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Full-size headphone to complement my Shure SE530

post #1 of 4
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Hi all,

 

It has been at least 3 years since I logged in into headfi forum.

Currently, I'm looking for a full-size headphone to complement my existing Shure SE530. I bought it 4-5 years ago as a nice earplug to listen music while working in the client's site amid noise from machineries.

 

Now, I'm mainly working in on the desk and therefore, I rarely use my SE530 anymore.

Can someone please suggest which full-size headphone I should get? Budget: at max $200 and I don't plan to use an amp with it. I listen to quite variety of music: classical, pop, jazz and rock.

Also, since mostly I'll use this headphone whole working hour, comfort is essential.

 

I haven't decided whether I should go for closed or opened can but will be nice if I can get the candidate for each of them.

I'm thinking either:

- Sennheiser HD518 for opened or

- ATH-M50 for closed.

 

Being in Australia, unfortunately, there aren't many places I can try different headphones. Most of stores like JB-HiFi, Myer are quite noisy and therefore, it's quite hard to judge the quality of the music.

 

Is it reasonable to expect $200 headphone to outperform the more expensive SE530 (or newer SE535)?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 4
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Originally Posted by lycos View Post
 

Hi all,

 

It has been at least 3 years since I logged in into headfi forum.

Currently, I'm looking for a full-size headphone to complement my existing Shure SE530. I bought it 4-5 years ago as a nice earplug to listen music while working in the client's site amid noise from machineries.

 

Now, I'm mainly working in on the desk and therefore, I rarely use my SE530 anymore.

Can someone please suggest which full-size headphone I should get? Budget: at max $200 and I don't plan to use an amp with it. I listen to quite variety of music: classical, pop, jazz and rock.

Also, since mostly I'll use this headphone whole working hour, comfort is essential.

 

I haven't decided whether I should go for closed or opened can but will be nice if I can get the candidate for each of them.

I'm thinking either:

- Sennheiser HD518 for opened or

- ATH-M50 for closed.

 

Being in Australia, unfortunately, there aren't many places I can try different headphones. Most of stores like JB-HiFi, Myer are quite noisy and therefore, it's quite hard to judge the quality of the music.

 

Is it reasonable to expect $200 headphone to outperform the more expensive SE530 (or newer SE535)?

 

Thanks.

Yes, a $200 pair of headphones can outperform the a lot of high-end in-ears.

 

If you don't need noise isolation, you should go for open headphones. If you don't want noise leaking out slash you are in a noisy environment, go closed.

post #3 of 4

I agree with money4me247. For closed, I recommend SRH840 instead because you listen to classical and jazz.

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

I agree with money4me247. For closed, I recommend SRH840 instead because you listen to classical and jazz.


What about for opened? I have tried my friend's ATH-AD700 and found it's quite comfy. I really enjoy the detailed soundstage and treble, but the bass sounds to be too weak.

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