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post #1 of 11
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**"What is"

Right now, I can get the M50's for $80 or the DT770 for $120.

 

My current phones are Sony MDR-V6 that I use a lot for mixing and recording. They've been awesome and still work fine, but for music they leave me a little disappointed in certain genres. I'm searching for a more musical headphone. I listen to everything, but I lean a lot more towards Hip-hop, R&B, Smooth Jazz, and those genres. Also some electronic. So I'm looking for closed headphones with impactful bass. I want to hear the deep thumping bass and crisp hit-hat. And for rock I like the warmer sound signatures which show off more of the bass and toms of the drum. I'm not too concerned about mids, but it'd be nice if they weren't that recessed. And a crisp treble which isn't too harsh, but that wouldn't be a dealbreaker. I might also be looking into using these for gaming and movies. So I'd prefer an nicer soundstage as well. I own a Fiio E7 that I use mainly as a DAC for my laptop, so the 250ohm DT770 would be perfectly driveable.

 

I'm leaning more towards the M50 for the price, but I'm a little concerned I won't be satisfied with the bass and soundstage. However, it would probably be a better all around choice since my music is very diverse.

 

The DT770 has that excellent bass and soundstage and would work well with the majority of my music. But the price is a little higher than I would like.

 

Or if anyone has any other recommendations for closed headphones under $120, that would also be appreciated. Or you convince me to stretch the budget a little more for something else, but it has to really be worth it.

 

Thankyou.


Edited by mak124 - 12/15/11 at 3:49pm
post #2 of 11

Heya,

 

FA-003 or the Brainwavz HM5 (same headphone).

 

Check it out.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 11

DT770 is better than M50 imo, but if you like crisp treble, maybe Hfi580 ll be better.

 

For FA-003, allow two-three months for delivery biggrin.gif

post #4 of 11
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I've read about the FA-003 and Brainwavz HM5, and the soundstage seems superb from what I've read. But I think these fall into the category of "neutral" headphones with a flat, natural sound sig. I already have MDR-V6's for that category, and while the soundstage isn't nearly as impressive, I'm not recording symphonies or movies, so the Sony's suffice for me. I'm looking for a good music headphones.

 

I'm still kinda leaning for the M50's for the price. How good is the bass and soundstage for those cans? I keep finding conflicting opinions on this site when it comes to that category.

Will I be able to feel a nice thump whenever a double-bass is plucked? And will I actually be able to feel like I'm there with an open soundstage?

 

I'm coming from ultra-flat studio-monitors with not too much depth, so keep that in mind.

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by mak124 View Post

I've read about the FA-003 and Brainwavz HM5, and the soundstage seems superb from what I've read. But I think these fall into the category of "neutral" headphones with a flat, natural sound sig. I already have MDR-V6's for that category, and while the soundstage isn't nearly as impressive, I'm not recording symphonies or movies, so the Sony's suffice for me. I'm looking for a good music headphones.

 

I'm still kinda leaning for the M50's for the price. How good is the bass and soundstage for those cans? I keep finding conflicting opinions on this site when it comes to that category.

Will I be able to feel a nice thump whenever a double-bass is plucked? And will I actually be able to feel like I'm there with an open soundstage?

 

I'm coming from ultra-flat studio-monitors with not too much depth, so keep that in mind.


The soundstage isn't so good on the M50s.

 

The bass is great on the M50s. I don't think it's too far from the D2000 bass actually. The D2000 has deeper bass, sure, but then again - it's not $80. You will feel a thump for sure.

 

For $80 it's a great bargain.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by mak124 View Post

I've read about the FA-003 and Brainwavz HM5, and the soundstage seems superb from what I've read. But I think these fall into the category of "neutral" headphones with a flat, natural sound sig. I already have MDR-V6's for that category, and while the soundstage isn't nearly as impressive, I'm not recording symphonies or movies, so the Sony's suffice for me. I'm looking for a good music headphones.

 

I'm still kinda leaning for the M50's for the price. How good is the bass and soundstage for those cans? I keep finding conflicting opinions on this site when it comes to that category.

Will I be able to feel a nice thump whenever a double-bass is plucked? And will I actually be able to feel like I'm there with an open soundstage?

 

I'm coming from ultra-flat studio-monitors with not too much depth, so keep that in mind.



The M50 is on the bassy side, and once burnt in it sounds great with a good source or amp. You will feel the bass punch if you like that, and the soundstage is not exactly amazing but it suffices. At $150 they're overpriced, but at $80 they're a deal.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yeah the price is what's really attracting them to me.

 

I checked out the HFI-580's and found them for around $120. Another headphone I found at that same price was the ATH-PRO700MK2. They both sound like something that'd suit me.

 

Ah, this is getting frustrating.

post #8 of 11

Are these prices for used? If not, care to share? :)

post #9 of 11

 

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Another headphone I found at that same price was the ATH-PRO700MK2. They both sound like something that'd suit me.

 

Their sound signatures are apparently completely different, Hfi580 is much better if you want an all rounder headphone, good bass/midrange/treble. 700mk2 (based on reviews) is good in one thing, bass, the rest...

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

All new.

My best friend is a DJ and I don't know where he gets his stuff from, but those are the prices he gave me. And he's a rich guy, so I don't really have any authenticity worries. He recommended the DT770, but also told me about the M50 offer.

The HFI-580 and ATH-PRO700MK2 are from eBay.

 

Another option I found was the JVC HARX700 and 900, which are super cheap (~$50). How do those hold up compared to the DT770? If the DT770's are only 10% better, I wouldn't mind paying less than half the cost for the JVCs. (I could put the savings into more music)

 

And I guess I could eliminate the PRO700's if they're ONLY good for bass.

 


Edited by mak124 - 12/15/11 at 3:05pm
post #11 of 11

The 770 pro 80 are good phones, they offer a surprising amount of clarity with enough thump to get your rolling.  I find in the price range when you get thump you sacrifice clarity and everything sounds... cheap or you get hyper sibilant music that makes you wanna cry  and your ears wanna pop.  The 770 doesn't suffer from these kinds of flaws, relative to price rage of course.  Its not perfect


Edited by ninjikiran - 12/20/11 at 6:20am
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