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post #4816 of 29491
In a last-minute birthday dilemma, need advice!
My husband has been talking about Dr. Dre's Beat Pro headphones for a while and I thought it would be the perfect gift for my music-crazed guy. But looking at the reviews I'm worried about their clarity.

Music: Grateful Dead, Phish, jazz, electronic, anything with a former member of the Grateful Dead.
medium:laptop, iPhone/iPod/iPad, streaming digital from hard drive.
Location: work (cubical), home, maybe hotel on travel.


The one major factor I can see for the Beats pro is that it has it's own amplification (I think, I know nothing about this stuff). The other headphone I was looking at is the sennheiser hd 598 but I think it might need a amp and I have no idea what to get for that.
Do you guys have any suggestions?

Total budget $600

Eta: noticeable headphones are a plus for him at work so people won't bother him

Eata: Bottom Line: what headphones are better than the Beats Pro within +-$100 of their price that also don't need an amp for iPad/iPod use?

Or
What combo of headphones + portable amp is better than beats pro within $200

Thanks!
Edited by Indiejones - 6/21/11 at 2:49pm
post #4817 of 29491
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Originally Posted by munchzilla View Post

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!

shameful bump, someone must have some insight here redface.gif
post #4818 of 29491

I need ear muffs with some sound for cheap.

 

I work in a noisy office and one of my employees is having trouble drowning out the office noise.  I want the cheapest headphones I can find that block as much noise as possible.  Sound quality is a distant second.

 

I found a pair of Senn HD 201s for $15 at Frys and despite them being closed back, they leak a good amount of sound and actually sound pretty good.  Best $15 headphones I've ever tried.  I might keep these myself and leave my HD555 for home use.  But, 90% of the time these will be used as fashionable ear muffs rather than for music.  Any suggestions?  I'd prefer over ear.

post #4819 of 29491
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Originally Posted by attika89 View Post

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...

 

 

True, many in the SR series are pretty bright.  A warmer model, like an MS-1 (or HF-1, RS-1) with a warmer source, like a uDac or Fiio with bass boost would balance out pretty well imo.  For example, I like my RS-1 with a warm amp almost as much as LCD-2 (which many consider the best hp available) with most kinds of music.  The headphone you mention might be good, but I haven't heard it.  Perhaps someone who has can chime in.
 

 

post #4820 of 29491

 

Comparing MS1i and SR80i; whichever is best for the more extreme metal genres? I mainly listen to death, folk, thrash, black and all the inbetweens. I will most likely also use my headphones for gaming, but that is not a main priority. Sample songs: Vital Remains - DechristianizeDefeated Sanity - Consumed By RepugnanceWintersun - Death and the Healing, Immortal - One By One.

 

As far as I've read up, MS1 has better mid range while SR80 has better bass and highs. Also, SR80 is more aggressive than MS1. This however basically tells me nothing, as the only good pair of headphones I've ever owned was (is) a pair of HD465 (Sennheiser, accidentially stomped them and now have reduced volume on one can after repairs). Important to note is that MS1i can be bought for 100$ with free shipping from US, whilst SR80i seems to cost the double (190$) in Swedish stores (hate our tech prices!). Furthermore, cans like HD485's also seem great, being an upgrade to my HD465, but HD485 specifically are unfortunately out of production!

 

Can SR80i's be obtained more cheaply over here? Whichever should I go for? Should I even perhaps go for an equivalent pair of Sennheisers instead, and if such, what currently produced pair is equivalent? 

 

I'll be very greatful to any attempts to make me wiser in this question, and I know you guys possess that wisdom! :)

 

post #4821 of 29491

I owned some Grado SR-60is for a few months.  Sound great but the covers on the earpads were not very comfortable after prolonged wear so sold them.  Terrific sound though.

post #4822 of 29491

Any other reputable stores that sell the DENON D2000? Headroom don't have any stock (for at least 2 weeks) and I WANT TO BUY NOW :(

post #4823 of 29491

Go buy Shure SRH840. Own a pair and love them beyersmile.png

A lot of good reviews on it too. Costs about $200 AUD in Aus so even cheaper in US and compares to cans costing a lot more.

post #4824 of 29491
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Originally Posted by SunBakedEmoKid View Post

Go buy Shure SRH840. Own a pair and love them beyersmile.png

A lot of good reviews on it too. Costs about $200 AUD in Aus so even cheaper in US and compares to cans costing a lot more.



i love mine to. good bang for the buck.

post #4825 of 29491

I need headphones to wear at work. I work in an office with an open floor plan, meaning everyone can see and hear everyone else, which sucks. I need to be able to hear people asking me questions from behind me, and preferably hear them from a few desks away. I also need cans that other people can't hear. I'm currently using Etymotic ER4-Ps but I simply can't use them anymore because I can't hear anything going on around me no matter how low the volume.

 

So it seems as though I need closed phones that don't go around my entire ear, and sound good and have good bass response at low(-ish) volumes. I'm open to headphones that need an amp. I'm also interested in phones that don't sound "distant" if that makes sense. After using iems for so long and having the sound "in my head", most regular headphones piss me off. I'd like to keep it all under $300 so the gf doesn't complain but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

 

I'm having trouble finding small-ish closed phones that don't have a million negative reviews and hope someone with more experience in this area than myself could help me out.

 

Thanks!

post #4826 of 29491

Have not been looking at the Shure's to be honest. Might dig through reviews, although do they offere a similar sound signature to the D2K's?

post #4827 of 29491
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Originally Posted by MetroBBOY View Post

Have not been looking at the Shure's to be honest. Might dig through reviews, although do they offere a similar sound signature to the D2K's?



They're very different.  SRH840 have narrower soundstage (bad) but less recessed mids (good).  As much as I love SRH840, I prefer the Denons for having a much more open, spacious sound.

 

I believe the J&R carry them and ship internationally.

post #4828 of 29491
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Originally Posted by eucariote View Post





They're very different.  SRH840 have narrower soundstage (bad) but less recessed mids (good).  As much as I love SRH840, I prefer the Denons for having a much more open, spacious sound.

 

I believe the J&R carry them and ship internationally.


i just double up the pads. it improves the sound stage by placing the drivers farther from your ears.

 

post #4829 of 29491

Heya.

 

This past weekend I ordered a A700 (should come in tomorrow) and a budget soundcard (Xonar DG) so I won't have my onboard holding me back so much. But, a quick question: In reference to the A700, did I make the right decision for my needs? (About 25% game, 50% music, 25% movies). Music genres that I mainly listen to are various EDM/IDM (Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, etc.), and pretty much lots of "light" to "medium" electronic (Imogen Heap, Postal Service, Modwheelmood to Fever Ray, Justice, Massive Attack, Nine Inch Nails).

No metal, dubstep, etc.

 

Mind you, I'm upgrading from a pair of Sony MDR-XD200 (Cheap $30, but good bang-for-the-buck) running off of onboard.

Hoping that I love and am impressed with the new setup, more than highly regret and have to send back. :P

 


Edited by themando - 6/21/11 at 9:50pm
post #4830 of 29491

Ah for crying out loud, J&R don't have stock of the D2K as well. All of the cans I want are not available. This must be a sign or something..

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