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Hi everyone. I'm just looking for some assistance in my next headphone purchase.

 

I currently use the Sony MDR-ZX300 ZX Series Stereo Headphones. They are about $30. I'm looking for headphones that are good for film scores, bass, I guess radio and/or general music and dynamics. I'm not sure if I should be in the market for another set of stereo headphones but these couldn't handle film scores ( Inception, The Dark Knight, Her, Batman Begins, etc) after awhile. I listen to a little bit of everything but I know if I want headphones that can do everything, I'm probably going to have to pay. I'm looking to spend between $100- $150. 

 

Any suggestions would be great as I am lost and I'm in need of guidance and an upgrade, clearly..

 

Thanks.

 

Oh and I generally listen to songs with a bitrate of 320kbps. I have several lossless albums as well.

post #2 of 8
I have had a pair of Shure SRH-840s for about 3 years now, and they are a great all arounder that I use for music and watching videos and movies on my PC. They are 199.00 new on Amazon right now, but there's probably some used deals for around 150.

I'm sure the Audio Technica M50s will be another recommended pair from others. I have not heard them, so I won't comment on them but I'm sure others will give you some impressions of them.
post #3 of 8

Do you need isolation? These are closed models.

 

I'm sensing that for what you want you'd have to spend $150-200 for new, but you can find used ones in very good condition for roughly $120-170.

 

DT770 has the bass, but it's well-integrated with the other ranges. It's also comfortable.

 

I agree with newton about SRH840. It's warm but still clear, and works with everything. It's very sturdy, but the headband is a little heavy for some. Don't worry: it can be easily modded with foam. I've usually seen it on FS here for $150.

 

ATH-M50 is well-built and has a bassy sound, but it's not versatile enough. It doesn't work with scores because the treble is too thin. All three are good models made by respectable firms, but the AT won't sound right for your purposes.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the quick response. newton2105 - I might actually consider the Shure since they seem ideal.

 

Claritas - I'm not sure if I need isolation. I plan to use these headphones while watching shows, movies and listening to music at home and listening to the music on the go. Which is best for those purposes, noise cancelling or noise isolating?

 

Thanks again.

post #5 of 8
Well if you're going to be on the go frequently, you probably want a closed headphone and not open otherwise others will be able to hear what you're listening to.

The 840s are a great pair for the money. They are rather large, so keep that in mind if you plan to take them on the go. They do fold, but they still take up a bit of space and aren't exactly the best for portability.

The Shures provide good isolation. Avoid any headphone that has active noise cancelation as it requires batteries and is actually producing its own sound wave to cancel out the outside sounds. Usually actual sound quality is secondary on these types of headphones to the noise cancelation technology, and they are expensive. A good pair of full size closed headphones or iems are going to isolate well enough for most situations
Edited by newton2105 - 2/27/14 at 1:01pm
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Sennheiser HD 280 Pro- Excellent isolation from outside noise and has a nice natural sound which doesn't sound subdued or toned down. Comfortable amounts of bass and clear treble giving a balanced sound to movies, music and gaming. Price is about $89.00 when I got them at BEST BUY a few years ago.

 

Ultrasone HFI 780- Fantastic clarity with slamming bass and incredibly sparkly treble highs. Perfect for electronic and ambient music thanks to its very revealing nature. It brings out the quietest sounds in movies and games where you can hear the leaves and bushes moving when watching episodes of LOST and hear the foot steps of soldiers in games like COMPANY OF HEROES 2 without trying. Price was $150.00 or so on Amazon when I got mine. I believe though the price has dramatically gone up to the two hundred dollar price range this year.

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Originally Posted by newton2105 View Post

Well if you're going to be on the go frequently, you probably want a closed headphone and not open otherwise others will be able to hear what you're listening to.

The 840s are a great pair for the money. They are rather large, so keep that in mind if you plan to take them on the go. They do fold, but they still take up a bit of space and aren't exactly the best for portability.

The Shures provide good isolation. Avoid any headphone that has active noise cancelation as it requires batteries and is actually producing its own sound wave to cancel out the outside sounds. Usually actual sound quality is secondary on these types of headphones to the noise cancelation technology, and they are expensive. A good pair of full size closed headphones or iems are going to isolate well enough for most situations

Right in every detail. I absolutely agree.
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Originally Posted by hanksboy View Post

Hi everyone. I'm just looking for some assistance in my next headphone purchase.

I currently use the Sony MDR-ZX300 ZX Series Stereo Headphones. They are about $30. I'm looking for headphones that are good for film scores, bass, I guess radio and/or general music and dynamics. I'm not sure if I should be in the market for another set of stereo headphones but these couldn't handle film scores ( Inception, The Dark Knight, Her, Batman Begins, etc) after awhile. I listen to a little bit of everything but I know if I want headphones that can do everything, I'm probably going to have to pay. I'm looking to spend between $100- $150. 

Any suggestions would be great as I am lost and I'm in need of guidance and an upgrade, clearly..

Thanks.

Oh and I generally listen to songs with a bitrate of 320kbps. I have several lossless albums as well.
Check out the Logitech UE6000. It's going for a really cheap price on Amazon today.
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