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Thanks man! just what I was looking for

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I have the 598s and the bass is much better with an amp. Im hitting the lowest lows and sounds much more balanced amped.
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Hi I am sorta new here.  I have been registered for a while, and lurked for a while before that... but I haven't posted in a long time.  So hello!  I had a question about g-cush modding my brand new RS2i's.  I bought them three days ago and they arrived yesterday.  After 15 minutes of use, I realized there was going to be a problem in the comfort department.  I know other people have this problem with Grado's as well.  I was looking for advice on whether I should g-cush mod them or not.  Will that make them more comfortable?  And what will that do to the sound?  I searched alot and couldn't find answers to these question.  Thanks!

Jason

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I have the 598s and the bass is much better with an amp. Im hitting the lowest lows and sounds much more balanced amped.

I have been telling people this FOREVER...

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Originally Posted by Failuyr View Post

Thank you for the suggestion. Can you go a little more in-depth as to why the Sennheiser Hd 449's match my needs/wants more than the other two headphones I had listened (Audio Technica ATH-M50 and Shure SRH840 [preferably not]).

The m50 has recessed mids and poor soundstage which wont do well for your rock/alternative genres, the shure srh840 are too bright and will result in ear fatique more quickly which wont work for long listening sessions. the sennheiser make up where all those miss, just note that the bass on the hd 449 is punchy and well balance but wont rattle your ears ( nooo deeep "ooomph), it has just the right bass imo and a balanced headphone for all genres. and if you want more bass you can mod it biggrin.gif

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Hi there. Cool forum.

I'm looking for a pair of new headphones (and DAC), but am abit lost in the jungle. DAC looks like going to be a audiolab M-DAC wich only weakness being is it havnet got IEC power plug so i cant take full advantage my grounded screened schuko main block MD06-EU/SP. But after long time trying i cant find a amp/dac as good as the M-DAC WITH IEC plug + simmilar configuration(or with more inputs) around that pricerange, so i guess ill settle on M-DAC(unless anyone on the forum have a suggestion?)
I currently own a Beyerdynamic DT770 but it is so shrill and sharp sounding at higher vol that it is hurting my ears. I have a slight tendency to hypersensetive hearing, which is helping in my working with music but a killer with bad sounding equiptment. So Headphone must not be overly exaggerating in the high registers. Ill settle for precise and then focus on feeding it good quality material :-)
And if forced to chose between mostly analytical or musical ill give slight nod to musical(40-60), but it must still be precise in reproduction.

 

Music genres: I'm mostly into ambient/chillout/electronica, jazzy/hiphop/instrumental/breaks, classical music, some rock, early electro and exotica including:
(in "most listened to artist" order top 20)Kraftwerk, M83, Trentemøller, Frank Sinatra, Gotan Project, The Knife, Flying Lotus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Blue Foundation, Prefuse 73, Amon Tobin, Depeche Mode, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gang Starr, The Herbaliser, J.J. Cale, Jean-Michel Jarre, Walter Wanderley, The Comas, The Three Suns

Portable: nope

Price range: Around 300 usd or below

Amped: 85% Audiolab M-DAC(or if i find someting better), 10% ESI Pro DAW soundcard, 5% Soundcraft/Mackie mixer. But mostly AMP/M-DAC listening to music genres mentioned above.

Closed/Open: Doesn't matter. Whatever is best.

Headphone preference: Doesn't matter. Whatever is best.

 

Could you guys maybe give me like a top 3 headphones or so that fit my requirements and musical tastes and perhaps a few words on why you recommend those particular models?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

I don't know your equipment, but will suggest what I consider to be the top all around cans that should fit your needs.  Beyer DT 880 (+/- Pro) 250 or 600 Ohm, AKG Q 701, Sony MDR 7520 or MDR Z1000.  The first two have great clarity and were (in current or earlier version) the flagship of their lines.  The Sonys are/were the flagship of their studio line.  Base on sound, I would also recommend the Shure SRH 940, but it has build quality problems.  Between the Beyer, AKG and one of the Sonys, you just have to decide what flaovr or ice cream you like the best.

 

Finally, the well regarded but now MAPped up in price Senn HD 598 deserves a look.


Edited by KG Jag - 7/15/12 at 2:35pm
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Trying to decide what headphones to buy. I am reading loads of stuff, but I think every opinion matters (and people at HeadFi know a lot).

 

Current setup: Laptop Asus K53U as a source, then Fiio E17 Alpen (USB 24bit/96kHz) as a DAC/amp and Sennheiser HD429.

What I want: I am looking for headphones around 300$ (more or less, doesn't matter). I am thinking about DT880, K701/702 or HD598. I will use the same source and DAC/amp (Asus+E17), but I might get a better audio source in the future (standalone one). 

 

I prefer rock and metal music, sometimes classical or experimental (but rock is 90% of my listening). I am using my CDs or lossless rips (FLAC/APE/WAV). I am listenng at home so headphones don't have to be portable. I also think E17 is capable of driving 250 or even 300 ohm headphones. Are open headphones better in terms of possible ear damage? Headphones can be open, closed, isolating, I don't really care.

 

Any tips? Thank you very much.

 

EDIT: I could go with DT990 as well. My favourites are DT880/DT990. I am not sure which are better for rock music.

 

The DT 880, Q 701 and HD 598 are all excellent can.  Can't say that I have any experience your other equipment.


Edited by KG Jag - 7/15/12 at 3:00pm
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@SS "As this thread seem to have more traffic than the one on portable forum, I'm pretty much copying my text here (as I don't know how long will certain sales last):

 

I'm looking for closed cans for portable use. I need sufficient isolation for listening to them on bus/train/car without killing my ears. Is there a clear winner sound quality wise between these 5: Sony MDR-V6, MDR-ZX700, Koss Pro DJ100, CAL!, Philips Downtown. I can grab these for 40-60e each. I've also considered Philips Uptown (70e) and KRK KNS6400 (100e) but I don't know if I want spend that much for abuse-prone portables (if they weren't considerably better, that is.)

 

I'm leaning on Downtown for it's sweet looks and 45e price tag, but the others seem to be equally promising too. I don't think CAL's provide enough isolation tho. Also I'm not sure about seemingly power hungry Pro DJ as I'd mostly power them straight from my phone or iPod Nano."

 

As I prefer a neutral-ish sound, very easily driven and cans with good isloation for this use, my pick is the Sony MDR-ZX700.  See:

 

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

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Is DAKMART a reputable site?  They want you to call or email for Paypal. The have a good price on Sennheisers that I'm interested in. Doesn't say refurb or B stock.   Seems TGTBT?

 

thx

 

It gets mixed reviews from the folks here.  Haven't decided to risk it myself.

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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

I have been telling people this FOREVER...

I have theFiiO  E11. Would that be adequate?

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Originally Posted by Firdelore View Post

Hi, I just joined the site and I did so in order to find out what I should purchase...

 

What I'm looking for in a pair of headphones by priority is comfort. The most expensive headphones I have bought (which are over ear headphones) is the Steelseries Siberia v2, which are comfortable for 2-3 hours before they became extremely uncomfortable to wear. So with this next purchase, I want to make sure I end up with a comfortable on ear pair of headphones. Secondly, I want closed headphones, as I will be taking them out publicly, and I don't want the cable length to be long... 1-1.5M is probably the kind of length I'm looking for, as I will be using these with my iPod as well as on the laptop... they don't sit that far away from me, so a short cable length should be good ;)

 

So yeah, I've listed the following qualities so far:

Comfort (I can wear for more than 5 hours without feeling any clamping)

Closed (No leakage means no angry people on the train)

Short cable length (I don't want to trip over wires and have to bind additional cables with a rubber band)

 

Lastly, I want an overall good sound experience - I'm no audiophile, so what sounds mediocre to some audiophiles will probably sound amazing for me. I listen to pretty much any genre, though being honest, I mainly listen to rock.

 

Also, just to show that I haven't done any research myself, I've found some headphones I'm interested in and they are:

Sennheiser HD 215, 429, 439, 449

AKG K550

 

I'm most interested in the Sennheiser HD 449's though... The reviews I've found say they sound great with classical music, acoustic type music and particularly... rock is good :) But I'm not sure if they are comfortable or not. If anyone has these pair of headphones and would care to tell me their experiences with them, I'd greatly appreciate it. 

 

Anyway, I hope you guys have recommendations for me with all these requirements in mind... Plus, I am willing to spend up to £200, which I think is appropriate for what I'm looking for. So yeah, recommendations would be nice as well as your own opinions on the headsets I've listed down.

 

Thank you and hopefully, I'll come home from work tonight with some replies. Later!

 

Eddie

 

Comfortable (which will often vary from person to person), closed, no amp, good for rock and about $200 U.S. street (your mileage will almost certainly vary outside the U.S.):

 

KRK KNS 8400

 

Ultrasone HFI-780

 

Sony MDR-V900HD

 

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

 

Shure SRH 840

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Originally Posted by XxDobermanxX View Post

The m50 has recessed mids and poor soundstage which wont do well for your rock/alternative genres, the shure srh840 are too bright and will result in ear fatique more quickly which wont work for long listening sessions. the sennheiser make up where all those miss, just note that the bass on the hd 449 is punchy and well balance but wont rattle your ears ( nooo deeep "ooomph), it has just the right bass imo and a balanced headphone for all genres. and if you want more bass you can mod it biggrin.gif

 

Would any of the AKG's be better for Rock/Alternative? Also what type of mod could I do to increase bass? Are there any other headphones in the range with better "stock" (unmodded) bass with an appealing soundstage and good mids for Rock/Alt? 

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Originally Posted by steelgtr View Post

I have theFiiO  E11. Would that be adequate?

I would think so.  It does scale up with nicer amps though.  Do you already have the E11?  Also, does the amp need to be portable?

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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

I would think so.  It does scale up with nicer amps though.  Do you already have the E11?  Also, does the amp need to be portable?

I do have it and yes, it pairs up nice with my Wolfson DACs Ipod Gen 5.5

 

bob

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Would any of the AKG's be better for Rock/Alternative? Also what type of mod could I do to increase bass? Are there any other headphones in the range with better "stock" (unmodded) bass with an appealing soundstage and good mids for Rock/Alt? 

HIFI 780's for $149 will blow you away but lack nothing. Great cans for the money.

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