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First time headphone buyer - Need advice!

post #1 of 9
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This will be my first time purchasing headphones and I could really use advice to get the most out of my money and music.


Basically i'm looking for a pair of over-ear headphones which can: - 


- Minimise outside noise (Noise cancelling?)

- Portable

- Decent sound quality

- Versatile for multiple genres of music.


I should probably list certain genres I mainly listen to.


- Melodic Death Metal (Disarmonia Mundi, Insomnium, In Flames, Amon Amarth etc) <-- My main genre.

- Hard Rock

- 80's Rock/Metal

- Soundtrack (Two Steps From Hell, 12 Kingdoms, LoTR etc)

- Trance/Vocal Trance

- Dance


I should probably mention, I am not an audiophile nor someone who is too picky with quality in any way; BUT I will not listen to music that is below 320kbps, and I prefer FLAC.

Yes, I will be using a portable audio device, but also the headphones will be used in my computer too.


I have looked around and found a couple of headphones that seem to come highly suggested for my price range of $150-200.


- ATH-M50 (Although everyone here shys away and keeps them as some form of taboo topic..?)

- Sennheiser HD 2xx

- Ultrasone HFI-580


Any suggestions are much appreciated.

post #2 of 9
If you're a.new buyer,.getting expensive headphones is a worthless endeavour, because you won't appreciate them properly.

Start small. Between $30-$50 imho.

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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by XanderTJ View Post

If you're a.new buyer,.getting expensive headphones is a worthless endeavour, because you won't appreciate them properly.
Start small. Between $30-$50 imho.
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That would be like saying "Just stick to 480p movies, your eyes won't be able to appreciate 720-1080p ..."


But thank-you for your opinion :)


But still just because i'm not an audiophile doesn't mean I can't appreciate how much better music will sound through a good pair of headphones.

post #4 of 9

well if you don't plan to get an amp, about $200 is the highest you should go, max $300 the difference in sound after that without an amp is really minimal, close to zero. $100 cans still work well without an amp. but if you can afford it, then go ahead and buy a 300$ headphone you will save money in the future by not needing to upgrade so many times. you just have to buy an amp to upgrade after that

post #5 of 9

For your criteria, go with the M-50's. They have just the right amount of bass for your music, and they provide good sound isolation. Plus, the sound quality is very good considering the price.

post #6 of 9

You should probably go out to a hifi store near you and try some headphones.. but the M50 seems like a bad choice to me, considering it's a V signature. you might want to check the phillips Uptown aswell as i've heard nothing but good thing about it but, it could've been viral marketing, though.(Althought that is a V aswell, just a less pronounced one.

Edited by Keller1 - 6/25/12 at 11:13am
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

I definitely will go to a store and try some headphones, but in saying that I live in Australia and stock that JB-Hifi etc have is quite limited. But i'll post back what models I tried and which ones sounded best (to my ears).

Wouldn't getting an amp just decrease portability and drain my music device of battery power even more?

post #8 of 9

decrease portability, yes, increase music quality, yes drain more power from music player, no, since it will boost the audio signal, means the player device doesn't need to put out as much power to produce the same loudness. it will save battery infact, (the amp has its own power source) but probably only by 1-10%. lower screen brightness will save more battery for that matter 

post #9 of 9

HD25MK2_.jpgfiio e17.jpgGet a fiio e17 headphone amp/dac with sennheiser hd 25 mk2 portable headphones!http://www.jbhifi.com.au/ P.s I wouldn't pay jbh hifi prices it's a rip

   off,they are charging 5th avenue prices for low end audio,can't you order them off amazon or something?http://www.jaben.com.au/

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I would get these because you are paying bang and olufsen prices for the other stuff my friend..p.s you won't need an amp with these!

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Or you could order these from jaben australia!wink_face.gif

Edited by our martin - 7/5/12 at 10:45am
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