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I came into the audio world by buying the monoprice 8323. Now I'm looking to upgrade. Also, I'm looking into getting an E7 to use as a amp/dac. I will use it on my computer as well as the occasional on the go.

 

Features: Over the ear, closed (or not much leakage), Noise Isolation, *Bonus* Detactable cord.

 

Budget: Would like to keep it around $200 or under (if  there's a good deal I can go higher)

 

Uses: Music, Gaming

 

Priority:

 

1) The overall sound (I listen to many genres, mainly, edm, hip-hop, pop, electro, instrumentals)

 

2) Comfort ( I will wear them for long hours)

 

3) Soundstage (I need it for gaming, mainly FPS)

 

From lurking I have almost bought many different headphones, but (as I'm sure you all know) the choices are many. I've mainly been looking at the AKG550, Sennheiser Momentum, HD-598, UE6000, Custom One Pro, DT 770, MDR-1R.

 

Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


Edited by xsoccer92x - 11/8/13 at 1:39pm
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post #3 of 9

I have the HD598 and I think theyre fantastic for gaming, as well as movies or tv shows. They aren't closed and will leak a lot of sound. In general, open headphones trump closed in regards to soundstage so you'll likely have to compromise on that one.

 

Personally, I prefer the energy and the in your face presentation of my Grados so I don't use the 598s for music anymore.

post #4 of 9

Firstly not everything you have mentioned is closed, the HD598 for instance.

 

Looking from comfort point of view, the beyers win. hands down. for me at least.

 

sound wise i never got on with the HD598, though each to their own.

 

I believe the K550 would be a pain in the ass outside, its known fit issues ("you either get the seal.. or don't")

 

it's a risk, it really is.

 

 

I couldn't use the momentum as an all purpose. its sound is lovely enough, but the thing is there isnt anything special about them, people buy them  more cos there isnt a lot glaringly wrong, not because they do so much right, also they aren't really over ear, if you have small ears, sure. fair enough, but even then its pretty uncomfortable for long usage.

 

That's how i felt before i parted with my set anyway.

 

 

Since in your list of headphones you have mentioned a open back, i would like to suggest a semi- open back.

 

the DT880.

 

I have similar music tastes to you, although i don't listen to hip hop.. i listen to a lot of EDM like trance, hardstyle etc. but i also listen to instrumental, rock, and metal. and it really does everything surprisingly well.

 

The DT880 is one of the best HP's in its price category. it really is. It's bass isnt overpowering, it will kick pretty hard if the music calls for it though, the mids are really juicy, and their top end is fairly bright, but detailed.

 

they have pretty good Soundstage, i happen to use them for gaming sometimes.

Downgrading from the T1's they are very similar, just less refined in every single way, but, that's not a bad thing.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Angelbelow View Post

I have the HD598 and I think theyre fantastic for gaming, as well as movies or tv shows. They aren't closed and will leak a lot of sound. In general, open headphones trump closed in regards to soundstage so you'll likely have to compromise on that one.

Personally, I prefer the energy and the in your face presentation of my Grados so I don't use the 598s for music anymore.

What grados would that be?
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Originally Posted by Cakensaur View Post

Firstly not everything you have mentioned is closed, the HD598 for instance.

Looking from comfort point of view, the beyers win. hands down. for me at least.

sound wise i never got on with the HD598, though each to their own.

I believe the K550 would be a pain in the ass outside, its known fit issues ("you either get the seal.. or don't")

it's a risk, it really is.


I couldn't use the momentum as an all purpose. its sound is lovely enough, but the thing is there isnt anything special about them, people buy them  more cos there isnt a lot glaringly wrong, not because they do so much right, also they aren't really over ear, if you have small ears, sure. fair enough, but even then its pretty uncomfortable for long usage.

That's how i felt before i parted with my set anyway.


Since in your list of headphones you have mentioned a open back, i would like to suggest a semi- open back.

the DT880.

I have similar music tastes to you, although i don't listen to hip hop.. i listen to a lot of EDM like trance, hardstyle etc. but i also listen to instrumental, rock, and metal. and it really does everything surprisingly well.

The DT880 is one of the best HP's in its price category. it really is. It's bass isnt overpowering, it will kick pretty hard if the music calls for it though, the mids are really juicy, and their top end is fairly bright, but detailed.

they have pretty good Soundstage, i happen to use them for gaming sometimes.
Downgrading from the T1's they are very similar, just less refined in every single way, but, that's not a bad thing.

The 880 is a little out of my price range. Any similar suggestions?
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Any thoughts on the dt770? I've heard many good things about it
post #8 of 9
The grados 325i. Also out of your price range ($295) and not very comfortable.
post #9 of 9

If you ever consider buying used the DT880 fit comfortably into your price range.

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