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I've posted in this thread before, but at the time I had a much broader selection of headphones that I was considering and since then I've narrowed my search down to three headphones, all pretty different from the other, so I figured it would be appropriate to post here again. Plus, posting again will hopefully get a few more perspectives and opinions from different people which is exactly what I'm looking for. Also, I'm no audiophile, so please don't hate me if the decision is blatantly obvious to some of you as to which headphones I should invest in.

So here're the contestants. The Sony MDR-V55, the Sennheiser HD 449, and the Monster Inspiration. I know they're not all the best headphones out there, and I know they're all considerably different from each other. But these are my choices for various reasons, and that's that. Besides, anything's better than what I have now. Anyway, I would be using the headphones for producing electronic music at home so a more neutral, balanced sound is desired, I don't have an amp and I would prefer not to get one though if I needed to I'd try to look for one, over the ear and closed headphones are more to my liking but that could be substituted for the overall quality of the headphones if needed.. and am I missing any other specifications? I don't think so, as the price isn't an issue really, so I have no budget. Thank you for any replies, I'm not sure what I should do. :)

TL;DR, the Sony MDR-V55, the Sennheiser HD 449, and the Monster Inspiration - what's a better balanced/neutral sound to be used for producing electronic music in a home environment?


Edited by ElectriKip - 5/11/13 at 5:51pm
post #28442 of 29491
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The Downtowns are excellent as far as isolation and leakage are concerned.  According to innerfidelity's measurements (http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/PhilipsCityscapeDowntown.pdf for the Downtowns and look for the other data sheets as needed), their 16dB broadband isolation is better than that of the Sennheiser Amperior (13dB), equal to that of the Sennheiser HD-25-I II (16dB), but worse than that of the Beyerdynamic ST1350 (19dB).  These three are considered to be excellent isolating headphones.  (Note, however, that the broadband measurement is a coarse measure that does not capture isolation at different frequencies.)  The Downtown was also designed specifically to reduce leakage.  See a discussion of this "MusicSeal" feature in Tyl Herstens's review at http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/philips-citiscape-downtown.  If you need an isolating headphone and do not expect a neutral presentation, the Downtowns make a very good choice for the price. It is my favorite travel can.  I can use it on a plane, and I do not miss my better headphones if I want to listen to 320kbs MP3 from a laptop or a phone for several days in a hotel room.

Thanks for the reply. I thought I'd updated this, but obviously I hadn't. I plumped for the Uptowns as they look bigger and sturdier. Hopefully they're just as good as the Downtowns at the above.

post #28443 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Nath View Post

 

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I need closed headphones, and while I'm not too big on bass, I'd like something balanced. I listen to a wide variety of music, but am kind of skewed toward classical and orchestral. I also use them for general computer use and some gaming. My upper limit is $100 $150, but if I spend that much I'd really like something that will last me.

 

Thanks for your time!

 

Bumping this with a new question. I'm really leaning toward the Shure SRH440s at the moment, but I see that on Amazon you can currently get the AKG K271 MK IIs, which are normally double the price, for only $130. From what I've searched on these forums, the seller, SMICorp, seems legitimate. Are the 271 Mk IIs a drastic upgrade? They both have replaceable cables, which I'm looking for, but if I can get a pair of $300 headphones for $130, it seems like a great opportunity.

 

Shure SRH440 vs AKG K 271 MK II?

post #28444 of 29491
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Originally Posted by torturechambers View Post

Akg k550s are huge I'm told

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Hi all,
I have PSB M4U2s and V-moda crossfade LP2s as my daily headphones at the moment, but really want a closed pair with bigger drivers/earcups to improve comfort.

Who makes the physically biggest closed headphones currently? Any suggestions welcome, thanks.
Thanks for the reply. I had a look and the AKG K550 lacks bass, considering my daily drivers are v-moda, i dont think the AKG woukd suit. Any other suggestions please?
post #28445 of 29491

Hi, 

2 questions:

I want to replace my Sennheiser HD485's with a new at home pair. I love the 485's for their clear sound with out too much bass (I don't like too much bass). I have vmoda Crossfades and I find them too bass heavy. 

Looking for an open style under $100. Do you think the HD518 or AKG K240? 

 

 

additionally,

 

I am trying to get away from earbuds as I want better sounding headphones for when I am on the subway and walking to work. I currently own Sennheiser HD485 for my home listening (though the ear pads need replacement) that I've had for a long time and I absolutely love the sound. They are light, and have the removable cord. I also own the Vmoda Crossfades but find them to be too bass heavy for my music style. I own HD280s but I do not find them too portable with the long cord. 

 

I listen to mostly Indie, acoustic, lots or rock & metal but I do not like a lot of bass. 

I am looking for a portable (doesn't need to fully fold) pair that are closed and let you hear more of what the musician planned. 

My HD485's are great because if I close my eyes its like I am at a concert. 

I would also like a shorter cord or the ability to change cords via plug in can. 

Preferably under $100 but could spend more if quality jumps that much. 

 

Thank you!

 

p.s I've done a lot of reading and am still having problems finding something to suite my needs, hence why I posted here. 

 

TLDR: I want a closed version of my Sennheiser HD485's for commuting with a shorter cord. 

 

stuff I listen to (if it helps)

http://youtu.be/n3tuxh8Eg_M?t=28s

http://youtu.be/dSrv-yQnkHE

http://youtu.be/w0PQS6fXIrc

http://youtu.be/ccLrLjxvo8E

http://youtu.be/hgIDpzPQo_I


Edited by AristoNYC - Today at 5:28 pm

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Both are excellent.   Ignoring the significant price difference, I'd go with the HD 800.  However, you need to upgrade your entry level desktop equipment to make them worth your while. 

Oddly enough, I rather like my stack of Shiit. The wires are actually worth more than the amp and DAC, and then there are the Amprex halo getter 6922s. I guess you could say that this is a Bifrost Uber and Lyr taken to the limit, With the very revealing, HD 800s I could get a bit more out of my tube collection. What about the LCD-2s? I have heard that they are great for rock, what about Jazz?


Of course it's your weakest link that limits what you hear at the end of the chain.

 

The LCD-2 is excellent for jazz--again provided you like a darkish sound signature.  Classical listeners might not find it as pleasing.

post #28447 of 29491
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Would i need an amp with the beyerdynamic dt770/250 ohms?


To get the most out of them--yes.

post #28448 of 29491
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Originally Posted by slytherin View Post

I just have come to some money and now by budget is 350 dollars, is buying a can of 350 dollars better than buying the ma900s and the jvc S500? Also I don't want to use an amp, onlyif extremely necessary, I am going to be listening with an ipod iphone ipad or mac, and listen to many genres of music, but mostly classic rock, which is the best option for a 350 dollars pair of cans? I already have the m50s and I enjoy them,if needed I could maybe spend 400


The HD 600 and HE 400 are both better cans, but need a decent amp to show it.

post #28449 of 29491
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Originally Posted by AristoNYC View Post

Hi, 

2 questions:

I want to replace my Sennheiser HD485's with a new at home pair. I love the 485's for their clear sound with out too much bass (I don't like too much bass). I have vmoda Crossfades and I find them too bass heavy. 

Looking for an open style under $100. Do you think the HD518 or AKG K240? 

 

 

additionally,

 

I am trying to get away from earbuds as I want better sounding headphones for when I am on the subway and walking to work. I currently own Sennheiser HD485 for my home listening (though the ear pads need replacement) that I've had for a long time and I absolutely love the sound. They are light, and have the removable cord. I also own the Vmoda Crossfades but find them to be too bass heavy for my music style. I own HD280s but I do not find them too portable with the long cord. 

 

I listen to mostly Indie, acoustic, lots or rock & metal but I do not like a lot of bass. 

I am looking for a portable (doesn't need to fully fold) pair that are closed and let you hear more of what the musician planned. 

My HD485's are great because if I close my eyes its like I am at a concert. 

I would also like a shorter cord or the ability to change cords via plug in can. 

Preferably under $100 but could spend more if quality jumps that much. 

 

Thank you!

 

p.s I've done a lot of reading and am still having problems finding something to suite my needs, hence why I posted here. 

 

TLDR: I want a closed version of my Sennheiser HD485's for commuting with a shorter cord. 

 

stuff I listen to (if it helps)

http://youtu.be/n3tuxh8Eg_M?t=28s

http://youtu.be/dSrv-yQnkHE

http://youtu.be/w0PQS6fXIrc

http://youtu.be/ccLrLjxvo8E

http://youtu.be/hgIDpzPQo_I


Edited by AristoNYC - Today at 5:28 pm


The HD 518 is normally over $100 and the K 240 needs an amp.  Do you plan to use one?

 

Have you looked at the CAL!, which is very efficient and comes with a two piece cable for multiple uses?

post #28450 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The HD 600 and HE 400 are both better cans, but need a decent amp to show it.
Both are 400, nothing for 350?
post #28451 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The HD 518 is normally over $100 and the K 240 needs an amp.  Do you plan to use one?

 

Have you looked at the CAL!, which is very efficient and comes with a two piece cable for multiple uses?

I found the 518 for $110. I can go up to 200 for the in home ones. I have a FIIO E06 but thats probably not a large enough amp. I'd prefer no amp or just use the small E06 I have. 

 

CAL? I am not familiar with that. 

post #28452 of 29491
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Originally Posted by AristoNYC View Post

I found the 518 for $110. I can go up to 200 for the in home ones. I have a FIIO E06 but thats probably not a large enough amp. I'd prefer no amp or just use the small E06 I have. 

CAL? I am not familiar with that. 

Have you looked at Grados yet? Different sound than your Sennheisers, but well known for being great for all kinds of rock. They also do quite well without an amp with most portable devices. Check out the SR80i and SR225i.
post #28453 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The HD 600 and HE 400 are both better cans, but need a decent amp to show it.
Both are 400, nothing for 350?


Maybe you should check and keep on eye on the Deals Thread II, which just told you where to get the HD 600 for under $320 if memory serves.

post #28454 of 29491
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Originally Posted by AristoNYC View Post

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The HD 518 is normally over $100 and the K 240 needs an amp.  Do you plan to use one?

 

Have you looked at the CAL!, which is very efficient and comes with a two piece cable for multiple uses?

I found the 518 for $110. I can go up to 200 for the in home ones. I have a FIIO E06 but thats probably not a large enough amp. I'd prefer no amp or just use the small E06 I have. 

 

CAL? I am not familiar with that. 


Check back over the last few pages or so.  You'll find multiple links about it.

post #28455 of 29491

I'm looking for some new headphones for the warm summer months.

I love my Sony MDR XB-500's, but when I'm walking to class they're way too warm (it's only 15-20 C, and my ears are already sweating a lot).

 

What I'm looking for then, is a headphone that is similar in sound to my Sony MDR XB-500's(bass!), but cooler.  Sound quality doesn't have to be top notch since they'll be used in a noisy environment.

 

Most important: Comfort, especially keeping my ears cool

Music genres: Rock, Power Metal, Folk Metal, Punk and similar

Portable: Mandatory.

Price range:  Around $100 CAD

Amped: No

Closed/Open: Not sure.  I'm guessing open would be cooler

Looks: Don't care one bit

Use: Walking to class

 

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