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The only headphones I keep reading about in this price range are the shure 840, ath m50x, ultrasone 580, and the Beyerdynamic DT770 (which are really ugly to me).

 

I was looking for something with great separation/soundstage, accurate, and detailed.

 

Right now, I'm using IEMs. I had the gr07 mk2 (severely lacking in bass impact), and now I have the gr07 bass edition (the slightly recessed mids annoy me a little). I listen to mainly hip hop, but I want to use them for games too. I was hoping for a neutral pair that allows me to here the music exactly as it was created (or as close as I can get for the money).

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Look into Soundmagic HP100. They seem like they might be a good fit for your listening tastes:
http://noblehifi.blogspot.com/2012/10/soundmagic-hp100-review.html
http://www.inearmatters.net/2012/11/review-soundmagic-hp100.html
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Look into Soundmagic HP100. They seem like they might be a good fit for your listening tastes:
http://noblehifi.blogspot.com/2012/10/soundmagic-hp100-review.html
http://www.inearmatters.net/2012/11/review-soundmagic-hp100.html


Thanks. They look smooth, and the reviews mention "superb detail retrieval" and "stunning bass." Usually, in my experience, you get either or. I'm strongly considering these. In the Sony MDR 1r reviews, people were mentioning that the detail is just "OK" or "good." I'm really interested in these now. I'm going to google more reviews.

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Thanks. They look smooth, and the reviews mention "superb detail retrieval" and "stunning bass." Usually, in my experience, you get either or.

There are neutral headphones that have excellent (sounding) bass and deep bass extension. They just don't have bass emphasis, which is why neutral headphones will often be described as having no bass (by bassheads) when they do. Now sometimes neutral headphones respond well to some bass EQ (not sure about the HP100s).

Seems like I remember that the gr07 bass edition have some emphasized bass??? So maybe an accurate, neutral headphone isn't for you even though you think it is smily_headphones1.gif

For headphones with bass emphasis and good SQ, of the M50 and HFI-580, I would go with the DT770.
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