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Hey, so I am going to buy my first set of full sized headphones tomorrow and I've been researching and thinking about getting a pair of ANC Monster Inspirations. I am currently using Monster Pro Turbine Golds and I love them but I want more and I believe I can only get more from a full sized pair of headphones or else I'd have to pay like a grand for top tier iems. The only thing I worry about though is that the Monster Inspirations leak (heard they do and that they don't) or aren't as balanced as I want them to be (some people say they are bass heavy). Please respond with different headphone recommendations and/or your thoughts on Monster Inspirations. Thanks. 

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Originally Posted by PrObErX View Post

Hey, so I am going to buy my first set of full sized headphones tomorrow and I've been researching and thinking about getting a pair of ANC Monster Inspirations. I am currently using Monster Pro Turbine Golds and I love them but I want more and I believe I can only get more from a full sized pair of headphones or else I'd have to pay like a grand for top tier iems. The only thing I worry about though is that the Monster Inspirations leak (heard they do and that they don't) or aren't as balanced as I want them to be (some people say they are bass heavy). Please respond with different headphone recommendations and/or your thoughts on Monster Inspirations. Thanks. 


Anything with mic, line control is a big nono for me.

 

First off what's your budget, and what kind of sound signature are you looking for? Genres?


Edited by azynneo - 10/7/12 at 10:38pm
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Thanks for your quick reply. Why are you against volume control, line control? I take that refers to the control talk cables? There is also a cable without controls included. I guess my budget is max $500, I am in Canada as well just so you get a feel for pricing and which headphones are available to me. I am looking for a balanced headphone since I listen to everything from electronic, dubstep, country, pop, rap... etc. Pretty much everything except for heavy rock and that screaming emo stuff haha.

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Thanks for your quick reply. Why are you against volume control, line control? I take that refers to the control talk cables? There is also a cable without controls included. I guess my budget is max $500, I am in Canada as well just so you get a feel for pricing and which headphones are available to me. I am looking for a balanced headphone since I listen to everything from electronic, dubstep, country, pop, rap... etc. Pretty much everything except for heavy rock and that screaming emo stuff haha.


Theres some scientific reasoning behind the mic / line controls. You'd also have to consider amp and dac requirements is your full budget 500$? or is that meant for headphones only.

 

Also, is this going to be a desktop setup or a portable setup?

 

From experience in the 500 range

 

Audio Technica ATH-50 good all rounder headphone, pretty good bass for your trance / dnb techno etc, the soundstage could be a bit meh,

HD600 - These are pretty good also, the bass is slightly on the low-end but I feel the detail retrieval is better than the 650

HD650 - I love these, they're the closest things to the high-end orth LCD-2s and they are amazing for your liking genres. They are a bit on the darkside and require some level of amping so don't just stick these into your ipod.

Beyer DT990 - The bass is quite right on this, actually there are a few people who think they're similar to the akg k702s but I don't think so at all. These headphones are definitely worth the research on.


Edited by azynneo - 10/7/12 at 10:50pm
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Portable setup, I have a Cowon J3 right now and I'd rather not get an amp, I am not super hardcore as an audiophile or anything but I can tell the difference between good and bad sound quality and appreciate good sound quality. I am looking for a stand alone headphone and I know it won't be as good as with and amp and what not but that is just how I'd like it. Mic/line control cables have bad effects on sound quality? If so wouldn't using the plain cord without controls be fine? I also want a headphone that looks decent as well, I am not looking for a fashion accessory but then again I am not looking for some old school giant looking thing as well.

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i think u need to hold back your triggerfinger .........if u really wan  the best bang for your bucks. 

 

( at least until the vmoda100 reviews are out...)

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Portable setup, I have a Cowon J3 right now and I'd rather not get an amp, I am not super hardcore as an audiophile or anything but I can tell the difference between good and bad sound quality and appreciate good sound quality. I am looking for a stand alone headphone and I know it won't be as good as with and amp and what not but that is just how I'd like it. Mic/line control cables have bad effects on sound quality? If so wouldn't using the plain cord without controls be fine? I also want a headphone that looks decent as well, I am not looking for a fashion accessory but then again I am not looking for some old school giant looking thing as well.

 



in that case, iems would be best for your but you said you wanted headphones

 

check out the beyer dt1350, v-moda 80s, Audio-Technica ATH-ES10, image one, bw p5, senn hd25s, mdr-x700s

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in that case, iems would be best for your but you said you wanted headphones

 

check out the beyer dt1350, v-moda 80s, Audio-Technica ATH-ES10, image one, bw p5, senn hd25s, mdr-x700s

 

Thanks so much for all of your input, is there any one out of those 7 that you would recommend most? I'm not in the mood to research 7 new headphones :P. Also, I have pretty good iems in my opinion and I could get more out of a full sized headphone vs an iem can I?

 

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i think u need to hold back your triggerfinger .........if u really wan  the best bang for your bucks. 

 

( at least until the vmoda100 reviews are out...)

popcorn.gif

So impatient... can't... wait... lol

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Alright, thanks. I'll look into it. Has anyone here owned Monster Inspirations before or currently own them? I would still like to find out whether they are balanced or not and if they leak a lot.

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Thanks so much for all of your input, is there any one out of those 7 that you would recommend most? I'm not in the mood to research 7 new headphones :P. Also, I have pretty good iems in my opinion and I could get more out of a full sized headphone vs an iem can I?

 

So impatient... can't... wait... lol


By the way, an IEM sounds the best for the buck so I'd say you are wrong there. A custom IEM can sound as good as a 3,000$ desktop rig. It's all just preference. My UERM out of my 4s I preferred it over my hd800 powered with a pico-slim. And the UERM on the used market is about 500-700, hd800s are 900-1200 + slim = 1300-1600? and clearly the uerm wins by a longshot due to it being easy as hell to power.

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Theres some scientific reasoning behind the mic / line controls. You'd also have to consider amp and dac requirements is your full budget 500$? or is that meant for headphones only.

 

Also, is this going to be a desktop setup or a portable setup?

 

From experience in the 500 range

 

Audio Technica ATH-50 good all rounder headphone, pretty good bass for your trance / dnb techno etc, the soundstage could be a bit meh,

HD600 - These are pretty good also, the bass is slightly on the low-end but I feel the detail retrieval is better than the 650

HD650 - I love these, they're the closest things to the high-end orth LCD-2s and they are amazing for your liking genres. They are a bit on the darkside and require some level of amping so don't just stick these into your ipod.

Beyer DT990 - The bass is quite right on this, actually there are a few people who think they're similar to the akg k702s but I don't think so at all. These headphones are definitely worth the research on.

I looked at this edited post and looking to the HD650's and the DT990's and they both seem like open cup headphones. I am really against music leaking as I like to keep my music personal and to myself and I also don't want to annoy people when I'm in a quiet place (I hate when people have their music leaking when I'm trying to focus on something or am reading in say the library).

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I looked at this edited post and looking to the HD650's and the DT990's and they both seem like open cup headphones. I am really against music leaking as I like to keep my music personal and to myself and I also don't want to annoy people when I'm in a quiet place (I hate when people have their music leaking when I'm trying to focus on something or am reading in say the library).

At first, I thought you wanted a desktop setup.

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