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post #26086 of 29491
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Originally Posted by fruitbowl33 View Post

Okay. I've been looking for quite a while now, but I can't seem to find headphones that are not bulky, have an acoustic sound with good bass response, that is circumaural (around/over-ear) and has a detatchable cable. Portability is a priority right next to sound quality. I need help. I reeeaally like the V Modas because of their design and build quality, but the way people described the sound, it didn't seem like it was for me.

 

I listen to Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Funk, and a bit of electronic music (hip hop, k pop, etc.).

 

So the criteria here is:

 

  • Acoustic tone
  • Good bass response
  • Portability
  • Detachable cable feature is a huuge plus
  • Over Ear
  • Sturdy
  • And of course, comfort

 

Oh, and I also want to be able to drive the headphones without an amp. But some headroom for one can't hurt. I guess I'm asking too much ha ha.. Hope you guys help me :)

 

There's the usual suspects for this. UE 6000, MDR-1R, Momentum. I'd leave the M100 out because that's definitely a basshead can where as the others listed have a generally good response through all of the frequencies. I suspect you'll like the UE 6000 or MDR-1R. If you don't mind true on-ear cans, check out the M80 as well.

post #26087 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Mheat122134 View Post

Looking for a new headphone in the market, willing to pay around $400. I mostly listen to k/asian pop, a little bit of rap and gospel. I would like something that could bring the music out with good mids/vocals. (I'm a "midhead.")

 

 

  • Budget is $400.
  • Where/how do you plan on using these can?
  • What kind of music do you listen to and what's the format/bit rate?
  • What source device will it be coming from and what amp, if any, will you be using?
  • Do you know what kind of signature you're trying to find?
post #26088 of 29491
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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post

 

K702.


Thanks for the reply.  One thing I forgot to mention is that I listen to a decent amount of music with female vocals (from jpop and the like) so would they handle that well?  Also, what would be a decent amp for them; would something like the Schitt Magni work?  I've heard they're rather hard to drive, and I'm not too familiar with amps other than the <$100 portable market.

 

Additionally, I was thinking about possibly getting a pair of T50RPs then applying BmWr75's Simple Mods to them since it'd leave me with a fair amount of money to spend on an amp.  Is that a decent idea or would I be better off just spending the extra money on something like the K702s and an amp anyway?  Or even Mad Dogs?

post #26089 of 29491
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Originally Posted by aak57 View Post


Thanks for the reply.  One thing I forgot to mention is that I listen to a decent amount of music with female vocals (from jpop and the like) so would they handle that well?  Also, what would be a decent amp for them; would something like the Schitt Magni work?  I've heard they're rather hard to drive, and I'm not too familiar with amps other than the <$100 portable market.

 

Additionally, I was thinking about possibly getting a pair of T50RPs then applying BmWr75's Simple Mods to them since it'd leave me with a fair amount of money to spend on an amp.  Is that a decent idea or would I be better off just spending the extra money on something like the K702s and an amp anyway?  Or even Mad Dogs?

 

When properly powered, the K702 will do female vocals very nicely. Yes, you absolutely need an amp to power the K702 properly. The Schiit Magni works great. I power mine with the FiiO E09K. Another one that's always talked about with those two is the O2 as well. I've tried the FiiO E07K on it and that works just fine too.

 

Have no experience with the T50RP, so I can't give you any feedback there.

post #26090 of 29491
I like bass and have a deal set up to get a pair for whole sale, but no clue how much they will be right now. I like bass and currently he is checking prices for me fo the Sennheiser momentum, hd598, Audio Technica ath-a900x, and Beyerdynamics dt770 80ohms. Anything alse to look at? Thinking under 400 retail, not planning on over 200 for me
post #26091 of 29491
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Originally Posted by jonnyp11 View Post

I like bass and have a deal set up to get a pair for whole sale, but no clue how much they will be right now. I like bass and currently he is checking prices for me fo the Sennheiser momentum, hd598, Audio Technica ath-a900x, and Beyerdynamics dt770 80ohms. Anything alse to look at? Thinking under 400 retail, not planning on over 200 for me

 

M100

post #26092 of 29491
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Originally Posted by jonnyp11 View Post

I like bass and have a deal set up to get a pair for whole sale, but no clue how much they will be right now. I like bass and currently he is checking prices for me fo the Sennheiser momentum, hd598, Audio Technica ath-a900x, and Beyerdynamics dt770 80ohms. Anything alse to look at? Thinking under 400 retail, not planning on over 200 for me

HD598???
post #26093 of 29491
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Originally Posted by BigCabDaddy View Post

HD598???

Is that a question? This thing

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-598-Headphones-Accents/dp/B0042A8CW2

Not too attracted to the m100
post #26094 of 29491
Yeah. I know them. Just picked up a pair for myself. Haven't followed the most recent iterations of your thread but they seem nothing like what you were first after. Or is this a second pair?
post #26095 of 29491
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

Hmm. Ok. So you're looking for positional accuracy. Are you using these for competitive gaming or was the CS example just used for reference? Let's summarize: 
Budget is $400. Closed cans for isolation. Want to focus on details and positional audio. Everything is coming out of a Xonar STX.

  • Where/how do you plan on using these can?
  • What kind of music do you listen to and what's the format/bit rate?
  • Will you be running an amp?
  • Do you know what kind of signature you're trying to find?

Yep, sounds about right. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Where do you plan on using these can?
At home, but the computer is rather noise while I play game due to having fans on high speed, and I absolutely hate that background noise so therefor open cans really aren't an option while gaming.

How do you plan on using these can?
Casual listening to music and watching movies, should be suitable for competitive gaming.

What kind of music do you listen to and what's the format/bit rate?
Flac, 16bit. Music tend to change between EDM, Rock, Classical and pop.

Will you be running an amp?
Xonar stx

Do you know what kind of signature you're trying to find?
Nope.

Budget
Budget up to 400$

So what closed cans could work? How much better would a pair of AD900x, or comparable open can, be for gaming compared to suggested headphone? Would I be better of simply trying to reduce the noise from the computer in some way? I'm grateful for any help smily_headphones1.gif.
Edited by Simcon - 3/15/13 at 5:44pm
post #26096 of 29491
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Originally Posted by jonnyp11 View Post

I like bass and have a deal set up to get a pair for whole sale, but no clue how much they will be right now. I like bass and currently he is checking prices for me fo the Sennheiser momentum, hd598, Audio Technica ath-a900x, and Beyerdynamics dt770 80ohms. Anything alse to look at? Thinking under 400 retail, not planning on over 200 for me

You can't just like bass. You've gotta give us something else because all of those are pretty capable, except the HD598 at bass. Genres, portable, home use? Something.
post #26097 of 29491

If you do "just like Bass" here's a list from the Basshead thread. These are thought to have the highest ratio of Amplitude and Quality. These are "Basshead" cans. The HE400s are very nice sounding general use 'phones with extended Bass, but also pretty nice vocals. Those are under $400.00. 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Currently Available Basshead 'phones (not in any particular order) :

 

1. M-Audio Q40

2. Ultrasone Pro 900/Signature Pro DJ 

3. Vmoda M-100

4. Sony XB 500/700

5. Nuforce HP800


Edited by bareyb - 3/15/13 at 5:53pm
post #26098 of 29491

So I've been running my new HD439s unamped for the last few days. I'm really liking them, but even after 40+ hours of burn in I feel like the bass could be a little more powerful. Would an amp help? I'm going to try to build a little cMoy here soon, mostly just for the learning experience, but depending on how much it will actually help I may use better or worse parts. (more expensive, obviously)

 

Thanks again my fellow Head-fi'ers.

post #26099 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

You can't just like bass. You've gotta give us something else because all of those are pretty capable, except the HD598 at bass. Genres, portable, home use? Something.

Use will be mainly rock, little metal too. Portability is a plus but i can figure something out, but they can't be open (depending on the price i still want to try the 598's and if i dont like them i can still sell them and make a few bucks). I like bass, but i like my hd428's which IIRC is fairly neutral.

Will be used with iPad
Edited by jonnyp11 - 3/15/13 at 8:50pm
post #26100 of 29491
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

 

They just aren't comparable. One is a closed-back can, has a colored low frequency, is highly efficient, is built to be paired on a portable setup, sounds decent unamped, and is not meant to be taken very seriously. The other is an open-back can, is way more close to neutral than anything listed since your original post, absolutely needs decent amping to sound good, and produces a signature an audiophile would greatly favor. I use them both extensively and I use them for much different reasons.

 

You need to provide more detail as to what you are looking for.

  • What's your budget?
  • Where/how do you plan on using these can?
  • What kind of music do you listen to and what's the format/bit rate?
  • What source device will it be coming from and what amp, if any, will you be using?
  • Do you know what kind of signature you're trying to find?

From what I've read (Cnet, Expert Review, Head Fi MDR-1R vs. Momentum and a few other user reviews) the Sony's are pretty neutral compared to the ones they were compared to.  

 

This thread is the first place I have read MDR-1R vs Q701 comparisons.  Thanks to everyone for the MDR-1R vs. Q701 comparisons.

 

-Budget: 600$ (after tax)...for example I read Cnet's review of the Beyerdynamic T90's which are 530$ in Canada, I was set on them until I read Zombie X's DT990 vs T90 comparion.  Most headphones are either not available from retailers with a good return policy (no restocking fee), are a rip off in Canada and I won't buy ones with <2 year warranties.

 

-Where? Inside only

 

-Music Format/bit rate: Itunes 256 dl to Apple Lossless & or FLAC, currently most of my music is apple lossless

 

-Genre's: light rock to heavy metal (faves: Matthew Good, Alexisonfire, Appocalyptica, Faunts, Blind Guardian, Cold Play, Arcturus, Swallow the Sun, Neverending White Lights, Tristania, Katonia, 30S2M,), electronic/dance/trance (A State of Trance), classical (Halo, GOW Assassins Creed OST's (Jeremy Soule, Stephen Rippy, Steve Jablonsky, Martin O Donnel), movie OST's (Inception, Judge Dredd)

 

-Source: PC with Denon 1713, usually I use my Sansa Clip Zip+Image S4i's (don't plan to use my next pair with the Sansa, but most of my music listening is done on the go currently).  

 

-Sound Signature: Accurate sound stage, neutral w/o light bass...ideally I would like Denon D2000's with less recessed highs+mids, less sibilance, less bass (not to much) and a better sound stage.  The ear cup screw broke on my Denon D2000's recently so I have been using my Astro A40's and I tried a pair of Sennheiser PC 360+555's and liked the open sound, but disliked the lack of bass.

 

Maybe from now on every one should fill out the above categories.


Edited by MenacingTuba - 3/15/13 at 8:28pm
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