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++ FULL-SIZE HEADPHONE RECOMMENDATIONS THREAD++ CLOSED: Please post a thread in the Introductions, Help and Advice forum

  1. Priptonite
    Hi all,
    Here's a run down of my situation:
    Right now I own a pair of ATH-700Pro MK2s. They were attractive to me because of the portability (college student) and I've really enjoyed them thus far. The one problem I have is that they clamp really hard, and listening for over an hour tends to hurt my head. I've tried a lot of stretching and nothing seems to solve the problem permanently, though I can get some momentary relief.  
    However, I'm going to be graduating in December and going to work in an office/cubicle environment and I'm thinking about buying a new pair of cans for work. The MK2s just don't seem like they'll be comfortable enough for longer listening times. So here's what I'm looking for:
    Closed back
    Around or under $300 (cans alone or cans + amp)
    In terms of my music tastes, most of my listening at work will probably by electronic music, though some hip hop and indie rock will find it's way in there as well. So I guess while I'd like the cans to be on the bassier side, I definitely don't wanna sacrifice too much in the mids and highs. Let me know what you think!
    Thanks in advance. 
    Edit: Right now the DT770s are looking like front runners. At the $200 price point I can get them and a solid amp (from what I know, my knowledge of amps is quite limited) for under $300 total. 
  2. Doc-holliday

    Philips Citiscape Uptown $65 dollars at Ben's outlet.

    I haven't actually tested the mic. Just been listening to them for the last couple days and have been enjoying them.

    You could also check the V-moda headphones like the m80 which ha a mic if I recall correctly. Good sounding portable headphone.
  3. viralcow
  4. Irishpwnstar
    Hey guys, still new here.. I hope this is the correct thread to ask this in.
    I'm going to purchase the HD 598's but, I don't have a desk or room for a desktop amp.. My question is, can I use a portable amp/dac to drive them? I currently own the E11.
  5. Doc-holliday

    Yes you can.
  6. Irishpwnstar
    Thanks for you input. Should I upgrade to the E17 or will the E11 work fine?
  7. Doc-holliday
    the e11 is actually more powerful than the e17. The e17 has a built in dac and acts like an external "sound card" when plugged into a computer. If u dont neednthat function, stay with what u got. If u r using an iphone or idevice, just get yourself a line out cable (fiio L3 or L9). Since you already have the amp for portable use. You should just get the e10 for desktop computer use if that is within your needs. It will only be a 50 dollar upgrade and you will have the best of both worlds. Instead of droping over $100.
  8. HamilcarBarca
    Sure. Even the FiiO E5 does a great job.
  9. Mi3zu
  10. Priptonite

    I'm not the most experienced listener but my understanding is that you will not beat the sound quality of the SR60i at that price point. As long as your listening environment allows for open cans (not a busy office, e.g.) they're as good as it gets.
  11. HamilcarBarca
    Or maybe the SR80i at ~$20 more? Quite a few posters here think that's one of Grado's "sweet spots." (I haven't heard either.)
  12. steve2151
    If you need some extra warmth vs what the DT 880 can give you, I'd probably just buy the HD 600. If you're trying to squeeze every dollar out of your budget, $350 for a DT 880 is a bit high, since refurb HD 600s or used DT 880s can be bought for around $250.
    For separate setups, I'd have to say HE-400 with an Audio GD all in one or possibly an HD 600 with tubes. That leaves you around $200-$250 to spend on a portable headphone or iem. I'd personally spend the rest on an iem like a GR07 or TF10 for portability and SQ purposes. I find both to be better sounding than closed headphones in this price range (M50, SRH 840, KRK 8400).
  13. jiaemo
    Hello everyone,
    First of all I'd like to thank all of the people who have given advice to others in the past here.  I've been reading through countless posts over the last few weeks and still can't make up my mind which headphones would be the best for my situation.
    I am replacing a pair of Logitech G35 headphones/headset, but I've read a lot of advice and would rather do the clip-on mic method and get a better pair of headphones since I am a guitarist and avid music lover.
    I liked the virtual surround of the G35 but they weren't nearly durable enough and the surround actually isn't that great with most music, it was interesting for gaming and movies.
    Here's what I'm looking for in as much detail as possible:
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro with KX Drivers
    I will mostly be using the 1/4" headphone jack contained on the external desktop interface that comes with the ZS Platnium pro to listen to music with whatever headphones I end up purchasing.
    I would say 90% of the time, these headphones will be for listening to metal music (all types of metal including progressive, death, black, mainstream like Trivium/Slipknot/Metallica) and tracking/mixing guitars (both lead and rhythm mostly using a 7-string guitar with distortion so some lower mids I would guess would be important)
    The other 10% of the time, I will use them to watch tv shows, movies or listen to music from the video games I play (mostly Everquest 2)
    $100-200 (No higher than $200 in any case)
    I'm still kind of new at this so I don't really know much about the soundstage aspect but I'm guessing it's how the sound is positioned in your ears.  I liked the soundstage of the G35 for movies but for music I had to always turn it off because it made the music sound far away.  I want something where I can hear all the instruments clearly, especially the guitar solos and rhythms.  Bass isn't as important as most of you know in metal music, but it would be nice if it had at least a solid presence.  Some bands I listen to in particular are: Dream Theater, Symphony X, Testament, Metallica, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, and lots of others.  I'm guessing I might like somewhat of an open soundstage but not to the point where things sound muddy or too far away. I will be listening to music and trying to mix guitars when I do tracking on the computer far more than watching movies but still would like something nice in the rare occasion I do watch a movie.
    I was interested in the ATH-AD700s but I think they would be a bit TOO open since I really don't have the game sound on much when I'm playing but normally only music or people's voices.  I think I need something far more focused on listening to metal music and also mixing guitars/metal music.  The M50s seem to be pretty well respected for a set under $200 and I haven't heard much bad about them but I'd still like to know all of your opinions on the matter since many of you have been doing this for years and really know the specifics of many different types of headphones.
    I realize at the end of the day, whether I like them or not is going to be very much up to the listener/me, but a nudge in the right direction would be a great help and also giving me a number of choices to consider might help me from buying one model when another one would have suited my needs far better.  If possible, please list pros and cons with your recommendations so I can watch reviews and do further research on any models you recommend.
    Thanks in advance for any help, I appreciate your time.
    gdelnegro likes this.
  14. cel4145
    For metal in your price range, Grados. The SR80i for $100. You can also get the L-cush pads for $20 which will make them sound much more like the $200 SR225i Grados. That will increase the bass, too, if you don't feel like the SR80is have enough. 
  15. Irishpwnstar
    I purchased the L9 when I purchased my Q40s/E11. Thanks a lot man, this was really helpful!

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