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post #17611 of 29490
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Originally Posted by thecansmancan View Post

If you're looking for big bass I'd take a look at Sony's XB line. The top of the line (XB-700) is massive but the isolation is fantastic , though leakage is mediocre at best. The line tapers down to some more portable models. I own the XB-700 s great fun set of cans. Massive bass, but its done quite well. It's deep and impactful but maintains enough tightness to maintain decent sound up the spectrum. Some people might say they're ugly, i think there cool as all get out. Comfortable too. Oh, and the have a fairly low impedance so driving them off an ipod is no trouble. The XB 700 is only about $90 on the street. With the 500's around $60. I cant say of anything else down the line.

 

700

 

Now if he's looking to save some take a look at the Monoprice 8323. Also a warm, bass heavy can. Over ear, removable cord, folds up to go portable. Well built and good sounding. The package comes with two cords and a 1/4in adapter. Best of all they're only $30 and that includes shipping. For my full review check here.

 

700

 

Hope that helps. any questions send them my way. I'm happy to help.

Those look good, but I figured since this guy wanted to spend a few hundred dollars anyways, I should find him something really good. The cost of those monoprice cans might just be enough to sell him over though.

post #17612 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hipster2010 View Post

I never tried it, but here were the two responses I received about the EF2A:

 

 

As the D5000 are only 25-Ohm, should really stay away from tubes, tubes provide voltage, but not as good at providing current.

The D5000 need very little voltage, but I'm sure prefer good current (solid state amp).

Hybrids like the Hifiman EF2A may or may not work well with 25-ohm?

 

and

 

I had the Hifiman EF2A and I would not recommend it. It had too much gain even for my Sennheiser HD580s (300 ohms!!!), so I was forced to lower the volume on my PC, which degrades the sound quality.

Ironically, it would probably power your Sennheisers even louder than a pair of Denon.

post #17613 of 29490
Hello i was looking at a post on the beyerdynamic Dtx 710 and a couple other reviews. They say these cans are the bee's knees and his legs. Especially for 65 bucks. They were described with bright highs which is one quality i am looking for in contrast to my recently aquired sennheiser hd 380's. I read another review just thrashing them as well which made me skeptical. Wld anyone recomend these especially for the price or do they perform like 65 dollar headphones? I just cant seem to find much info on these anywhere. Thanx.
post #17614 of 29490
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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

Ironically, it would probably power your Sennheisers even louder than a pair of Denon.


Nope--it takes more gain from the EF2A to power the similar HD 600.

post #17615 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Xaverian View Post

Yes! I'd forgotten about those, saw them in the summer head-fi catalogue. They look impressive. I don't know if he'd buy into the price though and I really want to convert someone to good audio. Another can I thought he might like is ATH-M50 but I've seen mixed reviews lately, saying they're a bit over-hyped. Never tried them myself.

You can get the M50 pretty cheap lately, so that might be a nice way to introduce your friend. I haven't tried them, but they do have a large following and I think they look kinda cool myself. If you want to give him a bunch of nice bass that's not quite as crazy as the XB500, there is the HTF600 which is only $30, though it isn't necessarily "cool" looking.

post #17616 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ZetsuBozu0012 View Post

For once, I actually remembered to post in this thread. Hooray for me smily_headphones1.gif)


Anyway, I've had my AKG K242s for only a few months, and I've loved them to bits (I mean that literally, but it'd take too long to explain what I mean by that). Thanks to them, I've started getting into jazz and the like, when all I listened to before was rock and about a dozen of its subgenres (most notably alternative, progressive, heavy metal, pop-rock, and classic). I'd only just realized that it's been around two months since I last listened to one of my former favourite albums. The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance, if you must know. And yes, I am that young.

It wasn't until then that I'd realized what people meant by the K242s having a "boomy" bass. Maybe it's because I'd gotten so used to songs that didn't put much emphasis on the lower frequencies (also, majority of the rock songs that I've been listening to lately were well-mastered pieces), but the muddiness surprised me quite a bit. I tried working around with an equalizer, and eventually resolved the issue. However, I find that having to manually adjust an equalizer, even though by "manually adjusting", I only mean selecting a custom preset I'd earlier made, is a bit of a pain.

I've saved up enough for a new pair of headphones, provided they cost no more than 250 USD.

What I'm looking for is essentially a K242 HD with a tighter bass. I actually like the slight treble roll-off on these cans, since they make for less fatiguing listening; also, the midrange is sublime. With regard to soundstage and imaging, the latter is fairly important, though I don't mind sacrificing sound stage in order to obtain a less bloated bass. So long as it's capable of reproducing a fairly wide soundstage, without (much) regard for depth, I'll be content.

I've heard a lot about the K271 MKII, though I've never tried them personally. They're fairly hard to come by in the Philippines, and I will not resort to purchasing them online. I'm a bit old-fashioned, I suppose you can say.

So, any recommendations? Thanks in advance for the help.

Cheers!l

It might be worth checking out the Ultrasone range, too. I bought the HFI-680s after tossing up those and the Shure 840s. The Ultrasones are a touch brighter, but not fatiguing to me. Better base extension and punch, but the midrange isn't as creamy as the Shures. It was a close call between the 2 for me. From memory the Ultrasones had slightly better imaging too. HFI-680s need amping some and are less bassy than others in the range. 580s and 780s are easier to drive, but more bassy than 680s so comes down to taste and source power.
post #17617 of 29490

thanks for the recommendation 

post #17618 of 29490
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Originally Posted by thecansmancan View Post

Amps work to power your headphones. They are particularly useful (or necessary) in higher impedance, low sensitivity headphones. However just about every headphone can benefit from a good amp. A DAC (digital analogue converter) takes the binary code of the music and transfers it into a audible format. These are useful when it comes to low grade computer audio cards. The card being inside your computer can result in artifacts getting picked up from the machinery inside. Amps typically make a bigger difference than DAC's, as most DAC's are at least semi decent.

Amps and DAC's vary extensively in size, quality and price. There are portables and desktops just as two BASIC categories. Desktops are bigger and more powerful, portables are relatively small and compact(anywere from the size of an ipod shuffle to an iphone is the norm, though some take it to an extreme). Seeing as your new to the amp/ DAC scene (don't worry i am to, I've just done the research to make my first few purchases so i know your situation) i recommend looking at a company called Fiio. They have a nice line of entry level amps/dacs. Well finished and well packaged they provide a great bang for the buck. Out of their line i recommend the E10. Its a usb dac/amp (yeah, does both kill two birds with one stone.) It has perhaps the best DAC of the line, perhaps tied with the E17. The amp is ok, not its strong point but good enough for most lower impedance cans. It's a plug and play sorta deal, straight into the usb on your computer.If it's portability and sound you want look at their E17. It is double the price for about the same SQ; however it is portable it the sense you can take it with an ipod (You will need the L9 or something like that to get the right signal from an ipod). Both are small.

That's a really basic kinda look at things. If you need anything else or have questions pm me, i can probably help i did a ton of research before i bought so i know the low end starter market fairly well. anyway hope that helps good luck.

Would I need an amp or DAC for the Denon D600s? Their impedance is pretty low and consistent

Would there even be a significant change in sound quality (especially to untrained ears like mine)?
Edited by Empire1 - 8/8/12 at 2:38am
post #17619 of 29490

Hi All,

 

I am having a bit of a dilema.  I currently have grado SR80i and HD25-1 II.  I mostly listen to HD25.  I do not even listen to the grado because it is horrible for classical.  I listen to all types of music and want a phone that plays all types very well.  I have searched the forums extensively but so many opinions that I cannot decide what to try.  I want to do a decent step up.  Under $1000 for phones.  Here is the rest of my criteria if you could help.

 

1.  Home use

2.  Could be open or closed

3.  Very good in all genres but excels especially in rock

4.  Pairs well with an amp

5.  Recommendations on amp to pair with the suggested phones. 

 

I have been looking for 2 months now and cannot decide.  I have been leaning towards the LCD-2 but not sure I would get the punch from rock music.

 

Sincerely,

Larry

post #17620 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Xaverian View Post

Hey guys,

This isn't a question for me but for a friend.

What would you recommend someone in lieu of Beats headphones? Take into account the person has no experience other than ibuds, doesn't have an audiophile ear and is going to be using them straight from an ipod.

His taste in music is hip-hop and most mainstream/ pop music. He probably wants something flashy and good looking and at least as portable as the beats. I'm not sure, but he'd probably want decent sound isolation as well so avoid open cans if possible (sorry sr60, porta pros) Lastly keep it under the $200 range.

He mentioned the Skullcandy Aviator Roc Nation (I know, I know skullcandy triportsad.gif but after seeing a positive review by innerfidelity they seem decent). Any other suggestions for your average consumer.

Hey,

 

I guess he likes bass heavy. Audio Technica PRO700MK2 ($199), Ultrasone HFI 580 ($150-$189), Sennheiser HD 25 (on-ear. $199), Beyerdynamic DT770-PRO 32 ($249, but definitely worth it). These my fav bass head headphones. Do not get ATH M50! Had them and did not like them.

post #17621 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ltucker305 View Post

Hi All,

 

I am having a bit of a dilema.  I currently have grado SR80i and HD25-1 II.  I mostly listen to HD25.  I do not even listen to the grado because it is horrible for classical.  I listen to all types of music and want a phone that plays all types very well.  I have searched the forums extensively but so many opinions that I cannot decide what to try.  I want to do a decent step up.  Under $1000 for phones.  Here is the rest of my criteria if you could help.

 

1.  Home use

2.  Could be open or closed

3.  Very good in all genres but excels especially in rock

4.  Pairs well with an amp

5.  Recommendations on amp to pair with the suggested phones. 

 

I have been looking for 2 months now and cannot decide.  I have been leaning towards the LCD-2 but not sure I would get the punch from rock music.

 

Sincerely,

Larry

How about the new HD 700 from Sennheiser? Seem excellent! A Cmoy BB V2.03 can drive these just fine.


Edited by LazBro123 - 8/8/12 at 9:58am
post #17622 of 29490
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Originally Posted by LazBro123 View Post

How about the new HD 700 from Sennheiser? Seem excellent! 

700s dont really have the "punch" he's looking for tho. i think the LCD-2s are a great choice

post #17623 of 29490

Preferably looking for headphones which are closed (people can't hear your music is closed right?). 

 

I listen to hip-hop (mainly new) such as Big Sean, Gambino, OFWGKTA, Meek Mill, etc.

 

I am using an iPod Touch 4th gen and a majority of my songs are 320 kbps.

 

After searching for some cans yesterday, I came across these two but I'm hoping I may find something better:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATHM30-ATH-M30-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00007E7C8/ref=cm_cr_dp_asin_lnk

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HARX700-Precision-Sound-Headphones/dp/B0013OWPV4

 

Thank you.

post #17624 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post

700s dont really have the "punch" he's looking for tho. i think the LCD-2s are a great choice

okay. How about Ultrasone Edition 8?

post #17625 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ChefWhiteJ5 View Post

Preferably looking for headphones which are closed (people can't hear your music is closed right?). 

 

I listen to hip-hop (mainly new) such as Big Sean, Gambino, OFWGKTA, Meek Mill, etc.

 

I am using an iPod Touch 4th gen and a majority of my songs are 320 kbps.

 

After searching for some cans yesterday, I came across these two but I'm hoping I may find something better:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATHM30-ATH-M30-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00007E7C8/ref=cm_cr_dp_asin_lnk

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HARX700-Precision-Sound-Headphones/dp/B0013OWPV4

 

Thank you.

Hey,

 

What is your price range? I'll be glad to help.

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