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post #22501 of 29491
Can anyone please tell me which they'd prefer out of the Sennheiser HD203 ($30) and HD439 ($50). HD203 have a 10 ft cord which is way too long but I have it taped up so its only about 5 ft right now. HD439 are on sale but are they worth the extra $? I am a very casual listener (so far).

Only reason I'm not sure if its worth it is because the thread on the HD203 says they are among some of the best headphones some of the posters ever heard. Can the HD439s be that much better?

Use would be for listening to audio lectures for few hours at a time so comfort matters too
Edited by tsx09 - 12/24/12 at 10:52am
post #22502 of 29491
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Originally Posted by LordYarkan View Post

Hi , the 598 cost 210 euros , when the 558 cost 140 euros , am I wrong or the 558 are the pc360 without the microphone ? Is there a lot of difference between the 558 and the 598 ? And for you can I use them with a Xonar DX or I need a better sound card ? Ty again .

The HD558 & HD598 use the same driver, but do not sound the same.

Get the HD558 and any add-on mic you like.

The HD558 & HD598 will work plugged into the Xonar DX, but later on you might want to add an external headphone amplifier, as the DX is less then perfect for driving headphones, as the Xonar DX's headphone jack has a high impedance, so a low impedance amp. would help.

post #22503 of 29491
Similar to many here I'm new to hi fi headphones but not new to hi fi sound. Currently a hi fidelity car audio enthusiast and home audio dabbler.

Anyways, I have about 500$ and would Love to get recommendations as far as what to purchase. Lately I have been heavily involved with the production of electronic dance music and I am a dj. While I have my dj phones already I would like a nice pair of headphones that can capture the ambience width depth of highly dynamic trance and house tracks with the punch, sub sonic lows and impact of 60hz and down with authority of the best bass lines.

I've currently Been going back and forth between he-400's, ultrasone pro 900's, beyer dt 990's sennheiser hd650's and audio technica m50's every fricken day. I've been ready to bite the bullet and make a purchase for awhile but can't decide.

The headphones will also be used to occasionally game (diablo3) and bf3. As well as listen to rock / hip hop.

I don't care so much as to open vs closed, or size. Because my dj headphones are closed and. Can be used for portable applications.

Amps/dacs. I will use my higher end pioneer receiver for the connection between my computer which is running an optical cable to it for the source until I can afford a bit frost/ Asgard valhalla or lyr combo.

Again my budget is 500$. I really wish the denon d2000's were still around new. But they are not frown.gif. Anyways all can suggestions will be purchased new.

Thank you
Mile
post #22504 of 29491
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Originally Posted by sound4544 View Post

Budget : 350$

What is the best amp/ CLOSED headphone combo or just headphone choice for this price? Needs to be able to ship to Canada.

Music : Trance, Drum n Bass, sometimes guitar/piano heavy music... So a little bit of everything with a focus on bass.

Source : iPod

The ultrasone pro 750's looked promising, but the reviews don't look so good

I just got some 750s and I really like them. Unless you are particularly adverse to bright treble I think the 750s are really great for those genres. They are also a good value IMO ($225 at Amazon and B&H).
post #22505 of 29491
For this Christmas my family bought me ATH-M50s/LEs and I can recommend them. Your best bet would be to get out and listen to the headphones that you want to purchase and bring along some listening material. I listen to everything from classical, to rock, to hip hop and jazz and I don't have any complaints. Playback is great. They image very good if the volume is at around 80% of max. I had written a very very long post, which took me about 4 hours of listening and writing regarding the headphones but unfortunately for some reason I lost it on the preview and it did not post. In that post, the ONLY drawback that I found was in how tightly the headphones fit. It takes some getting used to, but they image and produce quite a soundastage with the proper material, and they do disappear. You will not notice them after a while and they are not fatiguing. The bass is not overly produced as I have read in other posts. I am used to full spectrum music played by full size B&W speakers. What I will say is that I am a long time Stereophile reader, have gone to many audio shows, and have listened critically to hundreds of systems costing more than $25,000, and these headphones are nothing to sneeze at.
post #22506 of 29491

Heyas all, new here and only jus learned about headphone amps and other high end audio equipment last week. I currently own only this dinky thing

 

http://us.playstation.com/ps3/accessories/wireless-stereo-headset-ps3.html

 

and am wondering if it's possible to upgrade from there for my own personal uses.

 

 

 

 

Music genres:

*Mostly Synthesized Rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSx0SSvOtUs

 

*Lots of J-Rock/Pop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stk3r9a5ykI

 

*Lots of Dance/Techno/Industrial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFKzEZhytGA

 

*Even more Easy Listening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1CjxQXXA7o

 

 

Portable: No, home PC use.

 

 

Price range: Not including the portable amp/dac, $600. Including a portable amp/dac, $800.

 

 

Closed/Open: I prefer Closed, but if Open will offer such a significant mind-boggling world-ending camatose-from-pleasure experience, I'm up for it.

 

 

Headphone preference:

*I prefer "fake leather padding" around the ear cups over silk padding, but if a headphone with silk padding will offer such a significant mind-boggling world-ending camatose-from-pleasure experience, I'm up for it.

 

*A headphone that goes over the head (I hate the over-the-ear ones)

 

 

Other Notes:

*I love Bass, but I HATE Bass that drowns everything out

 

 

 

Any help would be appreciated^-^


Edited by LanceToTheN - 12/24/12 at 1:48pm
post #22507 of 29491
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Originally Posted by devhen View Post

 

Those are all really great cans but I don't have experience with any of them yet. I would say, though, that if vocals are most important you may want to consider the HD600. One option would be to sell your HD650 and get the HD600 instead since they are pretty similar but for vocals the HD600 I think is the better choice because it has a mids emphasis and sounds very natural and accurate. You can see from the FR graphs that where the 650 has just slightly recessed upper mids the 600 actually emphasizes them.

 

 

Just a thought. You would probably be quite happy with any of the other cans you mentioned. They are among the very best (and most expensive).


Thank you Devhen.

Good point. I actually like the HD-650 and will likely keep them, as they are good all around cans. Though, the next ones I would definitely want a step up (hopefully my last.)

 

Thanks 'FlobHobNob' and 'KG Jag' . Of course I will test my next headphones and not base it on someone else opinion.

However, there are many people here, whose opinions I respect and appreciate.

So, I'd be very happy to hear some opinions from people who actually used the ones I am interested in. And have anything to say about what's more important for me which is how well they do with the human voice. Which they find to be best.

 

Even when I auditioned cans, since not all are offered at the same store, I found it very difficult to compare based on memory. That is why I value the opinions of people who may share my interest and can compare them at home.

 

Ah!!! The difficult life of the audiophile music lover!! gs1000.gif


Edited by kolfer1 - 12/24/12 at 1:49pm
post #22508 of 29491

Hi,

 

New member here, been lurking for a while and I have owned some pretty good in-ears in the past(Etymotic er6 and Klipsch x10). Both died of cable failures. I started of with a budget of 100 euros, after reading this forum I am convinced I need to spend more!

 

Basically I am looking for a comfortable pair of headphones for music(mainly blues) under 200 euros. Living in the Netherlands, my options have different prices than what I see listed here, hence the dilemma. I listen to a lot of differrent genres of music, mainly rock/blues of which 90% is Stevie Ray Vaughan. I also play the guitar myself and would not hate it if the headphones would sound amazing connected to my guitar amp aswell. The headphones' main purpose though, will be listening to music through my pc. After reading a lot of reviews and posts on this website I've come up with the Beyerdynamic DT880 PRO 250ohms and the Sennheiser HD598. The problem here is while both are about the same price for me. Because of the impendance I would have to buy an amp to use with the DT880 PRO which would bring the total price to about 300 euros, the HD598 would cost me 170 euros.

 

I would like to know what would be the better choice for me.

 

All of my options can be viewed here:

 

http://tweakers.net/categorie/453/koptelefoons/producten/

 

Thanks!

post #22509 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Keska View Post

Hi,

 

New member here, been lurking for a while and I have owned some pretty good in-ears in the past(Etymotic er6 and Klipsch x10). Both died of cable failures. I started of with a budget of 100 euros, after reading this forum I am convinced I need to spend more!

 

Basically I am looking for a comfortable pair of headphones for music(mainly blues) under 200 euros. Living in the Netherlands, my options have different prices than what I see listed here, hence the dilemma. I listen to a lot of differrent genres of music, mainly rock/blues of which 90% is Stevie Ray Vaughan. I also play the guitar myself and would not hate it if the headphones would sound amazing connected to my guitar amp aswell. The headphones' main purpose though, will be listening to music through my pc. After reading a lot of reviews and posts on this website I've come up with the Beyerdynamic DT880 PRO 250ohms and the Sennheiser HD598. The problem here is while both are about the same price for me. Because of the impendance I would have to buy an amp to use with the DT880 PRO which would bring the total price to about 300 euros, the HD598 would cost me 170 euros.

 

I would like to know what would be the better choice for me.

 

All of my options can be viewed here:

 

http://tweakers.net/categorie/453/koptelefoons/producten/

 

Thanks!

I think there's a 32 0hm dt880 which could be ran without an amp. Also, check out the grado sr225i and shure srh9440.

post #22510 of 29491

Hello all.  New here, and need help deciding on a purchase.  Want to spend around 600, was ready to pull the trigger on Koss ESP 950s on Amazon for around that, and apparently I waited too long as they have none for that price anymore.  The amp I will be using is a Manley Stingray 2, and to get an idea of my sound preference, I have Merlin TSM MMIs on my small room system, and Some Martin Logan SL3s in the living room.  Would I be happy with the sennheiser HD 650s ?

Thanks :).

post #22511 of 29491
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Originally Posted by FlobHobNob View Post

I think there's a 32 0hm dt880 which could be ran without an amp. Also, check out the grado sr225i and shure srh9440.

I know, that model is not only not available to me but I've also read that the sound quality of that doesnt compare to the higher impendance models.. Thanks for the suggestions, i'll check them out.

post #22512 of 29491

What are the best closed back headphones for about $300? I want them to be extremely durable and not necessarily neutral, bassy is good.

I really like the Pioneer HDJ2000 for the looks and I also like the Deyer DT770, what else is there?

post #22513 of 29491

Im looking for great sounding closed cans that have great bass. I haven't been on these forums in over a year but the last headphone that were recommended to me were the Ultrasone 900's are they still the best for what im looking for or are there better now? Budget is $400

post #22514 of 29491

I tried several Monster headphones today. I was always under the impression that the hatred for them was slightly warranted but possibly overaggressive.

 

Holy ****. I have owned 50 dollar headphones that have better clarity than ANY monster headphone I tried. I went across the spectrum all the way up to their flagship cans that cost, I believe, 400 dollars. Nice bass response if you're into heavy rumble. GARBAGE mids and highs. Quite honestly, I've lost a little faith in humanity knowing how popular they are. 

 

Add me to the Monster hater list. I've seen the light. 


Edited by armyowalgreens - 12/24/12 at 7:42pm
post #22515 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Gguy View Post

Hello all.  New here, and need help deciding on a purchase.  Want to spend around 600, was ready to pull the trigger on Koss ESP 950s on Amazon for around that, and apparently I waited too long as they have none for that price anymore.  The amp I will be using is a Manley Stingray 2, and to get an idea of my sound preference, I have Merlin TSM MMIs on my small room system, and Some Martin Logan SL3s in the living room.  Would I be happy with the sennheiser HD 650s ?

Thanks :).

yes smile.gif  If you could spend $700 HE500 would be a noticeable improvement.

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