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Senniheiser HD600 or AKG K702 65th Anniversary??

 

I currently own a Sennheiser Momentum and a AKG K240s. I listen mainly to classical music.

I own the Momentum for travel, I like the K240s for its timbre for acoustic music, balance, and open sound, however its lacking some detail to me. I have heard the Q701 before and I think it sounds a huge improvement from K240s but lacking bass quantity. Would AKG K702 65th Anniversary (or AKG K712 coming up) be a good compensation? I am also considering Senniheiser HD600, but I am a little hesitated that it will sound like my Momentum with the 'veiled' sound or 'bold bass', or the HD600 sounds completely different comparing to Momentum?

And how's the soundstage and imaging compared in the two cans?

Thanks in advance!


Either are a good choice.  However, if I had to select only one, it would be the HD 600, which is neutral & open and doesn't sound anything like the colored sound signature of the Momentum.

 

See:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-57-headphones-compared-update-ultimate-ears-uerm-added-4-14-13#user_HD600


Edited by KG Jag - 5/6/13 at 12:23pm
post #28217 of 29490

Hi, 

I am about to spend some money on a headphone amp, DAC, and most likely a pair of HE-500s. Presently I own a pair of Grado SR -225is that I listen to through my receiver. I have a number of questions but the most pressing is whether the Maverick Audio A1 can power the HE-500s.  I am thinking of the A1 Amp and probably the D2 DAC as entry level purchases. Eventually I would like to buy the Bottlehead S.E. 2.1. My two reasons for wanting the A1 is to own an affordable tube headphone amp that can also power a small pair of speakers in my art studio.

I have also considered the Grado RS1is instead of the HE-500s, thinking it would be a good match with a warm sounding amp but I believe the HE-500s will be a better investment with the option to upgrade cables down the road, and since I already have the SR -225is, I thought a good pair of Orthos would be a great addition. 

I listen to mostly electronic music but also a fair amount of loud guitar music. Primary sources are lossless files through a MBP and a turntable.

Considering these variables, does anyone have any thoughts?

Thanks!

post #28218 of 29490
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It's my educated guess that the Grados present a sound signature that is too colored for your mother.  You didn't say anything about portablility or the length of the cable, so I'm assuming these factors do not matter.

 

A closed studio can, such as the Sony MDR 7506 or 7510 or the open Audia Technica ATH-AD 700 (+/- "X") are better choices.

Probably should have mentioned that she has no priorities on open/closed, portability, cable type or supra/circumaurals. She'll normally be on her laptop in her bedroom, the family room or her piano room.  The AD 700 I've been looking into aswell. She thinks things like HFI-580's and ATH M50's are too big  (580's were my first real set of cans) which is also why I'm leaning more into the Grado's line as they're a bit smaller than circumaural phones and I can tell that she'd probably enjoy the retro-ish look more than a new, modern, studioesque set of cans. 

post #28219 of 29490
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It's my educated guess that the Grados present a sound signature that is too colored for your mother.  You didn't say anything about portablility or the length of the cable, so I'm assuming these factors do not matter.

 

A closed studio can, such as the Sony MDR 7506 or 7510 or the open Audia Technica ATH-AD 700 (+/- "X") are better choices.

Probably should have mentioned that she has no priorities on open/closed, portability, cable type or supra/circumaurals. She'll normally be on her laptop in her bedroom, the family room or her piano room.  The AD 700 I've been looking into aswell. She thinks things like HFI-580's and ATH M50's are too big  (580's were my first real set of cans) which is also why I'm leaning more into the Grado's line as they're a bit smaller than circumaural phones and I can tell that she'd probably enjoy the retro-ish look more than a new, modern, studioesque set of cans. 


OK--but be aware that many find the Grados to be uncomfortable (I don't) and for open cans they have a very small sound stage--great for classic rock but not what you want for classical music.

 

The 580 and M50 are additionally wayyy to bass oriented and/or mids difficient for her needs.

post #28220 of 29490
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So the mids are very recessed on my Sennheiser amperior headphones, especially in heavier songs, the treble muffles the midrange. I'm wondering if that would improve with burn in. I've probably already worn the headphones for over 24 hours. I have two headphone jacks on my computer and I listened to my two headphones in rapid succession and I couldn't hear vocals or guitars as well.

 

From everything you've previously wrote and now this, you aren't a fan of the Amperior. Get new headphones.

post #28221 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The very good Sony MDR 7506 is going for only $80 something at Amazon.  The more efficient MDR 7510 goes for just a bit more.

Thank you.
post #28222 of 29490
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Originally Posted by jeffsax View Post

Senniheiser HD600 or AKG K702 65th Anniversary??

 

I currently own a Sennheiser Momentum and a AKG K240s. I listen mainly to classical music.

I own the Momentum for travel, I like the K240s for its timbre for acoustic music, balance, and open sound, however its lacking some detail to me. I have heard the Q701 before and I think it sounds a huge improvement from K240s but lacking bass quantity. Would AKG K702 65th Anniversary (or AKG K712 coming up) be a good compensation? I am also considering Senniheiser HD600, but I am a little hesitated that it will sound like my Momentum with the 'veiled' sound or 'bold bass', or the HD600 sounds completely different comparing to Momentum?

And how's the soundstage and imaging compared in the two cans?

Thanks in advance!

 

Although the entire signature of the Q701 warms up with the Annie, it's not as big of an improvement people make it out to be. If you really liked the Q701 and want just a little big more warmth, the Annie is a great way to go. In terms of the Senns, I find the Momentum and HD600 to sound very different. The Momentum is fairly warm and colored vs the HD600 which is a lot more neutral and way more open. I don't find the HD600 as bright and exciting as the Annie. I also find the soundstage and imaging to be larger and more detailed on the Annie.

 

Bottom line is both are a great can and you'll be happy with either.

post #28223 of 29490
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Hey guys. I'm new to the forums and I am looking for a new pair of headphones. I have narrowed down my search to 4 pairs.

 

- Superlux HD668B

- Panasonic HTF600

- Sony MDR-V6

- Audio Technica ATH-M30

 

I will be using these in two scenarios. Watching TV and movies in bed for a couple hours (so they need to be comfortable for long periods of time) and listening to rap music on my phone and laptop. They don't have to portable as they will rarely leave my room. As I said, rap is pretty much the only music that I will be listening to so keep that in mind. However, I don't want overpowering bass that takes over the song and becomes the focus of attention. Just for reference, I am currently using Sennheiser HD428s right now but feel like they are getting a little muddy and I think I can do better. 

 

Thank you for your help.

 

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Thanks for responding. In regards to isolation, I don't need them to isolate well at all. As long as they don't let in tons of noise. Again, for reference, the HD428s do a good enough job for me isolation wise. And for the price, I don't want to spend more than $50. I'm  willing to get them used or refurbished from a reputable seller if that is necessary to stay under the budget. 

Not sure what the norm is on this website in regards to bumping posts, so correct me if I'm doing anything wrong, but bump. 

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Not sure what the norm is on this website in regards to bumping posts, so correct me if I'm doing anything wrong, but bump. 

 

Bumping is a huge no-no. Excessive bumping will get you banned. eek.gif

 

Just kidding.

 

With a budget of $50, your options are limited. I would recommend saving up to the $70 range, which would then include the Aurvana Live, K142HD/K240, Citiscape Uptowns...

I'm surprised that you think the HD428's are "a bit muddy" - I've read that they're on the bass-light side, which makes me hesitate when recommending this:

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-STEEZ-SE-MJ751I-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B007TW93CI/

It's currently selling for $46.55 from Amazon Warehouse (like-new), and has a built-in bass equalizer so you can tone down the bass a bit if you think it's too much.

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Bumping is a huge no-no. Excessive bumping will get you banned. eek.gif

Just kidding.

With a budget of $50, your options are limited. I would recommend saving up to the $70 range, which would then include the Aurvana Live, K142HD/K240, Citiscape Uptowns...
I'm surprised that you think the HD428's are "a bit muddy" - I've read that they're on the bass-light side, which makes me hesitate when recommending this:
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-STEEZ-SE-MJ751I-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B007TW93CI/

It's currently selling for $46.55 from Amazon Warehouse (like-new), and has a built-in bass equalizer so you can tone down the bass a bit if you think it's too much.

$25 Refurb.
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Hey guys I've been a lurker on these forums for a while and now have some spare cash to buy a decent pair of headphones ($200 range)

 

What I'll be using them for is mainly laptop/Ipod listening so I really would like to stay away from amps. Another note is that noise isolation or even cancellation if it doesn't hinder the sq to much is very important since I'll be using them for traveling and studying and don't want to hear the conversation next to me but I also don't want to blast my ears out.Also I listen to a wide variety of genres, classical, instrumental, rock, metal, and just about every electronic sub-genre as well if that helps in the recommendation. While I don't mind some extra bass in the sound, since I do listen to some bass heavy genres, I don't want the bass to completely take over the sound like some headphones do. 

 

Any help is greatly appreciated. 

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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post

 

Bumping is a huge no-no. Excessive bumping will get you banned. eek.gif

 

Just kidding.

 

With a budget of $50, your options are limited. I would recommend saving up to the $70 range, which would then include the Aurvana Live, K142HD/K240, Citiscape Uptowns...

I'm surprised that you think the HD428's are "a bit muddy" - I've read that they're on the bass-light side, which makes me hesitate when recommending this:

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-STEEZ-SE-MJ751I-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B007TW93CI/

It's currently selling for $46.55 from Amazon Warehouse (like-new), and has a built-in bass equalizer so you can tone down the bass a bit if you think it's too much.

Lol thanks for the help. Not really loving the look/style of the Pioneers. Also a little concerned over the amount of bass in them, but as you said, they do have a built in equalizer. Do you have any input about the headphones I listed in my first message as I found those to be reviewed the highest? 

post #28228 of 29490
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Hi! So, I'm super new here, like I literally just registered, and I'm no audiophile by a long shot. I've only been using really crappy $20 open headphones for the longest time, so I honestly don't know what to do now that I think it's time I pick up some good headphones. However. Even though I'd love to buy whatever you guys exactly think I should get, I have limited options. Y'see, the store of which I'd be buying my headphones has a pretty neat warranty policy where they cover physical and well, non physical damage for a total of two years, and they can replace your headphones for you for a total of two times. I'd love to be insured like that, and every other local store I've checked doesn't even cover physical damage, so that's why I'd want to buy my headphones from this store. The only problem is that they have limited stock, and here's of what it consists of - the Sony MDR V55 headphones, the Sennheiser HD 449, the Sennheiser HD 205 II, the Monster N Pulse, the Monster Inspiration, every bloody thing Beats, and the Parrot Zik Bluetooth. From those headphones, which do you think would be the best for my needs, when you consider that I'd be getting these headphones for home use producing electronic music primarily, such as your standard techno, house, electro house, dubstep, etc.? I'm looking for definitely more of a balanced and I think the term is neutral sound, so I can mix and master my music as accurately as possible. Also, if it's possible to buy the headphones without having to get an amp, that would be ideal, AND, an over the ear closed headphone would be more to my liking as opposed to an on the ear headphone, but I could deal with on if the headphones are that much more better. Thanks so much for any help at all, I'm totally stumped here considering my lack of knowledge regarding headphones. :)

Hehe, bump. :3

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Any there any circumaural Sennheiser headphones suitable for trance etc.? How are the HD518, HD595 and HD558? Just looking for comfortable, well-built, good sounding headphones for my trance/dance, dubstep, pop music.


Edited by Mackem - 5/6/13 at 5:34pm
post #28230 of 29490
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Originally Posted by minicoop456 View Post

Lol thanks for the help. Not really loving the look/style of the Pioneers. Also a little concerned over the amount of bass in them, but as you said, they do have a built in equalizer. Do you have any input about the headphones I listed in my first message as I found those to be reviewed the highest? 

 

Regarding your list, it's hard for me to gauge which one is best since I've only heard the Sony V6 - a very boring headphone, not good for rap.

 

I think the Superlux and Panasonic have a more musical presentation, but I've heard both good and bad things about them. Again, I can't comment here since I haven't heard either.

 

Some other <$50 headphones I have heard, are the Koss Pro DJ100 and the HARX900, and I highly recommend both. But IMO you won't find much improvement from the HD428 under $50 - the HD428 is already a highly-regarded budget-fi headphone to begin with.

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