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post #5911 of 29490

Hey, total novice here seeking advice. I'm looking to buy some full-size headphones (first ever), I mainly listen to hip-hop and rap, would the Denon D2000's be a good choice?

 

I would be listening to music from my computer and iPod, would I need an amp or anything? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

post #5912 of 29490
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Originally Posted by cyfp View Post

Hey, total novice here seeking advice. I'm looking to buy some full-size headphones (first ever), I mainly listen to hip-hop and rap, would the Denon D2000's be a good choice?

 

I would be listening to music from my computer and iPod, would I need an amp or anything? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


yes the d2000's would be great for that. you dont need an amp to use them at a satisfactory level, but its recommended as it improves the sound quality a good amount. after you hear them with an amp you wont want to go backsmily_headphones1.gif

 

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Originally Posted by LolCakeLazors View Post

Hey Audiophiles,

 

I am new to the whole Audiophile scene and I'm looking for a nice pair of full-sized headphones under 200$.

 

Experience/Bio

I've only owned one in-ear earphone (Sennheiser CX 300-II) and a very cheap (Sennheiser HD 202) so this is very new to me.

My friend does own the Beats Solo but it sounded terribly muddy and the bass too overpowering.

I usually listen to music on my iPod (so I can use the EQ function) or from my desktop computer.

As for gaming, I am a regular gamer but don't play competitively so accuracy does not matter but listening to the sounds gun-fire and explosions brings music to my ears.

 

Music Preference

I usually listen to bass heavy songs and genres such as (D&B, Electronic, Pop, R&B, Rap).

I rarely watch movies on my iPod or computer.

 

What I am Looking at

- Denon AH-D1100 (Seems portable, delivers strange bass at first but I can always use the EQ function)

- Sennheiser HD 595 (People reporting that the bass is somewhat weak, can someone clarify this?)

 

If I could get some advice, it would be great. Thanks ;)

 


I would suggest a closed headphone with a U-shaped frequency response. Something like the Audio Technica M50 or Shure 750 would give you the bass end rumble plus that high end zing for gunshots. Ultrasone also has many offerings to consider. The Beyer DT770/880/990 pro would also work, but they're not as portable and harder to drive.

 


 

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Originally Posted by cakeflan View Post

 

Hey Audiophiles,

 

I'm looking for a new setup of headphones/amp/dac. I'm looking for headphones around ~300 and ~200 USD for the amp/dac, but those are just guesses.

 

Experience

I've own quite a few lower-end headphones. I currently have Sennheiser HD 280 and a pair of Sony DR-BT50 bluetooth headphones that I got as a gift that I bring around. I've tried the Beats Solo and was unimpressed. The Beats Studio was better but I'm still not sure if they're worth it.

 

I usually listen to music off my desktop and from my iPod. I have mostly 320kbps music and some flac in my library. I do a reasonable amount of gaming, but I definitely want to prioritize the quality of music over any gaming sounds.

 

Music Preference

I like a lot of bass rich music. I listen mostly to electronic, d&b, dubstep, and trance. There's some lighter rap, pop, r&b stuff that I listen to but it's less often.

 

What I am Looking at

- Sennheiser HD 595

- AKG k701

- Sennheiser HD 650 (a little on the pricier side)

 

- FiiO e7 + e9 combo

 

Any advice would be appreciated :D

 


How about a Denon D2000? It doesn't even need that much power, so you could go with just an e7 and save money.

 


 

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Originally Posted by theweirdguy1992 View Post

Hey there guys, I'm totally new to this whole thing and I was searching for a new pair of headphones on Google and stumbled across here; looked like you get a lot of people asking to reccomend some headphones and I'm in the same boat so I figured I'd ask. Like I said, I don't really know anything when it comes to headphones (I'd bet I'm the most inexperienced ever to post on here), but I've always just went to the local Radio Shack and picked up whatever headphones they happened to have... They always break within months, though, and I'm kind of sick of it, so, I'm looking for something more durable.

 

I can only really afford low-end stuff right now, under $100; the lower the better, but I don't want something that's total junk. Mostly I'll be using it for listening to music, but also some gaming. I listen to a lot of metal; stuff like Symhony X, Rhapsody, Blind Guardian, and all that... I'll be using it on my computer almost exclusively. I want circumaural ones, of course, that's why I posted in this particular sub-forum... It'd be nice if they don't leak a whole lot of sound (hope I'm using the right terminology here), because I haven't got my own place yet... Also, like I said, durable; would be nice for them to last a year or more.

 

So, uh, yeah, hopefully that's enough information; if not, let me know what else, and uh... be gentle.



The Sennheiser HD280 has decent sound and fantastic isolation. The Sony V6 kind of sits more on the ear rather than around and doesn't isolate as well, but I feel it suits your music genres a little better and is arguably more durable. Both fold up for portable use, with the V6 folding up very very small.


 

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Originally Posted by cyfp View Post

Hey, total novice here seeking advice. I'm looking to buy some full-size headphones (first ever), I mainly listen to hip-hop and rap, would the Denon D2000's be a good choice?

 

I would be listening to music from my computer and iPod, would I need an amp or anything? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


The D2000 are a great headphone with strong bass extension. Kind in mind though that they do not isolate very well, leak sound badly, and don't clamp very securely so aren't the greatest for portable use.

 

An amp isn't necessary. If you do get them, spend some time listening and getting used to their sound, then try amping from a receiver and see if you hear any appreciable difference (that isn't just a volume change). Only after that should you consider getting a dedicated headphone amp.

 


Edited by Armaegis - 8/7/11 at 5:06pm
post #5914 of 29490

Hi. I'm new here. I own a pair of ATH M50's, and a x series walkman. I don't own an amp. I listen to every genre of music but mostly hip hop from the late 80's to modern. Thinking about purchasing a dt990 32ohm or the dt990 pro (250 ohm). Was wondering if the x series can drive the 250 ohm, and if I would need to purchase a portable amp or if I should save money and purchase the dt990 32 ohm.

post #5915 of 29490

Hi guys,

 

I've been using IEMs for the past 3 yrs, and I think I'll give heaphones a shot.  Fairly new to headphones so I don't think I'll drop big bucks right away.

 

 

  • Around $100
  • Preferred Open
  • Doesn't need to be portable or sound isolating; will be used in home
  • Willing to buy amp like the fiio e11 if needed
  • Listen mostly to rock.  Some of rap, pop, r&b
  • Will be using iPod and pc with onboard sound card

 

Thanks for any suggestion!

post #5916 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

The D2000 are a great headphone with strong bass extension. Kind in mind though that they do not isolate very well, leak sound badly, and don't clamp very securely so aren't the greatest for portable use.

 

An amp isn't necessary. If you do get them, spend some time listening and getting used to their sound, then try amping from a receiver and see if you hear any appreciable difference (that isn't just a volume change). Only after that should you consider getting a dedicated headphone amp.

 

 

Thanks for the info (you too kchapdaily), wont be used for portable use so shouldn't be a problem.

 

So I'm right in thinking I can just plug these phones straight into my soundcard and they'll be good to go? If I did go for an amp would the FiiO E9 be a good choice?

 

Thanks again.


Edited by cyfp - 8/7/11 at 5:28pm
post #5917 of 29490

Open in that price range is tricky.  There are a few, but things like the AD-700 aren't really great for your genres.

 

If you're looking for something that's really comfortable and unobtrusive, you can get pretty solid sound from a Sennheiser PX-100.  They are on-ear, but they are amazingly comfortable (I hate on-ear headphones, so that means something).  They have a nice, easy-going, warm signature and a nice level of bass for your genres.
 

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Originally Posted by leetspeak View Post

Hi guys,

 

I've been using IEMs for the past 3 yrs, and I think I'll give heaphones a shot.  Fairly new to headphones so I don't think I'll drop big bucks right away.

 

 

  • Around $100
  • Preferred Open
  • Doesn't need to be portable or sound isolating; will be used in home
  • Willing to buy amp like the fiio e11 if needed
  • Listen mostly to rock.  Some of rap, pop, r&b
  • Will be using iPod and pc with onboard sound card

 

Thanks for any suggestion!



 

post #5918 of 29490
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Originally Posted by raman162 View Post

Hi. I'm new here. I own a pair of ATH M50's, and a x series walkman. I don't own an amp. I listen to every genre of music but mostly hip hop from the late 80's to modern. Thinking about purchasing a dt990 32ohm or the dt990 pro (250 ohm). Was wondering if the x series can drive the 250 ohm, and if I would need to purchase a portable amp or if I should save money and purchase the dt990 32 ohm.


I've owned the Beyerdynamic DT990/250 pro and the 990/600.  All of the 990s have similar power requirements, the impedance just impacts whether the headphones need more voltage or current.  Not trying to be mean, but I wouldn't recommend the 990s for a portable player--I don't think you'll be happy with them.

 

A couple other things: If you are using them with a portable player, are you aware of how much open headphones leak and let sound in?  Also, if you get a portable amp, it would probably drive the 32 and 250 about the same amount, so I'd get whichever is cheaper.

 

post #5919 of 29490
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Originally Posted by leetspeak View Post

Hi guys,

 

I've been using IEMs for the past 3 yrs, and I think I'll give heaphones a shot.  Fairly new to headphones so I don't think I'll drop big bucks right away.

 

 

  • Around $100
  • Preferred Open
  • Doesn't need to be portable or sound isolating; will be used in home
  • Willing to buy amp like the fiio e11 if needed
  • Listen mostly to rock.  Some of rap, pop, r&b
  • Will be using iPod and pc with onboard sound card

 

Thanks for any suggestion!

 Open cans and rock/ Hip hop just don't sound right imo.. Exeption for grados but for hip hop?  Try a semi open or a closed monitor style..


3 that comes to mind. All 3 will do your music justice.

Samson SR850.. You can read a huge thread for the Superlux models here at headfi..

                             Great bang for the money.

Shure SRH440.. Smooth balanced great for all genres really.

Kicker Hp541... Best Bass out of the bunch.. Best for hiphop amazing for rock the Funnest sounding out

                          of the bunch..

 

If you catch em on sale. You can get both a Samson SR850 and a kicker Hp541 for $100.. Both are great for the cash..


Edited by Dsnuts - 8/7/11 at 5:46pm
post #5920 of 29490

I'm trying to get open because I don't want that pressure in my ears like IEMs give.  But I can sacrifice that if its really worth it.
 

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Originally Posted by joelpearce View Post

Open in that price range is tricky.  There are a few, but things like the AD-700 aren't really great for your genres.

 

If you're looking for something that's really comfortable and unobtrusive, you can get pretty solid sound from a Sennheiser PX-100.  They are on-ear, but they are amazingly comfortable (I hate on-ear headphones, so that means something).  They have a nice, easy-going, warm signature and a nice level of bass for your genres.
 



 


AD-700 looks ok, but you guys be the judge since I don't have experience with cans.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post



 Open cans and rock/ Hip hop just don't sound right imo.. Exeption for grados but for hip hop?  Try a semi open or a closed monitor style..


3 that comes to mind. All 3 will do your music justice.

Samson SR850.. You can read a huge thread for the Superlux models here at headfi..

                             Great bang for the money.

Shure SRH440.. Smooth balanced great for all genres really.

Kicker Hp541... Best Bass out of the bunch.. Best for hiphop amazing for rock the Funnest sounding out

                          of the bunch..

 

If you catch em on sale. You can get both a Samson SR850 and a kicker Hp541 for $100.. Both are great for the cash..


I'm an all rounded listerner, so I usually don't get stuck listening to one genre.  So if I can get that 'sort of ok' headphones for rock, pop, r&b, it will be just fine.

 

post #5921 of 29490

Ya I would say NO to the AD700.. Those have a wow factor at first then you realize they have a weird sound as there is almost no punch where the Bass should be.. They are like a hot date with crooked teeth.. You will regret buying those trust me.. Plus they are kinda clownish looking..

 

Try the Shure SRH440.. Great all around headphone.. I absolutely love my kicker HP541 however..  Read the reviews on amazon about the kickers.. If you want just a smooth sounding set of cans go for the Shures.. My problem is I have so many "balanced"cans I actually prefer something with a little more ooomph if you know what I mean.. The full sounds on the kicker does anything with Bass on it just amazingly well. 

post #5922 of 29490

Alright thanks for the information. Since a lot of music on my walkman X is hip hop, which open headphone would you recommend for 350 or less. Will purchase an amp if needed but i dont want to spend anything more than $400 all together.

post #5923 of 29490
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Originally Posted by raman162 View Post

Alright thanks for the information. Since a lot of music on my walkman X is hip hop, which open headphone would you recommend for 350 or less. Will purchase an amp if needed but i dont want to spend anything more than $400 all together.



Hmm. The best hip hop cans I own.. Ultrasone Dj1 or the Hfi-580. Both are one n the same..$120- $130 on amazon.  Excellent bass and you will save a lot of money.. Hip hop / Trance Dub...Just truly kick ass Bass and clean sound for the money.. And most importantly none of that muddy stuff... Don't need to spend $400 at all.

post #5924 of 29490

How do the SRH 940's sound unamped from a J3 or similar device? I listen to almost any genre but heavy rock, rap, and hip-hop. I've heard they are a bit bass-light, but I can probably fix that with the J3's BBE/EQ settings.

 

Originally I was considering the Ultrasone DJ1 PRO, but maybe its recessed mids aren't quite what I'm looking for. The 940's are kind of my 2nd option at the time. Also, what's the warranty on the 940's?

post #5925 of 29490

Thanks but the problem is I already own a pair of closed cans (ATH M50), and I need a pair of open cans. Any other recommendations that you can make.

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