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Looking to replace ATH-M50s, 220 dollar budget

post #1 of 9
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HIya,

 

    I'm looking to replace my ATH-M50s that I've had for the past year. I love them, but they just aren't doing it for me anymore. I'm setting aside 220 dollars with the upcoming tax returns, and plan on buying some nicer headphones this year. I've been looking at AKG Q701s, and I found DT990 pro 250 OHMs for around 145 on amazon.  I would be powering these with my pioneer SX424.  I like a colorful sound, with warm sounds, and clean bass, but not so much that it rattles your head (The bass knob on my amp is always one notch below flat because of the M50s massive bass).  I mainly listen to indie pop, disco, and IDM.  Although I do like house music, and complextro.

 

Thanks for any help.

post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 

Bump

post #3 of 9

Hey PatrickJadwin,

 

Would the phones be open or closed? What is the full range of your budget? 

 

In any case, some great open phones for the price are the Sennheiser HD 558/598, the Grado SR225i, the Audio Technica ATH-AD900x, the Hifiman HE-300 and the Beyerdynamic DT880.

 

Some good closed phones for the price are the Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii, Beyerdynamic T50p, Beyerdynamic DT770 and perhaps a used Denon D2000.

 

Cheers,

Garraty

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

They would have to be open, or semi open.  What is the general opinion on the DT990s? Are they better than Q701s?

post #5 of 9

I wouldn't really recommend the DT990's based on what I've heard about them. They seem to have emphasized bass and a lot of treble, not to say they're bad of course, but that should be a warning. The Q701 have been said to have a lack of bass for some, particularly sub-bass as well as the necessity of a good amp but has great detail, clarity and soundstage along with a good build quality. Hope I helped!

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

I hear the 880s have a bit less emphasis on the sub bass, and have a warmer mid range?

post #7 of 9

Yes, the DT880 do have a rather warm sound and some find the bass not present enough for their tastes. Based on your preferences, another great phone would be the Hifiman HE-300's.(very warm with great bass) The other phones I mentioned above don't seem to have the exact quantities of bass you want.

 

I don't think there's too many options here at this price point for an over-ear warm phone with bass with a bit of punch and extends low without some faults. If you can scrape up some extra money, last time I looked on eBay, there was a pair of HE-400's for $305.00! The HE-400's have brilliant bass with a warm sound and somewhat sibilant treble that can easily be fixed by mods. (look up for Jerg's mods in the threads!) Hope I helped!

 

EDIT: I found on eBay that the $305 HE-400's were no longer there, but there is still a seller for $329 new. It's still a good deal, but mint and like new deals are good too.


Edited by Garraty - 1/21/14 at 3:33pm
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Alright, thank you! I think I'm going to go with the DT880s because I have been trying to get out of the whole bass head phase.

post #9 of 9

You're welcome! I hope you have a good phone experience with the DT880's. (with a good amp, of course ;)) PM me about the phones, I'd love to hear your take on it!

 

Cheers,

Garraty

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