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post #9751 of 29490

Hiii.... newbie here. I recently got myself a set of modded HD555s and HD380s from Sennheiser. The HD555s don't have much bass, but nice soundstage and the 380s are pretty clear, nice bass... I'm using these with a Xonar DG.

 

Now here's what I'm wondering, how would a Sony v900HD sound in comparison to the HD380?

post #9752 of 29490

Hi guys, I am quite new to the community, but I have already bought the AKG 240 MKII, after reading up on the forums.

I bought it for movies and as an all round phone for music, so far I am very pleased.

 

However, I am now looking for some cheap(er) (~70$) complimentary cans just for music, especially acoustic stuff, jazz, indie and female vocals. I am what some might call a 'midrange head' I guess, notwithstanding my limited experience on head fidelity. Nonetheless I wanted something with engaging highs as well as mids, thumping bass is definitely not a requirement.

 

I am itching to hear the Grado sound but right now I am partial to closed headphones (already have the open AKG, I am short on funds and I want the isolation), having said this I've narrowed it down to the following list (by order of preference):

 

Fischer Audio FA-004

Superlux HD661

Superlux HD660

(gap)

Sony MDR-V6

Alessandro MS1i (if you believe the Grado signature is the only way to go)

 

I am really leaning towards the Fischers, but I guess I wanted to be reassured- it seems not a whole lot of members own the FA-004 (at least not anymore).

The source will be my PC paired with a FiiO e10, and maybe, occasionally, an Android phone.

 What do you think? Any other recommendations to add to the list?

Sorry for the long text. Thanks in advance.

post #9753 of 29490

Hello guys!

 

I listen to mainly hiphop/rap, ballad, pop, rock time to time (linkin park or joe satriani for example), and a lot of OST's.

 

I want bass to be punchy but not too much as stated by a few for the pro700mk2 where only thing you hear is bass.. just like the worthless beats by dr dre. I want that really good bass but also fantastic clarity where I can hear the voices and instruments in the background clearly. Now I assume some might say just go get a open-head phone because their mostly for the clarity right?

 

So I've came to a conclusion of what headphones to buy. My price ranges from 0-$400 or so.

 

Ath pro700mk2

Sennheiser hd25-1 ii

V-Moda LP2

V-Moda m80.

 

Thanks guys :)

post #9754 of 29490

Hi guys :)

Totally a newbie in here. I'm looking to buy a new pair to replace my (cute) Audio-Technica ONTO3 

I'm listening mostly to almost everything but rap/hip-hop and my price rang are not over 200 :-s , I have some thing currently in mind:

- BeyerDynamic DT 235

- Sennheiser HD448

- Audio-Technica in that price range.

And I prefer on-ears either open or closed , but not too big for small head ^^"

 

Would love to have some advice from you. Thank you ~

post #9755 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpowermacg4 View Post

So I heard the Beats Pro by Dre at a BrandsMart USA, and at the time, thought they sounded much better then anything I've ever heard. I've only been using cheap headphones all this time, but NOW, I'm looking to become an Audiophile and get some really good Headphones. I know everyone hear says the Beats Pros are overpriced and doesn't really have great sound quality. But I did like the Bass on them a lot.

 

I've been listening to a lot of Dubstep, Hardstyle, DnB, and other Electronica genres lately. And I would like a really good headphone that will deliver good bass, midrange, and treble.

 

Some headphones that caught my attention while browsing this site, that would have bass similar to, if not better then the Beats Pro, were the Denon 2000/5000 and Ultrasone HFI-580 and Pro 900s. But everyone seems to say that they have recessed mids, and or needs to be modified to get a good sound from them. I'm not really looking forward to really have to deal with any problems like that, that I may not be aware of. If only I could hear them myself perhaps.

 

So what I'm for is:

1) Sound Quality - (Needs good frequency response with good controlled Bass for any Electronica style music)

2) Should also sound good with other styles of music like Metal if possible as I'll probable be using these for everything. (Good Sound stage??)

3) Comfort - (Should be able to wear them for hours at a time)

4) Low Noise Leakage

5) Should be efficient enough to run from a iPhone 4 without a AMP like the Pro Beats were. Or if NOT... please recommend a amp to run it with.

6) Don't have any budget. But would like to keep it no more then $500 for my first good set of headphones.

 

 

Speaking of #5 there... would a Fiio E5 be enough power for more headphone options?

 

Also would I need a amp for my PC also? It's got RealTek ALC892 Audio at the moment

 

If you can provide links on where to buy for cheapest price. Please include them. I live in the US. Amazon.com is the only place I really know of.



The Ultrasone Pro750 is not quite as overwhelmingly bassy as the 900. On the other hand, the Pro series are very  easy to mod. Twist to pop off the pads, add some felt stickers onto the big metal plate and tape over some vents to taste. One step further is to take out the couple screws and do similar to the inside and/or add some cotton/gauze inside.


The Ultrasones and Denons are easy to drive. No real need for extra amping. 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by paradoxpoptart View Post

 

Hey everyone! Sound quality has suddenly become insanely important to me; I had the pleasure of listening to some real sound equipment that has made me realize the sad, limited scope of my current run-of-the-mill headphones and speakers.

 

I'm interested in finding a good pair of full-sized headphones with a middle-low price tag.

 

Things that matter to me:

-Sound leakage! I am an artist and spend a lot of time working in studios or cafes near other people, and need to be able to avoid bothering them while I listen to music. Blocking out outside sounds is good too (passively is fine, no need for noise cancellation)

-Not too terribly harsh, sharp/harsh sounds in the upper range are not great for me, though I have been told some headphones will naturally go through a period of being harsh before you break them in.

-I like bass quite a bit... until it muddies up the rest of the sound. So a nice bass that doesn't make huge sacrifices to clarity would be good.

-Relative portability, I am used to carrying huge bags of art supplies around so they don't need to be super small, but they do need to be somewhat portable.

-Comfort... ideally I could wear these for hours at a time while working

 

So far I'm looking at the Ultrasone Hfi-700, just going off of reviews I found online.  But I am hesitant to make what (for me) is a large purchase without getting more info and knowing more about my options.

 

Anyway, if anyone could provide some input here that would be great, I am new to this and would really appreciate the guidance.


Portable and high isolation:

Sennheiser HD280/380/25-1-ii

B&W P5

Beyer DT1350

 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by ken3592 View Post

I am looking to buy a set of high-end headphones.  I am in college right now and all I see are the Beats by Dr. Dre and I know there are much, much better headphones that you can get for ~$300.  I've been leaning towards a set of AKG Q701's because I know they are good cans and I like the look of them.  I have never owned a set of full size headphones, and I currently listen to many genres including indie, folk, rock, classical rock, reggae, and if I want to get hyped up... dubstep and techno.  I have many songs that are from iTunes, but for my favorite songs, I usually use Apple Lossless from the CD itself.

 

Some questions I have about the Q701s:

 

1) How is the low-end?

2) How much sound leaks from them?  Are they completely open like the Sennheiser 600s?

3) I've heard that these can be very brutal and revealing headphones... Just how revealing are they?  I try to keep all of my music above 256 kbps, is that still too compressed?  Is most commercial music recorded well or will these headphones make a large portion of artists sound bad?

4) Are these what you would call "Listening for enjoyment" headphones or do you consider them purely as reference headphones for studio recording, etc.?

5)What would be a good alternative, closed headphone that would be slightly less harsh on lower quality music but have a similar frequency balance and decent imaging?

 

 

I understand that I should use an amp for these, so I don't need advice about that.

 

In summary:  I'm looking for something that is much better than the hyped up and overpriced Beats and Bose headphones for a similar or lower price; and it should be satisfying across many different genres.

 

Thank you!!

 

 


The Q701 are completely open. Everything will leak out. 

They are quite revealing, but you will most likely not notice at 256 bitrate. Modern encoders are quite good these days.

I consider them more reference. Most people prefer a bit more bass oomph for casual listening. 

 

How about something like an Ultrasone HFi780 or Pro750? Same price range-ish, closed, decent isolation and ruggedness. There are also options like Shure 840/940, Audio Technica M50, Pioneer HDJ-2000 etc.


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by gugman View Post

is there any sense to switch from xonar dg to xonar st or stx?  what do you think Armaegis?


The headphones you're considering aren't that difficult to drive; you should be fine with your current sound card.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by joeylw View Post

I guess what I am looking for would really be is an under $100 alternative to the Beats By Dr. Dre Solo HD in size and performance. The iPhone mic/controls are optional, but I want something at least a little slick-looking.


Sennheiser PX200-IIi 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Korsen View Post

Hiii.... newbie here. I recently got myself a set of modded HD555s and HD380s from Sennheiser. The HD555s don't have much bass, but nice soundstage and the 380s are pretty clear, nice bass... I'm using these with a Xonar DG.

 

Now here's what I'm wondering, how would a Sony v900HD sound in comparison to the HD380?


Are you able to audition it at a store somewhere?

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by kAbUZi View Post

Hi guys, I am quite new to the community, but I have already bought the AKG 240 MKII, after reading up on the forums.

I bought it for movies and as an all round phone for music, so far I am very pleased.

 

However, I am now looking for some cheap(er) (~70$) complimentary cans just for music, especially acoustic stuff, jazz, indie and female vocals. I am what some might call a 'midrange head' I guess, notwithstanding my limited experience on head fidelity. Nonetheless I wanted something with engaging highs as well as mids, thumping bass is definitely not a requirement.

 

I am itching to hear the Grado sound but right now I am partial to closed headphones (already have the open AKG, I am short on funds and I want the isolation), having said this I've narrowed it down to the following list (by order of preference):

 

Fischer Audio FA-004

Superlux HD661

Superlux HD660

(gap)

Sony MDR-V6

Alessandro MS1i (if you believe the Grado signature is the only way to go)

 

I am really leaning towards the Fischers, but I guess I wanted to be reassured- it seems not a whole lot of members own the FA-004 (at least not anymore).

The source will be my PC paired with a FiiO e10, and maybe, occasionally, an Android phone.

 What do you think? Any other recommendations to add to the list?

Sorry for the long text. Thanks in advance.


The Sony V6 is a good all-purpose headphone and built like a tank. 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by intercrew View Post

Hello guys!

 

I listen to mainly hiphop/rap, ballad, pop, rock time to time (linkin park or joe satriani for example), and a lot of OST's.

 

I want bass to be punchy but not too much as stated by a few for the pro700mk2 where only thing you hear is bass.. just like the worthless beats by dr dre. I want that really good bass but also fantastic clarity where I can hear the voices and instruments in the background clearly. Now I assume some might say just go get a open-head phone because their mostly for the clarity right?

 

So I've came to a conclusion of what headphones to buy. My price ranges from 0-$400 or so.

 

Ath pro700mk2

Sennheiser hd25-1 ii

V-Moda LP2

V-Moda m80.

 

Thanks guys :)


The HD25-1-ii have good punch and very high isolation, though they also have the strongest clamp and may be the least comfortable of the bunch. 

 

post #9756 of 29490

ey Everyone, long time browser here  :)

So I'm looking to buy myself a set of headphones after moving my main sound system around to work better with my tv it is now completly out of place in relation to my PC which isn't ideal for music or gaming or well anything, was hoping I could get some recommendations from people who know a lot more on this topic then me. tongue.gif

really I'm looking for a good all rounder but I expect that is hard to find so the most important aspect in buying some is for music, closely followed by gaming then not so importantly TV and movies etc

my budget firstly is around £125 which is about $200 for Americans :), after researching though it looks like its nearly a 1:1 ratio price wise :(, my music tastes are fairly wide, mostly listen to Metal (nearly every sub genre but a lot of power metal and thrash quite a bit  death and black but listen to many others fairly often too :p), I also listen to loads and loads of rock , a lot of 80's glam rock, hair metal, a lot of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple that kind of earlier stuff as well as Meat Loaf and pop rock and lots of hard rock and alternative and grunge , basically a wide taste in rock :p, those two are probs what I mainly listen to but I still listen to a lot of other music, including ska, reggae, punk, pop music, a tiny bit of rap and other music, and nearly no classical though I listen to a lot of symphonic metal so  a set that could handle it would be quite nice, I prefer to have more bass then not enough, and really I probs like more bass then is ideal, I like that kind of punchy thumpy bass that you can actually feel during a bass guitar or a drum solo so yeah quite a lot of bass I guess :p, I do like a detailed sound though for power metal and rock so a bass that doesn't smear all over everything is quite important, listening to power metal when it is just muddy isn't nice, I like a somewhat true to source sound but really prefer more a sound then is fun/nice and good to listen to as well

I will also use them quite a lot for gaming and tv/movies and everything else so anything that could do a somewhat decent job with those would be good.

haha sorry this is beginning to sound like I'm trying to buy a set that is perfect for everything :p

oh and I would prefer closed rather then open if I happen to be in a noisy enviroment and situations like that

anything else I should mention/you need?

thanks for any advice anyone :) 

Craig

post #9757 of 29490

So I just received my Denon AHD2000's and I never checked the cord size before buying them. I love the sound so far, but the cord is way too long for my needs. Is their any stores/type of retail locations I could find the right tools to put a new tip on it after cutting the cord to the size i want.

 

Preferably, I'd like for someone that's done this before to do the modification. I just dont want to lose audio quality or anything because of messing up and never having done this before. I do plan on getting them outfitted with silver cables in a month or two, but until then I have a ridiculously long cord and its counter productive to what I wanted from the headphones. I wanna be able to use them sitting in a library or computer lab between classes at school and then walk to the class in them.....which is hard when the cord has to be somewhere besides the floor

post #9758 of 29490

Just looking for a bit of guidance and a point in the right direction. I'm a very rounded listener of music. My genres of listening from most to least are: electronic music (trance, dubstep, etc.), rock, pop, enka, and classical. I'm looking for a well rounded headphone prominent in electronic music, and that works well for other genres as well. My source will be laptop (and desktop when I get around to building it.) My budget is $400 tops. They will be used in the quiet comfort of my home. The Ultrasone Pro 750s are what I have been looking at, but I wanted to get some second, maybe third, opinions first. Amping is an option as well. I can expand my budget a hair for this purpose. 

post #9759 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by tmchow View Post

I'm new to the headphone game but appreciate great sound.  I'm buying a set of full size headphones for my wife who wants something that sounds great but is also stylish :)  She loves the look of the Beats Studios but everything I've read point to them being incredibly over priced.

 

  • While it's easy to find suggestions on great headphones here, I'm looking for a recommendation that factors in the design/looks of them so appeal to my wife, and as mentioned, she loves the look of the Beats.
  • Price <=$300.
  • She will be using it with her iPhone 4 and mainly listens to Top 40 and Hip Hop but isn't necessary a bass head. Any type of amp cannot be required.
  • Should be a closed design as she'll be commuting with them.
  • "Over the ear" design
  • Active noise cancellation not a requirement

Pioneer HDJ2000
 

 

post #9760 of 29490

From a gamer's point of view, how is the pc360 vs the hd598?

post #9761 of 29490

Currently have a set of Grado SR60i's.

Looking to upgrade, might be able to get a pair of 325i's for Christmas.  Was also looking to get a FiiO E11 with them.

I listen to a wide range of music, stuff like Downtempo (Emancipator), triphop, Old Stuff (big band, Sinatra), Indie stuff, Some electronic (Justice), and a whole bunch of random stuff.
So I suppose I'm asking for reccomendations, or if the 325's are a good choice.
I mean I instantly fell in love with my headphones when I got them, so would the 325i's be a good upgrade, or should I look elsewhere (Sub $300)?

post #9762 of 29490

Hello Armaegis (and other members who would like to reply to my request), 

 

 

I was hoping to get some guidance like so many of others have found here. I've been contemplating on upgrading from my Sennhesier HD 280 I've had for three years to something like a Denon AHD2000

 

1) Price Range: Below $500.00

 

2) Music Preference: I listen to many genres of music from classical piano to hip-hop, so preferably a headphone that is mostly middle of the line in performance, but i would prefer something that doesn't lack emphasis in bass. 

 

3) Closed headphones please

 

4) No Amp required to bring out the headphones please because i will be mainly using these headphones for studying

 

5) Lastly, something comfortable to wear for long periods of time, but it isn't a high priority compared to music quality

 

Thank you for reading this post and responding to my request, hopefully I will be able to advise other beginners in the future as well

 

 

Sincerely, 

 

 

Steve

 

 

post #9763 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by CraigGB View Post

ey Everyone, long time browser here  :)

So I'm looking to buy myself a set of headphones after moving my main sound system around to work better with my tv it is now completly out of place in relation to my PC which isn't ideal for music or gaming or well anything, was hoping I could get some recommendations from people who know a lot more on this topic then me. tongue.gif

really I'm looking for a good all rounder but I expect that is hard to find so the most important aspect in buying some is for music, closely followed by gaming then not so importantly TV and movies etc

my budget firstly is around £125 which is about $200 for Americans :), after researching though it looks like its nearly a 1:1 ratio price wise :(, my music tastes are fairly wide, mostly listen to Metal (nearly every sub genre but a lot of power metal and thrash quite a bit  death and black but listen to many others fairly often too :p), I also listen to loads and loads of rock , a lot of 80's glam rock, hair metal, a lot of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple that kind of earlier stuff as well as Meat Loaf and pop rock and lots of hard rock and alternative and grunge , basically a wide taste in rock :p, those two are probs what I mainly listen to but I still listen to a lot of other music, including ska, reggae, punk, pop music, a tiny bit of rap and other music, and nearly no classical though I listen to a lot of symphonic metal so  a set that could handle it would be quite nice, I prefer to have more bass then not enough, and really I probs like more bass then is ideal, I like that kind of punchy thumpy bass that you can actually feel during a bass guitar or a drum solo so yeah quite a lot of bass I guess :p, I do like a detailed sound though for power metal and rock so a bass that doesn't smear all over everything is quite important, listening to power metal when it is just muddy isn't nice, I like a somewhat true to source sound but really prefer more a sound then is fun/nice and good to listen to as well

I will also use them quite a lot for gaming and tv/movies and everything else so anything that could do a somewhat decent job with those would be good.

haha sorry this is beginning to sound like I'm trying to buy a set that is perfect for everything :p

oh and I would prefer closed rather then open if I happen to be in a noisy enviroment and situations like that

anything else I should mention/you need?

thanks for any advice anyone :) 

Craig

 

Sony V6/7506 or ZX700

Sennheiser HD280/380 or HD25-1-ii

Denon D1001/1100

Creative Aurvana Live


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by kenman345 View Post

So I just received my Denon AHD2000's and I never checked the cord size before buying them. I love the sound so far, but the cord is way too long for my needs. Is their any stores/type of retail locations I could find the right tools to put a new tip on it after cutting the cord to the size i want.

 

Preferably, I'd like for someone that's done this before to do the modification. I just dont want to lose audio quality or anything because of messing up and never having done this before. I do plan on getting them outfitted with silver cables in a month or two, but until then I have a ridiculously long cord and its counter productive to what I wanted from the headphones. I wanna be able to use them sitting in a library or computer lab between classes at school and then walk to the class in them.....which is hard when the cord has to be somewhere besides the floor


You'll need a new jack, soldering iron, and wire strippers (or just be really carefull with a knife/scissors). You can probably get all that from Radio Shack for $25. Heck, some jacks are solderless (they might be a buck more) and you might not need the iron, but the soldered ones are more secure. 

 

When you snip the end off there should be four wires, two of which should be the same colour. Those are your ground wires. The other two are left and right. 

 

You could also find an electronics shop to do the work for you, although chances are they'll charge $30-40. 

 

Or just skip all this and just get a velcro strap from the dollar store and wind up your cable for the time being until you're ready to do the entire recable. Do note that if you wind the cable, please use an over/under wrap method so you don't kink the wires.

 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ora M View Post

Just looking for a bit of guidance and a point in the right direction. I'm a very rounded listener of music. My genres of listening from most to least are: electronic music (trance, dubstep, etc.), rock, pop, enka, and classical. I'm looking for a well rounded headphone prominent in electronic music, and that works well for other genres as well. My source will be laptop (and desktop when I get around to building it.) My budget is $400 tops. They will be used in the quiet comfort of my home. The Ultrasone Pro 750s are what I have been looking at, but I wanted to get some second, maybe third, opinions first. Amping is an option as well. I can expand my budget a hair for this purpose. 


Since your listening will be done at home, I would steer towards an open headphone. Something like the Beyer DT880 or Sennheiser HD600/650 is a great all-rounder, though it likes to have a bit more amping behind it. 

 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by RockJaw View Post

From a gamer's point of view, how is the pc360 vs the hd598?


Basically the same headphone, though the PC360 has a mic and you pay a lot more for it (although there have been recent sales which have really brought it down). 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by GasMaskMan View Post

Currently have a set of Grado SR60i's.

Looking to upgrade, might be able to get a pair of 325i's for Christmas.  Was also looking to get a FiiO E11 with them.

I listen to a wide range of music, stuff like Downtempo (Emancipator), triphop, Old Stuff (big band, Sinatra), Indie stuff, Some electronic (Justice), and a whole bunch of random stuff.
So I suppose I'm asking for reccomendations, or if the 325's are a good choice.
I mean I instantly fell in love with my headphones when I got them, so would the 325i's be a good upgrade, or should I look elsewhere (Sub $300)?


The 325 tends to be a "love it or hate it" headphone, though if you really love the SR60 and want something with more bite it's a strong consideration. 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by khkim View Post

Hello Armaegis (and other members who would like to reply to my request), 

 

 

I was hoping to get some guidance like so many of others have found here. I've been contemplating on upgrading from my Sennhesier HD 280 I've had for three years to something like a Denon AHD2000

 

1) Price Range: Below $500.00

 

2) Music Preference: I listen to many genres of music from classical piano to hip-hop, so preferably a headphone that is mostly middle of the line in performance, but i would prefer something that doesn't lack emphasis in bass. 

 

3) Closed headphones please

 

4) No Amp required to bring out the headphones please because i will be mainly using these headphones for studying

 

5) Lastly, something comfortable to wear for long periods of time, but it isn't a high priority compared to music quality

 

Thank you for reading this post and responding to my request, hopefully I will be able to advise other beginners in the future as well

 

 

Sincerely, 

 

 

Steve

 

 


Phiaton PS500

Denon D2000 (you can probably find a D5000 used within budget)

Sony Z1000

Ultrasone HFi780

post #9764 of 29490



 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

 


The 325 tends to be a "love it or hate it" headphone, though if you really love the SR60 and want something with more bite it's a strong consideration. 

I have a feeling I'll love 'em, but for some reason I feel weary.  Also is it true they switched to powder coating for the newest ones?

post #9765 of 29490

Hello there.

 

I'm looking to buy some new headphones this Christmas and I was hoping to get some recommendations.

 

Price- $500 +/- (Headphones+Amp+Dac) I'm willing to drop a few hundred more for a noticeable increase in sound quality.

 

Music- I listen to Jungle, Drum & Bass, Future Garage and Dubstep. So I guess that all qualifies under edm. Sub bass is probably the most important parameter I'll be listening for.

 

Amp- I will be using an amp and dac.

 

Style- Haven't decided yet whether I need closed or open headphones, whatever sounds better I guess. I'll have them plugged into my computer 90% of the time.

 

If someone could recommend an amp and dac as well I'd be appreciate it.

 

Thanks.

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