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post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 

It must be the eternally asked question, but I will ask it none-the-less!

 

I am looking for some decent on ear phones after a few attempts at In-Ear phones that have done a job but not been suitable. I've tried Sennheisser, Panasonic, Digital Silence, but all buy before I try :blink:

 

I have a young family, so limited time and money, but would like some decent phones for the dog walks and me-time! I have a wide range of musical taste, but mostly like the bass to come through my music and the majority is rock.

 

Been looking at AKG K451's for the reviews and affordability, but am open to suggestions.

 

Is the only way to truely get the right pair, to try before buy?

post #2 of 41
Easily the Martin Logan Mikros 90. Best closed portable cans under $400 IMO.
post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply Trunks, I will check those out, however perhaps I should have been more clear on my 'budget'!?!

 

I'd be looking to spend no more than $150 ideally, and I'm in the UK so would need to check local availability.

post #4 of 41
The Onkyo ES-FC300 are quite nice. Here's a review: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/delightful-onkyo-es-fc300-and-es-hf300
post #5 of 41
Yss, the FC300 is also quite nice. Not Mikros good, but they're about Momentum good, or M100 good.
post #6 of 41
Thread Starter 

The Onkyo looks nice (I also have a wireless USB speaker system by Onkyo for my laptop) so will certainly check those out.

 

Please forgive my ignorance, but could you also provide manufacturer with model references, as I am entirely clueless as to the models you've mentioned there Trunks!

post #7 of 41
Usually if you google the model with "headphone" as a keyword, it will come up.

Sennheiser Momentum, V-Moda M-100, and Martin Logan Mikros 90. I have not heard the Mikros 90, but it is the FOTM right now on head-fi, and there does seem to be a lot of hype associated with it.
post #8 of 41
Thread Starter 

I cannot find a UK supplier on the Mikros 90's, so would have to buy unseen if I were to take that step. Has anyone bought/tried these? I have a larger than average head (XL cycle helmet 60cm+!) and ALL of the reviews say that it's a tight fit. However these are on Newegg.com for $79.99 so would happily take a punt if I could get size info.

 

Any other suggestions? 

post #9 of 41
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Originally Posted by TheRev76 View Post
 

I cannot find a UK supplier on the Mikros 90's, so would have to buy unseen if I were to take that step. Has anyone bought/tried these? I have a larger than average head (XL cycle helmet 60cm+!) and ALL of the reviews say that it's a tight fit. However these are on Newegg.com for $79.99 so would happily take a punt if I could get size info.

 

Any other suggestions? 

 

The clamping is easily loosened (bend closer to the top, not right at the metal rings next to the earcups). You should ask on the Mikros thread about how big the headband can be made; someone there will give you a precise figure. It's also important to wear them toward the front of the ear, which directs the sound into the ear and makes it more open-sounding with some loss of isolation.

 

M90 is good for rock, metal, pop, and vocals but not really other genres. Bass is tight after burn in, but not very deep. Overall sound after burn in is still lighter rather then darker but not bright or bothersome.

post #10 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the information Claritas, will look for the Mikros thread.

 

Is there any opinion on the AKG K450/451/452 as these are readily available in the UK and have been reviewed well.

 

Any other suggestions welcome, I would prefer to do the research now than have someone suggest a better option after my purchase!

post #11 of 41
Thread Starter 

The Mikros, apart from the availability issue, just look a bit awkward on the head so I'm thinking I'll steer clear. However, could I now add the Beyerdynamic DTX501P to the mix? Any pro's/con's? The reviews say they are good with the bass, and great VFM.

 

Any help appreciated!

post #12 of 41
Some guy named Dale Thorn has a video review on youtube (we're not supposed to link to it here). The only things I remember is that he likes it and it has a big headband.
post #13 of 41
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

Some guy named Dale Thorn has a video review on youtube (we're not supposed to link to it here). The only things I remember is that he likes it and it has a big headband.

Recommended more than some $200 versions, high praise indeed! These are now climbing the wish list :atsmile:

post #14 of 41
Thread Starter 

*Update*

 

Didn't realise that the Beyer's have a fixed cable - is that an issue longer term?

 

Having trawled eBay, I have found some old Grados (SR60 and RS1), but would they still be better than newer current models and suitable to my bass requirements?! On a slight tangent I've also found some very reasonably priced AKG K840KL wireless cans - might these be worth a punt, or is wireless still not sorted?

 

I am sorry for all the questions, but am just trying to get the best I can for the most reasonable price.

post #15 of 41
The Grados have a rolled off bass. You can improve that by using tape-modded L-cushions but it's still not going to be on the level of most closed models.

I have never had a problem with non-detachable cables, but I might not be the best to go by because I'm more gentle with my gear and don't wear it outdoors.
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