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post #17926 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Leveler View Post

thanks s lot, do you think it's better to spend more on the phones' pr in the amp/dac?

What I did was I bought a HD650 and ran it through a E11 amp. The SQ was nice enough for me to consider spending a lot of money on an amp and dac. Knowing I would want to upgrade anyway I bought an amp that was at the extreme end of how much I would want to spend. This way, in the long run I save a bit of money avoiding the typical buy and sell upgrade cycle. On the other hand, working your way up can be just as satisfying if not more, although I personally thought this was a better way for me.

 

I took a pretty big gamble, and in the end I am very satisfied with the results. A safer way to go about it would just be to find a used NFB-5 unit on the trade forums and try it out for yourself. If you like it...that's fantastic. If not, you can sell it at a very similar price than what you initially spent.

 

Once you have a certain amp/dac in mind, I would search for as many reviews as you can, and pick out the strengths as well as the flaws of the component. Sound signature is important, however other things such as heat, size, reliability, versatility with what you have, impedance matching, headphone pairing, price, aesthetics are all things to consider.  

 

If you don't like to worry too much and are thinking you will upgrade in the future anyways, I would just opt for a 1 box solution and sell it if it does not fit your bill.  Products such as the audio-gd ones are probably very popular at their price point and it wouldn't be too hard to find one used.

post #17927 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Leveler View Post

btw if anyone wants to help with those three headphones, here is what I mainly listen to:

 

a lot of metal, I like progressive a lot (Opeth, Between the Buried and Me,Tool ) and also metalcore (August Burns Red, Parkway Drive) and a huge other amount of metal bands (Periphery, Veil Of Maya, The Human Abstract, to name a few) I also enjoy a lot of rock like RHCP or The Mars Volta, aside from metal and rock I also enjoy some electronic like Steve Aoki and Afrojack and that is mostly it, I currently own a pair of Philips Citiscape Uptown and Shure SRH440 and out of the two I prefer the Sound signature of the philips better, nice presence of mids and treble but bit a present bass when it needs to be, rather than the more cold, bass-less SRH440


The Philips is designed with intentionally enhanced bass for consumers a notch or two above the entry level.  It is a good can in that segment and for that sound signature. 

 

The 440 is designed as a studio studio can for generally neutral sound.  It is at the entry level of serious, "pros will really use these" cans of this type.  They do a good job in that role.  They have quite a bit of bass for a neutral-ish voiced can for $70 to $99.

 

It seems clear that you like colored and bassy vs. more neutral and accurate.  That's fine.  But your statement that the 440 are "bass-less" is inaccurate.  They may not have the amount and/or type of bass that you like--but that is an entirely different thing.

post #17928 of 29490

Is the Philips line currently being sold at bestbuy? I thought I saw the name pop up while searching the inventory yesterday.  I think it's great that cans that look good as well as sound good can be had at retail stores now. For the longest time I thought that the only cans that were out there were the small sony ones that look like the sony mdr zx series.

post #17929 of 29490

Hi all. I'm currently excitedly awaiting the delivery of my new HD650s, but will want to upgrade my closed cans next. I'm currently using the Ultrasone HFI-680s which I like a lot.

 

What would be the best closed can (below $1500) with a mostly neutral signature, perhaps a mild bass emphasis (like the HD650s), but nothing boomy. I really like detail retrieval and accuracy, but no fatiguing edginess. Does such a beast exist? Denon D700 perhaps?

post #17930 of 29490

buying new headphones ,

Audeze LCD-2 - Rev. 2

from moon-audio

http://www.moon-audio.com/headphones/open-headphones/audeze-lcd-2-rev-2.html

 

do i need the silver dragon and the topline rhodium to make it sound good ? what is the topline rhodium for ?

 

gonna pair it with

Shiit Audio

bifrost and LYR

will i need extra cables to connect them together ?

post #17931 of 29490

Hello everyone ! my first post here ! would like your expert advice. I'd like to buy a good on ear headphone for my ipod touch. My two major options are- the Sennheiser hd418 and the hd 203. i personally love the hd 418 design, and my father is inclined towards it for the made for ipod logo. ;) well i read the thread on the 203 yesterday..and am really tempted to buy it. It is also like 10$ less in my country. But am not sure if it would sound good enough with my ipod. Please advice guys ! and well, I'm a bass junkie ! ;) so would like a bassy one. :D thanks in advance !

cheers,

agentvjk.

post #17932 of 29490

What are some options for the current best buy for full size headphone around 300 dollars? Mostly music and some Movie. 

post #17933 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Chawanwit View Post

What are some options for the current best buy for full size headphone around 300 dollars? Mostly music and some Movie. 


What's your taste in sound, Chawanwit? Bassy, neutral, warm, etc?

post #17934 of 29490
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Originally Posted by AgentVJK View Post

Hello everyone ! my first post here ! would like your expert advice. I'd like to buy a good on ear headphone for my ipod touch. My two major options are- the Sennheiser hd418 and the hd 203. i personally love the hd 418 design, and my father is inclined towards it for the made for ipod logo. ;) well i read the thread on the 203 yesterday..and am really tempted to buy it. It is also like 10$ less in my country. But am not sure if it would sound good enough with my ipod. Please advice guys ! and well, I'm a bass junkie ! ;) so would like a bassy one. :D thanks in advance !

cheers,

agentvjk.

The 4xx series is much more balanced than the HD203.  In my opinion though, the HD203 is a bit muddy and a lot of people say there are better options in that price range.

post #17935 of 29490
I am a newbie to the forums and to headphones in general. I am trying to find a pair of headphones that will improve my iPhone listening. I bought Harmon kardon BT pair thinking that Bluetooth would be good enough quality but returned it within a week and I realized I wanted more.

I listen to Indian movie music. That means a really wide variety of music. I do not like bass heavy and even at home I have nine speakers but no Subwoofers since I feel it overwhelmed the vocals. I prefer to have clear vocals as most of this music is about the words for me.

I like really large sound stage and try to close my eyes and identify the direction of an instrument when listening. I would like to have the similar experience with my headphones.

I listen to music on train on my way to work and do not want to be the whose headphones Pump the music to everybody around. I listen to moderate to low volumes and when I removed Harmon kardons I didn't hear them at all when they were lying at my lap. so do I need closed or open ok with my volume levels. I do want The train sounds to be minimized but felt that active noise cancellation gave a tinny sound when I tied my friends Bose set.

I don't want to lug around an amp (yet) and so would like something that sounds good driven by my iphone 4. I have a new iPad also if that drives better.

My price range is below 500.

My music source is 320 bit mp3s

I would like phone functions as well so that I don't have to carry another set of wires for it.

I like around ear phones for the isolation and comfort. I cannot stand the in ears i have tried and feel they will kill my hearing faster.

The only one I found was the sennheiser m550x that seem to meet all my requirements but didn't want to spend so much without some more research on options and opinions.
post #17936 of 29490

It's currently almost 9 in the morning, and I've spent the last 13-14 hours researching headphones. I *think* I have it narrowed down to two of the most commonly asked about entry level headphones: m50's and HFI 580's/DJ1's. I've also considered the M-Audio Q40. As it is, I'm really indecisive, and coupled with the fact that I'm delving into the alien world of audiophiles, I'm quite overwhelmed. I realize this has been asked  a lot, but I figure I might as well ask the experts for some guidance to maintain my sanity.

 

For starters, my budget is around $140 maximum, as I'm about to be a poor college student in two weeks. I definitely would prefer something that doesn't require an amp, though I'd like to purchase one in the future when I have more money. The headphones also have to be closed ear. 

 

Regarding the types of music I listen to, it could be pretty much split up into a three categories: a decent amount of dubstep/electronic (such as Datsik, Excision, Borgore, Bassnectar, Feed Me, Skream, Benga, some Aphex Twin, and things of that nature); punk (Dead Kennedys, Cerebral Ballzy, Black Flag, Off!, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, Minor Threat, etc); and ska (Streetlight Manifesto, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, The Planet Smashers, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, etc). A good deal of my music is 320kbps, with some of it being FLAC. Here's my problem though, I listen to a lot of smallish, lesser known, older punk bands. Their music is usually between 128kbps-192kbps so I'm assuming I'll need a headphone that's not overly "revealing" (is that what it's called?). I do really enjoy a moderate amount of bass as well, but I'd be willing to sacrifice a bit to maintain more of an all around headphone.

 

I know the Ultrasones are known for being great in regard to electronic music, as well as having an energetic feel, but how would they hold up for punk and ska? I know people rave about m50's for the most part (sans looking through the m50's are overrated and "why m50's are no longer king" threads). I was originally really excited on the m50's since the descriptions of them being more or less neutral with a bit of a bass boost sounded great, but then I heard that they have regressed mids and can cause the vocals to sound distant compared to the instruments? That would be somewhat of a deal breaker. I really have nowhere near me to audition either set of headphones, so I'm pretty much forced to order online. This makes me kind of nervous about the 580's, as I've also heard that they're kind of a love or hate type thing with their s logic/angled drivers/whatever it is. I've also vaguely recall reading that SR80's are geared more towards rock, though they suck when it comes to dubstep.

 

Oh, and if it matters, I'll be using the headphones almost entirely on my laptop (a Macbook Pro). I know they aren't the best, but I'm currently  using Klipsch Image S4's, and I do enjoy their sound, although I really have nothing to compare them to other than the Apple earbuds and Skull Candy earbuds I had used before them.

 

I guess I'm more or less looking for an all around, entry level pair of headphones that can handle a bit of bass while still maintaining enjoyable vocals and such for fast paced punk and ska.

 

Sorry if my post has been rambling. I'm quite exhausted from searching all night. This website has been extremely helpful though.

 

I'm open to any additional suggestions and advice. Thanks.


Edited by DanGleesac - 8/14/12 at 6:17am
post #17937 of 29490
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Originally Posted by seelamb View Post

 

+1 for Ultrasone HFI 580, but the comfort can be an issue and has been mentioned by many. I'd say the SRH840 since I've seen it priced at around $150 but many have said in comparison to the 440, the price jump is not worth it. The ATH-M50 are also worth looking at; it has a V-shaped sound.


Cool, I'll probably end up going with the Ultrasone's then. I've thought about upgrading to the SRH840, but then I'd have two pairs of relatively identical headphones. I even bought 840 ear cushions for my 440's because the ones that come stock on the 440's are atrocious. I'll definitely check out the ATH-M50 as well, but I've really been leaning towards the Ultrasone's from the start. Thanks for the help.

post #17938 of 29490

Hello all you MusicHeads, I'm new to this "HQ" listening experiences! And I'm LOVIN' it!

 

Anyways, I decided to start with an HD650 to put my ear, more than anything, to the "test".

 

 

I got an ODAC, Ef5 amp, and HD650s and I loved the sounds! I was rediscovering music again! Beautiful!...so I returned the 650s lol

 

I decided to upgrade.

 

Now I want to get something in the 1000s range...what would be the best choice, considering my DAC and Amp?

 

I listen to all kinds of music, from rock to heavy electronica (house) to classic to folk ... so that's tricky!

 

 

Would appreciate anyone helping this confused noob... :)

 

 

PS: I'm feeling the HD800s...from what I've read, they seem great for my taste.

What worries (and attracts me!) me actually about the 800s is the huge soundstage people talk about (I never tested them)...is it too separated that its hard to listen to the song as a whole? Is it distracting to enjoyment of music have each "sound" come from a different position in (imaginary) space?

 

Also I don't know if the HD800s go well with EF-5/ODAC.

post #17939 of 29490
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Originally Posted by DanGleesac View Post

It's currently almost 9 in the morning, and I've spent the last 13-14 hours researching headphones. I *think* I have it narrowed down to two of the most commonly asked about entry level headphones: m50's and HFI 580's/DJ1's. I've also considered the M-Audio Q40. As it is, I'm really indecisive, and coupled with the fact that I'm delving into the alien world of audiophiles, I'm quite overwhelmed. I realize this has been asked  a lot, but I figure I might as well ask the experts for some guidance to maintain my sanity.

 

For starters, my budget is around $140 maximum, as I'm about to be a poor college student in two weeks. I definitely would prefer something that doesn't require an amp, though I'd like to purchase one in the future when I have more money. The headphones also have to be closed ear. 

 

Regarding the types of music I listen to, it could be pretty much split up into a three categories: a decent amount of dubstep/electronic (such as Datsik, Excision, Borgore, Bassnectar, Feed Me, Skream, Benga, some Aphex Twin, and things of that nature); punk (Dead Kennedys, Cerebral Ballzy, Black Flag, Off!, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, Minor Threat, etc); and ska (Streetlight Manifesto, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, The Planet Smashers, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, etc). A good deal of my music is 320kbps, with some of it being FLAC. Here's my problem though, I listen to a lot of smallish, lesser known, older punk bands. Their music is usually between 128kbps-192kbps so I'm assuming I'll need a headphone that's not overly "revealing" (is that what it's called?). I do really enjoy a moderate amount of bass as well, but I'd be willing to sacrifice a bit to maintain more of an all around headphone.

 

I know the Ultrasones are known for being great in regard to electronic music, as well as having an energetic feel, but how would they hold up for punk and ska? I know people rave about m50's for the most part (sans looking through the m50's are overrated and "why m50's are no longer king" threads). I was originally really excited on the m50's since the descriptions of them being more or less neutral with a bit of a bass boost sounded great, but then I heard that they have regressed mids and can cause the vocals to sound distant compared to the instruments? That would be somewhat of a deal breaker. I really have nowhere near me to audition either set of headphones, so I'm pretty much forced to order online. This makes me kind of nervous about the 580's, as I've also heard that they're kind of a love or hate type thing with their s logic/angled drivers/whatever it is. I've also vaguely recall reading that SR80's are geared more towards rock, though they suck when it comes to dubstep.

 

Oh, and if it matters, I'll be using the headphones almost entirely on my laptop (a Macbook Pro). I know they aren't the best, but I'm currently  using Klipsch Image S4's, and I do enjoy their sound, although I really have nothing to compare them to other than the Apple earbuds and Skull Candy earbuds I had used before them.

 

I guess I'm more or less looking for an all around, entry level pair of headphones that can handle a bit of bass while still maintaining enjoyable vocals and such for fast paced punk and ska.

 

Sorry if my post has been rambling. I'm quite exhausted from searching all night. This website has been extremely helpful though.

 

I'm open to any additional suggestions and advice. Thanks.

See if you can stretch for HD25s. I know I recommend them a lot, but they are seriously perfect headphones for college life. Small, portable, indestructible, closed, and great sound. They have a really lively sound that's perfect for fast-paced rock/punk. The bass isn't as strong as something like the Ultrasones, but they have a very quick, natural bass that should be decent. I listen to ska (love Streetlight Manifesto) and punk (not really hardcore punk like you, but stuff like the Ramones and the Clash) and they're perfect for that. Not as good for dubstep, but decent. Electronic is good too (Aphex Twin is fantastic).

 

Just note, the S4 is bassier (they too were my first pair of good headphones/IEMs)

post #17940 of 29490

Please suggest fast i need to order a headphone asap

still not able to decide about a comfortable headphones ------Shure 840 is on my list-----and ultrasone 780 hfi

 

I am getting confused a lot please help

 

will be using with laptop and Ipod

will listen to mostly all genres----metal  more

 

Help me get a headphone below 150 $ range

Please suggest fast--

 

Thank You

 

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound)?---------I am not ok with Leak sound

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp------Dont think i would buy a amp

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?-----mp3   256 kbps mosty ---Metal

Good headphones comfortable ones will not use these for 2 hrs straight.

Let me know which would be a good headphones...

Main thing i want clarity in music and Value for money spent because i wont spend this kind of money again on headPhones

Help me decide guys

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