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post #1 of 30
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Hey, everyone. I've been doing some research about getting some new headphones, but I'm not really all that tech savvy, especially when it comes to headphones. I kept getting directed here by my Google searches, and it seemed like the website was composed of quite a lot of helpful and knowledgeable people. So, I figured that I might as well make an account and post.

 

For the past bunch of months, nearly a year actually, I've been using Bob Marley Revolutions. They're a cool set of on-ear headphones with an interesting design and, at least as far as I could tell, pretty good sound quality. The problem was that they kept breaking. On multiple occasions one of the ear pieces would stop functioning, or the mic and volume controls would cease working, and one time they actually snapped in half! Also, quite a lot of the time (especially in the cold), the headphones would be ridiculously uncomfortable. So, being that these issues keep coming up, I figured that it might be a good idea to move on to another set of headphones.

 

For gaming I've been using the wireless Sony Pulse headphones. They're these absolutely awesome over-ear headphones, providing nice sound quality, a decent microphone, and they're really comfortable. They don't work with phones or anything like that though.

 

Being that I liked the Pulse's so much, I started my research with Sony and found a few interesting headsets, but none of them really clicked with me. Then I talked to one of my friends who suggested that I get V-Modas. I checked out their website and they seemed pretty cool, and they're definitely on my short list right now. I was mainly looking at the Crossfade LP1, Crossfade LP2, and the Crossfade M80. I've heard quite a lot of varying opinions about which are the best out of the bunch, so it'd be nice to know what you guys thought. While they're the ones that I'm highly considering though, I'm definitely open to other suggestions. I'm mostly just considering them because of my friend's suggestion.

 

I'm really sorry that I've been so all over the place, but I suppose that I best tell you what I'm looking for in my new headphones. I want them to be comfortable, have good sound quality, be over the ear (although on ear is OK if they're really comfortable), really durable, and somewhere between 70 and 200 bucks (preferably no more than 150). A nice design wouldn't hurt either. When I work out, I usually enjoy listening to music, so it would be nice if I could use them while working out, but they definitely don't need to be specialized in doing so as I'm most likely just going to be using them while walking around or taking the bus. It'd also be cool if the could isolate sound or be noise-canceling, and have not too much sound leakage, as I do listen to them on the bus pretty often. And I don't care about their gaming capabilities as my Sony Pulses already cover that. I listen to all sorts of music, ranging from classical to rock, to pop, to a bit of techno, and quite a lot of internet parodies. I also watch a ton of Youtube videos and even some Netflix on my phone. The only thing that I'm not too fond of is rap, or at least most of it. I enjoy some rap though, like ERB and Macklemore. Oh, right, and I have an HTC One. It'd be awesome, in fact a priority, for the headphones to have a microphone and volume controls on the cable. I haven't been able to find many headphones that are compatible like that with Android phones, although I have heard that some headphones, like the V-Modas, that have detachable cables, can use Android-specific cables.

 

In no particular order, here's a brief summary:

 

1) Durable

2) Nice sound quality

3) Comfortable

4) Preferably over ear, but on ear is OK if it's comfortable

5) Somewhere between 70 and 200 bucks but preferably below 150 bucks

6) Android compatible mic and volume controls (although if you can just hook up an android compatible cable to them without hurting the overall capabilities of the headphones, that would be amazing)

7) Nice design (Not necessary, but would be nice)

8) Capable of playing all sorts of music, and playing them well

9) It'd be nice if they could be used to work out with, but they don't need to specialize in it

10) It'd be cool if they isolated noise or were noise cancelling, but that's not necessary, but keeping them from leaking too much sound out is somewhat important as I use them in public places quite a lot.

 

Once again, I'm really sorry that this has been so scattered, but I'm writing this at 4 A.M... so yeah. It'd be absolutely awesome if you guys could help me, so thank you in advance, and have a great day!


Edited by Vegito - 1/11/14 at 2:16am
post #2 of 30

long writing there^

well I say try out the V-MODA headphones and see if you like it. I love the m-100

post #3 of 30

Did your English teachers ever write,

 

"Babbling on, condense your points, you talk too much."

 

On your essays lol, I used to write like this too don't worry. It depends whether you're getting into sound either for,

 

A. Enjoyment

B. Engineering

 

From what I skimmed over it looks like you fit into the A category. Like the dude above me said ^^^ the V MODA Crossfade's definitely seem like something you would fall in love with.

 

They are not too pricey and are awesome cans. I would also definitely look into purchasing some kind of DAC, as this should be a standard if you're going to use a quality headphone with a computer. Maybe an amp as well.

 

Good day.

post #4 of 30
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Originally Posted by thisissomebs View Post
 

Did your English teachers ever write,

 

"Babbling on, condense your points, you talk too much."

 

On your essays lol, I used to write like this too don't worry. It depends whether you're getting into sound either for,

 

A. Enjoyment

B. Engineering

 

From what I skimmed over it looks like you fit into the A category. Like the dude above me said ^^^ the V MODA Crossfade's definitely seem like something you would fall in love with.

 

They are not too pricey and are awesome cans. I would also definitely look into purchasing some kind of DAC, as this should be a standard if you're going to use a quality headphone with a computer. Maybe an amp as well.

 

Good day.

hmm ya^

just something like the audioquest dragonfly will do I think

post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 

@Jeff Y

@thisissomebs

 

Thanks for the responses. I still have a few questions though.

 

1) Between the different V-Modas, which do you believe would be the best for my purposes? As I said previously, I was looking pretty closely at the LP1, LP2, and M-80, but I wasn't sure which would be the best for me. Also, don't the M-100s cost around 300 dollars?

 

2) Do the V-Modas have/support cables that would have in-line mics, volume controls, and pausing capabilities that are compatible with android phones?

 

3) If they don't have the proper cables to use on an Android phone, what cables would be appropriate? You brought up the A category and the audio-quest dragon fly, but I was unsure what those were exactly. Are they just wires?

post #6 of 30
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Originally Posted by Vegito View Post
 

@Jeff Y

@thisissomebs

 

Thanks for the responses. I still have a few questions though.

 

1) Between the different V-Modas, which do you believe would be the best for my purposes? As I said previously, I was looking pretty closely at the LP1, LP2, and M-80, but I wasn't sure which would be the best for me. Also, don't the M-100s cost around 300 dollars?

 

2) Do the V-Modas have/support cables that would have in-line mics, volume controls, and pausing capabilities that are compatible with android phones?

 

3) If they don't have the proper cables to use on an Android phone, what cables would be appropriate? You brought up the A category and the audio-quest dragon fly, but I was unsure what those were exactly. Are they just wires?

 

The V-MODA's are sexy though, and they are so good. Definitely worth the buy.

post #7 of 30
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Originally Posted by thisissomebs View Post
 

 

The V-MODA's are sexy though, and they are so good. Definitely worth the buy.

 

Once again, which version do you suggest? I'd prefer them be no more than 200 dollars, and it would be even better if they were around 150 or less. And do they support the proper cables as I asked previously?

post #8 of 30

Dragonfly is a USB stick style DAC/amp, very small and portable, and nicely designed and built.  Highly recommend the 1.0 that you can pick up for $99.  I have both the 1.0 and 1.2 and I think the 1.2 is a little better, but not enough to get all excited about.

 

I also have V-Moda M-100 which I love, but they are not as comfortable as others and I put up with that because of the nice case, folding joints, and really solid bass that some of my overall better headphones lack.  I have not heard the other V-Moda models but you can find tons of opinions on them.

 

Lots of really decent headphones to be found at $200 or less, keep searching around here for ideas...

post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by Greggo View Post
 

Dragonfly is a USB stick style DAC/amp, very small and portable, and nicely designed and built.  Highly recommend the 1.0 that you can pick up for $99.  I have both the 1.0 and 1.2 and I think the 1.2 is a little better, but not enough to get all excited about.

 

I also have V-Moda M-100 which I love, but they are not as comfortable as others and I put up with that because of the nice case, folding joints, and really solid bass that some of my overall better headphones lack.  I have not heard the other V-Moda models but you can find tons of opinions on them.

 

Lots of really decent headphones to be found at $200 or less, keep searching around here for ideas...

 

Considering that my budget is around 200 dollars as a maximum, buying a 99 dollar object is kinda out of the question. Aren't there any cords that have the proper in-line controls for Android devices? I mean I saw a video where one of the V-Modas came with an Android cable, but it only had a mic on it (I think) but not any volume controls.

post #10 of 30

I'm not sure if it's possible to get a V-Moda cable with volume controls for Android devices: http://www.head-fi.org/t/636442/v-moda-crossfade-3-button-cable

 

IMO if you want to make volume control in the cable a top priority, you are sacrificing a lot of options. 

Ignore the people talking about the Dragonfly. It has to be plugged into a computer and won't work with a phone. 

post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

I'm not sure if it's possible to get a V-Moda cable with volume controls for Android devices: http://www.head-fi.org/t/636442/v-moda-crossfade-3-button-cable

 

IMO if you want to make volume control in the cable a top priority, you are sacrificing a lot of options. 

Ignore the people talking about the Dragonfly. It has to be plugged into a computer and won't work with a phone. 

 

It isn't a priority, but I'd like it. I'm primarily looking at the M-80s, and the LP2s at this point, and I've heard that the M-80s come with a cable that supports Android devices. Anyway, between the two headphones, which would better suit my needs in your opinion?

post #12 of 30

I haven't either one, but I did a quick search and the most specific and informative statement I found was 

"M-80 - Fantastic, audiophile-friendly sound signature with forward mids and a sight bass boost at the expense of comfort.

 

LP2 - Bass heavy, DJ oriented sound signature but much more comfortable due to circumaural design."

I'd probably get the M-80 unless you are a basshead or care a lot about comfort. It seems like the M-80 is on ear whereas the LP2 is over ear. 

post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

I haven't either one, but I did a quick search and the most specific and informative statement I found was 

"M-80 - Fantastic, audiophile-friendly sound signature with forward mids and a sight bass boost at the expense of comfort.

 

LP2 - Bass heavy, DJ oriented sound signature but much more comfortable due to circumaural design."

I'd probably get the M-80 unless you are a basshead or care a lot about comfort. It seems like the M-80 is on ear whereas the LP2 is over ear. 

 

Oh, and by the way, what's the difference between the M-80 and the V-80?

post #14 of 30
Thread Starter 

Bump.

post #15 of 30

Dude do your own research and stop asking us to spoonfeed you, we're here to help but not to answer every stupid question you have to ask. This forum is a wealth of information. With that being said, just go with this combination.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50WH-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B007GC4L7S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389513895&sr=8-2&keywords=audio+technica+ath-m50

 

^^^ Make sure you buy from an authorized retailer (AKA everyone listed here): http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/1e22eec97c088a8b/index.html

 

Also a good DAC that would support it with a built in AMP as well is this: http://www.amazon.com/FIIO-E17-Alpen-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0070UFMOW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389513966&sr=8-1&keywords=fiio+e17

 

Fits your budget well huh?

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