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Hey, could someone recommend some good, closed, over the ear headphones without the need for amps for around $120? Preferably comfortable and durable. I tend to listen to lots of different genres and am always trying out new music, so a good, all-around sound would be nice. Is the KRK KNS-6400 or KRK KNS-8400 any good?


Edited by Doubly Dead - 7/22/12 at 10:27pm
post #16757 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Doubly Dead View Post

Hey, could someone recommend some good, closed, over the ear headphones without the need for amps for around $120? Preferably comfortable and durable. I tend to listen to lots of different genres and am always trying out new music, so a good, all-around sound would be nice. Is the KRK KNS-6400 or KRK KNS-8400 any good?

 

Yes they are, as is the Sony MDR 7506 & MDR 7510.

post #16758 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Yes they are, as is the Sony MDR 7506 & MDR 7510.

All right, thanks for recommending the MDR's as well.

post #16759 of 29490
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Originally Posted by 1FakeAccount1 View Post

Hey guys, i am looking for some audiophile grade over ear headphones for some home use. im going to run them with a fiio e09k amp.i really want one with replaceable cable so that i can replace them when they brake and so that i have the option for an upgrade cable. i think i will go for sennheiser hd 650's but i was wondering what the other options will be.

 

my budget is around $500 give or take a couple bucks.

 

If you want to get a new pair of HD 650's I'd get them on amazon. They're about $375 for now. 

 

I've heard some good reviews of pairing the Maverick Tube Magic D1 with the HD650s. Suppose to work well together.

 

There's also the O2 at JDlabs for $150 (amp only) then you can think of upgrading to a DAC later. The O2 powers up the HD650's very well and is more portable than the Tube Magic D1's.

 

There's also the E7/E9 combo that will also power up your HD650s well.

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Hi guys, I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones that I'll be using out of my Cowon or Sansa Clip (No amp). I have a budget of $200 USD, genres I generally listen to are pop, electronic/dance, acoustic stuff, anything with nice female vocals. 

 

I don't care about the looks, I'd prefer that it doesn't leak out much sound though. Had my eye on the Shure 840 but thought I'd get a few more suggestions.

 

DON'T LIKE RECESSED MIDS tongue.gif

 

Cans I already have

 

HD-25 - Only use em when I listen to rock or metal

Creative Aurvana Live - Most used headphone

Jaycar Headphones - Bought on a whim 

post #16761 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RMZ250MX View Post

Ive basicly desided to get HiFiMan HE-500 cause they seem to give great sound for the value!

Which AMP/DAC is recommended other than Schiit Audio Lyr & Bifrost?

Lake People? Woo Audio?

 

I listen to indie, pop, house,club, electronica music!

 

Thx for help

Anyone?

post #16762 of 29490
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Originally Posted by JxcelDolghmQ View Post

Hello, I've been lurking this site for about a year, and finally decided to get some decent equipment. I'm looking for recommendations for headphones, amp, and DAC to use with my PC. I'd like to spend about $450-600 in total, but I can go a bit higher if it will make a significant difference.


The setup would be used for a variety of music (everything except for pop and hip hop), as well as some gaming (directionality isn't a top priority, as I mostly play strategy games).


Right now, I'm considering the Sennheiser HD650s and the Beyerdynamic DT880s (although I'm looking for any recommendations); I'm leaning towards the 650s but I've heard that they need to be properly amped ("properly" being entirely outside of my budget) in order to sound good. Would an amp within my budget still make the 650s worthwhile, or would that be pushing my budget too far? I have no idea how to best allocate budget (% into headphones vs amp vs DAC), any advice there would be appreciated. An upgrade path that does not involve selling everything would also be nice.


Thanks for any help.

That's easy, try the Le Figaro 336 Classic amp (with some modest tube upgrades).  Drives the Senns fine and you have a good upgrade path with tube swapping.  Try a cheap dac before running off to spend hundreds on one or an inferior dac/amp combo.  

post #16763 of 29490
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Hi guys. First post here. 

 

I am sorry to bring another grado vs alessandro question. 

 

I've had a pair of Grado SR80i for a couple of weeks and I really like them. The only complain about the SR80i's is that I find them a little harsh with some female vocals like Diana Krall, Heart, and other acoustic music that focuses on the treble or with a lot of cimbals and hi hat. Thats a little unconfortable; I dare to say it is even painful. I am using them with my iPhone 4s, and with a Nuforce Udac-2 connected to my laptop (sometimes just my laptop witout DAC/amp).

 

Question:

 

Will this improve with time (burn in)?

Should I try the Alessandro MS1? wich I understand from what I've read, that they are less harsh than the Grados.

 

Grettings from Costa Rica. (yes, that explains the English)

You have described the Grado peak perfectly.  And it can be pretty annoying with female vocalists.  No amount of dac or amp swaps will remove it, you either like it and accept it or move on.  From others comments of the nuforce ,that is probably not helping much either.  Burn in time is unlikely to help.  Perhaps a better sounding dac/amp and headphone audition might be in order.

post #16764 of 29490
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Originally Posted by munchzilla View Post

hi!

I'm unfortunately a bit spoiled with having owned HiFiMan HE-4 and those just have bass on a completely different level.

the HD600 and 650 both felt like they had very muddy bass, regardless of what amplifier I used.

the treble was also a bit too rolled off for my liking. the mids I can't complain about though.

a bit too "warm" sounding for what I am looking for.

thanks

I concur with your opinion on the Senns.  Have you listened to some of the upper end Beyers?  I tend to like them over the Senn 800 and AKGs for balance and they still reveal lots of detail.

post #16765 of 29490
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Could somebody recommend a phone with a similar sound profile to the Grado 60i but with more comfort. I enjoy the sound of the 60i's very much but find them uncomfortable for extended listening. I'd like to keep them under the $200 range and don't care about looks or isolation since these will be used at home only.

 

Thanks in advance.


You may want to try the Beyerdynamic DT 235.

post #16766 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Yunho View Post

Hi guys, I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones that I'll be using out of my Cowon or Sansa Clip (No amp). I have a budget of $200 USD, genres I generally listen to are pop, electronic/dance, acoustic stuff, anything with nice female vocals. 

 

I don't care about the looks, I'd prefer that it doesn't leak out much sound though. Had my eye on the Shure 840 but thought I'd get a few more suggestions.

 

DON'T LIKE RECESSED MIDS tongue.gif

 

Cans I already have

 

HD-25 - Only use em when I listen to rock or metal

Creative Aurvana Live - Most used headphone

Jaycar Headphones - Bought on a whim 

You may want to consider the Ortofon O-One.

post #16767 of 29490

I am looking to upgrade from the ATH-M50. Has to be closed, and my budget is $400. 

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Heya,

 

 

 

So recently i decided to replace my crappy onboard- soundcard and 30€ Headset with something good.

 

I purchased a Asus DX from Amazone aswell as a Audio Technica ATH A700.

The difference in sound quality is stunning and Im finding myself going back to older music and re- listening to it, just wow.

 

That said, I have never been very informed about audio configurations and the things which come with this.

 

My problem is though, that the A700 are not only frackin huge and slightly too heavy but also the leather- cups actually really annoy me. It just gets too warm under them and im feeling much pressure on my head from them.

 

 

So, while I am very satisfied with the sound of the phones, I just find them quite uncomfortable.

 

I am planning to return the ATH A700 for something else but I am very unsure what that should be.

So far Ive red good things about the Beyerdynamic DT770 but red they are heavy on the base, which worries me that other ranges would suffer from this, the A700 seemed quite balanced so I would prefer something similiar.

 

 

 

Of course, I am going to state what Im actually intending to use these headphones for :

 

Music

 

I listen to electronic music quite alot, such as ambient but also some house and other sub genres.

Then there is orchestral music which i also listen to quite a bit and alot of Audiobooks.

 

As you can see, quite the mixed bag here. I honestly dont know much about mid- ranged, low- ranges and such things but the ATH A700 seemed quite balanced to me with a slight emphasize  on the bass ?

Im no "basshead" as constant base just gives me a headache but some rich base would be nice of course, without losing out in the other ranges ? again the A700 seems good here.

 

 

Gaming

 

Well yeah, I do game alot on my comp, Goes from RPGs, with much vocal from characters and orchestral music and sound effects, to strategy such as Civ and whatnot. So im guessing solid high- and- mid - ranges would be important here.

 

 

Voice programs

 

 

I make us of voice chats heavily, on a daily basis, think ventrilo, mumble, Teamspeak, skype;

 

 

Im really happy with the A700 but the comfort just isnt there and I need to look for something a tad smaller and no leather- cups.

 

 

Im certain there are some helpful Audio-philes here who can point me to the right direction ?

 

My Budget for this sits around 150 €


Edited by Calcifar - 7/23/12 at 11:16am
post #16769 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Calcifar View Post

 

So recently i decided to replace my crappy onboard- soundcard and 30€ Headset with something good.

I purchased a Asus DX from Amazone aswell as a Audio Technica ATH A700.

The difference in sound quality is stunning and Im finding myself going back to older music and re- listening to it, just wow.

That said, I have never been very informed about audio configurations and the things which come with this.

My problem is though, that the A700 are not only frackin huge and slightly too heavy but also the leather- cups actually really annoy me. It just gets too warm under them and im feeling much pressure on my head from them.

So, while I am very satisfied with the sound of the phones, I just find them quite uncomfortable.

I am planning to return the ATH A700 for something else but I am very unsure what that should be.

So far Ive red good things about the Beyerdynamic DT770 but red they are heavy on the base, which worries me that other ranges would suffer from this, the A700 seemed quite balanced so I would prefer something similiar.

Of course, I am going to state what Im actually intending to use these headphones for :

Music

I listen to electronic music quite alot, such as ambient but also some house and other sub genres.

Then there is orchestral music which i also listen to quite a bit and alot of Audiobooks.

As you can see, quite the mixed bag here. I honestly dont know much about mid- ranged, low- ranges and such things but the ATH A700 seemed quite balanced to me with a slight emphasize  on the bass ?

Im no "basshead" as constant base just gives me a headache but some rich base would be nice of course, without losing out in the other ranges ? again the A700 seems good here.

Gaming

Well yeah, I do game alot on my comp, Goes from RPGs, with much vocal from characters and orchestral music and sound effects, to strategy such as Civ and whatnot.

So im guessing solid high- and- mid - ranges would be important here.

 

Voice programs

I make us of voice chats heavily, on a daily basis, think ventrilo, mumble, Teamspeak, skype;

Im really happy with the A700 but the comfort just isnt there and I need to look for something a tad smaller and no leather- cups.

Im certain there are some helpful Audio-philes here who can point me to the right direction ?

The Asus Xonar DX is a good sound card (good DAC, surround sound), but barely decent at driving headphones.

So sometime in the future adding an external headphone amplifier might help the headphone sound.

 

The AKG K242HD (55-Ohm) is semi-open and has Velour ear pads, I bought my K242HDs from Thomann.

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Anyone?


The Lyr is said to be a good match, but others prefer the cheaper, solid state Asgard.  The Asgard does a good job with my HE-500, but I have not yet heard the Lyr or other hyrid amps like the HiFiMan EF5.

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