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Hello all, how's it going?

 

Firstly I want to say that I'm not an audiophile, though I have researched a fair amount on headphones before. So I hope I don't come off as a complete noob lol.

Now, I listen to a wide variety of music, but I am mostly focused on rock, metal and "groovy" music. I also travel a lot, and because I am a student, I tend to carry heavy books and other stuff in my bag. So I always need some headphones which are durable with a great sound quality.


My first proper headphone for this criteria was Shure SRH440. It wasn't the best but it did its job well and lasted me about 3 years. THing is, they finally gave in this week. I could replace the chord to see if that helps but I think it's time for a new pair of cans.
I researched on ATH M50s but for some reason they fiddled around with it and now it's not so good as the first gen.
Shure SRH840 is good but isn't sturdy and clear enough for my requirements.
V-MODA LP2 limited edition was interesting because of the great bass but it didn't have the sound profile and isolation I am looking for, similar thing with the M-80.

So I came here to ask you headphone enthusiasts for help because I clearly need it!


My requirements are:
1) Great sound quality: at least the same as if not better than my Shures. I listen to rock and metal mainly with some audiobooks.
2) Durability: I travel and sometimes have to run with the heavy stuff in my bag. Even though I take care of my cans it would be nice to have a pair that last.
3) Comfort: won't hurt my head or ears after an hour or so of use. Doesn't matter if it gets a little sweaty, I want closed ear cans.
4) Be portable: so if I am in a bus or a train it's not too big to fit in my bag, won't slip off my head, you know ...
5) Compatible with my sony mp3 player and smartphone.

 

My budget is $200-$210 max. I realise it's a lot of demands for a newbie, so I hope I don't come off as rude or anything :). I would really appreciate your help though, I've got a trip coming shortly and I am desperate to find a new pair that will last and keep me happy.

Thank you very much.


Edited by retrotoons - 10/2/13 at 10:04pm
post #2 of 15

Have you looked at the DT 770 Pros?

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the quick reply!

Don't the DT770 pros have high impedence? I looked earlier they had like 250 or 80 Ohms. Found one which had 32 ohms but I don't think it was in a DT700 pro make.

post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by retrotoons View Post
 

Thanks for the quick reply!

Don't the DT770 pros have high impedence? I looked earlier they had like 250 or 80 Ohms. Found one which had 32 ohms but I don't think it was in a DT700 pro make.

 

im new to the audio scene myself, but from what ive learned, all ohm impedence means is that the higher the ohms, the more is needed to run it

 

i.e. with 250 ohm headphones, you'll need some sort of amp/dac to run it, where as 80 ohms could be run by an ipod/iphone/other phone

 

by no means am i an expert, this is what i have learned though

post #5 of 15
Hello!

I will suggest you the Sony MDR-1R. Perfect upgrade from Your Shures! Otherwise, a used pair of PSB M4U1 will be even better

Hope it helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
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Hello!

I will suggest you the Sony MDR-1R. Perfect upgrade from Your Shures! Otherwise, a used pair of PSB M4U1 will be even better

Hope it helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif

This MDR version right?

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Brand-new-Sony-MDR-1R-Over-Ear-Headphones-Silver-/141058454398?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item20d7bd337e#shpCntId

 

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im new to the audio scene myself, but from what ive learned, all ohm impedence means is that the higher the ohms, the more is needed to run it

 

i.e. with 250 ohm headphones, you'll need some sort of amp/dac to run it, where as 80 ohms could be run by an ipod/iphone/other phone

 

by no means am i an expert, this is what i have learned though

Haha yeah you're correct. I'll see if I can find the 80 ohm version online :)

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This MDR version right?

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Brand-new-Sony-MDR-1R-Over-Ear-Headphones-Silver-/141058454398?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item20d7bd337e#shpCntId

 

Haha yeah you're correct. I'll see if I can find the 80 ohm version online :)

 

just fyi

 

80ohm dt770s are straight cable, 250ohm are coiled

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This MDR version right?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Brand-new-Sony-MDR-1R-Over-Ear-Headphones-Silver-/141058454398?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item20d7bd337e#shpCntId

Haha yeah you're correct. I'll see if I can find the 80 ohm version online smily_headphones1.gif

Yep those!

The DT770 is a great headphone but it's better to pair it with an amp. 80Ohm can be driven out straight with some source but still best to pair it with an amp to get the most, out of it smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
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just fyi

 

80ohm dt770s are straight cable, 250ohm are coiled

Hmm. Thanks for that heads up.

 

I'm leaning towards Sony right now, just reading about its durability/toughness.

post #10 of 15
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Yep those!

The DT770 is a great headphone but it's better to pair it with an amp. 80Ohm can be driven out straight with some source but still best to pair it with an amp to get the most, out of it smily_headphones1.gif

Seems like I'll have to try Sony Headphones. You sure they're tough? lol

post #11 of 15
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Seems like I'll have to try Sony Headphones. You sure they're tough? lol

Yep! Unless you dump them around your house, throw it around the street, nothing much will happen to it. Pretty strong build, very good comfort and most importantly, great sound! smily_headphones1.gif
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Apparently there's been cases of the jack starting to ratthe after a while. Not sure if the problem's stopped now, there were psots from March 2013 reporting this problem.

I don't want to risk it :P 

I have a Fiio E5 Amp anyway, perhaps I should take the alternative? The 80 ohm version will work with my mp3 player and phone right? Lastly, could I buy the cable for 250 Ohm separately and attach it to the 80 ohm headphone or am I just an idiot? :etysmile:


Edited by retrotoons - 10/3/13 at 3:57am
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Apparently there's been cases of the jack starting to ratthe after a while. Not sure if the problem's stopped now, there were psots from March 2013 reporting this problem.

I don't want to risk it :P 

I have a Fiio E5 Amp anyway, perhaps I should take the alternative? The 80 ohm version will work with my mp3 player and phone right? 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/640127/sony-mdr-1r-mdr-1rnc-fix-for-jack-rattle <- you can take a look at this thread where they talk about that issue and how they fix it.

 

If you decided to go for the Beyerdyamic DT770, it's not the worse choice ever in fact, it's pretty good and your FiiO E5 should be able to drive it but not giving out its full potential 

 

Billson :)

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/640127/sony-mdr-1r-mdr-1rnc-fix-for-jack-rattle <- you can take a look at this thread where they talk about that issue and how they fix it.

 

If you decided to go for the Beyerdyamic DT770, it's not the worse choice ever in fact, it's pretty good and your FiiO E5 should be able to drive it but not giving out its full potential 

 

Billson :)

 

Yeah I saw that thread, I just couldn't be bothered getting glutac 

:beyersmile:

I'm going to order 770's right now, thank you very very much! I really appreciate it 

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