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post #1 of 49
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys, just joined Head-Fi, been lurking around for 1-2 years.

Finally getting myself a Headphone for home use after years of using IEMs.

I'm interested basically the Sony MA-900, Grado SR325i, Beyerdynamic DT880, and Sennheiser HD598.

Mostly listen to rock and pop music and would prefer a more mid-forward with no lack of bass headphone.

Any suggestions?

post #2 of 49

how about HE 400?

post #3 of 49
Thread Starter 

He-400 is out of my budget, it costs about $599 in SGD, I'm looking for something within $400 SGD.. :(

post #4 of 49
Hello!

Welcome to Head-Fi! [Not going to be silly this time xD so no motto]

The HD598 offer a forward mids but does lack bass. I heard the MA-900 is the improved version but not going to comment anything about it as I have yet to test it.

I am not sure which ohm version of DT880 you mentioning but they are power hungry! Pairing it with an amp is recommended.

As for Grado, they are excellent for rock music! I use mine for pop as well! If you do not wish to have too little bass, you are better off with SR60i or the PS500. Both offer better bass. The only downside I can think about for Grado is the comfort. It's clamping force is high! However, it can easily fixed by stretching the headband or put it on 3-4 thick books for around 5-10min

Hope it helps!
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post #5 of 49
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Hello!

Welcome to Head-Fi! [Not going to be silly this time xD so no motto]

The HD598 offer a forward mids but does lack bass. I heard the MA-900 is the improved version but not going to comment anything about it as I have yet to test it.

I am not sure which ohm version of DT880 you mentioning but they are power hungry! Pairing it with an amp is recommended.

As for Grado, they are excellent for rock music! I use mine for pop as well! If you do not wish to have too little bass, you are better off with SR60i or the PS500. Both offer better bass. The only downside I can think about for Grado is the comfort. It's clamping force is high! However, it can easily fixed by stretching the headband or put it on 3-4 thick books for around 5-10min

Hope it helps!
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Hi Billson,

Thank you for your help, I'm actually referring to the 32Ohms version.

I had read a few reviews of the SR325i, my only concern is the comfort, as I'm gonna use it for 3-4 hours at one go.

After stretching the headband, does it still make it very uncomfortable to wear for long periods?

I have narrowed down to both the Sony MA-900 and the Grado SR325i already..

My only concern now is that, which one has more bass, which one is more mid forward, and which one is comfortable to wear after all the little tweaks are applied ( not like those that needs too much technical knowledge and skills).

So which one would you recommend if I'm just playing it out of my Macbook Air (2013 model) without any amps?

I'm probably buying a new DAC/AMP too, probably the JDS Labs O2+ODAC.

Thanks!


Desmond

post #6 of 49
Take a look at the HiFiMan He-400. They're $400
post #7 of 49
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Originally Posted by darkswan View Post

Take a look at the HiFiMan He-400. They're $400

It is in USD, but buying it from singapore, they are $500++ :(

post #8 of 49
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Originally Posted by Bluebirdy View Post
 

Hi Billson,

Thank you for your help, I'm actually referring to the 32Ohms version.

I had read a few reviews of the SR325i, my only concern is the comfort, as I'm gonna use it for 3-4 hours at one go.

After stretching the headband, does it still make it very uncomfortable to wear for long periods?

I have narrowed down to both the Sony MA-900 and the Grado SR325i already..

My only concern now is that, which one has more bass, which one is more mid forward, and which one is comfortable to wear after all the little tweaks are applied ( not like those that needs too much technical knowledge and skills).

So which one would you recommend if I'm just playing it out of my Macbook Air (2013 model) without any amps?

I'm probably buying a new DAC/AMP too, probably the JDS Labs O2+ODAC.

Thanks!


Desmond

Neither has much bass, the Grado's are more mid-forward, and the Sony's are far more comfortable.

 

If you're going with the O2 combo, I recommend the DT880 250 ohms.

(Yes, they do need power but the O2 has more than enough for them.)

I've had these headphones for years; they still (and always) sound

great.  Just last night I was listening to them and wondering if I really

need all my other head-gear.  (You can see it in my Profile, if you wish).

post #9 of 49

Since Billson didn't say it, I'll say it: Sorry for your wallet!

 

I've tried the ma900s and I liked them. Very comfortable with a open, spacious sound. They'll be better for most genres compared to the sr325is.

post #10 of 49
Thread Starter 

Decided to get the Sony MA900! BYE BYE MONEY!

post #11 of 49
What about ad900x?
post #12 of 49
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Originally Posted by puskuruk View Post

What about ad900x?


I think the Sony's sound better, and they're more comfortable.

post #13 of 49
Thread Starter 
Since I'm gonna use a MacBook Air and haven't decided whether to buy the o2 combo, think ma900 is better in terms of comfort and sq
post #14 of 49
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Originally Posted by Bluebirdy View Post

Since I'm gonna use a MacBook Air and haven't decided whether to buy the o2 combo, think ma900 is better in terms of comfort and sq

Smart choice sir! Was about o vote for the MA900! The Grado mids are indeed forward but the highs are even more forward so the Grado is a better candidate for those looking for bright and detailed sound.

Just to answer your question, the Grado feels more comfortable after my strong stretching on the headband! But the downside is that, if you have small head, it may fall out of your head because it no longer has the clamping force to hold the headphone to your head.

As for amp/DAC, why not the FiiO E10 to reduce cost xD

Happy listening!


@thegunner100 NUUUUUUUUUU! Why you mention it?! His new!!! Don't hurt him tongue.gif haha

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post #15 of 49
How about the Philips Fidelio X1? They're probably the only open headphones, save for planars, that have a decent and deep bass. No the bass doesn't bleed into the mids.
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