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Thanks for the reply, I was reading around the forums, and came upon the ATH m50, it is round $20 over my budget, but would it worth it for these?
 

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You'll want a pair with decent isolation. Here's a few to start you off

Shure 440 or 550

Sennheiser HD280 or PX200-ii or HD228

Sony MDR-V6 or 7506

 

 



 

post #3497 of 29490
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The PX100 will definitely leak too much.  Hmm... now I'll have to think about what to recommend for you.


Alright cool. No rush. Thanks for helping in the search.
post #3498 of 29490
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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.


Yeah I know I heard a lot of great things about it.. Only thing is that it'll suck trying to wait and find it used.

 

What model of ultrasones do you recommend for my type of music? I know they have the pro 750s, 900s that are sorta of in the price range.

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Yeah I know I heard a lot of great things about it.. Only thing is that it'll suck trying to wait and find it used.

 

What model of ultrasones do you recommend for my type of music? I know they have the pro 750s, 900s that are sorta of in the price range.


Either one would probably be great for you, honestly. I've never owned the Pro 900 (although I want one some day), but it's seen as THE headphone for EDM around here by quite a few people. They're absolute bass monsters.

I've owned the Pro 750 and I loved it. It was my first headphone in that lower-mid tier of headphones, and I loved it. It has a pretty neutral sound (which I like), but it could kick out some serious bass for my EDM stuff. Depending on how broad your genre preference goes, I may even recommend the Pro 750 over the Pro 900 as an all rounder (as the 900 may be too bass heavy for some).

Then again, having never heard the Pro 900 personally, take my opinion lightly. I can without a doubt say that I loved the Pro 750 though, and that it was a great little all rounder.
post #3500 of 29490
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I have many headphones but the ones I use over and over and keep going back to are the HD600's. I love them. But even like my car, which I love, I get tired of it. What would be an upgrade that would be in the same vein or style of the HD600's?


 

You're aleady running pretty high on the food chain. The next "upgrade" from here takes you into flagship territory or orthos/stax which is a bit of a price bump. What other headphones have you got?

 

 


 

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I love my games and want them to sound at least ok, but I don't play competitively, so it's not that big of a deal to me. In fact, sometimes, even when playing online, I play with the game muted and just listen to my music and talk over skype/Teamspeak. I guess I should state that I enjoy bass, not have a burning desire for gobs of it. I like it when it's tight, accurate, and easily discernible. I just want my EBM, electronica, and Industrial to sound as good as possible with my $100ish budget for the headphones themselves.

 


How about the Shure 440/550? or perhaps the Senn PX200-ii. They're not too bassy, but the bass they do have is quick and accurate.

 

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[I had started a new thread for this before I saw this thread. My apologies.]

Hi everyone!  First, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this post of mine, even if you end up not contributing.

I am having a difficult time picking out my next set of headphones, so I would like your help.  I must have spent upwards of thirty hours reading people’s opinions and reviews on head-fi, but I am still without the right headphones for me.  As a side note, I would really appreciate only those individuals with a good amount of experience with headphones to offer their advice.

So let’s start off with some background.  This is what I currently own and my succinct impression of them:

-Shure SCL4 (3 years): Definitely my most accurate phones but lacking in lows even with tight fit.  Also, highs seem a bit harsh.

-Sennheiser HD555 w/ 595 foam mod (5 years): These sound pretty good to me but aren’t anything special.  Also lacking in lows.

-NuForce NE-6 (2 years): Among the best $40 I ever spent. Great sounding with exceptional bass.  My daily portable earphones… which says a lot since I have the Shures.

Plus, Fiio E5 and soon Fred_Fred’s TI-based amp.

This is what I have previously owned in the past five years:

-Audio Technica ATH-M50: I had these before they became wildly popular. I was not overly impressed as I don’t think they fit my musical tastes perfectly (more on those later).

-Sony MDR-V6: Very fatiguing sound even after burn-in. The highs were out of control.

-Beyerdynamic DJX-1: HORRIBLE build quality. Frame snapped even though I am super careful with all my equipment. Also, right driver buzzed at low frequencies.

-Ultrasone Pro550: I am actually listening to these as I type this, but they are about to be returned. Everything seems okay but soundstage is awkward-sounding to me. Also, they do not “wow” me.

So speaking of that, let me outline what I need help choosing. I was originally set on buying a pair of closed, full-size phones (since I don’t have any) but since I really don’t have any specific need for them, I am looking for any type of headphone (closed or open, circumaural preferred but not necessary) that will make me smile.  Like what I would assume about many of you, good music makes me happy.  So I want a pair of headphones that will “wow” me… that will make me smile with delight. I would like them to cost $175 or less but I am willing to spend up to $250 if those extra $75 will blow me out of the water versus a pair of lesser costing phones.

Almost all my music is VBR, 320kbps, or FLAC and will exclusively be listened to through my old Thinkpad and my 2nd gen iPod Touch.  The musical tastes these headphones must satisfy (in order of importance), along with genre favorites.

            -Electronica: Daft Punk, BT, Deadmau5, various trance DJ’s

            -Classical: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mozart, Yo-Yo Ma

            -Hip-Hop: Lupe Fiasco

            - Everything else, from most in order of decreasing frequency: Jazz, Pop, Rock

If you need any more info, just let me know.  Again, I honestly appreciate you helping me out. I was about to order the Denon AH-D1100 or older AH-D1001K, but I decided to get some experienced opinions first.

I've gone through several of the same headphones as you have. The best "wow" headphone I've owned recently is the tiny little Senn PX100-ii. Big sound for such a small package, super comfortable, and cheap (though not as cheap as the original). My next best would be the AKG K240 Sextett MP driven from my Bottlehead Crack amp. Harder to find nowadays, but they pop up on occasion anywhere from $100-200 depending on condition and mods (if cheaper than that, be wary of the condition). Or heck, just look at my profile and see which headphones I've kept and which ones I've sold/traded away.

 


 

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Thanks for your help im also looking at the Audio-Technica ATH-A700. do you think they would be a better choice than the m50's or another headphone? As im not into loads of bass i like it to be their but i also like a all around great sound. I listen to lots of XM radio as well mostly their trance stations.

   

The A700 are weaker in bass than the M50, but trounce it for soundstage and immersion. The sound has more reverb and a sense of depth, but isn't as punchy or sharp as the M50. I would say it woul be better for vocal/airy type trance, perhaps not as much for the deep/heavy stuff.
 


 

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Thanks for the reply, I was reading around the forums, and came upon the ATH m50, it is round $20 over my budget, but would it worth it for these?
 

They're a good (if overhyped) all-rounder, though I'm personally not a fan. If you're pushing the budget up, then also consider the Shure 750/840, M-Audio Q40.
 

 



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Hey guys im new just like everyone else so ill get started. I listen to hip hop trchno some rock and rap and alternative. I dont plan on buying an am I want head phones to use with my ipod and are cool. They have to be nice looking because I plan to take them everywhere. I need comfort and durability.
models I like
shure 750dj I love the color and the swivels
ultrasound hfi 580 or 780 I dont know which is better
i ruled out the m50 I.hate the black plastic look give me.something silver or gold.or blue. Thanks

 

For sound and style points:
Shure 750 or 550

Pioneer HDJ 2000 or 500

Ultrasone Pro 650/750 (anything higher than the 550)

Beyerdynamic T50p or the newfangled DT1350

 

Also take a look at DJ styled cans which will probably be to your liking. Here's a nice group comparison:

http://www.skratchworx.com/reviews/headphones_2010.php

 


Edited by Armaegis - 4/26/11 at 11:49pm
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Hi, can you guys help me.. This is the last time i am going to buy close headphone (not a promise though). this is going to be problem my budget are about $1500-$3000 (for the $3000 i am gonna wait for 3 more months to buy)  so the best I could afford right now is Edition 8 or Beyer t5p ... this is the begining of the problem my friend just recently sold his Edition 8 and are saving money for t5p. I don't want to end up of something that he have. then i overheard abou Ath-L3000 well too bad it's rare. So the question is is there other rival between Ed8 and t5p or something a bit of higher level

 

Current Audio Rig. : senn hd650, Akg k701 and shure se530

 

wanna try closed headphones k701smile.gif

 

(p.s. sorry for my bad english hope u get the idea)

post #3503 of 29490

Hi everyone,

 

I am rather new to this forum and have a question that might have been answered before, but I haven't found anything.

 

I own a Cowon J3 and I'm looking for a suitable set of cans. The HD 650, K701 have crossed my mind, but I doubt if the Cowon can power them at all.

So I continued my search, and ended up staying on the same price level. Eventually I came by a pair of cans by Monster, the Beats Pro.

 

These are much easier (from what I've read) to power with a MP3 player, since (although it is nowhere to be found) the impedance is lower en maybe uses a lower, maximum mW input.

Still, I'm wondering if I can power this beast to the max, or if I'm going to need an extra portable amplifier, to really get everything out of it.

 

OR.

 

Do you suggest looking at the HD 650 or K701 instead, when used in combination with the portable headphone amp?

 

My taste in music is very diverse, ranging from: HipHop/ R&B, via Jazz and Blues, to Rock and alternative music styles. (Artists like: John Mayer, Gare du Nord, Adele, Coldplay but also Deadmau5, I find very enjoyable)

 

The balance and imaging within sound is very important to me, I don't want any tones to feel out of place. It has to sound like a whole, with great imaging. Of course there has to be a certain amount of bass, but I don't want it to overpower the rest of the spectrum. ( I know Cowon has pretty decent EQ settings to maybe tweak the bass, but I would like to know how these headphones would perform out of the box).

 

Any suggestions maybe?

+ What are your thoughts on the Beats Pro vs HD 650 and/ or K701? (With AND without the use of a portable headphone amp)

 

Thank you so much in advance!

 

Cheers,

Bossma.

 

(If there's any more info needed, feel free to reply and ask!)

 

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Hi, can you guys help me.. This is the last time i am going to buy close headphone (not a promise though). this is going to be problem my budget are about $1500-$3000 (for the $3000 i am gonna wait for 3 more months to buy)  so the best I could afford right now is Edition 8 or Beyer t5p ... this is the begining of the problem my friend just recently sold his Edition 8 and are saving money for t5p. I don't want to end up of something that he have. then i overheard abou Ath-L3000 well too bad it's rare. So the question is is there other rival between Ed8 and t5p or something a bit of higher level

 

Current Audio Rig. : senn hd650, Akg k701 and shure se530

 

wanna try closed headphones k701smile.gif

 

(p.s. sorry for my bad english hope u get the idea)


You could go balls to wall all out on some R10s. Or save a lot of money and still get an excellent headphone (ie. D7000).

Just a few ideas.
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Wow, started reading through the pages of this forum. Really bashing the Beats, haha! I don't mind, really. I could get them for 300,- (euros that is). I'm also in the market for a Denon A100, a lot of people seem to be really pleased with this one...

 

Cheers

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Wow, started reading through the pages of this forum. Really bashing the Beats, haha! I don't mind, really. I could get them for 300,- (euros that is). I'm also in the market for a Denon A100, a lot of people seem to be really pleased with this one...

 

Cheers


That's the problem...You would pay 300 Euros...You could get a pretty amazing set of headphones with that 300 Euros...or a pile of plasticy, bass drowning out everything else in a song, crap.
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Wow, started reading through the pages of this forum. Really bashing the Beats, haha! I don't mind, really. I could get them for 300,- (euros that is). I'm also in the market for a Denon A100, a lot of people seem to be really pleased with this one...

 

Cheers




That's the problem...You would pay 300 Euros...You could get a pretty amazing set of headphones with that 300 Euros...or a pile of plasticy, bass drowning out everything else in a song, crap.


You see, and that reply is rather helpful, I have listened to the Pro (not with my Cowon J3), and just couldn't quite make up my mind about the sound. When you see the pricetag, you expect something phenomenal and great sounding, but in all reality they really sound sub-par comparing to other headphones in that price category, like the Dennons or Sennheisers for example...
 

I am not saying I'm going for the Pro, not even close. But it's good to hear an audiophile's point of view, since I am not, an audophile.

 

I just enjoy good sound :)

 

Cheers

 

PS: How 'bout the A100's from Denon, any experience yourself?


Edited by bossma - 4/27/11 at 9:40am
post #3508 of 29490

Hello crazy* headphone enthusiasts,

 

I've come to humble ask your opinions about, of all things, headphones.  My budget is about 300 bucks.

 

I've been using some Sony MDR-V600s that I picked up on a whim at Best Buy ten years ago, and I'm no longer impressed by their quality.  My first good reason for needing to spend a bunch of money on headphones is I make electronic music (badly), and with my current setup with kids and whatnot I wind up spending most of my music-making time on headphones.  With my current headphones, it's just too hard to tell what's going on, especially in the bass department.  I can tell when there is bass there, but I have no idea what it's doing.  It's all just mud.  It's a crapshoot whether I'll have to redo half my work once I get a chance to listen on an out-loud stereo.

 

My second good reason for needing to spend a bunch of money on headphones is I like music and listening to it.  I most frequently listen to electronica and indie-ish rock, but there's a wide range overall.  Most of my headphone time currently is spent listening to electronic stuff, though.  Though music-making is my primary motivation for getting new phones, I also want something I can enjoy listening to music with.  I like good bass, but not at the price of clarity.  I do need to be able to tell what is going on down there.

 

I currently use the headphone out on my white Macbook (version 5,2).  It sounds okay to me, though clearly I'm not happy overall, but I suspect the headphones make the biggest difference.  I don't hear any of the whirring or clicking or computer noises I've seen some people complain about on Macbooks.  My headphoning is pretty much all at home, but in a portable way.  I move from kitchen table to couch to outside chair, and so on.  I would prefer to just use my regular Macbook out, because it seems most convenient, but if splitting my money between headphones and a portable amp makes for the best quality, that would be alright.

 

I still can't really decide between open and closed headphones.  I initially thought open, so I can hear the kids and work on music at the same time.  Then I thought...do I really want to have distracting noise coming through?  I've never tried open headphones, and there are really no stores around here to check out good stuff.  Anyone here had a similar choice?  Any insight?

 

My research has lead me through a million pages of info on this site and others, literally.  Okay, not literally.   But a lot.  I started out interested in dt990s (and to a lesser degree, 880s and 770s) for the open design and because they look really comfortable.  But then I saw that perhaps the bass and treble is too strong, and the better quality versions would require an amp.  On to the hd600s, but then I decided the bass might be too weak and I don't know about open phones and I'd probably really need an amp.

 

Now I'm looking at the Denon d2000.  I almost pulled the trigger on them, and then realized they've gone up in price 150 bucks in the last year or so.  Are they still worth it?  I see them for 279 from an ebay vendor who has lots of good feedback.  Is this a safe way to buy?  I know I can't return them that way, but amazon has them for 349 and that's a big price jump.  I figure if I really don't like them I can sell them because they seem to be in pretty high demand.  I wouldn't be able to afford an amp with them, and it will be a year or two until I can, but I'd rather keep it simple.  Would a pair of cheaper headphones combined with a portable amp be better than the d2000s with no amp?

 

Okay, I'll stop typing now because I've made you read enough.  I'm leaning toward the d2000s on ebay with no amp.  Any advice greatly appreciated.

 

 

*I mean crazy in a good way, of course.

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You see, and that reply is rather helpful, I have listened to the Pro (not with my Cowon J3), and just couldn't quite make up my mind about the sound. When you see the pricetag, you expect something phenomenal and great sounding, but in all reality they really sound sub-par comparing to other headphones in that price category, like the Dennons or Sennheisers for example...
 

I am not saying I'm going for the Pro, not even close. But it's good to hear an audiophile's point of view, since I am not, an audophile.

 

I just enjoy good sound :)

 

Cheers

 

PS: How 'bout the A100's from Denon, any experience yourself?


No experience with the A100, but I love Denon's fun sound signature. As for what I know, try a pair of D2000s. They're a great headphone, super comfy, fairly easy to drive. The D2000 also has some awesome modding options that can make it sound even better like J Money Earpads, and Lawston Wood Cups.
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You see, and that reply is rather helpful, I have listened to the Pro (not with my Cowon J3), and just couldn't quite make up my mind about the sound. When you see the pricetag, you expect something phenomenal and great sounding, but in all reality they really sound sub-par comparing to other headphones in that price category, like the Dennons or Sennheisers for example...
 

I am not saying I'm going for the Pro, not even close. But it's good to hear an audiophile's point of view, since I am not, an audophile.

 

I just enjoy good sound :)

 

Cheers

 

PS: How 'bout the A100's from Denon, any experience yourself?




No experience with the A100, but I love Denon's fun sound signature. As for what I know, try a pair of D2000s. They're a great headphone, super comfy, fairly easy to drive. The D2000 also has some awesome modding options that can make it sound even better like J Money Earpads, and Lawston Wood Cups.


Great! Thanks for the advice, I'll be looking into that!

 

Cheers.

 

PS: Would the D5000's be fairly easy to drive from a MP3 player as well?


Edited by bossma - 4/27/11 at 10:24am
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