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In need if multi purpose headphones need some help choosing.

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ok, so I've been looking around for the past few days for a good pair of headphones, but I can't decide on one so I thought I'd ask the pros.

So here's my situation. I'm a gamer, mostly playing tf2, natural selection2, CSGO, gmod, super hexagon and a variety of indie titles. The type of music I listen to ranges from Jack Johnson, walk the earth, gorilaz, glitch mob, ratatat, Anamanaguchi and rusko. My budget is up to $200(ish) HEADPHONES MUST BE OVER EAR. Open or closed will do just fine, I love the feel of open, but I will be wearing these on the bus/ at school. Bass is preferred, just not too much. Overall I want sound quality and build quality at the top.(for the price) sorry if this was wordy. tongue.gif anyway, thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this/help me.

-Schwizzle ;3
post #2 of 16

You don't want open back on a bus.

You do want open back for gaming.

 

You're going to have to choose.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kraken2109 View Post

You don't want open back on a bus.
You do want open back for gaming.

You're going to have to choose.

Love the looks of open back, love the feel, love being able to communicate with people with them on. **** the bus I'll just go finally get my drivers lisance. OPEN BACK IT IS!!! (Note two of my friends have the hd 558's I don't like to have the same thing as other people, so if we could avoid those that would be great.)
post #4 of 16
Hi,

Shure Srh-840 and Soundmagic HP-100 are great closed back contenders!

If you want open back headphones you can read about Sony ma900s, I've read good things about them. You should also consider Pioneer Se A1000 which are really cheap nowadays, have WIDE soundstage, very good build quality and comfort.

Best Luck!
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post

Hi,

Shure Srh-840 and Soundmagic HP-100 are great closed back contenders!

If you want open back headphones you can read about Sony ma900s, I've read good things about them. You should also consider Pioneer Se A1000 which are really cheap nowadays, have WIDE soundstage, very good build quality and comfort.

Best Luck!

Thanks! Most of those aren't really my preference for style, but the pioneer and sound magic are ones I will look more in depth to.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
What are your thoughts on the 598's?
post #7 of 16

I can't talk much about them, Hd598 are indeed pretty good headphones, they have good soundstage, forward mids and soft highs. Most people tend to agree that bass is lacking in quantity. There is a quite simple mod that (based on what people say) make HD558 sound similar to HD598.

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
What of the dt880 and 990's?
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Schwizzle View Post

What of the dt880 and 990's?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/700951/looking-for-the-best-over-ear-headphones-with-strong-bass-and-crisp-clear-mids-and-highs

 

Posts #3 and #15

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
I've decided on the 880 pro, because I like the semi openness and the coiled cable. So I have one last question. What portable amp should I get? (The cheaper the better)
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Schwizzle View Post

I've decided on the 880 pro, because I like the semi openness and the coiled cable. So I have one last question. What portable amp should I get? (The cheaper the better)


Fiio E07K.

If you can't afford it, you can also consider Fiio E11, but E07K is definitely a better pick.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post


Fiio E07K.
If you can't afford it, you can also consider Fiio E11, but E07K is definitely a better pick.

Oh damn! I was thinking about the e5/6! What are the benifits of these ones?
Edited by Schwizzle - 1/25/14 at 8:48pm
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Schwizzle View Post


Oh damn! I was thinking about the e5/6! What are the benifits of this one?


Well, DT880 250 Ohm versions impedance graph goes up to 310 Ohms, that means you need higher voltage to reach the same volume vs low impedance headphones. Fiio E6 is not really powerful, Fiio E11 is about 1,8 times more powerful than E6. If you have to max out the gain of your amp, you would get more distortion and you loose sound quality.

 

E07K is even more powerful than E11, can work while charging, and also has a built in quality DAC and nice EQ options. When E07K in connected to a laptop or desktop computer via USB, the computer audio chip or sound card is bypassed and you can use both DAC and Amp funcionalities, getting even better sound quality.

 

At its price point E07K performance is unmatched.

post #14 of 16

DT880s are neutral headphones, just a tad on the bright side (not really fun sounding for most -non audiophile- people I know) and don't have much bass if you compare them with most closed back headphones. If you don't want to spend all that money in DT880 + Fiio E07K, you should consider buying Takstar's Hi-2050, which are a lot cheaper, don't need extra amplification and sound similar to DT880. If you like their sound signature, once you decide to get an upgrade you can consider DT880.

 

Takstars build quality is also very good.

 

Neither of this two headphones provide any isolation, so both are terrible for the bus.

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post

DT880s are neutral headphones, just a tad on the bright side (not really fun sounding for most -non audiophile- people I know) and don't have much bass if you compare them with most closed back headphones. If you don't want to spend all that money in DT880 + Fiio E07K, you should consider buying Takstar's Hi-2050, which are a lot cheaper, don't need extra amplification and sound similar to DT880. If you like their sound signature, once you decide to get an upgrade you can consider DT880.

Takstars build quality is also very good.

Neither of this two headphones provide any isolation, so both are terrible for the bus.

****. I think ill just get the m80's for now and get open backs later.

EDIT: m50's* or possibly the vmodda lp's but there also the dt770... What say you?
Edited by Schwizzle - 1/26/14 at 9:23am
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