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Originally Posted by rashbeep View Post

^^ i've read that the yulong d100 is an EXCELLENT dac while also including a pretty decent amp. something i will try myself once i get a pair of d7000's.

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Originally Posted by Nom de Plume View Post

I've actually heard the same, and it's been on my shortlist for quite some time. The primary reason I haven't decided is that I'm waiting for Schiit Audio to release its DAC. 
 



 


Do it. It's my favorite pair with the D7000 I've ever heard and is the most versatile DAC under a grand (at least from what've seen feature wise on other DACs).

Balanced and unbalanced outs. 24/96 USB and 24/192 Coax. Along with Optical input. Beautiful unit as well. I was considering a rebuy myself (stupidly sold it), but I think I'm nabbing a W4S DAC-1 instead (which is $500 more).
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Originally Posted by Linus108 View Post

I'm looking at buying a new pair this week.

 

Currently, I only own the Sennheiser HD-600's. I've tried Grados SR-225is & AKG-702s. And ultimately, I ended up going with the Sennheiser HD-600s. And I love them. But I can't help but feel like they are missing some punch. And, I just want to expand my choices for listening to music. 


Currently, I'm torn between the Denon AH-D200 and the Sennheiser HD-650s. My fear with the 650 is that they will sound too much like the 600's. And I won't notice enough, to justify paying for them. Whereas I feel if I go with a new brand, such as Denon, it might offer me a new flavor/style. I know I'm not giving you guys a lot to go off of. I'm somewhat of a Noob, that is trying to figure this out myself. Any advice would be kindly appreciated. :)


The D7000 is a very 'fun' headphone. Awesome sound signature if you like your highs and bass (mids feel a little 'in the back', but I stress the words 'a little'). By far the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.

It's not the best choice for technical listening, but that's about it. They're also super easy to drive, just avoid OTL pairings. Can't recommend them enough.
post #4293 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Linus108 View Post

I'm looking at buying a new pair this week.

 

Currently, I only own the Sennheiser HD-600's. I've tried Grados SR-225is & AKG-702s. And ultimately, I ended up going with the Sennheiser HD-600s. And I love them. But I can't help but feel like they are missing some punch. And, I just want to expand my choices for listening to music. 


Currently, I'm torn between the Denon AH-D200 and the Sennheiser HD-650s. My fear with the 650 is that they will sound too much like the 600's. And I won't notice enough, to justify paying for them. Whereas I feel if I go with a new brand, such as Denon, it might offer me a new flavor/style. I know I'm not giving you guys a lot to go off of. I'm somewhat of a Noob, that is trying to figure this out myself. Any advice would be kindly appreciated. :)



I've not heard the 600 and I've only heard the 650 at meets, but my fear would be the same as yours.  I went though that with AKGs.  At one time I owned 2 Sextetts, K240DF, K240M, and K260.  I've sold the K260 and will probably sell most of the others.  I also owned at one time, the K400, K401, K500, K501, and K601.  I sold all by the K601.  They all had very similar signatures.  Almost identical signatures when I switched the pads around.  Interestingly, the most popular, K501, was my least favorite.



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Originally Posted by papernicolas View Post

I'm looking to get some new headphones, so this thread comes in handy.

 

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My budget is $150-200.

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Main purposes will be:

 

-General music listening (I listen to alternative rock bands such as radiohead, muse, elbow; some indie rock, acoustic singer-songwriter type of music, and a bit of jazz).

 

-Monitoring my recordings, and to a lesser degree, gaming. (I play acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and usually experiment quite a bit with effects).

 

I'll also be doing a bit of gaming with them, but it's not one of the main things I'll be using them for.

 

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I don't have an amp, though I've been told to get this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=140555025447&si=l5YecEPyk6X5LLkwHP1IOE2F4xk%253D&viewitem=

 

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The options that I have seen are:

 

Shure SRH 840 ($143 right now in amazon)

Audio Technica ATHM50 ($159)

Sennheiser HD 595 ($149)

 

I'm open to other suggestions. Also, I'd prefer closed cans, because I listen to most of my music while on the bus, or late at night with my family sleeping, but open cans are not out of the question.

 

Thanks in advance!


The HD595 has been fluctuating in price.  I got one a month ago from Amazon for $116.  They may go down in price again if you can wait.

 

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I've been looking around for some good headphones that fit my needs and have seen many recommended headphones, so I'm just going to post here and hopefully get some good choices.

 

Essentials:

Music Taste: Hip Hop, Smooth/Jazzy Hip Hop (e.g. Nujabes)

Gaming: I am a gamer, so take that into consideration. Nothing big, just counter-strike: source.

Budget: $100-$175

Amping: I was reading around and was looking at the Musiland Monitor 02 US. So if anyone knows anything about it let me know if it's good. (Recommendations for amping would be welcome, or a sound card)

Source: Desktop

What I want in a set of cans: 

  • Good bass for Hip Hop, won't drown out other sounds or vocals, does not need to be overwhelming
  • Comfortable (Since I game a lot, would like to be able to wear these for hours on end)
  • I'm not sure about open/closed designs for my needs, so any recommendations welcome here too.
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post
Do it. It's my favorite pair with the D7000 I've ever heard and is the most versatile DAC under a grand (at least from what've seen feature wise on other DACs).

Balanced and unbalanced outs. 24/96 USB and 24/192 Coax. Along with Optical input. Beautiful unit as well. I was considering a rebuy myself (stupidly sold it), but I think I'm nabbing a W4S DAC-1 instead (which is $500 more).

I actually just read your D7000 review, and the D100 jumped to the top of my shortlist. How was the D100 with your HD598s?

 

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I sadly can't comment on the D100 with any other headphones (well, Klip. S4s) as the D7000 was my only one while I had it. 

 

From what I read before, and experienced with the D100 though I think it would make anything absolutely sing as long as you liked the sound signature. Because it was so transparent and didn't alter the sound at all (from what I could tell) it just made everything sound more full and open. No adding, no subtracting (sound wise, of course. Big step up for quality and clarity).

 

Of course, because I have a somewhat narrow test bed (1 IEM, 1 Headphone), it's hard to take my comments seriously outside of the D7000.

 

EDIT: I assume you've read Project 86's review. It was the one that made me buy the D100 in the first place.

 

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Originally Posted by Nom de Plume View Post


I actually just read your D7000 review, and the D100 jumped to the top of my shortlist. How was the D100 with your HD598s?

 



 

 


Edited by MorbidToaster - 5/30/11 at 5:06pm
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Originally Posted by papernicolas View Post

Thanks for the reply, but they are $240, and it goes beyond my budget.



http://www.jr.com/sennheiser/pe/SEN_HD598/

 

People have been able to get them for $175 off that link if you call and ask.

 

For another reccomendation I don't have experience with but have researched, the Shures seem like a pretty good choice.

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Originally Posted by ryanbonehh View Post

I've been looking around for some good headphones that fit my needs and have seen many recommended headphones, so I'm just going to post here and hopefully get some good choices.

 

Essentials:

Music Taste: Hip Hop, Smooth/Jazzy Hip Hop (e.g. Nujabes)

Gaming: I am a gamer, so take that into consideration. Nothing big, just counter-strike: source.

Budget: $100-$175

Amping: I was reading around and was looking at the Musiland Monitor 02 US. So if anyone knows anything about it let me know if it's good. (Recommendations for amping would be welcome, or a sound card)

Source: Desktop

What I want in a set of cans: 

  • Good bass for Hip Hop, won't drown out other sounds or vocals, does not need to be overwhelming
  • Comfortable (Since I game a lot, would like to be able to wear these for hours on end)
  • I'm not sure about open/closed designs for my needs, so any recommendations welcome here too.


Bass and gaming typically don't go well together, since heavy bass will obscure your positional details.

 

Open is generally better for soundstage, but closed offers "better" (ie: more) bass. For gaming, open is generally better. It really comes down to whether you need the isolation in your environment.

 

Check the first post of this giant thread for a link to a gaming headphone review for some options and comparisons.

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So do you think I should get one pair of DT880s rather than SRH840s and the HD598s?
 

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Originally Posted by Ra97oR View Post

If you are willing to buy used, that opens a huge possibility. SRH840 is not a pair of bad headphones at all. Although I would prefer just one pair of higher end headphones, instead of multiple of lower end ones. However, if you don't have a pair of portable headphones, do get a pair suitable for portable use and one for home use at least.

I have used the SRH840 as portable for a year or so, but it is extremely heavy and the cable is... heavy as well. Not to say they are huge on the head, but the build quality is great, you can hurt someone just by hitting them with the SRH840.


 

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I have a musiland monitor 02 US coming in the mail.

 

I need headphones for listening to music. Mostly listen to metal with rock,alternative, vocaloids on the side. Under $125. Prefer closed.

 

Looking at:

 

Alessandro M1s
ATH-M50
Shure SRH750

 

Open to anything else.

 

 


Edited by Magna224 - 5/30/11 at 10:55pm
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Here's a gaming headphone review thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/534479/mad-lust-envy-aka-shin-cz-s-guide-to-headphone-gaming-particularly-with-dolby-headphone#post_7208658

 

The Audio Technica AD700 is one of the most highly recommended gaming headphones within your budget, having excellent soundstage and positioning. The 555 are also a solid choice. I wouldn't do the K240 without an amp.
 


Thanks for the reply. I looked at the ad700's but they seem like they would be way too big.. that is the only real reason I don't wanna buy them. I guess if I could find a store somewhere in richmond or vancouver to try them out then I could do that. I also did take a look at that thread you mentioned but only a few headphones mentioned were in my price range. I wonder what your thoughts are on the beyerdynamic dt440's if you have any experience with them. There seem to be a lot of mixed reviews with them in terms of them being better then sennheiser or them being comfortable so another opinion would be appreciated.

 

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Reposting again without the gaming part to see if I can get better responses.

 

Essentials:

Music Taste: Hip Hop, Smooth/Jazzy Hip Hop (e.g. Nujabes)

Budget: $100-$175

Amping: I was reading around and was looking at the Musiland Monitor 02 US. So if anyone knows anything about it let me know if it's good. (Recommendations for amping would be welcome, or a sound card)

Source: Desktop

What I want in a set of cans: 

  • Good bass for Hip Hop, won't drown out other sounds or vocals, does not need to be overwhelming
  • Comfortable (would like to be able to wear these for hours on end)
  • I'm not sure about open/closed designs for my needs, so any recommendations welcome here too.
post #4303 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Magna224 View Post

I have a musiland monitor 02 US coming in the mail.

 

I need headphones for listening to music. Mostly listen to metal with rock,alternative, vocaloids on the side. Under $125. Prefer closed.

 

Looking at:

 

Alessandro M1s
ATH-M50
Shure SRH750

 

Open to anything else.

 

 

 

I have no experience with any of those, but he Alessandro is open.
 

 

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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

I sadly can't comment on the D100 with any other headphones (well, Klip. S4s) as the D7000 was my only one while I had it. 

 

From what I read before, and experienced with the D100 though I think it would make anything absolutely sing as long as you liked the sound signature. Because it was so transparent and didn't alter the sound at all (from what I could tell) it just made everything sound more full and open. No adding, no subtracting (sound wise, of course. Big step up for quality and clarity).

 

Of course, because I have a somewhat narrow test bed (1 IEM, 1 Headphone), it's hard to take my comments seriously outside of the D7000.

 

EDIT: I assume you've read Project 86's review. It was the one that made me buy the D100 in the first place.

 

Project86's review actually kept me from purchasing the HDP, and the D100 seems to align better with my preferences for the D7000.

Still, would a DAC as transparent as the D100 bode well for a neutral headphone like the HD598 (I haven't heard the HD598, but most ppl seem to conclude that it's a neutral headphone with a touch of musicality)? Would you say the HD598 is musical enough that it wouldn't become too analytical ("boring") when paired with something entirely transparent? I realize I'm asking you to hypothesize, but I haven't seen many who have heard both, the HD598 and the D100, so I'm still enthusiastic to hear your thoughts, even though they're only educated guesses.

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I honestly think it would pair just fine. The 598 seems 'musical' enough for me. It has excellent mids that really bring out the best in some genres. I like them a lot for Liquid DnB because of that as well, actually. 

 

I've powered them from an iPhone, E5, and my HP G4 Laptop and haven't found them boring yet. 
 

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Originally Posted by Nom de Plume View Post

Project86's review actually kept me from purchasing the HDP, and the D100 seems to align better with my preferences for the D7000.

Still, would a DAC as transparent as the D100 bode well for a neutral headphone like the HD598 (I haven't heard the HD598, but most ppl seem to conclude that it's a neutral headphone with a touch of musicality)? Would you say the HD598 is musical enough that it wouldn't become too analytical ("boring") when paired with something entirely transparent? I realize I'm asking you to hypothesize, but I haven't seen many who have heard both, the HD598 and the D100, so I'm still enthusiastic to hear your thoughts, even though they're only educated guesses.



 

 

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