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post #19486 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post

I'm having a hard time thinking of what headphones to buy... I currently own V6's and I would like to either sidegrade/upgrade to a different headphone. Although I like the V6's, I think its time for something new. I don't like the sibilance and grainy sound. I may end up selling them. 

 

I will be using the headphone out of my desktop and mainly looking for headphones that can be used without an amp. I currently have a cheap soundcard which does improve sound a little (Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Sound Cards). 

 

I mainly listen to Electronic (Synthpop & Dance, stuff like La Roux, Oh Land, Robyn), and rock music (bands like Evanescence, Flyleaf), but still listen to other genres as well. 

 

I don't really want something V shaped, I like mids. I would like a more natural sounding headphone with very good vocals, punchy bass that extends low, nice mids, nice highs, good soundstage. I don't want a completely open headphone, something that doesn't leak too much. Also something that's a little less bright than the V6 but not too warm. I really didn't like the HD439's, I absolutely hated the warm sound, so headphones that sound like that, I'd rather not have. If you can recommend me

 

The only headphones I'm considering at the moment are:

 

Brainwavs HM5

Koss ProDJ100


What's your budget?

post #19487 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


What's your budget?

I forgot to mention sorry, under $150

post #19488 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Fuzziekiwi View Post

I'm having a hard time thinking of what headphones to buy... I currently own V6's and I would like to either sidegrade/upgrade to a different headphone. Although I like the V6's, I think its time for something new. I don't like the sibilance and grainy sound. I may end up selling them.  My budget is under $150.

 

I will be using the headphone out of my desktop and mainly looking for headphones that can be used without an amp. I currently have a cheap soundcard which does improve sound a little (Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Sound Cards). 

 

I mainly listen to Electronic (Synthpop & Dance, stuff like La Roux, Oh Land, Robyn), and rock music (bands like Evanescence, Flyleaf), but still listen to other genres as well. 

 

I don't really want something V shaped, I like mids. I would like a more natural sounding headphone with very good vocals, punchy bass that extends low, nice mids, nice highs, good soundstage. I don't want a completely open headphone, something that doesn't leak too much. Also something that's a little less bright than the V6 but not too warm. I really didn't like the HD439's, I absolutely hated the warm sound, so headphones that sound like that, I'd rather not have. If you can recommend me any others, thanks :)

 

The only headphones I'm considering at the moment are:

 

Brainwavs HM5

Koss ProDJ100


It's a bit unusual for someone to find a Sony studio can to be sibilant.  That leads me to conclude that you need a can with at least somewhat recessed highs.  This in turn leads me to the Shure SRH 840, which is currently about $10 above your budget.  I would normally recommend the KRK KNS 8400 as well, but it is probably too bright for you.

post #19489 of 29491

Almost ready to buy. Please advice on the best purchase for me!

Thinking of the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80Ohm vs Audio-Technica ATH-A900X

[DT 770 Pro, which would be a better purchase? The 80Ohm version or the updated 600Ohm?]

 

Maximum price- $200

Type of headphone- closed back

Source- Computer AsRock Extreme4 Gen3 [Realtek ALC892] & Galaxy S II Phone

Favourite Music- Techno, Trance, Heavy Bass, JPop, and Softer Vocal Music

Usage- First: Music & Movies, Second: Games [RTS, RPG/MMOs, and some FPS]

Listening locations: Home, closed back is desired to not annoy others.

 

[$50 or $60 for the sound card]

Going to replace the onboard audio with this: Asus Xonar DSX [Any thoughts?]

http://www.amazon.com/Xonar-DSX-Engine-Playback-Support/dp/B007TMZ1MY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348861738&sr=1-1&keywords=Asus+Xonar+DSX

 

Thank you so much in advance!

 


Edited by Sugi - 9/28/12 at 1:46pm
post #19490 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


It's a bit unusual for someone to find a Sony studio can to be sibilant.  That leads me to conclude that you need a can with at least somewhat recessed highs.  This in turn leads me to the Shure SRH 840, which is currently about $10 above your budget.  I would normally recommend the KRK KNS 8400 as well, but it is probably too bright for you.

It really depends on the singer for sibilance, and the way the song is mastered. The headphone is more towards the harsh side though (I'm 16 though, and not one of those kids that can just listen to my ipod on full blast, I guess my ears are a little sensitive.) My friend might be getting the KRKNS 6400 or 8400 which I'll be able to try soon. 

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It really depends on the singer for sibilance, and the way the song is mastered. The headphone is more towards the harsh side though (I'm 16 though, and not one of those kids that can just listen to my ipod on full blast, I guess my ears are a little sensitive.) My friend might be getting the KRKNS 6400 or 8400 which I'll be able to try soon. 

Yeah that's the funny thing about being young, I could hear Sibilance from a tube that was inaudible to the person selling an amp to me. Idk if what you're demanding is possible for the budget though. I would personally recommend the dt880 which has a good soundstage, good imaging, punchy and very well textured bass, smooth mids, however it does have a 5d treble spike at 9khz so it might sound a bit bright but the treble has a good amount of sparkle. The headphone is also only 30% open and can be had for around 180$ used.
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Hello!  I am looking to replace / upgrade from my old Audio-Technica AD700s.  I enjoyed them quite a bit, but it's time for new ones.  I'm going to do my homework here, so feel free to suggest as many appropriate pairs of headphones as there are.  

I want open headphones; leakage in or out does not bother me.  Properties that I prioritize are soundstage and neutrality.  My favourite music is of the classical variety, but I listen to a decent range of genres (some favourites are Mother Mother and Foster the People).  In addition to music, these headphones will be used for gaming (Team Fortress) and playing piano.  I do not currently own an amp or a sound card, but these may come in the future.  

 

My price range is not set in stone.  I am thinking $150 to $200, though if there is a deal to be had above or below that, I am willing.  I do not care if they are used or new, as long as I can actually find a seller.

 

Thank you!

 

Edit: Also do you guys have a "simple questions" type thread?

Edit2: For a fuller version of this post in which I digress profusely, please see this thread.


Edited by Luminareo - 9/28/12 at 3:56pm
post #19493 of 29491
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Yeah that's the funny thing about being young, I could hear Sibilance from a tube that was inaudible to the person selling an amp to me. Idk if what you're demanding is possible for the budget though. I would personally recommend the dt880 which has a good soundstage, good imaging, punchy and very well textured bass, smooth mids, however it does have a 5d treble spike at 9khz so it might sound a bit bright but the treble has a good amount of sparkle. The headphone is also only 30% open and can be had for around 180$ used.

Indeed I'm going with those my self, I'm hoping to pair mine with a Hifiman HM 601 which has a warm analog presentaion which should tame a little of that brightness! 

post #19494 of 29491

Just wanted to get an affirmation before I purchase...

 

Been lurking for a bit and am finally ready to buy

 

I'm an ambient musician and I want a really high-quality reference headphone for drones and guitar and bass and samples of all kinds. I love a great soundstage.

 

Music source is my Macbook Pro laptop. Environment is my desk at home (don't care about sound leakage nor do I feel the need for a portable amp). Budget is about $750 for headphones and an amp. Comfort is desired because I often wear headphones for hours at a time.

 

It seems like there is a lot of agreement and love for the HD 650s. I was thinking to get these coupled with the Fiio E9. That would come in under budget, with some high-quality equipment.

 

Any thoughts? I am open to other suggestions if this doesn't sound right. 

 

Thank you.

post #19495 of 29491
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Just wanted to get an affirmation before I purchase...

 

Been lurking for a bit and am finally ready to buy

 

I'm an ambient musician and I want a really high-quality reference headphone for drones and guitar and bass and samples of all kinds. I love a great soundstage.

 

Music source is my Macbook Pro laptop. Environment is my desk at home (don't care about sound leakage nor do I feel the need for a portable amp). Budget is about $750 for headphones and an amp. Comfort is desired because I often wear headphones for hours at a time.

 

It seems like there is a lot of agreement and love for the HD 650s. I was thinking to get these coupled with the Fiio E9. That would come in under budget, with some high-quality equipment.

 

Any thoughts? I am open to other suggestions if this doesn't sound right. 

 

Thank you.

If you want a reference headphone I think that the HD600 would be a better choice. You may also be able to a save a bit of money and use the extra to get a better amp. You may also like the AKG Q701 which will have a massive soundstage. The two entry level amps that you should check out are the Objective 2 and the Fire Phoenix.

post #19496 of 29491
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Originally Posted by inspiritu View Post

Just wanted to get an affirmation before I purchase...

Been lurking for a bit and am finally ready to buy

I'm an ambient musician and I want a really high-quality reference headphone for drones and guitar and bass and samples of all kinds. I love a great soundstage.

Music source is my Macbook Pro laptop. Environment is my desk at home (don't care about sound leakage nor do I feel the need for a portable amp). Budget is about $750 for headphones and an amp. Comfort is desired because I often wear headphones for hours at a time.

It seems like there is a lot of agreement and love for the HD 650s. I was thinking to get these coupled with the Fiio E9. That would come in under budget, with some high-quality equipment.

Any thoughts? I am open to other suggestions if this doesn't sound right. 

Thank you.

Well this was an idea I had for a desk setup but i'll relay it on to you. Check out this thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621917/onkyo-a-5vl-a-game-changer

That is an upper end, high grade amp by Onkyo. That thing will run the hell out of those 650's. It can be had for 300 on amazon.com. There is an authorized Onkyo refurbished seller (the ONLY authorized refurb seller) called accessoriesforless.com that sells it from 350 bucks. That thing uses dual burr brown PCM1796 DACs and hopefully your laptop has optical out because that would be the best implementation.

THen you can get your HD650's easy for as low as 300 dollars refurb and 400 new. All of it within your budget.

Then ON TOP of all of that, you now have a low provfile reciever that you can hook some amazing bookshelf speakers too for your office.

Anyway I was looking at doing such a setup for my father in his home office but I thought I would relay the idea to you.

Doc
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Well this was an idea I had for a desk setup but i'll relay it on to you. Check out this thread:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/621917/onkyo-a-5vl-a-game-changer
That is an upper end, high grade amp by Onkyo. That thing will run the hell out of those 650's. It can be had for 300 on amazon.com. There is an authorized Onkyo refurbished seller (the ONLY authorized refurb seller) called accessoriesforless.com that sells it from 350 bucks. That thing uses dual burr brown PCM1796 DACs and hopefully your laptop has optical out because that would be the best implementation.
THen you can get your HD650's easy for as low as 300 dollars refurb and 400 new. All of it within your budget.
Then ON TOP of all of that, you now have a low provfile reciever that you can hook some amazing bookshelf speakers too for your office.
Anyway I was looking at doing such a setup for my father in his home office but I thought I would relay the idea to you.
Doc

Thats a good set up, let me ask you this... I have a Spdif_IO 2pin connector slot on my mother board... how do I utlize it... like let's say I get the Onkyo if I want to output Spdif to that how would I do it...

 

Because that's something I would seriously like to do! 

post #19498 of 29491
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

 

You might like the A900X. It's closed, and it fits my big head. Similar AT headphone design with the wings. Little over your budget, though. They will have much better bass response than the AD700s. The bass is controlled, and not nearly as heavy as my Ultrasone 780s. See this thread

 

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The Audio Technica ATH-AD900, usually just over $200 new, seem to be a logical step up for you.

 

Thanks for the replies, I think I'll save up for those.  That review in particular makes them seem like exactly what I'm looking for.

post #19499 of 29491
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Originally Posted by aak57 View Post

 

 

Thanks for the replies, I think I'll save up for those.  That review in particular makes them seem like exactly what I'm looking for.

 

Just in case you didn't notice. The AD900 and A900X are two different phones. The first is closed; the latter open. Of course, both are worth equal consideration since you liked your AD700s. 

post #19500 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Luminareo View Post

Hello!  I am looking to replace / upgrade from my old Audio-Technica AD700s.  I enjoyed them quite a bit, but it's time for new ones.  I'm going to do my homework here, so feel free to suggest as many appropriate pairs of headphones as there are.  

I want open headphones; leakage in or out does not bother me.  Properties that I prioritize are soundstage and neutrality.  My favourite music is of the classical variety, but I listen to a decent range of genres (some favourites are Mother Mother and Foster the People).  In addition to music, these headphones will be used for gaming (Team Fortress) and playing piano.  I do not currently own an amp or a sound card, but these may come in the future.  

 

My price range is not set in stone.  I am thinking $150 to $200, though if there is a deal to be had above or below that, I am willing.  I do not care if they are used or new, as long as I can actually find a seller.

 

Thank you!

 

Edit: Also do you guys have a "simple questions" type thread?

Edit2: For a fuller version of this post in which I digress profusely, please see this thread.


Senn HD 558 or Audio-Technica ATH-AD900 (for just a bit above $200)

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