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post #1 of 24
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After lurking around for a while, I've decided to join this community.

 

I've been looking for a <=$300 pair of circumaural, closed-back (I'll be using these in an office) headphones.

The music I'll be listening to is a mix of:

Oldies: BeeGees, Beatles, CCR

Rock: AC/DC, The Fray

Electronic and Dubstep: Deadmau5, Excision and Downlink

I also listen to Pop, Country, and Folk, so a decent all-around headphone is probably best, even if it doesn't do any one thing particularly well.

I'd also appreciate something comfortable, since I wear glasses (my Grado's are quite painful as they press my ears into my wire glasses, and my head is on the small-ish side).

 

After looking around the forums, I've been looking at the AKG K271 mk II, or the DT770 PRO 80 ohm, and the e17 DAC/amp (which doesn't factor into the headphone cost).

Are there any other headphones that provide a better experience than these?


Edited by MysteryStranger - 6/28/13 at 5:52pm
post #2 of 24
ATH-A900X, available at buydig for $179. Good all around headphone with a touch of bass emphasis. DT770s can be a little recessed in the mids in comparison. Very comfortable.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

ATH-A900X, available at buydig for $179. Good all around headphone with a touch of bass emphasis. DT770s can be a little recessed in the mids in comparison. Very comfortable.

I looked at this pair, but read a lot of reviews saying that the "wings" are flimsy and uncomfortable (unfortunately, I can't try them out to see for myself). How did they feel for you?

post #4 of 24
I find that they slide down occasionally and have to be adjusted. But otherwise, very, very comfortable headphones.

As far as the build quality, the wings would be fine for office use. But I wouldn't carry these around with me in a backpack or something.
post #5 of 24
I just saw that there are some Sony MDR-1Rs for sale on the head-fi forum at a great price. I have not heard them, but the review at innerfidelity is excellent: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/solid-sony-mdr-1r-mdr-1rbt-and-mdr-1nc
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by MysteryStranger View Post

I looked at this pair, but read a lot of reviews saying that the "wings" are flimsy and uncomfortable (unfortunately, I can't try them out to see for myself). How did they feel for you?

I did not like the wings when I first got my A900X.

But all you need to do is leave the wings tied down (towards the cups) a few night and the wings get better at holding up the headphones.

To me the A900X's audio quality is a step above the DT770.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 6/28/13 at 9:19pm
post #7 of 24
A very small step.

I'd say get:
MDR MA900
KEF M500
ATH WS99
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 

It looks like the A900x is a better alternative than the ones I was considering, along with the MDR-1R. The WS99 also looks good, but they are semi-open, which would annoy people around me basshead.gif.

How do the MDR-1R stack up WS99?


Edited by MysteryStranger - 6/28/13 at 12:27pm
post #9 of 24
Ws99 is not semi open... Ws99 definitely better IMO than the 1r. They do not leak a lot but slightly more than average. I heard the a900x and it was good, though not ws99 good.
post #10 of 24
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Ws99 is not semi open... Ws99 definitely better IMO than the 1r. They do not leak a lot but slightly more than average. I heard the a900x and it was good, though not ws99 good.

Thanks for the reply. How comfortable are they? I'm willing to sacrifice a little bit of quality in exchange for comfort, since I'll be wearing these ~8hrs/day with glasses.

Also, these seem to be bass-heavy (which should be great for the dubstep), but are they alright for rock and similar genres?


Edited by MysteryStranger - 6/28/13 at 5:50pm
post #11 of 24
Well, I dont find them very comfortable after an hour. Some others find them to be comfortable, but I dont find them too comfortable.

The kef m500 sounds better than the ws99 at any genres that aren't bass heavy. The sound is flat and they're very comfortable.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Well, I dont find them very comfortable after an hour. Some others find them to be comfortable, but I dont find them too comfortable.

The kef m500 sounds better than the ws99 at any genres that aren't bass heavy. The sound is flat and they're very comfortable.

 

Thanks for the feedback!

Does anyone know how the MDR-1R, DT770 (80 ohm), and a900x stack up against each other?

post #13 of 24

Sony Ma-900 is great.

post #14 of 24
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Sony Ma-900 is great.

Pretty much any open-air headphones will be better, but I need good isolation for where I work.

post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by MysteryStranger View Post

Pretty much any open-air headphones will be better, but I need good isolation for where I work.

Then the zx700 you can pretty much take my word for it.
A amplified zx700 for Electronica will give you Eargasms , the isolation is top notch and the best part is that its 80 bucks on amazon in my opinion for Electronica its much more fun than the 440's or the m50's IMO (Except the highs might be bit bright for vocals that is why I  am recommending it for Electronica)

Spend the rest of the money on a Amp and you will be very satisfied with the music :D

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