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post #16981 of 29491

Hi,

Would love a bit of advice on deciding which cans to buy. Currently own ATH AD700's(first proper headphones ive ever owned) running through an Asus Xonar DG, use it for gaming movies and music (Dubstep, trance but also death metal, rap and hip hop). Love the clarity and sound stage of these headphones but feel they are lacking in the bass department even after EQ.

 

Need another pair to complement using the AD700s with ALOT more bass. Tossing up between the M-50 and Hfi 580 at the moment, any other suggestions or ideas on this one?

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Nah, I'm not going to even bother with it. These "recommend" thread don't work. I see a lot of questions go unanswered.

I bet if I ask, "what's better beats or skullcandy", there will be a 5 or more pages discussion.

 

I'll just research it and decide it on my own. 

here you go 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Bose-326223-0030-Bose%C2%AE-Mobile-Headset/dp/B0043WCH66/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343339291&sr=8-1&keywords=bose+iems

post #16983 of 29491
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Originally Posted by RoMee View Post

Nah, I'm not going to even bother with it. These "recommend" thread don't work. I see a lot of questions go unanswered.

I bet if I ask, "what's better beats or skullcandy", there will be a 5 or more pages discussion.

 

I'll just research it and decide it on my own. 

 

People are volunteering their time to give recommendations. Sometimes that means helping people when we should be working (as is usually my case). I'm not sure what part of this scenario doesn't make sense to you as its all pretty simple. No one will help you when you have that attitude.

 

Post to the IEM recommendation thread and then continue your own research and check back every once in a while to see if you were lucky enough to get an answer. And don't waste our time with complaints.

post #16984 of 29491
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HE400 v. Q701?

 

 Will be used for music and movies. Have partially modded D2000, love them, but looking for something with a great soundstage and more open sounding. Currently have the E17, going to be picking up a Little Dot (mkIII or 1+).or a Valhalla. Essentially looking for something different than the D2000's. Thoughts?
 

 

Both are good cans.  Based on experience with the HE-500, the Q701 will give you both a bigger sound stage and a more open sound.

post #16985 of 29491

Hello, I am looking for a pair of headphones that will mainly (95%+) be used for Movies/TV. I will be watching these from my laptop and don't want to have to buy an amp as well, price range is up to $150 CAD

 

Thanks!

post #16986 of 29491
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The Pro 900 is very bassy.  The (also must be amped) Pro 750 is a better choice.  Both are very different from the AKG.

I love bass. I love amps, in going to run it through an E17. One thing I don't like in a headphone is agressive highs, I find the K550 in that bracket.

How are the 900 and 750 different and why is the 750 a better choice in your opinion?
Edited by Dazron - 7/26/12 at 3:11pm
post #16987 of 29491
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I love bass. I love amps, in going to run it through an E17. One thing I don't like in a headphone is agressive highs, I find the K550 in that bracket.
How are the 900 and 750 different and why is the 750 a better choice in your opinion?

 

The 900 is a basshead can--a good basshead can--but a basshead can nonetheless.  The 750 has strong bass, but is more balanced.

post #16988 of 29491

I am still deciding among DT880, HD650, HE400, or Pro 750. 

 

How much sound is released with an open back phone?  Can a person sitting next the one listening to an open phone actually determine which song is playing and might be annoyed by the volume of the music?  

 

Of all the people on Head-fi/full sized phones, what percentage would you guesstimate prefer open to closed back phones?

post #16989 of 29491
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I am still deciding among DT880, HD650, HE400, or Pro 750. 

 

How much sound is released with an open back phone?  Can a person sitting next the one listening to an open phone actually determine which song is playing and might be annoyed by the volume of the music?  

 

Of all the people on Head-fi/full sized phones, what percentage would you guesstimate prefer open to closed back phones?

 

A person sitting next to you can definitely hear what you're listening to when you're using fully open headphones. Whether or not it bugs them... well it depends on the person I guess. :) While the volume that they hear sitting next to you is typically very quiet, they can usually tell what music you are listening to.

 

People that are new to the audiophile world almost always want closed headphones. I think this is probably partly based on the fact that most consumer headphones that people are familiar with are closed and partly based on most beginner audiophiles being interested in headphones for portable use where outside noise can be an issue and they don't want to be bothering the people around them (i.e. on trains, at school, etc).

 

Experienced audiophiles on the other hand typically prefer open headphones. There's a reason for open headphones and its not so that your wife can hear what you're listening to nor is it so that you can hear your kids screaming through your music. :) Its because of the acoustic benefits. Open headphones don't have the resonance and distortion problems inherent in closed designs. They also provide a more open, spacious, speaker-like presentation with a wider soundstage.

 

So to sum it up, open headphones are superior acoustically and closed headphones are for when sound isolation is needed. Edit: I should also point out, closed headphones inherently have more bass impact so bassheads are advised to look for closed cans.


Edited by devhen - 7/26/12 at 5:52pm
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Edit-- deleted. I tried to edit and I guess I replied instead. :)

post #16991 of 29491
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Originally Posted by olear View Post

I am still deciding among DT880, HD650, HE400, or Pro 750. 

 

How much sound is released with an open back phone?  Can a person sitting next the one listening to an open phone actually determine which song is playing and might be annoyed by the volume of the music?  

 

Of all the people on Head-fi/full sized phones, what percentage would you guesstimate prefer open to closed back phones?

 

I agree with the major points made by devhen.  I will add that amount of leakage varies.  Semi-open tend to leak less than open.  Among open cans the Grados and many Senns leak a great deal but the Sony MDR-MA900 leaks very little.

 

While not as true at Head-Fi, the new(-ish) mainstream headphone market is all about bass.  As a rule, closed cans do that better and cheaper than open cans.  However, when you look at the top of the audiophile field (excluding electrostats) you are looking at almost exclusively open cans.

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Can a person sitting next the one listening to an open phone actually determine which song is playing and might be annoyed by the volume of the music?

 

What's the volume?

 

I have Beyer DT990's at work. I've asked around and found that nobody hears the music but me. That's probably because I virtually always keep the volume low. That's my preference.

 

My former cubemate attached them to her computer and cranked up the volume. Everyone in the area could hear the music and it was annoying.

post #16993 of 29491

Thanks guys. Time for some open phones, especially since I am familiar with IEMs.

So the HE400, DT880, HD650 are all open phones? 

post #16994 of 29491
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Originally Posted by HamilcarBarca View Post

 

What's the volume?

 

I have Beyer DT990's at work. I've asked around and found that nobody hears the music but me. That's probably because I virtually always keep the volume low. That's my preference.

 

My former cubemate attached them to her computer and cranked up the volume. Everyone in the area could hear the music and it was annoying.

 

Here's a test you can do. Turn the 990s up to the highest volume you typically listen at. Then cover the inside of the cups with your hands so that your hands are basically acting the way the sides of your head do when you have them on (i.e. sound isn't escaping from the inside of the cups, just through the open back and a little bit through the pads). Then stretch your hands as far away from you as you can and you will be able to tell how much volume a person who is sitting that far away from you can hear.

 

The volume is quite low and unless you work very close to other people (for example if you are one of the guys on Workaholics and you work in the same cubicle haha) then you probably won't hear very many complaints from people saying they can hear your music.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

I agree with the major points made by devhen.  I will add that amount of leakage varies.  Semi-open tend to leak less than open.  Among open cans the Grados and many Senns leak a great deal but the Sony MDR-MA900 leaks very little.

 

While not as true at Head-Fi, the new(-ish) mainstream headphone market is all about bass.  As a rule, closed cans do that better and cheaper than open cans.  However, when you look at the top of the audiophile field (excluding electrostats) you are looking at almost exclusively open cans.

 

Well said. I forgot to mention the increased bass impact that closed headphones have. I tend to prefer closed cans for bass-heavy genres.

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