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post #19216 of 29490
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Originally Posted by daniel521 View Post

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.


I'm willing to bet that most folks here have not heard both (or either) of the $700 1i and/or $1,100 T1.  I have not heard the 1i for any amount of time--only the 2i.

 

You will probably catch more fish posting at Summit-Fi, the Grado appreciation thread and/or threads dedicated to the cans about which you are asking.

post #19217 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Trchamp12 View Post

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

I love having clear kids in my headphones biggrin.gif

 

For real tough, you may enjoy the V-Moda Crossfade LP2 (not the LP). These are basshead headphones that are also fairly good with the mids and highs. They are also on the more fashionable side and have 2 detachable cables. They also come in a nice case. If you want a small heapdhones, the M80 or V80 would also be a good choice, but they have less bass, and better mids.

 

Here they are on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Crossfade-Limited-Over-Ear-Noise-Isolating-Headphone/dp/B005HMBQR2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348345613&sr=8-1&keywords=crossfade+lp2

post #19218 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


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.

 

Halure: I'd warn against the MDR-V900HDs unless you are comfortable with headphones that start rolling off the bass at 100hz. They sound great otherwise, but they have the bass response of a large bookshelf speaker (lol). 

post #19219 of 29490

I'm looking to upgrade to a new pair of heaphones and was looking for advice. 

 

My only headphones are the JVC HA-RX700's which I think are great but I'm not sure how you would categorize these and that's making it difficult to pick the characteristics of any new cans . Are these JVC's fairly balanced, are they bass heavy, bass light etc etc.? As they are the only headphones I've heard I don't know where they stand.

 

I've been looking at the

 

Audio Technica ATH AD700's

Shure SRH750DJ

Shure SRH440

 

Really I need to know what the thoughts on these are and how they compare sound-wise to what I have. I know some of these are considered to be bass-light but that may not be a problem... it kind of depends on how my JVC's would be classified. I'm not a bass head (I don't think anyway) but I naturally expect there to be some bass reaction. I also realise that the AD700 is an open headphone. whilst the others are probably considered closed so a comparison may be difficult.

 

Anyway, any advice and suggestions would help.

post #19220 of 29490
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Originally Posted by TheDoctor46 View Post

I'm looking to upgrade to a new pair of heaphones and was looking for advice. 

 

My only headphones are the JVC HA-RX700's which I think are great but I'm not sure how you would categorize these and that's making it difficult to pick the characteristics of any new cans . Are these JVC's fairly balanced, are they bass heavy, bass light etc etc.? As they are the only headphones I've heard I don't know where they stand.

 

I've been looking at the

 

Audio Technica ATH AD700's

Shure SRH750DJ

Shure SRH440

 

Really I need to know what the thoughts on these are and how they compare sound-wise to what I have. I know some of these are considered to be bass-light but that may not be a problem... it kind of depends on how my JVC's would be classified. I'm not a bass head (I don't think anyway) but I naturally expect there to be some bass reaction. I also realise that the AD700 is an open headphone. whilst the others are probably considered closed so a comparison may be difficult.

 

Anyway, any advice and suggestions would help.


One of the buying guides linked in the opening post of this thread describes your present cans (which I have not heard) as:

 

"An inexpensive version of the A700. A fairly balanced signature for its price range, albeit a little laid back. Large, not great at isolating, a slight recessed midrange and possibly boomy bass, but for the price, the detail and overall sound balance is absolutely great."

 

See: http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-headphones-by-price-range

 

Assuming that description to be correct, what sound signature are you seeking through your next headphone?

 

Also...

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What music genres do you plan run through these cans?

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

post #19221 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


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.

What do you mean 'one foot in the bucket'? Sorry, I'm not familiar with that expression. Are you saying I should consider open headphones or that I should consider spending more?

post #19222 of 29490

Hi, I would like to find a pair of closed headphones with good clarity below $200. Preferably suited to classical music and light monitoring. Shortlisted with positions as follows:

 

1. GMP 8.35d

2. KNS 8400

3. MDR 7506

4. ATH M-50

5. DT660

 

Any picks from the above which is most relevant to my criterias, or other headphones that can be recommended?

 

Clarity (ie. able to separate the different instruments in music easily, not sure if it's the right term) and neutrality is of utmost importance, . Portability or looks are not an issue.

 

Thank you.

post #19223 of 29490

Consider adding Shure SRH840 to your list.

I like them more than all you mentioned except for the GMP 8.35, which I have not heard, but everyone seems to say the two sound extremely similar.

 

Personally, I would not want the M-50s or Sonys for classical music, but that's just me.

post #19224 of 29490

Thanks I was going to add the SRH840 in the list but dropped it out by accident. I've read on some comparisons of GMP 8.35d, which is the top of my list currently, and the SRH940, but can't decide whether the clarity between those 2 and comparatively the KNS 8400 (which I've heard a lot about the clarity and detail).

 

I'd like to keep it on the budget but the GMP 8.35d seems to be stretching my budget to a whooping $250. So any recommendations for comparison between these 3 phones then? 

 

-GMP 8.35d

-SRH 840/940

-KNS 8400

 

I could not find these phones near any hifi shop I've tried searching, so haven't personally listened through any of those headphones, and can't make an informed decision on my preference, but again, I would like the one with better clarity for details.

post #19225 of 29490
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Originally Posted by sgt deacon View Post

What do you mean 'one foot in the bucket'? Sorry, I'm not familiar with that expression. Are you saying I should consider open headphones or that I should consider spending more?


It means that you start out with a significant disadvantage. 

 

Quality open cans almost always have significantly bigger and better sound stages (needed for in game positioning and other things) than quality closed cans in the same price class.  There are exceptions in your price class, but most of these are open cans (like the Grado family) designed for creating a smaller sound stage that benefits their "wall of sound" sound signature.


Edited by KG Jag - 9/22/12 at 5:00pm
post #19226 of 29490
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Originally Posted by chime View Post

Thanks I was going to add the SRH840 in the list but dropped it out by accident. I've read on some comparisons of GMP 8.35d, which is the top of my list currently, and the SRH940, but can't decide whether the clarity between those 2 and comparatively the KNS 8400 (which I've heard a lot about the clarity and detail).

 

I'd like to keep it on the budget but the GMP 8.35d seems to be stretching my budget to a whooping $250. So any recommendations for comparison between these 3 phones then? 

 

-GMP 8.35d

-SRH 840/940

-KNS 8400

 

I could not find these phones near any hifi shop I've tried searching, so haven't personally listened through any of those headphones, and can't make an informed decision on my preference, but again, I would like the one with better clarity for details.


Have never heard the GMP.  Among those I have heard, the 8400 (that goes for about $110 to $120) and the 940 (almost double the price of the 8400) are your best picks.  The 840 adds too much color with its mid bass hump and somewhat recessed highs.

post #19227 of 29490

The treble on the SRH840s sounds quite bright and strong to me, not as bright as the SRH940, but more so than average.

 

Both have clear, high-resolution sound but I prefer the "wide" (with what I hear as slight spikes at sub-bass, mid-bass, and treble) sound of the 840s over the "focused" sound of the 940s (which to me sounds like an emphasis on the upper mids).

post #19228 of 29490
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Originally Posted by machoboy View Post

The treble on the SRH840s sounds quite bright and strong to me, not as bright as the SRH940, but more so than average.

 

Both have clear, high-resolution sound but I prefer the "wide" (with what I hear as slight spikes at sub-bass, mid-bass, and treble) sound of the 840s over the "focused" sound of the 940s (which to me sounds like an emphasis on the upper mids).


It's highs sounds recessed to me--much less treble than the KRK KNS 8400 & M50 (as well as the 940).

post #19229 of 29490

HD598 or DT880

 

Running out of a Fubar IV plus (DAC/amp) or my NI Audio Kontrol 1 (audio interface).

I like slightly warmer signature. Mostly listen to J-pop, soft rock and movie soundtracks(instrumental/orchestral).

 

Might be getting a Asus Xonar Essence One or a Bifrost/Lyr combo.

post #19230 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Averruncus View Post

HD598 or DT880

Running out of a Fubar IV plus (DAC/amp) or my NI Audio Kontrol 1 (audio interface).
I like slightly warmer signature. Mostly listen to J-pop, soft rock and movie soundtracks(instrumental/orchestral).

Might be getting a Asus Xonar Essence One or a Bifrost/Lyr combo.
The DT880 is just an overall better headphone. However the signature you want says HD598.
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