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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi Everyone,

 

I have been planning to buy my brother some intro audiophile headphones (since I myself got into it 2 months ago) for his birthday.  The problem is I'm more of an IEM guy and he's a headphone bro.  After extensive lurking here I think I've narrowed it down to a small list:

 

ATH-M50

DT 770 Pro 80

SRH-840

SR80i

 

As you can see, my budget is at about $200 max.  I've heard good things about these and as the next logical step, I want to audition all of these before I actually go ahead with the purchase.

 

Can any Canadian HiFier's out here can help point me to a store (or multiple) where I can actually test these out and see what would serve him better (I have a very good idea of what kind of sound signature he likes).  I live in Toronto.

 

Also, what do you guys think abuot my choices?  I would really appreciate some input or some more suggestions.  My brother likes to listen to almost everything but tends to gravitate toward Rap, J-Pop and Mainstream Rock.  I also think isolation would be important because he would probably be using this to and from the university and he would be taking the subway.


Thanks a lot!


Edited by Teleute - 2/28/12 at 1:12pm
post #2 of 13

Bay Bloor Radio, at... Bay and Bloor. Their headphone wall will have the latter two headphones, but not the first two. You can bring your own iPod and sample your own music.

 

One tip is that you should be prepared to spend at least a half hour on the headphone wall listening to one specific track in order to spot the differences between the different tiered models. Grados (they have the entire lineup) in particular are difficult to distinguish as you go up the line. Don't let the salesmen rush your decision.

post #3 of 13

Long & McQuade (925 Bloor St. W.) has the first 3 you wrote.

Bay & Bloor Radio (55 Bloor St. W.) has the Grado's.

 

I wouldn't choose the Grado's because a) they're not great for rap, b) they're not very comfortable, and c) they don't isolate at all (they're open headphones that leak sound - not good for public use).

 

I went to Long & McQuade's and auditioned all three on your list, as well as a bunch of other cans. I preferred the Beyer DT770 Pro80's the most and got those. They work well with portable devices like ipod's and such, but i don't really take them out of the house. I later got the M50's strictly for portable use (got them pretty cheap on Amazon as I live in both US and Canada), and I also have the SR225i's to use with vinyl.

 

The M50's & 840's both fold down, so they would be better for portable uses. But from what I remember, all three of those you write of are roughly the same price at Long & McQuade's, making the 770's the best bang-for-your-buck.  The DT 770 Pro 80's are amazing for rap (and pretty good for other genres), they are the most comfortable headphone I've ever tried, and sounded the best to me.

 

Go there and try them out yourself. I actually brought my laptop and portable DAC/Amp, sat in a corner for over an hour and demo'd a bunch.

 

 


Edited by Bee inthe Attic - 2/28/12 at 4:25pm
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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post

Long & McQuade (925 Bloor St. W.) has the first 3 you wrote.

Bay & Bloor Radio (55 Bloor St. W.) has the Grado's.

 

I wouldn't choose the Grado's because a) they're not great for rap, b) they're not very comfortable, and c) they don't isolate at all (they're open headphones that leak sound - not good for public use).

 

I went to Long & McQuade's and auditioned all three on your list, as well as a bunch of other cans. I preferred the Beyer DT770 Pro80's the most and got those. They work well with portable devices like ipod's and such, but i don't really take them out of the house. I later got the M50's strictly for portable use (got them pretty cheap on Amazon as I live in both US and Canada), and I also have the SR225i's to use with vinyl.

 

The M50's & 840's both fold down, so they would be better for portable uses. But from what I remember, all three of those you write of are roughly the same price at Long & McQuade's, making the 770's the best bang-for-your-buck.  The DT 770 Pro 80's are amazing for rap (and pretty good for other genres), they are the most comfortable headphone I've ever tried, and sounded the best to me.

 

Go there and try them out yourself. I actually brought my laptop and portable DAC/Amp, sat in a corner for over an hour and demo'd a bunch.

 

 


oh wow thanks a lot for the help.  my brother uses his HTC Sensation as his portable so im assuming it would be enough to power the 770s coz he likes his music pretty loud.  hows the isolation on them?  

 

Are there any other good headphones on my price range that ive missed:

 

Thanks a lot agai  for the help

post #5 of 13
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Are there any other good headphones on my price range that ive missed:



probably!

 

I've likely missed a few options myself, since there's so much out there, but those 3 seem to be quite popular for closed headphones in your price range.

 

The Denon D2000 are veeeeery popular on this forum, and apparently you can bargain with a few online official retailers here in the States (check out "The Deals Thread" on this forum). But if you were to get them at Bay and Bloor, they cost around $300 I think. Give them a listen if you find your way there. I've also read some good things about the KRK KNS8400, which are in your price range, but I've never tried them. I'm sure the selection at Long & McQuade will be more than enough.

 

And yes, the DT 770's isolate very well. Have fun.

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks a millions for the help sir!

post #7 of 13

Given the topic (Canada is pretty big), I've been wondering for a while now if anyone knows where I'd be able to audition Beyer and Grado headphones in Vancouver? I did a quick search for other threads and a place called HiFi Centre came up. Unfortunately it's a bit overpriced if I plan to buy anything on the spot. Anywhere within travelling distance is fine, like places in maybe Richmond or Burnaby. Thanks!

post #8 of 13

I know studio economik in Montreal has the cheapest I've seen in Canada. It's a long car ride from BC, but they have both 80 and 250 ohms. If I remember well, the shipping is not that expensive.

 

 

http://www.economik.com/beyerdynamic/dt-770-pro-80-ohms/?curr=cad

 

I might be buying some, so if you see a lower price, do tell!

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Given the topic (Canada is pretty big), I've been wondering for a while now if anyone knows where I'd be able to audition Beyer and Grado headphones in Vancouver? ... Thanks!



Try Headphone Bar: http://www.headphonebar.com/pages/About-Us.html

post #10 of 13

Ah, thank you! This place seems to be exactly what I was looking for.
 

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Try Headphone Bar: http://www.headphonebar.com/pages/About-Us.html


 

 

post #11 of 13

Cosmo Music in Markham also has many studio headphones that you can demo from Audio Technica, Sennheiser, Shure, Ultrasone, Sony, etc. 

post #12 of 13

The DT770pro demo at studio economik is a 250ohm. (they do have M50 and SRH840 i think, out too)

Whatever the case for you guys, I suggest that if you have a portable amp... bring it! (not necessary for all headphones)

The setup will only true to your source, because that's what you'll be using with it!

Naturally that means you should bring whatever you will be mostly listening to your music out of.

 

If they don't have any demo out for any specific models, you should also ask if you can try them on. They let me do that at economik (took it out from a new box! probably depends on the packaging), though too bad they didn't have the DT880 back when I visited :<

 

P.S. I believe you can order different beyers from headphonebar, if you don't find one with the specifications you want.

post #13 of 13

I would like to know if there is anywhere I can audition high-end headphones in Alaska. Can anybody help with this?

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