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German Maestro's or an Alternative Reccomendation ?

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Hello, this is my first post, so if I'm doing something the wrong way please let me know.  Now, to the topic.  For some time I've been researching high quality headphones for under $250 and maybe slightly above that price range.  I've been taking interest in a pair of German Maestro GMP 8.35 D Monitor headphones.  All reviews rave about their sound quality being neutral and overall clean and clear.  I've also seen many other headphones that seem to come near them or may surpass them in sound quality.  This is my first pair of over ear headphones that I'm really serious about.  I'm also new to producing on the computer in FL Studio.  I want a headphone that can be used as a pair of monitors and be enjoyable for casual listening to genres such as Indie, Jazz, and Electronic (I know quite hard to balance all those out in one headphone).  So, help me out and let me know whether I'm in the right by going for the GMPs, or maybe send some better recommendations my way. Thanks.

post #2 of 10

Not everyone is super high on all aspects of the Maestros.  See:

 

http://www.headfonia.com/the-doppelganger-german-maestro-8-35d/

 

At $250 or less there are a number excellent cans, such as the DT 880 and Q701.  I suggest that you look around a bit, starting with the Buyer's Guide linked on the opening page of this thread.  First decide if you need closed cans.

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Thank you for informing me on the guide, definitely a great place to start and narrow down decisions.

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I would say the GMP is a great choice... I very much disagree with a lot of reviews on headfonia.  A lot of the points made about sound signatures are pretty accurate but my opinion of things have varied greatly with theirs. 

 

with the gmp you will have a set to last for a lifetime, great bass texture, only average bass quantity, and good extension. You will also have a good balanced sound. But there are better now in sound quality.... the yamaha hph mt220, spirit pro, sony mdr 7520 may be even better for what you are looking for. I loved the germans balance and sound but again there are better. I would buy them again for build and isolation alone though. 

 

So you are on the right track with them but its worth browsing around looking as well. I will say that for 250 dollars you will not do better than the yamaha hph mt220.

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Alright, looks like I have a lot of fishing around to do, but as of now my price range has decreased unfortunately.  I found a pair of Shure SRH840s for $150, are they worth going for? From the many review I've read it looks like they vary from outstanding opinions to the complete opposite.  Although this is probably because of different reviewers having better knowledge and better quality headphones that are way above their level. For $150 are they worth it? I know there are many HPs within that range that could all be worth mentioning but that seems like it could take forever

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Originally Posted by MikaleMaurer View Post
 

Alright, looks like I have a lot of fishing around to do, but as of now my price range has decreased unfortunately.  I found a pair of Shure SRH840s for $150, are they worth going for? From the many review I've read it looks like they vary from outstanding opinions to the complete opposite.  Although this is probably because of different reviewers having better knowledge and better quality headphones that are way above their level. For $150 are they worth it? I know there are many HPs within that range that could all be worth mentioning but that seems like it could take forever

There are a lot of reasons to like them but personally I would be of the camp against them. Not really my cup of tea. I would use the 150 on an amp or odac or something.

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Okay, thank you for your fast reply.  I'll look into that.  I've been reading about amps lately.  Like I said, this is all very new to me, and I honestly won't be able to find anything wrong with a pair of headphones after using a pair of $20 skullcandies for the majority of my musically interested life, so anything is an upgrade to me.

post #8 of 10

Spend under $100 and get the UE 6000 or lightly built but excellent CAL!   The 840 is good, but not worth the difference.  In fact in may not be better at all, depending on your intended uses and sound signature preferences.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

Spend under $100 and get the UE 6000 or lightly built but excellent CAL!   The 840 is good, but not worth the difference.  In fact in may not be better at all, depending on your intended uses and sound signature preferences.

indeed +1 if you want to spend only 150

 

but if you want to spend 250 you can get closer to nuetral and accurate.. I would still recommend the yamaha hph mt220 then the german after that. or the NAD Viso hp50

post #10 of 10
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okay, thank you to you both.  I'll think look in on the UE 6000s as well

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