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Easy to drive <$300 Open Ear Can recommendations for first time user?

post #1 of 15
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Actually for my girlfriend; will be used primarily for home use.

She listens to virtually ALL genres: hip-hop, electronic, rock, classical, jazz, etc...so something that can handle a little of everything would be ideal.

 

Also, I just don't have the money for an amp right now so would like got her to be able to drive this straight from her ipod/iphone.

 

I'm thinking maybe the Senn 598's. Agree or other rec?

 

Thanks for reading.

post #2 of 15

Um...  Right off the top of my head, I'd say a pair of NAD Viso HP50?  They aren't open, but do sound pretty darn good ;)  She may also enjoy something alone the lines of the V-Moda M-100, although they are a little more than 300 and again aren't open.  They are a little on the bassy side though.  Another suggestion would also be a Focal Spirit One headphones.  They should fit the bill for what your GF may be looking for.  It really depends on what her sound preference is ;) Those are of course, what I've heard.

 

Other suggestions that I haven't heard would be: PSB M4U 1 and HiFiMan HE-300.  There are others too, but that's all I can think up of off the top of my head.  Oh yeah, the UE 6000 may also be worth looking into. 


Edited by tinyman392 - 1/12/14 at 3:45pm
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post
 

Um...  Right off the top of my head, I'd say a pair of NAD Viso HP50?  They aren't open, but do sound pretty darn good ;)  She may also enjoy something alone the lines of the V-Moda M-100, although they are a little more than 300 and again aren't open.  They are a little on the bassy side though.  Another suggestion would also be a Focal Spirit One headphones.  They should fit the bill for what your GF may be looking for.  It really depends on what her sound preference is ;) Those are of course, what I've heard.

 

Other suggestions that I haven't heard would be: PSB M4U 1 and HiFiMan HE-300.  There are others too, but that's all I can think up of off the top of my head.  Oh yeah, the UE 6000 may also be worth looking into. 

Although I appreciate your reply, other than the HiFiMans, not one of your recommendations is open ear.

post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by kwitel View Post
 

Although I appreciate your reply, other than the HiFiMans, not one of your recommendations is open ear.

 

I was aware of that, I actually stated that :p 

post #5 of 15

Sony MDR-MA900 is open can with amazing sound and soundstage.

post #6 of 15

The 598s are a jack-of-all-trades, and won't sound lackluster with any genre you throw at it. It won't sound harsh with modern poorly-mastered albums either. They're also very comfortable. The only thing I don't like is the looks, but some find the headphones to look very classy. Highly recommended!

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The 598s are a jack-of-all-trades, and won't sound lackluster with any genre you throw at it. It won't sound harsh with modern poorly-mastered albums either. They're also very comfortable. The only thing I don't like is the looks, but some find the headphones to look very classy. Highly recommended!

 

Thanks Hedonism.

 

The looks are definitely a problem for me but am honestly not sure what she'd think.

Maybe since she would only use them at home it wouldn't be the biggest deal...

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Any other suggestions?

 

Was thinking maybe the AKG 701/702's?

 

But am worried that she will have a hard time driving them with just an IPOD?

post #9 of 15
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Any other suggestions?

Was thinking maybe the AKG 701/702's?

But am worried that she will have a hard time driving them with just an IPOD?

I don't own a pair of the Q/K 701/702, but have read and heard the following;

They require an amp to do their best, they are very good for classical music, but not so good with rock, pop, rap and other styles.

Perhaps someone who owns a set can give more insight.
post #10 of 15

DT990 32 ohm - $250

post #11 of 15
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I don't own a pair of the Q/K 701/702, but have read and heard the following;

They require an amp to do their best, they are very good for classical music, but not so good with rock, pop, rap and other styles.

Perhaps someone who owns a set can give more insight.

Thanks Marone. I have read reviews that allude to the same thing.

 

So...what is the Jack of All Trades in this price range?

Maybe I should look at the 595? (assuming I can still get one). They look a heck of alot better than the 598's and apparently they handle a wide range of musical genres.

 

Sonido-dont know much about the 990's but will look into them.

post #12 of 15
I used my K702 through my phone a few times and it was passable. It sounded rather veiled, but it wasn't the train wreck people here make it out to be. I loved the MA900 I demoed through my phone though; I'd hope it would improve with some more power, but I was quite surprised by how easy it was to drive.
post #13 of 15

If not the HD598, the HD558 will be more than satisfactory. There's even a mod available that takes the HD558 to extremely close to the HD598 in performance. Plus, the black looks a lot better.

post #14 of 15

For a more neutral sound the DT880 32 ohm is better. It's generally more well-regarded than DT990 on here. Also looks better imo. It's $300 after coupon from Razordog Audio.

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Ok, I think I am going to go with the 32 ohm DT 990's.

They seem to be a relative jack-of-all-trades and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

Easy to drive as well; seems like a good starter set.

 

Thanks to all for your input.

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