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Best/flat/monitoring headphones for in field use? Absolute key feature is isolation, so noise canceling is ok so long as it doesn't screw with audio quality too much. Prefer it not require an amp for simplicity's sake. Monitored device is a Fostex AR-4i Maximum output: 15mW (32 ohm loaded, THD less than 0.1%) Budget > $300 the cheaper the better so as to discourage theft or minimize cost in the event of theft. Durability also a huge plus.
post #25367 of 29491

Hello all!

 

I just joined and this is my first post here - I've spent the last couple of hours googling for a decent set of head phones. Pah.

 

Wireless is a must, as is the ability to cut out all (or as  much as possible) noise from the surrounding environment such as people talking and general house clatter. That means full cover of the ears, and not pads.

 

Also, it would be nice to be able to dictate to my voice recognition writing software so a built-in mic would be really handy but at a pinch I suppose I could use another, cheaper headset for that ...

 

I've got a basic Plantronics Audio 995H, which cuts out now and again, plus it picks up interference from the wifi router. 

 

I've yet to hear a wireless headset that doesn't have some level of hissssss, so something that would do away with that completely would be grand.

 

Is there anything on the market that covers all my bases? I know I can get a really fine Sennheiser for a few hundred dollars but it doesn't have a mic.

 

Any suggestions on where to ask, or what to check out, would be REALLY gratefully accepted.

 

Thanks!

 

Graham

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Hope you all don;t think I'm hopeless. Just having trouble making a list that gets smaller and not larger. While at BestBuy I tried the lower price Harman Kardon on ear. I was really surprized by the isolation it offered, Anyone have any thoughts on the CL?

OK. Don't ask me how, but I am going to decide between the Harman Kardon BT and the AKG K272HD. Criteria are comfort, isolation, sound, portability. Any chance someone has tried both of these?

post #25369 of 29491

Hello head-fi,

 

This is my first post, so I better follow the rules. I feel as though I will be lost among the nearly 1,700 pages of posts, but here it goes ... wink_face.gif

 

 - I currently listen to music from my iPod touch (4th gen) more than any other source.

 - I recently picked up a Fiio E11 amp (which I really like for the price tag)

 - I have the Fiio L9 for greater iPod output quality (i think)

 

I have been looking through posts on this website for weeks now and have learned about so many different headphones. Long story short I am more undecided now than when I first started.

 

I bought some Sennheiser HD555's a while back and removed the foam-tape from inside the earcups. So I already have a decent pair of phones for Mids & His. I had some Bose QC3's for a long time but eventually gave them away. They were ok but I feel as though Bose is overpriced for the quality of internals they use (That's a whole other story though....)

 

Here is my current criteria:

 

 - Price Range = $200-$300

 - Closed Ear Cup & Hopefully good isolation (my co-workers don't want to hear me)

 - Ability to create heavy bass and lows and sound good (no fuzz, crackling or blown sound)

 - Seriously.. I'm looking for bass-head-phones but not over the top...

 - Decent durability for taking to work everyday (a case might take care of this)

 - I'm hoping for at least decent comfort for wearing long periods of time in one setting.

 

I want a lot of bass, but I don't want to compromise the integrity of the entire headphone just for extra bass. (Not sure how well this can be done in my price range)

 

I have been looking closely at the following and was ready to pull the trigger on the v-moda m-100's:

 

 - V-Moda M-100

 - V-Moda LP2

 - BayerDynamics DT770 Pro (80 ohm or 250 ohm - remember I have amp to help power)

 - Audio Technica ATH-Pro700 MK2

 - I also see many AKG's listed and would potentially be interested in those as well.

 

I really appreciate your responses and for letting me jump on here and ask my question on the first post.

 

(one last note, I like to buy from newegg so if by any chance something you recommend is available from them I would be grateful. They have taken great care of me over the years and I simply prefer newegg)


Edited by Cptnkoolaid - 2/25/13 at 10:54am
post #25370 of 29491
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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? 

 

Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 


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.

 

Ah. Well thanks! I've read nothing but great things about the K1000, but I'm curious how they'll sound with my tastes.  

post #25371 of 29491
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The HD 598 has quality mids while those of the M50 are recessed and its weak point.  The M50 has bright treble, while the 598 rolls the edge off.  So between the two, the HD 598 is the better fit for you and in fact a better can overall--and more versatile.

 

That said the 598 might not be fast enough and too relaxed to be the top choice for you.  A can worth checking out is the new Audio-Technica ATH-AD900X, which I have not yet heard.  I have heard it predecessor, the very good AD900 (no "X").

 

Did you mean the HD 558? that's the one I mentioned before.


Both really--as they use the same driver and have very similar sound signatures.

post #25372 of 29491
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The 550 is a good can but you have to get a good seal with them.  Just so you know, sound stage is not a strength of closed cans in general.  I'll also add that if your taste runs to the M-80 & Momentum, you like a somewhat bassy sound signature--not neutral but also not necessarily in basshead territory either.


What about the Q701? Are they good headphones? For 70$ more than the k550 I could get those... I know they are open headphones.


That depends on whether or not you like their very different (from the K 550) sound signature.  They have an excellent and large sound stage that pulls the musical voices and other sounds so that you can hear each one.  That's good for movies and gaming.  However, for music it's a matter of taste and preference.  That separation of the individual parts so you can hear each of them also means that it will not give you the slam that many people like in music.  They are also not at all bass oriented in their sound signature. 

post #25373 of 29491
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Hey all, 

 

I'm looking for a closed headphone with at least decent isolation, not too fragile and around 200 USD

I mostly listen to rock, EDM, and generally a smattering of a lot of other things (new country, jazz, etc).

 

What would be my best fit?

 

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 #25374 of 29491
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Best/flat/monitoring headphones for in field use? Absolute key feature is isolation, so noise canceling is ok so long as it doesn't screw with audio quality too much. Prefer it not require an amp for simplicity's sake. Monitored device is a Fostex AR-4i Maximum output: 15mW (32 ohm loaded, THD less than 0.1%) Budget > $300 the cheaper the better so as to discourage theft or minimize cost in the event of theft. Durability also a huge plus.


I'm not a sound engineer (although I know some) and most others on this thread aren't either.  Perhaps you would be better served posting your questions on a site for field sound engineers.

 

Pending that however, you might want to check out the KRK KNS 8400 (I have not checked their specs), which you can get at half your budget.


Edited by KG Jag - 2/25/13 at 12:45pm
post #25375 of 29491
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Originally Posted by grahamfreeman View Post

Hello all!

 

I just joined and this is my first post here - I've spent the last couple of hours googling for a decent set of head phones. Pah.

 

Wireless is a must, as is the ability to cut out all (or as  much as possible) noise from the surrounding environment such as people talking and general house clatter. That means full cover of the ears, and not pads.

 

Also, it would be nice to be able to dictate to my voice recognition writing software so a built-in mic would be really handy but at a pinch I suppose I could use another, cheaper headset for that ...

 

I've got a basic Plantronics Audio 995H, which cuts out now and again, plus it picks up interference from the wifi router. 

 

I've yet to hear a wireless headset that doesn't have some level of hissssss, so something that would do away with that completely would be grand.

 

Is there anything on the market that covers all my bases? I know I can get a really fine Sennheiser for a few hundred dollars but it doesn't have a mic.

 

Any suggestions on where to ask, or what to check out, would be REALLY gratefully accepted.

 

Thanks!

 

Graham

If  history serves as a guide,  most folks who regularly check this thread are not particularly knowledgeable about or particularly interested in wireless cans.  I can refer you to this for some quality recommendations of a general nature:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-wireless

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The HE 500 new are above that budget by $200.  What do you have to power these endgame zone cans?

 

And that's why new is out of the question. As for power, I've got nothing right now, yeah yeah cart before horse but if you get the cart first you can decide which horse is best afterwards.

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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? 

 

Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 


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.

 

Ah. Well thanks! I've read nothing but great things about the K1000, but I'm curious how they'll sound with my tastes.  


Through the treads you have read, find some active members who have owned them.  With special attention to those who share your tastes, PM a couple of them and ask the questions you would like answered.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The HE 500 new are above that budget by $200.  What do you have to power these endgame zone cans?

 

And that's why new is out of the question. As for power, I've got nothing right now, yeah yeah cart before horse but if you get the cart first you can decide which horse is best afterwards.


$200 won't get you near a used HE 500 cart either, unless it's already been rolled over by one.

post #25379 of 29491
Hey guys I'm looking for a full sized, open headphone. Requirements are;

1. Under $800
2. Fun sounding, but not shrill. Not analytical either.
3. High Impedance for a tube amp 100-600 ohms
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Hey guys I'm looking for a full sized, open headphone. Requirements are;

1. Under $800
2. Fun sounding, but not shrill. Not analytical either.
3. High Impedance for a tube amp 100-600 ohms


If your tube amp can push them properly, the planar HE-500, normally coming in at $101 below your budget, is the king of that class.

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