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post #21706 of 29490
Hi guys/gals,

Been silently searching for a while but haven't found an ideal answer so figured I would post my question here :-)

I am looking for a set of good headphones with little to no sound leakage. I have a set of Audio Technica ATH M50s but with the volume at 30% on my tablet my roommate can hear them from the other couch.

Any recommendations? I like the sound quality... but my roommate is a light sleeper plus I want to use my headphones at work and my coworker right behind me (3' distance) prefers no sound as her way to concentrate.

- budget is $225 tops
- listen to: rock, pop, hip hop, R&B, rap, country, and sometimes classical and jazz
- enjoy bass... very much but don't want "muddy" bass
- don't care if headphones have good isolation or not
- must have little to no sound leakage
- usually use with a HP Elite Book Pro at 50% volume (am getting a portable amp soon to use with work laptop so this will change)
- use with Nexus 7 tablet at 70% volume at home (nexus doesn't put out much volume without distortion, another reason I'm getting a portable amp)

I would appreciate any and all recommendations or links to reviews!

Jon
post #21707 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Ren19 View Post

Is there very good cheap DAC that i can connect to my TV with the optical cable to the DAC and from the DAC to my Headphones?

I think this would be the only way to get my headphones on my TV.

 

Is your TV's optical connection an audio output?

 

Does it have analog (e.g., RCA) audio outputs?

post #21708 of 29490
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Originally Posted by JonathanSQ View Post

- don't care if headphones have good isolation or not
- must have little to no sound leakage
Isn't that an oxymoron?
post #21709 of 29490
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Originally Posted by coldmack View Post

Anything like HD518, but either closer or semi-open. Pad I would prefer the non-leather/pleather if possible. Is there anything like them from Sennheiser? Would the PX360, or HD439 be close or no? 

Anyone, please? 

post #21710 of 29490

Headphone ideas

 

mainly listen to rock/light rock and electronic music

 

ocassionally some jazz/blues

 

budget is around 500-600

 

preferably over-ear

 

located in canada

 

if anyone needs websites:

 

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=16

 

http://baybloorradio.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=35

 

 

thanks for any suggestions
 


Edited by switch11 - 12/2/12 at 11:27am
post #21711 of 29490
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Originally Posted by HamilcarBarca View Post

 

Is your TV's optical connection an audio output?

 

Does it have analog (e.g., RCA) audio outputs?

 


The Optical port is for Digital Audio, and i dont have analogue output (My tv is TCP50ST50).

 

I'm interested in the Audioengine D1 is there similar product with great quality and cheaper price?


Edited by Ren19 - 12/2/12 at 12:51pm
post #21712 of 29490

Headphone suggestions are welcome:

 

-Between the $150-$200 range

-Over the ear

-I listen to House, Rock, Alternative, Pop (English, Chinese, Japanese), and Classical

-I don't really want the Beats bass, but I want it to be there and not so neutral

-Going to be using my PC or iPad 3 as the source as I am planning to buy an amp soon.

post #21713 of 29490
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Isn't that an oxymoron?

 

A bit of one, yes. To clarify what I meant is it does not have to be 'active noise cancelling' type headphones (eg Bose) and that I don't care to block out the world... I just want to listen and enjoy my music, while being comfortable (eg no IEM), without bothering my roommate (1-3 hours a day) when I'm home or my coworker  (4-5 hours a day) when I'm at work.

post #21714 of 29490
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JonathanSQ View Post

- don't care if headphones have good isolation or not
- must have little to no sound leakage
Isn't that an oxymoron?

 

Here at Head-Fi, the common definitions are:

 

Isolation: The amount of ambient noise which you can hear.

 

Leakage: The amount of the headphones' sound which others can hear.

post #21715 of 29490

Well, here goes... 

I just found this site today (happy dance), so I’m new here. Anyway...

Recently, I've been looking for a pair of headphones to replace my old broken ones; Sennheiser HD 202 (the first version). For all intents and purposes; this is the first pair of headphones I will ever buy (the 202's came with my keyboard (piano)).

I have no idea about any of the lingo you use when talking about headphones, so i'd appreciate it if you used layman's terms.

I do have an idea of what i'm looking for, though:

·         either full size or on-ear headphones (earbuds and in-ear ones always fall out of my ears when I move)

·         must be good with all types of music, as they will be used with my 5th gen ipod nano (with pretty much every genre on it), my keyboard (piano), and my computer; I don't want any amped up bass or anything like that

·         they have to have at least decent sound quality (as in, nothing that sounds like those earbuds you get with your ipod; the 202's were okay)

·         will be used in school and at home, so they must be durable and portable (or come with a carrying case/pouch)

·         they MUST be comfortable for long (as in hours at a time) use (the 202's killed my ears after like half an hour; I have pretty big ears)

·         i'm on a shoestring budget here; try not to post anyting over $150.00

 

Umm... so yeah, that's pretty much all I can think of right now. If you have any questions or if you need more information you can definitely ask me. I'm willing to compromise on some things; I have no idea if my wish list is at all realistic or not... I really have no idea about choosing headphones; there are so many to choose from! Thanks in advance for all your help!


Edited by echoed dreams - 12/2/12 at 2:01pm
post #21716 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Ren19 View Post

Nice products but the only problem is that they don't seem to be able to connect to tv through optical.

 

I have a question for everyone now, can i connect a potable DAC like the "HRT Music Streamer II" to my TV through the USB port? The TV i own is a TC-P50ST50.


no, you could utilize the optical out port on that tv though. the usb port is for sharing pictures and data on thumb drives etc.

post #21717 of 29490

How's this sound for a set up?

 

HiFiman HE-500

Schiit Lyr

JSD ODAC

 

source: Dell Laptop and Stanton TT + ART phono preamp.

 

I mostly listen to all varieties of rock, instrumental hip hop, some electronic music, blues, jazz, bluegrass and very little pop. I'm open to most genres though so it's important the headphone be flexible.
 

Looking for: expansive sound stage, instrument separation, detail/ clarity, neutrality in frequency response, accuracy, fun, flexibility for all genres.

 

Thanks, tried to make this short n sweet.

 

Will this be ample power for the HE-500?

Will the ODAC pair up well with that set up?

Anything else I should consider?

Tips? Advice? Any comments on this would be extremely helpful!

post #21718 of 29490
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Originally Posted by drumsnspace View Post

How's this sound for a set up?

 

HiFiman HE-500

Schiit Lyr

JSD ODAC

 

source: Dell Laptop and Stanton TT + ART phono preamp.

 

I mostly listen to all varieties of rock, instrumental hip hop, some electronic music, blues, jazz, bluegrass and very little pop. I'm open to most genres though so it's important the headphone be flexible.
 

Looking for: expansive sound stage, instrument separation, detail/ clarity, neutrality in frequency response, accuracy, fun, flexibility for all genres.

 

Thanks, tried to make this short n sweet.

 

Will this be ample power for the HE-500?

Will the ODAC pair up well with that set up?

Anything else I should consider?

Tips? Advice? Any comments on this would be extremely helpful!

 

For "neutrality in frequency response" and "accuracy", the ODAC+O2 is a better choice. For a warmer, tube-audio response, the Lyr may be better. "Fun"?

post #21719 of 29490
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He said $300 more than the HE 400.  That is correct.

I recommend that you find a place that carries HiFiMan and listen to both.  My read is that you don't have a great deal of experience in this neighborhood.  Especially in such circumstances, there is no substitute for some ear time with the cans you are considering.

Can't help you with the DAC, but the Asgard represents the minimum level of amps that are powerful enough to drive the HE 500.

If I'm at the minimum level is the performance going to suffer at all or is the Asgard adequate at powering the HE-500? I have no idea where I could test them out though. Ive a pair of Ety ER-4P in ear that are decent but don't have much of a wow factor. Parents have QC2 Bose headphones that are "meh" at best. Just want a one and done high quality purchase. Thanks.


The Asgard powers the HE-500 fine.  Of course there are more expensive and more powerful amps that do even better.

 

Where do you live?  Most folks who post here have high end dealers in their general area where you can demo the equipment which we have been discussing.

post #21720 of 29490
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Originally Posted by darinmc View Post

I currently have the KSC75's and the JVC S400's.  I absolutely love the Koss sound signature and think I prefer open headphones in general (though the JVC's are incredible for what they are).  I'm looking to graduate to an entry level head-fi recommended can that is open and represents mids and highs very well.  The obvious choice would be Grado's, but I also love a large soundstage and I know Grado's are more up-close.  I was wondering if anyone had any other recommendations in the 100-150 dollar range that DO have a larger soundstage but also good detail in the mids and highs.

 

Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical.  These are the genres I want to enjoy.

 

I do this thing where I start researching headphones, opening new tabs for new ideas.  I've had to close Chrome 3 times because I had 25+ tabs open and realized I had gotten nowhere.  Is this one of those "you need to simply pull the trigger and find out" moments?


Unfortunately, you're a day or two too late to get the Sony MDR-SA3000 for $125 to $135.  If you like bright (but not harsh) and fast cans, they are great.  Currently the best price of which I know is $167:

 

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_44256_Sony-MDR-SA3000-Open-Air-DJ-Stereo-Headphones.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=productads&gclid=CPX74JTl_LMCFSemPAod-SUA2A

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