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post #19861 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Duranil View Post

Hey guys, I've been lurking for the past month, and I'd like to thank you all because I've been learning a LOT (if not everything) about headphones here!

 

And so, for the first time I would like to ask your opinion. Next week I'll be ordering from http://www.thomann.de my first pair of "real" headphones so I want to spend around 50€ top, including 10€ for shipping (i'm no audiophile so I want to start slow, and eventually move up to better headphones if possible!).

 

I don't have an amp (yet?), and I'll be using these at home for everyday use, to listening to music and casual gaming. From what I read I'm leaning to Superlux+ AKGVelour Pads (46€), other options beeing Superlux 668b Superlux 631 DJ (don't know much about the 631).

but I would like to know if I'm going the right way.

 

So,I'm looking forward for your advice,  thanks a lot for reading!

Superlux HD668B with AKG K240/K271 Velour ear pads, that what I did.

The Asus Xonar DG is a nice low cost sound card.

post #19862 of 29491

Is the Shure SRH840 a good buy? I can get it for little more than $100.

 

I'm more of an IEM person and this will be my first decent headphone. I'm needing something more comfortable than my Triple.fi 10 for home use. It'll be for pretty much everything - games, movies, many genres of music. I'm looking to spend up to $200. The SRH840 seems like good value from what I've read, but if there's something justifiably better within that range please suggest it.

 

I'm also curious as to how a <$200 full size headphone would compare to the TF10. I've honestly never heard anything more than cheap, basic ones.


Edited by GTRagnarok - 10/7/12 at 10:22pm
post #19863 of 29491

Hello, all.

 

I recently purchased a pair of DT 880's 250 omhs, and I was just interested if you guys could point me in the direction of how I could go about choosing an appropriate amp/dac (if I even want one at all).

 

I'd mostly be looking for what the benefits would be, and I'm still obviously pretty new to this, so I'm not completely familiar with all the terminology, so anything newbie friendly would be ideal.

 

Thanks again guys.beyersmile.png

post #19864 of 29491

Hey guys, I'm looking for some nice closed cans under $200 for use at work. I would use my MS-1is, but they are too noisy for everyone else. I listen to a lot of indie and alternative rock, and prefer more detailed sound. I'll be plugging them in to a macbook, and I can't use an amp. I was thinking of the ATH-M50, but I wanted to know if there was anything better for a bit more cash first. Any suggestions?

post #19865 of 29491
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Originally Posted by EmLeingod View Post

I recently purchased a pair of DT 880's 250 Ohms, and I was just interested if you guys could point me in the direction of how I could go about choosing an appropriate amp/dac (if I even want one at all).

I'd mostly be looking for what the benefits would be, and I'm still obviously pretty new to this, so I'm not completely familiar with all the terminology, so anything newbie friendly would be ideal.

 

Thanks again guys.beyersmile.png

What are you using the headphones with?

A computer?

Mp3 player?

post #19866 of 29491
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

What are you using the headphones with?

A computer?

Mp3 player?


I will be using them exclusively with a PC, primarily for gaming, secondarily for music and movies.

post #19867 of 29491
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Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post

Is the Shure SRH840 a good buy? I can get it for little more than $100.

 

I'm more of an IEM person and this will be my first decent headphone. I'm needing something more comfortable than my Triple.fi 10 for home use. It'll be for pretty much everything - games, movies, many genres of music. I'm looking to spend up to $200. The SRH840 seems like good value from what I've read, but if there's something justifiably better within that range please suggest it.

 

I'm also curious as to how a <$200 full size headphone would compare to the TF10. I've honestly never heard anything more than cheap, basic ones.

The Shure 840 is a very good headphone and a great deal at $100, but it wont't suit you gaming and movies needs as well. For music it would be good for many different genres as it is a balanced sound with a slight emphasis in the mid bass. If you need some headphones for serious or competitive gaming, then this won't work.

 

Also, does it matter if you have open or closed headphones? If you can use open, something like the Sennheiser HD558 would be a good multi-purpose headphone.

post #19868 of 29491
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Originally Posted by hipster2010 View Post

The Shure 840 is a very good headphone and a great deal at $100, but it wont't suit you gaming and movies needs as well. For music it would be good for many different genres as it is a balanced sound with a slight emphasis in the mid bass. If you need some headphones for serious or competitive gaming, then this won't work.

 

Also, does it matter if you have open or closed headphones? If you can use open, something like the Sennheiser HD558 would be a good multi-purpose headphone.

 


Not for serious gaming. I don't really require exceptional sound for my games and movies. And I wouldn't mind trying an open headphone. The HD 558 does look very nice.

post #19869 of 29491
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Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post

 


Not for serious gaming. I don't really require exceptional sound for my games and movies. And I wouldn't mind trying an open headphone. The HD 558 does look very nice.

If you don't require precise sound, then the Shure840 would be a nice all-rounder to pick up. The HD558 would be another good choice and is super comfortable. There are some refurbs on amazon selling for $106 after shipping.

post #19870 of 29491

I'd like to upgrade from my under $100 headphones to something where I can hear more of the nuances of my music and "feel" a bit more bass in the $200-$400 range and yet have minimum leakage to others at work and have good sound isolation from outside voices and noises (I'm thinking closed can) without having noise cancellation such as the Bose QC15. I listen to mostly Indie and Alt Rock, Acoustic Rock, Classic Rock, some dubstep, pop, chill-out, electronica and jazz, but primarily bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pixies, Tool, The Cure, DMB, Ministry, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Sublime, Dirty Heads, Imagine Dragons. I would mainly listen from my iPhone 4s or iMac. I listened to the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohms briefly and liked the sound and velour pads. I've been trying to get a solid review of the new Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros, but haven't found anything yet to convince me to buy the COP or the DT770's. The COP's seem like an appealing option with the variable bass and replaceable cable, but some have stated the bass can be muddy, where I would prefer the bass to be tight and clean. Since the COP also operates on 16 ohms, it seems it would not need a portable amp which would be a plus with less weight to carry around. If I bought the DT770's, I'm guessing I would still need to purchase a Fiio E11 portable amp and Fiio L9, but if the quality is that much better I would go for it. I'm also still unsure if the 80 ohms is the way to go for an iPhone or should I go for the 32 ohms special edition or the 80, 250, or 600 ohms with a portable amp. I listened to the ATH-M50 and Beats and did not care for them. What do you recommend for me? I feel like I'm missing out in the range and quality of my music. I am slowly rebuilding my mp3 collection with 320 bit rate files and flac files in hopes of getting the best quality input and I just need better output. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

post #19871 of 29491
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I'd like to upgrade from my under $100 headphones to something where I can hear more of the nuances of my music and "feel" a bit more bass in the $200-$400 range and yet have minimum leakage to others at work and have good sound isolation from outside voices and noises (I'm thinking closed can) without having noise cancellation such as the Bose QC15. I listen to mostly Indie and Alt Rock, Acoustic Rock, Classic Rock, some dubstep, pop, chill-out, electronica and jazz, but primarily bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pixies, Tool, The Cure, DMB, Ministry, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Sublime, Dirty Heads, Imagine Dragons. I would mainly listen from my iPhone 4s or iMac. I listened to the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohms briefly and liked the sound and velour pads. I've been trying to get a solid review of the new Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros, but haven't found anything yet to convince me to buy the COP or the DT770's. The COP's seem like an appealing option with the variable bass and replaceable cable, but some have stated the bass can be muddy, where I would prefer the bass to be tight and clean. Since the COP also operates on 16 ohms, it seems it would not need a portable amp which would be a plus with less weight to carry around. If I bought the DT770's, I'm guessing I would still need to purchase a Fiio E11 portable amp and Fiio L9, but if the quality is that much better I would go for it. I'm also still unsure if the 80 ohms is the way to go for an iPhone or should I go for the 32 ohms special edition or the 80, 250, or 600 ohms with a portable amp. I listened to the ATH-M50 and Beats and did not care for them. What do you recommend for me? I feel like I'm missing out in the range and quality of my music. I am slowly rebuilding my mp3 collection with 320 bit rate files and flac files in hopes of getting the best quality input and I just need better output. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Bass wise you won't be disappointed with the 770's amped. If you need a portable amp yes the e11 will be a good one or even the e6. Both have bass boost on them if you feel like you want more bass.

If you don't need portable and you are listening from your computer the e10. Simple and cheap.

The Objective2 is more like transportable but is a highly regarded amp as well -- also available as a dac combo -- google odac+o2

I don't find the isolation awesome but far better than open for sure.

Haven't heard the custom one, sorry.
post #19872 of 29491
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Originally Posted by thrashVEGAS View Post

I'd like to upgrade from my under $100 headphones to something where I can hear more of the nuances of my music and "feel" a bit more bass in the $200-$400 range and yet have minimum leakage to others at work and have good sound isolation from outside voices and noises (I'm thinking closed can) without having noise cancellation such as the Bose QC15. I listen to mostly Indie and Alt Rock, Acoustic Rock, Classic Rock, some dubstep, pop, chill-out, electronica and jazz, but primarily bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pixies, Tool, The Cure, DMB, Ministry, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Sublime, Dirty Heads, Imagine Dragons. I would mainly listen from my iPhone 4s or iMac. I listened to the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohms briefly and liked the sound and velour pads. I've been trying to get a solid review of the new Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros, but haven't found anything yet to convince me to buy the COP or the DT770's. The COP's seem like an appealing option with the variable bass and replaceable cable, but some have stated the bass can be muddy, where I would prefer the bass to be tight and clean. Since the COP also operates on 16 ohms, it seems it would not need a portable amp which would be a plus with less weight to carry around. If I bought the DT770's, I'm guessing I would still need to purchase a Fiio E11 portable amp and Fiio L9, but if the quality is that much better I would go for it. I'm also still unsure if the 80 ohms is the way to go for an iPhone or should I go for the 32 ohms special edition or the 80, 250, or 600 ohms with a portable amp. I listened to the ATH-M50 and Beats and did not care for them. What do you recommend for me? I feel like I'm missing out in the range and quality of my music. I am slowly rebuilding my mp3 collection with 320 bit rate files and flac files in hopes of getting the best quality input and I just need better output. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

I'll echo pretty much just what Doc-Holliday said, except the part about isolation. I thought the DT770 has very good isolation, and it definitely doesn't have leak much.

 

O2 is a nice amp (use it myself). E11 is good for a budget, though you could consider the E7 so you have compatibility with your iPhone or computer. You also could look at the JDSlabs cmoyBB which is  just a little more than the E11 but much less than the O2.

post #19873 of 29491
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Originally Posted by tominated View Post

Hey guys, I'm looking for some nice closed cans under $200 for use at work. I would use my MS-1is, but they are too noisy for everyone else. I listen to a lot of indie and alternative rock, and prefer more detailed sound. I'll be plugging them in to a macbook, and I can't use an amp. I was thinking of the ATH-M50, but I wanted to know if there was anything better for a bit more cash first. Any suggestions?


Yes there are several choices that are better in terms of accurate reproduction of quality tracks.  The Shure SRH 840, KRK KNS 8400 and a number of Sony cans just for starters.  However, you will need to describe the sound signature that you are seeking in these new and (apparently) closed cans.  The M50 has a "V" shaped EQ with recessed mids.  That is quite different from the sound signature of your MS-1i.


Edited by KG Jag - 10/8/12 at 2:11am
post #19874 of 29491

I need new headphones for around 100-150 euro. I'll be using them for 60% music and 40% gaming with my Asus Xonar DG. I listen to rock/metal, examples: Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne...

 

I have taken a look at the AD-700s and the Grados. The AD700s seem to be only good for gaming and the Grados only for rock.

 

Also, will a Fiio E10 be a big improvement over the Xonar DG? I'm thinking of buying one, but i'd still use the Xonar for gaming.

post #19875 of 29491

I've been researching and reading guides for a while, but none of the recommended headphones seem to be just right.

 

My budget is around 100-200€, 200€ is slightly pushing it.

They should be open, but if someone really praises the sound of certain closed ones, I'll certainly consider them.

I don't have an amp nor the money to buy one.

I mostly listen to jazz, blues, quite a bit of piano tracks, swing, some classical, but also some electronical. Overall quite varied but not really bass-oriented, although bass is still nice for the depth, of course.

I intend to use these headphones both for home usage and sometimes outside/away from home, although leakage is not too huge of a problem as I tend to not be in too populated places.

The design is generally not too much of a problem, but I personally find most of the sannheiser HD series to be, bluntly, ugly and that's a bit of a letdown. The design for AKG K701 for example is very nice. Subjective, of course, but perhaps those examples will give an idea of what I have in mind.

They will be connected both to a desktop and MP3 player, although it's not too huge of a deal if they don't work to their fullest with everything I use them with, but they should not be too specialised.

 

So far I have looked at Grado sr80i, but I live in europe and the price of them is far, far higher than what they are in the US. AKG K701 also seem to be quite on point of what I was looking for, but they need an amp which I simply don't have.

Anything close to what I have in mind? I'll willing to consider some deviations.

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