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Thanks for the info. I don't really consider myself a bass head, but I really love it when there is adequate bass with sizzling highs. Would you choose the dt880's over the hi-580's?

I see that headroom has the hi-780's but not the 580's; are these similar in sound characteristics? Thanks again for the advice.

Steve
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Originally Posted by PanamaHat View Post

Well, for one I'd put the Ultrasone HFI-580 above the ath-m50 on your list (overall better sound quality, present bass, better detail retrieval, and tonality). I've been looking in to the Q701 a bit myself. Many people say the HD598 have less bass than the q701 which is strange since the q701 have a bass-light balanced sound. I haven't heard the q701 for myself, but i've heard good things about them. I've heard even better things about the dt880, which costs about $100 more at this time. I actually stood at B&H listening to them for a good 20 minutes and all I can say is that they're great, and although more expensive probably worth it. 

Edited by desmoface - 7/31/12 at 4:20am
post #17222 of 29490

Hi Everyone!

 

I'm searching for a good pair of headphones to use for music production. I have the need to switch from nearfield monitoring to headphones and I'm looking for some reilable pair of headphones.

 

They should be the most possible accurate and linear at low volumes (I prefer to mix at low volumes!) and should translate well on PAs.

 

I've identified some model with a price ranging from 100 to 200 euro. My budget is at most 250 euros.

 

These models are:

 

Sennheiser hd 280:

http://www.musicstore.de/en_EN/EUR/Sennheiser-HD-280pro-Headphone-closed-8-25000Hz-64ohm/art-REC0002071-000

 

Beyerdinamic DT-250:

http://www.musicstore.de/en_EN/EUR/Beyerdynamic-DT-250-Studio-Headphone-closed-250-ohm-sw/art-REC0002447-000

 

AKG K-271 MKII:

http://www.musicstore.de/en_EN/EUR/AKG-K-271-MKII-Studio-Kopfhoerer-geschlossen/art-REC0005854-000

 

Sony MDR 7509HD

 

 

 

What do you think about these? Which one is the most accurate and linear? 

Do you have any other model to suggest me?

 

Thanks a lot!

 

Francesco

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Originally Posted by noyad9 View Post

Hi Everyone!

I'm searching for a good pair of headphones to use for music production. I have the need to switch from nearfield monitoring to headphones and I'm looking for some reilable pair of headphones.

They should be the most possible accurate and linear at low volumes (I prefer to mix at low volumes!) and should translate well on PAs.

I've identified some model with a price ranging from 100 to 200 euro. My budget is at most 250 euros.

These models are:

Sennheiser hd 280:
http://www.musicstore.de/en_EN/EUR/Sennheiser-HD-280pro-Headphone-closed-8-25000Hz-64ohm/art-REC0002071-000

Beyerdinamic DT-250:
http://www.musicstore.de/en_EN/EUR/Beyerdynamic-DT-250-Studio-Headphone-closed-250-ohm-sw/art-REC0002447-000

AKG K-271 MKII:
http://www.musicstore.de/en_EN/EUR/AKG-K-271-MKII-Studio-Kopfhoerer-geschlossen/art-REC0005854-000

Sony MDR 7509HD



What do you think about these? Which one is the most accurate and linear? 
Do you have any other model to suggest me?

Thanks a lot!

Francesco

The Sony 7506 are some of the most neutral headphones you can get and as such are very popular for recording/mixing/monitoring. I'm not sure about the 7509HD but I think they are quite similar. You may also want to look at the KRK KNS 6400 and 8400 and possibly the Shure 840 and 940.
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 possibly the Shure 840 and 940.

 

Seems that Shure 940 are a good option...

 

So... between Sony MDR 7509HD and Shure 940 which one is better? They have almost the same price...

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In this territory a drop in price gets you lesser options. The Shure SRH 440 and the KRK KNS-6400 are on that next tier down.  If it's any consolation, the price gap is bigger going to the next tier up from the 840.

 

Haha thanks, do you know anything about the LINDY Premium Hi-Fi Headphones? I read a review, but it was in comparison to an HD600, so I'm not sure how to draw an accurate comparison.

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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).

Whoa, this thread is quite active.

 

All three have good reviews, and the superlux is very appealing with its price.Is the Shure SRH 440 somehow similar to the 840? if so, I could get it and if I like it, I guess I could save and buy the 840 in the future.

Also, the semi-open ones, how much sound do they let out? I don't mind much what they let in, but I would like to have few sound out, so people near by, don't hear them, specially if used in a quiet environment, like a quiet office.

Also, what about headphones amps? What I get is that they make the sound better and louder. the fiio e6 looks cheap and like a good start for someone like me, who has never used one. Are there some cans that get the kind of sound I look using a preset of the fiio? Or I shoul better go with the headphone alone? Thanks again people.

post #17227 of 29490

Looking for:

 

Portable

Not 'poser' (not too big, not too flashy)

Closed

Can run off of PA2V2 or Fred_fred_2004's 3-channel cMoy

Good with Rock, Reggae and Trance

The best between 250-500USD.


Edited by BullHorn - 7/31/12 at 9:50am
post #17228 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jan Roman View Post

I meant there are tons of DACs reviews, but very little on the CD player front.

 

A CD player reads bits from a shiny disc and delivers them at ~150kBps. This is easy and consumer equipment capable of performing this task reliably has been available since the 1980's. If one "transport" delivers the same bit-stream as another, there can be no sonic difference.

 

However, the choice of DAC, amplifier, and headphones are a different issue.

post #17229 of 29490
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Originally Posted by desmoface View Post

Thanks for the info. I don't really consider myself a bass head, but I really love it when there is adequate bass with sizzling highs. Would you choose the dt880's over the hi-580's?
I see that headroom has the hi-780's but not the 580's; are these similar in sound characteristics? Thanks again for the advice.
Steve


The 580 and 880 exist in entirely different universes.  The 580 is a basshead can.  The 880 is very accurate, neutral, balanced and detailed.

 

The HiFi 780 is more balanced than the 580.  The 780 is good bass while not going into basshead territory.  It is also bright--almost like a Grado (but with more bass).

post #17230 of 29490
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Originally Posted by noyad9 View Post

 

Seems that Shure 940 are a good option...

 

So... between Sony MDR 7509HD and Shure 940 which one is better? They have almost the same price...


Go with the Sony for build quality--it is significantly stronger than the 940.

 

Go with the Shure for sound.

post #17231 of 29490
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Originally Posted by firstfall View Post

 

Haha thanks, do you know anything about the LINDY Premium Hi-Fi Headphones? I read a review, but it was in comparison to an HD600, so I'm not sure how to draw an accurate comparison.


Aren't the Lindy just another Brainwavz HM5 clone?  If so, they are OK...and very big..and not as good as the Shure SRH 880 (but better than the 440).

post #17232 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ralphsv View Post

Whoa, this thread is quite active.

 

All three have good reviews, and the superlux is very appealing with its price.Is the Shure SRH 440 somehow similar to the 840? if so, I could get it and if I like it, I guess I could save and buy the 840 in the future.

Also, the semi-open ones, how much sound do they let out? I don't mind much what they let in, but I would like to have few sound out, so people near by, don't hear them, specially if used in a quiet environment, like a quiet office.

Also, what about headphones amps? What I get is that they make the sound better and louder. the fiio e6 looks cheap and like a good start for someone like me, who has never used one. Are there some cans that get the kind of sound I look using a preset of the fiio? Or I shoul better go with the headphone alone? Thanks again people.


Each semi open can will leak some.  The amount of that leakage will vary from can to can.  More importantly the specific environment in which they are played--and the sensitivity of the folks in it--will provide an answer to your leakage question.  Bottom line: they probably leak too much to use when you're sitting next to some one on a plane, train or bus.  In an office environment with individual cubes, they are probably OK unless you have a next door office mate with rabbit ears.

 

The 440 is closed and does not need an amp.  Perhaps for you it's the best choice.

 

The other two would benefit from a bit of a boost from an amp.  While I don't have specific experience with the unit, I suspect that this Fiio would do the job.

post #17233 of 29490
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Originally Posted by BullHorn View Post

Looking for:

 

Portable

Not 'poser' (not too big, not too flashy)

Closed

Can run off of PA2V2 or Fred_fred_2004's 3-channel cMoy

Good with Rock, Reggae and Trance

The best between 250-500USD.


 Ultrasone Pro 750.  If these are too big and uncool, the HiFi 780 is smaller, cheaper ($150 to $160 at last check on Amazon) and does not need an amp.

post #17234 of 29490
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Originally Posted by HamilcarBarca View Post

 

A CD player reads bits from a shiny disc and delivers them at ~150kBps. This is easy and consumer equipment capable of performing this task reliably has been available since the 1980's. If one "transport" delivers the same bit-stream as another, there can be no sonic difference.

 

However, the choice of DAC, amplifier, and headphones are a different issue.

 

That is mostly true.  Yet features aside, better quality CD players perform better with CD's packed with the most minutes (hour +) of music and CD's that are in less than perfect shape.  They also tend to have a better internal DAC's than cheaper models.

post #17235 of 29490

First of all, I started a new thread before I saw this post, sorry about that.

My HD 555 headphones broke after 4 years of use, and I've decided to upgrade to actual audiophile equipment. My budget is about $600, not including shipping/tax. I am Canadian, so custom fees could be a problem.

I'm looking for headphones that are good for classic/progressive rock, metal and gaming. I don't listen to a lot of metal (mostly just Dream Theater, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath). I don't game competitively, so it's not super important that they're good for games, but it would be nice to have a pair that gives me a slight edge (the HD 555s seem good enough for games to me, if that helps). 

I've been looking at the HD 600 (razordogdeals has them for $299 with a coupon) and the DT 990 600 ohm version ($300ish on razordogdeals with a coupon). I have little experience with hi-fi gear, and my city has nowhere I can demo some headphones, so I'd appreciate any input.

 

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