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Need some help with picking new "midrange" portable over-ear headphones, to be used with games and music in general

post #1 of 9
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Hi, so i'm getting sick of my old cans, i'm by no means an audiophile (Not yet, at least) and i listen to all kinds of music (But not that much Rock, Rap and hip-hop) and play pc games..

 

I can afford 300$ pairs, any suggestions? (I would really love it if they're not heavy and if they don't need an amplifier)

 

(What people have suggested to me most was the V-moda m100, do they fit my needs?)

post #2 of 9

The M100 really shines w/ bass-heavy music like rap/hiphop & edm/dubstep. they are great basshead-oriented headphones, but there are better options in sound quality & a more neutral frequency response at that price range that would be more suited for a variety of genres. (note: they do offer amazing explosions & booms lol!)

 

for your pc games, is it a FPS? are you looking for great sound stage for positional clues? do you have a need to go portable? that determines closed vs open.

 

Open options w/ great sound stage would be something like the AKG Q701 ($220 - I would highly recommend these) & I've heard great things about the beyer dt990s.

 

Closed options under $300 include: The Senheiser Momentum Over-Ears ($300 on sale), KEF M500, NAD Visio HP50 [all @ $300] vs the AKG K545 ($200 on sale), Sony MDR-1R (sub-$200). Price doesn't really correlate to SQ at the $200-$400 price range. I would recommend the AKG K545 as they have great sound stage (or the Momentums Over-Ears if you are trying to max out your budget). I haven't heard the M500 vs HP50. Those 4 options are of comparable sonic quality though.

post #3 of 9
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I didn't specify what kind of games i play because i play a lot of games and they're very different, genre-wise.

 

And as i said in the title i need the headphones to be portable and sturdy.. (I don't wanna break 300$ cans)

 

i'd also prefer closed headphones. (Or at least good sound isolation)

 

Reminder: I mentioned that i want both mobility and the fact that i don't want to use amplifiers. (Which makes AKG Q701 not a good option for me, but thanks anyways and i'll look into the other options you mentioned)

post #4 of 9
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Update: The Senheiser momentum looks good and seems mobile but is it sturdy?

From what i've heard is that the m100 is really sturdy and i am fond of electronic and dubstep music..

I know that it's not the best thing to get a jack of all trades but i believe that it'd be a good start since i'll just buy another headphone later for other uses. (Like headphones that need good amplifiers and good sound cards to get the most out of)

 

Most people i know kept suggesting the Senheiser momentum and m100

 

EDIT: Oh and it seems the Senheiser doesn't have the best of cables..


Edited by xGrimReaperzZ - 12/21/13 at 3:41am
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Update: The Senheiser momentum looks good and seems mobile but is it sturdy?

From what i've heard is that the m100 is really sturdy and i am fond of electronic and dubstep music..

I know that it's not the best thing to get a jack of all trades but i believe that it'd be a good start since i'll just buy another headphone later for other uses. (Like headphones that need good amplifiers and good sound cards to get the most out of)

 

Most people i know kept suggesting the Senheiser momentum and m100

 

EDIT: Oh and it seems the Senheiser doesn't have the best of cables..

The Momentum is made w/ stainless steel & real leather. It is very lightweight & sturdy. I doubt you will have any issues w/ the build quality. There is no cable issues that I am aware of w/ the Momentum & their cables actually have a cool feature where you can rotate the plug to be 90 degrees or 180 degrees. Comes w/ a 3-button mic cable. The momentums are very technically capable, has great clarity, and a slight bass boost for an audiophile but consumer friendly sound. Sound signature is more neutral vs M100. Note for the Momentums: There are two version On-Ear vs. Over-Ear. Over-ears are superior in sound quality, while on-ear is cheaper & even smaller/lighter. For the Over-Ear version, the fit is actually closer to a on-ear due to the small earcups, however with the soft, real-leather pads, comfort pretty good. I would recommend the over-ears over the on-ears.

 

The M100 is very sturdy as well (built like a tank). They are heavier (heaviest non-ortho headphones I've tried). Their cables are kelvar-coated which is a pro & a con. the coating probably makes the cable last longer, but it makes a very annoying cable noise when it rubs up against things while you are on the go. On particular example I can remember from my personal usage is that whenever I was wearing a jacket, the cable would slide across the zipper & cause a lot of noise. I ended up tucking the cable under my shirt lol. I am not sure if many 3rd party cables can fit into the M100 earcup (I rmb trying to swap out the cable w/ one I had lying around w/ no success). M100 sound sig is v-shaped w/ heavy bass emphasis & treble emphasis. Great choice for bassheads. Note for the M100, the XL memory cushion is basically a must-buy accessory (imo) as I personally had a lot of comfort issues with the standard pads.

 

They are both high quality headphones though, so it's really up to you. Both headphones have excellent build quality.

 

I would also consider the AKG K545 as they are significantly cheaper (save $100!) with excellent if not better sound quality than the M100/Momentums if you are thinking about spending more money later for at home headphones. They are relatively new, so not as many reviews out there, but many owners are saying that they out-perform the Momentums! (those are personal opinions of course)

 

Portability wise: the M100 can fold into a tiny ball, so that is a plus. [but they are awkward to wear around your neck IMO as the metal edges cut into your collar bone]. The Momentum are super super light (one of the lightest headphones I've owned), so that is a plus. [but they don't fold at all]. I've never owned the AKG K545, but I would imagine they are the least portable as they are full-sized over-ears & they do not fold. However, it seems from what I've read that they would have the best sound quality & sound stage out of all the choices.
 
You can't really go wrong with any of these headphones. Really I think you just need to decide between: bass-heavy emphasis for amazing dubstep/rap, go M100 vs. high performer & very technically capable w/ all genres, go Momentum vs. want to save some money & have amazing sound quality with slightly less portability, go K545
 
Edit: if you really can't make up your mind, you can always just go based on style ;)

Edited by money4me247 - 12/21/13 at 4:12am
post #6 of 9
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Getting the Sennheiser momentum! :)

But i'm really on the edge when it comes to picking the color though, the black/red is cool but the brown looks fancy as heck.

 

I have never really seen either IRL and wouldn't until they're delivered, so what would you go with?

 

And thank you, you were really helpful, at first i thought that posting wouldn't truly help me, but wow!

post #7 of 9
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Getting the Sennheiser momentum! :)

But i'm really on the edge when it comes to picking the color though, the black/red is cool but the brown looks fancy as heck.

 

I have never really seen either IRL and wouldn't until they're delivered, so what would you go with?

 

And thank you, you were really helpful, at first i thought that posting wouldn't truly help me, but wow!

glad to hear you found it helpful. I personally prefer the black/red as those weren't available when I had my Momentum!

 

so my pro view on black/red vs. brown/silver is age group + where you'll be wearing em. If you are a young fly kid-teen rockin out all hipster on the streetz, no doubt you gotto be reppin the black/red. if you are a classy mature gentleman listening in the comfort of your stylish home, I'd say go for the posh brown/silver. :p for me? black/red represent!

 

heh :D 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

You know what? you're right.

 

And besides the black ones are going to work as a natural camouflage.. (You know, to hide scratches)

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by xGrimReaperzZ View Post
 

You know what? you're right.

 

And besides the black ones are going to work as a natural camouflage.. (You know, to hide scratches)

+1! :D

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