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post #21526 of 29491
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Originally Posted by ozarkcdn View Post

Howdy all - I just bought a pair of the m50's on amazon for a closed set, and looking for another set for more critical listening.  Well... I guess I should background that one... I'm a recovering audiophile.  From back in the day (ie, BEFORE CHILDREN) I had time to geek out with my analogue gear and enjoy sitting around for extended periods listening to fine vinyl. With a 5,4, and 1 year old, those days are gone for the forseable future... :-)  Anyways, what I can do is sneak a listen periodically on some headphones.  I probably won't get into buying an amp/dac for now (recovering gear head), and prefer simplicity.  I would like to find an open sounding hp with tight bass, non-searing highs, and I don't mind a warm tilt.  Preference is for jazz / funk / acid jazz.I figure there must be a point of diminishing returns for non-amp driven gear (flac files from my phone or even some decent quality aac files) where additional resolution is going to not help, or worse, reveal too many flaws... :-)

Some cans that don't need an amp are quite good. Am I correct that you are looking for open/semi-open cans? What is your budget?

All that said--even 45 to 50 years ago it was garbage in = garbage out when played a decent "going to college" component stereo system. So that hasn't changed much, except with regard to the details.
post #21527 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Flozzo View Post

So guys, I figured I'd give this thread a shot too.
I am looking to buy on-ear/over-ear headphones, they will mainly be used for listening to music, gaming and maybe a movie or two. I mainly listen to hardstyle, punk/rock and house music, so a decent, but not overdone bass would be nice. Music/sound quality is of course my main priority, as even while gaming I mostly listen to music anyway smily_headphones1.gif Preferably comfortable too, so that I can use them for a few hours straight without hurting my ears (too much). I will probably be driving them straight off my sound card (my cheap Xonar DG) or in some cases my phone/iPod, as I probably can't afford any other gear with it. Oh and if they look nice that's an added bonus smily_headphones1.gif
I currently have a pair of Sennheiser HD205s, and although they are pretty good, the lack of comfort and lack of bass is really making me keen for some new headphones. I have about $75-100 to spend, keeping in mind that electronics usually costs a lot more in New Zealand than it would in the US/Europe. If anyone has any suggestions for a worthy upgrade over my HD205s, they would be much appreciated.
Flozzo

It's an on-ear headphone but in that price range I would check into importing an S500 from Japan. We can import them to the states via amazon for $75. It will be an upgrade in SQ to the 205 and definitely a bump in bass. Comfort is decent for an on ear but not spectacular.

Also the Creative Aurvana Live is one you can check into avalability on in your area in that range. It has less bass but is suitable for your punk/rock music and would be an upgrade to the hd205. Those will be more comfortable than the S500 IMO due to the over ear design.

You could even check out a koss portapro which runs 40 dollars in the US
post #21528 of 29491
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Originally Posted by god alien View Post

Hello Head-Fi community. I am planning upgrade my current headphones (Sennheiser HD595/no amp), and I am looking to spend no more than $700 (headphones alone). I really enjoy the signature sound of my 595, and I would like to buy something that sounds similar but better of course. I like the airy sound that it provides as an open hp, and I also like the forwardness it has from the mids to the highs. I don't care much about the lower end (bass) but its always nice to have good balance. I also would like something that is not too hard to drive, so that I don't have to spend too much in a high power amp. From what I have been reading, some of my possible options are:

 

Shure SRH-1440 

Shure SRH-1840

HIFIman HE-400

Sennheiser... (Hard to drive from what I have read; do recommend one if you consider it necessary).

 

From what I have read, the 1440s are really good hp for vocals because of its forward mids. What I am worried about is that it may be too bright (I don't really know much about levels of brightness so I am not sure if this would be something good or bad for me). Personally I think the 595s are relatively bright and I enjoy it, specially because its coupled with that airness of an open hp. It makes vocals and instruments sound more alive and detailed. 

Now, the 1840 appeal me not only because of their look and build, or the fact that they are the flagship Shure hp, but because they seem to have a more balanced sound, and this would eliminate the possibility of overly aggressive highs (which seem to be an issue with the 1440s for some people). However, I am worried that I would prefer the more forward mids that the 1440 have, but I wouldn't mind a more musical sound (1840). Both seem good for vocals to me, but I think that the 1440s are more similar to the 595 than the 1840 are, sonically. I would like your feedback on this, as I think that both Shure headphones have more forward mids than the 595, but the 1840 mids seem darker or laid back when compared directly to the 1440. Once again, if that's the case, it leads me to believe that the 1440 mids might be too forward (hopefully my point is understandable). I would also like a soundstage similar or better (more enjoyable for vocals) than the 595.

 

The HIFIman HE-400 are a different story. Yes I have read that they are very good for what they cost. Yes I have even read about them being better than most headphones around that price range (if not the best) and beyond. But I have also read about the 4 revisions that have been released since launch. Four revisions. Two of them with issues and flaws. I have also read about people complaining about the costumer service and how they have waited months just to receive their replacement. First of all, I don't want to buy a pair of headphones this expensive, just to see how 2 more revisions are released before 2013, or even beyond. That in my opinion is just unacceptable. I am not saying its wrong, After all, HIFIman is just trying to correct some of the production or manufacturing errors in order to improve their products. But I don't expect high end (relatively) headphones to have major flaws in the first place. I normally wouldn't mind much about the brand or company history, but this is just going too far. I want reliable headphones that will last for a good amount of time, without the company releasing new versions every year. That just shows a lack of research, development and testing. Moving on to the sound, I have read that the 400s are really good overall headphones but I am not so sure about them being better than the Shure's for vocals. After all they seem to have less forward mids in comparison and more pronounced bass. Actually, I was very disappointed when I looked at the FR chart and saw the huge drop between 1000 and 10000 Hz. I am not sure how will that affect sound but to me it seems that vocals won't sound as impressive.

 

This is by no means a hate thread (towards HIFIman or anything like it. I am just laying down my opinions so that more experienced users can help me reach a decision. 

 

Now lets talk about amps/dacs (USB).

To sum it up, I want something that of course, makes vocals and related genres sound better. Furthermore I want something that doesn't cost too much (around $150 max). Also, it has to be a good match for whichever headphone you might recommend. I don't care much about portability as I will use it with my desktop and it will stay there. From what I have read, my options could be:

 

Fiio E17

HRT headstreamer

 

As a side note, I also play a lot of video games and watch movies/tv shows on my computer, so it would be nice if the headphone/amp combination also performs well on this area. However, music is my priority. Some of the artist I listen to the most are: Adele, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, FUN, Katy Perry, Christina Perri, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, etc.

 

I would like to get some experienced feedback asap, as there are some good deals and coupons that I would like take advantage of. Feel free to recommend other products too. Thanks.

 

I would really appreciate more feedback. I have been reading about the high THD that the new Shure's have and I am pretty disappointed. However, its real world performance (sound) what matters in the end.

post #21529 of 29491
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Originally Posted by HamilcarBarca View Post

 

The HD-650, at least, does wonderfully with vocals and don't lack detail.

 

How would you compare them with the Shures? Also, would you say that the HD650 is better for vocals and pop genre than the HD600? 

post #21530 of 29491
I'm looking for a good pair of headphones to listen to EDM & play games. My budget is about $200. I mainly listen to music on my desktop. The music source is majority lossless, but a good portion is also 320 & V0. The would like over the ear headphones/(cans?).

In this purchase I can't purchase a desktop amp because of the price. The best I can do for now would be to get a portable amp. (I've read portable amps suck, but I hope it's better than none until I can afford a desktop amp)

Miscellaneous
I have read that soundstudio is a problem in some headphones. I like to play CSS and I think it's really important to hear the positional sounds of footsteps. I'm not too worried because I have a pair of cheap IEMs I can use to play the game, but some cans that can pick up pos acc would be great.
Edited by Fedora - 11/25/12 at 11:34pm
post #21531 of 29491

I'm really looking for a pair of over-ear, closed  portable headphones to replace my Shure 530s.  I'm really only looking to spend $300 

 

I've been looking a lot at the Sony MDR 1Rs, and the V-Moda M100

 

Everyone is raving about the M100.  They will only be used out of Droid Bionic, probably unamped.  I'm listening to growing amounts of electronica, but my staple music is rock and metal, and rap( especially for on-the-go), so I listen to the majority of modern-sounding music.  

 

I'm hoping for pair that at least competes with my current IEMs.  If I ever do listen at home they'll be amped out of an E7/E9

post #21532 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Fedora View Post

I'm looking for a good pair of headphones to listen to EDM & play games. My budget is about $200. I mainly listen to music on my desktop. The music source is majority lossless, but a good portion is also 320 & V0. The would like over the ear headphones/(cans?).
In this purchase I can't purchase a desktop amp because of the price. The best I can do for now would be to get a portable amp. (I've read portable amps suck, but I hope it's better than none until I can afford a desktop amp)
Miscellaneous
I have read that soundstudio is a problem in some headphones. I like to play CSS and I think it's really important to hear the positional sounds of footsteps. I'm not too worried because I have a pair of cheap IEMs I can use to play the game, but some cans that can pick up pos acc would be great.

Here is a nice closed can great for games and music. Comfy velour pads, nice for edm, with great staging for a closed headphone.

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-770-PRO-250-ohms/dp/B0006NL5SM

You can then purchase the Fiio E10 desktop amp/dac for around $55. That puts you about $25 over your budget which IMO would be very worth it.
post #21533 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post

It's an on-ear headphone but in that price range I would check into importing an S500 from Japan. We can import them to the states via amazon for $75. It will be an upgrade in SQ to the 205 and definitely a bump in bass. Comfort is decent for an on ear but not spectacular.
Also the Creative Aurvana Live is one you can check into avalability on in your area in that range. It has less bass but is suitable for your punk/rock music and would be an upgrade to the hd205. Those will be more comfortable than the S500 IMO due to the over ear design.
You could even check out a koss portapro which runs 40 dollars in the US

Sounds good, eBay lists them for around 50USD + 17 shipping = 83 NZD or so, which is decent. Looked in the thread on the forums here and it seemed to be a really popular/well received headphone, but some complain about a low bass/lack of comfort here too. Of course the other downside is the fact I would be solely relying on other peoples' reviews/experiences, but NZ shops generally only sell Skullcandy and Beats so I might as well.
The Creative Aurvana Live is available here, but costs about 150-200 NZD, which is over my budget. The lack of bass could be an issue, but not a major one. A gain in comfort would also be nice, but for 70 NZD more than the S500s I doubt that's worth it.
Any other suggestions are welcome from anyone of course, but I'll be sure to enquire more about the S500s
post #21534 of 29491

Hi all,

 

New to the forum, and been searching this thread for info on Sennheiser HD650 vs Shure SRH1440, here's a summary of my current kit and requirements, any assistance appreciated!

 

Current kit:

- Sennheiser HD270 (really old, have recently broken hence upgrade/replacement required, reviews for these are pretty bad, but they've given me good service and sound fairly OK)

- AKG K450 (these were a stop-gap while saving for replacements, they sound OK, but the treble seems pretty hyped/grainy and I find them uncomfortable after ~1h, overall pretty disappointed with these given all the rave reviews out there)

- Beyerdynamic DTX101ie IEM (I like these a lot, pretty balanced, not hyped treble, I like them a lot for portable use using spotify/flac on android)

 

Sources:

- Presonus Firepod firewire audio interface (same as an FP10), sounds pretty clean and has a fairly strong headphone amp

- Spotify and FLAC library

 

Music:

- Rock, blues, folk/acoustic/alternative, country

 

Main requirements:

- Must be comfortable for all-day (or at least multi-hour) use (I'm a programmer, and wear headphones nearly everyday while working, alone in my home-office so isolation/bleed is not too much of an issue)

- Must be transparent/un-hyped enough for mixing (I do band recordings with the presonus kit from time to time, and do most of the mixing with headphones)

- Must be musical, involving, detailed, but not fatiguing

 

So I've got a budget which stretches to the Senheiser HD650, or the Shure SRH1440 (which are around the same price where I am) - I may buy an amp/DAC, or a better audio interface to upgrade from the Presonus at some point, but whatever I buy must work fairly well with that interface for now.

 

Any help deciding which of these to go for (or alternative suggestions) would be much appreciated!

post #21535 of 29491

Hi everyone!

 

I'm looking for over-ear headphones that would be best for mainly movies and hip-hop/rap music. Now i have akg k66 that i bought like 10 years ago, they sound OK to me, though they lack bass impact in movies and they don't create that surround sound, maybe i'm expecting too much from dolby headphone technology that came with my asus xonar dg? So far i came up with these:

1. Sennheiser HD 555

2. Sony MDR-ZX 700

3. KOSS prodj 100

 

Would i feel any difference or would it be smart to buy something more expensive? 

post #21536 of 29491

Based on everything I have read, I have decided to get the Shure SRH1840. At this point, I will still take any recommendations but please make direct comparisons to the SRH1840, regarding vocals (pop, ballands). Hopefully they meet my expectations specially with vocals. Will the Fiio E17 be enough to drive the Shure SRH1840 properly? Are they a good match? Is there any other amp on that price range that would be better? Thanks.

post #21537 of 29491

Hey everyone! 

Just looking for some thoughts on my potential new rig.

 

RIght now i have Sennheiser HD439 that i use with my ipod and macbook pro (unamped). I am thinking doing a major upgrade to my home setup:

 

Macbook Pro > Fiio E9 with docked E7 > AKG Q701

 

I was thinking about getting the E7/E9 combo and the Q701s for Christmas and using it as my home setup and then using the E7 with my HD439s and ipod strictly as a portable set up, and when I need a bass fix.

 

Is this going to be a good combo? Will the e7/e9 go well with the Q701s? Should I break the extra cost and upgrade to the e17 and e9k? 

 

This will be my first full hifi rig so any suggestions very welcome!

post #21538 of 29491
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Originally Posted by goodsoundftw View Post

Hi everyone!

 

I'm looking for over-ear headphones that would be best for mainly movies and hip-hop/rap music. Now i have akg k66 that i bought like 10 years ago, they sound OK to me, though they lack bass impact in movies and they don't create that surround sound, maybe I'm expecting too much from Dolby headphone technology that came with my Asus Xonar DG? So far i came up with these:

1. Sennheiser HD 555

2. Sony MDR-ZX 700

3. KOSS prodj 100

 

Would i feel any difference or would it be smart to buy something more expensive? 

With the Xonar DG, you want to be careful with using headphone designed for the "portable" market.

Headphone designed for the portable market usually have a low impedance (resistance, measured in Ohms), low impedance headphones do not mesh well with sound cards and a motherboard's built in audio.

With the Xonar DG, try to get a headphone with at least a 50-Ohm or higher rating.

The ZX700 are 24-Ohm and the Pro DJ 100 are 38-Ohm.

 

Check out the Technical Pro HPT990 (60-Ohm), DigBuy sells then on eBay for $69.99

post #21539 of 29491

I have looked and lurked around them interwebs since June of this year in search of a pair of headphones. I first saw the ATH-M50 from AT and thought they would be ideal. I did a lot of reading about them and saw that the bass on the newer models had been dropped out. I looked on and found myself looking at the Ultrasone Pro 900s. I again looked at the reviews and read that usually people found the bass to be great but everything else was lacking. Also, they are closed headphones so after a while I turned those down in my head. At long last I settled on the Hifiman HE-400s as people said they have low bass, decent mids, decent highs, and great sound stage.

I was gifted a pair of Hifiman HE-400s in which the right cup was broken. They would play sometimes in the first two days but after a while it stopped playing altogether. Also, when unscrewing the washer on the right cable it broke completely off and stayed behind on the headphone. Overall I was really disappointed in what I received. They didn't buy through Head-Direct so this may be a rarity in terms of bad quality. However, I did enjoy the sound from them when they worked.

So, I sent the HE-400s back to the company and I am getting a full refund. I am unsure if I should get another pair at this point. I have 500 USD and I was looking at getting the HD650s. I wanted my next purchase to have a bit of bass in them. What do you guys think, should I get another HE-400 or should I invest another 100 dollars to get the HD650 or do you think I'd be better off with something else?

TLDR:
Money: 500 dollars
Music I listen to (Order of most to least): Trance, House, Ambient, Classical, and Rock
Amp: Fiio E17
Want great bass with decent to good on everything else and open to suggestions was mainly considering HE-400 vs HD650

Thanks for any help

post #21540 of 29491

Hi PurpleAngel,

 

Thank You for your reply. Well amazon says koss are studio headphones and sony are studio quality but to be honest those were kinda random picks after reading forum, they seemed like good cheap all-rounders. What about Sennheiser HD 555? Are those HD 558 really that better? I live in Europe and HD 558 quite more expensive than HD 555.

Which one would u pick out of these two? AKG K242HD or Sennheiser HD 555? I might consider HD558 if those are really a lot better than 555. 


Edited by goodsoundftw - 11/26/12 at 11:04am
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