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post #9856 of 29490

Boxed as in it sounds enclosed.  Really, there isn't too horribly much in the price range that is decent.  I can say the HD202s are good.  Don't know much about the ATH-T200.
 

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Originally Posted by Grybpjovys View Post

what you mean, boxed? I heard ATH-T200 is very comfortable, don't really care about portability, must be closed. what are pros/cons hd202 against ath-t200?
 

 



 

post #9857 of 29490

Hello Headfi'ers,

 

I'm planning to spend some money - again - on a headphone. I'm looking for full-sized phone, open or closed - either is fine for me. Sound should be natural (not neutral), a bit laid-back, no hot treble, no boomy bass and forgiving to poor recordings. Most importantly, it has to be comfortable. Leather earpads would be nice. Portability not required & will be used with an amp.

 

Yes, of course the Senn HD600/650 springs to mind. I used to own a HD600 and sold it about a year ago... worst decision I ever made regarding headphones. So, either the HD600 or 650 would be a sure bet for me, but i'd like to consider other options as well. Denon? Audio-Technica? Ultrasone? I have literally no experience with any of these brands. Is there something that would fit my requirements?

 

Cost is no matter... within reason wink.gif

post #9858 of 29490

After two and a half years of use, my Audio-Technica ATH-E37 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00164F1EY/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details

 

died on me (the left side's wiring got screwed up I'm guessing). Hence, I'm looking for some new cans, and was thinking of upgrading to full-sized ones. I think the ATH-E37 were a good entry level for me, and I was considering upgrading by a bit, but not too much (preferably under 300 dollars or dare I say 200). Which full-size headphones would you recommend for me?


Perhaps some description:

I do like bass, but not too overpowered (I do like my fair share of highs and mids).

No preference on noise-cancelling

I will be using the headphones for music, youtube commentaries and a bit of gaming (no mic necessary).

I listen to pretty much all genres of music except country and trash rap.

Preferably full-sized, but perhaps even good portable ones might work.Right now, I'm just using my pair of Hifiman RE0.

I do have one amp, but it's just a Nuforce iCon model http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NXWSBM/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details

And lastly, something that I can buy accessibly (as in, I can buy from places like Amazon or in-life retailers).

 

Thanks!

 

post #9859 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Toys View Post

Hello all,

   I know this isn't quiet the right place to ask but I didn't want to start a post in the "Portable Amp" thread until I knew that was what I was after, and this is for new comes to get guidance so I'll start here.

I have just burnt it my first quality headphones ( Sr225i ) and I'm really happy with the purchase for both the computer and iPhone. For the computer I have a Streamer II already waiting for a similar priced valve amp currently in transit, so this question is just for the iPhone for now. I use the iPhone at 1/3 volume on the slider while sitting in the quiet garage working on the dirtbike or RC cars, and in loudness that is just right for me, but I can only lightly hear some of the background details that I would really like to be able to hear a little clearer without having to pay much attention.

My question is, how can I go about brightening up those background details without making the overall loudness louder? If an amp was the ticket, something like the Headroom total airhead at $140 posted is my maximum budget

 

Thanks in advanced,

Michael.


The Grado headphones are not very difficult to drive. Try listening powered off a receiver first before considering buying an amp. 

 


 

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Originally Posted by jpowermacg4 View Post

Well I decided to start off my audiophile collection with the Audio Technica ATH-M50S. Google suggested B&H (which I heard of from here) for it having the cheapest price of $114.99! So I just purchased it. Should arrive Wednesday.

 

I'm surprised the straight version is cheaper then the coiled, as I probably would hate the coiled as I like to very rarely use the full length on my cheap Sony MDR-V150s (6'8") to possibly reach something without taking them off, and think the coil would only get in the way, and cause too much pressure on the wire, and or maybe possibly pull itself from the output device from the coil pressure.

 

Anyways I'll be powering them from my computer, and iPhone 4. I hear they should run just fine unamped, or that a amp such as a Fiio E5 will add hardly anything extra. So should i be fine without an amp?

 

 

I'll probably add a Ultrasone (for more balanced sound) and Beyerdynamic (if only for movies and gaming) to my collection later on. (especially if any goes on sale)

 

Thanks for the comparison also Armaegis, that helped eliminate 1 or 2 Beyers, and AKG.


The M50 is fine without an amp. Give it a listen before considering dropping any more cash. 

 


 

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What, in your opinion, makes the K240's better?  Are they more fun to listen to or are they just more accurate and revealing?  Do they leak just as much as a fully open headphone or is the leakage significantly less?

 

Thanks

 


The DT770 is very bassy and drowns out the mids and treble. Soundstage is small. Isolation is fantastic however. The M50 is V shaped, making the mids feel a bit recessed, and staging is also poor. I find the K240 a nicer sound overall with a wide stage, but being open headphones they do leak. 

 


 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Dude View Post

Hello Headfi'ers,

 

I'm planning to spend some money - again - on a headphone. I'm looking for full-sized phone, open or closed - either is fine for me. Sound should be natural (not neutral), a bit laid-back, no hot treble, no boomy bass and forgiving to poor recordings. Most importantly, it has to be comfortable. Leather earpads would be nice. Portability not required & will be used with an amp.

 

Yes, of course the Senn HD600/650 springs to mind. I used to own a HD600 and sold it about a year ago... worst decision I ever made regarding headphones. So, either the HD600 or 650 would be a sure bet for me, but i'd like to consider other options as well. Denon? Audio-Technica? Ultrasone? I have literally no experience with any of these brands. Is there something that would fit my requirements?

 

Cost is no matter... within reason wink.gif


The D2000/5000 are good, I prefer the open backed Audio Technicas to the closed ones, and Ultrasones are nice if a little hollow sounding at times due to their S-Logic. 

 

If you know the sound of the Senns and like them though, go with that. They were the first thing that came to mind as I was reading your post. 

 



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Originally Posted by ptv999 View Post

After two and a half years of use, my Audio-Technica ATH-E37 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00164F1EY/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details

 

died on me (the left side's wiring got screwed up I'm guessing). Hence, I'm looking for some new cans, and was thinking of upgrading to full-sized ones. I think the ATH-E37 were a good entry level for me, and I was considering upgrading by a bit, but not too much (preferably under 300 dollars or dare I say 200). Which full-size headphones would you recommend for me?


Perhaps some description:

I do like bass, but not too overpowered (I do like my fair share of highs and mids).

No preference on noise-cancelling

I will be using the headphones for music, youtube commentaries and a bit of gaming (no mic necessary).

I listen to pretty much all genres of music except country and trash rap.

Preferably full-sized, but perhaps even good portable ones might work.Right now, I'm just using my pair of Hifiman RE0.

I do have one amp, but it's just a Nuforce iCon model http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NXWSBM/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details

And lastly, something that I can buy accessibly (as in, I can buy from places like Amazon or in-life retailers).

 

Thanks!

 


Hmm, how about an Audio Technica ESW9a? Nice sound, and also portable. 

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post


The D2000/5000 are good, I prefer the open backed Audio Technicas to the closed ones, and Ultrasones are nice if a little hollow sounding at times due to their S-Logic. 

 

If you know the sound of the Senns and like them though, go with that. They were the first thing that came to mind as I was reading your post. 

 


Hmm, how about an Audio Technica ESW9a? Nice sound, and also portable. 

 


Are the wires thin for the Audio Technica ESW9a? Because I think that was why my previous headphones broke.

 

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I'm looking for a good all-around pair of phones for <$200 and right now I'm thinking either Shure SRH840's or Audio-Technica ATH-M50s (leaning toward the Shures)... any thoughts/suggestions?

 

Edit: nvm, I'm going with the 840's


Edited by drgnfrc13 - 12/5/11 at 12:51pm
post #9863 of 29490
Budget: ~$120. I can and will go higher. I may purchase used.

Purpose: I'd like to use these for gaming but mostly music. I want them to be rather detailed with commendable soundstage, and I don't want the bass to be overpowering. I'm most concerned with clarity. I previously owned the HD555s, which were my first audiophile pair, and I loved them for their sound quality (to my virgin prole ears, anyway) and, above all, comfort. I did wish they had been a little tighter, but to illustrate my point, I could fall asleep with them on my head.
A critique: I did feel that they were a bit muddy with not enough detail, so it follows that I'm looking for a pair that shines in this area.

Music I listen to: Indie (including subgenres such as indie folk, indie pop, indie rock, etc.), alt. rock, post-rock, ambient, pop punk, pop in general, very little r&b, classical and orchestrals especially, jazz (love swing), musicals, bla bla bla...
I listen to a wide variety of music, in summation, but tend to focus on orchestral music--choirs, piano, etc.

So, to wrap up:
Good clarity and soundstage, a comfortable fit, recommended for gaming as well as music, and tiptoeing around $200, give or take some tens and ones.

Phones I was looking at:
Sennheiser HD598s, ~$200. Comfort, appearance (what a pretty pair of 'phones!), sound quality. I've heard these are brighter and more forward than its close cousins, which is appealing. They say these are good for gaming as well. I just wish I could buy them $40 dollars cheaper... Perhaps used?

Audio Technica ATH-AD700s, ~$80. Feeling iffy about these. I've heard wonderful things about this pair's sound quality but horrendous things about its comfort. I am not in any position to test them out myself, in person, so I'm worried that if I do decide to make the purchase, I'll regret it. Still, it's an attractive price point and it seems the soundstage is excellent.

For any advice, I thank you in advance.
post #9864 of 29490

Okay so I ordered Sennheiser hd 428. i wanted the HD 448 but apparently there's not much differance between them.

 

Sony vr6- i don't like their design. i have the MDR  v500( I know, I know :(  ) I hate the folding design.

 

I am interested in the Fischer Audio FA006 but I can't find them on Amazon. Where can i buy them in USA?

 

The Koss DJ100 look interesting. Any more opinions on them?

 

 

post #9865 of 29490
Before I pull the trigger real soon, I just want to make sure that the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80ohm is a good choice for a person that's receiving a good pair of closed-cans? He's mainly going to use it for movies. Another question is that how long does it take to break these in? It's just that its going to be going to be his Xmas present and I hope the quality will be there for what I'm paying for.

On another note, I'm ordering my Audio Technica ATH-M50s (coiled) today. It's going to be my first audiophile phones.
post #9866 of 29490

Can anybody answer my question at the bottom of pg 657. I don't mean to sound naggy but it's just a bit frustrating when it seems like everyone Is skipping over your question especially when you are looking for some guidance on what to get for your first pair of audiophile headphones.

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^For the strong bass present in dubstep, I'd try the Beyerdynamic DT880 which has plenty of bass, but still sounds good throughout the spectrum. Unfortunately, they do not isolate at all, and be sure to get lower ohm versions (32 is probably preferable if your driving it from an iPod.)

post #9868 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Arion View Post

Thanks for the responce, as for sound quality I like bass so i want great bass that doesnt overpower the mids and highs but I also want great highs and mids unless that's almost impossible to all have do then could you reccoend the closest thing to what I am looking for between the $300 to $500 price range. I would like good isolation but if there isn't anything with the sound I am looking for with good isolation than that's fine aswell. I mainly listen to electronic, dubstep, house, rap, and hip hop. 


Pioneer HDJ-2000 (modding optional)

Beyer DT770 - v.good isolation; maybe too much bass

 



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Originally Posted by ptv999 View Post


Are the wires thin for the Audio Technica ESW9a? Because I think that was why my previous headphones broke.

 


They are about typical for small portable sets. 

 



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Originally Posted by pepperjinks View Post

Budget: ~$120. I can and will go higher. I may purchase used.
Purpose: I'd like to use these for gaming but mostly music. I want them to be rather detailed with commendable soundstage, and I don't want the bass to be overpowering. I'm most concerned with clarity. I previously owned the HD555s, which were my first audiophile pair, and I loved them for their sound quality (to my virgin prole ears, anyway) and, above all, comfort. I did wish they had been a little tighter, but to illustrate my point, I could fall asleep with them on my head.
A critique: I did feel that they were a bit muddy with not enough detail, so it follows that I'm looking for a pair that shines in this area.
Music I listen to: Indie (including subgenres such as indie folk, indie pop, indie rock, etc.), alt. rock, post-rock, ambient, pop punk, pop in general, very little r&b, classical and orchestrals especially, jazz (love swing), musicals, bla bla bla...
I listen to a wide variety of music, in summation, but tend to focus on orchestral music--choirs, piano, etc.
So, to wrap up:
Good clarity and soundstage, a comfortable fit, recommended for gaming as well as music, and tiptoeing around $200, give or take some tens and ones.
Phones I was looking at:
Sennheiser HD598s, ~$200. Comfort, appearance (what a pretty pair of 'phones!), sound quality. I've heard these are brighter and more forward than its close cousins, which is appealing. They say these are good for gaming as well. I just wish I could buy them $40 dollars cheaper... Perhaps used?
Audio Technica ATH-AD700s, ~$80. Feeling iffy about these. I've heard wonderful things about this pair's sound quality but horrendous things about its comfort. I am not in any position to test them out myself, in person, so I'm worried that if I do decide to make the purchase, I'll regret it. Still, it's an attractive price point and it seems the soundstage is excellent.
For any advice, I thank you in advance.


I would say the HD598 is a good bet. The Audio Technicas are very comfortable, but very loose as well. If you go that route, I would say at least shoot for the AD900.

 




 

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Originally Posted by evomunk View Post

Before I pull the trigger real soon, I just want to make sure that the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80ohm is a good choice for a person that's receiving a good pair of closed-cans? He's mainly going to use it for movies. Another question is that how long does it take to break these in? It's just that its going to be going to be his Xmas present and I hope the quality will be there for what I'm paying for.
On another note, I'm ordering my Audio Technica ATH-M50s (coiled) today. It's going to be my first audiophile phones.


Don't worry about break in. Just plug them in and enjoy. There should not be a significant change from drivers breaking in beyond the first few minutes; the rest I usually attribute to pads softening and your ears simply adjusting to the sound. 

 

post #9869 of 29490

^ thanks for the repsonce but just two questions. Should I still get the 32 ohm if I will be using my computer to listen to music as well as my iPod? And for this headphone should I get a portable amp or a non portable one, if so what one would you recommend and if for a amp if I need a higher ohm what one should I get?

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The Grado headphones are not very difficult to drive. Try listening powered off a receiver first before considering buying an amp. 

 



Sorry I'm still new to this, what are some brand/models of receivers? and what do they do exactly?

 

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