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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Alright, before I say anything, I've already looked up several forum posts, but I really can't decide on which ones. This website's 2013 Headphone Recommendation list was rather substantial, and it helped a lot, but I'd like to ask you guys what headphones to get just to be a little bit more sure.

 

My old headphones were KOSS UR-55's (they broke for the 4th time, thank god for the Lifetime Warranty don't even ask me how they broke so many times >.>)

 

I'm typically listening to classical, pop and doing some gaming on the side. 

 

Now this is what the guide really couldn't specify and here's what I need:

Durability (so it doesn't break 4 times in a row each within a year of returning it to KOSS)

Sound quality (guide already covers that, but I really like Klipsch after trying them out although I'm looking for headphones instead)

 

The sound bitrate of most of my songs range from 256kbps to FLACs, so they vary wildly. I also occasionally use YouTube for music.

 

Here are some of the headphones I'm considering, but feel free to suggest more

 

KOSS DJ100s <- I question the build quality

Audio Technica M30s <- idk about these

Grado SR80i's <- also not much said about these

 

I have relatively bad experience with the Creative products in general, so I prefer to not have them mentioned. Although, if their sound quality and build is that substantial then I may consider going for them. 

 

Thank you for reading and please suggest <3

post #2 of 15

If you liked Klipsch, I don't think you're going to enjoy Grado SR80is. They're just too lacking in bass (on top of being ridiculously uncomfortable). They'd probably be pretty good for classical, though. Don't know about the other two options. All I know is the ATH-M50s have a very weak soundstage, which is bad for gaming. If the M30s are anything similar, don't get them.

 

For pop, I'd recommend Sennheiser HD 429s (or 439, which are discontinued). Sony MDR-V6/7506, I'd say are pretty good for everything - but not exceptional at anything, since they're quite a flat headphone. Shure SRH440s would be really good for classical, and they have a good soundstage for a closed headphone (but I still feel almost any open headphone would do gaming better, in that regard). They have great build quality (I treat my headphones as carefully as I can, but I also sometimes shove them in a backpack). If you have a weak source, they'll have virtually zero bass, but if you run them off your PC, they're good.

 

I'm guessing you'll keep these at home. The aforementioned SRH440 isn't so good for portable use because it has an extremely long cable - but you can zip- or twist-tie it. Ghetto solution, though.

post #3 of 15

I would recommend to check out the Akg K240s or mkII ( same headphone ). The only bad thing is that they need a amplifier.

Also i would note that the Koss DJ100 needs an amplifier. 

 

I listened to the Audio technica M30 and they were very uncomfortable, had very forward mid range, sounded shoutty.

I would steer away from the grado's also, they are very polarizing headphones, people hate them or like them.

Also many complain about the comfort. But both are durable headphones.

 

Shure SRH440 works without amplifier and are fairly sturdy headphone, i had some issues with comfort but sound was fairly good for closed headphone with that price. 

 

Price's vary a lot depending where you live? US, Asia, Europe, UK?

post #4 of 15

Occasionally you may be able to find Audio Technica ATH-M50s for $95. I believe they were in the $90 range around black friday last year on Amazon. Maybe just toss some $100+ phones in your shopping cart and request notifications for when the price changes.

post #5 of 15

+1 for the Sony MDR V6 considering your music preferences. It will do classical the best, however, won't deliver head-thumping bass like the M50 can. Both are good cans that offer excellent sound and durability at attractive prices. 

post #6 of 15
SR80i would be a good choice if you are mainly into rock and don't need isolation for public use.

Also, consider the NVX XPT100: http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_46586_NVX-Audio-XPT100.html

These are the same headphone as the Brainwavz HM5 and Fisher Audio FA-003 (one manufacturer and rebranded for different vendors. Learn more:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/491632/review-fischer-audio-fa-003-a-neutral-champ
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585281/review-brainwavz-hm5-a-new-neutral-champ

For some good subbass emphasis, the Donscorpio Dolphins: http://penonaudio.com/DONSCORPIO-Dolphin%20?manufacturer_id=45
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the recommendations! I am considering about these "neutral champs" and the Shures, but what do you guys think of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50's for my taste? Any headphones exceptional in classical or chillstep? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOF2K4Nh-ew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOF2K4Nh-ew

(songs closest to my preference generally)

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Xtrenity View Post
 

Thanks for all the recommendations! I am considering about these "neutral champs" and the Shures, but what do you guys think of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50's for my taste? Any headphones exceptional in classical or chillstep? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOF2K4Nh-ew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOF2K4Nh-ew

(songs closest to my preference generally)


Nope. I don't recommend ATH-M50s for classical and gaming, but for dubstep/electronic and pop and what have you, they can excel.

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hmm. After some further research, what about IEMs?

post #10 of 15

Do a little research on joker's IEM and then give us some options :)

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Xtrenity View Post
 

Hmm. After some further research, what about IEMs?

Hello,

 

For IEM, look into the RockJaws. I like their Alfa Genus. Switchable/changeable filter so you can tune the sound to whatever you like. Not many reviews about it yet, but I got one thanks to Rock Jaw and really, bang for bucks IMO. My review will be up soon but I also suggest ljokerl's list on Head-Fi: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-316-iems-compared-tdk-ba200-added-05-26-14-p-914 tons of IEM to choose from :D

 

For full size, Grado recently refreshed their entire line and call it the "e-series", Grado SR60e or SR80e should probably suit you well. Having own the Grado SR60i myself, I can't help but feeling impressed by the sound quality! Ver unique sound signature, great for rocks and aggressive genre of music. Master of it for the price, and yet, did pretty well with other genre of music. If you need long term comfort, go for the Sennheiser HD439, it should suit your needs too!

 

Hope it helps!

Billson :)

post #12 of 15

go for the Technica ATH-M50s

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by stuzzyapple View Post

go for the Technica ATH-M50s
I personally do not quite enjoy it with classical music and IMO, the UE6000 is better in terms of SQ. Not build quality thought
post #14 of 15

ATH-M50 while they are highly recommended i don't know if they work for gaming / classical music. I would imagine the bass is over powering for such use, also the recessed mid's wont help and small soundstage.

post #15 of 15
They do have decently good imaging but just not the soundstage IMO
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