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post #18421 of 29490

ok ill take that advice and get a mic and headphones seprate sounds like a better idea anyway

 

now i have a few choice on which is better

 

Grado PS 500 or the Grado SR325is?

 

kinda huge diffrence in price but im willing to pay it if its that huge of a difference ^^

 

would i need a Headphone amp? for the phones?

 

 

Thanks

post #18422 of 29490

I'm looking to buy my first higher-quality headphones and I'd appreciate any advice.

 

- Genre: I listen to a wide-range of music, but primarily music with vocals, ranging from Schubert lieder and opera to indie-rock

- Source: Most of the time, I will be listening with my Macbook Pro, less often with my iPhone or Onkyo receiver

- Price: I'm open here - I'd love to pay around $100, but no problem with $200 if there is a significant difference.

- Style: I'd prefer on- or over-ear headphones, and lean toward closed for the versatility of use in more settings, but practically speaking, open would probably be fine most of the time.

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

post #18423 of 29490
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Hi Brix:

 

A few questions.  How many native 24/192 recordings do you own?  What cans and amp are you using?

 

Like most people, I have a few but not many as there are few titles out, and fewer still that I want.  Amp: Leckerton UHA-6S,MKII (OPA627AP).  Cans: HD-650, ATH-M50.  I sense your question is coming from the "do you really need 24/192?" territory.  I appreciate that point of view, and it is not an absolutely necessity but I do enjoy HD audio when I can get access to it.  On my setup the difference in SQ is noticeable but isn't like its a whole new world of sound, hence my desire to enjoy 24/192 at a reasonable buck - it just isn't worth it to me to spend $800 on a DX100.

 

Regards,

 

JW

post #18424 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


PC with onbaord sound raises red flags for me.  The Shure is a very good can, but your rig may or may not push it adequately.  Check the buying guides linked in the opening post of this thread and stick with cans that are listed as only a "1". 

 

If what you want is not listed here's a conservative rule of thumb:

 

Generally, 16 – 32 ohm headphones with a sensitivity rating of at least 100 dB/mW do not need an amplifier.

 

BTW: the Sampson is a not a closed headphone; it is semi-open.


I'm not worried about driving them, as I said all that can change if need be, I'm more just looking for the best headphone for my uses at my budget. 

 

I'm aware the Sampson isn't closed, I kind of figured since I didn't need them to be closed the better options would be open for soundstage. 

 

I should note I checked the Harman website and can get AKG K550 for $165

post #18425 of 29490
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I'm not worried about driving them, as I said all that can change if need be, I'm more just looking for the best headphone for my uses at my budget. 

 

I'm aware the Sampson isn't closed, I kind of figured since I didn't need them to be closed the better options would be open for soundstage. 

 

I should note I checked the Harman website and can get AKG K550 for $165


Don't know where you are from, but the U.S. Harmon/AKG website shows the price for the K 550 at $300.

post #18426 of 29490
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Originally Posted by sheon View Post

ok ill take that advice and get a mic and headphones seprate sounds like a better idea anyway

 

now i have a few choice on which is better

 

Grado PS 500 or the Grado SR325is?

 

kinda huge diffrence in price but im willing to pay it if its that huge of a difference ^^

 

would i need a Headphone amp? for the phones?

 

 

Thanks


There is a huge difference in both price and sound signature between those two Grado cans and between the SR and PS lines.  In short the SR is known for its wall of sound while the PS is dedicated to detail, sound stage, clarity and extend frequency response.

 

Grados don't require an amp, but you will probably want one with the 500.

post #18427 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mu99mke View Post

I'm looking to buy my first higher-quality headphones and I'd appreciate any advice.

 

- Genre: I listen to a wide-range of music, but primarily music with vocals, ranging from Schubert lieder and opera to indie-rock

- Source: Most of the time, I will be listening with my Macbook Pro, less often with my iPhone or Onkyo receiver

- Price: I'm open here - I'd love to pay around $100, but no problem with $200 if there is a significant difference.

- Style: I'd prefer on- or over-ear headphones, and lean toward closed for the versatility of use in more settings, but practically speaking, open would probably be fine most of the time.

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

 

The best all rounders within your budget are probably the Shure SRH 840 and KRK KNS 8400 for closed or Senn HD 558 for open.  The next stop ($20 to $40 above your budget) is the AKG Q701.

post #18428 of 29490
Hi I have a pair of AT Esw9's which had custom cables. However I had an accident and one side got ripped. After a lot of trouble shooting with me blaming a 'broken' driver it looks like the cable itsself is faulty.
I want to maintain best sound quality but it will be my first ever recabling. Anyone suggest a cable type? Is it very expensive to have it done due to being time consuming? Brisbane Sound Group look like charging over $150 for it. Can you get a cable that is allready all set up and just needs to be soldered to the drivers? That's really what I need lol

Cheers
post #18429 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Don't know where you are from, but the U.S. Harmon/AKG website shows the price for the K 550 at $300.

 

It's the Harman UPS employee discount website.

 

Reading through impressions I'm not sure they are for me anyway, there are mentions of some shrillness in the highs and needing a good seal which my glasses might interfere with.

post #18430 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Vargulf View Post

Hi I have a pair of AT Esw9's which had custom cables. However I had an accident and one side got ripped. After a lot of trouble shooting with me blaming a 'broken' driver it looks like the cable itsself is faulty.
I want to maintain best sound quality but it will be my first ever recabling. Anyone suggest a cable type? Is it very expensive to have it done due to being time consuming? Brisbane Sound Group look like charging over $150 for it. Can you get a cable that is allready all set up and just needs to be soldered to the drivers? That's really what I need lol
Cheers


There's a forum section here that deals with cables.

post #18431 of 29490

is there any closed headphone with tight (not overpowering/overshadowing the mids) bass and quite mid/upper mid forward? with nicely detailed treble that is not too harsh?

I would like something that isolates a bit of sound. not necessary, but I wouldn't mind if they could get velour pads put on them since I much prefer that to pleather/leather. meaning it would probably isolate a lot less, though... I dunno. comfort is a big issue for me, some of the better ones I've heard have major comfort problems for longer sessions. frown.gif

 

any price is okay. will drive from an AMB M^3.

 

thanks

post #18432 of 29490
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Originally Posted by munchzilla View Post

is there any closed headphone with tight (not overpowering/overshadowing the mids) bass and quite mid/upper mid forward? with nicely detailed treble that is not too harsh?

I would like something that isolates a bit of sound. not necessary, but I wouldn't mind if they could get velour pads put on them since I much prefer that to pleather/leather. meaning it would probably isolate a lot less, though... I dunno. comfort is a big issue for me, some of the better ones I've heard have major comfort problems for longer sessions. frown.gif

 

any price is okay. will drive from an AMB M^3.

 

thanks


You've basically described the Koss Pro DJ100. It has very slightly above neutral bass (less than M50). There's no bass bleed. The treble is very smooth, even on garbage tracks with the mids/treble cranked up at the studio. The entire signature is very well balanced IMO and nothing sticks out for me. I think it has more treble than the HD-600/598, but less than the M50.

 

M50 pads will fit too. The DJ100 is often on sale for $50 and I prefer it to basically everything else under $150 that's closed. It's a fun headphone due to it's slightly forward sounding mids. They're not too forward.

 

Your M^3 should make it even better since it really benefits from a decent amp.


Edited by tdockweiler - 8/26/12 at 10:57pm
post #18433 of 29490

hmm, I did try those and I found the bass quality to be not at all that great, and a bit too much. I prefer it to have way little bass to be honest. should just be tight, good quality. have a nice impact but decay quickly, I think? I am not sure if I am making sense here but less (though better quality) bass is what I am looking for basically. I tried the Denon closed series (D2000, D5000, D700) and they are way too bass heavy for my taste.

I  also tried the cheaper closed Beyers and they are also tons too bassy. the audio technica closed ones I have tried were a bit lacking in bass quality, and perhaps slightly too much bass.

 

I am really actually looking for something high end, therefore the "any price" tongue.gif

as long as my M^3 will drive it somewhat well. it should be quite powerful.

 

Thanks

post #18434 of 29490
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Originally Posted by munchzilla View Post

hmm, I did try those and I found the bass quality to be not at all that great, and a bit too much. I prefer it to have way little bass to be honest. should just be tight, good quality. have a nice impact but decay quickly, I think? I am not sure if I am making sense here but less (though better quality) bass is what I am looking for basically. I tried the Denon closed series (D2000, D5000, D700) and they are way too bass heavy for my taste.

I  also tried the cheaper closed Beyers and they are also tons too bassy. the audio technica closed ones I have tried were a bit lacking in bass quality, and perhaps slightly too much bass.

 

I am really actually looking for something high end, therefore the "any price" tongue.gif

as long as my M^3 will drive it somewhat well. it should be quite powerful.

 

Thanks


That doesn't seem to match with the sound signature of high end cans.  In fact it reminds me of what I heard from most of the cans I listened to from the 70's well into the 90's.

 

Maybe you would like the very affordable Sony MDR ZX700 or MDR 7510.

post #18435 of 29490

Hello ladies and gents, 

 

I'm in the States for the next week and it's clearly better to go out and grab what I want here, except I need the guidance of fellow audiophiles. I'm looking for phones and not really looking to spend any more than 300 bucks but I don't wanna spend too little because from past experiences, I've become a firm believer of the "you get what you pay for" thought process (i try and forget overpriced trash like Beats exist). I mostly listen to electronic music (dub/dnb/tech/deep and whatnot) and some rap/hip hop on the side and after a couple days of research, I still can't decide so any help would be greatly appreciated!

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