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I've done quite some extensive research on my own but still cannot come to a conclusion to suit my needs. I listen to electronic music; specifically, trance, progressive house, and liquid D'n'B/dubstep and these will be used at home where sound leakage/isolation won't be a problem. My previous headphones include the Superlux HD681 and the ATH-M50's. Found both uncomfortable after about 3-4 hours of continuous usage though, the ATH-M50's more than the Superlux's mainly due to the clamping force and the little padding on the headband. While I do listen to bassy music, I don't consider myself a basshead and even find the ATH-M50's SLIGHTLY too bassy. Thus, I want something with nice controlled and punchy bass but not in the amounts of the ATH-M50's. I also love listening to the vocals in trance music so the mids need to be good as well. Lastly, these will also be used for gaming and movies but I won't be gaming competitively so I want these to be fun sounding headphones. So to simplify in order of importance for me:

 

1.) Comfortability - Will use these anywhere from 4-12 hours a day; have an average-sized head, but fairly huge ears that stick out a bit so earcup depth should be noted

2.) Controlled and punchy bass - do not want excessive amounts of bass

3.) Detailed mids

4.) Good sound stage

 

Though if nothing fits my budget I can possibly push my budget to $200 but definitely no more than that. Excluding an amp of course.


Edited by lolspops - 11/11/12 at 7:07pm
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I am in the exact same boat as you. I do not have an answer but I will be following this thread and will update on any products that stand out to me. I have been looking for a while now though. Comfort is a definite first. Hoping to maybe stay < 150
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I've done quite some extensive research on my own but still cannot come to a conclusion to suit my needs. I listen to electronic music; specifically, trance, progressive house, and liquid D'n'B/dubstep and these will be used at home where sound leakage/isolation won't be a problem. My previous headphones include the Superlux HD681 and the ATH-M50's. Found both uncomfortable after about 3-4 hours of continuous usage though, the ATH-M50's more than the Superlux's mainly due to the clamping force and the little padding on the headband. While I do listen to bassy music, I don't consider myself a basshead and even find the ATH-M50's SLIGHTLY too bassy. Thus, I want something with nice controlled and punchy bass but not in the amounts of the ATH-M50's. I also love listening to the vocals in trance music so the mids need to be good as well. Lastly, these will also be used for gaming and movies but I won't be gaming competitively so I want these to be fun sounding headphones. So to simplify in order of importance for me:

 

1.) Comfortability - Will use these anywhere from 4-12 hours a day; have an average-sized head, but fairly huge ears that stick out a bit so earcup depth should be noted

2.) Controlled and punchy bass - do not want excessive amounts of bass

3.) Detailed mids

4.) Good sound stage

 

Though if nothing fits my budget I can possibly push my budget to $200 but definitely no more than that. Excluding an amp of course.

 

Heya,

 

Ultrasone HFI 2400

Beyer DT880 PRO

 

Both are very comfortable, great sound stages, great control, not overly bass, and excellent for what you're listening to.

 

Very best,

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Heya,

 

Ultrasone HFI 2400

Beyer DT880 PRO

 

Both are very comfortable, great sound stages, great control, not overly bass, and excellent for what you're listening to.

 

Very best,


It seems both headphones are a little out of my price range. I do not want to fall into the head-fi effect where I keep increasing budget until my wallet is empty frown.gif


Edited by lolspops - 11/12/12 at 12:38pm
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It seems both headphones are a little out of my price range. I do not want to fall into the head-fi effect where I keep increasing budget until my wallet is empty frown.gif

 

DT880's for $200.

 

Amazon warehouse, ships free, and has 30 day return policy.

 

Very best,

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DT880's for $200.

 

Amazon warehouse, ships free, and has 30 day return policy.

 

Very best,

I'm in Canada so I don't have access to Amazon.com and thus everything is marked up. I've also looked on Ebay but they're way more expensive than e-tailers

 

I've been looking into the DT lineup a lot and I could get a DT 990 for $165 locally. Do these have more bass than the M50?


Edited by lolspops - 11/12/12 at 12:52pm
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I'm in Canada so I don't have access to Amazon.com and thus everything is marked up. I've also looked on Ebay but they're way more expensive than e-tailers

 

I've been looking into the DT lineup a lot and I could get a DT 990 for $165 locally. Do these have more bass than the M50?

 

Heya,

 

The DT990 is a very bassy headphone, and bright. I would say yes, it has more mid-bass than the M50, but a little.

 

Very best,

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