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Hello all of Head-Fi! I've been wondering about these forums for a good few years or so and finally decided to join and I'm in a bit of a pickle. As title says I need some help deciding on a pair of full-sized headphones preferably no more than $200 but if anyone as any suggestions slightly over $200, I can shell out the extra cash.

 

Note worthy I listen to a lot of edm(trance & atmospheric bass heavier tunes) as well as some classical and video game soundtrack stuff similar to what you'd hear in earlier final fantasy games and other orchestrated game ost's. So something that compliments those genres.

 

Through my lurking and research on Head-Fi/around the net I've come across some cans that seem to get a lot of praise, granted I cant think of all the numbers and letters off the top of my head(ill know em if they're mentioned) but I can recall talk of the audio technica ath-a900x's regardless of having some issues. The main issue I see is the wing support that, well... doesn't support all that much on some noggin sizes(I think I have an average noggin) but can be remedied with the help of a rubber band. However I have noticed that they have been discontinued on at's site and other retail sites so I'm unsure whether or not they'll have a successor or if I should even consider or not.

 

Anyways, any n all thoughts/suggestions are welcome and appreciated, Thanks.

 

Also current set up is my hisound n1 with a fiio e11, if that's worth knowing.

Edit:Oops forgot to mention whether or not open or closed. Which ever is better suited to said genres. The ath ad900x has also caught my eye but I'm unsure as to which is overall better for my music tastes.
Edited by deepness - 4/5/14 at 2:22pm
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Do you need to have closed cans? Or would open headphones be OK? The bigger soundstage of open headphones is really nice for EDM, and a plus for gaming as well.

If open are good, look into the Beyerdynamic DT880 and DT990. The Pro 250 versions would work fine with your E11.
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Philips Fidelio X1, AKG K612pro are good open headphones (just realised the X1 is above your budget, but apparently it goes on sale often).

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Sorry for the bump, I dont want to revive old threads by asking this but I've been reading up on the ath ad900x's And was wondering if they're really lacking any low end or mid bass ,I ask because I've read many opinions that mention them having surprisingly good bass for an open can and many saying bass is a lacking department for them. Any definitive answers?
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UE 6000/DT 770 OR 990/ ATH M50.

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Note worthy I listen to a lot of edm(trance & atmospheric bass heavier tunes) as well as some classical and video game soundtrack stuff similar to what you'd hear in earlier final fantasy games and other orchestrated game ost's. So something that compliments those genres.


I'd recommend the DT-990 250 ohm Pro. This was my first high-end headphone and I enjoyed it greatly. It has a combination of weighty bass response and a large soundstage, which is excellent for EDM. They are definitely not lacking in bass by any stretch, but they put more emphasis on the midbass than the really low bass. 

If you can stretch your budget to $300 or are willing to buy used, the HE-400 would be an even better choice. 

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I'd recommend the DT-990 250 ohm Pro. This was my first high-end headphone and I enjoyed it greatly. It has a combination of weighty bass response and a large soundstage, which is excellent for EDM. They are definitely not lacking in bass by any stretch, but they put more emphasis on the midbass than the really low bass. 


If you can stretch your budget to $300 or are willing to buy used, the HE-400 would be an even better choice. 

How would the dt990s compare to the ath ad900x or a900x? I had the chance to audition the a900x albeit briefly, and really liked them. Ive been leaning more toward the audio technicas being familiar with their sound signature but I don't know if the open ad900x is overall better than the a900x. Im just having hard time deciding between the 2.
Edited by deepness - 4/7/14 at 11:54am
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How would the dt990s compare to the ath ad900x or a900x? I had the chance to audition the a900x albeit briefly, and really liked them. Ive been leaning more toward the audio technicas being familiar with their sound signature but I don't know if the open ad900x is overall better than the a900x. Im just having hard time deciding between the 2.

 



I haven't heard the ATs, so I can't really say. If you liked the A900x, then it's hard to go wrong there.
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