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hi guys, just looking for abit of advice on what headphones i should buy

 

i will be driving them from a creative labs soundblaster ZX sound card, the sound card has a built in in amp that claims it can drive up to 600 ohm headphones wich is nice but im looking for a set of headphones thats really easy to drive, i dont want to get a desktop amp/dac i just want to use the sound card and keep things simple

 

as far as the kind of sound im looking for goes, i want a set of headphones that go up pretty loud i do like to crank the music up when, plenty of bass but fast controlled punchy bass nothing boomy and not so much bass that it starts to eat into the mids and highs... i dont really know what else to say im abit of a noob when it comes to headphones lol

 

other things you should know before making any reccomendations:

must be closed back sealed headphones

a removable cable would be preferred

 

my number one choice at the moment is the ath-m50x, it seems to good all round reviews and it has a removable cable

my budget is around £150-£200

post #2 of 15

Check out the Denon D600, it should be a really nice step up from the M50x. It also has a removable cable. 

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Check out the Denon D600, it should be a really nice step up from the M50x. It also has a removable cable. 

thanks for the suggestion i will check them out :)

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does anyone have anymore suggestions for me to check out?

post #5 of 15
A bit less bass, but good bass texturing and extension are the Soundmagic HP100. I like them all the way around better than the M50s in every way, but the bass does have less emphasis. They just came out with the HP150 (same drivers/same sound) that has different aesthetics, different cables, and a different case. You might or might not be able to find them for sale yet in your region.
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A bit less bass, but good bass texturing and extension are the Soundmagic HP100. I like them all the way around better than the M50s in every way, but the bass does have less emphasis. They just came out with the HP150 (same drivers/same sound) that has different aesthetics, different cables, and a different case. You might or might not be able to find them for sale yet in your region.

thank you very much for the suggestion i will check those out

 

 

the kind of bass i want doesnt have to be super emphasized... i want tight, punchy and controlled bass the kind of bass that feels like its hitting you in the head with a hammer when it drops but without being boomy or overwhelming the mids and highs

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the kind of bass i want doesnt have to be super emphasized... i want tight, punchy and controlled bass the kind of bass that feels like its hitting you in the head with a hammer when it drops but without being boomy or overwhelming the mids and highs

Then you very well might like the HP100/HP150. The bass SQ is VERY good for the <$200 headphone range.
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Then you very well might like the HP100/HP150. The bass SQ is VERY good for the <$200 headphone range.

so i found some reviews for the HP100/150 and most of them seem to say its a pretty neutral sounding headphone, i personaly find neutral sounding headphones a little boring

post #9 of 15
Ath-M50 have bass and play loud. Good build quality too. The M50x supposedly sounds the same but has a removable cable, easy to drive.
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so i found some reviews for the HP100/150 and most of them seem to say its a pretty neutral sounding headphone, i personaly find neutral sounding headphones a little boring

They are far from boring. When the recording calls for it, the quality of the bass is better than the M50. And it will hit hard if that is what the recording calls for.

However, sounds like you want overemphasized bass. The M50X would probably suit you better smily_headphones1.gif
post #11 of 15

If you're considering the M50 you should instead get the Sony MDR-7506. Better in every respect and much cheaper.

post #12 of 15
Don't get those sonys. Can't play them loud, your ears will hate you if you do. No removable cable and way less bass than you'd probably want, and M50x are easier to drive. So that ticks all your boxes.
post #13 of 15
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so im considering the soundmagic HP150 but the ath-m50x is still the front runner

it seems like the sony cans only come with a coiled cable, i dont like coiled cables

 

i have also been taking a look at the v-moda crossfade m-100, they seem like a nice headphone but from the reviews i think they may be just to bassy for my taste

would be so much easier if i could go somewhere and test out some headphones but only place thats even kind of close to me that sells headphones is HMV and they dont have much to chose from

post #14 of 15
Here's a review of the HP100 that does some comparison with the M50s. My understanding is that the M50x is a pad change over the M50 (same drivers). Some people say it sounds the same; some say the M50X is a bit better than the M50. My experience is with the M50, not the M50X.

The ONLY thing I find that the M50 has over the HP100/HP150 is a bit more upper midbass emphasis, if that it is what one is looking for. Otherwise, the HP100/HP150 is the better headphone sonically by all other measures. For instance, top criticisms about the M50 are poor soundstage, recessed mids, and the quality of the highs. The HP100/HP150 is better on all of those counts, improves on the sound quality of the bass, and it has better bass impact in the subbass region below 50hz.

Now if you want a headphone with more bass impact than the HP100/HP150 that improves on the M50 sonically in that £150-£200 price range, then the DT770 would be the one to look at.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Here's a review of the HP100 that does some comparison with the M50s. My understanding is that the M50x is a pad change over the M50 (same drivers). Some people say it sounds the same; some say the M50X is a bit better than the M50. My experience is with the M50, not the M50X.

The ONLY thing I find that the M50 has over the HP100/HP150 is a bit more upper midbass emphasis, if that it is what one is looking for. Otherwise, the HP100/HP150 is the better headphone sonically by all other measures. For instance, top criticisms about the M50 are poor soundstage, recessed mids, and the quality of the highs. The HP100/HP150 is better on all of those counts, improves on the sound quality of the bass, and it has better bass impact in the subbass region below 50hz.

Now if you want a headphone with more bass impact than the HP100/HP150 that improves on the M50 sonically in that £150-£200 price range, then the DT770 would be the one to look at.

thanks for the link, reading through that certainly makes the HP100 sound a little better... i suppose if it didnt have enough bass for my taste i could use abit of EQ

 

i had had a look at the DT770 mainly because i like the styling of it but at 80 ohms it might be abit harder to drive

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