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post #9301 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post

I know it's rated up to 300ohms, but some have mentioned here that they lack the proper voltage to drive many headphones in that 250 range.

I'm still new to all this. What exactly do I have with the Fiio e10?

(Can I pair it somewhat effectively with Beyerdynamic DT880 or DT990 250ohm??)


Yes, it should work reasonably with those headphones, if you do not need very high volume (105+ dB). "Maximum impedance ratings" are rather meaningless, by the way, since there can be large differences between headphones of the same impedance regarding how easy they are to drive, but in this particular case the amplifier should be OK.

 

post #9302 of 29490

Hello everyone!

I'm looking to buy the new Sennheiser HD 449's. I would like a durable well built pair of headphones with great clarity and bass, for under or around 200$ if possible. I think that the Sennheisers would fullfil this role.... I'm coming from the monster in ear turbine speakers. Do any of you have any suggestions?

 I:

-primaraly listen to dubstep, drum and bass, techno, and house

-need something somewhat portable

-does not require an amp

-listen to music mostly on my pc, less so on my samsung infuse 4g with voodoo controll due to lack of SQ

-am open to any and all suggestions

 

also, im new here and have no knowledge of anything audio related....

 

 

Thanks,

Connor Baker

post #9303 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post
I know it's rated up to 300ohms, but some have mentioned here that they lack the proper voltage to drive many headphones in that 250 range.

I'm still new to all this. What exactly do I have with the Fiio e10?

(Can I pair it somewhat effectively with Beyerdynamic DT880 or DT990 250ohm??)

The Sennheiser HD-598 is only 50-Ohms

I have not seen anything negative about the E10 myself.
 

 

 

post #9304 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RonnyBb View Post
Hello Head-fi.org,

So I'm tired of my gaming headset (siberia v2) and I'm interested in a good sounding pair of headphones/headset. It's mostly for computer use (gaming, music, movies), but it's nice if it easily used with an mp3 player as well.

I'm a student, so I'm not even slightly rich, but here are a few that I've been looking at:

Sennheiser HD598

Audio Technica a500/ad700/a900 (a900 way too expensive but sexy :( )

Varied assortment of gaming sets (PC360, a40)

A microphone would be very handy since I'm on mumble constantly but really it's not a lot of hassle to just get a seperate microphone.

I have a few quirks like my ears get tired fairly easily, but really I just want a good sounding pair of cans that I can use for my PC/PS3/mp3.

Bonus questions: I'm not an audiophile even though I'd like to. When you "burn in" a pair of cans you just let them play any music for a while? Also I'm not sure how important a sound card or amplifier will be. I've been looking at a Xonar Essence STX as a double solution, though I'd need to scrap some more cash first.

HD598 sounded lovely at the store, but I didn't get to try them out much. Everyone on these boards seem to complain about their bass, what gives? Would a closed pair be better for gaming/movies? (to get that omph)

You could save a few dollars and get the Sennheiser HD-558 (same driver as the 598)

You could just get an Asus Xonar DG (PCI), $20-$30, has a half way decent headphone amplifier, rated up to 150-Ohms.

Comes with Dolby Headphone 5.1

 

If you want to burn your headphones, first thing is to do is to get the fireplace really hot.....

Then let them burn for at least 50 hours.
 

 

 

post #9305 of 29490

Hey all.

 

I used to hang around these parts often -- owned quite a few headphones in my day (DT770s, HD650s, most of the Grado lineup, Alessandros, the list goes on and on).  I abandoned headphones for a while (dating is expensive), but am looking to make my way back.  I am looking for a good at-home setup, sourced from either a laptop or a Zune HD.  My musical tastes these days have changed quite a bit, so I'm not sure what headphones to pursue.  I listen to a lot of what I guess is modern folk? Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Iron & Wine, the Civil Wars, The Middle East, Mumford and Suns, etc.  Largely male vocals.  I also enjoy listening to rock, perhaps more bluesy rock -- think the Black Keys.  I am probably looking for an amp and headphone duo (or a headphone that doesn't require an amp, given the sources) for $500 or less.

 

Appreciate any recommendations!

post #9306 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RonnyBb View Post

 

Bonus questions: I'm not an audiophile even though I'd like to. When you "burn in" a pair of cans you just let them play any music for a while? Also I'm not sure how important a sound card or amplifier will be. I've been looking at a Xonar Essence STX as a double solution, though I'd need to scrap some more cash first.

 

HD598 sounded lovely at the store, but I didn't get to try them out much. Everyone on these boards seem to complain about their bass, what gives? Would a closed pair be better for gaming/movies? (to get that omph)



Just to give you a counter-perspective on some things:

 

I personally don't believe burn-in changes the sonic characteristics of headphones much. It's one of those debates that has been going on for a while, and some people swear they hear changes. That could easily be psychological though. I personally think it's ridiculous when people claim X headphone starts sounding "totally awesome after 300 hours of burn-in!" Same thing goes for these fancy headphone cables boutiques try to hock on gullible audiophiles: the difference you hear, IF you even hear one, is likely going to be extremely small vs. the huge price. I don't believe any claims that a cable makes a night and day difference in sound.

 

If you like how the HD598 sound right off the bat, then you don't need to burn them in. And if you really hate them, don't expect a night-and-day difference. But plugging them into pretty much any source and letting them play with a variety of types of music will be fine. There's no special way to burn them in. Just don't keep the volume blasting too loudly.

 

As for lacking bass... it really depends on your preferences. Do you find yourself EQing the bass up to where it throbs? Do your car windows rattle when you drive? I find a lot of people around here are reeeeeeally into bass, so much so that when they hear a neutral pair of headphones, they call them "bass light" mistakenly. Compared to the 650, they do lack the bottom end weight, but there is nice detail and texture there. They sound really open, and the mids and highs are their strong point.

 

An amplifier will generally make headphones sound nicer, and in some cases you'll need one to make the cans audible. For the 598 though you don't need one. I found them to sound acceptable out of an iPod, though they do improve when amped.


Edited by MuppetFace - 11/20/11 at 5:43pm
post #9307 of 29490

i started another thread before i saw this one (sorry for the clutter, i cant seem to delete it now) basically in short im looking for a pair of headphones to upgrade from my old hd595s. wasnt particularly impressed with the improvement offered by the hd600/650. to steal someone elses nice layout;

 

Music genres: 30% hiphop, 35% indie/post rock 10% female vocals 10% classic rock, folk, and blues, 10% classical, 5%jazz

Portable: Only for computer use, through an amp.

Price range: up to $700 max

Closed/Open: theyll be used at home so not important, all about the sound.

Headphone preference: enjoy what i would describe as a "warm playback" sound, over cold technical accuracy. eg i prefer old AR speakers sound to that of adams A7 s or most other low-midrange monitors

Impressions so far: Im considering the Denon AH D5000s (well really the 7000s, but im afraid theyre just out of my budget),

 

thanks, any advice greatly appreciated.

post #9308 of 29490

Sweet, thanks for the help guys.. I think I'm set on getting an HD 558 for my BF3 gaming.

 

*Edit:  I see the Asus Xonar DG soundcard is on newegg/amazon for $15 after rebate.. If I have an asus mobo with onboard Realtek ALC892, will it make a noticeable difference to a noob audiophile tongue.gif?  Or should I at least scrounge up a bit more for the DS/DX/STX?  Orrr would it all not really make that big a difference with the 558s.


Thanks again!


Edited by elixerboi - 11/20/11 at 6:52pm
post #9309 of 29490

I know I already made a thread, but seeing as I've narrowed it down, I might as well ask.

 

Ultrasone DJ1 Pro or HFI-580?

 

I've been told the DJ1 Pro's are lacking in bass (how bad exactly) and is the extra impedance going to make a big difference when trying to use an EQ to compensate?

post #9310 of 29490

Already made a thread on accident because I didnt see this so I'll just copy paste it here. I have almost no knowledge of headphones, so I could use some help. Right now I have a "Steelseries 4h" headset that I got as a gift awhile ago and I'm pretty sure they're just not very good. I'd like to get a good pair of actual headphones for under 100$. I'd be using them for gaming, listening to music, and watching shows. If there's anymore information you need me to provide, please let me know. Also, forgot to mention I'd prefer closed headphones and they need to be comfortable as I'll be using them a lot.

post #9311 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Bertsc View Post

Already made a thread on accident because I didnt see this so I'll just copy paste it here. I have almost no knowledge of headphones, so I could use some help. Right now I have a "Steelseries 4h" headset that I got as a gift awhile ago and I'm pretty sure they're just not very good. I'd like to get a good pair of actual headphones for under 100$. I'd be using them for gaming, listening to music, and watching shows. If there's anymore information you need me to provide, please let me know. Also, forgot to mention I'd prefer closed headphones and they need to be comfortable as I'll be using them a lot.


You can find the ATH-M50/M50S for just at 100 if you look hard enough. Dunno about any other headphones.

 

post #9312 of 29490
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Originally Posted by elixerboi View Post
Sweet, thanks for the help guys.. I think I'm set on getting an HD 558 for my BF3 gaming.

*Edit:  I see the Asus Xonar DG soundcard is on newegg/amazon for $15 after rebate.. If I have an asus mobo with onboard Realtek ALC892, will it make a noticeable difference to a noob audiophile tongue.gif?  Or should I at least scrounge up a bit more for the DS/DX/STX?  Orrr would it all not really make that big a difference with the 558s.

Thanks again!


The DG comes with Dolby Headphone 5.1 and Dolby virtual speaker, motherboard does not.

The DG has a real headphone amplifier, motherboard does not

When playing any game using Dolby, set the game audio setting to "Cinema Theater", if it has it.

 

 

post #9313 of 29490

Hey guys I'm having a hard time deciding between these 3 cans:

 

 

Ultrasone HFI-780

Denon DNHP700

Grado sr60/80(difference?)

 

My preference is neutral/lows with a boost in midrange. Durability is my main concern, the denons are built like dj headphones so no worries there, but I am not sure about the ultrasones and grados. Comfort does not matter much as these pair will be on the go for at max 1 hour commutes.

 

If they're are any other options then closed or open is fine, slight preference on closed.

 

 

 

One more thing I adore sound stage but it have no clue as to their sound stages.


Edited by kilibrium - 11/20/11 at 9:15pm
post #9314 of 29490

Hi there,

 

Even if this kind of "guidance" was asked many times, I'm triying my chance. rolleyes.gif

 

I'm looking for "gaming headphones", as I have my Hi-Fi station for music and films.

 

I don't want to buy a new card for now, and I have an Audiotrack HD2 AE which is amazing for my Hi-Fi installation and music.

I'm on something like 150~200€.

 

So, for you, which headphones are the best for gaming on this price and such a sound card ? (my firsts conclusions are on the HD558/598, PC360 and DT770 250Ω).

 

Thanks ! tongue.gif

post #9315 of 29490
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Originally Posted by TBag View Post

Hi there,

 

Even if this kind of "guidance" was asked many times, I'm triying my chance. rolleyes.gif

 

I'm looking for "gaming headphones", as I have my Hi-Fi station for music and films.

 

I don't want to buy a new card for now, and I have an Audiotrack HD2 AE which is amazing for my Hi-Fi installation and music.

I'm on something like 150~200€.

 

So, for you, which headphones are the best for gaming on this price and such a sound card ? (my firsts conclusions are on the HD558/598, PC360 and DT770 250Ω).

 

Thanks ! tongue.gif



I haven't listened to the DT770 in ages, but I really like the HD 598 for the price. It's not going to have as much bottom-end bass weight as the DT770 though. The clarity is really nice. Spacious and detailed. Just not the best if you want a ton of bass.

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