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post #1 of 5
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Hey guys.

I'm very new to the Audio game & I'm seeking out some Headphones which are generally accessible within Australia!

 

I've read through the 'Buyers Guide' multiple times, done a bit of research but I simply cannot make up my mind properly with what Headphones to buy.

I listen to bands like Coldplay, Cage the Elephant, Black Keys and some jazz on the side.

I'm looking for comfort, with a good sound stage, natural sound & general aesthetics (not 100% necessary)

I'm also looking for a pleasurable listening experience, I'm not a sound engineer nor do I work in a studio.

I don't own an amplifier.

My budget is 150$ (preferably lower..)

I've a big head too, by the way ;)

 

 

I've looked at Sennheiser HD518s - Seem decent, but apparently sound muddy/lack in Lows, Mids, Highs?

Koss DJ100 Pros - Apparently need an amp for the full experience? (Though I really like the look of these)

Audio Technica ATH-M50 - These are a few years old (to my understanding), there might be better choices nowadays?

Creative Aurvana Live!  - Bad experiences with Creative headsets, such as extreme headaches etc. due to comfort.

Shure SRH440 - Seem good, apparently lack comfort?

KRK KNS 6400 - Can't find any note-worthy cons with these, yet..

 

Cheers guys, appreciate it massively. Excuse me if I sound stupid!

post #2 of 5
Are these for use at home alone or when you are around others? I'm really asking if you need closed headphones to prevent sound leakage and/or to give some isolation, or if you are OK with open headphones?

I hope you realize, there are no "perfect" headphones at any price level - which is why the traditional head-fi greeting is:

Welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet...
post #3 of 5

I tried 3 of them at a guitar center and here is my experience with them (But I need to add that I have a fairly small head and small(er) ears so comfort will probably differ):



 


Shure 440s: were pretty comfortable for me. Sound felt the most balanced of the 3 with just enough bass to be pleasurable and not take away from the mids.


 


ATH M50s: were very uncomfortable for me out of the box (clamp strength was too much). I had to take them off after less than 10 minutes of use because of the pressure on my jaw from the cups. However, these were the most "fun" sounding. The bass was punchy, albeit a bit muddled at times. Very "V-shaped"


 


KNS 6400s: the most crisp/natural sounding of the 3. Definitely lacked bass, but you get a way better soundstage compared to the other two. Cups were the smallest of the 3, and my ears barely fit in them without touching. 


 


 


I have been reading that there are ways to reduce the clamp pressure on headsets, so if that is a issue, you can remedy it (although I have not tried since I still haven't decided on the est I'm going to get for myself lol). I am currently looking into the NVX XPT100s since they're $40 (usd) cheaper than the M50s. Also thought about picking up a pair of the dj100s, since they're cheap enough that I can afford to buy an amp. Edit: Just wanted to add that there is a lack of depth from the cups of the dj100s despite behind circumaural. I think I would probably opt to buy an ovular set of ear pieces (which would end up costing as much as the m50s in the end.. lol) But lifetime warranty!

Edited by Dubear - 1/8/14 at 9:14am
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Originally Posted by Dubear View Post
 

I tried 3 of them at a guitar center and here is my experience with them (But I need to add that I have a fairly small head and small(er) ears so comfort will probably differ):

 
 
 
Shure 440s: were pretty comfortable for me. Sound felt the most balanced of the 3 with just enough bass to be pleasurable and not take away from the mids.
 
 
 
ATH M50s: were very uncomfortable for me out of the box (clamp strength was too much). I had to take them off after less than 10 minutes of use because of the pressure on my jaw from the cups. However, these were the most "fun" sounding. The bass was punchy, albeit a bit muddled at times. Very "V-shaped"
 
 
 
KNS 6400s: the most crisp/natural sounding of the 3. Definitely lacked bass, but you get a way better soundstage compared to the other two. Cups were the smallest of the 3, and my ears barely fit in them without touching. 
 
 
 
 
 
I have been reading that there are ways to reduce the clamp pressure on headsets, so if that is a issue, you can remedy it (although I have not tried since I still haven't decided on the est I'm going to get for myself lol). I am currently looking into the NVX XPT100s since they're $40 (usd) cheaper than the M50s. Also thought about picking up a pair of the dj100s, since they're cheap enough that I can afford to buy an amp. Edit: Just wanted to add that there is a lack of depth from the cups of the dj100s despite behind circumaural. I think I would probably opt to buy an ovular set of ear pieces (which would end up costing as much as the m50s in the end.. lol) But lifetime warranty!

 

Legend! Appreciate it man.

 

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Are these for use at home alone or when you are around others? I'm really asking if you need closed headphones to prevent sound leakage and/or to give some isolation, or if you are OK with open headphones?

I hope you realize, there are no "perfect" headphones at any price level - which is why the traditional head-fi greeting is:

Welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet...

Both, I will go out a fair bit with them but also in my own personal space.

post #5 of 5
OK - then that means you really should be a good neighbor and use closed headphones so the rest of the people around you are not forced to "enjoy" you music selections.

That crosses the Sennheiser HD518 off the list - they are open 'phones.

But, that doesn't exclude Sennheiser, there is also the HD 25 SP II:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=751941&Q=&is=REG&A=details

Or the similar Amperior on-ear, if you can find them on sale:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826106684

Or the old favorite HD280:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/240764-REG/Sennheiser_HD_280PRO_HD_280_Pro.html

Or, here's an interesting choice from AKG - a B-stock K271 Mk II at a very attractive price:
http://www.fullcompass.com/product/454038.html?utm_source=googleps&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=googleps&gclid=CNv-55L877sCFUiGfgodvHUANA

I haven't heard all of these (only the HD280) so I really can't comment further. The HD280 was too dark for me - it had some bass, but I didn't like the top end.
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