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Can anyone recommend a good pair of open cans, I mainly listen to hip hop. I have a sony x series walkman, and it drives the my ATH M40 pretty well which are 38 ohms.

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Originally Posted by raman162 View Post

Can anyone recommend a good pair of open cans, I mainly listen to hip hop. I have a sony x series walkman, and it drives the my ATH M40 pretty well which are 38 ohms.


May I ask why you want open cans? Usually closed headphones have stronger bass response.

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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.
 

 

 

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

 



 

Alright, you guys have convinced me!  I'm gonna grab a pair of the Fostex T50rp sets.  I figure I can use it as a benchmark in order to get a feel for what I want to spend a bit more money on in the future.  And if it turns out I don't like them so much, they were only $74 instead of $150 or more.  So I'm gonna order a pair today.

 

I'm sure (as is usually the case) there are some mods worth doing in nearly every case, and some mods that aren't really worth it most of the time.  Can you guys point me to one ore more threads where one or two of the "essential" mods are laid out? I'd really appreciate it.

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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 listen to BASS heavy music.. Hip hop,, Trance, Dub.. YES!! I own both.. I own the DJ1 and the BASS is awesome sauce on the Dj1/Hfi-580.. The Shure SRH440 Bass is limp in comparison..

 

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I'm glad to have a response. What if the bass is not the priority? What if the mid is the priority? Can it be an upgrade?

Pardon my style of asking since English is not my mother tongue language, I'm from Cambodia :D

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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.

 


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.
 



 

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Originally Posted by raman162 View Post

Can anyone recommend a good pair of open cans, I mainly listen to hip hop. I have a sony x series walkman, and it drives the my ATH M40 pretty well which are 38 ohms.



My advice to you raman162.. Forget about OPEN cans if you listen to Hip hop.. The reason why I say this.. Just my own experience.. While OPEN cans sound great for something like Jazz/ instrumentals/classical/ vocals.. Anything with authoritative bass notes the open / spaciousness of these cans just don't sound right for hip hop..

 

Listening to Ti with the audio Technica AD700 vs My favorite for hip hop the Ultrasone Dj1/ Hfi-580... No comparison.. You get limp BASS almost no punch on the AD700 vs Powerful PUNCH and extension on the Dj1s.. No comparison.. The only open can that sounds even remotely right for hip hop is my Sennheiser HD595.. But even with that can it just don't sound correct..

 

Hip hop is more of an in your face experience and for me at least.. A big sound stage don't mean your hip hop is gonna come correct.. If anything, it is the opposite.. I think hip hop actually benefits from a smaller sound stage with good to great bass notes.. Something that is difficult for many open cans..  Now semi open cans example Samson SR850.. Sound great for hip hop while having a bigger than average soundstage..

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Are there any closed cans for ~$500 that's good for rock/metal? Strong mids and relatively low impedance. Basically like closed Grados?


Edited by kenshin27 - 8/8/11 at 8:51am
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Are there any closed cans for ~$500 that's good for rock/metal? Strong mids and relatively low impedance. Basically like closed Grados?


audio-technica ES10.

 

I'm serious, it's that easy.


Edited by 12345142 - 8/8/11 at 9:11am
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Heh, I was just looking at those actually. Was considering them and the Beyerdynamic T70p but the T70p is so new there doesn't seem to be any reviews yet. And the last 32ohm Beyer I auditioned (DT990) I felt had too sloppy of a bass line so wanted to make sure that wasn't the case for these new ones. Oh, and the Thunderpants. Anyone know how those stack up?
 

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audio-technica ES10.

 

I'm serious, it's that easy.



 


Edited by kenshin27 - 8/8/11 at 9:39am
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My advice to you raman162.. Forget about OPEN cans if you listen to Hip hop.. The reason why I say this.. Just my own experience.. While OPEN cans sound great for something like Jazz/ instrumentals/classical/ vocals.. Anything with authoritative bass notes the open / spaciousness of these cans just don't sound right for hip hop..

 

Listening to Ti with the audio Technica AD700 vs My favorite for hip hop the Ultrasone Dj1/ Hfi-580... No comparison.. You get limp BASS almost no punch on the AD700 vs Powerful PUNCH and extension on the Dj1s.. No comparison.. The only open can that sounds even remotely right for hip hop is my Sennheiser HD595.. But even with that can it just don't sound correct..

 

Hip hop is more of an in your face experience and for me at least.. A big sound stage don't mean your hip hop is gonna come correct.. If anything, it is the opposite.. I think hip hop actually benefits from a smaller sound stage with good to great bass notes.. Something that is difficult for many open cans..  Now semi open cans example Samson SR850.. Sound great for hip hop while having a bigger than average soundstage..



 



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May I ask why you want open cans? Usually closed headphones have stronger bass response.


 

I just want to be able to hear my surrounding enviroment sometimes instead off being sealed away from the world

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I also wouldn't mind purchasing a portable amp, considering my price range is up to $300 or maybe even $400.

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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!



I was not a big fan of the 4x8 series. The HD598 is highly regarded here and has a bit of a popularity surge. If you don't want to spend that much, there's also the HD555/558/595 which are very similar but cheaper.



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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 an increase in bass, yes.

 



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Originally Posted by dvd101e View Post

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


The DT770/880/990 are not the most efficient headphones, so you can't get loud volumes from them out of a portable player. Also, I would not consider the DT880 a great match for your music genres. Within the brand, the DT250 would sound better, but it too likes to have a bit more power behind it.

 

I think a midrange Sennheiser would be more enjoyable for you overall.

 


 

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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?


Additionally, sensitivity must also be considered along with impedance. The full sized Beyers are not the most efficient headphones.

 



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Originally Posted by raman162 View Post

Can anyone recommend a good pair of open cans, I mainly listen to hip hop. I have a sony x series walkman, and it drives the my ATH M40 pretty well which are 38 ohms.


Ultrasone Pro2900

 



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Originally Posted by Prospero424 View Post
Alright, you guys have convinced me!  I'm gonna grab a pair of the Fostex T50rp sets.  I figure I can use it as a benchmark in order to get a feel for what I want to spend a bit more money on in the future.  And if it turns out I don't like them so much, they were only $74 instead of $150 or more.  So I'm gonna order a pair today.

 

I'm sure (as is usually the case) there are some mods worth doing in nearly every case, and some mods that aren't really worth it most of the time.  Can you guys point me to one ore more threads where one or two of the "essential" mods are laid out? I'd really appreciate it.


There are two big threads. The *huge* orthodynamic thread, and the (somewhat less huge) T50rp specific thread. Just give them a quick glance over. The two most common mods are to put a ring of putty around the back edge/circle of the cup, and a couple layers of damping felt in the middle.

 



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Are there any closed cans for ~$500 that's good for rock/metal? Strong mids and relatively low impedance. Basically like closed Grados?


The Phiaton MS300 has a very grado-like feel, yet is closed and offers a nice punchy bass (especially when amped).

 


 

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I also wouldn't mind purchasing a portable amp, considering my price range is up to $300 or maybe even $400.


Lots of options... iBasso, FiiO, Leckerton, Pico, Arrow, XM5/6... just to name a few.

 

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Some stylish IEMs for about £25 max for my brother? Not Skullcandy styling, he likes the aJAYS but wants to see some more options.

 

J0nny.

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I'm considering getting a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones, but am a bit concerned about how they are to wear. It looks as though it would get warm to have the leather sit straight on your ear. Anyone own a pair and care to comment?

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I'm considering getting a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones, but am a bit concerned about how they are to wear. It looks as though it would get warm to have the leather sit straight on your ear. Anyone own a pair and care to comment?



They are supraaural, so do not warm up very much. They are possibly one of the most comfortable headphones I've ever tried.

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