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I want to but a headphone for maximum $80 (€60,00) that has good clarity, detail, instrument separation, is well balanced, has good deep tight bass and has good clear vocals. Is the Creative Aurvana Live! a good choise?

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I was wondering if I could get some advice\ recommendations as this will be pretty much my first pair of high end headphones. I do own a Sennheiser HD 212Pro that I bought many years ago though the cords broke on me, and I haven't bothered fixing them because I rather just upgrade to a new pair, also vocals sort of sound really murky.

 

Things that would be a must are;
- good isolation, closed back, I'll be using it mainly on public transport

- portable, don't particularly want to get an amp

- and comfort, I guess

 

I listen to a whole range of genre, though mostly acoustic and bass-heavy songs, so being a beginner, I'm finding it sort of difficult to figure out what's what when my preferences are on both sides of the spectrum.

I live in Australia and have a budget of ~$300

I've been able to briefly test some headphones, and liked three of them ATH-M50s (~$150), Beyer T70p($439-$479) and AKG K550($319). I enjoyed the T70ps the most, because it had the bass and clarity, but I would prefer to look around more first because it's way out of my budget, K550 sounded the best with my acoustic songs but was really lacking bass and M50s were good overall, but I found that it was lacking this clarity in instrumentals.. ? And for a lack of a better description, too balanced? I thought it sounded kind of plain, and that that was pulling the clarity away.

 

I tested those headphones with an iPod, but I'm going to get a Cowon next week. I did realise I can play with the equaliser, but when I mentioned that to the shopkeeper (of my local headphones store), he had this "Oh.. yeah.. I guess you could do that too..." sort of expression..

As you can tell, I don't know what I'm doing . I don't know anybody who would even think twice about their earphones, so I thought I'd turn to you all.

 

I think my question really is, is there something I can get that has a similiar sound to the Beyer but at a lower price (probably not right?), what do you think of using an equaliser to possibly make up for what a particular pair of headphones are lacking, or any other headphones I should probably try out first?

 

A reference for how the prices are in Aus http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/

 

Thank you!

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I think my question really is, is there something I can get that has a similiar sound to the Beyer but at a lower price (probably not right?), what do you think of using an equaliser to possibly make up for what a particular pair of headphones are lacking, or any other headphones I should probably try out first?

 

A reference for how the prices are in Aus http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/

 

Thank you!

 

Check out the M-Audio Q40's. These cans are way too under the radar. Bass that will rattle your brain but with mids that are extremely clear. I've never listened to the Beyer's you mention but I've never listened to bass heavy phones that didn't muddle out the mids EXCEPT the Q40's.  The clarity on the mids is fantastic. Read some reviews on them, but you can get them new for $89 on B&H. I would also recommend buying DT770 pads for them.

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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 - Want good bass but decent mids as well

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)

Trying to gather a list of headphones that suit my needs so I can read further reviews and whatnot. Anyone care to help make a list?

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Trying to gather a list of headphones that suit my needs so I can read further reviews and whatnot. Anyone care to help make a list?

I keep seeing people complaining about the Q40's clamping pressure and while I agree that they clamp more than any other pair of cans I've used, I love it! It takes all the pressure off of the head and it makes a perfect seal. Definitely more comfortable than the DT770's IMO because of the pressure on the top of my head. Do you wear glasses?

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I keep seeing people complaining about the Q40's clamping pressure and while I agree that they clamp more than any other pair of cans I've used, I love it! It takes all the pressure off of the head and it makes a perfect seal. Definitely more comfortable than the DT770's IMO because of the pressure on the top of my head. Do you wear glasses?

Yeah I do wear glasses. I found the Q40s clamped more on my jaw that anything and it was uncomfortable.

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I want to but a headphone for maximum $80 (€60,00) that has good clarity, detail, instrument separation, is well balanced, has good deep tight bass and has good clear vocals. Is the Creative Aurvana Live! a good choise?


Within your budget--yes x 2.

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Are you limiting your options to closed cans?

Thanks for your response KG Jag. At the moment yes. As they would be for home and portable use, open cans would be great for home use but not for on the go unfortunately.


Unfortunately, I can't think of any closed cans that meet your requirements and are not very, very expensive.  The Sony MDR 7520 is very good, but it does not have the sound signature that you seek.  The Audio Technica ATH-W1000X and ATH-A900X are also good, but not exactly your sound signature.

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Trying to gather a list of headphones that suit my needs so I can read further reviews and whatnot. Anyone care to help make a list?

 

You should check out the ATH WS99's:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/650449/the-new-ws99-at-fan-thread

 

Seems like they fit your critera!

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Okay so i'm between these cans now, Beyer DT990, DT880, AKG K702, HD650 and was wondering what would be better for Rock/Metal and which one has the largest soundstage, thanks again. Since i'll be listening to music in my room i'll get a semi-open/open and later a closed-back or IEM for travelling. ;]

DT990 is the best for Rock.

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Originally Posted by dakanao View Post

I want to but a headphone for maximum $80 (€60,00) that has good clarity, detail, instrument separation, is well balanced, has good deep tight bass and has good clear vocals. Is the Creative Aurvana Live! a good choise?

 

I can recommend the JVC HA S500. Not saying anything about the ones you're asking about. Just don't know them.

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Hi im looking into stereo headphones that would mainly be used for listening too Ipod and record lp player. I would like to spend around $100 to $150 dollars and listen to any and all kinds of music. Im very new to this and have been looking at Audio-Technica, V-Moda, and Sennheiser brands. Some seem very pricey and im now seeing more and more people talk about the headphones becoming sweaty or uncomfortable if wore for long periods of time. I usually listen to music for very long periods of time and now wondering if maybe i should buy a pear of on ear headphones. What do you think? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much

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Hi im looking into stereo headphones that would mainly be used for listening too Ipod and record lp player. I would like to spend around $100 to $150 dollars and listen to any and all kinds of music. Im very new to this and have been looking at Audio-Technica, V-Moda, and Sennheiser brands. Some seem very pricey and im now seeing more and more people talk about the headphones becoming sweaty or uncomfortable if wore for long periods of time. I usually listen to music for very long periods of time and now wondering if maybe i should buy a pear of on ear headphones. What do you think? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much


For most people with your criteria, the KRK KNS 8400 is an excellent choice.  Be aware that these cans are not for those who like bass emphasized sound signatures and individual comfort factors vary widely in the world of headphones.

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I've been hunting for a pair of headphones to replace my Senheisser PX 80.

Budget: $75

Source: Galaxy Note II (Most frequent use), iPod Nano 5G (Sometimes), Laptop (Occasional)

Isolation: Reasonable isolation needed as it will mostly be used while traveling in Public transport, while jogging or rarely, at a library.

Genres: Pop, Rap (Mostly Eminem, Lil Wayne) and Rock

Uses:

1. Entertainment (Listening music while travelling, watching videos/ movies, games etc)

2. Listening to Audio books

 

What would be a perfect fit for me, considering my needs? PX 80 has been durable and portable but it is almost impossible to listen an audio book while in bus/metro. Besides, PX 80's audio quality has been just okay.

Honestly, anything on ear or over the ear with better sound quality and above requirements would work for me.

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Within your budget--yes x 2.

What do you mean by ''x 2'' ?

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