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A Casual Audiophile's Recommendation Thread: Find me something new! Detailed requirements included!

post #1 of 22
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NOTE: I am posting this here instead of the recomendation thread because nobody actually provides proper support in that thread - it is only people asking questions.

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Hi - I am a proud owner of Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones, and I love them mainly because of the durability, fit, and versatility (both physically and audibly) of them. HOWEVER...

 

I am looking to upgrade from them now, I want something fresh, but a noticeable step up. The main points I need filled are:

  • Durability. They need to be at least as strong as the semi-metal/plastic build of the M50's.
  • Looks. It can't be ridicu-ugly, but it doesn't need to win awards either. Something that looks good/sleek is nice.
  • Overall Versatility. I listen to my music anywhere from on the bus, to at home, to in a library - good noise blocking and sound leakage is a must.

 

WILLING TO SPEND $400 TOTAL (Amp... etc. Included)

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SOUND WISE...

 

To help, I will list a few of the songs of each genre I listen to - so please help me out! I generally listen to them all, but the more examples I have for a genre, the more I listen to that music. (aka: 3>2>1 in order of importance) Thanks in advance!

 

(PS: I know that my songs may not fit your likes, but please try giving me an objective statement!)

 

Techno/Dance

 

Rock/Rock & Roll

 

Rock/Other

 

Classical/Orchestral

 

Jazz/Other

 

Acoustic

 

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OTHER INFO....

 

If the best recommendation for me is to get an amp with my purchase, then I'll do that - but please include the price of amp in the total! It will also need to be a portable amp, if any!

 

Thank you in advance for your help, Head-Fi!


Edited by BRSxIgnition - 6/14/12 at 9:39am
post #2 of 22
Thread Starter 

Bump~!

post #3 of 22

Instead of bumping, you should conisder posting here--and include your budget and whether or not you will using an amp:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/529144/recommendations-thread-i-e-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here-please-read-op/15450#post_8457262

post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

Instead of bumping, you should conisder posting here--and include your budget and whether or not you will using an amp:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/529144/recommendations-thread-i-e-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here-please-read-op/15450#post_8457262

Alright - I was just worried that it might be lost in all of the other recommendations being given. Anyway, I'll try it. Thanks.

 

I'll keep this one open though, just in case.

post #5 of 22

Nothing wrong with starting your own thread.

For your needs, you could consider the Philips L1. It's in your price range, it's very well built and also looks elegant. The latter is a matter of taste obviously, and so is the sound - I won't say that they sound great, but they do sound good and should fit your needs quite well. They're portable, dont require an amp and have decent isolation. There are headphones that sound better in this price range, but the L1 is a solid performer. Whatever you decide for, make sure you try them before buying if possible.

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Mad Dude View Post

Nothing wrong with starting your own thread.

For your needs, you could consider the Philips L1. It's in your price range, it's very well built and also looks elegant. The latter is a matter of taste obviously, and so is the sound - I won't say that they sound great, but they do sound good and should fit your needs quite well. They're portable, dont require an amp and have decent isolation. There are headphones that sound better in this price range, but the L1 is a solid performer. Whatever you decide for, make sure you try them before buying if possible.

Those are semi-open back though.. I can't see myself using them in the bus or in a library.. 

 

What are the "headphones that sound better in this price range, " that you mentioned? How would the K550 handle my needs? (Assuming I shortened the cable for Portable use)


Edited by BRSxIgnition - 6/14/12 at 9:05am
post #7 of 22

The L1 is mostly closed - the grills on the earcups are mostly for the looks. There's a thick layer of felt or cloth behind which blocks noise quite well. If isolation is a top priority for you, you could consider one of the popular on-ears (Sennheiser HD25-II, Beyerdynamic DT1350, or the new Sennheiser Amperior). If you require even more isolation, you should look into IEMs.

 

About the headphones that sound better in this price range: There are several (the usual suspects would include Sennheiser HD600/650, Beyer DT880, AKG Q701, Grado SR225, and perhaps some more which I don't know about). But these are all open and mostly large (non-portable) and require some decent amping.

post #8 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Dude View Post

The L1 is mostly closed - the grills on the earcups are mostly for the looks. There's a thick layer of felt or cloth behind which blocks noise quite well. If isolation is a top priority for you, you could consider one of the popular on-ears (Sennheiser HD25-II, Beyerdynamic DT1350, or the new Sennheiser Amperior). If you require even more isolation, you should look into IEMs.

 

About the headphones that sound better in this price range: There are several (the usual suspects would include Sennheiser HD600/650, Beyer DT880, AKG Q701, Grado SR225, and perhaps some more which I don't know about). But these are all open and mostly large (non-portable) and require some decent amping.

Apparently the K550's work well for isolation, how are they? Do you know where I could find some good reviews? How do they stack up against the M50's?

post #9 of 22

I don't know about the K550s, but there are several reviews here on Head-Fi. Consider that they are really large and will probably not be perfect for portable use.

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Mad Dude View Post

I don't know about the K550s, but there are several reviews here on Head-Fi. Consider that they are really large and will probably not be perfect for portable use.

But they do fold..

 

The only thing that puts me off about them is the fact that they apparently have little bass.

post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 

Are there any images/videos of the V-Moda M100's? How do other V-Moda phones match my preferences?

post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thread is still open for other suggestions.

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by BRSxIgnition View Post

Are there any images/videos of the V-Moda M100's?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/592389/v-moda-m-100-discussion-feedback-reviews-pics-etc#post_8088941

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

Read through that thread - there's a few images. but not too many..

 

Anyway, any other headphones to recommend.. or would the M100's be the best bet for me?

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by BRSxIgnition View Post

Read through that thread - there's a few images. but not too many..

 

Anyway, any other headphones to recommend.. or would the M100's be the best bet for me?

 

If this question was directed at me, sorry I don't really have any relevant experience or advice to give. Was just linking to the picture. redface.gif

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