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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

So I bought my first pair of IEMs (Etymotic ER4-B) and am now looking to replace my old budget headphones (Philips RP-DJS200) since I realised they're wearing out and that I'm seeking an upgrade.

 

I'm looking for closed-back headphones, supra or circumaural doesn't matter much but portability would be a rather important factor since I might use it on the go, but soundstage is a definite must because I usually listen to orchestral music. Also listen to the occasional pop, rock, and electronic, if that information helps.

 

Budget-wise I'm looking at $250 USD max. That said, I'm open to the idea of hunting second-hand headphones too (the budget still applies though)

 

The headphones I have currently expressed an interest in (and are available where I live in) are: 

-AKG 550 

-Focal Spirit One (a bit ex but I think I can get it second-hand?)

-ATH M50

-SRH 440

-Sennheiser Momentum

-V-Moda Crossfade M80

-DT 770 (I hear this is heavy)

 

That said I'm not too sure about the soundstage/sound quality of these headphones so I need some advice, and hopefully recommendations? If you could suggest one with a lower price I would appreciate it even more...Thanks a lot for reading this, and I hope you all can help!

post #2 of 16

Hi, you could also read about SoundMagic HP100.

 

Best Luck!

post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by fusionsword View Post
 

Hi everyone,

 

So I bought my first pair of IEMs (Etymotic ER4-B) and am now looking to replace my old budget headphones (Philips RP-DJS200) since I realised they're wearing out and that I'm seeking an upgrade.

 

I'm looking for closed-back headphones, supra or circumaural doesn't matter much but portability would be a rather important factor since I might use it on the go, but soundstage is a definite must because I usually listen to orchestral music. Also listen to the occasional pop, rock, and electronic, if that information helps.

 

Budget-wise I'm looking at $250 USD max. That said, I'm open to the idea of hunting second-hand headphones too (the budget still applies though)

 

The headphones I have currently expressed an interest in (and are available where I live in) are: 

-AKG 550 

-Focal Spirit One (a bit ex but I think I can get it second-hand?)

-ATH M50

-SRH 440

-Sennheiser Momentum

-V-Moda Crossfade M80

-DT 770 (I hear this is heavy)

 

That said I'm not too sure about the soundstage/sound quality of these headphones so I need some advice, and hopefully recommendations? If you could suggest one with a lower price I would appreciate it even more...Thanks a lot for reading this, and I hope you all can help

 

 

I've never listened to the HPs you've listed but for $250 you may be able to find a used pair of Sennheiser HD600.  One of the best all around headphone on the market including a decent soundstage.  Although I've never listened to the Focal Spirit One I've read good reviews about them so that would be my personal choice from your list & as you mention you could find a used pair.  Good luck.


Edited by BobG55 - 7/9/14 at 6:30pm
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Old Groucho View Post

I've never listened to the HPs you've listed but for $250 you may be able to find a used pair of Sennheiser HD600.  One of the best all around headphone on the market including a decent soundstage.  Although I've never listened to the Focal Spirit One I've read good reviews about them so that would be my personal choice from your list & as you mention you could find a used pair.  Good luck.

HD600 aren't closed back headphones.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post

Hi, you could also read about SoundMagic HP100.

Best Luck!
Do you own the HPs? How do they sound?
post #6 of 16

Closed back generally don't have the best soundstage. Is being closed more important than the soundstage? I think I remember the KRK KNS8400 having good soundstage for being closed though, and might be a good choice for what you want. I think it is around $100-$120 USD new right now.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/526400/krk-kns-8400-review-impressive-150-headphone


Edited by adisib - 7/9/14 at 10:15pm
post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by fusionsword View Post

So I bought my first pair of IEMs (Etymotic ER4-B) and am now looking to replace my old budget headphones (Philips RP-DJS200) since I realised they're wearing out and that I'm seeking an upgrade.

I'm looking for closed-back headphones, supra or circumaural doesn't matter much but portability would be a rather important factor since I might use it on the go, but soundstage is a definite must because I usually listen to orchestral music. Also listen to the occasional pop, rock, and electronic, if that information helps.

Budget-wise I'm looking at $250 USD max. That said, I'm open to the idea of hunting second-hand headphones too (the budget still applies though)

The headphones I have currently expressed an interest in (and are available where I live in) are: 

-AKG 550 

-Focal Spirit One (a bit ex but I think I can get it second-hand?)

-ATH M50

-SRH 440

-Sennheiser Momentum

-V-Moda Crossfade M80

-DT 770 (I hear this is heavy)

That said I'm not too sure about the soundstage/sound quality of these headphones so I need some advice, and hopefully recommendations? If you could suggest one with a lower price I would appreciate it even more...Thanks a lot for reading this, and I hope you all can help!

 

The K550 cups do rotate 90 degrees, not sure if that's portable enough for you.

Does have nice sound stage and good sound quality in general..

Very easy to drive.

post #8 of 16

Since portability is a factor, don't get the k550, those things are huge. 

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by adisib View Post

Closed back generally don't have the best soundstage. Is being closed more important than the soundstage? I think I remember the KRK KNS8400 having good soundstage for being closed though, and might be a good choice for what you want. I think it is around $100-$120 USD new right now.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/526400/krk-kns-8400-review-impressive-150-headphone
Yeah unfortunately it is more important, since I don't want others to hear what I'm listening to
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by b0000 View Post

Since portability is a factor, don't get the k550, those things are huge. 

K545 would probably be a better choice for portability: http://www.head-fi.org/t/688329/akg-k545-review-k550-s-little-brother-isn-t-so-little
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by fusionsword View Post


Yeah unfortunately it is more important, since I don't want others to hear what I'm listening to

 

KRK KNS8400 might be the best for soundstage then while being closed.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by adisib View Post
 

 

KRK KNS8400 might be the best for soundstage then while being closed.

+1. +2, if I could. They are as transparent (with excellent clarity) as $150 headphones can get, while being closed too! DO NOT get their younger brothers, the KNS6400, as they are horrible compared to the 8400.

post #13 of 16
Hi,
I'd add Sennheiser HD380 pro here, very impressive headphones for their price
post #14 of 16
+1 for the SoundMAGIC HP100
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! Checked out some reviews, pretty inclined towards the Soundmagic HP100 currently. That said I'll try to audition them at Jaben before buying them. It's my first investment so all your opinions really matter to me smily_headphones1.gif
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