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post #22921 of 29490
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Originally Posted by sghama View Post

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!!

Also, I have seen this link to the "Less boomy mod" for the DT770 -- will it accomplish what I'm looking for?  What about just removing the stock felt ring and not replacing it?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/243588/beyerdynamic-dt-770-less-boomy-mod-lbm-mod-w-pics-56k-warning

 

Thanks!

post #22922 of 29490
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Originally Posted by strongarm View Post

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!


I would go for the Q701 definitely.

post #22923 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


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.

 

Thank you much. :)

post #22924 of 29490

I actually use a 1st gen iPod Touch right now but I may upgrade to an iPod classic sooner or later.

post #22925 of 29490
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Originally Posted by strongarm View Post

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!


Stick with the AKG, Senn or Beyer DT 880 (+/- Pro).  The closed M-50 falls short of all three.

 

Have not heard much/any discussion about fakes of these three recommended cans.


Edited by KG Jag - 1/6/13 at 11:55am
post #22926 of 29490

I had the XB500s sitting in my amazon account, ready to order, then i see your reply and figure i've got time to kill so i do some extensive research.

One of my worries was that the XB500s would have terrible sound clarity - something i wasn't prepared to sacrafice for earth-moving bass; so after extensive research the Q40s look like an amazing choice. If i am unsatisfied at all with the sub bass, i'll invest in a FiiO E6 (unless i find a better alternative) somewhere down the line; also i read that a pad change is helpful.

Another perk of these, of course, is that they look SEXY and could be worn out in public.

Thanks for the suggestion, i see you've been recommending it on other threads aswell wink_face.gif.

Cheers beerchug.gif

post #22927 of 29490
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Originally Posted by sghama View Post

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!!


They are very different and are what they are.  You will will just have to make a choice.

post #22928 of 29490

Hey Head-Fi'ers. Normally I'm on the other end of this thread, but this time, I need your recommendations.

 

I'm looking for a new pair of headphones, obviously. 

They need to be portable, but they also need to be able to handle production use. They DO NOT need to fold up. Detachable cable is a BIG plus.

I listen to a lot of electronic music (DnB, Raggacore, Speedcore, dubstep, electro house, etc), and sometimes rock and folk. 

My budget is somewhere around $200.

I have had the DT770 Pro, and the sound was outstanding, in my opinion. I can't use them as a portable, though. 

My impedance preferences would be 16-80 Ohm. 

I have a cMoy BB V2.03 portable amp.

 

I've been looking at the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro, recommended to me by MalVeauX.

I've also took into consideration the Shure SRH-840, but that won't have nearly enough bass impact for me.

 

Any other recommendations?

 

Thanks in advance

post #22929 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ThatScottishGuy View Post

I had the XB500s sitting in my amazon account, ready to order, then i see your reply and figure i've got time to kill so i do some extensive research.

One of my worries was that the XB500s would have terrible sound clarity - something i wasn't prepared to sacrafice for earth-moving bass; so after extensive research the Q40s look like an amazing choice. If i am unsatisfied at all with the sub bass, i'll invest in a FiiO E6 (unless i find a better alternative) somewhere down the line; also i read that a pad change is helpful.

Another perk of these, of course, is that they look SEXY and could be worn out in public.

Thanks for the suggestion, i see you've been recommending it on other threads aswell wink_face.gif.

Cheers beerchug.gif

 

beerchug.gif

post #22930 of 29490

I have been reading this forum for a couple of days now...  When I get close to deciding I discover more questions.  I'm a big value, bang for the buck kind of guy.  For example, I like Sobieski Vodka for the price instead of pricier Grey Goose.

 

Regarding Headphones, I mainly listen to music (Pop, Pink Floyd, Blues, Jazz), movies and TV series on an iPad.  I would prefer keeping the initial investment around $200 but can increase if it warrants.  ie Needing an amp or DAC needs to be considered in the equation.

 

I do have decent stereo equipment and have acquired a taste for good sound quality.  I have 18 Polk Audio Powered SW, Yamaha 7.1 Receiver, JBL Speakers, and Monster Cables.

 

I have been looking at the following headphones.

 

 

I like Bass a lot, but not at the cost of muffled mids.  I have heard Beats Pros, and to me they sound pretty good.  I am brand new to good headphones and value opinions and research I have been reading here.  My comments and thoughts are a little discombobulated, but hopefully there is enough information in this post to help in a recommendation on my first step to becoming an Audiophile.

 

Thanks

post #22931 of 29490

Hello!

 

I need the MOST comfortable headphone possible, within $250.

 

So far I have the DT 770 PRO 32/80 OHMS in my list.

 

Do you guys have other suggestions?

 

Im gonna be using mostly a portable mp3 player/ipod/iphone. Sometimes will use it with my PC/notebook.

 

Again, being comfortable is a must have feature. Portability would be the 2nd most important feature :)

 

THank you!

post #22932 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Red Dawg View Post

I have been reading this forum for a couple of days now...  When I get close to deciding I discover more questions.  I'm a big value, bang for the buck kind of guy.  For example, I like Sobieski Vodka for the price instead of pricier Grey Goose.

 

Regarding Headphones, I mainly listen to music (Pop, Pink Floyd, Blues, Jazz), movies and TV series on an iPad.  I would prefer keeping the initial investment around $200 but can increase if it warrants.  ie Needing an amp or DAC needs to be considered in the equation.

 

I do have decent stereo equipment and have acquired a taste for good sound quality.  I have 18 Polk Audio Powered SW, Yamaha 7.1 Receiver, JBL Speakers, and Monster Cables.

 

I have been looking at the following headphones.

 

 

I like Bass a lot, but not at the cost of muffled mids.  I have heard Beats Pros, and to me they sound pretty good.  I am brand new to good headphones and value opinions and research I have been reading here.  My comments and thoughts are a little discombobulated, but hopefully there is enough information in this post to help in a recommendation on my first step to becoming an Audiophile.

 

Thanks


When most people who post here say they "like bass", they usually mean that they like their bass presented in a way where it is presented in far more quality than delivered in a neutral sound signature that reproduces the track as it was laid down. 

 

If that is your meaning, the Grado and Senns won't work for you.  The M-50 has recessed mids relative to its bass and treble, so it is probably not a good choice either.  I have not heard the AIAI.  You should also check out the Spider Powerforce, which can be had for $70 shipped.

post #22933 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Technohawk View Post

Hello!

 

I need the MOST comfortable headphone possible, within $250.

 

So far I have the DT 770 PRO 32/80 OHMS in my list.

 

Do you guys have other suggestions?

 

Im gonna be using mostly a portable mp3 player/ipod/iphone. Sometimes will use it with my PC/notebook.

 

Again, being comfortable is a must have feature. Portability would be the 2nd most important feature :)

 

THank you!

 

If you want the legendary Beyer comfort, and portability, I would go for the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro.

post #22934 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


When most people who post here say they "like bass", they usually mean that they like their bass presented in a way where it is presented in far more quality than delivered in a neutral sound signature that reproduces the track as it was laid down. 

 

If that is your meaning, the Grado and Senns won't work for you.  The M-50 has recessed mids relative to its bass and treble, so it is probably not a good choice either.  I have not heard the AIAI.  You should also check out the Spider Powerforce, which can be had for $70 shipped.


I dis agree on the Senns.  The Bass is really quite Neutral for the price point of $80, Some people want more, but For me I think it's quite good.

Out of his list, I must say the best sounding ones I've heard was the 558.  (My next Buy).  Everything else you said was dead on.  Maybe I'm a Big Senn fan:)

I'd say if his budget is $200 Look at the 558.  Then Buy some music with the left over $

post #22935 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Technohawk View Post

Hello!

 

I need the MOST comfortable headphone possible, within $250.

 

So far I have the DT 770 PRO 32/80 OHMS in my list.

 

Do you guys have other suggestions?

 

Im gonna be using mostly a portable mp3 player/ipod/iphone. Sometimes will use it with my PC/notebook.

 

Again, being comfortable is a must have feature. Portability would be the 2nd most important feature :)

 

THank you!


The giant DT 770 is anything but portable.

 

The Sony DR-ZX701IP and sibling Sony MDR-ZX700 best meet both of your requirements for under $100.  Also check out the Senn HD 25-1-II.

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