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Best open headphone?

Poll Results: Best Open Headphone for classic rock/heavy rock?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 30% (3)
    HD-600
  • 30% (3)
    AKG Q701
  • 30% (3)
    Grado SR325is
  • 30% (3)
    Grado SR225i
  • 0% (0)
    HiFiMAN HE-300
  • 10% (1)
    Sennheiser HD-598
  • 0% (0)
    AKG K550
10 Total Votes  
post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

I mainly listen to rock music and would like an open headphone and am not sure what to get... Help! :-) Djlaz7:-)


Edited by djlaz7 - 3/10/13 at 10:43pm
post #2 of 25

Grado SR 225?

post #3 of 25

I'd take the Grado SR-325... The only Grado up to $300 that I truly like.

post #4 of 25

I don't know, given your list, that is a hard question to answer. I'd say probably either the HE-400 or the HD-598's IMO the 400 has the better sound, for rock, but I find the 598's quite a bit more comfortable and still pretty good rock phones. I actually bought some Grado 225i's mostly cause they were considerably less money than those two and they are also very good at rock. Bad thing is I had to go to 3 different stores and listen with 3 completely different setups to hear all of them. Nearly impossible to get a good feeling for whats really good or not under those conditions. I am saving up to get some HE-500's though, they were out of em at the store but based on the 400 I think they will be outstanding, got a long way to go (money wise) but still, that is my goal.
 

post #5 of 25

I'd say the 225 or the 325, the 225 if the treble on the 325 is too much for you.  

post #6 of 25

Out of what I've heard, it's still my vintage Stax SR-Lambda (Normal bias). Too bad it's, well, vintage and thus discontinued.

 

Modern numerical Lambda variants like the SR-202 tend to recess the vocals a bit and overlay this strange rough texture on the sound, just like the HE-400. You may not mind if you're listening for the drums and guitars on a rock song, but I'm listening for the vocals first and foremost.

 

I'm also not voting on that poll because I have heard absolutely none of those except for the HE-400.

post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, 

 

i didnt say this in the poll or in my comment, but i would mostly listen to rock and some other genres too... not just rock

 

thanks,

 

djlaz7 :)

post #8 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by djlaz7 View Post

Hey guys, 

 

i didnt say this in the poll or in my comment, but i would mostly listen to rock and some other genres too... not just rock

 

thanks,

 

djlaz7 :)

You think you could help us out a little more than that?  What are you looking for in your bass, mids, treble, etc.  Do you care for isolation?  Do you own an amp?

post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 

I can, I am getting the E09K headphone amplifier, and i do not care about isolation or leakage... I would like natural bass, and it doesnt have to have a lot of impact, i want smooth mids and treble. I want a very airy sound, and great soundstage.

 

Thanks,

 

djlaz7:)

post #10 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by djlaz7 View Post

I can, I am getting the E09K headphone amplifier, and i do not care about isolation or leakage... I would like natural bass, and it doesnt have to have a lot of impact, i want smooth mids and treble. I want a very airy sound, and great soundstage.

 

Thanks,

 

djlaz7:)

Out of the ones you listed, I would say the Q701 ;)

 

It fit's everything your looking for imo.

post #11 of 25
Grado SR-225 or SR-325, or AKG K701 (or whatever it's being repackaged as this week).

I'd take the Grado personally.
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 

Are they a better all rounder than the sr325?

post #13 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by djlaz7 View Post

Are they a better all rounder than the sr325?

Are what a better all rounder?
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


Are what a better all rounder?

Sorry I'm talking about the Q701

post #15 of 25
I think the answer depends on who you ask and for what purpose - in terms of general musical competence, I think they're about equal, but for something like gaming or movies, the AKGs will have a definite edge.
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