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post #5926 of 29490

Im looking at the dt 990 32 ohm, and ATH AD900 or ATH AD700. They all look nice and fit easily in my price range. What does anyone think?

post #5927 of 29490

Hey guys. So I've been looking to buy some better headphones, and have heard some good things about Sennheisers. I was just wondering, which of their cans would you recommend, cause I'm having some trouble deciding. I've looked through their products, and I'm leaning towards the HD 438s or HD 448s. I listen to rock music (at maximum volume, mind you.), and I love me some loud bass. My audio instrument of choice is my iPhone, and iPad when I'm at home. I prefer closed ear headphones. My price range is $150 max. Which headphones should I get? Thanks so much!

post #5928 of 29490
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Originally Posted by akong View Post

Hey guys. So I've been looking to buy some better headphones, and have heard some good things about Sennheisers. I was just wondering, which of their cans would you recommend, cause I'm having some trouble deciding. I've looked through their products, and I'm leaning towards the HD 438s or HD 448s. I listen to rock music (at maximum volume, mind you.), and I love me some loud bass. My audio instrument of choice is my iPhone, and iPad when I'm at home. I prefer closed ear headphones. My price range is $150 max. Which headphones should I get? Thanks so much!



You should get the ATH M50, you can find them on Amazon for 150. With a good Eq set up you can get really nice bass, it has a punchy feeling to it. and they have a low impedance so they are easy to drive.

post #5929 of 29490

So with the caveat that I'm driving them with onboard sound, and I don't have a large basis for comparison... (Comparing against X-530 speakers)

 

Deciding that the only way to really get a handle on what I want would be to listen to a couple of the options, I went over to futureshop and bought a pair of SRH440s (small price premium compared to ordering online and having them shipped), and a pair of Carcharias.

 

In comparison to my speakers, the Carcharias sound somewhat muffled/muddy is how I'd describe it, lack emphasis in bass, and feel somewhat tight in terms of soundstage.

Compared to my rather craptastic logitec internet chat microphone, the microphone is quite good.

 

The Shures blow them out of the water, beautiful clean renditions of mids and highs, solid but not overpowering rendition of bass (not booming in the least), and a very nice soundstage.

 

In terms of gaming, I'm a bit limited ATM as I can't do speaker virtualization with the onboard audio I have, but I definitely felt more immersed with the Shures than with my speakers.

 

Sufficing to say, I'll be returning the Carcharias and looking for both a better mic and a soundcard to pair with the Shures. I'm looking at a Xonar U3 for now since, being USB, I could use with my laptop too. I'm also contemplating a Xonar DG for my desktop seeing as I can get one for only $15 after rebate this month (the DX by comparison would run about $60 after rebate, and I'll have already maxed out my budget with the Shures, a mic, and the U3.

 

I could also look into returning the Shures too and ordering a pair of ATH-AD700s, but I kind of like the isolation from outside noises that the Shures have, and the bass is fantastic, I'm not sure it would be worth giving those up for the larger soundstage and better precision that I understand the AD700s to have.

 

Again, thank you for the advice.

post #5930 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Atragon View Post

So with the caveat that I'm driving them with onboard sound, and I don't have a large basis for comparison... (Comparing against X-530 speakers)

 

Deciding that the only way to really get a handle on what I want would be to listen to a couple of the options, I went over to futureshop and bought a pair of SRH440s (small price premium compared to ordering online and having them shipped), and a pair of Carcharias.

 

In comparison to my speakers, the Carcharias sound somewhat muffled/muddy is how I'd describe it, lack emphasis in bass, and feel somewhat tight in terms of soundstage.

Compared to my rather craptastic logitec internet chat microphone, the microphone is quite good.

 

The Shures blow them out of the water, beautiful clean renditions of mids and highs, solid but not overpowering rendition of bass (not booming in the least), and a very nice soundstage.

 

In terms of gaming, I'm a bit limited ATM as I can't do speaker virtualization with the onboard audio I have, but I definitely felt more immersed with the Shures than with my speakers.

 

Sufficing to say, I'll be returning the Carcharias and looking for both a better mic and a soundcard to pair with the Shures. I'm looking at a Xonar U3 for now since, being USB, I could use with my laptop too. I'm also contemplating a Xonar DG for my desktop seeing as I can get one for only $15 after rebate this month (the DX by comparison would run about $60 after rebate, and I'll have already maxed out my budget with the Shures, a mic, and the U3.

 

I could also look into returning the Shures too and ordering a pair of ATH-AD700s, but I kind of like the isolation from outside noises that the Shures have, and the bass is fantastic, I'm not sure it would be worth giving those up for the larger soundstage and better precision that I understand the AD700s to have.

 

Again, thank you for the advice.



Trust me I own both.. You are correct about the Shures. I would pass on the AD700s.. I find the sounds to be a tad bit too spacy in FPS.. Plus it has NO BASS.. The shures are better for music and for games.. Stick with the Shures

post #5931 of 29490

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Originally Posted by Prospero424 View PostI'm in the market for (Sennheiser HD590) replacements in the $150-$225 range.  I'll be hooking them up to an Onkyo TX-NR609 when in the living room and a PreSonus FireBox that doubles as my headphone amp (tube-based Firewire device) when on the computer. Portability is not important. I generally listen to a lot of pop, indie rock, electronic, and hip-hop. I do enjoy punchy bass response, but what's most important to me is accuracy and faithful reproduction. Ideally, I'd like a mostly neutral/accurate set with a hint of extra warmth. I have a lot of HD audio media (24-bit, 96-192Khz FLACs).


Well, it's starting to look like I'm gonna have to up my budget a little bit to get what I really want.  I'm thinking now of something more in the $300 range; maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less.  What can you guys suggest for that price range given these listening habits and this equipment?  I see a lot of people talking about the Grado 325i series.  Is the Shure SRH940 still a good bet?  Should I take a look at the Sennheiser 600 series? Thanks.

post #5932 of 29490
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Originally Posted by akong View Post

Hey guys. So I've been looking to buy some better headphones, and have heard some good things about Sennheisers. I was just wondering, which of their cans would you recommend, cause I'm having some trouble deciding. I've looked through their products, and I'm leaning towards the HD 438s or HD 448s. I listen to rock music (at maximum volume, mind you.), and I love me some loud bass. My audio instrument of choice is my iPhone, and iPad when I'm at home. I prefer closed ear headphones. My price range is $150 max. Which headphones should I get? Thanks so much!


I have the HD 428 and have probably close to 500 hours on them. Apparently the 428 and the 448 are sonically similar. The 428 runs well enough out of my Sony walkman at 50% volume but seems to lack a bit of fullness, clarity and bass impact when compared to being run out of a laptop or an amp.

I've found the 428,438, and 448 to be fairly similar...at least to my ears. Although these headphones are labeled as "bass driven" and "bass enhanced" they are actually fairly neutral. The 438 definitely has the most bass out of the three but having listened to it briefly, the bass extends low and is punchy but is not booming or overwhelming. I would not categorize the bass on these headphones as "loud". It definitely does not obscure the mids and highs. To me, the high points of these headphones are the mids. They're quite exceptional for the price point.

If you're willing to spend the extra money, I would say look at the ATH m50 and Ultrasone hfi580.

 

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I have the HD 428 and have probably close to 500 hours on them. Apparently the 428 and the 448 are sonically similar. The 428 runs well enough out of my Sony walkman at 50% volume but seems to lack a bit of fullness, clarity and bass impact when compared to being run out of a laptop or an amp.

I've found the 428,438, and 448 to be fairly similar...at least to my ears. Although these headphones are labeled as "bass driven" and "bass enhanced" they are actually fairly neutral. The 438 definitely has the most bass out of the three but having listened to it briefly, the bass extends low and is punchy but is not booming or overwhelming. I would not categorize the bass on these headphones as "loud". It definitely does not obscure the mids and highs. To me, the high points of these headphones are the mids. They're quite exceptional for the price point.

If you're willing to spend the extra money, I would say look at the ATH m50 and Ultrasone hfi580.

 


ATH-M50 is about $240, and the HD448s are $150, where Akong's from. 

HD438s are $130, HD428s are $120. The HD438 has noticeably better bass than the HD448 and HD428.

 

Looking at the specs, the HD438 should extend down to about 20Hz, but for me, I only get down to 45Hz max.
I'm not sure what the problem is.. 

 

post #5934 of 29490
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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.


You should be just fine from a portable player. The E9 is a fine amp for home use if you decide you need one.

 



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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

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?


The Shure family is quite easy to drive. Warranties are usually a year, but check with the store that you're buying from for specifics.

 



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Originally Posted by raman162 View Post

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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Originally Posted by raman162 View Post

Im looking at the dt 990 32 ohm, and ATH AD900 or ATH AD700. They all look nice and fit easily in my price range. What does anyone think?


The DT990 likes to have a bit more power behind it. It might not be satisfactory coming from a portable player.

 

The Audio Technicas are fine cans, but bass light and not at all portable due to their size and lack of clamp.

 



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Originally Posted by akong View Post

Hey guys. So I've been looking to buy some better headphones, and have heard some good things about Sennheisers. I was just wondering, which of their cans would you recommend, cause I'm having some trouble deciding. I've looked through their products, and I'm leaning towards the HD 438s or HD 448s. I listen to rock music (at maximum volume, mind you.), and I love me some loud bass. My audio instrument of choice is my iPhone, and iPad when I'm at home. I prefer closed ear headphones. My price range is $150 max. Which headphones should I get? Thanks so much!


If you want more bass, definitely go for the 438 over the 448.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Prospero424 View Post

Quote:

I'm in the market for (Sennheiser HD590) replacements in the $150-$225 range.  I'll be hooking them up to an Onkyo TX-NR609 when in the living room and a PreSonus FireBox that doubles as my headphone amp (tube-based Firewire device) when on the computer. Portability is not important. I generally listen to a lot of pop, indie rock, electronic, and hip-hop. I do enjoy punchy bass response, but what's most important to me is accuracy and faithful reproduction. Ideally, I'd like a mostly neutral/accurate set with a hint of extra warmth. I have a lot of HD audio media (24-bit, 96-192Khz FLACs).
 

 

Well, it's starting to look like I'm gonna have to up my budget a little bit to get what I really want.  I'm thinking now of something more in the $300 range; maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less.  What can you guys suggest for that price range given these listening habits and this equipment?  I see a lot of people talking about the Grado 325i series.  Is the Shure SRH940 still a good bet?  Should I take a look at the Sennheiser 600 series? Thanks.

 

If you're looking for good reproduction, the 940, AKG K701 or Fostex T50rp are good bets (the latter likes a lot of power, but your receiver should be more than enough).

 

The grados are very upper mid focused.
 

 

post #5935 of 29490

So currently, i own a pair of HD201's, i love them to death. Nice looking, and they sound great for a $20 pair of cans. However, i think its time for an upgrade. I would still like to keep it on the cheap side, but i would like a set with a much better soundstage, and around the same amount of bass. (more wouldnt be terrible, but any less is an absolute no. i feel my 201's have a nice, accurate bass) I listen to a wide variety of music, from ska to indie rock to jazz. Closed headphones preferred!

 

As of now, im leaning towards the Sennheiser HD428s or HD598s. Quite a difference in price- would the exrta cash be worth it? It helps that the 598s are extremely good looking...

 

 

Any help is appreciated!


Edited by HomlssLumbrjack - 8/8/11 at 1:13am
post #5936 of 29490

-edit Whoops totally wrong section. My bad guys.

 

Hi guys, I'm looking for some help on buying cheap IEMs. I've run through the M6-M9 lineup from ME and I was wondering whether there was anything else I should get in that kind of price range or slightly higher. I'm looking for $20-50. I was pretty happy with the quality of the M6 and M9 so if there's nothing better anyone could recommend, I'll probably fall back onto the M6. I also happened to destroy all of those IEMS so if you know of one with better build quality let me know(The build quality on the M6 and M9 were fine. I just happened to be very careless).

 

Also is there a deal thread somewhere where people just post audio gear sales and what not? I'm having a hard time finding one( I know it exists and I was there before...). 


Edited by Dacrazydude - 8/8/11 at 3:08am
post #5937 of 29490

Hi guys.. I've been reading great great reviews on Head-Fi for about 2 years now.

This is my first question, I hope someones would be kindly to help me.

 

>> Is Ultrasone HFI-580 worth upgrading from Shure SRH440?

post #5938 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Prospero424 View Post
 

I generally listen to a lot of pop, indie rock, electronic, and hip-hop. I do enjoy punchy bass response, but what's most important to me is accuracy and faithful reproduction. Ideally, I'd like a mostly neutral/accurate set with a hint of extra warmth. I have a lot of HD audio media (24-bit, 96-192Khz FLACs).


Neutral with a hint of warmth = HD600, FA-003, or D2000 from my understanding, or maybe even the HE-300. I'd say the Shure 940 is more if you're looking for neutral with a little extra treble and a good midrange presence.

 

Also If you're into modding the cheapo T50rp is supposed to be beastly.

 

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Originally Posted by casanova View Post

Hi guys.. I've been reading great great reviews on Head-Fi for about 2 years now.

This is my first question, I hope someones would be kindly to help me.

 

>> Is Ultrasone HFI-580 worth upgrading from Shure SRH440?


If you're looking for something bassy and punchy sure. Don't know if would be an upgrade, even though I liked it more I thought the HFI-680 was a small step down from the srh840.
 


Edited by 200poundsofamp - 8/8/11 at 2:23am
post #5939 of 29490

Hi man, This is my first post ever, and I live in the Netherlands, so pls don't be too critical on my grammar etc (:.

I now own earbuds which are 20 dollars, more or less, and a mp3player of 40, I think, so this is going to be a big investment for me.

I prefer SQ over everything, the rest is not very important to me.

 

I am going to buy the Beyerdynamic DT880 32 Ohm + the Cowon S9 16 GB, without an amp. 

First question: is the DT880 32 Ohm good without an amp? If not, which are?

Second: Does the Cowon S9 really have very good SQ?

Third: Will it be a good combination, the Dt880 + S9 without an amp?

 

Oh, almost forgot, I mostly listen to rock, (like Joe Satriani, some Pink Floyd etc), Jazz/Funk (mostly Jamiroquai), some classic stuff, metal, pop, bit of rap, so really a lot of things. 

 

So, If you have any experience w/ those cans or the S9, or if you know the answers to my questions, please respond asap (:.

 

Thanks

post #5940 of 29490

The DT880 may be 32 ohms, but it's really not the sort of headphone you want to use straight from a DAP without an amp. Lower resistance means you need less voltage, but more current. It's better if you get a headphone that's easier to drive. A900s, perhaps?

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