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Originally Posted by themando View Post

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

 


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.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Bunchies View Post

That's really my only option? No other headphone would fit my needs? Or is that just the best one that would?
 


For high end isolation, the best headphones I've come across are:

Senn HD280

Senn HD380

Senn HD25-1-ii

Beyer DT770 (I hear the optional gel pads are even better)

B&W P5

 

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.

 



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Originally Posted by Lukan View Post

Hey.

 

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.
 

 



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Originally Posted by Nom de Plume View Post

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.

 



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Originally Posted by attika89 View Post





Thanks Armaegis!

Not even the FA-003?! People say they are pretty close to the HD600 (some say they are just as good) or even the DT880...an those are definitely better then the M50...

 

Then what would you consider as true upgrade?


 

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.


 

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Originally Posted by flyingbangus View Post

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
post #4847 of 29490

Much thanks, Armaegis. My friend will be elated to hear that I won't "borrow" his D2000 anymore when I return to America. 

Update: He's not just elated - he's intoxicated by ecstasy - to hear that I won't ask to use, or simply take, his D2000 anymore, though he's noted that he'll have to demo the HD25 after I finally get them hahah. 


Edited by Nom de Plume - 6/22/11 at 11:09am
post #4848 of 29490

Hahah, thanks. That's what I've been trying to do, but yeah, reading reviews/other people's opinions on every suggested pair of headphones has been making me second guess my decision. I guess I'll find out sooner or later if it was the right decision for me. Thanks for the reply!
 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

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.
post #4849 of 29490

Hey guys,

 

I have a buddy out in Cali who is interested in getting a good starter set up.  He wants to bypass the initial head-fier stage of M50's unamped and such since he doesn't want to waste his money by upgrading in 6 months.  I will probably be building the amp and DAC for him because that way it will be much cheaper but the headphones are something I cannot build... duh.

 

He's looking for something with good resolution and detail that doesn't lack good bass.  He's not a basshead but he likes some healthy bass and probably wouldn't enjoy a headphone that was light on bass.  I'm having trouble thinking of a good headphone under $200 that will do it.  He doesn't care open or closed but I'd prefer if he went open tongue_smile.gif

 

Does anyone have any ideas?  Please don't suggest something you haven't auditioned as thats the whole reason I'm coming to this thread!

post #4850 of 29490
Hey guys,

Been on here before looking for advice but never pulled the trigger on anything.

I do all my listening on my iMac with iTunes. Most files are apple lossless with some at 320 and the rest have been downloaded and upgraded to iTunes +. Currently listening to Senn hd 555s un amped. Mainly Dave Matthews style acoustic stuff but also some electronic, rock, and heavier stuff like tool.

My setup is ok, but I really want a better soundstage and am looking to replicate the enjoyment of listening to good bookshelf or floor standing speakers. I only have about11-1200 to spend on amp/dac/headphones.

I was mainly looking at the headroom desktop amp/dac with the hd650's.

Amps are confusing. People just spout out model numbers and I have no idea who makes them or where to find them.

I have never listened to anything like the system that I am talking about building, so I have no idea what to expect. I don't want to be disappointed if it's only a little different from what I am listening to now. I think I am expecting to be blown away by this, but I dunno. I'm also looking at a pair of Martin Logan speakers and a new receiver for those. I have heard them many times and love the sound. I think I am expecting something like that in headphones, and I'm not sure if that's realistic or not.

So thoughts on the system?
Other alternatives?
Thoughts on speakers vs headphones?

Thanks everyone.

Schaaf.
post #4851 of 29490

Sound quality wise, which is the best one out of that lot. They sell both the HD280 and 380s at my job so I can actually get a pretty decent discount on them, but if the HD25s are much better in sound quality than I rather dish out the extra dough.

I wont be using it for gaming, just for listening to music while gaming. I need something with good isolation and noise cancellation so that I wont bother people around me but at the same time I wont be able to hear them.

 

EDIT: Scratch the 280s. I've tried them before and the clamping effect was straight up killing me. They're also too bulky for what I was looking for.
 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


For high end isolation, the best headphones I've come across are:

Senn HD280

Senn HD380

Senn HD25-1-ii

Beyer DT770 (I hear the optional gel pads are even better)

B&W P5

 

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.

 



 

 



 


Edited by Bunchies - 6/22/11 at 3:09pm
post #4852 of 29490

Thanks Armaegis, will look into those two as well. It might bit tricky to get enough bass so as not to suprise him from his Bose and Sony IEM's, but not too much that it ruins his favorite FPS games.

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

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.

 

 

Which reminds me, I should drop by Mad Lust Envy's thread..... L3000.gif

 

post #4853 of 29490

Hello Head-Fi'ers,

 

I am sort of looking for some open cans that are fairly cheap but good for the price obviously.

I currently have HD25-1ii as a portable can, but I am looking for something open at home that has an larger sound stage with good instrument separation.

The Budget for this is around up $150, maybe a bit more if theres something thats really worth it. Then again I wouldn't mind buying a cheaper option if available 

 

The type of music I listen to really varies, so maybe something that would be good with multiple genres. Also, I only have a Fiio E7 at the moment, so I'm not sure how that would change the choices(I'm a bit of a noob triportsad.gif). Should I look into combo'ing a E9 ?

 

 I would just like to know some of the better options out there!

 

Thanks for your help !

post #4854 of 29490

I'm looking to get a set of wireless headphones and have narrowed my choices down to the Sennheiser RS 170 vs RS 180 (although if there are other good choices that are out there for similar cost, I'm open to suggestions). They will be used mostly for Movies, Videogames and occasionally TV, (but not as much for music). 

I've tried searching for information comparing the two and ended up more confused than when I started.

Which one would you recommend? The difference in cost is not a huge deal, but obviously I don't like spending more money if it doesn't make a difference.

Thanks in advance for any opinions/input!

post #4855 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Tripod8 View Post

 

I am sort of looking for some open cans that are fairly cheap but good for the price obviously.

I currently have HD25-1ii as a portable can, but I am looking for something open at home that has an larger sound stage with good instrument separation.

The Budget for this is around up $150, maybe a bit more if theres something thats really worth it. Then again I wouldn't mind buying a cheaper option if available 

 

What country you live in and what kind of headphones you want, closed or open?

post #4856 of 29490

Hey everyone, I could use some help!

 

I want to buy a pair of headphones to use in a loud office environment and on trains. I've been told noise isolating headphones tend to be better than active noise cancellation, but I'm open to both.

 

I listen to all kinds of genres, my only requirements is they sound good (very subjective I know!) and that they do a great job of blocking out sounds. I'm looking to spend $300 or less but could be persuaded to go a bit higher.

 

What should I check out?

 

Thanks!

post #4857 of 29490
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Originally Posted by SunBakedEmoKid View Post



What country you live in and what kind of headphones you want, closed or open?



I live in Canada, I am looking at a set of Open Headphones

post #4858 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Tobitron View Post

Hey everyone, I could use some help!

 

I want to buy a pair of headphones to use in a loud office environment and on trains. I've been told noise isolating headphones tend to be better than active noise cancellation, but I'm open to both.

 

I listen to all kinds of genres, my only requirements is they sound good (very subjective I know!) and that they do a great job of blocking out sounds. I'm looking to spend $300 or less but could be persuaded to go a bit higher.

 

What should I check out?

 

Thanks!



You should probably check out IEMs as they isolate better then pretty much all headphones.

 

Check out Shure or Head-Direct RE0

post #4859 of 29490
Yet another request for new can advice.
 
I've been bitten by the audiophile collector bug. I'm pondering where to go next.
I've read LOADS of threads, plus a lot of this one, but feel I need to ask a specific question.
 
I started with my Denon AH-D2000's, which I love. I already had a Midiman Flying Cow DAC from years back, which I've supplimented with a V-Link USB to SPDIF device, which has done wonders by the way. So i'm happy with my source.
The next step some may deem as wrong for my cans but I fell in love with the reviews of the LittleDot MKIII tube amp and jumped on board, as my order was processed I paniced that the D2000s lower impedance of 25oms was too low for the LittleDot which was rated at min 30ohms. However some reassurances from David at little dot and some glowing commendations of the D2000s on the MKIII convinved me to let it arrive. I've spent many a night waking up with the cans on because I've just melted listening to the combo.
 
I'm over the moon. It's well burnt in now (150 hours plus) and I've tube rolled in some Mullard 8100s and some Mullard M8161's which are still burning in. Jury is still out on the new tubes.
However the Denons are closed back. I love them for it but I'm left wondering A) what I'm missing with open back cans B) what more sutable higher impedance cans would play like with the LittleDot in comparison.
 
So my buget is £100-£300 for new cans to add, compliment and/or contrast my D2000s. Open backed by preference and >30 ohms to match the LittleDot Tube amp.
 
I like the look and potential pairing of the Senheizer 650's. Am I going to hear an massive improvement vs the 2k's and my little dot?
Also HD600 or HD650? Both are highly rated and said to be different. But which first?
Grado's I understand are also too low impedance to make the LittleDot sing, despite being 30ohms.
So Beier dynamics? AKGs? Other?
 
Where should I go next?
 

Thanks in advance.  

post #4860 of 29490

Hi all, 

 

I tried my own thread but I didn't get too many responses. Then I saw this thread. So here is what Im looking for...

 

 

I've been on head-fi for awhile now, and have tried a few full size and iems. I need a pair of headphones that is pretty much what I described above and near the $200 dollar range. They can be either open or closed. I prefer a relatively balanced and natural sound. 

 

Very important to me is that the bass is tight and goes deep or certain songs just don't sound right. Drums need a little bit of impact and body.

 

The mids should be just right, I find mids very important for vocals but too much upper mids hurts a little.

 

The highs must be present, Cymabals should sound accurate without being piercing. The treble is definitely the least important factor for me.

 

Sound stage doesn't have to be huge, medium is fine. Imaging and seperation are very important. I love being able to hear clearly seperated instruments and vocals. I can't stand congested music. It is pretty much the definition of a bad headphone to me. Average detail is fine, a little smoothness goes along way to creating a natural sound. Correct timbre? or tone of instruments is also important to me, especially piano, acoustic guitar and drums. Bright headphones make everything sound high pitched and a huge bass hump can make instruments sound deeper then they actually are, I'm not interested in coloration.

 

I generally love "indy" rock that use acoustic instruments. Very little hiphop and techno and quite a few classic rock songs sum up my repertoire. Heres a short list of a few artists that I worship....

 

Arcade fire

Cold war kids

Regina Spektor

The Beatles (psychadellic)

The National

Daft Punk

Beirut

Alicia Keyes

Florence and the Machine

Solid gold

Vampire weekend

 

Oh and I'd like to add, I had some K701's I really enjoyed but it gave me pressure headaches at the ear pads and the sound stage is too big/fake, not intimate enough. :(

 

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