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post #20701 of 29490
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Originally Posted by FCO2013 View Post

So I'm looking to upgrade my headphones (aren't we all), so instead of clogging the forums, I'll come over here.

I'm looking for these qualities in a headphone, or at least, as many of the qualities as possible.

Non SQ related:

 

  1. A full sized open/semi open headphone. These are for home use, so isolation is not a priority.
  2. Less than or up to 250 USD. I don't want to break the bank. Willing to stretch budget 10-20 or so dollars.
  3. These would be amped through a Fiio E10. If I wanted to move around the house I have a Fiio E11.
  4. Fairly comfy. I'm not too picky. Velour would be nice, as I've never used velour before, but it's not a requirement.
  5. A detachable cable would be really nice, but I can live without one.

SQ related:

 

  1. A good soundstage. I don't want my music to sound congested and packed in.
  2. Treble: Currently I own the Superlux HD668B. They are my best cans. One of the things I like about it is the treble, but it can be fatiguing.  I like a bright-ish type of sound, where the music feels "fast" and "energetic". So I'd like something similar to the HD668Bs treble, but reduced so it's not as fatiguing.
  3. Mids: I'd like forward mids, or if the mids are recessed on a potential headphone, the least recessed possible. Basically I want it to have presence. It's something I find is a little lacking on 668Bs. I've heard mid-range is really important for classical, and I listen to a fair amount of classical/jazz/instrumental.
  4. Bass: I'm not a basshead, so I'm not looking for boomy bass. Kind of the opposite of what I said for the treble, I like the bass on my HD668Bs, but I'd like it to have a little more presence. Not over emphasized where it rules the show, but so that it's there, and it still quality bass. On my HD668Bs sometimes it can get lost now and then. So I'd like something like the HD668Bs, but slightly more emphasized, while keeping it's quality/tightness (not boomy/loose).
  5. I'd also like the headphone to be detailed and accurate. That's another I like about my HD668Bs. But not so detailed that the tracks where I don't have them in HQ don't sound absolutely terrible, just normal terrible haha.
  6. Have a pretty wide genre bandwidth. I listen to classical, drum corps (think marching band minus woodwinds), rock, jazz, alternative, hip-hop, dance/punk, electronica. No metal or dubstep of any kind. I do have two other headphone though so if a possible candidate can't do it all, I have other options around I could use (Superlux HD668B, Sennheiser HD429)
  7. Some of the (primary) artists/composers I listen to: Arcade Fire, Muse, Radiohead, Frank Sinatra, Gorillaz, John Coltrane, Debussey, LCD Soundsystem, Skyrim Soundtrack(Jeremy Soule), Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, The Killers.

Two headphone I was considering were the Beyerdynamic DT880 PRO 250ohm and the AKG Q701.

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250-Ohm.

post #20702 of 29490
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Originally Posted by FCO2013 View Post

 

Two headphone I was considering were the Beyerdynamic DT880 PRO 250ohm and the AKG Q701.

 

Dude Pro 880 250 and you'll never regret it <3

 

ANd as you've seen you've got this recommendation a few times. The 880 250's DO how ever have a little to aggressive bass on the E11 for me as well as a TINY smaller sound stage but it's great non the less! I like my cMoy for the Dt 880


Edited by Mshenay - 10/28/12 at 5:12pm
post #20703 of 29490
^ +1

Looks like your research paid off. You nailed it on your own smily_headphones1.gif
post #20704 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Musifier View Post

OK so I have a budget of 0-450 US and I want noise cancellation for the school bus and sometimes for airplanes, it would be nice if it had Bluetooth (not that important) and I want GREAT sound.I listen to Green Day, Dubstep, and Electro.
I currently have the Bose AE2i.
Please help.

The sennheiser pxc 450 are constantly rated #1. For active noise cancelation you can't get any better.
post #20705 of 29490
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Originally Posted by lowko View Post

Dear Head Fi community,

 
Just found this thread! awesome!
 
What I'm looking for:
- Quality sound (obviously, I listen mostly to jazz/trance/classic rock/relaxing music);
- Comfortable (I will wear them 5+ hours daily)
- Max budget of 150 dollars.
 
Right now I'm aiming mostly towards the HD 598's. Those seem awesome, but I've heard people complain that they're not really good for electronic music, but sound amazing for the other two genres I listed (classic rock and jazz).
 
Does anyone have some final input before I actually purchase the HD598s? Is the bass 'good enough' for the occasional trance/hip-hop? 
 
Also, I broadcast. I listen to music quite loudly while talking into a microphone a few inches from my face. Will a HD598 leaking intervere with the sound?
 
Thanks a lot and have an awesome day!

 

Are you plan on buying the HD598s in used condition? Sennhesier's price on these is over $200, and they are clamping down on the vendors who sell under MSRP. Even the HD558s don't quite fit your budget, although with the tape removal mod, then will get you 95% of the sound of the 598.

post #20706 of 29490

Hi! I'm sort of new to good quality headphones

The only good quality headphones i've ever had are AKG's 480 NC headphone and I've been recently checking out for a replacement to this headphones with a circumaural (or however circumaural is suposed to be written) closed pair of cans.

I've been doing some research and I've narrowed my possibilities to these cans
-Ultrasone PRO 750

-Beyerdynamic DT770 80ohms

-ATH-M50

-V-Moda Crossfade LP-2

I am most likely to be listening to some alternative and indie music and I also love Electronic music so I want a pair of headphones capable of delivering a good bass without loosing the highs and mids. What would you recomend? At this moment my main choice would be the Ultrasone PRO 750 but what are your recommendations? (BTW: I won't be able tu buy an amp until December and I'm buying a CmoyBB ) Thank you for your attention.

post #20707 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Rimpest View Post

Hi! I'm sort of new to good quality headphones

The only good quality headphones i've ever had are AKG's 480 NC headphone and I've been recently checking out for a replacement to this headphones with a circumaural (or however circumaural is suposed to be written) closed pair of cans.

I've been doing some research and I've narrowed my possibilities to these cans
-Ultrasone PRO 750

-Beyerdynamic DT770 80ohms

-ATH-M50

-V-Moda Crossfade LP-2

I am most likely to be listening to some alternative and indie music and I also love Electronic music so I want a pair of headphones capable of delivering a good bass without loosing the highs and mids. What would you recomend? At this moment my main choice would be the Ultrasone PRO 750 but what are your recommendations? (BTW: I won't be able tu buy an amp until December and I'm buying a CmoyBB ) Thank you for your attention.

 

The Ultrasone HFI-780 are a little more budget friendly than the Pro 750. They are more balanced than the HFI-580s, so you won't loose the mids and highs. Very good with EDM. I think they are also supposed to be a little easier to drive than the Pro 750 (not sure, check on that).  Certainly sound OK with my Clip+, but a CmoyBB would improve the bass response. 

post #20708 of 29490

neED  a bass over ear headphone for 150$-180$ please help......

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I'm looking for a headphone amplifier that meets the requirements below. Could anyone think of some?

 

1. It must be a transformer-coupled tube amp or a hybrid amp. That is, no solid-state or OTL tube amp.

 

2. It must have not only inputs but also a pair of RCA line out or preamp outputs.

 

3. It must have an output impedance of 20 ohms or lower (preferably lower).

**For your information, having an output impedance of 20 ohms does NOT mean that it is compatible with 20 ohms headphones. I'm talking about the "output impedance of the amplifier", NOT the recommended headphone impedance load.

 

4. It must NOT have an in-built DAC. A dedicated headphone amp with line out outputs, or a headphone amp/preamp.

 

5. The price of the amp must be below $1,700, but not too cheap. $750 to $1500 seems like a good range.

 

6. It should not be an old amp that's too old, preferably made in 2008 or later. Also, please don't recommend me models made by Cayin, Vincent, Hifiman, Antique Sound Lab, or Decware.

 

So far, the only amps I could think of that meets these criteria are Schiit Lyr and Fosgate Signature headphone amp. The Schiit Lyr didn't work out well for me, however, so the only option I'm thinking of is Fosgate headphone amp. Unfortunately, there are hardly any info or user's review for this amp on the Internet. The Apex Peak/Volcano or Zana Deux SE meets many of the criteria above and have been favorably reviewed by many, but they are too expensive for my current budget.

 

So, could anyone tell me some amps that satisfy the requirements above, besides the Lyr or Fosgate?

 

Thank you in advance.

post #20710 of 29490
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Originally Posted by FCO2013 View Post

My post became the last one on the previous page, and so here it is, so people can see it again.

coming from someone who has owned both units I would tell you the q701 the imaging is beautiful IMO something I didn't get with the dt880 yea technically dt880 might be the better can but I can't get over how engaged I am when I listen through my q701's. from what you've said though the dt880 should meet all your needs. if you get a chance for the q701's go to a best buy near you, price match them ask them the return policy on those headphones and try them out. :)

post #20711 of 29490

really interested in picking an akg k81dj up but concerned if it'll fit my head.

 

my head is big.  huge.  when i had it the M-80 barely fit it if fully extended.  after stretching it got better but i kinda had to pull it down for it to cover my ears properly, so it was always snug.  will these be a similar fit, or larger/smaller?  i did try the Q460 briefly as it was on sale and immediately returned it because it just did not fit (the cups were resting on the top parts of my earlobes, that's the furthest they'd go).  are the k81dj the same size/"length" when extended as the q460?  also for comparison i have to almost extend the alessandro ms-1i fully to get it to fit comfortably (there's probably like a quarter inch of the arms left sticking up out of the plastic guides, tops).  it might also be the shape of my head but i'm not exactly sure.  maybe too much distance from the top of my head to my ears?  seems like if some headphones were more curved in shape they would fit quite a deal better on me.  any chance i could get the k81djs to fit me, as they seem like a real steal?  rather not have to deal with struggle of purchasing then returning them.  thanks.

 

tl;dr: i simply need to know if the k81djs will fit an excessively large head.  any advice appreciated.

post #20712 of 29490
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

 

Are you plan on buying the HD598s in used condition? Sennhesier's price on these is over $200, and they are clamping down on the vendors who sell under MSRP. Even the HD558s don't quite fit your budget, although with the tape removal mod, then will get you 95% of the sound of the 598.

I guess prices are a little bit different where I'm from. In Holland I'm paying a bit over 150 euro's which is fine for me. :) Would you recommend it?

post #20713 of 29490
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Originally Posted by lowko View Post

I guess prices are a little bit different where I'm from. In Holland I'm paying a bit over 150 euro's which is fine for me. :) Would you recommend it?

Sennheiser HD598s for 150 Euros ($194 dollars), nice deal.

Sennheiser HD598s sell in the USA for $250 (194 Euros).


Edited by PurpleAngel - 10/29/12 at 1:23am
post #20714 of 29490
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Originally Posted by headphonemania7 View Post

neED  a bass over ear headphone for 150$-180$ please help......

please help.....

post #20715 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Sennheiser HD598s for 150 Euros ($194 USA), nice deal.

Sennheiser HD598s sell in the USA for $250 (194 Euros).

Yeah true. Will the HD 598 be good for what I want?

Also, if I wanted to sit a little bit cheaper than the HD598s, which would you recommend for the same kind of headphones. 194 dollar is still a lot of money for me. 

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