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Hi there! / looking for a new can for less than 200€ (mostly for progressive/classic rock)

post #1 of 10
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Hi there! I've been lurkin' the Headfi forums for quite a long time and now decided to register to post and ask for suggestions or recommendations. 

 
As the title says, i'm looking for a new set, mainly for classic and progressive rock (like Queen). I listen some other genres too, but mostly classic songs, and anyway rarely anything that's really bass heavy (i don't listen dubstep, electronic and stuff like that).
 
As of now i'm using a pair of Koss KSC75. They're not terrible for everyday use but i would like something more open, more detailed and clearer especially on trebles and higher notes.  
 
I'm also a gamer, so while it's not overly needed, i would love a set with a distinct and clear rendition of sound source "position" (maybe that's what you call imaging?). In that respect at the very least it shouldn't be muddy or anyway lacking too much depth.
 
My budget tops on 200 € (actually, i want to keep under that). I was looking at the Sennheiser 598, i've read some despise them as not even being able to render rock in a decent manner. Any opinion about that matter, or recommendations for other cans?
post #2 of 10

Rock only phones?

 

Grados. They'll suck for gaming but you'll love them for classic rock.

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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

Rock only phones?

 

Grados. They'll suck for gaming but you'll love them for classic rock.

Hmm but i've read many report them not comfortable due to ear fatigue, and when i play i usually do 2/3 hours sessions...while instead the Sennheiser 598 are "said" to be very comfortable and easier to listen to. Also, i'm concerned about the build quality on the Grados (especially the foam).


Edited by Koden - 2/11/14 at 12:25pm
post #4 of 10

No doubt - the Grados are not comfortable headphones. But they are unmatched for rock and especially classic rock.

 

You can also try the Beyerdynamics DT990 Pro (they are 140 euros on sale on amazon), they do well with rock and will be comfortable / do well with gaming, but again, in my opinion, nothing beats a pair of Grados if you like classic rock.

 

I definitely don't recommend Sennheiser 598s if you want headphones for rock.

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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

No doubt - the Grados are not comfortable headphones. But they are unmatched for rock and especially classic rock.

 

You can also try the Beyerdynamics DT990 Pro (they are 140 euros on sale on amazon), they do well with rock and will be comfortable / do well with gaming, but again, in my opinion, nothing beats a pair of Grados if you like classic rock.

 

I definitely don't recommend Sennheiser 598s if you want headphones for rock.

The DT990 seem interesting, i noticed there are at least 2 different models, a 250 ohms and a 32 ohms impedence one. EDIT: nevermind, the 32 ohms one must be the consumer model i see.


Edited by Koden - 2/11/14 at 12:45pm
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There's also a 600ohm version but only the dt990pro 250ohm is on sale. What will you be plugging them into?
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There's also a 600ohm version but only the dt990pro 250ohm is on sale. What will you be plugging them into?

I don't have an amp, yet (as i wrote i'm using KSC75), i would be fitting them to a sound card output, a Xonar DS. I understand that's far from ideal for high impedence models. I might spend part of my budget on the amp, but not much more than 50/60 euros.

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I ended up buying the Beyer DT990Pro (250 ohm version), paired with an amplifier. While i am quite pleased with it, i think it's wrong to suggest one for gaming as the bass (which is really present) makes for pressure in your ears and they can get uncomfortable if you play FPS or such. In comparison my Koss 75 are much more comfortable for gaming (they're also lighter and smaller which is a good point to start with).


Edited by Koden - 3/1/14 at 5:37am
post #9 of 10

That's nothing a quick EQing can't fix though ;)

 

Glad you're enjoying them, they're a good pair of headphones, and if you paid the 145usd amazon price for them, they are pretty much the best you can get for the money.

post #10 of 10

if you're willing to buy an amp, consider the AKG K612 pro. Will be better for classic/prog rock than the DT990 as they have a much more balanced sound with far better mids (so guitars / voices will be clearer) they have a great soundstage for gaming and are very comfortable.

 

Edit to say I didn't spot you'd already bought the DT990s, sorry!

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