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Reposting my earlier wall of text in one line..

 

For 200$ or less should I buy a headphone or a headphone + DAC/AMP ?

 

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Originally Posted by killmurer View Post

 

Hey head-fi ers :D Yet another lurker here. So after a long time I've decided to spend some money on headphones. I'm a grad student so I don't have a lot of cash to burn. But if it's worth it I'm willing to spend UPTO 200$. I don't really need a portable set up. What I can't decide right now is whether to get a good headphone close too my budget or a get a cheaper headphone + DAC/amp or get a cheaper headphone + DAC which I'm guessing would benefit my speakers too. But I'm not sure how much of an improvement AV 40s would show with a better source which is currently my laptop.
 
I don't need the headphone to be closed. I'll be listening in my own room so isolation, leakage etc is not a problem at all. Although no audiophile, I think I'm past the bass loving stage. I prefer better mids and highs.
 
SR 225i
SR 60i with DAC/AMP?
 
AKG 272 HD
AKG K271MKII
 
DT 770-PRO 250 Ohms
DT 990 PRO 250 Ohms
 
Denon D1100
 
SRH 840
 
I've only listened to HD 555. But I found it to be incredibly boring. That's why I didn't include the senns.
 
I'm particularly drawn towards the grados for obvious reasons. But I'm wondering about the difference between SR60 amped and SR225 unamped.
 
I've no clue about DAC/Amp too! FiiO e7 or X-Fi HD?
 


 

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Originally Posted by Rockmaninoff View Post

So, to sum up:

-Closed full-size or lightweight headphones

-Excellent bass for bassheads

-Less than $100, with a little bit of cushion, but every penny under $100 counts

-Minimal sound leakage, don't want to annoy co-workers

-Bonus if they can somehow do behind the head design

 

Thanks for any suggestions!


The XB series have vents hiding behind the headband so they can leak a little bit.  I din't have firts hand experience with anything else that seems to fit the bill.

 

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Originally Posted by FeikoW View Post

Bump... I don't know how this forum looks at bumping, but it's been 5 pages and I haven't gotten a single reply yet.
 



What do you want to sacrifice first?  There's not much I'm aware of that can do all that and certainly not in your price range.  From MLE's long comparison the Creative Aurvana Live are probably the closest tho what you want.  Never heard them myself though.

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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

What do you want to sacrifice first?  There's not much I'm aware of that can do all that and certainly not in your price range.  From MLE's long comparison the Creative Aurvana Live are probably the closest tho what you want.  Never heard them myself though.



The isolation and the android phone usage. I don't even know why I put that in. 

After that, the portability.

 

Music and gaming are still the most important, along with over the ear. They need to be comfy.

I can go up to €150 if really needed.

 

I'll look into the CAL a bit more - thanks!

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Originally Posted by ToastyTrumpet View Post

A local person on Craigslist has a pair of Ultrasone 650-Pro on sale for 100$.  Are these decent cans for portable use?


That's a good price if they're still in good shape. They are full size, but ok for portable.

 


 

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Originally Posted by HappyDonut View Post

Why hello there. :) 

This probably isn't the best "first post", I'd rather introduce myself but I'm still finding the right sub-forum for that. I'll find it. 

Anyways, I'm thinking about purchasing the Denon AH-D2000's. I currently have the HD-25 II and a Fiio E7. How would the Denon's compare to the Hd-25's? I'm a bass head, My HD-25's have been burned in for about a week of constant listening, and I love them, although I'd like a tad more bass.

I can't find these headphones for less than about 300-350 USD. Would they still be worth it at that price? Finally, I'm probably going to end up purchasing the Fiio E9 to compliment the Denons. Would that run just fine? 

 

Thanks for the answers! :) 


The D2000 are bassier with better sub-bass extension, but are not as impactful as the HD25. $300-350 is a bit on the high end, but that seems to be the going rate these days. Keep an eye our for sales. On the cheaper side of things, the Sony XB700 is pretty well liked on these forums.

 

The E9 will be just fine.

 



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Originally Posted by sinphase View Post

what's the difference in durability between the SRH750DJ and the M50? 


Not a significant difference. They're both fairly solid.

 



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Originally Posted by Orfner View Post

 

Hey, I''ll start off by introducing myself to the forums. I am a 18 year old guy, about to be a college student, and I decided I would spend some money on a nice pair of headphones. I would prefer to pay like 100-200 dollars if possible, but have up to 300 dollars to spend. I listen to all kinds of music, but my favorite is rock. I love high quality music, but I generally just listen from my i-pod, so a 1/8th inch jack is needed. Durability and comfort are also extremely important as I will be using them a ton, and would like them to last a long time. 

 

If I should be buying cheaper headphones for what I'm using them for feel free to tell me, as I am new to higher end headphones. 

 

Thanks ahead of time!


Some pretty standard suggestions for good sound/durability/comfort:

Shure 840 or 750

Audio Technica M50

Sennheiser HD25

 

 



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Originally Posted by psychoplast View Post

Looking to upgrade my AD700's. Love them alot, so i was wondering if i should fork up some money to buy AD2000's, because ive grown so used to open ear cans. I listen to mainly female vocal/classical, and rock..pretty much looking for a headphone thats similar to the AD700, but willing to sacrifice some of the airy-ness for bass and warmer mids. Not sure if ad2000's are the best investment (poor college student here :( ). I dont have a DAC or amp, but looking into getting a mid-fi one once i get a new pair of headphones


The AD2000 are considered one of the best for the female vocal genre. They go for around $400 used if you can find them. Whether or not that's worth the investment is up to you. It's all a game of diminishing from here on.

 

Here's a nice review comparing the open series: http://www.headfonia.com/audio-technica-ad-series-ad300-ad700-ad900-ad1000prm-ad2000/

 

 

 



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Originally Posted by doctorx View Post

Hi there. I'm looking to improve my personal hearing equipment. I have read a lot of the threads around this forum but, I would like direct feedback and opinions.

 

 

Music taste: Mostly Electro/Progressive/House/Trance (Deadmau5, Tiesto, AvB, Afrojack, etc...), Dubstep, Drum 'N Bass (Dieselboy), Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B (Rej3ctz, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, The Dream), and the ocassional Pop/Rock/Latin (Adele, Christina Perri, etc...).

Current equipment: Bose On-Ear (the ones I currently use at home), and Bose Mobile In-Ear 2i headset (which I use while I'm outside my apartment, unrelated to this post).

Price range: No fixed price range but the best bang for the buck. Say... $300~$500.

Amp: Yes. I currently own a FiiO E5 that works really well and while I was looking for something a bit better, I decided to purchase the PA2V2. Still on transit.

Audio source: Intel DX58SO Integrated HD Audio (Realtek-based), Apple iPad 2 (using FiiO L3 Line-Out Dock), HTC EVO 4G.

Track quality: Most of my music is >256 kbps MP3, 256 kbps AAC, and Apple Lossless (mostly converted from FLAC, some of them ripped from original CDs). I'm trying to replace most of my current MP3 tracks to >256 kbps AAC and Apple Lossless. I only use iTunes for my music listening.

Mobility: Not needed. I plan to use these >98% at home.

 

I would like headphone as well as amp recommendations. I've seen good feedback about the Sony MDR-XB1000 (not yet released in the US) being better than the Bose OE on the bass frequencies. but you guys know more than I do. Thank you for your replies.

 

For those genres, I really like the M-Audio Q40. It has a fantastic bass response that reaches deep and rumbles your eas. The Q40 also improves noticeable with amping. The PA2v2 should be a great place to start. I quite liked it with iBasso amps as well, though anything should do a fine job.
 

 



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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post

Quick question, does the Sennheiser HD25-1 II have better isolation than the bw p5's?  Got the p5's but don't isolate as well.  Had been thinking of going for klipsch x10 but build quality is a little worrying.  Atm I am using a pair of modded px100s and a pair of noiseguard ear defenders, so would like something a little more practical!


Cheers.


Both sit on the ear rather than around. If the P5 didn't give you good isolation, the HD25-1-ii might not be much better ando you'd probably have better luck looking at the full sized options.

 

Good isolation in full sized cans: Senn HD280 and HD380, Beyer DT770, Shure 840

 



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Originally Posted by killmurer View Post

 

Hey head-fi ers :D Yet another lurker here. So after a long time I've decided to spend some money on headphones. I'm a grad student so I don't have a lot of cash to burn. But if it's worth it I'm willing to spend UPTO 200$. I don't really need a portable set up. What I can't decide right now is whether to get a good headphone close too my budget or a get a cheaper headphone + DAC/amp or get a cheaper headphone + DAC which I'm guessing would benefit my speakers too. But I'm not sure how much of an improvement AV 40s would show with a better source which is currently my laptop.
 
I don't need the headphone to be closed. I'll be listening in my own room so isolation, leakage etc is not a problem at all. Although no audiophile, I think I'm past the bass loving stage. I prefer better mids and highs.
 
SR 225i
SR 60i with DAC/AMP?
 
AKG 272 HD
AKG K271MKII
 
DT 770-PRO 250 Ohms
DT 990 PRO 250 Ohms
 
Denon D1100
 
SRH 840
 
I've only listened to HD 555. But I found it to be incredibly boring. That's why I didn't include the senns.
 
I'm particularly drawn towards the grados for obvious reasons. But I'm wondering about the difference between SR60 amped and SR225 unamped.
 
I've no clue about DAC/Amp too! FiiO e7 or X-Fi HD?
 


If you like tweaking with things, I would suggest the Grado SR60 and the FiiO E7 (not too many portable dac/amp options in that price range). You can always play around with modding the Grado and the E7 will give you some options.

 

I find the Grado sound fairly consistent and hard to notice a difference unless you're familiar with the brand and know what to listen for.

 

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guys another newb here. 

 

Im looking to upgrade my Ad700's. Im a gamer and i need isolation and bass...soundstage too. 

 

What is a good headphone? preferably closed? budget is $150

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Originally Posted by Rvon View Post

Hi need some help, i have the akg 240 headphones, they where given to me as a gift from a friend who bought them in a yard sale for 5 bucks i think, they are about 25 years old and they sound great they just look worn out and dirty looking. So i was wondering if any one knows where i can take them or i can do it my self where i can get it re-furbished or get them clean real good so they look new again. so what cleaning products i should use and where can i get the padding and cloth replaced on the ear piece. the head phones sound awesome the sound just sounds really good. so if any one knows a place to get them re-furbished or knows what products and stores a i can go that would be awesome i live out in san diego ca if anyone lives out here and knows a place. thanks for your help


Just clean them up yourself. Just a simple damp cloth and some cotton swabs should do the trick. If you're not afraid of a little disassembly, they aren't too hard to open up and you can blow out some dust and grime inside. New earpads and headband are available online or in various shops, and if the elastics are worn out you can just replace them with some simply hair elastics.

 



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Originally Posted by Rockmaninoff View Post

Hi all, looking for advice on headphones for a work environment.

 

I'm currently using Sennheiser HD555s, but there is a good amount of sound leakage due to their open design, and I want to switched to closed headphones.  I prefer full size (circumaural) but would probably be fine with supraaural as well.  I primarily listen to relatively hi-fidelity (320kbps MP3) audio from an iPod Touch or Droid X, and my favorite genres include classical, metal, screamo, rock, pop, and dubstep.  I'm not sure I'd classify myself as a basshead but I certainly do love the lows.

 

One of my biggest questions is whether closed full size headphones with an around the neck design exist?  I imagine not, since they wouldn't really have anything to anchor to and could fall off, but I'm just curious.  The Sennheisers mess with my hair after a while which gets a little annoying.  It gets a little funny having a line across your head where your hair has been pushed down.

 

From some cursory searching I've come up with the older Sennheiser PMX-200s, which fit behind my neck but are supraaural.  I believe they are a closed design.  I'm also interested in the Sony XB300 and XB500, but I'm curious as to sound leakage.

 

Basically I want to minimize sound leakage while getting solid bass performance and overall good sound.  Since these are primarily for music (they'll stay at my workplace, no gaming or other audio), and my favorite genres tend to be bass-heavy, the Sonys are attractive to me (I could boost the treble a bit using EQ settings if necessary).  My budget is fairly flexible; certainly not anything above $150, and even above $100 is pushing it.  The XB500s at ~$50 are looking really good, but the reviews are split almost 50/50 in terms of who thinks they leak sound and who doesn't.

 

So, to sum up:

-Closed full-size or lightweight headphones

-Excellent bass for bassheads

-Less than $100, with a little bit of cushion, but every penny under $100 counts

-Minimal sound leakage, don't want to annoy co-workers

-Bonus if they can somehow do behind the head design

 

Thanks for any suggestions!

 

Take a look at some of the DJ cans. They are typically closed and have heavy bass, and with a stronger clamp can even be worn behind the head (although how well they stay on depends on your particular head shape).

 



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Originally Posted by suhaybh View Post

Is there a similar thread for amps and DACs?


Not that I'm aware of. There are fewer choices of amps and dacs compared to headphones though.

 



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Originally Posted by goodsongs View Post

Does anyone know cheaper alternative to Bose in-ear earphones? 


Um, just walk into any electronics shop. There are tons.

 



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Originally Posted by FeikoW View Post

Bump... I don't know how this forum looks at bumping, but it's been 5 pages and I haven't gotten a single reply yet.
 


Originally Posted by FeikoW View Post

First post here, saw this thread, making post.

 

I want to get a nice set for my PC to use with Dolby Headphone.

By set I mean soundcard+headphone.

I think the Asus Xonar DG is a good choice for the soundcard, as it's around €23 over here, has a headphone amp built-in (pretty sure that is a good thing) and supports Dolby Headphone.

 

As for the headphone, I have no idea. My price range would be something like €50-€100, but I can go to about €125 if it's really needed for what I want.

As what I want is this: (It would be nice if all of the wants are possible, but they are wants, and not needs, so I can compromise here and there)

 

-Good for Dolby Headphone gaming

-Isolated

-Portable, to be taken with in a rucksack (foldable?), I can't stand earbuds in my ears

-Useable with an Android phone once in a while

-Robust, shouldn't break easily

-Good for most music except RnB/Rap. I mainly listen classic rock/electronic.

-Over the ear (this is a must, really, as I don't like on-ear phone on prolonged (gaming) sessions

 

I hope this is possible, but, as I said, I can compromise here and there.


 


Did you check out the gaming headphone review thread linked at the very beginning of this thread? Plenty of dolby options there.

 



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Originally Posted by Thunder47 View Post

Hey all, just found this site the last couple days while researching headphones for gaming.  I would like to find a set of headphones that will meet my night gaming/movie needs.  I mainly game on my 360 but watch movies on my ps3.  I will be plugging them into my AVR(HK 2600) if this makes any difference.  I did glance through Mad Lust Envy's thread on gaming headphones and found it quite helpful but still would like some suggestions.  After reading Envy's thread, I am interested in the K701, HD598 and DT990.  My budget is around 250 but can go up to 300 if i'm convinced.  Also I know Envy reviews were all with using the mixamp, is this mixamp needed or will I be fine without it?  Or are there any alternatives to the mixamp?  All help and suggestions are appreciated, thanks in advance.


Your AVR will be more than enough power for just about any headphone, and the three you listed are no exception.

 

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Think I'll pick up the K601 and then look for a better suited amp if needed.  Thanks for the help smile.gif
 

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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

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Headroom tests with their own amps, some version of the BUDA, IIRC.  They're pretty neutral though and I don't happen to know anything about your amp.  It could be coloring the sound significantly.

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Im on a budget and want full sized headphones, help me choose between Philips sbchp460 and the Philips shl8800. I cant buy from other brands besides sony because they dont import brands like senheiser, koss, akg here in bolivia. So its between those philips and sonys!

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So I have now narrowed down my headphone choice to just the DT1350s. However I would like to know if there is any way that I can see if the high clamping force will bother me BEFORE I buy them. There isn't anywhere near me where I could test these headphones so I need to be able to simulate the clamping force as it is said to be higher than the HD 25-1 and those get a lot of complaints.

I have access to these headphone if there is anything I could do to simulate it...
Bose IE 1
Bose QC15
Sennheiser IE7
Best Solo HD

I have no idea what to do to test this but I can tell you that my head measures 21.5" around through my ear holes, 5.5" wide, and about 14.25" where I would wear the headphones for ear to ear.

Please help me I really don't want to buy headphones to find out the clampIng force is too much and lose out on $300.
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Originally Posted by leoleo11 View Post

Im on a budget and want full sized headphones, help me choose between Philips sbchp460 and the Philips shl8800. I cant buy from other brands besides sony because they dont import brands like senheiser, koss, akg here in bolivia. So its between those philips and sonys!

Have you considered purchasing online and paying for international shipping so you can have a wider selection to choose from. International shipping for headphones probably wouldn't cost that much and I'm sure the quality would make up for it.
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Originally Posted by Pwn3r4Life View Post

So I have now narrowed down my headphone choice to just the DT1350s. However I would like to know if there is any way that I can see if the high clamping force will bother me BEFORE I buy them. There isn't anywhere near me where I could test these headphones so I need to be able to simulate the clamping force as it is said to be higher than the HD 25-1 and those get a lot of complaints.

I have access to these headphone if there is anything I could do to simulate it...
Bose IE 1
Bose QC15
Sennheiser IE7
Best Solo HD

I have no idea what to do to test this but I can tell you that my head measures 21.5" around through my ear holes, 5.5" wide, and about 14.25" where I would wear the headphones for ear to ear.

Please help me I really don't want to buy headphones to find out the clampIng force is too much and lose out on $300.


You can always resell them.  It's a shame no other headphone company other than Beyer tells you what the clamping force is on their headphones.  I don't know about the DT1350, but they Beyers I've owned or tried, DT831, DT931, DT770, DT880, and DT990, all are very comfortable.

 

Edit:  I looked to see how the DT1350 compares and evidently Beyer doesn't publish clamping pressure any more.  You might want to post your question on the dedicated DT1350 thread or the Beyer Owners Unite thread.

 


Edited by scompton - 6/8/11 at 6:40pm
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Hey guys,

 

Just wondering if the MDR-V6 is actually a very good "flat-response" headphone or whether it's just decent for it's price range.

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Pwn3r4Life View Post

So I have now narrowed down my headphone choice to just the DT1350s. However I would like to know if there is any way that I can see if the high clamping force will bother me BEFORE I buy them. There isn't anywhere near me where I could test these headphones so I need to be able to simulate the clamping force as it is said to be higher than the HD 25-1 and those get a lot of complaints.

I have access to these headphone if there is anything I could do to simulate it...
Bose IE 1
Bose QC15
Sennheiser IE7
Best Solo HD

I have no idea what to do to test this but I can tell you that my head measures 21.5" around through my ear holes, 5.5" wide, and about 14.25" where I would wear the headphones for ear to ear.

Please help me I really don't want to buy headphones to find out the clampIng force is too much and lose out on $300.


They clamp pretty hard.  They may hurt your ears if you wear them for long periods of time.  In return, they sound great.  Your best bet is to order from a place with a good return policy.

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Originally Posted by 2enty3 View Post

Hey guys,

 

Just wondering if the MDR-V6 is actually a very good "flat-response" headphone or whether it's just decent for it's price range.

 

Thanks!

 

If I needed a headphone for monitoring purposes, the MDR V6/7506 would be my top pick. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by thecourier View Post

guys another newb here. 

 

Im looking to upgrade my Ad700's. Im a gamer and i need isolation and bass...soundstage too. 

 

What is a good headphone? preferably closed? budget is $150


Are you a FPS gamer? If so, you don't want too much bass which will obscure your directional details.

 

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