No problem. And thanks again. It's now a waiting game for me. However, I may buy the ATH M50, if and only if, it substantially cheaper haha.
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Gear mentioned in this thread:post #9707 of 2949012/1/11 at 10:40amQuote:
What do you think about the Ultrasone DJ1 Pro? It's about the same money as the HD25 and about 1.5 as much as the M50. Do you think it would meet my specifications?
PS Are they supraaural or circumaural? I mean the DJ1 Prospost #9708 of 2949012/1/11 at 10:41am
OK - I just joined the site- SO, I guess most people start here to ask about buying some higher end headphones. Never really had good headphones- but it is time as the wife is complaining about my night activity of watching movies and listening to music. So here goes:
1) Price= preferable under $250, I know you get what you pay for - hoping to get a deal this time of year.
2) Use= Home theater and music ( no rap - but almost everything else- played trumpet thru college - so must be accurate and tight - no booming distorted bass please)
3) Connectivity - is there such a thing to plug into both USB on a PC and an AV Receiver? Adapters?
4) Must be comfortable, do not care what they look like.
5) Do not want to purchase headphone amp.
* I originally started looking for a wireless product- but have read the sound quality really suffers, please confirm this as fact or fiction.
Thanks in advance.
Edit : Found a par of DT990 Pro 's for under $175 - good deal or not? Will these fill my expectations? Sorry for all the questions.
Edited by facetman - 12/1/11 at 10:54ampost #9709 of 2949012/1/11 at 10:48am
Thank you Kenman and lkmg for the quick replies.
Do either of you know if its possible to replace the main lead with a silver wired one? Also, would it be viable to replace the cable with a 3.5mm to 3.5mm, remove one end and wire it that way?post #9710 of 2949012/1/11 at 10:51am
Firstly sorry to create another thread about these two headphones, should of replied here as topic will likely get left alone,, hopefully get advise on this thread.
Sennheiser HD205 II or Superlux HD668B
I've done allot of reading on here and gathered how both of these sound, but I have not really seen a direct compare between the two and I am a bit stuck of which to go for for my personal needs.
I have Adam A7X monitors which are for primary use, I will use the headphones for checking closer up details and the low end on productions I'm working with, they will also be used for later at night when it's to late for the main monitors.
I know the HD668B have great detail and a Beyer type of sound which I like very much and I want the headphones to pick out all the details etc, but after reading I know they lack some in the mid range, and some say the low end is not that deep (While others say it's fine) and I am not that keen on modding them to get the full potential out of them.
For me I need to hear what's going on down deep but also hear the mid range in full good detail, and generally want a headphone that's going to pick all the general details, with a good wide sound stage.
The HD205 II I know will go down deep enough, and have a nice warm laid back sound, but do they have the ability to pick out the details as good as the HD668B?
What I would really like to know is how detailed the HD205 II are compared to the HD668B and if they will be up to the job in terms of reproducing good mid range detail while picking up the general fine details.
I am not concerned about comfort, so this does not need to be brought up.
Music Genre will mostly be bass heavy electronic, such as techno, dubstep and many other genres which have a tendecy to be more bass heavy, but some tracks have allot going on so it's important to hear the details on the headphones.
£35 is the maximum I can spend, so it's come down to these two. But AKG K77 are in price range to, but not really read much on these.
Thanks In Advance.
Edited by Jomox - 12/1/11 at 10:53ampost #9711 of 2949012/1/11 at 10:57am
I would message Chris_Himself about that, I know he does recabling for other headphones with Silver wire. He will explain why its not a great idea to make it a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable thing. I was looking into that as well before i talked with him.
His profile has a link to his blog, where you can see his workQuote:post #9712 of 2949012/1/11 at 11:01amQuote:Originally Posted by Xandal
Alright, I feel it's about time to upgrade my headphones. I've been using my Sennheiser HD 555s for quite a while, but they're failing to meet all my expectations. They're not the best set of cans to trek too and from class with, and definitely not meant for listening to while I'm sitting around the Library or school buildings. The main reason I like these headphones though is because they're really light and feel great to wear for extended sessions at my computer desk. Plus they're the best sounding headphones I've ever really gotten to listen to (scratch maybe my 30 second encounter with some Beyerdynamics).
Anyway, a few things I have questions about first. My main device for listening on the go is an iPod Touch 3rd Generation, however I've read around that an iPod isn't the best thing to use for listening. How true is that? Second, I'm a little lost on what the difference is between amped an un-amped is. I mean, I have a basic understanding of the words but I don't know how worth it getting an amp would be. So, is it worth grabbing an amp as well? While reading around I also noticed that the pair of headphones you want should be based on what kind of music you're listening to. That sounds like something that makes sense, but I'd love to have this confirmed by someone with much more knowledge than myself. And I just read the tutorial on equalizing your headphones from this forum and was curious if it would be worth it for me.
Now that my basic questions are out of the way, onto the main point of my post. I'm looking for headphones, obviously, but my budget is fairly strict. I'm looking to spend less than $200 and probably less than $150. I like comfort over style (I can have these on for upwards of 6 hours a day, daily), quality over quantity, and I want them to last. I'm not one to treat all of my things super delicately, these cans will probably end up getting dropped over the course of a couple years and might find other methods of being damaged physically so I'd like something with a nice, solid frame. I also listen to a pretty wide variety of music. It ranges from pop to metal to soft rock to classical and anywhere in between. I honestly can't think of a genre I don't listen to besides Country (but that has its roots in stuff I do listen to) The majority of my music is definitely metal - specifically progressive. I only included the music part because I'm not entirely sure about the answer to my question and figure more information couldn't hurt.
Side Note: I don't expect anyone to go into extreme detail in answering my questions. Simple answers that include some hard facts would be best, but if you feel like leaving me links/sources to more fulfilling information I will definitely take a look at it and possibly post again or revise my post to include what I learned.
Thanks to anyone who answers
My two cents
Most devices with a headphone jack are very basic (unamped) for powering headphones, usually works fine with headphones in the 25-Ohm to 60-Ohm range.
"amped" on Head-fi usually refers to a headphone amplifier, a device with better quality (hopefully) parts that can produce a better quality signal for powering headphone.
Also some headphone amplifiers can work with headphones up to 600-Ohms, most headphone headphone amplifiers are usually rated like "Up to 150-Ohm or 300-Ohm or 600-Ohm.
But Ohm rating is not the only factor, I'll Iet someone else add to that.
Most headphone amplifiers are "Solid State", some others use tubes (Vacuum tubes), tubes amps are usually more expensive then Solid State and not as reliable as Solid State.
But Vacuum tubes have a second harmonic which adds "warmth" and "soul" to sound.
Tube amps usually require more electricity then Solid State.
Just about any headphone can benefit from a headphone amplifier, even ones in the 25 to 60 Ohm range.
Just getting a portable headphone amplifier might improve the sound of your Sennheiser HD-555 (50-Ohm) enough that you could use then for a while longer.
Best prices on headphones are Feb. to June
Fiio makes small headphone amplifiers in the $25-$200 range, Fiio makes cables (L3 & L9) that plug straight into the LOD port on apple products.
The Fiio E11 might be a good choice.
Edited by PurpleAngel - 12/1/11 at 11:14ampost #9713 of 2949012/1/11 at 11:17am
Biggest problem with the HD 555s is that it's a bit rude for me to use them in public locations. Pretty easy for people to hear my music since they're open-back o.o Also, I'd rather not invest more into these as they're starting to physically wear out. I've fallen asleep with them a few times and they've started to crack :<post #9714 of 2949012/1/11 at 2:13pmpost #9715 of 2949012/1/11 at 3:16pm
Alright, need to buy a new pair of headphones and could really use some advice.
- Bunch of crappy Sennheiser's that were extremely uncomfortable on my ears and poor sound quality, made me give up low end earphones
- Bought ATH-a700's twice. Perfect size for my head, extremely comfortable, got them for around $80 each time. Very good sound quality. Less than desirable durability. Each broke after 18-24 months, one stopped transmitting sound along the cord, and for the second, the left ear can literally snapped off at the most fragile connection point.
- Bought some ATH-a55's. Fine for the top portion of my head, but pretty uncomfortable on my ears. Basically too small for my head, I cannot comfortably wear them for more than an hour. Good sound quality, identical to the a700s. Likely more durable overall than the a700s, but the pleather still flakes right off as happened with the a700s.
What I need:
- Large cans, as large as a700's or larger
- Good sound quality, I do not need something amazing, if I had to pick between perfect comfort or sound, I would pick comfort
- Durable, preferably something that lasts longer than just a 1-2 years max. Preferably not pleather, but I can live with it.
- Price: $50-$200 range
What I use them for:
I have read about the m50's and xb-500s. I am little worried about some comments that the m50's are uncomfortable and I am also a little worried about some of the comments that the xb-500s have lackluster sound quality. I am also looking at the HA-RX900. So I would really like some suggestions.
Edited by interplex - 12/1/11 at 3:32pmpost #9716 of 2949012/1/11 at 4:48pmQuote:
Cool, thanks. What do you recommend over the quiet comfort 15's?post #9717 of 2949012/1/11 at 4:48pmQuote:Originally Posted by Fletcher
Ive been looking for a pair of headphones (without an amp) in the $150 - $300 AUD price range.
I've heard good things about the Audio Technica ATH-M50's, but im someone who listens to alot of
club music and i like powerful bass, but i want everything else to sound nice also. I listen to a variety of
music ranging from classical, rock, club etc. Are there any headphones that will provide powerful bass
when its present in a song, but not drown out everything else (/no muddy bass).
Any help would be much appreciated.
Preferably headphones which reduce as much background noise as possible.
I wouldn't rule out the M50s just yet. The bass on them is not muddy by any means, and it doesn't affect the other registers very much at all. It works for a lot of different genres as well, though it might not be the ideal headphone for any of them individually. However, the bass is a little bit emphasized, and they isolate fairly well too. They sound like they'll fit your needs fairly well, though you might want to look into maybe the Sennheiser HD25-1s as well.post #9718 of 2949012/1/11 at 5:02pmpost #9719 of 2949012/1/11 at 5:43pmQuote:
Sennheiser HD600 are the antidote to Grados. They are wonderfully smooth, balanced and have much more depth/soundstage. They will benefit a lot (more) from an amp. They are much more suited for SS amps imo, as tubes will make them sound like syrup on top of butter.post #9720 of 2949012/1/11 at 5:46pm
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