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post #1 of 11
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Hey hi, a friend recommended me this place

I had these:

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/product-MDR7506/

They broke, the right channel doesn't play anything, I've opened them and the wires seems fine, so it's probably the wires between are the problem, which you can't just easily fix it seems. They barely lasted 2 years :(

My friend gave me some pointers help pinpoint what I need exactly:
 

1- "What kinds of music do you listen to?"


Thing is, they're my main PC headphones, I use 'em for everything PC related, from games to youtube, to music (electronic music usually, game music ... etc, a little of everything) and shows/anime, especially anime.

 

2- "What kind of sound signature would you like (heavy bass, neutral, focus on female vocals, etc)?"

 

I know there's kinds of headphones for specific music usage, but what would be best for total general usage as described up there?

 

3- "Do you want them open or closed (open have a better soundstage i.e. instrument separation but leak noise in and out)?"

 

I guess I'd go with the better sound quality than noise leakage prevention

 

4- "It'd also help to mention what you liked/disliked about the MDR-7506s, since they're relatively neutral closed headphones designed for accuracy over fun."

 

What I liked about the MDR-7506

 

- Ear fit into them
- Comfortable for wearing for hours or pretty much all day
- Great audio quality generally
- Telephone like cord, I always keep hitting the damn cord somehow and this prevent damage to the headphone and my head

 

Also what do you mean "accuracy over fun"? Accuracy, things sounding as they're supposed to is important to me. "Fun"? You mean probably stuff like bass and such? A little bit of bass would be good, but I don't really care that much about it

 

For about a budget of 100$ to late 100.

 

I've been wondering if going wireless would be better, since there would be no external wires anywhere to break, plus if it's USB it could perhaps work on the Wii U and later PS3 if I ever get one, which would be great since my TV doesn't have an audio output for headphones. But chances that wireless + audio quality would be out of my budget

 

Of course, they'd have to be durable, if I'm paying this much, I'd like them to last 5 years at least

 

Thanks!


Edited by coolboymew - 9/29/13 at 11:42am
post #2 of 11

For low cost value option.

Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) closed headphones, $50 on eBay.

 

Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $27 and there is a $10 mail in rebate (Amazon).

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I dunno about low cost value. How's the audio? While I'm buying new headphones, I'd like to go with a sound quality better than my previous Sony ones

While I was making this topic, someone recommended me this one

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-240-Stereo-Studio-Headphones/dp/B0016MNBAM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1380480607&sr=8-3&keywords=agk+headphones
I'm gonna do a little research on it. I have to say that I like you can replace the main cord, since it's usually the first thing that breaks. Also comes with a coiled cord (phone cord as I said it previously), so I wouldn't have to spend extra on that.

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by coolboymew View Post
 

I dunno about low cost value. How's the audio? While I'm buying new headphones, I'd like to go with a sound quality better than my previous Sony ones

While I was making this topic, someone recommended me this one

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-240-Stereo-Studio-Headphones/dp/B0016MNBAM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1380480607&sr=8-3&keywords=agk+headphones
I'm gonna do a little research on it. I have to say that I like you can replace the main cord, since it's usually the first thing that breaks. Also comes with a coiled cord (phone cord as I said it previously), so I wouldn't have to spend extra on that.

Way over priced, I own the AKG K242HD and I ordered them from Europe with a few other things, paid $115.

Amazon has used K242HDs for $95

Superlux HD681 EVO ($50) almost as good as the K240 MKII

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

The Superlux HD681 EVO sounds real good for 100$ less. Just wondering if they're better than my old Sony headphones, from what I've seen from the reviews, the Superlux ones seem rated higher, but it's hard to determine the audio from text

For how long did you have the Superlux ones? Are they durable?

 

Someone recommended these

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/

Coiled cord like I wanted, but apparently it isn't comfortable to wear for a long time, which is a definitive minus for me...

Also got these recommended
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-504631-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A/

 

But so far, the Superlux HD681 EVO seems like a good choice


Thanks PurpleAngel for all of your help


Edited by coolboymew - 9/29/13 at 3:19pm
post #6 of 11
M50s are not bad. I think when they are $125 or below, they are a pretty good buy and a step up from the Sonys, IMHO. Since I got the M50s, I've heard good things about the HM5s and probably would get the over the M50s if I had to do it over again.
post #7 of 11

Shure SRH840 used on Amazon go for $150.

These headphones, have good bass (great when eqing), great mids, and highs.

 

Mids: Voices are very natural, textured, and detailed. String instruments, of all kinds sound amazing!

Highs: Very clear, analytical but smooth. Great extension as well.

Bass: Good extension and impact, it is actually pretty detailed as well.

 

Overall a warm, neutral headphone.

 

I have these cans my self and love them!

 

Comfort is acceptable. Weight and size could be the only con.

 

You could also purchase the Audio-Technica A900x headphones, they go for about $130 used on Amazon.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sony Slave View Post
 

Shure SRH840 used on Amazon go for $150.

These headphones, have good bass (great when eqing), great mids, and highs.

 

Mids: Voices are very natural, textured, and detailed. String instruments, of all kinds sound amazing!

Highs: Very clear, analytical but smooth. Great extension as well.

Bass: Good extension and impact, it is actually pretty detailed as well.

 

Overall a warm, neutral headphone.

 

I have these cans my self and love them!

 

Comfort is acceptable. Weight and size could be the only con.

 

You could also purchase the Audio-Technica A900x headphones, they go for about $130 used on Amazon.

 

I'm also selling a fully modded Shure 840 [which sounds a little better than the K550] the mods on them improve the sound stage, as well as adding a little more resultion overall. Although it does remove some of the warmth and REALLY brings them into the realm of balance. They are like a Closed Version of the Dt 880 imo [and for $125 +box it good deal u know]

 

but aside from me trying to pawn off my cans, I do recommend you try buying used here at head fi, you get great deals [as here at head fi we do NOT SELL FOR PROFIT] all the members here are selling what they have simply to allow some one else to enjoy it! And we don't mind selling our MINT condition headphones for cheap because again it's about the sharing! I'd like nothing more than some one to enjoy my shures as I have [I upgraded to a better can... we won't talk about how much an upgrade to the Shure Costs xD]

 

Still here's a link to the shure 840 I'm selling [we pay with pay pal] and a one to the head fi Headphone for sale thread

 

but as others have said, yea something open like the K240 would be good, the Sound Magic Hp 100, Shure 840 and K550 are also good options, and all of those can be had for under $180 used here at head fi, the K550 might b out of ur price range [but the Hp 100 and Modded Shrue 840 have equal quality if not better quality over the K550]  

post #9 of 11
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Thanks for all the replies, I finally went with the Superlux HD681 EVO. Not having any job right now (just school!) I might have exaggerated my budget. The various reviews I've seen on here seems to indicate a great audio quality for a great price, at least I hope

 

Thanks everyone for the recommendations!

 

One last question however. These doesn't come with a coiled cord. I don't know anything about audio cord standards, anywhere I could get a coiled cord of quality that won't decrease sound quality? I imagine it's a lot like HDMI cables, there's some around with stupid prices like 50$ for something you could get for 5$? Anything specific I should look when buying that kind of cord? Plus anywhere that ships to canada for a low shipping price?

 

Thanks

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by coolboymew View Post
 

Thanks for all the replies, I finally went with the Superlux HD681 EVO. Not having any job right now (just school!) I might have exaggerated my budget. The various reviews I've seen on here seems to indicate a great audio quality for a great price, at least I hope

 

Thanks everyone for the recommendations!

 

One last question however. These doesn't come with a coiled cord. I don't know anything about audio cord standards, anywhere I could get a coiled cord of quality that won't decrease sound quality? I imagine it's a lot like HDMI cables, there's some around with stupid prices like 50$ for something you could get for 5$? Anything specific I should look when buying that kind of cord? Plus anywhere that ships to canada for a low shipping price?

 

Thanks

 

I just noticed you have my headphones as your avatar!  :wink:

 

About your cord, I don't know what to tell you. I can't find a surefire solution.

post #11 of 11
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http://www.pinoytechblog.com/archives/superlux-hd-681-evo-professional-monitor-headphones-review

 

This source says you can replace it with any 3.5mm cables, so most likely any coiled 3.5mm cable male to female will do?

 

 

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