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post #24586 of 29491

So it's been asked a few times, but there's always new models coming out and I want to find a pair that fits my needs exactly.

I'm looking for a CLOSED back headphone with an exceptional soundstage. I know open backs have better soundstage, but I use my headphones in the public more often than in the privacy of my home. All I'm really looking for is a pair of headphones that can transport me far away from my current surroundings and I can really clearly imagine where the instruments are, especially in a noisy setting (i.e. a restaurant). So, a nice seal with great soundstage.

I don't have a particular genre I listen to, but I typically don't listen to metal or country.

Price range, I'd say under 1k but I will go as far as 1.5k in order to have the ultimate listening experience.

post #24587 of 29491

Hello guys! Hope you can help me.

 

I just bought a AKG K44 for home mixings (I know I shouldnt mix on headphones, but I need SOMETHING to mix because I do a lot of VST recordings late at night) but it sounded like crap on my onboard soundcard. Specially the bass sounded completly awful.

 

Also, I'm looking to buy a audio interface, more probably a M-Audio Fast Track II.

 

My questions are:

 

1) Will the sound quality of K44 improve significantly on Fast Track II? 

 

2) If not, what headphone would be good to use on the fast track? I heard that high impedance headpones would not sound good on it. What would be the impedance limit? 

post #24588 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Don't know your equipment, but the at 44 Ohms and Sensitivity of 105 dB/mW, it would be a very weak sister who could not push it.  The 440 has a relatively balance sound, but is clearly not as well delivered as is the 840.

 

The Superlux leaks.  Whether it leaks to much is only for you to determine.  It is also less efficient and is marginal unamped by an iPhone.  It is bright, with a spike in the high mids/low treble.  If you are going to toss it into a backpack, it may not last too long.

 


As far as gear goes I have an old Nakamichi RE-3 speaker amp, a Pansonic Technics SL 1300 direct drive turntable, a macbook pro, and a HTC EVO LTE smartphone. My concern here is that I don't have the coin to specialize, so whatever I get needs to be good all around. I also am new to this (the best headphones I've owned have been a $30 pair of on ear philliips and the Sony MDR-XD300) so I'm not sure what will be able to plug in to my unaltered macbook and smartphone headphone jacks and sound decent.

 

Are you saying that both the SRH 440 and the Superlux would need a portable amplification to be used as on the go sound? Unfortunately the 840s are out of my price range (I can only really spend $100 on this set up, despite my aspirations). How would the Creative Aurvana Live's stack up to these?

 

Thank you for your help, it is appreciated.

post #24589 of 29491

Hi guys,

 

I'm looking to add a pair of headphones to my collection specifically for jazz and vocal music (mostly female voice and generally mellow music). Right now my current setup is a DT990/600 and an O2/ODAC combo. I'd like to keep this is the $250ish range, but absolutely no more than $300. I've heard good things about the q701 and k701/702 for jazz/vocals, and I've also heard the HD600/650 would be good if I can get them at my price used. Would these be good for my needs/budget or should I be looking at a different pair?

 

Also to help finance this, I'd like to sell my M50s that are a couple months old. They've also been modded to be detachable. How much could I get for it?

 

Thanks!

post #24590 of 29491

Hello. I am new to Head-Fi and am looking for some recommendations on closed full size headphones which will best suit my needs. I need something which is portable and fairly lightweight with good isolation and little sound leakage, as I spend a considerable amount of time either on public transport or at my high school. I would also like something which is not overly ostentatious looks wise. Sound wise, I would like something which is either fairly neutral or with a slight bass emphasis. Although sound is very important, more important for my needs will be portability, isolation, and subtle looks.  I am looking to spend around $150. Although I understand there has been a bit of a M50 backlash, is it still a killer deal now that prices have stabilized at ~$120, or is there better to be had at the price? 

post #24591 of 29491
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Originally Posted by addisonhughes View Post

Hello. I am new to Head-Fi and am looking for some recommendations on closed full size headphones which will best suit my needs. I need something which is portable and fairly lightweight with good isolation and little sound leakage, as I spend a considerable amount of time either on public transport or at my high school. I would also like something which is not overly ostentatious looks wise. Sound wise, I would like something which is either fairly neutral or with a slight bass emphasis. Although sound is very important, more important for my needs will be portability, isolation, and subtle looks.  I am looking to spend around $150. Although I understand there has been a bit of a M50 backlash, is it still a killer deal now that prices have stabilized at ~$120, or is there better to be had at the price? 

 

My 2 cents: save up $30 more and get a pair of refurbished Amperiors for $175.

post #24592 of 29491
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Hi guys,

 

I'm looking to add a pair of headphones to my collection specifically for jazz and vocal music (mostly female voice and generally mellow music). Right now my current setup is a DT990/600 and an O2/ODAC combo. I'd like to keep this is the $250ish range, but absolutely no more than $300. I've heard good things about the q701 and k701/702 for jazz/vocals, and I've also heard the HD600/650 would be good if I can get them at my price used. Would these be good for my needs/budget or should I be looking at a different pair?

 

Also to help finance this, I'd like to sell my M50s that are a couple months old. They've also been modded to be detachable. How much could I get for it?

 

Thanks!

You may really enjoy the shure sr940. They are incredible for vocals and jazz because of the beautiful treble they have to offer. You could try and find a used hd600 too.

post #24593 of 29491

Hello everyone, this is my first post on here & I was hoping to get some good advice. I currently use a pair of Klipsch Image s4's with a Fiio E06 amp on my iPod touch. I'm looking to upgrade to a pair of headphones and am interested in the Grado SR225i & Sennheiser HD598. I'm looking for a set of cans that have a natural sound and won't add artificial bass. I listen to a variety of genres (metal, rap, house to name a few) so I'm looking to see which has a more balanced sound.

 

Also, I see that the audio technica ath-m50 gets recommended a lot should I consider those too?

post #24594 of 29491
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Originally Posted by SgtAbbey View Post

Hello everyone, this is my first post on here & I was hoping to get some good advice. I currently use a pair of Klipsch Image s4's with a Fiio E06 amp on my iPod touch. I'm looking to upgrade to a pair of headphones and am interested in the Grado SR225i & Sennheiser HD598. I'm looking for a set of cans that have a natural sound and won't add artificial bass. I listen to a variety of genres (metal, rap, house to name a few) so I'm looking to see which has a more balanced sound.

 

Also, I see that the audio technica ath-m50 gets recommended a lot should I consider those too?

I'd probably lean towards the Senn HD598 but you do realise they're open cans?

post #24595 of 29491
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Originally Posted by FlobHobNob View Post

You may really enjoy the shure sr940. They are incredible for vocals and jazz because of the beautiful treble they have to offer. You could try and find a used hd600 too.

 

Thanks for the input. I've been glancing over the marketplace here to see if anything pops up, so I'll keep my eye out for that too. How's the soundstage on the shures though? One thing I really liked (amount many others) coming from my m50s to the 990s was how airy and open things sounded.

post #24596 of 29491
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I'd probably lean towards the Senn HD598 but you do realise they're open cans?

Do you have any sealed can recommendations? I'm actually fine with either type

post #24597 of 29491

Do I need a offboard sound card to use a AKG K240 Studio ? I know if I had a offboard sound it would be much better. However, i dont have (i use laptop). Can I use this headphone without problems ?

post #24598 of 29491
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Originally Posted by bavman View Post

 

Thanks for the input. I've been glancing over the marketplace here to see if anything pops up, so I'll keep my eye out for that too. How's the soundstage on the shures though? One thing I really liked (amount many others) coming from my m50s to the 990s was how airy and open things sounded.

Soundstage on the Shures is excellent. In terms of sheer detail, I doubt anything can beat the Shure in it's price range. I have a virtually new pair up for sale if you're interested.

post #24599 of 29491
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Originally Posted by SgtAbbey View Post

Do you have any sealed can recommendations? I'm actually fine with either type

Do they need to be portable? I'd have a look at the Soundmagic HP100's. I owned a pair of them and was very impressed by their detail, tonality, slightly warm almost neutral presentation. They have decent bass punch but only when the song calls for it. These headphones really are an overlooked gem in the headphone world I believe. A great all-rounder.

post #24600 of 29491
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Don't know what your tab will be in Australia, but cans generally seen to be on the same tier as the DT 880 include the Q701, HD 600 and HD 650.

 

Almost as good and much easier to drive is the Audio Technica ATH-AD900--and probably the new "X" version.


Yeah the Sennheisers are definitely out of my price range. They're more expensive than the Beyers. I'm looking around for the audio technicas. Any other suggestions?

 

I am definitely not an analytical listener. I require the headphones to put life into the music. I read the Grados are good at doing that but i'm not sure if they're great for jazz though.

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