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"Narrowed" down to this list for portable use (mainly classical), would like some input from you guys!

post #1 of 35
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I have been looking for some headphones for mobile use. I am looking to pair them with some DAP with reasonable power (probably X3 or X5 when it comes out), so I would like them to be able to benefit from the extra power from the DAP, but not require so much power that the DAP is insufficient. I mostly listen to classical, so soundstage, detail and bass (quality over quantity) are most important. From reading around, here is a list that I am considering:

 

MDR-1R
HD 25-1 II

DT1350
SRH840
SRH940
K 545
K 550
Soundmagic HP100
Mad Dog

ATH-A900X

 

I have not heard any of these. Your inputs are greatly appreciated!

 

Update: read around, throw A900X to mix


Edited by csxcsx - 12/31/13 at 2:18pm
post #2 of 35
I can vouch for the k550 and the shures for classical. Else I have a good feeling with the soundmagic. Some have fit issues with the k550. Are both the shures closed?
Edited by davidsh - 12/30/13 at 5:16pm
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I can vouch for the k550 and the shures for classical. Else I have a good feeling with the soundmagic. Some have fit issues with the k550. Are both the shures closed?


Thanks for replying. With you experience with the K550 and Shures, how are you driving them? Also, which Shure are you referring to, both of them? If so, do you have a comparison between the two?

post #4 of 35
Sorry, I have only been auditioning them at various points. I just think those are the 4 headphones you should focus most on
post #5 of 35
Now that I think of it the dt660 might be the perfect option for you.
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Now that I think of it the dt660 might be the perfect option for you.


Thanks! I will look into those.

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Now that I think of it the dt660 might be the perfect option for you.


Do any of the headphones I listed, or any that you know of will be a bit of a compromise (does classical great, but does other genres decently, emphasis still on classical)? From what I was reading, the DT660 does not do any other genres too well.

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I have experience with the MDR-1R & the K550 on your list. MDR-1R are a bit colored, so I dunno if that would really fit with classical. I really loved the MDR-1R's sound sig but I never used em w/ classical. I would imagine you can find a more suitable pair of headphones though. (I would think that you want more neutral for classical).

 

I would highly recommend the K550 for classical music. Amazing sound stage (probably the best sound stage out of all closed headphones), great bass quality (deep extension, tight bass, great detail & texture) without too much bass quantity, very neutral, great crisp clear treble...

 

however, the only concern is that they are quite large & they have a long 3m non-removable cable (so they might not be the best for portable use). You may want to look into the K551 (same as the K550 except w/ detachable cable) or the smaller portable version AKG K545. I have not heard either of those, so I cannot comment on their sound.

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I have experience with the MDR-1R & the K550 on your list. MDR-1R are a bit colored, so I dunno if that would really fit with classical. I really loved the MDR-1R's sound sig but I never used em w/ classical. I would imagine you can find a more suitable pair of headphones though. (I would think that you want more neutral for classical).

 

I would highly recommend the K550 for classical music. Amazing sound stage (probably the best sound stage out of all closed headphones), great bass quality (deep extension, tight bass, great detail & texture) without too much bass quantity, very neutral, great crisp clear treble...

 

however, the only concern is that they are quite large & they have a long 3m non-removable cable (so they might not be the best for portable use). You may want to look into the K551 (same as the K550 except w/ detachable cable) or the smaller portable version AKG K545. I have not heard either of those, so I cannot comment on their sound.


Thanks for replying! I'm hoping to find headphones that are great for classical, but do other genres decently also. Can you comment on the K550s for other genres?


Edited by csxcsx - 12/30/13 at 6:37pm
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Thanks for replying! I'm hoping to find headphones that are great for classical, but do other genres decently also. Can you comment on the K550s for other genres?

The K550s are amazing at everything, but they aren't bass-boosted at all, so if you are used to bass-boosted headphones, you might find em a bit lacking for edm/hip hop/bass-heavy music. There is always EQ for that though & I have personally found that more neutral headphones are better in general as all-rounders.

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The K550s are amazing at everything, but they aren't bass-boosted at all, so if you are used to bass-boosted headphones, you might find em a bit lacking for edm/hip hop/bass-heavy music. There is always EQ for that though & I have personally found that more neutral headphones are better in general as all-rounders.


Yea I agree, I'm looking for more neutral headphones anyways. Other than classical, I'm mostly looking at rock and a little electronica. Thanks for your input!

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lol. what's your budget? you should go to a best buy w/ a magnolia entertainment center & demo the high-end headphones there to see what kind of sound signature you are looking for.

 

Some other portable, closed headphones that you have not listed include the sennheiser momentum over ears, nad visio hp50, keef m5000.

post #14 of 35
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lol. what's your budget? you should go to a best buy w/ a magnolia entertainment center & demo the high-end headphones there to see what kind of sound signature you are looking for.

 

Some other portable, closed headphones that you have not listed include the sennheiser momentum over ears, nad visio hp50, keef m5000.


I'm willing to spend upwards of 300. Yea I thought about those too, but I didn't get the impression anywhere they were particularly well suited for classical. What do you think of those for classical?

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I'm willing to spend upwards of 300. Yea I thought about those too, but I didn't get the impression anywhere they were particularly well suited for classical. What do you think of those for classical?

hahaha I haven't heard the last two. I've heard the Momentums & I think they will do great w/ classical. Note I do not personally really listen to classical though.

 

I imagine any pair of well balanced (non-bass boosted/non-excessively colored) pair of headphones will be great for classical lolol. edit: i guess I would personally pick the k550 to be especially amazing for classical due to its great sound stage & crisp clear treble & well-balanced sound signature.

 

obviously open headphones would be better, but since you want portable use, then you have to go closed. Out of the closed options I've personally tried, I would say go K550 (not really very portable though... need to look at the other varients K551/K454) or Momentum Over-Ear. The B&W P7 is overpriced in my personal opinion. i've heard great things about both the nad visio hp50 & keef m5000. perhaps it's time to go demo a few different pairs to see. there really is only so much you can get out of reading other people's personal subjective impressions online. the best way to tell what suits you is to try some stuff :) good luck yo.


Edited by money4me247 - 12/31/13 at 11:00am
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