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     Greetings everybody. I am new here so excuse my poorly sculpted post but I need some info. I think it is time for me to advance in my music listening experience as I am someone that

 

enjoys listening to music at a high quality manner. Plus my good pair of ear buds just broke today..... (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻                  (These will be my first "on-head" headphones.)

 

     

     Anyways, I'm looking for a decent pair of CLOSED back headphones that's around $250 (highest I'll go is 300 if an amp is not required). I need them to be closed back because I'll pretty

 

much be around people when I use them. I mainly listen to electronic music (such as Trance, House, Dubstep, Ambient, Techno, that is from the 1990's to now) BUT that's not all I

 

listen to. My music selection ranges from Rock to Hip Hop and anything in between. So I'm not looking for extreme bass, I just want it to be noticeable/ feel-able. All of my music is in MP3

 

format that's from 128 kbps to 256 kbps (I heard that super good headphones make these kind of files sound bad). And my source is mainly an iPod Touch 4th gen. (but I will also have a new

 

phone soon such as the iPhone 5s or the HTC One). I also want them to be somewhat portable and when I say portable, I mean not super huge and bulky. They don't need to be as small as

 

the (let's say) beats solos but not as big as CD's. I am also trying to aim for over-ear instead of on-ear but I would accept either one (as long as there is minimal leakage).

 

 

     My choice right at the moment is the AKG K545s ($250) with the FiiO E11 portable amp ($50) but if you have a better suggestion then by all means share because I don't like to return things so if I

 

get something that doesn't work out, then I'm screwed.

 

     

I have done some research in the past couple of weeks and I found some choices:

 

- Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear

- Sony MDR R1

- Logitech UE 6000

- Shure srh840

- Audio Technica ATH M50

- V-Moda Crossfade

- Audio Technica ATHESW9A

- Beats by Dre Studios 2013 (Please don't hate on me for suggesting them)

- Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

 

If you have any other suggestions for my situation please tell me because I'm pretty confused with which headphones to get for my needs. Also if you suggest a set of headphones, please tell if they

 

require an amp or not. Thank you for your time!

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I don't know why my post came out like that.....๏̯͡๏﴿

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Hello,

 

I have tested a few of the headphones you listed above and here's how I would rank them for your needs;

UE6000 > ATH-M50 > Sony 1R > SRH840 >V-Moda LP 

 

Those V-Modas are just pure bass and I am not at all a fan of it but it's bass is very detailed though. UE6000 sound best with electronic out of those I have mentioned for it has deep and punchy sub bass, mids are slightly recessed but other than that, they will suit you well. I have heard them going around $80, not sure if the deal is still on though. ATH-M50 on the other hand sound bloated in comparison. 

 

I heard the new Studio is not all that bad but I have never tried them myself though :( 

 

If possible, wait till the black friday deal, you may be able to get a sweet deal on the Sennheiser Momentum [classic, over-ear] for $300... I find them to best suit you

 

Hope it helps

Billson :)

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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

Hello,

 

I have tested a few of the headphones you listed above and here's how I would rank them for your needs;

UE6000 > ATH-M50 > Sony 1R > SRH840 >V-Moda LP 

 

Those V-Modas are just pure bass and I am not at all a fan of it but it's bass is very detailed though. UE6000 sound best with electronic out of those I have mentioned for it has deep and punchy sub bass, mids are slightly recessed but other than that, they will suit you well. I have heard them going around $80, not sure if the deal is still on though. ATH-M50 on the other hand sound bloated in comparison. 

 

I heard the new Studio is not all that bad but I have never tried them myself though :( 

 

If possible, wait till the black friday deal, you may be able to get a sweet deal on the Sennheiser Momentum [classic, over-ear] for $300... I find them to best suit you

 

Hope it helps

Billson :)

i think he means vmoda m100 ? the new beats studio is much" better than the old generation one although they're still not the best for their price. 

 

i'd say rather than v-moda is pure bass, it puts much more emphasis on lower frequency, try hearing zhao peng's music on m100 is just unbelievably good. 

 

but you're definitely right, go for momentum if you want a balance SQ and if you want a m100, feel free to contact me as i'm considering to sell my 1 day old m100 :D. i'm a bit too much of mid- tone lover and the bass on m100 is a bit excessive for country music genre which i listen to

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i think he means vmoda m100 ? the new beats studio is much" better than the old generation one although they're still not the best for their price. 

 

i'd say rather than v-moda is pure bass, it puts much more emphasis on lower frequency, try hearing zhao peng's music on m100 is just unbelievably good. 

 

but you're definitely right, go for momentum if you want a balance SQ and if you want a m100, feel free to contact me as i'm considering to sell my 1 day old m100 :D. i'm a bit too much of mid- tone lover and the bass on m100 is a bit excessive for country music genre which i listen to

The M100 does have a lil bit of mids in comparison to the LP... If you get to try the V-Moda LPs, do it! They are seriously just pure bass to my ears...

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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

The M100 does have a lil bit of mids in comparison to the LP... If you get to try the V-Moda LPs, do it! They are seriously just pure bass to my ears...

i've read several review that does say that, i don't expect much out of LP anyways except for the LP2 which is $100 more

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