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best headphone for under 800 dollars that is good for ALL genres(except classic) Open OR closed, just the best sound. will be running on fiio e7 

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I'm a first time headphone buyer, so I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for.  I only need them for listening to music, and I obviously want something comfortable so I can listen without wanting to rip the headphones off.  I listen to folk, acoustic, ambient, hip hop, and classical mostly.  My price range is around $150.  I'm not sure about open vs. closed, because I like the idea of sound isolation but reading through the forum that apparently has its own drawbacks.  Anyways, any help would be appreciated.

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Originally Posted by Dgiant View Post

best headphone for under 800 dollars that is good for ALL genres(except classic) Open OR closed, just the best sound. will be running on fiio e7 


Smeggy Thunderpants

Sennheiser HD650

Audio Technica W1000/5000

 



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Originally Posted by TheMacc View Post

I'm a first time headphone buyer, so I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for.  I only need them for listening to music, and I obviously want something comfortable so I can listen without wanting to rip the headphones off.  I listen to folk, acoustic, ambient, hip hop, and classical mostly.  My price range is around $150.  I'm not sure about open vs. closed, because I like the idea of sound isolation but reading through the forum that apparently has its own drawbacks.  Anyways, any help would be appreciated.


If you're in any sort of environment where you have outside noise to contend with, I recommend going with closed headphones. How about something like an Audio Technica A700? Very comfortable, only moderate isolation, and quite a good soundstage for a closed headphone.

 

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Originally Posted by col902 View Post

I would like to spend $200 maybe $250 if its worth it on a pair of over ear closed headphones. I mainly listen to rock. I will be playing them out of an ipod with no external amp. They need to be comfortable (will be wearing them 4+ hours sometimes). I have been looking at the ath m50, beyerdynamic dt 770, ultrasone hfi 780, akg k271 mii, and shure srh 840. I am open to other suggestions besides the cans that i listed. Thanks for all help!!!!



it is now between the ath m50 and ultrasone hfi 780 for mainly listening to classic rock unamped. thanks for helping! i just need one last suggestion

post #8496 of 29490

 

Hey All,

 

I'm Back! I was here earlier asking for advice on portable headphones (incredible site, what a wealth of knowledge) and need help again since I've encountered a problem. 

 

Headphone Usage: Apartment, Campus (student), Bus rides, Gym (not necessary but would be a plus).

Isolation is fairly important since I do ride the bus quite often.

 

Music styles: I literally listen to everything from pure instrumental like Rodrigo y Gabriela to folk musicians like Sufjan Stevens. I want vocals to be clear since lyrics are everything to me but I do enjoy the feeling of bass as well (sometimes dubstep is the answer lol). Basically, all around balanced phones with decent bass as well. 

 

Previous experience: Owned some decent IEMs (S4, and turbines). Both broke due to cable problems. I then purchased the Kicker headphones (modded them quite a bit). Enjoyed the kicker phones a great deal(great bass but mids were a little muffled/recessed imo but still better than the ath m50 and srh440) but had one main problem. After about an hour of listening the top of my head would ache (headband on top dug in for some reason). I have a feeling that this was just due to the design of the kickers. 

 

I then purchased the v-moda M-80s. The build quality and design were incredible for these headphones. Sound quality was quite good too but there was buzzing and distortion in the subbass at higher volumes. The buzzing was very noticeable in heavy subbass songs like James Blakes-Limit to your love. Other than that the SQ was well balanced. Isolation was poor. But, the main problem (and why I returned them) was that after about 20min of listening my ears would hurt like hell. I'm not sure if it is just my head or the weird hexagonal cup shape of the m-80s but I'm starting to believe that on ear headphones and me are diametrically opposed since the HD 25s caused the same problem. 

 

Caveats: For me sound and comfort are the main things but it wouldn't hurt to have some style, customisability, or flair. Going to be working through an iphone but will purchase an FiiO e7 in the near future. 

 

Price=up to 250$

 

So what should I do? I need portable headphones (not iems) but have found that on ears are just giving me too much pain (limits my options). Does anyone have any recommendations for good sound quality headphones that are also more comfortable than headphones like the M-80s and HD 25s? 

 

I've been considering the esw9s and the denon 1100s. 

 

THANKS SO MUCH!

 


Edited by Unwise - 10/23/11 at 8:22pm
post #8497 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Smeggy Thunderpants

Sennheiser HD650

Audio Technica W1000/5000

 


 

Hmm how is the w5000 compared to the w1000x, also will the sennheiser sound good with a mere e7. how about compared to the other 2?

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HFI gets my vote. 

 

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Originally Posted by col902 View Post


it is now between the ath m50 and ultrasone hfi 780 for mainly listening to classic rock unamped. thanks for helping! i just need one last suggestion



 

 

post #8499 of 29490

Hi all,

 

Over the past couple of months I've been contemplating upgrading my gear, with christmas coming up and all :)

Right now I'm using a Sennheiser HD555, plugged in directly to my Macbook. I've been looking into the FiiO E7/E9 combo as a DAC/Amp, but I've read that it wouldn't make a huge difference with my HD555.

 

I listen almost exclusively to metal, ranging from Metallica to Cannibal Corpse to Mayhem, and all in between. I'm looking to spend about 200-300 euros on a headphone.

I've been scanning a couple of pages in this thread, and I've read some good stuff about Grado.

 

However, I can't quite make it out on some photos, but the headphone must be around-ear, not on-ear. I like how my HD555 feels, so something along those lines.

 

So in short: Headphone for metal, 200-300 euros, around-ear.

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Originally Posted by Implar View Post

Hi all,

 

Over the past couple of months I've been contemplating upgrading my gear, with christmas coming up and all :)

Right now I'm using a Sennheiser HD555, plugged in directly to my Macbook. I've been looking into the FiiO E7/E9 combo as a DAC/Amp, but I've read that it wouldn't make a huge difference with my HD555.

 

I listen almost exclusively to metal, ranging from Metallica to Cannibal Corpse to Mayhem, and all in between. I'm looking to spend about 200-300 euros on a headphone.

I've been scanning a couple of pages in this thread, and I've read some good stuff about Grado.

 

However, I can't quite make it out on some photos, but the headphone must be around-ear, not on-ear. I like how my HD555 feels, so something along those lines.

 

So in short: Headphone for metal, 200-300 euros, around-ear.


 

Best would be Grado SR225 or SR325,  but they're not around ear. Other than grados,  i'd guess beyerdynamic dt880 or akg q701 would be good, since they're forward, bright and very fast sounding.

 

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Originally Posted by Implar View Post
Hi all,

Over the past couple of months I've been contemplating upgrading my gear, with christmas coming up and all :)

Right now I'm using a Sennheiser HD555, plugged in directly to my Macbook. I've been looking into the FiiO E7/E9 combo as a DAC/Amp, but I've read that it wouldn't make a huge difference with my HD555.

I listen almost exclusively to metal, ranging from Metallica to Cannibal Corpse to Mayhem, and all in between. I'm looking to spend about 200-300 euros on a headphone.

I've been scanning a couple of pages in this thread, and I've read some good stuff about Grado.

However, I can't quite make it out on some photos, but the headphone must be around-ear, not on-ear. I like how my HD555 feels, so something along those lines.

So in short: Headphone for metal, 200-300 euros, around-ear.

On eBay, you can get a single tube headphone amplifier, starting at $50, ships from China.

Should bring out the best of the HD-555.

Tubes add warm and soul to the sound.

Have you removed the black rubber tape from the HD-555s?
 

Best prices for new headphones should be on Black Friday.

 

 

post #8502 of 29490

Could someone help me with a comparison between the ATH-900 and the ATH-M50? I want to get the best isolation and least leakage. Also, which do you think would work better for music like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Daft Punk?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #8503 of 29490

forgot to add, I'm looking at a price range of about 1.2k to 1.4k... SO no LCD-3. I doubt the improved sound is worth 1 k anyway.... Haha

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Originally Posted by kalkain View Post

Hi guys.

 

I currently have a portable set up of a shure SE535 and a RSA predator, and for home use i have a meier concerto with a FA-003. I was thinking of getting a flagship headphone, but currently i'm having so much difficulty in choosing! I was initially tempted by the LCD-2 (i come from the military, so compared to the helmets we wear, the 400odd gram headphones are a child's play) but i've been searching around and it seems like there are a lot of workmanship problems with them. Should i still go for them? Or are there better flagships like the T1's. HD800's. HE-6? I don't really listen to a specific genre, but listen to a wide wide range...

 

thank you!



 

post #8504 of 29490

Hey guys, i need some relatively cheap (max 100$) MONITOR headphones... since I'm european i prefeer something that i can find on amazon.co.uk.

 

I want an "analytical" sound, currently I'm using a pair of HD598 (and i really like it, but i want something more analytical) with a Fiio E10.

 

 

I was thinking that maybe i should get a pair of V6... but then i saw that they're actually less detailed than the hd598..

post #8505 of 29490

Senn HD 280s. To be honest you're better off saving more and getting either a K701 or a DT880. 

 

Both of those will give you revealing detail on par with the 598. You just aren't going to get 598 clarity with an analytical sound for 100 bucks.
 

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Originally Posted by Nachash View Post

Hey guys, i need some relatively cheap (max 100$) MONITOR headphones... since I'm european i prefeer something that i can find on amazon.co.uk.

 

I want an "analytical" sound, currently I'm using a pair of HD598 (and i really like it, but i want something more analytical) with a Fiio E10.

 

 

I was thinking that maybe i should get a pair of V6... but then i saw that they're actually less detailed than the hd598..



 

 

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