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post #27181 of 29491
If you guys could recommend me some headphones that match the following requirements, that'd be great.

USE
I will be using them with my PC and Google Nexus Tablet, without an amp. I'll be listening to them in my room and on long car journeys so portability isn't an issue.
COMFORT
I'll be listening to the headphones for long periods of time so comfort is a must.
GENRE
I listen to Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Electronica and Hip-Hop, so good bass is essential.
PRICE RANGE
Anywhere less than £80 ($120)
LOOKS AND BUILD
Looks aren't very important as long as they're either black, grey or a similar colour. They must be quite durable however.


I've looked at a few headphones myself, and the Audio Technica ATH-WS55i looked quite good for my requirements, would you guys agree?
post #27182 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Morbo10 View Post

If you guys could recommend me some headphones that match the following requirements, that'd be great.

USE
I will be using them with my PC and Google Nexus Tablet, without an amp. I'll be listening to them in my room and on long car journeys so portability isn't an issue.
COMFORT
I'll be listening to the headphones for long periods of time so comfort is a must.
GENRE
I listen to Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Electronica and Hip-Hop, so good bass is essential.
PRICE RANGE
Anywhere less than £80 ($120)
LOOKS AND BUILD
Looks aren't very important as long as they're either black, grey or a similar colour. They must be quite durable however.


I've looked at a few headphones myself, and the Audio Technica ATH-WS55i looked quite good for my requirements, would you guys agree?

 

Koss Portapro or sportapro. Great sound, incredible bass, very comfortable and lightweight, lots and lots of money left over for CD's and mp3 downloads. 

post #27183 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Nixy View Post

 

Heya,

 

Thanks for your reply. The DT 880 Pro 250 would cost around €235,00 at a store that can deliver relatively soon. Most don't seem to have it in stock right now (prices dip as low as €190/200 in those shops, so about the same as the HD 598).

 

I'd indeed be willing to look at an amp/dac, if it's a better solution than a soundcard. The card I'm looking at would also cost around that much.

Am I right in assuming the amp/dac would take over the function of the soundcard (through USB), meaning I will not need one at all?

 

As for the Annies; from what I've read they just seem to fit the profile rather well. It's not a case of I-must-have-them, or not wanting to look further. Mind you that this is my non-expert opinion and I could be completely wrong about this ;-). Your solution is an interesting one though, seeing as they cost about half in the States of what they cost here.

 

I just checked Amazon.de and that's awfully close to HD 600 pricing. If you're willing to spend that much, you might want to demo that as well since you may prefer a slightly warmer, more forgiving sound.

 

I would say that most entry level combos are at least equal to equivalently priced sound cards. Some of Audio GD units are very impressive from a specs perspective. And yes, the USB connectivity does replace the need to physically install something in your PC case. 

post #27184 of 29491
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Originally Posted by steve2151 View Post

 

I just checked Amazon.de and that's awfully close to HD 600 pricing. If you're willing to spend that much, you might want to demo that as well since you may prefer a slightly warmer, more forgiving sound.

 

I would say that most entry level combos are at least equal to equivalently priced sound cards. Some of Audio GD units are very impressive from a specs perspective. And yes, the USB connectivity does replace the need to physically install something in your PC case. 

I have (finally) found a shop where I can test the the Beyer 770, 880 and 990, the Sennheiser 598's and the Audio Technica M50's. Their range of test-headphones is fairly limited, but I'm glad they supposedly have these variants available.

 

I'll come back here tonight to share my findings. I'll also certainly have to find some place I can audition the HD 600's sometime.

 

The Amp business is something I'll have to do some more research on. Thanks for the input so far.

post #27185 of 29491
After searching for a few months i settled on some akg k240 mk ii cans, what would be the best amp, for desktop use, around 80$ that would power these bad boys? I've looked into the fiio e7 and e11, would either of these suffice?
post #27186 of 29491
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Originally Posted by DJGarvis View Post

After searching for a few months i settled on some akg k240 mk ii cans, what would be the best amp, for desktop use, around 80$ that would power these bad boys? I've looked into the fiio e7 and e11, would either of these suffice?

Fiio E11 should work but it is a bit noisy if you also use it with earphones. Buying a used Objective2 amp (around $100) would be a far better choice.  


Edited by zzffnn - 4/11/13 at 9:37pm
post #27187 of 29491

Hello guys, I need a recommendation for the best $200 headphone setup (incl. an amp if need be) for my home use. I'd like good details, clarity, treble and soundstage all well-presented. Bass is not really a problem, but a clear-defined presence would be nice. My music is generally indie, classical, R&B; I also listen to metal (e.g mostly instrumental, melodic, and symphonic tracks). Thank you!    

post #27188 of 29491
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Originally Posted by dreamrockman View Post

Hello guys, I need a recommendation for the best $200 headphone setup (incl. an amp if need be) for my home use. I'd like good details, clarity, treble and soundstage all well-presented. Bass is not really a problem, but a clear-defined presence would be nice. My music is generally indie, classical, R&B; I also listen to metal (e.g mostly instrumental, melodic, and symphonic tracks). Thank you!    


With no amp, the Audio Technica ATH-AD900 is a good choice.

post #27189 of 29491
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Originally Posted by dreamrockman View Post

Hello guys, I need a recommendation for the best $200 headphone setup (incl. an amp if need be) for my home use. I'd like good details, clarity, treble and soundstage all well-presented. Bass is not really a problem, but a clear-defined presence would be nice. My music is generally indie, classical, R&B; I also listen to metal (e.g mostly instrumental, melodic, and symphonic tracks). Thank you!    
MDR ma900
post #27190 of 29491

hey folks,

 

i am new in this hifi stuff and i've got the sens hd 202's for couple of years now. unfortunately they have started falling apart in the hands of my gf plus i think its time for something else.

 

i live in Bulgaria where the market for headphones is not that big but the prices are. so, i am looking for something around 70-100 $. i will list below some cans that fit these prices (looking from the bulgarian market) and i would be reeeeally thankful if you could provide more insight and help me choose. i listen to 320Kbps and FLAC music coming from the PC out of a DYI USB Headphone DAC. I will also use it for gaming.

 

i kinda like the idea of trying an open-ear headphone with better sound stage.

 

this is what i have gathered from my search:

 

1) Audio Technica ATH-AD300 - these are for now my first choice. other options that i am considering are ATH-M30, ATH-T300, or even the SJ33 (although they are portable and half the price)

2) Sennheiser - here i am really confused. a lot of option for that price range. HD429, HD439, HD449, HD215

3) Beyerdynamic DTX-710

4) Prodpipe Pro 580 or 780

5) Alessandro MS1 - i don't know about these....with the shipping they will be more than the price range i am looking in.

6) AKG K514 MKII - these are prolly the last in my list.

 

these are pretty much all the good available brands here (except the alessandro) and are around the same price. the ATH-AD300 are the most expensive ones. except the price range, i would like to get good comfort and maybe soundstage and clear sound. don't care about bass that much. i don't know if this is any helpful or i've just thrown a bunch of products and made it chaotic. of course i don't mind if you throw some other brands on the list. i will check whether they are available here and if the prices are similar. just to give you a clue, the AD700 cost 100$ on amazon and here they cost 250$ :)

 

thank you kindly in advance for your tips.

 

cheers!


Edited by axeltow - 4/12/13 at 7:32am
post #27191 of 29491
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Originally Posted by axeltow View Post

hey folks,

 

i am new in this hifi stuff and i've got the sens hd 202's for couple of years now. unfortunately they have started falling apart in the hands of my gf plus i think its time for something else.

 

i live in Bulgaria where the market for headphones is not that big but the prices are. so, i am looking for something around 70-100 $. i will list below some cans that fit these prices (looking from the bulgarian market) and i would be reeeeally thankful if you could provide more insight and help me choose. i listen to 320Kbps and FLAC music coming from the PC out of a DYI USB Headphone DAC. I will also use it for gaming.

 

i kinda like the idea of trying an open-ear headphone with better sound stage.

 

this is what i have gathered from my search:

 

1) Audio Technica ATH-AD300 - these are for now my first choice. other options that i am considering are ATH-M30, ATH-T300, or even the SJ33 (although they are portable and half the price)

2) Sennheiser - here i am really confused. a lot of option for that price range. HD429, HD439, HD449, HD215

3) Beyerdynamic DTX-710

4) Prodpipe Pro 580 or 780

5) Alessandro MS1 - i don't know about these....with the shipping they will be more than the price range i am looking in.

6) AKG K514 MKII - these are prolly the last in my list.

 

these are pretty much all the good available brands here (except the alessandro) and are around the same price. the ATH-AD300 are the most expensive ones. except the price range, i would like to get good comfort and maybe soundstage and clear sound. don't care about bass that much. i don't know if this is any helpful or i've just thrown a bunch of products and made it chaotic. of course i don't mind if you throw some other brands on the list. i will check whether they are available here and if the prices are similar. just to give you a clue, the AD700 cost 100$ on amazon and here they cost 250$ :)

 

thank you kindly in advance for your tips.

 

cheers!

Is buying from ebay an option?

post #27192 of 29491

Hello audioholics!

 

I'm looking to buy some budget headphones, and after hours (and hours... Blimey there's a lot of headphones!) and I have tried to narrow it down to the best of my ability.

 

My budget lies around 70$ (45£) (which is realistically around 50-60$ if you adjust to price difference between US and EU). I must admit, I'm in over my head here. I've read a ton, and in the end it has just resulted in numbers and brands meshing into an indistinguishable blur. Reading can never compare to actually experiencing the headphones, but unfortunately I don't live near any specialized audio stores.

 

My priority is: Sound quality -> Build -> Comfort -> Design -> Isolation

 

I lean slightly towards a bit of bass emphasis, but not to an extent were it takes away from the middle and higher ranges all too much. I do listen to a lot of hiphop and electronic, but I really listen to almost any genre, so I'd rather that my hiphop-preference didn't hamper my experience with orchestral, jazz, soul etc. I'll also be using them for some casual music production.

 

I'm aware that I sound too expectant of this price range, but I really hate to do stuff like this on a budget, so I have this inner need to get the very best value for my money. I'll buy a good set of cans when I get some space in my economy.

 

I have plucked out the following:

 

PIONEER SE MJ751 - 45£ (price in Denmark)

 

NOONTEC ZORO - 45£

 

NUMARK PHX PRO - 45£

 

AKG K450 - 44£

 

PANASONIC RP-THF600E-S 40£

 

AKG K81 DJ 36-39£

 

 

And the stupid thing is that I could go on. It's really hard when you have no experience with the headphones. I have left out the various Sennheisers, because honestly, I can't wrap my head around all the various model numbers. Any thoughts or suggestions? Experiences with these models? Did I leave something out that I should consider? How are you doing today? Nice weather, isn't it?

 

I'll leave it at that for now, and see if anyone has any feedback.

 

Thank you for your time,

Seb

post #27193 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Sebons View Post

Hello audioholics!

I'm looking to buy some budget headphones, and after hours (and hours... Blimey there's a lot of headphones!) and I have tried to narrow it down to the best of my ability.

My budget lies around 70$ (45£) (which is realistically around 50-60$ if you adjust to price difference between US and EU). I must admit, I'm in over my head here. I've read a ton, and in the end it has just resulted in numbers and brands meshing into an indistinguishable blur. Reading can never compare to actually experiencing the headphones, but unfortunately I don't live near any specialized audio stores.

My priority is: Sound quality -> Build -> Comfort -> Design -> Isolation

I lean slightly towards a bit of bass emphasis, but not to an extent were it takes away from the middle and higher ranges all too much. I do listen to a lot of hiphop and electronic, but I really listen to almost any genre, so I'd rather that my hiphop-preference didn't hamper my experience with orchestral, jazz, soul etc. I'll also be using them for some casual music production.

I'm aware that I sound too expectant of this price range, but I really hate to do stuff like this on a budget, so I have this inner need to get the very best value for my money. I'll buy a good set of cans when I get some space in my economy.

I have plucked out the following:

PIONEER SE MJ751
- 45£ (price in Denmark)

NOONTEC ZORO
- 45£

NUMARK PHX PRO
- 45£

AKG K450
- 44£

PANASONIC RP-THF600E-S
40£

AKG K81 DJ
36-39£


And the stupid thing is that I could go on. It's really hard when you have no experience with the headphones. I have left out the various Sennheisers, because honestly, I can't wrap my head around all the various model numbers. Any thoughts or suggestions? Experiences with these models? Did I leave something out that I should consider? How are you doing today? Nice weather, isn't it?

I'll leave it at that for now, and see if anyone has any feedback.

Thank you for your time,
Seb

Have you looked at the Creative Aurvana Live!? It doesn't get much better than that within your budget. You can also look very cheap and check out the Monoprice 8323.
Edited by roguegeek - 4/12/13 at 8:20am
post #27194 of 29491
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post


Have you looked at the Creative Aurvana Live!? It doesn't get much better than that within your budget. You can also look very cheap and check out the Monoprice 8323.

 

I was actually set on buying those a few days ago, when I found them at around 40£ new. But, I hesitated, thinking that I should do a bit of research first, then the CAL's sold out and the price flew back up to 10£ above my budget. I'm keeping a look out for them over the next days, but I have decided not to break my budget this time.

 

Thanks for the reply.

post #27195 of 29491

Hey guys, recently Ive been looking for another new headphone that I can use while sitting at my desk enjoying my music, as well as some light gaming. In the past months Ive really grown away from my LP2s bloated bass, and my Zoros clamping pressure, both have begun to fatigue my ears after about an hour of listening. And I actually plan on selling both sometime in the future.

 

But for now Im looking for a new can that I will mainly be using to listen to my more treble hungry music such as Metallica, Guns N' Roses, AC/CD, and Bon Jovi. But I will also be using it to play a few games on my laptop such as FPSs, so a good soundstage and positional accuracy would be great. Now I know it probably isnt alot of to go off of, but I am not looking to spend much over $70 at the moment. Reason being is because Im saving my money to purchase Samsungs new Galaxy phone later this month. At the current moment I do not own an amp of any type, I was gonna save my amp experience for when I could afford to buy some Schiit gear with some great hi end headphones.

 

Now Ive already looked at a few cans but couldnt get a definite reading on how they may perform with the things I want them too. Those cans being; 

 

  • AKG K240 Studio
  • Creative Aurvana Live
  • Sennheiser HD429 
  • Takstar HI2050

 

I looked into all 3 of those and saw some good reviews, some terrible reviews, so I really wasnt sure about any of them. Im completely open to new suggestions as I dont have my heart set on anything right now. Thanks for the help!

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