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post #24436 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Get the CAL! and realize that you are not going to get a great deal of sound stage from a $100-ish closed can.

 

Second choice: KRK KNS 6400.

 

Did you listened to these? On what gear? And what music?

Thanks

post #24437 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Get the CAL! and realize that you are not going to get a great deal of sound stage from a $100-ish closed can.

 

Second choice: KRK KNS 6400.

 

Did you listened to these? On what gear? And what music?

Thanks


Yes.  Lots and of many types, including amped and unamped.  Various--mostly genres that existed in the 1970's and before.

 

It's time for you to do your own due diligence, perhaps reading reviews or even listening to them yourself.

post #24438 of 29491

Hi all,

I love music, although admittedly I don't know much about it. I have $300 to spend on some decent headphones that will hopefully add to my enjoyment. Here's what I'm looking for:

 

Have you ever heard the intro The Cranberries song Dreams? Plain and simple, I want to be able to hear that introduction in a way I never have before. Whatever instruments are involved in that intro--bass? Guitar? Etc?--I want to hear with a brand new clarity. I like the intro to Bon Jovi's We Weren't Born to Follow, Foreigner's Hot Blooded and to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama. Much less iconic, but also an intro I enjoy is at the beginning of Lee Brice's Hard to Love. Some of The Killers' songs have intros I like. Most of the music I listen to--whether it's country or pop or rock--has similar extended riffs (if that's even the right term) and that's what I'm interested in hearing.

I'd like the headphones to be over-ear, durable, and portable. I'm a simple girl. I listen to music from my PC at home and on my iPod when using public transportation, so the less sound leakage, the better. That's about it for my requirements.

 

All suggestions are very much appreciated. Also--if anyone can tell me of specific stores where I can actually test out headphones, that would be a huge help. My local Best Buy has about 6 trendy models (Skulls, Beat), with pre-set tracks you can listen to, none of which fit the bill for what I want.

~Margarita

post #24439 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Wildflower81 View Post

Hi all,
I love music, although admittedly I don't know much about it. I have $300 to spend on some decent headphones that will hopefully add to my enjoyment. Here's what I'm looking for:

Have you ever heard the intro The Cranberries song Dreams? Plain and simple, I want to be able to hear that introduction in a way I never have before. Whatever instruments are involved in that intro--bass? Guitar? Etc?--I want to hear with a brand new clarity. I like the intro to Bon Jovi's We Weren't Born to Follow, Foreigner's Hot Blooded and to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama. Much less iconic, but also an intro I enjoy is at the beginning of Lee Brice's Hard to Love. Some of The Killers' songs have intros I like. Most of the music I listen to--whether it's country or pop or rock--has similar extended riffs (if that's even the right term) and that's what I'm interested in hearing.
I'd like the headphones to be over-ear, durable, and portable. I'm a simple girl. I listen to music from my PC at home and on my iPod when using public transportation, so the less sound leakage, the better. That's about it for my requirements.

All suggestions are very much appreciated. Also--if anyone can tell me of specific stores where I can actually test out headphones, that would be a huge help. My local Best Buy has about 6 trendy models (Skulls, Beat), with pre-set tracks you can listen to, none of which fit the bill for what I want.
~Margarita

Do they need to be portable? Would you consider buying a cheap Fiio amp to powrr the headphones?
post #24440 of 29491

I'm ashamed to admit I don't even know how an amp works in conjunction with headphones. Where would you plug one in? Does it go somewhere on the headphones, or into the musical device being used? I'm open to anything that I can easily carry around with me.

Thanks for your feedback. :) 

post #24441 of 29491
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I'm ashamed to admit I don't even know how an amp works in conjunction with headphones. Where would you plug one in? Does it go somewhere on the headphones, or into the musical device being used? I'm open to anything that I can easily carry around with me.

Thanks for your feedback. :) 

Get an E11. You just put it inline between your player and the headphones. The player plugs into the "in" port (Minijack) of the amp and your phones plug into the "out" port on the Amp. I use a rubber band to keep them together. You can also buy a "line out" adapter for iPods if that is your source. 

post #24442 of 29491

So I should get the amp and adapter instead of new headphones then?

post #24443 of 29491

Hi - sorry to butt in - I reckon I'm looking for something similar to Margarita.

 

I posted a new thread because I didn't see this one (I'm so unobservant - embarassed face) so I'm sorry if this looks familiar - I'll try and delete the other thread.

 

I'm looking for some headphones that will be relatively portable - in that about 99% of the time I'll be plugging them into my iphone 4S, and the other 1% of the time I'll be plugging them into my dinosaur-aged computer.

 

I've been reading headphone reviews for hours and have come to a tentative decision that Beyer Custom One Pros might be the headphones for me...any thoughts?

 

Some info:

I'd like to be able to use the headphones without an amp because I want them to be as portable as possible.

It's important the headphones don't leak noise out from them (I don't know what the technical term is) because I need to be able to use them in libraries/quiet studying places without annoying other people trying to concentrate!

I'm a girl, and my head is not the biggest of heads, so the headphones need to have a good fit.

They kinda need to be comfy, because I need to be able to study for hours at a time without unhappy ears distracting me.

My budget is about £200.

 

I'm not an audiophile but sound quality is important to me - it's a balancing act between practicality, sound quality and price.  If I wasn't bothered about practicality I wouldn't be posting - I'd probably just buy the dt770s.  Ideally I want something that will run straight off my iphone (4s) without leaching all of the battery life out of it in half an hour, and at a volume I can hear.  (I know amps also increase quality of sound).

 

As an aside, I've come across a couple of pairs of second hand Denon DT2000s for sale.  I've read such amazing things about these headphones that I wonder whether I'd be making a mistake not to go for them?  Would I need an amp?  What do people think is a reasonable price for 2nd hand DT2000s?

 

Any help would be so much appreciated.  I've quite literally trawled this site for about 10 hours today and I feel so lost! :p 

 

Jess x

post #24444 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Wildflower81 View Post

Hi all,

I love music, although admittedly I don't know much about it. I have $300 to spend on some decent headphones that will hopefully add to my enjoyment. Here's what I'm looking for:

 

Have you ever heard the intro The Cranberries song Dreams? Plain and simple, I want to be able to hear that introduction in a way I never have before. Whatever instruments are involved in that intro--bass? Guitar? Etc?--I want to hear with a brand new clarity. I like the intro to Bon Jovi's We Weren't Born to Follow, Foreigner's Hot Blooded and to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama. Much less iconic, but also an intro I enjoy is at the beginning of Lee Brice's Hard to Love. Some of The Killers' songs have intros I like. Most of the music I listen to--whether it's country or pop or rock--has similar extended riffs (if that's even the right term) and that's what I'm interested in hearing.

I'd like the headphones to be over-ear, durable, and portable. I'm a simple girl. I listen to music from my PC at home and on my iPod when using public transportation, so the less sound leakage, the better. That's about it for my requirements.

 

All suggestions are very much appreciated. Also--if anyone can tell me of specific stores where I can actually test out headphones, that would be a huge help. My local Best Buy has about 6 trendy models (Skulls, Beat), with pre-set tracks you can listen to, none of which fit the bill for what I want.

~Margarita


If you really want to keep things simple--and get very good quality sound--you can.  You can have all the things you asked for and spend about half your budget.  Get the KRK KNS 8400.  If you want to spend your entire budget and are willing to go with an on ear can, get the Senn Amperior, Audio Technica ATHESW9A or the Beyer DT 1350--which can be found on sale for just $209 here:

 

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

 

If you want to crazy with an amp and maybe cans that need one, do that down the line.

 

Of course if you can hear them for yourself--especially your own music on your own equipment--that's preferred.  Absent that read some reliable reviews.  In addition to what you can find here, this is a great resource with which to start:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/headphonereviews

 

Be aware that headphone comfort is a very individual--and important--thing.  Also some people are more sensitive to things, like the way treble is presented, than others.  That's why its best to try--and keep them on your head for a while--before you buy, or at least be able to return them easily.

post #24445 of 29491
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Originally Posted by jessthebest View Post

Hi - sorry to butt in - I reckon I'm looking for something similar to Margarita.

 

I posted a new thread because I didn't see this one (I'm so unobservant - embarassed face) so I'm sorry if this looks familiar - I'll try and delete the other thread.

 

I'm looking for some headphones that will be relatively portable - in that about 99% of the time I'll be plugging them into my iphone 4S, and the other 1% of the time I'll be plugging them into my dinosaur-aged computer.

 

I've been reading headphone reviews for hours and have come to a tentative decision that Beyer Custom One Pros might be the headphones for me...any thoughts?

 

Some info:

I'd like to be able to use the headphones without an amp because I want them to be as portable as possible.

It's important the headphones don't leak noise out from them (I don't know what the technical term is) because I need to be able to use them in libraries/quiet studying places without annoying other people trying to concentrate!

I'm a girl, and my head is not the biggest of heads, so the headphones need to have a good fit.

They kinda need to be comfy, because I need to be able to study for hours at a time without unhappy ears distracting me.

My budget is about £200.

 

I'm not an audiophile but sound quality is important to me - it's a balancing act between practicality, sound quality and price.  If I wasn't bothered about practicality I wouldn't be posting - I'd probably just buy the dt770s.  Ideally I want something that will run straight off my iphone (4s) without leaching all of the battery life out of it in half an hour, and at a volume I can hear.  (I know amps also increase quality of sound).

 

As an aside, I've come across a couple of pairs of second hand Denon DT2000s for sale.  I've read such amazing things about these headphones that I wonder whether I'd be making a mistake not to go for them?  Would I need an amp?  What do people think is a reasonable price for 2nd hand DT2000s?

 

Any help would be so much appreciated.  I've quite literally trawled this site for about 10 hours today and I feel so lost! :p 

 

Jess x


The D2000's are great cans, but don't get them.  They are not suitable for portable use.   They come with a very long and thick cord.  They leak sound a great deal for a closed can and do not isolate well.  They are also big and not really built to be tossed around in backpack or the like.


Edited by KG Jag - 2/9/13 at 5:33pm
post #24446 of 29491
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The D2000's are great cans, but don't get them.  They are not suitable for portable use.   They come with a very long and thick cord.  They leak sound a great deal for a closed can and do not isolate well.

 

Thank you so much - that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for! :D

 

How do you think the COPs match up against my (rather long) list of requirements?  If you don't rate the COPs do you have any other suggestions?

post #24447 of 29491
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Originally Posted by jessthebest View Post

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The D2000's are great cans, but don't get them.  They are not suitable for portable use.   They come with a very long and thick cord.  They leak sound a great deal for a closed can and do not isolate well.

 

Thank you so much - that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for! :D

 

How do you think the COPs match up against my (rather long) list of requirements?  If you don't rate the COPs do you have any other suggestions?


Sorry--I haven't heard them yet.

post #24448 of 29491
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Sorry--I haven't heard them yet.

No probs - thanks for the advice on the D2000s!

 

....Anyone else have anything to say about the COPs?

post #24449 of 29491

Oh dear.  I've just managed to thoroughly confuse myself by looking up IEMs.  Would a decent pair of IEMs suit my needs more?

post #24450 of 29491

My question for today is what pair of headphones will be best for me. I listen to most types of music but mostly folk and heavy metal. I have a $400 price range but id dont know if i should put some of it into an amp. I have been thinking about the hifiman he-400 and he-300. I don't know what amp would be best but i want a desktop amp and would prefer tube. I can do some diy but i have very little practice so nothing to hard, and no surface mount if possible (that stuff is the bane of my existence). I dont want overly detailed headphones cause the give me a headache after a while. I want them to be open if possible but it is not a necessity. It is however necessary that they have a removable cord. If they sound better with a different cord please mention that. I think that is all but feel free to ask for any info i left out. thanks for any replies.

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