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 $30, but good bang-for-the-buck) running off of onboard.
Hoping that I love and am impressed with the new setup, more than highly regret and have to send back. :P
You've already bought them. Take a step back from the forums and don't second guess yourself; enjoy your new toys. The forums here place an incredible amount of pressure to always buy new things and make us doubt ourselves.
For high end isolation, the best headphones I've come across are:
Beyer DT770 (I hear the optional gel pads are even better)
All of these are out of your budget except for the HD280, and I wouldn't really consider any of them for competitive gaming as they all have somewhat smaller soundstages.
The HD25-1-ii is a good contender since it is close to your budget, and is fairly portable and very durable so will survive travel.
A while back I decided to purchase the Beyerdynamic DT 250s. However, I put off the actually purchasing part for so long, that I forgot why I chose them in the first place. So, I decided to just start over, but purchase faster this time.
I'd be using it, along with a FiiO E7 and E9, for listening to music primarily, so it being good for gaming or whatnot is not a concern. All types of music, from classical, to progressive rock, to country, to rap, so no real preference towards "this sounds better with genre-x." I want the best sound I can get, with as little genre preference as possible (it can sound better in some genres, just as long as it isn't crap for others), in the up to 200$ (could go a little bit higher if it's really a big quality difference) price-point.
Comfort is also an issue, as I hate being distracted while listening to music. Finally, and this is probably a problem that only I have, my current headphones (Audio-Technica ATH-AD700s) sometimes feel like they're louder in one ear than the other. I don't mean in a "they're messed up" way, but in a "the singer sounds like he's slightly, slightly, slightly more to the left than to the right" way. For whatever reason, vocals favoring one side of the headphone bother the crap out of me. I discovered that this slight difference may be due to the way the headphones sit on my head. The two little head-pads react slightly differently to pressure. The one on the left doesn't give way as much, leading the right side of the headphones to droop slightly. It's almost imperceptible, mind you, but I'm pretty sure that this is what's happening, as adjusting them has fixed the "slightly to the left" problem in the past.
So, what I'm trying to say, is that I'd prefer a style of headphone more like the DTH 250s (probably factored in to why I chose them in the first place), where there isn't really a possibility for left/right bias, than the style that the ATH-AD700s have.
I think that's it, but if there's anything useful that I might have left out, please tell me. Other than that, sorry about the wall o' text.
Since comfort and fit are highly important to you, I recommend heading down to your local music store and trying out a few headphones there. That's the only way to know for sure how they'll feel and sound for you.
Could anyone compare the D2000 and the HD25/HDJ2000 (I grouped the HD25/HDJ2000 together b/c I need comparisons involving the D2000 and have already seen many comparisons between these)?
My original plan was to purchase the D7000 + Yulong D1, but I've encountered an insurmountable obstacle, so I'm forced to mind my wallet more now.
The HD25-1-ii is the most U shaped in frequency response, the HDJ2000 less so. The D2000 is "flat" but sloped towards the bottom end and arguably has the deepest bass extension.
HD25 has the best isolation, HDJ2000 next, the Denon is terrible for isolation and leaks sound as well.
Admittedly, I've never heard the FA-003... but in general, prices are a pretty good indication of headphone rankings. I've heard a lot of headphones in the $200 price bracket and choosing amoung the better ones I would not say that any of them are a significant step up from each other.
I've heard the Beyer DT line and the Senn 600/650, and I would consider those a step up. I would actually consider orthos a step up as well, but the price ranges on those are all over the place, and modding seems to be the name of the game there.
Helping a friend out pick a nice set of cans for less $150 (less is better, but he seemed flexible).
1) He listens to funk, disco, house, lounge, and jazz.
2) No amps or dacs. He will most likely just plug this onto his PC.
3) He has Bose and Sony IEM's, so bass-anemic cans are most likely a no-no.
4) He likes to play FPS games, so positional accuracy is a plus, though not really a requirement.
This is for home use, so open or closed is fine. Since he lives with his fiancee, he might appreciate the isolation from closed cans.
I'll let him borrow my M50's for a weekend or so to see if he likes the sound signature, and if he finds them comfortable enough. We bought liked the price and the looks of the Ultrasone HFI-780 on amazon, but no idea if he'll like the sound sig.
Let me know if you folks have other suggestions. Thanks!
I would start off with something like the Shure 440 or Sony V6/7506. They are good all-rounders with decent isolation and don't have too much bass which preserves directionality for FPS games.
Edited by Armaegis - 6/22/11 at 11:35am