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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Was wondering if you guys could help me choosing some headphones :smile:

 

My budget is about 150$/€/£.

 

I'll use them for listening to music on my PC. My whole music collection is FLAC (don't know if that matters)

 

I don't need them to be much portable as I'll only be using them at home

 

Thanks in advance :D


Edited by NightWolf1396 - 10/12/13 at 2:54am
post #2 of 18
A bit more info would help smily_headphones1.gif

What kind of music do you like to listen to? Is gaming or movie watching also important?

Do you currently have headphones or IEMs? If so, what do you like/not like about their sound? Do you like a bass heavy sound signature? Neutral?
post #3 of 18
MDR MA900!
post #4 of 18
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MDR MA900!

Is this the new M50? LOL
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

A bit more info would help smily_headphones1.gif

What kind of music do you like to listen to? Is gaming or movie watching also important?

Do you currently have headphones or IEMs? If so, what do you like/not like about their sound? Do you like a bass heavy sound signature? Neutral?

I listen to Alternative music and Alternative Rock/Indie Rock. Gaming and movies aren't important, I want to use it solely for music. Currently I do not own any headphones, I'm listening to my music with my TV speakers (I know it's rubbish), I do like a heavy bass sound.

post #6 of 18
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Is this the new M50? LOL

Hah, lol! Guess so!
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by NightWolf1396 View Post

I listen to Alternative music and Alternative Rock/Indie Rock. Gaming and movies aren't important, I want to use it solely for music. Currently I do not own any headphones, I'm listening to my music with my TV speakers (I know it's rubbish), I do like a heavy bass sound.
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Hah, lol! Guess so!

Seems like the ATH-M50s would be the better fit over the MA900s because of their bass emphasis smily_headphones1.gif

Look into the M-Audio Q40. Ultrasone HFI-580 if you want some serious bass, almost Beats level but better sound (see this thread).

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250 are £122 on Amazon UK. If you could swing a little more for a headphone amp (they need one), this would be an excellent headphone.
post #8 of 18
The MA900 can put out a lot of bass if you ask them to (eq, amp), and not distort or clip.

The ATH WS99, or Focal Spirit One are good if you don't want eq or an amp.
post #9 of 18
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The MA900 can put out a lot of bass if you ask them to (eq, amp), and not distort or clip.
So the MA900 can keep up with those other headphones if you EQ it? Wouldn't the OP need an amp for that?
post #10 of 18
Yeah, but only for thebass, which isn't recessed, its just flat.
post #11 of 18
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Yeah, but only for thebass, which isn't recessed, its just flat.

Flat? I haven't heard them, but that seems unlikely to me since dynamic driver open headphones generally don't have a very flat linear bass response. a_recording did a review of the MA900 and AD900X and found, using test tones, that the bass starts to kick in substantially around 50hz. That make sense in relation to Golden Ears measured response and perceived response graphs. It certainly seems likely that the big 70mm driver could achieve big bass since it has about three times the surface area of a 40mm driver one finds in many headphones. However, the fact that you described the MA900 as having no distortion or clipping above also makes me call into doubt your assessment. Clipping has nothing to do with headphones ability/characteristics. Amps cause clipping.
Edited by cel4145 - 10/13/13 at 8:32am
post #12 of 18
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Amps cause clipping.

^ My bad!

 

Sounds flat to me.  The lower bass is slightly recessed, upper bass is slightly emphasized, so the bass as a whole is flat.  It has around the same amount of bass as the KEF m500 (perhaps a bit less).  I don't understand how people call the bass boomy, since I can't hear it.  The MA900 has less bass than the MDR 7506, and around the same amount as the DT880.  Less bass than the K550. (since you have it).

post #13 of 18
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^ My bad!

Sounds flat to me.  The lower bass is slightly recessed, upper bass is slightly emphasized, so the bass as a whole is flat.  It has around the same amount of bass as the KEF m500 (perhaps a bit less).  I don't understand how people call the bass boomy, since I can't hear it.  The MA900 has less bass than the MDR 7506, and around the same amount as the DT880.  Less bass than the K550. (since you have it).

OK. That makes sense smily_headphones1.gif

But that's not what flat means. Flat implies a linear frequency response and refers to how the response appears in a graph. This is the manufacturer's measured frequency response for the sub in my sig. One would consider it to have a "flat" bass response from just under 200hz down to just under 30hz:

post #14 of 18

I know what flat means, it's just easier for others to understand, instead of just saying that the bass is emphasized, which is kind of misleading:p .

post #15 of 18
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I know what flat means, it's just easier for others to understand, instead of just saying that the bass is emphasized, which is kind of misleading:p  .

Not if you say the midbass is emphasized in relation to the subbass. I don't see how it's helpful to people to overgeneralize and to use terms in accurately.
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