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post #17071 of 29490

Hi, ladies and gentlemen.

I will ask for suggestions in here. I'm new to the world of cool sound and I'm looking for some headphones. I like several kinds of music, from classical to death metal, with a lot of stuff in between, but I mainly hear rock. I really love the usage of bass (I mean the instrument, the bass guitar) in rock, and so, I love to hear it in my songs. It doesn't really matter if the bass makes you feel a vibration like when you're listening to speakers with a subwoofer. I would like some headphones in which I could hear all instruments clearly, specially the bass happy_face1.gif.

 

I know it strongly depends on the quality of the recording, but assuming that the source is good, what heaphones would help me to follow the bass in a song?

 

Based on my research in this, they should be on-the-ear or around-the-ear (prefereably on-the-ear), beacuase I find earbuds and in-ear uncomfortable. They should also be closed-back. I have a couple of headphones that are enough when I'm on the go, so portability would be a "pro" but not a "must". My budget is 100 bucks.

 

What else... mmm... Just a couple of representative examples of songs in which I love the sound of the bass:

 

- The Mission - Severina

- Nirvana - Lounge act

- Aterciopelados - Baracunata

 

So, what do you people think?? 

 

 

 

 

thanks in advance. cheers to all.

post #17072 of 29490
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Originally Posted by lagittaja View Post

Well I've been looking at the prices (USA vs UK vs FI) and the Grado's are ABSURDLY priced this side of the pond..

 

SR225i in Amazon.com for $200, in UK/Finland it's ~297€/299€ and that's ~$370

Looks like I'm gonna sign up for some mail forwarding service and order the stuff from USA.

Also I'm gonna get E9+E7 combo instead of the Audinst, simply because they (FiiO's) look better and after shipping, taxes and customs it's still the same price as the Audinst would be from South Korea.. Also both of them have pretty much the same features as far as I can tell.. And the more I buy from US at one time the more it is worth it considering the shipping prices and a mail forwarding service. I'll buy a Fiio A1 as well, just for the heck of it. I already have two Lepai TA2020A+ amps but matching hp amp and speaker amp is way too tempting LOL

 

So I'll buy/order the SR225i+Fiio's first on week 33 and then month after get the HD650 from Germany along with something else.

P.S. argh I hate having to change my mind but I think I changed my mind to a better choice.

P.P.S This is the last time I'll change my mind on this matter!
P.P.P.S. Aww headhurts after like 5hours of comparing prices and shipping costs and calculating customs and taxes and whatnot on my Galaxy Note. Gotta go to sleep LOL.

Just buy them used or get Alessandros (essentially the same headphone and much less expensive abroad).

post #17073 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ralphsv View Post

Hi, ladies and gentlemen.

I will ask for suggestions in here. I'm new to the world of cool sound and I'm looking for some headphones. I like several kinds of music, from classical to death metal, with a lot of stuff in between, but I mainly hear rock. I really love the usage of bass (I mean the instrument, the bass guitar) in rock, and so, I love to hear it in my songs. It doesn't really matter if the bass makes you feel a vibration like when you're listening to speakers with a subwoofer. I would like some headphones in which I could hear all instruments clearly, specially the bass happy_face1.gif.

 

I know it strongly depends on the quality of the recording, but assuming that the source is good, what heaphones would help me to follow the bass in a song?

 

Based on my research in this, they should be on-the-ear or around-the-ear (prefereably on-the-ear), beacuase I find earbuds and in-ear uncomfortable. They should also be closed-back. I have a couple of headphones that are enough when I'm on the go, so portability would be a "pro" but not a "must". My budget is 100 bucks.

 

What else... mmm... Just a couple of representative examples of songs in which I love the sound of the bass:

 

- The Mission - Severina

- Nirvana - Lounge act

- Aterciopelados - Baracunata

 

So, what do you people think?? 

 

 

 

 

thanks in advance. cheers to all.

Used SRH840 biggrin.gif  They're amazing for the price and their biggest flaw (slightly emphasized mid-bass) actually works in their favor in your case.

post #17074 of 29490

Hey guys,

 

Hoping to get another suggestion from you guys. The HD600 is fantastic, but I'd love to have a slightly brighter complement. I have a pair of SR-225s right now as a complement, but I feel like I want a slightly better sound than them. Here's what I would want:

 

Better build quality than the Grados -- this is actually a huge problem as the Grados just feel ridiculously cheap. I feel like I'll break them everytime I use them and baby them. I really don't want to do that.

More forward mids -- The Grados have pretty forward mids, but the treble is still more prominent. I guess I'm looking for more of a sound where the mids are not just forward, but the most prominent too. I would like an "intimate" feel with vocals with them being the focus, so that would be great.

A brighter sound -- the brightness of the SR-225s doesn't bother me and I'm gonna use this as a complement to the HD600s.

Better separation and clarity than the SR-225s -- the Grados feel pretty congested when lots of instruments are playing.

Good with rock (U2, Springsteen, the like. Nothing really that fast paced)

 

I don't feel the Grados are bass-light (they're fine there) and I would prefer open 'phones for a larger soundstage. I do like the speed of the Grados. Budget is ~$200-250 I'd guess. I feel like the Audio Technica ATH-AD900 would be great with it's supposedly forward mids and airy sound. Also considering the Sony SA-5000 and ATH-AD2000, but those are a bit out of my price range. I'll spring for those if they're much better than anything else. Honestly, if the Alessandro MS-2s have better build quality than the cheapness of the SR-225s, I might spring for them too.

 

Thanks!

post #17075 of 29490

I'm curious, what would a good headphone for listening to movies be?  I'd prefer something on the budget side, seeing that I'm not pursuing any kind of quality I might chase musically.  I'd mainly want comfortable, isolating would be a bonus, but just as long as its not as open as grado it should be fine.  I'd prefer some portability, as this would mainly be accompanied by a portable blu-ray player.

 

If I forgot any other info that might help, just smack me and remind me what I should have already provided.  Thanks in advance!

 

Edit:  Incase it matters, I have a CMOY for a portable amp.


Edited by Saoshyant - 7/28/12 at 8:24pm
post #17076 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

I'm curious, what would a good headphone for listening to movies be?  I'd prefer something on the budget side, seeing that I'm not pursuing any kind of quality I might chase musically.  I'd mainly want comfortable, isolating would be a bonus, but just as long as its not as open as grado it should be fine.  I'd prefer some portability, as this would mainly be accompanied by a portable blu-ray player.

 

If I forgot any other info that might help, just smack me and remind me what I should have already provided.  Thanks in advance!

 

Edit:  Incase it matters, I have a CMOY for a portable amp.

Creative Aurvana Live! might work for you. Closed, but isn't the best at isolating.

post #17077 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hipster2010 View Post

Creative Aurvana Live! might work for you. Closed, but isn't the best at isolating.

I suppose I should go into further explanation.  I wouldn't really need the level of isolation needed on a plane or such, mainly just enough that I don't bother others.

post #17078 of 29490
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Originally Posted by eucariote View Post

Used SRH840 biggrin.gif  They're amazing for the price and their biggest flaw (slightly emphasized mid-bass) actually works in their favor in your case.


Good choice, but they are over his $100 budget.

 

Within that budget, consider the Superlux HD668b (semi open), Shure SRH 440, and AKG K 240 Studio (semi open).

post #17079 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Lux Nocte View Post

If I am to get fostex T50 for portable use, I need to get a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter.
Is there any real sound degration from adapter to adapter? If so, what would be one of the best under $30
Currently, I am unable to afford a portable amp.


Senn makes a very affordable and good quality adapter.

post #17080 of 29490
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Originally Posted by HeroicPenguin View Post

Hey guys,

 

Hoping to get another suggestion from you guys. The HD600 is fantastic, but I'd love to have a slightly brighter complement. I have a pair of SR-225s right now as a complement, but I feel like I want a slightly better sound than them. Here's what I would want:

 

Better build quality than the Grados -- this is actually a huge problem as the Grados just feel ridiculously cheap. I feel like I'll break them everytime I use them and baby them. I really don't want to do that.

More forward mids -- The Grados have pretty forward mids, but the treble is still more prominent. I guess I'm looking for more of a sound where the mids are not just forward, but the most prominent too. I would like an "intimate" feel with vocals with them being the focus, so that would be great.

A brighter sound -- the brightness of the SR-225s doesn't bother me and I'm gonna use this as a complement to the HD600s.

Better separation and clarity than the SR-225s -- the Grados feel pretty congested when lots of instruments are playing.

Good with rock (U2, Springsteen, the like. Nothing really that fast paced)

 

I don't feel the Grados are bass-light (they're fine there) and I would prefer open 'phones for a larger soundstage. I do like the speed of the Grados. Budget is ~$200-250 I'd guess. I feel like the Audio Technica ATH-AD900 would be great with it's supposedly forward mids and airy sound. Also considering the Sony SA-5000 and ATH-AD2000, but those are a bit out of my price range. I'll spring for those if they're much better than anything else. Honestly, if the Alessandro MS-2s have better build quality than the cheapness of the SR-225s, I might spring for them too.

 

Thanks!

 

Although above your budget, the 325 or MS2 is probably your best bet--and yes they have better build quality but the same design.

post #17081 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

I suppose I should go into further explanation.  I wouldn't really need the level of isolation needed on a plane or such, mainly just enough that I don't bother others.

 

I think you mean leakage.  Isolation is blocking outside sound (like you get sitting near a jet engine).  If so, the CAL! should work for you--at least in that respect.

post #17082 of 29490

Oops, my newness is showing, I just assumed the term worked both ways.  Es tut mir leid.  What I was ineffectively trying to get at is I want to be able to watch the movie in peace without bothering anyone, but I do not need isolation to the extent of being able to do this on a plane.

post #17083 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Oops, my newness is showing, I just assumed the term worked both ways.  Es tut mir leid.  What I was ineffectively trying to get at is I want to be able to watch the movie in peace without bothering anyone, but I do not need isolation to the extent of being able to do this on a plane.


Das ist OK.  The CAL! does not isolate very well for a closed can, so it probably will not meet that need.

post #17084 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Although above your budget, the 325 or MS2 is probably your best bet--and yes they have better build quality but the same design.

 

How are the mids on them? I felt that the treble dominated the mids on the 225s, so even though the mids were forward, they were sort of "blocked out"

post #17085 of 29490

Btw KG, are you aware of any fairly unknown headphone shops in Austin?  I know of Audio Systems for Grado, not sure what else they have.

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