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The 598's were my first choice so far too. I've read some people saying that they even prefer the 598's to the 650's. And for the price it seems like one of the best choices. How does AKG K550 compare though, and what kind of amp's should I be looking at?

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Originally Posted by Enryu View Post

The 598's were my first choice so far too. I've read some people saying that they even prefer the 598's to the 650's. And for the price it seems like one of the best choices. How does AKG K550 compare though, and what kind of amp's should I be looking at?


The 550 is closed, inferior in sound stage and requires a seal to perform at its capactity.  Getting this seal can be a problem if you have facial hair/sideburns or even (for some) glasses.  With a proper seal, it will have better bass than the HD 598.

 

Can't help you much with the amp, question as I do my serious headphone listening without a computer involved.  I can tell you that the HiFiMan EF2A desktop amp/dac is an affordable option that can even push the HD 600/650.

post #18678 of 29490
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Originally Posted by MarsNielson View Post

Ok... so I narrowed it down to a couple of headphone that I need some advice on which to buy.

Background:
  • They must be closed (are going to be used in a close office environment)

  • Soundsource: mainly Spotify (320 Kbps)

  • Music genre: Jazz, classical, soundtrack and a bit of rock and electronic thrown in for good measure

  • Amp/DAC: FiiO E10

  • Current headphones: Denon AH-D750 (like them very very much, but they are breaking apart)

My budget allows me to consider the following headphones:
  • Ultrasone PRO 750 (€ 244)
  • Audio Technica ATH-M50 (€ 145)
  • AKG K550 (€ 187)

I like a headphone with a wide frequency range (soundscape) and a solid bass)

So which should I go for? 

(or should I just break the bank and go for the new Denon AH-D600 (aprox € 400) ?

Anyone have a recommendation for the above question?

Thanks
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Folks

 

Anyone have any experience with AKG K142HD what is difference between K 240 studios?  besides on-ear around ear?

 

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-K142HD-Definition-Semi-Open-Headphones/dp/B0028N78HA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346583790&sr=8-1&keywords=akg+k142hd

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Hey guys, I am going to buy a new pair of headphones and though you could really help me.biggrin.gif

I mostly listen to rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, a bit of metal and electro(mostly house and a bit of dubstep). I don't have plenty of option as i'm going to buy it from the italian amazon. I've been searching about it and think that the best options I have are the akg's K550 and the beyerdynamic's DT 880. Which one of these you think would be most suitable for me? Do you have any other suggestions(my budget is about €300)? I'll mostly use it in home so I guess a open headphone would also be something to consider. I'd appreciate any suggestion of open cans in this price range too.

I'm also going to buy 2 headphone amps, one for my desktop and one(tiny) portable. I think my best options are the fiio e10 for my desktop and the e6 for portable use. Do you also have any other suggestions? Budget for both is about €100.

I know that some people complain about the bass of the K550 but do you think it really is this bad? This problem can be resolved by the bass boost from the amps?

I'd really appreciate any suggestion from you guys. Just to remember my budget for the headphone and amps combo is about €400.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Ero Milliard View Post

Hey guys, I am going to buy a new pair of headphones and though you could really help me.biggrin.gif
I mostly listen to rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, a bit of metal and electro(mostly house and a bit of dubstep). I don't have plenty of option as i'm going to buy it from the italian amazon. I've been searching about it and think that the best options I have are the akg's K550 and the beyerdynamic's DT 880. Which one of these you think would be most suitable for me? Do you have any other suggestions(my budget is about €300)? I'll mostly use it in home so I guess a open headphone would also be something to consider. I'd appreciate any suggestion of open cans in this price range too.
I'm also going to buy 2 headphone amps, one for my desktop and one(tiny) portable. I think my best options are the fiio e10 for my desktop and the e6 for portable use. Do you also have any other suggestions? Budget for both is about €100.
I know that some people complain about the bass of the K550 but do you think it really is this bad? This problem can be resolved by the bass boost from the amps?
I'd really appreciate any suggestion from you guys. Just to remember my budget for the headphone and amps combo is about €400.
Thanks!


The DT 880 was the Beyer Flagship.  It is an outstanding and very well built can.  It does not suffer from the seal problems for some that make the 550 an uncertain choice for anyone with facial hair, sideburns or (sometimes) glasses. 

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Thanks for the suggestion KG Jag biggrin.gif

So you think the dt 880 250ohm amped by a fiio e10(and e6 for portable use) is a suitable combo for me? What about the dt 880 bass? It has the same problem as the K550?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by MarsNielson View Post

Ok... so I narrowed it down to a couple of headphone that I need some advice on which to buy.

 

Background:

  • They must be closed (are going to be used in a close office environment)
  • Soundsource: mainly Spotify (320 Kbps)

  • Music genre: Jazz, classical, soundtrack and a bit of rock and electronic thrown in for good measure

  • Amp/DAC: FiiO E10

  • Current headphones: Denon AH-D750 (like them very very much, but they are breaking apart)

 

My budget allows me to consider the following headphones:

  • Ultrasone PRO 750 (€ 244)
  • Audio Technica ATH-M50 (€ 145)
  • AKG K550 (€ 187)

 

I like a headphone with a wide frequency range (soundscape) and a solid bass)

 

So which should I go for? 

 

(or should I just break the bank and go for the new Denon AH-D600 (aprox € 400) ?

spotify is not 320 kbps

post #18684 of 29490

Should i get the Philips Fidelio L1's, Pioneer HDJ-2000, the new UE 9000 headphones. (they look amazing) or the JH5 PRO CIEM'S??? i know it's a retarded comparison, but any suggestions? Bear in mind  i might wanna share my music with others sometimes, and also that the CIEM'S would be really convenient because i am a drummer.

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will you be using an amp?

post #18686 of 29490

No, think max i will go is a portable one for $100. Would prefer not to. That's why i'm heavily swayed for the IEM's, but the main hinderance is im 14 and i think i will outgrow those quick and will have to get them remolded. Thanks for replying so promptly.

post #18687 of 29490

well, if you wanna buy the ciem's you'd need something with a low noice floor. what would you be using as source?


Edited by William007 - 9/2/12 at 11:20am
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spotify is not 320 kbps

Yes it is: http://www.spotify.com/us/help/faq/tech/codec-quality/

 

 

 

Quote:

What quality does Spotify stream in?

We use the Ogg Vorbis format for streaming. There are three quality ratings that we use:

  • q3 (~96 kbps)
  • q5 (~160 kbps)
  • q9 (~320 kbps)
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Originally Posted by dibidaddy View Post

No, think max i will go is a portable one for $100. Would prefer not to. That's why i'm heavily swayed for the IEM's, but the main hinderance is im 14 and i think i will outgrow those quick and will have to get them remolded. Thanks for replying so promptly.

sorry to say but i'm 15 and if i were you i'd wait until you're 18-21 that's when your body will stop changing. so don't go for CIEM's maybe for universal fit IEM's? look in to the Ultimate Ears TF10 or for cans ofcourse.

post #18690 of 29490

My MacBook air, lossless or 256kbps. 

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