Open-back dilemma
Sep 12, 2009 at 1:50 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 12

gmoz11

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Hello all,

I'd love to get some feedback on everyone's favorite open-back can that runs from $100-$200. I don't have too much money right now. I use a pair of Ultrasone HFI-780s in public and on campus, but want something open back for home use. Any suggestions are welcome!

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Sep 12, 2009 at 2:01 AM Post #2 of 12

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You can find lots of information around here by conducting a search. The most regularly recommended ones are the Grado Prestige Series / Alessandro MS1 and the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700--both great choices, especially if, I assume, you're not using an amp.
 
Sep 12, 2009 at 2:03 AM Post #3 of 12

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I have the tiny fiio2 pocket amp, which I've grown pretty attached to
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I'll look into both of those. Thanks for you help!
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Sep 12, 2009 at 2:08 AM Post #4 of 12

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No problem. I just thought of another commonly recommended one: Sennheiser HD 595.

Do an advanced search, titles only, for "open 200" (without the quotes). I think you'll find a lot of threads to help you out.

Good luck!
 
Sep 12, 2009 at 6:09 PM Post #6 of 12

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AKG K601
 
Sep 12, 2009 at 7:25 PM Post #7 of 12

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Since you are using fiio amp which is considerable quite bass heavy, maybe you can use Grado SR80 which is considerably bass light, it may sound nice, I never try this combination though. I use SR-60, they are nice without an amp.
 
Sep 12, 2009 at 8:02 PM Post #8 of 12

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Ms-1 or AD700 would be the best choices. They are fast, and energetic sounding phones. The soundstage of the AD700 is hard to beat in the pricerange. MS-1 and AD700 are both good allrounders.

The HD238 isn't bad either if you want something portable but the fiio might make them too bassy.

HD555/HD595 aren't terrible either but I'd go for the MS-1 or AD700 over either of them. Good if you want a warmer laid back sound.

The Beyerdynamic DT440 is another option, however some find it to be uncomfortable.
 
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The Beyerdynamic DT440 is another option, however some find it to be uncomfortable.


This would be my choice. Costs $100 on Amazon. Personally, I find it very comfortable. In any event, I find it heard to imagine anyone thinking it is less comfortable than a Grado or the MS1, so if you are considering those...
 
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No dilemma here, the open headphones have better dynamic. Check out the K702 with some nice sound card for full quality.


out of op's fiio - i dont think so
 

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