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post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 

Hey Head-Fi,

 

I'm currently looking for an open/semi-open headphone to have good synergy with my UE6000s. By synergy I mean cover my UE6000s weaknesses. I find them to be somewhat too warm and the vocals/mids don't seem too clear. 

 

The music I enjoy listening to is ambient, acoustic, alternative rock and all these genres and more with soft female vocals. At the moment, my source is a PC (z77 motherboard) and a HTC One. In the near future I may purchase a cheap amplifier like a Fiio E6, any suggestions on this would be recommended too! 

 

My budget is around £50-60 (I'm from the U.K) but I'd like to emphasise I'm looking for best value for money so anything lower or higher which you think would be justified I'd definitely consider. 

 

I'm looking for over-ear or a good on-ear headphone. I've been looking at the Superlux (whole range in general but more specifically) HD 330, HD 660, HD668B, the Grado SR-60e, KRK KNS 6400 (perhaps the 8400) and the Jaycar Pro (HM5/FA-003/NPT1000 clone). I know the KRKs and the Jaycars are not open headphones but I have heard that they do have good soundstage and open-like properties for the price.

 

Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 31
Thread Starter 

I'm still unsure of what to get so if anyone could make any suggestions that'd be great! (Bump)

post #3 of 31

Beyerdynamic DT880, 32ohms with a regular computer or device, 250ohms with a discrete amp.

post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
It's a bit out of my price range unfortunately. Is there anything else you'd recommend?
post #5 of 31

I've been lurking around for some time - I would suggest the Alessandro MS1 if you can stretch your budget a little. I find the Grados to be a little too bright, the MS1 is a nice compromise, but also brings out female vocals quite nicely. I suggest you look up some more reviews on it and maybe someone else will have a better suggestion.

 

P.S. I own both the Alessandro MS1 and a pair of Grado SR225s (which I plan on selling), and to be fair, I haven't given the Grados much of an opportunity, since they were just much brighter than I had expected, and I only managed to listen for 2 hours.

post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply. Yes I was looking at the MS1i and grados too but with the release of the new e series I was wondering whether or not I should wait and see the reviews for those. Any idea if there will be new alessandro models for the recently released e series?
post #7 of 31
Go for the HD668B now and save up for Grado/Alessandros, or go for an SR80i.
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by InsaneApe View Post

Thanks for the reply. Yes I was looking at the MS1i and grados too but with the release of the new e series I was wondering whether or not I should wait and see the reviews for those. Any idea if there will be new alessandro models for the recently released e series?


Almost certainly - Grado make the Alessandro headphones, and I can't see them continuing with the old versions.

 

I can also recommend the MS1i (or any Grado) for your preferred music genres, and they are fantasically open sounding.  Grados are overpriced in this country, but you can get some decent deals if you buy used. If you use the L Cushion pads, the difference between the lower-end Grados and the higher end models is not very large at all (I've tried MS1i, 225i, 325is, RS2, RS1i).

 

(Also, if it's any use I had the Jaycars a while back but didn't like them at all. They do have a good soundstage, but also have a very closed, 'cave like' quality that I hated.)

post #9 of 31
Thread Starter 
I'll probably be doing that pbui, thanks for your help!

I'll probably wait for the ms1e as I think they'd really suit me. Also the ms1i currently including delivery costs less than an Sr80i (though I'm not taking into account customs) so I think the pricing is pretty good. Thanks for that comment on the jaycars, a lot of people recommend them somewhat blindly I find and I'll be taking them off my list of considered choices.

Would the k612 pros be a good choice too? I can get them for around £100.
post #10 of 31
Thread Starter 
I've also looked at the fostex TH-7BB but I find it hard to find info on these headphones. I read that the previous version had a dark background which would be good for ambient/atmospheric music.
post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by InsaneApe View Post

I'll probably be doing that pbui, thanks for your help!

I'll probably wait for the ms1e as I think they'd really suit me. Also the ms1i currently including delivery costs less than an Sr80i (though I'm not taking into account customs) so I think the pricing is pretty good. Thanks for that comment on the jaycars, a lot of people recommend them somewhat blindly I find and I'll be taking them off my list of considered choices.

Would the k612 pros be a good choice too? I can get them for around £100.

 

The jaycars where my second purchase after joining Head-Fi (they were 'flavour of the month' at the time) and I sold them on pretty quickly!  My first purchase were the MS1i, and I still have them 3 years later  :smile:

 

The K612 Pro are a fantastic headphone (I used to have a K601, which were the previous version but they sound pretty much the same, I believe)  They have a very natural & musical sound and I found them extremely comfortable to wear. Extremely good value at that price.

 

They are also great with your kind of music, but have a much larger soundstage & quite a different presentation when compared with the MS1i. Think sitting in the audience (K612 pro) vs being onstage with the band (MS1i)

 

They need amping to sound their best though. (Nothing too serious required, though - I ran my K601 from a FiiO E10)

post #12 of 31
Thread Starter 
I appreciate the comparison you gave on the ms1s and the k612s! Do you have any experience with superlux headphones?

I've also been looking at the HD681F as an option as I've read that it doesn't have the piercing highs that some can't cope with on the HD681.
post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by InsaneApe View Post

I appreciate the comparison you gave on the ms1s and the k612s! Do you have any experience with superlux headphones?

I've also been looking at the HD681F as an option as I've read that it doesn't have the piercing highs that some can't cope with on the HD681.

 

Sorry - no experience with Superlux.

post #14 of 31
Thread Starter 
I see, thanks for all your help.

If anyone has any experience with the takstar hi2050 please do drop a comment.
post #15 of 31
Thread Starter 
I forgot to ask, would I get away with not amping the k612s if I were to opt for them?
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