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when you're using your headphones and there is a lot of slack on the line, do you partially coil  the cord to prevent it from tangling or would that distort the audio?

post #5267 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Atavax View Post

when you're using your headphones and there is a lot of slack on the line, do you partially coil  the cord to prevent it from tangling or would that distort the audio?


sounds like a question for the science thread but I would say no it wont affect it thats what I do.
post #5268 of 29490

What's a good headphone that can fold/lie flat, great for female vocals and also good for some electronica music, and have a street price of less than $250?

 

I read the Ultrasone HFI-780 or PRO 750's are all right. AKG's are supposedly really great for female vocals, but they don't fold/lie flat unfortunately...

 

I was eying the Ultrasone HFI-580's or DJ1 PRO's, but their recessed mids might not be the best for vocals.


Edited by miceblue - 7/10/11 at 6:17pm
post #5269 of 29490
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

What's a good headphone that can fold/lie flat, great for female vocals and also good for some electronica music, and have a street price of less than $250?

 

I read the Ultrasone HFI-780 or PRO 750's are all right. AKG's are supposedly really great for female vocals, but they don't fold/lie flat unfortunately...

 

I was eying the Ultrasone HFI-580's or DJ1 PRO's, but their recessed mids might not be the best for vocals.


The mids on the HFI780 are fairly grainy.  Some people might complain about the mids not being forward enough, but I think the M50s did female vocals pretty well and they fold flat like you're looking for.

 

There's likely to be something better for a little more money but I haven't heard it myself.  The Audio Technica ESW9 might be worth a look.  From the FR graph I can see its pretty mid focused.  Never heard myself though so you might want to scare up some reviews.

post #5270 of 29490

Hey I'm new to this site so sorry for asking noobish questions in advance:

 

 

I bought the Audio Technica ATH-M50s to make listening to music a more enjoyable experience. I heard rave reviews and i thought they would blow me away since I've only ever had regular earphones that come with ipods. So when I got the headphones and tried them, I thought they sounded pretty good compared to my earphones but I wasn't blow away by them like I hoped. I am using a ipod touch 4g to drive them and a toshiba laptop. I mean don't get me wrong they are great but I was just a little disappointed since I set my expectations high. I heard burning them in will make them sound better, so I decided to do that by continuous songs and so far I am noticing a slight increase in SQ. Will more burn-in make them sound unbelievable as I hoped or are just perhaps not the right headphones for me. (Note that I play some mp3s on them and different kbps ranging from 24 to 320)

post #5271 of 29490
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The mids on the HFI780 are fairly grainy.  Some people might complain about the mids not being forward enough, but I think the M50s did female vocals pretty well and they fold flat like you're looking for.

 

There's likely to be something better for a little more money but I haven't heard it myself.  The Audio Technica ESW9 might be worth a look.  From the FR graph I can see its pretty mid focused.  Never heard myself though so you might want to scare up some reviews.

 

I was also eying the ESW9's. I'll try to see if I can find out more about these. I read about them in the 80 closed can shootout thread, which gave a nice description of its sound signature.

 

Does anyone else have other suggestions?
 

 

post #5272 of 29490

since i was ignored... again

 

i have been using my NFB-12 dac/amp for portable use i have a cowon j3 and mini^3. i will most likely eventually get a soha ii desktop amp though.

 

really looking for wide sound stage, rich mids but i dont want rolled off bass or treble either if possible. so preferrably open back. I need something to compliment my ultrasone pro 900's.

 

would grado or AKG be my piece of cake?

 

anything like this that can be had for $300 or under?

post #5273 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hello im sean View Post

really looking for wide sound stage, rich mids but i dont want rolled off bass or treble either if possible. so preferrably open back. I need something to compliment my ultrasone pro 900's.

 

would grado or AKG be my piece of cake?

 

anything like this that can be had for $300 or under?


All the Grados in that price range have pretty small soundstages unless you want to do some modding.  The K701s would be closer.  They've got a really wide soundstage but the mids are only so-so and the bass is rolled off.

 

Other common choices in your price range:  The open Beyers (880/990) have pretty good soundstages but cold mids.  Then Senn HD600 and HD650 have nice neutral to warmish mids but don't have very wide stages.  I've read that the HD598s keep the Senn mids and have a wider stage than the 600 and 650 but I haven't heard the 598s myself.

post #5274 of 29490

^ what maverickronin said. I do like the mids of HD600 a lot, and they have decent treble extension and good soundstage- the latter two features aren't especially pronounced, but that makes them more natural to my ears.  They lack slightly in bass impact which is my only quibble.  If you want everything (mids, bass, treble, soundstage) you might have to spend more.

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I have had the AKG-701 headphones for a few years and theord is shorting again so I want to get a new pair of headphones to replace these. Before them I had the hd-580s which were nice.

 

I will mostly use them for PC gaming and listening to music via the PC. I have an XFI soundcard (might get a new, better soundcard down the line) and an old PPA amp. I'm considering the

Audez LCD-2 or the Sennh Hd650s. My concern with the lcd-2 is the weight because I wear these for a few hours at a time. The k701 use to hurt my head a bit because the ribs on the headband would press too much but now I forget i have them on. Hoping the same would happen with the lcd-2s.

 

The HD650 im figuring would probably be a slight upgrade from my current phones but not too much $. Any suggestions would be great.

post #5276 of 29490
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I have had the AKG-701 headphones for a few years and theord is shorting again so I want to get a new pair of headphones to replace these. Before them I had the hd-580s which were nice.

 

I will mostly use them for PC gaming and listening to music via the PC. I have an XFI soundcard (might get a new, better soundcard down the line) and an old PPA amp. I'm considering the

Audez LCD-2 or the Sennh Hd650s. My concern with the lcd-2 is the weight because I wear these for a few hours at a time. The k701 use to hurt my head a bit because the ribs on the headband would press too much but now I forget i have them on. Hoping the same would happen with the lcd-2s.

 

The HD650 im figuring would probably be a slight upgrade from my current phones but not too much $. Any suggestions would be great.


I would not suggest the LCD-2 unless you plan on buying an appropriate amp to get the most out of them. the HD650's are a good all around phone whats your budget?
post #5277 of 29490
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Originally Posted by lynch03 View Post

I have had the AKG-701 headphones for a few years and theord is shorting again so I want to get a new pair of headphones to replace these. Before them I had the hd-580s which were nice.

 

I will mostly use them for PC gaming and listening to music via the PC. I have an XFI soundcard (might get a new, better soundcard down the line) and an old PPA amp. I'm considering the

Audez LCD-2 or the Sennh Hd650s. My concern with the lcd-2 is the weight because I wear these for a few hours at a time. The k701 use to hurt my head a bit because the ribs on the headband would press too much but now I forget i have them on. Hoping the same would happen with the lcd-2s.

 

The HD650 im figuring would probably be a slight upgrade from my current phones but not too much $. Any suggestions would be great.



LCD-2 are pretty heavy.  But I don't find them uncomfortable, and they are on my head a couple of hours a day.  For the same price, HE-500 are lighter & more comfortable and they murdered my HD600 in sound quality.  Never A/B compared HE-500 & LCD-2 so can't say which is better, but both are spectacular.

 

edit: I and others find the LCD-2 pretty easy to drive, and HD650 have a reputation for being pretty picky about amp pairings.


Edited by eucariote - 7/10/11 at 8:23pm
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The mids on the HFI780 are fairly grainy.  Some people might complain about the mids not being forward enough, but I think the M50s did female vocals pretty well and they fold flat like you're looking for.

 

There's likely to be something better for a little more money but I haven't heard it myself.  The Audio Technica ESW9 might be worth a look.  From the FR graph I can see its pretty mid focused.  Never heard myself though so you might want to scare up some reviews.


Oh, has anyone heard the ATH-ES7's before? They're about the same price as the ESW9's.

 

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Is there a difference in directional cues/soundstage between each of the DT880 versions (32, 250, 600ohms) in first person shooters?


In my limited experience with them... not really. Overall though, the DT880 would not be my first choice for FPS games.

 



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I hope you are happy Head-fiers. You have infected another person with the head-fi bug. I have finally made my decision and purchased the AKG Q 701. I could not be happier. The depth of detail and fullness of sound is better than I though. Now I just need an amp/dac (probably E7). Bad part is now my IEMs sound like mud in comparison and of course I want new ones, haha. I only have a few hours of listening to them but like I said couldn't be happier. Review to come after a few more days of listening. Thanks for all the info and help. Hopefully I'll be able to give back to you all with my expanding knowledge. 


My recommendation is to run away from this horrible place while you still have a shred of willpower left. Your wallet will thank you, and your ears will never be the wiser.

 



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time for a flat set of phones! tired of everything having such recessed mids.  what's a decent open back set of phones with a more flat eq, i like treble and bass but im really looking to hear some rich mids in my music now.  AKG 701? grado's?


Both the K701 and Grados have strong mids, but veer towards the more aggressive side of things (the Grados especially). On the opposite side, the Audio Technica AD series have great mids with a much more relaxed and airy sound signature. Somewhere in the middle you'll have the big Sennheisers.

 



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Originally Posted by mastershake2393 View Post

Hm, I have been looking into the Grado SR-325i...

 

What desktop/portable amp would pair well with these?


The MAD Ear+ is one of the more popular amps to go with Grados.

 


 

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Bought a pair of Audio Technica ATH-SJ5 and a Fiio E5 (source is weak on the volume side) and have been enjoying my foray so far into beginner audiophilia. Next stop is an E7 for my desktop (have electromagnetic interference from my CPU in my integrated sound card headphone out, I thought it was from my old headphones but it's in every device) followed by a new pair of headphones. I see the ATH-M50 are incredibly popular in these parts and I can't say I'd mind another Audio Technica product (quite fancy their logo).

 

How much bigger are they than the SJ5s? Do you people wear them on the street/metro/train? What's an elegant solution for lugging around the 3.5 meter long cable? I've already found the thread with the head-fier that was testing them for cross-talk, and I'm handy with a soldering unit, but I want some more input on this issue; do I cut at the headphone end? The jack end? (I wouldn't want to lose the smart 3.5/quarter inch screw-on jack) Is the sound quality gap that big that I'd be convinced to want to carry them around with me instead of my SJ5s?


The M50 is a full sized circumaural. I consider it big for portable use, and the long cable doesn't help. Best way to deal with the cable is to either get the coiled version or wrap it up with a velcro strap.

 

If you're looking for a portable Audio Technica, I suggest giving some consideration to the ESW9a.
 

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Originally Posted by sherrybearlove View Post

Hi, I'm faaaaaaar from an audiophile (I've been using these stock apple earphones for 2 years) and I'm sick of the quality of these earphones. I was wondering if someone could recommend headphones for a casual listener like me? I have glasses and I run as well so I'd prefer over the ear headphones. Also, a cord that isn't long would be nice. That's the whole reason why I don't want to get the Sony MDR-V6' because that 10 ft cord is literally twice my size.

 

ALSO, I'm looking for the most natural sound possible. I despise really overpowering bass so yeah. :/


If you're a runner, consider some iems or clip-ons rather than headphones which will likely bounce around on you and get sweaty.

 



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Originally Posted by Teddypaddington View Post

Hello people. I am a complete noob in terms of entering the audiophile scene, would love some help in picking headphones for both music and gaming. I currently play in a couple of leagues, so I need headset that can provide me with good clear sound, with optimal postioning. Along with this I listen to a large variety music (Pop, Dnb, Country, Classic, Rock and Electronic).

 

From what I've seen and research i've come up with two headphones:

 

AKG 701

 

AD700 Audio Technica

 

To power the AKG I would use to the Fiio E9 + Mixamp

 

For AD700 I have heard they do not really benefit from amps, so would be looking at a strong sound card (suggestions?)

 

What would be better for value for money? I would love to get everything out of my music, the AD700 being cheaper makes alot better option for me. Would the AKG701 perform alot better for the added price tag?


Best value for the money here is the AD700. Easy to drive, great positioning, no need for an external amp.

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Oh, has anyone heard the ATH-ES7's before? They're about the same price as the ESW9's.

 


If they're the same price, go with the ESW9 (assuming those aren't fakes).

 

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