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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

With the K702, E9, Asgard or M-Stage? Read a ton of reviews... Probably will flip a coin, but would love any impressions!


You'll probably get a better response with your own individual thread for such a specific question.

 

That said, I've read good things about the K701/2 pairing with the E9.

 


 

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Originally Posted by twomonger View Post

I think I've decided to purchase new headphones in the form of Beyerdynamic DT990/600s. Unfortunately I'm completely inexperienced with purchasing DACs/amps and I was wondering if the Zero DAC and Little Dot MK iii would be an affordable DAC/amp combo. I was wondering how that setup would sound/if there are any other DAC/amp combos in the same price range that would be preferable. Thanks!


The DT series sound good coming out of tubes. Personally, I prefer the sound of the Bottlehead Crack over the LDmk3 with the Beyers.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Caffiene View Post

I feel like I need to draw a flowchart to keep track of all my options blink.gif


Go with a spreadsheet, with columns to give rankings for various areas like sound and comfort and price, etc.

 



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Originally Posted by radicalchamp View Post

ATH-M50 or Ultrasone DJ1?  I'm wondering which is better for trance, techno, hip-hop, house. I think the m50's look better and that does make a difference to me but I want lots of bass, but quality bass. I will also be buying the Fiio E5 portable amp with one of these phones.


Go with the Ultrasone, paint it if you don't like the colour scheme.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Nilth View Post

Hi all

 

I probably just lost my 6yo AKG K301 XTRA (do you happen to have a "tech support" section on the site? I didn't see it :) )

 

- I'd like to use my next hp (no headset) on my pc mainly for gaming\movies\music (all type, mainly from movies), so a balanced product would be ideal.

 

- Price range max 150$ (100€).

 

- Other key aspects: comfortable, durable.

 

- Open\closed: semi-open (like the k301)? If I'm not wrong, the semi-open design is rarely used. Why is that? Anyway I don't like to be completely isolated, and on the other hand I wouldn't like the outside noise to kill my enjoyment.

 

Thx in advance

 

PS: - I'd skip positional audio for the drawbacks It brings, I'll kick asses in FPSs anyway :D

PS2: - I have a Realtek 8111C (ALC888 8-channel audio codec) integrated sc..do you think I need a  dedicated sound card?

 

 


There's the AKG K240, or maybe the new upcoming 550. Senn 558/598 is also popular.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Coutcha View Post


 


  Thanks for the Help :-)

 

  but still I really dont know what to choose :-(

 

  The Grados SR80i look nice and i can also get them for about 150 but they look really small (like not around the ear like the m50)

 

  Or should I just put 20 more bucks in and get the HD 25

 

Also I wanted to say I will mostly use them with my iTouch and PC without amp and outside/on the bus quite often so isolation is important (and I hate hate hate active noise cancellation) I did try the Bose quiet comfort 15 and hated them :( they did not impress me with the SQ at all and put an awful pression on my ear that I really cannot stand (but god they are comfyyy :3   )

 

So I think I might just go for the m50 when I can get them at a lower price (any help on that would be great) :P

 

But im still really really not sure about this :*(

 

Thank you :D


Do not buy Grados in Canada; the price hike is ridiculous. Go with Alessandro instead. Actually, forget about that. Both have terrible isolation and are utterly not suitable for a bus. The HD25-1-ii are excellent portables and isolate very well, so go with that instead (and they sound better than the M50 anyways).

 

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I put in an order for some Hifiman- HE 5LE's- and a Schiit Lyr amp....does anyone here have that combo?? Does it sound like a good match, I know I'm in the wrong threads for amps but If I put this in amps they will tell me headphones and it will be back and forth for days...LOL. So speculate, does this sound like a kick ass combo????

 Thanks

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Originally Posted by eclein View Post

I put in an order for some Hifiman- HE 5LE's- and a Schiit Lyr amp....does anyone here have that combo?? Does it sound like a good match, I know I'm in the wrong threads for amps but If I put this in amps they will tell me headphones and it will be back and forth for days...LOL. So speculate, does this sound like a kick ass combo????

 Thanks



Depends on the tubes you put in the Lyr that is the wonderful thing about the Lyr you can change it to sound as you wish by rolling tubes.. which tubes did you get the GE I hope?

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Yep, at the last minute we got them to send some:    USA-made GE 6BZ7 I read a review and we called them next day first thing and they put some in with the order.....did I do Good!!!  LOL

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Originally Posted by Caffiene View Post

I feel like I need to draw a flowchart to keep track of all my options blink.gif


lol I know what you mean, I bought the Ultrasones to replace the Shures and I ended up liking them both for such completely different reasons that I couldn't end up selling either of them.

Your impressions are right on, the Ultrasones are definitely more impressive with guitars and instruments, their bass is more controlled and the extension is better on both ends. And yeah the sibilance isn't painful at all once they're burned in, but they still really overpronouce it vs the Shures, and it's pretty annoying after a while having every kind of sss or breathy sound jump up in the mix a few decibels. Plus they're downright mean to bad recordings.

Then there's the 840, which is better with vocals, a little more natural sounding, more forward midrange, more midbass punch, more smooth frequency response. But they're heavier, heat up faster, and are way too stupid looking to take out of the house. I mean look in the mirror when you have them on and it'll go down like the prom in Carrie.

Hell of a choice! But if you're leaning towards the Ultrasones go for it, they actually do win in comfort once you've had them on for more than an hour.

680's vs 780's... probably not worth the extra cash. Exact same drivers, only difference is the 780 has slightly more bass and treble, so if you think the 680 has plenty there's no need.

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Originally Posted by eclein View Post

I put in an order for some Hifiman- HE 5LE's- and a Schiit Lyr amp....does anyone here have that combo?? Does it sound like a good match, I know I'm in the wrong threads for amps but If I put this in amps they will tell me headphones and it will be back and forth for days...LOL. So speculate, does this sound like a kick ass combo????

 Thanks



You already bought the toys. Sit back, don't think about it, or else you'll wind up buying an entire new set of gear before the first set even arrives!

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

 

Go with a spreadsheet, with columns to give rankings for various areas like sound and comfort and price, etc.


Ive already got one of those heh. I feel like i need the flowchart in addition tongue.gif

 

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680's vs 780's... probably not worth the extra cash. Exact same drivers, only difference is the 780 has slightly more bass and treble, so if you think the 680 has plenty there's no need.


Well it was actually the 780s that I ended up listening to more, just because of the sales guy and time constraints (had to be in and out by a certain time) so it was actually them that I got the good impression from. I only got a chance to listen to the 680s on one or two tracks for a few minutes, enough to know they were similar but not enough to really get a feel for the differences between 680 and 780.

 

My thoughts at the moment is that for my novice level of audiophile-ness I wont notice enough of a difference to really worry me, and what I do notice I can probably compensate much of with EQ, so I agree the price difference probably doesnt seem worth it (especially since I can get the 680s from Amazon, but the 780s best I can find is Amazon resellers with more shipping fees and no current stock).

 

 

Thanks again for the tips, both of you.

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Ive already got one of those heh. I feel like i need the flowchart in addition tongue.gif

 

 


Well at this point, you're only a step away from databasing your data and using queries to generate your spreadsheets and flowcharts...

 

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lol. Thats all I needed, more ideas for how to lay out the info. It would be amusing if my first reaction wasnt to consider how I might actually make it happen. As a computer science grad, the last suggestion I need is "You could program a solution" redface.gif biggrin.gif

 

Hmmmm... *rubs chin thoughtfully*

 

I could go an intermediate step and have an XML file with custom XSLT transforms output to html, before i go as far as full databases.

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Budget - $300 or more if needed!

 

Headphones for FPS gaming? I have used a Steelseries 4H and the lack of bass and the ability to hear foot steps and gunfire very clear was indeed a great advantage! I'm looking to move on to something better. Can you guys recommend me a good headphone for competitive FPS gaming? I would like something comfortable as well. Budget up to $300. Please also recommend a good external mic other than the Zalman one as I didn't have good experience with it. Any help would be great!

 

 

Thank you

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Ok! Wierd question, I want headphones with recessed vocals, yet has brillance or rather harshness in the instruments equal to Grado. It's to be used with my metal music. I currently have Kramer modded Portapro's. I wonder if this is impossible to find, but I just don't wan't any harshness at all in the vocals, the Kramer modded Portapro's are beautiful for this, but I just feel the instruments harshness is lacking a bit or rather the instruments don't jump out enough according to my ears.

From my knowledge the 7KHz range is responsible for the vocal 'S' sibilance sound ,so I don't want this. I'm saying it might be impossible as in the Presence range 4KHz-6KHz the melody and instruments intermesh and guitars are found also where vocal harshness is, i.e the Upper Mid-Range. I'm asking for personal opinion, which phones did you find were harsh in instruments, but low in vocals. Budget is £350, if more expensive then it's OK. Thanx!

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I'm looking for something very similar to what ExLegend was on the previous page, but I thought I'd provide a little more detail to my request.

 

I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan, and the pair of Sennheiser HD280s that have served me well the last few years broke.  I liked the 280s, though I thought they were somewhat lacking in bass, and I'd like to upgrade to something similar but better.

 

  1. They should be reasonably durable, as I travel often and to austere places.  The ear pads on my 280s ripped, and the cord has a short in it, though they lasted me 3 years so I won't complain too much
  2. They should have closed cans, I don't want people around me to have to hear what I'm listening to, and some noise attenuation from aircraft engines is nice
  3. $200 or less (I can go slightly higher if there is a very good reason to)
  4. I need them to watch movies, play games (no FPSs, so emphasis on surround imaging isn't critical), and listen to music (mostly rock/hard rock) on my laptop, and listen to my MP3 player
  5. They shouldn't require an external amp
  6. They should be reasonably accurate and balanced (though better in bass than the 280s)
  7. They have to be available online, as I can't exactly go to the nearest audio store
  8. They should be comfortable enough to wear for 4 hours straight on occasion (2 hours at a time would average).  I thought the 280s a little tight, they got better as they were broken in, but still became uncomfortable around the 4 hour mark.
  9. I'd prefer something with around the ear cans, but this isn't a strict requirement as long as they meet the sound isolation and comfort criteria
  10. I'm not looking for small headphones, though they should be at least portable enough to be stuffed into a carry-on 15" laptop backpack and usable on a long, somewhat cramped, economy seat flight.

 

So far, I'm considering the Sennheiser HD 380s, Audio Technica M50s, and Ultrasone HFI-580 or 780, though don't let this limit your recommendations.

 

Thanks for any comments/recommendations.


Edited by seeker moc - 7/23/11 at 11:22am
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Originally Posted by Shad0w99 View Post

 

Budget - $300 or more if needed!

 

Headphones for FPS gaming? I have used a Steelseries 4H and the lack of bass and the ability to hear foot steps and gunfire very clear was indeed a great advantage! I'm looking to move on to something better. Can you guys recommend me a good headphone for competitive FPS gaming? I would like something comfortable as well. Budget up to $300. Please also recommend a good external mic other than the Zalman one as I didn't have good experience with it. Any help would be great!

 

 

Thank you



Standard recommendations would be the Audio Technica AD700/900 or Sennheiser 595/598 series. Also check out the first post of this thread for a link to a gaming headphones review.



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Originally Posted by Ndumagr8 View Post

Ok! Wierd question, I want headphones with recessed vocals, yet has brillance or rather harshness in the instruments equal to Grado. It's to be used with my metal music. I currently have Kramer modded Portapro's. I wonder if this is impossible to find, but I just don't wan't any harshness at all in the vocals, the Kramer modded Portapro's are beautiful for this, but I just feel the instruments harshness is lacking a bit or rather the instruments don't jump out enough according to my ears.

From my knowledge the 7KHz range is responsible for the vocal 'S' sibilance sound ,so I don't want this. I'm saying it might be impossible as in the Presence range 4KHz-6KHz the melody and instruments intermesh and guitars are found also where vocal harshness is, i.e the Upper Mid-Range. I'm asking for personal opinion, which phones did you find were harsh in instruments, but low in vocals. Budget is £350, if more expensive then it's OK. Thanx!


The Beyer DT990 to my ears matches what you describe.

 

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Originally Posted by Ndumagr8 View Post

Ok! Wierd question, I want headphones with recessed vocals, yet has brillance or rather harshness in the instruments equal to Grado. It's to be used with my metal music. I currently have Kramer modded Portapro's. I wonder if this is impossible to find, but I just don't wan't any harshness at all in the vocals, the Kramer modded Portapro's are beautiful for this, but I just feel the instruments harshness is lacking a bit or rather the instruments don't jump out enough according to my ears.

From my knowledge the 7KHz range is responsible for the vocal 'S' sibilance sound ,so I don't want this. I'm saying it might be impossible as in the Presence range 4KHz-6KHz the melody and instruments intermesh and guitars are found also where vocal harshness is, i.e the Upper Mid-Range. I'm asking for personal opinion, which phones did you find were harsh in instruments, but low in vocals. Budget is £350, if more expensive then it's OK. Thanx!


You've just described the HFI-680/780 to the letter, seriously, they crunch as hard as Grados, they have that 5K bump in the presence range and you even have a choice of how recessed you want your midrange. They still get sibilant though.


The Denon DN-HP700 might be close too.

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