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first pair of hi-def cans help!

post #1 of 35
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so ive had these cheap on ears and realised i hate them. And now im ready for some legit cans

less than $100 (the cheaper the better)
over ear
closed but i could live with open
for use on computer/ iphone
no amp
perferably some noise isolation


also im not really into head shaking bass. i like hiphop, rock, rap, jazz, classical, r&b



ive been thinking about grado sr60i s comments?

thank you guys so much
post #2 of 35

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Headphones - ~69USD

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M30x-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUQW8/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1396789641&sr=8-5&keywords=headphones

 

Relatively low impedance at 47 ohms, so will be easier to drive using a portable device or integrated headphone jack on your computer. And they're closed.

 

 

Sennheiser HD201 Lightweight Over-Ear Binaural Headphones - ~20USD

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Lightweight-Over-Ear-Binaural-Headphones/dp/B0007XJSQC/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1396789831&sr=8-13&keywords=headphones

 

Cheaper, than the Audio-Technica's, but don't let the cost fool you. Also only 24 ohms impedance, very easy to drive without an amp on a computer or portable music player. Open, but you'll appreciate open-acoustic cans and I can guarantee that these cans compete with more expensive ones 40USD+

 

 

Panasonic RP-HTF600-S Stereo Over-ear Headphones - ~35USD

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-HTF600-S-Stereo-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B004MMEI8W/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1396790144&sr=8-30&keywords=headphones

 

Only 56 ohms impedance, so fairly easy to drive.

 

 

Also of these cans terminate in a 3.5mm headphone jack, so it will connect to mostly any portable device or computer with no adapters or anything

 

 

And just remember as a general rule of thumb, the lower the impedance, the easier is it to drive, or the less need for an amplifier.

post #3 of 35
Grados are great for rock, and definitely are not a bass heavy headphone, although they do have a touch of punch in the midbass range. They have great detail resolution. But they tend toward the bright side.

For a more neutral, closed headphone that is good value, read about the Brainwavz HM5 and Fisher FA-003:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585281/review-brainwavz-hm5-a-new-neutral-champ
http://www.head-fi.org/t/491632/review-fischer-audio-fa-003-a-neutral-champ
Both of these are the same headphone, for one manufacturer makes the same cups and drivers, and then they are rebranded for different sellers. While those generally run $125 to $150, you can get the NVX Audio XPT100 version of them for only $80 from Amazon.
post #4 of 35
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Originally Posted by ski4me View Post

so ive had these cheap on ears and realised i hate them. And now im ready for some legit cans

less than $100 (the cheaper the better)
over ear
closed but i could live with open
for use on computer/ iphone
no amp
perferably some noise isolation


also im not really into head shaking bass. i like hiphop, rock, rap, jazz, classical, r&b



ive been thinking about grado sr60i s comments?

thank you guys so much

 

The SR60s are a great open choice.  Another good open headphone is the Sennheiser PX100.  If you want closed, try the Martin Logan Mikros 90.  

post #5 of 35
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Originally Posted by ski4me View Post

so ive had these cheap on ears and realised i hate them. And now im ready for some legit cans

less than $100 (the cheaper the better)
over ear
closed but i could live with open
for use on computer/ iphone
no amp
perferably some noise isolation


also im not really into head shaking bass. i like hiphop, rock, rap, jazz, classical, r&b



ive been thinking about grado sr60i s comments?

thank you guys so much
I just bought a pair of akg k240's, and they sound best for orchestra, jazz, and 70-80's rock/pop, and anything with vocals and mids. Probably the best soundstage you can get for a pair of cans for 80$. Every genre I've thrown at them sounds great. About a 4 db boost in bass compared to mids/treble, but they get flatter and smoother with burn in. Sound stage is about equivalent, if not better than the hifiman he-300's.
post #6 of 35
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Originally Posted by Joshua277456 View Post
 

Sennheiser HD201 Lightweight Over-Ear Binaural Headphones - ~20USD

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Lightweight-Over-Ear-Binaural-Headphones/dp/B0007XJSQC/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1396789831&sr=8-13&keywords=headphones

 

Cheaper, than the Audio-Technica's, but don't let the cost fool you. Also only 24 ohms impedance, very easy to drive without an amp on a computer or portable music player. Open, but you'll appreciate open-acoustic cans and I can guarantee that these cans compete with more expensive ones 40USD+

 

The 201 aren't open, look at them...

And don't recommend them, they're some of the worst headphones i've ever used.

post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by kraken2109 View Post

The 201 aren't open, look at them...
And don't recommend them, they're some of the worst headphones i've ever used.
yeah, I'm not a fan of sennheisers cheapest offerings either. If you want a sennheiser, the cheapest you should go is the sennheiser HD 558, or 598.
post #8 of 35
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yeah, I'm not a fan of sennheisers cheapest offerings either. If you want a sennheiser, the cheapest you should go is the sennheiser HD 558, or 598.

 

Have you heard the PX100?

post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post

Have you heard the PX100?
I was talking about full size, or on ear. If I remember correctly, the px100 is in ear. I think my cousin has the px100 sennheisers if I'm correct that its an earbud.
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by DisCHORDDubstep View Post


I was talking about full size, or on ear. If I remember correctly, the px100 is in ear. I think my cousin has the px100 sennheisers if I'm correct that its an earbud.

 

On ear,  portable.  A great little headphone. 

post #11 of 35
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post

On ear,  portable.  A great little headphone. 
I think he's looking for an entry level audiophile can tho. Are the px100 audiophile? The only cans I see here that might be contenders is a used HD 558, akg k240's, audio technica m30x, or m40x if he wants to spend a but more, and lower end grados. I personally recommend the akg k240's for the soundstage that's unmatched at this price point, the detachable one sided cable, and the sound quality. It can be driven without an amp quite nicely, but if you could get an fiio e6 then it would be slightly better. The e6 is 25$.
post #12 of 35
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Originally Posted by DisCHORDDubstep View Post


I think he's looking for an entry level audiophile can tho. Are the px100 audiophile?

 

Yes!!!

 

Take a look here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/593796/px100-ii-review-appreciation-thread

post #13 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thank you guys so much

I'm gonna do some more research on the grados, akg, and some used senns on cragislist

One question, so what in specs shows what it can be driven by? Is it ohms or sensitivity
post #14 of 35
Thread Starter 
I'm also going to check out those Audio-technica m30xs
post #15 of 35
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Originally Posted by ski4me View Post

Thank you guys so much

I'm gonna do some more research on the grados, akg, and some used senns on cragislist

One question, so what in specs shows what it can be driven by? Is it ohms or sensitivity

Both are useful

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