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Thanks for the prompt response. If I do end up going with these, is it true that you need to EQ the treble down quite a bit? I can do it, but I would rather have something that can get a reasonably even response on its own so I don't have to mess with the EQ when I switch devices or use someone else's. I have heard that the upper range is about 8 db too strong.

 

You may well want to EQ them to deal with the upper-mids/lower-highs.  I use with them with no EQ.  Simply put--there are limitations for what you can get for $50.  (Other than a clone) Show me another $50 to $60 can you can get with the bass, sound stage and overall frequency response of the Superlux.  If you want a good mid-centric $50-ish closed can instead, get the Koss ProDJ100

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Hello all! I wrote in this thread last October, so I could buy my first pair of actually nice headphones. I wanted something with a little bit of bass, and something in the $100-$200 price range that didn't require an amp (I don't know a thing about amps). Like many new member being recommended their first set of cans, I was recommended the Audio-Technica ATH-M50's. I have now owned them for 9 months. They actually did not meet my expectations. While I liked them, I wasn't blown away like others in the reviews I read. The sound quality was great, although the bass was a little bit less than I expected. However, it was the fit that I hated. No matter how much I shifted or adjusted that actual headphones or their spot on my head, I could not go without reshifting them every 10 minutes or so because I found them to be way too clamping. Either they were clamping on my head too hard, or I had them adjusted so big on my head that the headphones were actually slipping off my head. Either way, I think it's time for a new pair.

 

What do I want in these new cans? First off, I want for them to be a LOT more comfortable. Comfort is my main priority, especially around the band. I want to be able to listen for an hour without having to adjust my headphones once (or at least not nearly as often as my M50's). I don't care whether I get an open or closed pair, however, I am leaning towards an open pair as it will probably make my airs sweat less and be slightly more comfortable.

 

What about the sound? I'd love a headphone that has a great bass. Not one that's overpowering, but one that has more than my current M50's, because I was disappointed at the amount of bass that they packed. I'd also like a pretty decent soundstage.

 

I mainly listen to alternative, electronic, and rap music.

 

What is my budget? I'm not planning on buying the headphones for a few weeks (even a few months), however, I am fine with anything going up to the $500 mark (give or take some money for an amp which I'm going to do some research in and buy one. If anyone has some good links and resources about amps, it would be much appreciated :) ). 

 

Some headphones I have already looked at are Beyerdynamic DT990s and the Sennheiser HD 650s. 

 

Thanks in advance! I hope I can make a purchase that makes me love headphones even more. I like the head-fi community and I'd like to become a little more involved in it!

post #17403 of 29490

Im planning on purchasing a hifiman he-400 soon, what amp is recommended? I currently own a fiio e11 which should be fine but I want to use the headphone to its full potential is it good or is there a better amp?

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Hello all,

 

I'm after a second pair of headphones. I upgraded from my Sennheiser HD448s a few months back to the Grado sr225i for use with various forms of metal. I love the headphones to death, especially with the leather headband I bought for it. I also got myself a Little Dot 1+ amp (and some Mullard M8100 tubes and a LT1364 op amp) and the sound is even better again, it really is a great solution. I want to expand my horizons a bit, I want a 2nd pair of headphones to compliment my 225i's. I'm selling my 448s off as I feel they do everything worse than the Grado SQ wise (with the exception of a more laid-back sound which is OK if I'm in the mood for it). I'm after the following:

 

  • Strong bass response (much more than the 225i) for use with hip hop and electronic music
  • Less aggressive mids and treble than 225i, but not overwhelmed by the bass
  • Circumaural
  • Coiled cable
  • Sealed
  • Low impedance / something that will play nicely with my Little Dot 1+
  • Under $175

Right now I've got my eyes on the Ultrasone DJ1, which I can get delivered here in Australia for $160AU. I have no idea if they'll be any good with my amp (I've heard 32Ohm cans are good with the 1+ as a rule of thumb), but I'm curious about the bass response. I know that frequency response graphs aren't a good way to judge phones you've never heard, but it seems they've got a very similar amount of bass to the Pioneer HDJ500. My friend has a pair of those which I've listened to a few times in the past, that sort of bass quantity is what I'm after for electronic and hip hop. If anyone can speak from experience about the DJ1 / HFI-580 about the bass response I'd appreciate it.


Edited by HeretixAevum - 8/3/12 at 10:09pm
post #17405 of 29490
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Originally Posted by HeretixAevum View Post

Hello all,

 

I'm after a second pair of headphones. I upgraded from my Sennheiser HD448s a few months back to the Grado sr225i for use with various forms of metal. I love the headphones to death, especially with the leather headband I bought for it. I also got myself a Little Dot 1+ amp (and some Mullard M8100 tubes and a LT1364 op amp) and the sound is even better again, it really is a great solution. I want to expand my horizons a bit, I want a 2nd pair of headphones to compliment my 225i's. I'm selling my 448s off as I feel they do everything worse than the Grado SQ wise (with the exception of a more laid-back sound which is OK if I'm in the mood for it). I'm after the following:

 

  • Strong bass response (much more than the 225i) for use with hip hop and electronic music
  • Less aggressive mids and treble than 225i, but not overwhelmed by the bass
  • Circumaural
  • Coiled cable
  • Sealed
  • Low impedance / something that will play nicely with my Little Dot 1+
  • Under $175

Right now I've got my eyes on the Ultrasone DJ1, which I can get delivered here in Australia for $160AU. I have no idea if they'll be any good with my amp (I've heard 32Ohm cans are good with the 1+ as a rule of thumb), but I'm curious about the bass response. I know that frequency response graphs aren't a good way to judge phones you've never heard, but it seems they've got a very similar amount of bass to the Pioneer HDJ500. My friend has a pair of those which I've listened to a few times in the past, that sort of bass quantity is what I'm after for electronic and hip hop. If anyone can speak from experience about the DJ1 / HFI-580 about the bass response I'd appreciate it.

 

The DJ1 (also the HFI-580) will have very nice bass, and in very large quantity. However, it has recessed mids, which may qualify the phone as bass that overwhelms the mids. You could look into the DJ1 Pro or Pro 550 (which will have very nice bass, but will be more balanced overall. Both the DJ1 and the DJ1 Pro will meet all of the other requirements that you listed though.

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Hello, I'm looking to buy my first set of headphones and am wondering if the Brainwavz HM5s we're a good choice for around $135. Some questions I have are, how are they for gaming and both musical uses? Do they require amping for decent sound?  How do they compare to headphones such as the ATH-M50/s($180), Shure 440's/840's($99/$199), Beyer Dynamic DT770's ($165) in terms of SQ to price?

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Originally Posted by daniel521 View Post

Im planning on purchasing a hifiman he-400 soon, what amp is recommended? I currently own a fiio e11 which should be fine but I want to use the headphone to its full potential is it good or is there a better amp?


Portable, desk top or both?

post #17408 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hipster2010 View Post

 

The DJ1 (also the HFI-580) will have very nice bass, and in very large quantity. However, it has recessed mids, which may qualify the phone as bass that overwhelms the mids. You could look into the DJ1 Pro or Pro 550 (which will have very nice bass, but will be more balanced overall. Both the DJ1 and the DJ1 Pro will meet all of the other requirements that you listed though.

 

I don't mind the mids being a little recessed if the bass is really that good, I just meant that I don't want bass that is so bloated and uncontrolled that it completely washes out the mids and treble. I've got my Grados for mid and treble centric music, I want some bass lovin' and it sounds like the DJ1's will do the trick. Thanks for the advice mate!

post #17409 of 29490
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Originally Posted by dragonxx21 View Post

Hello, I'm looking to buy my first set of headphones and am wondering if the Brainwavz HM5s we're a good choice for around $135. Some questions I have are, how are they for gaming and both musical uses? Do they require amping for decent sound?  How do they compare to headphones such as the ATH-M50/s($180), Shure 440's/840's($99/$199), Beyer Dynamic DT770's ($165) in terms of SQ to price?

 

To my ears they are just OK, although they come with some good kit.  They need a little amping.

 

If gaming is a major concern, check out the gaming guide linked in the opening post of this thread.  Once you've done that, tell us not only your thoughts in response to that input, and also:

 

What is your budget?

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

What music genres do you plan run through these cans?

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I'm looking for a good set of traveling headphones. Mostly for film, but I'll use it for music too. Laptop/mp3 player driving. I'm looking for good sound isolation and willing to spend up to 200$.

The few I had in mind after reading reviews were Brainwavz HM5, V-MODA Crossfade LP2, and Audio Technica ATH-A700.

Durability, sound isolation, extended use comfort are all pretty important. Anyone mind helping me pick out a good fit?

post #17411 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

To my ears they are just OK, although they come with some good kit.  They need a little amping.

 

If gaming is a major concern, check out the gaming guide linked in the opening post of this thread.  Once you've done that, tell us not only your thoughts in response to that input, and also:

 

What is your budget?

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

What music genres do you plan run through these cans?

 

I'd like to spend anything up to around $150 incld. shipping and all that stuff if I have to get it shipped to me (keep in mind I live in Canada). I do plan to game with them although I do not play much FPS which would require a broader sound stage. I'd prefer to have closed cans as I do plan to use them while on the go as well. The HM5s that I was looking at do come with an E6 amp. For  format I would probably just generally go with mp3 if that's what you're talking about. I'm kind of new to this so I am unfamiliar with what you mean by sound signature. I listen to a wide array of genres, some rap here and there, I listen to quite a bit of electronic music, daft punk, deadmau5, some dubstep, that sort of stuff, and I do listen to some pop/rock sort of stuff.

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Originally Posted by dragonxx21 View Post

 

I'd like to spend anything up to around $150 incld. shipping and all that stuff if I have to get it shipped to me (keep in mind I live in Canada). I do plan to game with them although I do not play much FPS which would require a broader sound stage. I'd prefer to have closed cans as I do plan to use them while on the go as well. The HM5s that I was looking at do come with an E6 amp. For  format I would probably just generally go with mp3 if that's what you're talking about. I'm kind of new to this so I am unfamiliar with what you mean by sound signature. I listen to a wide array of genres, some rap here and there, I listen to quite a bit of electronic music, daft punk, deadmau5, some dubstep, that sort of stuff, and I do listen to some pop/rock sort of stuff.


Can't address pricing in/to Canada.  Focusing on those cans you listed, get the Shure SRH 840 for the best, most balance sound signature.  If you want this sound signature, but can't afford the 840, get the HM5--if you are OK with big headphones.

 

If you want bassy and a "V" shaped EQ (recessed mids) pick the Beyer over the M50.

 

The the higher (250 or 600) Ohm versions of the Beyer will require an amp.  Cans that will work without amping from most portable devices & stock computers are the two Shures and the M50.

post #17413 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Can't address pricing in/to Canada.  Focusing on those cans you listed, get the Shure SRH 840 for the best, most balance sound signature.  If you want this sound signature, but can't afford the 840, get the HM5--if you are OK with big headphones.

 

If you want bassy and a "V" shaped EQ (recessed mids) pick the Beyer over the M50.

 

The the higher (250 or 600) Ohm versions of the Beyer will require an amp.  Cans that will work without amping from most portable devices & stock computers are the two Shures and the M50.


The 840's are just a bit too high, the Beyers are kind of iffy as if I need amping then it would be about an extra $30 to get an E6 amp. I'm kind of down to the 440's or the HM5s right now. What are the pros and cons to each one in your opinion? And as for big headphones, how big are we talking here? Are they larger than the 440's, because I have seen the 440's in person and am fine with that sort of size.

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hey guys I need some advice in "budget" custom iem's. I've seen the x1 and for me it looks like a fantastic option; however kozee seems to have a pretty shabby customer service history. I'm sorry but i just can wait six months to get the finished product in my hands.

 

Anyway, can anybody recomemend a custom IEM for $200 or less. If there's just something just incredible for a few bucks more I might could stretch a little. Preference:listen to primarily hard rock, mid-centric kinda guy. I have a fiio e10 with a symetrix 304 on the way and use primarily itunes for music (i know, i know it's not flac. but it is convenient and people understand what and itunes giftcard is so...)

 

thanks in advance, have a good one.

post #17415 of 29490
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The 840's are just a bit too high, the Beyers are kind of iffy as if I need amping then it would be about an extra $30 to get an E6 amp. I'm kind of down to the 440's or the HM5s right now. What are the pros and cons to each one in your opinion? And as for big headphones, how big are we talking here? Are they larger than the 440's, because I have seen the 440's in person and am fine with that sort of size.


The HM5's are very large--think Princess Leia or more. 

 

The sound between the HM5 and the 440's is close.  I would give a slight edge to the HM5, which also isolates better. 

 

Comfort is the about the same (HM5 clamp and 440 so-so ear pad comfort), until you replace the ear pads of the 440 with 880 ear pads.  Then the 440 wins.

 

The 440 folds up and is much better as a portable can.

 

If the Sony MDR 7510 & 7506 and KRK KNS 8400 & 6400 can be had in Canada within your budget, all four are all worth considering.

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