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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I am looking for a set of over the ear headphones to listen to classic rock, r&b, and rap. I am not an audiophile so I don't know all the lingo! Though I do a fare amount of research when making most all purchases. These cans need a great punchy base and balanced highs, mids, and lows. I don't want to spend over $400. Also these will only be powered b an iPod or iPad. Would an amp purchase make a big difference? If so, please explain which recommendations would require amp use. Thanks in advance for recommendations. I respect what you guys do on here. I have been researching for several weeks and though I've learned a great deal it seems the more I research the more confused I get. Thanks again for any and all help!
post #2 of 15

V-Moda M100. Don't need an amp, and has plenty of bass for your music.

post #3 of 15

Hello,

 

Some headphones will benefit a lil with an amp while some will largely improve with an amp. There are however, some that does not benefit with an amp at all.

 

For closed headphone, I recommend the Denon AH-D600 or Philips X1 [with a aftermarket cable] for open headphones

 

Hope it helps

Billson :)

post #4 of 15

If you would consider in-ear headphones, your requirements match up pretty good with with NAD HD20 headphones. I just bought a pair and they are really good for the money. They do sound better when the upstream equipment improves. But, they would be easy to live with using the iPhone for a long time. 

 

My experience has been that transducers (speakers/headphones/phono cartridges) make for the most difference in sound quality. Electronics tend to make less dramatic differences. 

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your input. I have been considering the V-Moda M100 and am also looking at the Sennhieser Momentum and 595's. The OEM has reduced their price to $299 online on the Momentum's. Does anyone know if an amp would improve any of these three mentioned with an Ipod. If so, please make recommendations. Only stipulations are compact size and not to costly. I am willing to pay $50-80 dollars for amp, if necessary. If an amp is not needed to get BEST quality out of any of above please advise. Truth is I want to hear great music but dont want to waste money!

 

Best regards to all and Happy New Year.

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ethanp00 View Post
 

Thanks for all your input. I have been considering the V-Moda M100 and am also looking at the Sennhieser Momentum and 595's. The OEM has reduced their price to $299 online on the Momentum's. Does anyone know if an amp would improve any of these three mentioned with an Ipod. If so, please make recommendations. Only stipulations are compact size and not to costly. I am willing to pay $50-80 dollars for amp, if necessary. If an amp is not needed to get BEST quality out of any of above please advise. Truth is I want to hear great music but dont want to waste money!

 

Best regards to all and Happy New Year.

Happy new year to you and your family too! xD The Sennheiser HD595 is an open back headphone and it is the least bassy of all. Do benefit with an amp. I would go for the Sennheiser Momentum out of the three. My recommendation is, try the Momentum unamped and see if you like it, if you find there's a few things [not majority] that could be improved further, look into the E07K

 

Billson :)

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, the Momentums appear to be the best option at this point. I will order this next week.
post #8 of 15
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Thanks, the Momentums appear to be the best option at this point. I will order this next week.

Do report back when you receive them on what you think about them! xD

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Just saw a used pr of momentum on eBay. Guy says for persons with big ears these May be an issue. PROBLEM is I have big ears! So, back to the drawing board. I'm looking for an outstanding set of closed back, over the ear headphones, to play many genres of music ( pop, classic rock, and rap). These would be powered by an iPod! I will spend up to $350.00. So if you recommend a pair that requires a potable amp, please state the amp you would use. Thanks!
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ethanp00 View Post

Just saw a used pr of momentum on eBay. Guy says for persons with big ears these May be an issue. PROBLEM is I have big ears! So, back to the drawing board. I'm looking for an outstanding set of closed back, over the ear headphones, to play many genres of music ( pop, classic rock, and rap). These would be powered by an iPod! I will spend up to $350.00. So if you recommend a pair that requires a potable amp, please state the amp you would use. Thanks!

The Denon AH-D600! Check all your needa and does not need an amp smily_headphones1.gif
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
How do the denon d600s compare to the Momentums? Anyone know.
post #12 of 15

Hey guys as a Momentum owner I'd definitely endorse them over the M-100s, despite the fact that the M-100s have a bit more bass and cater towards tracks with lots of PRaT.

 

The Momentum for one is a far more comfortable headphone that the M-100s + the highs and mids offer way more clarity. Its a warm, user-friendly headphone that has a fair amount of bass and does a great job articulating tracks whether its rock, jazz, classical, or electronica.

 

I listen primarily to classic rock and electronica and the Momentums have served me well.  :)

 

 

CLAS1.JPG

  

Momentums > C&C BH2 > stock interconnect (replacing with ALO compact copper 22 this week) > CLAS original > ALO Copper 22 USB LOD > iPod classic 7th generation 120gb > AIFF or 320 kbps files. 

post #13 of 15
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How do the denon d600s compare to the Momentums? Anyone know.

IMO, both are bassy, but the D600 have tighter bass, more open sound than the Momentum. :) The D600 is bigger in size, some may find it more transportable than portable 

 

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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

Hey guys as a Momentum owner I'd definitely endorse them over the M-100s, despite the fact that the M-100s have a bit more bass and cater towards tracks with lots of PRaT.

 

The Momentum for one is a far more comfortable headphone that the M-100s + the highs and mids offer way more clarity. Its a warm, user-friendly headphone that has a fair amount of bass and does a great job articulating tracks whether its rock, jazz, classical, or electronica.

 

I listen primarily to classic rock and electronica and the Momentums have served me well.  :)

 

 

CLAS1.JPG

  

Momentums > C&C BH2 > stock interconnect (replacing with ALO compact copper 22 this week) > CLAS original > ALO Copper 22 USB LOD > iPod classic 7th generation 120gb > AIFF or 320 kbps files. 

Nice rig!!! xD

post #14 of 15

Thanks :) it'll serve me well while I save up the $$ for the ALO Rx Mk3s and an 'end game' pair of closed-back cans.

post #15 of 15
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Thanks :) it'll serve me well while I save up the $$ for the ALO Rx Mk3s and an 'end game' pair of closed-back cans.

Your welcome! Have fun saving :D

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