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Looking for very specific headphones, advice needed!

post #1 of 15
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Hi guys!

I am looking for very specific pair, maybe I missed a model I`m not aware of, please advice!

Requirements:

*Open/Semi-Open

*On-Ear (smaller = better)

*Under £60/$100 (if it`s worth it might spend a LITTLE bit more)

*Microphone would be a GREAT advantage, but can skip on that

*MUST NOT REQUIRE AN AMP

 

I was looking at Koss PortaPro and Grado SR80i but people write on forums that they both need an amp. I will be using it with Sony Xperia Z.

Thank you for your advice.

post #2 of 15
Grado SR80i do not need an amp. They are low impedance, making them suitable with almost any portable device.

Now if your phone has that volume protection where the headphone amp output has been castrated by the software, you won't be able to get them really loud. But they should be fine for general listening. If you like things loud, then go for a higher sensitivity headphone smily_headphones1.gif

BTW: it looks possible to boost the maximum volume on your Sony by rooting the phone and changing a config file (I did something similar with my Note 2).
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you cel4145! I also read that you can mod SR80i with Sennheiser ear cushions to improve isolation. Also for my future reference, can anyone advice at what impedance I should think that phones require amplification? And, alternative product suggestions anyone? Thank you!
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by AndrewIsMusic View Post

Thank you cel4145! I also read that you can mod SR80i with Sennheiser ear cushions to improve isolation. Also for my future reference, can anyone advice at what impedance I should think that phones require amplification? And, alternative product suggestions anyone? Thank you!

 

+1 for Grado SR80i. I love my Grado to death xD and will not struggle to recommend it to you! 

 

For your future reference, you do not only read the headphone impedance to see if it requires an amp. Sensitivity plays a role too! Here's a link that I would suggest to you read for more information about " ampinghttp://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-impedance

 

Billson :L3000:

post #5 of 15
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Cheers Billson!
post #6 of 15
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Thank you cel4145! I also read that you can mod SR80i with Sennheiser ear cushions to improve isolation.

There are Sennheiser ear cushions that people use to change the sound of SR80is, but that would have minimal or no effect on isolation. The headphones are "open," meaning that the back of the cups are open to the air. That's where most of the sound leaks.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you all guys. So now I have to decide Grado SR80i vs Alessandro MS-1. I read threads on head-fi comparing them, but my music taste is slightly different, but I listen to 75% trance, or melodic pop/musical soundtracks, 10% dnb/dubstep, when I`m in the mood its classical/rock and with exception of couple of tracks it`s almost never jazz, I like stage presence (if it is possible with these), but especially when listening to trance sets, you really need your highs and percussions (sorry if it`s wrong term) "split and separate" from each other otherwise at high tempo it makes horrible noise. Lets put it this way - I liked listening to music in my Ultrasone Pro 750, but sold them cause they are HUGE and did not have bass at all. Your advise please lads and lassies!? Cheers!

post #8 of 15
To me, the Grado headphones have a lot of bass that will satisfy most genre with exception of deep sub-bass but I know some may disagree with me as I am sort-of bass hater xD

I do listen to trance and dubstep with my Grado sometimes when I am too lazy to switch and it sound pretty good to me but is not recommended for those who prefer more bass smily_headphones1.gif

You should as well look into HD439 if that's the case

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi Billson ! I appreciate your advice but HD439 are HUMONGOUS! It`s OTG I`m looking for. Also about beeing a bass hater - I know where you coming from, Beats and Skullcandy and Sony XBass is also not my cuppa, but healthy bass is a necessity, otherwise there is no "kick"  which you need for dance music. Cheers! 

post #10 of 15

You should also consider Yamaha's HPH-200.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/640370/yamaha-hph-200-pictures-and-review-updated-7-19

 

I think you can find them for £85.

 

Best Luck!

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by AndrewIsMusic View Post

Hi Billson ! I appreciate your advice but HD439 are HUMONGOUS! It`s OTG I`m looking for. Also about beeing a bass hater - I know where you coming from, Beats and Skullcandy and Sony XBass is also not my cuppa, but healthy bass is a necessity, otherwise there is no "kick"  which you need for dance music. Cheers! 

I have also tested those with excellent bass respond, deep and tight as well as big! but not sure why thought... I tend to turn them down very low with my EQ. XD

Anyways, something popped into my mind as I am typing this, the Audio Technica ATH-WS70/77! They are extremely good with the genre you mentioned! Not sure why I forgotten to mention it before haha


Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #12 of 15
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Will give them a shot Billson if I manage to find them on display in Beats dominated Glasgow! :D  I was in my local HiFi shop today and managed to try Grado from SR-60i up to SR-325IS. Played 320kbps stream from Google Music unlimited on my Xperia Z, test tracks been Daft Punk - Aerodynamic, Ellie Goulding - Dead in the water, ZaZ - Je Veux, Spor - Aztec, Lana Del Ray - Videogames, Inglide - Let Me Love You, Gareth Emery feat Lucy Sanders - Sanctuary, Mozart - Eine Kleine Nacht Music, Apocalyptica - Nothing Else Matters. And you know what, I think I`ll rob a bank (I`m a student) and get Grado 325IS, Expensive, but a solid phones to keep. Going to DL some FLACs and making appointment to listen to HD tracks to see if there will be difference when played from same device. Any alternative suggestions to try if I stretch my budget to £375/$600. Also small(ish), on ear, no amp required. Thanks! BTW reason why I`m so keen on open back is that I have OCD, I am obsessed with safety, so I cant close my eyes when I listen to music at home, as I become terribly scared, and feeling that I`m not in control and I can`t hear what`s around me drives me insane! So open back please. Cheers!


Edited by AndrewIsMusic - 10/3/13 at 1:55pm
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post #14 of 15
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You should also consider Yamaha's HPH-200.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/640370/yamaha-hph-200-pictures-and-review-updated-7-19

 

I think you can find them for £85.

 

Best Luck!

 

my dad has a pair of these since his MDR-V6's broke after 20 years, he loves them, but i havent used them personally so i cant really say anything about them

post #15 of 15
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http://www.philips.co.uk/c/Fidelio/fidelio-over-ear-black-x1_00/prd/ Anyone tried these personally? 

Have heard good things at out them but I don't think you will like it after listening to Grado. I heard the X1 is a bit rolled off at top where as Grado has a peak there! Feel free to read some reviews on the X1!

Go for Gradoooooooooooooooooo ^_^ [Grado Fan mode: ON] If you like the Grado, just go for it! It's pretty hard to find headphone with same sound signature at same price that sound as good! In addition, they have great after sales service! Definitely love mine like....errrr... A lot!!!! XD

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
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