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Headphones for my taste in music?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

I've done many research, looked at many posts on this forum, but couldn't find an answer for my specific taste. I really wouldn't mind going to an audiophile shop and auditioning for some headphones, but... from what i know there are none near me that are truley dedicated to headphones. I have found a few online that is near where i live (long island new york) but when i check there website out, they have everything audiophile related, but headphones....

 

So with that being sad, my budget is at most $300 would prefer to spend less, i am likely to get the asus xonar dx soundcard (since this is strictly for desktop music listening) and soon after that get the fiio e9 desktop amp. I had my eyes on the Sennheiser hd 598's,  and was ready to buy them, until i did a little more research and found that most of the buyers are softer music listeners. I really don't listen to much soft music. I enjoy listening to mostly rock, but 2 times out of 10 ill listen to some bassy music like hip hop and dubstep. I listen to many types of rock. I enjoy listening to many different types of bands like Linkin park, Saliva, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Drowning pool, Guns n' Roses, Metallica, Ozzy osbourne, black sabbath, Trapt, Chevelle, Puddle of mud, 3 doors down, Red, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Styles n beyond, Celldweller, Blue Stahli, Nirvana, Alice n chains, soundgarden,  Crossfade, and so much more like these bands that i cannot think of off the top of my head. As for hip hop/ dubstep i really only listen to 1 or 2 main artists. Eminem is great, and some skrillex songs. Every once in a while i might find a good beat of a rap song that i might enjoy listening to.

 

I realize that i am sacraficing bass if i go for a rock orientated headphone, but i am willing to make that sacrafice.

 

A note, i have heard Grados are great for rock, but after hearing so many reviews that they are very uncomfortable even for long time users, i have quickly steered away from them simply because i do not feel like adjusting my headphones after every song or even in the middle of every song. Not to mention the reviews where i heard they leave peoples ears to ache, i don't want that. Don't think im looking for a top of the line comfortable headphone though, i just want a headphone that will leave me to leave them alone and not adjust while im listening to music.

 

I forgot to mention, i will take an open backed headphone because i will be alone in my room listening to music.

 

Another edit: I enjoy listening to a ton of the songs that WJRR plays (http://www.iheart.com/live/593/?autoplay=true) Thats a good indication of what kind of headphones i need.


Edited by Starburst1 - 8/14/12 at 8:11pm
post #2 of 28

Knowing all the bands you mentioned, I really think (once again) the D2000's will be your thing. Rock and bass is what they do best.  It's not the type of headphone you regret buying, that's for sure.

 

Grados are known for rock because of their mid-range focus, but trust me, you want cans that CAN handle a wide spectrum of music, and the D2000's do a great job at modern rock. There is nothing better than Alice in Chain's Dirt blasted though those phones.

post #3 of 28

Better start from E17 as an amp or even better forget about Xonar and get at least Audioengine D1

post #4 of 28
Thread Starter 

Ok, so the thing with the denon AHD2000 (or at least i am pretty sure thats what you meant) seem great, but from looking online, i could only find that from one retalier and that is amazon, for $350 which is outside of my budget. That is why i probably didn't look into them after reading your post from my last thread.

 

As for the audioengine d1, is it really a better option than combining the fiio e9 and xonar dx?

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Originally Posted by Starburst1 View Post

Ok, so the thing with the denon AHD2000 (or at least i am pretty sure thats what you meant) seem great, but from looking online, i could only find that from one retalier and that is amazon, for $350 which is outside of my budget. That is why i probably didn't look into them after reading your post from my last thread.

 

As for the audioengine d1, is it really a better option than combining the fiio e9 and xonar dx?

I remember buying them new on buy.com for $210 in 2009. I see on amazon you can get them used for this price though. Obviously used isn't ideal, but if amazon has them in good cont. you get them auto-burned in as well :P

post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 

Oh man, i was hoping for more suggestions while i was at work =(.

 

I am not a fan of buying used products, unless its a certain item. Those headphones sound like a good pair of cans for me, but its price is a little too high. They seem like they are about to become discontinued due to the lack of retailers right now.

post #7 of 28

Since open cans are okay and you're willing to sacrifice bass for the sake of rock nirvana, I'd say the Pioneer SE-A1000 might do the trick.  I love mine for rock, and they're way cheap to boot.  A bit big perhaps, but VERY comfortable.

post #8 of 28

Keep in mind that the D2000 is mid-recessed, so vocals can be pretty far back in the mix. Not my ideal sound for rock, personally.

post #9 of 28

^^^ Neutral Milk Hotel!

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^^^ Neutral Milk Hotel!

 

Yup! Fantastic album.

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Yup! Fantastic album.

 

Which BTW sounds bloody fantastic on the aforementioned Pioneer SE-A1000!

post #12 of 28
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Ok, so I looked up the Pioneer SE-A1000 and i found that the msrp is $150. I even saw on amazon that they were $50.00. I am in no way looking for cheaper headphones, i want something that will produce the best quality sound for the music i listen to for $300 or under. 

post #13 of 28

Ugh, Denon D2000 is a pretty bad recommendation for rock...
They are slow headphones and won't be able to keep up with the speed of metal/rock

post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by nehcrow View Post

Ugh, Denon D2000 is a pretty bad recommendation for rock...
They are slow headphones and won't be able to keep up with the speed of metal/rock

 

+1

 

Sorry I don't have another recommendation for ya. If you can stretch the budget at all, go HiFiman HE-400. One of the best values in headphones right now. For rock, the Sony MDR-V900HD has a midrange that is very far north of it's price-point. Tight bass, fantastic soundstage. But be careful of fakes. Buy from a reputable company. 


Edited by SoundFreaq - 8/15/12 at 6:18pm
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Starburst1 View Post

Ok, so I looked up the Pioneer SE-A1000 and i found that the msrp is $150. I even saw on amazon that they were $50.00. I am in no way looking for cheaper headphones, i want something that will produce the best quality sound for the music i listen to for $300 or under. 

 

Well, okay then.  Good luck!  biggrin.gif

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