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post #27421 of 29490
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Originally Posted by bakawen View Post

Heya all! Back again. Need to get a new one because my SRH440 broke. :( 

Firstly I'm from Msia and I will only get my gear from Jaben. The prices here in Msia is quite high compared to other countries.( USD0.33 = RM1) Willing to spend around RM1.5k (can stretch further). SQ> Price.

 

Please refer the price at Jaben online site.

Would like to prefer an all rounder and closed back headphone or IEM. Good noise isolation ones. Love female vocals and good instrument separation very much. Soundstage is a plus.

 

Mostly listen to Jpop, Jrock, Anime OST, vocaloid, dubstep, remix, drum and piano covers.

 

Example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK2ema283rE

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67wLacCckEQ

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUzLUGKwQJc

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Fwyi4NwEY

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYLi4NaoiDg

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8piBLJXDwY

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A9NLW8FJ1w

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR2XilcGYOo

 

Currently looking at these following cans:

AKG K550

MDR -1R

 

Thanks in advance! <3

 

What will you be playing this out of and will you be using an amp?

post #27422 of 29490

Soooo I went and did this thing where you refer people to buy a PS Vita and you get Sony Reward Points. They came in yesterday and I got a total of 10,000 points. Now I'm trying to figure out if I should buy the XB600s for 9,999 (basically all my points) or if I should get the XB400's for 6,000 and spend the rest on something else? 

I guess what I'm asking is, is the XB600 worth the extra $40 (that's how much the points are worth) versus the XB400s? I'm somewhat of a bass head having owned the HFI 780's previously, but I also care a lot about how the treble and mids are, I will be using the headphones for gaming just as much as music and I want those gunshots to sound clear ;)

post #27423 of 29490

Wasn't aware that there is this consolidated thread.

Made a separate post when first joined (Note: my apologies to the forum moderators).
 

Do not want to pump my thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/658899/is-v-moda-m-100-right-for-me#post_9335356

 

Looking forward to further advices.

post #27424 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


OK--an open semi-open or open can about the same price as the M50 (when not on sale), no amp and neutral-ish & balanced sound signture.

 

Sony MDR-7510, Shure SRH 840, Audio Technica ATH-A900X, Senn HD 518, Grado SR 125i (forward on stage with band Grado house wall of sound).

still looking for an open/semi-open fullsize...bump

 

Type: open/semi-open

sound sign: neutral, balanced. Enough and quality BASS (not basshead so don't need quantity), detail and clear MID and HIGH

source: laptop (dac/amp later)

music genres: various genres

budget around $150

 

Im considering AKG K240 MKII 


Edited by sonic2911 - 4/17/13 at 1:23pm
post #27425 of 29490
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Originally Posted by sonic2911 View Post

still looking for an open/semi-open fullsize...bump

 

Type: open/semi-open

sound sign: neutral, balanced. Enough and quality BASS (not basshead so don't need quantity), detail and clear MID and HIGH

source: laptop (dac/amp later)

budget around $150

 

Im considering AKG K240 MKII 

I have a K-240 Studio for sale

 

Some of the other cans you linked, though (specifically the A900X) are closed.  The open ones are the AD900X.

post #27426 of 29490
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Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post

I have a K-240 Studio for sale

 

Some of the other cans you linked, though (specifically the A900X) are closed.  The open ones are the AD900X.

what is difference between k240 studio and k240 mkii?

post #27427 of 29490

No responses with my last post, did I leave something out?  If I did please let me know... I really need some help.  I tried to clean up the post, make it a little more clear.

 

I'm looking for a headphone similar in size/shape/function as the ATH-M50's, no more then $275.  I've been looking at the Audio Technica ATHESW9A, does anyone have any experience with these?

 

The following are my requirements.

 

Budget:  Hard limit of $275
 
Source:  Laptop Jack
 
Isolation Requirements:  Mid-high isolation
 
Preferred Type:  Full sized
 
Uses:  These headphones will be used equally for gaming and music.
 
-Games:  Primarily League of Legends, a little FPS (Team Fortress 2).  This is less important to me then the music portion.
 
-Music:  
 
-Primarily progressive rock (this band specifically, I tried to find two songs that best covered their sound spectrum)
 
1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMiOTt3-dq4&  (Coheed and Cambria-Goodnight Fair Lady)
 
2.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Ls7RQBq_E& (Coheed and Cambria-Dark Side of Me)
 
-Some Ska:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOqenYis1iQ& (Streetlight Manifesto-We Will Fall Together)
 
-Some post rock:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kfkUUkEGtc& (it's long, listen to 7:35-8:25 for a good overview.  Godspeed You!  Black Emperor-East Hastings)
 
-Some DnB/Electro-House:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogMNV33AhCY (Pendulum-Witchcraft)
 
-A little Tech-death (I won't make you guys listen to that)
 
Preferred Tonal Balance:  Judging from above, probably either balanced or a solid mid range, but if better ears then mine think its indicative of stronger base/highs, feel free to recommend for that.
 
Past headphones:  Audio Technica ATH-M50.  Not much can be said here that hasn't been said before.  I will say that I really like how comfortable they are.  I can wear them for hours without discomfort.
 
Misc:  These will be used at home only, so I'd prefer a large (not touching the ears), closed headphone with high isolation.  

Edited by MyLord - 4/17/13 at 1:12pm
post #27428 of 29490
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Originally Posted by sonic2911 View Post

what is difference between k240 studio and k240 mkii?

The Studios don't come with all of the extras that the Mk-II's come with (velour pads and a second cable).  Other than that, I think they're identical.

 

Some references:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/507445/akg-k240-or-k240-mk-ii/15#post_7194637

 

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-K240MKII-STUDIO-STANDARD-55OHM/dp/B0016MNBAM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1290983830&sr=1-1 (first review)

 

If that Amazon picture is accurate, the color scheme is different as well.

post #27429 of 29490
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Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by sonic2911 View Post

still looking for an open/semi-open fullsize...bump

 

Type: open/semi-open

sound sign: neutral, balanced. Enough and quality BASS (not basshead so don't need quantity), detail and clear MID and HIGH

source: laptop (dac/amp later)

budget around $150

 

Im considering AKG K240 MKII 

I have a K-240 Studio for sale

 

Some of the other cans you linked, though (specifically the A900X) are closed.  The open ones are the AD900X.


Don't want to rain on your sale, but new ones are available from Amazon Prime for $63 shipped.

 

You are correct--only the last two cans I listed are open--the HD 518 and SR 125i.  I thought about listing the AD900, but it's above his budget.  The challenge is to get "quality" bass from an open can in this price range.  While it still might not be enough bass, the best bets for that are the Senn and AKG.  The problem with the AKG is that it really isn't quite efficient enough to use straight out of a laptop (in most cases) without an amp.  The Senn is on the border line.

 

Bottom line within his budget: get an amp, the Grado (if it has enough bass), gamble that your laptop will drive the Senn, or go to a closed can.


Edited by KG Jag - 4/17/13 at 1:43pm
post #27430 of 29490
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Originally Posted by MyLord View Post

No responses with my last post, did I leave something out?  If I did please let me know... I really need some help.  I tried to clean up the post, make it a little more clear.

 

I'm looking for a headphone similar in size/shape/function as the ATH-M50's, no more then $275.  I've been looking at the Audio Technica ATHESW9A, does anyone have any experience with these?

 

The following are my requirements.

 

Budget:  Hard limit of $275
 
Source:  Laptop Jack
 
Isolation Requirements:  Mid-high isolation
 
Preferred Type:  Full sized
 
Uses:  These headphones will be used equally for gaming and music.
 
-Games:  Primarily League of Legends, a little FPS (Team Fortress 2).  This is less important to me then the music portion.
 
-Music:  
 
-Primarily progressive rock (this band specifically, I tried to find two songs that best covered their sound spectrum)
 
1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMiOTt3-dq4&  (Coheed and Cambria-Goodnight Fair Lady)
 
2.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Ls7RQBq_E& (Coheed and Cambria-Dark Side of Me)
 
-Some Ska:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOqenYis1iQ& (Streetlight Manifesto-We Will Fall Together)
 
-Some post rock:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kfkUUkEGtc& (it's long, listen to 7:35-8:25 for a good overview.  Godspeed You!  Black Emperor-East Hastings)
 
-Some DnB/Electro-House:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogMNV33AhCY (Pendulum-Witchcraft)
 
-A little Tech-death (I won't make you guys listen to that)
 
Preferred Tonal Balance:  Judging from above, probably either balanced or a solid mid range, but if better ears then mine think its indicative of stronger base/highs, feel free to recommend for that.
 
Past headphones:  Audio Technica ATH-M50.  Not much can be said here that hasn't been said before.  I will say that I really like how comfortable they are.  I can wear them for hours without discomfort.
 
Misc:  These will be used at home only, so I'd prefer a large (not touching the ears), closed headphone with high isolation.  

 

I don't remember how the mids are on the M50s, but I preferred the Beyerdynamic DT770s (80 Ohm) when I tried them both side by side.  Very, very comfortable.  V-shaped signature, I think others have said.

 

One thing I would recommend, though, is that you take some of your budget and spend it on some sort of external DAC (with an amp, probably) for your laptop.  Laptops have notoriously bad sound chips.  Something like a Fiio E07K/E17, iBasso D-Zero, or even a Xonar U3 if you didn't want the option of taking it with you for your iPod/MP3 player would benefit you greatly.

post #27431 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Don't want to rain on your sale, but new ones are available from Amazon Prime for $63 shipped.

 

You are correct--only the last two cans I listed are open--the HD 518 and SR 125i.  I thought about listing the AD900, but it's above his budget.  The challenge is to get "quality" bass from an open can in this price range.  While it still might not be enough, the best bets for that are the Senn and AKG.  The problem with the AKG is that it really isn't quite efficient enough to use straight out of a laptop (in most cases) without an amp.  The Senn is on the border line.

I know, and I'm actually lowering the price later today when I can bump the sale thread.  The benefit of mine over the Amazon ones, though, is the second cable which the stock Studios do not come with.

post #27432 of 29490

hello,

 

a quick backstory before i begin.

(sorry for the long story but i felt it was important to sort of understand my situation for recommendation)

 

first off, i'm not an audiophile purist in that i don't have the greatest musical ear and also don't have a need for the absolute best/perfection... i'm probably somewhere in between the true audiophile and the casual.

this means i don't need a thousand dollar pair of headphones combined with a thousand dollar amp/dac, and then a complete audio setup with speakers/receiver, etc.

as to musical tastes there isn't really a boundary on that, i listen to all forms of sound from the pop song to a natural sound recording of a subway station/the ocean and everything in between.

 

alright to my present situation.

 

i just recently started taking my sound listening serious (on my level aforementioned) and i went ahead and bought the audio-technica ad700 which was about $160 at the time i bought it (maybe 3-4 years ago?) which was the most i'd ever considered spending on headphones as i didn't think it made that much difference in the past.

so... i wasn't blown away or anything but i was happy with the headphones, they were comfortable and gave a very nice sound on the vocals aspect and also worked fairly well with my tv watching.

clearly there was a difference between using this and some $20 dollar walmart headphones but again i wasn't so impacted to where i'd consider going to a more expensive pair.

 

 

ok, so then a week ago the audio-technica a900x went on sale and i had some spare cash and so i went ahead and jumped on the deal.

 

present time, needless to say i'm pretty blown away by these headphones.

 

in the past i've mainly been a vocal fan and i didn't care much about instrumentals, i'd hear people talking about the bass playing on that song was awesome and i'd be thinking "is the instruments that important?" because i was all about the vocals, and now i realize i didn't care much about the instrumentals because i wasn't hearing them properly as i've now started to with these new headphones, i'm sure many people have been in this situation where it's like listening to your collection for the first time again and you're noticing/hearing stuff you didn't even realize.

now i'm not just hearing and appreciating the vocal parts but i'm hearing the bass/the drums along with it, etc.

 

i'm excited about this, as it's sort of rejuvenated my interest in sound and i've been on a tear listening to everything i can get my hands on.

 

however

 

as much as these headphones have been a positive experience, it's not quite there where i'd be completely satisfied.. i just feel like there's another level i can reach with the sound.. and also while the headphones are comfortable they feel somewhat cheap on the ears and the ears make some noise when you move your head a bit or adjust them, etc.

 

so this brings me to a point of wanting to go a level higher, i don't have the money right now but i plan to start saving and using these headphones for right now.

 

my question is what would take me to the next level in the 200-300 dollar range? to where it would be a noticeable increase... or is this the best i'm going to get in that price range?

i'd like something that does a better job overall of really capturing the pureness of the sound on all aspects, the instrumental/vocals with no sort of distortion/buzz/hiss, etc.

 

i don't know if i'm explaining that as best as i can, i just want to bathe in the bliss of sound in every angle... i don't want it to be all bass, or pure vocals but i want it all to come together to where you're right there with the bass, with the vocals, with the guitar and all at once but also separate.

with a variety of music as well, i mainly listen to shoegaze/dreampop/triphop.. 90s alt rock, etc.

stuff like lamb/dot allison/julee cruise/sonic youth/my bloody valentine/cocteau twins/pati yang/smashing pumpkins/this mortal coil/mazzy star... indie stuff, but also pretty much everything else as well from soundtrack music, to breakbeat/drum&bass/dub/folk/singer-songwriter/90s rap/80s, i mean basically everything... the one thing i absolutely don't like is techno music and the various forms of techno like house/instrumental dance/hardcore techno, etc.. anything that has that same beat that every techno song has, and i don't listen to the purist country forms (but i do listen some stuff that has a country vibe to it just not the pure country)

 

haha.

 

if anyone was patient enough to read all of that, then you're the type of person i would respect their opinion so hopefully someone has an idea for me.

appreciate it, thanks.


Edited by Nowhere - 4/17/13 at 1:56pm
post #27433 of 29490

Ignore.


Edited by MyLord - 4/17/13 at 2:05pm
post #27434 of 29490
I'm planning to buy my first set of quality headphones after predominantly having used cheap headsets, so I have no audiophile experience whatsoever. After doing some research I think the ath m50 might be suited for me, but then again they have been out there for so long . I'm also considering the hd 558 or the hd 598, which is 30€ and sells at 160€. Thanks for helping me out.
 
Budget:  100€-150€
 
Source:  Laptop, phone , mp4
 
Isolation Requirements:  Mid-high isolation
 
Preferred Type:  Full sized
 
Uses:  These headphones will be used equally for gaming and music.
 
-Games:  Battlefield 3 and other fps games and MMO's.  This is less important to me then the music portion.
 
-Music:  Mainly instrumental music. Epic music and instrumental rock, but I listen to other genres such as dubstep and to bands like coldplay aswell. My favourite music is definitly from 2 steps from hell.
 
Here's a list of some epic music.
 
Preferred Tonal Balance: No preferences, these will be my first quality headphones. I would like to feel some bass but the focus shouldn't be on it.
 
Past headphones:  A 30 € logitech headset.

Edited by colaturka - 4/17/13 at 2:12pm
post #27435 of 29490
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Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post

 

I don't remember how the mids are on the M50s, but I preferred the Beyerdynamic DT770s (80 Ohm) when I tried them both side by side.  Very, very comfortable.  V-shaped signature, I think others have said.

 

One thing I would recommend, though, is that you take some of your budget and spend it on some sort of external DAC (with an amp, probably) for your laptop.  Laptops have notoriously bad sound chips.  Something like a Fiio E07K/E17, iBasso D-Zero, or even a Xonar U3 if you didn't want the option of taking it with you for your iPod/MP3 player would benefit you greatly.

 

I understand that these are EXTREMELY base heavy.  Do the mids really suffer that much?  How do they compare with the Audio Technica ATH-ESW9A's I mentioned?

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