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So today I had the opportunity to take my iBasso D-Zero and test out a bunch of headphones. I went to the Apple store, Guitar Center and a Best Buy mobile. I'll probably go by best buy and try as many as possible there tomorrow.

I tried out:
Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250 Ohm
Monster DNA on-ear
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Bang & Olufsen H6
Sony MDR-V6
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
Sennheiser HD380 Pro
AKG K240
Shure SRH-840
KRK KNS-6400

I think I got em all.

Impressions!

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250 Ohm
You guys aren't wrong when you say they are the most detailed and flat headphone available near that price. However, they are just a tad bright, and all I could say about the bass is that the notes are there. They are audible, but only just. Very good headphone, just not my thing. Could be good for gaming too.

Monster DNA On-Ear
I was shocked by these. I went into a best buy mobile and saw these, and since I recently read a good review on Head-Fi, I thought I'd give them a shot. I plugged them into my amp, and started with rap. I was surprised that at high volumes it wasn't at all sibilant. The voices sounded surprisingly accurate. I tried other music and my conclusion is that they are kind of v-shaped, but the bottom is centered around the high-mids. The V is also very slight. The bass is good, though it does bleed just a tiny bit into the low-mids. The low mids were rich and lower voices sounded very good. Higher voices sounded just a bit off though. The treble was sparkly but never harsh. I very much enjoyed these. I'll be considering the DNA Over-Ear when I get my next portable can.

Bowers & Wilkins P7
They look very classy, and are quite comfortable. They were the second clearest headphone I heard for the day. They are mid-bass focused but not lacking in sub-bass. They sound very flat and tend a bit warm if anything. The treble isn't boosted or rolled off, which gives cymbals, snares and such a very nice presence. They are far from sibilant even at very high volumes though. I might get these one day.

Bang and Olufsen H6
I first tried these headphones a few months ago when my friend (he is a rich kid with a taste for fancy materials like sheepskin leather) was looking for good headphones. We tested them out on my Nokia Lumia 920, and while they were clear, they sounded very thin. The amp has fixed that. After listening to them today they sounded very full. These headphones are very flat sounding, and the mids were very balanced. Voices sounded very natural. The bass isn't boosted, I'd say, but rap and electronic music doesn't sound silly with them. The bass is very accurate, and has some great texture, especially with a good bass guitar line. Maybe the most comfortable headphone I wore all day.

Sony MDR-V6
For their price, I was very impressed with these. They seemed solid in the bass department, a bit recessed but still sounded full in the mid range. The treble was a bit rolled off. Definitely my new recommendation for the price range (purely for sound). The flaws with the comfort really kill these though. The pads are stiff and feel weird. Similar in material to the Sennheiser HD25-1 II and the Sennheiser HD380 Pro. They do not isolate as well as they should due to the pads.

Sennheiser HD25-1 II
I was almost angry when I heard these. They sound great. Warm, great in the bass department, clear but a bit rolled off in the treble, and voices were very natural. They stuck some exceptional drivers in some of the ugliest headphones I've ever seen. They are very uncomfortable, feel very cheap, isolate poorly and have terrible pads. Such a weird headphone.

Sennheiser HD380 Pro
This was my favorite headphone of the day. They aren't as clear as the B&W P7, but they have one of the most unique and entertaining sound signatures I've come across. They have insane bass, with great extension and punch as well as a good bit of texture. They are warm but with natural high-mids. There is a boost somewhere around 5KHz, which gives the treble a great bit of sparkle and a very good sound stage. They are a bit odd in design, though. They have terrible ear pads, just like the HD25-1 II and the MDR-V6 though.

AKG K240
These feel like a joke. They are by far the flimsiest and cheapest feeling headphones I have ever felt. I mean they feel worse than the cheap on-ear things that came with old portable tape/cd players. The head band feels terrible but the pads are okay. They don't fit to your ears because the headband isn't strong enough to have a clamp force. The sound is very clinical and surprisingly clear, but they were the only headphone that I heard that had less bass than the DT880.

Shure SRH-840
I was surprised to find that these are very V-shaped. The bass sounds good, and the treble is sparkly, but the mid range just isn't there. I expected better. Solid construction and very good comfort, though.

KRK KNS-6400
I was kinda surprised to see that KRK made headphones, so I had to try these. They are great in the low-end, but have an exaggerated low-mid range that causes voices to sound unnatural. Sparkly treble as expected. Decent comfort and construction.
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Threads a little old, but would the DNAs be worth it for $99 (Newegg in gray)?  Or should I go for Monster Diesel Vektr Over ears for $85? Thanks

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I think you might have tried a defective HD25-1 because it's amongst the most isolating models. That's why the clamping is so uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by smithy316 View Post

Threads a little old, but would the DNAs be worth it for $99 (Newegg in gray)?  Or should I go for Monster Diesel Vektr Over ears for $85? Thanks
Never tried the Diesel Vektr, but the DNA aren't bad for the price. Go to a best buy and try them out!
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I think you might have tried a defective HD25-1 because it's amongst the most isolating models. That's why the clamping is so uncomfortable.
They were a bit old and worn, so the pads could have been worn out and the clamp of the headband could have been worn down.
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