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Hard headphone decision

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Hey,

I'm a new member of the head-fi community (hi everyone!) and I thought I could use a little help from you, because even if this topic may be a little subjective, I'd like to hear the opinions coming from individuals much more experienced than me.

A little bit of background; I love music. Music connects with me in a profound, intimal way; there are very few things that make me feel like this. It makes me move with energetic overdose, it makes me wail in sadness, it makes me ponder... It is of paramount importance to me, as you can see. I don't think I could live without it.

 

So, about three years ago I bought a pair of black on-ear headphones for around 60 euros (I think they're from the brand Aerial7? Not sure) and I was impressed with the sound they provided. Mind you I'm still very young (18) and these were my first pair of headphones; not my first good pair of heaphones, just my first. And coming from the internal speakers of a laptop and the pair of earphones that come with every phone or mp3 player, it opened a whole new world for me; you kind of get the idea.

I wouldn't even have considered buying another pair of headphones, but their plastic hinge broke recently, and although I tried to fix it, it was of no use; they were impossible to wear anymore.

 

And so my internet investigation began; I looked for information for days, and days, and weeks, in this forums threads, in other forums threads, reviews from customers... Everywhere. Although I'm a little skeptical about the sound quality benefits obtained from spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on a headphone (maybe here's the worst place to say that, but whatever) I think that the 100 - 200 euro price range is pretty reasonable; and heck, why wouldn't I give me the pleasure, if its something I enjoy so much?

 

I finally narrowed it to these four; the ATH-M50x (155 eu), the Roland RH-300 (160 eu), the AKG K550 (133 eu) and the German Maestro GMP 8.35 D (145 eu). There are mixed reviews of every single one of them; some say the ATH-M50x sound sterile, cold or mechanical; some say they have too much bass while others say they don't; some say the RH-300 are overall quite good; some say the treble is far too recessed; some say the AKG sound too analytical, with artifical treble , and that they don't fit very well; others say that they're specially good with stringed instruments, very rich and balanced, with a big soundstage and good fit.. etc etc etc. You get the idea. The most praised ones probably were the ATH-M50x and the German Maestro GMP 8.35D, the latter lacking any critiques at all. I would probably pair them eventually with an O2/ODAC combo, and leave this settled for now, but I like to do my research. I like to be sure about what I spend my money on.

 

My musical tastes are somewhat based around electric guitar; I love classic and hard rock, progressive and psychedelic rock, blues and blues rock, reggae, grunge and punk occasionally... And recently I'm getting into harder stuff, but not by much (I loved the first Snot album, Get some, and Leviathan, from Mastodon). Favourite artists and bands include Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Steve Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, RATM, Queen, Audioslave, Guns n' Roses, Alter Bridge, Oasis, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, The Beatles, George Harrison,... But while this is my favourite kind of music, I like to dive into other stuff too; I'm always up for new things. So I think I'm searching for a polivalent headphone, if ever so slightly inclined for these genres.

I don't think I have specially good ears like many of here do; I'm not able to discern the characteristics of the music like you do, but frankly, as far as the headphones you help me choose make me enjoy my music, I don't care.

I'm open to other suggestions between the price range mentioned before (they need to be sealed, for convinience and practicality; I'm going to study to a big city where a calm environment will be difficult to find), but I'm pretty confident in the ones I've chosen.

Thanks in advance!
 


Edited by Vanagandr - 5/21/14 at 5:20pm
post #2 of 29
Do you like a more aggressive sound signature or neutral?
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 

I frankly don't know. I have very little experience in the matter, as I've mentioned before.

post #4 of 29
Neutral:
Yamaha mt220
If neutral and natural sound is priority, the m50s are out
Soundmagic hp100
Fun:
Yamaha pro 400 and 500
Donscorpio dolphin (you can find a mod for these in the pics at the Asian headphone thread.)
post #5 of 29
It would probably be a good idea to start off with a more fun sounding headphone if you aren't completely sure
Edited by zunehdrocks - 5/21/14 at 5:25pm
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 

I'll keep that in mind, thanks for the help. Anything from the ones I selected?

post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 

Any input will be appreciated!

post #8 of 29

I love the German Maestro 8.35D - you won't get any bits breaking on these! We have yet to receive one back which has broken.

 

Here's a video of some JFB branded 8.35Ds being abused -

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcSP8yR10Lw

 

And they are still in use!

 

They have good isolation and a great engaging sound - definitely worth a closer look.

post #9 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by zunehdrocks View Post

Neutral:
Yamaha mt220
If neutral and natural sound is priority, the m50s are out
Soundmagic hp100
Fun:
Yamaha pro 400 and 500
Donscorpio dolphin (you can find a mod for these in the pics at the Asian headphone thread.)

+1 for the Don Scorpio Dolphins. They're really a great set of cans!

post #10 of 29

Philips SHO9207(The Crash), if you like basshead cans.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B0093IZPPK/sr=/qid=/ref=olp_tab_all?ie=UTF8&colid=&coliid=&me=&qid=&seller=&sr=

http://www.amazon.es/Philips-ONeill-The-CRASH-Auriculares/dp/B0093IZPPK/280-9014769-2978444?SubscriptionId=AKIAJ7T5BOVUVRD2EFYQ&tag=camelcamelc05-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0093IZPPK

http://www.0815.eu/Default.aspx?TabID=104&CODE=656520503


 

The suggested retail prices are around 200EUR.


Edited by sorieno - 5/22/14 at 4:08am
post #11 of 29
Just received my Yamaha mt220...it looks like a m50 with an appealing look.
A lot of comments said this is neutral, but no less Fun!
The bass is clear n tight, soaring highs, mids not recessed,
Vocals are palpable..very easily powered off my android..
V capable across diff genres. Bound to be a classic! :-)
AmazonUK gives better price than US.
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveHiFi View Post
 

I love the German Maestro 8.35D - you won't get any bits breaking on these! We have yet to receive one back which has broken.

 

Here's a video of some JFB branded 8.35Ds being abused -

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcSP8yR10Lw

 

And they are still in use!

 

They have good isolation and a great engaging sound - definitely worth a closer look.

 

Yeah, they look very interesting indeed. The two things that keep me from buying it are the fit & comfort, which some claim is not that good, and the excessively analytical sound (though this is something I've not seen all that much). What would you say about that?

 

 

Regarding the other answers (thanks!) I should have pointed out earlier, and I'm sorry for not mentioning it before, that I'm limited to the products offered by thomann and another web site called headphoniaks. Again, sorry for not having said that!

post #13 of 29

The 50's and the O2 and ODAC work wonderfully, I do have this setup plus more..

Alex

post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by adydula View Post
 

The 50's and the O2 and ODAC work wonderfully, I do have this setup plus more..

Alex

What kind of music are you into?

Thanks for the reply!

post #15 of 29

I like all kinds of music that is well mastered and recorded.

 

Jazz, Blues, Rock etc...

 

I like Eva Cassidy, Ben Harper, Keiko Matsui, Nora Jones, Diana Krall, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Fiest, Laurie Anderson, Corine Bailey, Blue Rodeo, Spyro Gyra, Glen Hansard, Keb'mo, Allsion Krauss, BB King, Llyod Cole and the Commotions, Dido, Aimee Mann, Golden Earring, etc....all kinds..

 

But it really has to be done well technically as well as just liking it.

 

I look for recordings that are stellar, so if I like a artist I try to find the best recording....

 

Alex

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