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Weeks of research and i'm still lost..........

post #1 of 16
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Hi all,

 

I really need someone's help with headphones as I have gone from a time when I spent all my time commuting in my car with its finely tuned sound system, to working locally and needing to get my music time by other means. (a new baby prevents any speaker volume at home).

 

I have searched extensively over the last couple of weeks for pointers on which headphones to buy.  I currently have a pair of HD215's which are nothing special at all and provide nothing in the way of sub bass.  I chose the HD518's because of the 'dark' signature and the emphasis on bass, however, although they are slightly better in the quality of sound they provide, they still don't have what I consider sub bass.  Even my Blackberry premium in-ears provide the same level !  The HD518's are on their way back to Amazon as we speak.

 

I am open to all types of headphone, in-ear, open backed over ear etc.

I am willing to spend between £100 and £150 ish. but would consider going higher if it was absolutely necessary.

 

I basically want a headphone that provides me with that full richness of sound that a subwoofer provides.  I do listen to dance music, but also many other styles and it is this rich warmth I am looking to re-create.

 

With the HD518's being advertised and reviewed as being particularly bassy, am I just looking for something that doesn't exist within a headphone ?  Am I just not looking for the right things in reviews ?  Is it definitely sub bass not just bass I need to be looking at ?  Am I expecting too much n a headphone ?

 

I hope someone is able to help, without my 'music time' i'm feeling a bit lost................

 

Cheers


Edited by Tommy Peanuts - 2/20/14 at 11:33am
post #2 of 16

Have a search and read here about HD25, ATH-ES7,and DT770

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks mate, i'm on it now.

Incidentally I did look at the DT-770 before, didnt pick out how much wider the freq. response was.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

Would a small headphone amp improve sub bass in these phones or would it be fairly consistent with a standard source (Denon UD-M50)

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

OK, i've narrowed it down to the following :

 

DT-770 Pro 80ohm

Sony MDR-XB910's

Audio Technica ATH-M50

Audio Technica ES7

Denon AHD1100

 

Are there any I should definitely discount, which would be the best all rounder without scrimping on sub bass.

And would I notice much improvement running off a Galaxy Note 2 if I added a Fiio E7 ?

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tommy Peanuts View Post
 

OK, i've narrowed it down to the following :

 

DT-770 Pro 80ohm

Sony MDR-XB910's

Audio Technica ATH-M50

Audio Technica ES7

Denon AHD1100

 

Are there any I should definitely discount, which would be the best all rounder without scrimping on sub bass.

And would I notice much improvement running off a Galaxy Note 2 if I added a Fiio E7 ?

i would say drop the MDR-XB910, the ES7 and the AHD1100.

 

both the DT-770 and ATH-M50 have pretty good bass but at the cost of the mids.

post #7 of 16
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Thanks to all who commented, I ended up purchasing the DT-770 Pro 80Ohm version.

They have a much fuller, richer sound than the HD518's I bought and even better than the AKG K550's I listened to in Richer Sounds.

 

They do sound ever so slightly underpowered though so I think I am going to try a small headphone amp.

The only budget amp people tend to speak of are Fiio, i'm looking at the E07 and E11.

 

Would be handy if anyone knows any better budget options are my funds are pretty much dried up after the phones purchase..........

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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ginron View Post

i would say drop the MDR-XB910, the ES7 and the AHD1100.

both the DT-770 and ATH-M50 have pretty good bass but at the cost of the mids.

I would even go a step further and remove the M50. I found the DT770 to be much more comfortable and it sounds better IMO.
post #10 of 16

Between the two, DT770. It isn't really a question in my mind given what you want in sub-bass, and Byrnie's right about comfort.

post #11 of 16

Hmmm, I'm not sure about this one, but I'll throw it in there. The Monster Trumpets. I've heard these, and I must admit that I do very much like their sound. The bass is stong in this one, and they're not that expensive. Of course these are an IEM and not a headphone. So discount it if you're exlusively looking for headphones. IEMs do provide better isolation though, but that's not always the case, just most of the time.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Between the two, DT770. It isn't really a question in my mind given what you want in sub-bass, and Byrnie's right about comfort.

I find that's something that Beyerdynamic does really well.  They've found a great comfort/fit and they use it with all their headphones.  I just wish they're newer headphones sounded better (I'm only referring to the T90 and T70).  In fact, my only problem with my DT880s is the distortion in the low end that drives me nuts.  I also wish a lot of their headphones weren't so bright.

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post

I find that's something that Beyerdynamic does really well.  They've found a great comfort/fit and they use it with all their headphones.  I just wish they're newer headphones sounded better (I'm only referring to the T90 and T70).  In fact, my only problem with my DT880s is the distortion in the low end that drives me nuts.  I also wish a lot of their headphones weren't so bright.

+1 on liking good fit and disliking sharp treble. I respect their engineering because of how satisfactorily they integrate the ranges given the extremes they sometimes work with. The only Tesla model I've heard is T1, which was like a beautiful but boring woman. I'm wondering if the new Vali will help aspiring Beyer owners. Of the classic trio, I think they won on comfort and looks, but came in third in sound.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post


+1 on liking good fit and disliking sharp treble. I respect their engineering because of how satisfactorily they integrate the ranges given the extremes they sometimes work with. The only Tesla model I've heard is T1, which was like a beautiful but boring woman. I'm wondering if the new Vali will help aspiring Beyer owners. Of the classic trio, I think they won on comfort and looks, but came in third in sound.

Or maybe even hook it up to the Lyr.  I'm jealous that you've heard the T1, I'm hoping to be able to make it to the next meet in my area.  They're on my list of headphones to listen to, along with the HD800's and the TH900s.

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post
 

Or maybe even hook it up to the Lyr.  I'm jealous that you've heard the T1, I'm hoping to be able to make it to the next meet in my area.  They're on my list of headphones to listen to, along with the HD800's and the TH900s.

 

That's the way to do it. The one I really want to hear is T5p, as some have said it's like a closed Grado, something I'm looking for (http://www.head-fi.org/t/689357/closed-grados-a-compilation-of-30-threads-poll). But I'm not spending that much just to find out "no."

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