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post #25336 of 29491
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What is his price range? That would go a looooong way lol

 

Whoops, completely forgot to mention that. Sub $200. I will go amend the post to include it.

 

Thanks.


Edited by Fabama - 2/24/13 at 7:46pm
post #25337 of 29491
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Whoops, completely forgot to mention that. Sub $200. I will go amend the post to include it.

 

Thanks.

Go with Ultrasone HFI 580, Shure SRH750DJ, Pioneer HDJ1000, Beyerdynamic DT770 80 OHM (but will need something like a FiiO E11 amp), M-Audio Q40, Beyerdynamic Custom One PRO, Sony XB700...

post #25338 of 29491

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

That's hard for anyone from outside to give anything approaching a definitive answer.  The M50 is closed, but does not isolate very well for a closed can.  You can expect that the semi-open DT 880 to isolate even less.  However, the specific level and type of noises from your neighbors is unknown to us, as is the volume at which you play your cans.

 
Rewritten my post. Disregard what I posted, isolation shouldn't be a big problem. Thanks!


 

 

 
I have been using the ATH M50s for a couple years and I've been thinking of spending my cash on something with more detail, but still preserves a great amount of punch in terms of bass. I've tried the AKG K550, and I love the amount of separation it gives, however I wish it would deliver a little more bass response. 
 
 
 
Price range: Anything from $240-$300. I don't mind reaching a little above if it makes a noticeable difference.
 
Music genres: Punk, metal, lo-fi indie rock, instrumental hip-hop
 
Priority: Suitable for long use > clarity > bass 
 
Portable: Just for home use. 
 
Amped: I'm currently sporting an ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card with the standard onboard DAC and amp.
 
Closed/Open: Preferably semi-open or closed, but isolation isn't hugely important
 
 
Also, what do you guys think about the Kenwood KG-K1000? Good for electric guitar music? 

Edited by Izzot - 2/24/13 at 8:45pm
post #25339 of 29491

Over the past week or so, I've been mulling over whether or not I should buy more headphones (go figure). 

 

My current headphones are: SR-325 (brushed alu version) and my trusty modded D1001

 

As everyone knows, both of these cans have very different sound signatures. I love that. 

 

Now, the problem I'm having is: should I [continue to] sell the SR-325, or keep them to fulfill my metal/rock/vocal needs?

 

These cans seem to complement each other fairly well. The D1001 are masters at slower music such as doom metal, trance, dubstep, etc. Their opposite being the SR-325, which slays when playing technical death metal, thrash, power metal, etc.

 

Would it be to my advantage to just outright buy a different headphone like the Mad Dogs, K701, K240 MKII, or MDR-MA900? Or will there be a significant amount of overlap in sound signature?

 

Right now I'm trying to get rid of my E11 because I recently purchased a very inexpensive amp/DAC from wje that, judging from what I hear, sounds very, very good and punches WAY above the belt performance wise, so I don't think there's any need in upgrading my chain. Well, maybe a Magni or Asgard 2, but it's debatable as to whether or not either amps would perform "more adequately" than my current config with the cans I have listed.

 

Hopefully someone is able to provide me with a solution to my dilemma redface.gif

 

Thanks in advance!

post #25340 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

That's hard for anyone from outside to give anything approaching a definitive answer.  The M50 is closed, but does not isolate very well for a closed can.  You can expect that the semi-open DT 880 to isolate even less.  However, the specific level and type of noises from your neighbors is unknown to us, as is the volume at which you play your cans.

 
Rewritten my post. Disregard what I posted, isolation shouldn't be a big problem. Thanks!


 

 

 
I have been using the ATH M50s for a couple years and I've been thinking of spending my cash on something with more detail, but still preserves a great amount of punch in terms of bass. I've tried the AKG K550, and I love the amount of separation it gives, however I wish it would deliver a little more bass response. 
 
 
 
Price range: Anything from $240-$300. I don't mind reaching a little above if it makes a noticeable difference.
 
Music genres: Punk, metal, lo-fi indie rock, instrumental hip-hop
 
Priority: Suitable for long use > clarity > bass 
 
Portable: Just for home use. 
 
Amped: I'm currently sporting an ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card with the standard onboard DAC and amp.
 
Closed/Open: Preferably semi-open or closed, but isolation isn't hugely important
 
 
Also, what do you guys think about the Kenwood KG-K1000? Good for electric guitar music? 


Can't help you with bass heavy cans.

 

I remember the Kenwood getting some good press here, but don't recall if anything specific was said about guitars.  You should do a search here on the forum to check it out.

post #25341 of 29491
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Originally Posted by mastershake2393 View Post

Over the past week or so, I've been mulling over whether or not I should buy more headphones (go figure). 

 

My current headphones are: SR-325 (brushed alu version) and my trusty modded D1001

 

As everyone knows, both of these cans have very different sound signatures. I love that. 

 

Now, the problem I'm having is: should I [continue to] sell the SR-325, or keep them to fulfill my metal/rock/vocal needs?

 

These cans seem to complement each other fairly well. The D1001 are masters at slower music such as doom metal, trance, dubstep, etc. Their opposite being the SR-325, which slays when playing technical death metal, thrash, power metal, etc.

 

Would it be to my advantage to just outright buy a different headphone like the Mad Dogs, K701, K240 MKII, or MDR-MA900? Or will there be a significant amount of overlap in sound signature?

 

Right now I'm trying to get rid of my E11 because I recently purchased a very inexpensive amp/DAC from wje that, judging from what I hear, sounds very, very good and punches WAY above the belt performance wise, so I don't think there's any need in upgrading my chain. Well, maybe a Magni or Asgard 2, but it's debatable as to whether or not either amps would perform "more adequately" than my current config with the cans I have listed.

 

Hopefully someone is able to provide me with a solution to my dilemma redface.gif

 

Thanks in advance!


Exactly what gap are you trying to fill with this third can?

 

The AKG is the most like the D1001 (which has been slightly improved and cloned as the CAL!).  Nothing you listed is like the Grado.  In fact only the Alessandro MS-2i is like the Grado--which it should be as it is based on the 325is.

post #25342 of 29491
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Originally Posted by mastershake2393 View Post

Over the past week or so, I've been mulling over whether or not I should buy more headphones (go figure). 

 

My current headphones are: SR-325 (brushed alu version) and my trusty modded D1001

 

As everyone knows, both of these cans have very different sound signatures. I love that. 

 

Now, the problem I'm having is: should I [continue to] sell the SR-325, or keep them to fulfill my metal/rock/vocal needs?

 

These cans seem to complement each other fairly well. The D1001 are masters at slower music such as doom metal, trance, dubstep, etc. Their opposite being the SR-325, which slays when playing technical death metal, thrash, power metal, etc.

 

Would it be to my advantage to just outright buy a different headphone like the Mad Dogs, K701, K240 MKII, or MDR-MA900? Or will there be a significant amount of overlap in sound signature?

 

Right now I'm trying to get rid of my E11 because I recently purchased a very inexpensive amp/DAC from wje that, judging from what I hear, sounds very, very good and punches WAY above the belt performance wise, so I don't think there's any need in upgrading my chain. Well, maybe a Magni or Asgard 2, but it's debatable as to whether or not either amps would perform "more adequately" than my current config with the cans I have listed.

 

Hopefully someone is able to provide me with a solution to my dilemma redface.gif

 

Thanks in advance!


I see from another thread that you just bought the M80.  Does that close this inquiry?

post #25343 of 29491
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Exactly what gap are you trying to fill with this third can?

 

The AKG is the most like the D1001 (which has been slightly improved and cloned as the CAL!).  Nothing you listed is like the Grado.  In fact only the Alessandro MS-2i is like the Grado--which it should be as it is based on the 325is.

I was thinking about getting a clearer set of cans, or a different sound signature in general. I'm discontent when I shouldn't be haha.

 

I thought AKG's were very analytical and/or "thin" sounding (at least for the K702)? That's the complete opposite of the full, punchy sound of the D1001.

 

About the SR325: is the Alessandro series that much of a departure from the "Grado sound" that it would warrant a purchase? I know they are described as being more neutral, but I was under the impression that they sound quite similar to their Grado counter parts (in my case the MS-2i).

post #25344 of 29491
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I see from another thread that you just bought the M80.  Does that close this inquiry?

 

That was just a "spur of the moment" purchase haha. I couldn't pass up that great of a deal ;)

post #25345 of 29491
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Exactly what gap are you trying to fill with this third can?

 

The AKG is the most like the D1001 (which has been slightly improved and cloned as the CAL!).  Nothing you listed is like the Grado.  In fact only the Alessandro MS-2i is like the Grado--which it should be as it is based on the 325is.


You know I always see people saying the Cal is an upgrade over the Denon.  PERIOD, Point Blank it is NOT!!  Yes they use the same drive etc, but it's all in the cups. The Cal has more Bass/Slightly but it also has more bloat. The Denon has way better tightness and decay. The mids are a tad more forward on the CAL, But more smooth and relaxed on the Denon because of the slightly deeper V-Shape. The treble is very close, A/B the Denon is slightly crisper. But it's so subtle it's really hard to choose. The Denon is just a tighter sounding set.  Both are great but the Denon is the better sounding can. The CAL is 95% of the Denon but just falls a tad short!!   Still the CAL at $60 is a deal, The Denon was $150 in 09.  Plus the comfort is better on the Denon, Same pads but a slightly different material, I think it's that egg shell stuff. And much Stiffer/Stronger plastics on the Denon. The Cal feels Cheaper.

 

1st MAC-AHD1000, CAL, HP500


Edited by Magicman74 - 2/24/13 at 10:10pm
post #25346 of 29491
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You know I always see people saying the Cal is an upgrade over the Denon.  PERIOD, Point Blank it is NOT!!  Yes they use the same drive etc, but it's all in the cups. The Cal has more Bass/Slightly but it also has more bloat. The Denon has way better tightness and decay. The mids are a tad more forward on the CAL, But more smooth and relaxed on the Denon because of the slightly deeper V-Shape. The treble is very close, A/B the Denon is slightly crisper. But it's so subtle it's really hard to choose. The Denon is just a tighter sounding set.  Both are great but the Denon is the better sounding can. The CAL is 95% of the Denon but just falls a tad short!!   Still the CAL at $60 is a deal, The Denon was $150 in 09.

 

1st MAC-AHD1000, CAL, HP500

 

Plus it looks a lot better ;)

 

My D1001 is modded in such a way that I will never sell it. Not only does it sound amazing, but it also has sentimental value since it was the first headphone I modded, and the one that ultimately got me to join Head-Fi in the first place (before I was a lurker for 2-3 years).

post #25347 of 29491
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Plus it looks a lot better ;)

 

My D1001 is modded in such a way that I will never sell it. Not only does it sound amazing, but it also has sentimental value since it was the first headphone I modded, and the one that ultimately got me to join Head-Fi in the first place (before I was a lurker for 2-3 years).


Yep, it's a great sounding Phone. You really have to go over $200 to even come close to the sound. And then some bigger $ sets still sound much worse.

Some day's I even reach for the 1000 over my 2000. It has a smoother sound, and is a little more pleasing depending on my mood!!

post #25348 of 29491
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Exactly what gap are you trying to fill with this third can?

 

The AKG is the most like the D1001 (which has been slightly improved and cloned as the CAL!).  Nothing you listed is like the Grado.  In fact only the Alessandro MS-2i is like the Grado--which it should be as it is based on the 325is.

I was thinking about getting a clearer set of cans, or a different sound signature in general. I'm discontent when I shouldn't be haha.

 

I thought AKG's were very analytical and/or "thin" sounding (at least for the K702)? That's the complete opposite of the full, punchy sound of the D1001.

 

About the SR325: is the Alessandro series that much of a departure from the "Grado sound" that it would warrant a purchase? I know they are described as being more neutral, but I was under the impression that they sound quite similar to their Grado counter parts (in my case the MS-2i).


When I said the AKG, I should have specified the 240.  The K 702--or cheaper in the U.S. Q 701, will provide the biggest contrast the two you have.  The Q is less analytical than (and not/not as thin as) its earlier released sibling the K 701, but some still hear it that way.  I hear the Q 701 as clearly presenting each musical voice in a large sound stage.  It certainly does not have the slam of the Grado.

post #25349 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Magicman74 View Post

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Exactly what gap are you trying to fill with this third can?

 

The AKG is the most like the D1001 (which has been slightly improved and cloned as the CAL!).  Nothing you listed is like the Grado.  In fact only the Alessandro MS-2i is like the Grado--which it should be as it is based on the 325is.


You know I always see people saying the Cal is an upgrade over the Denon.  PERIOD, Point Blank it is NOT!!  Yes they use the same drive etc, but it's all in the cups. The Cal has more Bass/Slightly but it also has more bloat. The Denon has way better tightness and decay. The mids are a tad more forward on the CAL, But more smooth and relaxed on the Denon because of the slightly deeper V-Shape. The treble is very close, A/B the Denon is slightly crisper. But it's so subtle it's really hard to choose. The Denon is just a tighter sounding set.  Both are great but the Denon is the better sounding can. The CAL is 95% of the Denon but just falls a tad short!!   Still the CAL at $60 is a deal, The Denon was $150 in 09.  Plus the comfort is better on the Denon, Same pads but a slightly different material, I think it's that egg shell stuff. And much Stiffer/Stronger plastics on the Denon. The Cal feels Cheaper.

 

1st MAC-AHD1000, CAL, HP500


I did not say that the CAL! was an upgrade over the earlier Denon, but a slightly improved clone.

 

I guess you can argue the rest of the point with Tyll, who says:

 

"It's obvious from the look and measurements that the Denon AH-D1001 and Creative Aurvana Live! are definitely variations of the same product. But measurements and listening also show different, and markedly improved performance, with the CAL!."

 

Link:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

post #25350 of 29491

Hi guys,

I'm looking to buy either Audio-Technica ATH-M50 or Sennheiser HD 558, and desperately need a suggestion about which one is better for me.

I often listen to rock & metal genre, and occasionally electronic.

 

I prefer open-back headphones (that's why discovered HD 558 at first), but after a couple hours of Googling I find that many reviewers highly appreciate ATH-M50's quality for its price.

 

One more thing, is it necessary to use a headphone amp for those headphones? is it will drastically improve the sound quality?

I'm using Creative X-FI external soundcard and can't find any related info on how good it is for headphone playback.

 

thanks :)

 

P.S. I'm very welcome if there's a better alternatives for $100 - $200 price range headphones.

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