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post #22906 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Trained or otherwise, if you have good ears, you will hear the difference. 

 

With regard to the rest, there is no way for me to know.  It's almost 100% dependent on the individual and his/her preferences.

 

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Originally Posted by derbigpr View Post

 

Difference between them is pretty big. Clearly different price range if you hear them.  They're not like 558/598. They're not very different, but 518 are inferior.

 

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Originally Posted by MarcoGV View Post

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The graph above shows the frequency response of three headphones I own (HD 518, AD700, and Ortofon O-one) and of one I do not (HD 558).  As you can see, the HD 518 is the bassiest of all; this I can confirm from listening.  The 518 is clearly much closer to the HD 558 than to the other two. I will have to defer to KJag as to the sound difference between the 518 and the 558, because I believe he has both.  As stated before, it has been claimed (with some photographic evidence) that the 518, the 558, and the 598 share the same driver. 

Great advice thanks guys i contacted amazon and they have told me i can use both headphones and if not satisfied can send one or even both back for full refund so going to order the 518 and 558 tomorrow. Quick question, would it help if i was to purchase the fiio e06 would i get noticable difference in quality with either of these headphones and it states that it has equalizer will that increase bass more than if i was to connect to my smartphone which already has equalizer? And do i need the amp if connecting to my tv with headphone jack? Lastly i read somewhere that with amp you can connect to tv so sound comes out of tv speakers and headphones simultaneously because atm connecting anything to headphone jack stops speaker sound. Also i know the eo6 is just a budget amp but budget is what i can afford at the moment lol thanks guys.

post #22907 of 29490

Simple question:

 

I'm looking to hook my ipod classic to the schiit valhalla amp

 

What cables would I need to hook up my ipod to that amp? 

post #22908 of 29490
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Originally Posted by htxmade View Post

Simple question:

I'm looking to hook my ipod classic to the schiit valhalla amp

What cables would I need to hook up my ipod to that amp? 

This:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021815&p_id=5596&seq=1&format=2

And this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=882319&Q=&is=REG&A=details

Will work just fine.

Cost ya $10.
post #22909 of 29490
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Originally Posted by imawesom674 View Post

Hey guys, I've made my own thread and it seems that i haven't gotten much help form there so I've decided to post here.

I joined only a few weeks ago and read through many of the threads in this forum an I'm here looking for some good headphones in my price range but I haven't found one that I really want. I listen to mostly Rap, Hip-Hop, and Dubstep, but I'm not looking for loud or overpowering bass even though my genres say I should. I'm looking for a mostly balanced headphone with just the right amount of kick for the bass. For the Rap and Hip-Hop I care more about the beat so the mids can be recessed a bit. I have $400 to spend but if I need an amp I'll be more than happy to buy one but I need more advice on what amp I should get. I was thinking around the lines of a Fiio E7.

I've only owned Beats and Skullcandy's but I want a clearer sounding pair of headphones.
Thanks in advance. 

Take a look at the akg k167. Also the dt1350 is a great balanced headphone with tight bass and low extension but it is an on ear portable.
post #22910 of 29490
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Originally Posted by htxmade View Post

Simple question:

 

I'm looking to hook my ipod classic to the schiit valhalla amp

 

What cables would I need to hook up my ipod to that amp? 


Haven't done it myself, but I believe that you will need one of each type of/like these:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DK08X6/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00

 

and

 

http://www.amazon.com/Cmple-3-5mm-Female-Stereo-Adapter/dp/B003Z4BF5M/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1357463227&sr=8-4&keywords=3.5mm+stereo+jack+to+rca+adapter

post #22911 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post

Take a look at the akg k167. Also the dt1350 is a great balanced headphone with tight bass and low extension but it is an on ear portable.
Would you recommend an amp for the AKGs? I Probably need one for later in life so can you recommend a good all around portable amp?
post #22912 of 29490

hi, im new here and i'm ready to "burn my wallet" well, not so much as i'm still new :)

anyway i've got some question and need some recommendations, so please guide me here.

 

i have few audio source , it's not high end just normal audio source, i still don't know which one will give me the greatest and cleanest output.

-Apple Macbook Pro

-Apple iPad 3rd Gen

-Apple iPhone 4s

-Apple iPod Nano 6th Gen

-HTC EVO 4G LTE (it's the same as HTC one X only for CDMA network) with Beats !!! in other sites this feature will be praised but in this site i know i will be bashed :P

actually i still have my beloved Apple iPod Classic 3rd Gen , but the battery went dead :( 

 

and i also just purchased headphone amp the Fiio e02.

 

i only have 2 earphones at the moment, 

of course the legendary apple iBuds

and

Audio-Technica ATH-CM7Ti which i really love i bought it long time ago , it's been my only earphones and i really like them

but too bad they already showing some age, and i really want to buy a headphone .

i prefer earphones to the IEM because im those person that can't use IEMs , the cable makes some noiese when it touches my body and i really dont like the way they feel in my ears.

 

i listened to mostly top 40 songs, 90's pop, sentimental, slows, mellow songs (kenny rogers, kenny loggins, david foster album kind of music),  RnB, Hip Hop, country, and Jazz.

i don't do rock nor classical.

about the Audio-Technica ATH-CM7Ti, i feel the sound is edequate for me,

a liilte bit too bright and a little bit lack of bass punch

well i'm obviously not an audiophile.

but i really want a good quality headphone, that's why i rather asking this question here, than to buy the notorious Beats.

 

i dont have home proffesional stereo or something i only use Bose to listened around the house because i seldom just sit infront of speaker to listen to it, i prefer it to be headphone than speaker.

but i installed quite a system in my car because i travel a lot in my car.

my car set up is 

 

Alpine Head unit with DVD and touchscreen + PXA time alingment DSP

2 way system 

tweeter : DynAudio Esotar that i had since i was young :)

mid baaa : Scan Speak Revelator

Sub woofer : Kicker Solo Baric L7 12"

driven full active with 3 Brax graphic edition Amplifier

 

well i love the sound in my car.

my installer says that the front speakers and tweeter setting is more of an sound quality setting

while the Sub woofer is more to SPL setting

because i like this kind of set up.

-warm sounding

-not too bright tweeter but still quite open ( i hate super bright and super detail tweeter, and dynaudio esotar is famous to be quite warm sounding dark tweeter)

-quick and punchy bass without too much low end boominess. ( i like my bass to be fast, punchy, but without boominess found on those beats

-and i choose scan speak revelator mid because they are very warm sounding as well and punchy too for a mid bass, they're 7"

 

 

so i want to buy a head phone ,

i prefer it to be closed and full sized i have quite a big head, and not all headphones fit me,

yesterday, for instance, i tried the audio technica M50 and they fit me all right, tried the Ultimate ears and shure 840 and they are comfortable too, i tried Beats Detox and the grip my ear too tight resulting in an uncomfortable fit, i tried vmoda M80 and the head phone doesnt have enough length to cover my head, i set it to the longest but still it cant fit my head properly, resulting in poor sealing and sound. so i've decided to buy "over the ear" and not "on ear"

 

 

what i'm looking in a headphone:

-about $200 - $300

-Like i said above , i like they to sounded warm mid, not too bright high, punchy and fast bass, without boominess. maybe an headphoen that have dynaudio "colours", i always like the sound signatures of dynoudio.

-comfortable for long usage

-can accomodate my "large head"

-i preffer them to run good without an amp, as i don't like to carry many stuff when i travel, i already have my ipad, iphone and android phone to carry. (but if the amp is small like the Fiio e02, i might not mind it at all )

-looks good (well this is not too important but i don't want too look like a ****** bag when wearing 'em on the road, especially when most of other people wearing their great looking Beats)

 

 

i've done my research a little bit and i've few candidates in mind

but i still need a valid opinion or recommendation so that i can have the "correct one for my tastes"

 

 

-Audio Technica M50

-Focal Spirit One

-Aiaiai TM1

-V Moda M100

-Ultimate ears UE6000 

-Ultimate ears UE9000 (if the bluetooth can really give me a good sound quality, other wise i'll better off with cabled headphones)

-Beyerndynamics DT-770

-AKG 550

 

any other brand and model also will be considered,

i just need opinions of experts here, so please feel free to direct me to the correct path and burn my wallet with all of you in this great site :P


Edited by 10DeeQ - 1/6/13 at 7:32am
post #22913 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ThatScottishGuy View Post

Thanks for the quick reply.

At £120 the DJ1 is about double my price range so i figure i'll pass on them ahah.

I forgot to even consider mid and low range bass, i'm clearly new to this.

I'll go with the XB500s then, i appreciate your input

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You could alsp check out M-audio Q40. Amazon (uk) has these on sale at the moment (GB 59,00 !!).

post #22914 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KBerube80 View Post

Okay, I just received a pair of VSonic GR07 MKII IEM's and they are PERFECT imo.  What would be the closest equivalent to them in full sized headphones? 

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Many people here are not familiar with IEM you referenced.  What is its sound signature?

 

I'm not the greatest at explaining sound but slightly warm, great midbass punch, decent sub-bass when called upon, beautiful midrange bloom/fullness, nice top-end sparkle, very even across the musical spectrum and NATURAL.  Can listen to for hours upon hours and sucks you into the emotional content/nuance of the music.  Great with drums and tonally accurate.

 

I'm not the most finnicky when it comes to the top-end and hate thin, bright sounding phones.  I prefer midrange fullness and excellent bass punch with decent depth.  Not a detail freak but definitely need great instrument separation.

 

I listen to mostly underground extreme metal and avant-garde jazz.

 

Someone brought up the Denon AH-D7000.


Edited by KBerube80 - 1/6/13 at 8:36am
post #22915 of 29490

not a rec question but... my alessandro ms1is got the dreaded hair stuck next to the driver and i believe it's causing the grattle.  had to glue one of the plastic arms holding the left cup together so it's already broken.  any tips on how to fix this issue?  tried the sucking and blow dry method and it seemed better but it's also a temp fix as the hair's still in there.  would removing the screen cause any major detriment to sound?  seems like it should have a negligible effect if any, and i don't mind the holes being exposed as it'd only make it easier to clean out debris in the future (only reason hair got in in the first place was i let my hair get a little shaggy).  thanks!

 

edit: i'm not a horribly discerning audiophile so if the change from removing the screens is really really minor i believe i can live with it.  if it isn't is there a good replacement material suggestion?


Edited by Rhymenoceros - 1/6/13 at 8:37am
post #22916 of 29490
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Originally Posted by imawesom674 View Post

Would you recommend an amp for the AKGs? I Probably need one for later in life so can you recommend a good all around portable amp?
Fiio e10 is a fine little amp/dac for use with a computer. Order from b&h or adorama or micca to ensure you are getting authentic and the new version. If u need strictly a desktop amp look at the objective2 or the magni.

The 167 does not "need" an amp. The e10 has a bass "boost" switch which you may like for certain songs in your prefered genres.

What is your source?
post #22917 of 29490

Hello,

 

Maybe you guys can help.  I am a competitive FPS gamer and I am looking for a pair of gaming headphones or headset.  My main issue is that I have an enormous head and very few headphones fit comfortably, especially for extended gaming sessions.   

 

My requirements are a Big sound stage, Closed Back "I'm in a noisy enviroment", and the most important thing is comfort I want a low clamping headphone with room for a size 8 head.  I know this is a lot to ask. I would consider anything under $200.  Thanks!!

post #22918 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KBerube80 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by KBerube80 View Post

Okay, I just received a pair of VSonic GR07 MKII IEM's and they are PERFECT imo.  What would be the closest equivalent to them in full sized headphones? 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Many people here are not familiar with IEM you referenced.  What is its sound signature?

 

I'm not the greatest at explaining sound but slightly warm, great midbass punch, decent sub-bass when called upon, beautiful midrange bloom/fullness, nice top-end sparkle, very even across the musical spectrum and NATURAL.  Can listen to for hours upon hours and sucks you into the emotional content/nuance of the music.  Great with drums and tonally accurate.

 

I'm not the most finnicky when it comes to the top-end and hate thin, bright sounding phones.  I prefer midrange fullness and excellent bass punch with decent depth.  Not a detail freak but definitely need great instrument separation.

 

I listen to mostly underground extreme metal and avant-garde jazz.

 

Someone brought up the Denon AH-D7000.


Although the mids of the D7000 are ever so slightly recessed, it is also the best match that I can come up with.  Unfortunately, it was discontinue some months ago.  It is now difficult to find at a good price.

post #22919 of 29490

Hello everyone.

 

Buying my first "real" set of headphones here shortly.

 

I prefer a well balanced sound, on the natural acoustic side. Wide soundstage would be ideal.

 

I listen to everyone kind of music, really.

 

Will eventually buy an amp, don't really know which one yet.

 

250 tops is what I can spent.

 

I'm leaning towards akg k701 or sennheiser hd598. I also found someone in Craigslist selling the audio technica ath-m50 for a good price. Than again, how can you spot a fake?

 

Thanks in advance!


Edited by strongarm - 1/6/13 at 10:51am
post #22920 of 29490

Hey all, I posted a couple weeks ago about choosing between the Sennheiser HD558 and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80ohm.  I finally have both in my possession and can only pick one -- my problem is there are issues with each that make it hard for me to just wholeheartedly go with one of the other :(  I'm pairing with the Fiio E11 and listen to EDM, chill/lounge, rock, alternative, R&B, jazz and will also be using for movies.  


HD558: very open and airy sounding and I really like the clarity the balanced sound signature provides (at least vs. the DT770).  The problem is the bass doesn't have the impact for EDM and music genres where deep rumbling bass you can feel is critical to enjoyment.  I did the foam mod but I still feel the sound lacking for bass heavy tracks.  The sound leakage is also a potential issue for my wife when she's trying to sleep next to me.  Size wise these headphones are OK -- they are a little big but don't interfere too much with enjoying music lying down.  I also like how you can also replace the audio cable with a shorter one with a 3.5mm plug without the huge adapter.

 

DT770: I am very happy with how wide the soundstage is for closed headphones.  Isolation is a good benefit.  Mids are a little recessed, but I like the warmth.  Highs are OK, not too fatiguing yet.  The bass is where I have a love/hate relationship with these cans -- awesome for EDM, chillout music with the sub bass rumble that you can really feel... too overpowering for other music types in my opinion.  I think if I can find a way to tame the bass (is there a mod that can do this effectively?), I would probably go with the DT770, but only if.  EQ'ing is not an option, at least that i know of with spotify and other streaming apps.  The other downside is these headphones are huge -- hard to comfortably lie down with my head on a pillow with these.

 

Help!!

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