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Originally Posted by 3ternalDr4gon View Post

So upon looking into my upgrade into open cans, I've compared the HE400's, HD600/650's, and the DT880's

 

I'm leaning towards the HE400's because apparently they are easy to drive. However, I still plan on getting the DragonFly DAC. With this DAC, can I still run the HD600/650's and/or the DT880's well? Because I understand that they are a little better than the HD400's when driven properly


A DAC (alone) does not provide amping.

post #28367 of 29491
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You'll have to tell most of us what the good open cans in that price range are.  {See the buying guides linked in the opening post of this thread and the last couple pages of posts if you need help.}

Do you plan to use and amp?

In Australia, the hd598 seems to be similarly priced with (and sometimes more expensive than) the ad900, though I haven't tested them yet.
I've tried grados before, and I think they're too forward with the mids and highs for me. Not much other options shown on the buying guide though.

As for amping, I currently have an e11 which as I tested is adequate for powering the hd598, though I plan to get a desktop amp (and dac) soon.


There's nothing wrong with the AD900, but I'd go with the HD 598.

post #28368 of 29491

thanks for the help guys.  i think i'm just going to have to go into a store and try out every pair til i'm happy because i'm getting the drift that buying and returning from amazon is getting a bit old for them

post #28369 of 29491
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Originally Posted by MellonCollie View Post

I'm finally getting some headphones of quality next month

I like electronic music and rock, I like tight bass and clear vocals

I've narrowed it down to
ATH M50- Bass and size scares me but recommendations are high
ZX700- look is awful, But seems promising
HD 449- Reviews say highs are clear but lacks bass, People who tried bass mod praise these headphones over M50s

If I were to walk out the door right now I'd buy HD 449 also gonna buy a Fiio e11 too, don't know if it's necessary


The M50 has recessed mids--not good for vocals or guitars.

 

What is your budget?

 

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

 

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

post #28370 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The M50 has recessed mids--not good for vocals or guitars.

What is your budget?

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

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

Thanks for the help

I'm spending 100$-150$ for the headphones and I'm getting a portable amp if its necessary

Definetely not going to jump into open headphones, I'll be taking them around alot
post #28371 of 29491
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Originally Posted by James Haywire View Post

I didn't realize we had this thread, posted one of my own by mistake.

 

 

Hey all. Long time member who hasn't been around for a number of years. Ended up completely forgetting my old username and pass. I think the last time I posted here, we had a different president. o_O

 

Anyway, I'm in the market for some new cans, and wanted the expert advice. I currently have Grado SR225's (not i version), and Beyer DT770 Pro (the 80 ohms), and was looking for something the compliment both cans, and fill in where the others lack. When I last was around here, the Senn HD650 were highly regarded headphones, and I felt that they might be a good "bridge the gap" type of phone between my Grados and Beyers. Is this a correct thought? Also, in the numerous years, I'm sure other cans around that price point have come out that might be even better.

 

For my home setup, I run a PCDP to a Little Dot I+. For music, I absolutely love rock and metal, but also listen to a lot of symphonic metal, which includes keyboards, choirs, and sometimes full orchestras. I'm looking for something that will not only render the guitars well, but do justice to the strings and keys.

 

My price point is around $300, though I'm willing to go a little higher. Any suggestions would be mucho appreciated.


Yeah--you have not been around for a while.  Both the HD 600 & 650 now are normally priced well north of $300--thanks to Senn's MAP.

 

Depending on your choice of sound signatures, you are probably best off checking out the DT 880 Pro (250 Ohms) and Q 701.

post #28372 of 29491
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Originally Posted by MellonCollie View Post

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The M50 has recessed mids--not good for vocals or guitars.

What is your budget?

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

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

Thanks for the help

I'm spending 100$-150$ for the headphones and I'm getting a portable amp if its necessary

Definetely not going to jump into open headphones, I'll be taking them around alot


It depends on what you mean by tight bass.  Although it includes some very good cans, you may have to make some compromises in this price range.  However, you should check out the Shure SRH 840, Sony MDR 7506 and MDR 7510.  I like the ZX700 and KRK KNS 8400, but they probably do not have enough bass for you.

post #28373 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


It depends on what you mean by tight bass.  Although it includes some very good cans, you may have to make some compromises in this price range.  However, you should check out the Shure SRH 840, Sony MDR 7506 and MDR 7510.  I like the ZX700 and KRK KNS 8400, but they probably do not have enough bass for you.

By tight bass I mean the necessary amount in an electronic song to make you wanna dance cool.gif and what was intended to be heard on a bass guitar

Thanks
post #28374 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Yeah--you have not been around for a while.  Both the HD 600 & 650 now are normally priced well north of $300--thanks to Senn's MAP.

 

Depending on your choice of sound signatures, you are probably best off checking out the DT 880 Pro (250 Ohms) and Q 701.

 

 

Are you suggesting those in general, or just within my price range?

 

I've seen the 650 for ~$450, and I figure I could stretch to that amount if needed.

 

How different are the DT 880's from the DT 770's?

post #28375 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Hifi Man View Post

Just ordered the Sony V6 headphones. Just want to verify if these need amplification or if they work pretty well out of an iPod.

Work great unamplified.
post #28376 of 29491
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Originally Posted by MellonCollie View Post


By tight bass I mean the necessary amount in an electronic song to make you wanna dance cool.gif and what was intended to be heard on a bass guitar

Thanks

I'm afraid the you'll find the zx700 to have too little bass.

post #28377 of 29491
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Originally Posted by JamesB123 View Post

Well as per http://www.head-fi.org/t/661452/sony-zx700-only-work-in-one-ear#post_9388577 my current headphones are [technical term here] knackered. In fact it only seems like 5 minutes ago I was asking about the Sonys.

 

My main requests are good isolation and low leakage, good build quality (especially since the ZX700s gave up the ghost after about 18 months) and comfort. But I think everyone says that so I guess it goes without saying.

 

As for type of music, I listen to pretty much anything but mainly rock, metal, that sort of thing. Apologies if I use these terms wrong, I'd want them to be quite warm and full [and any other terms that go along with those] but without it being to the detriment of everything else. Bassy, but without it being silly and unrealistic, so though you know it's there it doesn't takeover. For reference my earphones are SoundMagic E10s, which I enjoy. Given I listen to pretty much anything, I would prefer it if the headphones could cope with playing anything to a decent level.

 

They'll mainly be used at home with a laptop, so nothing taxing. As such I'm not too fussed on portability or removable cables or anything, just so long as they're not tanks. 

 

Budget wise, preferably somewhere around the £50 mark. But I would go higher if they were really worth it. And I do have a £10 Amazon voucher which I'm sure would love to be used for these...

 

I've probably forgotten to put in some info so if I need to add anything then just ask. Cheers for any help...

On the topic of ZX700s *shameless*

 

My budget could probably go a little higher, just so long as they're "the best" for the money.

post #28378 of 29491
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Originally Posted by JamesB123 View Post

On the topic of ZX700s *shameless*

My budget could probably go a little higher, just so long as they're "the best" for the money.

People have got to get over this "best" thing. There is no best. There is just what you personally like the best. And for me, that can change throughout the day. Certainly from recording to recording.
post #28379 of 29491
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Originally Posted by JamesB123 View Post

On the topic of ZX700s *shameless*

My budget could probably go a little higher, just so long as they're "the best" for the money.

People have got to get over this "best" thing. There is no best. There is just what you personally like the best. And for me, that can change throughout the day. Certainly from recording to recording.
post #28380 of 29491
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Originally Posted by BigCabDaddy View Post


People have got to get over this "best" thing. There is no best. There is just what you personally like the best. And for me, that can change throughout the day. Certainly from recording to recording.

I know, it's obviously all subjective hence why I put it in quotes. Actually I think there was a thread on this very thing not long ago.

 

I just couldn't be bothered thinking of how to put it in a more rounded way. tongue.gif


Edited by JamesB123 - 5/10/13 at 8:19am
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