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Poll Results: Which Headphones

 
  • 6% (1)
    Audio Technica AD900
  • 6% (1)
    "" AD700
  • 0% (0)
    "" A700
  • 0% (0)
    Shure SRH 840
  • 18% (3)
    Denon 2000
  • 43% (7)
    Grado SR225i
  • 12% (2)
    Sennheiser 598
  • 12% (2)
    Sennheiser 558
  • 0% (0)
    Other (Post in Thread)
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post #1 of 21
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Ahh the timeless question.

Before anyone says LOOK AT OTHER THREADS here is just an example of what I've looked through so far: Headphone Threads (Click to show)
So yeah, I've been doing a tad bit of reading.

Budget: $250 (hard max) for headphones, $100 (hard max) for Amp if necessary.

Genres:
Heavy Metal (all your standard ultra popular bands: Metallica, Mega Death, Rise Against, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Artreyu, Bullet for my Valentine, and the like)
Classic Rock (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles)
Indie (a whole list)

So a great variance, but 40% focused on metal.

Wants to focus on: Instrumentals more than vocals.

Due to the variance of taste: Focus on Neutral Headphones.

Possible:

  1. http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-AD900-Dynamic-Headphones/dp/B001AQ7KII/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335935156&sr=8-3
  2. http://www.amazon.com/Grado-Prestige-Series-SR225i-Headphones/dp/B0006GCCN6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1335935237&sr=8-5
  3. http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD595-Performance-Premiere-Headphones/dp/B0001FTVE0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335936174&sr=1-1
  4. http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-598-Headphones-Accents/dp/B0042A8CW2/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
  5. http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-AD700-Open-air-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B000CMS0XU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335936210&sr=1-1
  6. http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-A700-Audio-Technica-Headphones/dp/B000E9VKUQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335936210&sr=1-2
  7. http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH840-Professional-Monitoring-Earphones/dp/B002DP8IEK/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
  8. http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AHD2000-Performance-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B000MVEC0Q/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335936282&sr=1-12


[LIST=Above Headphones explained]
[*] Audio Technica AD900
[*] AD 700
[*] Grado Sr 225i
[*] Denon AHD2000
[*] A700
[*] Shure SRH840
[*] Sennheiser HD598
[*] HD 595
[*]
[/LIST]


Not afraid to buy Used or Refurb.

Amp:
Objective 2 amp. That's all.

DAC:
ODAC.


These are for my friend, he wants to get into Hi-Fi, and I want to make sure he has the best experience for his money that he can. He will be using these with his Droid X and PC.

What do you recommend as good headphones for his tastes?

Update: For further details, go to this post
Edited by Spykerv - 5/2/12 at 12:29am
     
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post #2 of 21
dont know about headphone amps but as far as headphones go i can vouch for the creative fatality mkII gaming headset for under 100 bucks its got some of the best sound ive heard for the price. MKII

i have also used these the skullcandy skullcrushers. skullcrusher

a freind of mine uses these and swears by them. i havent used them myself bt for the price they cant be that bad. Ifrogz

for a headphone amd i just use my old dynaco dynakite stereo preamp. as for the skullcandy's and the mkII i know they are good for metal and recording being a metalhead and deathmetal guitarst myself. i would spend the extra money on a good sound card like the x-fi titanium or something of the like and just go with that. you can always use a stereo receiver as a headphone amp.
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post #3 of 21
The Grado SR line is great for guys on a low budget and want to get into hi-fi music. They don't require much power (easily driven and high efficiency) and they run perfectly off an iPhone, so an amp isn't needed (but ALWAYS recommended.) I have the SR80i's and they are a great value. I'd say with the 250$ limit you could grab a Grado SR225i from sonicelectronix. The Grados have a a sound to them that is really rich and warm, great for rock music. Don't forget though, they are a very open set of cans with a small cushion so they are meant to sit on your ear, not around them. And as always, try to grab a pair to try before you buy, as headphones are really that subjective.

Just my 2 cents.
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by AznRage View Post

The Grado SR line is great for guys on a low budget and want to get into hi-fi music. They don't require much power (easily driven and high efficiency) and they run perfectly off an iPhone, so an amp isn't needed (but ALWAYS recommended.) I have the SR80i's and they are a great value. I'd say with the 250$ limit you could grab a Grado SR225i from sonicelectronix. The Grados have a a sound to them that is really rich and warm, great for rock music. Don't forget though, they are a very open set of cans with a small cushion so they are meant to sit on your ear, not around them. And as always, try to grab a pair to try before you buy, as headphones are really that subjective.
Just my 2 cents.

Yeah, I clarified the top. I'm already looking at the SR225i, this adds another vote for them. Thank you!
     
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post #5 of 21
no offence but the bands you listed arent "heavy metal". mostly just metal or nu-metal.

bands like this are heavy metal:
kataklysm, mudvayne, impending doom, chimaira , winds of plague, pantera , slayer. etc. just my opinion smile.gif



but those skull crushers look good.
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Originally Posted by ajslay View Post

no offence but the bands you listed arent "heavy metal". mostly just metal or nu-metal.
bands like this are heavy metal:
kataklysm, mudvayne, impending doom, chimaira , winds of plague, pantera , slayer. etc. just my opinion smile.gif
but those skull crushers look good.

Hmm thanks for the clarification. I don't pretend to be knowledgeable about metal in any way shape or form.

Also, I will have nothing to do with Skull anything for Beats anything.

This is primarily Audiophile grade equipment. Unless I'm mistaken, not only are those headphones garbage not audiophile quality, so they don't qualify for my thread. But thank you for recommendations.

They seem more Bass Centric, and if I focused on that I'd much rather buy these: http://www.zappos.com/product/7944287/color/104143?channel=126&mr:referralID=NA&mr:trackingCode=252B2B7F-CE87-E111-BFFC-001B21BCB944
     
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HD598's any day but..They are expensive and headphones amp DEFIANTLY worth it .
I 558's cheaper but also great heaphones.
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HD598's any day but..They are expensive and headphones amp DEFIANTLY worth it .
I 558's cheaper but also great heaphones.

They fit these budget in refurb edition, and new infact.

They're neutral correct? The 598s are atleast from what I can tell.

The O2 will power these to heaven and back, and the ODAC will do great, I have no worries about the amp. But their rated at 50ohms, I'm surprised they'd need so much pumping?
     
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why not get a sound card with a built in headphone amplifier? i need new headphones too, but cant get any. been stuck with my cheap 9mm bullet ear buds. (spent everything i had on a 3570k)
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For those genres, it's nearly impossible to beat the Grados IMO.

I'd say the SR-60 would actually sound better than half your list, let alone the 225s.
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