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Seeking Headphone Recommendations

 

Hello all,

New user here but I've been lurking the boards for over a month or so now.  I'm looking to upgrade my headphones, which won't be too hard considering I'm using HD280's currently.  I've had the 280s for a few years.  They've served their purpose, but I have been rather disappointed by them overall (small soundstage, very little bass, requires an amp to get to levels I would consider loud).

 

Preferences:

I will be primarily using these for gaming and music (about 60-70% gaming, rest music).  I play various types of games, usually one at a time for a few months.  Currently I'm mostly into FPS's (BF3).

As for music, I tend to listen to a lot of electronica, folksy stuff, post-rock, and any combination of those.  I also listen to a good amount of experimental stuff.  Some of my favorites sounds (when played through good equipment...) is deep, very synthesized, low Hz bass notes.  Not punchy stuff like dubstep (actually kind of hate dubstep), but bass notes that get dragged out with minimal attacks and resonate a bit (e.g. DJ Trentemoller).

 

Current Equipment:

My desktop PC has a Creative Sound Blaster Z.  This has a pretty solid HP amp within it and great fidelity.  My current HD280s have to be set at some of the lowest settings for non-ear-shattering volume levels.

 I do have a low end, but decent, 5.1 system (JVC TH-G31) hooked up to my PC also (through SPDIF), so I tend to use that when I want to watch movies or listen to music while I'm moving around.  These headphones will be used solely when I'm sitting down at my computer (or my work computer, potentially).  

 

Features Sought (in order of priority):

  1. Quality Bass.  I'm not a bass-head, but I thoroughly enjoy very full, smooth sounding bass (some of my favorite sounds are found in down-tempo electronica, e.g. Trentemoller for a quick example)
  2. Great Soundstage.  Mainly for gaming purposes, e.g. excellent positional cues.
  3. Comfort. Could be wearing these anywhere from 1-5 hours at a time.  Would like to be able to achieve the 'forgot they're on' comfort level.
  4. Would highly prefer closed headphones, but I understand it's hard to come by closed 'phones that offer a large soundstage. Sound-leakage reduction is a bonus where possible.
  5. Drive-able without amp. I wouldn't be taking these out much, but I would like to use them at work occasionally and would prefer not to have to lug around an amp when I do so.  They will be plugged into my soundcard at home, so that's not an issue overall.

 

Budget and Current Considerations:

My budget for some new headphones is up to $300, but will only hit the higher end of this if it's absolutely favorable to do so.  I would like to stick around the $200 mark realistically.

Some headphones I've been eyeing thus far are as follows:

  • AKG Q701 (refurbished or used)
  • Beyerdynamic DT 990
  • Sennheisser HD 598
  • Logitech UE6000
  • Buying two sets: AKG A(D)700 (for gaming) and ATH M50s for music

 

 

So, there you have it.  Any input/opinions would be highly appreciated!

 

Thanks,

-robeot

post #25172 of 29491

Am looking to purchase a colorfly c4. Has anyone got any views for headphones to pair it with? needs to be under £300. Tempted by the sennheiser momentums. But going by reviews of the c4 the 6.3mm jack provides a better output sound, would the momentum be suitable?

post #25173 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Realizing that you are not going to get the same level of soundstage and airy sound in a closed can that you can get with an open one, the Shure SRH 940 is a good choice.  It is a not a bass heavy can by any stretch.  It is quite neutral.  You will need an amp.

Knowing I'll be going out this weekend to test some cans, are there any others I should be adding to the mix force parison purposes? What do you think of the K550 and should it be on that list?
post #25174 of 29491

I don't know much about IEMs. I've only been actively searching around the ears headphones. Can someone tell me more about them and list a few with good praise? Do IEMs have nice soundstages?

post #25175 of 29491
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Originally Posted by dirbianconeri View Post

Am looking to purchase a colorfly c4. Has anyone got any views for headphones to pair it with? needs to be under £300. Tempted by the sennheiser momentums. But going by reviews of the c4 the 6.3mm jack provides a better output sound, would the momentum be suitable?

It depends on what you listen to.

post #25176 of 29491
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Originally Posted by goatmilk View Post

I don't know much about IEMs. I've only been actively searching around the ears headphones. Can someone tell me more about them and list a few with good praise? Do IEMs have nice soundstages?

This should help explain things. Also, welcome to the website your wallet will hate you! : http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

post #25177 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Realizing that you are not going to get the same level of soundstage and airy sound in a closed can that you can get with an open one, the Shure SRH 940 is a good choice.  It is a not a bass heavy can by any stretch.  It is quite neutral.  You will need an amp.

Knowing I'll be going out this weekend to test some cans, are there any others I should be adding to the mix force parison purposes? What do you think of the K550 and should it be on that list?


I like the AKG, but is more in the bassy (but balanced) direction.  It's not are airy and detailed as the Shure.

 

I doubt that you will find them, but I also like the Japanese import Sony MDR-CD900ST.

post #25178 of 29491
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Originally Posted by goatmilk View Post

I don't know much about IEMs. I've only been actively searching around the ears headphones. Can someone tell me more about them and list a few with good praise? Do IEMs have nice soundstages?

 

There is a recommendations thread in the portable headphones, IEM section of the forum:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/596233/buying-portable-or-in-ear-headphones-seeking-guidance-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here

post #25179 of 29491
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I like the AKG, but is more in the bassy (but balanced) direction.  It's not are airy and detailed as the Shure.

I doubt that you will find them, but I also like the Japanese import Sony MDR-CD900ST.
I have a set of their twin brothers, the mdr-v7. While theyre very detailed i would hesitate to call them airy. Theyre not congested either, but the soundstage is rather tight and spherical. Given a listen to a set of mdr-v6 if you can. If you like the sound but want smoother highs, tighter more extended bass and all around better clarity its worth the trouble to import them.
post #25180 of 29491
As my signature shows, I'm currently running a Sennheiser HD 555 off my Schiit M&M stack. For the most part, I enjoy the (relative) neutrality, the comfort, the layering, and the decent sound stage these cans have to offer. However, I find their mids to be somewhat lacking, and I would most definitely want to see improvements to the clarity/transparency of the sound. So I am turning to the fine Head-Fi folks for some advice.

I generally listen to soft rock, pop, classical, and different ballroom dancing music. In some ways, I am looking for a supercharged version of my HD 555, but with improvements to various aspects, esp some stronger mids and better clarity. I have fallen in love with both the Sennheiser HD 700 and HD 800 (esp the HD 800) after a brief encounter, but in the forseeable future (of 6-12+ months), they remain totally out of reach. So I am looking for some suggestions on how I should go about improving my audio experiences.

1) Is there something in the $200 - $500 range that I can look at for the short term?

2) Is there something in the $500 - $1500 range that I should keep drooling over as I save up my pennies? (Never mind that they are actually being taken out of circulation here in Canucksville now...)

3) Should I just suck it up and start saving for the HD 800 once and for all?

All suggestions would be very much welcomed.
post #25181 of 29491
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Originally Posted by drmrwt View Post

Need a pair of full sized cans and a dac/amp combo (sth portable like E17) for Rap, Hip/Hop,Electronic music. Budget 400$ for both. I like good amount of bass controlled and tight yet not too overwhelming the highs should not be ear piercing(like my Mg7s). Your suggestions would be appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

Bump, Anyone?


I like my E17 with Beyerdynic 770 80ohm as a combo. This would not be the best combo of you wanted open cans.

IMO, the headphone cable is too long, but that's pretty easy to fix.

This will leave you a few $ left over for connectors, LOD, or maybe some different ear pads (I like the HM5 pads)
post #25182 of 29491

I've refined my requirements and am looking for input on the headphones below. For home and travel using mp3s and movies in flight. Priority is comfort, isolation, sound, portability. max $200, prefer to spend less. I'm now looking at:

KRK KNS8400

NVX Audio XPT100

Senn HD-280 pro

Shure HR440

Beyer Custom One Pro

Sound magic HP100

 

I was leaning towards the Beyer's, but the lack of folding and having to purchase a case have me uncertain. Otherwise they sound like somethign I would like. I carry a leather laptop bag/briefcase and like to be able to tuck headphones in an outer zippered area (full size about 10*12*1" but being flexible can expand several inches if an item is not thick and wide). Sound Magic are in running but I'm not familiar with brand and not sure I want to spend 199 on someting I'm unfamiliar with. KRK sounds like they have good isolation and sound and may be a good fit. All opinions are appreciated. Looking for recommendations as well as quality and "bang for the buck" ratings on these.

 

I live out on the Cape and have not found a store with a good selection to try. Makes me nervous as this is a big purchase for me.

post #25183 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Traum View Post

As my signature shows, I'm currently running a Sennheiser HD 555 off my Schiit M&M stack. For the most part, I enjoy the (relative) neutrality, the comfort, the layering, and the decent sound stage these cans have to offer. However, I find their mids to be somewhat lacking, and I would most definitely want to see improvements to the clarity/transparency of the sound. So I am turning to the fine Head-Fi folks for some advice.

I generally listen to soft rock, pop, classical, and different ballroom dancing music. In some ways, I am looking for a supercharged version of my HD 555, but with improvements to various aspects, esp some stronger mids and better clarity. I have fallen in love with both the Sennheiser HD 700 and HD 800 (esp the HD 800) after a brief encounter, but in the forseeable future (of 6-12+ months), they remain totally out of reach. So I am looking for some suggestions on how I should go about improving my audio experiences.

1) Is there something in the $200 - $500 range that I can look at for the short term?

2) Is there something in the $500 - $1500 range that I should keep drooling over as I save up my pennies? (Never mind that they are actually being taken out of circulation here in Canucksville now...)

3) Should I just suck it up and start saving for the HD 800 once and for all?

All suggestions would be very much welcomed.


You'll have to pick the route, but there are a number of steps up before you end up on the one in the $1,300 to $2,000 street price range with the HD 800, HE 6 and LCD-3.

 

The easy one up from where you are brings you to the HD 598.  Next on the way up is the HD 600, HD 650, HE 400, DT 880 & RS 2i.  Then comes the HE 500 (which is probably the best value in an audiophile can), LCD-2 and T-1.

 

Read about each can above the HD 598 here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-57-headphones-compared-update-hifiman-he-400-added-12-24-12

post #25184 of 29491

varied tastes im afraid but my fave album of the last year has to be alt-j an awesome  wave if thats any help?

post #25185 of 29491
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Originally Posted by dirbianconeri View Post

Am looking to purchase a colorfly c4. Has anyone got any views for headphones to pair it with? needs to be under £300. Tempted by the sennheiser momentums. But going by reviews of the c4 the 6.3mm jack provides a better output sound, would the momentum be suitable?


You'll have to find someone who knows your media player and I bet that their are few, if any, that are regulars on this thread.  You will probably get better and more answers on the parts of this or another forum that focus on specific media players.

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