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Poll Results: Which headphone would you suggest?

 
  • 33% (1)
    Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250
  • 33% (1)
    Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones (250 Ohm)
  • 0% (0)
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50
  • 0% (0)
    AKG Q 701
  • 0% (0)
    Sennheiser HD 380 Pro
  • 33% (1)
    Other (please specify)
3 Total Votes  
post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I've been putting off picking up my first pair of decent headphones, but I figured today would be a good day to take the plunge.

 

I'm currently looking at 5 different headphones right now, but I'm having trouble narrowing it down. As of right now, in no particular order, I'm looking at:

 

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 - http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT-990-Pro-250-Professional-Acoustically-Applications/dp/B0011UB9CQ/ref=pd_ybh_6

 

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones (250 Ohm) - http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT-880-Pro-Headphones-250/dp/B001B1QENY/ref=pd_ybh_4

 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 - http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=pd_ybh_3

 

AKG Q 701 - http://www.amazon.com/AKG-Signature-Reference-Class-Premium-Headphones/dp/B004444O3W/ref=pd_ybh_6

 

Sennheiser HD 380 Pro - http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-380-Pro-Collapsible-Professional/dp/B001UE6I0G/ref=pd_ybh_5

 

(I apologize, I'm not very good at formatting).

 

I will be using these for basically everything -- but mostly music. I do listen to a lot of bass heavy songs, but I don't want the bass to overpower everything. Also, to clarify, this will be for a PC if that matters at all.

 

Please suggest one or two and tell me why, as I'm fairly new to the audio world. I don't mind picking up a DAC/amp if I need to, but make sure to suggest that as well if I need one.

 

Thank you very much!


Edited by Junichi - 11/29/13 at 10:10am
post #2 of 9

He-400

http://www.amazon.com/HiFiMAN-HE-400-HiFiMan-Headphones/dp/B007ZG32I4/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1385752591&sr=1-2

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Quote:

 

These do look very nice. I appreciate the input! 

 

If I do end up going with these, a lot of the reviews are saying to get an amp -- any recommendations on that front?

post #4 of 9

It sounds good without an amp, it does improve with one but not entirely necessary.

 

Keep in mind these are open headphones, you can't use them outside. 

post #5 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Junichi View Post
 a lot of the reviews are saying to get an amp -- any recommendations on that front?

What sources are you going to use the DAC/Amp/headphones with?

 

Currently I'm voting for the DT880s, nice balance.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

What sources are you going to use the DAC/Amp/headphones with?

 

Currently I'm voting for the DT880s, nice balance.

All will be used exclusively for PC. 

 

I've also heard the DT880s were really balanced and have more of a neutral sound (which may be preferable for some people), but I'm not sure they will have enough bass to satisfy me and I was leaning more towards the 990s for that fact alone. But after doing some research on the HE-440s, I'm starting to think I might end up getting them. They sound like the they are absolutely worth the extra money. The only problem is I've read they can be quite uncomfortable, compared to something like the 880s/990s -- which I'm wondering if it will become a problem since I often have headphones on for 4-8 hours a day. I know you suggested the 880s, but between the HE-400s and the DT990s which would you buy?

post #7 of 9

I own the HE-400s and they are great in terms of comfort and sound, but they do need a decent amp to make them sound good. if you really want to get a good set-up for your computer i would get the HE-400 with the Schiit Magni amp and Modi dac.

 

i would also recommend getting the velour pads for the HE-400. this doesn't help much with comfort but it does make the them sound much better than they do with stock pads (i find the treble on the stock HE-400s to be really sharp).

 

Magni: http://schiit.com/products

 

Modi: http://schiit.com/products/modi


Edited by Ginron - 11/29/13 at 7:50pm
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ginron View Post
 

I own the HE-400s and they are great in terms of comfort and sound, but they do need a decent amp to make them sound good. if you really want to get a good set-up for your computer i would get the HE-400 with the Schiit Magni amp and Modi dac.

 

i would also recommend getting the velour pads for the HE-400. this doesn't help much with comfort but it does make the them sound much better than they do with stock pads (i find the treble on the stock HE-400s to be really sharp).

 

Magni: http://schiit.com/products

 

Modi: http://schiit.com/products/modi

I appreciate the insight. You're actually the second person to mention the Magni and Modi to me for the HE-400s. I've never owned an amp/dac so I'll just trust you guys when it comes to that. It's too bad they aren't on sale for black friday though :( Oh well though. I assume it will be worth it. I was also looking at the velour pads (as they are suggested in many reviews) and if you can confirm they're worth it I'll probably get them as well. Curious though -- Seeing as you own the 400s -- I've heard a lot about the sound leak (to the point where they could be used as mini speakers). To what extent is this true? Would people around me be able to hear my music crystal clear? And would they be able to hear skype/ventrillo conversations clearly? It's not a huge concern, just more of a what should I expect kind of thing.

 

As always, thanks for the help!

post #9 of 9

They are open so they do leak quit a bit.

 

when i am 15 feet away from my room i can still faintly hear my music through my door, but you might listen to music at a lower volume than me. so to answer your question, yes they are speakers that you put on your head, everyone will hear exactly what you are listening to. its worth it though since they sound so good, unless you are listening to something you don't want others to hear ;)

 

if you don't have the cash for the headphones and the Amp plus DAC you can wait and listen to the headphones without them(which is what i did), then you will be blown away by how much better they sound with the Amp and DAC. however i would definitely get the velour pads, they really changed my listening experience for the better. 

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