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post #7186 of 29490

Please ignore this post: posted in wrong section!


Edited by mechgamer123 - 9/15/11 at 10:24pm
post #7187 of 29490

I can vouch for the 580s, got em and love em. Don't judge em out of the box. When I first got em, I was starting to regret it. But as they burned in they became completely different and very nice. And like I said, I love em now.

post #7188 of 29490

Looking to buy my first pair of $150-$300 headphones.

 

Main uses will be with:

90% of use is with iPhone/iPod/iPad

10% of use is with Computer - Logitech Z-5500 or directly Alienware M17x w/soundcard

Main music to be listened to is heavy bass dubstep.

 

Now from what I have read, without an amp, the majority of the headphones you guys recommend don't sound mind blowing...

 

1.  How big of a difference is ipod > amp > headphones, as opposed to ipod > headphones?

 

I would be willing to go the amp route, however I need something tiny like mint tin can size at biggest, and not too expensive.  

 

2.  What small, under $100 amp do you recommend?

 

Regardless of the amp, I still want a pair of headphones that will sound amazing even just plugged into iPod/iPad.  Now, the type of music I will be listening to the most is heavy bass Dubstep, hip hop.  Everyone says the Beats by Dre studios are great with bass..

 

3.  What headphones would you recommend that are better in bass then the Beats by Dre studios, and just better overall.

 

4.  Do the Beats by Dre Studios have a built in amp so that it automatically makes listening to iPod/iPad better without an external one?  or is it just like a booster that they have?

 

Also another one of my concerns is the noise leak.  I know the Beats by Dre Studio's leak bad, and everyone around you can hear what you are listening to when ur volume is 40%+.  This is another factor that I am concerned with.

 

Please give me some other options so I don't just end up buying a $150 refurbished pair of Beats by Dre Studio's


Edited by wohast - 9/16/11 at 12:18am
post #7189 of 29490

I actually tried the 558 ages ago it sounded good but what about the ath m50 that u recommended is that great or is that still too doof doof bass? i will try to listen to the shure 840 but i hardly see shure in aus :p so i will also look at the fostex but what amp do u recommend?

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I just default to recommending slightly bassy cans these days as that seems to suit the general populace more. 

 

The Shure 840 is bassy but relatively well balanced. It's more bass tilted, compared to the 750 which is V shaped and has a lot more thump but recessed mids. 

 

The Senn HD558 is just an upgraded version of the 555. Exactly what was upgraded I do not know. I know you can find the 555 for quite cheap these days but they're becoming scarce. Also look up the 555/595 mod. The Senns are open, in case you needed isolation.

 

ATH AD700 is large, not portable, and also open. Bass is very lean on these compared to the others, but soundstage is fantastic making them frequent recommendations for gaming. 

 

The Fostex is an ortho and subjectable to tons of modding, though the basic ones are just to line the inner cup with some putty and maybe a layer of felt behind the driver. I've done similar mods and really it's about $1 of material and half an hour of your time, but the change is remarkable. 



 

post #7190 of 29490

@ wohast

 

Ear buds are the way to go. Ear buds will isolate, and they will not leak sound. As too which ear buds, sure makes a few, etymotic, there are others... These look like good candidates for you: http://www.head-fi.org/products/panasonic-rp-hje900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #7191 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by wohast View Post

Looking to buy my first pair of $150-$300 headphones.

 

Main uses will be with:

90% of use is with iPhone/iPod/iPad

10% of use is with Computer - Logitech Z-5500 or directly Alienware M17x w/soundcard

Main music to be listened to is heavy bass dubstep.

 

Now from what I have read, without an amp, the majority of the headphones you guys recommend don't sound mind blowing...

 

1.  How big of a difference is ipod > amp > headphones, as opposed to ipod > headphones?

 

I would be willing to go the amp route, however I need something tiny like mint tin can size at biggest, and not too expensive.  

 

2.  What small, under $100 amp do you recommend?

 

Regardless of the amp, I still want a pair of headphones that will sound amazing even just plugged into iPod/iPad.  Now, the type of music I will be listening to the most is heavy bass Dubstep, hip hop.  Everyone says the Beats by Dre studios are great with bass..

 

3.  What headphones would you recommend that are better in bass then the Beats by Dre studios, and just better overall.

 

4.  Do the Beats by Dre Studios have a built in amp so that it automatically makes listening to iPod/iPad better without an external one?  or is it just like a booster that they have?

 

Also another one of my concerns is the noise leak.  I know the Beats by Dre Studio's leak bad, and everyone around you can hear what you are listening to when ur volume is 40%+.  This is another factor that I am concerned with.

 

Please give me some other options so I don't just end up buying a $150 refurbished pair of Beats by Dre Studio's


Every ANC (active noise cancelling) headphone has its own amp, making any external amp useless. Beats Studio included. Although the beats does have the sound signature you'd want, most people here would recommend against them.  Personally, I find the bass on the beats very muddy, although not too much in quantity for my liking. 

 

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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post




Every ANC (active noise cancelling) headphone has its own amp, making any external amp useless. Beats Studio included. Although the beats does have the sound signature you'd want, most people here would recommend against them.  Personally, I find the bass on the beats very muddy, although not too much in quantity for my liking. 

 


Well I think people would readily recommend the Ultrasone HFI 580's as the audiophile Beats killer. People also recommend the Sony XB_00 series or the Phiaton M300's as well for bassheads.

For a budget amp, a FiiO amp will do. Or for more bass, a prebuilt JDS CMoyBB amp can be purchased for around $60 USD.
Edited by miceblue - 9/16/11 at 2:22am
post #7193 of 29490

IEMs. Not earbuds. 

 

Earbuds are the ones that don't go into your ear. There's a few of audiophile quality on the market (see: Yuin), but for the most part it's all about IEMs around here.

 

Not trying to call you out or anything, just making sure correct terminology is used for people that may be confused about the two.
 

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Originally Posted by cheapskateaudio View Post

@ wohast

 

Ear buds are the way to go. Ear buds will isolate, and they will not leak sound. As too which ear buds, sure makes a few, etymotic, there are others... These look like good candidates for you: http://www.head-fi.org/products/panasonic-rp-hje900



 

 

post #7194 of 29490

Oh yeah, thanks for the reminder, totally forgot about that semantic distinction. I will probably never recommend ear buds to anyone although I have heard a few that sound decent.

post #7195 of 29490

I need some advice. I'm deciding between the Sony MDR-7506 and the MDR-7510. I've searched the internet and can't really find any good reviews and comparisons of the two headphones. They're in the same family line, the MDR, but the drivers are so different. I'm wondering how they stack up against each other and which headphoens should i buy. Thanks.

post #7196 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jtom94 View Post

I need some advice. I'm deciding between the Sony MDR-7506 and the MDR-7510. I've searched the internet and can't really find any good reviews and comparisons of the two headphones. They're in the same family line, the MDR, but the drivers are so different. I'm wondering how they stack up against each other and which headphoens should i buy. Thanks.



The MDR isn't a line, it's pretty much Sony's headphones. STR is their stereo setups.

 

If you like bass, but have no use of portability, the 7510 would be best

 

If you'd like to take your headphones somewhere, bag or on neck, and have a more neutral headphone, then 7509 would be best.

post #7197 of 29490

Thanks for the info. I had an old pair of 7506 a long time ago and I really liked the sound of them. I was in the store the other day to buy another pair and i noticed that they had a new model which was 7510. I didn't have time to compare the two but i was really wondering how the sound of the two headphoens compare. Just reading the box i noticed that the 7510 were a completely and totally different driver.  Should i go with the classic 7506 or the newer 7510. I'll mainly be using them at home and not traveling with them.  Thanks.

post #7198 of 29490

I want to know the best headphone I can buy for around 170$ that works perfectly for surround sound (5.1)

post #7199 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by wohast View Post

Looking to buy my first pair of $150-$300 headphones.

 

Main uses will be with:

90% of use is with iPhone/iPod/iPad

10% of use is with Computer - Logitech Z-5500 or directly Alienware M17x w/soundcard

Main music to be listened to is heavy bass dubstep.

 

Now from what I have read, without an amp, the majority of the headphones you guys recommend don't sound mind blowing...

 

1.  How big of a difference is ipod > amp > headphones, as opposed to ipod > headphones?

 

I would be willing to go the amp route, however I need something tiny like mint tin can size at biggest, and not too expensive.  

 

2.  What small, under $100 amp do you recommend?

 

Regardless of the amp, I still want a pair of headphones that will sound amazing even just plugged into iPod/iPad.  Now, the type of music I will be listening to the most is heavy bass Dubstep, hip hop.  Everyone says the Beats by Dre studios are great with bass..

 

3.  What headphones would you recommend that are better in bass then the Beats by Dre studios, and just better overall.

 

4.  Do the Beats by Dre Studios have a built in amp so that it automatically makes listening to iPod/iPad better without an external one?  or is it just like a booster that they have?

 

Also another one of my concerns is the noise leak.  I know the Beats by Dre Studio's leak bad, and everyone around you can hear what you are listening to when ur volume is 40%+.  This is another factor that I am concerned with.

 

Please give me some other options so I don't just end up buying a $150 refurbished pair of Beats by Dre Studio's


1. The effectiveness of amping is highly dependant on the headphones used. Some don't need it, others benefit somewhat, and a rare few absolutely need it.

 

2. A few cmoys by Fred_fred2004, JDS, or BSG

FiiO e7 or e11

HotAudio Thunderbolt

PA2V2

 

3. Bassy headphones...

Audio Technica Pro700mk2 (also rebadged as a Denon HP1000)

Sony XB500/700/1000

Beyerdynamic DT770 (better with amp)

M-Audio Q40

Pioneer HDJ-2000 (modded)

AKG K181

 

4. the built in amp of the Beats is part of the noise cancelling circuit, which really isn't that great to begin with

 

 

Overall if you're looking for bass and very high isolation, the Beyer DT770 is hard to beat.


 

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I actually tried the 558 ages ago it sounded good but what about the ath m50 that u recommended is that great or is that still too doof doof bass? i will try to listen to the shure 840 but i hardly see shure in aus :p so i will also look at the fostex but what amp do u recommend?


M50 is good with a solid punchy bass.

 

Amping for the fostex... even a basic cmoy will do, though you could always go a little higher up. It depends how much you're willing to spend.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Jtom94 View Post

I need some advice. I'm deciding between the Sony MDR-7506 and the MDR-7510. I've searched the internet and can't really find any good reviews and comparisons of the two headphones. They're in the same family line, the MDR, but the drivers are so different. I'm wondering how they stack up against each other and which headphoens should i buy. Thanks.


I say take the plunge on the 7510 if portablity is not of concern. They're the new kid on the block and have been garnering favourable reviews. Besides, the 7506/V6 are dirt cheap when they go on sale, so you can always grab one later.

 



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Originally Posted by Ozil View Post

I want to know the best headphone I can buy for around 170$ that works perfectly for surround sound (5.1)


perhaps an Audio Technica AD900...

 

post #7200 of 29490

I'm looking for a pair of headphones

 

currently, I have the Bose QC15 headphones but I've had them for about four years, and bought them because I was so amazed by the noise canceling feature.

 

Anyway, now they're really worn. What I'm looking for is the best possible pair of headphones between $400 and $500 dollars.

 

The thing is, I know close to nothing about headphones and equipment.

 

I will be listening 90% of the time on my Macbook and 10% on my iPod. I really don't want an amp because I am often in transit and don't want to lug around an amp of any kind. I want headphones that sound fantastic just plugged into my mac/iPod.

 

I don't want noise cancelling headphones--however I do like isolation. I am also concerned with leaking (I have two roommates).

 

I predominantly listen to Brazilian music (tropicalia, bossa nova). I also listen to a lot of classical piano as well as female vocalists (Joni Mitchell/ Melanie etc.). Even though I have given you a picture of my music tastes as lacking bass, I really love dubstep as well as funk/jazz.

 

So, they have to be well-rounded headphones.

 

Thanks so much!!! 

 

 

 

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