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Originally Posted by XxDobermanxX View Post

Lol actually the only problem with the HD 5xx and HD6xx is that the are very big when compared to the HD 4xx but they are more comfortable

 

They, meaning the 5's or 6's are the more comfortable? Why did he say torture on the 5's ??

post #16322 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Slivortal View Post

I guess my issue is that there are quite a few of those headphones that either sound better amped (DJ100s), or are practically unfindable for their listed price (CALs), that it's hard to really get things straight.

 

Also, let's say I was up for getting a cheap (<$30) amp.  Would an E5 or E6 give me vastly better options?

 

Yes--prices have gone up since early this year on most of the quality cans that are/were within your budget.  One of the rare exceptions is the Sony I recommended--and even it has gone up and own during the year.

 

The problem from my point of view is that, in your price range within the context of the current market, you might as well spend the money to reach the current prices  of the Sony, Shure or maybe the KRK KNS6400.  That is off course unless you will use the amp as a stepping stone for future headphone purchases at the next tier up.  In which case going with the very good DJ100 + amp makes sense.

 

As I don't own any portable amps, I can't help you with that.

post #16323 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Yes--prices have gone up since early this year on most of the quality cans that are/were within your budget.  One of the rare exceptions is the Sony I recommended--and even it has gone up and own during the year.

 

The problem from my point of view is that, in your price range within the context of the current market, you might as well spend the money to reach the current prices  of the Sony, Shure or maybe the KRK KNS6400.  That is off course unless you will use the amp as a stepping stone for future headphone purchases at the next tier up.  In which case going with the very good DJ100 + amp makes sense.

 

As I don't own any portable amps, I can't help you with that.

I mean, either the E5 or E6 with the DJ100s would actually cost less than any of the individual headphones above (and the amps would potentially become a gateway for future headphones as well).

post #16324 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Slivortal View Post

I mean, either the E5 or E6 with the DJ100s would actually cost less than any of the individual headphones above (and the amps would potentially become a gateway for future headphones as well).

 

Yes--but be aware of the facts that the DJ100 does not isolate as well, is not quite as comfortable (until you buy the M50 ear pads which fit it) and has a long coiled cord.

post #16325 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Yes--but be aware of the facts that the DJ100 does not isolate as well, is not quite as comfortable (until you buy the M50 ear pads which fit it) and has a long coiled cord.

I'm not worried about isolating as much I am about leakage (library usage, etc).  I've heard the Shures are relatively uncomfortable as well, but I guess I'm still considering the Sonys.

post #16326 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Slivortal View Post

I'm not worried about isolating as much I am about leakage (library usage, etc).  I've heard the Shures are relatively uncomfortable as well, but I guess I'm still considering the Sonys.

 

I wouldn't call the 440 uncomfortable but they are certainly comfortable with my spare 840 pads.

post #16327 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Opem, semi-open or closed headphone?
AKG K550 or Audio Technica ATH-A900X, both should work fine with E11.
open ports and semi open I don't want to sacrifice sound with a closed headphones..what about dac would one recomend on witha portable device? I just want to be sure that my source is the weak link.
Edited by Nodeity - 7/11/12 at 4:36pm
post #16328 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Chupika View Post

Hi guys, quick recommendation. I listen to mostly trance and dubstep music, with a little bit of rap and stuff here and there.

 

V-Moda Crossfade LP or Audio-Technica ATH-M50?

 

I'm actually only stuck between the two because of looks. If the ATH-M50s looked a little better, and the LPs didn't look so sexy, I wouldn't have such a hard time. In terms of sound, how do the LPs do for trance music, as opposed to the M50s? 

 

Also, I won't be using an amp. Can't afford one and I'll mostly be using it on the go with my iPod.

 

Thanks guys!

M50s are better than crossfades hands down. There are better options than M50s for the price, but if you are stuck between just these two headphones, take the M50s. Vmoda crossfade don't sound good to my ears.

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Ok so I'm completely new to caring about audio quality and I want an inexpensive entry level pair of headphones that are good enough to let me know whether I'm an audiophile or not. I'd be using them mostly for gaming and listening to music of questionable encoding (at least I'm pretty sure 256 and 320 kbps mp3s aren't good enough to worry about how I'm listening to them). Basically I want a pair that will work well with my xbox 360 and ps3 while still being ok to use with pretty much every genre of music. Something that makes the gunfire and explosions pop would be nice but I'd put that behind clarity and detail in priority. I want to have a sense of where the noise is coming from, so a large soundscape or whatever it is that makes those footsteps at my rear left feel like they're coming from my behind me and to the left is really important. Isolation and sound leakage aren't an issue as long as it doesn't affect sound quality since I usually game in a quiet room. It'd be nice if they were comfortable.

 

From a couple hours of googling and reading forums I've developed an interest in Koss Portapros or the Creative Aurvana Live! with an Earforce DSS. Mad Lust Envy's Headphone Gaming Guide has me leaning heavily towards the CALs but I've read a few good opinions on the Koss Portapros and the price difference isn't negligible. Then again, $35 for a good set of headphones seems too good to be true. 

 

Sorry if this isn't the right area to ask or if I'm just throwing around terms incorrectly, all of my knowledge on the subject comes from a couple hours of reading this forum and the avs forums. Please let me know which of these headphones is worth it, or if I'm an idiot and there's a much better option in the sub $100 range. Also feel free to let me know if I'm an idiot for trying to get something good at the price, but keep in mind I'm used to Apple earbuds for music and the built-in speakers on my Vizio LED TV for gaming so I don't think it should be too expensive to get something better than that.

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

post #16330 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mattrojr View Post

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

 

The two headphones you mentioned are of good value.  I think you want to consider the comfort of the portapros for gaming purposes though.  The CAL will suit you much better for long sessions.

post #16331 of 29490
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Originally Posted by steelgtr View Post

Sennheiser HD558   vs.   ATH-AD700 ?  :

 

 

 

 

I have large ears;  ATH-M40's and Koss DJ-100 felt very uncomfortable!

 

I am not a Bass head. Accurate bass is fine.

 

VOCALS:  I really need to hear smooth vocals, forward in the mix (Dianna Krall. Lee Ann Womack (country), etc.

 

Trying to stay around $100 or so.

 

Which (if either) of these 2?

 

thx

 

bob

Definitely the Sennheisers on this one if you can swing that much money.  The AD700 is much closer to the $100 mark.

post #16332 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mattrojr View Post

Ok so I'm completely new to caring about audio quality and I want an inexpensive entry level pair of headphones that are good enough to let me know whether I'm an audiophile or not. I'd be using them mostly for gaming and listening to music of questionable encoding (at least I'm pretty sure 256 and 320 kbps mp3s aren't good enough to worry about how I'm listening to them). Basically I want a pair that will work well with my xbox 360 and ps3 while still being ok to use with pretty much every genre of music. Something that makes the gunfire and explosions pop would be nice but I'd put that behind clarity and detail in priority. I want to have a sense of where the noise is coming from, so a large soundscape or whatever it is that makes those footsteps at my rear left feel like they're coming from my behind me and to the left is really important. Isolation and sound leakage aren't an issue as long as it doesn't affect sound quality since I usually game in a quiet room. It'd be nice if they were comfortable.

 

From a couple hours of googling and reading forums I've developed an interest in Koss Portapros or the Creative Aurvana Live! with an Earforce DSS. Mad Lust Envy's Headphone Gaming Guide has me leaning heavily towards the CALs but I've read a few good opinions on the Koss Portapros and the price difference isn't negligible. Then again, $35 for a good set of headphones seems too good to be true. 

 

Sorry if this isn't the right area to ask or if I'm just throwing around terms incorrectly, all of my knowledge on the subject comes from a couple hours of reading this forum and the avs forums. Please let me know which of these headphones is worth it, or if I'm an idiot and there's a much better option in the sub $100 range. Also feel free to let me know if I'm an idiot for trying to get something good at the price, but keep in mind I'm used to Apple earbuds for music and the built-in speakers on my Vizio LED TV for gaming so I don't think it should be too expensive to get something better than that.

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

Encoding is one of the last things that matters.  The CAL! is good and so are the Portapros.  You can't really go wrong with either.

post #16333 of 29490

Hey guys!! Instead of opening a new thread, I'll be asking your opinion here!

 

I'm looking for a new Headphone for my current PC. I have an X-Fi Titanium HD without any Headphone Amp, and I don't plan on buying one either, so that's going to make it easier for your guys to recommend me some stuff,

 

My budget is about 200 dollars, but that's where the problem start! Since I Live in Brazil, I have an extreme difficulty finding these higher end headphones, anything over a Sony or Philips is considered Higher End here, and will cost a fortune, so I kind of depend on finding them on eBay and sending it to Brazil. There's also taxes, which is 60% here, so 200 dollars easily becomes 360!!

 

Enough with this boring talk. I was looking into a Shure 840, I read some really good stuff about it. It's too expensive for me unfortunately, unless I can find someone selling an used product.

 

I listen to Rock, Alternative Rock (Grunge), so you know, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Red Hot, lots of stuff! No eletro or HipHop, only Rock n Roll.

 

I also like to have a near reference as possible sound, to hear it as the artist wants me too, no coloration, but of course that doesn't mean I want to listen to something with no life on it!

 

So, you think you can give me some suggestions? I need more than one so that I can find which one is the easier to get to Brazil!

 

Thank you guys

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Originally Posted by Alec246 View Post

I have an X-Fi Titanium HD without any Headphone Amp, and I don't plan on buying one either, so that's going to make it easier for your guys to recommend me some stuff,

 

As has been mentioned numerous times in this thread, its the complete opposite. When you're looking for ~$200 cans but you don't have an amp your choices are quite limited which makes it harder for people to recommend cans as most of the ones in that price range do best with an amp.

 

Edit - have you looked at the Grados ?


Edited by devhen - 7/11/12 at 9:10pm
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Originally Posted by aleex View Post

If this thread is to succeed I think it would be good to set up a proper template to follow when you're posting, even if you stated that it is (indeed) good to post parameters like price range, taste and all that.

 

I need help myself though.

Music genres: I'd say 40% hiphop, 30% acoustic-electro-hybrid-bands(wide genre, can take examples. Often no vocals.) and 30% indierock, 60's, 80's like Paul Simon and pop. No classical or metal.

Portable: No, only at the computer.

Price range: with an amp/a dac I'm willing to spend up to $600 but not more than that, rather much less. 

Amped: Yes^, don't know which though.

Closed/Open: I'm going to use them at home and at home only so doesn't matter. I've got a pair of open cans now and I enjoy 'em, so let's say open.

Headphone preference: I'd rather like something funny than neutral/analytic. I don't want to sit and analazye every piece of instrument, I want to listen and enjoy the music.


I recommend the Beyer DT990. Fun sounding headphone with good clarity and soundstage. Also has more than enough bass for those interested in Hip-Hop IMO

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