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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

I'm currently using my D7000's at work and they are not working out too well. First of all, I'm always scared to scratch the wood and then the FiiO E7 doesn't really make them sound so well. 

 

My company just started to offer $100 grant to get any headphone so I need your expert advice. I have 2 days to make my decision. I'm looking for something that will work well with E7 and even if it doesn't need amping it's ok too. It would be good if it can isolate, but super isolation is not a must.  I listen mostly to Hip Hop so bass is a must. It's OK if you find something slightly offer $100. 

 

Thanks !

post #2 of 34

Heya,

 

Hrm. Based on what you're after, I would initially go for a Beyer DT770 or Brainwavz HM5. But they're a touch more than $100, but less than $200. Maybe a Sony 7506, Sennheiser PRO 280, or some Koss Pro4AAT titanium pro's.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 34
Lucky!! $100 for free tongue.gif

Just about to post when Malveaux posted, but yeah if you could add in $50, the DT770 80ohm version is great way to go. Super comfortable with velour pads like pillows and very excellent bass. Goes wonderfully with a portable amp.

Ultrasone Hi-Fis are another choice as there are a few within the $150s. I have not tried them myself but stay away if you dislike sibilance.

Finally, you could look into the ATH-M50s which has some bass emphasis, though probably not on par with the D770s or Ultrasone, but with the added plus of some balance.

I'd be wary of Sennheiser; I don't trust them for basshead cans.
Edited by Empire1 - 9/10/12 at 4:52pm
post #4 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. 

 

I was thinking about adding about $80 out of pocket and getting something nicer, but I just found out these headphones will not be mine to keep so I'm gonna try to find something for exactly $100 or lower. 

 

@MalVeauX: Out of the headphones that you recommended, which ones have the best bass ?

post #5 of 34

Sony MDR-V6 ($70)

Also get the Beyerdynamic EDT 200/250 V Velour ear pads ($23)


Edited by PurpleAngel - 9/10/12 at 5:14pm
post #6 of 34
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Do the pads isolate better or are they just for comfort?

post #7 of 34
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Do the pads isolate better or are they just for comfort?

I did it for comfort, put the (slightly used) Velour pads on an hour after receiving the V6s

 

I would guess the Velour ear pads would absorb stray audio, where as the standard pads (fake leather) would reflect more.

(but this is just a far flung idea I have not based on any testing or know facts).

But again, my only reason was for comfort.

post #8 of 34
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Purple, 

 

Thanks for the explanation. 


Edited by Artie17 - 9/10/12 at 6:38pm
post #9 of 34
Thread Starter 

So far I'm leaning towards the Sony 7506 unless there is something better in the price range.

 

Also, will the FiiO E7 make it sound any better?


Edited by Artie17 - 9/11/12 at 1:05am
post #10 of 34
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So far I'm leaning towards the Sony 7506 unless there is something better in the price range.

 

Also, will the FiiO E7 make it sound any better?

Fiio E7 (or E10) would do a good job, audio quality wise, with the MDR-7506.

post #11 of 34
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Just found ATH-ES7 for $105.

 

What do you think about them? The only thing that may prevent me from getting them is the lack of bass. Other than that I've heard good things, but not sure about the isolation.

 

http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=ATHES7WH&ref=froogle&omid=103&CAWELAID=1503874469&catargetid=1388872557&cagpspn=pla

post #12 of 34
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Just found ATH-ES7 for $105.

 

What do you think about them? The only thing that may prevent me from getting them is the lack of bass. Other than that I've heard good things, but not sure about the isolation.

 

http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=ATHES7WH&ref=froogle&omid=103&CAWELAID=1503874469&catargetid=1388872557&cagpspn=pla

 

I know zero about the ATH-ES7.

post #13 of 34

I know its not under $100, but M-audio q40's are $119 on b&h $127 at Best Buy right now.  Make excellent hip hop headphones.

post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by Artie17 View Post

Just found ATH-ES7 for $105.

 

What do you think about them? The only thing that may prevent me from getting them is the lack of bass. Other than that I've heard good things, but not sure about the isolation.

 

http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=ATHES7WH&ref=froogle&omid=103&CAWELAID=1503874469&catargetid=1388872557&cagpspn=pla

I enjoy a touch of bass on my music and did not find the ES7 excessively lacking on songs I listened to. Enjoyed music out of these, comfort is fair, and isolation is about the level you want to have at work. It blocks most sound out but you won't be completely oblivious to when the phone rings. My biggest concerns with the headphones are all related to the build. The cups scratch easily and fingerprints are just something you have to get used to if you let anyone touch them. Cable is thin and requires care. At ~4 ft, not the most suited length to stationery work. 

 

I personally think the ES7 shine most as a portable headphone, but would not mind picking a pair of these up for office use if it was covered for.

post #15 of 34

Shure SRH440 with SRH840 replacement pads... (both for $104.25 from amazon.com)

 

The only thing that will be lacking is the bass... so for more bass:

 

Denon DNHP700

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/544653-REG/Denon_DN_HP700_DN_HP700_Professional_DJ_Headphones.html

 

You could also look into the Philips Downtown brown/purple which seem to still be on sale on amazon from $100 down to 50-something or the gray/brown Uptown for $100

 

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Accessories-SHL5605BK-28-Headphones/dp/B0072B9VW8/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1347378595&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=philips+citiscape

 

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHL5905GY-28-CitiScape-Headphones/dp/B006Z1J2JI/ref=pd_cp_e_3

 

 

There are many more options above and below this price point, but these mentioned should provide a pleasant sound, comfort and isolation...

 

 

Good luck.

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