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Need help choosing some good headphones

Poll Results: Which headphones would be great for ME.

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 42% of voters (3)
    Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 ohm pro
  • 14% of voters (1)
    AKG Q 701
  • 42% of voters (3)
    Sennheiser HD 598
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Alright, I'm new here so don't flame me because this is a repeated thread or something stupid I did.

 

Anyways, I'm looking to buy new headphones and came down to 3 good headphones. I do not have an amp and I do not want to buy one but it looks like I will with the choices I made. I have a ~175$ budget but very willing to extend it if there's a better choice. Some music I listen to: Rock, Classic Rock, Some classic songs, 70's 80's 90's, metal, heavy metal, hard rock. One of my favorite bands is Tool, to get an idea of what I listen too. I also do alot of gaming. I want a big sound-stage, and the MOST comfortable headphones and the rest I want is great fantastic beautiful sound. 

I never tried on any of these headphones. I haven't even owned any high end headphones ever. Unless you count some sony Bassy headphones and plantronics gamecon 780

 

I can add more choices but this is what I came down to.

 

1st choice:

Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 ohm pro: In my budget, and on sale for 157$ Pretty nice headphones, and seems like something I want. It doesn't have a  detachable cable though. Kind of a turn off. Not really that important.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011UB9CQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0011UB9CQ&linkCode=as2&tag=techoftomo-20

 

2nd choice:

 

AKG Q 701: From what I read, for 200$ this is one of the most comfortable, with a big soundstage, great sounding headphones. I'm considering this closely.

 

http://www.amazon.com/AKG-Signature-Reference-Class-Premium-Headphones/dp/B004444OFK/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1400637422&sr=1-1&keywords=akg+q701

 

3rd choice:

Sennheiser HD 598: Pretty much over my budget, Really good for classics I heard. Tell me what you think?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Headphones-Burl-Wood-Accents/dp/B0042A8CW2/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1400637771&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=sennheiser+hd+595

 

 

Also at one point I considered some Audio-Technica ATH-M50. Changed my mind though.

 

 

It would be great if you guys had A LOT of experience with these headphones. Thanks.

 

Will add and research recommended headphones.

 

 

 


Edited by breakingbad - 5/20/14 at 7:17pm
post #2 of 19

Actually, I owned the Beyerdyanmic DT 990 and I loved it for almost everything, I really loved it for classical. It had a wonderfully open sound stage and the unique v shapped sound really was wonderful for classical 

 

But the DT 990 sounds best with an amp, I'd recommend on a limited budget the E11, or if you can afford it the Schiit Vali 

post #3 of 19

I would definitely add Grado SR225i's to that list, pretty much the ultimate headphone for those genres in that price range.

post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by ThickGlasses View Post
 

I would definitely add Grado SR225i's to that list, pretty much the ultimate headphone for those genres in that price range.

ahh but wait, there's the issue with the Grado Comfort, not to mention the price of them, for $150 the DT 990 Pro works best with anything you can throw at it, add it's wonderful comfort and rock solid build quality and it's a sure crowd pleaser! 

post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

ahh but wait, there's the issue with the Grado Comfort, not to mention the price of them, for $150 the DT 990 Pro works best with anything you can throw at it, add it's wonderful comfort and rock solid build quality and it's a sure crowd pleaser! 

Ah, true. I don't find them that uncomfortable though, and I have a Stewie Griffin head. I've never tried the DT990, Is it really that good?

post #6 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThickGlasses View Post

I would definitely add Grado SR225i's to that list, pretty much the ultimate headphone for those genres in that price range.

+1

Grados are famous for being good for rock. That doesn't mean you will like them. But they do have strong mids that are very resolving of guitar.

DT990s are a mid-recessed headphone. That doesn't mean you wouldn't like it better. But heavy bass and strong highs does take away from the mids.

Certainly some headphones are better suited for some genres, but then some of us like a particular sounding headphone over others. I would personally recommend trying Grados and then one of the other headphones you are considering.
post #7 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

ahh but wait, there's the issue with the Grado Comfort, not to mention the price of them, for $150 the DT 990 Pro works best with anything you can throw at it, add it's wonderful comfort and rock solid build quality and it's a sure crowd pleaser! 

For you maybe. Grados have their own distinct sound that many find particularly suited for rock. I find that the SR80i can compete for rock with any of the headphones I have heard in the <$200 range, and I'm sure that there are other Grado fans that would agree. But it's OK for you to be a DT990 fan wink.gif
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


For you maybe. Grados have their own distinct sound that many find particularly suited for rock. I find that the SR80i can compete for rock with any of the headphones I have heard in the <$200 range, and I'm sure that there are other Grado fans that would agree. But it's OK for you to be a DT990 fan wink.gif

That's a good point, I've yet to hear a grado, but they are a love it or hate it sound like the HE 400, while the Beyers are generally positive in most situations, still if OP is a grado fan than he will enjoy the very much. Other wise, they Beyers are a safe bet, but yea the DT 990 at $157 is an overall good deal as with a little EQ it can do anything, even better if you pair it with a tube like teh Vali it's pretty great for the price 

 

but ofc OP can choose a safe bet with the 990s and a tube, or does something risky and try and LOVE a Grado, both options are fun 

post #9 of 19
I would also go for the DT 990's.....and did. I think they are great for your preferred choice of music. They do however need an amp.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

That's a good point, I've yet to hear a grado, but they are a love it or hate it sound like the HE 400 . . . .

I've never heard the HE-400 described that way. I think the HE-400 gets people into a class of headphone where they are more particular about what they want. Grados are quite different from anything else.

But it sounds like you need to buy some Grados and try them out smily_headphones1.gif
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Astropin View Post

I would also go for the DT 990's.....and did. I think they are great for your preferred choice of music. They do however need an amp.

Indeed, so FOR $50 MORE you can get the Grado which doensn't need an amp, or for $50 less the DT 990 which does need an amp, I'd suggest the Beringer UAC 202 Amp/Dac which is about $30 and pairs well with high impeadance headphones like the DT 990 Pro 250,

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

Well guys, I see no one suggested the q701 and the sennhieser ones. I guess there not for me.

 

Anyways, I spend some days when I have nothing to do all day in front of my computer. I need some really really comfortable headphones. If I do get the grado SR225i, is there any comfortable replaceable ear muffs that you would recommend. I can't really try out the headphones cause the only store with headphones to test is best buy with there bose and beats headphones. Ill see if I find someplace else. It seems like grados suit me though besides the comfort thing.

 

And when I'm not listening to music, I go on skype or game.

post #13 of 19
Grado SR225i do NOT= comfort for all day wearing. Strike them from your list if comfort is a major concern.
post #14 of 19

the good thing about the grado's is the moddibility (is this even a word? :D) You can literally create earpads for them, and there are a lot of threads around with mods for them. check them out. But yeah, I suppose those stock "things" aren't comfortable at all

post #15 of 19

You can also look in the "Headphones for Sale" forum & get a pair of Sennheiser HD600 for a good price.  IMHO it's the best all round HP I've heard.  

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