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Asking for help in search of portable headphones

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to find a pair of portable headphones that will suit my needs.

First I'll mention I'm not an audiophile,
but I love music very much and I'm used to exellent sound quality since I currently own the Vsonic GR01 IEM's, which I listen to daily a couple of years now.

I just LOVE the Vsonic's sound,
they're balanced and pretty much neutral sounding, details and instruments separation are exellent.

Suddenly my ears began to suffer with IEM's, they ''get blocked'' after a short time and the pressure is killing me, sound quality thrown to the trash in this situation. Same thing with all sizes of eartips, so I guess that's it for me with IEM's and time to use over the ear headphones.

My needs from the headphones:
-In terms of sound quality I would like a pretty similar sound signature as the Vsonic's.
I listen mainly to metal and rock, including classic rock, and a little bit of chillstep.
Very basically - as I said, I think a high detailed neutral balanced sound, with not too strong, acurrate bass is what I want.
-Comfort wise I think only over the ear design will be comfortable for me, and my ears are pretty big so the headphones should be big enough.
My pc gaming headphones are on ear and it's really uncomfortable for me, even tough most people who reviewed them said they're comfortable.
-I'm going to use them outside and in busses,
so good isolation and a little sound leakage are important.
-I'll use them with my samsung galaxy note only, no amp.

Hope I'm not forgetting anything.
*Budget is up to 300$ max, including shipping.
I just want to mention I've read a lot of reviews and threads, but still can't find the one.
Also I have no access to try and wear anything anywhere in my country.

Audio Technica ATH-M50 seems nice but the non detachable cable is bothering me, and I have no time to wait for the new version with the detachable cable.

Maybe Beyerdynamic custom one pro,
but I'm not sure about their sound detail, instruments separation and soundstage.
And basically if they're good enough.

AKG K545 seems nice too but I think that their earpads are too small for my ears.

Would like to get your suggestions cause I'm suffering with my IEM's meanwhile lol
Thanks alot!
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 
Anyone?
post #3 of 8

I am not sure which VSONIC IEM you are talking about but if its the GR07BE then maybe you can try the NAD VISO HP50, they are similar sound wise.

post #4 of 8

So you're looking for closed, over ear for metal and rock at under $300.

 

I don't recommend ATH-M50 because the treble is metallic and thin. String instruments didn't sound right; neither will an electric guitar. They also have shallow earcups: the tips of my ears were touching the dust covers and I hate that.

 

The closed model I enjoy the most, SRH840, isn't neutral. It has a V-shaped sound that is warm and inviting, and it's sufficiently resolving. I haven't enjoyed any other V-shaped models because some range always ends up being too prominent and they're hard to listen to at low volumes. I tested SRH840 with several genres and instruments, and it played everything well. I tried it with some old trash metal and it sound just fine. Versatility is important in a portable because it's impractical to carry more than one. It doesn't strictly need an amp, but sounds better with one as does almost every model You'll like it that the cable is detachable. The only problem with it is that the headband isn't padded enough, but you can mod it to being comfortable by cutting out a heavy piece of rubber and replacing it with foam, such as an HD650 headband.

 

I've almost talked myself into buying one by writing this. I hope you find something that sounds great.

post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by KamijoIsMyHero View Post
 

I am not sure which VSONIC IEM you are talking about but if its the GR07BE then maybe you can try the NAD VISO HP50, they are similar sound wise.

 

He said GR01 quite clearly.  It has a laid-back and analytical sound according ljokerl.  A bit warm, too.

 

greenEK, M50 might be close, especially after swapping the earpads with different, but compatible, ones.

 

SRH840 is another that might be similar yet warmer in sound, although I greatly dislike its flabby bass.  Its treble can suck a bit depending on the music.

 

I would add DT770Pro (80-ohm) to the list of considerations, but you would have to go through several DT770Pros to obtain one with tight bass and smooth treble.

 

I recommend giving UE6000 a go, it might be to your liking.  Accurate, smooth, laid-back, it can seem underwhelming at first listen (same goes for SRH840), but give it time and you may end up loving it.

 

Going by what I've read around here, K550/551/545 and the Momentum on-ears (smaller than the original Momentum) might by right up your alley.

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post
 

 

He said GR01 quite clearly.  It has a laid-back and analytical sound according ljokerl.  A bit warm, too.

 

greenEK, M50 might be close, especially after swapping the earpads with different, but compatible, ones.

 

SRH840 is another that might be similar yet warmer in sound, although I greatly dislike its flabby bass.  Its treble can suck a bit depending on the music.

 

I would add DT770Pro (80-ohm) to the list of considerations, but you would have to go through several DT770Pros to obtain one with tight bass and smooth treble.

 

I recommend giving UE6000 a go, it might be to your liking.  Accurate, smooth, laid-back, it can seem underwhelming at first listen (same goes for SRH840), but give it time and you may end up loving it.

 

Going by what I've read around here, K550/551/545 and the Momentum on-ears (smaller than the original Momentum) might by right up your alley.

Oh lol I glossed through the intro but not his requirements

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks alot guys.

SRH840 are pretty old looking, and I heard about the bass too.

UE6000 are too bassy, don't they?

Didn't knew about over-ear Momentum's, but they are still too small.

I think I'll get the K545,
they seems pretty awesome by reviews.
Might as well get the hm5 earpads.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by greenEK View Post

Thanks alot guys.

SRH840 are pretty old looking, and I heard about the bass too.

UE6000 are too bassy, don't they?

Didn't knew about over-ear Momentum's, but they are still too small.

I think I'll get the K545,
they seems pretty awesome by reviews.
Might as well get the hm5 earpads.

 

I did not find UE6000 very bassy when I auditioned them.  Then again, the only headphone that I had on hand for comparison was my T50p, which is bordering on bass monster.

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