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post #1 of 33
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Hi, everyone. I came here looking for a new pair of headphones, mostly for casual home listening. I currently own ATH-WS55's, which respond well to the music I listen to (Indie Pop/Dubstep/Indie Rock, my favorite artists being Muse, Arkasia, Vexare, and Alt-J). The only concern I have about them is that they have a tight clamping force on my head, and the cups are too small for my ears. I can't listen for 20 minutes without a headache that lasts for hours. I was looking into the SRH840's, UE6000's, ATH-M50's, or AD900X's, and hoping I could get a recommendation of these that suit my interests. I'm willing to spend anything that costs $80-$200. Here are the requirements for the headphones:

 

Audio

 

Frequency Response:

-Bass has to be present, but cannot drown out the other frequencies like Beats. I'm afraid the AD900X's don't have enough bass or clarity in bass.

-Mids have to be present, clear, and warm. I love mids in all types of music.

-Treble has to be clear, but not harsh (my ears are sensitive to sibilant cymbal crashes). I don't care about treble as much.

Soundstage: There has to be some soundstage, but it's not one of my major concerns.

Isolation/Sound Leakage: There must be enough isolation so riding in a car doesn't drown out the bass, anything more is fine. It must have little sound leakage (another reason I'm concerned about the AD900X's).

Sensitivity: They must be able to be driven by a laptop or iPhone, because I'm uninterested in an external amplifier.

Resistance: I don't care.

 

Comfort

 

Anything more comfortable than my WS55's! This is one of the reasons I like the SRH840's and AD900X's.

 

Build/Durability

 

It can't be 100% plastic, and prone to breaking. My WS55's are very durable for me.

 

Price

 

$80 to $200, as stated above. I'm not looking into an external amplifier.

 

Conclusion: I would like comfortable headphones, which respond well to Indie and Dubstep alike. They must be over-ear. Other than this I'm not too picky about the specs.

 

I tried my best to choose between the headphones listed above, but couldn't decide if I'd want to sacrifice sound for comfort or vice versa.

 

Thanks! I appreciate all the recommendations and other suggestions!

post #2 of 33
Thread Starter 

Hello??

post #3 of 33

Some of the best hp's I've ever used for dub would be the he-4 and he-400. While they are reasonably comfortable they do have some weight to them, but nothing that would be a dealbreaker. Unfortunately, that are outside your budget. 

 

The Maddog 3.2 can be had for around $240 ish and sound great for dub. (I know, still too much)

 

 

Let me ponder on this some and I'll post back...

post #4 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks for responding, I'll look into those headphones you suggested.

post #5 of 33
Thread Starter 

Where can you find the Mad Dog 3.2's for $240? I looked on their website, and they sell for $299, and Amazon doesn't sell them.

post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks again.

post #7 of 33

There are several used pair available for less than that here. The MD is a great hp, very comfy and nice mids. 

post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by JR4599638 View Post

Hi, everyone. I came here looking for a new pair of headphones, mostly for casual home listening. I currently own ATH-WS55's, which respond well to the music I listen to (Indie Pop/Dubstep/Indie Rock, my favorite artists being Muse, Arkasia, Vexare, and Alt-J). The only concern I have about them is that they have a tight clamping force on my head, and the cups are too small for my ears. I can't listen for 20 minutes without a headache that lasts for hours. I was looking into the SRH840's, UE6000's, ATH-M50's, or AD900X's, and hoping I could get a recommendation of these that suit my interests. I'm willing to spend anything that costs $80-$200. Here are the requirements for the headphones:



 



Audio



 



Frequency Response:



-Bass has to be present, but cannot drown out the other frequencies like Beats. I'm afraid the AD900X's don't have enough bass or clarity in bass.



-Mids have to be present, clear, and warm. I love mids in all types of music.



-Treble has to be clear, but not harsh (my ears are sensitive to sibilant cymbal crashes). I don't care about treble as much.



Soundstage: There has to be some soundstage, but it's not one of my major concerns.



Isolation/Sound Leakage: There must be enough isolation so riding in a car doesn't drown out the bass, anything more is fine. It must have little sound leakage (another reason I'm concerned about the AD900X's).



Sensitivity: They must be able to be driven by a laptop or iPhone, because I'm uninterested in an external amplifier.



Resistance: I don't care.



 



Comfort



 



Anything more comfortable than my WS55's! This is one of the reasons I like the SRH840's and AD900X's.



 



Build/Durability



 



It can't be 100% plastic, and prone to breaking. My WS55's are very durable for me.



 



Price



 



$80 to $200, as stated above. I'm not looking into an external amplifier.



 



Conclusion: I would like comfortable headphones, which respond well to Indie and Dubstep alike. They must be over-ear. Other than this I'm not too picky about the specs.



 



I tried my best to choose between the headphones listed above, but couldn't decide if I'd want to sacrifice sound for comfort or vice versa.



 



Thanks! I appreciate all the recommendations and other suggestions!

 



DT770/80, Vmoda M100 or HE400
post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks punks15, would you suggest the DT770 over the SRH840?

post #10 of 33
Thread Starter 

Which DT770/880/990 model has the fullest mids?

post #11 of 33
Thread Starter 

I think I'm going to end up deciding between the A900X's (yes, the closed back) and the SRH840's. Any last recommendations?

post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by JR4599638 View Post
 

Thanks punks15, would you suggest the DT770 over the SRH840?


Yes, the 840 doesn't have the bass impact and energy that 770 had

post #13 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR4599638 View Post
 

Which DT770/880/990 model has the fullest mids?


770/80 ohm

post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by punks15 View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR4599638 View Post
 

Hi, everyone. I came here looking for a new pair of headphones, mostly for casual home listening. I currently own ATH-WS55's, which respond well to the music I listen to (Indie Pop/Dubstep/Indie Rock, my favorite artists being Muse, Arkasia, Vexare, and Alt-J). The only concern I have about them is that they have a tight clamping force on my head, and the cups are too small for my ears. I can't listen for 20 minutes without a headache that lasts for hours. I was looking into the SRH840's, UE6000's, ATH-M50's, or AD900X's, and hoping I could get a recommendation of these that suit my interests. I'm willing to spend anything that costs $80-$200. Here are the requirements for the headphones:

 

 

 

Audio

 

 

 

Frequency Response:

 

-Bass has to be present, but cannot drown out the other frequencies like Beats. I'm afraid the AD900X's don't have enough bass or clarity in bass.

 

-Mids have to be present, clear, and warm. I love mids in all types of music.

 

-Treble has to be clear, but not harsh (my ears are sensitive to sibilant cymbal crashes). I don't care about treble as much.

 

Soundstage: There has to be some soundstage, but it's not one of my major concerns.

 

Isolation/Sound Leakage: There must be enough isolation so riding in a car doesn't drown out the bass, anything more is fine. It must have little sound leakage (another reason I'm concerned about the AD900X's).

 

Sensitivity: They must be able to be driven by a laptop or iPhone, because I'm uninterested in an external amplifier.

 

Resistance: I don't care.

 

 

 

Comfort

 

 

 

Anything more comfortable than my WS55's! This is one of the reasons I like the SRH840's and AD900X's.

 

 

 

Build/Durability

 

 

 

It can't be 100% plastic, and prone to breaking. My WS55's are very durable for me.

 

 

 

Price

 

 

 

$80 to $200, as stated above. I'm not looking into an external amplifier.

 

 

 

Conclusion: I would like comfortable headphones, which respond well to Indie and Dubstep alike. They must be over-ear. Other than this I'm not too picky about the specs.

 

 

 

I tried my best to choose between the headphones listed above, but couldn't decide if I'd want to sacrifice sound for comfort or vice versa.

 

 

 

Thanks! I appreciate all the recommendations and other suggestions!

 



DT770/80, Vmoda M100 or HE400

DT770 - also GREAT suggestion, IMO.

I was gonna suggest the M100 too.

 

He could get the VMODA LP for 150 now I think

(but I only have M-100s and M-80s so I don't know the LP)

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Some of the best hp's I've ever used for dub would be the he-4 and he-400. While they are reasonably comfortable they do have some weight to them, but nothing that would be a dealbreaker. Unfortunately, that are outside your budget. 

 

The Maddog 3.2 can be had for around $240 ish and sound great for dub. (I know, still too much)

 

 

Let me ponder on this some and I'll post back...

If that's the case w/ the Mad Dog 3.2 I second that BIGtime!

GREAT advice

 

I own the latest Mad Dog and Alpha Dog - KILLER cans, and

probably more dynamic and lush (not murkiness) than other

headphones you mentioned in your initial post

 

 - though we all hear differently...

post #15 of 33
Thread Starter 

My dad surprised me with the SRH840's on Christmas without my full consent, without my knowing. So far, after a little burning-in, I personally think they are comfortable and sound great, with very clear mids and highs, but a little lacking in the sub bass. To bring the bass to light with more emphasis, I was looking into external amps and DAC's under $150. Any suggestions? Do I need an external amp? Thanks again.


Edited by JR4599638 - 12/30/13 at 7:59am
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