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I just came over to my friend's house yesterday and brought over my Sennheisers with my PA2V2 amp. He says he likes them, but they have "no bass". And then he goes and says he likes Beats, and I try to convince him to buy something better. At the moment, he has 200$ to spend, uses a Blackberryy as his Main Source, and does not plan on buying an amp. Can anyone give my friend some suggestions on headphones that have "good bass" (which in his opinion, is more of quantity, not quality), good clarity, comfortable, good aesthetics, and are easily driven? Thank You In Advance smily_headphones1.gif

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Originally Posted by Peruvian96 View Post

I just came over to my friend's house yesterday and brought over my Sennheisers with my PA2V2 amp. He says he likes them, but they have "no bass". And then he goes and says he likes Beats, and I try to convince him to buy something better. At the moment, he has 200$ to spend, uses a Blackberryy as his Main Source, and does not plan on buying an amp. Can anyone give my friend some suggestions on headphones that have "good bass" (which in his opinion, is more of quantity, not quality), good clarity, comfortable, good aesthetics, and are easily driven? Thank You In Advance smily_headphones1.gif

i think he might like the shure srh750dj. i used to own them and they have fantastic bass and clarity.
 

 

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Allen and Heath Xone 53 are a nice choice if he wants something with base and clarity. There pretty cool looking too imo and easy to drive but if he's going to be wearing them for long periods of time I'd watch out, the pads arn't very deep and get uncomfortable after about 3 hours of continual wear. It terms of build quality, those things are beasts and even the heaviest handed person would have a hard time breaking them. 

 

I loved my Xd-53 to death and they have been the backbone of my music for a while but lets face it--there not my DT 880 but now were are comparing apples to watermelons. :D

post #4 of 15

Ultrasone DJ1/580 or Sony XB 500/700

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Ultrasone headphones are a good place to start out with to compare to others.  There's always the sony xb series too, and you get to have princess leia buns on top of it.

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Sony XB 500/700

Agreed. If he doesn't like the look of the Sony's (or the brand name) lead him to some V-Modas.
post #7 of 15

Denon D1100 maybe?


 

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Originally Posted by DJ McFinnigan View Post

Allen and Heath Xone 53 are a nice choice if he wants something with base and clarity. There pretty cool looking too imo and easy to drive but if he's going to be wearing them for long periods of time I'd watch out, the pads arn't very deep and get uncomfortable after about 3 hours of continual wear. It terms of build quality, those things are beasts and even the heaviest handed person would have a hard time breaking them. 

 

I loved my Xd-53 to death and they have been the backbone of my music for a while but lets face it--there not my DT 880 but now were are comparing apples to watermelons. :D


The Xone 53 is by far the sexiest DJ headphone out there, IMO. They're just so good...

On topic, Phiaton MS 400 or Ultrasone DJ1.

They're both sexy, bassy (but clear enough), easily powered, and comfy for the most part. I'd give the comfort edge to the MS 400, and the looks edge to the DJ1.

EDIT: Tried and true...M50
post #9 of 15

XB-1000 would be awesome if it were $100 cheaper.  The XB-700, though, is only $80 on amazon, which I'd say is probably a very good deal.  They look pretty awesome too, at least I think so. :P

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EDIT: Tried and true...M50


Half of life's problems can be solved by buying a pair of M50s. Walking boring? BAM Now it's your favorite part of the day. Girlfriend won't stop nagging you? SHAZAM Suddenly she has gone mute. Car exploded? Alakazam That stereo sucked anyways so nothing of value was lost. M50s, the fresh makers!

 

post #11 of 15

Ipod earphones

post #12 of 15

When will people realize there's more to music than bass, it's like the only thing I hear anymore, bass bass bass bass :(

 

Sad Panda.

post #13 of 15

I don't care if music lacks bass as long as the treble is right. I honestly realized that I don't like much bass.

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When will people realize there's more to music than bass, it's like the only thing I hear anymore, bass bass bass bass :(

 

Sad Panda.


Different strokes for different folks.
post #15 of 15
The Denon D1100 is the best choice I can think of for portable use with mainstream appeal. The M50 is a great option, but looks less attractive and doesn't shine as much from a meh-qualityy portable source. The D1100 also have a ton of bass that should be comparable if not more than the beats. It likely has more popular appeal while remaining a true quality headphone. I prefer the M50 slightly overall, but the Denons look nice, are ridiculously comfortable, have huge bass quantityz(with a bit of roll off I doubt he'd mind), and impressive clarity given their acoustic nature. My biggest complaint of them is their somewhat harsh treble, but it shouldn't be too bad. I also prefer the Denon's soundstage, which sounds more natural imo.
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Originally Posted by TakashiMiike View Post

When will people realize there's more to music than bass, it's like the only thing I hear anymore, bass bass bass bass :(

 

Sad Panda.


In the general populace this seems to be the case, but I'd say most Head-Fi frequenters want what they do because of reasoned and seasoned taste, as opposed to mass conformism. I like my impactful bass because it feels realistic to me, but I can tell when something is excessive.
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