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Originally Posted by Airw4ves View Post

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

Thanks again


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:

http://www.headfonia.com/old-and-new-hd555-hd558-hd598/

 

 



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Originally Posted by HiFidelity View Post

Hi All.

 

This place is a treasure trove of knowledge and good stuff. I love it. Big thanks to all your guys in advance firstly. I really am digging and feeling the passion and enthusiasm.

 

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.

 

Cheers,

HiFidelity


Nope, the only thing I can do is offer alternative suggestions to make your decision even harder rolleyes.gif 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.

 



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Originally Posted by chaos68 View Post

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.

 



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Originally Posted by krtzer View Post

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:

 

Beyer DT-880/250

(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)

 

Hifiman HE-4

(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:

 

RS1i

ATH-AD2000

 

Headphones I've listened to but did not like:

B&W P5

(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)

 

HD 650

(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

 

Beyer DT-990/250

(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)

 

Denon D2000

(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)

 

AKG 702

(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


 

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Originally Posted by classicRocker View Post

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

Phiaton MS300

Shure 440 or 550

 

 



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Originally Posted by guitargeek View Post

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.

 

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Originally Posted by sleightofhand View Post

I am about to order the Grado SR325is, but I have one last question.

I really only listen to rock. Bands like Pearl Jam, Bush, and Wilco.

I love vocals and Sr325is' seem to be the right fit. 

However, the way their sound signature is described reminds me of

the equalization preset found in many car stereos called "Powerful." 

Which emphasizes high bass and treble. In the car stereo setting I do not

like this. Does that mean I will not like the Grado sound signature? 

Or is this comparing apples to oranges? 

 

I do like strong vocals and edgy guitars, thus my leaning towards the Grado,

otherwise I was considering the K702, but these seem to be not as "fun" for rock 

and lack bass when compared to some other cans. 

 

Additional information: I am using the Xnor Essence sound card, so the headphones

will be amped to at least some degree. 


The SR325 is one of the most polarizing Grado cans, but if you've done your homework and think it's the one for you, take the plunge man smily_headphones1.gif Sometimes in this hobby you just have to bite the bullet and see where it takes you.

 

The K701 is a completely different sound, and I would consider it not edgy at all. About the only music I liked the K701/702 for was classical and some acoustic.

 

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Hi, I currently own a pair of K701 and sold my K240s (my first mid-fi phones) recently.

 

I really enjoyed both of 'em but sold the K240s due to their muddy sub-bass/mids.

I'm running them out of my M³-amp.

 

BUT

 

It's a hate/love relation with my K701... its piercing treble is way too much for my sensitive ears. (tried several foam-mods)

So, what do I want?

 

I'm a mid-lover, bass is fine but the K701 had enough for me, no problem there.

I just wanna have more rolled of tremble (like my Etymotic HF5 e.g) and if possible, more body. A laid back phone?

 

I searched through several sources + head-fi and have several phones I'd like to try.

-AKG K601, apparently they lack tremble compared to the K701 (just what I want) and has more body. They lack sound stage and detail but I can live with that. Plus 120Ohm is quite nice.

-Sennheiser HD 650, I fear they have the same problem as the K240... plus they are quit expensive (and there is a HD700 announced for this year)?  And I heard they are quite slow.

-K500, similar to the K701 but even less bass

 

Phones I tried and failed:

-K340, I know, I'm a heretic...

-Denon AH-D 2000, I don't know why people like them... for this price...

-Beyer's dt770-990 (tremble like there is no tomorrow.

 

If it helps, I live in Germany, budget 200€/280$

 

Can you guys help me solve my misery?

post #4159 of 29490

I was previously looking for new IEMs but decided to get some full sized cans :) I listen to a lot of bass heavy music (Dubstep, DnB, Electro, Breaks, Industrial, etc.) and would like an awesome pair for ~$100 NOT ON EBAY

post #4160 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by krtzer View Post

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:

 

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)

 

Hifiman HE-4

(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:

 

RS1i

ATH-AD2000

 

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. 


RS-1 & HF-1 are noticeable improvements over SR225.  They have more emphasized bass & smoother mids, addressing SR255's biggest weakness.  They are great with electric guitar (best I've heard so far) and very good with voice, bass and cymbals.  They are a touch bright and very easy to drive (and headphones make the biggest difference in the audio chain) so I'd recommend plunking down for RS-1 and getting a warm, inexpensive dac/amp like a uDac.  That gets me ~95% of the way to the sound of my much more expensive dac & tube amp.

 

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Originally Posted by roBernd View Post

Hi, I currently own a pair of K701 and sold my K240s (my first mid-fi phones) recently.

 

I really enjoyed both of 'em but sold the K240s due to their muddy sub-bass/mids.

I'm running them out of my M³-amp.

 

BUT

 

It's a hate/love relation with my K701... its piercing treble is way too much for my sensitive ears. (tried several foam-mods)

So, what do I want?

 

I'm a mid-lover, bass is fine but the K701 had enough for me, no problem there.

I just wanna have more rolled of tremble (like my Etymotic HF5 e.g) and if possible, more body. A laid back phone?

 

I searched through several sources + head-fi and have several phones I'd like to try.

-AKG K601, apparently they lack tremble compared to the K701 (just what I want) and has more body. They lack sound stage and detail but I can live with that. Plus 120Ohm is quite nice.

-Sennheiser HD 650, I fear they have the same problem as the K240... plus they are quit expensive (and there is a HD700 announced for this year)?  And I heard they are quite slow.

-K500, similar to the K701 but even less bass

 

Phones I tried and failed:

-K340, I know, I'm a heretic...

-Denon AH-D 2000, I don't know why people like them... for this price...

-Beyer's dt770-990 (tremble like there is no tomorrow.

 

If it helps, I live in Germany, budget 200€/280$

 

Can you guys help me solve my misery?


For cheaper than the HD650, the HD600 is still highly regarded. Cheaper yet is to get the HD580 and mod it into the HD600 for half the price. You could also try getting your hands on the vintage AKG K240 Sextett which has a pretty strong following here. For something different, how about a Beyerdynamic DT150 or a vintage DT48?

 



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Originally Posted by SkinnyPuppy View Post

I was previously looking for new IEMs but decided to get some full sized cans :) I listen to a lot of bass heavy music (Dubstep, DnB, Electro, Breaks, Industrial, etc.) and would like an awesome pair for ~$100 NOT ON EBAY


Sony XB500/700

M-Audio Q40

Shure 750

 

 

post #4162 of 29490

Hey guys. I lost my Westone UM3X's a couple weeks ago and now that the appropriate mourning period is complete I'm looking for a new pair of cans. I'm gonna venture into the full headset realm and want to make sure I haven't missed anything. Thanks for being wonderful and thanks in advance for any recommendations!

 

Here's what I'm looking for:

 

- under $200

- portable and isolating (use it on the bus like 3 hours a day)

- listen mostly to rock and hip hop

- good through an ipod unamped 

 

currently i'm thinking about the shure SRH840, and the M50. Thoughts? Thanks!

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I found the 840 to be better sounding and better isolating than the M50. Coming from iems though, you'll find the isolation lacking on both of those. The best you could do for isolation would be the Senn HD280, followed by HD380, HD25-1-ii, or maybe the Beyer DT770 pro (though I wouldn't really call it portable).

post #4164 of 29490

I've narrowed my options down to the Senn 555's and 558's. Currently the 558's are £15 more, are they worth it?

post #4165 of 29490

For £15... yeah, go for it. You can partially mod the 558 into the 598 as well.


Edited by Armaegis - 5/24/11 at 10:44am
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Originally Posted by samforshort View Post

I've narrowed my options down to the Senn 555's and 558's. Currently the 558's are £15 more, are they worth it?

 

get the 555 and mod it to a 595

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvQ8PzBrHXE
 

 

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New to forum!  In need of some good advice ASAP....

 

Owned a pair of Skullcandy skullcrushers for last 2 years (get your laughs out...I know...).  The pair is lost and I want something "good" now.  My budget is roughly 80 bucks or less and I need a replacement immediately.  I work on 2 podcasts every week and have a pair of headphones on for 3 or so 2-hour sessions per week so I need something comfy.  When not podcasting, monitoring, or editing shows I listen to mainly stoner rock and doom metal through an iPod or iPhone.  I'd prefer over-ear phones as I'm afraid of sound from the phones leaking onto the mics when recording.  Any good suggestions would be extremely appreciated! 

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Thinking of purchasing some full size cans anytime soon. New to the Headphone world because i was stuck in the IEM world heh.. I was thinking of some AKG K701s or the Beyer DT 880 with 32 Ohm Cables for my incoming Fiio E7+Fiio E9 desktop Amp. My budget is a MAX of $400ish US unless you are able to convince me enough. Most likely wont be using the Full sizers on the go so size and weight doesn't really matter. Looking for the best performance/value Full Sizer for a guy that basically listens to every genre of music and enjoys music to its fullest. Most interested in the AKG K701s atm.. Grado RS1i seems killer as well.. Liking the Denon AH-D2000 for the Bass as well.. any comments?


Edited by planx - 5/24/11 at 10:27am
post #4169 of 29490

I would suggest some Grado SR-60i but, you were saying something about comfort...
 

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Originally Posted by EctoCosmic View Post

New to forum!  In need of some good advice ASAP....

 

Owned a pair of Skullcandy skullcrushers for last 2 years (get your laughs out...I know...).  The pair is lost and I want something "good" now.  My budget is roughly 80 bucks or less and I need a replacement immediately.  I work on 2 podcasts every week and have a pair of headphones on for 3 or so 2-hour sessions per week so I need something comfy.  When not podcasting, monitoring, or editing shows I listen to mainly stoner rock and doom metal through an iPod or iPhone.  I'd prefer over-ear phones as I'm afraid of sound from the phones leaking onto the mics when recording.  Any good suggestions would be extremely appreciated! 



 

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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by EctoCosmic View Post

New to forum!  In need of some good advice ASAP....

 

Owned a pair of Skullcandy skullcrushers for last 2 years (get your laughs out...I know...).  The pair is lost and I want something "good" now.  My budget is roughly 80 bucks or less and I need a replacement immediately.  I work on 2 podcasts every week and have a pair of headphones on for 3 or so 2-hour sessions per week so I need something comfy.  When not podcasting, monitoring, or editing shows I listen to mainly stoner rock and doom metal through an iPod or iPhone.  I'd prefer over-ear phones as I'm afraid of sound from the phones leaking onto the mics when recording.  Any good suggestions would be extremely appreciated! 

 

I would suggest some Grado SR-60i but, you were saying something about comfort...
 

 


Grado is possibly the worst choice for recording work because they have absolutely zero isolation.

 

Here are some good studio headphones to look into. They all have fairly neutral sound, good isolation, and are rugged enough to transport.

Sony V6: weakest isolation of the three, strongest mid-highs, also the cheapest (the 7506 is mostly the same, but more $)

Senn HD280: best isolation, strongest sub-bass, strongest clamp/least comfortable

Shure 440: mid strong, most comfortable

 

 



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Originally Posted by planx View Post

Thinking of purchasing some full size cans anytime soon. New to the Headphone world because i was stuck in the IEM world heh.. I was thinking of some AKG K701s or the Beyer DT 880 with 32 Ohm Cables for my incoming Fiio E7+Fiio E9 desktop Amp. My budget is a MAX of $400ish US unless you are able to convince me enough. Most likely wont be using the Full sizers on the go so size and weight doesn't really matter. Looking for the best performance/value Full Sizer for a guy that basically listens to every genre of music and enjoys music to its fullest. Most interested in the AKG K701s atm.. Grado RS1i seems killer as well.. Liking the Denon AH-D2000 for the Bass as well.. any comments?


Well those all have very different sound signatures. It depends what you're looking for:

K701: strong mids/midhighs, present bass but no deep rumble, great for classical and acoustic

DT880: strong bass and highs, if you have an amp you might as well go for the 250 or 600 ohm

RS1i: just read up on the Grado sound

D2000: this is your only closed can on the list, smoother bass than the DT880, good response across entire spectrum

 

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