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post #1 of 15
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Hi, my cheapo plantronics headset broke, only one side works. I'm looking for a new headphone+mic combo. I don't use the headphone a lot, only when I'm making a phone call or watching movies and listening to music at night when the wife is asleep. I mostly listen to my M-Audio Av40 on my desktop. I listen to all sorts of music. I've did some searching and narrow down a few headphones, but can't decided which. Please help. I'm planning to pair it with a zalman mic, which is cheap and cheerful. My budget is around £100-£130 Here is the list.

 

1)  Audio Technica M50 £109 (amazon)

2) BRAINWAVZ HM5 £72.50 (amazon)

3) Ultrasone HFI-580 £119 (amazon)

4) Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 80ohm £131 (amazon)

 

Currently I'm leaning to HM5 because its cheap and add £10 for zalman mic, I'm good to go. Only grips I have is that I don't like the look and its huge. Do you guys have other recommendations? Should I go for it. Thanks.

post #2 of 15
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No UK peeps here?

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Found DT770 Pro for £119.

 

Which you guys think is bang for buck?

post #4 of 15

A700x , sounds amazing.

post #5 of 15

AKG K612 pro is by far the best you'll find for £120 if you can use open cans.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Sam21: those are quite pricey here. Not bang for buck

 

Kraken2109: I rather get closed. Don't want to wake the wife.

post #7 of 15
Creative Aurvana Live! are excellent sounding, cheap and very comfortable. Better value than the others you listed.
post #8 of 15
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Thanks sinnottj, I see you have a Aurvana for sale :)

post #9 of 15

Sorry, that wasn't very subtle was it :wink:

 

They are very good headphones though!

post #10 of 15

AKG K550 are worth looking at.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by sinnottj View Post
 

Sorry, that wasn't very subtle was it :wink:

 

They are very good headphones though!

Out of interest why are you selling them if you like them so much? Do you just have no use for them in your current headphone collection?

I am considering buying the CALs. How would you describe the sound? Are they more bass-focused, or treble focused? Would you call them aggressive or laid back cans?

Thanks. 

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by halehaler View Post

Out of interest why are you selling them if you like them so much? Do you just have no use for them in your current headphone collection?


I am considering buying the CALs. How would you describe the sound? Are they more bass-focused, or treble focused? Would you call them aggressive or laid back cans?


Thanks. 

You're spot on ... They're a very good pair of headphones, it's just that I have some even better pairs in my collection. As such, I never get around to listening to them ... I've decided to sell off the gear I don't use regularly, rather than have it sitting in a drawer!

They have a slightly 'v' shaped sound - mild emphasis on both bass and highs - and are more 'fun' sounding than laid back. Not particularly aggressive, though. Good for most types of music, really. Also very comfortable to wear! This is one of the best reviews I've read of them: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate
post #13 of 15
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I just tested out the K550 at superfi, the bass is really soft and generally sounds soft (I was holding the headphone tight to my ears, I heard that fitting is an issue). The shop assisant tested it on his phone. He then ask me to test sen momentums (on ear version). It was boom boom boom and highs are very bright. I even asked him if it was the same song that he was playing with the k550. Eventhough the K550 was on sale, from £250 to £124, I don't think I'll go for it. I'm gonna order the beyer dt770 to try out.

post #14 of 15

For cans like the K550, you have to test them extensively with your own song list and some time for you to digest it. For the £109 I paid for it on amazon, they are definitely very much worth it. The detail and accuracy ... it's worth losing a bit of in-ur-face bass for the clarity and the revealing nature of these cans (its bass is actually very accurate and solid, just not overwhelming). If you had an hour to try the K550 and compare it with the other cans, I'm sure you'll know what I mean. I compared them to the M50's, Alessandro MS1i, and Denon 1100. They lack the bass that any of the other headphones have, but none of them can even compare in the detail, sound separation and soundstage (even more so than the MS1i which are open cans ...). I especially enjoy the K550 with acoustic songs or songs that have great vocals. It's amazing! Totally recommend the K550! 

post #15 of 15

If it turns out you don't like dt770 check out digitech pro monitors. It's same as hm5 but a lot cheaper. Only £27.25. Downside is that it ships from australia. If I recall shipping fee is around 8£ 

 

http://jaycar.co.uk/productView.asp?ID=AA2065&w=headphones&form=KEYWORD

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