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post #1 of 22
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I, a noob, ask the headfi community: from those of you experienced with headphones, what is your favourite closed headphone for $300 or less? Currently, I am leaning towards the Beyerdynamic dt1350, but I am open to suggestions. As I am a noob, I do not as of yet own a headphone amp, so I ask you to please recommend me some 'phones that can be driven straight from the ipod/laptop. Thank you very much.

post #2 of 22

At that price and unamped, Denon D2000 for sure.

post #3 of 22

i would highly recommend the Shure SRH940's. I am surprised how much I like these.

 

- very detailed, with excellent mids. Great for vocals.

- good soundstage for a closed design.

- great sound directly out of a DAP, but will benefit from amplification, so a great starter headphone as an introduction to headfi.

-good isolation.

-great case and accessories. Excellent folding design.

 

Minor concerns:

 

- I find they have a bit of a hole in the mid bass. This improves with amplification, but never goes away completely.

- some people claim they are uncomfortable. Not my experience, as I can wear these for several hours with no complaints.

- they aint going to win any beauty contests.

 

Matt

post #4 of 22

D2000/Shure 940 those are the golden choices! D2k in particular, the best buy from Denon. D2000->D7000 is the definition of diminishing return~ so(D5k still not a bad buy ) 

 

Check out some Audio-Technica cans like ESW9s 

post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks, everyone! Gold stars all around!

Currently, I'm thinking the denon 2000's look and seem better than the shures... Can anyone say anything else about their sound signature?

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by richardstarky View Post

Thanks, everyone! Gold stars all around!

Currently, I'm thinking the denon 2000's look and seem better than the shures... Can anyone say anything else about their sound signature?



They are often described as "fun".  They have lots of bottom end, with recessed mids. 

post #7 of 22

It would be a big V on ur EQ. Which i can't stand the most lol, i am a mids lover lol However the bright side of D2k is you can mod it later to make em close to D5k

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by richardstarky View Post

I, a noob, ask the headfi community: from those of you experienced with headphones, what is your favourite closed headphone for $300 or less? Currently, I am leaning towards the Beyerdynamic dt1350, but I am open to suggestions. As I am a noob, I do not as of yet own a headphone amp, so I ask you to please recommend me some 'phones that can be driven straight from the ipod/laptop. Thank you very much.



Heya,

 

We need more information. Use? Source? Kind of music? Preference towards bass, neutral or mid/treble? Need portability? Cup material preference? Style preference?

 

Very best,

post #9 of 22

I can't comment on the D2000 but I have the D5000 and have been very happy with them indeed. The have tons of bass and great detail. They can be bright at times which I know puts some people off, but as I came from a pair of Grado SR125i's, that is something I enjoy and it keeps them sounding fun a lively.

post #10 of 22
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Heya,

 

We need more information. Use? Source? Kind of music? Preference towards bass, neutral or mid/treble? Need portability? Cup material preference? Style preference?

 

Very best,


As I don't have an amp right now, I just plug my headphones straight into my ipod (lame, I know). I listen to different kinds of music (mostly rock, I guess), so I was looking for a headphone that responds well to all genres. Currently, I have a pair of Grado sr80i's.

 

post #11 of 22

I was in the same position as you and ended up choosing the Shure SRH940, mainly because I got a great deal on them. But Have you looked at the Sennheiser HD-25? That was going to be my other choice. 

post #12 of 22

What about the HFI-580's? they have nice bass and clarity/details for rock music.  

post #13 of 22

Ultrasone HFI-780.  Nice compliment to your already owned SR80i.

post #14 of 22

Denon D2000..!!!! havent heard the shure or the ultrasone tho 

post #15 of 22

There are denon build issues though...

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