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Best headphones for my taste in music?

post #1 of 7
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I'm looking for some good over-ear, open headphones. I'm brand new to high quality headphones and audio (though I'm able to very clearly tell the difference between low quality MP3s and 320 kbps MP3s/FLACs, even with extremely bad headphones).

 

I listen to lots of different kinds of music, but in general tend to prefer good instrumentals over vocals. This is just a diverse sample of some bands I like:

 

The Smashing Pumpkins

Crystal Castles (http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Crystal+Castles+II/4892412)

Maximum the Hormone (http://grooveshark.com/#!/profile/Maximum+The+Hormone/22206306)

Parov Stelar (http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Coco/3487011)

Boards of Canada (http://grooveshark.com/#!/boards_of_canada)

Portishead (http://grooveshark.com/#!/profile/Portishead/22336354)

 

Is there any particular brand or model of over-ear headphones that would apply well to all of these kinds of music? I've been considering the Sennheiser 598, as well as other Sennheiser models, though I noticed some comments about how Sennheiser generally isn't very good for electronic-type music (which I sometimes listen to).

 

I'd say $500 is my price limit.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 7

I guess that you're after some open headphones since you mention the HD598. I reckon senns are good for EDM/BOC/Portishead - I've noticed that really accurate headphones make some electronic music sound worse, but so long as it's done well you should be OK.

 

I'd investigate technologies rather than brands - the HD598 (among many others) are dynamic, other full size headphones feature a balanced armature along with it for greater accuracy (but maybe greater chance of fatigue). Still others employ planar-magnetic drivers which provide another presentation altogether.

 

I would get some planars, but then I like the sound signature these provide with electronic/dance. You might not agree of course.

post #3 of 7

I would go for the HD 600/ 650 if that’s your price range also consider Beyerdynamic 880 or 990 if you seek a more fun experience.

post #4 of 7
Also, look into the AKG K7xx/Q701 series of headphones.
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I would go for the HD 600/ 650 if that’s your price range also consider Beyerdynamic 880 or 990 if you seek a more fun experience.

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Also, look into the AKG K7xx/Q701 series of headphones.



post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

What exactly makes them more "fun"?

 

Also, regarding planar headphones: I've been recommended Mad Dogs before, which I believe are planar. They're closed instead of open, but I don't necessarily have a big preference for either.

post #7 of 7

the HD 600/650 are rolled off slightly on the low and high end but they still sound smooth warm and lush, Beyers are punchier and slightley brighter given them a "fun" signature IMO,

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