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Originally Posted by Envyous View Post

Does Ohm realy have this little impact on quality? I have seached quite a bit and found that people do notice big differences in quality and mostly prefers 2005 version 250Ohm or 80Ohm. Also it seems like noone realy talks about the DT770 PRO 32 version and only have experience with the DT770 premium 32 version. Also i guess i am buing a 2010 version of the headset, is this a "good year"? PS: If the sound quality is that much better on a 250Ohm i rather buy an AMP or sound card, cause I'm all in for quality.


It really shouldn't be a huge "night and day" difference like most people make it out to be. I've tried the maybe 3 versions of the 770, one of the 880, and two of the 990. To me, there were slight differences between 770/880/990, less so between the ohm models in each range. I did notice the low impedance models were easier to drive loudly, and the high impedance models had better left/right separation, but really that's strictly a matter of how loading reacts vs impedance. The matter of "sound quality" is debatable.

 

As others have mentioned, just buy the cheapest one within your budget and don't sweat the details. Only a really trained ear going back and forth with A/B testing would be able to pick out the difference anyways.

 



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Originally Posted by foolishmatt View Post

Alright, I'll be sure to give them a listen too.  Thanks for being helpful and answering all my Q's.  And sorry for your loss in the 840, lol.  I hope you've found an appropriate replacement.


I settled on the Pioneer HDJ-2000. I wish the mids were a little more forward and had a larger soundstage, but I shouldn't be expecting that from a DJ can. It has great build quality and isolation, and folds down nice and compact. I've played around with a few other headphones in its genre and like this one the best.

 

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Originally Posted by reivaj View Post

sooo what would drive a person to buy one over another model between the 325i and the ms2i?

 

cause ive considered upgrading my ms1 but i wouldnt know to what but people state that it would be obvious to go for the ms2i due to the similar development

The Alessandros are typically considered slightly mellower compared to their Grado brethren. For those outside of the US, the Alessandros are also a *far* better value because Grado has ridiculous price hikes once it crosses any border.
 

The 325/MS2 are perhaps the most live/hate in the Grado family though. Read up on any of the reviews/threads to see why. Many would consider the HF2 to be a positive step up from the 325/MS2. Another consideration is the relatively new Symphones Magnum upgrade for the 325/MS2, but this is starting to move quite a bit up the pay grade.


 

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Originally Posted by StrykeIRL View Post

Looking to pull the trigger tomorrow on my first set of good headphones, but could use another opinion or two:

I'm split between:

Grado SR325is

Ultrasone HFI-780

 

Which do you all think fit my needs better?

I'm looking for:
Sound quality in the areas of music that I listen to, namely: Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronica. (Think Radiohead, Muse, The Beatles)
Comfort

Style (Both look good to me!)

 

One final question, will the Grados leak sound out? I mean, if I am going to the library to study, would they be a bad idea?

Thanks to all who have helped and will help!


The Grados are almost louder on the outside than in. If you're going anywhere public, go with the Ultrasones instead.

 

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Can anyone here compare the Superlux 668B and 681B? I know I want headphones in the signature of the 668B. All the reviews I see for the 681 series are for the standard, which is notably compressed and bass-heavy. I haven't found a single review for the 681B, which should theoretically be like the 668B but better.
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1. Can be found for less than $250

2. Good midrange for vocals with slight emphasis on bass (I listen to pop music)

3. Minimal sibilance

4. Doesn't heat up too quickly

5. Closed and decent isolation (going to be used at school/on the bus)

6. Foldable and not too clunky/large/heavy on head

7. Decent soundstage (I kind of want to expand my soundstage rather than intimate, as I'm used to with my Sennheiser CX-300 IEM's)

 

SRH750DJ's met 6/7 of the requirements but the earpads heated up too quickly; after 8 minutes of listening to them there was moisture already on the pads.

 

I've read the Phiaton MS400's earpads are similar to the 750DJ's, so I'm not too sure about those headphones.

 

The Beyerdynamic DT770 and SRH840's are kind of heavy on my (smallish) head.

 

I was going to try the B&W P5's at the Apple Store sometime if I get the chance.

 

Ultrasone DJ1/HFI-580's and Ultrasone DJ1 PRO/PRO 550's are still on my list.

 

Compared to the HFI-580's I've read that the ATH-M50's have recessed mids and I've generally heard mixed reviews about them from various members here.

 

How are the ATH-ESW9A's earpads? I'm starting to consider those as well.


Edited by miceblue - 3/22/11 at 12:55am
post #2389 of 29490
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Originally Posted by tehsn1p3r View Post


 

Thanks for the review. It meets all of my qualifications, but here is the burning question for me:

 

Do you feel that the $200 bump-up was justified on the cans? Part of me is saying "Why spend the money if they sound so similar?"

 



It's hard to say yes or no, as it really depends on the end user, but I would say yes indeed. They do everything the Ad700 does, but better. I loved my Ad700s before I had bought these, now it's hard to go back. I think you'd definitely regret buying the Ad700 over the Ad900 though, even if you loved them, simply because logically you're going to want to upgrade to them at some point. With my Ad700s I loved them, like I said, but I never felt 100% satisfied, mostly due to the anemic bass. With the Ad900 I'm 100% content, especially after trying the Sr225i and being underwhelmed. I would be happy with these cans for the rest of my life had Audio Technica not made the Ad2000, which I am itching to try.

 

I'm not familiar with your amp, but it's a tube amp so I'm assuming it adds a warm quality somewhat. I think that will compliment these perfectly, not that these are bright in the least, but it definitely doesn't hurt to add a tinge of bass.

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

1. Can be found for less than $250

2. Good midrange for vocals with slight emphasis on bass (I listen to pop music)

3. Minimal sibilance

4. Doesn't heat up too quickly

5. Closed and decent isolation (going to be used at school/on the bus)

6. Foldable and not too clunky/large/heavy on head

7. Decent soundstage (I kind of want to expand my soundstage rather than intimate, as I'm used to with my Sennheiser CX-300 IEM's)

 

SRH750DJ's met 6/7 of the requirements but the earpads heated up too quickly; after 8 minutes of listening to them there was moisture already on the pads.

 

I've read the Phiaton MS400's earpads are similar to the 750DJ's, so I'm not too sure about those headphones.

 

The Beyerdynamic DT770 and SRH840's are kind of heavy on my (smallish) head.

 

I was going to try the B&W P5's at the Apple Store sometime if I get the chance.

 

Ultrasone DJ1/HFI-580's and Ultrasone DJ1 PRO/PRO 550's are still on my list.

 

Compared to the HFI-580's I've read that the ATH-M50's have recessed mids and I've generally heard mixed reviews about them from various members here.

 

How are the ATH-ESW9A's earpads? I'm starting to consider those as well.



In my experiences closed cans always make my ears sweat a little.

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Originally Posted by keanex View Post





In my experiences closed cans always make my ears sweat a little.

I see, I'm trying to avoid IEM's at the moment because my CX-300's make my ear canals really itchy after an hour or so of listening with them.
 

 

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Maybe narrow your choices down to the closed supraaural headphones. All the circumaural headphones will heat up, although those with velour pads less so.

 

Beyerdynamic T50p - cool looks, decent isolation, have to fiddle a bit to get a good fit, does not collapse, comes with case

Phiaton MS300 - folds up into a small hard case, strong mids and good bass

Sennheiser HD25-1-ii - excellent isolation, does not fold up, built like a tank, emphasis on bass and highs

Sennheiser PX200-ii - good isolation, folds up quite small, will fit in a sunglasses case (I picked one up from the dollar store)

Audio Technica ESW9a - nice mids, weak isolation, does not fold up, good build but on the delicate side, comes with a bag

post #2393 of 29490
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post



I see, I'm trying to avoid IEM's at the moment because my CX-300's make my ear canals really itchy after an hour or so of listening with them.
 

 


 

Perhaps you could look into the Sennheiser HD25-i, people around here love them for portable use and I haven't read many comfort complaints.

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Maybe narrow your choices down to the closed supraaural headphones. All the circumaural headphones will heat up, although those with velour pads less so.

 

Beyerdynamic T50p - cool looks, decent isolation, have to fiddle a bit to get a good fit, does not collapse, comes with case

Phiaton MS300 - folds up into a small hard case, strong mids and good bass

Sennheiser HD25-1-ii - excellent isolation, does not fold up, built like a tank, emphasis on bass and highs

Sennheiser PX200-ii - good isolation, folds up quite small, will fit in a sunglasses case (I picked one up from the dollar store)

Audio Technica ESW9a - nice mids, weak isolation, does not fold up, good build but on the delicate side, comes with a bag

Hm, I will take a look at the T50p's and MS300's, I haven't heard too much about them except for your comparison/review between the MS 300, 400, and 500. The ESW9a's do lie flat, so I had that in my list of headphones to consider, and they're wood so I thought they looked nice, hahahaha.

 

I've heard a lot of good things about the HD25-1's too, I'll try to look into those as well.

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I know you were all waiting with baited breath:

I've decided to go with the PC360.  Just waiting to find out how to get the price to $180 on razordogdeals.  Mixamp 5.8 should be here this week.  As well as the HD555's which are going right back to Amazon.


Edited by velvet396 - 3/22/11 at 12:39pm
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Hello all,

 

I'm looking for a pair of noise cancelling headphones, they will be used primarily at work (Software Engineer). I would also use them at home to read (sometimes my wife watches TV in the next room and I can hear it). I also fly every few months and have been lookinig for something to help reduce the noise and watch movies/music

 

I'm not an audiophile, but I obviously appreciate great sound and would expect whatever I buy at that pricepoint to sound way better than my $20 Skull Candies (lol, I use them for motorcycling) . However, the noise cancelling IS my number one priority, sometimes I don't want music, just want to drown out the noise around me.

 

I have an opportunity to buy a set of Bose QC15s for $200 brand new, are they worth it at that price or are there better alternatives

 

 

Thanks in advance

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In terms of sound, the QC15s are unimpressive, but the noise canceling is truly good. So if noise cancellation is your top priority, then I suppose they'd be a decent value.

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


 

None of the headphones you listed have particularly strong bass. For a deep bass and good build quality with some portability, my vote goes to the M-Audio Q40. It has a great low end which rumbles rather than punches, and can be driven out of an ipod. It does improve quite nicely with an amp, but it isn't required at all. They are comfortable, don't heat up as much as other closed headphones, you can change the pads out for Beyer pads if you want more isolation or comfort, and are somewhere around $100-120 or less.

 


 


When you say noise cancelling, do you mean active noise cancelling (the kind that requries batteries), or just good noise isolation (ie: passive noise cancalling, which just blocks out noise by sealing around your ear)?

 

For active NC, I like the Audio Technica ANC7B.

 

For passive, the best headphones I've heard for that are (listed approximately by price)

Sennheiser HD280

Shure SRH840

Sennheiser HD25-1-ii

Beyerdynamic DT770


i would prefer active noise canceling. How much "passively" do you think closed ear can really cut sound out? And will an amp benefit the active noise canceling much? And how much quality of sound/bass do I lose by getting the active?

 

Thanks,

 

Kyle

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


 

None of the headphones you listed have particularly strong bass. For a deep bass and good build quality with some portability, my vote goes to the M-Audio Q40. It has a great low end which rumbles rather than punches, and can be driven out of an ipod. It does improve quite nicely with an amp, but it isn't required at all. They are comfortable, don't heat up as much as other closed headphones, you can change the pads out for Beyer pads if you want more isolation or comfort, and are somewhere around $100-120 or less.

 


 


When you say noise cancelling, do you mean active noise cancelling (the kind that requries batteries), or just good noise isolation (ie: passive noise cancalling, which just blocks out noise by sealing around your ear)?

 

For active NC, I like the Audio Technica ANC7B.

 

For passive, the best headphones I've heard for that are (listed approximately by price)

Sennheiser HD280

Shure SRH840

Sennheiser HD25-1-ii

Beyerdynamic DT770


i would prefer active noise canceling. How much "passively" do you think closed ear can really cut sound out? And will an amp benefit the active noise canceling much? And how much quality of sound/bass do I lose by getting the active?

 

Thanks,

 

Kyle

 

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I'm looking for a pair of headphones to listen to at home, in the same room as 2 other people (about 6 and 12 ft away respectively), in the 150-200$ range. I listen to a lot of Rock (Beatles, Muse, Zeppelin), but I need them to be good with as many genres as possible, because I listen to pretty much everything. I do not have an amp, I just plug them straight into the 1/8" port on my motherboard. Also, I'm in Canada, if that changes anything.

Would really appreciate any recommendations! Thanks!


Edited by Arreck - 3/22/11 at 6:51pm
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