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Which headphones would you choose under these conditions?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

My experience with headphones so far:

After having stretched out the clamp and covered the pads with some socks, I now can stand my ATH-M50s for about 4h, instead of the usual 30min.

They are however still too uncomfortable to use everyday for many hours, so I need to replace them.

 

I also own a pair of Yuin Pk3 earbuds which I love which I love for their confort and balanced, natural sound which makes them simply disappear.

The problem with them, is I still can ear external noise, which inhibits the sense of immersion.

Despite not as detailed as the ATH-M50, nor so deep in bass extension/quantity, I find them less distracting/fatiguing to ear for long periods.

 

I hate the V shaped sound signature of the Sennheiser CX-300, and they make my inner ears hurt after a while.

I find IEM very inconvenient and uncomfortable for everyday so they are out of question.

 

 

New Cans Constraints:

- Should fit for long hours in big ears which go back like this one: http://i.imgur.com/epUPG.jpg

- For indoor use, but enough isolation to block slightly noisy street sound.

- They should play fine directly from a MacBook Air, maybe getting an amp in the future.

- Maximum around 300€

- Hate V shape signature, like neutral/natural.

- Mostly to Jazz, Electronic, Minimal, Classic, Downtempo

 

Is there anything which fits these conditions?

 

The ones I've scoped so far are:

 

- Beyerdynamic DT880

- Senheiser HD 595 

- Denon AHD2000

- AKG K701

- ...

 

What would you get?

 

Thanks for the suggestions!


Edited by aristidesfl - 8/22/12 at 7:38am
post #2 of 20

+1 for DT880 & D2000

 

Others u can consider:

 

Brainwavz HM5

 

Cheerz!

post #3 of 20

Agreed on Denon AH-D2000's. I have a set that I ran directly out of my MacBook Pro (and later my iMac) for ages before getting an amp. They sound great direct, they sound amazing when properly amped.

 

I also happen to have a pretty big head (as my girlfriend is fond of remarking) and they fit comfortably on me so you shouldn't have to worry on that account.

post #4 of 20

I have owned my DT880/600 for a little over a month and absolutely love them. Very comfortable on my ears, solid fit so they won't fly off your head, and a great overall headphone I can use for anything. I have been considering trying out the DT990/600 for improved bass response to see if they fit my needs, but wouldn't hesitate to recommend the DT880 one bit.

 

I also opted for the Q701 instead of the K701/702 because I felt the sound was smoothed out a bit more. After several months of use, I don't like the bumps on the headband as I have a big head and they get uncomfortable after awhile. Beyond that, I love the sound and the fit over my ears. They don't touch my ears at all and go completely around. Fantastic soundstage as well.

The AH-D2000 have always had my vote for a closed set of headphones in that price range. You can't go wrong with this set, although they may cost you a tad bit more than the other two above. This is definitely my next pair I plan on purchasing (followed by the DT990).

 

Another closed set to look at if you would like to save a few bucks is the K550. Slightly cheaper than the AH-D2000, but still a solid pick. I love mine, very comfortable and don't require too much ampage.

post #5 of 20

I got my Denon's for $220. Given the AH-D2000 is not the latest model you should be able to get a similar price on them. At full retail they are good value for money but at that price they can crush anything.

 

The only other headphone in that range I know enough about to say is great is the Sennheiser HD-25-1 II. However, while I've heard amazing things about the build and sound, I've heard mixed things about comfort. They have a tendency to "clamp" your head a bit.

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

How would the sound from K550 compare with the M50s? Better, worst?

 

I really like the aesthetics of the Q701, although they don't seem to be so popular and not so praised in terms of confort.. Are they fully open?

 

Since I want some noise isolation I should aim at semi-open/closed headphones right?

How does isolation from a fully open pair of cans compare with foam earbuds?


Edited by aristidesfl - 8/22/12 at 1:26pm
post #7 of 20
+1 d2000
post #8 of 20

I don't get all the D2000 recommendations. That's definitely a V-shaped headphone, which is not what the OP wanted. The D2000 is hardly neutral.

 

If you're willing to go with an open and full-sized headphone, I feel the HD600 is quite neutral. Not great unamped though; might need to add in a E10.

post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 

Where do you find good deals on the D2000?

I live in Europe btw.

post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

 

 

Quote:
I don't get all the D2000 recommendations. That's definitely a V-shaped headphone, which is not what the OP wanted. The D2000 is hardly neutral.

 

Thank you
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 

 

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If you're willing to go with an open and full-sized headphone, I feel the HD600 is quite neutral. Not great unamped though; might need to add in a E10.

 

 

 

 

I'm willing with to go with open as long as they provide more isolation than the Yuin Pk3 earbuds. That's the point.. Do they?

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by HeroicPenguin View Post

I don't get all the D2000 recommendations. That's definitely a V-shaped headphone, which is not what the OP wanted. The D2000 is hardly neutral.

 

If you're willing to go with an open and full-sized headphone, I feel the HD600 is quite neutral. Not great unamped though; might need to add in a E10.

 

IMHO,

The D2000 is not considered a V-Shape phone. 

 

 

post #13 of 20

I would say that the D2000 is definately v shaped. What do you expect? An FR graph that is literally a massive V?

post #14 of 20

Eh, they're a bit on the warm side but hardly v-shaped.

 

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Originally Posted by aristidesfl View Post

 

I'm willing with to go with open as long as they provide more isolation than the Yuin Pk3 earbuds. That's the point.. Do they?

 

No. Open-backed headphones provide almost no isolation. The Denon AH-D2000 is also considered a semi-sealed headphone in that it is closed-backed but isn't designed for real isolation. It's good enough for a dorm room (unless you're trying to drown out a party, in which case get some UE or Shure IEMs).

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post

I would say that the D2000 is definately v shaped. What do you expect? An FR graph that is literally a massive V?

 

Bro, i have heard the D2000 many times too...not V shaped to my ears. The FR graph was posted so that the OP can see how the D2000 responds to Frequencies. Not looking for a V there.

 

They are warm, but not V. Thats my opinion. 


Edited by valerianaoff - 8/23/12 at 1:58am
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