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post #25096 of 29491

Hi Everyone,

 

I came to seek advice on getting a gaming headset.  I will be playing PS3 and plan to use my receiver as an amplifier, so I figured I could invest in some nice headphones.

 

My main concern is to have an open air and straight coiled headset with good soundstage.  I have had HA-RX900, HD280 and ATH-M50s in the past and the last two were terrible for soundstage, so I want to tailor this purchase more towards that goal.  I used to play competitive games and I'd never be able to tell where sounds were coming from if I didn't use my RX900s.

 

I have looked at many reviews including MadLust's great guide, but I am still on the fence between the AKG Q701 and the Beyerdynamic DT990.

 

I hear they both have great soundstage and are comfortable, but the Beyer has more bass and treble, which some people have found annoying (mostly the treble part).

 

Coming from my two pairs of headsets, which do you think will be the better upgrade?  Is the AKG's bass really all that bad?  From the graphs it seems I've been spoiled with bass, so maybe I'll be really unhappy?  Graph

 

I tried to go to Bestbuy today to try the AKG's on but they only had one pair and they wouldn't let me open it to try them out.  I haven't seen any Beyers locally, but if I go with them, since I really dislike coiled cords, I'll probably have to get the Premium version.

 

If I go with Beyers, should get the 250 or 600 Ohm version?  I am under the impression the 600 Ohm version has smaller drivers so it is a more accurate device.  Since I'm running this off a receiver, I thought I shouldn't have any problem driving it.

 

Thanks for your help, audiophiles!

post #25097 of 29491
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Originally Posted by kabeero View Post

Hi Everyone,

 

I came to seek advice on getting a gaming headset.  I will be playing PS3 and plan to use my receiver as an amplifier, so I figured I could invest in some nice headphones.

 

My main concern is to have an open air and straight coiled headset with good soundstage.  I have had HA-RX900, HD280 and ATH-M50s in the past and the last two were terrible for soundstage, so I want to tailor this purchase more towards that goal.  I used to play competitive games and I'd never be able to tell where sounds were coming from if I didn't use my RX900s.

 

I have looked at many reviews including MadLust's great guide, but I am still on the fence between the AKG Q701 and the Beyerdynamic DT990.

 

I hear they both have great soundstage and are comfortable, but the Beyer has more bass and treble, which some people have found annoying (mostly the treble part).

 

Coming from my two pairs of headsets, which do you think will be the better upgrade?  Is the AKG's bass really all that bad?  From the graphs it seems I've been spoiled with bass, so maybe I'll be really unhappy?  Graph

 

I tried to go to Bestbuy today to try the AKG's on but they only had one pair and they wouldn't let me open it to try them out.  I haven't seen any Beyers locally, but if I go with them, since I really dislike coiled cords, I'll probably have to get the Premium version.

 

If I go with Beyers, should get the 250 or 600 Ohm version?  I am under the impression the 600 Ohm version has smaller drivers so it is a more accurate device.  Since I'm running this off a receiver, I thought I shouldn't have any problem driving it.

 

Thanks for your help, audiophiles!


If you are a basshead of any stripe, you will find the bass of the Q701 to be insufficient.  The bass on the Q701 extends well, but it won't give you that punch that bassheads crave.  On the other hand the DT 990 has recessed mids.  In summary if you want bass punch, go with the Beyer.  If you want balanced mids, a bigger, better sound stage and greater clarity--go with the AKG.  The Beyer is a more colored and "fun" can, while the AKG is m,ore balanced and analytical.

 

The headphone out jacks on modern A/V receivers are a crap shoot.  If you have a Yamaha Adventage receiver, you should be OK with either choice, but there a large number of receivers that won't properly power either choice--even the 250 Ohm version of the Beyer.

post #25098 of 29491

Hey everyone,

 

I got a pair of Grado sr60i's for Christmas a year ago and really love them.  However, I have been bitten by the bug to buy again.  

 

I would prefer to go with an over the ear model this time, my price range is between $100 and $150 and I listen to a fairly wide variety of genres, but mostly rock music. 

 

Thanks!

post #25099 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


If you are a basshead of any stripe, you will find the bass of the Q701 to be insufficient.  The bass on the Q701 extends well, but it won't give you that punch that bassheads crave.  On the other hand the DT 990 has recessed mids.  In summary if you want bass punch, go with the Beyer.  If you want balanced mids, a bigger, better sound stage and greater clarity--go with the AKG.  The Beyer is a more colored and "fun" can, while the AKG is m,ore balanced and analytical.

 

The headphone out jacks on modern A/V receivers are a crap shoot.  If you have a Yamaha Adventage receiver, you should be OK with either choice, but there a large number of receivers that won't properly power either choice--even the 250 Ohm version of the Beyer.

 

Thanks for the info.  I'll have to do more research on my Yamaha RX-V867 but I found out my Traktor S4 board can handle up to 600 Ohms, so I may use that to drive them.  I generally listen to music with a lot of bass, so I think the DT990's will be the better choice.

post #25100 of 29491
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Originally Posted by mrignatious2 View Post

Hey everyone,

 

I got a pair of Grado sr60i's for Christmas a year ago and really love them.  However, I have been bitten by the bug to buy again.  

 

I would prefer to go with an over the ear model this time, my price range is between $100 and $150 and I listen to a fairly wide variety of genres, but mostly rock music. 

 

Thanks!

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

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

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

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

post #25101 of 29491
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Originally Posted by wredj10 View Post

Looking for closed full size headphones for comfort reasons, though will consider smaller portable headphones

 

looking emphasized bass, headphones good with dance , electronic, pop, rock, etc

 

Looking at a price of around 200 - 500 USD
 

considering:

 

Beyerdynamic Custom Pro 1, Beyerdynamic DT 770,

AKG K550

audio technica pro700

fischer audio FA-011

Denon D400/D600

D2000/5000 (Less due to price increase)

Logitech UE6000

Sony XB900/X series (best buy model ) Build quality didn't seem great

Sony XB1000

Ultrasone Pro900

 

 

 

Good closed headphones with emphasized bass, in order of quality imo (and cost) are D5000 > D2000 > K550 > UE6000 > SRH840 > M50 > M100 > DT770

post #25102 of 29491

Hi all,

 

I have just joined the forum and know very little about headphone quality so need a bit of help. I am currently looking for some mid range over ear headphones (£50 to £100) that are best for listening to Hip-Hop and Rap. I have done a bit of research into this and have a shortlist, but I still can't decide which ones to go for. These are the 3 I am stuck between, but I am open to any other opinions you may have on different models. I will be using these headphone to play music from my phone through Spotify if that makes a difference.

 

1. Ultrasone HFI-580 £100

2. Audio Technica ATH-WS55 £60

3. AKG K618DJ £65

 

If anyone can give their thoughts on these choices and also any other headphones that come under this spec then it would be much appreciated.

 

Cheers.


Edited by Packard1990 - 2/21/13 at 3:26am
post #25103 of 29491

Hello, I'm looking for an entrance into the world of the audiophile and was wondering what would be best for me:

 

  • Budget of around £250 ($380).
  • I will mainly be listening to music and playing games, but will occasionally watch films.
  • Genres I like include Rock, Electronic, Classical, Folk etc.
  • I think I would prefer more neutral headphones with no emphasis on any particular frequency (so they are suitable for a wide variety of music genres and are closest to the true sound).
  • The source will be lossless files on my PC.

 

I have looked at the Sennheiser HD600s and think they would be a good match, but they would consume the entire budget. My question is, should I get these headphones and run them from my motherboard for the time being until I can get an amp, or get cheaper headphones like the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s and combine them with an amp?

 

I know that in order to get the most out of the HD600s, an amp is necessary, but will it be sufficient for the short term to run them from my motherboard? Also, it may be cheaper in the long term as I will be less inclined to upgrade to a new set of headphones.

 

Thanks for the help!

post #25104 of 29491
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http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=ATHA900XRB

code DIG5 = $125.

 

Woke up this morning with a minor ear irritation -- I get these sometimes because of the pressure from the IEM seal -- so to save torturing myself any longer with more research into headphones, I sprang for these. My wife's going to kill me, but at least it'll be with happy ears! Thanks for the recommendation! They do indeed seem to be the best bang for the buck.

post #25105 of 29491
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Originally Posted by dryvadeum View Post


I think the Beyers will be quite bass heavy and have more of a v shaped presentation where as the HP100's are more neutral and well balanced.

STil debationg the HP100s vs teh Beyer DT770 or the Custom Pro. I just found a good price on CustomPro any thoughts on these compared to HP100s. PArticularly on noise isolation?

post #25106 of 29491
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Originally Posted by jmkma View Post

STil debationg the HP100s vs teh Beyer DT770 or the Custom Pro. I just found a good price on CustomPro any thoughts on these compared to HP100s. PArticularly on noise isolation?

And just for hahas, what about K271 MK II at much lower price point. Man, I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger....

post #25107 of 29491
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Originally Posted by mswobo View Post

Looking to buy my first pair. I'm 3 hours from any audio daler who stocks the big names... So I will be purchasing without a demo.

Thinking of the the Grado 125 and 225's. Will be using them with an accuphase preamp, adcom amp, rega TT and with an adapter to my iPhone and Galaxy S3. Listen to classic rock, blues and jazz.

Important to me:
Soundstage
Comfort
Durability

Any advice for the newbie would be appreciated.

 

Hi


Not so much comfort to be honest :s

post #25108 of 29491

Hello everyone. Accidentally made a new post for this because me no do good. Rectifying that by placing it here instead.

 

I'm relatively new to the audiophile world, but have learned much from my short time here. The original reason I was brought here was to get the best audio setup on my PC for competitive gaming. I think I've achieved that. Started with the AD700 and X-Fi Titanium HD, then recently moved to the AKG K702 powered by the FiiO E09K. I couldn't be happier and now I'm thinking about grabbing a good pair of cans for general use. As much as I love (and I do mean LOVE) the AD700 and K702 for gaming, I'm not all that much of a fan of them for music and movies. The more I try out different headphones, the more my tastes are refining and here's what I've learned so far as well as some of the requirements I have for my next cans.

 

  • I will mostly be using these in my office and, therefore, am looking for a closed-back headphone.
  • I can power it with an amp and DAC if need be. Currently, I am using the FiiO E07K at work which seems to do quite well with my K702.
  • I love the soundstage and airiness of the AD700 and K702.
  • I don't like the polite of bass of the AD700 and, to a lesser extent, the K702 for music and movies.
  • I like the bass from the DT 990 Pro, but don't consider myself a bass head.
  • I'd like to spend no more than $300, but if there is something out there worth the price of admission, I'd consider it.
  • My tastes in music and movies absolutely run the entire gamut. Looking for an all-arounder.
  • It doesn't have to be portable, but I'd like to to be somewhat visually low key. This is a very low priority, though.

 

In general, I'm looking for a relatively airy, all-arounder, closed-back headphone that doesn't lack bass (but isn't bass heavy). I was going to start with the DT 770 Pro and go from there. I've also heard great things about the Denon D7000, but that's out of my price range for now. I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts and see what you'd recommend.

 

Thanks! beerchug.gif

post #25109 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Intrinsion View Post

Hello, I'm looking for an entrance into the world of the audiophile and was wondering what would be best for me:

 

  • Budget of around £250 ($380).
  • I will mainly be listening to music and playing games, but will occasionally watch films.
  • Genres I like include Rock, Electronic, Classical, Folk etc.
  • I think I would prefer more neutral headphones with no emphasis on any particular frequency (so they are suitable for a wide variety of music genres and are closest to the true sound).
  • The source will be lossless files on my PC.

 

I have looked at the Sennheiser HD600s and think they would be a good match, but they would consume the entire budget. My question is, should I get these headphones and run them from my motherboard for the time being until I can get an amp, or get cheaper headphones like the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s and combine them with an amp?

 

I know that in order to get the most out of the HD600s, an amp is necessary, but will it be sufficient for the short term to run them from my motherboard? Also, it may be cheaper in the long term as I will be less inclined to upgrade to a new set of headphones.

 

Thanks for the help!


The HD 600 is an excellent choice, but needs an amp.

 

The M50 is a very bad choice.  With its "V" shaped EQ it is far from neutral and its mids are recessed.  Unlike the HD 600, it is a closed can that has a limited sound stage--which is not what you want for movies and gaming.

 

I assume that you know that open cans like the HD 600 leak sound and isolate poorly and that you are OK with that.

post #25110 of 29491

New here guys, first post.

Not a huge audiophile by any means, but I really do appreciate quality sound.

History: Bought a 5.1 HTIB when I went to college. Just upgraded to a 5.1 Definitive technology system (BP8040 towers, 8040 Center, 8040 surrounds). Really like the system, but I understand and can still identify better quality sound. Spent some time in Minnesota at the Bosch facility that produces the EV speakers that are used by the Dallas Cowboys, Kenney Chesney, etc. Was blown away by their quality.

 

Having said that, I'm looking to upgrade my desk setup. I'm currently using integrated audio from my motherboard and a Razer Carcharias headset since that's all I've needed until now.

 

Budget: Lets say $700 and I need a DAC and the headphones.

Music: 70's rock, 90's rock.

 

Things I've been looking at personally:

Sennheiser HD598

O2+ODAC

Schiit Magni/Modi

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