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post #9901 of 29490

Let me start by saying this is an amazing website, and also an unreal audience. Before 3 days ago I had no idea there was a 'fine wine' community for headphones. I have been reading and leeching information from the forums for days (I'm ashamed and should probably make a donation or by a T-shirt), but I am still in a bad way. Let me explain.

 

I have a pair of headphones, if they can be called that, which I use when I am in the office. They are Sony's with no model number ... so here is a picture:

http://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/3/MLB11029693.jpg

 

The foamy things have worn out and are all jagged and wearing these for the purpose of cbt's, webcasts, and even just listening on a flight to Florida gives me a headache. Before Sunday ... I would have told you that headphones come in two varieties: The kind I can buy at Kmart and the kind folks on VH1 wear. Now, somewhat overwhelmingly, I understand there are as many varieties and purposes as there are stars in the sky. I downloaded the guide, the lifehackr post, everything I could to help ... but at the end of the day, I honestly need to talk to someone and get some advice.

 

I tried to do some drastic things. I headed to BestBuy ... bought a pair of skullcandy TiTAN earbuds. OMG, it felt like a scene from the wrath of khan. So, I think that ruled out ear buds for me. Then I decided, what about what I had ... some type of headphones that go around the back of my head and don't mess up my hair. So, I bought a pair of Sony 'speakers on a stick'. I have no idea what else to call them because that is what they look like ... a loop with speakers on the end that stick in your head. Well, 5 minutes into wearing those and they felt way uncomfortable and honestly, I think the guy in the cube behind me heard more of it than I did.

 

So, with credit in hand I go back into Best Buy and I just stand there, literally staring at a grocery store aisle full of headphones and .......................... I left. Nothing. That is what I have now, nothing. I couldn't make a purchase. I hope others can relate to this post, it is just too much. How am I supposed to know what is worth a darn? I can't try them on. I can just read some cryptic crap about 11mm drivers and integrated whatchamajiggits and from that I make a decision. That is why I have to come to this audience. I need expert help, and to my knowledge there is no such thing as a Dr. of Headphonology that I can visit and pay 50$ to figure this riddle out. Wouldn't that be nice, if there were Dr.'s of everything ... that way you could just pay them and boom you know. .... anyway.

 

The riddle I am trying to solve is this. I work in a corporate environment. I sit in a cubicle. People walk by all the time. I want something comfortable because there are times when I have to be on these web audiocasts for 3hours + and then am on a plane within two hours later. So, ... I need comfort. On top of all of that, I would really like something convienent. Not batteries that I have to worry about charging all the time. Its bad enough with my crappy phone. Sound ... Sound you say? Well, I would LOVE something that actually sounds good. Sounds like when you play a song on your stereo at home and love the CD. Nothing that sounds like it is coming through a megaphone because that goes to comfort as well.

 

Honestly ... budget isn't really a big deal (as long as longevity is proportionate to $$$). I just don't want or in reality can appreciate something that would cost 1500.00$.

 

So this is my dilema, and I am sending this out to this community praying someone will read this novel and loves to give advice as much as I like to type mini drama's (lol). Anyway ... even if this just goes into the great void ... Thanks for listening and providing a forum for folks to meet and share.

post #9902 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by RickSpringfield View Post

Let me start by saying this is an amazing website, and also an unreal audience. Before 3 days ago I had no idea there was a 'fine wine' community for headphones. I have been reading and leeching information from the forums for days (I'm ashamed and should probably make a donation or by a T-shirt), but I am still in a bad way. Let me explain.

 

I have a pair of headphones, if they can be called that, which I use when I am in the office. They are Sony's with no model number ... so here is a picture:

http://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/3/MLB11029693.jpg

 

The foamy things have worn out and are all jagged and wearing these for the purpose of cbt's, webcasts, and even just listening on a flight to Florida gives me a headache. Before Sunday ... I would have told you that headphones come in two varieties: The kind I can buy at Kmart and the kind folks on VH1 wear. Now, somewhat overwhelmingly, I understand there are as many varieties and purposes as there are stars in the sky. I downloaded the guide, the lifehackr post, everything I could to help ... but at the end of the day, I honestly need to talk to someone and get some advice.

 

I tried to do some drastic things. I headed to BestBuy ... bought a pair of skullcandy TiTAN earbuds. OMG, it felt like a scene from the wrath of khan. So, I think that ruled out ear buds for me. Then I decided, what about what I had ... some type of headphones that go around the back of my head and don't mess up my hair. So, I bought a pair of Sony 'speakers on a stick'. I have no idea what else to call them because that is what they look like ... a loop with speakers on the end that stick in your head. Well, 5 minutes into wearing those and they felt way uncomfortable and honestly, I think the guy in the cube behind me heard more of it than I did.

 

So, with credit in hand I go back into Best Buy and I just stand there, literally staring at a grocery store aisle full of headphones and .......................... I left. Nothing. That is what I have now, nothing. I couldn't make a purchase. I hope others can relate to this post, it is just too much. How am I supposed to know what is worth a darn? I can't try them on. I can just read some cryptic crap about 11mm drivers and integrated whatchamajiggits and from that I make a decision. That is why I have to come to this audience. I need expert help, and to my knowledge there is no such thing as a Dr. of Headphonology that I can visit and pay 50$ to figure this riddle out. Wouldn't that be nice, if there were Dr.'s of everything ... that way you could just pay them and boom you know. .... anyway.

 

The riddle I am trying to solve is this. I work in a corporate environment. I sit in a cubicle. People walk by all the time. I want something comfortable because there are times when I have to be on these web audiocasts for 3hours + and then am on a plane within two hours later. So, ... I need comfort. On top of all of that, I would really like something convienent. Not batteries that I have to worry about charging all the time. Its bad enough with my crappy phone. Sound ... Sound you say? Well, I would LOVE something that actually sounds good. Sounds like when you play a song on your stereo at home and love the CD. Nothing that sounds like it is coming through a megaphone because that goes to comfort as well.

 

Honestly ... budget isn't really a big deal (as long as longevity is proportionate to $$$). I just don't want or in reality can appreciate something that would cost 1500.00$.

 

So this is my dilema, and I am sending this out to this community praying someone will read this novel and loves to give advice as much as I like to type mini drama's (lol). Anyway ... even if this just goes into the great void ... Thanks for listening and providing a forum for folks to meet and share.


If you're willing to pay $350, the Denon AH-D2000 are for you. The comfort is there, and they are closed. No batteries. Don't necessarily need an amp. The sound quality is said to be phenomenal as well. You can always call J&R and the sales reps may give them to you for less. I've heard of people getting them for $200-300.

 

post #9903 of 29490

Well to go with the wireless 180s I also picked up a pair of Ultrasone 580's for $118 at B&H. SO, hopefully I will like either one or both. I will update when I have had a chance to listen for a while.

post #9904 of 29490
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Originally Posted by kuse50 View Post

if i have SR60, do yo think i will like AD700? i like the clarity of SR60

I've heared AD300, i think it less harsh and the bass doesnt lack, but i dont know about AD700.. is AD300 have more bass than AD700 ? thx

 

I've only heard the 700 and up, but here's a good review... 
http://www.headfonia.com/audio-technica-ad-series-ad300-ad700-ad900-ad1000prm-ad2000/

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by muppet View Post

He there 

after some guidance, what headphones to buy owning hd 25, I'm after more detail and transparency with out loss of bass, musically tastes varied but mainly indie, source iPad 2, cost does not matter to much ceiling say 1000 British pounds, amp to come latter 

 

Cheers

karl


On the cheaper and adventurous side of things, you can try modding the HD25.

 

Or if you're dropping that much cash, you're well into ortho territory (Hifiman, Audeze, etc) unless you're hoping to stick with portable.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobbyo19 View Post

Hello, straight to the point:

Budget £110 or $170 give or take,

Closed back preferably

Drum & Bass, Dubstep stuff with a heavy bassline.

Un-amped

comfortable for longer sessions and tight fitting

 

Thinking about getting one of these:

 

ATH M50S

ATH Pro500

Denon AH-D1001

 

Or any other reccomendations

 

Thanks


Heavy bass and tight fit... AKG K181 is very good. Maybe a Sennheiser HD25-13-ii if you can find one in budget (don't worry about the high ohm rating, they can still get quite loud without extra amping).

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtron2112 View Post

 

Hi.  So far I've had Portapros (loved them, but they were broken in a car wreck), then a pair of SR-80is(which I adored).  They lasted about a year or two before one of the speakers stopped working (****** cables). The open designs were a problem as well, considering I mainly listen to music on the go.  So, I need closed headphones under $150 (I will get an amp at some point maybe).

 

 Which would be best for Rock/Metal (Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Queen, Yes, Dream Theater, Queensryche, Styx, Journey, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rush etc.) while still being durable enough to last for more than a year or two (Appearance and portabilty are NOT a concern)?

 

I'm currently looking at the Sony V6 and (possibly) ath m50

 


For your genres and durability, I would steer more towards the V6. 

 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Grybpjovys View Post


bumpz

 

 

I have not heard the AT, and those Senns only very briefly. They were ok, and I suppose good for the price, but I've heard better. I think the Koss KSC75/Porta Pro are around the same price bracket and I preferred those.

 

 

post #9905 of 29490

I have already made a thread, should have posted here. Sorry. Here is the original post:

 

 

Hello, totally new to Headphones or anything like that. I read up that they are better than Headsets. So, planning on buying some nice Headphones and microphone. Hoping for to get some for around $50-$100.

 

Planning on using these Headphones for Gaming, primarily, however I will be listening to music while reading some books. Plus watching movies, videos, etc.

 

Now I am not totally sure what closed/open means.

 

Some things I really need in the Headphones:

- Be comfortable, I plan on wearing them for hours. So I do not want them to squish my head. XD

- Hopefully will not hurt my ears or sweat. XD

 

Some Headphones I am considering:

- JVC HARX700

- JVC HARX900

- Panasonic HTF600

- Panasonic HTF890

- Audio Technica AD700

- Audio Technica A700

- Sennheiser HD280

- Sennheiser HD428

- Sennheiser HD448

 

I plan on buying them from Amazon.com or Newegg.com

I would prefer buying them brand new, instead of used.

 

Anyone have some suggestions for microphones to go with the Headphones?

Any suggestions on Speakers for around $50-$75?

Sound card for around $50-$75?

 

Thanks everyone.

I can pay a little extra. Considering that Antlion Mic, unless the Zalman Mic is just as good.

post #9906 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaperDesperado View Post
I have already made a thread, should have posted here. Sorry. Here is the original post:

Hello, totally new to Headphones or anything like that. I read up that they are better than Headsets. So, planning on buying some nice Headphones and microphone. Hoping for to get some for around $50-$100.

Planning on using these Headphones for Gaming, primarily, however I will be listening to music while reading some books. Plus watching movies, videos, etc.

Now I am not totally sure what closed/open means.

Some things I really need in the Headphones:

- Be comfortable, I plan on wearing them for hours. So I do not want them to squish my head. XD

- Hopefully will not hurt my ears or sweat. XD

Some Headphones I am considering:

- JVC HARX700

- JVC HARX900

- Panasonic HTF600

- Panasonic HTF890

- Audio Technica AD700

- Audio Technica A700

- Sennheiser HD280

- Sennheiser HD428

- Sennheiser HD448

I plan on buying them from Amazon.com or Newegg.com

I would prefer buying them brand new, instead of used.

Anyone have some suggestions for microphones to go with the Headphones?

Any suggestions on Speakers for around $50-$75?

Sound card for around $50-$75?

Thanks everyone.

I can pay a little extra. Considering that Antlion Mic, unless the Zalman Mic is just as good.

Open headphones have lots of holes on the cups, lots of breathing for the diaphragm in the cups.

Closed is the diaphragm is cut off from the outside.

There is also semi-open headphones, have only 10%-20% of the holes normally found on an open headphone,

 

Panasonic RP-HTF600-S (semi-open) to me are the best bang for the buck headphones, get the Beyerdynamic EDT 200 Velour ear pads for them.

Samson SR850s (made by Superlux) also great for the price, but costs too much for Velour ear pads for them.

 

Asus Xonar DG is a great sound card for the price.

 

Do not know a lot about mics.
 

 

 

post #9907 of 29490

OKAY so I just got my new Fiio E7 and it came with absolutelly no battery power. I want to know how long it's supposed to charge because I read from someone that the manual says 200 mins but they charged for 5 hours and still didn't get a full battery reading

post #9908 of 29490

Well i want to get headphones around the $250-$300 price range. At first i wanted to get gaming headsets as i game alot. But people said gaming headsets arent worth. so i was thinking maybe a set of cans and some clip on boom mics. What cans should i get? 

post #9909 of 29490

So I was planning to buy an Ultrasone DJ1 Pro, but I noticed the same shop also has an Ultrasone HFI-680 on clearance for the same price (220 canadian). I don't really know anything about that headphone, how do they compare?

 

I originally chose the DJ1-Pro because I wanted something somewhat portable with good bass that I could use on the train. It'll be used for a lot of stuff, but mostly electro, classic rock and some metal.

post #9910 of 29490

K, posted this yesterday but got no reply, here it goes again. I'm looking into getting my first real pair of headphones and I'm looking to spend around $100-$150 for the phones + any neccessary audio gear. I will be using them primarily for gaming, but also for the occasional dubstep/hip-hop sot bass is a neccessity. As for gaming I will be using them for games like Skyrim and Battlefield 3 (non-competitive), so I want something that will immerse me in the game, staging would be a plus but not completley neccesary since I won't be doing any competitive gaming. After doing some research at several sites including here, it seems like my best choices for phones are the Samson SR850. They have good bass, they're inexpensive and it sounds like they have decent staging. I was originally looking at the AD700, but their lack of bass is a major turn off and although looks aren't that important to me, they're pretty hideous imo. So are these the right phones for me and if not, what would you guys suggest? Also, what would you guys suggest as far as sound cards or amps?

post #9911 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by element3ls View Post
Well i want to get headphones around the $250-$300 price range. At first i wanted to get gaming headsets as i game alot. But people said gaming headsets arent worth. so i was thinking maybe a set of cans and some clip on boom mics. What cans should i get? 



Sennheiser HD-558s, go to the Electronics Expo website, once you have selected the HD-558s, use the coupon code "BOUNTII".

I'll let someone else recommend a mic.

 

post #9912 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaperDesperado View Post

I have already made a thread, should have posted here. Sorry. Here is the original post:

 

 

Hello, totally new to Headphones or anything like that. I read up that they are better than Headsets. So, planning on buying some nice Headphones and microphone. Hoping for to get some for around $50-$100.

 

Planning on using these Headphones for Gaming, primarily, however I will be listening to music while reading some books. Plus watching movies, videos, etc.

 

Now I am not totally sure what closed/open means.

 

Some things I really need in the Headphones:

- Be comfortable, I plan on wearing them for hours. So I do not want them to squish my head. XD

- Hopefully will not hurt my ears or sweat. XD

 

Some Headphones I am considering:

- JVC HARX700

- JVC HARX900

- Panasonic HTF600

- Panasonic HTF890

- Audio Technica AD700

- Audio Technica A700

- Sennheiser HD280

- Sennheiser HD428

- Sennheiser HD448

 

I plan on buying them from Amazon.com or Newegg.com

I would prefer buying them brand new, instead of used.

 

Anyone have some suggestions for microphones to go with the Headphones?

Any suggestions on Speakers for around $50-$75?

Sound card for around $50-$75?

 

Thanks everyone.

I can pay a little extra. Considering that Antlion Mic, unless the Zalman Mic is just as good.

Quote:
Originally Posted by element3ls View Post

Well i want to get headphones around the $250-$300 price range. At first i wanted to get gaming headsets as i game alot. But people said gaming headsets arent worth. so i was thinking maybe a set of cans and some clip on boom mics. What cans should i get? 

I'll just answer both of you at the same time. PaperDesperado, I currently have the AD-900, but I have tried the AD-700 and it sounds like it would suit you.

I've been using the AD-900 (one step up from the AD-700) and it works great. It's quite light, and the goofy head pads make it very comfortable. Both the audiotechnicas have a great soundstage, which really contributes to the feeling of space around you that a lot of games and movies try to achieve. They also are absolutely amazing for jazz and guitar/vocal centric music. The downside to both is that they don't have that dense "in your head" feeling that a closed set of headphones will give you, but in my opinion that's a plus, as it can get fatiguing if you are going to be using them for long periods at a time. Both of these headphones are noisy because of the open backs, so they won't be suitable for office/sleeping spouse situations.

The AD-900 is supposed to have more substantial bass and mids compared to the AD-700. It's been a while since I've used AD-700's so I can't say too much on that, although the build quality, being plastic, isn't quite as nice.

 

This zalman mike is really all you need: http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-Zm-Mic1-Sensitivity-Headphone-Microphone/dp/B00029MTMQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323298271&sr=8-1

I've never had any issues with sound quality, and it seems to work fine if I just clip it onto the headphone cord.

post #9913 of 29490

does it need a new soundcard? cause im only using realtek onboard soundcard,

post #9914 of 29490

Looking for headphones that will sound good with acoustic rock and indie music, what I call folk rock.  I don't really care if they are closed or open, but do want over the ear headphones.  I have a set of in-ears, Etymotic ER-4P, and enjoy the speed and clarity.  I would like to find something similar, with possibly a touch more warmth but not a lot they're really close to what I am looking for. I would also use them to watch movies. I would prefer to not have to amp them, but if I could get a reasonably priced amp or amp/dac, then it wouldn't be that big of a deal.  I've been looking at the KRK KNS 6400's or the 8400's and the Shure 840's.  I'm not sure if a monitor headphone is what I'm looking for, so I'm looking for suggestions if these would be good or if I should look at others.  $150-200 budget, but less is better. Thanks!

post #9915 of 29490

Here are some of the recommendations I have hauled in ... plus an interesting twist.

 

Today at work, a guy hears me talking about headphones and he says, 'I actually have a pair of headphones I am looking to get rid of because I don't need them anymore'.  Then he goes on to tell me they are Bose something or others and sends me this link http://reviews.cnet.com/4505-7877_7-21174534.html .  He also said that he would sell me these for only 130$.  I told him to bring them in tomorrow and I would give a listen but nobody who replied to my cries for help suggested a Bose product.  Interesting huh?

 

Anyway ... here is what people have weighed in with:

 

 - SONY MDR-ZX700

 - DENON AH-D2000

 - BEYERDYNAMIC DT 1350

 - SENNHEISER PX-200II

 

I have to admit, the names that I knew of before this hunt are not the names I am being presented with and that is a bit of a shock.  Frankly, it seems like whatever I would buy at BestBuy would be junk.  That seems so strange and I can't figure out why a store like that wouldn't carry these products that get great reviews and such.  Its probably the whole big box attitude or something.

 

Thank you to all who replied. I'm doing my homework on these models trying to make a judgement call on what will do the job.  I really appreciate the feedback.

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