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post #20131 of 29490
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Originally Posted by weverb View Post

 

No, just going off comments from other 950 owners who have tried them out. I would like to audition all of them, but finances tend to get in the way of that.

I think he is saying that based upon your genres the LCD2 may be a bit dark, though ultimately it is all personal preference

post #20132 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hipster2010 View Post

If you really want female vocals to shine, try to find a used Shure SRH940. It needs an amp, so that's good that you have that covered already. It gives unbelievable detail and is one of if not the best for female vocals in the sub $500 category.
While I would definitely recommend the SRH940 for female vocals, at ~$230, it's out of his/her budget.

How about a Shure SRH840? I haven't heard one in a while, so I can't comment on how it compares to the ATH-M50.
post #20133 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Eewee View Post


Oh, that was supposed to be AKG K514, my bad. Thanks for answering :)

Well then I'm stuck with the decision Creative Aurvana Live or Shure SRH 440!

I read up about both of them and can't really decide, I didn't like the fact that the 440's didn't have proper padding in the headband, also the coiled wire could be annoying when I use them other place than home? (Probably won't use them alot at home.)

If you were to buy one of them, which one would you pick?

One more point, how much would a portable amp affect those headphones?

The one I picked in a very close horse race would depend upon whether I went with sound or durabilty.  Both come with storage bags and neither needs an amp.

 

The CAL! has the best sound and is the most comfortable, but is somwhat lightly built.  While its cord is not detachable, it is short anr eady for portable use. In addition it comes with an extension for other uses.  Here is a good review:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

 

The Shure SRH 440 is built better and can fold into itself.  It has a detachable cord, but the coiled cord it comes with is too long for easy portable use.  It is very comfortable if you swap it ear cushions with replacement ones from the SRH 840.  Here's an interesting review of both from a different perspective:

 

http://www.musicplayers.com/reviews/recording/2010/1010_ShureHeadphones.php

post #20134 of 29490
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Originally Posted by FrozenFlame View Post

Noted. Thank you KG Jag. I think proper seal is not a problem for me though. I have a short hair and I dont wear glasses. So no worries. I heard that AKG headphones are bass-light headphones. Is the K 550 bass-light too?

The 550 is bass neutral or very close too it--with that proper seal.  It has more base than its open cousin the Q701.

 

It is not a can for bassheads of any stripe.

post #20135 of 29490
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Originally Posted by weverb View Post

New user here looking for some recommendations. I'm looking to give headphones a try.

 

Some back ground info. I have a Pioneer SX950 and Sansui G8000 for amps available. I mostly listen to jazz, female vocal, and rock. Looking for a headphone to fit these music genres. I have been trying to do some research and feel overwhelmed by what is available. I am setting my initial budget at $150. That should get me into a "good" first set to try out. My only experience is a set of Sony MDR-CD180's. These will be for home use only. Also, open or closed cans are fine.

 

I know I eventually would like to try some HD650's and then build up to some LCD-2's. These have been stated to be good matches for the amps I have. But for now, I have been looking at some new and old set ups. Here are some that I have been researching:

 

Koss DJ100/TB

Stax SR-34/44

Pioneer Monitor 10

Audio Technica AT-705/706

Audio Technica ATH-M50

Fostex T40v1

AKG K340/240

Sennheiser HD598 (used is slightly over budget)

 

Your comments and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks

Your vintage receivers should power most any dynamic can.  Don't know how they will do with planars like the LCD-2, but I wouldn't be shocked if one or both adequately pushed them too.

 

I'd recommend stretching your budget just a little bit (at least if you want to buy new) and get the HD 558.  It has the same drivers as the 598.

 

When you're able to reach the low to mid $200's many other good options fall into play. 

post #20136 of 29490

Hi All - looking for some help;

 

AKG K550 vs. Sennheiser HD700 - FIGHT!

I'm looking at getting a new pair of full-size headphones (over the ear) and am torn between two polar opposites (both in price and open / closed functionality)

 

I currently own:

 

Ultrasone DJ1-Pros (Main closed headphone for at home listening)

Audiotrek imAmp (portable amplifier, details here)

Sennheiser PX-200's (portable's)

Monster Studio Beats (Moving on, nothing to see here...)

Asus Xonar Xense (PC Sound Card)

Sennheiser PC350's (Gaming / PC Headphones)

 

 

So, I want to invest some money in a new pair of headphones for at home use, to - not quite replace the DJ1's, they will be a backup but just to get something more from the time I spend listening to music (which can be a couple of hours a day combined).

 

Currently Im looking at: 

1. AKG K550

2. Sennhesier HD700

 

Both are entirely different from one another, this I know, but I would like peoples opinions on these both. The K550's seem well respected at the price, and have great reviews, my only gripe is that I want something different from the DJ's which are closed back, the same as the AKG pair.

I've also looked at Beyerdynamic range (DT990's / T70's) - I know they're well liked in the community - I just cant grow to like their looks, I've tried but I find nothing appealing about them at all.

 

This brings me to the other set that has caught my eye the HD700's.

 

They are fantastic looking headphones, I've not been able to try a pair on in person (living in NZ) but I do like the looks. They seem to be a bit of a dark subject though, very view videos or the likes on YouTube (I was hoping to 'hear' what they sound like when on someones head, how much leakage they let out - although I am aware they are fully open)

 

I generally listen to music in bed most nights, with my better half beside me, would a fully open pair of headphones be unbearable, even at low volumes? Also, with the HD700's would my amp that I have now be suitable? I've read they are easy to drive, and the imAmp does well with the Ultrasone's so I imagine it would do the job reasonably well?

All input appreciated, suggestions, comments, questions.

Thanks for your time!


Edited by majiktripp - 10/14/12 at 12:02am
post #20137 of 29490
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Originally Posted by majiktripp View Post

Hi All - looking for some help;

 

AKG K550 vs. Sennheiser HD700 - FIGHT!

I'm looking at getting a new pair of full-size headphones (over the ear) and am torn between two polar opposites (both in price and open / closed functionality)

 

I currently own:

 

Ultrasone DJ1-Pros (Main closed headphone for at home listening)

Audiotrek imAmp (portable amplifier, details here)

Sennheiser PX-200's (portable's)

Monster Studio Beats (Moving on, nothing to see here...)

Asus Xonar Xense (PC Sound Card)

Sennheiser PC350's (Gaming / PC Headphones)

 

 

So, I want to invest some money in a new pair of headphones for at home use, to - not quite replace the DJ1's, they will be a backup but just to get something more from the time I spend listening to music (which can be a couple of hours a day combined).

 

Currently Im looking at: 

1. AKG K550

2. Sennhesier HD700

 

Both are entirely different from one another, this I know, but I would like peoples opinions on these both. The K550's seem well respected at the price, and have great reviews, my only gripe is that I want something different from the DJ's which are closed back, the same as the AKG pair.

I've also looked at Beyerdynamic range (DT990's / T70's) - I know they're well liked in the community - I just cant grow to like their looks, I've tried but I find nothing appealing about them at all.

 

This brings me to the other set that has caught my eye the HD700's.

 

They are fantastic looking headphones, I've not been able to try a pair on in person (living in NZ) but I do like the looks. They seem to be a bit of a dark subject though, very view videos or the likes on YouTube (I was hoping to 'hear' what they sound like when on someones head, how much leakage they let out - although I am aware they are fully open)

 

I generally listen to music in bed most nights, with my better half beside me, would a fully open pair of headphones be unbearable, even at low volumes? Also, with the HD700's would my amp that I have now be suitable? I've read they are easy to drive, and the imAmp does well with the Ultrasone's so I imagine it would do the job reasonably well?

All input appreciated, suggestions, comments, questions.

Thanks for your time!

 

Anyone who wears open cans to bed when his (yes--it's almost alway a "his") signficant other is trying to sleep is asking for a divorce, a break up or--at minimum--several hard dope slaps.

 

So unless your SO is deaf or your desire is to split or have your mellon split, the Senn is out. 


Edited by KG Jag - 10/14/12 at 12:07am
post #20138 of 29490
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post


While I would definitely recommend the SRH940 for female vocals, at ~$230, it's out of his/her budget.
How about a Shure SRH840? I haven't heard one in a while, so I can't comment on how it compares to the ATH-M50.

That's why I suggested to look for a used one if they were ok buying used. I've seen used as low as $150 which was at the upper limit of the set budget, but you just have to be patient.

post #20139 of 29490

What do ya'll think about the DT990's? There's a new site offering the best price ive seen. 

 

Here's the deal so you can take "bang for buck" into account. You've gotta make an account to see the site but it's pretty cool other than that. 

 

http://massdrop.com/beyerdynamic-dt990-headphones

post #20140 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

Anyone who wears open cans to bed when his (yes--it's almost alway a "his") signficant other is trying to sleep is asking for a divorce, a break up or--at minimum--several hard dope slaps.

 

So unless your SO is deaf or your desire is to split or have your mellon split, the Senn is out. 

I can understand that,  thats why I was trying to find a video demonstrating the output to anyone else in the same room as the listener wearing the headphones.

 

I wouldn't solely use them for in bed use, I'm looking at them as more of a long-term investment, and would use them for general listening and direct from the PC or my home theatre amplifier.

post #20141 of 29490
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Originally Posted by majiktripp View Post

I can understand that,  thats why I was trying to find a video demonstrating the output to anyone else in the same room as the listener wearing the headphones.

 

I wouldn't solely use them for in bed use, I'm looking at them as more of a long-term investment, and would use them for general listening and direct from the PC or my home theatre amplifier.

The volume coming out is almost the same as that to the one wearing the headphones. If you have a pair of headphones, plug them in and put the volume to your typical listening level. Then hold the headphones (or set them down) without blocking the openings in the ear pads so that the sound is coming out at you. Whatever sound comes out is close too, maybe a bit quieter, than what an open headphones would be like.

post #20142 of 29490
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Originally Posted by majiktripp View Post

I can understand that,  thats why I was trying to find a video demonstrating the output to anyone else in the same room as the listener wearing the headphones.

 

I wouldn't solely use them for in bed use, I'm looking at them as more of a long-term investment, and would use them for general listening and direct from the PC or my home theatre amplifier.

I don't see how any video/audio presentation could give you an accurate read.  The only way is audition them yourself.

post #20143 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

The one I picked in a very close horse race would depend upon whether I went with sound or durabilty.  Both come with storage bags and neither needs an amp.

 

The CAL! has the best sound and is the most comfortable, but is somwhat lightly built.  While its cord is not detachable, it is short anr eady for portable use. In addition it comes with an extension for other uses.  Here is a good review:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

 

The Shure SRH 440 is built better and can fold into itself.  It has a detachable cord, but the coiled cord it comes with is too long for easy portable use.  It is very comfortable if you swap it ear cushions with replacement ones from the SRH 840.  Here's an interesting review of both from a different perspective:

 

http://www.musicplayers.com/reviews/recording/2010/1010_ShureHeadphones.php


Thank you so much for your help! I've decided to go for the CAL! Found them for 66USD + Shipping :)

Small question, as we all know Beats are really overpriced and overall not the best headphones on the market, but how does the CAL! compare to them?

Wondering about this since there is obviously a lot of people at school using the Beats Solo/Studio.


Edited by Eewee - 10/14/12 at 4:40am
post #20144 of 29490
Pros are the only beats that compare favorably.

Studio and solo are objectively worse in terms of imaging and separation.
post #20145 of 29490

I have come for what I 'think' is my last headphone purchase....

 

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Anyways, I was wondering how the V6, HM5, and M50 compare. I have the V6 I just want to sidegrade to a phone with a little less bright of a presentation than the v6 and maybe more bass. The V6 tends to come out harsh, a little grainy, and very sibilant to me. I currently own Koss TBSE (ProDJ100's) which are fine. I tried the Sennheiser Amperior yesterday at the apple store and thought it was very sibilant too! Is that weird?  Loved the bass on it though. 

 

As someone else described to me before, I guess I'm looking for a can with very good bass and mids, but with highs slightly recessed and not harsh at all. 

 

I listen to mainly electronic (Synthpop, Dance) and a tiny bit of rock.

 

Thank you for any suggestions/advice you have for me.

 

EDIT: Leaning towards a basshead can, something similar to the bass of the amperior (a little less), and very nice mids.


Edited by Fuzziekiwi - 10/14/12 at 7:14am
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