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post #1 of 30
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So hello everyone at this great site called Head-Fi.

I've been reading through some threads that I found interesting and I am in need of a new headphone.

In the past I've only used these €20 cans from your local shop (which, imo didnt sound too bad but that's just because I have never heard a decent headphone before).

 

At the moment I'm writing this, I can get a used pair of the Sennheisers HD 515 for €50,- , or buy myself a new HD 518 (I was looking for the 518's because after reading a few reviews they seemed very nice) for €95 ish. 

Unfortunately I don't have a creditcard or paypal so I can't buy from paypal and amazon (I live in the Netherlands).

 

I will be using them on my laptops without any amps or w/e and on my smartphone.

 

Which one should I take? Are they worth the money without an amp or something? Do you have any other recommendations?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Sep 

 

edit: forgot to mention to what songs/music genres I listen :rolleyes: 

I like coldplay alot (especially the older albums) and sometimes a little dubstep but not too much.

All of the songs/mixes/albums I listen are on youtube, I don't understand these 320 kbps mp3 files (or w/e they're called)

if you need any more information, ask me :D


Edited by sep123 - 12/2/14 at 8:48am
post #2 of 30

Both of these cans are open.  Are you OK with a headphone that leaks sound and isolates poorly?

post #3 of 30
Thread Starter 
Yes I was fully aware of that. I'll only use them at home or at friends house
post #4 of 30

They'll probably be OK without an amp, but will probably benefit from one.  Laptops are somewhat of a wild card with 50 Ohm cans.

 

The 518 replaced the 515.  There were plastic cracking issues with earlier series that included the 515.

 

I have never heard the 515.  The 518 is warmer than its upline bros, despite the fact that they all use the same drivers.

 

I have no idea what your local pricing is for other options.

post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 
Sorry for not responding I had to go to school frown.gif
OT: I think I should pick the hd 518 over the 515, but again, any other recommendations are fine as well I would like to spend around €100. If you or anyone else name cans that are better for the price, name it and I will check prices smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 30
Thread Starter 

So now someone is offering a used 518 for €40. I think I'm gonna take that, after inspection though :P

post #7 of 30

HD518 is my very first full-size. Still love it today. 

 

518 is generally less superior than 558 and 598 in soundstage and clarity. Seriously consider 598 if you enjoy 518's sound signature!

 

Cheers

post #8 of 30
Thread Starter 

Right at the moment I was going to buy the used pair, they got sold :( 

 

But I'll buy a new pair, it doesn't really matter (although there was a €50 difference) :D

post #9 of 30
Thread Starter 

@Edric Li Did they sound good without an amp or something else? would eg. plugging them straight into my laptop be enough to power these badboys? 

post #10 of 30
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@Edric Li Did they sound good without an amp or something else? would eg. plugging them straight into my laptop be enough to power these badboys? 

 

Laptop is definitely powerful enough. Even an iPhone is okay. 

post #11 of 30
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Okay, thanks a bunch. I will try to get these and if I have any questions, I'll definitely ask them! 

post #12 of 30
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Okay, thanks a bunch. I will try to get these and if I have any questions, I'll definitely ask them! 

 

Glad that I could help!

 

Good luck!

post #13 of 30
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Also, before I buy these, will they be good on Drum 'n Bass and some occasional Deadmau5? Or will closed back headphones such as ath m50x do better at these genres? (also including the coldplay I mentioned before and the dubstep)

post #14 of 30
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Also, before I buy these, will they be good on Drum 'n Bass and some occasional Deadmau5? Or will closed back headphones such as ath m50x do better at these genres? (also including the coldplay I mentioned before and the dubstep)

 

I am a huge fan of Pendulum and Armin, and was a fan of Coldplay. Hope my advice is useful. 

 

It really depends on how you want your music sound like. If you want it sounds powerful and dynamic, want to dance to it, go for sony XB series. That's the best for EDM.

However if you want it sounds detailed and want to listen to music for a long time, go for Senn HD. I have a friend who basically stream on SoundCloud all day all night find himself enjoy HD598 more than XB1000 (the king of EDM IMO), because he prefer detail and clarity more than powerfulness and warmth. 

 

What would you prefer? At this price point, you have to face trade-off:L3000: 

post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Edric Li View Post
 

 

I am a huge fan of Pendulum and Armin, and was a fan of Coldplay. Hope my advice is useful. 

 

It really depends on how you want your music sound like. If you want it sounds powerful and dynamic, want to dance to it, go for sony XB series. That's the best for EDM.

However if you want it sounds detailed and want to listen to music for a long time, go for Senn HD. I have a friend who basically stream on SoundCloud all day all night find himself enjoy HD598 more than XB1000 (the king of EDM IMO), because he prefer detail and clarity more than powerfulness and warmth. 

 

What would you prefer? At this price point, you have to face trade-off:L3000: 

I prefer to listen my music for multiple hours straight. I don't want it to be powerful and dynamic, just nice and hear what is actually happening in the song

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