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post #1 of 27
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Before anything, I wanted to let you know I am a total noob when it comes to headphones but i love music very much. So, I recently decided it was time for me to grab a new pair of headphones for home use because my current one is currently a logitech g35 and they are not comfortable at all. My price range is anything reasonable. I've spent quite a while reading review's but still haven't found that pair that REALLY stick out. I would like to be happy with the pair I buy knowing it's worth what I paid. The main things I'm looking for in this headset is comfort, and a pair that is perfect for all types of music but mainly electro (something in between jazz and dubstep).

 

 

Things to keep in mind: 

  -  I wear glasses 

   - noise isolation

   - Will be using on a sony laptop

   - I shouldn't be able to tell they're on

 

I was contemplating these pairs: 

 

        Shure SRH550DJ:  http://amzn.to/MVH9Rj

 
        Sennheiser HD 558: http://amzn.to/MVHaEP
 
        Ultrasone PRO 900: http://amzn.to/Od0RZj  
 
 
Please let me help me find a pair!

Edited by swapnilshahh - 7/30/12 at 3:18pm
post #2 of 27

Scratch noise cancelling off of your list, its crap.

 

Are you looking for isolation (you don't hear outside noise) or no leakage (people don't hear your music)?

 

Will you be using this as a portable, or transportable, or just at home.

 

Will be using it for gaming and movies?

 

Do you have a soundcard? Or an amp. 

 

What is your target budget and max budget?

post #3 of 27
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Yes, I mean't noise isolation. I would prefer no leakage.

 

Just at home.

 

Mainly music, but sometimes movies. No gaming.

 

I do not. I was also looking to see if it was worth getting one. 

 

100-300 would be nice. I can go higher if it is really worth it.

post #4 of 27

Some to consider:

 

 - Ultrasones are good ( just check comfort  )

 

 - AKG Q701 with an amp

 

 - V-MODA M-80 ( on ears but apparently quite comfy )

 

-  Denon D2000

 

-  Audio Technica M50

 

Cheerz!


Edited by valerianaoff - 7/30/12 at 10:34am
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by swapnilshahh View Post

Yes, I mean't noise isolation. I would prefer no leakage.

 

Just at home.

 

Mainly music, but sometimes movies. No gaming.

 

I do not. I was also looking to see if it was worth getting one. 

 

100-300 would be nice. I can go higher if it is really worth it.

I'm going to haveto say Ultrasones look more or less up your alley for electro, but they have their own issues and from I have figured can be harsh depending on the amp. 

 

I would recommend Denon D2000, your gonna haveto look hard, its a good all rounder and was discontinued a few months ago, many places still have stock. Its known for its bass and overall clarity and musicality, I owned a pair and still enthusiastically recommend it for a reason. It isolates well, but leaks like mad. is comfortable, and has decent build quality. 

 

 

 

 

It doesn't really need an amp, unless its a high current one, with <1ohm output impedance and is as transparent as you can get. So that is out of budget. And it really likes a clean source (DAC.)

 

You can start just with the Denons for now, then Get an ODAC+O2 combo, which is a good bang for buck combo many have enjoyed with the Denons (I havent tried that pairing though, so do your own digging.)

post #6 of 27
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is there a runner up that doesn't leak as much? 

 

Because a bit is okay but if it just sounds like i have speakers in my room then I'd much rather not have that.

post #7 of 27
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is there a runner up that doesn't leak as much? 

 

Because a bit is okay but if it just sounds like i have speakers in my room then I'd much rather not have that.

Definitely not the K550, and don't let anybody convince you that is is, its bass light compared to the Denons, and has a resonance in the upper mids thats horrible.

 

I will state that the Denons are definitely not for watching porn.

 

Maybe you should look into the Ultrasones, but they can be picky with sources and amps, have a look at the HFI-780 specifically, and try to find an amp/source with rolled off treble. 

I don't own any so your gonna haveto do some digging. 

post #8 of 27
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is there a runner up that doesn't leak as much? 

 

Because a bit is okay but if it just sounds like i have speakers in my room then I'd much rather not have that.

 

Not that bad :)

 

+1 for WiR3D for also mentioning ODAC+O2 combo ... lusting them...lolz :) Not available yet where I am from... esp the ODAC !

post #9 of 27
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Definitely not the K550, and don't let anybody convince you that is is, its bass light compared to the Denons, and has a resonance in the upper mids thats horrible.

 

I will state that the Denons are definitely not for watching porn.

 

Maybe you should look into the Ultrasones, but they can be picky with sources and amps, have a look at the HFI-780 specifically, and try to find an amp/source with rolled off treble. 

I don't own any so your gonna haveto do some digging. 

I wouldn't really mind the denons but I just dont live at home. I need to watch the noise coming from my room haha.

So I think it's going to round down to two options?

 

Either the: 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Ultrasone-HFI-780-Surround-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00101XVH2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343671521&sr=1-1&keywords=HFI-780

 

 
or
 
 
The V-80's really stuck out to me. but if the Ultrasone's are just better at the end of the day, I will lean towards them. Which one would you get?
post #10 of 27
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I didn't quite understand that combo, could either of you elaborate on that?

post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by valerianaoff View Post

 

Not that bad :)

 

+1 for WiR3D for also mentioning ODAC+O2 combo ... lusting them...lolz :) Not available yet where I am from... esp the ODAC !

I didn't quite understand that combo, could either of you elaborate on that?

post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by swapnilshahh View Post

I wouldn't really mind the denons but I just dont live at home. I need to watch the noise coming from my room haha.

So I think it's going to round down to two options?

 

Either the: 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Ultrasone-HFI-780-Surround-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00101XVH2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343671521&sr=1-1&keywords=HFI-780

 

or
 
 
The V-80's really stuck out to me. but if the Ultrasone's are just better at the end of the day, I will lean towards them. Which one would you get?

 

The leak is audible up to 5m, unless your deaf, and then its very low volume. its nowhere near open-back level, buts classified as Semi-open. 

I would go for the Denons rolleyes.gif but then anybody else would have known that.

post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

 

The leak is audible up to 5m, unless your deaf, and then its very low volume. its nowhere near open-back level, buts classified as Semi-open. 

I would go for the Denons rolleyes.gif but then anybody else would have known that.

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AHD2000-Performance-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B000MVEC0Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343672227&sr=1-1&keywords=denon+d2000

 

is that an acceptable price for them?

post #14 of 27

I think u r looking at the wrong V-Moda....its the M-80 and not V-80...just to make sure u r not mistaken...ur first link too me to V-80.

 

So its down to 3:

 

V-Moda M80

 

D2000 

 

and

 

Ultrasones

 

 

U know what...i would not be able to make a decision :P lolz...

 

At least u have reached to your top 3...

 

A DAC is an external sound card

A O2 is an amp...

 

A set of these will ensure you the best quality u can get out of your cans....

 

Both designed by someone we have respect for...NwAvGuy

post #15 of 27

 

Thats full retail price, Try headphone.com, you used to get them for $250 about, but thats going to be difficult now.
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