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post #1 of 5
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Hey all

 

Ive been lurking here for a while now and have enjoyed the numerous and thoroughly informative threads.

About me: American living in SE Asia,former drummer and DJ,with nominal hearing loss in left ear,but nothing to cry about.

Musical tastes:Primarily classic rock,old school metal +reggae,folk,dark trance,60-70s pop

Now onto my questions

Ive been testing some portable amp/DAC units to go with my Samsung Galaxy S3 and found my favorite to be the Sony PHA-1.It was an easy plug and play into my Droid,bypassing the internal DAC,gave good volume,no distortion.Plus it also worked well with my Ipod touch too.

I tested many different headphones with it,Hifiman 500,Ultrasone 900,BeyerDynamics 880(250...didnt have the 650 version)Seinheiser 600 and 650 and found the 600s to be my favorite.The music sounded as I expected it to,natural I guess is a good way to put it.However the sound didnt "blow me away" Id like a little more treble response to go with tighter bass without losing the mids.

Does such a fullear headphone exist?For 700 usd or under?And if so what do yall suggest?

Im going to be using these primarily for mobile use,walking around town and I really could careless how they look on me,im more concerned with the audio im hearing....

Also If I do go with the 600s Ive read here that swapping out the cable for the 650 cable is a worthwhile investment...thoughts?

Thanks in advance 

post #2 of 5

The choices you're listing would leak a lot of sound, inwards and outwards. Not to mention, they're not the most practical  if you're using them as a portable rig, in terms of size. They can't fold, you'll need a big ol carrying bag if you'll be...carrying them around everywhere. 

 

Have you considered proper portable closed-backs or IEMs?

 

But of course, if you've self-mediated this discussion beforehand with some sort of twisted logic and am adamant in using these open-back headphones outside, quite possibly annoying everyone around you as you walk around in public ramping up the volume to atrocious levels in order to overcome the utter lack of isolation....I guess we're just two different people.

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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

The choices you're listing would leak a lot of sound, inwards and outwards. Not to mention, they're not the most practical  if you're using them as a portable rig, in terms of size. They can't fold, you'll need a big ol carrying bag if you'll be...carrying them around everywhere. 

 

Have you considered proper portable closed-backs or IEMs?

 

But of course, if you've self-mediated this discussion beforehand with some sort of twisted logic and am adamant in using these open-back headphones outside, quite possibly annoying everyone around you as you walk around in public ramping up the volume to atrocious levels in order to overcome the utter lack of isolation....I guess we're just two different people.

I have some IEM already and am not opposed to closed back phones at all,hence the post.If you have some closebacked phones that would handle the various genres of music I like,kindly advise.

As far as sound leaking and disturbing others I live in a very large SE Asian city where the term "noise pollution" is lost on the locals...simply put the noise level here is part of the reason why im looking to invest upwards of 1k usd in gear,just to drown out the city din.

I have no problems with keeping my phones around me neck when not in use....DJd for 25+ years and I dont notice the phones presence on my neck anymore

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Originally Posted by monsterzero View Post

As far as sound leaking and disturbing others I live in a very large SE Asian city where the term "noise pollution" is lost on the locals...simply put the noise level here is part of the reason why im looking to invest upwards of 1k usd in gear,just to drown out the city din.

If you're not worried about bothering your surroundings, wouldn't you be still worried about your surroundings bothering you? Sorry, I'll drop it though the logic still doesn't sit right with me.

 

I can't think of much HD600-like closed-backs. Especially at the price point you're advocating towards. The FA-003 and their various clones have a similar signature, but are nowhere near the price. And it sort of misses the point of your original post. I can also think of the Momentums but it seems like you'll be wanting more treble while they have actually less.

 

Have you considered the T50RP or the various incarnations of their mods (Mad Dogs, Alpha Dogs, Paradox)? I can't really help with the latter as I've only had them stock. You can go read the impressions on their various threads as it seems like you'll have the power to drive them (or am willing to get the power to drive them) and will be okay with the rather sizable weight. Not the most conventional choice, but considering your criteria and circumstances. I'm sure someone will chime in with the Signature Pros as a rec as well, can't help much with that either. Sorry I haven't been much help :P

post #5 of 5
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anyone have any more suggestions for me?

To simplify:

Another headphone that sounds naturl like the Sennheiser 600 but with a bit more highs and tighter bass for under 700.00 usd?

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