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Originally Posted by Captain Derp View Post

Not sure how to start this so I'll just keep it short and sweet, I'm looking for the best headphones I can get for my preferences under  200 usd. I'm a bit tied between the HD 598 (like new condition for about $180 on amazon) the ath-m50s, and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 ohm version. I like most genres of music, the main ones being eletronic, club/dance, pop, and a bit of acoustic/classical (not country). I've heard that the HD 598 lacks bass (was my primary choice), which I do quite like but I wouldn't consider myself a "basshead". in other words, I'm looking for a good bass response that doesn't drown out the mids and highs. I also like to game a lot so a decent soundstage would be nice! I have a titanium HD dedicated soundcard, so hopefully I don't have to worry about an amp. that's about all I can think of, let me know if there is any more information you would like to know to determine the best choice.

 

Thanks guys dt880smile.png


The HD 598 only lacks bass if you like bass enhanced headphones.  It is open and balanced, unlike the other two cans you mentioned--which are closed and have recessed mids and are also bassy.  Being open, the HD 598 also has a much bigger and better sound stage than the closed cans.  What the HD 598 won't give you is slam and speed.

post #25442 of 29491
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Originally Posted by dotandvir View Post

Hi,

 

Thanks for the reply. Sorry for my mistake in the original post - I meant that I own the SR125i. 

 

As for the sound signature - neutral, almost monitor quality I would say but not clinical. It may err lightly on the side of warmth. Also, I may consider tube amplification if the earphone itself is a bit dry in the sound. I am not a bass head and will rarely listen to bass heavy material - I also get the feeling when listening to music that bass heaviness makes some phones sound sluggish. 

 

Many years ago  I had the chance of listening to an old pair of STAX and was amazed with the efortlessness of their sound. It was a special bi-aural recording demo disk though so I am not sure how representative it was of real usage. If I could summarize my quest it is having sound that is effortless from the earphones - a sound I could critically listen to when I want to or just let it stream music while working.

 

I have read the some of the thread you posted - thanks for the information. I guess I should just go and listen but I have no place to listen to the Audeze 2 and the  more expensive phones in.

 

Regards,

Dotan


While there is no substitute for hearing a can yourself, both the HE 500 and LCD-2 are the objective of many quality reviews.  They should give you a sense of each and the differences between them.  If it's any help, both are outstanding cans and have high resale values.

post #25443 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Brandon462 View Post

Hello All,First Post on these forums.

I've been shopping around for a new set off Headphones..My First venture into the audiophile world landed me the Audio Technia M50's. I do like them for certain types of music (Techno,Some Dubstep). I find Myself not to happy with them for my main music taste which is Rock/Different genres of metal/Alternative. The M50s just seem to "muddy" up the guitars..which is my favorite aspect.

I know from researching, Grados would probably be good for my tastes,but after trying some on,they just don't seem to be my cup of tea. I really like the feel of circumaural headphones. I generally game while listening to music,for long periods so comfort is something I'm concerned with. I also tend to lean to an open headphone,as i love sound-stage. I will be in my man cave,and the phones will stay on my desk so sound leaking is not a problem. I will also be using them primarily through my PC,I have a Xonar D1 Pushing my M50's, I Would Not Be opposed to getting an Amp.

My Budget Is Around 300. i could Push to 350 for amp/headphone Combo. I'm Looking for Tight Punchy bass,Fast Enough for Detailed Double Bass Petals/Detailed bass guitar. My Main Concern Is Getting Detail From the guitars/vocals,the M50s just seem to make power cords kinda sound muddy,No Detail (I'm guessing this would Mean forward mids. I Listen to my Music kind of High so a non-fatigue treble would help.

Any help is much appreciated. 
Ok it looks like youre really after something very detailed yet smooth on the treble. I would recommend the AKG Q701. Upgrade to an amp when you get the funds as they wont sound their best till then.
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post #25445 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Brandon462 View Post

Hello All,First Post on these forums.

 

I've been shopping around for a new set off Headphones..My First venture into the audiophile world landed me the Audio Technia M50's. I do like them for certain types of music (Techno,Some Dubstep). I find Myself not to happy with them for my main music taste which is Rock/Different genres of metal/Alternative. The M50s just seem to "muddy" up the guitars..which is my favorite aspect.

 

I know from researching, Grados would probably be good for my tastes,but after trying some on,they just don't seem to be my cup of tea. I really like the feel of circumaural headphones. I generally game while listening to music,for long periods so comfort is something I'm concerned with. I also tend to lean to an open headphone,as i love sound-stage. I will be in my man cave,and the phones will stay on my desk so sound leaking is not a problem. I will also be using them primarily through my PC,I have a Xonar D1 Pushing my M50's, I Would Not Be opposed to getting an Amp.

 

My Budget Is Around 300. i could Push to 350 for amp/headphone Combo. I'm Looking for Tight Punchy bass,Fast Enough for Detailed Double Bass Petals/Detailed bass guitar. My Main Concern Is Getting Detail From the guitars/vocals,the M50s just seem to make power cords kinda sound muddy,No Detail (I'm guessing this would Mean forward mids. I Listen to my Music kind of High so a non-fatigue treble would help.

 

Any help is much appreciated. 

The DT 880 (+/- Pro) not less than 250 Ohms might be the best pick within your budget.  I say that not knowing what your sound card will drive.

 

Push it to $400 and the HE 400 comes into play.

post #25446 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

The DT 880 (+/- Pro) not less than 250 Ohms might be the best pick within your budget.  I say that not knowing what your sound card will drive.

 

Push it to $400 and the HE 400 comes into play.

Thanks For The Reply! I have been leaning toward the DT 880 pro,for a while now. My Card Would Defiantly Not Push That many Ohms,I think my card would max maybe 50. So i would need an amp.

 

Is there an Amp you could recommend?

post #25447 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Captain Derp View Post

Not sure how to start this so I'll just keep it short and sweet, I'm looking for the best headphones I can get for my preferences under  200 usd. I'm a bit tied between the HD 598 (like new condition for about $180 on amazon) the ath-m50s, and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 ohm version. I like most genres of music, the main ones being eletronic, club/dance, pop, and a bit of acoustic/classical (not country). I've heard that the HD 598 lacks bass (was my primary choice), which I do quite like but I wouldn't consider myself a "basshead". in other words, I'm looking for a good bass response that doesn't drown out the mids and highs. I also like to game a lot so a decent soundstage would be nice! I have a titanium HD dedicated soundcard, so hopefully I don't have to worry about an amp. that's about all I can think of, let me know if there is any more information you would like to know to determine the best choice.



 



Thanks guys dt880smile.png



I'm very familiar with the HD598 and M50. I also recently picked up the DT770. You're on the right path with the HD598. It's going to work just fine with your music. The additional good news is if you're serious about competitive gaming, the HD598 is highly competitive with its soundstage for directional audio, efficient enough for use without an amp, and you already have one of the best gaming sound cards out there that produces great sound with CMSS-3D.
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

The DT 880 (+/- Pro) not less than 250 Ohms might be the best pick within your budget.  I say that not knowing what your sound card will drive.

 

Push it to $400 and the HE 400 comes into play.

Thanks For The Reply! I have been leaning toward the DT 880 pro,for a while now. My Card Would Defiantly Not Push That many Ohms,I think my card would max maybe 50. So i would need an amp.

 

Is there an Amp you could recommend?


That depends on your budget.  If it's limited, I like the hybrid HiFiMan EF-2A (which also has a DAC), which I use with a CD deck/player.

post #25449 of 29491

I'm going to post this here rather than start a new thread, because I think I have what I want figured out, but am just looking for a little feedback.

 

Looking around my desk, I count up 6 pairs of closed headphones, and 1 pair of open. I have some pretty solid closed hp's (DT770, Mad Dogs), but I also really like my open (grado sr60). What I don't know is, if I like it because it's open, or because I'm just a fan of the "grado sound". Going forward, I'd either like to buy some higher end grado's or some higher end opens. To my question, I'm looking for some good quality/value recommendations for opens to test. I'm trying to stick around $50 or less. So far I'm thinking about:

 

Somic MH463 (which is what I'm leaning toward most)


Superlux HD 681

 

ATH-AD700 (used)

 

Have I left out any other good options?

post #25450 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Starionn View Post

I'm going to post this here rather than start a new thread, because I think I have what I want figured out, but am just looking for a little feedback.

 

Looking around my desk, I count up 6 pairs of closed headphones, and 1 pair of open. I have some pretty solid closed hp's (DT770, Mad Dogs), but I also really like my open (grado sr60). What I don't know is, if I like it because it's open, or because I'm just a fan of the "grado sound". Going forward, I'd either like to buy some higher end grado's or some higher end opens. To my question, I'm looking for some good quality/value recommendations for opens to test. I'm trying to stick around $50 or less. So far I'm thinking about:

 

Somic MH463 (which is what I'm leaning toward most)


Superlux HD 681

 

ATH-AD700 (used)

 

Have I left out any other good options?

The semi-open Superlux HD668B.

post #25451 of 29491
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Originally Posted by PomPWNius View Post

Hi I am looking at new cans for listening to metal music. I like to have the mids louder than everything, and with a very strong treble as well. Bass is also important to me, but not as much as mids. I can go up to about $300... but if theres something thats like waaay better than everything else for about $350, I wouldn't mind going a little higher. They can be open or closed, but comfort is very important to me. I have been looking at the V-Moda M100's, but I have heard denon is really good too. What do you guys think I should consider?


I haven't heard anyone describe the V-moda M100 as being mid-centric. Apparently their sound signature is more U-shaped, with bass & treble emphasized. They would be considered bass-centric by audiophiles, but probably have a very consumer-friendly sound. Some people say the mids sound recessed and some people say the mids sound good. I would say the only way for you to know is to try them.

 

I would say you should try it, and if it is too bassy, look at the Sennheiser Momentum, MDR-1R, or AKG K550/K551. Those are all well-recomended portables headphones in the $300 range. I heard AKG K550 is more treble-focused, balanced, and wider soundstage. Sennheiser Momentum is supposedly balanced with a slight bass. MDR-1R is probably really similar to the Momentum.

 

Or you could go to a Best Buy and demo the Sennheiser Momentum and AKG K550. If those do not have enough bass for you, then the M100 is your answer. If you really like the Momentums and want to save $50, then see if you like the Sony MDR-1Rs.

 

Edit: my recomendations are for closed portable headphones in the $300 price range. you can probably get a more technical & precise open one at this price like the AKG Q701 or sennheiser hd598 or something like that. & there are also well-recommended cheaper options like the Audiotechnica ATH-M50 which many people say are great for the price point.


Edited by money4me247 - 2/26/13 at 11:17pm
post #25452 of 29491
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Originally Posted by PomPWNius View Post

Hi I am looking at new cans for listening to metal music. I like to have the mids louder than everything, and with a very strong treble as well. Bass is also important to me, but not as much as mids. I can go up to about $300... but if theres something thats like waaay better than everything else for about $350, I wouldn't mind going a little higher. They can be open or closed, but comfort is very important to me. I have been looking at the V-Moda M100's, but I have heard denon is really good too. What do you guys think I should consider?

If the midrange is the most important, the M-100 probably won't fit your needs. An AKG K550 would be a much better option for you if you can get a good seal on your head. The Shure SRH940 is also a good option but the bass can be "iffy" depending on your preferences.

 

If open-back headphones are an option, as money4me247 mentioned, the Q 701 or HD598 are also good choices in the price range.

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Hi, I am looking for an closed set of portable closed over-ear headphones w/ detachable cables similar to the V-Moda Crossfade M100, except budget under $200. I like/prefer swivelling & folding, but not required. I really liked the bass-emphasis of the M100s, but I can live with something more neutral too. Not M80 b/c that's not over-ear. I don't think I can hear the sound quality difference between $100-$300 headphones, so I figured I might as well save some money.

 

I figured the PRO700MK2. Do you guys have any suggestions of headphones that are similar or competitors to it?  basically ATH-M50 w/ detachable cables lol. What would you guys think? :)

post #25454 of 29491
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post

Hi, I am looking for an closed set of portable closed over-ear headphones w/ detachable cables similar to the V-Moda Crossfade M100, except budget under $200. I like/prefer swivelling & folding, but not required. I really liked the bass-emphasis of the M100s, but I can live with something more neutral too. Not M80 b/c that's not over-ear. I don't think I can hear the sound quality difference between $100-$300 headphones, so I figured I might as well save some money.

 

I figured the PRO700MK2. Do you guys have any suggestions of headphones that are similar or competitors to it?  basically ATH-M50 w/ detachable cables lol. What would you guys think? :)

Perhaps a Logitech UE6000? If I couldn't afford the M-100, I would say the UE6000 is a good headphone for the price and compares similarly to the M-100.

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Perhaps a Logitech UE6000? If I couldn't afford the M-100, I would say the UE6000 is a good headphone for the price and compares similarly to the M-100.

thanks for the advice! I am a bit iffy on active NC headphones though, b/c I already have the ANC-7 which sound solid when NC is turned on, but has occasional stutter/hissing.

 

I guess I am looking for specifically highly-regarded closed, portable basshead phones that I can try out & see. Sounds like the hifi-580, the pro700mk2, ultrasone pro 900 are legit, so i can looking for similar options or opinions/comparisons on these.

 

 

Money is actually not an issue, I can go from $100-$400 without a problem, but I guess I am iffy b/c I personally cannot hear the sonic upgrade on the more expensive headphones. I feel like the changes are a lot more subtle than I expected.

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