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Originally Posted by quastar View Post
Hello everyone,

I have little knowledge about headphones or audio equipment in general.  I'm looking for a new (doesn't necessarily have to be brand new...used would be fine also), quality headphone, but with all the selections available, I don't really know where to start.  I will be mainly using the headphone for listening to virtually all genres of music and gaming.  I'd say that 95% of the time, I'd be using the headphone via my x-fi forte soundcard which comes with its own dedicated headphone amp. 

I'd prefer a open headphone with a good soundstage.  Max that I'm looking to spend is around $150.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Sennheiser HD-558 50-Ohm open headphones.
 

 

 

post #9347 of 29490
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Bass Headphones Needed (Probably the most common topic)

 

Best for bass? I want something that thumps in my hip hop and hard electro, not something that ****s on the track like beats. I'd like it to be fairly portable, something that I can take to school and wear as a necklace or shove in my bag without it being damaged or safe inside of a carrying case. I'd also like it to be closed and have decent isolation. Ideally it'd be something that the Beats Bitches put on and go "WTF? You had to spend at least $600 on these if I spent $350 on my beats!"

Like it to be <$300

Looking at Ultrasone Pro 750/900 - Ultrasone HFI 580/780 - Beyerdynamic DT770, but very open to suggestions.

I'd like it not need an amp, but I have an E7 so no big deal if it does to perform at its best.



I have the DT 770 Pro 80ohm, and they are insane with bass heavy music.

I have them plugged into a Fiio e10 with the bass boost on, so your e7 should have a similar impact.

 

If you don't want to use any amp, you could get the DT 770 premium 32ohm version which might be easier to drive, but it is slightly more expensive, and I've read (though I couldn't tell the difference) that it has slightly less bass than the 80ohm version.

 

 

edit: while they are rather large, and not so portable, the Pro version is built like a tank, and I'm sure you could put it in your bag without any damage.


Edited by Bee inthe Attic - 11/22/11 at 1:27am
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@PurpleAngel:

 

Thanks for the recommendation.  I'm curious--do you also own the Samson SR850?  I've read some good reviews on it.  At around $50, some say it's comparable to other headphones 2-3x or more its price.  If you do have experience with it what are your thoughts?   

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post


The Asus Xonar DG comes with a built in headphone amplifier rated up to 150-Ohms, I'm guessing the Intel HD does not.

The Xonar DG comes with Dolby Headphone 5.1, guessing the Intel HD does not.

The front panel headphone output uses the same headphone amplifier rated up to 150-Ohms

 

 



Sadly, the Xonar DG is not well supported under Linux: http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Matrix:Vendor-Asus

 

Can you suggest something similar from other manufacturers?

post #9350 of 29490

Hi, I just noticed this thread which looks appropriate for me so apologies for the cross-post. Here's my requirements:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/581376/would-be-grateful-for-some-suggestions-on-new-phones-300-budget

 

I've narrowed down to these (I think):

- Panasonic HTF600

- Fischer Audio FA011

- Ultrasone Pro 900

- Beyerdynamic DT990

 

So, the big question: which should I go for?

post #9351 of 29490

Hey guys,

 

I have a dilemma. Christmas is coming up, and I need to choose a pair of bassy cans for under $100AUD (which is about the same in USD) inclusive of extra costs. I'm happy to buy off Ebay or whatever, just as long as I can get good value for money. So far, my best choice seems to be the Sony XB500's,  but I've heard mixed reviews about that. Any help is appreciated. 

 

Just to add, I listen to alot of electronica, mainly dubstep. My headphones atm are AKG K44's, if that helps.


Edited by scottie584 - 11/22/11 at 3:13am
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Originally Posted by scottie584 View Post

Hey guys,

 

I have a dilemma. Christmas is coming up, and I need to choose a pair of bassy cans for under $100AUD (which is about the same in USD) inclusive of extra costs. I'm happy to buy off Ebay or whatever, just as long as I can get good value for money. So far, my best choice seems to be the Sony XB500's,  but I've heard mixed reviews about that. Any help is appreciated. 

 

Just to add, I listen to alot of electronica, mainly dubstep. My headphones atm are AKG K44's, if that helps.



If you can spare an extra $50, I'd recommend the Goldring DR-150. You may be able to find them for less though if you search. 

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After a month or so of reading reviews and threads on the site I was hoping for a little advice, I currently have a set of sennheiser hd25s and some sennheiser in ears and am looking at a new set for more serious home listening and the odd bit of lossless playback from iPod. I listen to a wide range of music indie, hip hop, soul, Motown, dubstep, house so need some good all rounders. Budget is around £400 I'll prob go 2nd hand possibly through this forum. Current short list grado rs1i and hf2 but liked the look of denon 7000, LCD-2. I'll then add an amp possibly little dot mkiii. any preferences with the two grados do these sound like good choices? Thanks 

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Great list, you're really helping me figure this out. Though as always the questions just keep stacking up. Is there a significant difference using an external device compared to an internal?

 

I've read around about the new Recon3D, and while the USB version sounds attractive because you can plug it into a PS3 I figure it's not as good a real internal. It seems well liked enough, though I can't really get a review to cover the internal version so it's hard to compare to the other internal cards. The USB would work with a hefty portable player though no?

 

Judging by the HD598 appreciation thread the cans are easy to drive, but across some frequencies they appearently go up to 250 ohm, so a portable USB device which I assume is without any headphone amp (because the reviews doesn't mention it) might not be enough.

 

 

I'll keep my eyes on the internal Recon3D for when stores get them stocked, see what they have to say about them. Thanks a lot, this forum has been really helpful.

 

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

The Sennheiser HD-598 are 50-Ohm headphones, easy to drive.

 

The Asus Xonar DG, Xonar Essence STX and Astro Mix-amp can all do Dolby Headphone 5.1.

The DG and STX get their input from the computer bus (PCI & PCI-Express slots).

The Astro Mix-amp is just an external device, get it's input from Digital (optical & Coaxial) and RCA jacks.

The DG has a headphone amplifier rated up to 150-Ohms

The STX has a headphone amplifier rated up to 600-Ohms

Not sure on the Astro Mix-Amp.

The STX has 3 upgradable/replaceable op-amps (operational amplifiers), to increase sound quality.

 

Creative Labs will have coming out any day now with a new sound card, the Recon3D, is $105 and has a 600-Ohm headphone amplifier.
 

 

 



 

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Originally Posted by SJC81 View Post

After a month or so of reading reviews and threads on the site I was hoping for a little advice, I currently have a set of sennheiser hd25s and some sennheiser in ears and am looking at a new set for more serious home listening and the odd bit of lossless playback from iPod. I listen to a wide range of music indie, hip hop, soul, Motown, dubstep, house so need some good all rounders. Budget is around £400 I'll prob go 2nd hand possibly through this forum. Current short list grado rs1i and hf2 but liked the look of denon 7000, LCD-2. I'll then add an amp possibly little dot mkiii. any preferences with the two grados do these sound like good choices? Thanks 



Those are all nice choices. The Grado RS1i is going to have a very lively, upfront sound that is particularly well suited to rock, blues, alternative, punk, and metal. The Denon D7000 is kind of on the other end of the spectrum, with the emphasis being on a large bass presence, making them better suited to electronica, dance, hip hop, etc.

 

I wouldn't recommend the Grado HF2 now that the PS500 is out, as the latter bests it in just about every respect. I'd say the PS500 would honestly be a good fit, as it has the good qualities of the RS1i, but with more bass emphasis. Best of both worlds. It doesn't need an amp, either. Sounds great out of the iPod.

 

If you're going to go the LCD-2 route, you're going to need an amp. The Little Dot mkiii wouldn't cut it methinks. Try a Schiit Lyr if you go that route. Build quality will be better too on the Schiit. Overall the LCD-2 is going to be the most netural / tonally balanced of the choices you've listed. If it's the 1st version drivers, then expect a rolled off treble. Some like that. Others including myself don't care for it, and prefer the 2nd version drivers which give livelier and more engaging highs.

 

Personally, my vote would be for the Grado RS1i or, even more so, the Grado PS500.

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I'm running it on Linux.  Those documents are EXTREMELY out of date.
 

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Sadly, the Xonar DG is not well supported under Linux: http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Matrix:Vendor-Asus

 

Can you suggest something similar from other manufacturers?



 

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Thanks looks like I'll keep an eye on the for sale section for some rs1i's or preferably the ps500's.

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Hey guys I'm looking for an IEM <~$100.

Most importantly I want very deep, impactful bass (I'm a self-proclaimed basshead tongue_smile.gif).  Mid-bass as well as sub-bass.  However, I do not want to completely disregard the quality and texture of the bass, or the clarity of the mids and highs.  I mainly listen to hiphop/rap, dubstep, some rock etc.

I've taken a look at the Atrio M5 MG7's as well as Atrio X's, Hippo VB's, FA Eterna's, FA Consonance etc... Would any of these meet my needs? Any better recommendations?

P.S. I prefer wearing them cord-down, but am open to anything.

 


Edited by Chopstick - 11/22/11 at 2:38pm
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Hello All,

 

I'm kind of ashamed i had no idea this "subculture" or whatever existed and for someone who loves listening to music and wanting the best, I wish i found a forum like this sooner. I RECENTLY started reading and a few months back bought some Super 5vi earphones but my needs have changed so I am looking for headphones. 

 

I would like to know which are the top 5 headphones that cost around $100-150? If there's one that will give it a good run for its money and costs less than $100, it would be great. What I mean by that is, if there's a headphone that cots $60 that will be such a close call to one compared at $120, or if I wouldn't notice the difference much, then Id be happy to go cheaper. I'm on a budget. 

 

I would like really good bass but also very good airy, open and clear vocals and highs/mids for things. Basically since this will be for music listening only (and not production or anything), and I listen to ALL kinds of music, I need a very good quality and balanced headphones with an emphasis or leaning towards some very good bass. 

 

I listen to old school rock,punk rock, alternative rock, postrock, classical, piano solo and variations, guitar. For those, the clean, crisp and airy sounds would be amazing. But i also listen to all sorts of hip-hop (underground and mainstream both), trip-hop, psychadelics. I listen to lots of trance especially vocal trance or progressive and bass for those types of music is very important. Also listen to pop and all that other stuff so basically the best balanced headphones out there with high quality is something I need. 

 

I'd like headphones with a) good bass b) good everthing else where the bass doesn't drown out the vocals or strings. Has that open airy, crystal clear sound c) very comfortable. I listen to music all day d) hopefully in the price range. My range is somewhat flexible as I am okay with buying used as well. 

 

 

Any input appreciated. Just start listing models that you thik would work well and I'll try to find them used. Any comparions would help as well. Thanks. 

 

Written from my Asus Transformer

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Hi all

 

I'm looking for some advice on buying my first set of decent Headphones. I've been using earbuds all my life and they just won't cut it anymore.

So I've got a budget of £150 ($234) and this is what i'm after:

 

Sound Quality: I listen to a lot of rock and jazz with some metal and orchestral stuff ass well so I'd like some headphones what sound good with these. Trebels and highs: i'd like detail but i'll leave it to your advice. Bass: not thumping but rich and with a presence.

 

Closed: Yes as i will be using these a lot when traveling, (on the bus, train and car) So good isolation is a must.

 

Amp: At the moment no...

 

Comfort: Another biggie, i'll be using these every day for extended periods so comfort is very important. (I'd say i've got fairly average size head and ears)

 

Source: I will mostly be listening to music (128Kbits or more Mp3) from my HTC incredible S phone (it's got a alright EQ) so headphones that will work well for this, I'll take your advice on this one as i don't know much myself. I will also sometimes use these through my PS3 so If they are good for movies and games that would be a plus.

 

Design: I'd like these to be fairly sturdy as I will be using them on the move and want them to last a while, foldable would be nice but i have a big bag so i'll settle for not if need be. As far as looks go, I'd like them to look good but to be honest as long as they aren't hideous I'm fine.

 

I've been doing a stupid amount of research and have thought about these:

 

ATH-M50s - with a coiled cable, these seem to be good starter headphones.

 

Denon A-HD1100/2000 - These seem to get good reviews but quite bulky.

 

Skullcandy rocnation aviators - I know, I Know... But these don't seem to sound too bad and I love the looks

 

If need be I can increase the budget to £200 ($312) at christmas but I guess I'll upgrade again at some point.

 

Thanks for the help. smily_headphones1.gif

 

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