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Please help me choose headphones - full-size, closed back, under $400 US range

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Hello, I've been reading for a while, I finally decided to post.

 

I've been trying a couple new sets, to no avail.  Unfortunately, without a location around that I can test, I've had to take advantage of return policies to test, which I really don't like doing.  So in order to avoid doing that (or at least lessen the possibility), I wanted to get some input from you guys before the next try.  These were tested with all variations of: a Mini 3 portable amp that I built (http://www.amb.org/audio/mini3/), iPod, PC amplified output and line-out.

 

Applications:  I really enjoy listening to music, mostly at my computer.  iPod occasionally, but I realize the sound concerns with them, and I'm not worried about getting amazing results from it.  I also will use these for music production/ recording monitoring, mixing and mastering.  This is why open-backed won't work, feedback during recording.  But this is secondary, I mostly just want good-sounding and comfortable phones for listening.

 

So far, I've tested:

Sennheiser HD 598 (http://www.headphone.com/headphones/sennheiser-hd-598.php)

These were very comfortable.  Exactly what I wanted as far as that goes.  They are open-backed though, which I can't do, and the bass response was very thin.  It pained me, but I sent them back.

 

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (http://www.headphone.com/headphones/beyerdynamic-custom-one-pro.php)

These sound very good to me after around 12 hours of testing.  The selectable bass response is a little goofy, but surprisingly effective.  I'm not a bass-head, but in the highest setting, they sound great to me, I guess this would be my preferred frequency range.  However, after about 1 hour of listening, my ears/head/and face hurt.  They are VERY uncomfortable, at least for my head.  Although they sound very good to me, I will be sending these back as well.

 

These I've only tried on, and dismissed immediately only due to "feel": 

Sennheiser HD201, HD203, HD219, HD429, HDR110

Grado SR80i, SR125i

Yamaha HPH200

AKG K430

Klipsch M40, Image One, Ref One

 

 

Thank you so much for your help, I really appreciate any input you can offer!

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Audio Technica ATH-A900X closed headphones.

Currently selling for around $200.

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Hello!

 

Please allow me to ask you a question, do you like the forward mids of the HD598? I am not certain about the COP but have experienced with the HD598, it does not sound thin, it sounded warm to me but just with the bass roll off that bother some but still a very nice pair of headphone. 

 

Have you ever considered the Sennheiser Momentum? As I thought it will fit your needs. Other than that, there is UE6000, PSB M4U1. 

 

Hope it helps! 

Billson :)

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Audio Technica ATH-A900X closed headphones.

Currently selling for around $200.

 

I looked closely at these and although the sound reviews were very good, I really didn't care for the head-clamping design.  And I don't believe my instincts were wrong, because I read many that suggested a rubber-band holding them together was necessary.  Thank you for the suggestion though.

 

 

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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

Hello!

 

Please allow me to ask you a question, do you like the forward mids of the HD598? I am not certain about the COP but have experienced with the HD598, it does not sound thin, it sounded warm to me but just with the bass roll off that bother some but still a very nice pair of headphone. 

 

Have you ever considered the Sennheiser Momentum? As I thought it will fit your needs. Other than that, there is UE6000, PSB M4U1. 

 

Hope it helps! 

Billson :)

 

I liked the forward mids, but the bass roll off made it unbalanced and a little harsh to me (maybe not "thin").  Whereas they probably would have sounded great with proper bass complimenting the prominent mids.  I don't have very much faith I would like the UE6000 (A: i may be shallow, but the name... and B: if i've already tried several of twice the price and was disappointed).  the PSB's really don't look constructed well, and I usually don't like phones of the bulky plastic variety.  I did however, like the Momentums:

 

Sennheiser Momentum (http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-momentum)

I tried a set, and they sound great.  I love that they have a hardcase included (why don't more?).  I really only had one complaint: the comfort.  I'm upset that I couldn't make them work for me, but I really don't like when the pads press on your ears, even if it's a little in the back, I think it still inevitably hurts within an hour.  And if a set literally hurts to wear for any kind of extended period, then they aren't what I'm looking for.

 

But again, I think they sound great.  As far as that goes, they're exactly what I'm looking for.

 

Thank you guys a lot, and I hope I can still get a little more help around here.  After returning 3 pairs so far, I'm getting a little desperate...

 

 

Please let me know if someone thinks of another set that I should look at!

post #5 of 7

Heya,

 

Look into:

 

SoundMAGIC HP100

AudioTechnica A900X

Mr Speakers Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads

AKG K550 & K271 MKII & K267

Beyer DT770

Brainwavz HM5 (Fischer FA003, NVX, etc, all clones)

Shure SRH840 with SRH940 velour pads

Shure SRH940

Beyer T70P (if you can find one used, only)

 

Very best,

post #6 of 7
Maybe you should look into AKG K550! The bass are not as strong as the Momentum but it's tighter! Overall, I prefer the AKG K550 better. It also have wide soundstage, imaging and instrumental separation

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 7

Another vote for the DT770. Super comfortable, quite nice sound with plenty of bass (and fairly good quality bass as well). I had a set for more than a year and found them to be quite good, certainly well worth their asking price and to my ears better than say an AT M50. Non-sibilant highs and decent midrange. Well worth an audition.

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