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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Here's something to try: open up your sound settings EQ and play with the treble region, turning up the 2-8kHz region by about +3db, with maybe a +6Hz hump around 4kHz (so a bit of a bell curve essentially).


 


before i do this, what am i trying to accomplish by doing this? :p

 

also, i am having the low volume problem with anything in my browser, i have dac maxed, i have windows maxed, in the mixer i have it maxed, still too soft in firefox...


Edited by Atavax - 7/31/11 at 12:25pm
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@Vainkid

 

For the LOD, make sure you get the cryo frozen silver cables and 24k gold plated connectors.

 

For a Dap, the Clip+ will be fine, costs about $30 I think, actually the regular Clip is fine too, about $20.

 

You'll need a high end portable amplifier, be prepared to spend around $300.

 

Sennhesier HD600/650 is fine for a first headphone, just make sure (again) you upgrade the cables, it's much more practical than IEM's, and great for quality Flac listening on the go.

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I have a friend who's a bit rough on their headphones and was looking to get them something more durable as a present.  Some portability is also a plus.  Looking to spend 30-50 bucks, though I could be swayed up to 70 as they're prone to losing things as well, which is part of why I'd rather get full-size cans as opposed to IEMs.  On ear or around ear is fine.  Huge thanks if you guys have any recommendations.  lurked here before and am quite happy with the M50s I ended up getting.

 

If it helps they listen to a lot of electronic, but I'm more concerned with finding something they can't bust the cord on rather than sound quality at this point.

 

So far I've managed to compile the ATH-M35, Prodipe Pro 800, Equation, ATH-FC700, AKG K81DJ and the Sony MDR-V6.  I am leaning towards the sonys despite their size for the value and near indestructible design, but do they perform well enough without an amp to justify buying them?

post #5689 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Vainkid View Post

Hi guys,

This is my virgin post here after going through quite a number of audio forum with google, I've decided to tap "Join" after reading up for many days. I just love the community here.

It's my first time dabbling into the whole of Audios, previous used the standard earphone given by Apple then switch to Audio Technica low range IEM and got a serious bad ear infection after using it for 8 hours daily basis, the ENT specialist advise me to stop using IEM thus decide to switch to head phone.

After the bad experience with IEMs, I ran through the whole of Sennheiser, trying out their HD 4xx series which cost $150 odds. I felt super pleasant with Sennheiser product thus decided to work on it.

After reading up head-fi.org, I've got seriously hooked up by reviews of HD 650. Gone through Headfonia and HD598/600 caught my attention. I am also aware that for HD600/650 require an AMP to power up efficiently due to the impedance of 300ohm. Therefore decided to grab the Fiio E11 after reading up reviews from various place.

My requirement :
- more toward listening to Vocals pop like Korean, Japanese, English Pop songs. R&B. Technos etc...

- Action Movies on my IPhone, lots of gun shot, fire power and explosions.

- Comfort (long hours of listening but I hardly max out my volume, usually 50-70% (Gauge from IPhone's iPod media player)


Questions:
1. Is Hd600/650 too overkill for the first headphone? The amount of money I had it's max I can't stretch further for flagship headset.

2. I too readup that HD 650 is more gentle compare to the hd 600?

3. Is Fiio E11 good enough for the above mentioned headset or should I balance up example, a $500 headset for a $500 amp ?

4. Does the Silver LOD cable makes a huge different as compare to the normal copper LOD cable? It's like 10x different in price aww!!

5. Is there anything else I could add to improve on for my journey in the audio world?

Your advise is greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

 

Since you're starting out, scale back a bit. I say go with the HD598 and just play with it as is. Don't bother with upgrading cables or cryo or special materials anything. If you feel like you want some more power/volume (or want just a bit more push in the bass), get the e11 and just a regular lineout. Take the small steps so you can learn and hear for yourself what each step sounds like and what is worth the $ to you.

 



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Originally Posted by Blabbet View Post

I need to buy new headphones.

Music genres: Mostly Dubstep but i also listen to alot of other genres.

Portable: No, only at the computer.

Price range:   0-100$

Amped: No,I  only use the integrated soundcard on my motherboard.

Closed/Open: Doesnt matter cuz i have almost no experience of headphones.

Headphone preference: Priceworth.

 

BR

Blabbet

 

Sony XB500 or 700.
 

 



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Originally Posted by Atavax View Post


before i do this, what am i trying to accomplish by doing this? :p

 

also, i am having the low volume problem with anything in my browser, i have dac maxed, i have windows maxed, in the mixer i have it maxed, still too soft in firefox...


Tuning up the treble in EQ will just give you a bit more bite to the sound. Like a "zing" to those bullet sounds.

 

Are you in a noisy environment? Are you fighting with outside noise? maybe your BitPerfect is defective?

 

Is the volume only soft in firefox? What about when you use other applications? Are the headphones suitably loud out of an ipod?

 

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Choosing between the price ranges of these 3 portable headphones, which is the best?

Comfort and quality for mids are priorities :)

 

Shure SRH440

Allen and Heathe Xone XD40

KRK KNS6400 KNS-6400

 

I need your suggestions :)

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

 

Sony XB500 or 700.
 

 



I read some reviews about them and they said that the base can be a bit too much sometimes. I see that as a problem cuz i dont only listen to dubstep. Is this true? and are there any other alternative?

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Tuning up the treble in EQ will just give you a bit more bite to the sound. Like a "zing" to those bullet sounds.

 

Are you in a noisy environment? Are you fighting with outside noise? maybe your BitPerfect is defective?

 

Is the volume only soft in firefox? What about when you use other applications? Are the headphones suitably loud out of an ipod?

 

 

 i don't really have software to mess with eq settings, but after you made this suggestion, i tried downloading real plugs http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php  but the installation seems fairly complicated for someone not familiar with installing this type of software.

 

i'm not fighting with outside noise... my dac at a little below half volume inside of a shooter game where volume is maxed is about ideal volume.  But with some video's i watch through browsers, even with the video volume on max, its a little quiet for my taste. i don't have an ipod, i have tried on a 2nd browser (chrome) and its the same problem there.
 

 


Edited by Atavax - 7/31/11 at 1:12pm
post #5693 of 29490
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Originally Posted by chobie View Post

Choosing between the price ranges of these 3 portable headphones, which is the best?

Comfort and quality for mids are priorities :)

 

Shure SRH440

Allen and Heathe Xone XD40

KRK KNS6400 KNS-6400

 

I need your suggestions :)


If comfort is a high priority, I strongly suggest heading to your nearest music store and trying them out for yourselves. The Shure and KRK should be readily available at just about any big music store.

 



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Originally Posted by Blabbet View Post

I read some reviews about them and they said that the base can be a bit too much sometimes. I see that as a problem cuz i dont only listen to dubstep. Is this true? and are there any other alternative?


The XB700 is a good option for bassy headphones in the <$100 market. The clarity in the 700 is a bit better than the 500, though personally for me I find them a bit much. Some others to consider:

Creative Aurvana Live

Denon D1001 (if you can find it)

AKG K81/518

Shure 750DJ

 



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Originally Posted by Atavax View Post

 

 i don't really have software to mess with eq settings, but after you made this suggestion, i tried downloading real plugs http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php  but the installation seems fairly complicated for someone not familiar with installing this type of software.

 

i'm not fighting with outside noise... my dac at a little below half volume inside of a shooter game where volume is maxed is about ideal volume.  But with some video's i watch through browsers, even with the video volume on max, its a little quiet for my taste. i don't have an ipod, i have tried on a 2nd browser (chrome) and its the same problem there.
 

 

 

Is your computer headphone out louder or softer than the BitPerfect headphone out? If the BitPerfect is quieter, something is definitely wrong with your unit. 

 

If you're on Windows, right click the speaker icon --> playback devices --> speakers --> properties --> enhancements --> and within here there should be boxes for equalizer and a loudness equalization that you can fiddle with. If that works, try and see if you have similar options for the BitPerfect instead of the speakers. 

 

It could just be that the videos you are watching simply have very low recorded volumes. 

 

Something like the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II is super loud and cheap at $20-25. 


 

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Is your computer headphone out louder or softer than the BitPerfect headphone out? If the BitPerfect is quieter, something is definitely wrong with your unit. 

 

If you're on Windows, right click the speaker icon --> playback devices --> speakers --> properties --> enhancements --> and within here there should be boxes for equalizer and a loudness equalization that you can fiddle with. If that works, try and see if you have similar options for the BitPerfect instead of the speakers. 

 

It could just be that the videos you are watching simply have very low recorded volumes. 

 

Something like the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II is super loud and cheap at $20-25. 


 

 


headphones without the dac is quieter then headphones in the dac.

 

i strongly suspect those videos are just recorded very low.

 

i got to enhancements and there is "loudness equalization" but if i check that box and then go to settings for it, there is just a single slider labled "release time" with short on one end and long on the other. The only other enhancement that might be promising is something called "bass boost" if i have that checked and go into settings it allows me to pick a frequency and how much to boost it. But it looks like i could only select a single frequency, not a range like you suggested and can't make a curve or anything with it. only other enhancement options are room correction and virtual surround.

 

 

 


Edited by Atavax - 7/31/11 at 2:25pm
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


The XB700 is a good option for bassy headphones in the <$100 market. The clarity in the 700 is a bit better than the 500, though personally for me I find them a bit much. Some others to consider:

Creative Aurvana Live

Denon D1001 (if you can find it)

AKG K81/518

Shure 750DJ

 

 


Are there  some better alternative if you go up a little in price? lets say 100-150.

 

If not, its between Aurvana and XB700...

 

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Are there  some better alternative if you go up a little in price? lets say 100-150.

 

If not, its between Aurvana and XB700...

 

 

Audio Technica M50

Shure 840

M-Audio Q40

Ultrasone HFI-580 or DJ1


 

 

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So, I've been considering my next pair of headphones (I'll be stepping up from the M50s).

How does the ATH-W1000x compare to the HD 800, LCD2, and T1 in terms of soundstage and lows/mids/highs?

How does it compare to the M50 in terms of isolation?

 

I'm looking for the best closed headphones I can get for < $600, and I've seen a lot of good things about the ATH-W1000x.

post #5698 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post



 

Audio Technica M50

Shure 840

M-Audio Q40

Ultrasone HFI-580 or DJ1


 

 


M-Audio Q40 looks very good so I think I will buy them :) But is my motherboards integrated soundcard enough for them?

 

post #5699 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PCHU View Post

So, I've been considering my next pair of headphones (I'll be stepping up from the M50s).

How does the ATH-W1000x compare to the HD 800, LCD2, and T1 in terms of soundstage and lows/mids/highs?

How does it compare to the M50 in terms of isolation?

 

I'm looking for the best closed headphones I can get for < $600, and I've seen a lot of good things about the ATH-W1000x.


For that, it might really depend on what you're going to be using them for.

 

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I'll be using them with an mp3 player and possibly a laptop.

I don't need them for gaming.

 

If it requires an amp, that's fine, but I just want to find the best closed pair I get get for below $600 (portable use, I suppose).

I already carry my M50 with me, so size isn't an issue.

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