A little help for a semi-noob please...
Mar 29, 2006 at 8:37 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6

sac02

New Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 24, 2004
Posts
8
Likes
0
Here's my situation: several months ago a seller on eBay was clearing out lots of stock of shure headphones and I snatched up three pairs of e3c for $65-$75 each, and one pair of e2c for about 30 bucks. Figured at that price why not, I could even use them around campus where my headphones take a beating (constant in/out of pockets, etc.)

The thing is, I'm not liking them so much. I can't get used to the feel of canal-phones (new term - IEM???) like I thought I could, I REALLY have to do facial contorsions and jam them in there to get a good seal, and even so they sound a little thin to me. My ears feel fatiqued after only an hour at low volumes.

Add in the stethoscopic cable effect, and the fact that I can hear my own breathing and heartbeat w/ these jammed in my ear, and now I'm thinking it's time to buy some different 'phones. Ones that don't require me to sit still as a statue to avoid hearing the headphone instead of the music.

If you guys (and gals) don't mind, could you give me some recommendations for my situation?

1)I listen to a VERY wide range of music, anything from classical to electronic to rap to thrash metal. But for the most part I'd say 40-50% of my listening could be defined as some sort of "rock" genre. I rarely do critical listening sessions with headphones.
2)This will not be a portable setup, I'll continue to use iPod earphones w/out amp for ultra-portable, e3c and Headsave Go-Vibe for semi-portable. I will be using these new 'phones at home. Usually via computer, w/ or w/out Go-Vibe. I have no plans for more amplification.
3)I will probably keep one set of e3c, for times I may need the isolation (plane rides, etc.)
4)my budget is dictated by what I can get selling two pairs e3c and one pair e2c, so maybe ~$200? But I have no objection to spending less.
tongue.gif


What do you think? I've already seen a couple recommendations for Grado 225's as a "good for rock" headphone. Kind of at the very limit of my budget though...

All opinions welcome,

Mac Hooke
 
Mar 29, 2006 at 8:56 AM Post #3 of 6

glac1er

500+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jan 22, 2006
Posts
990
Likes
14
I'd say go for the DT990. It's a great all-rounder especially in rock. They work fine with my GoVibe.
I think the SR225 is a bit better for fast rock songs, but they don't do other genre or slower rock as well.

I wrote something comparing the DT990 pro and the SR225 in this thread.

http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showt...ht=dt990+SR225

Other great choice is the HD595, but considering you listen to 40-50% rock songs, the DT990 might be better.

EDIT: TYPO
 
Mar 29, 2006 at 1:00 PM Post #4 of 6

F107plus5

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Mar 23, 2006
Posts
5,920
Likes
15
I've also heard lots of good things about the 225s, but if budget is considered, you may want to take a good look at the Alessandro MS-1.

The MS-1s do a great job with rock, but, due to being a little more neutral than the average(if ANY Grado can be considered Average)Grado, they give a better-than-expected presentation with a wider variety of tunes.

As far as critical listening sessions, the MS-1s may ask you to do more! They'll present you with lots of sonic information! One poster a few days ago suggested that perhaps the MS-1s were a bit TOO revealing!
 
Mar 29, 2006 at 1:49 PM Post #5 of 6

sac02

New Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 24, 2004
Posts
8
Likes
0
Quote:

Originally Posted by jagorev
Grado SR225 or Audio Technica A900 or Sennheiser HD595 or Beyerdynamic DT990. I think you'll be quite happy whichever one you pick.
wink.gif



Call me crazy, but is there anyplace that I can go to actually listen to different headphones to decide which one I like? I live in College Station, TX, approximately equidistant from three of the largest cities in the US, (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio) surely there must be a store (or stores) that sell a few of these higher-end headphones? Trying to make such a decision without ever hearing the headphone has already not worked so well for me once...

Mac
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top