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Sony or audio technica??????

post #1 of 22
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Hey guys, I am planning to buy a pair of headphones, but I'm really confused as to which ones to get. I listen to mostly rock, some metal, hip hop, and rap. Basically all fast paced music requiring both good acoustics and bass. What i have come up with so far is this: the Sony XB 700, XB500, Audio-Technica ATH M50, and the Sony V6. I'm also open to any other suggestions so could you suggest which one of these is best? Do you know any other good cans? I have about 130$ to spend BTW.

post #2 of 22

Most people will probably say the M50 is the best of the bunch as far as being the most well rounded.  It does have nice, full and deep bass, but it's more proper in the sense that it doesn't have much impact to it.  That's not to say you can't get some punch out of its bass with some drumlines in certain recordings, but if you're really looking for something that gives you the boom, consider the XB line instead.

post #3 of 22
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Well, I've read reviews, and they all basically say that M50's are well-rounded, and have crisp highs and moderate lows. However, they are about 30$ higher than the XB700's so......anyway I think 700 has the best SQ but they're HUGE, and me being in high school, I'm just gonna look like an idiot cuz of their size......Anybody else care to offer their opinion?

post #4 of 22

If you want to use them as portables, like at your high school, you should go for the m50s since they are more portable and durable

post #5 of 22
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Are there any active noise cancelling cans under the 130 mark? I know the Sony NC7 is.....but it lacks any kind of bass so its not a good option......is there anything from Sennheiser perhaps?

post #6 of 22
M50 without a doubt! You can get plenty of impact if your player has a customizable EQ (parametric especially) just boost around 80hz and cut a little around 250 and 900.
post #7 of 22
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Ok, so i have a Blackberry Torch 9800 as my music player......is that good as an output device? And it can be EQ'd to modes like bass boost, rock, treble boost etc. Also, I m pretty new to the online shopping thing so where can i get it for cheapest? ( shipping to canada) Also, people have the Bose that sells for 350 $ and they say that Beats by dre is the best available.....i know thats not true so why do so many people haave them??

post #8 of 22
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How about a Shure? Are the headphones in my avatar good? I read you can get them for 50$ and 99$

post #9 of 22
The "true" audiophiles will not like this but you should consider the ATH-SJ11 with AT-PHA10. That'll give you a similar signature to the M50 (not as good...smaller, but A-T beauty with good bass). Another option is ATH-ES33, I haven't heard them but I imagine they fall in between (I have about 5 pairs of A-Ts and they all sound beautiful...btw I've owned several Sennheisers including HD280, several Sonys including a mid-'90s powered model, A-T just blows them all away). If you aren't opposed to buds consider ATH-CKM77 or Monster Turbines, you wont need an amp and they have AMAZING bottom end! The best places to shop are Ebay and Google, they will tell you the shipping up front usually, just make sure the dealer is authorized! Heres the list you want!

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/features/b759a28e8772ada5/index.html/
post #10 of 22
SRH-440s are really only good for the studio (which they are decent for). The sound overall is very clear but very flat. The bass is WEAK, I blew a driver on my pair monitoring Heavy Metal recorded off of a 15 watt Peavey VYPYR amp!
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by qpwoeiruty View Post

How about a Shure? Are the headphones in my avatar good? I read you can get them for 50$ and 99$


They're excellent.  One of the best closed headphones under $400 imo.  That being said, I prefer most open headphones, even the lowly SR60.

post #12 of 22

I suggest the Sony V6!! Especially since I just got them. I think they're great for a beginner audiophile. I listen to the genres you listen to and I think the music sounds wonderful in them. They don't look to goofy either IMO; I'm in high school too and my friends don't give a rats butt about how they look, they're impressed with the sound. They do isolate, not perfectly though, like if youre on a bus you'd hear the engine slightly. If you can audition them or any other headphone on your list I highly suggest you do that!!!

Good luck!!

post #13 of 22
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so this being my first pair of headphones, would you recommend me getting amps? What are they useful for and which ones are the best? Preferably something cheap?

NOTE: for anyone wishing to buy these, get them from http://fastlanedvd.com/audio-technica-ath-m50-headphones.html i think it is cheapest here, but for some reason it says that the regualar price is $135 while everywhere else it is $199.....weird but its the same model....


Edited by qpwoeiruty - 4/20/11 at 5:42pm
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by qpwoeiruty View Post

so this being my first pair of headphones, would you recommend me getting amps? What are they useful for and which ones are the best? Preferably something cheap?

NOTE: for anyone wishing to buy these, get them from http://fastlanedvd.com/audio-technica-ath-m50-headphones.html i think it is cheapest here, but for some reason it says that the regualar price is $135 while everywhere else it is $199.....weird but its the same model....



Seeing as how you're not an audiophile. I'd highly consider the  fiio E5 amplifier. It's cheap, small and does the job! It's very nice built, very durable. Nice battery life. And most importantly, it raises the volume pretty high WITHOUT any distortion. I actually saw a vid on Youtube where this guy did a test on his pc, showing how there was no distortion even at max level on the E5.

 

I highly recommend it as I can't go outside without it!

post #15 of 22
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Thanks genocide, i m considering the E5 and an E2 cable to come with it

Btw du have any idea why the original price says $135 there when its supposed to be 199?


Edited by qpwoeiruty - 4/20/11 at 6:23pm
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