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post #23896 of 29490

Okay so I am looking for a new pair of headphones for home use with my PC. These headphones will be used for Studio Mixing via 1/4", listening to music and gaming via Astro Mixamp. I have picked out a few headphones just wondering what would be the better choice. Shure SRH840 or AKG Q701, Any other suggestions would be okay. Price Range is $250 or below. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

post #23897 of 29490
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Originally Posted by demontux View Post

OK NOW FOR REAL.

i have the Q701 and LOVE THEM !!!

 

now i do not have a desktop amp... only have the ffio e5 didnt feel any diff amp or unamped.

 

HOW BIG is the difference with a proper amp for the Q701 ? is it that huge and worth the money ? i am just an ordinary guy i dont do recording or anything, just play HQ music...

my next question is what is the BEST amp\DAC for the Q701 for 80-100$ (perfer to buy from amazon has 100$ gift card)

 

saw ppl talk about the E9 but i see its a dock or something.. dont feel like buying more stuff, just want amp|dac that does the job well and improve drasticly the soundquality of the Q701

 

thanks. :)


You will need to spend for than $100 for an amp to get the best from the Q701

post #23898 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hewhogamez View Post

Okay so I am looking for a new pair of headphones for home use with my PC. These headphones will be used for Studio Mixing via 1/4", listening to music and gaming via Astro Mixamp. I have picked out a few headphones just wondering what would be the better choice. Shure SRH840 or AKG Q701, Any other suggestions would be okay. Price Range is $250 or below. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.


Don't know your equipment.  That said the Shure SRH 940 is less than $10 over your budget shipped from Amazon.

post #23899 of 29490
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Originally Posted by demontux View Post

E10 gives drastic sound quality improvment to the Q701 ?

 

No, but it's within your budget, and drives the Q701 pretty well. You were also looking for a dac/amp combo and you will have to pay a lot more money to get a E09K/E17 combo or the like.

 

I would rather step up to the ~$200 range and get something like the O2 or M-Stage (I wish I had done so from the start looking back) but I ran the K701 off the E10 for some time and it's certainly not bad.

 

Also, I wouldn't use the term "drastic" to describe the effects of any budget amp/dac... it might leave you disappointed wink.gif

post #23900 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The DT 880 Pro is the best of the lot you listed, but it is open and (like the even bigger DT 770 Pro) is quite large--and does not fold or swivel.

 

Since you are only a "maybe" on a portable amp, I will stick to cans that don't rquire an amp.  I will recommend only relatively neutral cans, as they best fit the music to which you listen.

 

The affordable option is the KRK KNS 8400 or Sony MDR-V900HD (if you can still find them).  The Shure SRH 840 is a bit less portable friendly than the KRK, but will also work in a pinch for air travel.

 

Beyond that you are looking at some excellent portable and portable-isn cans, including the Beyer DT 1350, Senn Amperior, Senn Momentum (less portable, more bass) and Audio Technica ATHESW9A.

 

Ok thanks very much for that, some food for thought there.

post #23901 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Don't know your equipment.  That said the Shure SRH 940 is less than $10 over your budget shipped from Amazon.

 
Woops, sorry. I use a Behringer XENYX502 with a AT2020 (If the microphone matters..). And I listen to computer sound through the mixer as well. And I have a Fiio E6 I use with my Klipsch S4. Not sure if the E6 would make a difference. I plan on getting a Fiio E11 or something in that price range. I use the Astro Mixamp when gaming.
post #23902 of 29490
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Originally Posted by demontux View Post

OK NOW FOR REAL.

i have the Q701 and LOVE THEM !!!

 

now i do not have a desktop amp... only have the ffio e5 didnt feel any diff amp or unamped.

 

HOW BIG is the difference with a proper amp for the Q701 ? is it that huge and worth the money ? i am just an ordinary guy i dont do recording or anything, just play HQ music...

my next question is what is the BEST amp\DAC for the Q701 for 80-100$ (perfer to buy from amazon has 100$ gift card)

 

saw ppl talk about the E9 but i see its a dock or something.. dont feel like buying more stuff, just want amp|dac that does the job well and improve drasticly the soundquality of the Q701

 

thanks. :)

An amp only helps to tame the treble, bring out the bass more, and widens the soundstage a bit. To me it doesn't make a huge difference with the $155 JDS Labs Objective 2 amp, but it depends on the person really. I wouldn't mind listening to the K 701 "unamped", as it sounds OK to me straight out of an iPhone 4S, but I think it does sound better and more engaging when properly amped.

 

If you're looking for a DAC/amp under $100, the E7 does a good-enough job for the K 701's. I would purchase the newer E07k DAC/amp since it's has more features than the E7 for a tad bit higher price.

post #23903 of 29490

Ok so I went ahead and ordered my player so my Cowon Z2 should be at my place middle of next week. Now I am trying to finalize my hedphone options

 

The list right now is comprised of:

 

Beyer DT 1350
Audio Technica ATHESW9A
Senn Amperior
Senn momentum
Beyer DT 1350
Shure SRH 940

 

My listening needs are very broad. Anywhere from Metallica, Godsmack, All the Remains, To Classical Symphonies and violinsts, to a very Small number of country and pop, to Mariachi, to select rappers.

 

Each of which really emphasis different frequency ranges.

 

I will say the most common genre I listen to is rock such as metallica and Godsmack, and even when listening to rap I don't prefer my bass to be overpowering, I like the presence but to me it should not overpower or distort the vocalist

 

Perviously I had mentioned that noise cancelling is desired but not needed, but isolation is needed while leakage isn't a concern.

 

Which of the above list would meet my needs?

 

Also if I were to add am amplifier into the equation is there a much better option in the about 300 range?

 

Also if I were to lift the noise isolation requirement completely and want a second pair of IEMS that around below 150 would I get a much better full size head phone option?

post #23904 of 29490

maybe the K701 need a lot of amp power, but with my Q701 i get to decent volume... so why would i spend 200$ for an amp if the different is not huge ? as i mentioned before i am not an audiophile, small changes will not make me happy, only significant change

post #23905 of 29490
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Originally Posted by demontux View Post

maybe the K701 need a lot of amp power, but with my Q701 i get to decent volume... so why would i spend 200$ for an amp if the different is not huge ? as i mentioned before i am not an audiophile, small changes will not make me happy, only significant change

The newer K 701's are nearly identical to the Q 701's; my K 701 gets plenty loud at half volume level with my iPhone 4S. The difference isn't huge, but it allows you to get the last 15% (arbitrary percentage) out of your headphones. If you're looking for a larger difference, usually tube amps can make the whole headphone sound warmer, giving it that analog kind of listening experience....though good tube amps are usually ~$200+.

post #23906 of 29490
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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post

 

No, but it's within your budget, and drives the Q701 pretty well. You were also looking for a dac/amp combo and you will have to pay a lot more money to get a E09K/E17 combo or the like.

 

I would rather step up to the ~$200 range and get something like the O2 or M-Stage (I wish I had done so from the start looking back) but I ran the K701 off the E10 for some time and it's certainly not bad.

 

Also, I wouldn't use the term "drastic" to describe the effects of any budget amp/dac... it might leave you disappointed wink.gif

I completely agree... had the k 701 for a long time with an E10.. worked very well.. but there was no "drastic" difference to a sony mp3 player or a cellphone with neutron player 2 be honest

post #23907 of 29490

I am in the market for new closed headphones that do not requiere an amp (I have one but I want to use them off my iPod videos or Sansa clip+ directly without suffering any loss in sound quality.

 

I am looking for a quality mid-centric closed full size headphone (I have big ears) that can be easily driven by my iPod video or Sansa Clip+ any recommendation anyone?

 

I listen mostly to classic rock and heavy metal, price is not a issue at this moment.

 

Any suggestions?

post #23908 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RugbyPlayer View Post

Ok so I went ahead and ordered my player so my Cowon Z2 should be at my place middle of next week. Now I am trying to finalize my hedphone options

 

The list right now is comprised of:

 

Beyer DT 1350
Audio Technica ATHESW9A
Senn Amperior
Senn momentum
Beyer DT 1350
Shure SRH 940

 

My listening needs are very broad. Anywhere from Metallica, Godsmack, All the Remains, To Classical Symphonies and violinsts, to a very Small number of country and pop, to Mariachi, to select rappers.

 

Each of which really emphasis different frequency ranges.

 

I will say the most common genre I listen to is rock such as metallica and Godsmack, and even when listening to rap I don't prefer my bass to be overpowering, I like the presence but to me it should not overpower or distort the vocalist

 

Perviously I had mentioned that noise cancelling is desired but not needed, but isolation is needed while leakage isn't a concern.

 

Which of the above list would meet my needs?

 

Also if I were to add am amplifier into the equation is there a much better option in the about 300 range?

 

Also if I were to lift the noise isolation requirement completely and want a second pair of IEMS that around below 150 would I get a much better full size head phone option?


Since the DT 1350 (which you list twice & which is on Tyll's Wall of Fame) is currently on closeout for $209, the decision should get easier:

 

http://www.shorelinemusic.com/closeouts/closeout-beyerdynamic-dt1350/

post #23909 of 29490
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Originally Posted by demontux View Post

maybe the K701 need a lot of amp power, but with my Q701 i get to decent volume... so why would i spend 200$ for an amp if the different is not huge ? as i mentioned before i am not an audiophile, small changes will not make me happy, only significant change


Just because you can get loud volume out of a can does not mean that it is being driven properly.  Depending on the can, it can be loud, but is missing most of its bass; sounds very muddy; has a small sound stage, etc. (and sometimes a combo of such things).

post #23910 of 29490
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Originally Posted by cmarti View Post

I am in the market for new closed headphones that do not requiere an amp (I have one but I want to use them off my iPod videos or Sansa clip+ directly without suffering any loss in sound quality.

 

I am looking for a quality mid-centric closed full size headphone (I have big ears) that can be easily driven by my iPod video or Sansa Clip+ any recommendation anyone?

 

I listen mostly to classic rock and heavy metal, price is not a issue at this moment.

 

Any suggestions?


What's your budget?

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