Headphone recommendations, calling all audiophiles~
Apr 29, 2015 at 3:27 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5

kunsucious

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Hi guys, I'm Kevin. I've been checking this forum over the past month and finally decided to make a account for myself. I personally own  RHA MA750i, ATH-M50 and a Sennheiser Momentum I'm planning to sell (since it doesn't fit my big ears well) and would like to buy two more pairs of headphones:
 
1. Portable closed headphone that can be driven by an iphone 5s (budget:$400)
The M50s that I bought was the coiled version, so I don't like to carry it around. I personally like a pair that is comfy to wear so I can use it at work and during travels. 
 
2.Headphone and portable DAC/AMP combo (budget:$600)
 
Preference: I listen to a variety of music from EDM to Jazz and Rock. The M50 I thought was good but I sweat with prolonged use. MA750i is a solid pair of earbuds for the price but I found the highs to be harsh.
 
So far I've tried the Hifiman 400i and B&O Beoplay H6. The 400i has brilliant and clear sound, the clamping force was on the heavy side. B&O H6 is good but I didn't have a chance to try it with an amp.
 
I'm sure you guys have more experience in this so what do you think? :p
 
Apr 29, 2015 at 5:06 PM Post #2 of 5

KG Jag

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For on the go use (which also do fine without an amp), I recommend the NAD VISO HP50, PSB M4U 1, Focal Spirit Pro or Sony MDR 7520.  These are listed in order from warm to dead neutral (I call it a tie in that regard between the FS and Sony).  See:
 
http://www.soundandvision.com/content/sony-mdr-7520-headphone
 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/two-strike-zone-focal-spirit-professional-and-spirit-classic
 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/i-love-these-headphonesthe-nad-viso-hp50
 
and
 
http://www.cnet.com/products/psb-m4u-1/
 
Apr 30, 2015 at 11:35 AM Post #3 of 5

kunsucious

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Hi KG JAG
Thanks for your recommendations. I want to read more into them before I make any decisions. I heard that the cups of focal spirit pros are smaller, so they might not fit my bigger ears well and I don't like the look of the MDR7520. So I'm considering the PSB M4U 1 and the NAD HP50. The two headphones are similar in cost and there are mixed reviews between the two saying one is better than the other. which one would you personally prefer?
 
And how do they compare to planar magnetic headphones such as B&O H6 and Oppo-M3?
 
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  Hi KG JAG
Thanks for your recommendations. I want to read more into them before I make any decisions. I heard that the cups of focal spirit pros are smaller, so they might not fit my bigger ears well and I don't like the look of the MDR7520. So I'm considering the PSB M4U 1 and the NAD HP50. The two headphones are similar in cost and there are mixed reviews between the two saying one is better than the other. which one would you personally prefer?
 
And how do they compare to planar magnetic headphones such as B&O H6 and Oppo-M3?

 
I prefer the PSB, primarily because it is more neutral and therefor accurate.
 
I have not heard those planars.
 

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