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Beginner in search of a gateway set of cans

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

After a few weeks of lurking around the forums and reading as much as I can, I thought it's finally time to step up to the plate and ask around for advice on some cans. It all is very confusing and without many options to try on a set around my location ( nearest place being 2 hours away). I'd like help picking up my first pair of cans and without much on hands experience aside from trying on a few of my friends I'm a bit lost.

 

I'm going to be up in college soon and I would be using them around the dorm primarily and a just a tad bit in the library. My budget is a bit tight and the highest I would most likely go is around $150.

 

I mostly listen to Alternative/Pop/Rock/Indie/Folk/Classical and the other 10% of the time is dubstep/hip-hop, so bass is not a strong concern of mine

 

A few things I've seen in the forum that caught my eye are:

 

Grado/Alessandro - I heard these can be quite noisy to third parties? But the highs/mids should be what I'm looking for my music tastes.

 

Fotex t50rp - also came up on one of my reads, but with the 1/4 inch jack, it wouldn't work for me as I'll probably be running the cans out of my ipod/laptop

 

HD448 - has a good mid.

 

In conclusion, I want a "gateway" headphone into the world of audiophilia. Ideally i'd like a really balanced headphone but that seems like wishful thinking. So settling on a set that can play the music i like better and i could get a set for bass later down the line and hopefully an amp.

 

post #2 of 10

I, too, am a noob. But I believe that, traditionally, this is where someone recommends the Audio Technica ATH-M50

 

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Studio-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U

 

I have listened to the 225 grados, I liked them, but they are a little more than you budget.

post #3 of 10

T50RP are great, if you have a amp.

 

Go Grado, Sr80i and get a pair of L-cush pads to go along with them.

Don't worry about the leakage, if you're not in the same car or sitting next to them while the volume is high, they won't notice. I use mine almost exclusively in public as a portable. Love my Clip_ to clip to the cord after it's looped around my neck.

 

BTW: Grado don't need no amp! 32ohm

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post #5 of 10

I have been lead to believe that there is a significant jump in quality from the 125 to 225 in Grado's lineup. Is this inaccurate?

post #6 of 10

Heya,

 

Get the Grados. Get the big pads. Yes, they leak, they're open. Not to be used in a library.

 

Get a pair of IEM's for the library. Nothing isolates well enough for that unless you keep the volume really low.

 

Very best,

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by reginalb View Post

I have been lead to believe that there is a significant jump in quality from the 125 to 225 in Grado's lineup. Is this inaccurate?



Nope it's true!


My SR125

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My SR225

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post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

One last question, I've read that Alessandros are more relax compared to Grados (I have no clue what this means). Would I still be safe in just getting the Grados whilst the alessandros are "tuned up" grados?

 

 

Thanks

post #9 of 10

I can't find the T50RP anywhere. NOWHERE mad.gif

post #10 of 10

I'd recommend a pair of Sennheiser HD555/558. Pretty balanced sound apart from the somewhat lacking lower end. Affordable and IMO a good place to start at.

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