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post #19756 of 29491
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Originally Posted by poodytang View Post

 

i'm just wondering, have you heard/owned any of the cans you recommend to people?

i actually found my sr225i to be awesome at making almost every genre more fun sounding, i wasn't sleepy listening to most classical songs with them on. what else at 200$ is better though?


Why yes--I own the SR 80i, 125i, 225i, 325is and RS2i plus the MS1i & 2i in the greater Grado family alone.  Since you raised the issue--which ones do you own?

post #19757 of 29491
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Oh O'..... Them's fightin words....


Can't disagree--this should have asked through a PM.

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Hello everyone, this is my first post, I was wandering around reading reviews and comments but they was not enough for me to decide on what to get. What I am looking for is a sound closer to live performance to whatever extent possible, and I mostly listen soul/jazz/funk.

My budget is 100-150 dollars, however I live in turkey and prices here are:

HD439 - $130

HD518 - $165

HD558 - $225

ATH-T500 - $130

ATH-910 PRO - $190

AKG K514 - $120

Shure 440 - $150

Maudio Q40 - $230

Beyerdynamic Dtx 910 - $120

Sony MDRV55 - $120

 

what is your recommendation of price/performance, or based on your experience which headphones I should rule out? TY

post #19759 of 29491
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Originally Posted by poodytang View Post

 

... what else at 200$ is better though?

 

For classical among those I own that are clearly better for $200 or (based on the new price I paid): Senn HD 558 & 598, Sony MDR MA-900, MDR 7510 & MDR V900HD.  Those that I own that I consider to be at least slightly better: Shure SRH 840, KRK KNS 8400, AKG K 240 Studio and Brainwavz HM5.  Go to $225 and the clearly better group from what I own will expand to include Shure SRH 940, Denon AT D-2000, Audio Technica ATH-AD900 and AKG Q701; slightly better adds the Ultrasone Pro 750.  The discontinued and unavailable new Senn HD 580 I own is also clearly better.

 

For folk and clearly better for $200 and less is the same, except I might move the MDR 7510 down to the "slightly better" group.  From the classical "slightly better" group, I'd keep the KRK, add the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and put the rest on equal footing or only very slightly better than the 225i.  The $225 list remains unchanged in all categories, although reasonable minds/ears might find the Ultrasone to be only very slightly better than the Grado for folk.  The HD 580 remains superior in folk as well.

 

I'm sure I left out some cans and have not included others I find to be equal to the 225i in one or both genres.


Edited by KG Jag - 10/5/12 at 1:14am
post #19760 of 29491
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Originally Posted by bombacan View Post

Hello everyone, this is my first post, I was wandering around reading reviews and comments but they was not enough for me to decide on what to get. What I am looking for is a sound closer to live performance to whatever extent possible, and I mostly listen soul/jazz/funk.

My budget is 100-150 dollars, however I live in turkey and prices here are:

HD439 - $130

HD518 - $165

HD558 - $225

ATH-T500 - $130

ATH-910 PRO - $190

AKG K514 - $120

Shure 440 - $150

Maudio Q40 - $230

Beyerdynamic Dtx 910 - $120

Sony MDRV55 - $120

 

what is your recommendation of price/performance, or based on your experience which headphones I should rule out? TY


The HD 518 is a very nice can, if you can stretch your budget just a bit.  I can only guess at prices in Turkey, but I will mention some cans that are good for your genres--especially if you can't spring for the Senn.  You will then have to price them in your market and check to see if you have the equipment to drive them.

KRK KNS 8400

AKG K 240 Studio (or MK II)

Audio Technica ATH-AD700 [easy to drive]

Creative Aurvana Live

Koss ProDJ100 (for those on a budget here in the U.S.)

post #19761 of 29491

Thanks a lot to you, responders, for your help!

post #19762 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

For classical among those I own that are clearly better for $200 or (based on the new price I paid): Senn HD 558 & 598, Sony MDR MA-900, MDR 7510 & MDR V900HD.  Those that I own that I consider to be at least slightly better: Shure SRH 840, KRK KNS 8400, AKG K 240 Studio and Brainwavz HM5.  Go to $225 and the clearly better group from what I own will expand to include Shure SRH 940, Denon AT D-2000, Audio Technica ATH-AD900 and AKG Q701; slightly better adds the Ultrasone Pro 750.  The discontinued and unavailable new Senn HD 580 I own is also clearly better.

For folk and clearly better for $200 and less is the same, except I might move the MDR 7510 down to the "slightly better" group.  From the classical "slightly better" group, I'd keep the KRK, add the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and put the rest on equal footing or only very slightly better than the 225i.  The $225 list remains unchanged in all categories, although reasonable minds/ears might find the Ultrasone to be only very slightly better than the Grado for folk.  The HD 580 remains superior in folk as well.

I'm sure I left out some cans and have not included others I find to be equal to the 225i in one or both genres.

Yes I've owned the sr225i, and heard everything from the sr range except the 325i.
The majority of those are not 200$ new...You might as well include a tenth hand hd800 while you're at it.
post #19763 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


My first choice given what you are seeking would be the Beyer DT 880. 

 

The HD 650 is also very good.

 

I have only heard the HE-500, which one of my favorite cans.  I have read from more than one reviewer than the HE-400, while quite good, is a bit dark.  If true you won't be getting the highs that you seek.

 

So you think I'd be better with the 880 than with the 990, why is that? I was looking for an open pair and I think the 880 is semi-open, which might do.

The 990 was one of the chices I was leaninig to, that's why I ask.

I'll read more on the HD-650 and HE-400

Thank you!

post #19764 of 29491

Hi all, need some suggestions. I like acoustic, grunge, general rock, and some hip-hop. My most listened to artists are Bob Dylan, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, White Stripes, Pink Floyd, Neil Young. I tried AT M40s and could not stand how sharp and exaggerated the highs were, so I returned them and picked up some Beyerdynamics DT770s. Comfort is also a huge issue here. I have a big head and classes. The Beyers are kind of the benchmark now. The ATs weren't horrible, but certainly not nearly as comfortable as the Beyers. Anything else I get needs to be comfortable. 

 

I am currently trying the Beyer DT770s, which I like. All of my digital stuff is 320k minimum but mostly Apple Lossless. I run my digital files from my Macbook or iPod classic unamped. I listen to vinyl through my amp. I certainly notice the difference between the Beyers amped and unamped, but they are still very nice driven by the onboard soundcard or iPod.

 

I will eventually purchase a dedicated portable amp, but its not in my budget for a while. I maxed out my headphone budget at $180 including tax for the Beyers. I prefer to buy in-store, as buying online and returning if I don't like them is a total pain. I hate to buy before I try. Here are my options:

 

Beyer DT770s - $180 (already purchased, I could just keep these)

AKG K240 - $99

Senn 5xx maybe? - <$180

Beats by Dre - $199 (kidding)

 

Let me know what you guys and gals think! If you see something that isn't on my list, let me know!

post #19765 of 29491
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Originally Posted by poodytang View Post


Yes I've owned the sr225i, and heard everything from the sr range except the 325i.
The majority of those are not 200$ new...You might as well include a tenth hand hd800 while you're at it.


As I stated at the beginning of my post, I bought each of the cans listed (except for the HD 580) new for $200 or less--U.S--all within the last year and few months.  Almost all of them can be found in that price range today with a little shopping.  For cans that have not been discontinued, the only possible exceptions are the Senn HD 598, which I bought before Senn imposed its MAP earlier this year.and the Sony MDR MA-900, which I caught on sale at Amazon this summer.

 

Here's the current listing for the HD 558 at the post MAP prices of $170 to $180:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349466417&sr=8-1&keywords=hd+558

 

If you can find any used HD 800 that still works for $200, please let us all know.  At that point I'll be able to add it to my collection and consider it for future inclusion.


Edited by KG Jag - 10/5/12 at 12:55pm
post #19766 of 29491
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Originally Posted by TheUbiquitous View Post

 

So you think I'd be better with the 880 than with the 990, why is that? I was looking for an open pair and I think the 880 is semi-open, which might do.

The 990 was one of the chices I was leaninig to, that's why I ask.

I'll read more on the HD-650 and HE-400

Thank you!


The 880 is former Beyer flagship an audiophile tier can on par with the HD 600 & 650.  It provides excellent bass (and mids & treble).  It is not colored to add extra bass like the 990 (or 770).

post #19767 of 29491
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Originally Posted by CirrusPilot View Post

Hi all, need some suggestions. I like acoustic, grunge, general rock, and some hip-hop. My most listened to artists are Bob Dylan, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, White Stripes, Pink Floyd, Neil Young. I tried AT M40s and could not stand how sharp and exaggerated the highs were, so I returned them and picked up some Beyerdynamics DT770s. Comfort is also a huge issue here. I have a big head and classes. The Beyers are kind of the benchmark now. The ATs weren't horrible, but certainly not nearly as comfortable as the Beyers. Anything else I get needs to be comfortable. 

 

I am currently trying the Beyer DT770s, which I like. All of my digital stuff is 320k minimum but mostly Apple Lossless. I run my digital files from my Macbook or iPod classic unamped. I listen to vinyl through my amp. I certainly notice the difference between the Beyers amped and unamped, but they are still very nice driven by the onboard soundcard or iPod.

 

I will eventually purchase a dedicated portable amp, but its not in my budget for a while. I maxed out my headphone budget at $180 including tax for the Beyers. I prefer to buy in-store, as buying online and returning if I don't like them is a total pain. I hate to buy before I try. Here are my options:

 

Beyer DT770s - $180 (already purchased, I could just keep these)

AKG K240 - $99

Senn 5xx maybe? - <$180

Beats by Dre - $199 (kidding)

 

Let me know what you guys and gals think! If you see something that isn't on my list, let me know!


The closed DT 770 has a "V" shaped EQ and is very bass heavy.  It's a (very comfortable) basshead lite can to my ears.  The Senns and AKG are open or semi-open and are much more neutral.  The Senns are my personal favorites from your list.  However, you will have to decide which sound signature you prefer.

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post #19769 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


As I stated at the beginning of my post, I bought each of the cans listed (except for the HD 580) new for $200 or less--U.S--all within the last year and few months.  Almost all of them can be found in that price range today with a little shopping.  For cans that have not been discontinued, the only possible exceptions are the Senn HD 598, which I bought before Senn imposed its MAP earlier this year.and the Sony MDR MA-900, which I caught on sale at Amazon this summer.

Here's the current listing for the HD 558 at the post MAP prices of $170 to $180:

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349466417&sr=8-1&keywords=hd+558


If you can find any used HD 800 that still works for $200, please let us all know.  At that point I'll be able to add it to my collection and consider it for future inclusion.
No sennheisers are sold below Msrp now, and only Americans get access to amazon.com pricing. Maybe I should've said Msrp because almost none of what you listed goes for that much new from the company. I made the hd800 point facetiously, but I guess humor flys over your head.
post #19770 of 29491

hello! i had now broken M9, and new Xears TD4, Xears i like very much, BUT i want to buy an earphone with more powerfull sound, that will play very hard tracks without problems, also the same or even better isolation then Xears. will youse my laptop, so high impedanse is no problem, i like to listen rock-Prodigy,Rammstein,Korn and etc  my budget is 100-180$. help me please! what do you think about: JVC FXT90,JVC FXD90, Brainwavz B2, Rockit R50, GR07 for my preference?

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