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post #2581 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Trae View Post

I apologize if I'm interrupting the flow of the thread, but I need some guidance on purchasing a pair of headphones, particularly the DT770 Pro 80.

 

Well, a few months after I repaired the soldering joints on my ATH-M50s, the right speaker blew, and now I'm headphone-less.

 

What I like in a headphone

1. Nice, deep, clean, impacting bass.

2. Comfortable

3. Smooth mids

4. Very slightly harsh highs

 

My Source

Desktop computer using the line out port.

  I'm planning to purchase the NuForce uDAC-2 as my headphone amp.

 

Music Preferences

Progressive House

Electro House

Chillouts/ Downtempo

Some Hip-hop, Rap, and R&B

 

I loved the M50s while they lived and I haven't listened to them amplified in all the time I had them. I'm thinking about purchasing another pair of them along with the amp listed above if the DT770 isn't the right choice for me.

 

If this helps I also have an Ultrasone HFI-780 and I don't like them at all because there isn't enough bass for my liking and the highs are too harsh on my ears.

 

I read that the bass on the DT770 Pro 80 is very muddy and it tends to overwhelm the rest of the frequencies. I will attempt to remedy this by doing a mod that involves removing the black plastic piece with the pins protruding outwards along with the white felt that surrounds it. People said that it brings out the mids and highs and slighly reduces the lows.

 

Thank you for any advice.


Try the Ultrasone HFI 580 if you find the 780 highs too harsh.  It also have more bass than HFI 780.  Or the Ultrasone Pro 750/900.

 

post #2582 of 29490

Sorry tyoung8. I'm never going down the Ultrasone path again. They are also one of the least comfortable headphones I have worn. It feels like I have hard plastic clamping against my head. I tried using velour pads on them and it made the sound signature even worse.

 

post #2583 of 29490

Yeah DT770 Pro 80 then.  Might want to get something else instead of uDac.

post #2584 of 29490

What would you prefer? As long as it's in the ~$100 range I'll probably buy it.

post #2585 of 29490

Dude thank you so much. Those Q40's look sick. Will definitely pick a pair up. What would be a good amp for them later on?


 

post #2586 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post




Sony XB500/700/1000

Beyer DT770 (really needs an amp)

M-Audio Q40 (does not need an amp, but sounds much better if you do)

 

 




Well what are you looking for? All you've done is list a bunch of headphones. If I had to randomly pick one for you to spend your money, I'll say the PX360 (I'm assuming you didn't mean the PC360 since that one has the microphone attached).

 


Sorry, yeah I am looking for headphones that are primarily for gaming but also are good for movies, music, and audio editing.

 

post #2587 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Trae View Post

What would you prefer? As long as it's in the ~$100 range I'll probably buy it.


Get nothing first and see if you need amp/dac.  You might find you don't actually need it.  If you do, suggest the e7/e9.

 

post #2588 of 29490

so i was doing some looking around... I got the ath m50 less than a month ago and its got me all hooked on headphones again... anyways I was planning on moving onto a dt990 600ohm till someone the other day sparked my interest stating that the shure srh 840 and akg mk271 mkII are much better but  of course come with twice the pricetag. Well I looked on amazon and surely there is a sale going on. Now I am interested in seeing exactly how much better these 2 headphones are. Mainly because there is a local store(also national chain) that price matches web sites. This way I could actually get my hands on said headphones right away instead of waiting and sell off my m50 if it really is worth it. So anyone have any comparisons on for these 3 headphones? cause the akg k271 mkII is going for 153 and the shure is 167(less appealing).

post #2589 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Trae View Post

Here's a quick n00b question. How does driver size relate to sound quality? I'm thinking the larger the better, especially in the bass department.


Sort of yes, but moreso for speakers than headphones. For headphones, driver/enclosure design has a much larger effect on bass.

 



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Originally Posted by Dualhammers View Post


Sorry, yeah I am looking for headphones that are primarily for gaming but also are good for movies, music, and audio editing.

 


Check the very first post of this thread for a link to an excellent gaming headphone guide.

 

That said, it will be virtually impossibly to find a single set of headphones which satisfies all your needs since they are so diverse. For FPS games, you need light but crisp bass and excellent soundstage. Movies generally want heavy bass. Editing work requires neutral headphones.

 



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Originally Posted by reivaj View Post

so i was doing some looking around... I got the ath m50 less than a month ago and its got me all hooked on headphones again... anyways I was planning on moving onto a dt990 600ohm till someone the other day sparked my interest stating that the shure srh 840 and akg mk271 mkII are much better but  of course come with twice the pricetag. Well I looked on amazon and surely there is a sale going on. Now I am interested in seeing exactly how much better these 2 headphones are. Mainly because there is a local store(also national chain) that price matches web sites. This way I could actually get my hands on said headphones right away instead of waiting and sell off my m50 if it really is worth it. So anyone have any comparisons on for these 3 headphones? cause the akg k271 mkII is going for 153 and the shure is 167(less appealing).

 

Waitasec... you can get the DT990/600 for half the price of the 840 and K271? That's practically a no brainer to get the 990 which typically sells for $300.
 

 

post #2590 of 29490

nono im putting buying the dt990 on hold for now(probably shouldnt have even brought it up). looking at price points of $220 on the dt990... I started looking at the other headphones temporarily cause amazon is selling the k271 mkII for 153(which seems like a great price from what im generally reading) and the shure srh 840 for 167(great price point for it but not so much compared to the k271 mkii). I currently own the ath m50(less than a month old) and was thinking I would sell these off if the k271 mkII or srh840 have a similar but better sound. I know from reading the 840 has a more neutral sound but everyone seems to rave about how awesome the 271 mkII is from searching threads. So I am more genuinely interested in the k271 MKII plus a local store does price matching so I could even get immediate satisfaction at the sacrifice of paying tax(just tell myself its better than overnight shipping).


 

post #2591 of 29490

I have owned or heard all the headphones you are considering. Personally, I would choose the 840 out of all of them. It has a pretty strong bass and mellow mids and doesn't need an amp to sound good. The 990 and 271 both want amps behind them. The 271 has rather unsatisfying bass without extra power, and is even a little lacking with it. The 900 is a bit shrill up top and I felt it had recessed mids.

post #2592 of 29490
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Originally Posted by reivaj View Post

nono im putting buying the dt990 on hold for now(probably shouldnt have even brought it up). looking at price points of $220 on the dt990... I started looking at the other headphones temporarily cause amazon is selling the k271 mkII for 153(which seems like a great price from what im generally reading) and the shure srh 840 for 167(great price point for it but not so much compared to the k271 mkii). I currently own the ath m50(less than a month old) and was thinking I would sell these off if the k271 mkII or srh840 have a similar but better sound. I know from reading the 840 has a more neutral sound but everyone seems to rave about how awesome the 271 mkII is from searching threads. So I am more genuinely interested in the k271 MKII plus a local store does price matching so I could even get immediate satisfaction at the sacrifice of paying tax(just tell myself its better than overnight shipping).


 

I have recently sold my AKG 272 hd (same as 271 mkII) because of the thin sound. No bass, amped or unamped. To replace the AKG:s I bought the ATH M-50. Much better sounding IMHO.

I auditioned the 840 and the M-50 before buying, and found the M-50 to be better than the 840.

So out of the three headphones you are mentioning I think the M-50 are the best. (The AKG:s are more comfortable.)
 

 

post #2593 of 29490

Hi all! I'm toying with the idea of switching from iem to open cans.

 

So far my favorite earphones have been the SE535, Westone 4 and the ER4P. I think the Se535 is the sound signature I like the most, though something between the W4, w/ controlled bass and extended treble, and SE535, with its lush mids, would be perfect.

 

I probably listen to 60% classical/20% 50-60's jazz/10% acoustic and folk/10%Radiohead, etc..

 

I listen to mostly lossless from my ipod classic. I spend most of my listening time at work and would probably leave my amp there; I just don't have time to listen at home. I would prefer a portable amp so that I could use it for my ER4P/S when I'm writing at a coffee shop, but that probably is not going to be the best bang for buck. So I've decided on a desktop amp. (I'll prob just buy a cheap portable amp for the ER4S.) I don't need a DAC yet, but will probably get one when my ipod eventually dies.

 

I'm looking at around $450 for desktop amp and headphones. It'll be tight but I hope I can get it done.

 

From reading up, good options seem to be DT880 (660) and HD600. I'm open to others and almost completely unaware as to what would be a good amp.

 

Thanks for any suggestions!

post #2594 of 29490

Okay so I've been sniffing around here for a pair of new headphones, initially I wanted somekind of iem but then I thought that maybe I should just go all out and go for the Audeze LCD-2. 

The thing is, is it worth buying the headphone and then at a later point buy a amp, would I enjoy the phones with the headphone output from my amp (cambridge audio v640, not the best I know, but for the money it is good). A amp that caught my attention was the Matrix M-stage which seems to have a good price, can this amp power the headphones?

 

I read around and couldn't really figure out wether or not they are thought to drive, please give some thoughts about this :)

post #2595 of 29490
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

Hi all! I'm toying with the idea of switching from iem to open cans.

 

So far my favorite earphones have been the SE535, Westone 4 and the ER4P. I think the Se535 is the sound signature I like the most, though something between the W4, w/ controlled bass and extended treble, and SE535, with its lush mids, would be perfect.

 

I probably listen to 60% classical/20% 50-60's jazz/10% acoustic and folk/10%Radiohead, etc..

 

I listen to mostly lossless from my ipod classic. I spend most of my listening time at work and would probably leave my amp there; I just don't have time to listen at home. I would prefer a portable amp so that I could use it for my ER4P/S when I'm writing at a coffee shop, but that probably is not going to be the best bang for buck. So I've decided on a desktop amp. (I'll prob just buy a cheap portable amp for the ER4S.) I don't need a DAC yet, but will probably get one when my ipod eventually dies.

 

I'm looking at around $450 for desktop amp and headphones. It'll be tight but I hope I can get it done.

 

From reading up, good options seem to be DT880 (660) and HD600. I'm open to others and almost completely unaware as to what would be a good amp.

 

Thanks for any suggestions!

 

AKG K702 - $268 and Fiio e7 + e9 - $200.

 

Might also want to look at the newer HD598 as well.

 

http://www.headfonia.com/hd600-and-hd598-comparison/


Edited by tyoung8 - 3/30/11 at 2:32am
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