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Originally Posted by Christo4 View Post

Hello guys, i just got an offer for a DT 880 Premium 250 ohm at 220$ in Europe (amazon price is about 400$). I usually listen to rock and classical and i will use them for gaming. Are they any good for that?
yes they are a very fine headphone for that and they are very comfortable due to the velour ear pads. You will need an amp to run them. Fiio E10 is a cheap amp that plugs directly into your computer like an external sound card. It will run them very well. If you want to invest more try the ODAC+O2 amp.

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Its time to grab a pair of over the ears and i wanted some opinions from the community.
Sound- I listen to mainly rock and alternative music, so im looking for a neutral set that isnt to crazy on the bass, but alittle pop wouldnt hurt. The headphones will also be unamped and mainly used in an ipod or laptop
Built - Sound isolation and comfort are the most important i think for theses pair, since i will be using them to do homework for hours at a time, and hopefully drown out the sound f everyone around me.
price range- $100-200, but hopefully on the lower end so maybe $175ish.
A few models I have looked at so far, please feel to add your opinion
ATH m50
V-MODA Crossfade LP
SRH 840

The 840 and M50 are good choices. Check to make sure the cable length is okay with you and wether you want coiled or straight. (nearly 10 ft long) The KRK KNS8400 is another one with good isolation in your price range.

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My my question, I'm now considering just getting cheaper ones, ie less then $100.

I didnt mention, but I am currently a deployed Marine, so I have no options of trying any of the more expensive headphones I'm looking it, and just cannot make up my mind. Thinking maybe get cheaper ones to hold me over until I get back, then find places to listen to the better more expensive ones.


So, what should I look at for under $100?

Sir pls list out your music preferences and where you are hoping to get them purchased (i.e. US then mailed out to you or in another country)
post #21662 of 29490
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Looking for a list of actually good clip on headphones that doesn't need mod like the koss c75 , trying to get one for a friend
You dont HAVE to mod them. You can leave them as is and if the buddy wants to get more out of them maybe he does the "quarter mod" which takes all of 2 minutes to do.

But in anycase try searching around in the portable forums section. You can find it from the equipment forums tab, this is the full size recommendtions thread. Good luck.
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Doc, posted it a a page or so back.
But I bought some already. Remember a while ago reading about the Brainwavz HM5, Fischer, and other clones. Found the link to that jaycar site and bought those.

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Doc, posted it a a page or so back.
But I bought some already. Remember a while ago reading about the Brainwavz HM5, Fischer, and other clones. Found the link to that jaycar site and bought those.

post #21665 of 29490
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Originally Posted by theswolk View Post

So I am looking at my first entry into the nice headphone world in the mid range bracket, really my budget is $100-$200. I will definitely need a closed headphone, and ideally one that is portable and durable. Also, I will probably be using these commuting a lot, but also in libraries a lot (finishing senior year of high school, then college next year).

As such, it seems like the battle is between the TMA-1s and the HD 25s : bassier vs neutral.  I know this is a topic that comes up a lot, but I'm looking for answers that aren't just "one is darker and has recessed highs," I know that, I'm looking for what that actually means in the context of what I listen to/do.  You'll see what I mean below.  Thanks so much in advance!

I have to say, I love the look of the TMA-1s (I'm a bit of a sucker for design, plus anything that has to do with 2001...). Everything I read about them seems to be amazing. I would love to get these guys, the only thing I am worried about - the recessed highs. How much of an impact does this make/do you think this is that serious? I listen to a lot of psychy/flowery stuff, and these headphones are frequently described as dark and I would figure that those genres don't benefit immensely from this. Take Animal Collective and Tame Impala, two of my favorite bands, as the perfect example of full, bright, lush, detailed sound: how would they fair with the TMA-1s? Seems like recessed highs would be problematic, but since I'm still new to this world, I wonder - is that correct/would I even notice? Can someone give me what they mean by "minimal electronic" since that can mean I lot of different things?

I also listen to lots of sorta dronier psych (think Bardo Pond, Spacemen 3, my absolute favorite Sun Araw, etc), and lots and lots of early 90s shoegazey stuff (think Galaxie 500, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab etc). Also love lots of kraut stuff new and old (Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Neu, Beak> etc) and analog synthy/ambient stuff (Manuel Gottsching, right now I am LOVING Forma's first album/the Laurie Spiegel reissue the Expanding Universe - use that as a perfect example of what I mean by ambient/synthy).

So yeah, I'm wondering how the TMA-1s will handle these sorts of sounds - will it be problematic, or is it not that noticeable ? How about for someone commuting/new to nice-headphoneland?

On the other hand, I'm a bassist, and definitely love it when I can really hear a bass line crystal clear.

One more thing to take into account: I have (mild) high frequency hearing loss... too many concerts... don't really know how significant that is, figured I'd mention it.

When I've used "studio"-ish headphones before I have really enjoyed the sort of full/very clear sound of them, but I'm not sure if that's just because they are nicer than any headphones I am used to using. So yeah, I'm wondering if HD25's would be right for me or TMA-1s. Hard to know what my preference is without much experience. Also, the TMA-1s being slightly lighter on the wallet is nice... I am just afraid about what it may (but hopefully not at all!) do to the music!


One last thing: I wear glasses - will that affect the comfort of the already tight HD25s/are HD25s bad for commuting?

If my worries about the TMA-1 are true, would just using some treble boosting arrangement EQ work out?   

 

Sorry for such a long post, I just figured the more information the better picture I could paint of my situation and the easier it would be for yall to help me out. Oh, and if you have any other headphones you would recommend for me, I'm all ears ( ;) ). I've been saving money for a long time for this, so it's just a big deal for me. Your help is much appreciated. tyvmia
 

You can listen to the TMA-1s at a local best buy I believe.  Frrom what I've briefly heard, I liked the Senns more.  I think the bass on the TMA-1s is way too masking, and I didn't really like the treble all that much.  They weren't that comfortable for me either.  The build quality feels great though.  The TMA-1s to recap are not clear in any way... I'd go with the HD-25s

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Originally Posted by theswolk View Post

So I am looking at my first entry into the nice headphone world in the mid range bracket, really my budget is $100-$200. I will definitely need a closed headphone, and ideally one that is portable and durable.....

So yeah, I'm wondering how the TMA-1s will handle these sorts of sounds - will it be problematic, or is it not that noticeable ? How about for someone commuting/new to nice-headphoneland?....

On the other hand, I'm a bassist, and definitely love it when I can really hear a bass line crystal clear......

I know that this doesn't help your cause. I cant compare to the TMA cuz I haven't heard it. But I would add the DT1350 to your list since it is available open box at shore line music for $209 shipped. I was in a couple bands too and the thing I love about the DT is the fast tight bass for drum reproduction and it's detailed mids and presentation of guitar . I presume you are interested in the tones of the strings being slapped as much as the deep tones as well which the 1350 excels at. Isolation is very good and the cable is short and thin for portability.

I wouldn't scratch the HD25 either from your list. It seems to have more midbass which I dunno might be more desirable for you. Just trowing out another option you can read about for your decision.
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I've been wearing some modded T50RPs run through an O2 amp + UCA202 DAC (couldn't wait for ODAC, but it does the job), but I haven't been quite happy with the cans for a while.  Just not enough substance to the bass and not enough texture in the treble; I pulled out my Senn PX100s from storage the other day and was shamed and humiliated to find they're simply more fun to listen to even despite all my best modding efforts on the Fostexes.

 

So I think I'm looking for a new pair of primary phones.  I listen to a lot of electronic/ambient/IDM/etc, some rap and rock on the side, and the most sublime musical feeling I know is having a hot fuzzy sawtooth wave lick at my eardrum like a sonic sheet of coarse grit sandpaper.  With that weird mental image in mind, here's a grocery list of hopelessly qualitative elements I'm after, ranked:

 

1. Low fatigue / zero sibilance!  I'm hypersensitive to unruly/shrieky trebles.

2. 'Textured' treble, despite (1) above - distinguished, articulate, detailed highs that just beg to have adjectives slapped on them: 'sparkly', 'crunchy', 'feathery', etc.

3. Tight and impactful bass.  Quantity not a huge issue - bass hits like karate chops, not sumo slams.

4. Mids should be there, but other than that I sort of don't care about them.  Call me a victim of the smileyface cult, but for me the music is most definitely not in the mids.

5. Soundstage...no clue.  Distance, separation and 3D-ness preferred inasmuch as they facilitate (2) above, but not to the point of reducing the intimacy of the sound.

6. Open/closed: don't care

7. Comfort: so long as they're better than grado bowls, don't care

 

I should mention in addition to the fostexes, I've had prior experience with SR80s (generally liked, worn so long ago I can't remember specifics) and M50s (violently disliked, claustrophobic sound and tinny highs).

 

Price cap $400... any leads?

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Originally Posted by iowercase View Post

I've been wearing some modded T50RPs run through an O2 amp + UCA202 DAC (couldn't wait for ODAC, but it does the job), but I haven't been quite happy with the cans for a while.  Just not enough substance to the bass and not enough texture in the treble; I pulled out my Senn PX100s from storage the other day and was shamed and humiliated to find they're simply more fun to listen to even despite all my best modding efforts on the Fostexes.

 

So I think I'm looking for a new pair of primary phones.  I listen to a lot of electronic/ambient/IDM/etc, some rap and rock on the side, and the most sublime musical feeling I know is having a hot fuzzy sawtooth wave lick at my eardrum like a sonic sheet of coarse grit sandpaper.  With that weird mental image in mind, here's a grocery list of hopelessly qualitative elements I'm after, ranked:

 

1. Low fatigue / zero sibilance!  I'm hypersensitive to unruly/shrieky trebles.

2. 'Textured' treble, despite (1) above - distinguished, articulate, detailed highs that just beg to have adjectives slapped on them: 'sparkly', 'crunchy', 'feathery', etc.

3. Tight and impactful bass.  Quantity not a huge issue - bass hits like karate chops, not sumo slams.

4. Mids should be there, but other than that I sort of don't care about them.  Call me a victim of the smileyface cult, but for me the music is most definitely not in the mids.

5. Soundstage...no clue.  Distance, separation and 3D-ness preferred inasmuch as they facilitate (2) above, but not to the point of reducing the intimacy of the sound.

6. Open/closed: don't care

7. Comfort: so long as they're better than grado bowls, don't care

 

I should mention in addition to the fostexes, I've had prior experience with SR80s (generally liked, worn so long ago I can't remember specifics) and M50s (violently disliked, claustrophobic sound and tinny highs).

 

Price cap $400... any leads?

 

Perhaps giving the Ultrasone HFI-2400 a try might be worthwhile. Despite being open, they have surprising isolation without sacrificing soundstage. They're also quite impactful, reasonably comfortable (comfort tends to be subjective, though), with a signature best described as a stretched inverted U sound.

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Sound signature of a can is different than your preferred musical genres.

 

For $800 or less new--get the HiFiMan HE 500.  In addition you will need a good amp--at least equal to the Schiit Asgard.


What exactly do you mean by sound signature?

 

Neutral, bass heavy, warm, fast, etc.

 

And how does Sennhesier HD650s and Grado RS1's compare to the HE 500 you mention for rock music?

 

The HE-500 is a fantastic all rounder.  It blows away the excellent HD 650.  Haven't heard the RS1, but the HE-500 is a full click or two better than the RS-2i.  Simply put, no can that is priced at or near its $700 price can touch it.

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The CAL! is very good and once again reasonably priced at places like Amazon.  However, it might not be bass heavy enough for your taste.

Do you mean these?

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-EF0060-Aurvana-Live-Headphones/dp/B000ZJZ7OA

I've never heard of them before but bass isn't a problem with me. I actually find that a lot of bass is too muddy and overpowers any other sound, at least in my own opinion. Something a bit more neutral is more my taste.


Yes.

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Can anyone recommend me a place where i can buy some Beyer pads and headband replacements in Europe?

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Delete this please.


Edited by undeaddead - 12/1/12 at 7:11am
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Will shure srh840 run of a nwz-a828 un-amped
Edited by CMcG44 - 12/1/12 at 8:47am
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Any one can recommend a pair of portable around the ears headphones, with mic / iphone control and sound signature similar to the MDR 7506? What's considered the gold standard?

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What would be the best around-ear headphones for under £150
I listen to most genres of music anything from avicii to agnes obel
Edited by CMcG44 - 12/1/12 at 1:30pm
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