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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello there. I've been lurking here on the forums for about 3 months and I see that the people here are all very informative and helpful. I joined the forum to seek assistance and offer what little opinions I have, being the fledgling audiophile I am. I'm fairly new to this and I'm also fairly young. For so many years I was contended with just "hearing" the music, never "listening" to them. I would be happy with any headphone or earphone I got as long as I heard the music. Now I'm looking for a better experience.

 

I am currently using my android phone with the Fiio E11 and a Sennheiser HD 418 as my primary portable audio setup. I usually listen to Neo-Soul with some R&B and Funk by artists like Mayer Hawthorne, Jamie Lidell, Raphael Saadiq and Alice Russel. I also listen to some Rock, Metal, and Classical. So far, my headphones are doing okay, but I'm looking to upgrade on the cheap. My headphones are also starting to go bad so yeah.

 

I'm considering the following headphones for my upgrade:

 

Superlux HD 661

Grado SR60i

AKG K514 MKII

 

I'm not too much of a basshead since I enjoy alot of clarity in my music (I regret every buying the Razer Hammerhead Pros. The bassiest thing you will ever hear. Good for games, ugly for music). I'm also more inclined to go for Over-Ear headphones since I also enjoy the sound stage.

 

I'm a college student from the Philippines so my budget isn't so high, but I would really welcome your suggestions. If you could suggest any other headphones in the same price range as the three I mentioned, it would definitely be appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)


Edited by HughJanus - 3/23/14 at 8:07am
post #2 of 12

Hi, and welcome!

 

I hope you recognize the difference between open and closed back headphones. The headphones you currently have, are closed back. So they create a seal so they don't leak sound, and they try to block out sound for the listener. Open back headphones, however leak sound. So people around you can hear your music, as well as you being able to hear what goes on around you. So the question is, are you using them only at home, or out and about as well? If you are getting them for home use, go with the Grado's all the way. You may even be interested in upgrading to the SR80i's which are only $100. As far as the closed back you mentioned, I'd go for the AKG's. Good all rounder.


Edited by halfinfinity - 3/23/14 at 4:35pm
post #3 of 12
Grados are a great headphone for an all arounder. I agree about going with them.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm looking to primarily use the new headphones for both home and outdoors use. It also gets pretty noisy in the hallways of the college I study in. How bad is the sound leakage and isolation of the Grados?

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by HughJanus View Post
 

I'm looking to primarily use the new headphones for both home and outdoors use. It also gets pretty noisy in the hallways of the college I study in. How bad is the sound leakage and isolation of the Grados?

 

Very bad. I mean you can literally see right through them. Go with a closed back pair.


Edited by halfinfinity - 3/23/14 at 9:54pm
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

My Sennheiser HD418 also leaks alot of sound. I once cranked up the volume inside an elevator and everyone else inside started headbopping to Mayer Hawthorne. Do Open back headphones leak alot more?

post #7 of 12

Open back by definition leak more, but that doesn't mean closed backs won't leak either.  If leak is of main concern the best you can do is go the IEM route.  IEMs since they are in your ear create a good seal and don't let much sound out.  It got to the point where, when I was in the library, I was constantly taking my IEMs out of my ears just to see if they were too loud.  They never were.

 

I started off with this journey with the Grado SR-80s which are good for rock and decent enough for rap too.  I'm not sure how they will fare with classical because of its smallish soundstage. 

They are on ear headphones and I ran into slight comfort issues after extended periods of wearing them.  But I did enjoy them for a whole 2 years before looking for a new pair of headphones.

 

For what it's worth, my Brainwavz M4s have treated me well.  They're certainly not the biggest name in audiophile history or anything but they got the job done with more clarity than I was expecting for an under $50 IEM.  The Klipsch Image X10 became my main IEM but it'll cost you a little more.  

 

In my opinion, take this very lightly, others might flat out disagree with me, but I wouldn't start swinging for over ear headphones until you're ready to drop over $100 for them.   

post #8 of 12

Get the sr 60i. they sound really good for rock and metal. actually they are considered to be the best cans for rock.

there's a downside though. they are open headphones that means they will leak sound heavily. at max volume, they can be used as a portable speaker lol.

post #9 of 12

Yea, I really suggest you go with closed back headphones or even IEM's (as RMac suggested) for public use. As far as closed back's go I think you should get the Noontec Zoro HD's. I mean, yea, they kind of look like fake beats, but that's not a point of contention. A Head-fi-er recently reviewed them, and they seem amazing for the price (Review here). As for in ears I'd personally opt for the Sony XBA-C10's. Supreme sound on a budget.

 

Whatever you do decide, I'd like to hear feedback.

 

:D Keep Smiling.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Sorry, but IEMs just don't do it for me. I'm looking for sound stage, and clarity. I'm not a bass kind of guy btw. Sound leakage is not a problem for me since I don't really care if other people hear what I listen to (except if I'm in the library, which is rare). However, sound isolation is pretty important to me.

 

EDIT:

 

My Sennheiser HD 418 is really the only "good" pair of headphones I've ever had. The sound  about 5/10 clear and while the sound stage isn't so great as my dad's AKG K701, it still gives you a good feel for where the instruments are positioned, just not how far away they are from each other or from me.


Edited by HughJanus - 3/25/14 at 5:33am
post #11 of 12

So maybe you would enjoy the Phillips Fidelio M1. They have a good soundstage, crisp bass, and look good too. I would personally buy these. 

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

The Philips Fidelio M1 still costs near full price here in the Philippines. Any other suggestion? Also, what do you guys think of the Blaupunkt DJ 112 and Audio Techica ATH M30?


Edited by HughJanus - 3/25/14 at 7:48am
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