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Ok so I started making the move to better sound quality headphones help me find a set.

post #1 of 20
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So short story is after several gaming headsets broke and what not I decided to come here and see what people who know what good sounding headphones were saying. At first it was just looking for another gaming headset then started reading about mod mic and kinda felt dumb for not doing something like that before.

 

I work at Target part time and going through 2 year school all out of my pocket so when I saw some Bose AE2's white go on clearance for 50% off + my discount I just couldn't say no.

After. much tweaking and finding out about using k-lite for audio codecs I got these things I think to the best possible sound I can get. I do like them but actually starting to look for more headsets to play with and maybe a little larger ear cup for better acoustics.

 

For me the AE2's are struggling with the type of music I like which is very pog rock and very layered complex music and intricate beats and melodies ect. all layered in. These headphones tend to a get a bit muddy sounding when all that is going on (response time thing?).

 

Any way I am looking for some headphones more geared to what I listen to most.

 

Bands I like: Opeth, Pink Floyd (darkside of the moon), The Doors, Steve Wilson ect..

 

It needs to have enough bass to make it feel punchy w/o too much as I am not a huge bass head.

It need to focus on mid/ highs more geared towards male vocals. 

It needs good detail and response times so I can hear more of the layered type of music I listen to.

Most importantly I am on a Target budget + school so ya spending 150$ can feel like 300$ to me.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Symphonized-Magnum-Premium-Genuine-Headphones/dp/B00C315N2O/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1408743853&sr=1-4&keywords=symphonized+headphones

 

was looking at these for the sale price seems nice plus wood cups are a nice style and sound isolation is nice when living in an apartment like I do.

 

I could go for audio technica set maybe but really looking to stay under 150$ range if possible. If you guys got any suggestions on headsets that would be good for the type of music I listen too drop a link in so I can take a look. I love amazon but headphone reviews can be hard as most people are sheeples that like beats or w/e is trendy.

post #2 of 20

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound and isolate poorly)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp and/or soundcard--and if so which one(s)?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound and isolate poorly)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp and/or soundcard--and if so which one(s)?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

Id prefer isolation open ear is ok if they can drown out enough background noise with volume.

 

I am using an asus xonar DG sound card which has a headphone amp not sure how good it is.

 

Sound signature more neutral with a focus on male vocals if that is possible 

 

This is a good example of some the music I like and really makes my current headphones struggle. (really need to listen to full 23 mins as it adds more and more in)

 

This at home on my personal computer for chilling out while doing work / gaming / school stuff.

 

I also wear for extended periods of time 4-6 hours maybe even more if its my off day and trying to get caught up on junk.

post #4 of 20

The KRK KNS 8400 are currently an excellent buy at Amazon for $115 shipped.  Most consider them to be very comfortable.  That said, headphone comfort is a very individual thing.

 

Sorry--I'm not up to listening to 23 minutes of someone else's favorite music, especially from YouTube.

post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by Solduios View Post
 

Id prefer isolation open ear is ok if they can drown out enough background noise with volume.

I am using an Asus Xonar DG sound card which has a headphone amp not sure how good it is.

Sound signature more neutral with a focus on male vocals if that is possible

This is a good example of some the music I like and really makes my current headphones struggle. (really need to listen to full 23 mins as it adds more and more in)

This at home on my personal computer for chilling out while doing work / gaming / school stuff.

I also wear for extended periods of time 4-6 hours maybe even more if its my off day and trying to get caught up on junk.

 

The Asus Xonar DG's headphone amplifier starts to max out with headphones over 150-Ohms.

 

Takstar Pro 80 (60-Ohm) closed headphones ($75) to me are about the best you can do for headphones under $100.

I think if Sony put their name on them they could sell close to $150.

 

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X (40-Ohm) open headphones, you might be able to find used with in your budget.

post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

The KRK KNS 8400 are currently an excellent buy at Amazon for $115 shipped.  Most consider them to be very comfortable.  That said, headphone comfort is a very individual thing.

 

Sorry--I'm not up to listening to 23 minutes of someone else's favorite music, especially from YouTube.

Np 23 mins is a long song haha just illustrates the ranges and complexity of a lot of the music I listen too.

 

Checking them out on amazon right now and look pretty nice some also suggested http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDRV6-Studio-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00001WRSJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1408752063&sr=1-1&keywords=Sony+MDRV6+Studio+Monitor+Headphones+with+CCAW+Voice+Coil to me and are running 99$ I just dont know anything really ha so many things to choose from its like overload.

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

The KRK KNS 8400 are currently an excellent buy at Amazon for $115 shipped.  Most consider them to be very comfortable.  That said, headphone comfort is a very individual thing.

 

Sorry--I'm not up to listening to 23 minutes of someone else's favorite music, especially from YouTube.

Np 23 mins is a long song haha just illustrates the ranges and complexity of a lot of the music I listen too.

 

Checking them out on amazon right now and look pretty nice some also suggested http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDRV6-Studio-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00001WRSJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1408752063&sr=1-1&keywords=Sony+MDRV6+Studio+Monitor+Headphones+with+CCAW+Voice+Coil to me and are running 99$ I just dont know anything really ha so many things to choose from its like overload.


The V6 is a long in the tooth classic.  Truth is that it has fallen behind the better, more modern studio cans.  The 8400 is significantly better--and at least for me, far more comfortable.

post #8 of 20
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The Asus Xonar DG's headphone amplifier starts to max out with headphones over 150-Ohms.

 

Takstar Pro 80 (60-Ohm) closed headphones ($75) to me are about the best you can do for headphones under $100.

I think if Sony put their name on them they could sell close to $150.

 

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X (40-Ohm) open headphones, you might be able to find used with in your budget.

Oh those Takstar pro 80 look pretty comfortable and digging the construction look of them.

 

Those Ath-ad900x used are right at 150$ making me wince a bit I know they are a solid company at least my question is will the bass be too boomy?

post #9 of 20
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The V6 is a long in the tooth classic.  Truth is that it has fallen behind the better, more modern studio cans.  The 8400 is significantly better--and at least for me, far more comfortable.

Ok so after some research and video reviews ect leaning towards the KRK KNS 8400 so far.

post #10 of 20
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Oh those Takstar pro 80 look pretty comfortable and digging the construction look of them.

 

Those Ath-ad900x used are right at 150$ making me wince a bit I know they are a solid company at least my question is will the bass be too boomy?

 

I own the ATH-A900X, the closed version of the AD900Xs.

To me the A900X bass is just how I like it, nice middle of the road bass.

As the AD900Xs are open, should be a little less bass then the A900Xs.

The music sometimes bleeds a little, but over all very musical headphones.

Good vocals.

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Solduios View Post
 

Oh those Takstar pro 80 look pretty comfortable and digging the construction look of them.

 

Those Ath-ad900x used are right at 150$ making me wince a bit I know they are a solid company at least my question is will the bass be too boomy?

 

I own the ATH-A900X, the closed version of the AD900Xs.

To me the A900X bass is just how I like it, nice middle of the road bass.

As the AD900Xs are open, should be a little less bass then the A900Xs.

The music sometimes bleeds a little, but over all very musical headphones.

Good vocals.


I too like the AD900X.  However, they leak quite a bit and isolate almost not at all.  I don't think they will meet the stated need.

post #12 of 20
Audio Technica ATH-M50X are $122 shipped over at Buysonic (you must register to see the product pages).

Then look into the Brainwavz HM5, Fisher FA-003, and NVX XPT100. These all use the same cups and drivers (same sound). Here is some discussion:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585281/review-brainwavz-hm5-a-new-neutral-champ
http://www.head-fi.org/t/491632/review-fischer-audio-fa-003-a-neutral-champ

The HM5 and FA-003 have been popular as ~$125 headphones, and right now, you can get the NVX version for $72 shipped.

The Sony MDR-7506 are VERY similar to the V6 in sound, and would be my choice over the V6 given that they are $15 cheaper on Amazon.
post #13 of 20
The ATH-M50x for $120 is a bargain. A good alternative is the Sony ZX700 or ZX701(with mic, and even cheaper), I like it better than the M50 (less boomy bass and less harsh treble) and I like it way more than the V6 you were looking at, again less bass boost but still present in the mix very balanced sound and the best part is that it has emphasis on lower mids( male voices) and it has much more resolution than the Bose headphones, simply put the Sony is great for Rock. The Bose you have are more comfortable than all of these headphones, so I suggest saving an extra week or two, find $20 somewhere and get the Sony MDR-1R $170 on amazon, it sounds very similar to the ZX700/701 but with the comfort of the Bose as well.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Audio Technica ATH-M50X are $122 shipped over at Buysonic (you must register to see the product pages).

Then look into the Brainwavz HM5, Fisher FA-003, and NVX XPT100. These all use the same cups and drivers (same sound). Here is some discussion:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585281/review-brainwavz-hm5-a-new-neutral-champ
http://www.head-fi.org/t/491632/review-fischer-audio-fa-003-a-neutral-champ

The HM5 and FA-003 have been popular as ~$125 headphones, and right now, you can get the NVX version for $72 shipped.

The Sony MDR-7506 are VERY similar to the V6 in sound, and would be my choice over the V6 given that they are $15 cheaper on Amazon.

Nice i see NVX 72$ does make it more a nice price range now to get the zalman mic or the antlion mic mod. $40 seems bit steep for a mic but does look rather nice. 

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by OMGLadyGaga View Post

The ATH-M50x for $120 is a bargain. A good alternative is the Sony ZX700 or ZX701(with mic, and even cheaper), I like it better than the M50 (less boomy bass and less harsh treble) and I like it way more than the V6 you were looking at, again less bass boost but still present in the mix very balanced sound and the best part is that it has emphasis on lower mids( male voices) and it has much more resolution than the Bose headphones, simply put the Sony is great for Rock. The Bose you have are more comfortable than all of these headphones, so I suggest saving an extra week or two, find $20 somewhere and get the Sony MDR-1R $170 on amazon, it sounds very similar to the ZX700/701 but with the comfort of the Bose as well.

 

I saw that the Creative Aurvana Live! got some good reviews and found an import from japan for 56..99$ + 9.46$ shipping. I also see they make a newer version of this headphone but not sure if there is much difference other then some features like in-line mic. Idk if you used them or can compare them to the ones you are suggesting to me.


Edited by Solduios - 8/23/14 at 2:52pm
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