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post #1 of 12
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Hi guys, Need a little bit of help from the veterans here...

i owned some headphones now like akg and BOSE (yeah BOSE are terrible) and now i'm trying to get some real full-sized closed headphones under $500.
I Mainly use the Headphones using my laptop (so no amp) and phone to listen some music and play games. 
Also im looking for a "good sounded" headphones that has good built quality, sound isolation and also stylish.
Some of the headphones that i found "intriguing" :

- Sennheiser Momentum

- B&O Beoplay H6

- Shure SRH 1540

- Sennheiser HD700/800 (COOL! but over $1000...)

Please give recommendations or comparison for the headphones above, Thanks!


Edited by CGodZ - 1/8/14 at 9:11pm
post #2 of 12

Sennheiser HD700/800 are open. They do not isolate. Also they need some amping.

 

Shure SRH1540 is good.


Edited by TwelveTrains - 1/9/14 at 1:32am
post #3 of 12

Bear in mind that most good headphones with a budget that high will want amps and decent sources.

post #4 of 12

The older Denon, like the AH-D2000 or AH-D5000, might suit you.  Isolation is not their strong suit, however.

 

Running a high quality, full-sized set of headphones straight out of a laptop . . .  might not be the best way to fully utilize the capabilities of the headphones themselves, though.  A dac and amp would get the best performance.

 

I am using the Martin Logan Mikros 90 with my Dell Latitude.  The Taking of Pelham 123 sounds very good over the DVD player (in Dolby Digital Plus).  The MLs sound good straight out of the laptop, but they sound phenomenal when properly amped.  Portable, closed, great isolation, classy styling, detailed, balanced and musical.  Comes with iPad/Pod controller cable.   

 

And currently selling for les than $100 (MSRP is $299).  Use the money saved on headphones for a worthy DAC and amplifier.


Edited by pataburd - 1/9/14 at 6:32am
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post

The older Denon, like the AH-D2000 or AH-D5000, might suit you.  Isolation is not their strong suit, however.

Running a high quality, full-sized set of headphones straight out of a laptop . . .  might not be the best way to fully utilize the capabilities of the headphones themselves, though.  A dac and amp would get the best performance.

I am using the Martin Logan Mikros 90 with my Dell Latitude.  The Taking of Pelham 123 sounds very good over the DVD player (in Dolby Digital Plus).  The MLs sound good straight out of the laptop, but they sound phenomenal when properly amped.  Portable, closed, great isolation, classy styling, detailed, balanced and musical.  Comes with iPad/Pod controller cable.   

And currently selling for les than $100 (MSRP is $299).  Use the money saved on headphones for a worthy DAC and amplifier.

Hi,
I mainly use the headset using my Galaxy S4 and Razer Laptop (not advertising) so its pretty much on the go. Will the sound quality for example the Shure SRH 1540 suffer that bad without amps? Because i just love those sexy design of shure srh 1540 and im leaning towards brand like Shure and Sennheiser because of accesibility. If yes what are some of the best portable amps thats also good fo the wallet? Are there any other good headphones along those brands?
Edited by CGodZ - 1/9/14 at 7:27pm
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Hi,
I mainly use the headset using my Galaxy S4 and Razer Laptop (not advertising) so its pretty much on the go. Will the sound quality for example the Shure SRH 1540 suffer that bad without amps? Because i just love those sexy design of shure srh 1540 and im leaning towards brand like Shure and Sennheiser because of accesibility. If yes what are some of the best portable amps thats also good fo the wallet? Are there any other good headphones along those brands?

I find that the Shure SRH1540 do not benefit much from an amplifier.

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by TwelveTrains View Post
 

I find that the Shure SRH1540 do not benefit much from an amplifier.

I don't really know much about DAC or Amps but is it big or i heard there are portable small Amps.

If it is i think will probably get one...

Did the bass of the Shure good? because i've seen some review and they are not really clear about the bass/treble/etc.

post #8 of 12

I definitely recommend getting alteast a dac if youre going to be using a laptop as a source

I didn't realise the sound quality i was missing out on until i bought a dac to use with my laptop (Fiio e07k) - costs around $100 but definitely worth it in my experience

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by CGodZ View Post
 

I don't really know much about DAC or Amps but is it big or i heard there are portable small Amps.

If it is i think will probably get one...

Did the bass of the Shure good? because i've seen some review and they are not really clear about the bass/treble/etc.

The bass in the SRH1540 is very present. This is a borderline basshead phone.

 

I find that the mids or treble do not suffer because of it though.

post #10 of 12

Never heard, but have been wanting to hear, the Shures.

 

Back in my history, after going up the entire Grado "i" ladder (I still have a tender spot for the SR-325i), I experimented with the Ultrasone Proline/PRO models.  Had a lengthy and fun-filled time with the Proline/PRO 750 and 2500, later the PRO 2900 and now the HFI-780 (they serve as "utility" cans).  

 

When I first met the Ultrasones, they struck me as headphones that delivered the sound to which the Grados aspired (in their own right), but what the Grados had not quite actually delivered.  The Ultrasones also added the bass--and perhaps too much--which was/is lacking in the Grados.  

 

Am running the HFI-780 straight out of the laptop right now with--you guessed it--The Taking of Pelham 123 in the disc drive.  Very good.  Not as resolving, detailed or clean as the Mikros 90, but maybe better for movies, lots of raw low frequency and seismic push from the 780's uber-bass.  Treble can be a bit searing with the Ultrasones, but there are mods out there--like the famous Kees Mod--that reportedly mitigate or altogether ameliorate this anomaly.  I stuff a thin, round, cut-out piece of open cell foam into the earcups over the drivers, which works wonders with the HFI-780.

 

Have not heard the Ultrasone PRO 900, but have read the reports.  Definitely serious basshead territory here.    


Edited by pataburd - 1/10/14 at 1:19pm
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Ok so i decided to buy both Shure SRH 1540 and Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear.
just because its easier for me to use momentum outdoor and shure indoor...
Will see how it goes! btw are there any difference between amp/dac and Portable amp/dac? or are they the same thing w/ difference size? i heard FiiO are good for its price, any recommendation?

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by CGodZ View Post
 

Ok so i decided to buy both Shure SRH 1540 and Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear.
just because its easier for me to use momentum outdoor and shure indoor...
Will see how it goes! btw are there any difference between amp/dac and Portable amp/dac? or are they the same thing w/ difference size? i heard FiiO are good for its price, any recommendation?

How does the Shure SRH 1540 sound?

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