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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

So I don't know too much about headphones and certainly don't consider myself to be an audiophile but I do listen to a lot of music and want to get the best sound quality of a pair of headphones if I am going to drop the money on it. One of my friends who knows a decent amount about headphones suggested I looked into the V-moda Crossfade lp and the Sennheiser HD 439. I took a quick look at them and I do like the V-moda and everything that I would get for the price; however, since I don't know too much about headphones, I figured I should post on the forum to see what some other good options there are out there.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 27

NVX Audio XPT100 or Brainwavz HM5 both basically the same but NVX is the copy.

I haven't heard those phones yet but they look pretty worthy for a person like you and I.

Philips M1/28 sound fairly good, and the build quality is just (lack of a better word) premium.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 

You've probably heard of them before on this site or through your friend. They're great headphones for portability and are known and have good sound quality.

What do you prefer besides sound? Build quality, portability and how do you plan to use them?

post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 

I'd like a pair that has a pretty solid build quality. I usually don't break my stuff but I'd rather stay on the safe side and get a durable pair of headphones. 

 

I'm going to be using these headphones mostly on my laptop when I'm sitting down and doing my homework and studying. Since I'm going to be wearing them for long periods while I am working, I'd really like them to be comfortable. I know I can get velour pads for a bunch of different headphones but if the pair I end up buying is comfortable to begin with, I won't need to spend more money for comfort haha

 

Portability is a plus but it isn't really that high up on the list of things that I am look for in headphones.

post #4 of 27

ath m50s are build like tanks and extremely durable. m50x with removable cable might be an option since (IMO) the cable of the m50 is too long for laptop or mobile use. Somewhat of a high clamp pressure which can be removed by bending it. Relatively comfortable IMO.

 

Another Option would be Beyerdynamics Custom One Pro. Changable Look, Pads, Cable and Pass- Port. Audio- quality about the same like the m50 with 2 ports open. Not as portable as m50 though (regardless of the cable).

 

You also might want to look into the Phillips Fidelio L1. I didn't hear them for a long time, but I'm amazed by the X1.

post #5 of 27

Well, Like Catble said, the Beyerdynamics are also very good. Removable cable ect. Very friendly when it comes to adjustments. They don't fold down or have twisting cups.

If you saw the regular M50 try and find $20 to try and go up to the M50x. The regular M50s are really good in terms of durability and the M50x adds more in which that is the removable cable. They fold down for portability and are pretty comfortable. 

As for lounging around, I don't know. You'll probably like the M50x but the Beyerdynamics may be pretty comfortable since it's a larger headphone. 

 

post #6 of 27

Beyer DT990 Pro 250ohm are on sale on amazon for 145usd. At that price, you won't find better.

post #7 of 27
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Beyer DT990 Pro 250ohm are on sale on amazon for 145usd. At that price, you won't find better.

 

You'd need an amp for that which easily would cost you another 150+. Although if you already have an amp I'd agree. Keep in mind though that they are open back and therefore have basically no isolation at all

post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 

I'm looking into the Beyer DT990 Pro 250ohm right now (it's more interesting than my Bio class haha) buthas anyone heard anything about the v-moda crossfade lp? I've heard some mixed reviews about them.

post #9 of 27

Don't get the LP unless you want uncontrolled, muddy, sloppy bass with noise canceling. 

 

There are much better sounding options out there. The UE6000 being one of them if you're after noise canceling and good build quality. If you just want a lot of bass, the D1100 is nice as well. 

post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 

So my one of my friends has the ath m50 and I got a chance to listen to them and I really liked them. Is there anything out there that gives thee ath m50 a run for its money within the same price range?

 

Sorry for all of the questions I just want to make sure I get the right pair of headphones before I spend my money

post #11 of 27

I honestly think that the M50s are in their own tier for price/value/quality. I think the Beyerdynamics could go with that for about $50 more than the M50x.

post #12 of 27

If you heard the M50s and liked them, safest thing to do is just buy them. The only cans that really give them a run would be the DT770 32Ohms, but they don't fold up or anything like the M50s to make them more portable. 

post #13 of 27
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If you heard the M50s and liked them, safest thing to do is just buy them. The only cans that really give them a run would be the DT770 32Ohms, but they don't fold up or anything like the M50s to make them more portable. 

Yeah, I think it's a good idea. 

If you do buy the M50 just get the M50x, you'll understand after a while of having them. The detachable cable is all I wanted with the regular M50 and now they have it.

post #14 of 27
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Yeah, I think it's a good idea. 

If you do buy the M50 just get the M50x, you'll understand after a while of having them. The detachable cable is all I wanted with the regular M50 and now they have it.

You could just get that sweet cable braid going on c:

post #15 of 27

Enjoyment/comfort/all-around: Sennheiser 558 > DT-990's > M50's
Making music and getting neutral response: M50 > 558 = 990's.

I really dislike that M50's are so recommended to first-timers. Undoubtedly solid headphones, but they are just kinda boring and uncomfortable in comparison to their respective competition. I consider them a niche headphone. None of the three headphones above requires an amp to sound good, but as any pair of real headphones, will sound better with a quality amp.

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