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post #7996 of 29490

Hey, a while ago I posted here, but I've changed my preference a bit, and price range.

 

Will be listening to mostly Rock, Metal and Alternative with these.

 

I'm looking for an open pair of headphones in the 0-700$ (New only, I don't like buying products used)  range.

 

I would like the headphones to have a focus on treble, and to have deep bass that has a good bit of impact.

 

Isolation and size isn't an issue, as these will be home use only.

 

An amp isn't an issue at the moment.

 

If there's anything else, just ask.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #7997 of 29490

Hi, everyone, new guy here. 

I have around $50 to spend (I know, don't laugh) and I decided that I would invest in getting a decent pair of headphones. I know there're going to be some suggestions advising me to get Sennheiser 55 whatevers, or Grados SR-80's,but I simply can't allocate that much money towards fancy headphones(now) when I've got dozens of other hobbies to look after. I was looking at the Koss Portapros, or maybe the Sennheiser HD203's.  However, I've got a small problem, which is that I have huge ears. By huge, I mean that my ears form an 80 degree angle to my skull and stick out. I've measured. I'm not sure if the Portapros would fit my specific ear shape. Any big-eared bretheren around here who can suggest a decent pair of sub-50 headphones? (earbud suggestions are also very welcome.)

 

Best Wishes and have an awesome day,

Clueless Newbie

 

 

PS. Forgot to mention that these are going down with me to the NYC subways- horrifyingly loud places...


Edited by picklepie159 - 10/10/11 at 7:46pm
post #7998 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Extra View Post

Hey, a while ago I posted here, but I've changed my preference a bit, and price range.

 

Will be listening to mostly Rock, Metal and Alternative with these.

 

I'm looking for an open pair of headphones in the 0-700$ (New only, I don't like buying products used)  range.

 

I would like the headphones to have a focus on treble, and to have deep bass that has a good bit of impact.

 

Isolation and size isn't an issue, as these will be home use only.

 

An amp isn't an issue at the moment.

 

If there's anything else, just ask.

 

 

Grado RS1
Symphones Magnum

Beyerdynamic DT990

 

 



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Originally Posted by picklepie159 View Post

Hi, everyone, new guy here. 

I have around $50 to spend (I know, don't laugh) and I decided that I would invest in getting a decent pair of headphones. I know there're going to be some suggestions advising me to get Sennheiser 55 whatevers, or Grados SR-80's,but I simply can't allocate that much money towards fancy headphones(now) when I've got dozens of other hobbies to look after. I was looking at the Koss Portapros, or maybe the Sennheiser HD203's.  However, I've got a small problem, which is that I have huge ears. By huge, I mean that my ears form an 80 degree angle to my skull and stick out. I've measured. I'm not sure if the Portapros would fit my specific ear shape. Any big-eared bretheren around here who can suggest a decent pair of sub-50 headphones? (earbud suggestions are also very welcome.)

 

Best Wishes and have an awesome day,

Clueless Newbie

 

 

PS. Forgot to mention that these are going down with me to the NYC subways- horrifyingly loud places...


I would suggest looking into iems then. You won't have to worry about cups fitting your ear, and attenuation will be significantly better. Check out Joker's massive iem thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-199-iems-compared-fischer-audio-tandem-hisoundaudio-crystal-added-10-05-11

 

post #7999 of 29490

IM BACK XD anyways i finally heard the ad700 and the m50 i found them fine but ill want to listen to the SRH840 and the fostex (i forgot the model) then i will make a decision thanks armagis

post #8000 of 29490

Hi people,

 

New to the audiophile world and I'm thinking of buying a xonar u3 as a cheap temporary dac. Can someone explain to me why I see so many DAC's, including this one, only outputting between 20 to 20khz? Does that mean the scope of the soundstage would be dampened, or am I worrying for nothing? Should I get a 48khz one instead?

 

The question, basically, is can an output frequency of 20-20khz on a DAC bottleneck headphones with 10-26khz+ frequency response? sorry if that's an obvious question but when dealing with tech stuff, I'm almost always mistaken when I think something is common sense.

 

Also I need more input on what to choose between the Senn HD-518, 558 and 598's.

 

Here's a thread I posted yesterday with more info:

 

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Originally Posted by DreamKing View Post

Hi everyone,

 

I'm new here and that also means the audiophile world. I'm looking for headphones but am saddened by the fact that I only have a choice with the sennheiser brand where I live. I'm seeking your assistance. Choices would be HD 598, 548, 518 or the HD 25-1 II, but I heard those have average bass only for closed phones. I've been reading a lot about them but still wouldn't pinpoint exactly which would fit my listening disposition. My guess would be that the 518's would be like slightly less good modded 548's, but then again I haven't seen anyone compare modded 548's to the 518's.

Basically, I would primarily watch movies and listen to music with them whilst gaming from time to time. I want to know: how is the sense of direction and depth compared to the 598 for gaming/movies?  For music, I like female vocals, classical, folk, shoegaze, rock, post-hardcore, lo-fi (so I'd want something that won't kill my lo-fi records), hip hop and some electronic music from time to time (but I'm thinking of buying some headphones primarily for bass in a couple of weeks for that purpose). I'm basically looking for an all-rounder that can play live recordings and acoustic instruments very nicely, make me sore into the skies with female vocals and pump out hip hop bass and the base guitar smoothly. That's why I think 518's would be more than enough until I buy something on  a different level like DT880's.

As a DAC, since I'll be using them with a laptop at home, I'm thinking of buying a xonar u3. And can someone explain to me why I see so many DAC's, including this one, only outputting up to 20khz? Does that mean the scope of the soundstage would be dampened, or am I worrying for nothing? Should I get a 48khz one instead?

Also I heard that both the 548's and 598's crack rather quickly...It would suck to buy 548's, mod them, see them crack, then have a replacement denied because of it. In any case, I hate it when stuff breaks so are the models out right now fixed from this issue?

 

Sorry if I asked too much at once but I like to make sure before I buy stuff. Thanks in advance.

 


Edited by DreamKing - 10/11/11 at 2:52am
post #8001 of 29490

1 more thing are there any good cheap beyerdynamics?

post #8002 of 29490
Can anyone tell me the difference in sound of Denon D2000 against Denon D5000? Do u think it's worth the price for the (around) $300 difference in price?
post #8003 of 29490

Thanks a lot eucariote!
 

That's really good advice. Which one would you all recommend? The LCD-2 or the HE-500? And how bout amps, what amps would do them justice? Do i need a DAC as well in that case?

 

Thank you

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Originally Posted by eucariote View Post

Sorry to hear about the discomfort of the SE535- I have SE530 and love them dearly, and had those in mind when recommending good iems for outdoor & library use.  Can't recommend HD650 one way or the other since I haven't heard them- but people do mention that you have to be more careful about finding a compatible amp vs. the HD600 which would sound great plugged into a dead chicken.  About skipping over the D7000 for LCD-2- I think that would be a very wise move and what I did ultimately.  The Denons are great, but I could never get past their recessed mids, excessive bass & sharp peaks- which made some of my favorite bands unlistenable (Radiohead, Trans Am).  And for their price they really shouldn't have these shortcomings.  HE-500 and LCD-2 absolutely blew the D7000 away, which is really something considering they cost only a little bit more and I have paid much more for far lesser improvements in sound (upgrading from SR225 to RS-1, D5000 to D7000, etc.).  LCD-2 are honestly not terribly exciting, they are just transparent to the recorded music and they do nothing wrong, which is something I cannot say about any other headphone I've heard.  HE-500 had much more of a 'wow' factor, but did have very small flaws that might get less tolerable over time.  But I absolutely preferred them to RS-1, D7000, HD-600 & Edition 8.  So yes, get LCD-2 or HE-500 (particularly the former if you want bass)- they are leaps better than most other headphone, can be amplified by almost anything and are true bargains for the sound quality.

 

 


 

 

post #8004 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Tr1ckster View Post

Can anyone tell me the difference in sound of Denon D2000 against Denon D5000? Do u think it's worth the price for the (around) $300 difference in price?


D5000 are more balanced, dont have recessed mids, and sound more refined. They also have better bass extension (one of the best in fact).

post #8005 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Tr1ckster View Post

Can anyone tell me the difference in sound of Denon D2000 against Denon D5000? Do u think it's worth the price for the (around) $300 difference in price?


The D5000 is the D2000 with wood cups.

post #8006 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ChorniyVolk View Post

Hey so been looking around for where to buy the HD598 for a good price and at the moment, doesn't seem to really be happening for me. Everywhere I look, they're in the mid 200's.

 

So just to reiterate: What other headphones are good unamped for all around usage (games, music of various genres, movies) the way the HD598 is? I can get some good deals through Electronics Expo and that techbargain coupon code (asked about the HD598, seems it'll be 2-3 weeks before they get it in stock).

 

And what about the HD558? The only differences between them and the 598's are just the tape and grills? Someone mentioned getting the 598 grills later on and modding them, and then you'll basically have a pair of 598's, no? Not as simple as turning the 555's into 595's, but hey. The 558's seem to be, both modded and unmodded, better than the HD555's so I'd still be getting an upgrade. To a non-audiophile, is the difference between a 558 and a 598, both unamped, even all that noticeable? At this point I just want a decent pair of headphones with no hassle, when I have a decent amount of cashflow, I fully intend to just blow it all on the highest end of equipment, which is why I'm shying away from buying an intro amp and all that right now.

 

So I feel like buying the HD558's is the best option for me at this point, but before I do I'm curious about other headphones like the shure 840's for example. What do you guys think? And uh, hopefully I'm not crapping up the thread by making multiple posts about the same thing. Thanks again.

 

I have HD558's, and have tried HD598's.  As I said in my review which you can find here on head-fi,  I challenge anyone to find me sonic differences between HD558 de-foamed and HD598.  They sound almost exactly the same when HD558 is modded (and the mod takes 2 minutes, its reversible, and there's no risk of damaging anything). Differences between 558 and 598 are there only initially due to stronger clamp force of the headband on HD598, which evens out after time.   IMHO,  with 558's and 598's,   its about the looks.  Which ones you like more.  I liked HD558's more, because I thought 598's might get dirty.

 

Also, to answer the question about other headphones in that price range.... there are no others which are as good as HD5X9 series, from my experiance.  I tried every single popular headphone from 150-250$ when buying these, and HD558/HD598 came as a clear winner. Best sound balance, best soundstage, best comfort, no audible problem with any part of frequency, easy to run, excellent detail, very little headphones can reveal detail as effortlessly  as these without being bright...akg k701's come to mind. To me, they're a perfect balance between warmth and brightness (no seenheiser veil with hd5x9 series), without sounding dull, at least after burn in.

 

However, even though they get very loud from any source, if you read my review, you will see that they DO need amping to show full potential, otherwise they tend to be bass light (there's a huge spike in "amp hunger" from 40 to 150 hz frequency range), and lack some fun factor or snappiness.

Also, they do need burn in, although, as I said, I think it comes more to headband and ear cups "burn-in".

 

 


Edited by derbigpr - 10/11/11 at 4:45am
post #8007 of 29490

If you want a D5000 and are willing to let someone else touch your headphone (or ballsy enough to do it yourself) I'd suggest getting a D2000 and then getting custom wood cups. It makes up the difference in price but sounds even better, and looks so sexy. 
 

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Originally Posted by Tr1ckster View Post

Can anyone tell me the difference in sound of Denon D2000 against Denon D5000? Do u think it's worth the price for the (around) $300 difference in price?
 

 

 

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Originally Posted by SkinnyPuppy View Post

The D5000 is the D2000 with wood cups.

 


They're both amazing headphone. If you want something more detailed and revealing get the HE 500. They also have a large leg up on sound stage. The LCD 2 has more detailed and deeper bass. It's also less bright than the LCD2 (Rev 2). 

 

They're both heavy but comfortable, IMO. Both of their stock cables are sub par (but not as bad as some mid-fi phones). 

 

You don't necessarily need a DAC, but it's a good idea to have a decent source with a higher end headphone. As far as amping them goes you don't need to spend a lot. Just head to Goodwill or find a friend whose parents were hippies and see if they have an old receiver lying around. 

 

Overall they're actually quite efficient. Not too hard to power at all. I tried my HE 500 with my E9 when I had them and it still sounded wonderful. 

 

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Originally Posted by kalkain View Post

Thanks a lot eucariote!
 

That's really good advice. Which one would you all recommend? The LCD-2 or the HE-500? And how bout amps, what amps would do them justice? Do i need a DAC as well in that case?

 

Thank you


 

 

 

 

 

post #8008 of 29490


Thanks man!

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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

Hands down the most comfortable headphones out there and the Beyers and Denons.

 

I prefer the D2000 to the DT700 (especially un-amped), but either is a good choice.

 

If you sweat easily the Beyer Velours are better than the Denon Leathers. If you're sensitive to pressure on the sides of your head the Denon clamps lighter than the Beyer (which also results in worse isolation from the Denons). Denon has the better headband hands down (IMO). Beyers have the step on on durability.

 

Largest ear openings goes to the Beyer as the Denons ear pads aren't one big hole. Both are quite large though, so I don't see that as a big turning point.

 

Honestly, either would be a solid choice.

 

 

 



 

post #8009 of 29490

 

Hey guys,newbie here and also my first post.Its kinda long but please bear with me.

I currently own a pair of Audio technica SJ11s and I have to say I love them,but I kinda want a new pair of OVER-ear headphones now and am looking at either the audio technica SJ55(http://www.audio-technica.com.sg/con_product.php?prodid=110) or the Razer Electra(http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/productID.234280400/parentCategoryID.35096300/categoryId.35209700)

 

 

Now I know most of you would say "Don't get razer,its BS" and stuff like that but I'm not really an audiophile.I just want a pair of good sounding over-ear headphones with clear mids and highs as well as a strong bass.The main thing that pushes me towards the razer electra is because of its detachable cable at an affordable price since I have had my fair share of earphones being unusable anymore because of a ruined cable and secondly because of its design(I listen to music very often in public and at home on an ipod.No fancy audiophile set-up).

 

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions and useful advice but please DO NOT recommend me any headphones above a US$100(audio technica M50s) price tag or even a US$70 price tag if possible because my country(Singapore) usually imports these things and the currency rate added up with import cost could make a simple US$60 amount to SGD$100 here and I am not a working adult.The audio technica M50s themselves are more than SGD$200 here!!

 

Any other suggestions for closed over-ear headphones with a detachable cable and below $100 would be GREATLY appreciated,thanks guys!

PS:anyone know how to close or delete a thread cuz I accidently posted this as a new thread before seeing this.Sorry! :X

post #8010 of 29490

I’m looking for a knock around set of headphones. I’m travelling and I am not going to take my home rig on the road.  My budget is around $50, I want some isolation but not total isolation, I listen to mostly to rock, acoustic, classical, and will watch movies as well. As for a source I’ll be using laptop (FLAC) and the uDAC2.  Right now I’m about the pull the trigger on a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M30. That is unless there is something better out there.

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