So I'm currently looking for some new cans. I will be honest, I'm fairly new to the higher end headphone world, and in the past have spent a max of $100 on headphones so I do not have too much knowledge on differences between certain specs. I have been searching the threads looking for some info regarding the 558's as they are the ones I am interested in...well until I began reading about the 598's which seem to be great, but there doesn't seem to be much info regarding them (558). Now I remember the 555's being very similar to the 595 if you performed the foam removal mod. I'm just curious if this still holds true to the new models or if it really is worth the money to jump up to the 598's. I listen to mainly to rock, alternative, indie music with a bit of dance type stuff thrown in every once and awhile, but my main use of these will be for my PC gaming. If anyone has used either of these or could recommend any others that might work for me, feel free to let me know. Also, I am in Canada so if anyone knows of a place to find these, post away
As someone mentioned earlier, there are slight differences in the 558/598, so the foam tape removal doesn't upgrade completely, but it does improve upon. Here's a good article comparing them:
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I'm in the market to a large full sized can to add to what I'm currently using. I've been using my Grado SR 325i for well over a 7 months now and keen on upgrading.
I've taken a liking to the HiFiMan HE-5LE. I was also thinking about the AKG 702, purely based on soundstage and aesthetics. I listen to alot of different genres of music, mainly off computer audio. I am currently using the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 as a dedicated amp. I'm currently reading about how Planar Magnetic Headphones work. I'm still a novice when it comes to all the technicality of headphone selection. My price point is in the range of the HE-5LE. Would you guys be kind enough to point me in the right direction as to whether I'm making the right choice and any obvious question I should ask myself before splashing out?
Apologies if my questions are too general.
Nope, the only thing I can do is offer alternative suggestions to make your decision even harder Did you know there's the HE-500 coming out soon? Reportedly better sound and still easy to drive, and cheaper than the HE-6.
Hey guys, i've been lurking for a while here and thought i'd finally register and throw something up. So here's what's what, I've currently got some HD-280's which have served me pretty well over the past years, but they're starting to get pretty worn out and i'm looking to upgrade.
So far i'm looking to spend maybe around $400 for some new stuff. I'm pretty sure i want a closed setup for the noise isolation, and they'll be used for everything from gaming to music. For the moment i've been considering the DT 770's and Ultrasone pro 900, but i'd love to get some second opinions about other options.
If you're a competitive gamer who needs directional cues, stay away from the bass heavy cans (like the DT770 and Pro900) because all that bass will obscure details. If you want bass and highs emphasize, those two are good, with the DT770 offering better comfort and isolation, but I would say the Pro900 is better for sound.
For something closed but more neutral sounding, the HD380 is good.
Ok after a lot of research and elimination, I'm back with a narrowed focus, also I'm might get two headphones just because I don't think there is a jack of all trades for me because "metal" is a pretty broad genre and I really don't think one can recommend Grados every single time for every type (of metal). When I listen to music it's the guitars that hook me but the drums that keep me. (Typical list of bands I listen to section): Dillinger escape plan, Isis, Arcade Fire, Converge, Deftones, Discordance Axis, Enslaved, Agalloch, Katatonia, God Speed You, Pelican, Rosetta and I'm particularly fond of Phillip Glass. I think you get the idea. Here are the headphones I'm considering I've listened to all of these and like a lot about each of them, I've listen my grievance with each next to them:
(Cymbals were in your face but I figure I could just drop the 8k Hz down in the equalizer and solve the problem.)
Senn HD 600
(They're not really good with faster music and don't have the aggression for converge)
Grado SR 225i
(I heard these straight out of the box and didn't think they sound that much different than the SR 60s, but then again they were right out of the box)
(Haven't had a chance to listen to these but I read they were a lot like an upgrade to the 880s. Amping is also an issue but it is garage sale season)
These are really pushing the budget and I have not had the chance to listen to:
Headphones I've listened to but did not like:
(If I'm going to spend 300 I'd rather go with the HD600, this just covered up too much of the music for me)
(The veil was too much on this set, and the instrument didn't have the separation I was looking for. It was possible it was underpowered, but
(while most people complain about the highs, there was too much bass for me to the point where it ruined the atmosphere of any song)
(Guitars did not sound right on these, I'm not sure what was going on with them, but they just sounded wrong and not fun)
(Made everything seem very far away from itself. The music did not come together for me. Also, I did not like the bass.)
Again, I'm looking for solid metal/rock/classical headphone(s) with good details and a full bodied sound, which means well defined, impactful bass, which does not overwhelm, mids that glorify the growls/screeches, gives really nice definition and body to the guitars, and makes it sounds like the cymbals aren't in my face. I want everything it's right place. I do not want to move into balanced gear, I don't have that kind of money/skill. I'd prefer the phones to be open as well, this is for home use so I do need to hear when I'm being addressed. Price range is less than 600. I still need to buy/built an amp and dac.
Hmm, looks like you've done your homework and have a really good idea of what you like and don't like. Here's some thoughts that come to mind:
- try modding Grados - very easy to do, and you can get a couple pairs for cheap
- or the SR325 or Alessandro MS2 - maybe the most polarizing of the grados
- ortho modding (Fostex T20/40/50 being the easiest to obtain) - about $100 for the headphones, and even easier to mod than grados
- Phiaton MS300 - a solid grado-esque punchy sound with balanced sound and tamed highs, but closed
- AKG K240 - I find these more balanced sounding than the K701. Or get a vintage Sextett and power it with tubes, which is absolutely beautiful.
- any of the full sized Audio Technicas - generally lighter on the bass, big review here: http://www.headfonia.com/audio-technica-ad-series-ad300-ad700-ad900-ad1000prm-ad2000/
- Ultrasone HFI-2400 or Pro2900 - love or hate the S-Logic
Please help me pick out new headphones!
All my life I have been listening to the awful ipod earbuds and 10 skullcandy in ear headphones. I've recently been buying new music and really getting into listening a TON, so I decided to invest a good amount of money into some decent headphones. The criteria for the phones is pretty simple:
My price range is mid-range about $100-150, maybe pushing $200 max. Many of my friends have Beats by Dre, and while they are very impressive, they break the bank AND aren't really suitable for my needs. I listen to classic rock, rock, metal, 70's rock and 80's pop the most, but I also listen to all kinds of others.
I was looking at Bose AE2's, but then I saw how much they are bashed around like people hate 'em. I was kinda bummed because they are comfortably sitting in my price range and are VERY comfortable on the ears. I heard the sound quality wasnt that great, but considering I only listen to oldie's, I might pick them up anyways. What do you guys think? Could you recommend some other phones?
Some quick recommendations:
Grado or Ultrasone - best one that fits in your budget
Shure 440 or 550
I need advice! I am currently looking at Sennheiser HD201, HD202 and PX100-II. I am on a tight budget. I want to get something that's good for street use (i.e. stylish looking) and something that provides decent sound for the price I'm paying. Comfort is also a factor as I will be using them for long hours. Not expecting anything that's even close to audiophile quality but something meant for casual and fun listening. Which of the above 3 would you guys recommend? I'm open to other recommendations as well, just no headphones that look too dorky.
I listen to a wide genre of music: pop, rock, jazz, alternative, country etc. I have a lot of acoustic music too. Artists that I listen to: Lady Antebellum, John Mayer, Katy Perry, Cary Brothers, Matt Nathanson and others.
I would say the PX200-ii, which has good sound and provides some isolation which you'll need for street use. I believe there's a b-stock unit available at Headroom.