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Closed back, over ear headphones that fit my specifications under $300?

post #1 of 16
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I'm looking for a pair of closed back headphones for under $300. They need to be over ear. I want earpads similar to Beyerdynamic's earpads, I'm not sure what they are. Velour? I'd like them to be comfortable for long periods of time. A self adjusting headband is perfect, but I can get one that doesn't self adjust if I have to. They need to have a detachable straight cable, but they don't need to be able to fold up. That would be a nice feature to have, though. They should be black in colour, and be reasonably attractive at the very least.

 

I was looking at these:

AKG K272

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (I would replace the pleather earpads with velour/felt/whatever ones)

 

They will be used with my motherboard's onboard audio (which is pretty good for onboard audio, it's an MSI MPOWER and it has an amp and everything), but when I save up the money I'll get a Schiit-stack (which is a Schiit Vali/Magni amp and Modi DAC stack setup, for those who don't know).

Sound-wise, I like a reasonably flat EQ, but I don't really care, as long as they aren't tinny or have bass that overpowers everything else (*cough*Beats*cough*)

 

So, out of my options, which is the best? Or, are there other headphones that would be better for me?

Thanks for helping.

post #2 of 16

do consider the remarkable MrSpeakers Mad Dogs right on your budget and very highly regarded with the bonus of being just a little off the beaten track

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

I don't think that I can get the Mad Dogs in Australia. They also have leather earpads, it seems.

post #4 of 16
Hi,

Focal Spirit Professional are one of the best regarded closed back headphones in terms of sound quality this days. Take them a look. You could also consider Shure SRH840 (this are more punchy but quite revealing) and 940 (this aren't black but are detail monsters). If you are looking for a smooth presentation with nice extended bass you could also consider SoundMagic HP100.

DT770 80 Ohm versions have more bass, 250 Ohm versions are more neutral but still big bass.

Best Luck!
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Do you think that my MSI MPOWER motherboard can power the 250ohm DT770s until I save up the money for a Schiit-stack?

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by JeremiS View Post
 

Do you think that my MSI MPOWER motherboard can power the 250ohm DT770s until I save up the money for a Schiit-stack?

For sure, 250 Ohm Beyers won't give their best without proper amplification, but you can use them unnamped until you can get an amp, specially if you are not going to use your headphones really loud.

Anyway, Shure SRH-840 and SoundMagic HP-100 are both very good headphones and don't need extra amplification.

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

I think I'm set on the DT770s. They look decent, seem to be very comfortable, have Beyerdynamic's signature awesome earpads and have a good amount of bass which should be good for me because most of my music is electronic or alt rock. I looked at the Shure SRH-440s at the store and they were uncomfortable and felt flimsy. Are the SRH-840s better then the SRH-440s in terms other than sound?

I searched up those SoundMagic headphones, they look alright but there's a few problems:

They have pleather earpads

They have a coiled non detachable cable

Apparently the sides are a 'fingerprint magnet', which I don't really like, glossy plastics that attract dust, hairs and fingerprints annoy the hell out of me.

The MSI MPOWER has an on-board amplifier dealie. They call it 'MSI Audio Boost'; here's their description of it:

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.
Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability. The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.
 
Studio level integrated 600Ω headphone amplifier
Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
EMI shielded audio codec
High quality audio capacitors
Illuminated audio PCB separation
Continue reading: http://game.msi.com/product/motherboard/z87-mpower

 

Supposedly it can power 600ohm headphones. I don't know if this is true, but that means it'll be able to easily power the 250ohm DT770s, probably not as good as a dedicated Amp+DAC combo, but I'll get a Schiit-stack or the Fiio thing or something to that effect eventually.

post #8 of 16

SoundMagic HP-100 have detachable cable, Beyers don't.

 

Pleather earpads don't attract as much dust, hairs as velours do. This kind of earpads also provide better isolation.

On the other hand, velour earpads are quite easy to clean (using soft adhesive tape for example) and don't get hot and sweety after some hours.

post #9 of 16

For Very flat headphones that are easy to EQ You could look into the Brainwavz HM5, They are some of the flattest sounding headphones and can sound accustom to you by simply Eqing them.

 

The Sennheiser Momentum are also pretty good, they have a present bass which is pretty controlled and a fantastic mid range, and the ear pads are a very comfortable leather, given that they fit your ears as the cups are very small.

 

Lastly, The AKG K550 are a very flat headphone with A very clean low end, flat, natural mids, and a really pleasant, detailed treble to match, they're very comfortable, but you just have to make sure you can get a good seal on them!

 

Hope this helps, bud! Thanks!(:

post #10 of 16

I think you will love the NAD VISO HP50. Read the review on Innerfidelity

post #11 of 16
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I think you will love the NAD VISO HP50. Read the review on Innerfidelity
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-full-size-sealed
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/i-love-these-headphonesthe-nad-viso-hp50
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by JeremiS View Post

I think I'm set on the DT770s. They look decent, seem to be very comfortable, have Beyerdynamic's signature awesome earpads and have a good amount of bass which should be good for me because most of my music is electronic or alt rock.

Well, the DT770s are definitely NOT neutral, as you specified you were looking for.

Given all the requirements you listed in your original post, you are going to have to compromise somewhere.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by JeremiS View Post
 

I think I'm set on the DT770s. They look decent, seem to be very comfortable, have Beyerdynamic's signature awesome earpads and have a good amount of bass which should be good for me because most of my music is electronic or alt rock. I looked at the Shure SRH-440s at the store and they were uncomfortable and felt flimsy. Are the SRH-840s better then the SRH-440s in terms other than sound?

I searched up those SoundMagic headphones, they look alright but there's a few problems:

They have pleather earpads

They have a coiled non detachable cable

Apparently the sides are a 'fingerprint magnet', which I don't really like, glossy plastics that attract dust, hairs and fingerprints annoy the hell out of me.

The MSI MPOWER has an on-board amplifier dealie. They call it 'MSI Audio Boost'; here's their description of it:

Supposedly it can power 600ohm headphones. I don't know if this is true, but that means it'll be able to easily power the 250ohm DT770s, probably not as good as a dedicated Amp+DAC combo, but I'll get a Schiit-stack or the Fiio thing or something to that effect eventually.


In that case I would reccomend the beyerdynamic dt150  (250 ohms)

http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyer-dynamic-dt-150-compact-closed-headphone-250-ohms

http://www.head-fi.org/t/265251/beyerdynamic-dt-150-bloody-brilliant

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DT150/

Well there is one problem...

They're huge...


Edited by zunehdrocks - 4/16/14 at 2:58pm
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by milk View Post

For Very flat headphones that are easy to EQ You could look into the Brainwavz HM5, They are some of the flattest sounding headphones and can sound accustom to you by simply Eqing them.

The Sennheiser Momentum are also pretty good, they have a present bass which is pretty controlled and a fantastic mid range, and the ear pads are a very comfortable leather, given that they fit your ears as the cups are very small.

Lastly, The AKG K550 are a very flat headphone with A very clean low end, flat, natural mids, and a really pleasant, detailed treble to match, they're very comfortable, but you just have to make sure you can get a good seal on them!

Hope this helps, bud! Thanks!(:

Thanks for the information!
The Momentums are not for me, they look nice and have good sound but the earcups are too small for my ears.
The K550s are interesting. You say they have nice sound and are comfortable? Is there a way I can replace the ear pads with Beyerdynamic style ones?
The Brainwavz headphones don't seem to be good for me.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Well, the DT770s are definitely NOT neutral, as you specified you were looking for.

Given all the requirements you listed in your original post, you are going to have to compromise somewhere.
They don't need to be very neutral. I'm fine with a coloured sound. I just don't want them to be ridiculously EQ'd and have too much bass that drowns out everything else, or too much treble that makes bassy music sound bad.
Edited by JeremiS - 4/17/14 at 9:51pm
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Accidental double post.
Edited by JeremiS - 4/17/14 at 9:52pm
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