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post #1 of 32
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I've done some (overly) extensive research and still can't find an adequate answer. I'm looking for a fun, forgiving type headphone for everyday use. I've already used and sold the M50s in the past. The mids were annoyingly recessed and the bass had some body but was relatively tame and boring (I imagine this is because of a lack of impact). I tried the HD25 aluminums a while back and thought they were a little harsh and small-sounding. I don't remember exactly turned me off to them but they weren't appealing and I was happy to stop listening to them. I've tried a few other headphones over the years but ended up returning them.

 

I was looking into the Sennheiser HD8 DJs but concluded that the comfort issue and super-bassy sound signature would be too much. Someone made the comment that kick drums in black metal became overbearing because of the thick bass and that he couldn't get over it, though he liked the sound for other things, and ended up getting rid of them. I listen to all sorts of music ranging from the entire umbrella of rock music, electronic/ambient/downtempo, acoustic music, jazz, and on and on.

 

I'll add, too, what might be a unique caveat. One thing I particularly loathe when listening to music is hearing little background noises in the recording like chairs creaking, finger movement on acoustic guitars, page turning, and other generally unimportant sounds. I was originally looking at the HD650s or HD600s but, from what I've read, those two will reveal all the extraneous stuff I have no desire to hear. I don't mind if these sounds are present (especially in quiet/intimate or live recordings) but I cannot stand when they're so prominent that they draw attention away from the music--even in the slightest. I want to hear the music; not the musician's surroundings!

 

So, to sum it up: fun, forgiving headphones with some kick to them; an all-arounder as opposed to a genre specialist. Something that won't be distracting and revealing when I decide to listen to something on YouTube instead of my high bit-rate library. My price range is $100-300. Bonus points for dac/amp pairing which I'm also in the market for but am treating as a separate investment. I'm leaning toward the ever-present O2/ODAC as I've heard a lot of good things.

 

Thanks in advance

post #2 of 32
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Anyone?

post #3 of 32
Fidelio X1
post #4 of 32

Have you considered the Sennheiser HD25? They are very fun and relatively forgiving. 

post #5 of 32
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Originally Posted by thievesarmy View Post

Fidelio X1

It's funny you should mention those. That's the one I've been looking at since I saw a post on here earlier today.

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Have you considered the Sennheiser HD25? They are very fun and relatively forgiving. 

I tried the Aluminums. They did a good job of sound reproduction but weren't really my cup-o-tea.

post #6 of 32

You should read the main thread on the X1's. A lot of people have them and have given their thoughts, so there's a lot to base a decision on. It's pretty much unanimously considered a "fun" headphone, and if you're talking about bass when you say "some kick to them", the X1's definitely have some awesome bass, especially for an open-back. That is really the only thing to be aware of - they're open, but assuming that's not an issue, those should be great for you.

post #7 of 32

philips Uptown.....Brainwavz HM5/or any of its cousins.....Bowers P5...

All of them have this lessthanveryclearsound, 

and doesnt need any dac or amp if u dun wish to...

lappy, ipad or sansa clip+ is fine..

n pick your budget n looks :)

post #8 of 32

Look for used on ebay. Nothing wrong with used if its well cared for. Most audiophiles take care of their stuff... most. Look for upper end Senneisser HD650 and below. 

post #9 of 32

FWIW I never found my HD600 or 650 all that detail retrieving or revealing.  I hear more "stuff" with my RS1 and K701.  But thats what I like about the senns... particularly the HD650 its a very smooth, soothing headphone to listen to.  In terms of detail reveal-abilities the 650 is right in the middle of the pack in my collection.

 

When I think fun and forgiving... thats the Grado SR sound.  Pick one in your price range.  The 60 and 225 I think are the sweet spots in the SR lineup.

post #10 of 32
I own a pair of rs1 now and a cary 300b sei. Really sweet sound but im upgrading to the 650.
post #11 of 32
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FWIW I never found my HD600 or 650 all that detail retrieving or revealing.  I hear more "stuff" with my RS1 and K701.  But thats what I like about the senns... particularly the HD650 its a very smooth, soothing headphone to listen to.  In terms of detail reveal-abilities the 650 is right in the middle of the pack in my collection.

 

When I think fun and forgiving... thats the Grado SR sound.  Pick one in your price range.  The 60 and 225 I think are the sweet spots in the SR lineup.

+1 

 

I don't find the senns very detailed. 

post #12 of 32
Not true. Powered correctly are some of the most engaging headphones I've ever put on. I work for a dealer. Mostly stereo experience but whenever I'm at audio shows I always stop in the headphone room for a lil education.
post #13 of 32

opps...if u have more bullet$$ allotted ...then a LCD2 :P

post #14 of 32

No way you'd ever get an LCD-2 for close to $300. Lowest I've seen them go is around $550. 

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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

FWIW I never found my HD600 or 650 all that detail retrieving or revealing.  I hear more "stuff" with my RS1 and K701.  But thats what I like about the senns... particularly the HD650 its a very smooth, soothing headphone to listen to.  In terms of detail reveal-abilities the 650 is right in the middle of the pack in my collection.

 

When I think fun and forgiving... thats the Grado SR sound.  Pick one in your price range.  The 60 and 225 I think are the sweet spots in the SR lineup.

 

Ditto....I could not agree more.....way more detail on my RS1i, at least to my ears.......I love the HD650 smooth....almost boring, but in a good way  :smile:


Edited by whirlwind - 4/16/14 at 2:54am
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