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Hey guys, i'm looking to get started in the whole audiophile thing, but i'm not really sure where to begin. I was thinking of getting a pair of audio technica ath-a700's as my current budget is around $130. my music taste is really varied, from dubstep, to rock, to classical, to metal, etc. i really like the prospect of closed headphones, because i'd rather not disturb others, and i like bass. not huge booming bass, but just a nice punch that i can feel. ive got other questions about amps, sound cards, etc, but for now input on the ath-a700s would be nice smily_headphones1.gif

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Originally Posted by Yuri Ius View Post

Thank you for the answer, I heard that they have that cracking problem, but I will take well care of them and I'll only use them at home (so I hope there won't be any problem). Did you do the mods? I won't do them, at least in the first year or two (altought I know they are basically HD595 dumbed-down by the plastic thingy). :P

 

As long as I get to hear the magic of Mahler, Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and others crystal clear and with emotional ("I LOVE THIS!") kind of thing. :D

 

EDIT: Forgot to ask. Do they benefit from a amp like Fiio E5/E7 or just slightly?


I have removed the foam simply because it was getting hyped so hard at one point.  I think it made a small difference,  but I honestly never found it to do anything as wild as people were claiming.  My 555s have more or less become my movie go-to cans when I can't have speakers blasting,  so I've always been a little wary to cut the inner grill out of them.

 

I really don't think the E5 will make a difference; fiio generally doesn't do much/anything for coloration of the sound and the 555s are already very easy to drive.  The E7 is more so a portable dac (with the bonus of a semi-effective amp), so you might see some improvement there from the dac.   If you wanted to throw more money at it you'd probably be better off stepping up the headphones.  If you were really set on a cheap amp (dropping less than $100) I'd tell you to check out the bravo/indeed/muse hybrid on ebay.  There's a big thread on them in the amplification forum.  They're rather toy-like,  but I semi recently got to play around with one owned by a friend of mine and was quite shocked at the richness they managed to add to my HD600s.

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Hi,

 

I'm thinking of buying Sennheiser HD 380 Pro, Sennheiser HD 518 or anything else in the $150 price class.

Sony MDR-XB700 also caught my interest, but I'm unsure if it sacrifices mid and high range for the extra bass.

 

The headphones are for home use, music, movies and games without amp.

Music is mainly psytrance, goa trance, extreme metal and some ambient.

 

I appreciate any advice.

 

Thank you.


It's hard to match just one pair of headphones to what you're looking at.   Generally something opened with a wide soundstage and not much lower-mid bass is going to be a lot better for games. (HD555s, AD700 -- go figure,  I was just talking about both of these for classical)   Unfortunately those qualities really aren't shared with something that might do well with the genres you listen to.  Ultrasone seems to hold the 'king of electronic music' title around here.  They always come highly recommended,  but I have no personal experience with them to speak on.

 

I think Denon D1001s/Creative Aurvana Live! (rebrand) would serve both your needs fairly well, but do try to stir up some information on ultrasone's offerings.

post #4804 of 29490

Hey guys, I'm 'in the market' for a nice set of phones.

I will mostly listen to them while at work, through my Macbook Pro. So they need to be closed.

 

Currently I own the Sennheiser HD201, which I like very much for it's laidback and natural sound. Also I can listen to them all day without fatigue and without sweating my ears off. So overall, I like them very much, but I want to take my listening experience a few notches up.

My girlfriend has a pair of Sennheiser HD447's, in some ranges a bit more detail than the 201's, but overall too boomy on the bass, muddy mid's and lacking high's.

 

I fell in love with the HD598's, both in looks and sound. My god, those are amazing! But.. they are open cans, so can't use them at work. They would be above my budget but I can get a good deal on them (50% off).

 

This weekend I went for a listen in a hifi store and have two models which I like very much: the Denon AH-D1100 and Beyer Dynamics DT660.

I like the warm, rich sound of the DT660's but I'm afraid it will get tiresome. I think in the end the natural, clear, brisk sound of the Denon's will suit me better for extended listening.

 

I have read some good and some bad reviews about both cans, but couldn't find a comparison between the two.

 

So my question is: which of the two would you recommend, and why? Also bear in mind that I don't have an amp and don't intend to buy one in the near future.

Are there other cans I should definitely listen to?

 

Thanks a bunch!

 

 

Edit: Maybe a good idea to state something about my musical preference: it's very broad: pop, 60s/70s, (hard, soft, classic, acoustic, symfonic) rock, some metal, hip hop, some classical, very little dance/house/techno.


Edited by dhaarbrink - 6/20/11 at 1:53am
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

So...what kind of music does your friend like?
 



 

 

Broadway and vocal music, mostly, with a bit of mainstream and rock/altrock thrown into the mix.
 

 

post #4806 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Yuri Ius View Post

Thank you for the answer, I heard that they have that cracking problem, but I will take well care of them and I'll only use them at home (so I hope there won't be any problem). Did you do the mods? I won't do them, at least in the first year or two (altought I know they are basically HD595 dumbed-down by the plastic thingy). :P

 

As long as I get to hear the magic of Mahler, Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and others crystal clear and with emotional ("I LOVE THIS!") kind of thing. :D

 

EDIT: Forgot to ask. Do they benefit from a amp like Fiio E5/E7 or just slightly?


i can attest to the fact that the e5 does nothing to sound if minimal.  If a low cost volume booster for high impedance phones.  for 20 bucks tho its worth it.  

 

post #4807 of 29490

Hi,

 

I currently have an AT M50, but I'm wondering if I can find a good upgrade for about ~$150...

I need a true all-rounder! I need good vocals and more open sound!

I don't need more bass then the M50, maybe better...

 

On the first run I was looking at the Fischer Audio FA-003, and the new FA-011 (nearly hit the buy button, but I got unsure. No obvious reasons)... I know the 003 is bit over budget, but it might fit...

As I've been told, the FA-011 is a good step up from the M50, and the FA-003 is even better, though they are different ( closed vs open / fun signature vs the "neutral champ")

I'm a bit surprised the Fischers are so overlooked here...at least it seems like for me.

 

I don't have an amp yet, but its on my list (only in the $100-120 range, but I have no idea)...I have a Cowon S9 only as a source...(and a laptop, but I barely listen my M50 with that)

 

I need suggestions of course! That's why I'm here!

Thanks in advance!

Attila

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Originally Posted by attika89 View Post

Hi,

 

I currently have an AT M50, but I'm wondering if I can find a good upgrade for about ~$150...

I need a true all-rounder! I need good vocals and more open sound!

I don't need more bass then the M50, maybe better...

 

On the first run I was looking at the Fischer Audio FA-003, and the new FA-011 (nearly hit the buy button, but I got unsure. No obvious reasons)... I know the 003 is bit over budget, but it might fit...

As I've been told, the FA-011 is a good step up from the M50, and the FA-003 is even better, though they are different ( closed vs open / fun signature vs the "neutral champ")

I'm a bit surprised the Fischers are so overlooked here...at least it seems like for me.

 

I don't have an amp yet, but its on my list (only in the $100-120 range, but I have no idea)...I have a Cowon S9 only as a source...(and a laptop, but I barely listen my M50 with that)

 

I need suggestions of course! That's why I'm here!

Thanks in advance!

Attila


If you don't mind leaping into open headphones, I am always surprised by the good sound of entry-level Grado/Alessandro headphones.  They will do well without an amp so you could also save your pennies there (and if you're curious if you're missing anything, you can easily compare your Cowon to a stereo headphone jack).  You might not be able to find Grados as easily in Hungary, but I believe MS-1 can be shipped anywhere for a reasonable price.  Haven't heard Fisher headphones, so can't comment on those.

 

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If you don't mind leaping into open headphones, I am always surprised by the good sound of entry-level Grado/Alessandro headphones.  They will do well without an amp so you could also save your pennies there (and if you're curious if you're missing anything, you can easily compare your Cowon to a stereo headphone jack).  You might not be able to find Grados as easily in Hungary, but I believe MS-1 can be shipped anywhere for a reasonable price.  Haven't heard Fisher headphones, so can't comment on those.

 

Thanks eucariote!

I don't mind open headphones and what is more, that's why I'm leading towards the FA-011.

 

As for the Grados...well I only know that they can be harsh and uncomfortable, and they are everything but not all-rounders.

This is what came down for me about them...True/ Not true, i don't really know...

 

 


Edited by attika89 - 6/20/11 at 11:46am
post #4810 of 29490
hi hello, looking for a new friend or replacement for my HD650 (would prefer replacement cause I prefer just having one pair of headphones for music... but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do when you gotta do it etc)
I do like the HD650 a lot because of the non harsh treble and smooth mids/vocals... a few things I would change, though

having befriended a pair of DT880 600Ohm recently, I find a lot of things I would very much prefer from these than in the HD650.
I like that the treble is a bit more extended here but not too harsh, and I prefer the soundstage of these too I think. sounds a bit wider.
I do however feel that the HD650 are a bit "closer" to the music, so kinda feels more energetic or how to say it. not sure why this is but I felt that with AKG K701 too...
not a fan at all of deep bass, actually like the slight lack of bass that the AKG K701 have.

oh also: comfort is VERY important! I do not really like leather pads at all

is it possible to find a middle ground here somewhere with what I've described?
I don't really care if they're open or closed as long as they could fit the few criterias I have.

not looking to spend more than 400 eur but can do if necessary

thanks!
Edited by munchzilla - 6/20/11 at 5:24pm
post #4811 of 29490

Have any Australians ordered from Headroom?

 

If you can give me an estimation of the shipping time of when your package arrived.

 

I'm pretty set on purchasing the Denon AH-D2000 + Headroom Micro Amp.

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i ended up going to bayNbloor radio and their selection was awful. 

 

they only had the Senns hd448 and wow was i shocked at how poorly flimsy cheap looking Senns are but yeah BnB radio was a waste of time.

 

looks like it'll come down to the m50s or q40s, and i can get the q40s for a good price and also sold locally so np.

 

as for ultrasones too much hassle to order online, waiting, check if contents are accurate, warranty issues, etc. etc. so prob get ultrasones when they are sold here locally.

 

as for the m50s i was wondering if theres a difference in performance if its straight cable or not

 

ah almost forgot, i tried on shure 840s and i thought my head was BIG lol...no way are these headphones worth $200+ let alone their weight/size - pass

 

thx in advance


Edited by lalalaaa - 6/21/11 at 5:00am
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Tried making my own thread, but to no avail. So I'll try in here.

 

Hi guys. I'm looking for a new pair of headphones with good noise cancellation, and preferably not over the ear ones. I'm mainly going to be using them to play at video game tournaments and to actually travel to said tournaments, so I need ones that will block out the sound of people possibly screaming right next to me so that I can focus with just my music on to pump me up. I also don't want something to clunky or uncomfortable ( Tried the Sennheiser HD280 and they were much to big). I also need it to isolate the sound to so that I don't bother the person next to me on road trips or flights as I do listen to my music pretty damn loud. Right now all I have is my Klipsh IEMs that have done me much justice for working out, but I need something with a little more of a punch for my situation.

 

I listen to a wide variety of music, but my library is mostly dominated by hardcore-ish music. I do listen to the occasional jazz or rap though to calm the nerves. As of right now I'll be playing them off of my iphone, but I do plan on getting a new HTC EVO when the new one comes out so if that needs to be taken into consideration, there you go.

 

I don't care to much about the stylish aspect, but like I said I don't want anything to clunky as I do tend to wear them around my neck at times and its a pain in the ass  if they're to big.

 

Also, I work at Best Buy. As you can imagine I get a sick discount on their inventory. So if you think of something that they have on their website that you think would be good for me, that'd be awesome. But it's not required, I'm willing to dish out more. Just no used headphones, I don't trust electronics used. Speaking of dishing out, my budget is around $150. Like I said though, if you can find it on the Best Buy website it would probably be significantly cheaper than expected.

 

Oh and one last thing, no curly cords. That's one thing I really ahted about the HD280s, the curly cord was the death of me.

 

 

Sorry for the wall of text. Just want to make sure you guys know what I want. :]

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I know you hate used stuff, but on Head-Fi...Get over that. Most people here baby the crap out of their equipment.

 

Find someone with good feedback and buy a pair of Sennheiser HD 25-1 IIs.

 

They honestly sound just about perfect for what you're talking about. They're just slightly over your budget new at $200.
 

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Tried making my own thread, but to no avail. So I'll try in here.

 

Hi guys. I'm looking for a new pair of headphones with good noise cancellation, and preferably not over the ear ones. I'm mainly going to be using them to play at video game tournaments and to actually travel to said tournaments, so I need ones that will block out the sound of people possibly screaming right next to me so that I can focus with just my music on to pump me up. I also don't want something to clunky or uncomfortable ( Tried the Sennheiser HD280 and they were much to big). I also need it to isolate the sound to so that I don't bother the person next to me on road trips or flights as I do listen to my music pretty damn loud. Right now all I have is my Klipsh IEMs that have done me much justice for working out, but I need something with a little more of a punch for my situation.

 

I listen to a wide variety of music, but my library is mostly dominated by hardcore-ish music. I do listen to the occasional jazz or rap though to calm the nerves. As of right now I'll be playing them off of my iphone, but I do plan on getting a new HTC EVO when the new one comes out so if that needs to be taken into consideration, there you go.

 

I don't care to much about the stylish aspect, but like I said I don't want anything to clunky as I do tend to wear them around my neck at times and its a pain in the ass  if they're to big.

 

Also, I work at Best Buy. As you can imagine I get a sick discount on their inventory. So if you think of something that they have on their website that you think would be good for me, that'd be awesome. But it's not required, I'm willing to dish out more. Just no used headphones, I don't trust electronics used. Speaking of dishing out, my budget is around $150. Like I said though, if you can find it on the Best Buy website it would probably be significantly cheaper than expected.

 

Oh and one last thing, no curly cords. That's one thing I really ahted about the HD280s, the curly cord was the death of me.

 

 

Sorry for the wall of text. Just want to make sure you guys know what I want. :]



 

 

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