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OK, I found out that I should be able to get a USB DAC to work with my tablet, so that leaves ~$350 for headphones.

Any ideas? Again I mainly listen to electronic stuff with a bit if indie rock, I'm looking for at least somewhat portable, closed over ear headphones and I'd like to avoid over powering bass. Thanks in advance.

My posts seem to be getting lost in the myriad of other posts lol. 

 

Here's where I am at this point:

 

-Most likely getting a FiiO E17

 

-I use 320 kb/s mp3s, but I might go to FLAC

 

-Closed over ear as I want to have minimal leakage

 

-Mostly electronic music (DnB/Trance/House/Dubstep etc) but i'm no bass head.

 

-$350 budget for the headphones if I do get the E17

 

Anyone have any ideas?


The Ultrasone Pro 750--assuming you find it to be sufficiently portable and (as I suspect) the E17 will properly drive it.

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The Ultrasone Pro 900 is on sale for $324 right now, that a good choice? I've read that the mids are a little bit recessed, but I figure a more expensive model is better. Thanks for the reply! :D

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The Ultrasone Pro 900 is on sale for $324 right now, that a good choice? I've read that the mids are a little bit recessed, but I figure a more expensive model is better. Thanks for the reply! :D

 

That could be a good choice , but Utrasone pro series need a try IMO . Very love/hate headphones ;) . If you can try thme , choose e reseller with a good return policy . Amazon for example. 

 

My personal experience : I hated pro750 (harsh) and liked pro 900 (WOW effect inside with very energetic overall sound and especially impressive bass ) when I briefly tried them ) but i had both  in hands for only few minutes.

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The Ultrasone Pro 900 is on sale for $324 right now, that a good choice? I've read that the mids are a little bit recessed, but I figure a more expensive model is better. Thanks for the reply! :D

 

More expensive is not necessarily better. The 900 will be a more V-shaped frequency response with hot treble, lots of mid-bass, and a midrange suckout. 

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More expensive is not necessarily better. The 900 will be a more V-shaped frequency response with hot treble, lots of mid-bass, and a midrange suckout. 

 

So would you recommend the 750s? or perhaps something completely different?
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Ultrasone is great. Definitely consider the Pro 750. 

 

Also look at the Vmoda M-100 - but may be a little bassy for you. 

 

Edit: You might also want to consider a used Denon D2000. That would be my top recommendation. 


Edited by SoundFreaq - 1/23/13 at 1:53pm
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Ultrasone is great. Definitely consider the Pro 750. 

 

Also look at the Vmoda M-100 - but may be a little bassy for you. 

Yea I was looking at those as well, InnerFidelity recommended those. Thanks for the replies everyone really helped narrow down my search :D!

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You bet! Make sure you saw my edit up there for the Denon D2000. Top quality right there. 

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You bet! Make sure you saw my edit up there for the Denon D2000. Top quality right there. 

Is buying used a bad idea? Because other than that I cant afford those.


Edited by Pillman - 1/23/13 at 2:10pm
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Understandable. Buying used is fine if you stick with a reputable dealer. Check the return policy, see if you can return if you don't like them. I'd start at Amazon since their dealers have to abide my Amazon's return policy, for the most part. 

 

Just so you are aware, the Denons do leak a fair amount of sound. May not be the the best idea for out and about if you need great isolation. 

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I think that you are on the wrong track with the Bose.  In addition "no amp" and "no open cans" greatly limit your options.  Open cans can provide the sound stage that is so important for watching movies (among other uses).

 

Given your requirements, I would be tempted to stay under budget and get a CAL!, Sony MDR-V900HD or KRK KNS 6400 or 8400.

Thank you for the reply

 

Oh, in that case I think open cans would be ok. I've thought that basses are important for movies, and I've heard that open cans has issues with basses.

 

In that case, considering that still it will be, unfortunately, used without amp, I would be thankful for any additional help.

 

Though, I hope that open cans won't be heard in neighboring room...

 

Also, can you explain please, what's wrong with Bose AE2? They wouldn't work good without amp, or not so good for the movies as other possible headphones?

 

Thanks

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Edit: You might also want to consider a used Denon D2000. That would be my top recommendation. 

 

X2.

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I think that you are on the wrong track with the Bose.  In addition "no amp" and "no open cans" greatly limit your options.  Open cans can provide the sound stage that is so important for watching movies (among other uses).

 

Given your requirements, I would be tempted to stay under budget and get a CAL!, Sony MDR-V900HD or KRK KNS 6400 or 8400.

Thank you for the reply

 

Oh, in that case I think open cans would be ok. I've thought that basses are important for movies, and I've heard that open cans has issues with basses.

 

In that case, considering that still it will be, unfortunately, used without amp, I would be thankful for any additional help.

 

Though, I hope that open cans won't be heard in neighboring room...

 

Also, can you explain please, what's wrong with Bose AE2? They wouldn't work good without amp, or not so good for the movies as other possible headphones?

 

Thanks


Fact is that, especially without an amp, you're very unlikely to get "everything" for $300 or less.

 

Were I you, I would get the open Audio Technica ATH-AD900, Sony MDR-MA900 or Senn HD 598.

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Were I you, I would get the open Audio Technica ATH-AD900, Sony MDR-MA900 or Senn HD 598.

Thanks

 

Audio Technica ATH-AD900 and Sony MDR-MA900 are extremely overpriced in my country, unfortunately

 

So, I'll take a closer look onto Senn HD 598

 

Bose AE2 advertised to be iPhone-compatible, so, I thought that due to that  they would be ok even without amp or on non-professional soundcards. I assume that I've got it wrong, right?

 

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Fact is that, especially without an amp, you're very unlikely to get "everything" for $300 or less.

 

Sure, it's understandable. But I have at least to try to get best from those $300. The worst part is it's hard to understand which headphones would sound ok without amp, and which can't live without it.

 

I can afford $400 too, in fact... But will it be good idea? May be I should go for the amp + headphones for those money?

 

Thank you for you help once again

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Were I you, I would get the open Audio Technica ATH-AD900, Sony MDR-MA900 or Senn HD 598.

Thanks

 

Audio Technica ATH-AD900 and Sony MDR-MA900 are extremely overpriced in my country, unfortunately

 

So, I'll take a closer look onto Senn HD 598

 

Bose AE2 advertised to be iPhone-compatible, so, I thought that due to that  they would be ok even without amp or on non-professional soundcards. I assume that I've got it wrong, right?

 

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Fact is that, especially without an amp, you're very unlikely to get "everything" for $300 or less.

 

Sure, it's understandable. But I have at least to try to get best from those $300. The worst part is it's hard to understand which headphones would sound ok without amp, and which can't live without it.

 

I can afford $400 too, in fact... But will it be good idea? May be I should go for the amp + headphones for those money?

 

Thank you for you help once again


If you don't want to analyze the Ohm and sensativity ratings, etc. of individual headphones and what they mean, check out the buying guides linked in the opening post of this thread.  All those cans rated as a "1" should not pose a problem without an amp.  Those with a "2" are more hit and miss, depending in part on the equipment driving them.

 

I did not mean to suggest anything about the Bose in terms of how efficient it is.  It just is not the best choice in terms of sound quality and in terms of your stated intended uses.

 

With an amp (and depending on the prices in your home country--which you don't list with your posts) the closed Shure SRH 940, semi-open Beyer DT 880 (+/- Pro), AKG Q701 and open Senn HD 600 & 650 all can come into play.

 

That said--all amps are not created equal.  You will need to select the proper one (in terms of power and synergy) that works well with your new cans.  Of course you also need to decide wether to go with a desktop amp or something more portable.


Edited by KG Jag - 1/23/13 at 4:33pm
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