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post #23836 of 29490

Hello all, im in the process of trying to find as good of a set up as i can in my price range.

 

My price range on headphones that im budgeting is around 300, a bit more or less is possible IF it is severely worth the additional.

 

The player is undecided but my choices are between the Cowon Z2, and a Sony Z series

 

I listen to an extremely broad range of music, all the way from Classical Symphonies and soloists (usually violinists like Pearlman, Joshua Bell ETC) to Rock (Metallica, Disturbed, All that Remains) to Mexican Mariachi, to Pop (Christina Aguilara, Older Shakira, Marc Anthony)

 

As far as features go, Noise Cancellation would be nice but not required, however if it can be had in this price range without major sacrifice in sound quality it would be preferred, Noise Isolation is kind of a must because i will be using these headphones at school, and on the bus to school where it is a bit noisy and i want to block out background noise.

 

Now i will add if i buy either of these two players, and your headphone recommendation would require the use of an AMP, please tell me so that way i can continue my research down that path as well. Thanks a million

post #23837 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RugbyPlayer View Post

Hello all, im in the process of trying to find as good of a set up as i can in my price range.

My price range on headphones that im budgeting is around 300, a bit more or less is possible IF it is severely worth the additional.

The player is undecided but my choices are between the Cowon Z2, and a Sony Z series

I listen to an extremely broad range of music, all the way from Classical Symphonies and soloists (usually violinists like Pearlman, Joshua Bell ETC) to Rock (Metallica, Disturbed, All that Remains) to Mexican Mariachi, to Pop (Christina Aguilara, Older Shakira, Marc Anthony)

As far as features go, Noise Cancellation would be nice but not required, however if it can be had in this price range without major sacrifice in sound quality it would be preferred, Noise Isolation is kind of a must because i will be using these headphones at school, and on the bus to school where it is a bit noisy and i want to block out background noise.

Now i will add if i buy either of these two players, and your headphone recommendation would require the use of an AMP, please tell me so that way i can continue my research down that path as well. Thanks a million

For a portable audio player, also try posting questions on the website anythingbutipod.

post #23838 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RugbyPlayer View Post

Hello all, im in the process of trying to find as good of a set up as i can in my price range.

 

My price range on headphones that im budgeting is around 300, a bit more or less is possible IF it is severely worth the additional.

 

The player is undecided but my choices are between the Cowon Z2, and a Sony Z series

 

I listen to an extremely broad range of music, all the way from Classical Symphonies and soloists (usually violinists like Pearlman, Joshua Bell ETC) to Rock (Metallica, Disturbed, All that Remains) to Mexican Mariachi, to Pop (Christina Aguilara, Older Shakira, Marc Anthony)

 

As far as features go, Noise Cancellation would be nice but not required, however if it can be had in this price range without major sacrifice in sound quality it would be preferred, Noise Isolation is kind of a must because i will be using these headphones at school, and on the bus to school where it is a bit noisy and i want to block out background noise.

 

Now i will add if i buy either of these two players, and your headphone recommendation would require the use of an AMP, please tell me so that way i can continue my research down that path as well. Thanks a million


Gotta ask--how portable do these cans (+/- possible amp) have to be?  Would you consider a can like the Shure SRH 940 to meet your portability requirement?

post #23839 of 29490

They look portable enough, however i would like to know if there is a hard case i could use to transport them with? most transportation from location to location would be done in my backpack so i would like them to be protected.

 

I have posted at anythingbutipod however most people there swear by the clip zip, and while i understand its fantastic for its price i want something better

post #23840 of 29490
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Looking for good headphones, right now I just have $20 earbuds. My criteria:

 

1) Price: $75-150

2) What I'll use it on: Laptop/Desktop mostly, iPod rarely, guitar practice amp maybe.

3) Comfortable for big ears, I want them to wrap around my ears!\

4) What I listen to: Progressive and Thrash Metal, and Classical.

5) Of course, good sound quality, whatever that means!

^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 

 

Assuming that a quick transient response and/or soundstage is needed for metal and classical, and depending on whether you want a closed or open pair, maybe look into the Superlux HD668B/Samson SR850 (semi-open, $50-60), KRK 6400/8400 (closed, $100-150), or even a Senn HD558 (open, probably not the best for metal).  The Takstars or CAL! may be worth looking into, though I have no experience with either so I can't say for sure.


Edited by wippo808 - 1/23/13 at 11:42pm
post #23841 of 29490
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They look portable enough, however i would like to know if there is a hard case i could use to transport them with? most transportation from location to location would be done in my backpack so i would like them to be protected.

 

I have posted at anythingbutipod however most people there swear by the clip zip, and while i understand its fantastic for its price i want something better


The 940 comes with what I would describe as a semi-hard case.  However, that case is not small (I'm sure you can find a picture with size perspective on the net).

 

What most of us probably don't know is what power these players you are considering put out to cans.  Is it roughly equivalent to an iPhone, or is it (how much) more powerful?

post #23842 of 29490
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The 940 comes with what I would describe as a semi-hard case.  However, that case is not small (I'm sure you can find a picture with size perspective on the net).

 

What most of us probably don't know is what power these players you are considering put out to cans.  Is it roughly equivalent to an iPhone, or is it (how much) more powerful?

Thats Info i cant really seem to readilly find, i found a review on the Cowon saying that it doesnt have enough power for 150 ohm headphones without an amplified but i cant really find much on the sony

post #23843 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RugbyPlayer View Post

They look portable enough, however i would like to know if there is a hard case i could use to transport them with? most transportation from location to location would be done in my backpack so i would like them to be protected.

 

I have posted at anythingbutipod however most people there swear by the clip zip, and while i understand its fantastic for its price i want something better


The 940 comes with what I would describe as a semi-hard case.  However, that case is not small (I'm sure you can find a picture with size perspective on the net).

 

What most of us probably don't know is what power these players you are considering put out to cans.  Is it roughly equivalent to an iPhone, or is it (how much) more powerful?

Yeah the SRH940's case is freaking huge. It's nearly twice as thick as my Webster's College Dictionary. Unless you're doing some hard-core traveling, I would just fold the SRH940 with the hinges and put it in your bag. You can't lay it flat in your bag since it doesn't lie completely flat....

 

 


Edited by miceblue - 1/24/13 at 12:07am
post #23844 of 29490
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You'll have to tell us quite a bit more before we can be of much help--including:

What equipment will be powering these cans? 

Will the amp you are considering be a portable or desktop?  Wil you also need a DAC?

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

What music genres do you plan run through these cans?

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

Have you tried out the AKG to know whether you can get a good seal?  Facial hair, sideburns and/or glasses have prevented this for some.


Right now I just have my HP dv7 (im in college). The amp I'm looking at is the Fiio e17, although I have read here that they might not pair well with the AKG's. I plan on saving for a desktop amp. 

I really was looking for headphones with a somewhat large quantity of bass that is controlled but that weren't bloated. I listen to my music on shuffle so it can go from pop, to rock, to country, to rap, to classical, and pretty much most genres. But I really enjoy the bassy parts. I will be using them only in my dorm, mainly when I'm sitting down doing work or on the computer. 

I have fairly short hair, about 3/4 inch on the sides, not much sideburn, so getting a proper seal won't be too hard. 
post #23845 of 29490

Hi All,

 

I've read a lot of guides, did lots of searches, and I'm no closer to making a decision than I was. SO, any input is greatly appreciated. Here's my story:

 

I have Shure SRH750DJ's which I used to use for DJ'ing but don't really like otherwise. I have grado SR-125's as well which have worked good for basic computer music production and listening to some blues/jazz. I run these with a headroom total bithead plugged into either my PC or android phone. What I dislike about these headphones is the comfort (hurts ears relatively quickly) and the highs are a little to 'bright' to me and it gets irritiating quickly. On the go, I typically use my Klipsch Image S4a's. I really like the Klipsch in-ears for traveling but I'd like a new full size pair for home.

 

Music I listen to mostly consists of electronica (IDM, trip-hop, dubstep, DnB, grime, trance).

 

Not opposed to open back but I think i'm leaning towards closed since I live in a small home with my gf and dont want to drive her nuts.

 

I almost bought HD650's but lost the ebay auction at the last minute. I'm thinking that it may have been for the best based on the type of music I listen to. Now I'm considering:

 

DT770 Pro 80

ATH-M50

DT990

Ultrasone HFi-780

Ultrasone Pro 900 (high end of my budget)

post #23846 of 29490
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Originally Posted by DanB85 View Post

Hi All,

 

I've read a lot of guides, did lots of searches, and I'm no closer to making a decision than I was. SO, any input is greatly appreciated. Here's my story:

 

I have Shure SRH750DJ's which I used to use for DJ'ing but don't really like otherwise. I have grado SR-125's as well which have worked good for basic computer music production and listening to some blues/jazz. I run these with a headroom total bithead plugged into either my PC or android phone. What I dislike about these headphones is the comfort (hurts ears relatively quickly) and the highs are a little to 'bright' to me and it gets irritiating quickly. On the go, I typically use my Klipsch Image S4a's. I really like the Klipsch in-ears for traveling but I'd like a new full size pair for home.

 

Music I listen to mostly consists of electronica (IDM, trip-hop, dubstep, DnB, grime, trance).

 

Not opposed to open back but I think i'm leaning towards closed since I live in a small home with my gf and dont want to drive her nuts.

 

I almost bought HD650's but lost the ebay auction at the last minute. I'm thinking that it may have been for the best based on the type of music I listen to. Now I'm considering:

 

DT770 Pro 80

ATH-M50

DT990

Ultrasone HFi-780

Ultrasone Pro 900 (high end of my budget)

 

I'd scratch M50 off the list as I think others on your list are better. 

 

DT770 is a great contender. I haven't heard it, only read about it. If you like to listen loud, it won't handle quite as much as the Ultrasones. 

 

The Pro 900, I owned twice and could not get over the super hot high end. If you like extreme v-shaped frequency curves, you might like it. Super hot treble, tons of mid-bass, and a sucked out midrange. 

 

Ultrasone 580 is one to consider. More bass than the 780, which is slightly more refined and balanced, though still with solid bass. 

 

See if you can find a used Denon D2000 - fits the bill perfectly and would be my #1 recommendation if you use S4a on the go. The Denon, while closed, leaks a fair amount of sound, but sound fantastic!

post #23847 of 29490
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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

 

I'd scratch M50 off the list as I think others on your list are better. 

 

DT770 is a great contender. I haven't heard it, only read about it. If you like to listen loud, it won't handle quite as much as the Ultrasones. 

 

The Pro 900, I owned twice and could not get over the super hot high end. If you like extreme v-shaped frequency curves, you might like it. Super hot treble, tons of mid-bass, and a sucked out midrange. 

 

Ultrasone 580 is one to consider. More bass than the 780, which is slightly more refined and balanced, though still with solid bass. 

 

See if you can find a used Denon D2000 - fits the bill perfectly and would be my #1 recommendation if you use S4a on the go. The Denon, while closed, leaks a fair amount of sound, but sound fantastic!

Hey, thanks for the input. Question on the D2000's...do you have to go through the trouble of modifying them? I see lots of talk about people doing that and I really don't want to have to go through the hassle of recabling, damping, etc.

post #23848 of 29490

No, you don't need to modify them. They are fantastic straight out of the box. The modders like to eke out the last 2%, but it's not needed at all. 

post #23849 of 29490
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No, you don't need to modify them. They are fantastic straight out of the box. The modders like to eke out the last 2%, but it's not needed at all. 

 

I wouldn't even say it's as much as 2%. Maybe .5%

post #23850 of 29490
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I wouldn't even say it's as much as 2%. Maybe .5%

 

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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

No, you don't need to modify them. They are fantastic straight out of the box. The modders like to eke out the last 2%, but it's not needed at all. 

 

Thanks for that. Finally, is there anything to be looking out for when buying these? I know they are discontinued so I'm guessing I may have to pick em up used.

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