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Suggestions for headphones (Over Ear, 300$ (some wiggle room) In Home.

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

This is my first post here after taking several days to read through all of the articles relevant to my decision!

 

   So to start off I am looking to put some money into a quality pair of headphones, they will be used in home at my desk, I will be running them through an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. The Budget for these will be around 250-300 with some wiggle room (I don't mind eating top ramen for a week if the quality makes that much of a difference)

 

   The main focus of these headphones will be music, game sound is not a priority whatsoever and nothing I would want to factor into my decision. Its all about the music.

 

90% of the music they will be used for Is Jazz, Classical,Fuzion, and some Light Prog and some Very Light (and I mean like 2 album light Hip Hop Jazz). (Below are some reference points to show the spectrum of music that will be listened to, if you give it a listen and it sound amazing on a headset please let me know! :) )

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK3nYwxO9q8 Bobby Hutcherson: Til Then

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB2Z2DY17yQ&feature=kp Herbie Hancock: Dolphin Dance

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7Fux-gT1QU Soft Machine: Gesolreut + E P V

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apN0AXjJxQE Madlib: Slims Return

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpOTxxQYmks Johan Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos #2

 

 

 

And Finally

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD5kTEf8Rd0 Frank Zappa: King Kong I-VI

 

   These songs represent my entire sound spectrum of what I listen to (Sorry for so many I just want to be as specific on my sound tastes as possible)

 

As far as my sound tastes I like my music very very clean and clear but I am not opposed to hearing base, but I am anything but a basshead, I don't like the bass taking away from any of the sound but I do like to hear it when the music itself makes an emphasis on it.

 

   I would definitely want them to be over hear headphones, I currently use a Corsair Vengeance 2000 headset and I like the feeling of it, it claims to be a closed back, so my experience would be with their version of a closed back, they will only be used in home at my desk and I do have three roommates and a girlfriend who likes to watch TV loud so anything that can make them go away is more attuned to what I would be looking for.

 

   I have been reading reviews and researching for about a week nonstop and I have found these, however my selection is not limited to these:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-X1-28-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B00B3QD94O Phillips Fidelio x1

 

http://www.amazon.com/HiFiMAN-HE-400-HiFiMan-Headphones/dp/B007ZG32I4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1392923511&sr=1-1 HifiMan He300

 

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-K-701-Headphones-White/dp/B000EBBJ6Y/ref=sr_1_4?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1392923582&sr=1-4&keywords=q701 AKG Q701

 

   One more thing, I saved this for last becuase its not something that is going to make me trade out sound quaity for it, but I really really like the more classic looking headphone like the Q701 or the Fidelio X1, but again, just a statement nothing that would sway a decision from better audio quality.

 

 

   That was a bit long winded so I will stop, I hope this is enough information for you guys to offer up some more experienced opinions and suggestions if there is more information needed please let me know and thank you very much in advance for any help :)

 

Cheers!

post #2 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure how to edit a post from my phone so I apologize in advance for replying to my own post but the headphones I am looking for will be used for long sessions of listening to music and/or games like 5-8 hours worth a day.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by FrankZappa View Post

I'm not sure how to edit a post from my phone so I apologize in advance for replying to my own post but the headphones I am looking for will be used for long sessions of listening to music and/or games like 5-8 hours worth a day.

Sennheiser Momentums or VMODA M-100s. I'd lean towards the Momentums for how comfortable they are, I'll listen to mine for 4-5 hours at a time with no discomfort.

post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

Sennheiser Momentums or VMODA M-100s. I'd lean towards the Momentums for how comfortable they are, I'll listen to mine for 4-5 hours at a time with no discomfort.

VMODA's are nice but the Momentum's only fit people with smurf ears (the ear cups are seriously small for their over-ear model).  I would also suggest adding the NAD HP50.  It has been getting alot of praise.  The X1 is a neat and classy looking headphone and I hear it sounds great (two of my buddies have a pair).

post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post
 

VMODA's are nice but the Momentum's only fit people with smurf ears (the ear cups are seriously small for their over-ear model).  I would also suggest adding the NAD HP50.  It has been getting alot of praise.  The X1 is a neat and classy looking headphone and I hear it sounds great (two of my buddies have a pair).

Being somebody who stands 6'7" and has ears proportional for my size I can assure you they do fit people who have larger than 'smurf' ears. The cups are admittedly not the largest but with the high quality leather and light weight it certainly allows them to be extremely comfortable. 

post #6 of 19

Cross the vmoda and the x1 from the list.

 

vmoda = basshead

x1 = open, and slightly basshead.

 

the NAD HP50 or the mad dogs maybe better choices

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

How do you guys feel about the he400s, found a place that has them for 250 with velour replacement pads?

post #8 of 19
He400 is openback
Vmodaand momentum are closedbacks
So sounf varies
I've one... using with my fiio.x3
It has.awesome soundstage and good imaging
Bass is accurate.and.controlled... has impact
As you have asus soundcard.. no need for a.dac
Dont know about impedance part of it.. so better try it once


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post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

Being somebody who stands 6'7" and has ears proportional for my size I can assure you they do fit people who have larger than 'smurf' ears. The cups are admittedly not the largest but with the high quality leather and light weight it certainly allows them to be extremely comfortable. 

So you're saying your ear fits inside the cup of the Momentum?  I'm 6'4" and they don't fit my ears at all, they're way too narrow this is also a common complaint with the Momentum's over-edition.

post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
I was able to try on a pair of the momentums (at the swapmeet of all places) and they sounded nice but the fit was very lacking for my melon, I am going to be trying out a pair of grado sr225 this weekend on a recommendation, here's to hoping!

And once again I appreciate all the feedback as my search continues biggrin.gif
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

Sennheiser Momentums or VMODA M-100s. I'd lean towards the Momentums for how comfortable they are, I'll listen to mine for 4-5 hours at a time with no discomfort.

 

I'm not thinking the M100's are suited toward his listening habits. They might feel overly bottom-heavy. 

 

And for the record, the M100s have pretty teeny cups as well. You'll find a LOT of people saying to upgrade to the XL pads (which I don't like, but that's another story). 

post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post

I'm not thinking the M100's are suited toward his listening habits. They might feel overly bottom-heavy. 

And for the record, the M100s have pretty teeny cups as well. You'll find a LOT of people saying to upgrade to the XL pads (which I don't like, but that's another story). 
Good to know! I was thinking about picking up a pair of these for portable use.
post #13 of 19

A good deal for the Sennheiser HD 600's are THE way to go, IMO but only if you have an amp/DAC that can drive them. Other great options include the SoundMAGIC HP200's, Sennheiser HD 598's and the Hifiman HE-400's, which are on sale at $299, last time I checked.

 

The X1's are great phones but they may be a bit too bassy and one-noted, for the AKG's, they require need proper amping and if you have the amp and DAC, then you should just get the HD 600's. 

 

My top recommendations for you would be the Sennheiser HD 600/598 and SoundMAGIC HP200. 

 

Best of luck!

post #14 of 19
OP should probably be looking for a closed model given the noise around him.

Everyone's been saying nice things about HP50 since Tyll mentioned it (makes me wonder how many have actually tried it) so consider it, but try to find some reasonable negative opinions to obtain a balanced perspective.

I prefer SRH840 as a closed model for those genres: jazz, classical, rock, even most metal. I haven't heard it play anything badly, though I didn't try it with electronic music. It's warm but still clear. It's strong and it isolates fine. The only thing is that the headband is a little heavy, but you can fix that with some foam.
post #15 of 19
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So the auction I've been looking at ends within the day, for the burned in he400s with the velour ear pads, I'm frantically driving around my city trying to test out every headphone I can before I pull the trigger, I have been able to test out a couple of the mentioned models and am going to check out more! Wish me luck and I very much appreciate all the info smily_headphones1.gif
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