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Ok my search for a new pair of cans is almost done it's down to the ATH-M50 and Ultrasone 580 I listen to alot of different kinds of music from dubstep to jazz I like some extra bass in my headphones, but not so much wear it takes away from the overall sound of the headphone. I will be using them with my Samsung Fascinate, and Pavilion dv7 with beats audio, needs to be some what portable. Please help not sure what to buy, if you could give me some pros and cons of both please do. Thanks!


Edited by Kosmik Panda - 7/10/12 at 7:39am
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Originally Posted by idratherbeflyin View Post

Looking for advice on classifieds. I'm in the market for used headphones and am surprised by the high prices folks demand for even well used gear. Listening 1-3 hours a day for the few months they own the headphones and calling it near new, brand new, etc...

 

Is that simply how it works in this market? Is the gear of such quality that 200 hours in two months IS considered new?

 

Food for thought??

 

I wouldn't worry so much about how many hours are on a pair of headphones. Sometimes people may "burn in" headphones and only actually wear them for a few hours. Instead, worry about wear, about warranty, about whether it was purchased from an authorized dealer, about whether the home was smoke free and about the cleanliness and shape of the pads. Ask for pictures, unless its a tremendously good deal. It is very difficult for someone to guess how many hours are on a headphone and sometimes it doesn't matter; I recently purchased a headphone that was years old but looked brand new. 

 

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Originally Posted by mrvrsick View Post

 

What would some other options be, if you don't mind me asking? 

 

I'm in the same boat as the poster you were replying to, I listen to essentially the same music (even a bit of Disco, LOL). I did an extensive amount of searching when purchasing my ATH-M50s, and now I'm looking for something else, though not limiting myself to that signature "boomy" sound or the closed can. I also am hoping to build around the headphone with a dedicated amp and DAC. 

 

Strictly for home use, I play CD's, apple lossless, and 320kbps files out of a Macbook pro, currently through a udac2. Budget is around $300, though I will definitely stretch if I'll be faced with a great deal.

 

Is the $300 just for the headphones? Do you have a separate budget for the amp? If nothing else, I'd consider the HD600 for all genres (can be purchased for $300 from authorized dealer RazorDogDeals) and a Fiio E9. If you want a bassier (and less neutral) sound, you can go for the HD650 used. The HD650 is actually more neutral than many give it credit for. 

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I'm kinda new to head-fi and this whole audio stuff, so I'd like your help. :)

-complete n00b right here-

 

My only exposure to this HQ headphone stuff was through my cousin's HD 650's. I was blown away by the detail I was hearing, obviously, because I had only used iPod earphones. Of course, I don't expect AMAZING quality due to my sad, student budget.

 

My budget's $150 (CAD). I'm currently stuck with regular iPod earphones and these headphones (Sony MDR ZX300). I'd like to buy some new gear that will allow me to hear a noticeable difference when listening to music. 

 

Recommend anything, althought I'm looking for headphones rather than earphones. That, and preferably open rather than closed heaphones (I've read that you get better SQ out of open headphones rather than closed). I don't know if I'll be able to get a noticeable difference with only $150, but if I can, I'll love you guys forever!

 

OH RIGHT, before I forget. Music that I listen to... mostly pop and rock, but I've been getting into a bit of trance. One thing that I noticed that I was missing with the iPod earphones was the bass. So if that issue could be fixed without compromising the mid's, I'll be happy. :)

 

EDIT: Also, is it worth it to get the HD201's at $20? Saw them in the deal thread, and wondered if I'd be hearing a NOTICEABLE difference from my Sony headphones (MDR ZX300). I went to HeadRoom and tried to pull up the graphs of them, but couldn't find my Sony headphones in the dropdown. :/

I don't want to buy these if I'm not going to hear much of a difference. I also hear that the cable's pretty long and whatnot, too long. That might get in my way considering I'm only 5 feet tall.

 

Let me know if I'm missing out on any details! Thanks!


Edited by LavenderTown - 7/10/12 at 10:44am
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Originally Posted by biggbenn74 View Post

Hello, Head-Fi. 

 

I have a question that I am DYING to have answered. PLEASE HELP ME! 

 

Ok, will these Beyerdynamic pads work on the Numark Red Wave?

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-EDT-Replacement-Cushions-Pair/dp/B007VCKASC/ref=sr_1_36?ie=UTF8&qid=1341896735&sr=8-36&keywords=velour+earpads

 

Will they fit? If not, are there any comfortable, preferably velour pads that WOULD fit it?

Can no one really answer this for me?

post #16265 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

To give you good advice, many us need to know:

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

The HD 598 is open--it leaks a great deal.  I don't think it meets your need, as you described them.

 

The K 702 is semi open (leaks but less than a fully open can).  Will your family members be in the same room as you are when you listen to your new cans and if so--how close will they be?  The AKG Q 701 is newer and probably a better (and cheaper) choice.  Both need an amp.

 

The M50 is closed, but features a "V" shaped EQ with mucho bass but recessed mids.  It does not give you the sound you way that you want.

 

Other cans appear to better meet your needs, but you'll need to answer the questions above to get to a specific list of options.

I'm going to be using an iPod Classic 160 6th Generation. I'd prefer not to use an amp. I plan on burning my CD collection over again with Apple Lossless, which makes about half my library and the other half is 192-320KBPS files. Actually I'm thinking about getting open now since lately with work I'm free during the day to listen to music.

post #16266 of 29490
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

I wouldn't worry so much about how many hours are on a pair of headphones. Sometimes people may "burn in" headphones and only actually wear them for a few hours. Instead, worry about wear, about warranty, about whether it was purchased from an authorized dealer, about whether the home was smoke free and about the cleanliness and shape of the pads. Ask for pictures, unless its a tremendously good deal. It is very difficult for someone to guess how many hours are on a headphone and sometimes it doesn't matter; I recently purchased a headphone that was years old but looked brand new. 


Is the $300 just for the headphones? Do you have a separate budget for the amp? If nothing else, I'd consider the HD600 for all genres (can be purchased for $300 from authorized dealer RazorDogDeals) and a Fiio E9. If you want a bassier (and less neutral) sound, you can go for the HD650 used. The HD650 is actually more neutral than many give it credit for. 

The $300 is just for the headphones, amp will be on a different budget :-)

I'll also add that I'm not opposed to used or refurbished!
post #16267 of 29490
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Originally Posted by umermajeed View Post

I made this exact post in the IEM recommendation thread but since I am not sure if I am getting IEMs or full size cans, I decided to post it here as well.

 

I have been thinking of buying new headphones/IEMs for a couple of weeks. I currently have JVC FX700 and I used Earsonics SM3 before these. I like the bass on FX700 and they perform very well with house/trance type stuff but they are bit lacking when I play classic rock/metal on them. SM3 on the other hand were very consistent across genres and although I think they were a little lacking on bass, I loved the crispness of the sound. It was bright and lively. I would love something with sound signature which is a mixture of both if such a thing exists.

 

I'd be selling my FX700 and adding some money to that so my budget is around $400-450. The additional use that I am going to put these to is plugging them directly into my guitar when I don't want people aroudn me disturbed. Or use them when I am recording something. So I thought of getting full-size cans as they might be better(?) but I am still gonna need IEMs for when I am at work. This might end up being very expensive but I read the reviews for Audio Technica M50 and they seem to be a good cheap option. Although, I don't know how good they'll be for monitoring/recording type work. Then it leaves me around 300 for IEMs. What can I get for $300?

 

Or I can use the full budget go down the custom IEM route. I can then use that for both listening to music and plugging in to my guitar to record and stuff. Its just gonna be a line in to the PC from the guitar (recording to Guitar rig or something) and line out from PC to my monitors.

 

Any help is much appreciated.

Someone?

post #16268 of 29490
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Originally Posted by flashce View Post

Well I can't afford to pay any extra for an amp. Seems like the HD 598 is my best bet?

 

How does the Audio Technica AD-900 compare?

 

I don't know about the AD-900, but their closed brother the A-900 is accurate but soullless.  Although the A-900 might be more accurate and less veiled than the Senn, I would take the 598 over the AT every day of the week.

 

I have found that despite A-900's efficiency ratings, they need an amp to get their full bass (still light) and sound stage.

post #16269 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mrvrsick View Post

 

 

 

What would some other options be, if you don't mind me asking? 

 

I'm in the same boat as the poster you were replying to, I listen to essentially the same music (even a bit of Disco, LOL). I did an extensive amount of searching when purchasing my ATH-M50s, and now I'm looking for something else, though not limiting myself to that signature "boomy" sound or the closed can. I also am hoping to build around the headphone with a dedicated amp and DAC. 

 

Strictly for home use, I play CD's, apple lossless, and 320kbps files out of a Macbook pro, currently through a udac2. Budget is around $300, though I will definitely stretch if I'll be faced with a great deal.

 

Among the best cans (each with its own sound signature) in your price neighborhood are the AKG Q701, Alessandro MS2i/Grado SR 325is, Denon D2000, Senn HD 598 & HD 600 (on sale).

post #16270 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Kosmik Panda View Post

Ok my search for a new pair of cans is almost done it's down to the ATH-M50 and Ultrasone 580 I listen to alot of different kinds of music from dubstep to jazz I like some extra bass in my headphones, but not so much wear it takes away from the overall sound of the headphone. I will be using them with my Samsung Fascinate, and Pavilion dv7 with beats audio, needs to be some what portable. Please help not sure what to buy, if you could give me some pros and cons of both please do. Thanks!

 

Neither of these cans are good for jazz and other genre's that are not bass centric. 

 

The 580 is a pure basshead-ish can.  The more balanced Hifi 780 is a better choice.

 

The M50 has recessed mids and that is bad for jazz.  The Shure SRH 840 is the better pick.

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I need full size headphones in the $30-70 range, I was looking at the Superlux HD-668B but i was wondering if you guys have better suggestions.

The headphones would be used for mostly stationary use on a PC/Laptop without an amp.

I usually use speakers but because i'm moving to a new place i don't want to anger the neighbours i'd be wearing them for several hours so they should be comfortable to wear.

Use would be for movies, games and music, with emphasis on music.

post #16272 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hova View Post

I need full size headphones in the $30-70 range, I was looking at the Superlux HD-668B but i was wondering if you guys have better suggestions.

The headphones would be used for mostly stationary use on a PC/Laptop without an amp.

I usually use speakers but because i'm moving to a new place i don't want to anger the neighbours I'd be wearing them for several hours so they should be comfortable to wear.

Use would be for movies, games and music, with emphasis on music.

At that price range, it's going to be hard trying to find headphones that are better then the HD668B.

post #16273 of 29490
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Originally Posted by nunez9619 View Post

I'm going to be using an iPod Classic 160 6th Generation. I'd prefer not to use an amp. I plan on burning my CD collection over again with Apple Lossless, which makes about half my library and the other half is 192-320KBPS files. Actually I'm thinking about getting open now since lately with work I'm free during the day to listen to music.

Bump.

post #16274 of 29490
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Originally Posted by nunez9619 View Post

I'm going to be using an iPod Classic 160 6th Generation. I'd prefer not to use an amp. I plan on burning my CD collection over again with Apple Lossless, which makes about half my library and the other half is 192-320KBPS files. Actually I'm thinking about getting open now since lately with work I'm free during the day to listen to music.

 

As pointed out in the past on this thread, no amp means fewer choice--and lesser sound in some cases from cans that will "work" unamped.

 

Good all around cans $300 U.S. street and under that don't need an amp include: Senn HD 598 (which you mentioned), Denon D2000, Alessandro MS2, (for about half or so of your budget) Sony MDR-V900HD.  Some also say that the AKG K 550 works OK without an amp.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

At that price range, it's going to be hard trying to find headphones that are better then the HD668B.


 They are your best choice.  However, some weak sister computers and portable devices don't have enough power to push them very loud.

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