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Originally Posted by Aninda View Post

Hey guys, entry-level audiophile here. I'm ready to shell out for my first pair of mid-fi cans, but I'm having trouble settling. My listening habits are reasonably varied (http://www.last.fm/user/nindijin), and I'd like them to be fairly versatile (taking them to university and such). Above all, the sound quality is most important though. Here's what I'm tossing up between:
  • ATH AD700s
  • Alessandro MS1s
  • ATH M50s

Help a newbie out?

Hey, welcome to the forum. Always good to see a fellow /mu/tant.

If you want them to be portable I think the best choice of those three would be the MS1, with the M50 as a runner up.
The AD700 is a studio can, and pretty much the opposite of portable.

You could also look into some of the Grado cans, they are quite portable as well.
I don't know how the different Grado's compare, but from what I understood there is no large difference between the SR125 and the SR60i. So you might check out the SR60i as well.

Personally I'd go with the MS1 if I were you, but it's better to hear what the other head-fiers have to say first, and read up on reviews of the different cans.




PS: I added you as friend. Kudos on the nice taste in music.
post #7007 of 29490

Alright, As you can see, i'm new to this board. Hope you guys can help me.

 

So i'm looking for closed, circumaural cans that are portable, and can take a pounding. And in the price range of below $150. That narrows down the list, doesn't it? :p I usually listen to Classical and jazzish stuff.

 

From what i've read, this are the cans that are most highly recommended.

 

Audio Technica M50S

Sennheiser HD 25 II (Supraaural)

Numark PHX Pro

 

I'm currently leaning towards the Numark PHX, as it's pretty cheap on amazon, and according to joker, isn't all that bad. Would you guys have any definite recommendations? 

 

On that note, i'm definitely buying from amazon.

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Hello all, I'm new to the forums and liking what I see so far, I hope to stick around for a while.

Basically, I'm looking for two recommendations, one at the sub-50 dollar price range and one at the sub 100 dollar price range. I'll then compare them in store to determine if the extra upgrade is worth it on my hugely limited financial resources. I listen to lots of genres (rap, dubstep, acoustic rock, concert and classical, pop, trip hop, yada yada) so I would prefer an even sound over one-sided phones. I want an over-the-ear design but I will mostly be listening on the go, so build quality and fit are pretty important. I'm not too worried about looking goofy though. I'm also open to modding as long as there is a guide already available, as I have little to no technical knowledge at this point :P

Thanks for the help, I'll try to pay it back in kind once I've got the knowledge base to do so.
Edited by MarsManatee - 9/8/11 at 12:08pm
post #7009 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Puranti View Post

Hi,
I'm thinking about buying the HD650, the Fischer FA 003w or the Hifiman HE-4
Which one would be the best buy ?
I will have the Maverick A1 amplifier (just odered it two days ago), I'm listening to Rock (punk mostly), French rap, Blues/soul, Dubstep, House/Dance, Classical smily_headphones1.gif
thanks !

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post #7010 of 29490
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Originally Posted by anemoii View Post

Alright, As you can see, i'm new to this board. Hope you guys can help me.

 

So i'm looking for closed, circumaural cans that are portable, and can take a pounding. And in the price range of below $150. That narrows down the list, doesn't it? :p I usually listen to Classical and jazzish stuff.

 

From what i've read, this are the cans that are most highly recommended.

 

Audio Technica M50S

Sennheiser HD 25 II (Supraaural)

Numark PHX Pro

 

I'm currently leaning towards the Numark PHX, as it's pretty cheap on amazon, and according to joker, isn't all that bad. Would you guys have any definite recommendations? 

 

On that note, i'm definitely buying from amazon.

I'd go with the HD 25-1 II's. Built like a tank, and excellent for portable use.
The M50s are less portable, but slightly more comfortable than the HD 25-1 II. Another downside is that they sound less good without an amp. The HD 25-1 II doesn't need an amp and runs fine from an iPod or similar digital audio player.

I don't know about the Numark PHX PRO, so I humbly ask someone else to fill in on their sound quality.

I also heard lots of good things about the Shure SRH840 in that price range, but I don't know how well it works as a portable can.
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Originally Posted by MarsManatee View Post

Hello all, I'm new to the forums and liking what I see so far, I hope to stick around for a while.

Basically, I'm looking for two recommendations, one at the sub-50 dollar price range and one at the sub 100 dollar price range. I'll then compare them in store to determine if the extra upgrade is worth it on my hugely limited financial resources. I listen to lots of genres (rap, dubstep, acoustic rock, concert and classical, pop, trip hop, yada yada) so I would prefer an even sound over one-sided phones. I want an over-the-ear design but I will mostly be listening on the go, so build quality and fit are pretty important. I'm not too worried about looking goofy though. I'm also open to modding as long as there is a guide already available, as I have little to no technical knowledge at this point :P

Thanks for the help, I'll try to pay it back in kind once I've got the knowledge base to do so.
If you can audition them at a store any way it would be better to audition everything you see. The problem might be that a lot of headphones at that price range might be hard to find in stores.

For a sub $50 can I would recommend the Superlux HD 681.
Only one that comes to mind really, I guess as an audiophile I'm more knowledgeable on expensive headphones. I have heard great things about it though, so I don't think you would waste your money buying.

For sub $100 the best thing that comes to mind is the Allesandro MS1. It costs $99 at their website, but if you happen to find it in a store you might find that it's more expensive.
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I'm on the verge of a huge headphone purchase for my Little Dot MKIV. (opl tube amp)

I currently have in my amazon basket a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 ohm and Sennheiser HD600. Both cost about £220.

I listen to every type of music. Rock, classical, jazz, opera, pop

Which would you choose and why? Or do you recommend a different headphone.

I can't spend more. Would love to spend less. Please be quick.
post #7012 of 29490
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Originally Posted by gavinfabl View Post

I'm on the verge of a huge headphone purchase for my Little Dot MKIV. (opl tube amp)

I currently have in my amazon basket a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 ohm and Sennheiser HD600. Both cost about £220.

I listen to every type of music. Rock, classical, jazz, opera, pop

Which would you choose and why? Or do you recommend a different headphone.

I can't spend more. Would love to spend less. Please be quick.


Beyer and the 990 was a good choice

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Thanks. Any particular reason why?
post #7014 of 29490
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Originally Posted by gavinfabl View Post

Thanks. Any particular reason why?


Best for rock

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Best for rock


That's great. Thanks.
post #7016 of 29490
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Best for rock
Well I don't know about that.

The HD 600 has a more balanced sound than the 990. The 990 is a tad bit bright.
I have heard some things about a relatively weak bass on the HD 600's, apart from the typical 'veiled' Sennheiser sound. The HD 600's have god like mids though.

The Senns are more laid back than the Beyers.

I suspect the 990 to have a wider soundstage. Your amp can drive both fine.
The comfort will be around the same too, so it essentially just comes down to preference.

If I were to follow a personal hunch, I'd go with the DT 990, but since both headphones are actually quite comparable you would have to make up your own mind. That, or wait for someone who has heard both.

Googling also helps. I imagine there are tons of threads covering a similar issue.
Edited by Tilpo - 9/8/11 at 1:59pm
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Best for rock
Well I don't know about that.

The HD 600 has a more balanced sound than the 990. The 990 is a tad bit bright.
I have heard some things about a relatively weak bass on the HD 600's, apart from the typical 'veiled' Sennheiser sound. The HD 600's have god like mids though.

The Senns are more laid back than the Beyers.

I suspect the 990 to have a wider soundstage. Your amp can drive both fine.
The comfort will be around the same too, so it essentially just comes down to preference.

If I were to follow a personal hunch, I'd go with the DT 990, but since both headphones are actually quite comparable you would have to make up your own mind. That, or wait for someone who has heard both.

Googling also helps. I imagine there are tons of threads covering a similar issue.


I have read pages and pages but am left unsure which to go for.
post #7018 of 29490
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Originally Posted by gavinfabl View Post




I have read pages and pages but am left unsure which to go for.


I like Grado

If I wanted, I would buy a Beyer because they are good for rock, like grado

 

The Dt880 would be better for rock, but the openness of the DT990's are better for mixed genres

 

The HD600 is less balanced then the DT990 and less neutral. The DT990 would give you a good mix of bass, mids and lows.

 

If you were just going to listen to rock, the DT880 would be far better. But for a better mix of music, the 770 or 990. The choice is open of closed

post #7019 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Tilpo View Post

If you can audition them at a store any way it would be better to audition everything you see. The problem might be that a lot of headphones at that price range might be hard to find in stores.

Yeah I made that post right before going into a store to see what I could find, I was really more hoping somebody's post would confirm what I found in store, but they had a very limited selection unfortunately. Mostly a bunch of Dre Beats. I don't have a car so driving around town to tour all the stereo stores isn't really an option, looks like I'm buying online and just taking your word for it. I'm in a bit of a rush, my current earbuds are on their way out with intermittent sound in both ears and it's driving me crazy. I wish I could spend a bit more, but as you can guess it's not a matter of how much I'm willing to spend, it's a matter of how much I physically have in the bank. Do I buy headphones or pay rent? :P

This may sound silly, but like a said I'm a person who cares a lot about sound quality but doesn't have the money to tour a bunch of products... and therefore I'm rather ignorant. Picky but stupid is a terrible situation to be in haha. In my price range (let's call it 50 to 100 dollars, who needs to eat, right?), will I get better quality with closed-ear designs or in-ear/ earbud types? Generally speaking, of course.

Thanks for the info so far.
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Originally Posted by gavinfabl View Post




I have read pages and pages but am left unsure which to go for.


Gavin - I haven't heard the DT990s - but the DT880s are excellent for all the genres you listed.  They are really good all-rounders.  When you add tubes to the mix, it warms up the mids and to me they become REALLY good.  Great balance, really comfortable.  I'd definitely be looking at the DT880s with tubes.

 

Sorry - my HD600 still in transit, so I can't give you a comparison.

 

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