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Please suggest headphones for around $500-600

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I am planning on buying new headphones as I broke my Shure SRH-440.

 

I usually listen to music on my computer through FLAC files, some mp3s and occasionally Youtube. I have an ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card running on Windows. I use Media Player Classic to play the music.

 

I listen to a wide variety of music like classic rock, alternative rock, british rock, house, electronic, some 90s music, jazz, bollywood, bhangra etc. I'll provide some band names to clarify.

 

Neil Young

The Yardbirds

Jefferson Airplane

Jimi Hendrix

The 13th Floor Elevators

Queen

Rolling Stones

Doors

The Velvet Underground

 

 

The Black Keys

Polica

Adele

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Yeah Yeah Yeah's

 

 

Jack White

Florence & The Machine

Kasabian

 

 

Daft Punk

Chemical Brothers

Crystal Method

Prodigy

Nadia Ali

 

 

New Order

 

Dave Brubeck Take Five

John Coltrane

etc

 

Sorry for the long list!

 

I know absolutely nothing about DACs and AMPs so if you provide a headphone that requires one, please also provide a portable DAC or AMP.

 

I am not much of a fan of bass.

 

I was thinking of the Grado SR225i. I don't want boring, flat cans.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Ciao


Edited by juventino - 10/13/13 at 2:33pm
post #2 of 20

Hmm...most people who would call something colored/not flat would refer to warm hp's, but you say that you don't want bassy right?

 

Do you want over the ear or on ear?

 

Open or closed? 

 

Are you willing to spend past $300 for the amp?

 

Home or portable?

post #3 of 20

So I ask... Did you find the Shure SRH440s boring?

Also, your Asus sound card should do alright with most headphones out there... Also, Matt made some good Qs ;-)

post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Hmm...most people who would call something colored/not flat would refer to warm hp's, but you say that you don't want bassy right?

 

Do you want over the ear or on ear?

 

Open or closed? 

 

Are you willing to spend past $300 for the amp?

 

Home or portable?

 

 

I would say 'Over the ear' as I don't know much about 'on ear',

 

Open and Closed are both ok.

 

I think my sound card has a built in AMP. The other place where I might use the headphones is with a cell phone (I'm considering the LG G2). So in that case I might require a portable AMP/DAC, whichever is required.

 

Definitely Home.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

So I ask... Did you find the Shure SRH440s boring?

Also, your Asus sound card should do alright with most headphones out there... Also, Matt made some good Qs ;-)

 

They are alright. I wasn't overwhelmed by them.

post #5 of 20
Hello!

I second Grado! Just stretch the headband a bit and the clamping force should be fixed! It's comfortable after all

Other wise you can look into;
Sennheiser Momenrum (find one on sale)
Sony MDR-1R
Sennheiser HD598

Neither of them are "flat". The Momentum offer the most bass of all but also the least controlled. Narrow soundstage but wider than ATH-M50 and your Shure if I remember correctly. The MDR-1R on the other hand are more colored sounding in comparison specially when the Momentum has very natural timbre to it. The Sony MDR-1R also has less bass.

Lastly, the HD598 has a forward mids with both end rolled off. Pretty fun mids to listen to! Widest soundstage of all as well as imaging. Lacking some details in the music thought. Overall, very smooth sounding

Hope it helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 20

Okay,

 

You can get a used pair of he400's for right around your budget and they would rock your world even with just a sound card (what sound card did you say that you had?) The sound stage, imaging, and instrument separation is top notch. Probably the best audiophile bass south of $500 IMO.

 

The Maddog by Mr. Speakers will fit right into your budget at $299 but will be harder to amp. It won't do much out of a phone or ipod and would need a amp to sound it's best. Fully closed and will isolate very well. 

 

The Sony ma900 is impressive at $200. Darker, good bass and mids. Will amp fine right out of an ipod ect. Fantastic sound stage and unparalled comfort. Looks frail though. 

 

Wildcard: philips fidelio x1. I have not owned this one but have owned all the others that I mention. I hear very good things about it though.

 

gL!!

post #7 of 20

While the He-400 are technically more refined, I would personally take the SR225i over the Hifimans based on your music taste.  The Grados do rock and vocals more justice IMO with a more engaging mid-range.  That being said, the He-400s are probably better all-rounders and are more comfortable. Also, I don't find the He-400s very bass heavy if you're worried about that.

 

If you're able to, I would test the comfort of the Grados since they do tend to get painful after awhile.  You could also mod them very easily with the sock mods or whatever other mods there are.  Can't say much about the other cans suggested unfortunately.

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by wippo808 View Post

While the He-400 are technically more refined, I would personally take the SR225i over the Hifimans based on your music taste.  The Grados do rock and vocals more justice IMO with a more engaging mid-range.  That being said, the He-400s are probably better all-rounders and are more comfortable. Also, I don't find the He-400s very bass heavy if you're worried about that.

If you're able to, I would test the comfort of the Grados since they do tend to get painful after awhile.  You could also mod them very easily with the sock mods or whatever other mods there are.  Can't say much about the other cans suggested unfortunately.

Yep! Stretch the headband of Grado will help lighten the clamping force

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 

How do your recommended headphones perform with house & electronic music?

post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Okay,

 

You can get a used pair of he400's for right around your budget and they would rock your world even with just a sound card (what sound card did you say that you had?) The sound stage, imaging, and instrument separation is top notch. Probably the best audiophile bass south of $500 IMO.

 

The Maddog by Mr. Speakers will fit right into your budget at $299 but will be harder to amp. It won't do much out of a phone or ipod and would need a amp to sound it's best. Fully closed and will isolate very well. 

 

The Sony ma900 is impressive at $200. Darker, good bass and mids. Will amp fine right out of an ipod ect. Fantastic sound stage and unparalled comfort. Looks frail though. 

 

Wildcard: philips fidelio x1. I have not owned this one but have owned all the others that I mention. I hear very good things about it though.

 

gL!!

 

I have an ASUS Xonar Essence STX

post #11 of 20

For house and electric, the he400 will rock your world. They are somewhat heavy, 440 grams, but comfortable feeling. If you can handle the weight I'd grab them. 

 

gL!!

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by juventino View Post
 

How do your recommended headphones perform with house & electronic music?

I use my Grado SR60i for those genres! 

 

HD598 while lacking the deep-sub bass, it does sound great as the mid-bass are present and punchy [slightly]

 

MDR-1R offer a very smooth  sound. Other than lacking in big bass, they are suitable for house and electronic. Warmish tone is there.

 

Out of all, the Momentum sound  best with electronic and house because of their deep and slightly emphasized bass 

 

Hope it helps!

Billson :)

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by juventino View Post
 

 

I have an ASUS Xonar Essence STX


The Essence STX's headphone amplifier can drive headphones up to 600-Ohms

 

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X (40-Ohm) open headphones, $230.

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

People I have increased my budget to around 500-600. Again if you are recommending headphones that require an AMP then:

 

1. Please advise me if they will work (and how well) with my current sound card (ASUS Xonar Essence STX)

2. Please advise a good portable AMP.

 

Of course if it doesn't require an AMP then ignore the above.

post #15 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by juventino View Post
 

People I have increased my budget to around 500-600. Again if you are recommending headphones that require an AMP then:

 

1. Please advise me if they will work (and how well) with my current sound card (ASUS Xonar Essence STX)

2. Please advise a good portable AMP.

 

Of course if it doesn't require an AMP then ignore the above.

 

The STX can drive just about any (or all?) headphone talked about on Head-Fi

I would guess if you where willing to spend $300 for a new external DAC/Amp, then it would be worth swapping out the STX.

(Sell off the STX for cash)

I'm currently debating on getting the Audio-GD NFB-15.32 external DAC/Amp, $275-$295.

 

Headphone suggections

DT880 Premium 600-Ohm

DT990 Premium 600-Ohm

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