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post #21961 of 29491
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Originally Posted by matt911 View Post

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)


Anyone?

post #21962 of 29491

Don't know why I haven't been posting and asking questions here over the last year or so.

 

I am desperately trying to find something under $100 for someone to give to me for Christmas. So far, it has been $150+ computer parts for upgrading my rig, and maybe the $200 Logitech UE 6000 and something else I can't remember. Not a lot of cheap stuff I feel like I really want. Go big or go home. Ha. 

 

I've fallen in love with good V-shape signatures. I listen to Drum+Bass music mostly, but enjoy trying out other genres when bored. My purchase history has gone like this: JVC HA-FX34, Sennheiser CX500, Monoprice 8323, Meelectronics M6, and Hippo VB in that order. Right now, I am most enjoying the Monoprice cans because the detail in the songs from it puts a bigger smile on my face than the almost-equally-entertaining bass impact, quantity, and quality of the VB IEMs (set to two-dot plates... mostly). 

 

As I mentioned, I quite like the UE 6000 cans from an in-store listen, but really, I don't think I'll be throwing $200 at something I liked at the store when I still haven't gone over $90 in one purchase and still don't exactly know what I'm doing when it comes to headgear. Y'know, I'm that guy that A/B's Beats and Bose and can notice an obvious difference but can't really tell WHAT that difference is precisely.

 

So now I am wondering, what do you think I should get next in the sub-$100 price range? I do want something at least as warm as the Monoprice 8323, but it wouldn't hurt to try something with a little less treble, as many reviews say both of my preferred pairs are sibilant in reference to (supposedly) more balanced and high-end equipment. My real focus is on detail and soundstage right now as, hopefully, EQing will fix levels I don't particularly enjoy if they are not too far off.

 

Also, since I am equally considering IEMs, as well as adding DAC/amps to the list, should I just copy-paste-edit this into the other subforums? Thanks.

post #21963 of 29491

Sennheiser HD428 Closed are these too much for a iphone 5? What amp can go with the iphone 5?

What's a good cheap headset to use with the iphone?
 

post #21964 of 29491

So a page or 2 ago i asked for a recommendation for headphones with "dark" treble for my girlfriend with hyperacusis (sensitivity to high freq) and i got some suggestions, one of them being Mr Speakers Mad Dogs. I was wondering if anyone knows if Fostex T50RP headphones pre Mad Dog mod will be alright for now? Im thinking of getting those as they are a third of the price and modding them myself as much as i can. Is this a good idea? I know i will never make them as good as Mad Dogs but tbh i can not afford $300 atm. 

post #21965 of 29491
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Originally Posted by wavid View Post

So a page or 2 ago i asked for a recommendation for headphones with "dark" treble for my girlfriend with hyperacusis (sensitivity to high freq) and i got some suggestions, one of them being Mr Speakers Mad Dogs. I was wondering if anyone knows if Fostex T50RP headphones pre Mad Dog mod will be alright for now? Im thinking of getting those as they are a third of the price and modding them myself as much as i can. Is this a good idea? I know i will never make them as good as Mad Dogs but tbh i can not afford $300 atm. 


You can get some used mad dogs for $200 probably less if you barter

post #21966 of 29491

Hi again guys - ok, I'm loving my new m50's that I researched here... but... also looking for something more open sounding like my sr60's.  Price wise, $200 ish ok.  I was looking at the DT 770 pro (higher impedence models less prone to coloration by lesser amps??) or AD900's?  I like jazz, acid jazz, funk, downtempo etc... tight bass.  Hate veiled sounds, like wide open sound (no veiled highs).  Probably mostly for listening on my computer and I see the recommendation for the xonar card (so I'll probably pick one of those up too since the price is right).  KG recommended the sony SA3000DJ but I am concerned about longevity based on reviews on it. 

post #21967 of 29491
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Originally Posted by matt911 View Post

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Originally Posted by matt911 View Post

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)


Anyone?


Sorry but I'm not plugged into your genres.

post #21968 of 29491

Hello everybody! I'm currently looking for what pair of headphones I should get for Christmas. I currently own the AudioTechnica m-50s, which are usually so highly recommended around here, and I don't like them very much. The sound quality was great, but the comfort was awful. All the pressure for the headband was directed to the top of my head, and I'd have to adjust it after every song it seems. 

 

Because of this, I want my next headphone to be extremely comfortable and something I can listen to for hours on end. I also want something with a little bigger bass than the m-50's. In a previous entry in the thread, I was recommended the Beyerdynamic dt 770 pros, which were supposedly very comfortable and had a great base. These cans are the front-runner right now. However, one thing I don't understand about them are the different impedance options I can get. What is the difference between the 80 ohm and 250 ohm version of those headphones?

 

My last question is are there any more headphones that are noted for their comfort that are around my $200-$250 budget? Thanks.

post #21969 of 29491

Hey, I've been reading different articles and posts around the site and think I've gathered some good information, but would like some direct feedback based on what I do with my headphones and some of your experience.  I'm currently looking for a pair of headphones around the $150 price point.  I use my headphones for a number of different things and I wear them for long periods of time.  Let me preface this by saying I currently have a pair of HD555s that I bought a number of years ago.  They have been good headphones but are starting to show their age (plastic cracking a bit, wear on the pads, etc). I primarily listen to hip hop but i also listen to rock and a little bit of everything else as well to be honest.  The other main use for my headphones is gaming, so I would like a pair that will work well in that environment as well.  That brings me to one of other concerns, comfort.  Like I said I wear my headphones for pretty extended periods of time so comfort is quite important.  For a point of reference I find my HD555s to be quite comfortable, I don't find myself thinking about wearing them if that makes sense.  I also watch movies with headphones, but this is probably the least important in terms of how they perform doing a specific task.  

 

The headphones are mainly going to be used with my PC, no amp.  Occasionally I'll use them with a zune or my htc evo.  Currently I'm not interested in purchasing an amp, but at some point down the road it is a possibility.  

 

Now I have a few pairs in mind, but I don't want to say which because I want some more experienced peoples opinions based on what I use my phones for in case I'm kind of looking in the wrong direction.  

 

Thanks!


Edited by verticle - 12/8/12 at 9:37pm
post #21970 of 29491
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Originally Posted by verticle View Post

Hey, I've been reading different articles and posts around the site and think I've gathered some good information, but would like some direct feedback based on what I do with my headphones and some of your experience.  I'm currently looking for a pair of headphones around the $150 price point.  I use my headphones for a number of different things and I wear them for long periods of time.  Let me preface this by saying I currently have a pair of HD555s that I bought a number of years ago.  They have been good headphones but are starting to show their age (plastic cracking a bit, wear on the pads, etc). I primarily listen to hip hop but i also listen to rock and a little bit of everything else as well to be honest.  The other main use for my headphones is gaming, so I would like a pair that will work well in that environment as well.  That brings me to one of other concerns, comfort.  Like I said I wear my headphones for pretty extended periods of time so comfort is quite important.  For a point of reference I find my HD555s to be quite comfortable, I don't find myself thinking about wearing them if that makes sense.  I also watch movies with headphones, but this is probably the least important in terms of how they perform doing a specific task.  

The headphones are mainly going to be used with my PC, no amp.  Occasionally I'll use them with a zune or my htc evo.  Currently I'm not interested in purchasing an amp, but at some point down the road it is a possibility.  

Now I have a few pairs in mind, but I don't want to say which because I want some more experienced peoples opinions based on what I use my phones for in case I'm kind of looking in the wrong direction.  

Sennheiser HD558, $180 (used $150)

 

Asus Xonar DG sound card ($25) should improve your audio quality over whatever your motherboard has built into it.

post #21971 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Highlaw View Post

Here's an assortment of music I listen to

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Shibayan Records -  オズネイ・ハマンはもういらない

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Midnight Juggernauts - Lifeblood Flow
Planet Funk -Paraffin

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Mezo - Connected (Joman Remix)
Xilent - Gravity
Danny Byrd - From Bath with love (Feat. T-Lace)
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NieR Tribute Album - echo - エミール / 犠牲
Playground love - Air
The Delgados - The Light Before we Land

 

 

 

Thanks for posting those tunes. I am enjoying them all (testing out my new Uptowns), and I really love the Mezo track. I found it here also on soundcloud (320kbps?):

https://soundcloud.com/djjoman/mezo-connected-joman-remix

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post #21972 of 29491
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Originally Posted by walross View Post

Hello everybody! I'm currently looking for what pair of headphones I should get for Christmas. I currently own the AudioTechnica m-50s, which are usually so highly recommended around here, and I don't like them very much. The sound quality was great, but the comfort was awful. All the pressure for the headband was directed to the top of my head, and I'd have to adjust it after every song it seems. 

 

Because of this, I want my next headphone to be extremely comfortable and something I can listen to for hours on end. I also want something with a little bigger bass than the m-50's. In a previous entry in the thread, I was recommended the Beyerdynamic dt 770 pros, which were supposedly very comfortable and had a great base. These cans are the front-runner right now. However, one thing I don't understand about them are the different impedance options I can get. What is the difference between the 80 ohm and 250 ohm version of those headphones?

 

My last question is are there any more headphones that are noted for their comfort that are around my $200-$250 budget? Thanks.


Within the same headphone model, the lower the Ohm rating--the easier they are to push.  Most, but not all, think that the higher the Ohm rating within a headphone model, the better the sound.  the biggest jump in quality would be from 80 Ohm to 250 Ohm.  So it largely depends on what will be pushing these cans--and sometimes your budget.  In general the 80 Ohm versions of Beyer tend to cost most than the 250 flavor within the same headphone model.

post #21973 of 29491
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Originally Posted by verticle View Post

Hey, I've been reading different articles and posts around the site and think I've gathered some good information, but would like some direct feedback based on what I do with my headphones and some of your experience.  I'm currently looking for a pair of headphones around the $150 price point.  I use my headphones for a number of different things and I wear them for long periods of time.  Let me preface this by saying I currently have a pair of HD555s that I bought a number of years ago.  They have been good headphones but are starting to show their age (plastic cracking a bit, wear on the pads, etc). I primarily listen to hip hop but i also listen to rock and a little bit of everything else as well to be honest.  The other main use for my headphones is gaming, so I would like a pair that will work well in that environment as well.  That brings me to one of other concerns, comfort.  Like I said I wear my headphones for pretty extended periods of time so comfort is quite important.  For a point of reference I find my HD555s to be quite comfortable, I don't find myself thinking about wearing them if that makes sense.  I also watch movies with headphones, but this is probably the least important in terms of how they perform doing a specific task.  

 

The headphones are mainly going to be used with my PC, no amp.  Occasionally I'll use them with a zune or my htc evo.  Currently I'm not interested in purchasing an amp, but at some point down the road it is a possibility.  

 

Now I have a few pairs in mind, but I don't want to say which because I want some more experienced peoples opinions based on what I use my phones for in case I'm kind of looking in the wrong direction.  

 

Thanks!


Stretch your budget by about $20 and get the HD 558.  They are an improved version of what you have.  For even more comfort and a bit more sound stage, get a used HD 598.  These two cans share the same drivers. 

 

Then get an amp when you can afford it.

post #21974 of 29491

Heloo People! I just wanted to pass my thoughts by the people who know what they're doing!

I listen to a wide range of music, ranging from electro and dubstep to rock to classical. 

I'm after getting my first set of cans after owning some soundmagic e30 IEM's. I've always had bass booster enabled whenever I've used them, and do like the warmer, less harsh sound it produces, which lets me turn it up without the highs ripping my ears apart. I'd like my headphones to give a little more boom in the low end bass, but not so much that it ruins rock and classical music. I've read that the e30's are considered bass heavy, but to me they really don't seem it; so that leaves me unsure how  bassy a headphone to go for. I'm not planning on spending any more than around £55 ($88 - am I going to have to constantly convert pounds to dollars for you yanks? :-/ ) and don't want to have to use an amp. They'll be plugged into either my iphone or macbook pro and will only be used for when I'm sat in my room on my own, so leakage isn't an issue. This means I'm open for either open or closed cans.

Now, my plan was to wait for the Creative Aurvana Live's to come down in price on amazon - probably in january (if you check the price history using camelcamelcamel, it ranges from £70 to £35!) - as they're currently going for nearly £70. Do the CAL's seem the my best bet to you guys?

post #21975 of 29491

I'm looking for a very good DAC under 200$ with an optical input. It would be better with an AC charger instead of the USB port as the power source.

 

If it's not possible to get all those things in a GOOD cheap DAC, ill go with a USB one without AC and Optical.

 

Thank you.

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