Hi, I'm looking for an all round headphone for gaming and music(rock, instrumentals, classical, hip hip, some rap, country, basically a bit of everything). Should have good aesthetics and portable enough to move around. I'm kind of a beginner so I don't think I will be getting an amp unless i can get a cheap one and they make the sound quality a lot better. I'm still deciding if they should be open or closed since I haven't fully grasped the concept of soundstage yet. Budget is around $100 - $150ish. Thanks in advance!
If going portable, then you'll want a closed headphone to provide isolation otherwise you won't be able to hear your music and/or you'll disturb other people around you.
Some nice stylish portable cans:
Pioneer HDJ-500 - bassy
Phiaton MS300 - more neutral
So guys, i got my first pair of cans, a pair of SR60i, and i'm wondering whats my next step should be. A DAC or a Amp?
I listen to music mainly in my pc, as i got a 8gb ipod and i can really carry around that much music.
I don't have many options here where i live, and i can't buy from other countries, i don't have a credit card.
Check out your local music store; they should have some products available. Try something like a Behringer UCA202 which is fairly cheap and acts as a combo usb dac/amp.
As far as I know, they're essentially the same except for the packaging and accessories. Neither really needs amping, but you can always add one down the road. Comfort is difficult to gauge for someone else; there's really only one way to know for sure.
Looking at the beyer Dynamics DT 990 pro and Senn HD 598's
Listen to all types of music except rap and new country.music.
Like RR but lean more towards Accostic instruments, so I would lean for a headphone that that does better in this area.
It is over 100 miles to the nearest audio store that I could audition them at,.so that is a problem.
I currently use Senn 280 pros, listen to cans only on my PC. Have a Nuforce Icon Udac 2 hooked up.
Was wondering about the soundstage of the DT 990 as compared to 598's.
The HD598 will serve you a little better and are easier to amp. If you're considering Beyers, the DT880 is a better allrounder. I don't really like the Beyers for soundstage personally, and think the Senns do it better.
The popular M50 would be a safe bet for your budget and genres.
Since I seem to have been lost in the shuffle...
I have a $300-ish budget and am looking for a headphone with little to no harshness in the treble, very good speed, and neutral sound. Bass should be tight and present but not forward or obtrusive. I'm currently looking at the Beyer DT880, Sony MDR-SA5000, and AKG K701/702. Are there any options I've missed, and what are the advantages/disadvantages of each?
I could have sworn I answered this one before...
DT880: better balance than the 770 and 990, needs amping, strong bass, "warm" sound
K701: better high end than the DT880, less low end, "cool" sound, also needs amping
I haven't heard the SA5000, so no opinion here.
If you're affected by harsh treble, the DT880 would be the better option.
Ok, so I've now finally got a pair of Beyerdynamics DT880 600ohm and a Fiio E9, but when I plug it into my PC (out from my soundcard to the line in on the Fiio) and plug the DT880 into the 6.35mm jack something a little odd happens. When comparing the sound to my Sennheiser PC360, I must admit that I was expecting a bigger difference. Sure, there IS a difference, but it's not big to be honest.
Am I doing anything wrong? Have I, with this setup, reached the limit of what kind of audio quality my PC can output?
The PC360 is no slouch; it should be able to hold its own against the DT880. A dac might be good to remove your sound processing from the noisy internal processor and power supply. As a whole though, welcome to the unfortunate world of diminishing returns. You might have to start scraping the $1k threshold for your next fix.
Try your local music/guitar center. There should be a good selection of Sennheisers, Beyerdynamic, Shure, Pioneer, and Fostex to choose from, and probably many others.
Second time around, decided not to get a closed portable last time I asked for advice (due to lack of options in my price range).
So I've decided to just get a closed full-size.
My tastes in music are mostly punk, but I have a soft spot for bass.
Mids are a must, lows are definitely more important than highs for me.
In order of importance, I'd rank:
2. Sound quality
I've looked into the ATH-M50 and Shure 840, but I'd like something $150 or under. Suggestions?
Please and thank you. :)
Both of those are under $150 on sale; you just have to catch the sales. Also consider the M-Audio Q40 which is similar to the 840 with a sloped bass end. The Sennheiser HD380 is also good, and you an find sale/refurb ones for under $100.
Are you a competitive FPS gamer? Because this determines if you can have pronounced bass or not.
The Shure 440 is a solid headphone with good bass. It just doesn't have exaggerated bass like many other headphones. It's pretty solid down to 60Hz, and tapers off from there.