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Ultrasone 580 Vs Ultrasone DJ1 Pro vs Klipsch image ones

post #1 of 20
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I am looking for a new pair of closed headphones for travel purposes. My budget is around $150-$200.

 

The candidates:

 

Ultrasone 580

Ultrasone DJ1

Ultrasone DJ1 pro

Klipsch image ones

Audio Technica m50s

Audio Technica anc7b

 

What I want:

 

Good for movies and music (rock mostly)

Clear highs, solid mids, punchy lows but with enough impact for movies

Good noise cancellation (not powered) for flights

Portable - Prefer a set that folds and has a slim design

Includes a case is a nice plus

 

The DJ1 pros are my top choice at the moment, however I am not sure what the difference between the DJ1 pros and DJ1s are? Also, what is the difference between the 580s and the DJ1s? Based on portability, the Klipsch seem to be the logical choice..

 


Edited by rage3324 - 3/30/11 at 9:35pm
post #2 of 20

I think you should stick with DJ1 Pro, which has much better separation and soundstage. I like its performance on movies and live music very much. Dj1 PRO has more balance sound compared to Dj1 or 580, especially DJ1 which is bass heavy phone. But don't Dj1 Pro wrong, which bass still can get quite low and punchy after appropriate burn-in. Two things you need to concern are size and isolation. Dj1 Pro could be the biggest one among those headphones and it has slightly less isolation, also only compared to Dj1 and 580, due to less clamp force. Its isolation is about equal to M50.


Edited by dbboy - 3/31/11 at 1:32am
post #3 of 20

The Klipsch is horrible and stands no choice against the Ultrasone lineup, if you ask me. The Image One can't control its overly exaggerated bass.

 

The DJ1 pro is exactly the same with different accessories and more comfortable pads.

I assume the DJ series has an even stronger bass boost opposed to the HFI and PRO series. Might be too much.

post #4 of 20
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How big are the DJ1 Pro cups? Any headphones comparable to the Klipsch in size and design that offer ultrasone quality?

post #5 of 20

All Ultrasone cans are similar in size. You can take a look at my avatar to see how big the 780s are.

 

I wish there were any on-ear design that would allow as punchy bass and soundstage like the Ultrasones. I believe it's not possible, though.

 

Edit: You might want to consider the Shure SRH 840, too, although they sound darker (highs rolled off more).


Edited by Ultrazino - 3/31/11 at 6:36am
post #6 of 20

Best to get DJ1.  DJ1 = 580 apart from coiled cord.  Pro 550 = DJ1 Pro.

 

DJ1 has more bass than DJ1 Pro and read the pro series requires amping.  DJ1 impedance 32 Ohm.  DJ1 Pro Impedance 64 Ohm.

post #7 of 20
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Good call. I do prefer the wider soundstage so the DJ1 Pros sound better for me, however I will be using them with an ipod and ipad. I have no interest in getting an amp. My only fear is the size of the headphones. I would love something more sleek..

post #8 of 20
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Are there any sleek options like the Klipsch or Bose headphone lines that are actually good and worth the price?

post #9 of 20

Possibly Phiaton MS400's might work for you, then. They're pretty sleek, but they do skirt a strange line around being circumaural or supra aural. 

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Inquartata View Post

Possibly Phiaton MS400's might work for you, then. They're pretty sleek, but they do skirt a strange line around being circumaural or supra aural. 



Not a huge fan of the red, but they do fit the bill. Where do they rank against the ultrasones in terms of SQ and isolation?

post #11 of 20

There's also a newer fully black version if you'd prefer that http://www.amazon.com/Phiaton-MS-400-Headphones-Black/dp/B0048FSDRU

 

They should both isolate decently, according to headphone.com Phiaton damps high frequencies (>4kHz) a bit better. Ultrasones have a bit more treble presenceness, MS400 a bit warmer sounding (more laid-back high frequencies), so up to your preference.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 3/31/11 at 1:04pm
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

There's also a newer fully black version if you'd prefer that http://www.amazon.com/Phiaton-MS-400-Headphones-Black/dp/B0048FSDRU

 

They should both isolate decently, according to headphone.com Phiaton damps high frequencies (>4kHz) a bit better. Ultrasones have a bit more treble presenceness, MS400 a bit warmer sounding (more laid-back high frequencies), so up to your preference.



I do like the black ones. I am just bit worried about the less treble presence coming from Grados. But they are a very good choice and my best choice so far if I decide against the DJ1 pros

post #13 of 20
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Any other suggestions?

post #14 of 20

Monster Beats - everyone is getting one of those.  Look even Thierry Henry.  And Craig Oliver, David Cameron's communication Chief outside number 10.

 

The Dr Dre headphones that are all the rage at No 10.jpg

 

post #15 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tyoung8 View Post

Monster Beats - everyone is getting one of those.  Look even Thierry Henry.  And Craig Oliver, David Cameron's communication Chief outside number 10.

 

The Dr Dre headphones that are all the rage at No 10.jpg

 


Hahaha hilarious!

 

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