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post #31 of 40
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Originally Posted by maxsayer View Post

I guess soundstage doesn't really matter. I'm new to this and I just thought the more soundstage the better.


accurate soundstage,yes. artificial soundstage,no. lot of the headphones that give a big soundstage with everything means the soundstage is artificial. not every real recording has expansive soundstage like some headphones give. lot of headphones actually are inferior to speakers when it comes to soundstage accuracy but not all. i actually heard and own headphones very close to speaker-like soundstage which is very useful for sound cue detection without being bothered but then again my oppinion is subjective to everyone here since is just my opinion. everyone is different.


i would suggest some vintage akg's for clarity and is very capable of binaural like soundstage that ''can'' get very big and open but they require some hefty power behind them since they were designed around professional equipment and 600ohm standard then. i would suggest either pair of sextetts lp for clarity and wonderful midrange and has very open soundstage or pair of akg 240df's which i think are the king of ''clarity'' and midrange accuracy and has actually bit more openness to the soundstage compared to my sextetts lp. your fiio e9 should handle them both very well tho. if not i would look into the k400's or k500's. wonderful akg headphones as well. if you don't care for big open soundstage but still has an accurate soundstage i would look into the beyer dt48A or dt48S. they been known for the best midrange around and the first headphone made in the 1930's and still made today by beyerdynamic under special order. the tesla tech used in the T1 is actually based off the dt48 models and beyer still uses ''diffused field equalization'' on some of there models(i think the dt48s is diffused field).

if not the hd600's be a great choice while the akg 702's as well if your looking for something still in retail today at your budget. i'm not a big fan of the k7xx series from akg but they still are very good. the k271 are very good as well. i never heard any grados so i can't comment on them.
post #32 of 40

I love how BotByte passes his opinions around as if they're fact as if he knows everything. 

 

First of all, sounstage on headphones is what it is, you either like the sound of it or you don't.

 

Same goes for any headphone. Especially in relation to loud speakers.

 

This is why there are so many headphones and supporting equipment on the market, because we all as individuals each have differing preferences and opinions on how our music should sound. Which is fine.

 

The problem comes in to play when people like you chime in thinking you're an authority on the matter and try to tell everyone else what they're thinking or saying is wrong. When in all reality it's not a matter of right & wrong, it's about preference and the fact some people see and hear things differently, which is hard to believe but it's true. Some people can't tell a difference between HD television vs SD television and I think they must be nuts because to me the difference instantly obvious - the screen looks like a window on to life rather than a panel in a box - but the key words there are to me

 

And the same applies to audio. If anything even more so.

post #33 of 40
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Originally Posted by Thommohawk View Post

First of all, sounstage on headphones is what it is, you either like the sound of it or you don't.


 

 

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"Soundstage
The ability of an audio system to reproduce the position and sense of space in which the instruments and sound sources are placed. Good imaging is when you can "see" with your ears the players standing there. ":

post #34 of 40
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Originally Posted by Reticuli2 View Post

Oh, $300.  Not bulky.  You interested in IEMs?  If so, I'd say ER4S.  If not, try the Beyerdynamic DT1350.  That's the new kid and is blowing a lot of people away.  I like the HD25, but it's not incredibly refined or tight, and if your budget includes the Beyer (which it does) I'd go for that one.  The DT1350 is the king of portable non-IEMs right now.



Tough to beat the ER4S for detail and clarity -- but they do need a decent amp to do their thing.   Pre-loved ER4S's and an amp are very do-able within the OP's budget.  IMO, these offer more versatility than some of the good suggestions here.  Ultra portability, isolation and zero leakage are just the icing on the cake.

post #35 of 40
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Originally Posted by maxsayer View Post

Those are quite a bit out of my price range, right now I'm leaning towards Grados, but am open to other suggestions.


Heya,

 

Plugging a Grado into YouTube may result in some rather unimpressive grainy sound. I say this, as I have two Grados and... well, YouTube is out of the question for me when it comes to listening to them. Also, have you ever had a headphone that fatigues? I cannot listen to the Grado forever, but I'm also not someone who cringes at a little brightness. Keep in mind, these headphones have lots of impact, are bright, and will attack your ears (in a good way, but it might leave you feeling a little sore).

 

Another headphone for you to explore is the Fischer Audio FA-002. They're not even that expensive, and you could get them with beautiful wood backs (different kinds too).

 

Very best,

 

post #36 of 40
What people like and prefer is not only not measurable, but is subject to change from time to time as new info comes in. So a preference isn't always permanent. But the sound of a headphone is permanent, assuming no damage or burn-in issues. That's where the forum is so useful, to compare and evaluate rather than focus on preferences.
post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by BotByte View Post




 

 

Brought to you by HeadRoom, direct source here

 

 

"Soundstage
The ability of an audio system to reproduce the position and sense of space in which the instruments and sound sources are placed. Good imaging is when you can "see" with your ears the players standing there. ":


Umm, yeah, and..... ??

 

You link me to HeadRoom to tell me something I already know - seriously man, respect other people's opinions and stop acting like yours is the be all and end all. Because 90% of this hobby is based on preference and opinion.

 

post #38 of 40

Since grado has already been mentioned quite a bit, I'm going to say you should consider getting an MS1 and doing the MS1000 mod.  It involves putting large circumaural pads on the MS1's, which will make them a lot more comfortable than other grados (in my opinion), and give you a bit better bass.  Just another option to consider.

post #39 of 40

 

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

I know you said open-air, but you also said vocals, and if you want vocals to be absolutely lovely, with a great sound stage, it's the SRH940.

 

Very best,


and the Beyer T5p !!!

 

post #40 of 40

W5000 if you like female vocals :)

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