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listen to:

priority:
    electronic
    synth/electro
    dubstep - not the super bass heavy kind
    chip music
    industrial
also listen to, not a priority:
    rock
    alternative
    metal

sources:

desktop headphone jack
ipod (3G, yes old)
Nokia N86

amp:

building a cmoy
next one will be a PIMETA v2

dac:
thinking about either:
     Fiio E10
     Nuforce uDAC-2

currently have:
      Koss UR40 - like the mids and highs on these, lacking in bass a bit

Was looking at:
    Grado SR80i
    Audio Technica AD700
    Senn HD555/558

However, doing some reading here, I'm worried that those are not going to have enought bass for my taste and my music. I'm not looking for loud resonating drowning bass. I want to keep the detailed/forward mids and highs, but I also want to have punchy tight bass. I'm not interested in good bass for boom-boom-boom-boom dance music. But I do want that synth bass drum hit to have a lot of punch and have a tight hard hit to it.

The above may go against my desire for an open can, which I am ok with. If I can stay open I will, but I'll go closed if I must. I'm trying to avoid the 'pressure' feeling you can get with closed cans, this causes me fatigue.

I absolutely want to stay under $150.

I'm new to using vocabulary to describe what I hear, so bear with me =) Please, give me some recommendations.

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Originally Posted by Xisdibik View Post

One thing to note for both of you incase it matters is that this is off my PC's normal Sound card.  (Its a ROG motherboard so it comes with the SB X-FI card built in).  This means I get EAX and CMSS-3D but not Dolby Headphone I believe.  With that in mind, would the PC360 or the AD700 need an amp or will the sound card give them enough power?  With the CMSS-3D in mind would u suggest a different headset?  Also would you recommend when I have more money later on investing in something to give Dolby Headphone instead of CMSS-3D?

 

Thanks again :)

 

-Xisdibik

 


Try asking in the gaming thread for a more specific answer about CMSS vs Dolby.

 



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Originally Posted by TsukuyomiNoKami View Post

Hello,

I am looking for a good pair of circumaural headphones to upgrade from my Sennheiser HD202's. I am not an audiophile or anything, but I do understand some of the limitations of the HD202's quality-wise and that they do add a bit of bass to music. As far as my headphone experience goes they have been my primaries for years and while I have used other headphones I have not used any headphones as extensively and consistently, so any comparisons/recommendations to other headphones should keep that in mind when discussing sound. Also I know I should be willing to test the waters and be willing to deal with returns and whatnot, but I am saving to build a gaming rig and if any of you are into pc gaming you know its not a cheap endeavor when you are trying to futurproof,Overclock, run SLI/Crossfire and watercool as well. I am thinking about money on Headphones or a Raid 1 external enclosure setup now since I am waiting to see the performance and price on 32nm gpus and ivybridge processors next year and  so I have some cash to spend in the interim. Now back to why we are here.

Overall though in response to what some may think about the HD202's, I paid $20 for them new and I was/am pleased with the quality-to-price ratio of the headphones. I was looking  for an overall upgrade but with a few guidelines that have made the choice somewhat hard and I have been scouring this site and others looking for ideas and came across a few but they didn't quite fit what I wanted before spending more money on even a test purchase considering the price range im probably going to land in on a choice.

-Replaceable cable is a must and its not negotiable unless you recommend a headphone with a literally indestructible cable

-Changeable ear pads would be nice (I prefer the velour pads over the fake leather) but not a deal breaker since I have and still am using the HD202's fake leather pads atm.

-price anywhere up to around $300 on the high end but must see recommendations can be up to around $350(but would have to be extremely well presented and verifyable)

-Capable of good sound reproduction mainly for Rock(most subgenres from Avenged 7X to Old Linkin Park to Thrice to Lifehouse) but capable in all genres of music especially classical and orchestral

-closed(since I will be traveling with them and dont want to be a ****** making people listen to my music) with decent isolation since I also use my headphones as earplugs from time to time.

-portable-ish as in I walk around on a regular basis with my HD202's around my neck without major complaint, some irritation at times performing certain tasks(when they are around my neck not on my head) but overall fine.( Something like the Sony MDR-XB1000's would be way too big and the MDR- XB700 would still be a bit too big because of the circular shape and padding and the Senn HD595 and 555 type shape would probably be fine.

-usable straight from ipod 3.5mm audio jack. I do plan on buying a Line-out connecter and a portable amp. Probably a Fiio E5 or E6 or whatever I find works best after researching what works best with the headphones I decide on. The ipod thing is just a fyi about what I use not an upper limit at all.

 

-I would very much like single entry over dual entry since that is my largest complaint about the HD202 design wise aside from the fixed cable design(Its $20 pair of headphones so the cable thing doesnt count) but I could live with dual entry so dont let it stop you from recommending something good.

I was seriously looking at the Senn HD-25-1 II's. One because of its favorable price and info I found on headfi, but I dont know how I would feel about its more flat response compared to the HD-202s and the fact its supra-aural and not circumaural and that I may or may not have to replace and mod a new copper cable to replace the stock steel one depending on how I felt about the sound. I have heard they do not cover as wide a genre gamut as the HD202's also so if you can shine some light on that I would appreciate it. I also researched the Sony MDR-V6's,  Audio Technica ATH M50, Panasonic HTF600's, yet none of them scaled up well price wise and because of my hard requirement of having a replaceable cable. In case you were wondering I am slightly partial to Senns since my HD202 have been my babies for a long while but I am open minded when it comes to choices as long as they sound pretty and fit what I required.

Well this post is somewhat long but I wanted to be thorough to facilitate getting right down to it.

Thanks in advance for anyone willing to help.
 


The HD25 is a very solid choice, and if you want something a little more future-proof consider finding a HD25-13-ii which is the 600 ohm version (yet still surprisingly loud from a portable player) and comes with a good copper cable.

 

Have you looked at the Shure 940 or any of the Ultrasones? They have detacheable cables and velour pads, and are somewhat portable.

 



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Originally Posted by euisungkim View Post

Hi. I'm an IEM user but I'm probably gonna get into headphones.

 

I looked through this website and found good ones such as Denon D2000, ATH M50, DT990 pro, and HFI 580. **I won't be using an amplifier for it.

 

I want a good isolated headphone but I'm also looking for a stagesound.

 

I listen to a lot of rap, r&b, club music, electronic and some piano music also.

 

I will be plugging this into my iPod and my laptop.

 

What's the best one out of these or do you guys have other recommendations? My budget is 250. thanks.


The DT990 is open backed, so does not isolate. The D2000 is also poor at isolating. The M50 and HFi580 are both good choices for you, with the latter being more bassy.

 



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Originally Posted by DaWolf1205 View Post

Hello, I am looking for headphones to use for my desktop computer. I am mostly going to use this computer to play video games, watch HD movies, and to listen to a lot of orchestra music (mostly video game and movie soundtracks). For example, lately I've been listening to Video Games Live.

Right now, the computer only has onboard audio. The highest quality I can set it to is 24 bits, 192000 Hz. I'm not sure if that matters, but I figured I should post it. I did not buy a sound card, but I may buy one later.

I have $120 - $160 to spend.

 

Thanks in advance


Find something in the Sennheiser HD5xx series that fits your budget.

 



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Originally Posted by oops2001 View Post

Hello,

I am looking for new earphones. I v never owned any good ones in the past, so I don't have any idea about the brands/products. Bass and  comfort are my first preferences. I v searched a bit and narrowed it down to these : Sony MDREX41EX and Sony MDREX310LP [ I do have budget constraint : 50~70 $ ]

 

So I would like to know more about them if anyone has used them, a review kind of a thing. Feel free to suggest any other product within the mentioned budget.

Thanks.

 


Check the first post of this thread to a link comparing a lot of IEMs.

 



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Originally Posted by Soveran View Post

I'm looking for some help on buying headphones for $300 or less. 

 

I'm going to be listening to them on my PC (I'm buying a Xonar Essence ST soundcard), iPhone 4, and iPod Classic. I enjoy punk, jazz, classical, classic rock, and blues. Most of all, however, I love listening to heavy metal. I love complex, extreme metal bands like Ulcerate, Blut aus Nord, Portal, Altars of Plagues, Deathspell Omega, and the likes. I also like to game, so it would be nice to get a pair that would be conducive to that. It'd be nice to quickly identify the location of a sound, when I game.

 

I'm a basshead, and I love as much bass as possible when listening to rock and metal. I also want to be able to hear the details in genres like classical and jazz, though, so I suppose there'd be some sort of compromise there. Because I'll be listening to these headphones when I go out, I'd like them to be circumaural headphones.

 

And so I have two questions: (i) given the above information, what headphones would be my best bet? (ideally, I'd like multiple recommendations) and (ii) what kind of portable amp would I need for these headphones when listening to the iPhone or iPod?

 

Heavy bass usually comes at the cost of soundstage and detail, especially in closed cans.

 

A few options to look into: Shure 840, Ultrasone Pro750/900, Pioneer HDJ-2000

 



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Originally Posted by Rawrbington View Post

Denon D2000

or

Ultrasone Pro 900

 

i like bass.

i listen to rock, indy, electronic, classic rock, accoustic


I would say the D2000 is a better all-rounder, but doesn't isolate as well and isn't portable.

 

 

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Originally Posted by MikeHull View Post

Hi all, any input is appreciated.

 

I am looking for some over ear headphones (which will completely cover the ear), I will be using them with my guitar and amp and listening to music on my phone and Ipod but mainly phone which is a HTC Salsa. Style of music is generally Blues and Rock. Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd mainly.

 

My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul and the amp is a blackstar ht-5.

 

I have a budget of around £200 I can go higher if I need to.

 

My thinking was the Dre beats studio, though i'm guessing after reading bits on this site they wouldn't be recommended?


Perhaps an Ultrasone HFi780 or KRK 6400 or Sennheiser HD380.

 

post #9018 of 29490

how would Allen & Heath Xone:XD-53 Professional Monitoring go with asus xonar dg for electronic and hip hop?

or should i buy Koss PRODJ 100 and change pads with ATH-M50?

or i have 2 more options Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO and Ultrasone HFI-580 S

please advise guys, i'd love to order in a next few days. THAnx !!!

post #9019 of 29490
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Originally Posted by AL-8 View Post

What better for 100 $ and dubstep--AKG K181 or HTF600 ?


random vote for the K181

 



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Originally Posted by bakawen View Post

Listen to mostly Jpop, piano cover, pop, classical, baroque and some techno (not the heavy ones). 

Tried the DT770 too much bass (the punch too much for me), maybe a lil bit bassier than SRH 440 which i own now will do.

 

2nd post in this thread.... still can't pull the trigger..... frown.gif

 

Sennheiser HD598

Sennheiser HD600

Shure SRH840

Shure SRH940

Beyer DT1350

or any headphones. will probably wait and get the Fiio E17 first then will only upgrade from there. 

 

Now in favour of HD598 and SRH940.... Tried the SRH940 not punchy enough but if possible will get it and burn-in (maybe it works like to my SRH440?)


You could try the 840, which has more bass oomph than the 940. It's a more relaxed punch though.

 



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Originally Posted by jeff m View Post

listen to:

priority:
    electronic
    synth/electro
    dubstep - not the super bass heavy kind
    chip music
    industrial
also listen to, not a priority:
    rock
    alternative
    metal

sources:

desktop headphone jack
ipod (3G, yes old)
Nokia N86

amp:

building a cmoy
next one will be a PIMETA v2

dac:
thinking about either:
     Fiio E10
     Nuforce uDAC-2

currently have:
      Koss UR40 - like the mids and highs on these, lacking in bass a bit

Was looking at:
    Grado SR80i
    Audio Technica AD700
    Senn HD555/558

However, doing some reading here, I'm worried that those are not going to have enought bass for my taste and my music. I'm not looking for loud resonating drowning bass. I want to keep the detailed/forward mids and highs, but I also want to have punchy tight bass. I'm not interested in good bass for boom-boom-boom-boom dance music. But I do want that synth bass drum hit to have a lot of punch and have a tight hard hit to it.

The above may go against my desire for an open can, which I am ok with. If I can stay open I will, but I'll go closed if I must. I'm trying to avoid the 'pressure' feeling you can get with closed cans, this causes me fatigue.

I absolutely want to stay under $150.

I'm new to using vocabulary to describe what I hear, so bear with me =) Please, give me some recommendations.


I would say the Senns are a good bet... or if you're feeling adventurous get yourself a couple SR60's and mod one of them. You can get a decent increase in bass by opening some of the paper vents, and if you line the cups you can reduce a bit of the treble resonance.

 

post #9020 of 29490

Greetings Head Fi members.

 

Before I ask for a recommendation I'll give you some background.  My first and currently only pair of headphones are the Audio Technica ATH-AD700.  When I purchased them I picked up a Fiio E5 amp.  Both of these products were recommendations from friends.  I love the AD700s for certain genres but in others they just fall on their face from the lack of bass.  This morning upon arriving to work my co-worker came in and placed a box on my desk.  Inside the box I found a WooAudio 3 headphone amp.  He basically told me that he bought it and its been sitting on a shelf in his den just collecting dust he thought I could use it.  Reading reviews I've found that the amp works best with headphones that are 100+Ohms.  I listen to a range of music anything from Classical music to Metal to Dubstep.  So I would like to take a good 'all around' headphone.  Right now my budget for a set is between $100 and $300.  I have no issues buying used either so keep that in mind.  So what would you guys suggest for headphones that will take advantage of the amp and provide a good sound for a range of different genres while not lacking in the bass department?  Now I want to be clear I don't want too much bass.  I do not want overwhelming flabby bass.  Thank you in advance for the help.

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Originally Posted by recoveredaddict View Post

Greetings Head Fi members.

 

Before I ask for a recommendation I'll give you some background.  My first and currently only pair of headphones are the Audio Technica ATH-AD700.  When I purchased them I picked up a Fiio E5 amp.  Both of these products were recommendations from friends.  I love the AD700s for certain genres but in others they just fall on their face from the lack of bass.  This morning upon arriving to work my co-worker came in and placed a box on my desk.  Inside the box I found a WooAudio 3 headphone amp.  He basically told me that he bought it and its been sitting on a shelf in his den just collecting dust he thought I could use it.  Reading reviews I've found that the amp works best with headphones that are 100+Ohms.  I listen to a range of music anything from Classical music to Metal to Dubstep.  So I would like to take a good 'all around' headphone.  Right now my budget for a set is between $100 and $300.  I have no issues buying used either so keep that in mind.  So what would you guys suggest for headphones that will take advantage of the amp and provide a good sound for a range of different genres while not lacking in the bass department?  Now I want to be clear I don't want too much bass.  I do not want overwhelming flabby bass.  Thank you in advance for the help.


HD598 ? (~$200; only 50 Ohm impedance though, and very reactive, so may not be good for your source)

DT880 250 Ohm ? (costs about $300)

 

post #9022 of 29490

I had been looking at the HD598 on Amazon.  The DT880s look pretty comfortable.  I'll look up some reviews on both thank you very much for the reply.

post #9023 of 29490

Wow I found the DT880 for $199.   Looks like i'm going to give them a try.

post #9024 of 29490
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

How about an HD 598? Can be had under budget, and is easy to power. It's my choice (easily) at you price point and preference. 

 

It's a great 'one size fits all' headphone. It'll definitely hold you until you can upgrade the rest, too (if so desired).

Thanks for the quick response. I think I've finally decided on the HD 598's, especially after reading this review http://www.headfonia.com/hd600-and-hd598-comparison/
 

From what people say they seem to be similar to the HD 600, but easier to drive and still improve with updgrades!

post #9025 of 29490
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Originally Posted by recoveredaddict View Post

Wow I found the DT880 for $199.   Looks like i'm going to give them a try.


Here's one for $175 http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Open-Studio-Headphones-Ohms/dp/B0011UB9CQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320875867&sr=8-2

 

post #9026 of 29490

 

That is actually a DT990 Pro, a cheaper model, which is not bad either, but it has a more U-shaped frequency response with emphasized bass. Whether that is a good or bad thing is a matter of preferences, of course.

 

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How do the 990 compare to the 880?

 

post #9028 of 29490
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Originally Posted by stv014 View Post

 

That is actually a DT990 Pro, a cheaper model, which is not bad either, but it has a more U-shaped frequency response with emphasized bass. Whether that is a good or bad thing is a matter of preferences, of course.

 



I'm very new and I do not understand what U-shaped means :(

post #9029 of 29490
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Originally Posted by recoveredaddict View Post



I'm very new and I do not understand what U-shaped means :(


It basically means accentuating the bass and treble, and it is more different from the AD700. While I cannot guarantee that the graph below is accurate and correct, it does give a reasonable idea of the differences between the three headphones:

 

graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=2661&graphID[]=723&graphID[]=2141

 


Edited by stv014 - 11/9/11 at 2:47pm
post #9030 of 29490

Hello

 

I'm looking at the Sony MDR 7506 vs MDR-ZX700 or MDR-V6, witch one is the best?

To me there equally good, any one has experience with them.

 

Thanks

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