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post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 

Hey HF, 

 

I went through many threads and stickies and these are essentially the ones that were rated high/recommended. Any thoughts of what to choose, add, or remove? 

 

Listen to variety of music through iPhone or Mac 

Closed, isolation 

$150-175 [Used ones are okay] 

Portable [student] 

 

Here's the list I have: 

 

Ultrasone HFI-580

Beyerdynamic DT 770

Beyerdynamic DT 660

Audio Technica ATH-M50

Onkyo ES-HF300

Shure SRH840

 

Thanks! Let me know if I need to put more information or answer anything, I will try my best but I have pretty much stated all I know! 

post #2 of 37

What sound signature do you prefer?

 

The HiFi 580, DT 770 and M50 are too colored for all genre/all rounder use.

post #3 of 37
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What sound signature do you prefer?

 

The HiFi 580, DT 770 and M50 are too colored for all genre/all rounder use.

Beyer DT 990 Pro 250 ohm [if you have an amp] was one of my favorites for a VERY long time!  I loved mine to pieces  

post #4 of 37
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

Beyer DT 990 Pro 250 ohm [if you have an amp] was one of my favorites for a VERY long time!  I loved mine to pieces  

 

Do you have to have an amp? 

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What sound signature do you prefer?

 

The HiFi 580, DT 770 and M50 are too colored for all genre/all rounder use.

 

I think I'm a warm person; analytical and bassy.

I enjoy bass for when I dance, hiphop/dance music. But I also listen to a lot of acapella/soloist songs which I think analytical would be better for?

post #5 of 37
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Do you have to have an amp? 

 

I think I'm a warm person; analytical and bassy.

I enjoy bass for when I dance, hiphop/dance music. But I also listen to a lot of acapella/soloist songs which I think analytical would be better for?

Warm person? No Ath M50, No HFI-580, No Dt770, No Dt990. IMO you need a mid-centric-bassy headphone. I will recommend the M80 (however for acapella this headphone have somewhat artificial mids) or the Soul Sl150 (I know that no one recommend celebrity cans but this one is really good, more if you consider that the price is $63! on amazon USA)

post #6 of 37
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Originally Posted by juan1894 View Post
 

Warm person? No Ath M50, No HFI-580, No Dt770, No Dt990. IMO you need a mid-centric-bassy headphone. I will recommend the M80 (however for acapella this headphone have somewhat artificial mids) or the Soul Sl150 (I know that no one recommend celebrity cans but this one is really good, more if you consider that the price is $63! on amazon USA)

Well I guess that narrowed down my choices quite a bit. I found a pair of the SL150CB's for under $50. Would anyone else recommend them?

post #7 of 37

I think that you have put yourself in a bit of a box.  It's a contradiction--especially in your price range and most especially without an amp--to get a can that is balanced enough to handle all genres well and still give you strong, extended and other than loose bass.  You also want isolation.

 

The best fits may be the CAL! and HiFi 780 (current prices seem to put it north or your budget if bought new), but neither is very go in isolating you from outside sounds and neither is built to withstand rough treatment.  The 780 may also be too bright for your taste.

post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

I think that you have put yourself in a bit of a box.  It's a contradiction--especially in your price range and most especially without an amp--to get a can that is balanced enough to handle all genres well and still give you strong, extended and other than loose bass.  You also want isolation.

 

The best fits may be the CAL! and HiFi 780 (current prices seem to put it north or your budget if bought new), but neither is very go in isolating you from outside sounds and neither is built to withstand rough treatment.  The 780 may also be too bright for your taste.

The Shure 840 might be his cup of tea as well! Or the M Audio Q 40 

post #9 of 37
Thread Starter 
I think in order of priority: durability, isolation, sound [bass for dance, acapella]

Shure 840 and HiFi 780 used prices could work.
post #10 of 37
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

What sound signature do you prefer?

 

The HiFi 580, DT 770 and M50 are too colored for all genre/all rounder use.


False imo.  The M50 is very usable for most genres, and so is the DT770.

 

The UE6000 would be my top recommendation, follows by the MDT 7506/V6.

 

I recommend using an equalizer.  Takes little to learn (but a while to master).

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

What sound signature do you prefer?

 

The HiFi 580, DT 770 and M50 are too colored for all genre/all rounder use.


False imo.  The M50 is very usable for most genres, and so is the DT770.

 

The UE6000 would be my top recommendation, follows by the MDT 7506/V6.

 

I recommend using an equalizer.  Takes little to learn (but a while to master).


We'll have to agree to disagree about the M50.  Its recessed mids pushes things like vocals and guitars back into the sound too much to be a good all arrounder.  A good all arrounder must do mids well and not recess them.

post #12 of 37

All headphones have coloration.  The slight recession of the Mids is not always a bad thing, no matter the genre.  Sure the M50 may not be as much of an all rounder as the KEF M500, or something with a flat response, for some people, but many prefer the u shape.  The coloration isn't wild like some of these other headphones.

post #13 of 37
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All headphones have coloration.  The slight recession of the Mids is not always a bad thing, no matter the genre.  Sure the M50 may not be as much of an all rounder as the KEF M500, or something with a flat response, for some people, but many prefer the u shape.  The coloration isn't wild like some of these other headphones.

Still the SHure 840 is a better all arounder. I enjoyed mine very much so. The Sound Magic HP 100 are also GREAT for the about $160 used 

post #14 of 37
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

I think that you have put yourself in a bit of a box.  It's a contradiction--especially in your price range and most especially without an amp--to get a can that is balanced enough to handle all genres well and still give you strong, extended and other than loose bass.  You also want isolation.

 

The best fits may be the CAL! and HiFi 780 (current prices seem to put it north or your budget if bought new), but neither is very go in isolating you from outside sounds and neither is built to withstand rough treatment.  The 780 may also be too bright for your taste.

 

I'm fine with getting an amp. But I still need to keep the total cost [amp + headphones] under ~200 and still keep everything portable.

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

Still the SHure 840 is a better all arounder. I enjoyed mine very much so. The Sound Magic HP 100 are also GREAT for the about $160 used 

 

So looks like right now the list is still pretty much the same:

 

Ultrasone HFI-580

[+1] Beyerdynamic DT 770

Beyerdynamic DT 660

Audio Technica ATH-M50

Onkyo ES-HF300

[+1] Shure SRH840

 

Adds:

Sound Magic HP 100

UE6000

Beyer DT 990 Pro

 

Anything else I can answer to narrow the list/find a pair for me?

post #15 of 37

I'd look at the Audio Technica ATH-A900x

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