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Anyone can suggest a close-back version of Sennheiser HD 598? Would love to have the similar SQ/durability/comfort/design/etc., for anywhere up to $400?

The Koss DJ100 has a somewhat similar sound signature, but I stress the somewhat. Really though, I would suggest finding something in a different sound signature.

Maybe check out the Audio Technical ESW9. It is wood classy and mid focused from what I hear, but I will warn you, I haven't heard them myself.
Edited by linuxid10t - 8/11/12 at 5:19pm
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Ah damn, figured it'd be too nice to be have a closed version out there. frown.gif

 

As far as my knowledge goes, I know close-backs can't rival open ones in terms of pure sound environment/quality, and since I don't really have much preference towards bass (one of main reason I prefer HD 598), is there anything in terms of durability/comfort/design that might come close? Perhaps with just enough mid/high sounds? 


Durability is an issue, but you might want to check out the Shure SRH 940--knowing also that they are very reveling of details/mistakes/poor recordings and not at all as forgiving as the HD 598.

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no he told me he wants a closed can. The tma-1 studios seem great for him, are they good for rock though?

I have not personally heard the TMA-1, but have heard that they are quite dark which would lead me to believe that they would not be the best choice. I'm not recommending  since I know that they are open, but Grados are known to good for rock and those are very bright so I don't think the dark sound signature will be good as the treble will be much less emphasized and may make some of the instruments and vocals sound a bit off. I could be way off though if someone can personally vouch for these headphones.

 

You say he wants closed, do you know if this is because he doesn't want sound leakage, wants good isolation to block out the environment, or a combination of both? Also, is he planning to use these at a desk or does he need portability?

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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post


The Koss DJ100 has a somewhat similar sound signature, but I stress the somewhat. Really though, I would suggest finding something in a different sound signature.
Maybe check out the Audio Technical ESW9. It is wood classy and mid focused from what I hear, but I will warn you, I haven't heard them myself.

 

Thanks, it seems to me the Koss DJ100 has a bit of a fragile look with its headband, and I'm currently checking out Audio Technica, how does the ATH M50 or Pro700MK2 sound?

 

By the way what's sound signature? tongue.gif

 

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Durability is an issue, but you might want to check out the Shure SRH 940--knowing also that they are very reveling of details/mistakes/poor recordings and not at all as forgiving as the HD 598.

 

Hmm thanks for the suggestion, are there any other brands with models that might be close to what I'm looking for? I'm especially wary on durability/comfort I suppose, since I'd be putting them over my head/neck 24/7.

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Ah damn, figured it'd be too nice to be have a closed version out there. frown.gif

 

As far as my knowledge goes, I know close-backs can't rival open ones in terms of pure sound environment/quality, and since I don't really have much preference towards bass (one of main reason I prefer HD 598), is there anything in terms of durability/comfort/design that might come close? Perhaps with just enough mid/high sounds? 

As KGJag suggested, the Shures may be an interesting option. I did not have any durability issues personally, but I only owned them for about a month. They have nice controlled bass, but it is definitely on the lighter side. The treble is the amazing part that shows minute details in your music that you've never heard before. My reason for letting them go was that the headband was uncomfortable. The earpads are velour and they come with an extra pair, so those were very comfortable, but maybe a bit shallow. If you can deal with possible discomfort, or can find an alternative solution, I'd highly recommend these.

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Thanks, it seems to me the Koss DJ100 has a bit of a fragile look with its headband, and I'm currently checking out Audio Technica, how does the ATH M50 or Pro700MK2 sound?

 

 

ATH-M50 has a strong bass and recessed mids, whereas the HD598s focus on the mids and have a laid back treble and lighter bass. From what I've read, the Pro700MK2 is one of the top basshead cans and would be even further from what you're looking for.

post #17797 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Near View Post

 

Thanks, it seems to me the Koss DJ100 has a bit of a fragile look with its headband, and I'm currently checking out Audio Technica, how does the ATH M50 or Pro700MK2 sound?

 

By the way what's sound signature? tongue.gif

 

 

Hmm thanks for the suggestion, are there any other brands with models that might be close to what I'm looking for? I'm especially wary on durability/comfort I suppose, since I'd be putting them over my head/neck 24/7.

They are hardly fragile.  Actually, they are probably the most durable phones I have ever had.  The headband is actually spring steel on the inside, so there is virtually no chance of snapping it.  The cups are also machined aluminum.  I have little doubt I could drop them from some pretty great heights and have them still work perfectly.  I don't know of any other headphone with that sort of build quality/material in the price range of the DJ100.

post #17798 of 29490
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As KGJag suggested, the Shures may be an interesting option. I did not have any durability issues personally, but I only owned them for about a month. They have nice controlled bass, but it is definitely on the lighter side. The treble is the amazing part that shows minute details in your music that you've never heard before. My reason for letting them go was that the headband was uncomfortable. The earpads are velour and they come with an extra pair, so those were very comfortable, but maybe a bit shallow. If you can deal with possible discomfort, or can find an alternative solution, I'd highly recommend these.

Yeah like I've stated I know durability/comfort is definitely something I'm looking for with headphones; one of the main reasons that I even want one is 'cause my earphones break easily all the time, as well as sometimes they either hurt the ear, or just feels plain uncomfortable.

 

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ATH-M50 has a strong bass and recessed mids, whereas the HD598s focus on the mids and have a laid back treble and lighter bass. From what I've read, the Pro700MK2 is one of the top basshead cans and would be even further from what you're looking for.

Hmm I'd be fine with the extra bass thrown in there, but if it means sacrificing the mids/highs then that'd be a no-go for me. =\

 

 

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They are hardly fragile.  Actually, they are probably the most durable phones I have ever had.  The headband is actually spring steel on the inside, so there is virtually no chance of snapping it.  The cups are also machined aluminum.  I have little doubt I could drop them from some pretty great heights and have them still work perfectly.  I don't know of any other headphone with that sort of build quality/material in the price range of the DJ100.

 

Oh? That's really interesting then, I'm gonna check it out.

 

Edit: just saw some reviews on it, it seems like to be flying under the radar for what it's worth. The only problems I have with it is that it doesn't come with detachable cords, so even if I can get a lifetime warranty, it doesn't really mean much when I'm away/staying at difference places (can't imagine no music for more than a day honestly). And also, it seems like it doesn't really suit portable devices like iPod/iPhone (which is what I use mainly aside from my laptop).


Edited by Near - 8/11/12 at 6:00pm
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I have not personally heard the TMA-1, but have heard that they are quite dark which would lead me to believe that they would not be the best choice. I'm not recommending  since I know that they are open, but Grados are known to good for rock and those are very bright so I don't think the dark sound signature will be good as the treble will be much less emphasized and may make some of the instruments and vocals sound a bit off. I could be way off though if someone can personally vouch for these headphones.

 

You say he wants closed, do you know if this is because he doesn't want sound leakage, wants good isolation to block out the environment, or a combination of both? Also, is he planning to use these at a desk or does he need portability?

he will be using it with an iPod and doesn't want an amp. He wants it to be closed because he will be using it in in public so he doesn't want sound leakage.

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Alright guys, I'm looking for over ear headphones that are under $50. So far I'm considering

 

Philips "The Stretch" headphones

Panasonic RP-HTX600-S

JVC HARX700

 

I listen to mostly Hip-Hop, but also have a bit of Jazz and rock and want to be a bit mobile with these headphones. So can you guys help me pick/ Anything better in the price range?

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Originally Posted by daniel521 View Post

he will be using it with an iPod and doesn't want an amp. He wants it to be closed because he will be using it in in public so he doesn't want sound leakage.

Although they are supposed to be better with an amp, the Koss ProDJ100 might be a nice option.

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Alright guys, I'm looking for over ear headphones that are under $50. So far I'm considering

 

Philips "The Stretch" headphones

Panasonic RP-HTX600-S

JVC HARX700

 

I listen to mostly Hip-Hop, but also have a bit of Jazz and rock and want to be a bit mobile with these headphones. So can you guys help me pick/ Anything better in the price range?

The HTF600 is excellent if you want bass. With a couple mods you can refine the mids and treble a bit and they become basshead phones that are fairly versatile. You can also get also get the Beyerdynamic DT250 velour earpads for ~$22 which would put the total right at $50, which are supposed to tame the bass and obviously greatly increases comfort. The downsides to these phones is that you need to treat them nicely as they may be damaged if you are too rough with them, have a 10 foot cord, and that they leak a lot of sound. If you don't want to disturb others then these would be a poor choice.

 

I haven't heard the other too, but I'd also recommend the Monoprice 8323, Superlux 661, and Superlux 668b (semi-open).

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I love bass considering I have a lot of it in my library, but I really don't want leakage considering I want to be mobile. So out of the other options, which offers the lowest leakage?

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Yeah like I've stated I know durability/comfort is definitely something I'm looking for with headphones; one of the main reasons that I even want one is 'cause my earphones break easily all the time, as well as sometimes they either hurt the ear, or just feels plain uncomfortable.

 

Hmm I'd be fine with the extra bass thrown in there, but if it means sacrificing the mids/highs then that'd be a no-go for me. =\

 

 

Oh? That's really interesting then, I'm gonna check it out.

 

Edit: just saw some reviews on it, it seems like to be flying under the radar for what it's worth. The only problems I have with it is that it doesn't come with detachable cords, so even if I can get a lifetime warranty, it doesn't really mean much when I'm away/staying at difference places (can't imagine no music for more than a day honestly). And also, it seems like it doesn't really suit portable devices like iPod/iPhone (which is what I use mainly aside from my laptop).

For about $30 more, you can get the Tony Bennetts and they have a detachable cable and carry case, but otherwise are identical to the DJ100.  I also disagree with the portable devices thing.  That is pretty much my main application for it.  It is better with amplification, but doesn't need it.

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Originally Posted by LifeInRotation View Post

I love bass considering I have a lot of it in my library, but I really don't want leakage considering I want to be mobile. So out of the other options, which offers the lowest leakage?

I'd recommend the monoprice 8323 and you might consider this headband for some extra comfort in the future (assuming you can deal with it looking a little strange). You can also put the DT250 velour pads on these in the future if you want. And if you want to go crazy you can add decals on the side like this

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