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Looking for a good first "nice" headset...

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I am currently using a set of Bose QC3's but I would like to upgrade to a nicer pair of headphones. I have done quite a bit of research and I know that I will be needing a closed pair as I will be around other people while using the headphones. My budget is ~150 to 300. I am looking for a pretty well balanced pair with a little bias towards the base as I like hip hop and techno (but I also occasionally listen to rock, jazz, and classical). I have an amp to use while at home as well. Unless anybody has other headphones that fit the criteria, I am deciding between:

ATH m50's (I am ideally looking for a headphone a step above this one)
Ultrasone Pro 750
Ultrasone HFI 680/780 (which one, I don't know...)

Anyway, I would greatly appreciate some help in narrowing down my search.

Thanks!


Edited by BeaverRat - 2/1/13 at 10:49am
post #2 of 18
Thread Starter 

Any ideas guys?

post #3 of 18

Beyerdynamic dt770 or dt990.  Would've recommended Denon d2000 but they dont make those anymore.

post #4 of 18
I recently had a chance to demo the Logitech ue6000 and they are pretty fantastic to my ears. They have a noise cancelling circuit that doubles as an active bass boost. The ue9000 supposedly sounds the same but adds Bluetooth as well for those less than critical wireless listening sessions. Both have microphones for use with your cellular.
post #5 of 18
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Beyerdynamic dt770 or dt990.  Would've recommended Denon d2000 but they dont make those anymore.


dt 990 is not closed.

 

770 is a nice suggestion. I like them.

post #6 of 18

Can't get much better than the Beyerdynamic DT770 sound for the price. You can find a excellent condition used pair for under 200 dollars most of the time. If you want a more balanced sound with less of a V shaped spectrum, check out the DT880. They are known as one of the best price/performance headphones around. I would also suggest a pair of Mad Dogs, but you will more than likely need an amp for those, even with portable use to get the full potential of those cans. I would stay away from the Ultrasone headphones, they are extremely sibilant and not worth the money you pay for them IMO. If isolation and noise leakage is a huge concern, I wouldn't consider any semi-open or even some closed headphones like the M50s, I've had them and they leak noise quite a bit for a closed can. I've heard that the V-Moda M-100 are excellent headphones especially if you are looking for that extra punch in the bass region. Best of luck in your search!

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies... Guess I will stay away from the Ultrasones. This is going to sound really shallow, but I absolutely hate the way that the dt 770s look and I feel that my nice headphones have to look good to be worth the money.

 

What do you guys think of the AKG K550?

post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by BeaverRat View Post

Thanks for the replies... Guess I will stay away from the Ultrasones. This is going to sound really shallow, but I absolutely hate the way that the dt 770s look and I feel that my nice headphones have to look good to be worth the money.

 

What do you guys think of the AKG K550?

 

The AKG K550 are definitely an option for you. I've heard they seal well and are very comparable to the Denon D2Ks, which are very closed headphones for the price. I would check them out for sure. I've seen them on the Deals Thread be on sale for as little as 200. That would be an excellent choice. They seem like they are low impedance headphones so they probably wouldn't require an amp for use, but probably would benefit from one if you chose to get one.

 

I would check out some reviews and look up user reviews as well to answer any questions you may have about them. I personally haven't heard them so I can't comment on how they sound.

post #9 of 18
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The AKG K550 are definitely an option for you. I've heard they seal well and are very comparable to the Denon D2Ks, which are very closed headphones for the price. I would check them out for sure. I've seen them on the Deals Thread be on sale for as little as 200. That would be an excellent choice. They seem like they are low impedance headphones so they probably wouldn't require an amp for use, but probably would benefit from one if you chose to get one.

 

I would check out some reviews and look up user reviews as well to answer any questions you may have about them. I personally haven't heard them so I can't comment on how they sound.

Thanks, I did quite a bit of research on the K550s and to me it seems as if they are a bit too thin/flat for my liking. I would like a bias towards bass (not too much, but just enough to give me that thumping sensation).

 

What are my options here for a pretty even closed headphone with a slight bias towards the bass under 300 dollars?

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by BeaverRat View Post

Thanks, I did quite a bit of research on the K550s and to me it seems as if they are a bit too thin/flat for my liking. I would like a bias towards bass (not too much, but just enough to give me that thumping sensation).

 

What are my options here for a pretty even closed headphone with a slight bias towards the bass under 300 dollars?


Well, a few things that need to be known:

 

1) Are you planning on amping these headphones.

2) Is portability an issue? This goes along with durability, noise cancellation, noise leakage, and my personal number #1 requirement... comfort.

 

Knowing those things well help us, help you with suggestions. Without those specifics there are so many options.

post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Well, a few things that need to be known:

 

1) Are you planning on amping these headphones.

2) Is portability an issue? This goes along with durability, noise cancellation, noise leakage, and my personal number #1 requirement... comfort.

 

Knowing those things well help us, help you with suggestions. Without those specifics there are so many options.

I have a cMoyBB amp, so yes...

 

Portability really isn't an issue, but I want them to look nice and be comfortable. They have to be closed so that I can use them in the same room as my roommate without disturbing him.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by BeaverRat View Post

I have a cMoyBB amp, so yes...

 

Portability really isn't an issue, but I want them to look nice and be comfortable. They have to be closed so that I can use them in the same room as my roommate without disturbing him.


With your budget there are plenty of choices for closed headphones, but not to many that isolate well. I would look into the V-Moda M-100. They are said to be great modern music headphones, that do great with rap, hip hop, etc. All the music genres you tend to listen to. They have also said to be great for isolation and decently comfortable as long as you don't have huge ears. Other suggestions of the top of my head include:

 

Logitech UE6000

Shure SRH840

Sennheiser Momentum (Excellent Can with punchy bass, but overall a neutral-ish tone) - These are a little over your budget new, but can be had in the used market in excellent condition for under 300.

 

If you want to go a bit cheaper and just have a can that you can throw around and just not worry to much about you could always try the highly regarded Creative Aurvana Live! for 60$. They are said to be excellent headphones bang for your buck. All of these headphones are known as great headphones by many. For what you are looking for you can't really go wrong with any of them. I personally have only heard the Shure and V-Modas, and I was very impressed with both. But, for rap and hip-hop, you can't get much better than the M-100.

post #13 of 18

Give the Audio Technica a900x a listen. They are an excellent all around headphone, highs, mids, and bass are all well defined. They have solid but not over powering bass. Some cons could be the comfort (the wing design does not work for everyone) and they are not at all portable.

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 

What do you guys think of the KRK KNS-8400?

 

 

post #15 of 18

Hi there,

 

I think for the type of music you listen to, and at your price range, you can't do better than the Beyers DT990 Pro. They are not closed, but once on your head, people won't be disturbed. They are absolutely great headphones for the price. I just bought a pair on Amazon (new) for 150 euros.

 

They have great bass, and honestly I am stunned that for that price, I got such quality headphones. I was expecting much worse. I use them with:

 

EMU 1212m---> Benchmark DAC-1-->Singlepower MPX3, and they are unforgiving with bad recordings. With anything modern, they sound really great, I would not hesitate to call them high-end headphones, they come close to being rivals with my Grado SR325i and many other headphones I've owned throughout the years. For that price, it's a no-brainer if you ask me.

 

As far as build quality goes, it is top notch. I've rarely had such sturdy headphones in fact. Comfort-wise, you really can't do better than Beyer pads, in my opinion. They are a little clampy at first, but after a couple hours on your head they start loosening up just enough to be a great fit.

 

As far as sound quality goes, I find them to be exceptional plugged into the tube amp. Great recordings like Dire Straits albums really come to life, as does most hiphop and techno (Prodigy, Massive Attack, etc) I've listened to so far.

 

They did a pretty good job with my rock albums as well. I would still lean more towards my Grados for those, but for half the price, the DT990s really did well. As far as Jazz goes, the solo piano recordings sounded really good too. Very detailed and forward, with great soundstage. As far as big band jazz goes, such as Charles Mingus, they did well, but not overly so. They are not as airy as I'd like for big orchestras/bands, and that is probably the only thing I can find to complain about.

 

Hope that helps.

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