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Recommendation for headphones based on music style.

post #1 of 5
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I MIGHT SAY THINGS THAT ARE POINTLESS.

 

I know this forum probably gets a billion threads like this on a daily/weekly basis, but I'm a very musically inspired person and I do need help.  I make music and what not in my free-time, electronic music to be specific.  I do listen to a lot of different genres though.  I go through EDM (all the sub-genres like dubstep, trap, trance, etc.), Country, Rock, Hip-Hop, Post-Hardcore, Classical, and there isn't a type of music I don't really listen to.  The problem I have is that I don't want a pair of headphones with overwhelming bass, but enough that I can really feel it, yet notice all of the extra details put into the song that you can't hear from very cheap headphones.  I'm not a fan of Dre's Beats, I don't think many people are.  I prefer over-ear headphones, I don't mind if they don't have a certain style just as long as they aren't extremely horrid looking. I bought Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headphones a few years ago, but I only use those on flights.  I have a price range of around $350 and I've been searching on this website for headphones that seem perfect, but I want some opinions and people I can talk to about them.  Also, I've already read about the bass-head club, but it doesn't really fit what I'm talking about.  Any response helps!

 

If it's too long to read:

I need headphones around $350 for someone who enjoys very bass-inspired music, but wants to enjoy all genres. 


Edited by Pretty Sketchy - 11/18/13 at 12:34am
post #2 of 5
Traditional greeting:

Welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet...

What are you using to drive the headphones? The problem with your use case is that "bassy" tends to overwhelm the rest of the sound signature. So, with a bass-emphasized 'phone, like the VModa M100, the bass is emphasized no matter what you are listening to. Still, based on your requirements, I think that would be my recommendation. I read Tyll's review AFTER listening to a pair M100s, and I think I agree with his review 100%:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/bassheads-delight-v-moda-crossfade-m-100

I want to be clear that when I listened to the M100, I did not like them at all - this is not the sound signature I like - far to V-shaped for me. But, I can certainly see how they would work very well for their intended audience.

HOWEVER - I have to bring-up the point that since you are MAKING music, I would think you might want a more neutral monitoring headphone. If you use a bass-heavy 'phone to mix your music, then it is going to sound bass-light to anyone that is not using a 'phone that is boosted 8 dB in the lows. Have you considered this aspect?
post #3 of 5

Hi,

 

You should consider Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250Ohm and Fiio E10 (or E07K, or E17) (DAC/Amp).

 

Best Luck!

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Traditional greeting:

Welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet...

What are you using to drive the headphones? The problem with your use case is that "bassy" tends to overwhelm the rest of the sound signature. So, with a bass-emphasized 'phone, like the VModa M100, the bass is emphasized no matter what you are listening to. Still, based on your requirements, I think that would be my recommendation. I read Tyll's review AFTER listening to a pair M100s, and I think I agree with his review 100%:
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/bassheads-delight-v-moda-crossfade-m-100

I want to be clear that when I listened to the M100, I did not like them at all - this is not the sound signature I like - far to V-shaped for me. But, I can certainly see how they would work very well for their intended audience.

HOWEVER - I have to bring-up the point that since you are MAKING music, I would think you might want a more neutral monitoring headphone. If you use a bass-heavy 'phone to mix your music, then it is going to sound bass-light to anyone that is not using a 'phone that is boosted 8 dB in the lows. Have you considered this aspect?


I've never got into the whole amplifier thing, I've always looked at Fiio amplifiers for iPhones, although I want one that's more for iPhone and home use.  I took a look and read a little about the VModa and I'm definitely interested in those.  By the way, thanks for welcoming me to the website.  Would I want to try using two different headphones for music making and music listening?  Because at the moment, I use gaming headphones to make music and I feel like I'm not able to put my whole 100% into a song.

 

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Hi,

 

You should consider Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250Ohm and Fiio E10 (or E07K, or E17) (DAC/Amp).

 

Best Luck!

 

I like the cheap price of the Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250 Ohm headphones, but I'll look into them more.  I really like the style of them, not that I necessary care about the style too much.  I'm still a bit clueless when it comes to amplifiers, but I've read the reviews on the Fiio E10, it seems like I'll definitely need something from Fiio, so I'll look into the other amplifiers as well.  Thanks for your help! :D

post #5 of 5

Some extra information, maybe you find it useful.

 

Fiio E10/E07K/E17 are not only amplifiers.

 

When you connect one of them to your computer (USB), its first job is to take digital files (Mp3, Flac, etc.) and convert them to analog signals (Digital to Analog Converter = DAC), their second job is amplifying (Amp), before sending the amplified signal to your headphones.

 

The main advantage beyond the sound quality improvement due to the nice quality DAC and Amp, is that the sound card (or chip) in your desktop computer or laptop is not needed for this process. Then you can have the same sound quality in every computer.

 

E07K and E17 are portables, then you can also use them only as an amplifier connected to your portable music player (iPod, Smartphone, Sansa players, etc.)

 

About amplification: Some headphones need amplification, some not...

 

-Most high impedance headphones need amplification and Beyerdynamic DT770 250 Ohm are no exception here.
-Most planars need amplification (Hifiman He-400/500/6 - Audeze - Mr Speakers)
-Some low impedance dynamic headphones also need amplification due to its low sensitivity (AKG K701)

 

Best Luck.

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