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Does anyone have recommendations for which headphones sound most like 1) Westone 4 and 2) Shure SE535?

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Originally Posted by hi-fiber View Post

thank you for your reply maverickronin,

 

ive looked into the Fostex T50RP and it got my attention and yeah its a SANE price. ive been needing a headphone for on-the-go listening. i dont want to go all closed because the street has its dangers i need to be aware of. though i wanna know about its efficiency, say, compared to a grado.

 

back to my question,

 

ive been using audiotechs and this grado for a long time and theyre all forward sounding. most of my listening hours are done with coffee relaxing or trying to fall asleep. almost always like getting lost in the sound so i think something with warmth helps. sometimes norah's voice gets over the top with the grado. gets a bit shrill.


I find Sennheisers to be great for relaxing. My favourite is actually the little PX100-ii, though any of the bigger HD brethren are good (I think the HD595 is still on sale through Amazon). I also really like the Phiatons for a relaxing sound.

 



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Originally Posted by Trax416 View Post

I made a thread like an idiot. So I will post in here.

 

I am looking for a pair of Headphones for $60 or less (something Bhphotovideo has would be great). They will be used about 8 hours a day. They will be for radio/podcasting/audio work. However I also want to use them for PC gaming and music.

 

There are a couple catches though. I use very senstivie condenser microphones that pick up EVERYTHING. So if the vocals (while podcasting/radio/recording) leak out of the headphones, the mic will pick it up. Keep in mind though, I do not blast the vocals while doing audio work.

 

The second catch is they can't be Sennheiser or Audio Technica. I am from Canada, and both brands charge double or triple what they do in the states. Americans sites that have them for goodprices (grey market I assume)  refuse to ship to Canada.

 

Someone suggested the Shure SRH240, but I have heard mixed reviews. Any other opinions would be great.


Here's a list I've been building for Canadian retailers.

 

Do you have a Long & McQuade in your city? They usually have a decent selection of heaphones to try out.

 

The Shure 240 is fine (though I'd say save up a few bucks for the 440), as is the Audio Technica M30/35 if you can find them on sale.

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

It's the 600/650/800 that really need an amp to bring them up to appreciable levels. The 595 will be just fine without one, though adding one later will show improvement.

 

Oops, that should be D2000, not D0200.

 

The DT770 is the fully closed version, the 880 is semi-open, and the 990 is open (though really it's still kinda semi). The differences between the 880/990 aren't huge, read up on that big 770/880/990 comparison thread for opinions.
 

I haven't heard any of the Superlux so can't comment on them.

I tried D2000, HD650, Grado (can't remb the exact model), PX100, DT770 and DT990 at one of my local audio shop around my area today.

 

I like the sound given off by D2000 overall, with my hands clasp onto. The comfort level is good but the headphone is too loose for my head. There's this feeling of sound leaking out as a result and when I tilt my head back, the headphone will drop off. My friend was doubting this is due to the demo set being abused too many times but upon double checking with the staff, he mentioned the D2000 is exactly the way it should be as I had seen and feel.

 

I played with the HD650 next. The vocal forward is strong. The opinion I got from this headphone is I'm actually listening music live in a studio. The D2000 and DT990 does feel like listening live from the middle seat rows in a rock concert.

 

The Grado and PX100 were already on the table beside mine so I gave both a try as well. Frankly speaking, I can't seem to pinpoint what's the exact differences between the entry and mid level cans BUT I do know I definitely enjoy the music lesser because of the raw/rough blasting.

 

Moving on to DT770. The sound is average and bass is not as strong plus deep as the D2000 but still acceptable by my ear standard. My only complain is the comfort factor. My ears started to feel hot after 20 mins of usage and looks like I'm going to sweat anytime soon with the headphone still on.

 

I asked for the DT990 but I get to test the headphone on only one song before the demo set fail on me. The sound is pretty similar to the D2000 but based on that one song I tried listening to, I concluded I enjoy more with this can. The initial comfort is kind of average but better than DT770. The only issue I had was I switch to my iphone halfway through the song without an amp and I didn't enjoy as much as the D2000

 

I had to leave for dinner as the day is getting real late.

 

I was only planning to get an headphone (no amp or dac yet) but the experiences at the store leave me with the only option of DT990 yet the sound wasn't that nice without one. How should I proceed from here next to decide on which first real headphone should I buy?

 

I appreciate all the previous responses and please keep them coming. I know my description of what I feel with the cans is messy and poorly delivered so do bare with me. Thank you.

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Originally Posted by triegh View Post

I tried D2000, HD650, Grado (can't remb the exact model), PX100, DT770 and DT990 at one of my local audio shop around my area today.

 

I like the sound given off by D2000 overall, with my hands clasp onto. The comfort level is good but the headphone is too loose for my head. There's this feeling of sound leaking out as a result and when I tilt my head back, the headphone will drop off. My friend was doubting this is due to the demo set being abused too many times but upon double checking with the staff, he mentioned the D2000 is exactly the way it should be as I had seen and feel.

 

I played with the HD650 next. The vocal forward is strong. The opinion I got from this headphone is I'm actually listening music live in a studio. The D2000 and DT990 does feel like listening live from the middle seat rows in a rock concert.

 

The Grado and PX100 were already on the table beside mine so I gave both a try as well. Frankly speaking, I can't seem to pinpoint what's the exact differences between the entry and mid level cans BUT I do know I definitely enjoy the music lesser because of the raw/rough blasting.

 

Moving on to DT770. The sound is average and bass is not as strong plus deep as the D2000 but still acceptable by my ear standard. My only complain is the comfort factor. My ears started to feel hot after 20 mins of usage and looks like I'm going to sweat anytime soon with the headphone still on.

 

I asked for the DT990 but I get to test the headphone on only one song before the demo set fail on me. The sound is pretty similar to the D2000 but based on that one song I tried listening to, I concluded I enjoy more with this can. The initial comfort is kind of average but better than DT770. The only issue I had was I switch to my iphone halfway through the song without an amp and I didn't enjoy as much as the D2000

 

I had to leave for dinner as the day is getting real late.

 

I was only planning to get an headphone (no amp or dac yet) but the experiences at the store leave me with the only option of DT990 yet the sound wasn't that nice without one. How should I proceed from here next to decide on which first real headphone should I buy?

 

I appreciate all the previous responses and please keep them coming. I know my description of what I feel with the cans is messy and poorly delivered so do bare with me. Thank you.


It's great that you got a chance to try out all those headphones.

 

The D2000 do indeed feel like they might fall of depending on head shape. For me, putting on jmoney leather earpads improved this and helped with the seal to improve sound, but that's a lot of money to throw down.

 

Closed circumaurals like the DT770 do tend to heat up. If you're feeling hot after 20 minutes, the Denons wouldn't be much better if you got a good seal on them.

 

The Beyer line (DT770/880/990) do generally want an amp behind them, particularly the heavier impedance ones. If you're primarily going to be listening at home, then plug them into a receiver and you'll be just fine. If for portable use, then there are a whole host of options to choose from.

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

It's great that you got a chance to try out all those headphones.

 

The D2000 do indeed feel like they might fall of depending on head shape. For me, putting on jmoney leather earpads improved this and helped with the seal to improve sound, but that's a lot of money to throw down.

 

Closed circumaurals like the DT770 do tend to heat up. If you're feeling hot after 20 minutes, the Denons wouldn't be much better if you got a good seal on them.

 

The Beyer line (DT770/880/990) do generally want an amp behind them, particularly the heavier impedance ones. If you're primarily going to be listening at home, then plug them into a receiver and you'll be just fine. If for portable use, then there are a whole host of options to choose from.

I still had Shure 840, DT880 and HD595 from your suggestion list yet to try out. I personally might want to test the M50 and AD700. From the short reviews I wrote up, do you there's a need for me to play around more or pick the DT990?

 

P.S. The can is for home PC use and I'm not sure how much a receiver will roughly cost. My personal thought it's still a bit too early and overkill for me to proceed on with the amp and dac stuffs.


Edited by triegh - 5/17/11 at 12:45pm
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The 840 will sound sorta similar to the D2000, with the Denon having deeper extension but the 840 more oomph. The 595/598 will not be hugely different from the 650 as all the full sizes Senns tend to be fairly similar (and you'll be going down the ladder in this case), but the 595 can be had quite cheap these days.

 

The M50 will be mildly similar to the 990 but with no soundstage and a closed boxy feeling.

 

The AD700 should be completely different from anything you've heard so far.

 

In terms of a home receiver, it's garage sale season. Pick up a vintage receiver for $20.

post #4042 of 29490
Finally got the P5s. Thanks for the advice people =) I'm pretty pleased with this.
Currently burning them in.
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First time poster here, so hello everyone biggrin.gif

 

I am looking for my first decent headphones. Price range is around 120-170 EUR. So far I took a closer look at:

 

  • Sennheiser HD598
  • Audio Technica M50
  • Beyer DT 770

 

I am mostly listening to diffrent kinds of metal (Slayer, Machine Head, Paradise Lost, NIN) + some hip-hop from time to time. I like a bit of bass, but not that much as probally someone who listents mostly to techno etc will like. Cans will be used 99% of the time in home connected to laptop (DAC/Amp probally will be added pretty soon, probally week or 2 after headphones, any directions here would be also appriciated, 100 EUR range - E7?). From the mentioned models I had chance to listen to briefly to HD598 only, but noise around (some big market :-/) + probally low quality source didnt let me fully enjoy the sound from those. Good isolation would also be a big plus as it sometimes pretty loud outside my appartment. I dont mind looks at all. All suggestions will be appriciated.

 

EDIT: Forgot to add - cans will be used for movies and gaming.


Edited by DuckSoup - 5/17/11 at 2:27pm
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I'm interested in picking up a set of closed cans for listening mainly out of a desktop and laptop.  I listen to some electropop, trance, house, and a bit of metal and rock as well.  I'd like something with deep lows but want to avoid anything too overpowering.  They will be used for college dorm listening which is why I'm mainly considering closed at this time.  

 

After a good amount of research I'm currently trying to decide between the M Audio Q40 ($115) and the Shure SRH440(found a pair for ~$60).  I was also considering the ATH-M50 but prices have shot up to around $160 and I just can't justify spending that much at this point, especially after reading that the Q40 is very comparable.  I know the Q40 has considerably more bass than the SRH440 but is the Shure going to disappoint for my favorite genres?  I'd also consider buying a cheaper amp like the CMoy to start off if it would help.

 

I figure eventually I'll end up getting a DAC for laptop listening, but that will be later on down the line.  That being said, which of these headphones would be best for me?  Feel free to suggest some other headphones as well.  Also, would an amp like the CMoy benefit the Q40 or SRH440?     

 

Thanks.

post #4045 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Caeciro View Post

Hey all,

 

I'm looking to replace my ATH A700's. Headphones I have in mind are:
Grado SR225i

AKG 701

Sennheiser HD650

 

I really think I might like the sound signature of the grados and the senns. In my limited experience with headphones I've found that a dark signature appeals to me (the senns), and the mid-centric grado sound sounds great too. Bass isn't THAT much of a big deal for me, but I do like a bit of a thump.

I also need a suitable amp. I would prefer the amp to be cheap (obviously) and portable, as I intend to use it for both home use and any IEMs which i will definitely purchase in the near future. At the same time, I need the amp to be adequate enough for the headphones listed above! Recommendations, corrections, rants, all welcome :)

I'd like to the set-up to be under $500 in total.

 

Music tastes:

Post-Rock 

Alt. Rock

Electronic

 

Thanks for reading and somebody please get back to me soon!

 

 
 


Given your budget, headphone list & music tastes one very nice combination is SR225 and uDac dac/amp.  The former are a bit bright and latter is warm, so it complements the SR225 very well.  It also works great with iems and is very portable.  One downside is that while it suits the low-power needs of Grados, it won't have enough juice for a lot of other headphones (like the other ones on your list) for the day that you try something different.  I own HD600 (not HD650) which are also great, but need an amp and are not best suited for your music tastes.  If you still find the SR225 bright, get the comfies and treble will be gone.

 

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This is going to be my first post asking for advice on headphones. I spent the last 6 months playing around with Joker's massive reviews looking for good bang for the buck closed headphones and IEM's. They will be used for library sessions so they need to have comfort and good isolation. I will be amping it with a mini^3, e7/e9, and soon to be e11.

 

Looking for:

1: Closed headphones: From trial and error and $500 later, I realized that I am looking for something like the m50, but has to be a lot more comfortable. I am guessing I'll be getting a lot of HD25-1 recommendations and there is a good chance I will go that route but are there any other suggestions. Portability is nice but not really the main issue. Looking for sub $200

 

2. IEM's.- I bought MTPC for the $99 steal, but found that I'd rather listen to my Re-0's than them because of their flatter sound. I guess I am looking for a more upscale Re-0 at under $250

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1: I'd suggest the Beyer DT 770 Pro (80 Ohm). They're right around 200 USD, have great isolation, and amazing comfort. The E7 and upcoming E11 should be enough to give them the power they need.

 

Also, I WOULDN'T suggest the 25-1 II for longer listening sessions as I find them VERY uncomfortable after maybe 30 minutes. That's just me though.

 

EDIT: Or a used 770 32 Ohm consumer. They both sound good, and I prefer the Consumer versions, myself.

 

Can't help on 2 D:

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Originally Posted by singha View Post

This is going to be my first post asking for advice on headphones. I spent the last 6 months playing around with Joker's massive reviews looking for good bang for the buck closed headphones and IEM's. They will be used for library sessions so they need to have comfort and good isolation. I will be amping it with a mini^3, e7/e9, and soon to be e11.

 

Looking for:

1: Closed headphones: From trial and error and $500 later, I realized that I am looking for something like the m50, but has to be a lot more comfortable. I am guessing I'll be getting a lot of HD25-1 recommendations and there is a good chance I will go that route but are there any other suggestions. Portability is nice but not really the main issue. Looking for sub $200

 

2. IEM's.- I bought MTPC for the $99 steal, but found that I'd rather listen to my Re-0's than them because of their flatter sound. I guess I am looking for a more upscale Re-0 at under $250



 

 


Edited by MorbidToaster - 5/17/11 at 5:47pm
post #4048 of 29490
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Originally Posted by singha View Post

This is going to be my first post asking for advice on headphones. I spent the last 6 months playing around with Joker's massive reviews looking for good bang for the buck closed headphones and IEM's. They will be used for library sessions so they need to have comfort and good isolation. I will be amping it with a mini^3, e7/e9, and soon to be e11.

 

Looking for:

1: Closed headphones: From trial and error and $500 later, I realized that I am looking for something like the m50, but has to be a lot more comfortable. I am guessing I'll be getting a lot of HD25-1 recommendations and there is a good chance I will go that route but are there any other suggestions. Portability is nice but not really the main issue. Looking for sub $200

 

2. IEM's.- I bought MTPC for the $99 steal, but found that I'd rather listen to my Re-0's than them because of their flatter sound. I guess I am looking for a more upscale Re-0 at under $250


 

The Sennheiser HD 448's are a great pair of closed headphones, for around 100 bucks. They've got great sound, and are incredibly comfortable. The HD 428's are great as well, and around 20 bucks cheaper. Not sure what the difference between the two is, but I've heard they're very similar. I've got the 428's right now, and I'm loving them. So if you want to save some more money, that might be a possibly route. The Shure SRH440's are another good pair of closed headphones for around $100, but I've heard that the highs are a little sharp, but they do fold and come with a detachable cord, a feature which the Senns don't have. Hope that helps.

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The Sennheiser HD 448's are a great pair of closed headphones, for around 100 bucks. They've got great sound, and are incredibly comfortable. The HD 428's are great as well, and around 20 bucks cheaper. Not sure what the difference between the two is, but I've heard they're very similar. I've got the 428's right now, and I'm loving them. So if you want to save some more money, that might be a possibly route. The Shure SRH440's are another good pair of closed headphones for around $100, but I've heard that the highs are a little sharp, but they do fold and come with a detachable cord, a feature which the Senns don't have. Hope that helps.

 

I tried the Shure 440's and they remind me of my Sony V6's exactly. I actually bought the V6 because they seemed to be built sturdier and you could put velour earpads on them :).  I'll take the HD448's into consideration. 
 

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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

1: I'd suggest the Beyer DT 770 Pro (80 Ohm). They're right around 200 USD, have great isolation, and amazing comfort. The E7 and upcoming E11 should be enough to give them the power they need.

 

Also, I WOULDN'T suggest the 25-1 II for longer listening sessions as I find them VERY uncomfortable after maybe 30 minutes. That's just me though.

 

EDIT: Or a used 770 32 Ohm consumer. They both sound good, and I prefer the Consumer versions, myself.

 

Can't help on 2 D:



 

 


I guess I was hesitant to try the 770's because so many people were saying that they were muddy. I found the HD25-SP's very comfortable but I can see how the increased isolation of the HD25-1's, does come at the expense of comfort. The Sp's were what made me want to try its legendary big brother.

 

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I liked the 770s when I heard them, and still want to own a pair sometime (although they'd be 600 Ohm). The biggest reason for the suggestion was comfort. Beyer velours, and amazing comfort in general.

 

Don't get me wrong about the 25-1 either...They're one of my favorite headphones sound wise, and the easily replaceable parts is great as well. I just found this stupidly uncomfortable. If you can demo them and find them comfy, go for it without hesitation.
 

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I guess I was hesitant to try the 770's because so many people were saying that they were muddy. I found the HD25-SP's very comfortable but I can see how the increased isolation of the HD25-1's, does come at the expense of comfort. The Sp's were what made me want to try its legendary big brother.

 



 

 

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