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Right, so I'm looking for some new headphones to get myself for Christmas to replace my $100 Denon in-ear thingies. I really do value my sound quality, but I will only be able to listen using my iPhone, which may limit quality some (?)


My budget: $300 ±$70

Music tastes: Melodic death metal, metalcore, sludge/stoner metal, semijazz piano (Keith Jarrett mainly), thrash/speed metal, gregorian chants/ minimalist classical

I WILL be using these headphones with my iPhone - so I DO need a 1/8 inch connector, I would prefer not to use an adapter unless you think that it won't diminish sound quality much. I do want to get as much as I possibly can out of this $300. (I saw the Allesandros on the most recommended, but they seem to use a .25 in connector which may complicate things while connecting them to the iPhone.

Noise isolation is preferred over not having any noise isolation (I sometimes listen in noisy areas, but it's not like I'm operating a tractor or something super loud like that), unless you think I could get much better quality for the money for not having any noise isolation.

I can order them online, I would prefer not to use ebay. Amazon is first choice. I also want to know if the company who makes whatever phones are recommended is at least somewhat decent in regards to RMAs/customer service/whatever.

I do appreciate whatever recommendations you guys can give me smile.gif
 
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post #2 of 7
Probably the Allesandro MS-2s would be your best bet given your needs.
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post #3 of 7
the 8 conductor cable that comes with the Alessandro MS2i is thick, heavy and because it comes terminated with a 1/4" jack you will need the adapter for it. I wouldn't use my Grado SR325i with a portable device.

I really like Grado for old recordings, rock and alternative but when it comes to metal I have better headphones. Grado like to roll off too frown.gif
    
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So I know this is almost out of my price range, but the HiFiMan HE-400s seem to be what I'm after. Anyone know something about these that I don't?
 
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post #5 of 7
Get the beats pro!




Just kidding.
post #6 of 7
the Denon AH-D600 will have bigger bass, isolate better, come with 2 cables (one has Apple remote) and you won't have to worry about comfort. you can get them for $329 at DIYMicro.com

they should pull off most genres except classical. I listen to death, progressive and black metal with my Denon AH-D5000 all the time.
    
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post #7 of 7
You'll need an amp for the HE-400s and the Denons.. Sure you can listen to them on your ipod, but I'd rather buy the Allessandros. Up to you. IDC how you use your money.
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