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Full-Size Headphones recommendations (HipHop-Rap) [£100-£125]

post #1 of 19
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Its my birthday next week looking at getting an upgrade, my budget is around £100 - 125. If an AMP is worth the extra money to get more juice out of it i'll be happy to buy a desktop one. I generally listen to all different sub-genres of hip-hop/rap alot of 90s and more modern with similar beats like new york style.. A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, MF Doom, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Nas, Wu Tang, Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar.. etc. 

 

The reason I don't want to spend much is because I'm looking at getting a bookshelf speaker setup in the future..  I was recommended the Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro but they start off at £200 over here which is a bit out of my price range.. Can anyone give me a few recommendations?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 19
The DT880 is better than the DT990, IMO but the DT 990 has more bass and treble.

Id go for a closed headphone, since they provide more bass. Consider:
ES FC300
Martin Logan Mikros 90
V-Moda M80
UE6000
MDR 1R

I out of those, I like the ES FC300 and Martin Logan the most since they're basically great at every genre and on a technical level I feel both are superior, but the others aren't far behind.
post #3 of 19
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The ES FC300 has a much nicer design, but its still only £100. Would i benefit from getting a portable/desktop amp to go with these?

post #4 of 19
You can, since they do benefit from amping, though it isn't essential. I'd buy them first then decide.
post #5 of 19
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They seem a bit commercial, i see them in supermarkets over here. But i can pick them up for £100 which is not bad. How do you think they compare with beat solos? 

post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

You can, since they do benefit from amping, though it isn't essential. I'd buy them first then decide.

What about the Ultrasone HFI-2400 or SENNHEISER HD558?

post #7 of 19
Never heard the 2400, but the HD558 is definitely not suitable with anything that requires good bass. The FC 300 and Martin Logan are far better.
post #8 of 19
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I got this pair yesterday I've got to say I'm not impressed at all. These are definantly not made for any type of hip-hop.. maybe one two albums being the exception. I tried M4As & FLACS.

1) The sound clarity with instruments is really good electronic/house type was incredible!

2) Tried all types of hip hop from 90s to now. Vocals sound flat, kind of
'earie' in a way. Not much bass punch and when kicks sounds horrible.

3) Tried various setups iTunes/VLC. Changing the EQ and compressor settings brings out the bass highs/lows somewhat. The majority of my music didn't have me feeling amazed. A little better with my Android using ViperFX mod.. My Future Sonic Atrios IEMs sound much better overall though

3) If I wear them for over at hour it is discomforting.

I think I'm going to return them... As an AMP probably won't help will it.
Edited by Datastream - 1/31/14 at 9:54am
post #9 of 19
What headphones are you talking about?
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
The FC300s
post #11 of 19
I think they're defective. My first pair was defective. I got a replacement pair two days later.
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
How did you make that assumption?
post #13 of 19
The FC300 has a ton of bass (emphasized). My first pair I bought had a similar problem. They sounded horrible. I got them replaced and they sound wonderful. I pretty much had the same issue.
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
How much bass exactly, similar to how beat solos thump? And What about vocals.. Was there bass even when plugged into your computer soundcard?
Edited by Datastream - 1/31/14 at 10:35am
post #15 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Datastream View Post

How much bass exactly, similar to how beat solos thump? And What about vocals.. Was there bass even when plugged into your computer soundcard?

The source wouldn't matter unless you have a horrible sound card.  If you listen to horrible recordings, that could be why.

 

They have less bass than the solos.  Not that much less bass though.  Way tighter though.  Try slamming the cups on your ears more.  They're probably defective, but a bad seal could be the result.  Does the sound sound unfocused?

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