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post #1 of 20
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Hello Head-Fi Community!

 

I'm new here but I frequently visit the site for headphone reviews and comparisons and I must say it's been very helpful. :D

 

Just decided to become a member now. :)

 

So now, I wanted to ask your help for some headphone suggestions. 

 

I own an ATH-M50. Bought them when they were fresh off the market. They were my first set of cans and I must say I loved using them. Picked them over a pair of Beats Studio headphones. After more than 2 years of owning them, the pads and the headband have deteriorated, but the SQ is still great. Now I'm thinking of owning another pair which is at par, if not better, than the M50.

 

Before I go to my choices, I'll share a bit about what music I listen to. Generally, I listen to anything from classicals to rock to R&B to string. So I guess I'm looking for an all-arounder? Pardon me if I sound contradicting at times. Still have a lot to learn here. :)

 

I'm considering the following headphones (in no particular order):

 

1. Sony MDR-1R

2. Bose AE2w

3. Beyerdynamic DT990

4. Sony XB-920

5. Creative Aurvana Live

 

I've received comments from peers that my choices are in different leagues of their own (DT990's being open-back while the others are closed-back) but I just wanna widen my choices and get suggestions and thoughts from the people who know more than I do. :)

 

So yeah, that's it! Hope to learn a lot from this forum as a whole.

 

Thanks in advance! :beerchug:

post #2 of 20

What sources are the headphones going to be plugged into?

Does it matter if the headphones are open or closed?

post #3 of 20

The MDR 1r is great with the genres listed.  The dt990 is a little to in you face.  The KEF M500, or A900x, or MDR  1r are all great options.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

What sources are the headphones going to be plugged into?

Does it matter if the headphones are open or closed?

 

The source is mostly going to be my S4. I'm leaning towards closed 'coz I don't wanna annoy my co-workers or anyone at home with the music. But I've been thinking about how some people told me that open headphones give out a much more natural sound.

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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post
 

The MDR 1r is great with the genres listed.  The dt990 is a little to in you face.  The KEF M500, or A900x, or MDR  1r are all great options.

 

Thanks for the affirmation! :D 

 
Though I'm worried about the earpads. Don't want them to flake out like my M50 did. Or is that gonna be part of the wear and tear through the years?
post #6 of 20

I believe you can buy new set of pads and headband for your current M50.

 

If you are going to buy DT990, make sure get 32 ohm version. 250 or 600 ohm versions are too much for your smartphone.

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by wnmnkh View Post
 

I believe you can buy new set of pads and headband for your current M50.

 

If you are going to buy DT990, make sure get 32 ohm version. 250 or 600 ohm versions are too much for your smartphone.

 

Yes that's true. But the Audio Technica people here in my country haven't replied to me yet about the replacement headband and I have yet to ask them again.

 
Really? How is it too much for my smartphone? Should I get a specific media player if ever I'm gonna get the DT990?
post #8 of 20

Example.

 

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.Xaudio+technica+m50+headphone+earpad&_nkw=audio+technica+m50+headphone+earpad&_sacat=0&_from=R40

 

In Ebay, there are tons of way to get these. Not sure where you are living, but there should be someone that can send these with free shipping as well. I am sure they also sell headband. Search for it.

 

 

250 ohm and 600 ohm requires much larger voltage swing and more current to volume up, while 32 ohm is not. If a seller does not specify ohm, you must ask whether it is 32 ohm or not, otherwise you are buying headphones that require headphone amplifier. 

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Originally Posted by wnmnkh View Post

Example.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.Xaudio+technica+m50+headphone+earpad&_nkw=audio+technica+m50+headphone+earpad&_sacat=0&_from=R40

In Ebay, there are tons of way to get these. Not sure where you are living, but there should be someone that can send these with free shipping as well. I am sure they also sell headband. Search for it.


250 ohm and 600 ohm requires much larger voltage swing and more current to volume up, while 32 ohm is not. If a seller does not specify ohm, you must ask whether it is 32 ohm or not, otherwise you are buying headphones that require headphone amplifier. 

Thanks for the link! I live in the Philippines and I've already inquired about the replacement earpads. They're a tad bit expensive here. Thinking of having a relative in the US buy them and ship them here for me. I'll try looking for headbands as well.

I see. Up to now I haven't heard of headphones like that. I have a FiiO E5 just in case I go with the DT990. Would you think that's enough?
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by wnmnkh View Post

I believe you can buy new set of pads and headband for your current M50.

If you are going to buy DT990, make sure get 32 ohm version. 250 or 600 ohm versions are too much for your smartphone.

+1

I think the pads and headband replacement is a good option for you. It's great to have more than one set of headphones, and going open with your second set would be a good experience. smily_headphones1.gif

If you don't mind a little less bass emphasis than the M50s, the Sony MA900 could be a good choice in an open headphone for you. Very easy to drive.
post #11 of 20
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+1

I think the pads and headband replacement is a good option for you. It's great to have more than one set of headphones, and going open with your second set would be a good experience. smily_headphones1.gif

If you don't mind a little less bass emphasis than the M50s, the Sony MA900 could be a good choice in an open headphone for you. Very easy to drive.

Yeah I would actually love to try open headphones. I'm just a bit uneasy with the thought of leaking sound, dunno why though. I think the sound leak just takes a little getting used to. Would you know how does the MA900 compare to the DT990?

On a side note, could you elaborate more on the difference of SQ between closed and open headphones? Just wanna learn about it. smily_headphones1.gif
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Yeah I would actually love to try open headphones. I'm just a bit uneasy with the thought of leaking sound, dunno why though. I think the sound leak just takes a little getting used to. Would you know how does the MA900 compare to the DT990?

On a side note, could you elaborate more on the difference of SQ between closed and open headphones? Just wanna learn about it. smily_headphones1.gif

I can't make that comparison. I'm going by reputation of the MA900s, having read lots of reviews and comments. If you google head-fi ma900 sony, you'll find a review comparing them to the DT880, and and an appreciation thread where you can ask questions:

Well, open headphones are best used alone in a fairly quiet place. But the soundstage is generally much bigger with open headphones. The M50s are fairly limited on soundstage, so you would notice a big difference.
post #13 of 20

I don't have MA900, but I want to mention DT990 is also open headphone as well.

post #14 of 20
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I can't make that comparison. I'm going by reputation of the MA900s, having read lots of reviews and comments. If you google head-fi ma900 sony, you'll find a review comparing them to the DT880, and and an appreciation thread where you can ask questions:

Well, open headphones are best used alone in a fairly quiet place. But the soundstage is generally much bigger with open headphones. The M50s are fairly limited on soundstage, so you would notice a big difference.

I see. With that being said, and the fact that we have a lot of animals at home, I'm having second thoughts about getting open headphones. The barking dogs might drown out the music. Lol. So I guess it's back to closed headphones? Haha. smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by wnmnkh View Post

I don't have MA900, but I want to mention DT990 is also open headphone as well.

Yep so I was told. Just throwing in a little variety to my choices. smily_headphones1.gif
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