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Choosing a Pair of Portable Heaphones

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

Hi, this is my first post on this site. Over the past couple of weeks I have been here quite a bit to research what might be my best choice with my next headphone purchase. I feel like I have been lead in circles and haven't made a ton of progress on my own so I was hoping that I could receive more specific, direct help. 

 

 

The pair of headphones I have now are the AD-700's. I purchased these for use in my own home for gaming and music listening, I am very happy with them. However, the AD-700's are completely abysmal for portable use. They are big, ugly, and leak sound. For listening on the go, at school, during transit, at the library ect., I need another pair.

 

So what I'm looking for is:

 

•Portability- I'd like to be able to fit them into my backpack although this isn't a deal breaker, I'll be listening on laptop and phones

 

•Style- I'd like for them to look decent(the Sennheiser momentums come across my mind as a very nicely deigned pair of headphones)

 

•Sound Quality- Primary I listen to a variety of music such as: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Some/little electronic/EDM, A lot of my music has acoustic guitar with male vocals, 

 

•Budget- my budget would be < or = 300$, saving money is a big plus

 

I wouldn't be against getting a pair of In-Ears, but I don't know what that would cost in terms of SQ. 

 

 

Thank you for any and all help you can give.

post #2 of 28

Welcome to head-fi!

 

Have you checked the Sennheiser HD 25 I II or the Amperiors?

post #3 of 28
Hi! Welcome to Head-Fi!

I recommend trying out:
Sennheiser Amperior
V-Moda XS
V-Moda M-100

The Amperior has a more aggressive sound signature, but it's balanced. The XS is the new on-ear by V-Moda, more laid-back than the Amperior but not recessed sounding. The M-100 is a compact over-ear, kind of bassier but not heavy.
post #4 of 28
Thread Starter 

Hi, thanks for responding. I have looked a little into both the Amperiors and the Hd-25 II. Due to a lack of retailers, I don't have the opportunity to test any myself. Someone stated in another thread that they might not be the best for my music choice, if you have contrary opinions please speak up. Two of my friends own the m-100 and absolutely love them. They are both hardcore fanboys for the v-modas so I try and take their opinions with a grain of salt. I am very interested in the V-Moda XS as I heard they have a more balanced sound than the m-100, they are smaller, and they are cheaper. If anyone could offer their opinion I'd be very appreciative, thank you. 

post #5 of 28
I'm really loving my XS right now. If your friends have any V-Moda M-80, you should try them on. The XS is smaller, more comfortable, and has better sound than the M-80.
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 

I'm listening to a pair of m50xs at the moment so I can use that as a base for any comparisions

post #7 of 28
What would you like to improve over the M50x? The M50/M50X sound are so well known, if you describe what you want in terms of that, then people can probably help you better.

So what would you like? More, better, less bass/mids/treble? Smaller size for portability? Better soundstage? Better detail resolution?
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

What would you like to improve over the M50x? The M50/M50X sound are so well known, if you describe what you want in terms of that, then people can probably help you better.

So what would you like? More, better, less bass/mids/treble? Smaller size for portability? Better soundstage? Better detail resolution?

Everything seems fairly well represented with the m50s. What I would want to improve would be better clarity high and low. The headphones come across as a littler "bland" to me. Would something like the amperior be more to my tastes? The V-moda xs?

post #9 of 28
I think the DT1350s are a good improvement over the M50s. Much better sound clarity across the frequency range, and they are currently $180. Note they are on Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame for sealed pad headphones. You can follow the link from there to his full review. Innerfidelity also has a review of the M50, so you can get an idea of how they compare.
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I think the DT1350s are a good improvement over the M50s. Much better sound clarity across the frequency range, and they are currently $180. Note they are on Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame for sealed pad headphones. You can follow the link from there to his full review. Innerfidelity also has a review of the M50, so you can get an idea of how they compare.

I did some more research and found this, I'm enjoying the idea of the esw9s due to their description of how they handle vocals. I'm still very indecisive. If only there was more info on the V-Moda xs...

post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 

I just tried out the m-100 and they sounded pretty good. There definitely was too much bass but I loved the portability. I heard the momentums are more balanced and they look really nice. Both of these headphones are larger though, I don't know if I want to sacrifice the portability. I'm definitely considering the DT1350s as I have heard a lot of rave reviews.

post #12 of 28
I've always been interested in hearing the ESW9s. I don't what the problem was with that reviewer and the DT1350s, unless he couldn't figure out how to get a good seal with them. Any headphone connoisseur is going to recognize that the DT1350s are a very good sounding headphone, even if it's not to one's particular tastes. It's just like the M100s. They are not for me because of their bass emphasis, but they are definitely nice headphones for someone that wants that kind of bass in a headphone that is fairly portable.
post #13 of 28
To me, the ESW9 is better than the DT1350 due to its less emphasis on bass. The mids and highs are better too. As for the XS, they sound similar to the M-80, but with refined trebles and tighter bass.
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for responding! Right now I'm stuck, I don't know what to choose. The headphones I'm currently considering are:

 

Sennheiser Momentum (more balanced than m-100, really stylish, my ears might not fit)

 

Amperior/Hd25II-1 (Supposedly really good sound, some say it's v-shaped other say not so much, it's agressive and a lot of my music is laid back about 70%, is it worth getting the new aluminum??)

 

V-Moda XS (Looks pretty good, It supposedly has bass more under control than the m-100, It would have to have overall better sound than the m-100 since I could buy second hand M-100 for about 200$)

 

DT1350 (A more forgiving, warmer Amperior, this might a good choice as long as the bass is in check as I'm no basshead, I'm worried about getting a good seal)

 

I hate being so indecisive. Some bands I listen to are: Modest Mouse, Noah and the Whale, The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Pepper, AWOLNATION. Mostly Indie/rock but I branch out a lot. Sometimes I listen to quieter music with acoustic guitar and vocals and something rock/electronic rock. 

 

If anyone could offer anymore insight/recommendations I would be very grateful. 

post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 

I'm now also looking at the NAD VISO HP50, seems to be a good buy.

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