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Originally Posted by N3xus6 View Post

I am okay with open cans. 

 

Just standard sound card from my computer no extra equipment. 

 

I generally like more bass however I now listen to anything from Dubstep to singer/songwriter acoustic music so as long as they are decent quality I will be fine. I listen to Spotify all day and am not a audiophile. 

 

My main concern is the comfort and will be wearing them throughout my entire workday. 

 

Thanks for the quick response!

 

At $150, no amp, bassy and not bassy (mid-centric) music genre's and need for great comfort you are almost certainly have to make some compromises.

 

Cans that might best meet your needs: Ultrasone HiFi 780, Shure SRH 840, Sony MDR 7510, KRK KNS 8400.

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Hey guys I dunno if this is the right thread, but it is still visited so I ll take my two cents and post it here. Of course you can move it wherever it fits better :-)

So my question i directed towards Ultrasones, so anyone who has any experience with them (and preferably with the blue dragon cable too) will be probably very helpful to me :-) Best regards to that any fellow soul and my whole hearted thank you! Just an answer and/or your opinion will suffice. Thanks and cya.

It is a re-paste from a different forum (that forum doesnt seem to be visited anymore :-(). The original question follows:

 

I wonder if this blue dragon V3 cable is a lot amp dependent? Im using the Fiio E11 connected to my phone via a gold platted Nuforce cable/jack. And so far using the stock cable of the Ultrasones Pro 900 (Which is also gold platted). So Lets say if I just replace the stock cable will I get all these aforementioned attributes? (overall improvement - sound clarity, sub bass, better low/heighs/treble,etc...)?

 

Also should I get the blue dragon mini as a substitute for the Nuforce also? Would it make a significant difference for the price? Would the Nuforce affect the Blue Dragon cable in a bad way?

 

Also which plating is best for the BD cable? http://www.moon-audio.com/audio-cables/moon-audio-headphone-cables/moon-audio-blue-dragon-headphone-cable.html

 

They are all gold platted, so is it okay for it? (I suppose since it seems its the same cable)

And is the Oyaide better than the Neutrik? Its only 5 bucks, so will it make a difference?

Or would the Moon Audio Rhodium Bananas do much better (its another 35 bucks so...)? It doesnt say which size it is tho, so dunno if it is a 1/8 or 1/4 or whatever?

 

Or would any of the other cable choices available do better (except the furutech dual pin for 135.... dont need that anyways)

I need the classic 3.5 jack cable (I believe its the 1/8, right?)

 

Also, I suppose moding the ear pads, is a little useless, especially the JMoney or similar, as OP said that they dont go well together with the BM cable. Also I think they are quite sibilant as they are, so if the pads would increase it further, Im completely with OP on it - it can be unbearable :-D I fink the soundstage decent and better clarity should further improve upon thaz, so I guess the cable is all I need, except for your help xD

 

A reply would be much appreciated, thanks!

 
post #17163 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

At $150, no amp, bassy and not bassy (mid-centric) music genre's and need for great comfort you are almost certainly have to make some compromises.

 

Cans that might best meet your needs: Ultrasone HiFi 780, Shure SRH 840, Sony MDR 7510, KRK KNS 8400.

I am willing to make compromises on anything except the comfort. 

 

Should I spend more money to get open cans? Will they be more comfortable. How about $200 range? 

post #17164 of 29490
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Originally Posted by N3xus6 View Post

I am willing to make compromises on anything except the comfort. 

 

Should I spend more money to get open cans? Will they be more comfortable. How about $200 range? 

 

For comfort get the Sonys.  At $200 you can reach the Sennheiser HD25-1 II.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

For comfort get the Sonys.  At $200 you can reach the Sennheiser HD25-1 II.

How about open at $200 range? I think I want that lightweight feel where it does not get hot. Seems like closed is not meant for 5+ hours at a time. 

 

Sorry for all the questions. Appreciate your help. 

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New Recommendation: What would you all recommend me from Ultrasone? I love my Denon AH D5000 for home use but I'd like something good for portable use. Good soundstage, bass (though not overpowering), overall sound quality, and good isolation (both from outside sound and to prevent sound leakage). Interested in Ultrasone due to S-logic and supposed ability to preserve hearing. I listen to most everything minus the vast majority of Country. Right now trying to stay under or around $200 but feel free to suggest models at higher prices.

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How about open at $200 range? I think I want that lightweight feel where it does not get hot. Seems like closed is not meant for 5+ hours at a time. 

 

Sorry for all the questions. Appreciate your help. 

 

Open or closed should not dictate the comfort level, which also will inevitably vary from person to person.  As a rule velour pads are generarlly considered to be more comfortable & cooler than pleather and cooler than leather. 

 

There are some cans with velour pads that run just a bit under $200 (Beyerdynamic comes to mind), but they need an amp.  You would probably like the Ultrasone Pro 750, but it runs $225 to $235 minimum at Amazon and needs an amp or you lose its excellent bass.


Edited by KG Jag - 7/30/12 at 1:58pm
post #17168 of 29490
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Originally Posted by JmanOfIsrael View Post

New Recommendation: What would you all recommend me from Ultrasone? I love my Denon AH D5000 for home use but I'd like something good for portable use. Good soundstage, bass (though not overpowering), overall sound quality, and good isolation (both from outside sound and to prevent sound leakage). Interested in Ultrasone due to S-logic and supposed ability to preserve hearing. I listen to most everything minus the vast majority of Country. Right now trying to stay under or around $200 but feel free to suggest models at higher prices.


Ultrasone Pro 750--but you need an amp.

post #17169 of 29490
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I am quite surprised by the lack of information about sources. I am interested in a entry-level CD player, preferably with a remote control. I am looking at Onkyo or Cambridge Audio players, but even the cheapest models seem a bit expensive for me. I am looking for something to replace a laptop as a source so I would say almost any dedicated CD player will do. It would be perfect if it was around 100$ (which is very poor, I admit). I have E17 Alpen and DT880. Listetning mainly to rock/metal music.

 

EDIT: By the way, I've just measured my headphone volume in dB (with a smartphone, so it's very very approximate) and it shows that my normal listening volume is only around 60 dB. Keeping ear health in mind, can I go higher than that? I am listening for about 2 hours a day.

Not sure you what you mean by lack of info about sources, but since you are in a headphone recommendation thread I could see that.  So you are looking for a $100 cd player to hook to what exactly?

 

Since your Fiio is usb inputs only it would not be to that.  As for your spl measurement, it is very suspect as you mentioned.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Open or closed should not dictate the comfort level, which also will inevitably vary from person to person.  As a rule velour pads are generarlly considered to be more comfortable & cooler than pleather and cooler than leather. 

 

There are some cans with velour pads that run just a bit under $200 (Beyerdynamic comes to mind), but they need an amp.  You would probably like the Ultrasone Pro 750, but it runs $225 to $235 minimum at Amazon and needs an amp or you lose its excellent bass.

The Beyerdynamic definitely look sexy and comfortable. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-770-PRO-250-ohms/dp/B0006NL5SM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

Do I really need an amp? I want to be able to just play these straight through my laptop. Thanks for the great information. You are awesome!

post #17171 of 29490
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Originally Posted by bixby View Post

Not sure you what you mean by lack of info about sources, but since you are in a headphone recommendation thread I could see that.  So you are looking for a $100 cd player to hook to what exactly?

 

Since your Fiio is usb inputs only it would not be to that.  As for your spl measurement, it is very suspect as you mentioned.


Even absent other considerations, you are not going to get a reliable, quality stand alone CD player for $100, absent a liquidation sale or loss leader somewhere. A choice has to be made--either spend arround $175 for something like the Onkyo C-7030, or save money a get a lesser unit.

post #17172 of 29490
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Originally Posted by N3xus6 View Post

I am okay with open cans. 

 

Just standard sound card from my computer no extra equipment. 

 

I generally like more bass however I now listen to anything from Dubstep to singer/songwriter acoustic music so as long as they are decent quality I will be fine. I listen to Spotify all day and am not a audiophile. 

 

My main concern is the comfort and will be wearing them throughout my entire workday. 

 

Thanks for the quick response!

If you can find a pair of Sennheiser HD555, 558, or 595 within your range these are the most comfortable cans I've used. There is currently a pair of Used - Like New HD558 on Amazon for $102 shipped if you are ok with getting something that isn't new

post #17173 of 29490
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The Beyerdynamic definitely look sexy and comfortable. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-770-PRO-250-ohms/dp/B0006NL5SM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

Do I really need an amp? I want to be able to just play these straight through my laptop. Thanks for the great information. You are awesome!

 

The odds are that you do.  However, you can plug them into your computer and see if they work OK (odds are better with a Mac). 

 

If you don't know how they are supposed to sound, test them properly amped first--at a store or through a friend if you don't have something at home that can amp them.

post #17174 of 29490
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Originally Posted by N3xus6 View Post

The Beyerdynamic definitely look sexy and comfortable. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-770-PRO-250-ohms/dp/B0006NL5SM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

Do I really need an amp? I want to be able to just play these straight through my laptop. Thanks for the great information. You are awesome!

These were my first pair and I did not use an amp. I later got a FiiO E7 and it improved the sound and gave it a bit more power. If your headphone jack on your laptop has enough output power it should be able to give you a fairly loud sound when the volume is at about 70%. However, they will be better with an amp, so you mght consider looking into the 80 ohm version.

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Originally Posted by hipster2010 View Post

If you can find a pair of Sennheiser HD555, 558, or 595 within your range these are the most comfortable cans I've used. There is currently a pair of Used - Like New HD558 on Amazon for $102 shipped if you are ok with getting something that isn't new


With a $200 budget and open cans in play, the HD 558 is a good option.  It should not require an amp.

 

They leak quite a bit--so just be sure your are OK with that.


Edited by KG Jag - 7/30/12 at 2:15pm
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