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post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 

hi guys,

 

always knew I'd end up back here at some point :D.

 

Ok, here we go-

 

 

  • To be used through computer. Plan on purchasing a Fiio E7 for now unless anyone can suggest a better dac/amp for £100.
  • Will be mostly listening to trance music (progressive, psy etc.) and also some ambient.
  • Comfort is a priority!!! Spent too many hours with Grados/AKG/in-ears etc.
  • I like a strong deep bass response and bright highs. I'm using foobar with an electi-Q equalizer so dead neutral response isn't an issue.
  • Need a spacious 'hall' soundstage.
  • I've previously used Goldring DR150s, which actually did a decent job, but I'd like to step it up a bit.
  • Max budget - ~ £300 including the e7

 

Any ideas? Currently looking at A900, DT990 etc.

 

Cheers.

 

EDIT------- Considering...

 

  • HFI 580
  • Denon D2000
  • Beyer DT880 
  • Beyer DT990
  • AT m50 'not for trance'
  • Sony XB700 decided to increase budget
  • PRO 900

 

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UPDATE - Happy ending - see last post.


Edited by Volta - 8/15/11 at 9:46am
post #2 of 43

I recently repaired my DT880s after not having them for about a year's time... I could not believe how well they did with good electronic music... Prog House/Trance, IDM, Dub(step), Psy, EBM, and so forth. They transistioned so effortlessly from genre to genre, from electronic to instrumental and back, they really impressed me. I imagine a new DT880 or DT990 would suit you well for trance and anything else. Extremely comfortable, and a rich and creamy, but obviously well detailed and thick full sound across the spectrum, and no real issue with bass/midbass bloat.

 

The thing to concern yourself with is amplification. I know my DT880 needs a lot more power than my DT770/pro80. I am sure it has been said a million times, but the 250-600 ohm Beyer headphones really do need some kind of amp to begin to recover your money's worth. The good news is you should have enough for a basic headphone amp, I am sure someone can recommend one, since I haven't looked at that market in a while.

 

The other option is an AudioTechnica m50. It is hard to go wrong with this one, and it sounds great off a decent portable. It blocks plenty of outside sound, so you really don't have to turn the volume up that much considering. They work really well with electronic genres, and they aren't too tizzy, so not as much treble fatigue as some of the other closed monitors. It's worth giving this one a listen. It is hard to say if it is better or not, because it's such a good headphone, I can see some people choosing it over a DTxx0.

 

If you are looking for bass, and I mean down well below human hearing, but without sounding too bloated... and a darn good midrange, with treble that can be called soft, yet airy... but forgetting all of that for the moment, if you just want fun, you can try a Sony XB700. The XB500 and XB1000 are all good, some say the 1000 is better, some like the 500, but for me the 700 is the sweet spot. They look a little silly in their blister pack on store shelves, but they are worth a serious listen, esp. if you plan to use a portable player. I don't think I liked any headphone quite as much when just plugged into a Sansa player. The staggaringly full ranged sound you get without any EQ does hard-hitting electronic music like Trance the proper respect. I have gone so far as to hook these up to a low power tube amp, where their midrange was up there with the best cans I own.

 

I have Electri-Q too, and it's great to mess around with, esp great to apply an analog-sounding EQ to music, but honestly I don't use it much with the headphones I just mentioned. When I do use it, it's to tame the HF band. I don't think any of these need much of a bass boost, and the treble is where it should be on the XB700s. Shure 840s might be an option, I remember having good luck with Shure headpones, though I toned their treble down a bit in Electr-Q.

 

Good luck!


Edited by yashu - 7/22/11 at 12:15pm
post #3 of 43

Denon D-2000.

post #4 of 43

I never heard d2000 but i recommend the hfi 580 for this genre, m 50 is fine but i prefer the hfi 580 plus they are easy to drive and have plenty of low bass punch kick and slam more than dt880 which i own and ath m 50.

post #5 of 43

currently using the denon D7000 and FiiO E7 and trance sounds amazing through that combo, so maybe the D2000's should sound pretty similar.

 

*edit* just saw your budget, the D2000's might be a bit of a stretch at that, i've got some on the way that i found used on ebay, but they're north of £200 new in the UK


Edited by ilikepooters - 7/22/11 at 12:27pm
post #6 of 43

For trance?

Definitely HFI 580/DJ1..

The best at this price range...

post #7 of 43
Thread Starter 

OK guys, GREAT responses (especially yashu - cheers!).

 

I'm going to update the OP with a list of contenders, do a bit of research, and come back here for further questioning!

 

thanks.

post #8 of 43

I know they're a little over budget but you can get the Ultrasone Pro 900 on eBay for £240 (normally they cost > £300). I bought mine from that seller myself and can definitely recommend it. I'm not gonna advertise the seller here so leave me a pm if you can't find him yourself.

 

Anyway the Pro 900's are really worth it. I'm sure if you search this board you'll see that these are the most hyped for edm (with good reason). I know it's over budget, but I thought you'd like to at least have the option to deny instead of just not knowing about it.

post #9 of 43

Please erase also M50..

They are not for trance...

They do techno good but not trance..

Ultrasones are very organic cans with bright highs and with powerful rich and tight bass..

Wider soundstage compared to the other closed cans due to the s-logic surround sound technology..

The perfect cobmo for trance.....

post #10 of 43

I own dt 48, dt 150, dt 880, k 701, hd 650, hfi 580, pro 900, t50rp, xb 500.

 

For electronic dnb and techno is has to be the hfi 580, the hfi 580 has more oompf in the bass compared to pro 900.

 

sonys xb 500 series lacks clarity but good bass not as tight or punchy as hfi 580 which goes very well with electronic dnb etc.

 

 

post #11 of 43

Heya,

 

You clearly want the DT990's. I listen to OceanLab, BT, Mickey Mouse Operations, Ronald Jenkees, Bonobo, Crystal Castles, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Justice, Daft Punk, etc, through the DT990's because of the rich  full bass, big open soundstage, great treble, and no congestion of sound. They're crazy comfortable, can't beat Beyer comfort with their velor pads, no death grip. If it's in your price range, this is the headphone for you. If you ever can stretch the budget, the Ultrasone 900 Pro would be the headphone for you. Otherwise, get the DT990. Get the 600ohm. Very little amplification needed. If you can't be bothered at all with amplification, get the 32ohm and call it a day. You'll still love it.

 

Very best,

post #12 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JesperZ View Post

I know they're a little over budget but you can get the Ultrasone Pro 900 on eBay for £240 (normally they cost > £300). I bought mine from that seller myself and can definitely recommend it. I'm not gonna advertise the seller here so leave me a pm if you can't find him yourself.

 

Anyway the Pro 900's are really worth it. I'm sure if you search this board you'll see that these are the most hyped for edm (with good reason). I know it's over budget, but I thought you'd like to at least have the option to deny instead of just not knowing about it.


 

Are you talking about these?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ULTRASONE-PRO900-PRO-900-PROFESSIONAL-STUDIO-HEADPHONES-/310332497867?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4841421fcb

 

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Have to admit, I'm considering upping the budget to £300 or so... that way I could spend less time upgrading through the £100-£300 range, possibly saving some money in the process... ( <--   Head-fi is the only place in the universe where that logic holds.)

 

How would the ultrasones fare out of a Fiio e7?

post #13 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by holylucifer View Post

 

For electronic dnb and techno is has to be the hfi 580, the hfi 580 has more oompf in the bass compared to pro 900.

 


Interesting. Any other comments on this?

 

post #14 of 43
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Interesting. Any other comments on this?

 



Read my previous post.

post #15 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Optimus Praim View Post





Read my previous post.


 

I mean, the bass of the hfi 580 compared to the PRO 900?

 

thanks.

 

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