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Originally Posted by aak57 View Post

I was thinking of Grados too, but the things I always read about fatiguing highs kind of put me off.  He listens to music for long periods of time (basically goes through several albums).

I worried about the same thing before I bought Grados. I think the highs probably are fatiguing to 20 year olds who want to listen to headphones as loud as possible. But for those of us a little older who listen at moderate volumes, the highs are fine wink.gif
post #29117 of 29491
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Looking for some headphone suggestions. What I want (and there may be no headphone that does this) is the Bass of the Sennheiser HD650/600 with the midrange and treble of the Grado 225/325. Hopefully not something too expensive, so far I have been looking at the HD-598, supposed to have more forward mids and highs than your typical Senn.


Sorry--but that does make a great deal of sense.  The bass of the HD 600 and that of the HD 650 is quite different.  The treble of the 325 is also significantly different from that of the 225.

post #29118 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Zuckfun View Post

Own a pair of He-400's, and recently purchased a Lyr, and Telefunken tubes. This set up is perfect for live recordings, which is about 90 percent of my listening. I really like the detail, pacing and the presence of these headphones. But for studio recordings, it's too bright sometimes. The drums seem a little sharp, hot treble. Maybe the Lyr needs more burn-in, it doesn't even have 100 hours yet. And I'm not mechanically inclined, so modding the 400's isn't likely, and not necessary since they sound great with a vast majority of my listening. Any recommendations to compliment the He-400's? I was thinking of HD650, or maybe saving up for an even higher-end pair. Thanks for any feedback.


Your instinct of letting the Lyr and the new tubes burn in is a good one.  Beyond that it would seem that tube rolling with the Lyr might be your cheapest, easiest and most effective option.  There is a thread or two on this forum about that.  See:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/549508/schiit-lyr-the-tube-rolling-thread

post #29119 of 29491
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Originally Posted by xfactor831 View Post

Hi guys I'm looking for some help. I'm looking for a pair of over the ear headphones and in ear headphones. I'm looking to spend around $100-$150 for the in ear and probably about $200-$300 for the over the ear. I listen to a lot of dubstep and hip hop with some rock and post-hardcore thrown in. I would love something with clean hard hitting bass if possible. Now i get a discount on headphones where i work, it varies from vendor to vendor and headphones (example I basically get 50% off all beats and 20%-40% on others) So i wouldn't mind if you recommended some stuff out of my price range cause my discount could bring it in.


Can't help you with your headphone portion of your post, as bass heavy cans are not my thing.  Perhaps someone else can assist with that.

 

However, this section is for full sized headphones only.  There is a recommendations thread in the portable headphones, IEM section of the forum:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/596233/buying-portable-or-in-ear-headphones-seeking-guidance-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here

 

You need to post your IEM part of your post there.

post #29120 of 29491
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Originally Posted by aak57 View Post

Hey, looking for a pair of headphones to get for my dad since he has just been using cheap junk forever. He listens to stuff like Pink Floyd, Genesis and Moody Blues (basically the alternative rocks of the 70s/80s) and some modern stuff like Muse.  I don't honestly know what kind of sound signature to look for since I'm sure he'd have no idea whether he likes mids more than treble or bass or what have you.  I don't want to get him something that's overly large/flashy since I don't think he'd like it (something more "discreet" would be better I suppose) and I don't think he'd like completely open headphones either, but again it's hard to say.  I plan to get these as a gift so I don't really want to ask him too many questions since he'll probably figure out my idea.

 

Looking to spend probably under $100 since I don't think he'd want something he knows is expensive (you might be noticing a theme here).  I was thinking maybe the MDR-V6s as a kind of safe choice, since even if he doesn't like them he could probably give me an idea of where to go from there and I could keep them for myself.  biggrin.gif


Don't be cheap.  Get him the Alessandro MS-1 or 1i--at least the Grado SR 80i.

 

If closed get him the Sony MDR 7506.  They are better than the V6.

post #29121 of 29491
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Originally Posted by aak57 View Post

I was thinking of Grados too, but the things I always read about fatiguing highs kind of put me off.  He listens to music for long periods of time (basically goes through several albums).


Those highs are not fatiguing for everyone.  Less so in general for older male ears.  Comfort can be an issue though for some.

post #29122 of 29491

Today I went to B&H to demo some headphones, glad I did. 

 

The V-Moda M80's sounded great, if they would only fit on my head. Couldn't get the cups low enough to sit properly on my ears (I have a normal head!). 

 

The Grado's were extremely too harsh, even if I put the treble down low via E17. I really wanted to like them but I just couldn't with my style of music. 

 

The DT880s were my favorite though they seemed hard to drive in the 250 version vs 32. Had some trouble even with a Zune / E17 setup. I can only imagine how difficult the 600 version would be. 

*it was a loud store so the open design fair better in my home*

 

ATH-M50's were another favorite of the demo's (price to performance wise). Sounded good, the highs needed to be turned down a bit but still sounded good. 

 

HD650's were great but I am not looking to spend that on 1 pair alone. I will wait for Newegg to have the HD600's for $320 again, then I will buy. 

 

I ended up ordering the DT880 & M50's, I think I will be happy with those two. 

post #29123 of 29491

Couple more questions, would you guys recommend the AKG 550 if I have the HD600?  I'm gonna keep my HD600s but want to try something different with closed headphones.  Also how does the sound quality of AKG 550 compare to HD600?

post #29124 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Just did a listening test.  The O2 does a quality job powering the HE 500. 

 

It won't properly push the HE 6 though.  While it will produce enough volume, much of the bass goes missing.

That's great to hear, I think I'm going to get the HE-500s on demo from Electromod in the UK and I should have an EHP-O2 coming at the start of next month. I'm looking forward to seeing how they do and also I might try and see if I can do a comparison with the HD700s if my local shop will let me..

post #29125 of 29491

My last question before going to store

What would you think as a better choice: buying sennheiser HD 518 with a possibility of investing into amp in the near future, buying sennheiser HD 558 but without investing into the amp or  buying grado sr 225i

 

(type of music: I do not prefer specific type, I listen to jazz, alternative rock, rnb, hip hop, electronic(especially enjoying flying lotus, burial etc.) and other stuff too. 

here's my last fm for better check maybe http://www.last.fm/user/franko-bananko)

tnx in advance!


Edited by raiton256 - 5/27/13 at 3:18am
post #29126 of 29491
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Originally Posted by raiton256 View Post

My last question before going to store

What would you think as a better choice: buying sennheiser HD 518 with a possibility of investing into amp in the near future, buying sennheiser HD 558 but without investing into the amp or  buying grado sr 225i

 

(type of music: I do not prefer specific type, I listen to jazz, alternative rock, rnb, hip hop, electronic(especially enjoying flying lotus, burial etc.) and other stuff too. 

here's my last fm for better check maybe http://www.last.fm/user/franko-bananko)

tnx in advance!

Make sure to try the Senns & Grados together, very different in my opinion. I am a big Senn fan and I couldn't get over the harshness of the Grado's. 

post #29127 of 29491

Hello! I searched through the forums but hadn't seen this question asked.

 

I am looking for a solution primarily to use in my workplace for both listening to music (my listening is primarily rock music and voice podcasts) and for video and phone calls. As it is, I'm using my Etymotic ER-4Ps for audio and holding my phone or moving my computer closer to transmit my voice on calls, but I have gotten complaints about ambient noise through the mic. So, I'm thinking that headphones with an in-line mic will provide better sound from me (and will be comfortable wearing for long stretches while not blocking out all surrounding noise as the Etymotics do). Right now, I'm looking at the Aiaiai TMA-1 with mic ($190) or a mic-less pair teamed with the V-Moda mic cable. I haven't seen any mention of the mic quality in reviews of the TMA-1 or the V-Moda cable , unfortunately. Price range is about $200 total, and any help is appreciated.

post #29128 of 29491

I said nvm but heck, I'm asking again lol. Just how lousy is the bass on the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700? Their current price ($99) on the amazon memorial day sale is all kinds of tempting. And what about the AKG K240 studio headphones for that matter as they're also going for a similar price?

post #29129 of 29491
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Originally Posted by LegendX48 View Post

I said nvm but heck, I'm asking again lol. Just how lousy is the bass on the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700? Their current price ($99) on the amazon memorial day sale is all kinds of tempting. And what about the AKG K240 studio headphones for that matter as they're also going for a similar price?


If you like bass above neutral the AD700 is not for you.  It is an excellent can for the money, but has below neutral bass--that's its only weakness (for can in this price range).

 

The K 240 is more balanced (read: more bass) but needs an amp.

post #29130 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


If you like bass above neutral the AD700 is not for you.  It is an excellent can for the money, but has below neutral bass--that's its only weakness (for can in this price range).

 

The K 240 is more balanced (read: more bass) but needs an amp.

thanks for the response. I'm talking to a friend about this as well. The AD700's price is tempting but my other option is just save up for the Sennheiser HD 598s and I'm kinda leaning toward that latter. 

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