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post #1 of 24
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Hello jecklinsmile.gif

 

I'm looking at some full size headphones for 100-170$

I'll listen to them most of the time in the bus/street (so sealed headphone is my preference) 

I mostly listen to Rock but I love/like bass (not too much like Beats haha biggrin.gif) for Raggae, Electro sometimes. 

 

Transportable headphones would be a plus. 

 

thanks 


Edited by vankolin - 5/10/12 at 8:00am
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Hello jecklinsmile.gif

 

I'm looking at some full size headphones for 100-170$

I'll listen to them most of the time in the bus/street (so sealed headphone is my preference) 

I mostly listen to Rock but I love bass (not too much like Beats haha biggrin.gif) for Raggae, Electro sometimes. 

 

Transportable headphones would be a plus. 

 

thanks 


 I'm not one of them, but folks who are bassheads in your price range (US) tend to like the Ultrasone HFI-580.

post #3 of 24
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Thanks for your help smile.gif

 

Does the HFI-580 good for rock ?

 

What do you think about the Bose AE2i ? biggrin.gif


Edited by vankolin - 5/10/12 at 7:22am
post #4 of 24
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Thanks for your help smile.gif

 

Does the HFI-580 good for rock ?

 

What do you think about the Bose AE2i ? biggrin.gif

 

 

havent heard much good things about the bose, you can try reading around here. better yet, go to a best buy and demo them, they should have them out for display

post #5 of 24
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I tried some Bose for 2 minutes in Bestbuy, but I don't so far if it was the AE2 or AE1. I'll come back then :)

 

I know they have (maybe too much?) bass. I'm not an audiophile though, I don't know if they are generally good for the price. 

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I tried some Bose for 2 minutes in Bestbuy, but I don't so far if it was the AE2 or AE1. I'll come back then :)

 

I know they have (maybe too much?) bass. I'm not an audiophile though, I don't know if they are generally good for the price. 

 

 

i have demoed the bose qc15, it sounds pretty decent, dont know if the sound quality justifies the 300 dollars price but the noise cancellation is good. the bose ae1 or 2, i have tried it but i dont remember much. i guess you can try reading reviews on here about the ultrasone kg jag suggested. i personally havent owned enough closed back headphones that have the sound signature you want so i wont suggest anything. 

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Thanks for your help smile.gif

 

Does the HFI-580 good for rock ?

 

What do you think about the Bose AE2i ? biggrin.gif

 

The 580 has too much bass emphasis for rock.

 

I would only consider Bose if I was in the market for an active noise cancellation can.  From one of the buying guides:

 

"Things to avoid
In general it's best to avoid products made by Skullcandy, Bose, Beats, or Monster unless otherwise specified in this thread. These companies spend a lot of money on advertising and looks rather than quality. That isn't to say these companies haven't put out headphones worth buying, the Monster Turbine Coppers are actually fantastic IEMs, it's just that a lot of the time you're paying a premium for the name."  [emphasis added]
 
"Active Noise Canceling is also something else you'll want to avoid. In-general the average person will get the isolation needed from IEMs or other full-sized headphones. With active noise canceling you're going to pay a premium on the noise canceling tech, rather than the sound quality. Only buy these, or even consider them, if you absolutely need them."
 

Edited by KG Jag - 5/10/12 at 11:57am
post #8 of 24
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Thanks for the link KG Jag.

So like you guys said , I'll avoid Bose. 

 

I read that these closed headphones are the best for the money: 

 

- Shure SRH 840

- Audio Technica M50

- AKG K271 Mk ii 

 

Any one tried one of these? 

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Thanks for the link KG Jag.

So like you guys said , I'll avoid Bose. 

 

I read that these closed headphones are the best for the money: 

 

- Shure SRH 840

- Audio Technica M50

- AKG K271 Mk ii 

 

Any one tried one of these? 

 

I've got a set of M50s and they are fantastic if you want to hear your music accurately reproduced. Incredible clarity on these things with plenty of punch, but not with the waaaaay over the top boosted bass of Beats and other such things.

 

The only issue is that they may be a little bulky to be portable. They either come with a very long straight cable or a rather heavy coiled cable. Very comfy once they're stretched in though, and they fold up.

 

I bought my girlfriend a pair of Audio Technica WS55's which have a very similar sound signature to the M50s with plenty of bass for such small headphones.

 

I've compared them side by side and I would be happy to own them both. I wish the WS55s folded up though.

post #10 of 24
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Thanks for your help Laservampire smile.gif

 

So if the Audio Tech. M50 can fold up, that's a plus to be portable... no ? 

Well, if they're not too heavy, it's ok for me. 

 

I was surprised how ATH M50 is popular here ! tongue.gif

I think I would go with M50 instead of WS55. I love bass, but not too much for the kind of music I listen to (mostly rock). However, I prefer the design of WS55. 

 

Oh yeah,  one more question. When you listen your music with ATH M50, do you hear a great "kick" of drum? 

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Yeah, they're quite small when folded up, plus they come with a carry pouch. I'm thinking of investing in one of those little hard cases for mine, even though they're very robust cans.

 

They're actually surprisingly light for full size headphones. I've seen a couple of people complain about comfort if you have a big head but there's nothing that a good stretch overnight clamped on a few books won't cure. And I have a huge melon!
 

The WS55 only really has big bass when the recording has big bass, and the same goes for the M50s. There's no artificial bass boosting which would cause many older recordings (some of which naturally don't have much bass) to sound weird.

 

It's all dependent on the recording. I was listening to Nirvana's In Utero last night and the drums absolutely pounded. What sort of rock do you listen to?

post #12 of 24
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Thanks for the link KG Jag.

So like you guys said , I'll avoid Bose. 

 

I read that these closed headphones are the best for the money: 

 

- Shure SRH 840

- Audio Technica M50

- AKG K271 Mk ii 

 

Any one tried one of these? 

 

The Shure is a relatively balanced/neutral can that is well built, folds up and has a removable cord and extra ear pads.

 

The M50 has a "V" shaped EQ, which means the mids are recessed and get lost.  Good highs and lows.  Similar design to the Shure but cord is fixed and does not include the extra ear pads.

 

AKG--haven't heard it.

post #13 of 24
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@Laservampire
 
There is a difference between  M50 and WS55 of 50$. Can this difference be explained by the build quality? 
 
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What sort of rock do you listen to?

 

Hmm... Alternative and mostly indie rock

(Arcade Fire, The Shins, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay ..) 

 

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@KG Jag

 

Do you recommand me a SRH 840 or M50 for sound quality? smile.gif


Edited by vankolin - 5/10/12 at 6:00pm
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@Laservampire
 
There is a difference between  M50 and WS55 of 50$. Can this difference be explained by the build quality?

Hmm... Alternative and mostly indie rock

(Arcade Fire, The Shins, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay ..) 

 

 


In terms of quality the 2 appear equal (both made in Taiwan), with the M50 being the more durable of the two.

 

Really they're two different animals, one is a portable and the other is an over ear full size headphone.

 

If you're not worried about having a big set of cans on your head when you're out and about I'd go for the M50s

 


For indie rock the M50s sound pretty great to my ears, I was listening to a vinyl rip of The Shins first album the other night and I was hearing stuff I'd never noticed before.

 

See if you can find a store that stocks both the SRH 840 and the M50s and compare them, these two definitely seem like the best options.


Edited by Laservampire - 5/10/12 at 8:23pm
post #15 of 24
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Hey Laser ! big thanks for your helpful answer wink.gif

 

My choice's going gradually to the M50. 

But now  the only thing why I'm still thinking about the WS55 is, like you said, more portable. 

Do you think they both  have a good sound quality for indie rock ? 

 

I'll go tomorrow try the ATH-M50 and SRH 840, and perhaps WS55. smily_headphones1.gif

 

PS: M50s. s for straight cable? 


Edited by vankolin - 5/10/12 at 9:17pm
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