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Searching for an upgrade from the Sony MDR-ZX100 (for rock and gaming)

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

I allready posted this but since it dissapeared after 5 minutes I created this thread again. :P


Hello Head-Fi'ers

I'm pretty new to Hi-Fi and don't know much (even after reading a lot last days) :P
I found this site when searching for a new pair of cans since my Sony MDR-ZX100 stopped working on the right side
and I allready wanted to go deeper in the headphone world.

A few weeks ago my brother bought the (for me expensive) Sennheiser HD 558. 
After a while he did let me try them and I was blown away by the sound that could come out of a headphone! :D
The best headphones I ever had was the Sony MDR-ZX100 which died at the right side after being heavily used at school and on the bike.

I play fps video games and listen indie rock, hard rock, bit of metal, old pop rock (like the Rolling Stones), Alternative rock (like Kansas) and music like Coldplay makes (don't really know the genre xD )

After having heard the beauty of a good headphone I decided to get a good pair of cans too and not a extremely cheap one like the Sony. 
I have the Budget around the 50 Euro's but I think that doesn't says much to the most of you since a lot of you are American and use the Dollar.
As a reference: The Sennheiser HD 419 is 50 Euro's.

I found out the followings are pretty good in this segment:
- Superlux HD-686B (30 Euro)

- Samson SR850 (30 Euro)

- Sennheiser 419 (50 Euro)

- Philips Citiscape Uptown (55 Euro)
- Philips Citiscape Downtown (40 Euro)

- Panasonic RP-HTX7 (55 Euro)

I don't know which one to choose and hope you guys can help me picking one.

The headphone doesn't have to be portable because I will mainly use it on the PC.
The soundcard is a intergrated chip (Realtek ALC1150.)


Thanks and Cheers!!!

EDIT:
- I don't have a problem with open headphones since sound leakage isn't a problem.
- I would like a detachable cable but it isn't necessary. 
- I read that some people are disappointed how some other threads end with just the choice but not with how they like the headphones and if they recommend them. I started this thread with the intention to write a small and simple review after buying one. It won't be an amazing review but I will make one because that's what this site is for right? :)


Edited by Snibbelgaurd - 11/27/14 at 12:41am
post #2 of 24

The only zx i know is the 700,I've had it three years and love it, it needs burn in and is touted as a studio monitor, but the detail and even sq should please. If you can scrape a little higher than 50 euro's. The 100 is very basic.

post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 

So you're saying if I want a pleasing headphone the lowest I can go is 100 Euro?
Thanks for the quick comment btw!

post #4 of 24

If your used to the Sony sq you might go slightly lower in the zx range, but you'l get a massive sea change from the 100 to the 700. And it's good for music too. But if you can't stretch, then I sometimes use my Senn HD 202 for youtube vids and my portable dvd player. I don't know the 419's, they might be an improvement on the 202's.

post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 

The ZX700 is 120 euro so that's a pretty big step up. I don't know about the competitors in that segment.
I like how the ZX is a over ear since the ZX100 was  a on ear which isn't really comfortable with long uses.

post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 

I read that some people are disappointed how some other threads end with just the choice but not with how they like the headphones and if they recommend them. I started this thread with the intention to write a small and simple review after buying one. It won't be an amazing review but I will make one because that's what this site is for right? :)


Edited by Snibbelgaurd - 11/27/14 at 12:41am
post #7 of 24
HD681 EVO
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 

Yeah I read those are pretty awesome for it's price! (Superlux HD-681 Evo BK is 30 Euro here.)
But the Superlux HD-668B Is for the same price.
I don't know what the diffrence is.
the normal HD-681 is also available for 30 Euro.
Which one is better or higher positioned and why should I choose this one over the rest of the price segment?

Thanks for the answer btw!
 

post #9 of 24
I haven't heard any of the 3 personally but what I hear is the 681 is bassy but also bright, 668B is not as bassy and more flat but still bright, and the 681 EVO tames the treble but is still bassy
Someone correct me if I'm wrong there.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 

Isn't the EVO an improved version which makes the normal HD-681 much less interesting?
However I like the fact that they all have detachable cable and the looks aren't that bad.
Too bad I don't have any Hi-Fi stores near me to try them and see if I love them.

Anybody tried the HD-681, HD-681 EVO BK and the HD-668B? 
I really don't know what the difference is between those three


Edited by Snibbelgaurd - 11/27/14 at 6:26am
post #11 of 24
Yeah the EVO was supposed to fix the problems with the other two.
post #12 of 24
For open:
Takstar hi2050
Somic mh463
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 

Open isn't a problem for me and as far as I know open headphones are a little bit better but 
both models you mention aren't available in my country (Netherlands)
Any other models that could compete with the 681 EVO?

post #14 of 24
For that limited of a budget I don't think so
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 

Ok I think i will go for the Superlux HD-681 EVO BK and will give a short review about how I like them as my first step into the Hi-Fi world (I know it's cheap but definetly better than my old ones :p )
I will buy them somewhere next week so if someone still knows another model which could compete I'm open for that.

Thanks for the advise and letting me into the Head-Fi world :D 

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