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Originally Posted by niten View Post

 

I see what you are saying, but my problem lies with my budget limitations. The HE-500  I would love to step up to the he-500, but unless I am able to spot a decent 2nd hand deal I could not see myself getting them.

 

As steve2151 mentions below, the he-400 is in some ways the younger brother of the he-500 that provides similar sound with a more affordable price tag. That was my train of thought that lead me to seriously consider the he-400.

 

 

 

 

There seems to be a consensus that the hd650 cannot be called a upgrade from the hd600.

I might have to look that over and rethink the hd650, but thanks for the useful impressions on both the he400 and hd650.

 

Putting that aside, could someone suggest some headphones that might give me a more clear upgrade from the hd600 while keeping under $500 (and at the very most $550-$600). I am finding my list/options dwindling unless I were to wait a bit longer to move into a higher price point.

 

Edit -- Thinking on it, I am perhaps not looking for a clear upgrade due to the budget I have placed on myself but instead just something new/slightly different to replace my old hd600 headphones.


Audio Advisor has a demo HE-500 for $615 and Amazon has a "like new" for $620.  You won't be sorry you spent the extra few $ once you hear them.

post #18767 of 29490

Hello,

 

I want to buy a on-ear (closed or open, not sure) headphone.

 

I used to have Triple.Fi10. Now, I have Sennheiser CX500MKII and Philips SHP200.

 

I play electric guitar. I have Guitar Processor (Boss GT-8) and I'm planning to buy

Asus Xonar D2X sound card. I want to record sounds via my computer.

I also want to monitor my sound.

 

I will listen music, watch movies and play games too. Mostly I listen rock, metal, blues.

But sometimes it can turn into jazz, classical (or other styles).

 

My budget is about 150$. I looked some models.

 

Sony MDR-V6, Ultrasone (pro 550, hfi 580-780), Audio Technica ATH-M50.

 

Which one should I get? Or another headphone?

 

Thanks,

post #18768 of 29490
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Originally Posted by archimonde View Post

Hello,

 

I want to buy a on-ear (closed or open, not sure) headphone.

 

I used to have Triple.Fi10. Now, I have Sennheiser CX500MKII and Philips SHP200.

 

I play electric guitar. I have Guitar Processor (Boss GT-8) and I'm planning to buy

Asus Xonar D2X sound card. I want to record sounds via my computer.

I also want to monitor my sound.

 

I will listen music, watch movies and play games too. Mostly I listen rock, metal, blues.

But sometimes it can turn into jazz, classical (or other styles).

 

My budget is about 150$. I looked some models.

 

Sony MDR-V6, Ultrasone (pro 550, hfi 580-780), Audio Technica ATH-M50.

 

Which one should I get? Or another headphone?

 

Thanks,


You need a quality studio monitor can that is at least neutral-ish and and has especially good mids.  That knocks out the basshead 500 series Ultrasones and "V" shaped EQ (with recessed mids) M50.  The V6 is a classic but very long in the tooth.  The 780 is fun but too colored for your use. 

 

You need either the KRK KNS-6400, Shure SRH 840 or open box Sony MDR-V900HD.  Below that group are the very good for your purposes Sony MDR 7506 & 7510 and AKG K 240 Studio (or MKII).


Edited by KG Jag - 9/4/12 at 2:26am
post #18769 of 29490
Hey guys! Think you guys should now know about the new Sennheiser Momentum headphone which is using HD 25 driver. Here to ask you guys, AKG 550 VS HD 518 VS Sennheiser Momentum. Any thought? Source: iPod Nano 3, original iPhone & iPad 2. Genres: almost everything.
post #18770 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


You need a quality studio monitor can that is at least neutral-ish and and has especially good mids.  That knocks out the basshead 500 series Ultrasones and "V" shaped EQ (with recessed mids) M50.  The V6 is a classic but very long in the tooth.  The 780 is fun but too colored for your use. 

 

You need either the KRK KNS-6400, Shure SRH 840 or open box Sony MDR-V900HD.  Below that group are the very good for your purposes Sony MDR 7506 & 7510 and AKG K 240 Studio (or MKII).

 

Ok, from these, which one do you prefer?

post #18771 of 29490

Hello all.  New member, been browsing for a while, and need recommendations.  Hopefully this is the right place for this post.  Definitely a noob at headphones, but want a good entry level pair.  Here are my criteria:

 

Budget:  around $100.  Would go a little higher(maybe $150 max) if the extra money is worth it.

Over the ear, closed: plan to use these when travelling, want to eliminate background noise. Also will use at home, listening from stereo, or watching/listening on iPad while fiance watches TV in same room.

Need to be comfortable.

I mostly listen to rap/hip hop.

I will not be getting an amp.

Since I'm using when travelling, something that folds up, is compact/portable would be preferred.

A long (10')/retractable cable is a bonus, not necessary.

 

A few recs I've got, as a starting point:

Ultrasone DJ1 PRO S-Logic Surround Sound (higher end of price range...worth the extra money?)

Audio-Technica ATH-M50

Audio-Technica ATH-M50S

Sennheiser HD-280 PRO
Audio-Technica ATHM40FS (lower priced, $54 on amazon right now, well reviewed on Amazon). 

 

I basically want the best for the money that meet my criteria.  Thanks in advance.


Edited by Jetson - 9/4/12 at 8:43am
post #18772 of 29490

Hi. 

I've been reading about Ultrasone Safer Hearing technology, and I was wondering if they are really safer than other headphones. How unsafe are headphones in real world?

Maybe a link to a proper thread? I've been looking around here and found nothing!

Thanks!

 

Here is an article I read earlier about preventing hearing damage from using headphones; sorry if its inappropriate to post external links: 

http://www.headwize.com/articles/hearing_art.htm

post #18773 of 29490
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Originally Posted by orangecr View Post

Hi. 

I've been reading about Ultrasone Safer Hearing technology, and I was wondering if they are really safer than other headphones. How unsafe are headphones in real world?

Maybe a link to a proper thread? I've been looking around here and found nothing!

Thanks!

 

Here is an article I read earlier about preventing hearing damage from using headphones; sorry if its inappropriate to post external links: 

http://www.headwize.com/articles/hearing_art.htm

 

Seems like a marketing ploy to me. My understanding is that it's the SPL levels that affect hearing loss, not whether the speaker/driver is aimed directly into/at your ear or not. 

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Are the Pioneer HDJ-2000s worth the price hike over the HDJ-1500s? Whichever I buy, it's going to be used both amped and unamped (it's replacing both my Sennheiser HD215s which I use at home and my Audio-Technica CKM55s which I use everywhere else). I listen to a little bit of everything and, along with my Yamaha hi-fi amp, my portable devices include a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a 4G iPod Video and a 4G iPod Touch. The sort of sound that I'm looking for is a lot like my HD215s, except with punchier bass. According to reviews the HDJ-1500 sounds like the set I'm looking for but is it worth the extra $50 to get the HDJ-2000s instead?

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I'm Currently using sennheiser he 598 and am looking for something with a little more bass and considered a decent upgrade, I'll be using them with a fiio e10 any suggestions appreciated.
post #18776 of 29490
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

 

Seems like a marketing ploy to me. My understanding is that it's the SPL levels that affect hearing loss, not whether the speaker/driver is aimed directly into/at your ear or not. 

So; for example, Grado SR225i SPL is 98 dB, and the ultrasone HFI-2400 is 94 dB. If it is real, that difference significant, isnt it? Does that mean they are safer, or should I just adjust the volume?

Thanks.

post #18777 of 29490
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Originally Posted by orangecr View Post

Hi. 

I've been reading about Ultrasone Safer Hearing technology, and I was wondering if they are really safer than other headphones

 

If the claims aren't backed by an independent, scientific study published in a refereed journal, it's pure marketing drivel.

post #18778 of 29490
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Originally Posted by orangecr View Post

So; for example, Grado SR225i SPL is 98 dB, and the ultrasone HFI-2400 is 94 dB. If it is real, that difference significant, isnt it? Does that mean they are safer, or should I just adjust the volume?

Thanks.

 

That sounds like the sensitivity rating which is an indication of how loud it can get at with 1mw of power, not a maximum output. In other words, tells you how efficient they are at getting loud for comparing headphones. But is not a good indicator of maximum SPL output because your DAP will likely be able to give them more power than that. 

 

Here are recommended maximum exposure ratings for loud sounds. You'll have to be your own judge. 

post #18779 of 29490
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Originally Posted by archimonde View Post

 

Ok, from these, which one do you prefer?


I like the KRK--but it is a close call among the three.  Folks with slight preferences with regard to sound signature and build preferences could easily select the Shure or Sony.

post #18780 of 29490
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Originally Posted by orangecr View Post

Hi. 

I've been reading about Ultrasone Safer Hearing technology, and I was wondering if they are really safer than other headphones. How unsafe are headphones in real world?

Maybe a link to a proper thread? I've been looking around here and found nothing!

Thanks!

 

Here is an article I read earlier about preventing hearing damage from using headphones; sorry if its inappropriate to post external links: 

http://www.headwize.com/articles/hearing_art.htm


This topic belongs in the Sound Science section of the forum.

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