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Originally Posted by Silverflash View Post

(Just posted my own thread before I saw this topic, figured I'd better repost it here!)

 

 

I recently purchased a pair of Phiaton MS 300 headphones based on a Head-Fi recommendation (which, incidentally, sound great until the plastic breaks next to the cup, both on the original and the replacement pair!). Upon hearing them, my dad, who listens to music constantly, decided to replace his $5 headphones from the early 90's with a new pair of high quality headphones, leaving me to figure out which pair is best.

 

He listens mostly to acoustic/folk music, with a little bit of classic rock thrown in. He doesn't care about base overly much, although it shouldn't be lacking completely; regardless, a pair with strong mids and highs would be best. He's looking for very comfortable, circumaural headphones (he'll probably be wearing them for 8 hour stretches at a time or longer). If his last pair are any judge, he'll probably have these headphones for another 20 years, so build quality and durability is important. :P

 

Lastly, his budget is from $80-$100. I tried to convinced him to go a bit higher and spring for some ATH M50's, which are recommended everywhere here and I have actually heard for myself, but he doesn't want to go higher than a hundred. Can ya help me out? :)

 

I wouldn't recommend the M50 for acoustic/folk because of their recessed mids. I wouldn't really want to wear them that many hours a day either! Can he do open or do they need to be closed? You know you could the Jaycar (http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=AA2065). The same thing as the Fischer FA-003 or Brainwavz HM5 but a bit cheaper from Australia. He very well could like them a ton. 

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Originally Posted by mcullinan View Post

Thanks.. very informative reviews. Makes me want to try the Grados.

I like a natural, live sound.. and either the HE6 or LCD don't sound like they fit that category.

Thanks again

You might want to check the he-500.  They're supposedly more natural sounding than the he-6.  I find them to be very natural.  I've heard some of the high end grados (gs1000 and one other) in hifi shops and I did find them to be pleasant during the brief periods I listened.  Many people have said they just cant match planars on these forums since.  It was before I owned my he-500 so I cannot really make a direct comparison from memory.  It's been too long.  I have to say when I was comparing, I liked the LCD2 the best out of the bunch which included a few grados and some other brands not really worth mentioning.

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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

 

I wouldn't recommend the M50 for acoustic/folk because of their recessed mids. I wouldn't really want to wear them that many hours a day either! Can he do open or do they need to be closed? You know you could the Jaycar (http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=AA2065). The same thing as the Fischer FA-003 or Brainwavz HM5 but a bit cheaper from Australia. He very well could like them a ton. 

He's definitely going to want closed headphones. I'll keep the Jaycar in mind, just hope it's not too base heavy.

post #16084 of 29490
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He's definitely going to want closed headphones. I'll keep the Jaycar in mind, just hope it's not too base heavy.

Just a heads up: bass. 

 

And no worries, definitely not bass heavy. I really can't think of anything better for your dad: closed, comfortable, mid rich and kind of bright at under $100. Check the for sale thread too; they were actually selling for less in the last month or so new.

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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

 

I'd consider the HD598.


From what I've heard and researched they sound pretty dang nice for what I need. I heard that they usually sold cheaper than 250, but I can't seem to find any. Are they worth going above budget? Thanks.

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Tried Googling and didn't get a solid answer so I'll try asking you guys: What would work better with DT770 Pro 80's, an E7 or E11? I'm going to be using them about 25% with an Android tablet/phone and 75% with a Macbook Pro/PC. The amp is a given, but I'm not sure how big of a difference a DAC is going to make. Anyone have experience with both?

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From what I've heard and researched they sound pretty dang nice for what I need. I heard that they usually sold cheaper than 250, but I can't seem to find any. Are they worth going above budget? Thanks.

 

 

Have you contacted Brian at RazorDogDeals? I think you could get them for $200 shipped. They're an authorized dealer w/ full warranty. 

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Is there anything from AKG or Beyer that's in the $20-$50 price range that would be good for casual iPod listening or listening on an AV receiver?

 

AKG's K518LE (red--they can be had for about $50) or nearly identical HARMAN K81DJ Akg Closed-Back Folding Dj Headphone ($39--also at Amazon).

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Originally Posted by DragoslaV View Post

Budget: max 200euro (willing to go over)

Usage: 100% music

Music format: 90% FLAC, 10% streaming

Source: desktop (@work)

Music type: Mainly; Drum and bass, jazz, hiphop and soul (but also a bit of all)

 

 

Headphone/sound preferences: I currently own a Beyerdynamic DT770 pro (250ohm) for over 4 years, and I'm really satisfied with it, best build I have seen. however we are hiring more people and I really get annoyed with ambient noises. I really like the beyerdynamic because its very loose on the head, it doesn't press my glasses into my head so I am able to wear it all day.

Currently considering: DT770M, DT660(passive) or stick to the DT770 Pro but buy an Amp

 

What would you suggest?

The DT 770M is for drummers.

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Budget: ~ US$80

Usage: music

Music format: 192 - 320 kbps mp3

Source: laptop with Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi external sound card

Music type: varied (hip hop, electronic, jazz, funk, soul, indie rock, classical)

 

So, I currently own the Grado SR80i, Audio Technica ATH AD700 and Sony MDR-XB500. Before these three, I owned the Koss UR-20. I've been enjoying all of the phones I have but I'm looking for something with a more balanced sound signature. Although I surprised by how versatile all three of the above phones are, I've been thinking of getting something a little 'flatter'. Two pairs of phones I'm thinking about are the AKG K240 Studio and the Sony MDR-V6, because these have been around for a while, are highly regarded and seem to be used extensively in studio settings.

 

I can't decide between the two though. I've heard some say the K240s can be a bit boomy, overly dark while the V6 can be a bit 'shrill' (is that the right term) in the highs. Which of these would you recommend, given my musical preferences. Or alternatively would you recommend something else with the kind of sound signature I'm looking for that is either closed or semi-open (i.e. K240s).

 

Your input is welcomed.

 

'crusha

 

For your budget, the K 240 Studio is the best choice.  In second place is the Shure SRH 440--if you can find one within your budget.

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Originally Posted by LazBro123 View Post

Ultrasone PRO 750 is great.


Excellent can, but you will need an amp.  Unamped from an iPhone = virtually no bass.

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hi im new to this world been reading the forum for about 4 days now ...basically what i gathered from a lot of people is that every headphone is good atsmile.gif different strokes for different folks. I want to ask advice for a newbie are the items that im buying coherent with each other i need portable headphones i work on cars and am in the bodyshop so lots of noise  and i need to zone out.
FiiO E11 Portable Headphone Amplifier With Micca Accessory Pack (Wall Charger and Extra Battery Pack)

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AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Class Premium Headphones, White

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Ultrasone PRO 900 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones - Black

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Fiio E17 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier

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In a bodyshop (assuming it's safe to use earphones at all) you will need IEM's and active noise cancelling cans. If the later, you'll have to find some that are tough enough to operated and survive such an invironment.  That won'g be easy.

 
 
 
 
 
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Originally Posted by Fortunex View Post

I found the DT770s much, much better than the M50s. More comfortable, better soundstage, way smoother highs (the M50s were harsh and grating to my ears), full mids (the M50s mids were very lacking, or at least overshadowed by the bass and treble). The only thing I preferred on the M50 was the portability aspect and that they seal better (but the better seal comes at the cost of comfort, not worth it to me). I haven't listened to the 840's so I can't comment on them.

 

Straight our of an iPhone, either the M50 (recessed mids) or the 840 (neutralish with a mid-bass hunp) are the better choices.  The 770 is an excellent can (good bass/sub-bass & recessed mids) and in all versions needs an amp.  It is also quite big.

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i found a few threads on this already but would like to just ask for another opinion. :) 




Budget: US $400 or less

Usage: music and some recording

Music format: 320 kbps mp3 and FLAC lossless

Source: android samsung s II phone and high end Alienware laptop with sound card.

Music type: metal, electronic, dubstep. Mostly metal.

 

I appreciate the fast punchy Bass. but i really like to hear my mids and highs. Off course I dont want to miss out on the subbass of dubstep but overall fast is important to me and mids and highs. I will be walking around with them a lot and using at home as well. Looking to use them temporarily for recording some riffs as well so isolation is important. 

 

From what I have read I think I may be on the right track with these:
Denon D2000

Grado 225i

pro 900

Sennheiser HD25 II

then should I go with E11 or E17 amp? possibly another? Thanks in advance gents! 

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Originally Posted by johnny sleven View Post

i found a few threads on this already but would like to just ask for another opinion. :) 




Budget: US $400 or less

Usage: music and some recording

Music format: 320 kbps mp3 and FLAC lossless

Source: android samsung s II phone and high end Alienware laptop with sound card.

Music type: metal, electronic, dubstep. Mostly metal.

 

I appreciate the fast punchy Bass. but i really like to hear my mids and highs. Off course I dont want to miss out on the subbass of dubstep but overall fast is important to me and mids and highs. I will be walking around with them a lot and using at home as well. Looking to use them temporarily for recording some riffs as well so isolation is important. 

 

From what I have read I think I may be on the right track with these:
Denon D2000

Grado 225i

pro 900

Sennheiser HD25 II

then should I go with E11 or E17 amp? possibly another? Thanks in advance gents! 

 

Isolation is not great on the D2000 and non-existent on Grado phones. I haven't heard the Ultrasone but you may like the HD25-1ii, which has quite good bass. A E11 is sufficient to amp it. The biggest problem is that the HD25-1ii is pretty tight on the noggin, though that does lead to some excellent isolation; they are a classic in studio use, but not the most comfortable for long sessions. I'm not a fan of the HD251ii mids, but that shouldn't hurt you too much with your music selection, though honestly I don't listen to much of those genres. You may consider the ATH-M50 as well.

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