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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for some headphones that are around or under $300. I'll be using them for pretty much everything I do such as listening to music or watching anime on my computer and laptop, although I'll be listening to music more since I'll be in college again soon.

 

I had the Klipsch image one for a while then moved onto the AKG K67s. The image one had a really bad cable that broke from regular use on two different ones I had and the K67s just recently snapped by the left phone where it folds like two months after I bought them.

 

I'm looking for something a little more well built that'll last me the two remaining years I'll be in college. I use them all day pretty much

Both the other headphones have a little more bass but but it doesn't affect the mid and treble from what I've read and experienced. I liked the sound they both had and watching anime on them was pretty good.

 

I listen to mostly downtempo stuff and some of the artists/albums I listen to are:

Blockhead

Bonobo

Emancipator

Smoker's Delight

Moon Safari

Holy ****

Donald Fagen - The Nightfly

Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock

some Lemon Grass

some j-pop like OP/EDs and Speedball Z

 

I'm not looking to get a DAC or AMP until next year or after I graduate when I get a job, and I could go with on or over ear headphones. I don't want noise cancelling headphones just noise isolation but I don't want college to have too much to do with my choice, and I want them to last a while too. I listen to FLACs mostly but I don't think I notice the quality difference much.

I also noticed a while ago that Jurassic5 is a band, but I don't listen to them if you were wondering

 

Thanks in advance!


Edited by Jurassic5 - 8/30/13 at 7:04pm
post #2 of 11

Heya,

 

Look into:


Ultrasone HFI 780

Vmoda M100

Logitech UE 6000

AKG K267

Beyer DT770 PRO LE 32ohm

AudioTechnica A900X

 

Very best,

post #3 of 11

Ath a900x I enjoyed and recommed to you, plus it can be had for around $110 refurbished, so it's a very in expensive yet nice sound headphone. And I always recommend Beyers [espically the DT series] while comfort is subjective like sound, I've always found the Beyer DT series to be super comfy and very well built 

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendations guys I'm thinking the Beyer DT770 PRO LE 32ohm but all I can find are the 80ohms. You think those would be fine? From what I'm reading they sound about the same but the 80ohms have a little more bass. I'm in canada


Edited by Jurassic5 - 8/31/13 at 10:08am
post #5 of 11

The 80 ohm is very bassy, the 32ohm LE should have a much more balanced tone but it's a Limited Edition, so it's a little harder to find 

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yeah I haven't had any luck finding them and one store says they're expecting some to come in on the 9th, but I'm looking to order something today or tomorrow. I like the look of the ATX A900X and I'm willing to try out that wing design but I've got one question about those two things that touch the top of your head. Is it the same material the cups use or is it foamy? It's kinda my pet peeve and I really don't like the feel of certain kinds like this one that has a bunch of really tiny bubbles in them like this.

http://www.nanukcase.com/gestion/accessories/foam_liner.jpg

 

I've looked at a few images of the headphones and some look like it's the foam I don't like

http://www.soundacademy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Audio-Technica-ATH-A900X-1024x731.png

 

and some other look like the same material as the cups

http://news.siamphone.com/upload/news/nw07458/1.jpg

http://www.avx.hu/forum/uploads/monthly_08_2013/post-30084-0-97525100-1375603535.jpg

 

I hate to be picky about stuff like this but it really does bug me

srry I can't get bb tags to work


Edited by Jurassic5 - 8/31/13 at 11:19am
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Jurassic5 View Post

Yeah I haven't had any luck finding them and one store says they're expecting some to come in on the 9th, but I'm looking to order something today or tomorrow. I like the look of the ATX A900X and I'm willing to try out that wing design but I've got one question about those two things that touch the top of your head. Is it the same material the cups use or is it foamy? It's kinda my pet peeve and I really don't like the feel of certain kinds like this one that has a bunch of really tiny bubbles in them like this.

http://www.nanukcase.com/gestion/accessories/foam_liner.jpg

 

I've looked at a few images of the headphones and some look like it's the foam I don't like

http://www.soundacademy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Audio-Technica-ATH-A900X-1024x731.png

 

and some other look like the same material as the cups

http://news.siamphone.com/upload/news/nw07458/1.jpg

http://www.avx.hu/forum/uploads/monthly_08_2013/post-30084-0-97525100-1375603535.jpg

 

I hate to be picky about stuff like this but it really does bug me

srry I can't get bb tags to work

... it's foamy [YOUR LORD AN MASTER] sry about that

 

honestly it's dirt cheap and ssounds better than most all of it's price point competition. I paid $93 for mine used and it was quiete a bargin

 

but I can understand if that foam stuff would drive you nuts 

 

Honestly though, I'm selling  my AKG k550, and they are super comfy and the pair I have are ALREADY a year old [and I can't even tell] so teh build is also top notch and it's 100% free of any kinds of foam! We use paypal here on head fi so buying from members is pretty easy, and if you need extra help I've got a guide a made for my last buyer [who was also a new member]

 

But again, it's under your budget and low low impedance, I'd try the K550 [and ofc I need to sell mine <3] 

 

Additionally, if your head is big it will fit you very nicely! People complain about the seal and well if you have a smaller head it's an issue. Click on the Link to my blog at the bottom of my Signiture and there's a picture of me if it helps gauge the size of your noggin lol 

 

Or click here, to read my review of the K550 


Edited by Mshenay - 8/31/13 at 11:28am
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Jurassic5 View Post

Thanks for the recommendations guys I'm thinking the Beyer DT770 PRO LE 32ohm but all I can find are the 80ohms. You think those would be fine? From what I'm reading they sound about the same but the 80ohms have a little more bass. I'm in canada

 

Heya,

 

There is no difference between the impedances. Those are just there to match the headphone to a source (read: amplification, if needed/present). The massively overhyped information regarding the 80ohm being bassier than the 250ohm (or any version for that matter) is vastly over-stated. The 80ohm version needs a little amplification to perform ideal. The 250ohm definitely does. The 32ohm does not need amplification, hence the recommendation. The over-stated bassiness of the 80ohm version is due to how the impedance matches with an amplifier (less voltage requirement, leading to more current passing). It's not the headphone. It's actually the behavior of the amplifier against a work load--and this is variable from amp to amp. The real world bottom line of this is that the 32ohm/80ohm/250ohm are the same. It only slightly, very slightly differs when you are using an amplifier and it's dependent on what kind of amplifier and it's output and coloration. For your purposes, the 32ohm would be the one to get. Anyhow, the 32ohm is harder to find because it was mostly produced in the UK, and it was released here in the America's as a limited edition. You can find it if you search around. It will cost more, simply due to the fact that there's less distribution than the other massively produced variants.

 

Very best,

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Heya,

 

There is no difference between the impedances. Those are just there to match the headphone to a source (read: amplification, if needed/present). The massively overhyped information regarding the 80ohm being bassier than the 250ohm (or any version for that matter) is vastly over-stated. The 80ohm version needs a little amplification to perform ideal. The 250ohm definitely does. The 32ohm does not need amplification, hence the recommendation. The over-stated bassiness of the 80ohm version is due to how the impedance matches with an amplifier (less voltage requirement, leading to more current passing). It's not the headphone. It's actually the behavior of the amplifier against a work load--and this is variable from amp to amp. The real world bottom line of this is that the 32ohm/80ohm/250ohm are the same. It only slightly, very slightly differs when you are using an amplifier and it's dependent on what kind of amplifier and it's output and coloration. For your purposes, the 32ohm would be the one to get. Anyhow, the 32ohm is harder to find because it was mostly produced in the UK, and it was released here in the America's as a limited edition. You can find it if you search around. It will cost more, simply due to the fact that there's less distribution than the other massively produced variants.

 

Very best,

Good to know! There is actually some one selling a Dt 770 LE 32 :D here on head fi 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/679538/dt770-88-anniversary-limited-edition-32-ohm-and-black-jds-labs-objective-o2

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

I managed to find some AudioTechnica A900Xs in canada online. After looking at some close up pictures of them it doesn't look like they're made of the material I don't like.

Thanks for all your help guys

post #11 of 11
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