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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

I really want to try the XM6 as well (partly because it's Canadian as well), but I already have a D10 and getting another portable dac/amp really isn't justifiable (especially when I've sunk a lot of money into my current DIY amps).


I no longer have a portable DAC/Amp. I think the XM 6 is where I will end up once I get a few more things...Like my HE 6...and a Netbook...
post #3452 of 29490
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post


I REALLY want to try the XM 6. It just looks brilliant. I do love the Arrow though. It really sounds good with my current Klipsch S4s.

Also, I think that paired with the Lyr I'd prefer the HE 6 judging by your description. Which is what I thought I would...think...

I WANT ONE.

To bad we're so far apart.  I want to hear the Arrow too, especially the crossfeed.  The XM6 doesn't look to popular on here though.  I thought it would take off after Jude's video on it but it doesn't seem to have.  There are only a few people who have chimed in about owning one in the main thread.  Its better than all my stationary amps except my Bottlehead Crack (only for high Z 'phones) which it ties with depending on if you want a wire with gain or some euphonics.  The other two aren't exactly what you'd call TOTL or lauded by critics, but you'd think they'd manage better without stupidly tight space constraints.  The plus side is that ifI sell them all I can get most of the way to an LCD-2 and it should sound fine from the XM6.  Its a good thing I think the HE-6 is little too bright.

 

If you're concerned about the LCD-2s being dark then its probably better to go with the HE-6s instead.  I haven't tried the TMA-1s that you found to dark, but neither the HD650s, SE530s, or MTPGs are too dark for my tastes.

post #3453 of 29490
Hey guys,

I'm new here. I was recommened to you by the guys at overclock.net . Anyways, I don't know too much about audio, but I know a few things. I was looking for some new headphones with a budget of about $300 (give or take a few) that I would use with my Asus xonar stx. I listen to mostly jazz and "big band" (don't know if thats the right term), some rap/hip hop, a little classical, and then some alternative. I kind of prefer open backed to closed because I can hear whats going on around me, but I don't care too much. Could you guys recommend me something? Thanks!
Edited by Willanhanyard - 4/26/11 at 12:24am
post #3454 of 29490
I have a pair of grado sr80s but I'm looking to upgrade. my budget is $300, but my main question is, if I enjoyed these headphones a lot (and I did, absolutely adored them for a couple of years now) would it be recommended to stick with Grado (eyeing the 325s), or try something new?

I'm not sure if different brands tend to have similar sounds or what, I don't know much besides how nice these headphones were. I realize this isn't something I can be given precise advice about but if anyone has an opinion I'd be interested to hear it.

thanks headfi
post #3455 of 29490
New here, love the atmosphere.. Anyway I'll make this short and sweet. I'm looking for an over ear set closed/open (no preference) with decent bass and not flat sounding mid/hi for music only (Rock/Industrial/Trance/Progressive ie Tool). Also currently using a USB Astro mixamp for my pc (considering x-fi USB later as I can't fit anything else in my pc). Overall I'm thinking of deciding between the ATH M50s or ATH A900 as my budget is max $215.

Please help in expressing solid opinions in either of these sets or if you think there others you might recommend after seeing my budget.

Thanks in advance!
post #3456 of 29490

I've been getting into trance/electro/house/progressive music lately with much more bass and vocals mixed. I already own the Akg 701K and the Sennheiser Hd650s. I like that the Hd650s are good to me but I was wondering if there were any better headphones that are more suited for my taste in music now. I don't really need something well rounded or anything. Something spectacular for this type of music would be great too. I just want some cans for . Not a fan of muddy overpowering bass. I also don't mind open cans.

 

Any suggestions on what I should get? I have about 400-600 dollars or so to spend. I was going to go for the Denon ah d5000s until they were recently discontinued.

 

Thanks in advance! :)

 

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Ultrasone.  In a pinch, you could probably also go with Beyer DT990s if you prefer.

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Originally Posted by yellowcrocs View Post

I've been getting into trance/electro/house/progressive music lately with much more bass and vocals mixed. I already own the Akg 701K and the Sennheiser Hd650s. I like that the Hd650s are good to me but I was wondering if there were any better headphones that are more suited for my taste in music now. I don't really need something well rounded or anything. Something spectacular for this type of music would be great too. I just want some cans for . Not a fan of muddy overpowering bass. I also don't mind open cans.

 

Any suggestions on what I should get? I have about 400-600 dollars or so to spend. I was going to go for the Denon ah d5000s until they were recently discontinued.

 

Thanks in advance! :)

 



 

post #3458 of 29490

Hi guys,

 

Just joined the community and looking for some recommendation on over the ear headphones. Currently own Sennheiser HD 202 and looking for an upgrade with a budget around USD 300 for headphone and maybe another USD 100-200 for amp/dac. My sources are MBP and Ipod classic. Mostly listen to indie, rock (e.g Franz Ferdinand, Kings of Leon) , electronic rock (Ratatat, Mstrkrft) and pop (Adele).

 

Before this, got a chance to listen to a friend's SRH840 and like sound of it a lot, its just that the headband put quite a pressure on the top of my head. So have to rule that out. Both closed or open is ok with me as i will be only using it in my room.

 

Thanks in advanced.

 

 

 

post #3459 of 29490

Hey there!

 

Let's start things off with the stuff I'm currently using: rockboxed Clip+ -> FiiO E5 -> AIAIAI tma-1

 

Works perfectly fine for on the go but lacks in certain departments. I don't get that "sinking into" the music, or "floating" along...or just any nautical phrasing that describes a nice evening at home, relaxing and listening to some good music. The tma-1 just feels suffocating at times, like in a small closed room, even though the room's interior is nice and comfy albeit a bit unbalanced.

 

Now what I'm looking for: An Allrounder, since I'm a moody person and tend to switch from Tom Waits to Converge and on to my FFVII-OST in a matter of minutes. (well, I can manage with a bit of a bassy tendency). More open soundstage and instrumental seperation, but it shouldn't get too analytical since I won't be using them for studio purposes or anything, just some good ol' listening fun. And overall just an uprgade to the good cans the AIAIAIs are.

 

Price Range: around 400$

post #3460 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Willanhanyard View Post

Hey guys,

I'm new here. I was recommened to you by the guys at overclock.net . Anyways, I don't know too much about audio, but I know a few things. I was looking for some new headphones with a budget of about $300 (give or take a few) that I would use with my Asus xonar stx. I listen to mostly jazz and "big band" (don't know if thats the right term), some rap/hip hop, a little classical, and then some alternative. I kind of prefer open backed to closed because I can hear whats going on around me, but I don't care too much. Could you guys recommend me something? Thanks!

The Audio Technica AD700 would be a good place for you to start your search, they are an open headphone that will do very well with your jazz and classical, although it may not have the level of bass you want for rap/hip hop. There are many people who find the AD700 bass light, but I personally find the bass to be quite nice and accurate, although somewhat recessed. The AD700 are also a good choice as it sounds like you want to run these straight out of your computer, something that may be a problem for many of the other cans' around here, but the AD700 are very easily powered and should give you fine results without one.
post #3461 of 29490

Hello all,

Another new guy trying to get some advice from the group of you audiophiles. Let me give you some background of what I am using new headphones for and hopefully some of you can help me out.

 

The Players: iPhone 4, iPad 2
The Locations: Train (1 hour ride), possibly office setting as well
Can Experience: Sennheiser HD-280 (full closed), Koss KSC75 (clip ons), NuForce NE-7M (earphones), Klipsch Image S5i RUGGED (earphones),  Sony DRBT140Q (clip ons), and tons of different Skullcandy, cheapos and a bunch of various earbuds that don't work for me.

 

Long story short about the above: The Koss are what I am currently using for the Gym. They work great there, but in a loud place (train) that I don't want sound to escape they are bad. They don't get loud enough if watching a movie on my iPad, and a lot of music will escape when listening to my iPhone. They also aren't that good (which I understand at the $20 I paid), again really just gym headphones. My Sennheisers are about 4 years old and although they are good (not a huge fan of the lack of bass and overall dull listen), I absolutely hate the cord on them (spiral, 5+ feet). I understand I probably should have an amp, but this is a new world to me and I am not overly sold on the portability of amps (I know they make them). Regardless of needing an amp or not, the cord is a breaking point since its extremely miserable to deal with day in, day out.

 

Music (typically 320 bit rate, some less nothing lossless):
- 80% metal (folk metal, death metal, metalcore, thrash, deathcore): Septic Flesh, Acid Bath, Elysia, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum etc.
- 10% hard rock: Staind, Faith No More, Nothingface, Primer 55 etc.
- 5% rap: Eminem, Hollywood Undead, Jedi Mind Tricks etc
- 3% pop (Top 10 singles stuff sometimes): Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy etc.
- 2% other: Johnny Cash, Nine Inch Nails etc, basically my other category is a few singles from various artists across the board

 

Movies:
- 80% Ripped TV Shows, 20% Ripped DVDs
- Everything I watch is typically in 5.1 but not HD.

 

I am looking for full closed (but portable) headphones for under $200. They need to be comfortable enough to last for 1 hour at a time 2 times a day. I never listen for more than that and never will. The cord isn't a major deal, but spiral is out of the question. I am at heart a metal junkie so that is the most important listen. If you think whatever I get I would want an amp, please do not hesitate to recommend (just remember it needs to be extremely portable and I don't think I would spend more than $100 more for an amp (the cheaper the better though).

I really wanted Grado Prestige Series SR225i Headphones but they are open and wont work for me (only a select few of us like listening to Death Metal, my guess is the rest of the morning commuter train wont :)).

 

My research over the last 2 months has determined the following, but I am not sure so I wanted to find others opinions:
- Ultrasone HFI 780 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones ($160-170 range)
- Ultrasone PRO 550 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones ($150-$160 range)

 

Basically what can I expect and should I expect good quality from an iPhone/iPad? Is it a waste of money to spend that on headphones when all I am going to use them on is an iPhone/iPad? Maybe that's why I don't even like my Sennheisers. I am just sick of (and I am sure Amazon is as well) my buying and returning head phones (about 6 different pairs in the last 2 months).

 

Maybe I am just missing the beat and the best cans for my scenario are $201.00, if so let me know I can expend if that is the case.

post #3462 of 29490
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Originally Posted by yellowcrocs View Post

I've been getting into trance/electro/house/progressive music lately with much more bass and vocals mixed. I already own the Akg 701K and the Sennheiser Hd650s. I like that the Hd650s are good to me but I was wondering if there were any better headphones that are more suited for my taste in music now. I don't really need something well rounded or anything. Something spectacular for this type of music would be great too. I just want some cans for . Not a fan of muddy overpowering bass. I also don't mind open cans.

 

Any suggestions on what I should get? I have about 400-600 dollars or so to spend. I was going to go for the Denon ah d5000s until they were recently discontinued.

 

Thanks in advance! :)

 


Ultrasone.

Or find a used Denon pair. Just because they're discontinued doesn't mean there was something wrong with 'em. That line is pretty amazing.
post #3463 of 29490
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Originally Posted by bobohoro View Post

Hey there!

 

Let's start things off with the stuff I'm currently using: rockboxed Clip+ -> FiiO E5 -> AIAIAI tma-1

 

Works perfectly fine for on the go but lacks in certain departments. I don't get that "sinking into" the music, or "floating" along...or just any nautical phrasing that describes a nice evening at home, relaxing and listening to some good music. The tma-1 just feels suffocating at times, like in a small closed room, even though the room's interior is nice and comfy albeit a bit unbalanced.

 

Now what I'm looking for: An Allrounder, since I'm a moody person and tend to switch from Tom Waits to Converge and on to my FFVII-OST in a matter of minutes. (well, I can manage with a bit of a bassy tendency). More open soundstage and instrumental seperation, but it shouldn't get too analytical since I won't be using them for studio purposes or anything, just some good ol' listening fun. And overall just an uprgade to the good cans the AIAIAIs are.

 

Price Range: around 400$


Try to find a used Denon D5000. If you're a little prone to bassy headphones, but want a good all rounder...this series does an amazing job. As well as looking great, and being the most comfortable headphones ever.

I've been using my D7000 for anything from EDM to Folk and Classical...and I absolutely love it.
post #3464 of 29490

I'm looking for recommendations on a new set of headphones under $100 for my PC, of which I will mod into a headset with a removable boom mic and interchangeable cable (example). I will be buying a sound card as well, titanium hd or similar, but no amp for a while.

I like bass. I listen to 97% EBM/Synthpop and Industrial/Metal Industrial, 2% 70's Rock, and 1% R&B/Hip Hop/Rap. Think Eisbrecher, Wolfsheim/Peter Heppner, Covenant, Rammstein, VNV Nation, MM, t.A.T.u, Static X, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and Tupac.

 

I'm mainly concerned with my EBM/Synthpop and Industrial with gaming after those.

I spend a several hours at a time gaming (FPS mostly) and listening to music while in open mic voice chat but that may decline now that I'm out of college and have to, you know, get a job. I'm also not too keen on hearing things outside my headphones or people being able to hear what I'm playing (in person or over the mic).

 

Thanks for any help.

post #3465 of 29490
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Originally Posted by thrashmagazine View Post

Hello all,

Another new guy trying to get some advice from the group of you audiophiles. Let me give you some background of what I am using new headphones for and hopefully some of you can help me out.

 

The Players: iPhone 4, iPad 2
The Locations: Train (1 hour ride), possibly office setting as well
Can Experience: Sennheiser HD-280 (full closed), Koss KSC75 (clip ons), NuForce NE-7M (earphones), Klipsch Image S5i RUGGED (earphones),  Sony DRBT140Q (clip ons), and tons of different Skullcandy, cheapos and a bunch of various earbuds that don't work for me.

 

Long story short about the above: The Koss are what I am currently using for the Gym. They work great there, but in a loud place (train) that I don't want sound to escape they are bad. They don't get loud enough if watching a movie on my iPad, and a lot of music will escape when listening to my iPhone. They also aren't that good (which I understand at the $20 I paid), again really just gym headphones. My Sennheisers are about 4 years old and although they are good (not a huge fan of the lack of bass and overall dull listen), I absolutely hate the cord on them (spiral, 5+ feet). I understand I probably should have an amp, but this is a new world to me and I am not overly sold on the portability of amps (I know they make them). Regardless of needing an amp or not, the cord is a breaking point since its extremely miserable to deal with day in, day out.

 

Music (typically 320 bit rate, some less nothing lossless):
- 80% metal (folk metal, death metal, metalcore, thrash, deathcore): Septic Flesh, Acid Bath, Elysia, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum etc.
- 10% hard rock: Staind, Faith No More, Nothingface, Primer 55 etc.
- 5% rap: Eminem, Hollywood Undead, Jedi Mind Tricks etc
- 3% pop (Top 10 singles stuff sometimes): Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy etc.
- 2% other: Johnny Cash, Nine Inch Nails etc, basically my other category is a few singles from various artists across the board

 

Movies:
- 80% Ripped TV Shows, 20% Ripped DVDs
- Everything I watch is typically in 5.1 but not HD.

 

I am looking for full closed (but portable) headphones for under $200. They need to be comfortable enough to last for 1 hour at a time 2 times a day. I never listen for more than that and never will. The cord isn't a major deal, but spiral is out of the question. I am at heart a metal junkie so that is the most important listen. If you think whatever I get I would want an amp, please do not hesitate to recommend (just remember it needs to be extremely portable and I don't think I would spend more than $100 more for an amp (the cheaper the better though).

I really wanted Grado Prestige Series SR225i Headphones but they are open and wont work for me (only a select few of us like listening to Death Metal, my guess is the rest of the morning commuter train wont :)).

 

My research over the last 2 months has determined the following, but I am not sure so I wanted to find others opinions:
- Ultrasone HFI 780 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones ($160-170 range)
- Ultrasone PRO 550 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones ($150-$160 range)

 

Basically what can I expect and should I expect good quality from an iPhone/iPad? Is it a waste of money to spend that on headphones when all I am going to use them on is an iPhone/iPad? Maybe that's why I don't even like my Sennheisers. I am just sick of (and I am sure Amazon is as well) my buying and returning head phones (about 6 different pairs in the last 2 months).

 

Maybe I am just missing the beat and the best cans for my scenario are $201.00, if so let me know I can expend if that is the case.


I'd say try some Senn HD 25-1 IIs...They're a good all rounder, and the bass is nice for stuff like Metal, but it doesn't overpower. They have excellent isolation, and a straight cable (albeit a little short). They can easily be driven out of your iDevices, and will sound good. Although you could improve the sound with the help of a few apps. I'd suggest EQu.

The biggest issue with these is comfort. When I owned them I maxed out at about an hour before I had to remove them and take a break. If you don't wear glasses though, you should be just fine for the time frame you posted.
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