Looking for over ear headphones with emphasis on vocals, but good for any type of music genre.
May 22, 2015 at 1:02 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 13

southpaul20

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Hey everyone, I'm fairly new to headphones.  I've been using the Klipsch Image Ones for the past 2 years and I'm looking for an upgrade. I was hoping someone with a bit more knowledge could help me out with some suggestions.  I listen mostly to music where vocals are the focus, classical violin, and rock.
 
Here's a list of what I'm looking for:
 
- Vocals : I like having the vocals forward and more noticeable.
- Over ear : Even though the image ones are on ear my ears are small enough to fit inside of them
- Mids & Highs : I do enjoy bass but I like more emphasis on mids and highs
- Detachable 3.5mm cable : I plan on using these as my go to for everything including with a mic
- No amp needed : I'm a big fan of plug and play without much setup.
- Price up to 300$
 
I recently purchased the V-MODA M100s and I wasn't the biggest fan.  They seemed to put the vocals either on the same level as everything else or behind it.  I do however like the audio on the V-MODA XS, but unfortunately these are on ears.
 
Currently I'm considering Sony MDR-1R or -1A, but I'm still looking into these.
 
Any help is appreciated :) and thank you in advance!  Sorry if my headphone terms are lacking, I'm still learning.
 
May 22, 2015 at 1:36 AM Post #5 of 13

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The T70p to my ears hit your acoustic criteria. They don't have a detachable cord, not sure if a modmic might work for you. They do fall under $300 used on Amazon pretty regularly, trending near there on camelcamelcamel now.
 
May 22, 2015 at 1:54 AM Post #6 of 13

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The T70p to my ears hit your acoustic criteria. They don't have a detachable cord, not sure if a modmic might work for you. They do fall under $300 used on Amazon pretty regularly, trending near there on camelcamelcamel now.

I'll keep an eye on these to see if the price comes down.  I forget about modmics.  I really like the boompro that vmoda puts out.  Thanks for the suggestion!
 
May 22, 2015 at 2:35 PM Post #12 of 13

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MDR-1R is kind of uneven-sounding unless you do the usual cup mods (dynamat + some damping material). Even then, it's not in the same ballpark as the following two:

Since you have smaller ears, look into HP50. I thought the highs weren't subdued enough but it sounds as if you might actually like it.

If you're willing to use a small portable amp, ZMF v1 excels with strings and vocals. Best luck!
 
May 22, 2015 at 4:30 PM Post #13 of 13

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MDR-1R is kind of uneven-sounding unless you do the usual cup mods (dynamat + some damping material). Even then, it's not in the same ballpark as the following two:

Since you have smaller ears, look into HP50. I thought the highs weren't subdued enough but it sounds as if you might actually like it.

If you're willing to use a small portable amp, ZMF v1 excels with strings and vocals. Best luck!

Thanks for the help!  I'll definitely add the HP50s to my list.
 

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