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Looking for Open, On ear headphones (~$250) that are good for Bass.

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Hey guys, I'm pretty new to the Audiophile game here and I need a new pair of Headphones. I plan on listening to music on my computer but mostly on a turntable. I listen to allot of Rock music like Radiohead, Arcade Fire, etc. But I also listen to post-dubstep, hip-hop, and electronic music like James Blake. So really what I'm asking is for open back headphones that I can listen to everything on but are also good for low bass. I have a friend that has Grado-labs Sr80 which I know are good for rock but not necesseraly bass. Thanks.

post #2 of 12

BeyerDynamics DT900's

UltraSone HFI 580

Audio Technica M50';s

....open headphones that are on ear...just don't really go together for me. The Allesandro MS1's might be what you are looking for. they are the same as the SR80i prestige(allesandro and grado worked togehter on this) but from reviews. it seems the pads on the MS1's are what causes it to be more all around and bassy than the SR80i's

 

Other than that.. i don't know too many bassy on ear, and open headphones...why do you need it on ear and open. are you going to be using it as a DJ?(Turntable) if so. you would want closed ones

the one's i listed are basically the top competitors for bassy music with people giving it the thumbs up since it has great bass considering it is closed. I just bought the HFI 580's after doing mad research. you will find that most people give it this

HFI 580>M50>DT900

the M50 is the all around choice that most beginner audiophiles will lvoe and swear by giving some commenters(later on you will see) a potential bias towards it. but do some research. you will see that on head fi. the 580 wins out.

 

not as bassy as the M50 and DT900(still great bass though) but it's more tight and punchy than the M50's muddy bass with intertwined instruemtns(not seperated) and more prefer it over the DT900's super muddy bass(think beats from what i hear)

 

The M50's isolate better...but of course..it seems you aren't looking for that.

 

but then again. you say you are new so i might be able to stear you in the right direction. are u just saying open air and on ear bc of the Grado's your friends have? open air and on ear basically disappears in terms of recommendations and what not past the MS1's(and MS2) after that' it's mainly real headphones.

 

ill stick on this thread and see your replies if you would like my help. im not a headphone supremus or anything but i should be able to help you out.

post #3 of 12

Is on ear important ? If you also accept full size, over the ear headphones, then there are more choices. For example, you could get an HD598 for $230 (it is a good general purpose headphone, that is not bass heavy, but does not lack bass either), or a DT990 Pro for $170 (bass and treble emphasis), with money left for a small amplifier if necessary, or an Ultrasone HFI2400 (it costs ~$280, though).

 


Edited by stv014 - 12/4/11 at 11:03am
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The Vmoda Crossfade M80 would also be a good choice. but they aren't nescesarily on ear. they are more fun lively headphones. but it seems bass isn't super emphasized like the headphones i'm saying above.

 

stv014  is thinking the same thing i did. why open air on ear? if it's bc of your friends grado's...then "think differnt"(Apple)
You should get an $150 headphone. and allocate $100 for an FiiO E10. you said you will be using it on the comptuer so this is needed. the sound comming out of the sound card, DAC, and non existent amp on normal computers is horrific. I have an enthusiast class motherboard(self built computer) and the sound card on it is plenty times better than most other desktops which then results in masses times better than laptops....and...it is death to my ears. you will need the FiiO E10. 

the Sennheiser Stv014 says doesn't really have bass like he kinda said. and the DT990 pro is reviewed to have some problems with rock and also muddy bass. my vote is still on the HFI 580 ($118 on amazon) and the M50 ($120) which are all around headphones great for rock and also dub step and pop and everything.
Search it up on head fi

Hfi 580 vs M50 head fi

you will see many results.


Edited by bowei006 - 12/4/11 at 11:18am
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Thread Starter 

I said open and on ear because I don't want any sort of resonance.

post #6 of 12
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I said open and on ear because I don't want any sort of resonance.



i've never heard of anyone ever mention that on head fi.. can anyone else chime in? But since it's not that talked about. im going to go with the fact that the closed cans have already fixed this issue. 

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I said open and on ear because I don't want any sort of resonance.


Well, open does improve somewhat over closed in that aspect, but why on ear ? Other than Grados, most higher end open headphones are of the over/around ear type.

 

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Hey guys, I'm pretty new to the Audiophile game here and I need a new pair of Headphones. I plan on listening to music on my computer but mostly on a turntable. I listen to allot of Rock music like Radiohead, Arcade Fire, etc. But I also listen to post-dubstep, hip-hop, and electronic music like James Blake. So really what I'm asking is for open back headphones that I can listen to everything on but are also good for low bass. I have a friend that has Grado-labs Sr80 which I know are good for rock but not necesseraly bass. Thanks.

 

Effectively, DT990 05 (250/600) and HFi 2400 are very good open headphones for the price, clear, detailled and bassy, but they need an amp to really shine. Even Pro2900 is more efficient (HFi2400) and with a better SQ (also another sound signature), but its not the same price.

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

The Vmoda Crossfade M80 would also be a good choice. but they aren't nescesarily on ear. they are more fun lively headphones. but it seems bass isn't super emphasized like the headphones i'm saying above.

 

stv014  is thinking the same thing i did. why open air on ear? if it's bc of your friends grado's...then "think differnt"(Apple)
You should get an $150 headphone. and allocate $100 for an FiiO E10. you said you will be using it on the comptuer so this is needed. the sound comming out of the sound card, DAC, and non existent amp on normal computers is horrific. I have an enthusiast class motherboard(self built computer) and the sound card on it is plenty times better than most other desktops which then results in masses times better than laptops....and...it is death to my ears. you will need the FiiO E10. 

the Sennheiser Stv014 says doesn't really have bass like he kinda said. and the DT990 pro is reviewed to have some problems with rock and also muddy bass. my vote is still on the HFI 580 ($118 on amazon) and the M50 ($120) which are all around headphones great for rock and also dub step and pop and everything.
Search it up on head fi

Hfi 580 vs M50 head fi

you will see many results.

The m80's are on ear buddy.
 

 

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The m80's are on ear buddy.
 

 



oo i thought there was another difference. my image of on ear were...flat pads like the Grado's.. the small style wehre the pads fit just on top of your ears of teh M80's seem...more different.

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oo i thought there was another difference. my image of on ear were...flat pads like the Grado's.. the small style wehre the pads fit just on top of your ears of teh M80's seem...more different.


The LP2s are over, I've heard they're awesome. A lotta bass though.

 

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The LP2s are over, I've heard they're awesome. A lotta bass though.

 



i've heard that too. but ..there aren't too many reviews yet for me to make a descision on whether to include them on the yes go buy list or not

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