• Headphone Buying Megathread/Guide V4 - Come here for all your audio needs! (New Threads are not need
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[QUOTE=MrWhite;43566959]At first glance they looked like they'd fit (same size earpads, more or less), but the back lip that actually holds the pads on are too wide on the NVXs so no, they do not fit :([/QUOTE] Damn. I think I'm better off just buying the headphones themselves seeing as each pair of their replacement pads cost 40 bucks alone to ship to my house. Half the price of the whole headphone package.
For the past couple years, I've really, really enjoyed my pair of Sennheiser HD 280's, and they haven't broken down on me or anything. I absolutely love them. Anything I've ever bought from Sony was either muddy or ended up degrading audio of the course of a few months. My current headphones right now still sound just as awesome as they did in the first place. I'm not sure if anyone cares - I just wanted to write about the reliability of these things, because I don't really get that level of reliability with any other pair of headphones I've had. Actually, maybe that pair of Etymotic Research earphones should belong next to those headphones, but those are incredibly niche and expensive, and I won't be getting another pair of those. (My friend just randomly gave me a free pair of those earphones and they were great.)
[QUOTE=MrWhite;43560709]For an external "sound card", I'd recommend the [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Fiio-E10-USB-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B005VO7LG6"]Fiio E10[/URL]. It's a USB digital-audio converter and an amp which makes things simple. it's also super-sturdy and machined from aluminum. As for headphones, I don't have experience with higher-priced cans than what I have currently, the NVX XPT100s, so you'll have to ask someone else in here if you want to spend more money on headphones. Honestly, though, past about $200 (?) you start encountering diminishing returns as far as audio/build quality. Sure, a $300 pair will be better than a $200 pair, but not [i]as[/i] better as a $200 pair is to a $100 pair. Correct me if I'm wrong, but throwing money at Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, or Bose (if you're made of money) is a pretty safe bet if nobody can recommend a specific model. If you're using a modmic, make sure you have a smooth-ish surface to mount it to on the side of the headphones though :v:[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=SataniX;43568630]E10 is a good choice for the price. If you want to spend more towards the $300 budget you had for the soundcard I can't emphasise how great [url=http://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/o2-odac-combo/]these[/url] are.[/QUOTE] There is a known problem with the E10. I looked into it and there is some sort of delay when sound starts playing, like .7 seconds. The newer models have been brought down to a .1 second delay. For music it's not much of a problem, but for gaming it can be (hearing footsteps, gunshots, etc.). The device needs this delay to start up whenever there is a gap between sounds. More info on this can be found at [URL="http://www.head-fi.org/t/575084/impression-fiio-e10/930#post_8447677"]this[/URL] Head-Fi thread. I recommend the E17 because no such problems exist or have existed with it. I do really prefer the look of the E10 though.
My X12's busted after a year and I've had to [URL="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/111996868/2014/headphones.JPG"]reinforce it with the clean end of a icecream stick and an old 8mb USB[/URL] that I stole in fourth grade after losing a Yugioh battle. According to HW & SW GD I'm totally awful at choosing so I'll hand it over to you. $100-200 headphones for rhythm games, music and weabo shit. Comfort is just a [I]fraction[/I] more important than sound quality. I've got a mic.
I feel a bit like I'm spamming this thread now, but what is likely to be a better set, Sony MDR-v6 or the Brainwavz HM5/Jaycar Pro Monitors. They are both meant to be quite neutral, but I can't find much information comparing the two. The Sony's are said to be a classic and a staple of studio monitors, but that doesn't always mean better...
[QUOTE=ben1066;43594154]I feel a bit like I'm spamming this thread now, but what is likely to be a better set, Sony MDR-v6 or the Brainwavz HM5/Jaycar Pro Monitors. They are both meant to be quite neutral, but I can't find much information comparing the two. The Sony's are said to be a classic and a staple of studio monitors, but that doesn't always mean better...[/QUOTE] I have MDR-v6's right now and have XPT-100's (same exact ones as brainwavz/jaycars) coming in the mail on Tuesday. I'll write a comparison here when I try them.
[QUOTE=whatthe;43123130][B]Budget:[/B] £160 [B]eBay:[/B] New Only [B]Country:[/B] Jersey - Channel Islands (Effectively the United Kingdom) [B]Isolation:[/B] Circumaural [B]Purpose:[/B] Listening to music. I will use for gaming and music creation but those are completely secondary [B]Music Tastes:[/B] Mainly Death Metal, but I love everything. [B]Previous Experiences:[/B]Bose ([URL="http://goo.gl/6MfQn7"]These ones[/URL]) [B]Comments:[/B] I am mostly looking for long-use comfort to be honest. I kind of want on-ears like the above mentioned Bose because they didn't hurt my ears, but I think I want circumaural this time around. If there is a really recommended pair for clarity/bass response a bit above my budget I'll take them but this is my realistic budget.[/QUOTE] Well reporting back. I bought the [URL="http://www.gradolabs.com/page_headphones.php?item=ec27f1750be96023333af0dfe546af44"]Grados SR80i[/URL]'s and I cannot fault them so far. Massive sound stage, great separation on instruments, and fucking hell gaming sounds really good. I have tested against Death Metal, Progressive Metal, Trip-hop, Soul, Funk, it all sounds good. Also I haven't bought a sound card and I'm a front-jack peasant because supposedly I was too high to remember such things when buying my PC.
Wow I thought my Bose were pooing out but it turns out that I just had some weird bass setting on that distorted the music.
[QUOTE=whatthe;43603370]Well reporting back. I bought the [URL="http://www.gradolabs.com/page_headphones.php?item=ec27f1750be96023333af0dfe546af44"]Grados SR80i[/URL]'s and I cannot fault them so far. Massive sound stage, great separation on instruments, and fucking hell gaming sounds really good. I have tested against Death Metal, Progressive Metal, Trip-hop, Soul, Funk, it all sounds good. Also I haven't bought a sound card and I'm a front-jack peasant because supposedly I was too high to remember such things when buying my PC.[/QUOTE] Those look really uncomfortable. Is that headband enough support?
[QUOTE=ben1066;43594154]I feel a bit like I'm spamming this thread now, but what is likely to be a better set, Sony MDR-v6 or the Brainwavz HM5/Jaycar Pro Monitors. They are both meant to be quite neutral, but I can't find much information comparing the two. The Sony's are said to be a classic and a staple of studio monitors, but that doesn't always mean better...[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Toats MaGoats;43594741]I have MDR-v6's right now and have XPT-100's (same exact ones as brainwavz/jaycars) coming in the mail on Tuesday. I'll write a comparison here when I try them.[/QUOTE] Ok so they came in a little early, here is my review: Imagine if a Tempur-Pedic® Swedish Sleep System sprouted arms and gave your ears a massage while singing your favorite tunes. The XPT100's are so comfortable that I feel uncomfortable when I don't have them on. The angled pads they come with are fantastic. I never knew what sound-stage was until getting these, it makes your music have more depth. The audio quality itself is about the same as the MDR's. Here's a comparison between the XPT's and the MDR's: XPT: -Interchangeable Pads -Detachable Cords -"Carrying Case"(kinda sucks) -Sound-stage -Flexible headband -Comfy Comfy Comfy MDR: -Coiled Cord(Permanently attached)--I personally hate coiled cords, they get in the way and untangling them is torture -Little to no sound-stage -No replacement pads included -Pads that are harder to replace(and the edges rip easily) -Stiff Headband -Comfy, but not "Tempur-Pedic®" Comfy The XPT's are better in my opinion, they have way more features. If you're not able to get them, get the Brainwavz. The Brainwavz don't have the angled pads/flexible headband, but they do have a better case. [img]http://i.imgur.com/cFe77zQ.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/SmUX6Dd.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/fM64UAo.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/wo4iFfA.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/BwOOH1e.jpg[/img] ---For shits and gigs I tested out my brothers M50's for the first time today. They feel a little too tight and not as comfortable as the XPT's. They sound about the same except for the extra low-end the M50's have. I prefer the neutral audio of the MDR/XPT.
I can't figure out which way you'd want the angle for the angled pads on the NVXs. Which way do you have them?
[QUOTE=MrWhite;43616349]I can't figure out which way you'd want the angle for the angled pads on the NVXs. Which way do you have them?[/QUOTE] The bigger part of the pads should be behind your ears
[QUOTE=Toats MaGoats;43616357]The bigger part of the pads should be behind your ears[/QUOTE] Oh my god. These were comfortable before. Now they're just.. just sinful.
[QUOTE=MrWhite;43616034]Those look really uncomfortable. Is that headband enough support?[/QUOTE] Yes they are comfortable, they fit my head perfectly so I'm not sure what support I would require from the headband. [QUOTE]They apply pressure on my ears a bit more than the usual set of headphones, but I'm not sure what I can do about that.[/QUOTE] As I typed that I just made a slight adjustment in a very professional manner, bent them the other way now that are perfectly comfortable.
Budget: $150 eBay: No? Preferably Amazon Country: America Isolation: Circumaural, preferably keep the sound in, but if it loses quality than I can have them leak out sound. Purpose: Music and gaming, mostly. Music Tastes: I listen to a lot of alternative (think Smashing Pumpkins), but really everything. Right now I'm listening to SOAD, but I could listen to Electronic, Heavy Metal, Hips Hops. I have a wide range of music. Previous Experiences: I have pretty much always had a pair of old AE Bose. They have served me well. They are extremely comfortable, keep sound in, and all around are great.
[QUOTE=iggy650;43623587]Budget: $150 eBay: No? Preferably Amazon Country: America Isolation: Circumaural, preferably keep the sound in, but if it loses quality than I can have them leak out sound. Purpose: Music and gaming, mostly. Music Tastes: I listen to a lot of alternative (think Smashing Pumpkins), but really everything. Right now I'm listening to SOAD, but I could listen to Electronic, Heavy Metal, Hips Hops. I have a wide range of music. Previous Experiences: I have pretty much always had a pair of old AE Bose. They have served me well. They are extremely comfortable, keep sound in, and all around are great.[/QUOTE] Taken a look at the Audio Technica ATH-M50s? They're probably the most popular entry-level pair of headphones in that price range, and I've been loving mine pair since I bought them years ago. Only real disadvantage is slightly recessed mids. I've also heard good things about Shure headphones in that range, but I don't remember any specifics. Also, quick question for anyone with a little electrical knowledge: What's the real difference between the 80 and 32 ohm versions of Beyerdynamic's DT770s, other than the 80 ohm version requiring more power to drive? Any real difference in sound quality?
[QUOTE=C0linSSX;43624647]Taken a look at the Audio Technica ATH-M50s? They're probably the most popular entry-level pair of headphones in that price range, and I've been loving mine pair since I bought them years ago. Only real disadvantage is slightly recessed mids. I've also heard good things about Shure headphones in that range, but I don't remember any specifics. Also, quick question for anyone with a little electrical knowledge: What's the real difference between the 80 and 32 ohm versions of Beyerdynamic's DT770s, other than the 80 ohm version requiring more power to drive? Any real difference in sound quality?[/QUOTE] My brother actually has those, and they are very nice.
i have senheiser hd380s did i do it right and get good headphones
[QUOTE=iggy650;43624947]My brother actually has those, and they are very nice.[/QUOTE] See how they perform with some of your favorite music if you can, personally I find that they REALLY shine with electronic music because the sound signature favors lows and highs, though they're also great for alternative/classic/folk rock. They can struggle with heavier metal though (i.e. really powerful instrumentals), it can be difficult to make out the vocals due to the recessed mids. As for gaming, they perform brilliantly with pretty much anything, but you may find your ears getting sweaty or tired during long sessions due to the pleather earpads and closed speaker design. You may also want to invest in an Antlion ModMic if you want to turn them into a kickass headset.
I just got [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-HA400-4-Channel-Stereo-Headphone/dp/B000KIPT30/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390488975&sr=8-2&keywords=behringer+amp"]this[/URL] headphone amp for my XPT100's. I just needed something with a knob for volume control that amplifies better than my PC. It's pretty damn cheap and works great.
I just purchased a pair of Sennheiser HD 598, and I read that they really benefit from an amp/dac except i'm pretty unfamiliar with this market and what is good. Do I need an amp/dac? If so, I have about a $100 budget for both of them together, would this be enough money? If so, I'm open to suggestions.
[QUOTE=OldSweatyCats;43653310]I just purchased a pair of Sennheiser HD 598, and I read that they really benefit from an amp/dac except i'm pretty unfamiliar with this market and what is good. Do I need an amp/dac? If so, I have about a $100 budget for both of them together, would this be enough money? If so, I'm open to suggestions.[/QUOTE] I would say no. They're only 50 ohms impedance, and I'm driving my 80 ohm NVX cans with little to no amplification through the DAC built into my G110 keyboard. Worst case scenario they're too quiet without an amp, so it's not like you absolutely won't be able to use them. I'd hold off on buying anything else and just wait for the pair to get to you. Try them out, see if they're too quiet sans-amp, and then go buy something if you need it.
[QUOTE=MrWhite;43653554]I would say no. They're only 50 ohms impedance, and I'm driving my 80 ohm NVX cans with little to no amplification through the DAC built into my G110 keyboard. Worst case scenario they're too quiet without an amp, so it's not like you absolutely won't be able to use them. I'd hold off on buying anything else and just wait for the pair to get to you. Try them out, see if they're too quiet sans-amp, and then go buy something if you need it.[/QUOTE] So is just an amp not worth it, or is a dac+amp not worth it? Because as of right now I would just be listening through a standard audio jack on my computer. Thanks a lot for the help!
[QUOTE=OldSweatyCats;43654107]So is just an amp not worth it, or is a dac+amp not worth it? Because as of right now I would just be listening through a standard audio jack on my computer. Thanks a lot for the help![/QUOTE] If you want a DAC though there's no problem in getting one. You may get better sound quality out of it. Better than the DAC on your motherboard.
[QUOTE=OldSweatyCats;43654107]So is just an amp not worth it, or is a dac+amp not worth it? Because as of right now I would just be listening through a standard audio jack on my computer. Thanks a lot for the help![/QUOTE] All I'm saying is that you'll most likely be able to listen to music using nothing more than your onboard audio through your rear jacks. If you want to buy a DAC, you can find decent ones in the $50-$70 range, but you won't need one to drive your Sennheisers.
Thanks for the help guys!
Does anyone have the [URL="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELNL754/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2LIPXD9KALVVV&coliid=IDCU3GCQBUKU8"]Blue Snowball Microphone?[/URL] I'm wanting to get a microphone that I can record songs with, but also use with gaming and general use. I read that they like to pick up keystrokes, and I have blue (loud clicky) switches in my keyboard.
[QUOTE=iggy650;43675444]Does anyone have the [URL="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELNL754/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2LIPXD9KALVVV&coliid=IDCU3GCQBUKU8"]Blue Snowball Microphone?[/URL] I'm wanting to get a microphone that I can record songs with, but also use with gaming and general use. I read that they like to pick up keystrokes, and I have blue (loud clicky) switches in my keyboard.[/QUOTE] I don't have a Snowball, but there are a few general things I can tell you from experience to help steer you in the right direction. Unaided, any desktop microphone is going to pick up vibrations through the base. Certain mics have stand attachments that suspend and isolate the mic from the surface it's on, which reduces the amount of vibration noise you get. As far as the Snowball, the only shock mount available is from Blue themselves, and it cost nearly as much as the Snowball. That being said, I'm not sure your particular situation necessitates a shock mount. Ideally, you won't be using your keyboard while trying to record music, and, if you have a loud keyboard (which you say you do), the vibrations from said keyboard will be drowned out by the actual sound of the keys, something which any microphone is going to pick up. Whether this affects midnight gaming sessions with buddies is completely situational, but I can safely say that the Snowball is going to pick up no more or no less of your keyboards noisy switches than any other microphone in that price range. The only mics I could see being able to avoid the noise would either be a clip-on solution or some sort of ultra-expensive highly-directional boom mic. Actually, that reminds me. The Snowball has a switch on the back that changes the spatial linearity of what it picks up around it. I'm not sure how effective it is or if it's just a sales gimmick, but that might help matters. Even in that case, the keyboard vibrations won't be a noticeable problem for people you're playing with.
[QUOTE=iggy650;43675444]Does anyone have the [URL="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELNL754/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2LIPXD9KALVVV&coliid=IDCU3GCQBUKU8"]Blue Snowball Microphone?[/URL] I'm wanting to get a microphone that I can record songs with, but also use with gaming and general use. I read that they like to pick up keystrokes, and I have blue (loud clicky) switches in my keyboard.[/QUOTE] Honestly, if you want to get into recording stuff, getting something like the AT2020 and the Blue Icicle (and a mic stand) would probably make you happier in the long run, even though the base cost is a fair bit higher. There's a USB version of the AT2020 as well which will currently save you ~$20 compared to the Icicle and the XLR AT2020, but sooner or later you'll feel like using a different microphone, and USB is very restrictive when it comes to placement. The Icicle doesn't have a multiple inputs or monitor, though, but I think it'll still be the better option (a sound card with monitor and multiple inputs will run you ~$100 for a cheap one). AT2020: [url]http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT2020-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B0006H92QK/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1390737065&sr=1-2&keywords=AT2020[/url] AT2020 USB: [url]http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT2020-USB-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B001AS6OYC/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1390736152&sr=1-1&keywords=AT2020[/url] Icicle: [url]http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Icicle-Converter-Preamp/dp/B001EW5YQS/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1390736188&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=blue+icicl[/url]
Try a £10 generic xlr to usb first unless you need phantom power
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