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Headphone recommendations, roughly around $200

post #1 of 11
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Within the next few days I am going to be buying a pair of open back headphones. I am thinking about the AD900x, but I wanted to get some input from other people. I plan on using them for instrumental music, (Two Steps From Hell) and maybe for gaming. I already have a pair of WS-99s and love them. I am looking for a pair of open backs for a better soundstage, more detailed, and one that I can wear all day long without discomfort from the headphones, or listening fatigue. I would like the bass to be tight and accurate. Highs not to aggressive or have high peaks. But most of all, I still want to be engaged in the music. Still have the ability to loss myself within the music, much like what the WS-99s do. I also have a zero dac that will drive them.

 

Thanks for any help!

post #2 of 11

I would highly suggest looking into the Philips Fidelio X1. If used, you can get it for less than 200. If not generally a little over 200 but its a great open back

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Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post
 

I would highly suggest looking into the Philips Fidelio X1. If used, you can get it for less than 200. If not generally a little over 200 but its a great open back

They look promising. Do you know if they are more detailed then the ad900X? It seems like the X1 has a smaller soundstage but has more bass then the ad900x, 

post #4 of 11

I've never tried the AD900x myself, but from my experience with audiotechnica, i personally feel like their sound is a bit more harsh or analytical. The AD900x could be completely different, i have no idea.

 

But to comment on the strengths of the X1:

 

-Theyre extremely fun to listen to

 

-bass is quite big, probably one of the bassiest openback headphones (as an open design itself tends to reduce bass)

 

-soundstage is fairly 3D. By no means the best but i think it does nicely for gaming

 

-For a headphone that doesnt require much amplification, theyre quite detailed, tho if you want to compare it with a headphone that can scale very well with nice amps (like HD650), they'll definitely fall in comparison once you upgrade the amps

post #5 of 11

Look into the Sennheiser HD 598's. They are good looking, comfy and have superb sound quality. They have roughly the same sound stage as the two other contenders here. All that coming in at $180 on amazon and $150 at FRYS if you have a store near you (Click here to see if there is a location near you.). You will not be disappointed with these headphones. They are truly amazing.

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Originally Posted by halfinfinity View Post
 

Look into the Sennheiser HD 598's. They are good looking, comfy and have superb sound quality. They have roughly the same sound stage as the two other contenders here. All that coming in at $180 on amazon and $150 at FRYS if you have a store near you (Click here to see if there is a location near you.). You will not be disappointed with these headphones. They are truly amazing.

I thought about them, but I have read that they are more of a relaxed headphone. I was looking for a more engaging headphone. 

 

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Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post
 

I've never tried the AD900x myself, but from my experience with audiotechnica, i personally feel like their sound is a bit more harsh or analytical. The AD900x could be completely different, i have no idea.

 

But to comment on the strengths of the X1:

 

-Theyre extremely fun to listen to

 

-bass is quite big, probably one of the bassiest openback headphones (as an open design itself tends to reduce bass)

 

-soundstage is fairly 3D. By no means the best but i think it does nicely for gaming

 

-For a headphone that doesnt require much amplification, theyre quite detailed, tho if you want to compare it with a headphone that can scale very well with nice amps (like HD650), they'll definitely fall in comparison once you upgrade the amps

If I could pick your brain one more time, how is the treble on the x1s? Do they become fatiguing after some time?

post #7 of 11
Consider Q701, maybe with the bass mod. Clear and crisp is how I'd describe it. Comfort is above average unless you can't get along with the bumps (which can even be cut off). It would seem to be good for games too.
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Consider Q701, maybe with the bass mod. Clear and crisp is how I'd describe it. Comfort is above average unless you can't get along with the bumps (which can even be cut off). It would seem to be good for games too.

 

i owned the Q701 n AD900x once upon a time...the AD is grainier..less refined sounding. The AD puts u very close to the orchestra..as if i am inside. 

Ad got sold quite fast. Q701 stayed with me for a while more...used it for classicals...not tat great for vocals. sold it too.

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

Consider Q701, maybe with the bass mod. Clear and crisp is how I'd describe it. Comfort is above average unless you can't get along with the bumps (which can even be cut off). It would seem to be good for games too.

I agree. Look into the Q701 since they are close to your budget at the moment. Fantastic headphone. Also, the K612 is very popular and would be worth considering. Here is a review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/685483/akg-k702-the-classic-vs-k612-pro-the-upstart-review-and-comparison
post #10 of 11
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After talking to another person on Head-fi, I am going to go with the X1s first. If I do not like them I am going to go with the 900x. Thank you to everyone that gave suggestions, I greatly appreciate it.

post #11 of 11

Glad you made a choice! Hope you enjoy them!

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