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Need Help with a Headphone Buying Decision (QC15, M50, HD598, HD558, Momentums, COP, MDR1R)

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I currently own the Bose QC15 LE and the foam modded HD555s. I don't really use the HD555s anymore. I have had them a while and I'm ready to upgrade. I'm going to give them to my 6 year old since they're pretty beat up.

I was just recently gifted a $230 Amazon gift card and my dilemma is I'm trying to figure out how to upgrade my current collection. I have a few that I'm interested in, the M50, HD598, HD558, Momentums, COP, and MDR1R. But I'm not opposed to other reccommendations.

So in summary, here's what I'm considering:
1) Keep the two I have and get the best I can for the $230, or
2) Sell the QC15s (I know someone who will give me $250 for them) and get one do it all headphone that will meet all my criteria, or
3) Sell the QC15s and get two headphones that are really good at different traits in my criteria.

Which option would you go with and what headphone(s) would you recommend and why?

Please only limit it to 2 headphones max. I only want one do it all headphone that meets all my criteria below, or two, 1 open and 1 closed/portable.

Here's my criteria for my headphone(s):
1) Music - I mainly listen to music with live instruments (Gospel, Jazz, Funk, etc.). I'm a drummer so I love a headphone that brings out the details of acoustic drumsets (Strong kick base drum impact, clear toms, crystal clear non siblant cymbal work) while still maintaining great accuracy and detail with the other instruments on the track. The M50s did all of this well in my limited time with them.
2) Immersive Gaming - Realistic gunshots and explosions with good detail retrieval for some online multiplayer. Don't need competitive footstep listening though.
3) Some movie watching
4) Source - Ipad and Galaxy S3 (lossless or 320kb) for music, dolby headphone processor for gaming and movies. Don't want an amp.
5) Portable

Thanks!
post #2 of 17

I dont really see the point of having the Bose qc, though the noise cancelling is quite good for flights.  Ive had both the 558s and 598s and now only own the 598s since they were better in every way except bass quantity.  Really great headphones for classical and acoustic with good soundstage.  One of the best gaming headphones out there as well.  Not portable and will sound better with an amp/dac.

post #3 of 17
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Looking for more opinions.
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Id recommend the Sony mdr ma900 and ath ws99. I prefer both to the mdr 1r and dt770/80 which is supposedly much better than the cop. The ma900 has better mids and very nice bass for an open can, and the sound stage is absolutely wonderful. The ws99 is similar to the mdr 1r, except the wd99 has much better bass, a deeper sound stage, and is technically superior. The 1r has better mids though.

I didn't care for the dt770.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
I appreciate all of the replies so far. I really would like someone to choose one of my options and then advise me on one or two headphones that best match the criteria I provided. I know I'm long winded LOL, but please fully read my original post. Thanks!
post #7 of 17

I think a lot of the Momentum and did a quick review of it here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/663720/sennheiser-momentum-perfect-almost#post_9434059

 

It's a very good closed portable. Very good. And they are selling used for about $275 here...good price. No amp needed. I you were adding a second hp and wanted a good open can for music, gaming and movies, I'd go with the hd598. Looks good and sounds good as well. 

 

gL!!

post #8 of 17

Hello. Just to let you know, there is a thread where you can ask for recommendations. If you take this information there, you'll have a lot more people looking over it. It's where you should start as opposed to starting a new thread that wont get as much views.

 

Enjoy!

post #9 of 17

Maybe consider the Audio Technica AD900, it's one of 5 headphones that received an A+ on the 57 flagship shootout.  They can be had for 170 on Amazon at the moment.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-57-headphones-compared-update-ultimate-ears-uerm-added-4-14-13

post #10 of 17

I have become a believer in the V-Moda stuff, I am quite impressed by my M-80 and a friend at work has let me listen to his M-100 which I suspect is closer to what you want, bigger drivers in my experience have a more impactful, scaled sound. I'm also a drummer and really like a nice portrayl of drums, but of course, overall balance is most important to me. The V-Moda stuff is quite well regarded, certainly well built and from my experience sounds very nice. I sold my DT770s from my portable rig as they were too hot for the summer, hence why I opted for the smaller footprint of the M-80. Very pleased and the sound was really not small as I worried might be the case.

post #11 of 17

I also vote for the HD598 and the V-MODA M-100.

 

HD598 - Open for home use, and gaming. I haven't spent too much time with these, but they make my music sound magical.

M-100 - Closed for isolation and portable use. I actually use it on flights and on the subway daily.

 

You can see my review of the V-MODA M-100 and M-80/V-80 in my signature.

post #12 of 17

I have a sony mdr-1r and momentum and I think both of them will suit your music preferences.

Both of them looks good and don't really need an amp, if you love bass i think mdr-1r will be better for you.
 

post #13 of 17
Hello!

If you are looking for a portable headphone, I am assuming that you will be using it in the public. For that open headphones like HD598 and HD558 although HD598 fits all your requirement, it's warm sounding, thus will present you the very nice drum sound and so. Also it is an excellent choice for gaming and movie. There are no downside in your case here but the "open" leaks sound.

MDR-1R is another smart choice as well! It is very colored sounding, pretty good soundstage for gaming and movie.

If you allow something else other than what you have listed above, I would highly recommend you the PSB M4U1 or/and the AKG K550! Both are great sounding headphone and they are very comparable! The PSB of corse, are more portable and come with a portable carrying case. In terms of sound quality, both offer great clarity, open soundstage, nice imaging, excellent details and neutral sounding. Yes, both offer the same kind of signature, the only few differences that I happen to discover is the soundstage and detailes are less on the PSB by a bit, very little. Also, the bass on the M4U1 offer deep bass but the K550 are even deeper!

Hope this help!
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post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Hello!

If you are looking for a portable headphone, I am assuming that you will be using it in the public. For that open headphones like HD598 and HD558 although HD598 fits all your requirement, it's warm sounding, thus will present you the very nice drum sound and so. Also it is an excellent choice for gaming and movie. There are no downside in your case here but the "open" leaks sound.

MDR-1R is another smart choice as well! It is very colored sounding, pretty good soundstage for gaming and movie.

If you allow something else other than what you have listed above, I would highly recommend you the PSB M4U1 or/and the AKG K550! Both are great sounding headphone and they are very comparable! The PSB of corse, are more portable and come with a portable carrying case. In terms of sound quality, both offer great clarity, open soundstage, nice imaging, excellent details and neutral sounding. Yes, both offer the same kind of signature, the only few differences that I happen to discover is the soundstage and detailes are less on the PSB by a bit, very little. Also, the bass on the M4U1 offer deep bass but the K550 are even deeper!

Hope this help!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif

 

Not to be a pain, but I have to disagree. As somebody who takes public transit daily I can assure you the significant sound-leak from open backed headphones will cause all kinds of problems for the original poster, and will for certain take a great deal of the fun out of music on the road as you will always be turning it down to be polite to others (unless your antisocial or something).

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sonic Defender View Post

Not to be a pain, but I have to disagree. As somebody who takes public transit daily I can assure you the significant sound-leak from open backed headphones will cause all kinds of problems for the original poster, and will for certain take a great deal of the fun out of music on the road as you will always be turning it down to be polite to others (unless your antisocial or something).

I am sorry but I do not quite get your point...lol anyway, I hardly take public transport here, the last time I sit in it was 2-3months ago where I have my school trip(probably the only reason for me to take public transport)

Is it that you mean open headphones are not suitable for public because people who sit beside you can hear your music and others might not appriciate it? Yea, I think that's what I meant above there but I might forgot to add in that or something(I didn't read it again after my rush type)

So sorry
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