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Originally Posted by J0nny View Post

I'm looking for some headphones for listening to dubstep with, mainly Reso and his various projects. Plenty of his music can be found on YouTube to give you an idea. The 'phones should have some serious deep bass extension, and as little coloration as possible (i.e. neutral warmth). I've become addicted to sub-bass. tongue.gif There should be a fair to profound emphasis on the bass in terms of signature (but no emphasis in mid-bass please!) since I'm going to be mainly listening to dubstep on 'em. 

 

So, any suggestions? biggrin.gif

 

EDIT: Ah yes, my budget, sorry guys! It will be anywhere up to £400, but at that price I think I'd want something pretty special from a bass 'phone. KThx!


I really like the M-Audio Q40 for those genres. It has fantastic bass and sub-bass response. If you want even more, reportedly changing to the DT770 pads improves it further.

 



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Originally Posted by jtaylor991 View Post

I have the DT770 Pro 80ohms and it's the only pair of audiophile headphones (not IEMs) I have ever owned, and to me, it seems that there is no midrange, and it is overcome by the bass, and high singing can be too. I read reviews and comparisons to get to know them better since they are my only pair and I have nothing to compare them to so I know what they are like in comparison to other headphones.

 

I want to build something nice in my den for a stereo, but I'm not sure what. Could some KRK Rokit G2 8 inch version monitors with a DacMagic sound nice in a fairly large room? They are nearfield but monitors usually get pretty loud. Would those and *maybe* a subwoofer be good, or are there some actual speakers that would sound nice.  My Dad would use it sometimes, and he has a TON of vinyl from when he was in college. Rock and roll type stuff, including I believe all of the Beatles albums. He loves jazz and blues as well, and I like them too. That and plenty of bass for when I  feel like some good hip hop. What would you guys recommend? I'll set a $1000 budget. I don't really have any money to spend on it and either does my Dad, but I'm willing to save up for a while to get it. I will use an Xbox 360 Slim with Zune streaming Lossless WMAs, and I assume I need a DAC? I have a FiiO E7 with my desktop setup as a DAC, and it barely made a difference from my computer headphone jack with my Darkvoice 337. Should I put the FiiO E7 with this stereo and a DacMagic with my desktop setup? It seems that the DAC doesn't hardly make a difference for me, for some reason. Maybe mine was just good. The mobo is a year old. ASUS P5QL.


If you're going with a separate sub, save a bit on the monitors and get the 5 or 6" KRK. Monitors are just fine for regular room use, although honestly you're probably better off spending that money on regular speakers. Unless you're also going to use it for some recording work, there are features etc in the monitors+dacmagic that you don't need.

 

 

 

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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!


Well if you're a competitive gamer, you already know that more bass is bad for positional cues.

 

I was going to suggest the PC360, but if you already have a separate mic then just go with the HD595/598 (or mod the 555/558). The AD700 has great soundstage and is generally considered one of the best mid-budget gaming headphones. You can always go with the AD900 for a step up.

 

Both the DT770 and M50 are closed with too much bass and lousy soundstage.

 



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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!


For your genres, I would not go with the AD700. The others should be ok, though they might be considered bass lighty depending how much thump you like in your dubstep/techno. With those particular Senn models, it's not a huge world of difference... spend as your wallet allows. You can also get the lower models and remove the foam to mod them up.

 

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Originally Posted by Spandy87 View Post

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

 

I have:

 

Headphones - Denon AH-D1001's

Sound Card - Onboard P8P67 EVO (Realtek ALC892)

 

Usage priority:

 

70% gaming

30% music (mostly metal)

 

I want:

 

Great overall quality

Exceptional soundstage (wide for gaming)

Strong and impactful bass yet tight and defined bass (this is very important)

 

 

Basically, my current D1001's sound good to me, but thats mostly because I don't have an alternative to go by, and I know they're more on the entry level side of audiophilia. What I like about them is that the bass is very well defined. I got a chance to try out some headphones my colleague had where he was raving about the bass, and it was very heavy bass, but I couldn't make out the tonal differences. So a baseline just sounded more like a heavy drone rather than a baseline. I like tonal definition in the bass, but I would also like a much stronger, heavier, and richer bass. I would also like better highs. I'm listening to FLAC files mostly, and although they do sound great to me, I can still tell that the highs sound a bit too tinny, more so than they should.

 

Overall I want a better audio solution. I don't need accurate or neutral, I want fun, powerful, and defined with a wide soundstage.

 

Budget (USD):

 

Headphones - 350 (roughly)

Sound Card - 200 (I design computers so I get good prices on these)

 

I was looking at these:

 

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro (250, 600 Ohms)

Denon AH-D2000

 

Anything else I should add to the list?

 

Edit* I can't stand the way Sennheisers look, so no 650


Check out the gaming headphone gaming guide linked in the first post of this thread. Also, too much bass is bad for gaming. You typically want lean bass and a wide soundstage for the best positional cues, which is usually an open headphone rather than closed. Since you hate Sennheisers, maybe consider something like the Audio Technica AD900?

 

I'll let you do the research on the soundcards. Plenty of good choices out there.

 



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Originally Posted by dubesinhower View Post

i'm looking to buy a pair of headphones for about 300 dollars. i enjoy mostly listening to electronica, but i do listen to rock too. i'm looking for a set that has a really strong bass, since i'm a HUGGGEE basshead. i can't get enough of it. but with that being said, i want them to be well balanced. if i have to sacrifice bass for great mids and highs then so be it. 

 

i was eyeing the ultrasone pro 900. there's two versions on amazon, the pro 900 and the pro 900 s-logic. not sure which one is better, but i'm open to any recommendations. sony xb series is kinda out of the question because i don't like how big they are lol.

 

thanks in advanced!


Those two should be the same thing. All Ultrasone headphones have S-Logic. That said, the Pro900 is known to be quite heavy, so you should be just fine with that. I have the 750 and already find them a bit overwhelming for bass at times.

 



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Originally Posted by ruff48 View Post

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.


The 448 is just fine, though comparitively bass light for a closed headphone. The HD438 is a bit stronger in that regard. Most consumers these days like to have a bit of accentuated bass in their music.

 

 

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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

 

some standard suggestions to look into:

Senn HD600

Denon D2000

Beyer DT770/880/990

 

 



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Originally Posted by WoahReQQuiem View Post

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?


Well... do you want headphones or an iem?

 

For the price, I think the SR225i is a good deal.

 



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Originally Posted by jhelsas View Post

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
 


I think some excellent headphones to consider for your usage would be the Senn PX200-ii and Shure 440. They are closed and offer good isolation, are not too bass heavy, and have a nice clean midrange to really bring the music out. The Senn is portable and sits on the ear, the Shure is full sized but still somewhat portable.

 

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Originally Posted by singha View Post

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.



How about a Grado? Definitely not laid back, characteristically considered bright and aggressive.

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Originally Posted by singha View Post

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.


The Beyer DT990s are brighter, with a larger soundstage and similar bass.  I thought they were too bright, but lots of other people love them and they're quite different sounding from the HD650s.

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Thanks for the reply.

I was looking for an around the ear phone, not exactly over, at least the ones i've tried(although not many) weren't as comfortable as the around the ear.

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Hi there!

I got "bored" with my HFI-780 so now I'm looking to upgrade to something new and better. I'm not saying I didn't like the 780s, but mixing things up every once in a while seems like a reasonable thing to do.

The source would be iMac -> Nuforce Icon2. I don't really mind if it's open or closed as long as it sounds great, and while the budget sits somewhere around $500-$600 tops. Any suggestions or information missing?

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I found a good deal on a HD600 so jumped on it. I have a feeling it won't be enough of a change from the HD650, but I'll trade it for a Beyer if it doesnt suit me. Thanks for the suggestion. I was thinking 880 or 990 also.
 

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The Beyer DT990s are brighter, with a larger soundstage and similar bass.  I thought they were too bright, but lots of other people love them and they're quite different sounding from the HD650s.



 

post #4582 of 29490
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Originally Posted by jhelsas View Post

Thanks for the reply.

I was looking for an around the ear phone, not exactly over, at least the ones i've tried(although not many) weren't as comfortable as the around the ear.


I stand by the Shure 440 then. Also look into the Sony V6 or 7506.

 



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Originally Posted by EoY View Post

Hi there!

I got "bored" with my HFI-780 so now I'm looking to upgrade to something new and better. I'm not saying I didn't like the 780s, but mixing things up every once in a while seems like a reasonable thing to do.

The source would be iMac -> Nuforce Icon2. I don't really mind if it's open or closed as long as it sounds great, and while the budget sits somewhere around $500-$600 tops. Any suggestions or information missing?


Maybe the Denon D5000?

 

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Hey guys, guess this is like a Hello or intro thread. Been surfing through a bunch of reviews, posts, shootouts, and comparos to get some good knowledge. 

 

While I'm not an audiophile by any means, I do appreciate good headphones as tend to use them to listen to movies, tv, and various types of music. 

My collection of headphones has included, UE 170s or 220s, (i forget) skullcandy ink'd, some cheap earpullution buds, and all of them are broken. Nothing expensive or 

extraordinary by any means. I tend to buy only headphones under 50$ because I am rather rough on them and they break pretty frequently. (Gym, running, sleeping with them etc. )

I just ordered a pair or meelectronics m6, which got some good reviews. Looking to get another pair or so of decent phones depending on how I like the m6s. Possibly the m9s or m21s if I dont like the m6s. 

 

As for others, I have been looking for some inexpensive full headphones and have mulled over the Sony XD-200s, Sen hd 202 iis, JVC Harx500, and Akg k77 for full size closed phones. 

I have also looked at the mee ht-21 just because they're portable and have heard only good things about them. I mostly listen to hiphop/rap, dubstep, trance house, and rock (like heavy bass). 

 

Anyways, thanks to those who put together those large scale reviews. And also  if anyone wants to point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it. 

 

 

post #4584 of 29490
I'm looking for a pair of portable on-ears that should be:
-durable
-closed back design
-well isolating is not necessary but is not a bad thing
-should not leak ridiculous amounts
Price range should be between $50 and $100.
I will run these off an iPod Nano using music of various quality, using a LOD to a Fiio E5 if an amp will help them. I generally listen to classic rock, alternative or instrumental rock, and g-funk or gangsta rap, so long as it has melody and layers.
I'm kind of looking at the Sennheiser HD228 as a good option, and almost bought it. Just looking for a second opinion. Thanks!
Also: if I do go for the 228, anyone know where i can pick up the white model? Amazon doesn't seem to carry it, but the UK version of the site does. Aesthetics are aesthetics, but I prefer the white.
BTW they are $50 at Amazon at the moment, the black model.
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Looking for a 'bassy' but not overly bass-thumping circumaural headphone under $100. I was looking at the AKG K514 or K99 and the Sennheiser HD428 or HD215. Are any of these a good choice? I listen to alternative rock, electronic, some hip-hop. I'm coming from $20 JVC Flats so the quality doesn't need to be immense. Also, I'm not buying online and I live in CANADA, where everything is more expensive and harder to find. So just a choice of the options would be optimal. Thanks. (Source: iPod Touch, Laptop)

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Hi Head-fi'ers...

 

I'm obsessing over finding a headphone with some specific criteria and I'm not sure it exists...

 

I'm trying to keep the total pricetag under $200.

 

Purpose (Primary):  Gaming -- Casual but experienced.  Games: Rift, Counterstrike Source, Battlefield:BC2, Star Wars: The Old Republic (when it comes out), Battlefield 3 (when it comes out)

General music listening -- Electronica (Pendulum, Prodigy, Crystal Method), Metal (In Flames, Soilwork, Scar Symmetry, Mutiny Within), Rock (Varies)

 

Purpose (Secondary):   Electronic music composition, using Cubase 4 & Ableton Live 8 and a variety of VSTs and VSTis

 

Desired Sound (Ratings are out of 10 possible, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best)

Soundstage:  8 (Open, but not the grand canyon.  No 'holes')

Mids:  9

Bass:  8

Treble:  7

Comfort:  8

Separation:  7

 

Non-sibilant, but bright.  Non recessed mids, maybe slightly forward.

 

The current sound source would be the onboard sound on my motherboard, realtek ALC889A, headphone jack.

 

I'm not opposed to spending some dough on an amp and/or sound card.

 

I've been eyeballing:

ATH-M50s

ATH-700 Pro Mk2

Shure 840s

Sony XB500

Superlux 668b

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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My favorite music is a single female voice with subdued instrumentation. My hearing is a little bit damaged, not too bad, but probably weak at the high end.

 

I bought and tested both the Senn 598 and the Grado 325. I liked the Grado sound better, although for some music I don't like it at all. It can seem too bright and harsh. I don't like the Grado 325 sound for TV (prefer the Senn wireless RS-180), just my Marantz CD player and Burson 160 amp. However, when they are good -- when everything is right -- it is incredible sound. I'm getting lost in the music for the first time in a long, long time.

 

I'm wondering whether it would make any sense for me to try the LCD-2 phones. That's a big step up in price, but I'm selling a motorcycle and may be able to handle it. I'm a little worried that I'll just be throwing money at a hobby that my ears and brain are not trained enough to appreciate.

 

 

 

 

post #4588 of 29490
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Well... do you want headphones or an iem?

 

For the price, I think the SR225i is a good deal.



Doesn't matter, honestly.. All I want is a better sound.
The guy selling me the SR225i's would be doing a couple of mods, mainly: dampening the drivers, changing the plastic cups to wooden ones, and replacing the pads to beyerdynamic pads. And for a good price as well!
 

post #4589 of 29490

The M50 doesn't need an amp at all. If I had to stick a percentage on it like you, I'd say 95%. 

 

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Originally Posted by SennheiserHD View Post

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 #4590 of 29490

Hey guys, around 6 months ago I bought the Audio-Technica ATH-A900's, and recently one of the wing support pieces broke off and I lost it, so I'm getting a full refund from my warranty company. I was wondering what you think about whether I should get the same ones again, or switch to the M50's, or possibly even another brand completely (for under or around $200).

I listen to a lot of pop and electronic/trance/techno/dance, as well as some rock.

(not sure if I sound like an idiot, but highs and clarity are important, as is tight/punchy bass, if possible)

I've also been eyeing the Sony MDR-XB700's, and the Sennheiser HD595's.. 

If you think any other brands might be good too, please let me know, as I'm not set on any of the phones I mentioned above. 

Thanks so much!

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