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Opinion on Headphones

post #1 of 30
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Hello everyone.

 

I'm looking to buy a new set of HP. I'm looking to spend around $600.00. I will use the HP for music (classic rock, alternative, hard and metal, classical, jazz maybe a little bit of techno) gaming and movies. I'm looking for a big sound stage but an accurate one, accurate being more important for this set. I like my base but would rather have the most realistic sound reproduction with mids and highs being accurate. Ohm range wont be an issue as I will amp the HP. My understanding higher Ohm gives a better clarity??? I have a couple I'm considering Sennheiser HD650/700, Beyerdynamic dt 880 600 ohm and Grado RS 1/2.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 30

HD600s would be a better choice than the 650s, which are not at all neutral.  What amp do you have?  I've honestly never seen the HD700's been recommended lol.  Depending on the amp, HE500s could be a good idea.


Edited by linglingjr - 2/11/14 at 11:41pm
post #3 of 30
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I have the Schitt Lyr. Just listened to B&W P5's today. Have a good sound. Thanks for your reply Ling Ling.
post #4 of 30
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Any input would be appreciated.

post #5 of 30

You're on the right track with the Beyer DT880.

If you'd prefer a little more bass for gaming and techno, go with the Beyerdynamic DT990.

 

The Grado's have a very small soundstage, don't bother with them.

The ohmage rating has absolutely nothing to do with the headphone clarity.

Also, avoid the B&W P5 - they're not worth their price tag.

 

I also agree on the HE-500 idea - fabulous headphone, but a tad large/heavy (if that's an issue).

post #6 of 30
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Thanks for the rely Greq. I will give the Hifiman 500's a listen if I find a local store that carries them. Any experience with the DT 880's?

 

Thanks

post #7 of 30

The DT 880's are excellent.  The HE-500 are in a tier above them.  Read about both (and more) in this excellent piece:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13

post #8 of 30

the dt880's are one of my least fave hp's i ever heard. It is very thin and weak sounding but it does have good balance. I wouldn't even look once at it. For 600 smacks there are better options, wayyyy better.  

 

I would go for the he500 or hd650 but neither of them have big soundstages. The he500 being better still because the hd650 highs are rolled off. 

 

The philips x1 would be good also. but still he500 better.

 

also the he400i will be out not too long from now you might like that as well.

post #9 of 30
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Thanks for the thread KG.

post #10 of 30
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Thanks Grizleybeast.

 

What would you suggest in 600ish price range? I would like a good sized sound stage.

post #11 of 30
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Thanks Grizleybeast.

 

What would you suggest in 600ish price range? I would like a good sized sound stage.

well... though the soundstage was a bit unnatural to me the the akg k712 has a decent balance albeit a tad bright and the soundstage is very wide. The instrument seperation is mediocre though. The beyer t90 is great but SUPER BRIGHT. I can't think of any other ones that I have actually heard to make a recommendation.The one I havent heard that I would reach for if I were you is closed but its soundstage is wide and deep and that is the fostex th600. After looking around a lot, if i determined that if soundstage was one of my biggest interests than I would go for that one but I hear it is really bright.

post #12 of 30
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Thanks Grizzleybeast. I'll see if I can find a pair of those to try out.

post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by Merrlen View Post
 

Thanks Grizzleybeast. I'll see if I can find a pair of those to try out.

no prob

post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

 

I would go for the he500 or hd650 but neither of them have big soundstages. 

 

Sorry, but the HE-500's soundstage is easily in the top 10% of headphones for 'big' soundstage.

post #15 of 30

They are much less than your $600 budget, but the K701 family are well known for one of the most expansive soundstages available.  They are still a world-class headphone ranked in the big 3, before $1000 headphones became all the rage - the HD600, the DT880, and the K701.  The K712 is the latest rendition and goes for about $400 or slightly less from some sources.

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