Hi all, first post here but I've been lurking for a while...
I currently own PortaPros and a pair of Senn HD320s. I'm looking to upgrade, but have no real idea what I should be looking at.
My music taste is varied, but mainly classic rock and drum & bass, so I want something which has deep bass without being overpowering. My ears tend to tire quite quickly if headphones are overly bright, but anything with no top end will just sound dull and uninteresting. I guess I'm looking for something which has a fairly flat frequency response.
I have a QED MB45 headphone amp; I've replaced all its caps with proper audio-quality components and it now has a "proper" (not switched-mode) regulated PSU.
I'm in the UK, my budget is about £300 - I can just about get the Grado SR325is for this. I like the look of Grados, but reviews seem to imply their soundstage is limited and they do mid/highs better than bass.
Relatedly, I'm a part-time live sound technician and am also looking for a pair of closed-back headphones for monitoring purposes - my colleagues have the Sennheiser HD25-ii and I'll probably also get a pair, unless anyone has a huge reason for me not to.
Thanks for any help!
If you do not like headphones that are bright, the Grado 325 is a terrible choice. Grados have a great soundstage, but are characteristically bright and the 325 is the brightest in the family.
Some random suggestions: Phiaton PS 500 and Beyerdynamic DT770
For sound tech, one of your main requirements is isolation. Most DJ headphones work well in this regard, as do a few studio headphones. The Beyer DT770 I mentioned above is good and has excellent isolation, but is not portable at all. The HD25-1-ii is very popular and deservedly so. The Sennheiser HD280 is also a standard in this realm and is perhaps the king of passive isolation.
Hey people, first time poster here;
Ive been looking at getting me some new phones (my old audio technica es7's were stolen...) and im pretty enarmoured to audio technica, though open to ideas. Ive been looking towards the ATH-M50 or the ATH-OR7. I know what people are likely to say about that setup. M50s are pretty popular... has anyone tried OR7's?
There dont seem to be any reviews about, even after a search on here. Is there any real reason to try them?
Is there something else in the £100 price range i should know about?
I do hear that the bass overwhelms the mid and high range on the M50's a bit. Sounds lake a poor trade off to me, but is there any real reason to worry?
I listen to a pretty eclectic range of music, from 8-bit to folk, mostly via indie-rock, electro, brit pop. Oh and comfort is a pretty big issue to me.
I'm not sure I've ever seen the OR7 mentioned on these forums... your best bet is to buy them and write a review for us
The Audio Technica line are a pretty safe bet and they share similar characteristics of being slightly airy with a great midrange which meshes particularly well with vocals. The exception is the M50 which I consider the black sheep of the family with it's emphasized bass and highs. I am personally not a fan, but begrudgingly admit that it suits particular genres well.