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Originally Posted by vinay2070 View Post

 

Hi Guys,
 
First of all I thank you guys for putting so much effort on the forum to help others!
 
I was basically looking for a portable music system - Head Phones, Portable Head Phone amp, Portable music player. Iam a little tight on budget (approx 400 $ to 500 $ for all of these)
 
I would be using these for Gaming (First Person shooters) and Music: I dont know how to express in genre but it would be something like - Elton John to brian adams to backstreet boys to Instrumental etc.
 
Source would be: 1)Computer - Creative Audigy 2 sound card. 2)Portable audio player that you guys would be suggesting me.
 
This is how I would like to break up the budget approximately: 
 
HeadPhones-150$, amp-100$, Music Player- 150$ to 200$. More suggestions welcome :)
 
 
1)HeadPhones preference: Comfort, Wide soundstage, high details and slightly overpowered bass. After reading a lot, I short listed HD595.
 
 
2)AMP Preference: Small and portable, should not alter the music much like adding extra bass or treble etc (my music player should do that).
I came across many - Fiio E5, LDM+, PA2V2, C&C Headphone amp, Headroom Airhead etc. Seriously dont know which one to buy. Even though I know soldering, I dont have the debugging skills. So I think I should stay away from DIYs.
 
 
3) MP3 Player Preference: Good quality music output, built in graphic equalizer(I have the bad habit of changing this for every song I listen :D) and sturdy. I dont watch movies or use it for anything else much, so its only the audio o/p quality I care about. Copying files to the player should be easy as well.
 
I have short listed 2 items: Zune HD 16 GB OR if its really worth it then - Ipod 120 GB 6th generation(I read that the 7th generation dac was bad). BTW are there any modded firmware for these players so that all formats call be played back?
 
More suggestions welcome :)
 
Thanks for the Help. It would be nice if you would also tell me where to buy these. I prefer new items rather than used ones(unless they are like new).
 
Thanks,
Vinay.

 



 



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Originally Posted by tyoung8 View Post

 

I would spend more on the headphone.  So something like Sansa Clip+ 8 GB for $55 and rockbox it, e7 for $100 and that leaves you with $250 for headphones.

 

Take a look at the Sennheiser 598 if 595 is your thing or AD900

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/476881/audio-technica-ad900-review-and-compared-to-hd595

 

Gaming:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/534479/mad-lust-envy-aka-shin-cz-s-guide-to-headphone-gaming-particularly-with-dolby-headphone#post_7208658

 

Oh and the DT990


Thanks tyoung8 for the response... :)

 

Well guys,

 

 

I just ordered the HD 595 as it was on a sale for 120$.
 
I still have to buy an mp3 player and an amp if required. Iam thinking of sansa clip + 8GB. I have a few quick questions :)
 
1)Do I really need to buy an amp between sansa clip+ and the hd 595? If yes, are there any better amps than E7 for 100 USD?
 
2)I have built in audio on the mother board in the office comp. to enjoy the hd 595 do I need to buy a DAC? If yes, would uDac 2 suffice?
 
3)Or is it better to buy the E7 over uDAC2 and enjoy both portable amplification and dac of the E7.
 
This is what Iam thinking - If there is no amp required between sansa and 595, i wud have to buy uDAC2, else E7. Please correct me if iam wrong. Iam still skeptical about E7 as some say it changes the frequency response.
 
My budget is max 130 $ for the amp. :)
 
Thanks,
Vinay.

 

 

post #3242 of 29490
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Originally Posted by NWI73 View Post

Looking for some help here.  I have always used earbuds and I currently use a $40 pair of skullcandy earbuds (not sure of model #, my fiance bought them for me).  I am looking for a good pair of cans to use while I am at work...the earbuds will suffice while I am at the gym.

 

Music genres: 40% alternative rock/hard rock, 60% house/electronic/trance type "bass" heavy music.  I want something with great clarity for rock music and heavy/tight for the bass heavy house type of music. 

Portable: No, only at the computer at work.

Price range: Under $100

Amped: NO...being powered by an iPhone 4

Closed/Open: Closed only.

Headphone preference: I am fairly open at this point with everything mentioned above in mind.  Saw somebody mention Audio Technica ATH-M50 on the first/second page of this thread. 

 

Thank you!


I'm going to also suggest the TMA-1 along with the MS 400. Having now tried both the MS 400 is a little more clear than the TMA-1 without any EQ, but the TMA-1 is the most comfortable portable headphone that I've ever worn. The other problem I had with the MS 400 was that it felt like it would slide off my head, the TMA-1 has a tighter clamp but nowhere enough to make it 'too hard'.

EDIT: And purely based on looks the TMA-1 wins out as well, IMO
Edited by MorbidToaster - 4/19/11 at 10:59am
post #3243 of 29490
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Originally Posted by vinay2070 View Post


Thanks tyoung8 for the response... :)

 

Well guys,

 

 

I just ordered the HD 595 as it was on a sale for 120$.
 
I still have to buy an mp3 player and an amp if required. Iam thinking of sansa clip + 8GB. I have a few quick questions :)
 
1)Do I really need to buy an amp between sansa clip+ and the hd 595? If yes, are there any better amps than E7 for 100 USD?
 
2)I have built in audio on the mother board in the office comp. to enjoy the hd 595 do I need to buy a DAC? If yes, would uDac 2 suffice?
 
3)Or is it better to buy the E7 over uDAC2 and enjoy both portable amplification and dac of the E7.
 
This is what Iam thinking - If there is no amp required between sansa and 595, i wud have to buy uDAC2, else E7. Please correct me if iam wrong. Iam still skeptical about E7 as some say it changes the frequency response.
 
My budget is max 130 $ for the amp. :)
 
Thanks,
Vinay.

 

 


You don't "have to" buy anything extra. Be happy with what you have and save the wallet until after your toys arrive. If you're not too sure about power, try plugging into a home receiver and see if you hear much of a difference. Only if you do should you decide if spending the extra money afterwards is worthwhile.

 



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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post


I'm going to also suggest the TMA-1 along with the MS 400. Having now tried both the MS 400 is a little more clear than the TMA-1 without any EQ, but the TMA-1 is the most comfortable portable headphone that I've ever worn. The other problem I had with the MS 400 was that it felt like it would slide off my head, the TMA-1 has a tighter clamp but nowhere enough to make it 'too hard'.

EDIT: And purely based on looks the TMA-1 wins out as well, IMO


I haven't tried the TMA-1, but the MS400 has quite a firm hold on my head. I would have to shake my head pretty hard to have it slide off.

 

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I dun no. Maybe it's just my head. The MS 400 I tried slipped off my head when I looked down at the table. It just seemed really hard to get a good fit on my head with them
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Guess it just depends on head size/shape.

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Music genres: Little of everything, classic rock, rock, jazz, alternative, some country, classical.   

Portable: No for home use only

Price range: $100-250 range

Amped: Most likely paired with a Ibasso D4 or D6 

Closed/Open: no preferance

Headphone preference: Looking for something that is very comfortable with a very high quality sound.  I currently use Phiaton PS 200 IEM's and enjoy them. 

 

post #3247 of 29490
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NWI73 View Post

Looking for some help here.  I have always used earbuds and I currently use a $40 pair of skullcandy earbuds (not sure of model #, my fiance bought them for me).  I am looking for a good pair of cans to use while I am at work...the earbuds will suffice while I am at the gym.

 

Music genres: 40% alternative rock/hard rock, 60% house/electronic/trance type "bass" heavy music.  I want something with great clarity for rock music and heavy/tight for the bass heavy house type of music. 

Portable: No, only at the computer at work.

Price range: Under $100

Amped: NO...being powered by an iPhone 4

Closed/Open: Closed only.

Headphone preference: I am fairly open at this point with everything mentioned above in mind.  Saw somebody mention Audio Technica ATH-M50 on the first/second page of this thread. 

 

Thank you!




I'm going to also suggest the TMA-1 along with the MS 400. Having now tried both the MS 400 is a little more clear than the TMA-1 without any EQ, but the TMA-1 is the most comfortable portable headphone that I've ever worn. The other problem I had with the MS 400 was that it felt like it would slide off my head, the TMA-1 has a tighter clamp but nowhere enough to make it 'too hard'.

EDIT: And purely based on looks the TMA-1 wins out as well, IMO


Those look pretty nice but not close to being within my budget.  Any others?

 

The Sennheisers that were recommended a few posts up are too small for my liking.  Looking for over ears not on ears.

 

post #3248 of 29490
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Those look pretty nice but not close to being within my budget.  Any others?

 

The Sennheisers that were recommended a few posts up are too small for my liking.  Looking for over ears not on ears.

 


Oh dear I ignored the budget. lol

Sorry about that.
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I made an account just to post in this thread. I'm not an audiophile by any means, and in fact I'm kind of the opposite as my ability to discern the difference between low bit-rate mp3s and CD is not that great.

 

I recently broke my headphones. The plastic frame snapped. This has happened to me before with other headphones. So I want something much more durable. However, I have had a really hard time finding what I am looking for, and perhaps what I am looking for doesn't exist. However, this seems like a great place to ask.

 

I am looking for headphones that have a metal frame (the band that goes over the head, and the joints that attach each speaker to the frame). I've seen that many ultra-expensive headphones have this (Ultrasone Edition 8, for example). However, I am looking for headphones around $150 at the most. Since Ultrasone headphones are expensive because of the sound technology and not because of the metal frame, it seems like it should be possible. I want something that I can drop in my backpack when I get to work and put in the corner under my desk, and not worry if I accidentally kick it. Sometimes my backpack is pretty full and it needs to be okay having a full nalgene bottle or other stuff pressed against it or on top of it. In my attempts to find the headphones I want, I've seen a lot of old headphones from the 70s that have the kind of build I'm looking for (Stax, for example), and they even go for a reasonable price on ebay, but they are completely incompatible with the 3.5mm modern plug.

 

I'm not worried about sound quality. I've had $40 headphones from Radioshack and my ears are just not good enough to notice that I'm not getting as good sound as I could. Again, I'm really not an audiophile at all, but I figure that the collective of posters on this forum are probably aware of every headphones model ever made, so I'm hoping I can find something that fits what I am looking for, which is: Super-durable (preferably metal) construction, 3.5mm modern plug, cheap sound quality acceptable, doesn't matter how old they are, <$150.


Edited by tchntm43 - 4/19/11 at 1:32pm
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Originally Posted by tchntm43 View Post

I made an account just to post in this thread. I'm not an audiophile by any means, and in fact I'm kind of the opposite as my ability to discern the difference between low bit-rate mp3s and CD is not that great.

 

I recently broke my headphones. The plastic frame snapped. This has happened to me before with other headphones. So I want something much more durable. However, I have had a really hard time finding what I am looking for, and perhaps what I am looking for doesn't exist. However, this seems like a great place to ask.

 

I am looking for headphones that have a metal frame (the band that goes over the head, and the joints that attach each speaker to the frame). I've seen that many ultra-expensive headphones have this (Ultrasone Edition 8, for example). However, I am looking for headphones around $150 at the most. Since Ultrasone headphones are expensive because of the sound technology and not because of the metal frame, it seems like it should be possible. I want something that I can drop in my backpack when I get to work and put in the corner under my desk, and not worry if I accidentally kick it. Sometimes my backpack is pretty full and it needs to be okay having a full nalgene bottle or other stuff pressed against it or on top of it. In my attempts to find the headphones I want, I've seen a lot of old headphones from the 70s that have the kind of build I'm looking for (Stax, for example), and they even go for a reasonable price on ebay, but they are completely incompatible with the 1/4" modern plug.

 

I'm not worried about sound quality. I've had $40 headphones from Radioshack and my ears are just not good enough to notice that I'm not getting as good sound as I could. Again, I'm really not an audiophile at all, but I figure that the collective of posters on this forum are probably aware of every headphones model ever made, so I'm hoping I can find something that fits what I am looking for, which is: Super-durable (preferably metal) construction, 1/4" modern plug, cheap sound quality acceptable, doesn't matter how old they are, <$150.


Not sure about the metal construction, but the TMA-1 is completely made of rubber and you can literally turn the each cups past eachother with no problem. Stunningly durable.

They are a bit over your budget at $200 new...but you may be able to find a used one for around your budget...

PS: I am kind of selling mine... rolleyes.gif ...For around your budget.
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Edited by MorbidToaster - 4/19/11 at 1:25pm
post #3251 of 29490
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Originally Posted by vinay2070 View Post

Thanks tyoung8 for the response... :)

 

Well guys,

 

I just ordered the HD 595 as it was on a sale for 120$.
 
I still have to buy an mp3 player and an amp if required. Iam thinking of sansa clip + 8GB. I have a few quick questions :)
 
1)Do I really need to buy an amp between sansa clip+ and the hd 595? If yes, are there any better amps than E7 for 100 USD?
 
2)I have built in audio on the mother board in the office comp. to enjoy the hd 595 do I need to buy a DAC? If yes, would uDac 2 suffice?
 
3)Or is it better to buy the E7 over uDAC2 and enjoy both portable amplification and dac of the E7.
 
This is what Iam thinking - If there is no amp required between sansa and 595, i wud have to buy uDAC2, else E7. Please correct me if iam wrong. Iam still skeptical about E7 as some say it changes the frequency response.
 
My budget is max 130 $ for the amp. :)


yeah, see if you actually need amp/dac before buying.  Don't waste money if you think its good enuff.  For $130, I would rather buy another headphone to play with than get a slight increase in SQ.

 

If you do need to get an amp/dac than I would get the e7 over the uDAC2 'cos it is portable and you can get the e9 for future to go with your e7 if you need more.  The e7/e9 combo suppose to be able to work well with most headphones.  I am skeptical about the uDAC2 'cos it got too many mix reviews and got properly dissed as well - http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/542281/nuforce-udac-2-drama-detailed-measurements  But really the portability of the e7 more than anything else makes the Fiio a more attractive option.

 

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I am pretty new to headphones and such. For my ipod i ussually only used regular earbuds and such. However I do have a pair of tritton ax 720's for gaming that r very nice and i like them a lot. But i wanted to get a pair of legit headphones for my ipod not jus gaming. I wanted to get the sony xb headphones but i cant choose between the 500 and 300. the thing is that i will use these as portable headphones not really around the house cause i have an amazing sound system on my computer. so i have heard mixed reviews about the 300s and great things about the 500s. I know u guys say skip the 300 but in my situation should i? reviews seem to be split some say the sound quality drop off isnt much and the small and portasbility factor of the 300 outweighs the bigger driver of the 500. Since im using them as portable headphones im not trying to look like princess leia around high school. But if the sound quality difference is big enough then ill bite the bullet and get the 500. So in my situation should i go with the 300 or 500? 

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Check the first post of this thread for a link to a gaming headphone review which covers a lot of those listed and can help you narrow down your choices.

 




The Sennheiser PX200-ii fits in your budget, is easy to drive, and has a tight detailed bass. The M50's are popular here, but are above your budget.

 




For a bassy portable, the Phiaton MS400 has a nice and thick bottom end. The AKG K81/518/181 are also very strong and have great isolation, but also clamp much harder.

 


I was just browsing google shopping and it appears I can get a pair of M50's for around $100 shipped.  I read about 20-30 reviews and every single review RAVES about these like they are heaven on earth...i'm really liking what i'm seeing.  The only question I have is how they will fair being powered at work by my iPhone 4?..? Anybody?
 

 

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Originally Posted by alemmo View Post

 

Music genres: Little of everything, classic rock, rock, jazz, alternative, some country, classical.   

Portable: No for home use only

Price range: $100-250 range

Amped: Most likely paired with a Ibasso D4 or D6 

Closed/Open: no preferance

Headphone preference: Looking for something that is very comfortable with a very high quality sound.  I currently use Phiaton PS 200 IEM's and enjoy them. 

 


How about within the family, the Phiaton PS500. It's one of the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.

 


 

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Originally Posted by NWI73 View Post


Those look pretty nice but not close to being within my budget.  Any others?

 

The Sennheisers that were recommended a few posts up are too small for my liking.  Looking for over ears not on ears.

 


Shure 440? or maybe the new Shure 550DJ (reportedly has a sound signature between the 840 and 750)

 


 

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Originally Posted by Chill Panda View Post

I am pretty new to headphones and such. For my ipod i ussually only used regular earbuds and such. However I do have a pair of tritton ax 720's for gaming that r very nice and i like them a lot. But i wanted to get a pair of legit headphones for my ipod not jus gaming. I wanted to get the sony xb headphones but i cant choose between the 500 and 300. the thing is that i will use these as portable headphones not really around the house cause i have an amazing sound system on my computer. so i have heard mixed reviews about the 300s and great things about the 500s. I know u guys say skip the 300 but in my situation should i? reviews seem to be split some say the sound quality drop off isnt much and the small and portasbility factor of the 300 outweighs the bigger driver of the 500. Since im using them as portable headphones im not trying to look like princess leia around high school. But if the sound quality difference is big enough then ill bite the bullet and get the 500. So in my situation should i go with the 300 or 500? 

Just go with the XB300 if portability is a factor.
 

 


 

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I was just browsing google shopping and it appears I can get a pair of M50's for around $100 shipped.  I read about 20-30 reviews and every single review RAVES about these like they are heaven on earth...i'm really liking what i'm seeing.  The only question I have is how they will fair being powered at work by my iPhone 4?..? Anybody?
 

 


Make sure the seller is legit. There are fake M50s going around.  That said, the M50 should be fine out of your iphone.

 

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