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Need advice on headphone purchase. :)

post #1 of 6
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Let me start this thread by saying hello, and showing my appreciation for this forum! :)

I've been reading its various sections for some time now, and I've decided to ask a question or two to the community. Please forgive for the mammoth posting.

 

My system is an older Yamaha av-receiver, connected to two ancient AIWA 3-way Bass Reflex speakers, each with 55W of power, and an old 90W woofer. The receiver is connected to an older Pioneer DVD player via an optical cable, and also bitstreams via my PC's S/PDIF digital out. Having said that, my sound card is the ancient Realtek AC97, and I've done everything possible to minimise it's impact on my sound. I use foobar for playback (with replay gain), Kernel Streaming to bypass Kmixer, and resample to 48khz with foobar's SoX Resampler to avoid Realtek's unremovable resampling algorithm. I'm perfectly aware that it's not a particularly good set-up, but I'm content with it for two reasons: I have a very small room, a huge balcony door with next-to-no sound isolation, and I'm near a very large crossroads, so the subtle notes do not get to me while listening via the speakers. The second reason is  that for my first very own audio system I simply wanted to make it sufficient, and still better-then-most. Where I live folks are really not big on audio tech, audio equipment, or audio media for that matter. Piracy is rampant, and 128kbps MP3 is king.

 

I'm saying all of this because I believe it factors in my headphone selection. Having a less than perfect system means that expensive, top of the line headphones are not the way to go. The music I mainly listen to is hot jazz, acoustic blues (some electric too), swing, big band, classical country, rockabilly, some rock and roll, some blues rock, some vintage RnB... etc. Virtually no contemporary stuff, virtually no classical, no punk, acid jazz, reggae, fusion jazz... My collection is either FLAC or 320kbps MP3's, with an emphasis on vinyl rips, sometimes with extreme snap-crackle-pop sounds in the background. That's why I often tinker with the sounds in iZotope Ozone, to make them listenable.

 

All of this is to say that I'm really looking for something better than what I'm used to, which is, in short, supermarket-grade headphones. I never use full-size headphones while travelling, so they can be as clunky as they come. I'm more used to the supra-aural, but circumaural is perfectly fine too. They should probably be somewhat tollerant towards bad recordings. As I'm one of those freaks who really like listening to music at night and hypnotising themselves, I would really like a pair of cans that would eliminate as much of outward sounds as possible. There's no paypal here, and I don't own a credit card, so ordering is not an option, and my budget is up to a hundred bucks. I've found about a half-dozen musical instrument stores in the entire city which also hold "higher-grade" headphones, that is to say that they cost more than ten bucks. The brands are mostly AKG, Audio Technica and Senheiser.

 

Thank you up front for all your advice and help in choosing! I realise that my requests are probably over-complicated and that I'm expecting too much out of a piece of equipment, but I would appreciate if you would just suggest anything that comes to your minn after reading all this stuff, even if it's not one of those I listed above. Thanks again!

post #2 of 6

If you can stretch your budget slightly higher ($150), I think the KRK KNS 8400 may suit your needs. They're nice detailed all-rounders, are very comfortable, and isolate.

 

You can also take a look at the CAL! (Creative Aurvana Live! - I love them), maybe the Senn HD4X8 series, although I must admit the cans I mentioned here do not isolate all that well. You can also take a look at the Sony MDR V6 (though IMO they are not as good as the KRKs). 

 

If you are a DIY kind of person, you can get the Fostex T50RP ($70), research some mods and do them yourself. Some mods make them very comparable to higher-end headphones ($800+) and are apparently not that hard to do.

 

Hope this helps and I hope you get a bit more feedback regarding your genres.


Edited by roma101 - 7/16/12 at 3:04pm
post #3 of 6
Heya,

Look into:

Shure srh840
Ultrasone pro 550 and hfi 780
Brainwavz hm5
Beyer dt770 (used)
Panasonic htf600

Very best,
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by SteveBlue View Post

They should probably be somewhat tollerant towards bad recordings. As I'm one of those freaks who really like listening to music at night and hypnotising themselves, I would really like a pair of cans that would eliminate as much of outward sounds as possible. There's no paypal here, and I don't own a credit card, so ordering is not an option, and my budget is up to a hundred bucks.

 

forgiving with poor quality recordings? 

V-moda M80 comes to mind, you can buy an used pair if you dont care. 

 

The Fostex heaphones mentioned before, need some amping. 

post #5 of 6
M-80 is a good choice, I second that.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hm... Seems I might be in luck. I found the KRK KNS 8400 in a store here for just around $100. The Ultrasones too. I guess I'll check them out! :D
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