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Should I get an open-back headphone ?

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Currently, I'm running a sennheiser momentum and an E10 as go to audio peripherals. I mostly listen to music all across the genre and had been taking interest in blues music recently. 

 

I'm considering of getting an open back headphone just for listening music at home, i will running it with my nexus 4 and on board pc audio. should i try to go with open back headphone or should i just stay with my momentum right now. if i'm to buy a new pair, what should i get ? my budget is maxed at $200 but i'm looking for best bang for the buck, practically just trying to save as much money as possible on this

post #2 of 10

Check out the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X, Grado SR 225i and Senn HD 558/598.

 

Whether to pull the trigger on any of these or at all is something only you can decide.

post #3 of 10

Open back headphones tend to sound better, a more natural uncompressed, ''airy'' sound. If you have kids or live in a noisy environment forget about those...

 

I go with Grados sr60i.

post #4 of 10

Open headphones generally sound better, probably because sound needs air. Depending on what sort of blues you listen to, Grado could be a good choice. They're especially good for strings and some vocals, mostly female. If you're unfamiliar with the Grado sound, I recommend 60i instead of 225i because it's much cheaper. Grados can be a little uncomfortable, but many threads here explain how to get around that: I woke up next to my 80i this morning. :redface:

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

Check out the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X, Grado SR 225i and Senn HD 558/598.

 

Whether to pull the trigger on any of these or at all is something only you can decide.

I believe than the 3 cans that you mentioned are at the limit of my budget, are these 3 really worth the money or something less with much lower price tag is better in terms of what you get from what you pay ?

 

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Originally Posted by squallkiercosa View Post
 

Open back headphones tend to sound better, a more natural uncompressed, ''airy'' sound. If you have kids or live in a noisy environment forget about those...

 

I go with Grados sr60i.

 

what about sr80i ? since it's probably one of the more very famous budget-friendly open back headphone

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Open headphones generally sound better, probably because sound needs air. Depending on what sort of blues you listen to, Grado could be a good choice. They're especially good for strings and some vocals, mostly female. If you're unfamiliar with the Grado sound, I recommend 60i instead of 225i because it's much cheaper. Grados can be a little uncomfortable, but many threads here explain how to get around that: I woke up next to my 80i this morning. :redface:

i listen to rock-jazzy type blues that has saxophones or flutes as one of the main instruments

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i listen to rock-jazzy type blues that has saxophones or flutes as one of the main instruments

 

Be aware that all Grado SRs are bright, so flute can come off as detailed or piercing depending on your liking for treble. (80i is noticeably brighter than 60i.)

 

Don't let me dissuade you from Grados! ;) I'm very fond of them, but I can certainly understand why reactions to them are strong either way.

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

 

Be aware that all Grado SRs are bright, so flute can come off as detailed or piercing depending on your liking for treble. (80i is noticeably brighter than 60i.)

 

Don't let me dissuade you from Grados! ;) I'm very fond of them, but I can certainly understand why reactions to them are strong either way.

i'm really trying to get the options right now, as i'm completely clueless about open back headphone world. as i get the options, i will have access to go to headphone stores around seattle to determine should i buy it and which one i should buy from the choices you guys can give me

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

Check out the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X, Grado SR 225i and Senn HD 558/598.

 

Whether to pull the trigger on any of these or at all is something only you can decide.

I believe than the 3 cans that you mentioned are at the limit of my budget, are these 3 really worth the money or something less with much lower price tag is better in terms of what you get from what you pay ?

 

 

These are all excellent mid-fi level cans.  Mid-fi is where (IMO) you achieve the max value for money spent.

 

The three (counting the two Senns together) represent different sound signatures.  For the smoky club sound, the Senns are probably the best.  For sitting on stage with an electric blues band, the Grados reign supreme.

 

Of course other factors, such a comfort and over or around ear design usually enter the mix as well.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

 

These are all excellent mid-fi level cans.  Mid-fi is where (IMO) you achieve the max value for money spent.

 

The three (counting the two Senns together) represent different sound signatures.  For the smoky club sound, the Senns are probably the best.  For sitting on stage with an electric blues band, the Grados reign supreme.

 

Of course other factors, such a comfort and over or around ear design usually enter the mix as well.

i'm trying to get a headphone that is tend to be balance all across the genre, i still listen to both top40 music with those boomy bass, rap and at the same time accoustic musics, although i could listen to those bassy music with my momentum later on

post #10 of 10

None of these open cans that I mentioned are bass oriented.  Their sound signatures, although not always neutral, are relatively balanced.  The bass you referenced is more the province of closed cans--especially in this price range.

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