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Cheap headphones with good soundstage

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hello guys!

 

I am looking for some headphones with a good soundstage and rather cheap. I live in Europe so the AD700 isn't an option (because it socts about 200$ or more) and the Senn HD558 didn't really do it for me. Any suggestions?

post #2 of 15
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bump?

post #3 of 15

Sennheiser PX-100 II.

 

 

Sorry, your post is missing information. What is "cheap" to you? What "soundstage" are you looking for? 

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Well cheap i meant 100 euros max, and i need a pair of headphones only for soundstage, don't care about anything else, open or closed etc.

post #5 of 15

ATH-AD500 then.... :)

post #6 of 15

AKG K240 has a pretty good stage. 

 

Or add 28 euros to your budget and you can get the Beyer DT990 Pro from Thomann.de (B-Stock price). That's got one of the biggest soundstages around that price.

post #7 of 15

Pardon my enquiry, but why do you need soundstage only?

 

Maybe small speakers would be better? 

post #8 of 15

HD518/HD558?

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ev13wt View Post

Pardon my enquiry, but why do you need soundstage only?

 

Maybe small speakers would be better? 

Well i need something for soundstage because i already have a pair of closed headphones (with no soundstage) when i need isolation and a Grado SR60i for some rock. But they all suck for gaming. Which is why i need something for soundstage. Small speakers wouldn't be better because they leak too much sound.

 

@streetdragon i already said i didn't like the HD 558.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by MrWhaffles View Post

Well i need something for soundstage because i already have a pair of closed headphones (with no soundstage) when i need isolation and a Grado SR60i for some rock. But they all suck for gaming. Which is why i need something for soundstage. Small speakers wouldn't be better because they leak too much sound.

 

@streetdragon i already said i didn't like the HD 558.

oops sorry bout that, 

post #11 of 15

Not to whore out my DT770 or my MMX 300 too much - both closed cans - both give me a pretty large sound stage and work perfect for gaming. I can hear footsteps very precisely and locate enemies easily.

post #12 of 15
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Not to whore out my DT770 or my MMX 300 too much - both closed cans - both give me a pretty large sound stage and work perfect for gaming. I can hear footsteps very precisely and locate enemies easily.

But aren't open ones better at soundstage? And i think they are both over my budget.

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by MrWhaffles View Post

But aren't open ones better at soundstage? And i think they are both over my budget.


Good open/semi open cans have better sound stage. If you don't need the noise isolation of a closed can, go for open. That said, you really need to try out various headphones. Musicians stores usually have a bunch of Senns and Beyers as well as AKGs.

 

Example: A friend of mine sold of his Senn 360 gaming headset and got some 770s and is now happy. The 360s where open and have a large sound stage, but he just couldn't locate enemies.

 

The DT 770 can be had for a lot less than 200 USD. 5 years guarantee. Built like a tank. If you prefer open the 880s are very, very nice for gaming but are a bit more expensive. I guess you've noticed im currently a total Beyer fanboy :)

 

 

I see headphone prices like this:

 

under 60 Meh. Need to look and test a lot to get decent to good sound quality.

61 - 100 Improvement going on here, but you also need to read up and test

100 to 300 Entry level audiophile type sound, a big improvement.

300 to 800 ok we are talking serious sound now. Improvements are very subtle but definitive

800+ Ok the improvement is there but its not close to as spectactular as going from a 25 dollar headphone to a 200 dollar one. Very subtle improvement like icing on a great cake.

 

Edit: made a pretty chart for you. :)

 


Edited by ev13wt - 2/6/13 at 10:11am
post #14 of 15

The DT770 and DT990 have the same B-stock price on Thomann.de right now, at 128 euros. Pretty good for both I'd say if you don't mind a return-product. 

post #15 of 15
Here are some affordable IEMs with good to decent soundstage:

-soundmagic es20
-monoprice 8320 or 9927
-brainwavz beta
-meelectronics m6
-tdk clefp vocal
-brainwavz m3
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