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Good Vocal Headphones

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EDIT: So its between the A900x ($150), the AD900X ($218), and the ma900($189). If I do decide that open headphones are the way I want to go and I decide the additional jump in the budget is worth it (keep in mind I started around $120 so I have already jumped $50), how much better are the open sets versus the closed a900x?

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Hey guys,

 

I listen to a lot of choral music and I am looking for a headset with a fair amount of balance. I want deep bass (not boomy), with smooth midrange and clear highs. But I always want the headset to still sound good on rock, pop, ect., because I listen to a variety of music. Basically, I need something very balanced without a lot of tuning or preference to one particular range. I want something clear and detailed, not covered or imbalanced.

 

I would also like these headphones to double as something I can use for gaming. But the musical comments above > the ability to game. Any good audiophile headset will still be better than most gaming headsets.

 

I'm looking to spend around $120.

 

Thanks in advance


Edited by chili dude96 - 6/23/13 at 1:14pm
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Audio Technica A900X.

 

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Audio Technica A900X.

 

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$170? Thats way more than I want to spend.

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Grado SR80i

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Grado SR80i


I really don't think I want an open headset. I want to be able to use these on planes and car rides.

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Any other suggestions???

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You can't have all those qualities with a $120 headphone, but the closest you'll get would be:
ATH M50
ATH ES700
Citiscape Uptown
AKG K167

Haven't heard the es700 but it gets a lot of praise. I like the uptowns best for vocals, akg best overall though.
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You can't have all those qualities with a $120 headphone, but the closest you'll get would be:
ATH M50
ATH ES700
Citiscape Uptown
AKG K167

Haven't heard the es700 but it gets a lot of praise. I like the uptowns best for vocals, akg best overall though.

Thanks! I'm really interested in those K167s.


Edited by chili dude96 - 6/22/13 at 1:12pm
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So after doing a lot of reading I'm kinda stuck between the AKG K167 (amazon $117), the M50 (amazon $142), the A700X(amazon $130). Anyone want to help me break the tie? It seems like the K167s are on a pretty good sale right now as they are a lot more expensive other places.

 

Would one of these be a lot better than the others when it comes to gaming? By that I mean, they need to be very comfortable as I wear my headphones for several hours straight and they also need to be durable (I have had lots of headphones go bad on me due to their cord). They also need to be very good at pinpointing where the sound is coming from.


Edited by chili dude96 - 6/22/13 at 1:16pm
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The k167 sounds better than the m50 to me.
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The k167 sounds better than the m50 to me.


In what ways?

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Mid range is very clear, the bass is tighter, soundstage is a lot wider.
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Mid range is very clear, the bass is tighter, soundstage is a lot wider.

Ahh I see. One of the things I didn't like about the m50 was that it seemed to be unbalanced. It had more bass but less treble. Also, isn't a wider soundstage better for picking up positions when gaming?

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Would one of these be a lot better than the others when it comes to gaming? By that I mean, they need to be very comfortable as I wear my headphones for several hours straight and they also need to be durable (I have had lots of headphones go bad on me due to their cord). They also need to be very good at pinpointing where the sound is coming from.

As Trunks159 already told you,
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You can't have all those qualities with a $120 headphone . . .

And now you add in good positional audio. The best headphones for gaming for "pinpointing" sounds are generally open headphones. The AD700 is in your budget and generally gets the highest recommendations for this. However, it is definitely not good for portable used (because it is open). And it does not have much bass extension. Closed headphones are not going to work nearly as well because the soundstage is typically much smaller.

Sounds like to me you need two sets of headphones. Best to pick either music/portable use or home/gaming use, and get one that satisfies that need well. Then save up for another set smily_headphones1.gif
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