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Oh sorry it wasn't supposed to be posted yet, my sound card is from an iMac mid 2011 and it is called "Cirrus Logic CS4206A (AB32)".

 

The question is:  If i change my audio quality to the best settings, will my computer be slower?

 

And also it says "Select the sample rate and bit depth to be used when running in shared mode" What is "Shared mode"? Thanks

I doubt audio processing would take up more then 10% of a modern quad core CPU's processing power.

 

Sample rate settings.

Music - 24-bit/44.1khz or 24-bit/48khz.

Movies - 24-bit/96khz.

 

Have no idea what "Shared Mode" is.

post #21947 of 29491
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Originally Posted by wavid View Post

Hello, im actually asking for some advice for my girlfriend who unfortunately has hyperacusis (over sensitivity to high frequency) and tinnitus . My grados are too fatiguing and harsh for her and the treble is too bright for her to listen to even on very low volumes. 

Are there any good quality headphones out there that are known to have treble more suited to her needs? (any advice is appreciated). Looking for something in the $100-200 price range but the cheaper the better.

 

EDIT: seems like HD650 is the best option but i just can not afford to spend that much...and i hear they need to be amped.


The Shure SRH 840 is an excellent can that has somewhat recessed treble.  It might be a good choice for her.

post #21948 of 29491
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Originally Posted by mylesyc View Post

Hey everyone, Just wanted to say a big thank you for the advice people gave me. My HD598's just arrived, the bass for me is perfect, the sound clarity is amazing. I am delighted with my purchase. I cannot believe how clear every single different noise or instrument is. It is how music should be heard and appreciated. Thank you again for all your help, I really appreciate it!

 

Thanks for the feedback.  For the many folks on this thread giving advice, successfully helping others who share our hobby--or perhaps our passion for all things headphones, music and sound--is why we donate our time and efforts here.

 

Enjoy your new cans.  They are excellent in their class and beyond.


Edited by KG Jag - 12/8/12 at 11:32am
post #21949 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Ren19 View Post

I have a question for people that know audio,

 

So my sound card allows me to choose different audio quality options up to "2 channel, 24 bit, 192000 Hz21/1212q"

 

It won't make any audible difference. 24-bit and 192kHz are for people who think bigger numbers mean better sound. Nothing more.

post #21950 of 29491

Does anyone know how the bass of the Mad Dogs compare to that of the DT770, M50, or other similar headphones?


Edited by Bananaheadlin - 12/8/12 at 1:31pm
post #21951 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Ren19 View Post


Oh sorry it wasn't supposed to be posted yet, my sound card is from an imac mid 2011 and it is called "Cirrus Logic CS4206A (AB32)".

 

The question is:  If i change my audio quality to the best settings, will my computer be slower?

 

And also it says "Select the sample rate and bit depth to be used when running in shared mode" What is "Shared mode"? Thanks

 

There is a performance hit from running higher bit depths and sampling rates, but like PurpleAngel said, it's a negligible difference on modern systems.

 

Shared mode is an output method option that allows for concurrent stream playback, but at the same time also allows for bitperfect playback when there is a single stream being played back.

 

Considering truly high resolution content is rather rare, you're better off setting 24/96 instead of anything higher.

post #21952 of 29491

Hello, I was wondering if anyone could offer any additional advice on what headphones to buy. I purchased the he-400's recently and ended up returning them as I found I didn't really like their sound signature, I wanted something more exciting. I loved the sound stage and separation however I want something with more emphasized highs. I don't really care if its either open or closed design, I just need it to sound great out of an e17 and or mp3. I was looking at the V-moda m100's but I am currently looking at other options, my budget is around $400. I love a lot of treble and highs but the headphones don't have to be bass monsters maybe slightly accentuated and accurate. The only headphone I have been recommended so far is the ultrasone 900.

post #21953 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Spiderman View Post

Hello, I was wondering if anyone could offer any additional advice on what headphones to buy. I purchased the he-400's recently and ended up returning them as I found I didn't really like their sound signature, I wanted something more exciting. I loved the sound stage and separation however I want something with more emphasized highs. I don't really care if its either open or closed design, I just need it to sound great out of an e17 and or mp3. I was looking at the V-moda m100's but I am currently looking at other options, my budget is around $400. I love a lot of treble and highs but the headphones don't have to be bass monsters maybe slightly accentuated and accurate. The only headphone I have been recommended so far is the ultrasone 900.

 

The Ultrasone Pro 900 are fun and impactful sounding, that's for sure. They're closed headphones with better than (closed) average soundstage, with both bass quantity and quality, not bleeding into the rest of the frequency range, as well as having a lot of detail and prominent highs to boot.

post #21954 of 29491

Hello everyone,

I'm in the market for new headphones and would like your suggestions about what to look into.

A little bit about my preferences; My main concern is comfort followed by sound quality followed by durability, the price range anything around $130. I travel long distance flights (18-24 hour travel days) and when at home I like to have the headphones on just to dimm outside noise. I mostly listen to electronic/house and hip-hop music and of course watch movies and TV-series. I do wear glasses so comfortable headphones are a must, because no matter how good they sound if they are uncomfortable I'm not going to put them on. This was a problem with my previous Sony headphones (MDR-NC40) , after about 1.5 hours I would start having outer-ear pain. I need something with sleek design I don't like to look weird in basketball sized headphones.

I am also open to all brands, I know Bose has a pretty bad rep in the community but I have heard good things about their comfort level and they are currently on sale.

Thanks for any tips or suggestions

-Matt

 

My headphone history

1. Koss UR-40 (comfortable but leaked too much noise)

2. Sony MDR-NC40 (uncomfortable)

post #21955 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Spiderman View Post

Hello, I was wondering if anyone could offer any additional advice on what headphones to buy. I purchased the he-400's recently and ended up returning them as I found I didn't really like their sound signature, I wanted something more exciting. I loved the sound stage and separation however I want something with more emphasized highs. I don't really care if its either open or closed design, I just need it to sound great out of an e17 and or mp3. I was looking at the V-moda m100's but I am currently looking at other options, my budget is around $400. I love a lot of treble and highs but the headphones don't have to be bass monsters maybe slightly accentuated and accurate. The only headphone I have been recommended so far is the ultrasone 900.


Maybe not enough bass for you taste, but the Grado SR 325is has solid bass and all the treble you could want.

post #21956 of 29491

Hello,

 

I'm looking for a pair of headphones to pick up for myself for Christmas. I currently just plan on using them in my room so I'm not worried about transporting them around or anything. I mostly want something that is good at instrumentals/classical music. But I do plan on using it for just about everything, games, movies, etc. So a good all-rounder with a focus on classical is what I want. I do wear glasses so that is something to note. My budget is around 100-120$ but I could go a little higher if necessary.

 

So far I've done a little research and I've ran into the AKG K240's mentioned a couple of times. I like the look of these and I can get the original version for 75~ on Amazon, so I was thinking I could get these and the Fiio E10 for 45$ from Adorama and stay in budget. As far as I understand, the difference between these and the more expensive MK2 version is just the velvet pads and an extra cord. So I wanted to make sure that is true and that it's not worth the extra 40~ bucks.

 

I wanted to make sure if you fellows think these headphones would do what I want them to. Or if you could give me any suggestions of better suited headphones.

 

These will be my first pair of headphones.

 

Thanks!

post #21957 of 29491
Made a post before I saw this thread (sorry!) Here's what I said:

Hi Head-fi!

This is my first post, so bear with my noobness.

I am looking to finally get a pair of worthwhile headphones, after using my sennheiser PC150s (or maybe 160s, I'm not even sure) for so long. And no I'm not joking.

My budget is generally under $200, or more accurately, my parent's budget is under 200 bucks, since there is a good chance that I will find a pair of cans sitting under the tree on the 25th.

Now, to what I am looking for, I listen to a massive amount of music, and watch the occasional movie on my laptop or ipad. Most of the stuff I listen to comes from, or sounds like it comes from, the 70s, but I am a massive nerd for production when it comes to bands like radiohead or sigur ros. So while I would say rock/acoustic is probably my most listened to genre, I'm pretty well rounded, and my girlfriend is finally getting me into Jazz/Classical, so clarity is certainly important. While I certainly enjoy bass, I also hate listening to bassy headphones for a long time, and i often feel like it destroys music that needs to feel crisp to be effective. Treble is something I don't have any sort of strong opinions on, other than a hate for "shrill" speakers. Mids, well honestly I don't really understand mids, but I do know they often affect vocals/lead and solo guitars, and I love all those things.

As far as build goes, I need something that is durable and comfortable. I will mostly be using these at coffeeshops/libraries, but the option to be able to walk around with them on the street would be nice as well. I tend to work for several hours at a time, so it's important that the phones have comfortable cups and pads (preferable circumaural). As far as look goes, well I keep going back and forth on this one, on one hand I'd like to say that the sound matters above all else, but I am about to graduate from college, and I plan to pursue business/marketing, so I really don't want to purchase a pair of headphones that doesn't look in some way professional. If these were going to be at-home phones only I wouldn't care, but if I'm going to be in public I want to make sure they don't cause people to discount me in anyway (the world sucks sometimes doesnt it?)

Now on to the three I have on my list of possible purchases:

The ATH-M50 - As a new, but thorough lurker on head-fi, I noticed that these seem to be the most recommended sub-$200 headphones. The sound is tantilizing, but i worry that they really aren't as portable as I'd like. I've also heard complaints of discomfort, and the look certainly isn't anything special.

The Philips Uptowns - I totally discounted these when I saw them at Best Buy, there was no way they made them sound good if they put that much time into looking that freaking amazing. Well, after reading a few reviews I guess I was wrong. I am attracted to these because of how beautiful they are, and how aparently comfortable they are. What I'm not sure about, is their portability, and sound. I read several posts championing them over the M50's, particularly for people who are simply using the phones recreationally, but I wasn't sure if that was just FTM fever. Can anyone weigh in on this stuff?

Finally, more of a wish than an actual possibility, but the PHILIPS L1's look like everything I've ever wanted. If you've tried them out, are they $200s worth of better sound and comfort than the uptowns? Are these phones as good as they seem, how do they sound (for those of you who use them regularly). The fact that the cups rotate makes them attractive for on the go listening. Also, again, freaking beautiful.

Now, my other question deals mostly with the L1's, though it applies to the others as well. I've never bought an expensive pair of headphones before. Where should I be looking for the best price? And as far as the L1's go, what's the cheapest you think I could get them for (any chance of a sub 250/200 price?)?

Finally, with all that in mind, have I missed anything? Should there be any other sets I should keep in mind?
post #21958 of 29491
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Originally Posted by JustJustin View Post

Hello,

 

I'm looking for a pair of headphones to pick up for myself for Christmas. I currently just plan on using them in my room so I'm not worried about transporting them around or anything. I mostly want something that is good at instrumentals/classical music. But I do plan on using it for just about everything, games, movies, etc. So a good all-rounder with a focus on classical is what I want. I do wear glasses so that is something to note. My budget is around 100-120$ but I could go a little higher if necessary.

 

So far I've done a little research and I've ran into the AKG K240's mentioned a couple of times. I like the look of these and I can get the original version for 75~ on Amazon, so I was thinking I could get these and the Fiio E10 for 45$ from Adorama and stay in budget. As far as I understand, the difference between these and the more expensive MK2 version is just the velvet pads and an extra cord. So I wanted to make sure that is true and that it's not worth the extra 40~ bucks.

 

I wanted to make sure if you fellows think these headphones would do what I want them to. Or if you could give me any suggestions of better suited headphones.

 

These will be my first pair of headphones.

 

Thanks!


Also take a look/listen to the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and Senn HD 518.

post #21959 of 29491
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Originally Posted by modernguilt View Post

Made a post before I saw this thread (sorry!) Here's what I said:

Hi Head-fi!

This is my first post, so bear with my noobness.

I am looking to finally get a pair of worthwhile headphones, after using my sennheiser PC150s (or maybe 160s, I'm not even sure) for so long. And no I'm not joking.

My budget is generally under $200, or more accurately, my parent's budget is under 200 bucks, since there is a good chance that I will find a pair of cans sitting under the tree on the 25th.

Now, to what I am looking for, I listen to a massive amount of music, and watch the occasional movie on my laptop or ipad. Most of the stuff I listen to comes from, or sounds like it comes from, the 70s, but I am a massive nerd for production when it comes to bands like radiohead or sigur ros. So while I would say rock/acoustic is probably my most listened to genre, I'm pretty well rounded, and my girlfriend is finally getting me into Jazz/Classical, so clarity is certainly important. While I certainly enjoy bass, I also hate listening to bassy headphones for a long time, and i often feel like it destroys music that needs to feel crisp to be effective. Treble is something I don't have any sort of strong opinions on, other than a hate for "shrill" speakers. Mids, well honestly I don't really understand mids, but I do know they often affect vocals/lead and solo guitars, and I love all those things.

As far as build goes, I need something that is durable and comfortable. I will mostly be using these at coffeeshops/libraries, but the option to be able to walk around with them on the street would be nice as well. I tend to work for several hours at a time, so it's important that the phones have comfortable cups and pads (preferable circumaural). As far as look goes, well I keep going back and forth on this one, on one hand I'd like to say that the sound matters above all else, but I am about to graduate from college, and I plan to pursue business/marketing, so I really don't want to purchase a pair of headphones that doesn't look in some way professional. If these were going to be at-home phones only I wouldn't care, but if I'm going to be in public I want to make sure they don't cause people to discount me in anyway (the world sucks sometimes doesnt it?)

Now on to the three I have on my list of possible purchases:

The ATH-M50 - As a new, but thorough lurker on head-fi, I noticed that these seem to be the most recommended sub-$200 headphones. The sound is tantilizing, but i worry that they really aren't as portable as I'd like. I've also heard complaints of discomfort, and the look certainly isn't anything special.

The Philips Uptowns - I totally discounted these when I saw them at Best Buy, there was no way they made them sound good if they put that much time into looking that freaking amazing. Well, after reading a few reviews I guess I was wrong. I am attracted to these because of how beautiful they are, and how aparently comfortable they are. What I'm not sure about, is their portability, and sound. I read several posts championing them over the M50's, particularly for people who are simply using the phones recreationally, but I wasn't sure if that was just FTM fever. Can anyone weigh in on this stuff?

Finally, more of a wish than an actual possibility, but the PHILIPS L1's look like everything I've ever wanted. If you've tried them out, are they $200s worth of better sound and comfort than the uptowns? Are these phones as good as they seem, how do they sound (for those of you who use them regularly). The fact that the cups rotate makes them attractive for on the go listening. Also, again, freaking beautiful.

Now, my other question deals mostly with the L1's, though it applies to the others as well. I've never bought an expensive pair of headphones before. Where should I be looking for the best price? And as far as the L1's go, what's the cheapest you think I could get them for (any chance of a sub 250/200 price?)?

Finally, with all that in mind, have I missed anything? Should there be any other sets I should keep in mind?


KRK KNS 8400 (neutral, durable and very portable for circumaural cans), Shure SRH 840 (not quite as portable but give you a mid bass hump) or Senn HD 25-1-II (neutral, on-ear and true portable cans).

post #21960 of 29491
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Originally Posted by JustJustin View Post

I'm looking for a pair of headphones to pick up for myself for Christmas. I currently just plan on using them in my room so I'm not worried about transporting them around or anything. I mostly want something that is good at instrumentals/classical music. But I do plan on using it for just about everything, games, movies, etc. So a good all-rounder with a focus on classical is what I want. I do wear glasses so that is something to note. My budget is around 100-120$ but I could go a little higher if necessary.

So far I've done a little research and I've ran into the AKG K240's mentioned a couple of times. I like the look of these and I can get the original version for 75~ on Amazon, so I was thinking I could get these and the Fiio E10 for 45$ from Adorama and stay in budget. As far as I understand, the difference between these and the more expensive MK2 version is just the velvet pads and an extra cord. So I wanted to make sure that is true and that it's not worth the extra 40~ bucks.

I wanted to make sure if you fellows think these headphones would do what I want them to. Or if you could give me any suggestions of better suited headphones.

If all your using this with is a PC computer, you can save a few dollars and get the Asus Xonar DG sound card for $23.99.

The DX comes with a half-way decent headphone amplifier and Dolby Headphone 5.1 surround sound.

 

Looks like Amazon has the K240s for $69.99

 

Order the DG & K240 together and I would assume you get free shipping.

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