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ATH-A900X.

Thanks for your input, but those are waaaaaay out of my budget. Any other suggestions?

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I'm looking to venture in to the realm of Full-Size Cans.  I have been exploring iem's for the last couple of years and have gradually worked my way up the ladder.  Currently I have a Westone 4 and am looking for a headphone that can best it or at least equal it in sound quality.  I can spend up to $450 or so but I would prefer to spend less.  As far as sound signature I am not picky.  In fact I like to try different sound signatures and I listen to a great variety of music genres.

 

In summary:

Budget: <$450

Sound Signature: Any

Sound Quality ≥Westone 4

Full-Sized Headphone

 

Thanks everyone

 
post #27618 of 29490

Budget - £150 GBP ($230 USD)

Source - Computer with Asus Xonar DG sound card

Isolation - Prefer sound not to leak much if possible

Type - Full-size circumaural headphones

Genres - Dance, trance, dubstep, rock, pop

Uses - 80% music, 20% games (FPS, RTS)

Priorities (Highest to lowest) - Sound/comfort, isolation, portability

Previously tried - Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 (Slightly clampy and sounded distant but earcups are most comfortable I've ever tried) & M-Audio Q40 (Less distant sounding than DT770s but clamp was awful for me even after stretching)

post #27619 of 29490
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Originally Posted by anonymous1337 View Post

 

- Up to about $170

- Well, they shouldn't leak too much sound. Half-Closed should still be okay though.

- They'll probably be powered with this http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-System-SB1240/dp/B004275EO4

- mp3, aac, dts, flac, pretty much everything. 

- I like clean, precise sound.

- That's what I put the YT Links for. It's mostly electronic music. ;)

- Not really.

 

YT Links again so you don't have to go back to the old post:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSL3m8FvQs8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UPCLR8-Aeo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-IWRmpefzE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDvC3VmaGpY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Qfoi1pVbQ

Just listened to your YT links with my M-Audio Q40's with HiFiMan Velour pads and DAMN that was fun. If you're up for some fun get the Q40's! 

post #27620 of 29490

guys what do people mean when they mention sound signature? i don't know :(

post #27621 of 29490
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guys what do people mean when they mention sound signature? i don't know :(

It's the type of sound that certain headphone has. For example: A ''warm'' sound signature, means that the headphone sounds colored.. A flat, neutral type of sound, means that the headphones produce music as the artist intented it for you to listen to it that way, which basically means it's sound just neutral, without any colourisations. I'm by no means expert of headphones, this is just what I think of it.

post #27622 of 29490
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Hi Head-Fiers biggrin.gif

I'm new to the hi-fi world (started looking around in Jan),

I currently have some Beyer DT 990 prems, Etymotic ER-4Bs, some Senn Aptx headphones for mobility, use a DAC with some Amp & Lossless music

I'm currently after some $1000-$2000+ headphones for reference, however I'd like wood ones that I can switch pads to test different wood types with! (I have a buddy who is a world-class wood carver)

Sorry about the weird request! I'd be happy to be pointed in the right direction ^^

Notes: I'm cool with suggestions for modded Grados, Denons etc
Music I listen to is pretty ordinary pop and trance ^^'

Thanks!


That price range is covered by the Summit-Fi section of the forum.

post #27623 of 29490
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Originally Posted by nugget2013 View Post

guys what do people mean when they mention sound signature? i don't know :(


See:

 

http://www.salmanashrafny.com/2011/05/which-headphones-to-buy-part-ii-sound.html

post #27624 of 29490
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If you can afford it (and an open can will work for you), try to build your system around the HE 500.


Thanks !

 

I prefer closed headphone so I won't bother anyone around me.


Unfortunately, quality closed cans from about $225 to under about $1,000 are a relatively rare breed these days, especially since Denon discontinued its D2000, 5000 & 7000.  From what's left you will want to check out the Shure SRH 940, Sony MDR 7520 & Audio Technica ATH-W1000X.

post #27625 of 29490
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Originally Posted by faithguy19 View Post

I'm looking to venture in to the realm of Full-Size Cans.  I have been exploring iem's for the last couple of years and have gradually worked my way up the ladder.  Currently I have a Westone 4 and am looking for a headphone that can best it or at least equal it in sound quality.  I can spend up to $450 or so but I would prefer to spend less.  As far as sound signature I am not picky.  In fact I like to try different sound signatures and I listen to a great variety of music genres.

 

In summary:

Budget: <$450

Sound Signature: Any

Sound Quality ≥Westone 4

Full-Sized Headphone

 

Thanks everyone

 

Have never heard the Westones--and most folks here will not be familiar with the sound signature/quality of a specific IEM.

 

The best cans (usually open and usually needing or greatly benefiting from a amp) that at least sometimes fall within your budget include the Senn HD 600 & HD 650, Sony MDR 7520, Beyer DT 880, AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition, Grado SR 325is and Alessandro MS-2.

post #27626 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Unfortunately, quality closed cans from about $225 to under about $1,000 are a relatively rare breed these days, especially since Denon discontinued its D2000, 5000 & 7000.  From what's left you will want to check out the Shure SRH 940, Sony MDR 7520 & Audio Technica ATH-W1000X.

 

Cool. Will look into these as well. Thanks a lot for your recommendation !

post #27627 of 29490

Which is better for soundstage, Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro or AKG K550?

post #27628 of 29490
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Originally Posted by dakanao View Post

Thanks for your input, but those are waaaaaay out of my budget. Any other suggestions?

SRH840, though there isn't really too much bass emphasis.

post #27629 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Unfortunately, quality closed cans from about $225 to under about $1,000 are a relatively rare breed these days, especially since Denon discontinued its D2000, 5000 & 7000.  From what's left you will want to check out the Shure SRH 940, Sony MDR 7520 & Audio Technica ATH-W1000X.

 

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Cool. Will look into these as well. Thanks a lot for your recommendation !

 

try the TH600 via price japan. The th300 will be coming out soon

post #27630 of 29490

Do NOT waste your time with the AKG K550s. I had them and was sorely disappointed. I currently have the DT770s and they're great. I recommending going with the higher resistance models (250 ohms), but you will absolutely need an amp to drive them.

 

If you go with a model with less resistance, you won't need an amp, but I don't recommend that route if you can afford to buy an amp. 

 

I have the FiiO E07K Andes DAC amp and it works great with the DT770 pros. They really fun for kick drums and snare and such. If you're listening to a lot of guitar-driven music (rock or metal), you might actually prefer the Ultrasone PRO 750s. Guitar is more front-and-center with those. 

 

I have both of the cans referenced above, so all of that is based on experience. The only other thing I'd say about the Ultrasones is that I prefer using the earpads from the PRO 900 model - they mellow out the highs a bit.

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