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Best open backed, over ear, headphones for rock for under $250?

post #1 of 47
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I made my first purchase on a nice pair of headphones (Beyer DT770 Pro 80ohm) back in January and I love them with a passion. Now I'm wanting a pair of open backed headphones. I've done a good bit of research and I've narrowed down my results to these:

 

Hifiman HE300 - http://tinyurl.com/o4vsbbv - These are right at the $250 mark and I don't REALLY want to pay that. The only thing negative I've heard about them is the lack of soundstage which sounds unusual being they're open backed.

 

Sennheiser HD598 - http://tinyurl.com/my3b8he - These are very unique looking and I love it. As far as negative things I've heard about them, well the aesthetics are the only thing people seem to not like.

 

Grado SR225i - http://tinyurl.com/ocsmtst - The only gripe I've heard about these is the aesthetics (which I love) and the comfort. Any of you own these? If so can you tell me your experience with the comfort?

 

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro - http://tinyurl.com/n5hpf6h - These appear to be perfect. 

 

I listen to mainly rock (from Elvis to Ac/Dc to death metal) in which I prefer accurate vocals over a fun bass (also accurate and tight drums, so I guess that falls into bass), and rap and dubstep (which are great with my DT770's). I also game a lot but I don't care about that as much so don't fret over it if you don't know if the headphones are any good for gaming. Comfort is my first priority, with accuracy being the second, and soundstage being the third. I'll buy an amp if needed but if I need one please recommend one that keeps the price as close to $250 as possible. This is for home listening. Any headphone recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Edited by Jwood013 - 2/10/14 at 9:01am
post #2 of 47

If you like vocals it's very hard to go wrong with the HD598, and they are very comfortable and easy to drive. It's fast fun, and engaging headphone. Perfect for rock/metal/pop.

 

The HE-300's do some thing better than the HD598 but others not so much. You'd have to hear them yourself to see which one you prefer, there is no clear winner here. I don't think you can go wrong with either really.

 

Grado has their own way of doing things, some people are grado fanatics other not so much. Don't buy without listening to them.

 

DT880pro is below both HD598 and HE-300 is my opinion.

post #3 of 47

DO NOT GET THE HE-300 

post #4 of 47
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I just read some reviews on the 598's, they say that they sound boring and feel cheap. Do you know anything about this?

post #5 of 47

They don't have the detail for rock .......they rattle at low frequencies 

Have good extension up top for Jazz but that is it , the dynamic driver Fang has made is inconsistent and has many different signature variation , just a total mess 

 

Get the 880 

post #6 of 47
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Care to elaborate?

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post #8 of 47
Thread Starter 
Point taken. Have you any experience with the 880's?
post #9 of 47

I have DT770's. 32 ohm. They are great headphones aren't they?

 

I'm also interested in HE-300. I'm wondering how is the sound. I've looked into the reviews and looks like they're warm, a little bassy headphones with rolled off treble. Seems like very musical. Some says it's better than Sennheiser HD650. 

 

About Grado's: I have SR80i. SR225i's are considered the best value of the Grado SR Line. I think they are not very different from my sr80i's, so I can describe a little about the Grado sound. The mids are really upfront, vocals are incredible. They are quite harsh sometimes, but EQ is always your friend. Bass is not weak. Treble and detail level is great for the price. Perfect for rock. I love the Grado's looks. About comfort; these are not very comfortable, but when you get used to it, it's not a big problem. At least for me.

 

Beyer 880's are critical headphones to my knowledge. But 600 ohm model is definitely a bang for the buck. You must have a good DAC/Amp though.

post #10 of 47

AKG K612 pro easily matches the 598

post #11 of 47
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Originally Posted by Jwood013 View Post
 

I just read some reviews on the 598's, they say that they sound boring and feel cheap. Do you know anything about this?

I own the HD558s, which use the same driver as the HD598, to some the sound can come across as a little "detached", maybe not as warm as some might like.

The HD558s do not have a big bass, but a decent enough bass.

I do not think of the HD5XX series as "cheap" headphones. I think they are about as well built as you can get, for the given weight of the headphone.

Beyerdynemic DT770/DT880/DT990 have a solid build to them.

Personally I'm fine with the sound of my HD558s, the sound does not wear on my ear drums as would a "in you face" type audio sound.

If this is for a Win PC, get the HD558s (used $110) and a Sound Blaster Z sound card, $70.

post #12 of 47
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Define "detached sound" please.
post #13 of 47
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Originally Posted by kraken2109 View Post
 

AKG K612 pro easily matches the 598

So I guess it's the AKG K612 vs HD598 vs Beyer DT880 then.

post #14 of 47
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Define "detached sound" please.

Detached would be like sitting in the back row at a classical music concert and everyone is sitting very quietly, so you can hear all the music, but not getting the impact like those sitting in the front row.

That is why some describe the HD558/HD598 sound as veiled, detached, boring.

Some people like sitting in the front row and the HD558/HD598 are just not their cup of tea.

post #15 of 47
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Detached would be like sitting in the back row at a classical music concert and everyone is sitting very quietly, so you can hear all the music, but not getting the impact like those sitting in the front row.

That is why some describe the HD558/HD598 sound as veiled, detached, boring.

Some people like sitting in the front row and the HD558/HD598 are just not their cup of tea.

I would classify myself as one that enjoys the front row very much.

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