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Recommendations for a comfortable circum-aural headphone for home listening, driven from an audio-gd NFB-5, maybe £200 budget. Genre includes a lot of EDM, but primarily split between trance/progressive house (focus on hard/hollow kickdrum & soaring ethereal synth/vocals) & liquid DnB/chillstep (focus on *low* sub-bass lines, sort of thing my 8" BR sub tuned to 43Hz handles nicely).

 

I use Denon AH-D1001 at work (recabled & markl-type mod'd) through a topkit'd iBasso D4 Mamba & whilst they are gloriously comfortable (even for a full day's listening in the office) they simply don't play low enough. I also have brainwavz hm3 which kick plenty but lack the low end extension & aren't comfortable - I tried Beyer pads but they lose the seal & thus all bass.

 

So what are peoples' recommendations? Denon AH-D2000 are the obvious choice, but they're harder to come by since being discontinued & I don't know how low they realistically play.

post #22277 of 29490

Hi all,

 

Up until now my adventure with headphones has been limited to IEMs. Started off with a pair of Shure's and upgraded about a year or so ago to Westone 4's, which I've loved every minute of. Now I'm looking for something to wear at work to block out noise but can take off and put on easily. I've read a bunch of threads on this topic but wanted to ask for advice based on my specific criteria. 

 

Looking for some new(can be an older model but not used), closed, over the ear cans. Budget could go as high as $300, maybe $350, but goal is to catch a deal. CES is right around the corner, and I'll actually be attending for work reasons so would get a great opportunity to walk the floor and see what's new out there. So not sure if that should influence me postponing the purchase decision or not.

 

I listen to a pretty wide range of music, but in order of frequency and preference I'd say the list is:

 

-Singer/songwriter acoustic

-Latin- salsa (lots of percussion), latin rock, etc.

-Hip-hop

-Classical

-Classic Rock

 

So, in addition to bringing out the best in the genre's above, here's what I'm looking for:

 

-good noise isolation so I can wear them at work and block out others (need over the ear)

-Comfort is hugely important- my head is fairly small and hate when my ears get hot

-no amp, would drive them from phone or computer

 

So far I've tried and eliminated the AKG-550 due to large size and inability to get a seal, and the Sennheiser HD Pro 380 due to mediocre sound (although I loved the light weight and pricetag $175). Currently I am trying a pair of Shure SRH 940's. Paid $225 which seemed good, but I'm not totally satisfied as they are pretty heavy and hurt the top of my head, and are missing something on the low end for me...and they are ridiculously big on my head which calls unnecessary attention.

 

So I'd love to hear advice on other models I ought to try.

 

Thanks so much in advance, you are all so helpful.

 

-Daniel 

post #22278 of 29490
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I have a $30 gift card for amazon items only and was wondering what the best choice would be for a portable headphone. M50's for $80, Sony MDR V6 for $35, or Koss ProDJ100's for $35?

Get the MDR-V6.

Also get Beyerdynamic EDT 250 Velour ear pads for the V6, cheapest price is from Sweetwater ($18.68).

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DT250Earpad?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=none&gclid=CLOKnaS1nbQCFUjZQgodEGMAkg

post #22279 of 29490
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Originally Posted by losteden View Post

Recommendations for a comfortable circum-aural headphone for home listening, driven from an audio-gd NFB-5, maybe £200 budget. Genre includes a lot of EDM, but primarily split between trance/progressive house (focus on hard/hollow kickdrum & soaring ethereal synth/vocals) & liquid DnB/chillstep (focus on *low* sub-bass lines, sort of thing my 8" BR sub tuned to 43Hz handles nicely).

 

Head over to here and start reading.  Maybe it will fit your needs?

post #22280 of 29490
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Get the MDR-V6.

Also get Beyerdynamic EDT 250 Velour ear pads for the V6, cheapest price is from Sweetwater ($18.68).

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DT250Earpad?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=none&gclid=CLOKnaS1nbQCFUjZQgodEGMAkg

I already ordered the ATH M50 for $80, do you think I should cancel and go with the MDR V6? I just really want to see why these headphones are so hyped so I have to try them.

post #22281 of 29490
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I already ordered the ATH M50 for $80, do you think I should cancel and go with the MDR V6? I just really want to see why these headphones are so hyped so I have to try them.

$80 for ATH-M50s is a really good price and I would think you could easily sell them used for more then $80.

post #22282 of 29490

Hello again, everyone. I've already posted in here (yesterday), but now (with the help of a few posters) I've narrowed my decision down to two headphones.

 

First, I'll post some of what I wrote earlier:

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Originally Posted by Bleedthrough View Post

Hello, everyone. I've been slowly compiling a nice collection of lossless material and thought it was about time to upgrade my listening equipment. So, I'm looking to get my first quality pair of headphones and I'm a little overwhelmed.

 

(Before I get into anything else, I suppose that I should mention that I will primarily be plugging them into my MacBook.)

 

My hope is to find a well-rounded, good quality pair of headphones that will work competently with any style of music. That being said, I certainly listen to rock (in all of its forms) more than any other genre.

 

(To give you an idea of what I listen to, here's a short list of some well-known artists in my collection: Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, The Mars Volta, Smashing Pumpkins, Puscifer, A Perfect Circle, Beck, Kidneythieves, Green Day, and Gorillaz.)

 

Now, I'm trying to decide between these two headphones:

 

1. Beyerdynamic DT 770 (If you choose this one, 80 ohm or 250 ohm?)

 

2. Shure SRH940

 

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

post #22283 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Bleedthrough View Post

Hello again, everyone. I've already posted in here (yesterday), but now (with the help of a few posters) I've narrowed my decision down to two headphones.

 

First, I'll post some of what I wrote earlier:

 

Now, I'm trying to decide between these two headphones:

 

1. Beyerdynamic DT 770 (If you choose this one, 80 ohm or 250 ohm?)

 

2. Shure SRH940

 

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

 

I would go for the DT770 80 ohm. I've seen some pretty negative reviews on the 940 here. Haven't heard them for myself though. I have the DT770, however, and I highly recommend them, especially for your tastes in music. They're very good in terms of all around sound quality and soundstage, especially for a closed can. The 80 ohm fits you better than the 250 ohm because the 80 ohm needs less power to properly drive, and a Macbook should be able to drive it fine without the need of any external amplification devices.

post #22284 of 29490
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I would go for the DT770 80 ohm. I've seen some pretty negative reviews on the 940 here. Haven't heard them for myself though. I have the DT770, however, and I highly recommend them, especially for your tastes in music. They're very good in terms of all around sound quality and soundstage, especially for a closed can. The 80 ohm fits you better than the 250 ohm because the 80 ohm needs less power to properly drive, and a Macbook should be able to drive it fine without the need of any external amplification devices.

I'm definitely open to purchasing an amp/dac (in fact, that was my intention). I realize that the 250 ohm is a (slightly?) better pair of headphones, so I was leaning towards getting those.

 

So, if I went with the 250 ohm, what amp/dac would you recommend?


Edited by Bleedthrough - 12/15/12 at 3:55pm
post #22285 of 29490
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I'm definitely open to purchasing an amp/dac (in fact, that was my intention). I realize that the 250 ohm is a (slightly?) better pair of headphones, so I was leaning towards getting those.

 

So, if I went with the 250 ohm, what amp/dac would you recommend?

I'm not too familiar with desktop amps, but I've seen some pretty favorable comments for the HifiMan EF2A, which goes for around $180, and also the Schiit amps, which range from $99-$749. I can't make a 'real' recommendation, though. Those are only suggestions. 

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I'm not too familiar with desktop amps, but I've seen some pretty favorable comments for the HifiMan EF2A, which goes for around $180, and also the Schiit amps, which range from $99-$749. I can't make a 'real' recommendation, though. Those are only suggestions. 

I'll definitely take a look into those and give it some thought. I appreciate your help.

post #22287 of 29490
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I'll definitely take a look into those and give it some thought. I appreciate your help.

 

Wish I could have done a bit more, but I'm happy to have done what I could to my limits.

post #22288 of 29490

Would a Sennheiser HD 650 be a good upgrade to a pair of Sennheiser HD 595's?

 

Is it worth the price (about 360 €) ?, or should I just stay with the HD 595's ?

post #22289 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Bleedthrough View Post

I'm definitely open to purchasing an amp/dac (in fact, that was my intention). I realize that the 250 ohm is a (slightly?) better pair of headphones, so I was leaning towards getting those.

 

So, if I went with the 250 ohm, what amp/dac would you recommend?

 

If you're going for DT770, avoid the 80 ohm at all costs.  The bass is wildly out of proportion with the other frequencies, treble screeches painfully and the mids get lost in that mess.  Low ohm does not mean that they work will with less amplification.  In fact they are among the headphones that improve most with massive amplification, and sound merely terrible with a good amp.  Remember ohm's law- low impedance means high current demand for constant voltage.

post #22290 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mrjimmybob View Post

Would a Sennheiser HD 650 be a good upgrade to a pair of Sennheiser HD 595's?

 

Is it worth the price (about 360 €) ?, or should I just stay with the HD 595's ?

 

Huge upgrade in every way including price. There isn't a single thing the 595 do that is better than the 650's. Yes they are more expensive but you'll be stepping into big boy territory once you have them. Definitely worth the extra money

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