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post #31 of 47

Go Beyer DT770/880/990. Completely different sound and amazing comfort.

post #32 of 47

You might want to try bending the headband to relax the clamp and shorten the extension on the rods so that the majority of the weight is supported by the headband and the cups are resting on the tops of your earlobes. A Grado still won't be as comfy as a circumaural headphone, but that should improve comfort significantly. 

 

If that still doesn't work for you, Audio Technicas are likely to be more comfortable. Here's a good review of the AD900x/AD1000x. It sounds like they've maintained the less space, but better focus and clarity difference that I found to exist between the old AD900 and the AD1000PRM.

post #33 of 47

Never heard the AD900, always wanted to though.

 

I'll throw in a vote for a Denon D2000 if you can find a used pair for the right price. The Senns have a mid-centric sound to them, whereas the D2000 has a U-shaped sound. The most fun bass presentation I've found in any headphone yet, and with a surprisingly open soundstage for a closed back headphone.

post #34 of 47

If you like your current headphones... HD600's... you definitely should put your next dollars into a good dac and amp. You will be surprised what that will do to the sound coming out of those good cans... and just about any cans or IE's. 

And, the best for the money that I have found are the Schiit Bifrost with the Uber upgrade and the Lyr. That is a great combo... and you won't have to mortgage your house to purchase them. On top of that... made in the USA. 

post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by Skooks View Post

If you like your current headphones... HD600's... you definitely should put your next dollars into a good dac and amp. You will be surprised what that will do to the sound coming out of those good cans... and just about any cans or IE's. 

And, the best for the money that I have found are the Schiit Bifrost with the Uber upgrade and the Lyr. That is a great combo... and you won't have to mortgage your house to purchase them. On top of that... made in the USA. 

 

I will get better amp/dac in the future but for new I'd like a new headphone.  My new decision on headphones to get is the Beyerdynamic Dt990 Pro 250 ohm. 

 

-What you guys think about the Dt990 Pros?

-Does fiio e17+e9 do a good job of powering them?

-These sound very different than HD600?

-Difference between pros and premium 250 ohms is just how tight the clamp is?  Or are there other differences too and which is better?

-For those who have HD600 and 990 250 ohm pros, which one you like better?

 

Sorry for keep on asking questions but I can't make the mistake of getting a headphone I didn't like like I did with the Grado SR325is.  People and reviews warned me about how uncomfortable those are but I didn't listen and now I gotta return the Grados. 

post #36 of 47

Have you given any thought to buying used headphones instead of new?  Two advantages.  First, they are already broken in so you will be hearing what they truly sound like immediately.  Some headphones require a lot of run in time before they reveal their true sonic character so buying them new won't allow you enough time to run them in and then return them if you're not satisfied.  Second, if you buy used and don't like them you can generally sell them for what you paid for them so you're not out any money.  I've done it this way for years and I've sold a few for a bit more than I paid and I've sold a few for a bit less than I paid.  You can try all of the cans you're interested in basically for free, however, it does take a bit of patience this way but the reward is great and the journey of discovery is a blast.  This way eventually you end up with the exact pair of cans that's right for you and it's a lot of fun trying many different types of headphones.  You will also likely discover some new sonic tates along the way.

post #37 of 47

Its strange, normally i like beyers...dt770 dt880..

but when i bought the dt990, i sold it the next month.

Jus cant click with the soundstage, dunno y...cant make sense of it..

its one of those odd personal taste moments.

 

ya its a great way to discover your taste of cans thru the buysell forum.

post #38 of 47

At first listen the DT990 sounds really good compared to the HD-650.  It has extended bass and treble, but the mids are really colored compared to the more neutral HD-650.  If you do not have headphones around to compare them to the DT990 will sound great for a long while as long as you can stand the treble as it has a tad bit of bite to it.  If you are like me and have the LCD-3 and Denon AH-D2000 on hand you quickly realize how colored sounding the DT990 is and in the end the sound signature is actually poor sounding.

post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

At first listen the DT990 sounds really good compared to the HD-650.  It has extended bass and treble, but the mids are really colored compared to the more neutral HD-650.  If you do not have headphones around to compare them to the DT990 will sound great for a long while as long as you can stand the treble as it has a tad bit of bite to it.  If you are like me and have the LCD-3 and Denon AH-D2000 on hand you quickly realize how colored sounding the DT990 is and in the end the sound signature is actually poor sounding.

I've never heard the 990, and I will take your word for it. That kind of sound has no part with me... I like a clean neutral type. The DT880/600ohm version is neutral and very good sound. The few months I had the 880, I really e. I only let mine go when I purchased my HE-500's. I highly recommend the DT-880/600ohm version. And I have had both the HD-600 and 650. I don't favor the 650 as a keeper for me, but the 600 is close to the 880.

post #40 of 47
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Goddammit, still deciding the on the best/right headphones

post #41 of 47

I had the DT880 Premium 250 OHM and traded them for a pair of HD580's (HD600 and the 580 share the same drivers), and I like the 580s over the DT880. I havent heard the 600 OHm version though, so it could be better. The 580 has a better sound stage and the mids are a bit more forward than in the DT880s. I would say that buying the DT880 250 OHM may be a good investment if you're looking for nice, deep bass and good highs. If you like your mids, I would say find something else.

post #42 of 47

lol. sometimes you just have to go for it.

why not hifiman he-400 or ultrasone pro 900, mad dogs? 

 

personally I would get the pro 900s but we have different gear.

you already have something pretty neutral, should look for something fun (balanced, v shaped)

beyer 770 or 990 too.

post #43 of 47
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Ok I got the Grados today and after 3 hours my head hurt like hell.  Man, I should've listened to you guys since you guys know way more than me about headphones.  Gonna return Grado SR325is and I'm gonna do a lot more research on headphones this time before I buy.  AKG 701/2 are out of the equation because I heard they are similar to HD600.

 The 702's have better separation than the HD600's, also less bass. They don't sound similar to me but of course everyone has their own opinion.

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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

At first listen the DT990 sounds really good compared to the HD-650.  It has extended bass and treble, but the mids are really colored compared to the more neutral HD-650.  If you do not have headphones around to compare them to the DT990 will sound great for a long while as long as you can stand the treble as it has a tad bit of bite to it.  If you are like me and have the LCD-3 and Denon AH-D2000 on hand you quickly realize how colored sounding the DT990 is and in the end the sound signature is actually poor sounding.

  This echoes my experience with the DT-990's and also the 880's. We (2 friends and I) didn't hear the coloration until we compared them with the Sennheisers. It was very noticeable on hi hats and high mid stuff. 

 

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Goddammit, still deciding the on the best/right headphones

 I feel your pain bro:(  If things go according to plan, I'll have a solution for you in about a month, it's hush hush right now, but I'll make an announcement when it's available.

post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by johnman1116 View Post

lol. sometimes you just have to go for it.

why not hifiman he-400 or ultrasone pro 900, mad dogs? 

 

personally I would get the pro 900s but we have different gear.

you already have something pretty neutral, should look for something fun (balanced, v shaped)

beyer 770 or 990 too.

 

 

Sorry to bother you guys again but can you guys list all the best balanced/v shaped headphones for less than $500?

post #45 of 47

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