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post #1 of 32
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Hi folks,

I'd appreciate your help!

My music is all on cds. I have a sony player and stereo reciever that I will plug headphones into. I'd prefer not to get an amp just yet.

To give a good picture of what I listen to: pink Floyd, Elliott smith, xtc, big star, zeppelin, Beatles, Simon and g, Dylan, the band, Elvis Costello, Beatles, yes, radiohead, wilco... I'm interested in jazz and classical too.

Over the ear. Open or closed. I'm conscious of protecting my hearing. Got mild tinnitus. I don't turn up super loud. I like a warm sound. Nothing grating. Something balanced.

Appreciate it mates.
post #2 of 32
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I am told that a good soundstage is a must for pink Floyd. So that's my other criteria for my decision
post #3 of 32

Off the top of my head:

 

Sony MDR-1R

 

Denon DN-HP700 (you might want to get velour pads as I found the stock pads horribly uncomfortable)

 

ATH-M50

 

Ultrasone HFI-450

post #4 of 32
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Thanks, I hear good things about the ath m50.

I should mention that I have some senn hd280s. They sound good with well done cds. However, After researching, I think I'd like to get something more suited for my needs.
post #5 of 32
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Originally Posted by seamus4593 View Post

My music is all on CDs. I have a Sony player and stereo receiver that I will plug headphones into. I'd prefer not to get an amp just yet.
Over the ear. Open or closed. I'm conscious of protecting my hearing. Got mild tinnitus. I don't turn up super loud. I like a warm sound. Nothing grating. Something balanced.

What model Sony CD player?

What model receiver?

Are they connected to each other using analog or digital?

Do you like a lot of bass thump? or more into sound stage? or vocals really most important or good all around sound?

 

Receiver's headphone jacks usually have a high impedance, so any headphone in the 250-Ohm range (give or take)should be fine.

Sennheiser 50-Ohm HD5XX series and AKG 62-Ohm 7XX series or AKG 130-ohm 6XX series are should also do fine plugged into a receiver.

 

Sennheiser HD558 (50-Ohm) are selling for $130 at Amazon, normal price is around $175.

post #6 of 32
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Are the m50s good for just listening enjoyment? Or are they studio oriented?
post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 
CD-DVD 5 disc player
Sony gx47es receiver
Connected with red white cables...

Not into bass "thump". I like the bass to sound good though. Soundstage important. Something overall great.

Thanks for the help
post #8 of 32
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I'm really curious about grado. Do they fit my criteria?
post #9 of 32
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I'm really curious about grado. Do they fit my criteria?

 

Look at Shure SRH840/940 too if you dont like a lot of bass

 

I think I read somewhere the bass is cleaner on the 940, but the 940s are $240-300, so idk if you wanna spend that much

 

the 840s can be found for $150

post #10 of 32
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I'm leaning towards these for some reason
Senn 558
Grado Sr8 Oi
Sure 840s

With my musical preferences in mind
post #11 of 32
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Originally Posted by seamus4593 View Post

Are the m50s good for just listening enjoyment? Or are they studio oriented?

ATH-M50s are for those that like a lot of bass in their music.

post #12 of 32

Hah, the M50 is nothing soundstage wise (and mids wise, and comfort wise) compared to the Sony MDR MA900. People are barely recommending open headphones even though they excel at those genres.

post #13 of 32
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Originally Posted by seamus4593 View Post

I'm leaning towards these for some reason
Senn 558
Grado Sr8 Oi
Sure 840s

With my musical preferences in mind

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250-Ohm open headphones

full bass & full treble, which slightly overshadows the mids, but the mids are clear

 

Sennheiser HD558 50-Ohm headphones open headphones.

Slightly veiled audio, more balanced audio compared to DT990s, the HD558 are selling for $130.

Very easy for a receiver to drive.

post #14 of 32
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CD-DVD 5 disc player

What is the make and model of CD-DVD 5 disc player

Any digital outputs?

Putting a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) between the CD/DVD and receiver should improve audio quality.

post #15 of 32
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Hah, the M50 is nothing soundstage wise (and mids wise, and comfort wise) compared to the Sony MDR MA900. People are barely recommending open headphones even though they excel at those genres.
What about grados?
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