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post #16996 of 29491
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Originally Posted by devhen View Post

 

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

If you get an opportunity to listen to the JVC FX700 (IEM), I think you'd love them.

post #16997 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Ultrsone HiFi 780.

Hey this is from page 1130

 

Thanks for the recommendation but I need below $150... Those break my bank. I wouldn't mind phones that need a portable amp to push them. I was looking at Sony MDR-V6, ATH-M50 (which I could get for 170, but that would be the highest I could go and also couldn't buy an Amp with them). I have read both love/hate for the sony's and lots of love for the ATH as entry level...

post #16998 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Houseton View Post

Hey this is from page 1130

 

Thanks for the recommendation but I need below $150... Those break my bank. I wouldn't mind phones that need a portable amp to push them. I was looking at Sony MDR-V6, ATH-M50 (which I could get for 170, but that would be the highest I could go and also couldn't buy an Amp with them). I have read both love/hate for the sony's and lots of love for the ATH as entry level...

 

The ATH-M50 powers just fine without an amp. The only reason why you would buy an amp for other headphones is because of impedance. The M50s have a low impedance of 38 ohms. Whatever you use it with (ipod, desktop pc, laptop) will power the ATH-M50s very well. I would go with the M50's as an entry level headphone. 

post #16999 of 29491
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Originally Posted by scjarrett87 View Post

 

The ATH-M50 powers just fine without an amp. The only reason why you would buy an amp for other headphones is because of impedance. The M50s have a low impedance of 38 ohms. Whatever you use it with (ipod, desktop pc, laptop) will power the ATH-M50s very well. I would go with the M50's as an entry level headphone. 

I am coming from AKG K240 Studio's what would be the major difference in sound stage, timbre, etc. I like being able to hear individual instruments and all the little nuances I believe I hear with the K240's but I would like a close headphone, simply because I travel on the bus a lot and don't like the noise bleed I get with the K240's.

 

Thanks for the note on impedence as now I can find phones that can work well without an amp! :)

post #17000 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Houseton View Post

Hey this is from page 1130

 

Thanks for the recommendation but I need below $150... Those break my bank. I wouldn't mind phones that need a portable amp to push them. I was looking at Sony MDR-V6, ATH-M50 (which I could get for 170, but that would be the highest I could go and also couldn't buy an Amp with them). I have read both love/hate for the sony's and lots of love for the ATH as entry level...

Where are you located? If you are outside of the US (which based upon the pricing you mention it sound like you are) it changes recommendations a lot. The HFI780 that KG Jag suggested is $151 on amazon, but that would only apply to US

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Where are you located? If you are outside of the US (which based upon the pricing you mention it sound like you are) it changes recommendations a lot. The HFI780 that KG Jag suggested is $151 on amazon, but that would only apply to US

In Canada. So it jumps quite a bit cause it was like $249 (plus shipping I'm guessing) or something... The crappy thing is our dollar is almost on par with the US dollar right now. I wish I could buy in US prices, would save me quite the hassle sometimes.

 

Something like ShipIto could be used so I could order stuff from the states.... I will have to look into it as it is so much cheaper.

 

Editing like a fiend here. Looked on the US Amazon and someone named Jonathan Lee reviewed the HI780's and loved them. Review is glowing with exactly what I was looking for. Thank you KG Lag as you gave me exactly what I was looking for judging by this review... I may just have to use the Shipito site to get it sent to me for under $200  (^_^). I was kinda weary when they said surround sound cans...


Edited by Houseton - 7/26/12 at 9:42pm
post #17002 of 29491
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Originally Posted by olear View Post

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

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


Yes--open or semi-open (DT 880).

post #17003 of 29491
Hey guys! First post here even though I've been reading up for quite some time.

I'm looking to buy new headphones and need some help.
I am NOT and audiophile. Just need a good quality pair of cans for good music.
My sources are iPod, PC, and Sony DVD player. I will not be using any amps. I listen to rock and heavy metal music, need a stronger bass.

Budget is $120 +/- $20

As of right now, I'm confused between Sennheisers HD518 & HD558. Is the difference significant? Worth the price bump? Any other recommendations?

Keep in mind that I am new to the world of quality music, so don't have much technical knowledge. Currently, I have a Panasonic RP-HTX7.

Thanks!
post #17004 of 29491
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Originally Posted by saurcerer View Post

Hey guys! First post here even though I've been reading up for quite some time.
I'm looking to buy new headphones and need some help.
I am NOT and audiophile. Just need a good quality pair of cans for good music.
My sources are iPod, PC, and Sony DVD player. I will not be using any amps. I listen to rock and heavy metal music, need a stronger bass.
Budget is $120 +/- $20
As of right now, I'm confused between Sennheisers HD518 & HD558. Is the difference significant? Worth the price bump? Any other recommendations?
Keep in mind that I am new to the world of quality music, so don't have much technical knowledge. Currently, I have a Panasonic RP-HTX7.
Thanks!

 

Do you need isolation from outside noises? The reason I ask is that Grado's are very popular for rock music but they are open back and don't isolate well. There are three that are within your price range-- the Grado SR60i is $80, the Grado SR80i is $100, and the Alessandro MS1i is $110.

 

Edit-- Apparently open-back is OK for you because the 518 and 558 are also open back. I would look into the Grado's. As far as the 518 vs 558, its really hard to say if the price bump is worth it because its subjective, not only subjective as far as how the difference sounds to you but also subjective in the sense that money has a different value to everyone. All I can tell you is that the 558s are considered the slightly better cans but the 518s are also well regarded.


Edited by devhen - 7/26/12 at 9:51pm
post #17005 of 29491

My girlfriend is looking for headphones that are purely for style and durability.

 

She went through some skullcandy lowriders but they have broken really quickly.

 

She really likes the look and prefers ones that don't 'stretch' out when you put them on (and maintain a more circular shape)

 

Does anyone have any recommendations? Budget is around ~50. I'm located in Canada so a lot of amazon and other sites don't ship here (or do for some ridiculous s&h rate)

 

I've recommended the ATH-SJ55/SJ33/SJ11 but she's worried they will look 'wide' when worn.

 

Thanks

post #17006 of 29491
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Originally Posted by saurcerer View Post

Hey guys! First post here even though I've been reading up for quite some time.
I'm looking to buy new headphones and need some help.
I am NOT and audiophile. Just need a good quality pair of cans for good music.
My sources are iPod, PC, and Sony DVD player. I will not be using any amps. I listen to rock and heavy metal music, need a stronger bass.
Budget is $120 +/- $20
As of right now, I'm confused between Sennheisers HD518 & HD558. Is the difference significant? Worth the price bump? Any other recommendations?
Keep in mind that I am new to the world of quality music, so don't have much technical knowledge. Currently, I have a Panasonic RP-HTX7.
Thanks!

 

Both are very good open (leaking) cans.  The 558 has the same drivers as the 598.  It is a step better than the 518 in almost all categories (e.g. comfort, sound stage, extension, clarity, etc).  However, while both have decent bass neither is a bass oriented can.  In the U.S. only the 518 (new) fits into your budget.

 

The Grados mentioned are excellent rock cans, but they are not bassy either.  If you decide to get one of them and stay within your budget, I recommend the Alessandro MS1.

 

The Senns and Grados have very different sound signatures.

post #17007 of 29491
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Originally Posted by scjarrett87 View Post

 

The ATH-M50 powers just fine without an amp. The only reason why you would buy an amp for other headphones is because of impedance. The M50s have a low impedance of 38 ohms. Whatever you use it with (ipod, desktop pc, laptop) will power the ATH-M50s very well. I would go with the M50's as an entry level headphone. 

 

That's only part of the story.  Even some "easy to drive" cans as measures by Ohms need an amp to properly power them.  There are many article and much discussion on this, including this example:

 

http://www.apexhifi.com/specs.html

 

The engineers and other technically knowlegdable folks here can give you a fuller picture.

post #17008 of 29491
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Originally Posted by fyre View Post

She really likes the look and prefers ones that don't 'stretch' out when you put them on (and maintain a more circular shape)

 

Does anyone have any recommendations? Budget is around ~50. I'm located in Canada so a lot of amazon and other sites don't ship here (or do for some ridiculous s&h rate)

 

I've recommended the ATH-SJ55/SJ33/SJ11 but she's worried they will look 'wide' when worn.

 

Thanks

 

Have you looked at the Sennheiser sports earphones?

post #17009 of 29491

Guys i need some advice(that's kinda redundant huh?)
anyway,[Boring background starts here]

I really like music, i have some 120 gbs of MP3 here with me and i could say i like pretty much most of them.
From Jazz, Classical, to Rock coasting through some house music, i like almost it all. But i will go ahead and say that i'm looking for something more suited to listening to Jazz instead of House/pop music, as those are often too compressed and i never heard any significant detail that i sometimes miss.

I've played guitar for 4 years (but stopped like 5 yrs ago, i dunno really why, still have 2 tube amps with me, a 60W one and other 8w small) 

[boring background ends]

so, now my rig is: Few Flacs, Foobar, an old Dell Studio laptop with realtek sound card and some SMB XFi from creative.
and my actual cans are those:http://www.philips.co.uk/c/headphones/shl5800_10/prd/;jsessionid=99E943C3160958B0A9F82B7046F19BA5.app102-drp2?t=specifications

 

Anyway, i've read the summer guide, but my biggest problem is that i live in Brazil, stuff here is way overpriced (and sometimes priced very differently from just using the exchange rate) and also things are hard to find.
Right now i found one place that sells those DJ100 for cheap (about 150 U$ for u guys) , i found some ATH-M50 for about 180. (which i can afford and i think it is ok for me to spend that much money for better music)
 

A few sennheiser are also available, i've seen a HD598, wich is going for about 480 U$. Few other are availible also.
beyerdyn dt440 running for abou 330 U$ and dt770 for 360U$.

From what i've read in the forum, it might be quite a stretch for me from a 150$ dj100 to 480 HD598. (i CAN pay the 480, but anything past 300 will be a huge blow to my wallet, and i don't have a clue if i can hear the difference. 

Ok so my budget would be about the dt440/770 but i could stretch it for the HD598 if you guys think it will do much difference.

Also, i wish i would have some isolation, i know the Senn doesn't have it. but i wouldn't care much if my current can doesn't sound like total **** near it so i could take that outdoors and on trips.(but again, i have no idea)
Maybe it would be wise to go with small steps first, you guys make the call. (but any of these must kinda take some beating, i really like using it, taking with me everywhere... )

 

I'm not a Dre lover (a friend has one) not a crazy ass bass addicted. although i do appreciate a good cello sound/electric bass solos, love it quite frankly, i don't like to be overwhelmed by it. 

 

on dac...

I also need a Dac and a portable amp(for my ipod). this is even trickier, i found mp4nation has free shipping and amazon will charge me about 30 bucks for anything at least, USPS.

 

i've always admired a more colorful sound and i was thinking about,  and i'm thinking about Soundmagic A10 for the on the go thing and the Fiio e10 for my laptop/computer. Initially i was set with the e17 for both stuff but saw some people complaining about it not going too well with few cans and i tough i could get a dac and separated portable amp with different sounds, so i could even test and maybe later know which direction to go,  i would set that budget to 160 U$ on mp4nation. 


I'm pretty sure it will be hard to help me because all the prices are so wrong down here.... 

THX

 

post #17010 of 29491
Hello! I read the OP, but there are a lot of subsections to this website, so, being a novice, this looks like a good place to start.

I have two pairs of Sony MDR-V6 headphones (just in case I lose a pair, ha), and while they are a noticeable difference from what I had been using previously, I'm sure I can get a better listening experience.

I plug my headphones straight into my laptop most of the time; should I be plugging the laptop into a soundsystem of some kind, and then plugging the headphones into that? What is the recommended way to listen to high quality digital music?

I know, I know. Really basic question. Still, I've got to start somewhere! Thanks in advance ^^
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