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Looking for decent cans under $300(help wanted)

  1. NoPlaceLikeOhm
    Hey guys,
    New to the site and hoping for some shopping guidance. My birthday is coming up in a couple weeks and I'm planning on getting myself the gift of a headphone upgrade.
    My go-to cans are my ATH-M50's, but I also own a pair of chinsy on-ears for the gym and a couple dirt-cheap IEM's. I like the M50's, but their on-ear/over-ear ambiguity leaves the comfort much to be desired, and I'd love something with a bit more clarity, especially in the mids, preferably without sacrificing too much bass response. I'm also a movie-buff, so anything that can bring out the best sound in a film is a solid plus.
    Cans I've been considering:
    Denon D2000
    Denon D600(hate the look, but the reviews on sound intrigue me)
    Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro
    Beyerdynamic DT770(tried these at local music store, enjoyable and comfy, but perhaps too close to M50's)
    AKG Q701
    Current sources:
    Ipod Nano 5th gen
    Ipod Mini (Rockboxed)
    Sansa clip+ (Rockboxed)
    I'm also planning to order a Fiio X3 so I finally have a place for my 24-bit music files, so amping isn't really an issue.
    Any advice or input is much appreciated.
    Thanks for taking the time.
  2. Hapster
    Very nice list of headphones, a lot of choices. You may have to be more specific though. Open/closed, genre of music, etc

    For movies, I'd reccomend d2000 or d600. At this point though, you can get d600 for signifcantly cheaper ($230 on eBay).

    Also consider adding Hifiman HE-400 to your list, definitely one of the higher rated open headphones.
  3. NoPlaceLikeOhm
    They'd be my home pair and I have the benefit of my own apartment so I'm putting comfort and sound before leakage.
    I've been going back and forth from the d600 and d2000 for a couple weeks now. I've found the D600 for $220 refurbished and the D2000 for around $275 used. I want to pull the trigger on the D600, but the D2000 seem more versatile from what I've read and between the two have a much more "classic" look in my opinion.
    As far as genre, I'm a bit all over the place. Currently on my Ipod:
    Flying Lotus
    James Blake 
    Grizzly Bear
    St. Vincent
    Nicholas Jaar
    Holy Other
    Portugal the Man
    Tame Impala
    I guess I'd describe my tastes as indie/electronic. I also enjoy other genres such as mainstream EDM, classic rock, hip-hop, and classical, but these are the artists I gravitate towards and want to sound great.
  4. Hapster
    Well, then I definitely wouldn't go d600 if you don't like how they look, (I'm fine with the look) if you don't like them 100%, sound goes out the window.

    However the d600 are some of the most comfortable headphones I've ever used.

    If you are in an apartment, leakage isn't an issue, but isolation may be.

    Also maybe look into the focal spirit classic, can't say I've ever heard them, but I've read a lot of reviews and might be a 1-up from d2000
  5. NoPlaceLikeOhm
    I've done some research and they do look a bit silly when stretched over the head, but nothing deal-breaking to me.
    The M50's don't isolate terribly well, but they more than get the job done in that regard. It's the pinching on my ears and clamping force that kill me after 45 minutes or so. I don't think I've ever watched a full movie without readjusting them for comfort, and from what I've seen of the D600 with their ear-shaped pads and memory foam, that issue would disappear.
    What genre would you say they shine with?
    Again thanks for the replies.
  6. NoPlaceLikeOhm
    These actually got thrown on my radar after the InnerFidelity review a few weeks back.
    Intriguing for sure, but I think I'll wait for a price drop before really  looking into them.
  7. AudioHi
    d600 will satisfy you.
  8. NoPlaceLikeOhm
    Much obliged fellas.
    Unless something changes, I think I'm going with the D600's.
    Hopefully paired with an X3 they will bring some musical magic.
  9. monkeysixtysix
    I found the Fidelio X1's fantastic with movies and video games. Also great with music. $230 new in amazon...
  10. Hapster

    Basically all EDM in general.
  11. NoPlaceLikeOhm
    I was actually looking at those as well. Perhaps for my next set.
    Nice, hopefully these cans will spice up the EDM and hip-hop recordings I've been neglecting.
  12. cel4145

    You should look into the HE-400s. Some of the best sounding headphones for those genres, and a whole different league over the M50s. See this review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_HE400

    They are currently on sale for $299 most places, but razordog also has a $50 rebate off that.
  13. NoPlaceLikeOhm
    I actually looked at those as well. I have a feeling after experiencing planar-magnetic greatness there would be no turning back:xf_eek:
    Ah, hell; I'll toss em in the mix.
    D2000/D600/HE-400. I have a feeling this will be a game-time decision.
    Thanks for the tip on that rebate [​IMG] 
  14. cel4145
    Because the HE-400s are open, they will have a bigger soundstage than the Denons, which can create a better immersion experience.

    But yeah. The HE-400s are incredibly resolving. The detail of the planar magnetics is just fantastic :)
  15. NoPlaceLikeOhm
    How are they as far as amping?
    I've read the whole HE family are fairly power-hungry.

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