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post #5311 of 29490
Hi

I've got a budget of around $500, listen to all types of music but mainly Rap/Hip Hop.
Any advice in what to get? I was going to get the Beats by dre pro but Herd they're overpriced. Thanks
post #5312 of 29490

I'm assuming you don't want to invest in a DAC/amp. The D5000 may be your cup of tea (I've been told modding a D2000 could make it equal to its bigger brother, D5000; well, they do have the same driver).

 

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Originally Posted by Lbc213 View Post

Hi

I've got a budget of around $500, listen to all types of music but mainly Rap/Hip Hop.
Any advice in what to get? I was going to get the Beats by dre pro but Herd they're overpriced. Thanks
 


 

post #5313 of 29490

Hey guys, I am a new member here and been reading this forum as a guest for quite sometime.  I am pretty new to the whole headphones world and want to get a new pair (preferably closed).  My main use would be listening from my ipod/zune and from my computer.  Budget range is $80-$120.  Wouldn't mind a used one either.  The genres I listen to are rock, alternative and metal.  Something that provides good isolation would be great, as I use the train a lot (& fly a lot) and wouldn't want to disturb fellow travellers. :D

 

I have heard some great things about A700 and Sennheiser HD280PRO but not sure how portable they are (considering I would be using them on the go).  I tried Grado SR80i that my cousin owns but was not at all impressed with it.  Any advice? Thanks a bunch!


Edited by jkm2282 - 7/14/11 at 6:18am
post #5314 of 29490

Hello all. I would like a bit of advice on a pair of new headphones.

 

I consider myself a bit of a newbie when it comes down to headphones, i'm mainly a high-end speaker man and have never owned a decent pair of headphones. As it stands i don't really have a choice due to house mates and neighbors complaining so i would like my first pair to be something special. Something that is comfortable after long usage and sturdy is a must. Maybe someone can help out with that one.

 

The headphones will be used primarily for Gaming as well as listening to my collection of Drum and Bass and Jungle, so i would say they will need some bass to them. I understand having too much bass can drown out the clarity of other sounds so i don't want it OTT, i would like a bit of 'oompf' with good accuracy, if that makes sense. Currently i have a pair of Blue Sky eXo2 2.1 speakers (the bass on these is not savage, it just feels 'right' to me) plugged into a Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. The card has a seperate Headphone Amp which can handle up to 600ohm impedance phones. The sound is superb through the card for both my games and music so i would like some headphones to back up the quality of the speakers, if possible.

 

The phones will have to be closed back. This is my personal preference after reading up what open and closed backs offer. I like to be immersed in my games as i have been gaming for well over 15 years now, it's what i enjoy most about my PC. I also like to be immersed when listening to music. When i get in the mood to listen i really like to be left to my own devices, mainly because i dance round like a lunatic. The speakers i have give me that feel when i listen to them. I won't be using the phones for any portable media device, it will be strictly for my PC.

 

Also can someone clear up what Ohms actually do for headphones? Im was told that the lower the ohms the more bass you get where as the higher the Ohms the less booming bass you get but with the benefit of more accuracy. Is this true? I'm not sure on this myself and would like some clarification. Some of the Beyerdynamic models are confusing. The DT 770 has like 7 different models and i have no idea of the differences. They also do 80 Ohm and 250 Ohm versions and im not sure what would suit me best. The Headphone Amp can handle high impedance but is bigger the Ohms better?

 

I hope thats enough information, if not feel free to ask anything else about my preference to help me score some great phones. I have looked around and done a bit of reading. Here are a few i have looked at from recommendations and general surfing:

 

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro/Premium
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro/Premium
Audio Technica (not sure which model is best. Can someone help on these?)
Pioneer HDJ1000
Corsair HS1 (not sure on these as Corsair are not in my good books)

 

Any more please feel free to post so i can check them out.

 

A small break down of the requirements:

 

1). Closed Back Headphones
2). Comfortable for long usage
3). Accurate and excellent Sound Quality/Bass for Games/Music (bass does not have to be huge but needs to be noticable for DnB/Jungle tracks)
4). Semi-decent aesthetics. For example i do not like the DT100 or DT150's commentary headphone look. Too old fashioned IMO.
5). Budget between £50 and £130 ($80 and $200 approx)

 

Hope someone can feed me some of their experiences and information. Cheers.


Edited by JCDenton2052 - 7/14/11 at 6:31am
post #5315 of 29490

Not directly related to headphones themselves- but has anyone bought stuff from this website: http://www.head-direct.com/products.php?m=5 ?  I bought my HE-500 off of it on Sunday night, got am email around 10 PM CT (which is kind of weird because the website says the business would be closed by then) asking for my ph# to process my order. I gave it to them and didnt think much of it, but I've emailed 3 times asking whether it has shipped and no response or for any info.

 

I replied directly to the email they sent, and then I went and sent one to the customer service email listed on the site. Also there phone goes straight to VM when I call it now even though theyre suppose to be open now.

 

Just want to make sure the site is legit..

post #5316 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Nom de Plume View Post

Well, "analytical" is one way to put it. You seem to value instrumental separation (soundstage and imaging).

 

I just want to clarify the HD598 isn't like its siblings. It's brighter and more forward than other Sennheiser 'phones, but its detail retrieval, versatility, and gigantic soundstage make it a great jack of all trades.

 

Considering your price range, I emphatically recommend the AKG K701 + Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 (others have recommended the Audio-GD NFB-12, but I've never heard this DAC/amp combo); I've seen the K701 fetch ~$250 new, and the D1 is $200 (~$450, which is the cap on your budget). It's a champ at instrumental separation, and it fares well with many genres (albeit not my top pick for electronica/hip-hop).

If you feel like allocating ~$270 elsewhere, call J&R for the latest price on the HD598 ($180 + free shipping). You won't need to purchase a new DAC/amp for that.

 



 


 

 

Based on what i've said, what kind of sound signature do you think i should be looking at? (aside from good soundstage, imaging?) 

 

Also, any comments on possibly getting the HD600 series? And if the HD598 is different from the other Sennheisers, should I look into another Sennheiser instead?

 

post #5317 of 29490

I am now thinking about buying a D2000 or D5000...

 

Can anyone recommend me a portable amp that will pair well with these? I already know the Fiio E7 does, I just want to know if there are anymore that I should look into...

 

Thanks biggrin.gif

post #5318 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mastershake2393 View Post

I am now thinking about buying a D2000 or D5000...

 

Can anyone recommend me a portable amp that will pair well with these? I already know the Fiio E7 does, I just want to know if there are anymore that I should look into...

 

Thanks biggrin.gif

Well if you only need an amp, the E11 is also a possibility (fairly cheap too, around $65 USD).
 

 

post #5319 of 29490
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Originally Posted by puresilence View Post



Well if you only need an amp, the E11 is also a possibility (fairly cheap too, around $65 USD).
 

 


I should have included that it would be nice to have an amp/DAC so I can run it out of my computer too. Whoops redface.gif

 

post #5320 of 29490

 

Hey guys I'm new here with posting but have been lurkin around for advice for a while. I had a decision made to buy the Grado 225i headphones with a Fiio E7 Amp and mabye buy the E9 if i felt it was appropriate. The problem is the more reviews i read the more the Grado's are recommended to Rock/Metal lovers. I like everything about the Grados but am hesitant to buy them because I listen to a variety of music. I came upon the Denon AHD-2000 while looking for more versatile headphones in the same pricerange. These are more expensive and I'd rather get the Grado's if they aren't a let-down in other genres of music. I listen to many types of rock mainly as well as electronic music.

 

I guess the main question here is will listening to other genres of music with the Grado's make me regret buying them? instead of the AHD2000 or other headphones that you could recommend to me

 

Here are some bands that I listen to: Phish, Grateful Dead, Sublime, STS9, Pretty Lights, My Morning Jacket.

 

All help appreciated! Will determine what I buy.

 

Thanks!

post #5321 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by jkm2282 View Post

Hey guys, I am a new member here and been reading this forum as a guest for quite sometime.  I am pretty new to the whole headphones world and want to get a new pair (preferably closed).  My main use would be listening from my ipod/zune and from my computer.  Budget range is $80-$120.  Wouldn't mind a used one either.  The genres I listen to are rock, alternative and metal.  Something that provides good isolation would be great, as I use the train a lot (& fly a lot) and wouldn't want to disturb fellow travellers. :D

 

I have heard some great things about A700 and Sennheiser HD280PRO but not sure how portable they are (considering I would be using them on the go).  I tried Grado SR80i that my cousin owns but was not at all impressed with it.  Any advice? Thanks a bunch!

 

The A700 is not portable at all. The HD280 is better and has great isolation, though you'll have to contend with a long cord. For your budget though, you can't do any better for isolation unless you'd be willing to consider iems. 
 

 



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Originally Posted by JCDenton2052 View Post

Hello all. I would like a bit of advice on a pair of new headphones.

 

I consider myself a bit of a newbie when it comes down to headphones, i'm mainly a high-end speaker man and have never owned a decent pair of headphones. As it stands i don't really have a choice due to house mates and neighbors complaining so i would like my first pair to be something special. Something that is comfortable after long usage and sturdy is a must. Maybe someone can help out with that one.

 

The headphones will be used primarily for Gaming as well as listening to my collection of Drum and Bass and Jungle, so i would say they will need some bass to them. I understand having too much bass can drown out the clarity of other sounds so i don't want it OTT, i would like a bit of 'oompf' with good accuracy, if that makes sense. Currently i have a pair of Blue Sky eXo2 2.1 speakers (the bass on these is not savage, it just feels 'right' to me) plugged into a Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. The card has a seperate Headphone Amp which can handle up to 600ohm impedance phones. The sound is superb through the card for both my games and music so i would like some headphones to back up the quality of the speakers, if possible.

 

The phones will have to be closed back. This is my personal preference after reading up what open and closed backs offer. I like to be immersed in my games as i have been gaming for well over 15 years now, it's what i enjoy most about my PC. I also like to be immersed when listening to music. When i get in the mood to listen i really like to be left to my own devices, mainly because i dance round like a lunatic. The speakers i have give me that feel when i listen to them. I won't be using the phones for any portable media device, it will be strictly for my PC.

 

Also can someone clear up what Ohms actually do for headphones? Im was told that the lower the ohms the more bass you get where as the higher the Ohms the less booming bass you get but with the benefit of more accuracy. Is this true? I'm not sure on this myself and would like some clarification. Some of the Beyerdynamic models are confusing. The DT 770 has like 7 different models and i have no idea of the differences. They also do 80 Ohm and 250 Ohm versions and im not sure what would suit me best. The Headphone Amp can handle high impedance but is bigger the Ohms better?

 

I hope thats enough information, if not feel free to ask anything else about my preference to help me score some great phones. I have looked around and done a bit of reading. Here are a few i have looked at from recommendations and general surfing:

 

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro/Premium
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro/Premium
Audio Technica (not sure which model is best. Can someone help on these?)
Pioneer HDJ1000
Corsair HS1 (not sure on these as Corsair are not in my good books)

 

Any more please feel free to post so i can check them out.

 

A small break down of the requirements:

 

1). Closed Back Headphones
2). Comfortable for long usage
3). Accurate and excellent Sound Quality/Bass for Games/Music (bass does not have to be huge but needs to be noticable for DnB/Jungle tracks)
4). Semi-decent aesthetics. For example i do not like the DT100 or DT150's commentary headphone look. Too old fashioned IMO.
5). Budget between £50 and £130 ($80 and $200 approx)

 

Hope someone can feed me some of their experiences and information. Cheers.


In a very general sense, you can infer that the higher impedance headphones will have a better general response... assuming your amp has enough grunt to properly drive it (and the higher the impedance, the more difficult it is to drive properly... though it should be noted that the opposite is also sometimes true). In practical matters, it makes very little difference to the general consumer unless you're specifically comparing back and forth between the different models and know exactly what to listen for. For pro-audio usage there are some advantages to a higher impedance rating, but once again at consumer level those points are moot. 

 

For headphones, the Audio Technicas are great for gaming but not for big bass. The DT990 is semi-open. The DT770 is closed and bassy, but the soundstage is lacking and the bass does muddy up directional cues. The HDJ1000 is a decent all-rounder, though has some durability issues. If I had to choose from that list, I would go with the DT770. 

 

Other suggestions: Fostex T40 or T50, M-Audio Q40


 

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Originally Posted by lynch03 View Post

Not directly related to headphones themselves- but has anyone bought stuff from this website: http://www.head-direct.com/products.php?m=5 ?  I bought my HE-500 off of it on Sunday night, got am email around 10 PM CT (which is kind of weird because the website says the business would be closed by then) asking for my ph# to process my order. I gave it to them and didnt think much of it, but I've emailed 3 times asking whether it has shipped and no response or for any info.

 

I replied directly to the email they sent, and then I went and sent one to the customer service email listed on the site. Also there phone goes straight to VM when I call it now even though theyre suppose to be open now.

 

Just want to make sure the site is legit..


Yes, it is legit. Just be patient. 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by mastershake2393 View Post

I am now thinking about buying a D2000 or D5000...

 

Can anyone recommend me a portable amp that will pair well with these? I already know the Fiio E7 does, I just want to know if there are anymore that I should look into...

 

Thanks biggrin.gif


iBasso and Leckerton both have several options to choose from.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Strongbad99 View Post

 

Hey guys I'm new here with posting but have been lurkin around for advice for a while. I had a decision made to buy the Grado 225i headphones with a Fiio E7 Amp and mabye buy the E9 if i felt it was appropriate. The problem is the more reviews i read the more the Grado's are recommended to Rock/Metal lovers. I like everything about the Grados but am hesitant to buy them because I listen to a variety of music. I came upon the Denon AHD-2000 while looking for more versatile headphones in the same pricerange. These are more expensive and I'd rather get the Grado's if they aren't a let-down in other genres of music. I listen to many types of rock mainly as well as electronic music.

 

I guess the main question here is will listening to other genres of music with the Grado's make me regret buying them? instead of the AHD2000 or other headphones that you could recommend to me

 

Here are some bands that I listen to: Phish, Grateful Dead, Sublime, STS9, Pretty Lights, My Morning Jacket.

 

All help appreciated! Will determine what I buy.

 

Thanks!


I feel the D2000 are a more suited for general listening and will be more satisfactory for you.

 

post #5322 of 29490

Hello headfiers!

im still deciding of which of this 2 headphones get:

sennheiser hd800

or 

AKG K1000

 

tell me about your experiences if you have had them.

 

happy listening :D

post #5323 of 29490


Thanks. The long cord is definitely an issue, considering I will be using them a lot on the go.  Any other suggestions that you might have - probably something with cable that is small/strechable?  Thanks! 
 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post



 

The A700 is not portable at all. The HD280 is better and has great isolation, though you'll have to contend with a long cord. For your budget though, you can't do any better for isolation unless you'd be willing to consider iems. 
 

 


 
post #5324 of 29490
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Originally Posted by jkm2282 View Post


Thanks. The long cord is definitely an issue, considering I will be using them a lot on the go.  Any other suggestions that you might have - probably something with cable that is small/strechable?  Thanks! 
 


Shure 440 or Sony V6/7506 (both of which can improve isolation with the Shure 840 or Beyer DT250 pads respectively)

 

post #5325 of 29490


Thanks.  Is it easy to change the pads?  Are the 840/DT250 pads expensive?  Also, aren't the V6 and 7506 the same headphones? I might be wrong, though.

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post




Shure 440 or Sony V6/7506 (both of which can improve isolation with the Shure 840 or Beyer DT250 pads respectively)

 



 


Edited by jkm2282 - 7/14/11 at 6:11pm
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