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Looking to buy my first set of headphones to be used for a wide variety of things. My budget is limited to $100 so please recommend to me something that can be easily found at that price.

 

I would be using these headphones to listen to a wide variety of music such as Electronic, Rock, Rap/Hip-Hop, and Pop, basically anything but Country. I would also sometimes be playing one of the many games I enjoy playing while enjoying my music so the headphones must be good for that too to some degree.

 

I was looking at the Sennheiser HD448 to start with since it fell right in with what I could spend and looked good for the value. However some reviews complained about how the bass was not "up to Par" which threw me off a little.

 

I have never owned any "audiophile" headphones (the most I have had were some Bose triports which broke, and all I have now is a Turtle Beach Ear Force X1) so I really have no idea what is good or not.

 

Hopefully someone will be able to point me in the right direction, as I am eager to spend some of my high school graduation money.

post #4562 of 29490

I'm sorry. I went all over the place with that :P

 

I want to have a setup where it goes Xbox 360 HDMI>TV>TV audio output>DacMagic or another DAC>Amp(???)>Speakers(???)

 

I'm not sure what speakers to get for the den. I'll get room measurements later on if it helps. I'll be about 10ft away from the speakers at the most. The Polk Audio TSi500's look good at $800/pair. Maybe I'll get the 400s ($US600/pair) as I want a $1000 budget for this with amp, dac and speakers combined. I listen to lots of hip hop and rock, so I'm not sure if the 400s will satisfy as they say "If you don't need the extra bass response or power handling, the TSi400 is the speaker for you." But I do :P, I could just add a subwoofer later I guess. I mentioned the vinyl because hooking up the turntable to the DAC as a secondary input would just do Analog>Digital>Analog, right (same with a tape deck)? Would that mess with the quality? Also, I have some old speakers that have a tweeter, two mid drivers, and an 8 inch woofer, and another that could be vintage. First ones are Polk Audio, and the second ones here I am mentioning as possibly vintage are "ADS" brand. Pics tomorrow. I think the ADSs have smaller woofers though.

 

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headphones: your description of DT770 80 ohm is spot on.  They're among the worst headphones I've owned/heard.

 

dac: Dacmagic is a great value for the $.  Versatile inputs/outputs & audibly better than several lower-priced dacs I've owned but I don't think they could beat my $1200 Lavry dac in a blind test.  But differences between dacs are always subtle.  Listen for differences in higher frequencies of well-recorded lossless albums with revealing gear.  (Blue Train & Money Jungle are my test material)

 

speakers: can't help you

 

You might want to clarify your question.  Headphones in den?  Dac for vinyl?  confused.gif

 



 

post #4563 of 29490

If the amp worked for those too, that'd be great. I could put those in a 5 channel surround in the meantime as I figure out what "mid-fi" speakers to get.

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I haven't had any experience listening to the the 598s, but I just wanted to point out that you can get them for $170 by calling up J&R. That tip works for many headphones. J&R lists a high price on their website, but always call in and ask what the price is because it is much cheaper on the phone for some reason.
 

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Originally Posted by Tastyhorsemeat View Post

I am looking to buy my first set of decent headphones. The things that limit me are that they need to be under $200, open, circum-aural, and I will not be using an amp. I listen mainly to alternative/indie/dubstep/techno. I was thinking about Sennheiser HD595/598/555 or AD700. And yes, I know that the 598s are out of my price range but I will spend a little extra if they are worth it.

 

Thank you!



 

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Has anyone found an online outlet that sells the Swan T200b speakers (http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?products_id=78) for a reasonable price?

I've searched high and low, but I can't find any US outlets that sell below $700 (the reason I ask is that some of my friends in China purchased these for <$400, and I've seen some threads on different forums listing prices around the same range). 

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Gonna be out of topic, but...
 

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Don't wanna start a new thread so posting here.

I've basically upgraded my computer to one of the most ridiculously powerful rigs out there (I'm not kidding, ask me and I'll go into detail), and although I mostly just use it for regular stuff, I do a LOT of benchmarking, and the rest of the time I'm gaming, both competitively online and casually offline. Pretty much the whole time I'm not gaming, I'm listening to music (mostly metal). The one thing that I haven't really gone all out on is sound quality, and although I don't care about it as much as I care about the performance of the rest of my system, its basically the only thing I have left to upgrade. So I need to buy some new headphones, and a sound card, or potentially external amp/dac


Would you mind posting the specs? I love reading all those high-number performance juicyness. :P
 

 

post #4568 of 29490

Right!
Well after lurking for a long time, and asking a few questions i finally bought the M50s
I love them. I really do. they're fun and bassy just what i like.
Buuuut, i want more.
Something different. Something 'better'

I'm open for open/closed cans. They wont be leaving the house at all.

Music: Literally everything.

I'm thinking of getting the E7/E9 combo for amping. If required.
Budget is 250Euro.

So on that note, what do you guys suggest? :)

thanks,

Mark

post #4569 of 29490

Hello guys, I am about to make my first step out of the $20 world, and since my father doesn't allow me to buy stuff online, I only got two choices: a Grado SR-80i, or a Monster Turbine Pro Copper. I am very well aware that these are two different beasts, however I didn't want to go wrong with my purchase, so I came here and asked. ;D
I listen to almost all genres.


EDIT: I just got a better deal, a Grado SR225i for less than half the MSRP of the MTPC. Which would be better?
Edited by WoahReQQuiem - 6/12/11 at 12:37pm
post #4570 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by marko93101 View Post

Right!
Well after lurking for a long time, and asking a few questions i finally bought the M50s
I love them. I really do. they're fun and bassy just what i like.
Buuuut, i want more.
Something different. Something 'better'

I'm open for open/closed cans. They wont be leaving the house at all.

Music: Literally everything.

I'm thinking of getting the E7/E9 combo for amping. If required.
Budget is 250Euro.

So on that note, what do you guys suggest? :)

thanks,

Mark


wait so you're running the m50s unamped?
post #4571 of 29490

indeed i am, they dont need it :) Or what I'm told they dont. They sound great the way they are :3
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by marko93101 View Post

Right!
Well after lurking for a long time, and asking a few questions i finally bought the M50s
I love them. I really do. they're fun and bassy just what i like.
Buuuut, i want more.
Something different. Something 'better'

I'm open for open/closed cans. They wont be leaving the house at all.

Music: Literally everything.

I'm thinking of getting the E7/E9 combo for amping. If required.
Budget is 250Euro.

So on that note, what do you guys suggest? :)

thanks,

Mark




wait so you're running the m50s unamped?


 

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Hello guys, this is my first time here.

Well, as the title say i'm looking for entry level headphones, one for mobile use and one for home use.

Just contextualize, until very recently I was completely unaware of the existence of quality music with headphones. Till last year all I had used was cheap headphones varying from philips to sony and some other brands. In the end of last year a friend showed me his Sennheiser CX500, and, well, i was simpled astounded, I had never heard anything like that before. This should be enough to give an idea of my situation.

In January i bought a sennheiser HD 201 that i've been using since then. As for today, they are the best headphones i've ever owned. As a consequence of this experiences, I wanted to invest in good quality headphones from now on. But, for ignorance, I don't understand most of the reviews when they speak of things like "soundstage", "warm/strong", "bass is like this", "the highs are like that". I also don't play any musical instrument, so i don't understand most of music technical aspects.

As for what usualy hear, well, it covers a lot of genders. Classical, Jazz, a bit of classical rock(very little to none of metal and other varieties), Bossa, Zouk are some of the ones I hear frequently, so I think i would prefer a headphone that wouldn't be biased for any gender in particular. Also I would use them for gaming, but it's by far the least important, my primary concern if to hear music, in the case of the in-ear in an ipod/mp3 player and in the case of the fullsized in my desktop.

One thing i would like to say is that once i've tried a pair of Sony that was announced with "extra bass" and i had the horrible sensation of something punching my head. I don't know if it was a problem of that specific model or it's because of the "extra bass".

So for the In-ear, i was thinking on the same of my friend, the Sennheiser CX500, which is for sale by US$ 40 in amazon. I haven't researched alot for in-ear headphones, so, if anyone has any other recomendations in between US$ 30-80 i would be glad to hear. (I know there is another section just for portable/in-ear, but before i go there, i would like to start somewere)

For the fullsized i was looking for a closed headphones because i have to share space and most of the time someone has or a speaker or a TV on. Just for reference, most of the time the isolation offered by the HD201 is enough, but i think(I could be wrong) that an open headphone woulnd't be enough. One very important thing is that they should be comfortable, since i work a lot in the PC i want to be able to pass many ours with them without feeling bothered/claped/hot in the ears/head.

I was looking between US$ 80-150, so the ones that poped out in my research were the following: Sennheiser 448, Shure SHR-440, Shure SHR-840, Audio Technica ATH-A700, Audio Technica ATH-M50, AKG K172 HD. I could add a little more money if it's going to make a good diference

I don't have an amplifier and don't intend to buy one right now. Possibly in the future. My PC audio is an onboard Via HD audio and for now my mobile audio is an "old" ipod nano 1st or 2nd gen.

The problem is that i don't know enough to tell the diference among them, and how to choose between them, and i was hoping that you guys could help me! Any suggestion is welcome

Thanks in advance
 


Edited by jhelsas - 6/12/11 at 12:01pm
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Originally Posted by marko93101 View Post

indeed i am, they dont need it :) Or what I'm told they dont. They sound great the way they are :3
 



 


yeah I agree it runs about 80% unamped, but since you're buying an amp anyway buy the amp first and see how it sounds with your m50s!
post #4574 of 29490

I have a pair of HD650s and I love them most of the time. However, I sometimes find myself craving a less laid back and brighter sound. The HD650s have plenty of bass for me so I guess I'm definitely not looking for any more bass. Do you guys have any recommendations? I'm looking to stay under $300-400 cause I don't think I'll be selling the HD650s.


Edited by singha - 6/12/11 at 2:04pm
post #4575 of 29490

Check out the Ultrasone HFI-680, I've been looking for something really similar and that's the best closed can I've come up with so far. If they're too hard to drive and you can put up with more bass, the 580's might be worth looking at too.
 

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Originally Posted by Biggles View Post

Hi guys,

 

Because my headset died (PC-350) I'm looking for a new headset. It will be used for competive gaming (CoD 4 Promod) so I need a big soundstage to dertermine where the sound is coming from and what sound it is. Besides that, it's gonna be used to listen to some music. Mostly hardstyle. The funny part is I'm not looking for a headphone with a big bass, but a bit more bass than the PC-350 would be great. I am not sure if i want a closed or an open headset. Because talking with a closed headset is a bit akward:P I already got a zalman mic. I don't want to use an amp. So it must be easy to drive. My soundcard is a Xonar XD. My budget is max 150 euro's. I found some decent headphones, the ATH AD700, Beyerdynamics DT770pro (80 ohm), the Sennheiser HD595 and the ATH M50. The headset must be comfortable and a bit of an allrounder. But the main goal is competitive gaming. Hope you guys can help me out!



 


Edited by 200poundsofamp - 6/12/11 at 7:47pm
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