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post #6706 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Extra View Post

Hey, I posted before, but didn't get a complete response.

 

I'm looking for a pair of headphones for 300$ or under.

 

I mostly listen to rock (Alternative, Modern and Classic) Alternative and Metal. I have a pair of Sony XB's for Electronic and bass heavy music.

 

I'd prefer if they had a decent amount of bass, but for this situation, quality bass instead of just lots of it is preferred.

 

It can be open or closed, as I will only be using these at home.

 

If there is anything else, please let me know.

 



Try an ultrasone can. The HFI-780.. around $160 online...Good quality for all genres and is not bass light.

post #6707 of 29491
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Try an ultrasone can. The HFI-780.. around $160 online...Good quality for all genres and is not bass light.




Just checked them out, they seem pretty good, but I saw that many complained about their comfort. I often listen to music for large amounts of time (I don't really have much of a life) so that could be an issue.

 

 

post #6708 of 29491

My Sennheiser HD555's are cracked, worn out and the like, plus i couldn't stand the amount of sound leakage they were giving me...So,  I decided to upgrade to the Sennheise 'Closed' HD380 a few days ago which I ordered Online. Normally i would of went for the HD595's....But the sound Open-designed sound leakage again would of been a problem considering my living situation. Sooo, i opted for closed.

 

But now, I'm kind of kicking myself...Because i'd really like to get a pair of headphones that have Surround Sound. Apperantly the Sennheiser RS170 and RS180 have this so called 'simulated' Surround sound feature, but does it peform well? I don't really care for it for movies, but for gaming on the Wii i'd love to have it. Wireless of course would be pretty rad as well of course! But for some reason why do i get the feeling that the simulated sound is going to turn out to be a ho hum mediocre feature?

 

It's just I LOVE getting 5.1 SS on my surround system for gaming, but i cant use considering it's too loud and my Sub shakes the walls, so i always resort to headphones.

post #6709 of 29491
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Just checked them out, they seem pretty good, but I saw that many complained about their comfort. I often listen to music for large amounts of time (I don't really have much of a life) so that could be an issue.

 

 



You consider the M50s? Comfy good bass and does all genres very well.

post #6710 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Waveboy View Post

My Sennheiser HD555's are cracked, worn out and the like, plus i couldn't stand the amount of sound leakage they were giving me...So,  I decided to upgrade to the Sennheise 'Closed' HD380 a few days ago which I ordered Online. Normally i would of went for the HD595's....But the sound Open-designed sound leakage again would of been a problem considering my living situation. Sooo, i opted for closed.

 

But now, I'm kind of kicking myself...Because i'd really like to get a pair of headphones that have Surround Sound. Apperantly the Sennheiser RS170 and RS180 have this so called 'simulated' Surround sound feature, but does it peform well? I don't really care for it for movies, but for gaming on the Wii i'd love to have it. Wireless of course would be pretty rad as well of course! But for some reason why do i get the feeling that the simulated sound is going to turn out to be a ho hum mediocre feature?

 

It's just I LOVE getting 5.1 SS on my surround system for gaming, but i cant use considering it's too loud and my Sub shakes the walls, so i always resort to headphones.


Does "surround sound" even make sense in the context of headphones? I would assume superb separation and imaging in cans would equal studio surround sound achieved through separate speakers and placement.

 

post #6711 of 29491
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You consider the M50s? Comfy good bass and does all genres very well.


I was and still am. The glowing reviews are helping, and I did read that they handled bass quite nicely.

 

Thanks.

 

post #6712 of 29491
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Does "surround sound" even make sense in the context of headphones? I would assume superb separation and imaging in cans would equal studio surround sound achieved through separate speakers and placement.

 


And I'm guessing you won't beable to get that with those two sennheisers I mentioned. lol But at least something for example that would give off the sound and feeling of something coming coming from behind or to the right of you like a rear Left or right speaker from a surround sound system would do.

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Originally Posted by stryker7314 View Post

I need advice, I have DT990/600, Ultrasone Pro 900, Grado Sr80i's all running off of my Xonar Xense which has an amp built in to it that can handle output power up to 600ohm, it has the same amp as a Xonar STX. Should I get an amp? What would I gain? I don't want to spend more than the price of the Fiio E9, actually that's pretty much the amp I'm looking into, what do yall think?


Personally, I would stick with the Xonar amp.

For improvement in sound, I would spend $150 for a tube amp.

 

 

What's a good tube amp for $150?

post #6714 of 29491
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Made a new thead for suggestion and missed this one (sorry! I'm new.)

I've been eying the AIAIAI TMA-1's and they seem like a good match except that they supposedly lack on the higher end (treble). I listen to a lot of hip-hop, electronica/techno, dubstep, but I also listen to an equal amount of rock, acoustic, classical, and jazz(!). I don't want a pair of headphones that I will love with certain genres and feel completely disappointed with others. Here is what I'm looking for:

  • Portable (Around the size of TMA-1s/Beats)
  • Closed (Not too much sound leakage, some sound isolation)
  • Overall balanced sound (highs, mediums, lows, treble, bass) but would be nice if it had some "extra" bass.


Bonuses:

  • Modular (Replaceable cord, exchangeable ear cushions)
  • Foldable

I was thinking about the M50s but they are just too big. I walk a lot so big cans aren't an option. Something similar to the M50s but more portable.
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You consider the M50s? Comfy good bass and does all genres very well.


I disagree on the M50s being good all rounders. IMO the Senn. HD 25-1 II is the best way to go.

Everything on it is orderable & replaceable. They're built like a tank and are fairly flat sound wise. Isolation is amazing and comfort is pretty good. Has a little 'extra bass'.

One of my favorite and (IMO) one of the best portables ever.
post #6715 of 29491

Quick question, not can related but didn't want to start a thread just for it.

 

Im getting some distortion around the lows and mids on a few tracks regardless of whether its through iTunes or Foobar, and as I think I understand, this is the internal soundcard clipping, and can be solved by a usb DAC? If so, would a nuforce uDAC or Fiio E7 be a good one to start on?

post #6716 of 29491
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Personally, I would stick with the Xonar amp.

For improvement in sound, I would spend $150 for a tube amp.

 

What's a good tube amp for $150?

People seem to like Littie Dot,

search on ebay for "headphone tube amplifier", check "feedback". see what customers have to say.
 

 

post #6717 of 29491
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I disagree on the M50s being good all rounders. IMO the Senn. HD 25-1 II is the best way to go.

Everything on it is orderable & replaceable. They're built like a tank and are fairly flat sound wise. Isolation is amazing and comfort is pretty good. Has a little 'extra bass'.

One of my favorite and (IMO) one of the best portables ever.

 

Any recommendations on genres the M50s don't do well? I'd like to try and hear the difference. I mainly listen to prog rock, post grunge, some metal, rap, some pop, and I haven't found them lacking anywhere in particular.
 

post #6718 of 29491

Could just be a bad recording.
 

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Originally Posted by Pulse14 View Post

Quick question, not can related but didn't want to start a thread just for it.

 

Im getting some distortion around the lows and mids on a few tracks regardless of whether its through iTunes or Foobar, and as I think I understand, this is the internal soundcard clipping, and can be solved by a usb DAC? If so, would a nuforce uDAC or Fiio E7 be a good one to start on?



 

 

post #6719 of 29491
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Originally Posted by jeevesofrkdia View Post


Well, I mean the portability should be for me to be able to take it to a hotel and use it there. Not so much a plane/train/automobile thing, rather a pack-up and go thing. To this end, I was really thinking that the FA-003s might be a great upgrade from my HD555s. The reviews I'm reading on the P5 all say it's a bit uncomfortable... :/

 

An additional question, if I may: what do you think about the E7 / E9 DAC amp combo for travel? I will be using my iDecco at home, but when I'm at a hotel or something, I'd like to get the best audio possible with a small, portable rig.

 

The P5 was one of the most comfortable headphones I've ever tried. They're supraaural, but don't clamp too hard and cushion the ear just right for me. I also wear glasses, so the fact that these were so comfortable was surprising. Gauging comfort for other people is impossible though.

 

The E7/E9 is not exactly what I would consider portable. Even in a pack-up-and-go context, the e9 is a bit big. It's not like you need the big driving power of a desktop; just spend the money on a decent portable.
 

 



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Originally Posted by donthurtme View Post

Made a new thead for suggestion and missed this one (sorry! I'm new.)

I've been eying the AIAIAI TMA-1's and they seem like a good match except that they supposedly lack on the higher end (treble). I listen to a lot of hip-hop, electronica/techno, dubstep, but I also listen to an equal amount of rock, acoustic, classical, and jazz(!). I don't want a pair of headphones that I will love with certain genres and feel completely disappointed with others. Here is what I'm looking for:

  • Portable (Around the size of TMA-1s/Beats)
  • Closed (Not too much sound leakage, some sound isolation)
  • Overall balanced sound (highs, mediums, lows, treble, bass) but would be nice if it had some "extra" bass.


Bonuses:

  • Modular (Replaceable cord, exchangeable ear cushions)
  • Foldable

I was thinking about the M50s but they are just too big. I walk a lot so big cans aren't an option. Something similar to the M50s but more portable.


Right now I'm really happy with the Pioneer HDJ-2000. It has accentuated bass for the electronic genres, yet handles the midrange cleanly enough that I enjoy my jazz and acoustics. Very comfortable, good isolation, and folds up quite small.

 



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Originally Posted by Extra View Post

Hey, I posted before, but didn't get a complete response.

 

I'm looking for a pair of headphones for 300$ or under.

 

I mostly listen to rock (Alternative, Modern and Classic) Alternative and Metal. I have a pair of Sony XB's for Electronic and bass heavy music.

 

I'd prefer if they had a decent amount of bass, but for this situation, quality bass instead of just lots of it is preferred.

 

It can be open or closed, as I will only be using these at home.

 

If there is anything else, please let me know.

 

 

Beyer DT990 comes to mind, or the DT880 for something more balanced but doesn't have as much bite.


 

 



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Originally Posted by Waveboy View Post

My Sennheiser HD555's are cracked, worn out and the like, plus i couldn't stand the amount of sound leakage they were giving me...So,  I decided to upgrade to the Sennheise 'Closed' HD380 a few days ago which I ordered Online. Normally i would of went for the HD595's....But the sound Open-designed sound leakage again would of been a problem considering my living situation. Sooo, i opted for closed.

 

But now, I'm kind of kicking myself...Because i'd really like to get a pair of headphones that have Surround Sound. Apperantly the Sennheiser RS170 and RS180 have this so called 'simulated' Surround sound feature, but does it peform well? I don't really care for it for movies, but for gaming on the Wii i'd love to have it. Wireless of course would be pretty rad as well of course! But for some reason why do i get the feeling that the simulated sound is going to turn out to be a ho hum mediocre feature?

 

It's just I LOVE getting 5.1 SS on my surround system for gaming, but i cant use considering it's too loud and my Sub shakes the walls, so i always resort to headphones.


Two options I can think of

1) Ultrasone - they have "S-Logic" which is their system of offset driver and baffle vents which push sound around your ear rather than directly into it, creating a virtual sense of space

2) software - Smyth Realizer, Isone Pro... these are examples of software which will emulate speakers and virtual room placements within your headphones (basically very advanced versions of Dolby). I've never tried them, but I've read very good things about them

 



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Originally Posted by Pulse14 View Post

Quick question, not can related but didn't want to start a thread just for it.

 

Im getting some distortion around the lows and mids on a few tracks regardless of whether its through iTunes or Foobar, and as I think I understand, this is the internal soundcard clipping, and can be solved by a usb DAC? If so, would a nuforce uDAC or Fiio E7 be a good one to start on?


Without knowing more specifics, this is very hard to diagnose. If your volume is low and you're still getting the distortion, it most likely is *not* the soundcard clipping. Heck, if it distorts at low volume it's mostly like a low quality file or more likely a bad recording.

 

post #6720 of 29491

Hey guys,
I have the HD598's and I love em. Although, I'd like something less bulky and have more on the bass end of the audio spectrum. The Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii's look perfect but are there any other's that are good and around the same price range (<$200)? I'd like them to be on ear and look pretty. Grados are sexy as hell, and some of them are pretty cheap, although I'm not sure if they're the greatest with bass.

Thanks,

Edit: Oh yeah, I listen to Electronic, Rap, and some industrial metal/rock (Rammstein, Rob Zombie)


Edited by JasonZ10 - 8/28/11 at 12:43am
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