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Wanting a clear over ear headphone for mainly jazz and under $250?

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Hi all. I would like some advice on what sort of really clear headphones I could buy for under $250? My amp is a Fiio E17 so it can drive almost anything. Thanks in advance!
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Hi all. I would like some advice on what sort of really clear headphones I could buy for under $250? My amp is a Fiio E17 so it can drive almost anything. Thanks in advance!

Closed: AKG K550 (can be found for 250)

Open: Senn HD558, HD 598
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Thanks for the advice @Doc-Holliday smily_headphones1.gif
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Do you think the AKG K271 MKII Pro's would also be a good choice?
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I'd say +1 on the hd598 or a used pair of hd600's!!

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Thanks a bunch @MattTCG. This site is awesome!! smily_headphones1.gif
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Hi all. I would like some advice on what sort of really clear headphones I could buy for under $250? My amp is a Fiio E17 so it can drive almost anything. Thanks in advance!

 

Heya,

 

Can you describe more of what the sound is that you're after? Bassy & Warm? Neutral? Relaxed or exciting? Bright or dull? Aggressive or mellow? Do you need isolation or prefer a closed headphone? Or would you rather have the open air headphones (assuming environmental noise and other people are not a problem)? Preference on pads types (soft velour or pleather)?

 

Also, what do you mean by clear? Do you mean tight? Good separation of tones? Fast? Or do you just mean not grainy?

 

I'm a big jazz-head, and I find that most headphones that most people really put into jazz tend to be smooth, articulate, but warm headphones with good sound stages, focusing on separation of tones, and having a touch of sparkle in the treble for some and others like it a little darker, less bright (rolled off treble), and for some reason love to pair it up with tube DACs and tube AMPs as well (though you already have the E17).

 

Based on your answers, we can suggest some headphones that will fit your wants perhaps.

 

Very best,

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Hey MalveauX,

I am a bit of a noob when it comes to all these terms. I know I want a nice warm, fast and articulate sound that doesn't need to have much bass. What type of headphone does not really matter, I will be using them mainly at home. The ear pads don't matter either, just as long as they're not really really tight.

I there is anything else you want to know, PM me!!

Thanks so much smily_headphones1.gif

P.S they still need to be under $250 smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Rubberdinosaur View Post

Hey MalveauX,
I am a bit of a noob when it comes to all these terms. I know I want a nice warm, fast and articulate sound that doesn't need to have much bass. What type of headphone does not really matter, I will be using them mainly at home. The ear pads don't matter either, just as long as they're not really really tight.
I there is anything else you want to know, PM me!!
Thanks so much smily_headphones1.gif
P.S they still need to be under $250 smily_headphones1.gif

 

Heya,

 

Well, having little to really go on, I think I'm getting that you want a warm neutralish headphone that don't clamp hard.

 

Here's some suggestions:

 

Open air (for larger sound stage):

 

Beyer DT880 PRO 250ohm

Hifiman HE-300

AKG Q701

AKG K240 MKII

Ultrasone HFI 2400

AudioTechnica AD900

Sennheiser HD558 & HD598

Sony MA900

 

Closed back (for isolation/privacy):

 

Beyer DT770 PRO 250ohm

AKG K167

AKG K271 MKII

AudioTechnica A700X & A900X

Sennheiser HD380 PRO

Sony MDRZX700 & MDR1R

Ultrasone PRO 650 & PRO 750

Shure SRH840

Brainwavz HM5

 

I would probably heavily lean you toward the Beyer DT880 and Hifiman HE-300 ideally, and AudioTechnica A900X if you go the closed route.

 

Very best,

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Hey thanks @MalVeauX for the advice! I eventually ended up getting a pair of AKG K271 MkII and am loving them so much gs1000.gif  Thanks for getting me into hifi with these cans!

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Hi there!

 

I am also new to this forum and to good gear as well, but as my K518s have unfortunately died, I started looking for something better. I am into jazz, alternative rock (Radiohead) and folk (mostly violin, drums and singing), therefore I would need the cans to be bassy and warm with a good separation of tone; over the ear type. Although I am not really into isolated headphones, it is probably the way to go, as I am on the move most of the time.

 

I have a cowon iaudio7 which also needs replacing, no amplification yet, therefore I am open to any good ideas. My budget for the headphones is the same as above, so 250 $, and about 200 $ for the player + amp.

 

Thank you very much in advance for any good ideas, looking forward to see them!

 

Greetings from Prague!

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