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I'm New here need help choosing my next pair of headphones thank you =]

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I own a pair of ath-m50's i find them quite portable i listen to them while walking around campus i don't mind the long coiled cable if it were any longer i would im not that picky on portability I like over-ear, recently i heard a couple songs on my m50's with female vocals where the girl is singing in falsetto i hear this crackling which is annoying have heard that the sennheiser 380 pros are good on vocals, im not a basshead i do like bass just not overpowering i like a balanced sound if this helps i listen to oldies/motown all rock styles(Led zeppelin,the Hives etc and Contemperary music,well please let me know what you think my next pair should be thank you my budget is 150-200$ over-ear my normal listening situation is well i walk around campus with them alot thanks again =D


Edited by joewild - 11/17/13 at 12:08am
post #2 of 12

Portable? Home? Open? Closed?

 

At 150-200 you have quite a few options, but we need to nail it down according to your normal listening situation.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

over ear, i find my ath m50s quite portable i use them when im walking around my college campus coiled cable for sure i apologize if im not expressing myself clearly to you im still kind of a noob when it comes to headphones


Edited by joewild - 11/16/13 at 11:38pm
post #4 of 12

Yeah no probs, that's why they call it the "introductions, help and recommendations" forum :)

 

The crackling you are hearing is possibly what is known as 'sibilance' and it's definitely not what you want to hear.

 

Another question - with your walk around campus do you really need isolation or not? If you want to block out everything else and just hear the music, maybe you want some IEMs. If it's not too bad, then you have other options.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

well i find the m50s have good isolation so something like that i just cant stand that sibilance/crackling on female vocals when they hit highs =] omg thanks for replying thought noone would

post #6 of 12
Hello,

To be honest with you, at $150-$200 price range, you won't be getting a massive upgrade from your ATH-M50. Why not try selling your ATH-M50 and make your max budget for $300 hehe but either ways, here's what I recommend for your needs;

Ultimate Ears UE6000
Sony MDR-1R
AKG K167 (most recommended)

Hope it helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 12
I don't think that crackling is sibilance. Sounds more like distortion to me. What are you running the m50s? 200$ will allow for minimal improvement in the headphones themselves. Consider getting some better source components if you can with that 200.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by kinger2005 View Post

I don't think that crackling is sibilance. Sounds more like distortion to me. What are you running the m50s? 200$ will allow for minimal improvement in the headphones themselves. Consider getting some better source components if you can with that 200.

The ATH-M50 will not benefit much from better source smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 12

Where do you get your music from? What's the bitrate quality.

 

The m50 won't introduce artifacts. 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
I get it from torrent sites and 256kbps-320kbps I use my samsung galaxy s3 to play them thank you all for replying :-D
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by joewild View Post

I get it from torrent sites and 256kbps-320kbps I use my samsung galaxy s3 to play them thank you all for replying :-D

Go for the AKG K167 smily_headphones1.gif just my recommendation though.
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Originally Posted by joewild View Post

I get it from torrent sites and 256kbps-320kbps I use my samsung galaxy s3 to play them thank you all for replying :-D

 

Some music will have artifacts inherent in the recording. A good headphone should unveil these and make it clear to see. If it's pop / hip-hop / popular rock then expect distortions and noise when you play back songs. What I'm trying to say is that things won't sound crystal clear because there is no such clarity present in the original recording. 

 

The samsung galaxy s3 should be fine, though it's not the best out there for sound quality. An Iphone sounds definitely better.

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