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So, about a year before I became a father, my girlfriend after seeing my crummy Skull-candy headphones I foolishly wasted money on break while I was picking them up. Went out of here way and got me a set of Grado SR80s.

 

These things are glorious, absolutely glorious. And I've come to love them, but I've noticed in the past couple months since my sons turned 2, I've not had many moments that I could enjoy them throughout the day.

 

My question stems from wondering how difficult it would be to get a similar quality headphone but in the Over The Ear sound isolating variety.

I recently downgraded (I'm my opinion) to a pair of AudioTechnica T-200s which come nowhere NEAR the sound quality of my Grado's

It made me also start looking up affordable Sub 100USD DAC/AMP combos for desktop listening in the hopes it'd improve these AT-T200s somewhat.

post #2 of 4

Heya,

 

So you want something over-ear that seals and has passive isolation, with a similar character to the Grado's prestige line.

 

I don't see a budget listed, so my options are going to just be based on the listed criteria, loosely (as there's no such thing as a closed Grado). I find what characterizes Grado sound signature (of the Prestige line) is aggressive attack, unbridled mids & treble, not a lot of sub-bass, not overly done mid-bass, limited sound stage to pull you in very close. Finding that elsewhere is tough. It's sort of Grado's "thing." But regardless, here's some suggestions that may get you started:

 

Shure SRH940

Beyer DT770 PRO 80ohm

Beyer T70P

AKG K550

AKG K271 MKII

AudioTechnica A900X

Ultrasone PRO 750

SoundMAGIC HP100

 

You probably don't need a DAC/AMP for most things, but if you want something for the desktop, I would look to the Fiio E10 in that price range.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 4
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post
 

[...] here's some suggestions that may get you started:

 

Shure SRH940

Beyer DT770 PRO 80ohm

Beyer T70P

AKG K550

AKG K271 MKII

AudioTechnica A900X

Ultrasone PRO 750

SoundMAGIC HP100

 

Of those I've heard, I have to concede that SRH940 sounds the most Grado-like, but it doesn't sound recognizably Grado-like. When I compared available FR charts, K271 was easily the closest match:

 

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

 

Of those I've heard, I have to concede that SRH940 sounds the most Grado-like, but it doesn't sound recognizably Grado-like. When I compared available FR charts, K271 was easily the closest match:

 

 

Heya,

 

All I can really suggest is to ignore frequency response graphs, especially comparing an open air to a closed back, and don't trust the bass frequencies as measured. What you hear and what you see on those graphs are quite different. I say that as someone with 40+ pairs of headphones and very few, a handful, are remotely close to what the graphs imply they "should" sound like.

 

Very best,

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