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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

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

 

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

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

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

 

Also suggest that check out the buying guides linked in the opening post of this thread.

I'm not bothered by leaking sound.. others around me might be, haha. I'd mainly use them at home on my computer, without an amp. I'm planning to take them outside, chill by the river, sitting in a bus, etc. I'd use my phone.

 

I hope I'm not totally throwing things off the hat here.. but I like ambience. Also analytical. Bright, fast, bass.

 

I'll check it out. :)

 

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


In addition to what KG Jag said, are you willing to give up sub bass and are you comfortable with a more even, or slightly de-emphasized midbass response? If not, then the Grados are not a good choice for you. I like them for a lot of electronic music myself because I like the Grado house sound and their imaging. But you would NOT be getting heavy bass output if you are into that.

I really need to compare before I can answer this.. for now I can only say that I like bass, but not when it's too boomy. 

 

Thanks both. :)

post #29282 of 29490

Hi,

 

I just bought AKG K-550 from thomann for 148 euro (about 190$) + free shipping (great deal IMO), but I have a light buyer's remorse case... I bought V-Moda M80 one month ago, but I'm not so happy with their soundstage (otherwise great headphones).

I listen mainly classical, but also to rock and j-rock. 

Should I cancel my order and stay with the M80s or should I give 550s a chance?


Edited by djenkov - 5/31/13 at 2:23am
post #29283 of 29490
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Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post

I've listened to the Grado SR325is briefly so I can only tell you how I felt about them from that short session. Firstly they are open, so your sound leaks. If this is for private home use it's probably not a problem but do remember that sound can leak in from the outside world as well. They were also heavy, this isn't necessarily a bad thing for everyone as it's 100% subjective and I used them only briefly. They were comfortable enough otherwise. The sound was great for rock. I listened to some Megadeth, Dream Theater, Van Halen, and Led Zepplin. It handled it all very well. Very good handling of the bass for these bands. The mids highs were spot on as well. Grado really captured the sound of an electric guitar. The only issue I have with the sound is the amount of bass. I did not have time to try to EQ them and test if I can get more bass from them without muddying the rest of the sound, but the bass was good just didn't have enough punch at times. It was a bit odd to me because I expected a thump and I got one but it was reserved. I don't think they would work well for any music which has heavy bass emphasis like Rap and Dubstep. The clarity is pretty amazing. I don't know how else to describe it. You could hear everything, and when I say that I mean it. You really get to know the limits of the recording and source. Any poor recordings or low quality audio files will stand out.

Ok cool, thanks for the reply. This is basically what I wanted to know. As far as sounds leaking in from the outside, I'm fairly confident that the volume I choose to listen to all my music at is so high that it won't be an issue. I basically put headphones at as loud a volume as my ears can take without being in pain....lol. Probably not great for my eardrums, but that's how I choose to live. I've heard others say the bass seemed to be lacking a punch in regard to other Grado headphones as well. Were you driving the ones you mentioned listening to with an amp? I do plan to invest in an amp also as soon as money will allow. I don't have much experience with good quality cans, so an appropriate reference point for me would be a pair of $60 Skullcandy Hesh 2 (I think they were called?) The sound quality of those was pretty unimpressive overall, but the bass seemed to have a decent punch. As long as the Grado SR325is will have something around that in regards to bass punch, I will be happy. The main factor that concerns me is quality of sound, and I wouldn't be extremely upset to find these Grados being a little less aggressive bass-wise. Thanks again for the response!


Edited by audioendorphins - 5/31/13 at 2:58am
post #29284 of 29490
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Hi, I'm looking for a pair of gaming/music headphones. I mainly listen to rap/hip-hop and some dubstep. I also will be using them for gaming, which is pretty important.

I would prefer closed headphones but would still like ones with decent enough bass. I am currently using the Brainwavz HM5 and don't really like them much for the music I listen to.

 

My budget is $150.

 

Thanks.

 

An update on this post, my budget is actually up to $300.

I will use them pretty equally for gaming and music, but would like ones with good bass.

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Originally Posted by Silphere View Post

Hi, I'm looking for a pair of gaming/music headphones. I mainly listen to rap/hip-hop and some dubstep. I also will be using them for gaming, which is pretty important.

I would prefer closed headphones but would still like ones with decent enough bass. I am currently using the Brainwavz HM5 and don't really like them much for the music I listen to.

 

My budget is $150.

 

Thanks.

 

An update on this post, my budget is actually up to $300.

I will use them pretty equally for gaming and music, but would like ones with good bass.

 

A wide soundstage is good for gaming but its a bit hard to find closed cans with wide soundstages. I know the 770 has an impressively wide soundstage for being closed and I hear similar things about the Audio-Technica A900. You may want to check those out. Others will have more recommendations.


What don't you like about the HM5s?


Edited by devhen - 5/31/13 at 4:10am
post #29286 of 29490
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A wide soundstage is good for gaming but its a bit hard to find closed cans with wide soundstages. I know the 770 has an impressively wide soundstage for being closed and I hear similar things about the Audio-Technica A900. You may want to check those out. Others will have more recommendations.


What don't you like about the HM5s?

 

All right I'll check those out thanks. The HM5s are really nice and I really like them but when it comes to the music I listen to it just seems like the bass is not there.

post #29287 of 29490
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All right I'll check those out thanks. The HM5s are really nice and I really like them but when it comes to the music I listen to it just seems like the bass is not there.

 

I haven't heard the HM5s but I'd expect they have a decent amount of bass. If you're used to listening to a subwoofer you've probably got unreasonable expectations for headphones. Try EQ'ing the bass up on your HM5s and see how you like it. If ~ +5 db in the bass still isn't enough then you might be looking for an amount of bass impact that small speakers strapped to your head simply can't give you. Then again maybe the HM5 really are just a bit bass shy. Try some EQ and see what you think.


Edited by devhen - 5/31/13 at 5:33am
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I haven't heard the HM5s but I'd expect they have a decent amount of bass. If you're used to listening to a subwoofer you've probably got unreasonable expectations for headphones. Try EQ'ing the bass up on your HM5s and see how you like it. If ~ +5 db in the bass still isn't enough then you might be looking for an amount of bass impact that small speakers strapped to your head simply can't give you. Then again maybe the HM5 really are just a bit bass shy. Try some EQ and see what you think.

 

All right I tried that and it didn't make that much of a difference. I'm using these right now http://en-us.sennheiser.com/earphones-in-ear-headphones-cx-215 they are earbuds, I'm very new when it comes to headphones so maybe I'm just expecting something to much when it comes to the closed ones.

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Hello fellows,

 

Moving on from my general upgrade query in the PC Audio forum, I'm currently looking at purchasing new headphones, a DAC and an amp. Seeing as this is the headphones recommendations thread, I've come here hoping for a few specific pointers for my new headphone purchase.

 

Summary

Have: I'm not satisfied with the degree of immersion I'm getting from my current audio setup, which consists of onboard sound and a pair of ATH-M50's. Specifically, I feel that the soundstage is too narrow and restricted, the sound is too 'linear' and I would definitely like more in the bass department (see below).

 

Want: Primarily, as improvements upon the M50s, I would like:

 

  • #1: Soundstage - Wide, voluminous. This is my main desire.
  • #2: Bass - Warm, tight, full, transparent and prominent without being distorting or overbearing.
  • Beyond these two things, I just want good clarity and nothing too aggressive.

 

I will only be using these headphones at home, for music and film, so I'm after an open pair. I mainly listen to electronic, ambient and jazz music. My total budget is about 750AUD - but that's including the DAC and amp, so I'm looking to spend up to about 450AUD for the headphones themselves.

 

The two obvious possibilities which have presented themselves to me are the Beyerdynamic DT 990 and the Sennheiser HD 650. From my reading, I'm currently leaning toward the HD 650's because they apparently have a superior soundstage, better mid-range and more warmth. I've also read that the DT 990's can be slightly aggressive with a bit too much high-end. I'd say I'm quite sensitive to high-end, so I don't want that.

 

Comments on the above two models would be most appreciated. Suggestions for other models are welcome also :) Thanks

post #29290 of 29490
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All right I tried that and it didn't make that much of a difference. I'm using these right now http://en-us.sennheiser.com/earphones-in-ear-headphones-cx-215 they are earbuds, I'm very new when it comes to headphones so maybe I'm just expecting something to much when it comes to the closed ones.

I have the CX200's and they are very bassy earbuds. If you are interested in a closed can with that kind of bass, look into the M-Audio Q40's. They have great, extended, punchy bass and smooth mids. The highs aren't quite as crisp as other headphones but I find them to be better than my CX200's. If you go to M-Audio's website and search "Q40" you'll find them for $99 which is an incredible deal.

post #29291 of 29490
I have been researching for a while, for headphones that fold up, have a cable in one can, and powerful bass for $150. Would the Audio Technica Ath-pro500mk2 be a good decision
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Looking for a closed, semi-open headphone (shouldn't leak too much) with great, extended, tight punchy bass, full and clear mids, and crisp highs without being fatiguing or sibilant. Good comfort for like 2 hours, and decent soundstage and imaging. My budget is around €150,- ($200).


Edited by dakanao - 5/31/13 at 9:01am
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So i recently bought a FiiO E10 and a pair of ATH M50s.

 

Frankly i had no idea that the headphones were bass heavy. According to my ears the mids were just drowned in an ocean of bass, which i did not like at all. So i returned them for a full refund.

 

So my question now is, what pairs better with the e10, Beyerdynamic DT880 OR Sennheiser HD600 ? If i were to buy the DT880s, the 32 or 250 ohm version? (I suppose that i cant use the 600 ohm version with the E10 amp).

 

Also after about a month, i could afford the hifiman he 500. Would that be an overkill?


Edited by frikase - 5/31/13 at 8:22am
post #29294 of 29490
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

That's interesting. For the last couple of months, MDR-1Rs were easily found for <$200. Amazon has it shot back up to $300. I'm sure if you look hard enough, you're going to find them for that magic $200 price and they'll be well worth it. Looks like some of the other stores in Amazon have them close to that price.

 

Appreciate that info. As usual, I have impeccable timing! Thanks again for your response.

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Hey guys!

I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones, and my budget is around 200. I plan on using them for listening to dubstep and playing games.
I will use the on-board sound card on my motherboard. Don't want to spend money on an amp, but if you think its necessary, feel free to convince me otherwise. :)

I come from using the Sony XB-500 as headphones, and Logitech z623 speakers.

Right now I'm leaning towards the ATH-M50's.

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