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Well, I got a pair of Red WS55s from Santa. After a week and a half of burning and listening I sent them back today. For any electronic music they were amazing. Hip hop, electronica, trip hop were perfectly balanced. Quite amazing. For rock, however, I found that the bass seemed to almost disappear leaving a very bright mix of mid and highs, which I thought were a little sharp.

 

Maybe I prefer a more "consumer based" sound. While I do listen to some rap, I'm more of a rock guy and these just weren't the phones for me. As I play more I think I prefer my mids and highs to be not so upfront and a little more recessed. And for the close to $100 tag, I should love them all the time, not just sometimes. I'll just have to keep looking. I think I'm going to buy a $33 pair of JVCs until I can figure out what mid-fi model I do want. The VModa cross fade is around $100, but I'm not sure about that one. I wish there were places to try these things before buying. Best Buy doesn't cut it, as we all know!

 

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot

 

 

post #122 of 458
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Hmm you say you listen to a lot of rock.. Try these. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=8323&seq=1&format=2   You can get a pair of these and a pair of JVC HAS600 and still be under the price of one WS55. Get the monoprice headphones fur sure...For rock they are awesome.

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Hmm you say you listen to a lot of rock.. Try these. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=8323&seq=1&format=2   You can get a pair of these and a pair of JVC HAS600 and still be under the price of one WS55. Get the monoprice headphones fur sure...For rock they are awesome.


Are these the monoprice cans that are basically just a rebranded version of something else? I think I read about them somewhere on here.

 

post #124 of 458
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Yea Kicker HP541s. Very kick ass for rock and everything else too. You will be surprised how good those are for the price. read these. The monoprice is the exact same headphone but less than half price. Steve Guttenburg did a nice review on them on cnet but that page is broken. I own the HP541s and for rock metal music it does justice and then some.  http://www.amazon.com/Kicker-HP541-DJ-Style-Headphones-Black/dp/B002VWJY7U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1325623761&sr=1-1

post #125 of 458

I purchased a set of cortex chp-2500 for $25 and am more than thrilled.  Fantastic for the money.  I was all set to pull the trigger on the monoprices until I saw these.  the included velour pads swayed me.  They are pretty low quality velour but still more comfy for long listening than pleather.

 

http://www.icemonkey.com/cortex-chp-2500-professional-dj-headphones-with-extra-long-13ft-cord-choice-of-black-or-white

 

they are the same as the prodipe pro 800s that joker gave praise to in his portables thread.  proof of that in this thread...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/542904/prodipe-pro800-best-easily-found-50-headphone-ever-impressions-and-reviews-thread/15


Edited by idvsego - 1/3/12 at 12:59pm
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Hmm you say you listen to a lot of rock.. Try these. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=8323&seq=1&format=2   You can get a pair of these and a pair of JVC HAS600 and still be under the price of one WS55. Get the monoprice headphones fur sure...For rock they are awesome.



Did just that. Bought one of each and I'll compare the two. Thanks again for all the help

post #127 of 458
I havn't heard the other choices in here but I just want to add that the AKG K81s are my favorite headphone that I've heard so far. They beat some very well regarded headphones IMO. I need to try some higher end closed headphones before I start calling them giant killers though, they do have some obvious flaws to their sound, but its nothing compared to the other headphones I've heard which are much higher priced.
I removed the foam within an hour after getting them.

They won't win in technacalaties but I've found them much more pleasing to the ear than: Sennheiser HD598, Audio Technica AD900, Grado SR-80i, and the Ultrasone PRO2900.
They remain exciting and fun without getting harsh, something the higher ends never manage to do. The K81s are the only headphones that I've felt 'there' with... multiple times, and with badly brickwalled recordings.
If anyone knows a better headphone with a similar sound signature I'd be glad to hear it.
Edited by MohawkUS - 1/3/12 at 4:26pm
post #128 of 458

You know about the Shure 750Dj? From reviews they seem to have superb bass with clear mids and highs..

How are are they compared to the ws55? Price is the same..

post #129 of 458
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Sorry man I have never heard a Shure 750DJ phone. So I can't remark on if those will be better. The WS55 is more of a portable phone than a full sized. It is unfortunate there is not a place you can just go and test out both these phones to see if you like on or the other..

post #130 of 458

So I was wondering how the hdj500s compare to the htf600s? I've ordered the 8323 from monoprice and I was wondering if that would make either or both of the other two redundant. I'm considering getting either the htf600 or hdj500s as well, leaning towards the 500s at the moment.


Edited by Leadfoot - 1/25/12 at 7:00pm
post #131 of 458
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The HTF600s are awesome for the price but you are right. They are similar in nature of sound vs the Monoprice cans. So going for something a bit different is always a solid choice. The HDJ500s are very nice solid cans. The bass has substantial impact and reaches deep for your bass tracks. They also have some of the best isolation as they are on ears vs the semi open HTF600. I would also have to give the better build to the Pioneers as well. 3 different colors.. Solid choice for your club in your head sound.

post #132 of 458

Dsnuts, can you compare the Ws55 to the Creative Aurvana Live? I heard they are they awesome for their price aswell...

post #133 of 458
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The Creative Aurvana Live is a solid sounding, well balanced can that really does nothing wrong. It is built well and have a really nice look about them. For $60 when they go on sale all the time they are worth the money. However at full price of $100. I would pass. I will tell you if you listen to bass heavy tunes. EDM, hip hop. I will recommend the WS55 over them every time.

 

If you listen to a variety of genres ranging from vocal, indie, rock acoustic, jazz. ect. The CALs aren't a bad choice but for guys that listen to mainly bass heavy tunes you are not gonna be thrilled with the CALs somewhat flabby bass. It has ok bass but nothing I would consider great for hiphop and or trance. If you guys are curious about the Denon sound AKA CALs. I would save up for something like a Denon D2000. I know this can is in another price level but very much worth it.. To be honest. I find my HTF600 which sells for $30 new to have way better bass than the CALS.  For an easy listening portable the CALs aren't bad but it will definitely depend on what you listen to with them.

 

The WS55 is excellent for bass heavy tunes and does other genres just fine, and while not as comfy as the CALS. They will isolate better and has the stronger build of the 2.

post #134 of 458

Can the pioneer hdj500 sound good for metal music like the AKG K518le? or is it purely for club music?  which is more comfortable?

post #135 of 458
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Oh yea listening to Metallica/ Slayer on the HDJ500. Just awesome. Great authority on guitars and double drums never sounded better. Great for metal

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