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post #27631 of 29491

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.

post #27632 of 29491
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Originally Posted by dakanao View Post

Hello, I want to buy a headphone for maximum €150,- ($200 max). They need to be over ear and closed, and they shouldn't need an amp.

I'm listening to rap/hiphop, but that doesn't mean all I want is bass. I want a neutral headphone with very slight emphasis on bass, with very good instrument separation and details, with very good mids and highs. Also, the vocals need to sound really clear.

Ultrasone HFI-580's, and maybe a cheap Fiio amp if you can shell out that little extra bit.

post #27633 of 29491

I'd echo that sentiment. I had the HFI 780s for a bit but opted eventually for the PRO 750s. I also went with the FiiO Andes DAC amp. Makes a nice difference.

 

Ultrasone is a great manufacturer though.

 
post #27634 of 29491

Budget - Less than $600

Preferences - Bass. Anything similar to HFI 580's. Open ear/closed ear doesn't matter.

Source - HiFiMan 601, 320k, 256 AAC and FLAC, and MSI GT70 (not sure what soundcard it has on it), Fiio E11, maybe upgrading my amp soon.

Music type - Electronica, dubstep, brostep, classical, etc.

post #27635 of 29491

I'd go for the HiFiMan HE-400s.

 

Or the Ultrasone PRO 750 or PRO 900s.

 
post #27636 of 29491
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I'd go for the HiFiMan HE-400s.

 

Or the Ultrasone PRO 750 or PRO 900s.

 

I was about to edit my post saying I was interested in HE 400/500's and some Ultrasone models. I love Ultrasone as well, so far my experience with them has been fantastic. What's your opinion on the PRO 2900's?

post #27637 of 29491
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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

Regarding the Westone thing - it's very much relative since the paradigm shift/difference in presentation is staggering enough to render most comparisons rather limited. In terms of SQ, what specific characteristic/technical area would you be focused on the most? And since you've stated that you want a different signature anyways, using the W4s as reference for anything else would be rather pointless anyways.
 
You've also not given much else to go by - are they going to be closed or open, will you set up a home rig with them, would you have any preference in regards to something qualitative that's not about sound (comfort, build, etc)?
 
The vagueness of the question leaves much to be desired, and people would pretty likely end up just throwing arbitrary recommendations you can pretty much gather anywhere else, since they have pretty much nothing to go by. What point is there in asking a specific question when you give rather little specifics?
post #27638 of 29491
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Originally Posted by semaj8james View Post

Budget - Less than $600

Preferences - Bass. Anything similar to HFI 580's. Open ear/closed ear doesn't matter.

Source - HiFiMan 601, 320k, 256 AAC and FLAC, and MSI GT70 (not sure what soundcard it has on it), Fiio E11, maybe upgrading my amp soon.

Music type - Electronica, dubstep, brostep, classical, etc.

Look at Denon AH-600. My friend loves it for rap and electronica.

post #27639 of 29491

@KG Jag

 

Thanks a lot!

post #27640 of 29491
Still looking for a portable pair for my commute. They need to fold up to fit in my bag, and preferably have a detachable cable. I'll be running them unamped from my phone. I mostly listen to indie rock, with some electronic pop and acoustic stuff thrown in.

I listened to a pair of Logitech UE6000 and liked them, but they felt a little flimsy, ditto for the Skullcandy Aviators (okay, those felt A LOT flimsy). I've ruled out the ATH-M50 because of the ridiculously long, non-removable cable, so right now I'm looking at the Ultrasone PRO 550. Do they sound okay unamped? Is there any other obvious choice I'm missing in the sub-300 range in missing out on that folds up and has a detachable cable? I could live without a removable cable if they were great otherwise. The only must is that they be circumaural.
Edited by Crow T Robot - 4/22/13 at 9:14pm
post #27641 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Crow T Robot View Post

Still looking for a portable pair for my commute. They need to fold up to fit in my bag, and preferably have a detachable cable. I'll be running them unamped from my phone. I mostly listen to indie rock, with some electronic pop and acoustic stuff thrown in.

I listened to a pair of Logitech UE6000 and liked them, but they felt a little flimsy, ditto for the Skullcandy Aviators (okay those felt A LOT flimsy). I've ruled out the ATH-M50 because of the ridiculously long, non-removable cable, so right now I'm looking at the Ultrasone PRO 550. Do they sound okay unamped? Is there any other obvious choice in the sub-300 range in missing out on that folds up and has a detachable cable?
The PRO900 you can get for 215 from a fellow head-fier , they are perfect and ill tell you his name in a sec smily_headphones1.gif
post #27642 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Crow T Robot View Post

Still looking for a portable pair for my commute. They need to fold up to fit in my bag, and preferably have a detachable cable. I'll be running them unamped from my phone. I mostly listen to indie rock, with some electronic pop and acoustic stuff thrown in.

I listened to a pair of Logitech UE6000 and liked them, but they felt a little flimsy, ditto for the Skullcandy Aviators (okay those felt A LOT flimsy). I've ruled out the ATH-M50 because of the ridiculously long, non-removable cable, so right now I'm looking at the Ultrasone PRO 550. Do they sound okay unamped? Is there any other obvious choice in the sub-300 range in missing out on that folds up and has a detachable cable?
His name is Lazbro123 and he will sell them for 215 with shipping! ! :O
post #27643 of 29491
Do they sound okay unamped?
post #27644 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Crow T Robot View Post

Do they sound okay unamped?
I would imagine so. Ultrasones are that hard to drive.
post #27645 of 29491
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Originally Posted by rberger51 View Post

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.


What didn't you like about the AKG K550? I am more curious about the soundstage comparison between it and the DT 770.

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