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Looking to get into higher end headphones. Long time lover of sound, but now have budget to explore the world of audiophile. Looking to upgrade from Hd280pro

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Hi All,

 

Looking for: I am looking for a nice pair of open back over ear headphones.    My I am looking at around 200-500 price range for whole set (including amp if necessary).  Right now my eye is on beyerdynhamic dt990, but would like some opinions.  I'm looking for something rather universal, will mostly be used for videogames and music.  Find myself using headphones at home where noise isolation is not an issue.  

 

A Bit about me:  I've always consider myself an audiophile in the sense of loving sound and music.  But until my new job, I did not have the income to explore it better.   I use to do live sound mixing for bands/groups and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I've read many reviews, and find it amazing how people can express so well the differences between headphones.  I can hear it, but have an extremely hard time expressing it well.  I also Like to tweak with eq settings on just about everything so that it sounds the best to me.  I have never needed an amp (for headphones or car/home systems besides the stock setup).  So if I get something which will require amp, I will need some help finding out what to get.  

 

What I currently own:  I currently have Sennheiser HD280Pro (64ohm) 3years old i think.  I love them anything with bass (listen to lots of deep bass music). Other music sounds great, but have heard better (alas i can't remember on what and its been too long).  However, they pinch my head a bit too much and I can't wear them for more than 2hrs.  They are still in great condition and will probably keep them when I decide I want to isolate everything else in the world and just get lost in bass. And keep them for travel (planes etc due to background noise).  

 

What I listen to: As I mention above, videogames, and dubstepesque music.  But I also listen to a lot of Jazz, brass, classical/orchestra, and instrumental rock.  For me the music is more important than the lyrics.  My current favorite artists are Submotion Orchestra, Perverse and Olafur Arnalds. However, I tend not to listen to the same group too often.  

 

Thank you in advance for any suggestions/advice.  Will answer any questions (hopefully in a timely manner. And don't be afraid to get incredibly technical.   

post #2 of 6

If you're looking for a relatively cheap option with no need for an amp that still sounds wonderful, the Sennheiser HD 598 is an excellent choice. They may not have much sub-bass (bass in the lower frequencies) but they are extremely comfortable and have that renowned soundstage open headphones are revered for. These will be great for acoustic, jazz, rock and classical but are great over-all rounders. (if you want more information, you can check my review below)

 

If you're looking for great sound with an amp, the HifiMan HE-400 is now at a great deal of $299 when before it was $399. You can probably get great sound with these and a Matrix M-Stage, but be warned, some find the treble too sparkling and fatiguing. If you're looking for a realistic sound experience with beautiful midrange, the Sennhieser HD-600 are also a wonderful choice.

 

Hope this helped. If you want any more suggestions, feel free to ask!

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For those genres, consider HD600, as Garranty suggested, and also K702. My favorite for jazz is HE400 and it plays the other genres well too, but I prefer dynamic models for classical and rock possibly because they handle treble better. I know little about gaming.

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+1 the Sennheiser HD 600's. Coming in at $400, you absolutely love this headphone. The sound that emanates from these headphone is truly amazing.

 

I could be wrong on this but open back's don't do anything special for dubstep / electronic music. The reason for that being is because open back's are meant to mimic a surround sound stage. Which means you can hear thing's coming from different directions. Dubstep, not being live music as much as just being mixed in a studio never was in a real surround room. So it won't sound worse on these headphones, it just won't be anything special. I could be wrong on all this, though. So someone who knows better, please clarify.

 

-halfinfinity.

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+1 the Sennheiser HD 600's. Coming in at $400, you absolutely love this headphone. The sound that emanates from these headphone is truly amazing.

 

I could be wrong on this but open back's don't do anything special for dubstep / electronic music. The reason for that being is because open back's are meant to mimic a surround sound stage. Which means you can hear thing's coming from different directions. Dubstep, not being live music as much as just being mixed in a studio never was in a real surround room. So it won't sound worse on these headphones, it just won't be anything special. I could be wrong on all this, though. So someone who knows better, please clarify.

 

-halfinfinity.

As far as I can tell, you hit the nail on the head.

post #6 of 6
I suggest some bargain cans for fun. PreSonus HD7 or 681 SuperLux Burgundy Rings, TakStar Pro 80, Koss DJ 100, Sony 7506, Shure SRH 840, NVX Audio HPT1000/HM5/Yoga/Fischer 003/etc.
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