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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone!

 

I've been lurking for a few weeks reading everyone's insightful reviews on headphone products but I'm not sure what to get. The ideal situation would be to test headphones out and see which I prefer but I'm in a location outside of London in the U.K where this would be possible.

 

Here is a list of important details:

- I'm looking to spend ~£100 though I'm looking for best value for money.

- My source currently is my PC (Z77 motherboard) or my phone (HTC One). I'm interested in getting a sansa clip in the near future.

- I listen to alternative rock, post-rock and anything with soft female vocals primarily. 

- I work in an office and would want to use them in a relatively quiet area but I also want the benefits an open headphone provides. I think I could get away with semi-open headphones as I don't listen to my music loudly but I'm open to suggestions.

- I think it's worth mentioning that I purchased a bass guitar recently and I'm looking to learn the bass though I don't want the bass to be overpowering when I listen to music and I am in no way a bass head.

 

I recently purchased a refurb UE6000 but I think they may be defective as the bass seems a bit overpowering and the sound comes across as a bit grainy (also with the batteries they came in the ANC which I don't plan on using wouldn't turn on, even if the batteries were dead I couldn't listen in passive unless I take the batteries out). 

 

I've looked into many headphones but semi-open headphones in general have piqued my interest. I've been thinking of purchasing maybe an open-closed duo of headphones such as the Koss KSC75's and a closed headphone when leakage isn't ideal.

 

Any comments, suggestions and recommendations would be much appreciated!

 

Edit:

Being from the U.K I've also looked into the Jaycar pro headphones as I've read that these clones are good value for money.

It is worth mentioning the closest thing I've had to decent headphones are Astro A30s. 


Edited by InsaneApe - 6/2/14 at 12:20pm
post #2 of 17

As it looks like these headphones are going to be used while your "on the go".

JVC HA-S680 (mostly closed) folding headphones, 42 GBP on eBay.

They come with one small little port in each cup.

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your suggestion.

I've read that these headphones have recessed mids, wouldn't this hurt music with female vocals?
Edited by InsaneApe - 6/3/14 at 12:21am
post #4 of 17
Sennheiser PX100II's would work very well for you. They're open but they don't actually leak all that much. They sound great with female vocals as they tend towards a darker sound on the whole. Cheap & durable too.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
I read that the PX100s do leak quite a lot from headfi's portable guide? Also aren't female vocals on the higher end of the spectrum (not dark, in the mods)?
post #6 of 17
All open cans leak but I don't find it bad on the PX100II'S when compared to either my HD 650's or my Q701's. As for your second point well, I guess it's how you like your female vocals. I'll take warm & sultry any day.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Ah I see. Anybody have any experience with fostex headphones outside of the T50RP?
post #8 of 17
Audio Technica ATH-M40X

Edited by anetode - 6/3/14 at 3:01pm
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
If I'm not mistaken the m40x has a flatter response relative to the m50s? I wonder why these aren't recommended more though? I'll be giving them a look though thank you.
post #10 of 17

The M40 is fairly new, not that many mentions of it have made their way out yet. The M50 is an OK headphone, definitely not bad for the price, though I wasn't a huge fan of its bass.

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yes that's why I'm not to keen on the M50 as I think it's too bass heavy for what I want. I've also read they're not the most transparent headphones for the price.
post #12 of 17

Hmm, looking over your requirements again, maybe a Sennheiser HD518 or HD558. Those senns are open headphones, they're easy to drive and they offer better definition than the closed Audio Technicas. Though they are a little on the warm side, i.e. a slight roll off after 1khz. Or, if you are not averse to modding a phone, the Fostex T50RP. Add a bit of damping and you'll have a detailed, neutral-ish headphone that's neither harsh nor bassy.

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Firstly, thank you for your help.

I have looked at the Senn 5xx headphones to and thought they suited me quite well but I'm curious to how much they leak sound (as much as a grado?).

Also looked quite a bit into the T50RP but I don't think I'll be modding anytime soon and theyre relatively expensive here in the U.K compared to the U.S (~£120, £160 on amazon UK!).

Are you also from the U.K by any chance? I ask as some of the relative pricing of headphones is quite different. An example is the Mikros 90 (I think these would suit me well) which I can find at the lowest to be ~£95 whereas they're apparently under $80 in America which is a good deal.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by InsaneApe View Post

Being from the U.K I've also looked into the Jaycar pro headphones as I've read that these clones are good value for money.

The Lindy HF-100 version of those headphones is pretty good value on Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/LINDY-HF-100-Premium-Hi-Fi-Headphones/dp/B0057P09EK/

I can also recommend the Donscorpio Dolphins, which one orders from Penon Audio in Hong Kong. They have deep bass emphasis, but not overly warm like I find the UE6000s to be.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

The Lindy HF-100 version of those headphones is pretty good value on Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/LINDY-HF-100-Premium-Hi-Fi-Headphones/dp/B0057P09EK/

I can also recommend the Donscorpio Dolphins, which one orders from Penon Audio in Hong Kong. They have deep bass emphasis, but not overly warm like I find the UE6000s to be.

I can actually purchase the jaycar clone of the HM5/Mindy/Yoga.. from here:http://www.jaycar.co.uk/productResults.asp?keywords=pro+monitor&keyform=KEYWORD&SUBMIT=Search

Those dolphins look interesting I'll look around for information on them. Thank you.
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