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post #16 of 37
Thread Starter 

I hear the grades are 

 

1. not durable

2. not comfortable

 

is this true?

post #17 of 37
Grados ime are durable, but definitely not comfortable.

The AD900x is durable, though not Beyer durable.
post #18 of 37
Thread Starter 

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EDIT

 

okay, **** it. There's more reviews for the beyers. More reviews = more reliable data. (HA! statistics professor would be proud. nope)  They just look so comfortable.  between the dt770 and the dt880, is the huge jump in price worth it?

 

NEW DEVELOPMENT: I have to get one that's drivable with a laptop/ipod. The misses doesn't want me even thinking about researching amping. SO, between the 770 and the 880, is the 880 worth the 349 dollar price tag vs the 179 dollars for the 770? 

 

I don't particularly care about the money. I just want to get what I pay for. I'm terrified of spending almost 400 dollars and having a driver die on me right away. Or (actually, worse) putting them on and discovering they sound too much like the HD-25s. 

 

…and while we're at it, what about the 990s? I know they have the v-shape but they are fully open back and I'm wondering if they are a nice middle ground between the two. I really only listen to ambient/industrial/funeral doom/instrumental stuff at home. 


Edited by darwinvsjesus - 2/3/14 at 9:23pm
post #19 of 37

I think AD900x is newer version of AD900.

It's comfortable, and from what I read, durable.

 

I must say, durability is not very very important if you're looking for home use.

 

Grado headphones is known -love it or hate it- thing. Actually, I find them not that uncomfortable. I have SR80i. At that price, sound quality and detail level is astonishing. But everyone's different, some find them uncomfortable. Sure it's not super comfy, but I think it's not that bad.

 

Beyerdynamic headphones are surely durable. Between 770-880; I have 770 pro 32ohm version and I must say it's great. Warm, a little bassy sound with detailed but not harsh treble. And it's very easy to drive.

 

I don't know about 880, my friend auditioned them in a store and said it's very good. Premium versions is more comfortable than 770 pros, and soundstage-detail has to be better than 770, because it's open back. But it does not have 32ohm version, and you must have an amp to reach their full capabilities.

post #20 of 37
Thread Starter 
There is indeed a 32ohn version of both the 880 and 990. I'm learning toward the 990. I like the idea of open back. I like the idea of extra bass, since I listen to a lot of ambient/industrial and Am even getting Into dubstep a bit. I actually prefer recessed/laid back mids, and so it genuinely seems like a good fit. Hopefully it's different than my senns. Plus they are 100 dollars cheaper than the 880, but they have a higher msrp. Better deal? I'll have another week to decide before actually order them. What kind of warranty does beyerdynamic offer ?
Edited by darwinvsjesus - 2/4/14 at 1:19am
post #21 of 37

2 year warranty.

 

990's are v-shaped headphones, recessed mids and lots of bass and treble. If you think that's the kind of sound you're looking for, then why not? It's just personal preference.

post #22 of 37
Thread Starter 

NEW DEVELOPMENT.

 

 

My sennheiser HD 25-1 ii are so ******* uncomfortable.  REALLY. They sound so good. But they are killing me

 

Also, I totally have misophonia. I go absolutely bat**** mental whenever I hear stupid people noises.  Today I'm studying in the library, my senns are killing my ears. I have to take them off. I have to. Girl in the next cubicle is chewing gum. It is a struggled not to put my fist through the window. I was there for 8 hours. Got no work gone.

 

 

So I need something I can take to school (not open back), durable, and the rest. I'm thinking about the 770s, but for the record, my budget has increased a bit. Anything?

post #23 of 37
Oh you've stepped into cursed waters. The closed portable market contains tons of competitors. ($200-300)
Martin Logan Mikros 90: Pretty much the best portable at really everything but soundstage ime, but I doubt you'd believe it looking at the price. Just saying, they isolate extremely well. They are pretty much neutral and are unforgiving of bad recordings.

The Sennheiser Momentum-Warm
ES FC300-slight u shaped signature
Focal Spirit One-dark
Sony MDR 1RMK2
NAD VISO HP50
V-Moda M100-bass heavy
Thinksound On1
AKG K545

To get you started. Haven't heard the HD25.
post #24 of 37
Thread Starter 

Yeah I really like the v-modas. I like the presentation, I like the case, and everything else. Here's a few songs that capture the type of music I'm listening to.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnYmn0bgyTQ&list=PLNVuz_4mg9EPWE412DRilvbswgJbfcubT&index=3  notice the dubstep-esque bass drops in the middle. I quite like these. Never realized this before. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQjtflhV02A&list=PLKtI6DyKnYmPLfjRTllk2P8L5vcLpWIl1&index=3

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfLYMcMqvbs

 

 

This is basically my study music.

 

 

I also listen to stuff like this

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3vQ7q1mH3A

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvqa3CuHDZw

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSJlDlCirvY

 

 

I know the v-modas aren't probably great for stuff like iron and wine, elliot smith, whatever. Lately i've been mainly listening to electronic and ambient. plus I still have my senns, which, while not comfortable, sound great and are quite neutral. They handle everything fine. I would like to enhance the ambient/electronic stuff and I wonder if stuff like Ahab would benefit from the same kind of sound signature.

 

 

So based on this and durability, detachable cable, portability. The v-modas are a win, or they look like one. Despite portability, I think I want over-ear instead of on-ear. Definitely something new. 

 

And I constantly have to fiddle with the senns. I guess I have a big head.  They just don't ever feel like they are on right or secure. They hurt the tops of my ears, which are not big by any means. 

 

So yeah. V-modas really seem like a good choice.  

post #25 of 37

So, now you are searching for an outdoors headphone right?

post #26 of 37
Thread Starter 

not really an outdoors phone, but a phone I can take to school that I won't have to constantly fiddle with/adjust. The HD 25s never feel secure on my head.

 

I'll buy super nice indoor phones later. But I really need something I can take to school so I can get some work done.

post #27 of 37

Is isolation important for you? If it is, you can get a Noise Cancelling headphone, or you can simply get an in ear monitor. 

post #28 of 37

Take a look at Sony MDR-1RNC.

 

These are over the ear, have detachable cable, very comfortable, solid built, and noise cancelling. Perfect for outside.


Edited by Virtu Fortuna - 2/5/14 at 2:45pm
post #29 of 37
Thread Starter 

Isolation is important. As I stated previously, I have misophonia. This becomes a real problem in the library at school. The Sennheisers provide adequate isolation with the pleather ear pads, but they just can't be worn comfortably. I was hoping for an over-hear phone but I'll check your suggestions out. One thing I am is open-minded. No suggestion will be ignored.

 

I am going to demo the v-moda m100 tomorrow at brookstone. I'll also see what else they have. Based on their construction and the fact that they fold and fit into a neat little case, they are my top choice. Here's why, specifically:

 

1. I am messy and disorganized. I'm working on it. I tend to keep my HD-25s in a basket where we keep my dogs harness and leash, because they are mostly worn outside. The v-modas come with a case so I can store them very neatly. 

2. I'm guessing if the sound signature is good for electronic music (which is really love lately) it's also gotta be good for funeral doom metal. 

3. The comfort problem I have with the sennheisers is directly related to one thing. The left driver/cup is quite loose on the headband and doesn't stay up very well. It slides down, and so I am constantly adjusting it, and I can't wear them properly.  Over-ear phones will solve this problem. I'm aware of the comfort issues some people talk about with the v-modas. Glad I can try them on at the store. I don't have big ears by any stretch, and they also don't stick out at all, so I think they will be okay. 

4. They look like they could sustain a shotgun blast. (hyperbole police just wrote me a ticket for using an exaggeration like this). 

 

Truth be told, I have ADHD. I really don't organize myself well. I tend to me messy and thoughtless with a lot of stuff when I don't intend to. So the durability factor and storability factor, while not a deal-breaker, is an enormously enticing prospect. 

 

Otherwise I'm considering the dt770. As much as I want open-back cans, I just can't wear my Sennheisers for long stretches of study time. 

 

So, I'll report back later. In the meantime, thanks everyone for helping me out so much.


Edited by darwinvsjesus - 2/7/14 at 11:24am
post #30 of 37
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Originally Posted by darwinvsjesus View Post
 

NEW DEVELOPMENT.

 

 

My sennheiser HD 25-1 ii are so ******* uncomfortable.  REALLY. They sound so good. But they are killing me

 

Also, I totally have misophonia. I go absolutely bat**** mental whenever I hear stupid people noises.  Today I'm studying in the library, my senns are killing my ears. I have to take them off. I have to. Girl in the next cubicle is chewing gum. It is a struggled not to put my fist through the window. I was there for 8 hours. Got no work gone.

 

 

So I need something I can take to school (not open back), durable, and the rest. I'm thinking about the 770s, but for the record, my budget has increased a bit. Anything?

 

I feel your pain, lots of noises like that really kill me (didn't used to, of course I have little kids and they make all sorts of noises and tend to be loud about it, too). Been using closed headphones for a while but they aren't cutting it for all the unnerving noises at home so I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts on anything you end up trying as I've started my own search on something much more isolating than my HFI-580s to hopefully help my own sanity. :dt880smile:

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