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I need headphones for general listening (alternative rock and indie, pop/rock, folk, some classical stuff and a bit of jazz) and monitoring (mostly acoustic and electric guitar, piano and vocals).

 

My budget is 200 dollars, tops.

 

I've read that ATH-M50 or SRH-840's are safe bets but I'd rather make sure asking here. I'm also open to any other suggestions.

 

 

 

 

EDIT: I don't have an amp, although if necessary I've been recommended to get a cmoy amp.


Edited by papernicolas - 6/14/11 at 6:43pm
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they are dj headphones so i would be surprised if they didn't.


I'm not sure about the k518 but i have heard from many people the k181 which is essentially the 518's "big brother" has tremendous bass if this helps at all.
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Thanks for the help bccase25raptor! i think i'm going to go with the the k518.  

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Originally Posted by papernicolas View Post

I need headphones for general listening (alternative rock and indie, pop/rock, folk, some classical stuff and a bit of jazz) and monitoring (mostly acoustic and electric guitar, piano and vocals).

 

My budget is 200 dollars, tops.

 

I've read that ATH-M50 or SRH-840's are safe bets but I'd rather make sure asking here. I'm also open to any other suggestions.

 

 

 

 

EDIT: I don't have an amp, although if necessary I've been recommended to get a cmoy amp.


your best bet is the m50+a quality dac. a headphone amp is a plus but the m50s benefit more from a better source than anything. I'm not saying don't get an amp, these headphones are low sensitivity and you will see gains, but nothing like the difference between a dac and no dac.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by papernicolas View Post

I need headphones for general listening (alternative rock and indie, pop/rock, folk, some classical stuff and a bit of jazz) and monitoring (mostly acoustic and electric guitar, piano and vocals).

 

My budget is 200 dollars, tops.

 

I've read that ATH-M50 or SRH-840's are safe bets but I'd rather make sure asking here. I'm also open to any other suggestions.

 

 

 

 

EDIT: I don't have an amp, although if necessary I've been recommended to get a cmoy amp.




your best bet is the m50+a quality dac. a headphone amp is a plus but the m50s benefit more from a better source than anything. I'm not saying don't get an amp, these headphones are low sensitivity and you will see gains, but nothing like the difference between a dac and no dac.


Ok, from de following, which would you recomend, SennheiserHD?

 

Sennheiser HD448, Shure 440, Shure 840, Audio-Technica M50 or Audio-Technica A700

 

It would be my "more than US$ 20 headphone", and I have a very broad spectrum for music and that they should be comfortable


Edited by jhelsas - 6/14/11 at 7:26pm
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Ok, from de following, which would you recomend, SennheiserHD?

 

Sennheiser HD448, Shure 440, Shure 840, Audio-Technica M50 or Audio-Technica A700

 

It would be my "more than US$ 20 headphone", and I have a very broad spectrum for music and that they should be comfortable


what type of music do you listen to? I personally own the 448s and the m50 and I love them both to death. They are both EXTREMELY good value for money. I have never been a huge shure fan, personally I would bypass the srh840.
Edited by SennheiserHD - 6/14/11 at 7:38pm
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I've tried both, here's my impression of them:

 

Shure 840's: Fairly neutral but a little bass heavy. Better midrange then the m50 to my ears, and vocals and live instruments sound fantastic. Everything is very laid back and controlled.

 

m50's: Warmer and bassier than the 840's. Smaller soundstage as well, but they have a lot more punch on the low end.

 

Sounds like 840's would be better for what you're doing. I have no idea about more expensive headphones though, might be something better out there for you.
 

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Originally Posted by papernicolas View Post

I need headphones for general listening (alternative rock and indie, pop/rock, folk, some classical stuff and a bit of jazz) and monitoring (mostly acoustic and electric guitar, piano and vocals).

 

My budget is 200 dollars, tops.

 

I've read that ATH-M50 or SRH-840's are safe bets but I'd rather make sure asking here. I'm also open to any other suggestions.

 

 

 

 

EDIT: I don't have an amp, although if necessary I've been recommended to get a cmoy amp.



 

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Pretty much everything,

 

mainly Classical, jazz, country, classical rock, pop, etc

I'm not fan of some more "strong" music", trash, death and alike. A bit of metal ok.

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Pretty much everything,

 

mainly Classical, jazz, country, classical rock, pop, etc

I'm not fan of some more "strong" music", trash, death and alike. A bit of metal ok.



i think the shure srh840 would do substantially well with those genres. i own them and they are amazing with genres like metal. but keep in mind if you have badly recorded music you will hear it.

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i think the shure srh840 would do substantially well with those genres. i own them and they are amazing with genres like metal. but keep in mind if you have badly recorded music you will hear it.


Tbh they are all excellent cans he is gonna rave about his and I'm gonna rave about mine, the way I see it you got 2 options. Find a local store and try them out, or just go with the cheapest/best looking/most comfortable whatever is most important to you.
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Well, I finally found this thread. Perhaps consider stickying it.

 

In any case, I would like some recommendations for my first informed purchase of cans. I listen to mainly jazz, classical and weeaboo music (I see J-pop for what it inexorably is). A little bit of (gasp) metal - not too much though - I have a strange tendency to fall asleep to Dragonforce more than to something like Chopin. Probably because of the repetition. So, something preferably with a large genre bandwidth, doing exceptionally well in vocals and mids, for portable use - T50RPs are out, though I may attempt to find the TH-7Bs.

 

I have had some budget stuff like:

AKG K512 (build quality was pretty much suspect)

AT ATH-FC700 (VERY uncomfortable. Too heavy on bass.)

Sennheiser HD218 (no isolation, very veiled. Bass was decent and tight though, when I could hear it, which was not very often, in hindsight.)

 

Looking to upgrade to something like the SRH440 with new pads, but retail price in Singapore is pretty damned high for it - nearing the price of a M50 stock - which I really disliked despite my best efforts to cosy up with it. The bass was too unrestrained, the mids too recessed, and a metallic, artificial treble - after burn-in.

 

I can also get Kossi (I really don't know the plural for Koss) - probably for that warranty, if it is honoured down here. Looking at the PRODJ100 for the looks and the apparent emphasis on mids and vocals. May be tempted to read up on SFI orthos just to mod them into the shell. They probably go for slightly more than the FA-004 round here.

 

Fischer's go for a decent price here - I can get a FA-004 and a PA2V2/E11 for about the price of the SRH440's with the SRH840 pad upgrades. I am not sure how well the Fischer scales up to budget portable amps - LFF claims they scale very well, but I am unable to get hold of it in the retail channels here - they only sell the IEM's and the OldSkool 70.

 

Thanks in advance!

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I've tried both, here's my impression of them:

 

Shure 840's: Fairly neutral but a little bass heavy. Better midrange then the m50 to my ears, and vocals and live instruments sound fantastic. Everything is very laid back and controlled.

 

m50's: Warmer and bassier than the 840's. Smaller soundstage as well, but they have a lot more punch on the low end.

 

Sounds like 840's would be better for what you're doing. I have no idea about more expensive headphones though, might be something better out there for you.


Thanks for the reply. Would you say that a Fiio E7 amp would be a good pairing?

 

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I'm in need of a bit of help picking some headphones..

 

Type of headphone- Must be Over-ear

Price range- $20-$120

Music player- Iphone 4 or Droid 3

Type of music- 50% Rock/Hard rock/ Metal , 50% Pop, Hip-hop, R&B,Dance

 

I've heard that Grado's are the way to go for Rock and metal but I want over-ear headphones to keep the noise out and the music in.

 

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omg i love your signature.

 

is there any way you could try out any of these headphones? if so i think you should go down to one of those shops and demo a few pairs.

 

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Thanks for the reply. Would you say that a Fiio E7 amp would be a good pairing?

 



if your sound card is a cheap on board one then the fiio e7 will improve the sound. at least that is the impression people here give me. i ordered mine i am currently awaiting it's arrival. but since i don't have it yet i can only say that if you amp these even with a fiio e5 the bass improves just a little bit. not much though but i feel the $20 price for a fiio e5 is worth it.

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