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post #29416 of 29490
Hi I am new to this forum and apologise if i have posted in the wrong place so please dont yell at me. I am considdering buying either a Sennheiser PC 360 Headset for Pro Gaming or Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition High Performance Gaming Headset. I will be using these with a Lenovo w530 laptop with Dolby Home Theater v4. My laptop has the Lenovo mini dock 3 which means I have a mic input and head phone input instead of the headset imput that is just on the laptop. My question is will I need a mixamp or other device to get the most out of this headset or can I just plug and play? Also what would you suggest for me if not these gaming headsets?
post #29417 of 29490

Looking for a closed, semi open headphone with a open, airy sound with crisp highs without any form of harshness or sibilance, good crips detailed mids and quality tight punchy deep bass. Decent soundstage and imaging aswell.

 

Budget is around €150,- ($200).

post #29418 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Wyre View Post

OK, So I have to say that I am new to the world of Audiophile headphones...

 

I was apparently under the misconception that headphones could not match the sound produced by a great set of speakers with a beautifully built amplifier.

 

A good friend of mine came by my house with a small tube amp and a pair of Sennheiser HD 800 headphones. One listen and I was hooked...

 

Now I know that there is no way that I am dropping the kind of money needed to buy what he already has... I already have several grand tied up in my home theater...

There is some truth to that, but one of the major things you gain with headphones, IMO, is the ability to own many difference signatures and functions and be able to change out those aspects very quickly by just putting on difference can. You want to lay back? Put on your HD 650. You want something agressive? Throw on your AD1000X. Let's see someone do that with theater speakers.

 

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Originally Posted by Wyre View Post

OK, So I have to say that I am new to the world of Audiophile headphones...

 

I was apparently under the misconception that headphones could not match the sound produced by a great set of speakers with a beautifully built amplifier.

 

A good friend of mine came by my house with a small tube amp and a pair of Sennheiser HD 800 headphones. One listen and I was hooked...

 

Now I know that there is no way that I am dropping the kind of money needed to buy what he already has... I already have several grand tied up in my home theater...

 

SO with that said, I am looking to spend around $220 - $250 for a small portable amplifier and a nice pair of headphones.

 

The amplifier I think I have narrowed down to the FIIO E11 as it seems to be good bang for the buck... also I am looking at several headphones in the $140 - $160 dollar range:

 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50S
Beyerdynamic CUSTOM ONE PRO
Sennheiser HD 558
Audio Technica ATH-A700X

 

This list is what I have been able to narrow down from lots of reading this forum ... and other sites.

 

The music I listen to is fairly wide ranging:

 

AC/DC

Metallica

Red Hot Chili Peppers

System of a Down

Volbeat

Eric Clapton

CCR

Chevelle

Pink Floyd

etc etc etc

 

Yeah I know that it is a rather odd and broad selection of music... I like nice warm tones, I really dislike shrill tweeters (most headphones dont have tweeters ... but you can probably guess what I mean). Basically everything from Classic Rock to modern Hard Rock along with some dubstep / electronica.

 

I would really like to hear everyones thoughts on what would make a really well rounded pair of headphones... Also if someone can think of a better portable amplifier than the FIIO E11 (around 50 - 60 dollars) I would appreciate that as well.

 

Finally, I want to thank everyone for their time... I know that it is valuable.

You got a pretty mixed back of cans there. Some quick questions:

 

  • Budget of $250 which would include the E11.
  • Where/how do you plan on using these can?
  • What are your isolation needs? Open or closed cans?
  • Listens to "basically everything from Classic Rock to modern Hard Rock along with some dubstep / electronica."
  • Will be using an E11 to amp, but from what?
post #29419 of 29490

In my quest to find good headphones, I did a HUGE amount of reading in order to make a decision.

 

Frankly it didnt help at all. So i just went YOLO mode and just bought the AKG K 550. Wish me luck.

post #29420 of 29490
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Originally Posted by CheeseWithWorms View Post

In my quest to find good headphones, I did a HUGE amount of reading in order to make a decision.

 

Frankly it didnt help at all. So i just went YOLO mode and just bought the AKG K 550. Wish me luck.

I'm about to do the same thing, right now

post #29421 of 29490
I'm quite far from an expert, but I did purchase the K550. I found them to be bass shy and overly bright. Just my impressions, but for over $200, there are more fulfilling headphones. Of course, your mileage may vary.
post #29422 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Zuckfun View Post

I'm quite far from an expert, but I did purchase the K550. I found them to be bass shy and overly bright. Just my impressions, but for over $200, there are more fulfilling headphones. Of course, your mileage may vary.

it is impossible to choose a headphone you read on this forum, are highlighted strengths and weaknesses of all all headphones...

after weeks of reading I was torn between these:

 

ATH M50
Beyerdynamic Custom one pro
AKG K 550        -------------- WIN
SENNH H598
AKG K 242 HD
post #29423 of 29490
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Originally Posted by spunnik View Post

it is impossible to choose a headphone you read on this forum, are highlighted strengths and weaknesses of all all headphones...

after weeks of reading I was torn between these:

 

ATH M50
Beyerdynamic Custom one pro
AKG K 550        -------------- WIN
SENNH H598
AKG K 242 HD

 

 

I was torn between the DT880,  AKG K 701, K 550, SR325si.

 

I was afraid that i would not be able to amp the dt880 / k 701 properly. The sr325si seem weird for me as an entry in the audiophile world.

 

So there you go... k550.

 

I was also looking at the Shure srh940, but i was already fed up. So i eliminated them for their looks.

post #29424 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Zuckfun View Post

I'm quite far from an expert, but I did purchase the K550. I found them to be bass shy and overly bright. Just my impressions, but for over $200, there are more fulfilling headphones. Of course, your mileage may vary.

Well, you have to get a good seal with them and get the placement right on them. And then once the headphones burnin, I think the highs calm down a little. Meanwhile, the bass is fairly neutral but well-extended. Without all of that, yeah. They will definitely sound bass light and shy.
post #29425 of 29490
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Originally Posted by spunnik View Post

it is impossible to choose a headphone you read on this forum, are highlighted strengths and weaknesses of all all headphones...
after weeks of reading I was torn between these:

ATH M50
Beyerdynamic Custom one pro
AKG K 550        
WIN
SENNH H598
AKG K 242 HD

It's quite possible the K550 will be the magic you're looking for. I can only relate my experiences, which were largely disappointing. I spent $250 on them, and to be honest the $150 ATH-M50's were almost as satisfying. It's not until I got the HE-400's did I feel the sound quality is tremendous. Hopefully the K550's are the answer for you. Ah, the journey of finding great sound.
post #29426 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Zuckfun View Post


It's quite possible the K550 will be the magic you're looking for. I can only relate my experiences, which were largely disappointing. I spent $250 on them, and to be honest the $150 ATH-M50's were almost as satisfying. It's not until I got the HE-400's did I feel the sound quality is tremendous. Hopefully the K550's are the answer for you. Ah, the journey of finding great sound.


I would buy the he 400 too............................................. if i had the extra money.....................

post #29427 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Zuckfun View Post


It's quite possible the K550 will be the magic you're looking for. I can only relate my experiences, which were largely disappointing. I spent $250 on them, and to be honest the $150 ATH-M50's were almost as satisfying. It's not until I got the HE-400's did I feel the sound quality is tremendous. Hopefully the K550's are the answer for you. Ah, the journey of finding great sound.

what did you find most comfortable after long hours between the ATH-M50 AKG K 550

post #29428 of 29490

Oh by the way. Does anyone know if the k 550 would fit in a beyerdynamic DT series pouch?


Edited by CheeseWithWorms - 6/3/13 at 2:46pm
post #29429 of 29490
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Originally Posted by spunnik View Post

what did you find most comfortable after long hours between the ATH-M50 AKG K 550


I have the m50's actually. To be honest, for me it was as if i burned my money.

 

I have the akg k315 20 us dollar priced IEM's and i actually prefer them to the m50's. Overhyped heaphones. Just my impression.

 

Edit: Ok, i am exaggerating, but the fact is that i keep my m50's inside their box so that i dont listen to them because i dont want to be reminded of the money i spent on them.


Edited by CheeseWithWorms - 6/3/13 at 4:55pm
post #29430 of 29490
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Originally Posted by spunnik View Post

what did you find most comfortable after long hours between the ATH-M50 AKG K 550
Most comfort? AKG K550, no doubt, very comfortable pads. The ATH-M50 made my ears sweat after awhile. The ATH-M50's are bass heavy, and the K550's are bass lite, though very detailed. As noted above, a good seal and placement improves the K550's bass incredibly. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will contribute...
Edited by Zuckfun - 6/3/13 at 3:19pm
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