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post #28156 of 29491

What is your budget?

 

€150,- ($200)

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound)?

 

It doesn't matter what they are, they just shouldn't leak too much.

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

I will be using them on my laptop with intergrated Realtek HD audio soundcard. No amp.

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Pretty much anything from 128 kbps to 320 kbps CBR MP3.

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

If you don't know your preferred sound signature (and even if you do), what genres of music do you plan to run through these cans?

I do like a fun sound signature with good punchy, tight deep bass, but I do like a balanced sound. Neutral can be too boring for me. I'm looking for good clarity, detail, punchy tight deep bass, instrument separation, good soundstage and imaging and clear detailed vocals in general. I only listen to rap/hiphop and occasionally some dubstep.

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

I'll be using them at home in my bedroom, but occasionally I'll use them in my living room.

post #28157 of 29491
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Okay, I stood too close to the damn rabbit hole and now I'm falling.  I had no idea how amazing headphones could be.  A while back I thought the Harmon Kardon CLs sounded pretty good, but having given them another listen recently, I find they sound terrible to me (like someone put the sound in a cardboard box). But I'm slowing myself down now and having a think.

 

So, my needs?  I have a lower mid-range sound system (7.1 AVR/speakers) that keeps me pretty happy, but I'm a renter, so I frequently have to compromise volume for the sake of my neighbors.  So I would like some good open cans with an excellent soundstage for that.

 

I would like some good closed cans for travel and for visiting with people.  I currently have the ATH M50 (okay for now).  [EDIT - just listened to the DT770, so maybe not]

 

I would like some IEMs for exercising, shopping, errand-running, etc. I currently have the Sennheiser CX 280 (also okay for now).

 

Question is, do I really need more than one of each of all these for tonal variety?  I listen to a broad variety of music, but very little country or serious jazz, and just a smattering of world art music (though I'm exploring).  Pretty much everything else is on the table (from light piano to death metal, and any type of vocals).  I think with my semi-limited use of phones, I would be good with one model of each for now, but I would like to find something that covers that full range pretty well.  Also, I'll be getting a portable amp (prob a Fiio), and running them off my AVR at home (prob get a pre-amp at some point).  So…

 

For Closed, I'm good with the M50 for now [though I see that changing soon].  For Portables, maybe some better IEMs (and I can see getting some small cans for certain activities later).   And for Open, my budget has gone up. I was looking to keep it under $150; now I would like to keep it around $300 or under.

 

 

So for Open cans under $300, any suggestions that would fall into the realm of large soundstage and broad tonal versatility?

I'm leaning toward the DT 990 or DT 880 (if I can find the right price), the HD598 (how does it compare to the 600?), the K701/K702, and the SR325is.

I've also considered getting multiple special-purpose cans, i.e. the ATH-AD900 for classical/instrumental.

 

 

[EDIT - I learned of a place nearby (thanks to the Head-fi Meets forum) where I could give some of these phones a listen. I checked out the DT 880 and DT 770.  I liked the sound, based on limited listening, of course.  And they were oh so comfy.  Also, I saw there's a Meet coming soon to my area that I'm going to try to get to.  So I guess this is more of a "what should I focus on learning there at this early stage?" post.]

 


Get the DT 880 Pro 250 Ohm version.  It best fits your needs, budget and audio equipment.

post #28158 of 29491

Ok guys, I need some help here.

 

Im looking for headphones that have the same "neutral" sound that shures have. but with more bass.

 

also I dont want them to be heavy like the shures (hehe)

 

What is your budget?

$200 max

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound)?

 I prefer closed with good isolation like the shures.

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 I will be picking up an Asus Xonar stx soundcard / amp. (these headphones are for computer use)

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

I will be playing everything from 120kbs to 320kbs mp3 mainly, but I also play games and watch videos and do all kinds of things.

Music is the most important tho.

 

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

If you don't know your preferred sound signature (and even if you do), what genres of music do you plan to run through these cans?

I plan to do everything with these on the computer, but music is the most important. Trance and house are the only genres I listen to tho.. and like I said at the start of my post, I want them to have a neutral sound like the shures, but with more bass if possible.

 

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

I only plan to use these at home on my computer.

 

 

post #28159 of 29491
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Originally Posted by radiofrog View Post

So for Open cans under $300, any suggestions that would fall into the realm of large soundstage and broad tonal versatility?


I'm leaning toward the DT 990 or DT 880 (if I can find the right price), the HD598 (how does it compare to the 600?), the K701/K702, and the SR325is.


I've also considered getting multiple special-purpose cans, i.e. the ATH-AD900 for classical/instrumental.


[EDIT - I learned of a place nearby (thanks to the Head-fi Meets forum) where I could give some of these phones a listen. I checked out the DT 880 and DT 770.  I liked the sound, based on limited listening, of course.  And they were oh so comfy.  Also, I saw there's a Meet coming soon to my area that I'm going to try to get to.  So I guess this is more of a "what should I focus on learning there at this early stage?" post.]


 


You've picked a good set of headphones to try out, and they all have different sound signatures that really your personal preference will probably make the biggest difference. I would recommend giving the Grado SR225i a listen (in addition to the SR325i) as those are often considered the sweet spot in the Grado line up in your price range.
post #28160 of 29491
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I'm skeptical. If they aren't good enough for you, why are they good enough for me? I want to know how they compare to the amperior, because like I said, I will keep the amperior headphones if there is no better sounding headphone and get a headphone for home use so I can just use these on the go. If there's an all around better option I'll take it. I'm skeptical though because I don't see a whole lot of reviews for this headphone, so I'm not really sure if I would feel confident getting it. 

 

I never said they weren't good enough for me- that was referring to the K167. And from the 60-page K267 thread, it seems that the issues that I had with the K167 are gone.

 

I wouldn't use the K167/K267 regardless of those issues, since I have no need for an "all-rounder can" or portability - I use iem's for that. But for you, who want a full-sized, closed-back, easy-to-drive, semi-portable, and comfortable pair of headphones that also sounds very good (I'm assuming that having one is ideal, since the amperiors aren't comfortable anyway), the K267 might be a good choice.

post #28161 of 29491
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I never said they weren't good enough for me- that was referring to the K167. And from the 60-page K267 thread, it seems that the issues that I had with the K167 are gone.

 

I wouldn't use the K167/K267 regardless of those issues, since I have no need for an "all-rounder can" or portability - I use iem's for that. But for you, who want a full-sized, closed-back, easy-to-drive, semi-portable, and comfortable pair of headphones that also sounds very good (I'm assuming that having one is ideal, since the amperiors aren't comfortable anyway), the K267 might be a good choice.

How's the soundstage? Does it have a warm sound for soft music? Can it also handle the heaviest of heavy music? The amperior had treble that was too unbalanced which was noticeable in comparison to my AE2. The lack of sound stage ruined atmospheric music. When I would EQ the treble away everything else didn't sound as good. The mid range (if I'm using that term right) sounded a little recessed. Vocals sounded quieter and so everything else pretty quiet. There was also no sound stage like my AE2. Sure they handled heavy music a little better with a little more clarity (although they still made crackling noise, but didn't get distorted as much as my AE2) but for softer stuff my AE2 sounds much warmer (implying I actually know headphone terminology, but this sounds like the right context). I guess when I think of "warm", I think comfortable sounding and vibrant. Albeit both headphones have their strengths, but I'm looking for a total upgrade from my AE2s. That headphone you recommended is less than the Amperior and about as much as the AE2. So would it really be an upgrade? 

 

Also it has 3 stars on amazon.


Edited by Hifi Man - 5/5/13 at 2:50pm
post #28162 of 29491
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How's the soundstage? Does it have a warm sound for soft music? Can it also handle the heaviest of heavy music? The amperior had treble that was too unbalanced which was noticeable in comparison to my AE2. The lack of sound stage ruined atmospheric music. When I would EQ the treble away everything else didn't sound as good. The mid range (if I'm using that term right) sounded a little recessed. Vocals sounded quieter and so everything else pretty quiet. There was also no sound stage like my AE2. Sure they handled heavy music a little better with a little more clarity (although they still made crackling noise, but didn't get distorted as much as my AE2) but for softer stuff my AE2 sounds much warmer (implying I actually know headphone terminology, but this sounds like the right context). I guess when I think of "warm", I think comfortable sounding and vibrant. Albeit both headphones have their strengths, but I'm looking for a total upgrade from my AE2s. That headphone you recommended is less than the Amperior and about as much as the AE2. So would it really be an upgrade? 

Having read all your posts, I don't think you will find what you want by getting recommendations here. Your are looking for that perfect headphone that does everything right for you, and you have progressed to the point where you have a wide variety of particular needs. I'm not being judgemental about that. I'm the same way smily_headphones1.gif

Probably would help to go to a head-fi meetup or a headphone shop and listen to some different headphones. Otherwise, you might prioritize more by eliminating some of your decision factors and get a headphone now that serves them and then a different one later.
post #28163 of 29491

Hi all!
My girlfriend want to get a headphone for less than 30 pounds. She listens usually to pop, electronic and rock. 

She really wants a durable, with good isolation headphone.

Any suggestions? Many thanks!

post #28164 of 29491

Thanks KG Jag and cel4145!

 

From what I've been reading here, those two were sounding like my best bets.  Hopefully I'll be able to check out all four models at the head-fi meet next month.

 

Would the Fiio E11 suffice for portability with my phone?  If I get another amp at home, I wouldn't need a Fiio with a DAC, right?

post #28165 of 29491
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Hi all!
My girlfriend want to get a headphone for less than 30 pounds. She listens usually to pop, electronic and rock. 

She really wants a durable, with good isolation headphone.

Any suggestions? Many thanks!


About $47 is not enough to get a decent full sized headphone, absent a significant sale.  I suggest you look to IEM's or portable cans where you can get much more for that limited budget.

 

The IEM/portable headphones recommendation thread can be found here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/632255/portable-iem-recommendations-thread-i-e-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here-please-read-op

post #28166 of 29491
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Originally Posted by radiofrog View Post

Thanks KG Jag and cel4145!

 

From what I've been reading here, those two were sounding like my best bets.  Hopefully I'll be able to check out all four models at the head-fi meet next month.

 

Would the Fiio E11 suffice for portability with my phone?  If I get another amp at home, I wouldn't need a Fiio with a DAC, right?


Sorry, I can't help with portable amps.  I have only one and it has been discontinued.

 

DAC's in phones and other portable devices can vary greatly in quality.

post #28167 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


About $47 is not enough to get a decent full sized headphone, absent a significant sale.  I suggest you look to IEM's or portable cans where you can get much more for that limited budget.

 

The IEM/portable headphones recommendation thread can be found here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/632255/portable-iem-recommendations-thread-i-e-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here-please-read-op

I have already tried to convince her to move to IEMs, but no deal. She just doesn't find them comfortable.

I have been looking into the JVC S400 and it seems like a good deal by what was told here at the head-fi forums.

Any other suggestion or should I get these?

post #28168 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


About $47 is not enough to get a decent full sized headphone, absent a significant sale.  I suggest you look to IEM's or portable cans where you can get much more for that limited budget.

 

The IEM/portable headphones recommendation thread can be found here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/632255/portable-iem-recommendations-thread-i-e-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here-please-read-op

I have already tried to convince her to move to IEMs, but no deal. She just doesn't find them comfortable.

I have been looking into the JVC S400 and it seems like a good deal by what was told here at the head-fi forums.

Any other suggestion or should I get these?


Those are portable headphones.

post #28169 of 29491
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 Hello Head-Fi-ers! I'm new and hopefully this is being posted in the right place. I've been doing some research and in terms of price, value and performance, I've decided that I'd like to commit to the legendary HE-500 / Schiit Lyr and Bifrost combo.

 

I have a few questions about aftermarket stuff and ordering options and hope you could help me out. (I have a Dell XPS 8500 desktop if that helps..)

 

-Concerning the Bifrost, I've read about the analog and usb upgrades. Do I *need* either or both of these, and if I were to spend extra, is the upgrade in audio quality (if any) noticeable and worth it? (I use apple lossless iTunes files at 256 kbps and lossless cd rips. I'm also considering starting an hd tracks collection for 24/192. Do I need a program like foobar instead to run files or does the amp/dac combo suffice as is?)

 

-As far as voltage with both the Lyr and Bifrost, do I need 115 or 230v?

 

-With the Lyr, should I order the GE or JJ stock tubes? If I were to upgrade, what are some ideal pairings? (I read about Telefunken tubes, and how they are expensive and hard to find, but worth the $.)

 

I know I also have to install drivers. Is there anything else I need to get this rig up and running? Programs for better sound quality? Am I missing anything?

 

Your help is very much appreciated. Thanks in advance, much respect!

 

-Bobby  


That's OT here.  This thread is for recommendation of full sized headphones. 

 

You should post in the computer audio and/or amp sections of the forum.

post #28170 of 29491

Sorry. I was referred here by the automated new members message. Thanks!

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