I will keep pursuing the HD555 and hope i can get them and make this my first choice - Funny, i had just decided I was going to go with the HD485's and then checked this thread - Whats your thoughts on the HD485s? I can get a great deal on them at the moment so was thinking i'd just get them but will push for the HD555's firstly thanks to your advise. Thank you
The 485 is quite decent actually. At first I thought I'd never heard them before, but once I looked it up I realized my campus radio station used to use them years ago.
If budget is a concern and you can get them at a good price, go for it. Having money for food/shelter/gas/etc is better than chasing diminishing returns.
The Q40 by a noticeable margin, and even moreso with an amp (even a budget one).
With threads like this its no wonder headfi is so respected :D
Well im fairly noobish to the site besides me reading through threads like a creeper everyday. lol
If you guys don't mind helping me I've been looking for cans thats are fairly portable and offer decent isolation since I'm gonna be using them at school or on the bus most often.
I listen to Metal music mainly, but do love dubstep, house, and hardstyle so some good bass would be appreciated.
Oh and im gonna be using them on my ipod if it makes a difference.
And my general price range will be from $100-$150
Thanks Headfi :D
The ever popular M50 would be a decent choice. Spend a few bucks on the Shure 840 pads which will improve isolation. Also consider the portable AKGs like the K420/K450/Q460/K518.
The Porta Pro are decent little things, but... If your CX400ii still work and you like them, do you really need to buy another pair? save your money man!
haha yeah, but the thing is the 400's are in ear whereas I'd like some headphones for travel :P
Are the porta pro's my best bet for getting some portable headphones for under £30?
For that price bracket, yeah they're good. My preference would be the Senn PX100 if you can still find them, or maybe the PX100ii if you can find it for sale within your budget.
I'm confused about my priorities right now. I wonder which one I should buy first
DAC or Sound Card(external preferably) or Full Sized Open Back Headphone (grado's are preferred)
All of my music files are FLAC or APE. I listen to rock, hard rock, blues, jazz and metal.
if I buy headphone then what are my other options other than grado? my budget below $200. I always prefer clear, big headspace, sharp and dominant mid and treble. I don't like those thumpin bass sound.
thank you guys!
Buy the headphones first. There's no point getting a soundcard (we audio snobs call them dacs because it makes us feel better) if you have no headphones to listen through.
Grados sounds (no pun intended) spot on for what you're looking for in terms of sound signature. I recommend the SR80 (or Alessandro MS1), or maybe the SR225 if you want to push it up a notch, but I don't find the differences particularly noticeable.
For something different, you could also check out the Beyerdynamic DT48.
Okay, so here are my limits
Type: Full Sized - can also be used out and about.
Type of music: Techno, Ballad, Rock (don't need crazy bass, already have beats for that), classical. basically the whole range.
and if it's possible
a portable amp
I know there's already a headphone guide, but I would rather have a community top 3.
I've looked at skullcandy (too weird for me), Sony, and Bose, but since i'm mostly a noob at this stuff, I prefer people with a wider variety of knowledge. I personally already own an Audio-Technica ATH-AD700, but besides that, there's not much I can tell.
Sony MDR-V6 or 7506
Denon D1100, D1001 or Creative Aurvana Live
For budget amps, look into a cmoy or just skip it for now.
Edited by Armaegis - 3/20/11 at 11:33am