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Getting first pair of quality headphones, need help choosing from experienced consumers.

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Hello, my headset just died on me and I figured it would be a good time to move up the ladder to a nice pair of quality headphones. I have looked at the guides here and have narrowed it down my self to either the KRK KNS8400 ($120), or the Denon AH-D400 Urban Raver ($80, on sale). I mostly listen to music from my computer while playing video games but get about 40 mins a day outside listening from an Ipod. I have a very eclectic taste in music and will quickly change from listening to say classical to hip-hop so I would want a pair that can handle everything well. The only reason I am considering the Denons is because they are on a large sale and figure that even though they are specialized for bass, maybe the other tones are better than the KRK still, which could be very wrong, I am quite new to this all. Other then that I am very willing to listen to suggestions on other headphones sub $150 that you think would fit what I'm looking for. Thank you very much in advance for your time and help.

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KNS8400 is clear, very resolving, and the slightest bit bright. It weighs little and is pretty comfortable; it also isolates well. You should be aware of two things:

1. It's not particularly enjoyable to listen to because you can hear how badly recorded the music is.
2. You'll probably have to replace the stock cable because it bears noise into the earcup.

I'm quite impressed by it, but those are it's limitations.

Instead, I recommend that you find a used SRH840 on FS ($130-150). That's a great all rounder. It's warm and inviting whilst being clear enough. It's also very rugged and it folds. The one thing you need to know about it is that you might want to mod the headband with foam to make it more comfortable, but that's cheap and easy to do.
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Can you describe what you mean more by not enjoyable to listen to because of recording? Like is there extra stuff you hear in the background or what? Also I was thinking about getting a new cable that comes with a boom mic so I don't really think that is a problem. Lastly, what is FS? I was looking at the SRH840 but decided aginst it for the price so perhaps if I could get a budget one that would be good. I don't live in a big city though so extra shipping cost could be a factor.

One more thing, my ears do get pretty hot so if a pair of headphones has a slight heat problem it most likely isn't the pair for me.

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Can you describe what you mean more by not enjoyable to listen to because of recording? Like is there extra stuff you hear in the background or what? Also I was thinking about getting a new cable that comes with a boom mic so I don't really think that is a problem. Lastly, what is FS? I was looking at the SRH840 but decided against it for the price so perhaps if I could get a budget one that would be good. I don't live in a big city though so extra shipping cost could be a factor.

One more thing, my ears do get pretty hot so if a pair of headphones has a slight heat problem it most likely isn't the pair for me.

 

You hear background noises but the main issue is that you can hear the bad sound quality of the record. A lot of famous metal, for example, is recorded badly. You can hear how the thin the sound is. The guitar doesn't sound full-bodied: it sounds as if you reached your hand out and realized there's a holeNone of this is intrinsically bad. It's actually what an audio professional needs, but I don't know how enjoyable it is. The other side is that good recordings sound better.

 

All pleather earpads will make your ears hot, but KNS8400 is less hot than most. SRH840 is average, but not worse than average.

 

("FS" = the For Sale board)

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