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post #6136 of 29490

Hey, I'm a non-audiophile looking for some recommendations.

 

I mainly listen to rock--Tool, A Perfect Circle, Rage against the Machine, Incubus, etc and was looking for some full sized, preferably closed headphones.  I'm looking to spend b/w $300-400.  I recently bought the AudioTechnica ATH-M50s, but I'm not happy with them.  I feel like everything sounds shrill at high volumes.  Headroom suggested buying the Denon AH-D2000, but I had seen some negative reviews on this site.

 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

post #6137 of 29490
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Originally Posted by joelpearce View Post



 

They are sensitive enough that they should be fine out of a sound card, especially if it has a headphone plug.  My only caveat is that Ultrasones aren't very shy in the treble department, which means they really emphasize any noise in the signal.  You might notice computer electrical noise with the HFI-580 that you've never noticed out of other sources.  You should be able to get plenty of bass impact through the computer, though.
 

 


My computer does have a specific input for headphones, although I normally plug them into my speakers' headphone input. Also, I'm not too interested in unwanted noises.... What would be the next best headphone I could get that wouldn't have any problems like unwanted sounds without having a sound card?

 

post #6138 of 29490


 

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Originally Posted by bteal View Post

Hey, I'm a non-audiophile looking for some recommendations.

 

I mainly listen to rock--Tool, A Perfect Circle, Rage against the Machine, Incubus, etc and was looking for some full sized, preferably closed headphones.  I'm looking to spend b/w $300-400.  I recently bought the AudioTechnica ATH-M50s, but I'm not happy with them.  I feel like everything sounds shrill at high volumes.  Headroom suggested buying the Denon AH-D2000, but I had seen some negative reviews on this site.

 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


unhappy with the m50's? blasphemy! what is your source?

 

post #6139 of 29490


 

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Originally Posted by DSG3002 View Post




My computer does have a specific input for headphones, although I normally plug them into my speakers' headphone input. Also, I'm not too interested in unwanted noises.... What would be the next best headphone I could get that wouldn't have any problems like unwanted sounds without having a sound card?

 


Man you're shooting yourself in the foot there. No matter how much you invest in headphones you're running them through what i can only imagine are sub par speakers. if you posted that on the jitter forums they would probably form a mob and attack you haha.

 

post #6140 of 29490

unamped ipod.  Maybe something is wrong with my pair. At 80% volume most of my music sounds tinny and muddled.  I feel like there's no clarity. 

post #6141 of 29490

I'm actually looking to buy nice headphones as a gift for my boyfriend. He loves music, but has never been able to justify spending money on headphones. So, he has mostly been listening to music from cheap skullcandy and a dated stereo. He has expressed interest in full sized headphones, as he dislikes IEMs. Also, he listens to a lot of doom and stoner metal, but also some rock and light music at times. Basically, I'm looking to spend 100-150 dollars (though, I'm a bit flexible here) on full sized headphones that play nice with Electric Wizard. I've been lurking and I've heard a lot about the ATH-M50, but I'm unsure of the compatibility with his music. I, personally, would like to buy him headphones that look good, but that doesn't really matter. Also, he has never used an amp or anything before. I'm just looking for something he can plug in and listen with. He usually plays music off of his laptop or desktop.

 

  • Full sized Headphones
  • Play well with doom and stoner metal
  • ~100-150 dollars
  • Plug and play :D
  • Stylish (if possible)

 

 

post #6142 of 29490


Try the Creative Aurvana Live..$100 on amazon but can be bought for $60 on sale..Even @$100  Great bang for buck headphones. These are not so big, light portable, meaning can be easily used even on an mp3.  Has a more expensive sound than the price would indicate sharing the same design and drivers/speakers as the Denon AH-D1001K.which cost double... Sexy oval dome shiny black and sound fantabulous for metal music. Very comfy and isolates well enough. I am listening to Sepultura now on em.. Very much recommended..These will sound literally a 100 times better than those skull candy he uses.. He will finally be able to listen to his metal the way it was meant to be..

 

I just had another thought. You should get a sansa clip plus the 8 gig for $50 and throw him these headphones $100.. That will meet your $150 goal and sweeten the deal. He needs to get better sound to fully appreciate this headphone to be honest. Just a thought.  old stereo. Hmmm.

 

The M50 is not bad for metal per se but will cost you $50 more and wont get you more better quality sound for metal over the Creative Aurvana Lives.

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Originally Posted by CuriousChaos View Post

I'm actually looking to buy nice headphones as a gift for my boyfriend. He loves music, but has never been able to justify spending money on headphones. So, he has mostly been listening to music from cheap skullcandy and a dated stereo. He has expressed interest in full sized headphones, as he dislikes IEMs. Also, he listens to a lot of doom and stoner metal, but also some rock and light music at times. Basically, I'm looking to spend 100-150 dollars (though, I'm a bit flexible here) on full sized headphones that play nice with Electric Wizard. I've been lurking and I've heard a lot about the ATH-M50, but I'm unsure of the compatibility with his music. I, personally, would like to buy him headphones that look good, but that doesn't really matter. Also, he has never used an amp or anything before. I'm just looking for something he can plug in and listen with. He usually plays music off of his laptop or desktop.

 

  • Full sized Headphones
  • Play well with doom and stoner metal
  • ~100-150 dollars
  • Plug and play :D
  • Stylish (if possible)

 

 



 


Edited by Dsnuts - 8/12/11 at 5:24pm
post #6143 of 29490
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Originally Posted by SennheiserHD View Post


 


Man you're shooting yourself in the foot there. No matter how much you invest in headphones you're running them through what i can only imagine are sub par speakers. if you posted that on the jitter forums they would probably form a mob and attack you haha.

 


Well obviously with headphones like these I wouldn't run them through my speakers, I'm just saying that's what I normally do. That still doesn't solve the situation though...

 

post #6144 of 29490
Big thank you to Armaegis and SennheiserHD for helping me with my search so far. I'm seriously thinking about the HD 25-1 IIs now, but am seriously worried about comfort. To recap if anyone new sees this:

-Closed headphones (will be using one planes etc.)
-Audio quality is of utmost importance. Genres: metal (symphonic as well, so mids/highs aka female vocals/orchestra and choir are big here), rock, alternative, soundtrack
-COMFORT is important: must be able to wear headphones for 5-10 hours on plane flights.
-portability is really of last importance and shouldn't come at the cost of comfort or audio quality
-$200 or under

So, I really like what I'm hearing about the HD 25s but I really DON'T like that so many people say they can't be worn or are just uncomfortable after a couple hours of use. These are mainly for plane flights and listening while doing homework, so comfort over long periods of time is a requirement (although preferably not sacrificing sound quality.) So, I've been looking at the DT770 Pro-80s, as they look super comfortable and seem to have a good sound. Would these be a good alternative to the HD 25s for better comfort but still good SQ? Again, portability isn't really a huge focus at all.

Also, with any headphones I get I might eventually invest in a portable amp, but for now would just be running them through my iPhone 4. I hear the 80ohm DT770 runs fine non-amped, but would it respond well to an amp as well? The place where I'm going doesn't carry the 250 version unfortanely, so I'd have to wait and order them online or something.

Thanks!
Edited by AwfulFalafel - 8/12/11 at 3:01pm
post #6145 of 29490
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Originally Posted by bteal View Post

unamped ipod.  Maybe something is wrong with my pair. At 80% volume most of my music sounds tinny and muddled.  I feel like there's no clarity. 


Try powering them through a receiver. If you notice an appreciable improvement, consider getting an amp. 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by AwfulFalafel View Post

Big thank you to Armaegis and SennheiserHD for helping me with my search so far. I'm seriously thinking about the HD 25-1 IIs now, but am seriously worried about comfort. To recap if anyone new sees this:

-Closed headphones (will be using one planes etc.)
-Audio quality is of utmost importance. Genres: metal (symphonic as well, so mids/highs aka female vocals/orchestra and choir are big here), rock, alternative, soundtrack
-COMFORT is important: must be able to wear headphones for 5-10 hours on plane flights.
-portability is really of last importance and shouldn't come at the cost of comfort or audio quality
-$200 or under

So, I really like what I'm hearing about the HD 25s but I really DON'T like that so many people say they can't be worn or are just uncomfortable after a couple hours of use. These are mainly for plane flights and listening while doing homework, so comfort over long periods of time is a requirement (although preferably not sacrificing sound quality.) So, I've been looking at the DT770 Pro-80s, as they look super comfortable and seem to have a good sound. Would these be a good alternative to the HD 25s for better comfort but still good SQ? Again, portability isn't really a huge focus at all.

Also, with any headphones I get I might eventually invest in a portable amp, but for now would just be running them through my iPhone 4. I hear the 80ohm DT770 runs fine non-amped, but would it respond well to an amp as well? The place where I'm going doesn't carry the 250 version unfortanely, so I'd have to wait and order them online or something.

Thanks!


The HD25-1-ii is fairly common in most music stores and big electronics retailers. See if they have a pair you can try out and see if they're comfortable for you. The DT770 is also likely to be found in any music store. The pro model clamps harder and has more isolation, while the premium clamps lighter and has a slightly different shell and is more expensive. Note however that the DT family is a little more power hungry than the HD25-1-ii.

 

post #6146 of 29490

That earbud review doesnt mention price though...the OK2s are more than twice the price of the PK2s.

post #6147 of 29490


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by CuriousChaos View Post

I'm actually looking to buy nice headphones as a gift for my boyfriend. He loves music, but has never been able to justify spending money on headphones. So, he has mostly been listening to music from cheap skullcandy and a dated stereo. He has expressed interest in full sized headphones, as he dislikes IEMs. Also, he listens to a lot of doom and stoner metal, but also some rock and light music at times. Basically, I'm looking to spend 100-150 dollars (though, I'm a bit flexible here) on full sized headphones that play nice with Electric Wizard. I've been lurking and I've heard a lot about the ATH-M50, but I'm unsure of the compatibility with his music. I, personally, would like to buy him headphones that look good, but that doesn't really matter. Also, he has never used an amp or anything before. I'm just looking for something he can plug in and listen with. He usually plays music off of his laptop or desktop.

 

  • Full sized Headphones
  • Play well with doom and stoner metal
  • ~100-150 dollars
  • Plug and play :D
  • Stylish (if possible)

 

 

Superlux HD-668B, well under your budget, best price is at Audiohipster.
 

 

post #6148 of 29490

What are the best IEMs for under $60-$80 that sound good for pop/R&B while also being great for movies?

post #6149 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post


 

Superlux HD-668B, well under your budget, best price is at Audiohipster.
 

 


How do the Superlux HD-668B phones compare to the Ultrasone HFI-580's? (I saw your reply in my thread on the other board but figured I'd ask here since it fits this topic better.)

 

post #6150 of 29490

I would like to first, thank all of the many audiophiles, industry majors, and general enthusiests that pore countless hours and information into this website. I have been bitten by the sound bug, I am stepping into this brave new world with about a $300 dollar budget for cans and maybe a $200 budget for an amp/dac. I have a love for a wide diversity of music : Blues, Metal, Rock, Hip Hop, Ska, Jazz, Classical /Orchestrated, Etheral and atmospheric, Opera,  Examples of Music I listen to on a regular basis are Phillip Glass, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Charlie parker, Godspeed! you black emperor, My Bloody Valentine, Black Sabbath, The White Stripes, BassNectar,  The Glitch Mob, Radiohead, Aesop Rock, Rattata, BLockHEAD, Coheed & Cambria Etc, Dir En Grey... I am Beginning to dable in Creating and referencing Music, And I am looking for a Portable, (folding preferred but not necessary)   closed back, noise isolating, Circumnuaral, set of cans That lends itself to this kind of music. Sound clarity and instrument seperation as well as "soundstage " are very important to me as well as a high range of dheffinition in the low base, a generaly true mid level, and a detailed treble and higher end. I am driving my music from an Ipod Touch 3g (64 G) and a modest HiFi- setup with a technics MkII turntable, and a macbook pro.  I have been doing hours and hours of research and I have been dancing around these cans

 

-Audio Technica ATM-M50

- Ultrasone HFI 780

-BeyerDynamic DT 770 (or pro 80)  ( 32 ohm without amp 250 ohm with proper amp/dac)

-Dennon D2000


I have listened to The ATM-M50's and The Beyer Dynamic and it has become apparent that the BeyerDynamics are unable to be the clear choice until amped properly.  The M50's sound amazing but they seem to be so honest that it is a little off putting with some lower level recordings such as blues tracks tend to be and the more operatic and highly composed aria's. 

 ANy suggestions as to which cans and even Amp/dac Combos in this price range with this music in mind would be absolutely phenomenal and deeply appreciated as i have spent countless hours searching threads for pieces of a seemingly empty puzzle. I have a basic referencing and music background and very little engineering knowledge (sub novice) but I love music, I don`t want to upgrade every time a new ibasso and set of grado's come out) although I don`t blame those who do ;) I just want to start with a nice set of cans and a decent amp. Suggestions and comments ?  

 
 
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