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Need help finding my first pair of audiophile headphones

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I really would like some help in buying my first pair of audiophile headphones. I have an idea of what I am looking for, but if anyone can help direct me, it would be much appreciated!!!

 

As far as sound goes, I really enjoy listening to the intricacies of music. In reality, I have no idea what type of sound I truly enjoy, but I think I would like a warm, balanced sound. I do know that when I listen to music, I like listening to the details of the track. So.. something with clarity? I bought the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 a little while ago based on the large number of positive reviews on Amazon. However, the cable was loose and so I ended up returning it . I didn't buy another pair because I was not too impressed when I listened to it. I felt like the music lacked fullness and warmth? It was a little while ago, and I didn't take notes, but all I can remember was that I was not in love with them, which, if I am going to buy a decent set of headphones, is a must. 

 

I am a student and spend a lot of time in a study hall, so it would be ideal to have at least passive sound isolation with not much sound leak as well as being comfortable with the ability to wear them for hours on end. I want whatever pair of headphones I buy to take me to another world. Another aspect I am looking for are durability. 

 

My budget is around $300. I have recently read some reviews on the V-moda M-100 and am inclined to trying them out. 

 

I listen to all types of music for the most part. Obviously people have different tastes and preferences, and some have better ears than others, but if anyone can help me out by pointing me in the right direction, it would be super helpful. 

 

Thank you so much!!! 

post #2 of 8

What's your take on earphones?  Most don't need amplification and they provide very good isolation.

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I typically find them uncomfortable, which is why I am looking for a pair of over ear headphones. However, I am always open for suggestions. What were your thoughts?

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I typically find them uncomfortable, which is why I am looking for a pair of over ear headphones. However, I am always open for suggestions. What were your thoughts?

Well, I just bought a pair of the Monster Turbine Pro Coppers and was blown away by their sound quality. They come with about 16 different pairs of tips so everyone can find a pair that's comfortable for themselves individually. Of all Monster headphones, they have the most audiophile SS of any. If you can find them for less than 300$, I would suggest them highly. Especially if you're looking at the M-100

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I typically find them uncomfortable, which is why I am looking for a pair of over ear headphones. However, I am always open for suggestions. What were your thoughts?

Well, after new-toy-syndrome wears off, you have to ask yourself if you'll really stuff a big, heavy set of cans into your bag everyday.  I have Klipsch X10s because I lost my TF10 and they fit under my motorcycle helmet.  They are always in my pocket, so I can listen anytime.  The thing is, I'd rather listen at home where there will be no interruptions - so they get fairly little use.  My home rig is iMac-HRT MSii+-Schiit Magni-HiFiMan HE-500.

 

For the same price as the V-Modas, you could score a set of Mad Dogs which would be adequate portable cans and stellar home cans.

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Well, after new-toy-syndrome wears off, you have to ask yourself if you'll really stuff a big, heavy set of cans into your bag everyday.  I have Klipsch X10s because I lost my TF10 and they fit under my motorcycle helmet.  They are always in my pocket, so I can listen anytime.  The thing is, I'd rather listen at home where there will be no interruptions - so they get fairly little use.  My home rig is iMac-HRT MSii+-Schiit Magni-HiFiMan HE-500.

 

For the same price as the V-Modas, you could score a set of Mad Dogs which would be adequate portable cans and stellar home cans.

I have to agree here, once the new wears off, portable cans really only work for me in IEM form. I hated lugging around my full-size cans after two weeks of using them

post #7 of 8

The ATH-DT1350, Sony 1R, Sennheiser Momentum, Amperior, Klipsch M40 and M100 are realy good sounding for the price and they are very detailed with good balance. 

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I want whatever pair of headphones I buy to take me to another world.

 

It sounds to me like you're looking for a new favorite drug.

 

My first headphone purchase was a Grado 225i, but, those are open so those wouldn't work very well in a study hall environment.  Try taking a look at some existing threads:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/622473/best-closed-headphone-under-300-dollars

http://www.head-fi.org/t/647887/best-headphone-under-300-bucks/15

http://www.head-fi.org/t/635438/best-headphones-under-300/30

http://www.head-fi.org/t/610459/biggest-soundstage-in-a-closed-headphone-under-300

http://www.head-fi.org/t/647938/best-headphone-under-300-my-first-thread


Edited by Ek0nomik - 3/6/13 at 8:31pm
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