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Originally Posted by HyperionXL View Post

Most of this stuff isn't readily available in Thailand. Went around the higher end malls and only found 1 place with some AudioTechnicas, Sens, Shures and Sonys.


These are the perennial favourites of the brands:

AT: M50, AD700, A700

Senn: HD25-1-ii, any of the HD5xx or 6x0 series

Shure: 840, 750

Sony: V6, 7506
 

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Originally Posted by Cortlendt View Post

Thanks, Armaegis. Looks like ESW9 can be a hit for me if I manage with the comfort of theirs.

What about ESW9 fakes? Are they often? Can anyone recommend a good seller?

 

Decisions, decisions...

 

I have another question to the community - on the bass side, are Sennheiser HD 25-1 II and Denon D2000 as boomy as Audio Technica ATH-M50? This is a deciding factor for me.


HD25-1-ii has the most well defined and impactful bass, D2000 has the deepest bass. The M50 slots somewhere in between.

 


 

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Originally Posted by starbux48 View Post

Just saw this thread after I had already started another one.  What's the best under $200 over-ear for classical/Jazz ensembles?  Detail, soundstage, especially good mids & highs, tight but not overpowered bass.  Comfy for long listening.  Also listen to rock, celtic, pop.  Used to have Grado SR-60is but extended wear made them itchy to me.  Soundwise I would have kept them.  If could only find some other kind of pads to put on them would buy them again for their price/performance.

 

Want soundstage and detail when listening to classical and jazz pieces.  Being able to hear jazz vocalists position relative to upright bass player & percussionist for example.  Crisp, clean sound, which again the Grados seemed to do minus the comfort factor.  As most know, they are even under $100 much less $200.

 

Comfort, comfort, comfort.  Also maybe form factor good for lying in bed listening to symphony or longer pieces.


There are a couple varieties of pads for the grados...

http://www.headphone.com/brands/grado.php

People also like to use Senn 414 pads, and there are countless pad mods out there. Check the bottom of the page here for options:

http://gilmore2.chem.northwestern.edu/projects/showfile.php?file=grado_prj.htm


 

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Originally Posted by Stitch View Post

I am considering a future upgrade in the €1000 range. Its nowhere in the near future and would like to make an educated decision.

 

My current cans are the DT880/250 and the SR325is and i love both sound signatures. I have been eyeballing the T1 since it came out and had my mind set on them for an upgrade.

After returning to head-fi after a 5 month absence the LCD-2 and HE-500 poked my interest.

My music is mostly metal in basicly every shape and form, blues and classic rock/pop-rock.

However i would like to avoid an amp or dac upgrade for a while after waiting 4 months(!) for a GS-1 last year.

It seems that the T1 and LCD-2 are pretty good for metal, how about the HE-500? And how about driving them from the GS-1? I do not expect my LD MKIII pulling it off tbh.

 

And what do you guys think about the RS1i and maybe the GS1000i?

 

 

 


While I haven't heard those high end headphones, from the reviews I've read I seem to recall the T1 described as being a bit more treble prominent, which matches your preferences for the DT880 and SR325. They will also be easier to drive, as the other two are orthos which are power hungry.

 

Still, at that price point you're best off searching through their specific threads and asking questions there. It's predominantly a mid-fi crowd in here.


 

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Originally Posted by RBP901 View Post

Because I'm getting some complaints lately about loud music in the house, I'm trying to find some decent heaphones to wear. It's for listening and (basic) mixing properties. Unfortunately my budget isn't that big, so I was thinking of something in between 70-80 euros. (around 100 dollars)  It's for dance/house and hiphop/rnb /production music mainly.

I got the ReLoop HR-3500 PRO recommended. I hear because it's a closed one though it gets tiring on the ears, plus I was told they're more for live recording than for home use listening and mixing. I can get these used (only couple of times) for 35 euros though.

Another one I got recommended is the AKG K 121 studio headphones, these go for around 70 euro.


Also I heard about the stanton pro dj 2000, only just from one person though who liked it. Seems like the frequency range of it, especially in the low, will effect the sound ?
 

Anyone want to share their thoughts on this matter? Perhapse there are way better option for me!

 


Avoid anything with a strong bass. While it might make your music "sound" better, it will mess up with your mixes and your levels will be inverted from what you want.

 

Good studio phones would be the Senn HD280 and Sony V6 or 7506. Both have been around a long time and for good reason. Both offer good isolation and good neutral frequency response.

 

post #4907 of 29490

I own an Alessandro MS-1 and the sound leakage is bad when used in a library. I knew that the MS-1s were open headphones and leaks sound, but I wasn't aware of how badly the sound leaks since they were officially my first pair of headphones. I used to steal my boyfriend's Denon D2000 before this and since they were closed, I expected opens to be somewhat similar too. I know, that was pretty silly of me.

 

Still, I really love my MS-1 and would love to get a nice closed headphones that's similar to its sound signature (nothing too bassy though). The genres I listen to are usually instrumental, pop, electropop (think OwlCity) and country. I've been recommeded the Shure SRH440 and SRH840 as well as the Beyerdynamic DT 660.

 

Note that I'm in Australia and have no way of testing these headphones out directly, so I'll have to resort to reviews and such. So I'd love to hear some comments on which is the better pair of headphones to pick. I suppose if all else fails, I would probably end up stealing the boyfriend's D2000 for personal use. =P


Edited by Miyrae - 6/24/11 at 8:59am
post #4908 of 29490

Hi,

 

 In the next couple weeks I'm going to be traveling a lot. There will be sometime in the air and plenty in an environment that I will have be able not to disturb people studying as I watch tv or play video games. I am a complete noob but looking for something that will hit mainly what I'm looking for. I'll be in the air on average about 5+ hours a trip. I do not really care for IEM's, canals and buds. I'm looking about $300 to spend US. I have had my eye on B & W P5's, Senn 380 HD. and the 280, also the Shure SRH840. I was wondering what you all thought of. My biggest problem is finding a place I can try them on.  Any help much appreciated.

 

 

post #4909 of 29490

Quick question -

 

Should I buy HD650 with a Little Dot MKiii or a Fiio E9/E7

 

OR

 

FA-003 with maybe a small amp (bithead)

 

?

 

Is it worth the extra money for a HD650 and an amp or should I just go with the less

expensive option?

post #4910 of 29490

ok so i'm tired of plugging/unplugging headphones when i want to play games/listen to music, I need a cheap amp (for the k702) that i'd connect to my Burson HA-160D. my budget is £100.

 

 

post #4911 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by Miyrae View Post

I own an Alessandro MS-1 and the sound leakage is bad when used in a library. I knew that the MS-1s were open headphones and leaks sound, but I wasn't aware of how badly the sound leaks since they were officially my first pair of headphones. I used to steal my boyfriend's Denon D2000 before this and since they were closed, I expected opens to be somewhat similar too. I know, that was pretty silly of me.

 

Still, I really love my MS-1 and would love to get a nice closed headphones that's similar to its sound signature (nothing too bassy though). The genres I listen to are usually instrumental, pop, electropop (think OwlCity) and country. I've been recommeded the Shure SRH440 and SRH840 as well as the Beyerdynamic DT 660.

 

Note that I'm in Australia and have no way of testing these headphones out directly, so I'll have to resort to reviews and such. So I'd love to hear some comments on which is the better pair of headphones to pick. I suppose if all else fails, I would probably end up stealing the boyfriend's D2000 for personal use. =P


For something similar to a Grado sound yet closed, I really enjoy the Phiaton MS300. It's got a really nice detailed midrange and offers up a surprising punch in the bass that doesn't overwhelm, and is nicely portable with it's own case.

 

Other cans for you to consider could be the Shure 440, Sony V6 or 7506.

 



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Originally Posted by telsacoil View Post

Hi,

 

 In the next couple weeks I'm going to be traveling a lot. There will be sometime in the air and plenty in an environment that I will have be able not to disturb people studying as I watch tv or play video games. I am a complete noob but looking for something that will hit mainly what I'm looking for. I'll be in the air on average about 5+ hours a trip. I do not really care for IEM's, canals and buds. I'm looking about $300 to spend US. I have had my eye on B & W P5's, Senn 380 HD. and the 280, also the Shure SRH840. I was wondering what you all thought of. My biggest problem is finding a place I can try them on.  Any help much appreciated.

 

 


The P5 and HD380 are both very comfortable and have excellent passive isolation. The HD380 also has an active noise cancelling version in the PXC350/450, which may be worth considering if you're on a plane a lot. The HD280 is good but not as comfortable. The 840 is also good and has a bassier signature than the others, but doesn't isolate as well.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by jums View Post

Quick question -

 

Should I buy HD650 with a Little Dot MKiii or a Fiio E9/E7

 

OR

 

FA-003 with maybe a small amp (bithead)

 

?

 

Is it worth the extra money for a HD650 and an amp or should I just go with the less

expensive option?


If the extra cost is already giving you pause, then get the cheaper option and be happy with it and avoid the upgrade temptation.

 



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Originally Posted by Dreaming Of A Better ... View Post

ok so i'm tired of plugging/unplugging headphones when i want to play games/listen to music, I need a cheap amp (for the k702) that i'd connect to my Burson HA-160D. my budget is £100.

 

 


Get a home receiver from a garage sale. Cheap, simple, and it works.

 

post #4912 of 29490

I have highlighted some parts if you want to skim thru and see if it's worth reading the whole thing.

 

Hello everybody I'm seeking advice from you lovely people of Head-Fi, I've been reading reviews and threads for a couple of weeks now, comparing headphones and I've finally narrowed it down.

Then I got hit by the doubt bug again!

I'm torn, I would love to buy a pair Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm but I can't try them before buying as there are no distributors in my area! (apparently there are only two in the whole country...)

The thing is I will probably think they're awesome (I'm coming from cheap-ish gaming headsets...) without knowing what I might be missing, for example I'm curious if I'd prefer the bass of the DT990s or maybe a whole different kind of headphone altogether.

So I thought, what if I buy a bunch of less expensive headphones instead so I can cover a good range of sonic signatures. (wide soundstage, bass heavy, balanced etc.)

That way I may be able to understand more the descriptions in reviews and be able to choose more confidently.

I am also going to buy a better soundcard for my computer most likely an Asus Essence STX.

If I decide to buy the DT880 I would also like to get an e7 and e9 combo for semi-portable use i.e. laptop, for better sound than onboard audio and amplification.

For home use I will either use the STX or a Pioneer SA-6300. (my dad got it in the 70s)
Here are the specs on the Pioneer (from my, little, knowledge it should suffice until I get a better amp)
Specs.

My overall budget is about 400£/450euros.

I'm open to suggestions like buying a couple of headphones and an amp or just headphones or avoiding the soundcard etc.

Now for my taste in music and uses for the headphones.

I listen to metal and it's various subgenres (trash, death, heavy etc), hard rock, rock, blues, D&B, house (mostly Daft Punk), a little bit of dubstep and hip hop.
Metal and rock are the ones I listen to the most.

I also watch plenty of movies and I use my pc for gaming too. (I might get some headphones just for this use in the future tho so don't consider these uses too important)

As far as sound preferences goes I would avoid headphones that lack bass but I'm not really sure if I'd like to have a lot of bass, I definitely don't like boomy bass or muddied sound, I get enough of those now between my current headphones (Plantronics 777, yeah I know..) and speakers some old logitech 5.1.

If you're wondering about my source I will use CDs and FLAC files on my pc and I also got a good collection of vinyls.

Wrapping this thing up basically I want to get started in the world of better sound quality and I'm definitely going to upgrade in the future, better phones, amps, turntables and dedicated CD players.

Well if you have been able to read this whole wall of text, congrats and thank you for your time!

post #4913 of 29490

Hey all. I currently own a pair of PortaPro and I loved it, right up until the point where the cord started deteriorating. I have shipped it in for repairs and decided that I should invest in a pair of headphones I could use at home. I want the following out of my headphones:

-supra-aural: It's just that much more comfortable

-light weight: I listen to music for hours at a time. I want a pair of headphones that I could sit for hours on end and not be distracted by my head being dragged down by the headphones.

-closed: This is not a big one. I realize the PortaPro is an open headphone, but I want a pair that I could sit in my room and study with and not distract others. If there is a pair of headphones that fits the other criteria, but is open, I'm all ears and wouldn't mind trying it out.

-Bass receptive: I loved how strong the bass was on the PortaPro until they got damaged. From what I read, the PortaPros have a more atmospheric sound, rather than a distinct, clear sound. I can definitely see that, and I have no preference regarding that matter. However, bass is still important.

-Durability: I would prefer a pair of headphones that could survive a bit of wear and tear. I have a history of damaging headphones, either the cord or the connecting pieces between the cups and the headbands. Then again, all of my past headphones have been cheap.

-Cost: Less than $150.

 

A couple of headphones I was looking at, because people were suggesting them to me: Grado SR80i, Audio Technica ATH-AD700, SHURE SRH440/840/940 and Alessandro MS1. From what I hear, the MS1 and the AD700 are lacking in bass and the SHURE models are not very comfortable. My friend has Grado SR60i's and I've tried them out. I liked them for the most part, but they leaked a lot more sound than I was expecting and the bass response was not quite there. If anyone knows the difference between the SR80i and the SR60i, that would be helpful also. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know. By the way, I'm looking at the Phiaton MS300 right now and it seems like a great bet thus far. Anyway, thank you for replying.

post #4914 of 29490
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Originally Posted by The Dark Shadow View Post

I have highlighted some parts if you want to skim thru and see if it's worth reading the whole thing.

 

Hello everybody I'm seeking advice from you lovely people of Head-Fi, I've been reading reviews and threads for a couple of weeks now, comparing headphones and I've finally narrowed it down.

Then I got hit by the doubt bug again!

I'm torn, I would love to buy a pair Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm but I can't try them before buying as there are no distributors in my area! (apparently there are only two in the whole country...)

The thing is I will probably think they're awesome (I'm coming from cheap-ish gaming headsets...) without knowing what I might be missing, for example I'm curious if I'd prefer the bass of the DT990s or maybe a whole different kind of headphone altogether.

So I thought, what if I buy a bunch of less expensive headphones instead so I can cover a good range of sonic signatures. (wide soundstage, bass heavy, balanced etc.)

That way I may be able to understand more the descriptions in reviews and be able to choose more confidently.

I am also going to buy a better soundcard for my computer most likely an Asus Essence STX.

If I decide to buy the DT880 I would also like to get an e7 and e9 combo for semi-portable use i.e. laptop, for better sound than onboard audio and amplification.

For home use I will either use the STX or a Pioneer SA-6300. (my dad got it in the 70s)
Here are the specs on the Pioneer (from my, little, knowledge it should suffice until I get a better amp)
Specs.

My overall budget is about 400£/450euros.

I'm open to suggestions like buying a couple of headphones and an amp or just headphones or avoiding the soundcard etc.

Now for my taste in music and uses for the headphones.

I listen to metal and it's various subgenres (trash, death, heavy etc), hard rock, rock, blues, D&B, house (mostly Daft Punk), a little bit of dubstep and hip hop.
Metal and rock are the ones I listen to the most.

I also watch plenty of movies and I use my pc for gaming too. (I might get some headphones just for this use in the future tho so don't consider these uses too important)

As far as sound preferences goes I would avoid headphones that lack bass but I'm not really sure if I'd like to have a lot of bass, I definitely don't like boomy bass or muddied sound, I get enough of those now between my current headphones (Plantronics 777, yeah I know..) and speakers some old logitech 5.1.

If you're wondering about my source I will use CDs and FLAC files on my pc and I also got a good collection of vinyls.

Wrapping this thing up basically I want to get started in the world of better sound quality and I'm definitely going to upgrade in the future, better phones, amps, turntables and dedicated CD players.

Well if you have been able to read this whole wall of text, congrats and thank you for your time!


As a starter set, the DT880 + e7/e9 is a pretty good setup.

 

For budget headphones to experience a few different brands, here are some popular starters:

Senn PX100-ii or PX200-ii

Koss KSC 75 or Porta Pros

Grado SR60/80 or Alessandro MS1 (the latter being cheaper for non Americans)

Sony V6/7506

Audio Technica M50

 

 

post #4915 of 29490

How do Grado and Beyerdynamic 'phones in the $300 range compare? What amp would go with each?

post #4916 of 29490

Here's the dilemma. I have these 558 and although they are seriously comfortable and I love the tingly soundstage, I too find them way too dark and laid back. I'm not a particular "laid back" person, so even when it comes to my laid back music I love some sparkle which my 558 fail to deliver. Are they boring? Well, with certain music I'd have to say yes. So maybe I should've thought ahead, but since they are relatively new to the market, maybe you could say I'm the lab mouse here. Back to the sound, the vocals were simply pushed back into the lower mids and not as sparkly as I would like, and though provided they are an open headphone, I did enjoy the bass alongside the low end for a while, but again, too dark for my tastes.

 

Enough with my mistake. What I'm now looking for is a pair that will satisfy that crave for a fun signature. A phone that has a bright, warm sound similar to the M50. I LOVE the bass on the M50. Defined, wholesome, full and fun, but not XBx00 boomy either. For my underground/alternative Hip-Hop its deep bass impact is just splendid. But then my beloved M50 expressed it's signature recessed mids that I didn't really notice before with my onboard sound. With the E7 it's fullness is stunning (BTW the M50 to me, loves amping, but can live without it) but is held back by the mids.

 

A Conclusion... Bottom Line is... I'm looking for a circumaural headphone that is closed (Setup is not in my own room, plus I'm out during the daytime, prefer isolation from the folks at night) has a full, bright but warm midrange, and has a deep tight bass like the M50 but more defined.

 

Durability is not a problem, and... these will be used at home so I'd say style isn't TOO important, especially since I have my M50 for portable use. Comfort however is definitely something important, though a little sweaty ear issue isn't much to me.

 

For those who must know, the genres will consist of mostly (Alternative) Hip Hop (Think Blue Scholars, Macklemore, Common, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Common Market, Talib Kweli, Mos Def) occasional Dream Theater, Muse, Massive Attack, and Buckethead/Joe Satriani masterpieces.

 

Important! Must stay under $350, amplification included. I have the Fiio E7, something to keep in mind.


Edited by Kudos - 6/25/11 at 3:46am
post #4917 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post




As a starter set, the DT880 + e7/e9 is a pretty good setup.

 

For budget headphones to experience a few different brands, here are some popular starters:

Senn PX100-ii or PX200-ii

Koss KSC 75 or Porta Pros

Grado SR60/80 or Alessandro MS1 (the latter being cheaper for non Americans)

Sony V6/7506

Audio Technica M50

 

 



First of all thanks for the answer!

 

I forgot to say I'm mostly looking to full size/circumaural headphones (even tho I'd still like to try some over the ear ones like the Grados).

 

I was thinking what if I raised my budget a bit and got the DT880 with e7/e9 combo AND another pair of headphones that are very different maybe even the opposite of the DT880?

 

That way I will have the DT880 and a different phone so I can compare.

 

What would be considered as the opposite or a very different signature?

 

Also one last question, I'm curious about the DT990 because it's regarded as being more "fun", in the DT770-DT880-DT990 range, if I get that instead of the DT880 and find out that the bass and treble are a bit too much will I be able to tone them down with my Pioneer tone control (This is what it can do: Bass: +9dB--8dB (100Hz) / Treble: ±6dB (10kHz) ), or with another future amp?

Wil I lose sound quality doing that?

 

Thanks again for your time!

post #4918 of 29490
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Originally Posted by The Dark Shadow View Post





First of all thanks for the answer!

 

I forgot to say I'm mostly looking to full size/circumaural headphones (even tho I'd still like to try some over the ear ones like the Grados).

 

I was thinking what if I raised my budget a bit and got the DT880 with e7/e9 combo AND another pair of headphones that are very different maybe even the opposite of the DT880?

 

That way I will have the DT880 and a different phone so I can compare.

 

What would be considered as the opposite or a very different signature?

 

Also one last question, I'm curious about the DT990 because it's regarded as being more "fun", in the DT770-DT880-DT990 range, if I get that instead of the DT880 and find out that the bass and treble are a bit too much will I be able to tone them down with my Pioneer tone control (This is what it can do: Bass: +9dB--8dB (100Hz) / Treble: ±6dB (10kHz) ), or with another future amp?

Wil I lose sound quality doing that?

 

Thanks again for your time!


don't get the dt990! (look at my picture-album, and u will understand!) if you want that "fun" sound. with alot of bass. Get the denon d2000. d2000 + fiio e7/e9 seems to be a really good combo! so rather go with dt880+d2000 then dt880+dt990. dt990 is horrible imho.

 

post #4919 of 29490
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Originally Posted by t-h-e-p-i-m-p View Post




don't get the dt990! (look at my picture-album, and u will understand!) if you want that "fun" sound. with alot of bass. Get the denon d2000. d2000 + fiio e7/e9 seems to be a really good combo! so rather go with dt880+d2000 then dt880+dt990. dt990 is horrible imho.

 


Thanks for the answer!

I was thinking about the D2000 as an alternative, so would it be different enough from the DT880?

Or maybe I should get the Denon and something else instead of the DT880, maybe a Sennheiser HD600?

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Edited by t-h-e-p-i-m-p - 6/25/11 at 5:34am
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