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Help needed to choose a pair of headphones matching my style and budget

post #1 of 4
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Hello lads,

 

I've been reading the forums on and off for years but never actually had an account until today. The reason I'm now writing is that I'm in dire need of some hints towards best choosing a pair of headphones.

 

To actually, most adequately, help you guys in pinpointing myself the right pair, I'd gladly share some insight about my musical tastes and so far the cans I could actually get my hands on and liked.

 

I'm quite the eclectic type of music lover ranging from rock, electro to all sorts of indie and jazz. My best experience so far with a pair of headphones is Koss Porta Pro - I'm actually trying to replicate this exact sound , as much as possible ofc, but buying over-the-ear headphones. My previous quality headphones were most of the times Sennheisers. The most expensive I've ever bought was a pair Sennheiser HD 598 which were far from satisfactory - I've tried them on, with all my musical interests and could not have a found a better listening experience than the one with the Porta Pro with one exception - on a track I could actually hear, almost imperceptible, that it had been digitized from an analogue source - Vinyl. Apart from that, the HD 598, at a whooping price of 180 € failed miserably to impress my hears over the much modestly priced Koss Porta Pro - I've payed 30 € for them.

 

I do not own a proper musical system - I only listen to music on PC and my Cowon IAudio 9. My PC is equipped with a Creative XFI board.

 

All hints are highly appreciated and thanks in advance.

 

Have a lovely day

 

ta ta


Edited by daemonas - 2/13/14 at 6:19am
post #2 of 4
I think you are more interested in the sound signature of the Koss than specifically an upgrade in the quality of headphones. There is nothing wrong with this, so please do not take offense.

I am not familliar with the Koss headset. What about the sound of the Koss headset do you like? Is it a bass head headphone for rock music, or an emphasis on the treble for more apparent clarity, or do you like a forward midrange for vocals? Or does it have a "V" type frequency response where both ends of the spectrum are emphasized? Does it provide a detailed open soundstage? Or is it the sound immersion experience with not necassarily a well defined soundstage?

Just some questions to consider.

Bob Graham
Edited by r010159 - 2/13/14 at 7:55am
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Cheers for the answer,

 

as I'm hardly an expert regarding headphones - hence me being here and asking such questions - i might say that the best description you've put forward is the V type of sound. I am most impressed by the Koss sound but tbh i did find the sound of other Sennheisers more than pleasing (HD 220) it's just that I thought whilst buying a 230$ pair might actually increase my music experience not tenfold of course but at least 2 times better than the 40$ Koss Porta Pro.

 

And I am looking for an over-the-ear pair.

 

Once again, much appreciated

post #4 of 4
OK. Yes, in your situation I would feel the same way. Some of those cheaper phones do a good job for what they are. I do think most audiophile headphones are outrageously overpriced.

A first suggestion that comes to mind is the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro. What did you like about the Sennheisers that you have tried out?

Bob Graham
Edited by r010159 - 2/13/14 at 2:33pm
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