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Med student needing help to get 2 over ear closed cans study phones. Budget $3-400

post #1 of 8
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Long time lurker and I have decided to come out and upgrade to some decent headphones.

About me:
I have been using senn hd280 and ety mc3 for a couple years and I have finally saved up enough to upgrade. I love the etys over the ibuds, but I know I'm missing out on music. I've never heard any better headphones than what I have, thought I was a. Bass head so I listened to beats and other BB stuff but they didn't do it for me, which is why I'm here.

What I want:
- Non fatiguing sound of etymotic mc3 with a lot more bass in closed cans to use in the library.
- Needs to be on amazon prime.
- I want to buy 2 cans and return the one I like less.

Music types:
- I listen to either classical podcasts or EDM Gareth emery, tiesto or hardwell podcasts from my MacBook while I study.
- Sometimes I listen to lossless music but not often.
- I'll use them on the go from my ip5 as well, then I'll listen to rap, r&b, indie and soft rock.

I have a fiio e6 and have decided to get an e12. I will more than likely be getting GR07 bass edition's for working out. I'll keep the etys for the amazing isolation.

So I need some cans that sound good and have very good bass quantity and quality - in fact I can't get enough bass, but not at the cost of clarity. I like what people say the he-400 and senn hd600 sound like warm, bassy, detailed, fast, but I need closed cans.

I don't need to spend 3-400 but I will for good cans that will last me for the next several years of studying. Eventually I'll get he-4/500's with a proper amp for home but now I need study phones.

I've been looking at:
- vmoda m100
- senn momentum
- ultrasone 580
- ultrasone dj1
- Sony xb-500
- mad dogs
- dt-770
- denon d600

What two should I get?
Thanks!
post #2 of 8

I haven't heard any of the headphones on your list, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but I can share some info I've gleaned while wasting time on this website. 

Don't get the Sony xb-500. Even in the basshead club thread, people say these are pretty much only good for overwhelming you with boomy bass, with little in the way of clarity. Don't get the Denons either. The general consensus is that all the new Denons horribly suck compared to the old line of Denons. 

I had the DT-990 Pro for a while and I was happy with it. Good bass quality and quantity for the price. I don't think you could go wrong with the DT-770, as its from the same family. 

Fiio might be borderline for the Mad Dogs, but I'd give that a try. I have the HE-400 and I'm loving them. It's worth checking out some planar magnetics. 

Ultrasones are supposed to be top dog for bass, but they have sharp highs. IDK. I'd get DT-770 and Mad Dogs in your position. I don't think you can get Mad Dogs on Amazon Prime though

post #3 of 8
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I read some review comparing the D600 to the D2000, saying that it was overall better.

 

The Mad Dogs look good but I don't know how their overall bass output compares to the likes of ultrasones in the bass category. If the sound really amazing I would probably sacrifice bass for everything else.

 

Does anyone know how the mad dogs compare as far as clarity, detail and how they sound off of iTunes type music?

 

I have seen several people say that the M100's ended their search for a good headphone as well...

 

Any more opinions?

post #4 of 8

try momentum and b&w p7, i just bought momentum but i was scratching my head for an hour in the audio store choosing between these two, momentum is excellent with their mid where as p7 is fun sounding and very sparkling with their bass and high

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How do the Beyer DT770's compare to any of these, Some people say they have tremendous bass some people say they don't...

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How do the Beyer DT770's compare to any of these, Some people say they have tremendous bass some people say they don't...

I presume that you mean dt 770 by the 80 ohm version, this headphone prefers to be amped so it can shows its true sound. The headphone leans toward the bass although it's not that all the mids and high are gone.
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The 80 ohm version of the DT-770 are supposed to be the version that has the massive bass.

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Originally Posted by xtroria View Post


I presume that you mean dt 770 by the 80 ohm version, this headphone prefers to be amped so it can shows its true sound. The headphone leans toward the bass although it's not that all the mids and high are gone.

Yeah thats the one everyone says has the most bass. Paired with an E12 I think I should be able to get the most out of them. I was just reading about the Ultrasones pro900 and they are expensive compared to the beyers but just within my price range.

 

I saw a thread stating that the 900's were better than the DT770, but I wonder if they are better than comparable priced phones like the Senn Momentums, Denon D600, Mad Dogs, M100.

 

Anyone have experience with these? I'm liking the sound of the 900's because they are supposed to be very comfortable as well.

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