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post #1 of 14
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Up until this point, I've always used cheaper headphones ($40 range), and I'm looking to invest in a pair of nicer cans. I'm currently in high school, so my budget is $150, on Amazon.com, since I happen to have some gift cards there.

 

I listen to EDM / Indie Rock mostly, and I'm looking for a pair of headphones that I can also use for casual gaming (positioning).

 

I've done some research, and each of these headphones seem to be really good, especially for entry-level headphones, but I'm stuck between:

 

- Creative Aurvana Live! 2

- Audio-Technica ATHM50

- Sennheiser HD 558

- Phillips L1/28 Fidelio

- Shure SRH440

- V-Moda M-80

 

They're all within my price range (at current discounts), and I've heard that with the foam mod, the Sennheiser HD 558 will sound very similar to the HD598.

 

I'm hoping that the pair I purchase will last me until I reach university, where I can invest in some higher quality ones.

 

Any advice is really appreciated, since this is going to be a fairly large purchase for a high school student, and I don't want to make a decision I will regret :D 

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Originally Posted by krns View Post

Up until this point, I've always used cheaper headphones ($40 range), and I'm looking to invest in a pair of nicer cans. I'm currently in high school, so my budget is $150, on Amazon.com, since I happen to have some gift cards there.

I listen to EDM / Indie Rock mostly, and I'm looking for a pair of headphones that I can also use for casual gaming (positioning).

I've done some research, and each of these headphones seem to be really good, especially for entry-level headphones, but I'm stuck between:

- Creative Aurvana Live! 2
- Audio-Technica ATHM50
- Sennheiser HD 558
- Phillips L1/28 Fidelio
- Shure SRH440
- V-Moda M-80

They're all within my price range (at current discounts), and I've heard that with the foam mod, the Sennheiser HD 558 will sound very similar to the HD598.

I'm hoping that the pair I purchase will last me until I reach university, where I can invest in some higher quality ones.

Any advice is really appreciated, since this is going to be a fairly large purchase for a high school student, and I don't want to make a decision I will regret biggrin.gif  
Those shures have a pretty steep sub bass roll off. It wouldn't work well with bass heavy genres.
post #3 of 14
I vote for the dt770.

Also I don't think you'd like the hd558 since they're bass neutral, meaning most people will think they're bass light
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by krns View Post

Up until this point, I've always used cheaper headphones ($40 range), and I'm looking to invest in a pair of nicer cans. I'm currently in high school, so my budget is $150, on Amazon.com, since I happen to have some gift cards there.

I listen to EDM / Indie Rock mostly, and I'm looking for a pair of headphones that I can also use for casual gaming (positioning).

I've done some research, and each of these headphones seem to be really good, especially for entry-level headphones, but I'm stuck between:

- Creative Aurvana Live! 2
- Audio-Technica ATHM50
- Sennheiser HD 558
- Phillips L1/28 Fidelio
- Shure SRH440
- V-Moda M-80

They're all within my price range (at current discounts), and I've heard that with the foam mod, the Sennheiser HD 558 will sound very similar to the HD598.

I'm hoping that the pair I purchase will last me until I reach university, where I can invest in some higher quality ones.

Any advice is really appreciated, since this is going to be a fairly large purchase for a high school student, and I don't want to make a decision I will regret biggrin.gif  
If you want open headphones, my vote goes to the phillips fidelio x1. If you want a closed headphone, my vote goes to the logitech ue6000 and creative aurvana live 2. You might want to check out the yamaha hph 200 and pro500. Keep in mind that the open headphones are mostly bass neutral and usually have less bass slam than closed headphones
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If you want open headphones, my vote goes to the phillips fidelio x1. If you want a closed headphone, my vote goes to the logitech ue6000 and creative aurvana live 2. You might want to check out the yamaha hph 200 and pro500. Keep in mind that the open headphones are mostly bass neutral and usually have less bass slam than closed headphones

I read some reviews of the UE6000, apparently the mids / treble get drowned out by the bass - have you tried them, and did you find this problematic?

 

The reviews for the Pro500 were really good, but they're out of my price range :(

post #6 of 14
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I vote for the dt770.

Also I don't think you'd like the hd558 since they're bass neutral, meaning most people will think they're bass light

I'm pretty new to the headphone scene, so should I be getting the 250, 250pro, 32, or 650 ohm models?

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I'm pretty new to the headphone scene, so should I be getting the 250, 250pro, 32, or 650 ohm models?
What are your sources?
post #8 of 14
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What are your sources?

 

I'm listening out of my PC, using a Xonar DG.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by krns View Post

I read some reviews of the UE6000, apparently the mids / treble get drowned out by the bass - have you tried them, and did you find this problematic?

The reviews for the Pro500 were really good, but they're out of my price range frown.gif
The noise cancelling does increase bass quantity but i think its fine.
http://www.head-fi.org/products/logitech-ue-6000
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/surprisingly-good-logitec-ue6000-and-ue9000
post #10 of 14
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I'm listening out of my PC, using a Xonar DG.
I would go for 32-80 ohm headphones
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by krns View Post

I read some reviews of the UE6000, apparently the mids / treble get drowned out by the bass - have you tried them, and did you find this problematic?

The reviews for the Pro500 were really good, but they're out of my price range frown.gif
They have their pro 300 and pro400. Those are more balanced
post #12 of 14

You would probably like the Sennheiser HD 558s since they have a warm sound signature which would be great for the genres you listen to. They also aren't slouches when it comes to gaming. Audio Technica ATH-M50s, I don't recommend because they have a really narrow soundstage, making them bad for gaming - and I'd say they're overrated for music, to be honest. Creative Aurvana Live! headphones are good; not sure about the #2s, but the vanilla Lives are great so long as you can forgive the abysmal isolation (they have a good soundstage, though, so you can use them for gaming pretty well). They have a V-shaped sound signature, which I think you'd like for rock but not necessarily for EDM. All a matter of preference. None of your choices are bad, but if you put a gun to my head and forced me to pick one, Sennheiser HD 558s win.


Edited by Dragonzeanse - 4/19/14 at 10:30pm
post #13 of 14
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You would probably like the Sennheiser HD 558s since they have a warm sound signature which would be great for the genres you listen to. They also aren't slouches when it comes to gaming. Audio Technica ATH-M50s, I don't recommend because they have a really narrow soundstage, making them bad for gaming - and I'd say they're overrated for music, to be honest. Creative Aurvana Live! headphones are good; not sure about the #2s, but the vanilla Lives are great so long as you can forgive the abysmal isolation (they have a good soundstage, though, so you can use them for gaming pretty well). They have a V-shaped sound signature, which I think you'd like for rock but not necessarily for EDM. All a matter of preference. None of your choices are bad, but if you put a gun to my head and forced me to pick one, Sennheiser HD 558s win.

 

Krns

+1 on the HD558s, they are the oldest headphones I have that I still use.

Not a "bassy" headphone, which I think is great to have if you use headphones for long periods on time.

Amazon sells used HD558s for under $100.

 

This $17 to $25 cable makes it a little easier to use the HD558s with 3.5mm jacks.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560313338477&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

post #14 of 14
Yamaha hph200 seems like another good option
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