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Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by magicmarker, Oct 15, 2012.
  1. magicmarker
    Alright im sure there has been a ton of posts on this... but nothing i have found really helps. im looking to buy my first pair of descent headphones somewhwere between 200-300 posibly even $350 if i feel its worth it. i have a fiio e7 amp already. i mostily listen to alternative rock, and rock (by rock i mean john mayor and other slower piano music), but i also have a descent amount of acoustic music and i would like a headphone that can support all of these types. any suggestions are greatly apreciated
    thanks, from a beginner
  2. magicmarker
    also, im mostly using these for home use. i plan on purchasin a travel pair later but im not to worried about sound isolation-just music quality... and i would be listening from an ipod with a descent amount of indie rock so the music quality wont always be great so if something could be a little forgiving (as in not the 325is as ive heard picks up everything
  3. MalVeauX
    Open air for sound stage:
    Beyer DT880
    Sony MA900
    AKG Q701
    Hifiman HE-400 (or HE-300 revision 2 if price prohibits)
    Sennheiser HD598 or HD600
    Grado SR80i (Grado in general only if you can stand on-ear comfort level)
    Closed back for isolation:
    Shure SRH840
    Beyer DT770
    Denon D2000 (used/sale) or newer D600 (used deal around $300ish)
    AudioTechnica A900X
    Brainwavz HM5 (Mp4nation.net)
    AKG K271 MKII or K272 HD or K550
    Very best,
  4. punks15
    Grado SR225i
  5. magicmarker
    thankyou! im sure i will post again soon with more questions
  6. magicmarker
    so im keeping the grados in the back of my mind but im deciding between the q-701, the dt-880, and he-300 or 400 (is the price difference worth it?) out of these which will have the best sound for both acoustic and rock?
  7. kozmo
    Two very different animals design wise, the 300 being a dynamic and the 400 is an orthodynamic planar magnetic.
    You should try to find a shop or headphone meet in your area where you'll be able to listen to different headphones. Even if they are not exactly the ones you're considering but to compare different design types (planar vs dynamics) to better determine the sound you're looking for.
    Good luck!
  8. Eisenhower
    Don't buy a pair of open headphones unless you plan on listening to them by yourself in a quite room. 

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