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post #16 of 76
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So I received my a900x's and the sound quality is very nice, but I didn't expect them to be so massive. I'm only going to be using them at home, but the size of them still feels awkward. Maybe I'm looking for on ears? Are there smaller headphones that provide similar sound quality in this price range?
 

post #17 of 76
You didn't expect them to be gigantic?

Well... the m80 is good, but not a900x good. The a900x is much larger than other full sized cans like the mdr 1r, so I dont think your looking for just on ear cans. Id recommend:
ATH WS99
MDR 1R
Focal Spirit One

Don't buy the focal spirit one used. I learned that the hard way.
post #18 of 76
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Originally Posted by ianerhard13 View Post

So I received my a900x's and the sound quality is very nice, but I didn't expect them to be so massive. I'm only going to be using them at home, but the size of them still feels awkward. Maybe I'm looking for on ears? Are there smaller headphones that provide similar sound quality in this price range?
 

I got mine for $93 [and re selling for $105 [need to recover purely $93 from the sale, so mark up for shipping an paypal fees]

 

but again for that price I doubt it. Smaller cans will lack in sound stage most often :/ and bigger drivers will almost always have a better sound than smaller ones. More Surface area to drive sound more accurately if you want to think of it that way. [iems are a WHOLE nother topic so don't go there please xD]

 

But full sized cans usually have the best overall sound sadly. 

post #19 of 76
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I'm also looking at the shure 840, sennheiser hd558, and  ultrasone dfi-780. do any of these have a similar sound signature to the a900x?

 

I can get the logitech ue 6000 for $50 right now at best buy, but I'm skeptical about them even though I read some positive things. has anyone heard these in comparison to ones above?


Edited by ianerhard13 - 8/22/13 at 8:45am
post #20 of 76
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

You didn't expect them to be gigantic?

Well... the m80 is good, but not a900x good. The a900x is much larger than other full sized cans like the mdr 1r, so I dont think your looking for just on ear cans. Id recommend:
ATH WS99
MDR 1R
Focal Spirit One

Don't buy the focal spirit one used. I learned that the hard way.


Thanks for the suggestions. I should have mentioned that I bought the a900x refurbished for $110, as these cans are similar in price to the a900x new. unfortunately, they're a little bit out of the range I'm looking to spend at the moment. I'll keep my eyes open for sales though.

post #21 of 76
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Originally Posted by ianerhard13 View Post

I'm also looking at the shure 840, sennheiser hd558, and  ultrasone hfi-780. do any of these have a similar sound signature to the a900x?

 

I can get the logitech ue 6000 for $50 right now at best buy, but I'm skeptical about them even though I read some positive things. has anyone heard these in comparison to ones above?

sorry double post, not sure how to delete it.


Edited by ianerhard13 - 8/22/13 at 8:46am
post #22 of 76
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Thanks for the suggestions. I should have mentioned that I bought the a900x refurbished for $110, as these cans are similar in price to the a900x new. unfortunately, they're a little bit out of the range I'm looking to spend at the moment. I'll keep my eyes open for sales though.

Yea they are pretty cheap cans, Again you get lucky and u score a used dirt cheap. 

post #23 of 76
The hd558 is fantastic, but if you save up to $180, get the mdr ma900. Your next upgrade would then be years into the future.
post #24 of 76
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The hd558 is fantastic, but if you save up to $180, get the mdr ma900. Your next upgrade would then be years into the future.

I found a new mdr ma900 for $150 on ebay, so I might go that route. I'm guessing just by reading about them they'll have better bass than the 558?


Edited by ianerhard13 - 8/22/13 at 2:58pm
post #25 of 76
They definitely do.
post #26 of 76
I'm surprised no one recommended you look at Grado headphones. They are the king of metal and rock in your price range, and work OK with other genres except for EDM that has a lot of low sub bass (the Grados have decent midbass, but don't produce the really deep stuff). They are also very easy to drive with portable devices (shouldn't need an amp).

Check out Grado SR80i. Then get L-cush pads. That will take them 80% of the way to the sound of the more expensive SR225i.
post #27 of 76
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I'm surprised no one recommended you look at Grado headphones. They are the king of metal and rock in your price range, and work OK with other genres except for EDM that has a lot of low sub bass (the Grados have decent midbass, but don't produce the really deep stuff). They are also very easy to drive with portable devices (shouldn't need an amp).

Check out Grado SR80i. Then get L-cush pads. That will take them 80% of the way to the sound of the more expensive SR225i.

Hah, funny. I like grados but theyre not comfortable, and the hd558 and ma900 seem to be safer choices.
post #28 of 76
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Hah, funny. I like grados but theyre not comfortable, and the hd558 and ma900 seem to be safer choices.

I don't understand why that is funny since this thread is not about headphones for you. confused.gif

But those headphones don't sound anything like Grados for metal and rock. Safe? Maybe, but it's not that expensive to demo a pair by buying from Amazon. Meanwhile, the SQ of the MA900 and HD558 would be inferior for those genres, in many people's opinions.
post #29 of 76
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I'm surprised no one recommended you look at Grado headphones. They are the king of metal and rock in your price range, and work OK with other genres except for EDM that has a lot of low sub bass (the Grados have decent midbass, but don't produce the really deep stuff). They are also very easy to drive with portable devices (shouldn't need an amp).

Check out Grado SR80i. Then get L-cush pads. That will take them 80% of the way to the sound of the more expensive SR225i.

I was considering Grado's, but was drawn away from them because I wanted a more versatile headphone. I should demo them as many metal fans have praised them to no end. Thanks for the suggestion.

 

Also, I'm considering just keeping my a900x's and possibly getting a pair of smaller headphones to compliment them. So right now I have no amp/dac, I've been running the headphones out of my (rather crappy) laptop audio and my ipod. From what I understand amps help drive the volume and DAC's improve audio quality? If that's the case, I'm looking for an inexpensive DAC to use with my a900x. I saw the Fiio E6 is on sale for $20 at the moment, would these make a good enough improvement?

 

If anyone has any other suggestions for a DAC, I'm not looking to spend more than $50 for one at the moment. preferably even less than that.


Edited by ianerhard13 - 8/23/13 at 1:27pm
post #30 of 76
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I was considering Grado's, but was drawn away from them because I wanted a more versatile headphone. I should demo them as many metal fans have praised them to no end. Thanks for the suggestion.

You should. People that like Grados generally find them fairly versatile. What happens is that if you are into classical music, well, there's going to be some headphones that are better for that. And if you are into heavy bass, some are better for that. So people that like the Grado sound often for rock will tell you that they sound good with other genres. There are just headphones out there for say a strictly classical user that are better, just as the strictly classical headphones wouldn't be as good for rock to many people.

So if you mainly listen to one type of music, might as well get the headphones that privilege that.
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Originally Posted by ianerhard13 View Post

Also, I'm considering just keeping my a900x's and possibly getting a pair of smaller headphones to compliment them. So right now I have no amp/dac, I've been running the headphones out of my (rather crappy) laptop audio and my ipod. From what I understand amps help drive the volume and DAC's improve audio quality? If that's the case, I'm looking for an inexpensive DAC to use with my a900x. I saw the Fiio E6 is on sale for $20 at the moment, would these make a good enough improvement?

If anyone has any other suggestions for a DAC, I'm not looking to spend more than $50 for one at the moment. preferably even less than that.

The E6 is just a headphone amplifier. You've got some good headphones, and I wouldn't go too cheap. Get the E11 instead. Then later on, you could get a DAC to pair with it.
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