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I'm looking for a full-sized closed headphone that sounds like the Monster Turbines or Klipsch Image S4 (a more fun sound rather than analytical, but still maintains some clarity in the mids and highs) in the ~$100 price range. I listen to a wide variety of music, including rock, classical, kpop and r&b. I was looking at the Shure SRH440 and the Sennheiser HD449, but the SRH440s may not be the right sound for me and I haven't heard many great reviews about the HD449. Any suggestions about other headphones that I should take a look at?


Edited by Halure - 9/21/12 at 10:19pm
post #19202 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hipster2010 View Post

The Shure 940 is a great headphone, but will have less bass than the 840. What you lose in bass you more than make up for in detail and clarity, it is truly amazing in that respect. However, it is a bit better with female vocals, which don't seem to be a focus of your list of artists. I have not heard the 550, but have read very good things about it. The Beyerdynamic DT880 would be a great one to try, but unfortunately it is not closed.

Welcome to Head-fi, where you will now continually be curious about what other headphones/amps/dacs sound like biggrin.gif

Well I listen to a good chunk of female driven music, and most of the guyson the list are probably higher than most women, lol

Would love to hear from someone that has listened to both the 940 and the 550. Though it sounds like the 940 is my guy......
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Originally Posted by Halure View Post

I'm looking for a full-sized closed headphone that sounds like the Monster Turbines or Klipsch Image S4 (a more fun sound rather than analytical, but still maintains some clarity in the mids and highs) in the ~$100 price range. I listen to a wide variety of music, including rock, classical, kpop and r&b. I was looking at the Shure SRH440 and the Sennheiser HD449, but the SRH440s may not be the right sound for me and I haven't heard many great reviews about the HD449. Any suggestions about other headphones that I should take a look at?


You'll have to describe the sound by your IEM's to many of us full sized headphone guys (as well as others) who have not heard them, especfially with regrad to why they have a "fun sound" for you.

post #19204 of 29490
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Corda Jazz amp or Lake People G103-S to pair with HiFiMan HE-500?

 

 

I've been stewing over the question of which of these two highly rated amps is the best fit with my new HE-500's.  The Lake People G103-S is about $90 cheaper than the Corda Jazz but the latter has some interesting features like the crossfeed filter and active balanced ground.  More important is SQ with neutrality, realistic soundstage, detail and tonal accuracy the prime considerations. 

 

Any recommendations?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audiolab 8200CD>>NAD C356BEE>>PSB Imagine T; Pro-Ject Head Box S>>HiFiMan HE-500


Haven't heard either amp.  Have you tried either of the amp sections of the forum or the HE 500 thread?  You probably stand a better chance of getting a helpful reply in one of them.

post #19205 of 29490

No reply in a day and a half in the "amp (full size)" forum.  I'll try an HE-500 thread.  Thanks.

post #19206 of 29490
Hello, I want headphones that have a lot of bass but are also clear in the kids and highs. They also need to be closed and not look ugly because I will be wearing them in public. If they have a detatchable or straight cable that would also be great. My budget is 200 dollars but I am willing to go up to 250. If I need an amp then recommend. It my whole cost still has to fi my budget. Thank you
post #19207 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Andolink View Post

Corda Jazz amp or Lake People G103-S to pair with HiFiMan HE-500?

 

 

I've been stewing over the question of which of these two highly rated amps is the best fit with my new HE-500's.  The Lake People G103-S is about $90 cheaper than the Corda Jazz but the latter has some interesting features like the crossfeed filter and active balanced ground.  More important is SQ with neutrality, realistic soundstage, detail and tonal accuracy the prime considerations. 

 

Any recommendations?

 

Audiolab 8200CD>>NAD C356BEE>>PSB Imagine T; Pro-Ject Head Box S>>HiFiMan HE-500


Hi. I have the Lake People G109-S which is the bigger brother to the G103-S and I like it a lot. The thing about planar magnetic headphones like the HE-500 is that they need a lot of current to sound their best. An initial look at the specs of the Corda Jazz amp tells me that the G103 would be a better fit simply because it is more powerful or in other words, it provides more current. It pushes 1130 mW into a 50 ohm load while the Meier-Audio site lists the maximum output of the Corda Jazz amp as just 300 mW.

 

You can read and follow my G103 / G109 thread for more info:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620082/lake-people-g103-g109-thread-anyone-have-these-yet

 

And checkout Innerfidelity's review of the G109 and G103, which mentions their ability to do very well with planar magnetic headphones:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/lake-people-g103p-and-g109p-headphone-amplifiers


Edited by devhen - 9/22/12 at 6:21am
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Hi. I have the Lake People G109-S which is the bigger brother to the G103-S and I like it a lot. The thing about planar magnetic headphones like the HE-500 is that they need a lot of current to sound their best. An initial look at the specs of the Corda Jazz amp tells me that the G103 would be a better fit simply because it is more powerful or in other words, it provides more current. It pushes 1130 mW into a 50 ohm load while the Meier-Audio site lists the maximum output of the Corda Jazz amp as just 300 mW.

 

You can read and follow my G103 / G109 thread for more info:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620082/lake-people-g103-g109-thread-anyone-have-these-yet

 

And checkout Innerfidelity's review of the G109 and G103, which mentions their ability to do very well with planar magnetic headphones:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/lake-people-g103p-and-g109p-headphone-amplifiers

Thanks for the help devhen.  I had already read all the posts on your G 103/ G109 thread ( and read the Innerfidelity review); that's what alerted me to how good a fit those amps would be for the HE-500.  I just thought that with the higher sensitivity of  this HP, that much current wasn't so important.  But you think it is?

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Originally Posted by Andolink View Post

Thanks for the help devhen.  I had already read all the posts on your G 103/ G109 thread ( and read the Innerfidelity review); that's what alerted me to how good a fit those amps would be for the HE-500.  I just thought that with the higher sensitivity of  this HP, that much current wasn't so important.  But you think it is?

 

Well I don't have any planar magnetic headphones myself (yet) but from what I've read, the HE-500 is relatively easy to amp in regards to volume but that, like most all other planar magnetics, it won't exhibit its full potential of sound quality unless given ample current. If it were me I would choose the G103. It looks to be one of the most powerful amps you can get for the price and is a great match for planar magnetics as well as high impedance 'phones.

 

Good luck. If you get the G103 it would be great to get your feedback on it in the G103/G109 thread.

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Originally Posted by Andolink View Post

Corda Jazz amp or Lake People G103-S to pair with HiFiMan HE-500?

 

 

I've been stewing over the question of which of these two highly rated amps is the best fit with my new HE-500's.  The Lake People G103-S is about $90 cheaper than the Corda Jazz but the latter has some interesting features like the crossfeed filter and active balanced ground.  More important is SQ with neutrality, realistic soundstage, detail and tonal accuracy the prime considerations. 

 

Any recommendations?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audiolab 8200CD>>NAD C356BEE>>PSB Imagine T; Pro-Ject Head Box S>>HiFiMan HE-500

 

it might be better to look specifically in the HE-500 thread, i think there's a lot more people with more experience on amp combinations in that thread

post #19211 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


You'll have to describe the sound by your IEM's to many of us full sized headphone guys (as well as others) who have not heard them, especfially with regrad to why they have a "fun sound" for you.

Oops, sorry about that! Both headphones are have a smooth, dynamic bass that don't bleed into the mids, but has enough bass presence to satisfy my inner bass-head. Both have clean, somewhat articulate mids and decent, but not spectacular highs. Overall, both IEMs have a warmer, coloured sound signature that makes them fun to listen to. 

 

In the full sized headphone, I'm looking for something with highs that have a bit more clarity and sparkle at the expense of some bass presence. Also, my budget is around $150. 


Edited by Halure - 9/22/12 at 11:15am
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Question about the Shure SRH 840 before I take the plunge: How are they for gaming? I read here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/519068/noob-here-question-about-shure-srh840

 

And it doesn't seem like they would be terribly good, but I'm looking for some more opinions.

 

Also when I have been looking for headphones I keep finding recomendations for the Beyer DT 770 or Audio Technica ATH-A700, am I missing out on a better quality headphone because I want a detachable cable?

 

Thanks for the help again, sorry for posting so much but I want to make as educated a decision as possible before buying new headphones.

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Originally Posted by Halure View Post

Oops, sorry about that! Both headphones are have a smooth, dynamic bass that don't bleed into the mids, but has enough bass presence to satisfy my inner bass-head. Both have clean, somewhat articulate mids and decent, but not spectacular highs. Overall, both IEMs have a warmer, coloured sound signature that makes them fun to listen to. 

 

In the full sized headphone, I'm looking for something with highs that have a bit more clarity and sparkle at the expense of some bass presence. Also, my budget is around $150. 


Mmmm...maybe the Koss DJ 100 family, CAL! and Sony MDR-V900HD or MDR 7510.

 

The Ultrasone HiFi 780 may be too bright for you.

post #19214 of 29490

Im trying to decide what open headphone I should get. I only listen to rock and metal, so I had two headphones in mind: The Beyerdynamic Tesla T1 and the Grado Rs1i. Normally, the grado would be recommended, but the T1 has a superior soundstage and a more "hifi" sound. How do they compare in mids highs, and soundstage? Which one is better for rock and metal? Most importantly, which one immerses you more into the music and feels more alive? Please tell me if it's a big difference or not.

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Originally Posted by sgt deacon View Post

Question about the Shure SRH 840 before I take the plunge: How are they for gaming? I read here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/519068/noob-here-question-about-shure-srh840

 

And it doesn't seem like they would be terribly good, but I'm looking for some more opinions.

 

Also when I have been looking for headphones I keep finding recomendations for the Beyer DT 770 or Audio Technica ATH-A700, am I missing out on a better quality headphone because I want a detachable cable?

 

Thanks for the help again, sorry for posting so much but I want to make as educated a decision as possible before buying new headphones.


For purposes of gaming, almost any closed can (especially within your price range) is going to leave you with one foot in the bucket. 

 

The A700 is bass light.  The DT 770 is bass heavy with recessed mids.  They each have significantly different sound signatures than the 840.

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