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post #1 of 15
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I need to get a pair of headphones. After much research on this site and others, I almost feel even more confused (perhaps not surprising because sound is so subjective), but I'm going to post asking for your opinions anyways. These headphones are going to be used for music listening only (and music DVDs via laptop). I will but a amp if needed (Fiio e17). I'm not mixing music, adjusting anything in the music, etc. Will be listening to apple lossless rips and music dvds. I will be listening mostly classic rock. Also some modern rock, punk rock, alternative.

I look for 1) soundstage and imaging and 2) bass (not overpowering) and clarity above all else. I'm not an audiophile although I'd like to be, I just want a "wow" listening experience. With that said I don't want to get something that is more of an in-studio monitoring headphones that will make my music sound poor. Also, I once owned some Denon 5000s and LOVED them. I have also had Grado SR80 and hated them, or more accurately thought they sounded no better than $10 Sonys (which is why I don't have any Grados on this list).

 

Here is what I'm looking at, feel free to add other options:

 

AKG Q701/K702

Shure SRH840

Shure SRH940

V-Moda M-100

Sennheiser HD598, HD558, HD600

Sennheiser Momentum

Beyer DT880

Denon AHD600

Denon Urban raver

post #2 of 15

With an extremely biased opinion, I'd say your best bet is the HD600.

 

They won't have the quantity of bass as your previous D5000, but the sound quality is greaaaaaaaaaaat.

post #3 of 15
Hmm...never auditioned any of the headphones listed above but one thing I am certain after reading InnerFidelity's review on the V-Moda M 100. Those don't sound audiophile but more like "fun" signature.

Do you mind telling us why you dislike the sound on your Grado SR80? Is it too bright? smily_headphones1.gif
post #4 of 15
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They would need to be amped correct?

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

the 600's?

post #6 of 15
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They just had no wow factor to me. I felt like the SR80s sounded no better than the apple earbuds.

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by charlie875578 View Post

the 600's?

600's aren't very hard to amp to sound great, though they do scale fairly well to higher end gear.

post #8 of 15
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They would need to be amped correct?

Oh sorry, read your question wrong.  Yes, I would recommend an amp for the HD600.

post #9 of 15
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is the e17 good enough for the Hd600's? I'll admit my knowledge of amps lacks behind my (limited) knowledge of other audio equipment...

post #10 of 15
Should be fine
post #11 of 15
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Q701s any good?
post #12 of 15

Yes. I and many many others think they are great. They are also a good match for the E17, that is what powers mine. They may not be an exciting "wow" kind of sound though, unless overall clarity, a big wide soundstage, and massive amounts of detail is what makes you say wow. They are not typically considered a "fun" headphone though because they don't have an exaggerated bass. Bass quality is great, but some find the bass quantity to be lacking. The E17 can help fix that though.with it's built in bass boost. 

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Q701s any good?
post #13 of 15

I would cross the M-100's and the Sennheiser Momentum's off your list. The bass is more in your face, and so clarity can suffer.

The M-100's have better clarity than the Momentum's, but I've found only a paper mod gives the sound I'm looking for (and even then, the paper needs to have hardened up first.)

 

The HD600's if used purely for home use, should be perfect. I haven't tested these personally though.

post #14 of 15

Are HD 600/650 both good with E17? or E09K?

post #15 of 15
E9 (E09 today I guess) will be a fine match - no idea about the E17 though, would guess it'd be fine though. E9 is a good amplifier for the money.
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