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New and looking for a recommendation for open, around-the-ear headphones

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello All!

I'm new here and looking for a recommendation for open, around-the-ear headphones.  Here's some background:

 

I have an audioengine D1 as my desktop DA / amp.  I have a set of Sennheiser HD-380 pros that I love, but when I'm wearing them for work, because they're so closed, I have missed the phone ringing or people coming into my office!  I'm looking for a very similar sound signature to the HD-380, but open so I can hear other things, and easy to drive from the audioengine D1.

 

I really like low end, and listen to a lot of rock and funk (jamiroquai, 

 

I have a set of HD-600s and they're very accurate but not "fun" to listen to.  I used these as reference headphones in my recording studio, but I've since closed the studio and am actually looking to sell them to fund the purchase of the open set I'll be using at work going forward.

 

Thanks all!

Rich 

post #2 of 13
I would out philips fidelio x1 or the new L2 on ur list of possible cans. Might not be as detailed as the 600s but theyre a blast to listen to smily_headphones1.gif
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm also leaning toward the hifiman he400.
post #4 of 13
Also a great choice smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 13
I recommend fidelio x1 because theyre fun sounding and are uuber comfortable
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Fidelio x1 are pretty inexpensive right now, so not much to lose there. Think I'm gonna go for it!
post #7 of 13

The X1's will better satisfy your inner basshead, but the HE-400's are more technical and detailed. X1's look and feel a lot better too. I got both at the same time and got rid of the X1 because I preferred the detail and speed of the HE-400 despite not having as much bass quantity.

post #8 of 13
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How do the hd650s compare to these two? I have hd600s now and my issue with them is that they're difficult to drive, and don't have the low end extension id like in a fun headphone.
post #9 of 13

HD 650 will give you better definition than either one assuming you have the right equipment to drive it (looks like you dont really though :() or else get ready for a pretty gross sounding headphone.

 

650 sounds most similar to the X1. X1 is a little warmer with a tad more bass. I personally think its a great alternative for those who dont have what it takes to bring out the best in the HD650. Or honestly, just to have a cheaper alternative to the 650 without compromising sound too much. Honestly, the fidelios are REALLY excellent and theyre not that behind the 650s.

post #10 of 13
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I got a great deal on a gently used set of X1s from a fellow member.  Thanks for your help everyone

post #11 of 13

Gosh, people are throwing around some pricey products. I'd go with the Sennheiser HD 558's. I picked up a pair last week, and they sound awesome. They're also only $120 on Amazon. Good luck!

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by rtwilner View Post

How do the hd650s compare to these two? I have hd600s now and my issue with them is that they're difficult to drive, and don't have the low end extension id like in a fun headphone.

I have the HD600's and contrary to the folklore they are not that hard to drive. A FiiO E12 does a rather good job of it, a Schitt Magni does as well and neither is expensive.

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Originally Posted by FlyingPigman View Post
 

Gosh, people are throwing around some pricey products. I'd go with the Sennheiser HD 558's. I picked up a pair last week, and they sound awesome. They're also only $120 on Amazon. Good luck!

 

Well, the nice thing about buying them used is that you can pretty much sell them for what you bought them for, which is one reason why the classifieds section here is so prolific.

 

Also, I'm guessing most people on here think of 200-400 as the entry point for nice cans.  That said, my $150 HD-380s are my favorite phones of all time...I just need something open-backed for when I'm working so I don't miss any more phone calls!

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