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post #4246 of 29490

Hey guys, looking for some information:

 

I'm looking for my first pair of headphones, they'll be used for:

 

Computer - gaming, ALOT of rock/blues, guitar playing (my Vox DA5 has a line out, 6,35mm jack with speaker simulation for late night practicing).

 

Portable MP3 - Nokia 5800 Express Music is what I currently use as MP3, also have 2-3 classic 8-16 GB ipods lying around.

 

My questions: for first pair of headphones, I've been looking at the Grado SR60i, Grado SR80i, Audio Technica M50. So, price range of 100-130€. This will be 100% indoor use - home at the computer, college with MP3. What do you advise me to buy?

 

Would I need to buy anything else with my headphones? Are amps absolutely neccessary? When should I consider buying one? Also, what is the job of a DAC (digital -> analogue converter, that much I know, but in practical use?).

 

Thanks for your time

post #4247 of 29490

After getting the PortaPros for travel (555s at home), I'm a bit dissatisfied. I think it's just the comfortability, believe it or not (they sit weirdly on my ears and the little metal hooks sometimes chafe). So now I'm looking into a closed portable.

 

Anyone know a good set I can get for <$125?

I like the highs and mids, but I'd like them to have at least some bass for a mid-priced set.

I've been looking into the Sony v6 and Sennheiser HD25-1-ii, and they seem pretty good.

 

I'm really just looking for comfortability, though.

I guess I could mod the PortaPros, but I don't have any good pads and have little modding experience

post #4248 of 29490
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Originally Posted by wredj10 View Post

Looking to buy full size headphones for around $100, looking at these:

 

V-moda Crossfade LP (how much worse are the sound in these headphones?)

ATH-PRO700MK2

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

 

using for music (rock, pop, metal,etc), movies, video games

 

Have these headphones:

AKG K 81 DJ

Koss UR55

 

what would be the best upgrade sound, comfort, durable, etc?

 

 


Well it'll have to be the Pro700 since those are the only ones remotely close your budget.

 



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Originally Posted by boiller View Post

Hey guys, looking for some information:

 

I'm looking for my first pair of headphones, they'll be used for:

 

Computer - gaming, ALOT of rock/blues, guitar playing (my Vox DA5 has a line out, 6,35mm jack with speaker simulation for late night practicing).

 

Portable MP3 - Nokia 5800 Express Music is what I currently use as MP3, also have 2-3 classic 8-16 GB ipods lying around.

 

My questions: for first pair of headphones, I've been looking at the Grado SR60i, Grado SR80i, Audio Technica M50. So, price range of 100-130€. This will be 100% indoor use - home at the computer, college with MP3. What do you advise me to buy?

 

Would I need to buy anything else with my headphones? Are amps absolutely neccessary? When should I consider buying one? Also, what is the job of a DAC (digital -> analogue converter, that much I know, but in practical use?).

 

Thanks for your time


DAC is a fancy name for a sound card. No, you don't need an extra one. No, you don't need a separate amp either.

 

The grados are good, but be aware that they are fully open and if you're practicing late at night the sound might disturb others in the household. They're also lousy for portable/college use since they don't block out any noise at all.

 

The M50 is a solid performer, as is the Shure 440 or 840 (and reportedly the 550 is quite good as well).



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Originally Posted by penguinz View Post

After getting the PortaPros for travel (555s at home), I'm a bit dissatisfied. I think it's just the comfortability, believe it or not (they sit weirdly on my ears and the little metal hooks sometimes chafe). So now I'm looking into a closed portable.

 

Anyone know a good set I can get for <$125?

I like the highs and mids, but I'd like them to have at least some bass for a mid-priced set.

I've been looking into the Sony v6 and Sennheiser HD25-1-ii, and they seem pretty good.

 

I'm really just looking for comfortability, though.

I guess I could mod the PortaPros, but I don't have any good pads and have little modding experience


Snip off the metal hook on the portapros? That scratching/chafing was my main issue with them as well.

 

For comfort and portability... Shure 440, Sony V6, Phiaton MS300, Senn PX200-ii

 

post #4249 of 29490
v-moda crossfade is a little cheaper compare to pro 700 how does it compare in sound, is better to get @ 40 dollars less?
post #4250 of 29490

I am in dilemma between Denon D7000 or Ultrasone Edition 8. Which one do you think is better in terms of sound quality? I can get d7k for $750, ed 8 for $1270, so it is $520 more. I only want to compare the sound quality not the portability or comfort.

post #4251 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Sharklordy View Post

I am in dilemma between Denon D7000 or Ultrasone Edition 8. Which one do you think is better in terms of sound quality? I can get d7k for $750, ed 8 for $1270, so it is $520 more. I only want to compare the sound quality not the portability or comfort.


 

I was making the same choice, purchased both, compared them extensively and prefer the Edition 8 to D7000 in every regard.  Bass on Edition 8 is deep and powerful when needed, but seems more true to recordings, versus D7000 which I thought was almost always excessive.  D7000 also emphasizes sub-bass, which has a nice movie theater effect, whereas Edition 8 seems integrated with the rest of the lower frequencies making drums sound more realistic.  Likewise D7000 are very bright to these ears, which got very tiring after long listening sessions.  Edition 8 are also on the bright side, but less so and not nearly as fatiguing.  The biggest difference is the mids.  D7000 kept putting the vocals and guitar too far back on the stage & made heavily orchestrated music sound like a battle between the kick drum, bass and cymbals. Edition 8 have a much better presentation of the mids, and make instruments and musicians sound more evenly represented across the spectrum.  A few others have owned both headphones and I've seen 4 of us who prefer Ultrasones and 0 who prefer the Denons.

post #4252 of 29490
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Originally Posted by wredj10 View Post

v-moda crossfade is a little cheaper compare to pro 700 how does it compare in sound, is better to get @ 40 dollars less?


Based solely on reviews/impressions that I've read, the Pro700 seem to rate better than the crossfades.

post #4253 of 29490

So, I'm pretty unsure about what headphone to buy, so I thought I'd ask here for some help. Well, I'm looking for over ear headphones, which I plan to mainly use to listen to music. I might, or might not try them for gaming... either way it's not really relevant in the purchase for me. I mostly listen to various kinds of Metal, Neurosis being the favourite at the moment. From time to time I also listen some rock, hip-hop and other stuff, though. I don't really want to spend more than 200 € on the headphones...  along with additional stuff the price can go over that though, if it's advisable. My knowledge when it comes to these things is very low... so I also wanted to ask if, or how much, of an improvement buying an amp or soundcard would bring.

post #4254 of 29490

I recently purchased a pair of Sennheiser IE7s and am very happy with the sound I got for a mere $163 (Amazon). However after I listen to them for more than two hours I get this unbearable itch in my ear that in a few minutes becomes painful. I have tried all the tips that came with my Senns and purchased some comply foam tips but the same things happens with all of them. I have concluded that I can not wear in-ear headphones of any kind for extended periods of time and therefore would like to purchase some full size, around ear, headphones for around $300.

 

Beyerdynamic 990 vs. Shure SRH940 vs. Denon D2000

 

Must be closed back and would prefer a slightly bass heavy sound. Will be using without an amp (looking for portability here) through my iPod touch 3rd gen 32 gig. Comfort, isolation, soundstage, sound leakage, bass response, and sound quality overall are my main concerns. I listen to classic rock mostly such as Queen, GNR, Journey, Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc.

post #4255 of 29490

The 990s are open, so those are out. Your only option out of the 2 left are the 940s. The 2000s have bad isolation, and a very bass heavy sound. They're also huge and fragile. They're great headphones, but not portable at all.
 

So yeah...940 is your only choice out of those, IMO. They should be okay to drive out of your iPod.

 

EDIT: Though I have no experience with Shures, so I can't comment too much. 

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Originally Posted by Pwn3r4Life View Post

 

Beyerdynamic 990 vs. Shure SRH940 vs. Denon D2000

 

Must be closed back and would prefer a slightly bass heavy sound. Will be using without an amp (looking for portability here) through my iPod touch 3rd gen 32 gig. Comfort, isolation, soundstage, sound leakage, bass response, and sound quality overall are my main concerns. I listen to classic rock mostly such as Queen, GNR, Journey, Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc.



 

 


Edited by MorbidToaster - 5/29/11 at 8:13am
post #4256 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Seer East View Post

So, I'm pretty unsure about what headphone to buy, so I thought I'd ask here for some help. Well, I'm looking for over ear headphones, which I plan to mainly use to listen to music. I might, or might not try them for gaming... either way it's not really relevant in the purchase for me. I mostly listen to various kinds of Metal, Neurosis being the favourite at the moment. From time to time I also listen some rock, hip-hop and other stuff, though. I don't really want to spend more than 200 € on the headphones...  along with additional stuff the price can go over that though, if it's advisable. My knowledge when it comes to these things is very low... so I also wanted to ask if, or how much, of an improvement buying an amp or soundcard would bring.


I find the Shure 840 to be a strong all-rounder with extra weight in the bass, and it doesn't need amping to sound good.

 

post #4257 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pwn3r4Life View Post

I recently purchased a pair of Sennheiser IE7s and am very happy with the sound I got for a mere $163 (Amazon). However after I listen to them for more than two hours I get this unbearable itch in my ear that in a few minutes becomes painful. I have tried all the tips that came with my Senns and purchased some comply foam tips but the same things happens with all of them. I have concluded that I can not wear in-ear headphones of any kind for extended periods of time and therefore would like to purchase some full size, around ear, headphones for around $300.

 

Beyerdynamic 990 vs. Shure SRH940 vs. Denon D2000

 

Must be closed back and would prefer a slightly bass heavy sound. Will be using without an amp (looking for portability here) through my iPod touch 3rd gen 32 gig. Comfort, isolation, soundstage, sound leakage, bass response, and sound quality overall are my main concerns. I listen to classic rock mostly such as Queen, GNR, Journey, Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc.


Further to Morbid's comments in his post above - the SRH940's are already being described as having less bass than the SRH840's (better highs/mids - but less bass impact).  If you're looking for all of the things you mentioned above, the SRH840 is likely to suit better than the SRH940 - but to be honest, they're not exactly small.  So it depends on what you're doing (portability).  From your list of attributes - you might want to also consider the ATH M50's (I'm not a huge fan but they would tick most of the boxes) & either the Senn HD25 or the new Beyer DT 1350's.  Look for Jude's video review for both of these on the main page.

post #4258 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post




Further to Morbid's comments in his post above - the SRH940's are already being described as having less bass than the SRH840's (better highs/mids - but less bass impact).  If you're looking for all of the things you mentioned above, the SRH840 is likely to suit better than the SRH940 - but to be honest, they're not exactly small.  So it depends on what you're doing (portability).  From your list of attributes - you might want to also consider the ATH M50's (I'm not a huge fan but they would tick most of the boxes) & either the Senn HD25 or the new Beyer DT 1350's.  Look for Jude's video review for both of these on the main page.


Phiaton MS 400 is the way I'd go here.
post #4259 of 29490

Hi,

A few weeks ago my house was robbed and my headphones stolen. Since then I have been looking to get a good pair of replacement ones, preferably full sized. I can spend around 200 dollars at most. These headphones would primarily be used for home listening at the computer without an amp. I hope to eventually one day invest in a decent amp, but at the moment I would rather just have a pair of headphones that sound good without one. I listen to a lot of hard rock and heavy metal especially progressive stuff (Bands like Dream Theater, The Mars Volta, Opeth, Coheed and Cambria etc.). I also like to listen to some electronic music occasionally so I definitely would like headphones with a good bass response. I have heard good things about the bass from the Ultrasone Hfi-580's, but I question if they would be good for rock music. Anyway I am a complete newbie when it comes to whole concept of high quality headphones so hopefully you guys can guide me in the right direction :). Thanks ahead of time! 

post #4260 of 29490
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post


Phiaton MS 400 is the way I'd go here.


Good call - must try them as well next time I'm in the US.

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