF2A yet so these are just being driven from onboard sound so I am really excited to hear what they sound like when properly driven :)

 

Thanks for the great recommendation KG Jag, if only there was such thing as recommendation feedback L3000.gif


Glad you like them.  They are bright--almost like SR Grados. 

 

If you have a receiver with a decent headphone section (the two Onkyo's I tried with them did not cut it), you might want to plug the 750 into it just to see how they sound with that setup until your amp arrives.

post #15775 of 29490

Hi I've been searching for a pair of headphones that have these qualities:

 

Budget: Around $200

 

Sound quality: Has to have great sound quality without needing an amp

 

Portable: I'm mostly gonna be using this whenever I have the chance so it's gonna have to be portable

 

Comfort: I'm only gonna be using it for 1 hour at a time

 

Isolation: I don't want any leakage whatsoever

 

Closed: I want it to be closed for it to have good isolation

 

 

I'm just gonna say the artists name because I don't know what genre (or mixed genres) so I listen to:

 

Skrillex, Deadmau5, Owl City, Eminem

 

Those are the main artists I listen to but then there are some artists there that only have 1 song on my iPod.

 

Thanks in advance smily_headphones1.gif

post #15776 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mistarobotics View Post

Hi I've been searching for a pair of headphones that have these qualities:

 

Budget: Around $200

 

Sound quality: Has to have great sound quality without needing an amp

 

Portable: I'm mostly gonna be using this whenever I have the chance so it's gonna have to be portable

 

Comfort: I'm only gonna be using it for 1 hour at a time

 

Isolation: I don't want any leakage whatsoever

 

Closed: I want it to be closed for it to have good isolation

 

 

I'm just gonna say the artists name because I don't know what genre (or mixed genres) so I listen to:

 

Skrillex, Deadmau5, Owl City, Eminem

 

Those are the main artists I listen to but then there are some artists there that only have 1 song on my iPod.

 

Thanks in advance smily_headphones1.gif

 

Go with the M50's ... really doesn't need an amp... or go with the SRH840... you wont go wrong either way :)

post #15777 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by mistarobotics View Post

Hi I've been searching for a pair of headphones that have these qualities:

 

Budget: Around $200

 

Sound quality: Has to have great sound quality without needing an amp

 

Portable: I'm mostly gonna be using this whenever I have the chance so it's gonna have to be portable

 

Comfort: I'm only gonna be using it for 1 hour at a time

 

Isolation: I don't want any leakage whatsoever

 

Closed: I want it to be closed for it to have good isolation

 

 

I'm just gonna say the artists name because I don't know what genre (or mixed genres) so I listen to:

 

Skrillex, Deadmau5, Owl City, Eminem

 

Those are the main artists I listen to but then there are some artists there that only have 1 song on my iPod.

 

Thanks in advance smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by vayne08 View Post

 

Go with the M50's ... really doesn't need an amp... or go with the SRH840... you wont go wrong either way :)

Could also go for the Sennheiser HD-25 1 II or V-moda M-80's. Both are within his budget, portable, isolating, closed, and should fit his music really well. I'm not so sure that the $150 price tag is worth it for the M50's. I wasn't even that pleased with them when I got them for $110 shipped from The Sound Professionals Inc. I paid $108 shipped for my M5's that outperform the M50 in every way, except for soundstage. 

post #15778 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Ora M View Post

 

 

Could also go for the Sennheiser HD-25 1 II or V-moda M-80's. Both are within his budget, portable, isolating, closed, and should fit his music really well. I'm not so sure that the $150 price tag is worth it for the M50's. I wasn't even that pleased with them when I got them for $110 shipped from The Sound Professionals Inc. I paid $108 shipped for my M5's that outperform the M50 in every way, except for soundstage. 

Thanks, I'm thinking about waiting for the V-moda M-100's instead of buying the m80s

 

P.S. I'm a her LOL

post #15779 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mistarobotics View Post

Thanks, I'm thinking about waiting for the V-moda M-100's instead of buying the m80s

 

P.S. I'm a her LOL

So, "mista"robotics is her. Not a sir... Well on the internet, I always go by rule 37. Even with proof.

post #15780 of 29490

So after some advice and a ton of research, I've attempted to narrow it down to these headphones (for classic rock, progressive metal and some electronic).

Sennheiser HD 558 or 598 - Was about to get the 598 but I read some threads saying they weren't well suited for metal and that the 558s bass was better.. I also already own a pair of Sennheiser IE80s so I thought I might try a different brand but there's no real necessity for that.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 or 880 - Thought these might be good but my ears are sensitive to treble which seems like it could be a problem.

Maybe something else? I've read good things about AKG's and I've read a thousand recommendations for Grados unfortunately their comfort is rated pretty low. Reading through the forums has managed to make me more indecisive confused_face.gif

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