• Headphone Buying Megathread/Guide V4 - Come here for all your audio needs! (New Threads are not need
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[QUOTE=Zerokateo;44314336]Is the E10 better than a NuForce UDAC-2?[/QUOTE] Glancing around the web they're about the same level and similar feature list but the nuforce has a slight edge in clarity which comes with it being a little bit more expensive.
[QUOTE=phantompain5;44317823]Edit: okay i found the 130 dollar version but for some reason it says it will ship after 2 - 4 weeks, what's the deal with that? [IMG]http://puu.sh/7EIO9.png[/IMG][/QUOTE] Go to B&H. Amazon is out of stock. [editline]23rd March 2014[/editline] Budget - $150 USD Country - USA Isolation - As long as I can't hear my ceiling fan, which is somewhat quiet. It would be also nice if the sound doesn't bleed out too much, but they'll be used in my closed room 95% of the time, so it doesn't matter too much. Usage - Studio work and listening to EDM. Past headphones - M-Audio Q40's. They were nice for the first month or two I used them, then they started really hurting my ears, the cable broke, the clamps shot (not joking, they violently shot off of the headphones) off the headphones, and i go to bed with a headache every night when I use them. They sound good though. Notes - I was planning on buying the DT990's but I looked at the frequency chart and decided that they aren't flat enough. Maybe the ATH-M50's?
^^Because they get the item back from previous buyer.
My 2nd pair of Koss Portapro's finally broke after serving me well. Need a new pair for watching movies and stuff, £20-£25 budget, preferably not too big and fat. Don't mind the style, closed is fine but open is fine also, just want the best audio quality for £25 really. Thanks a lot :)
I need a cheap headset (Under £30) w/microphone and earmuffs that aren't going to hurt my jaw :v I had the Turtle Beach x12's and my jaw killed when I had them on for too long, not sure if its like this for all headsets because they are the only ones I've had.
Recommendations on a good desktop or lapel-style mic that could be attached to headphones? Looking for one <£20 with UK availability, ideally the best sound quality with noise reduction where possible - something up from the Zalman really, and can't find ModMic in the UK.
I plan on getting either the HD 558 or 598. I heard about the headband cracking. Has that been fixed? And 558 or 598? I'm not an audiophile so would I notice any differences in sound at all? Is there a noticeable comfort difference as well? What about the soundstage? I also don't want to use an amp since I don't know anything about amps or their advantages.
Budget: Under 50$ Country: USA Isolation: Would prefer sound to not bleed. Purpose: Listen music, gaming ie, Counter strike. Music Tastes: Large variety, I like heavy metal. Previous Experiences: I dislike fragile headsets that tend to break easily though I've gotten better at taking care of my things. Also had some headphones which made my ears sore because they clipped on so hard. Comments: I'm also willing to budget in extra $ for a soundcard for my desktop. So would appreciate suggestions for both. I will likely only use these headphones at my desk at home. Thank you and I greatly appreciate your time!!
What's a good, cheap headphone amp? Portability isn't an issue.
[QUOTE=butters757;44377944]What's a good, cheap headphone amp? Portability isn't an issue.[/QUOTE] How cheap? And what are you trying to run? [QUOTE=bs8814;44318472][B]Budget[/B]: $100 [B]Country[/B]: Australia [B]Isolation[/B]: Circumaural [B]Purpose[/B]: Music Listening [B]Music Tastes[/B]: Everything from acoustic to EDM. Some categories would be blues, rock, alternative, progressive house, etc. [B]Previous Experiences:[/B] I had a pair of Sony HD somethings acoustic headphones that cost me 50 dollars and they sounded pretty nice but didn't clamp tight enough. [B]Comments[/B]: I like the build quality to be solid (not cheap plasticy) and for the headphones to clamp well around the ears.[/QUOTE] I highly recommend you bump your budget a little bit and get a jecklin float But in all seriousness, I know this is like a meme or some shit over at Head-Fi and wherever, but bump the budget up and get the M50's. Since you listen to EDM the bass would probably be what you're looking for. Good build quality, very robust, don't need anything to drive it and you'll notice a big difference over your previous Sony's. [QUOTE=TonyTheBean;44326353]Go to B&H. Amazon is out of stock. [editline]23rd March 2014[/editline] Budget - $150 USD Country - USA Isolation - As long as I can't hear my ceiling fan, which is somewhat quiet. It would be also nice if the sound doesn't bleed out too much, but they'll be used in my closed room 95% of the time, so it doesn't matter too much. Usage - Studio work and listening to EDM. Past headphones - M-Audio Q40's. They were nice for the first month or two I used them, then they started really hurting my ears, the cable broke, the clamps shot (not joking, they violently shot off of the headphones) off the headphones, and i go to bed with a headache every night when I use them. They sound good though. Notes - I was planning on buying the DT990's but I looked at the frequency chart and decided that they aren't flat enough. Maybe the ATH-M50's?[/QUOTE] yes [QUOTE=halflife_123;43914627]I'm looking to get some in-ear earphones so I can listen to music in bed or while I'm out without them falling out all the time. I don't want stupidly expensive ones but not ones that are total crap either. Any recommendations?[/QUOTE] I know I'm late as fuck, but for anyone else wondering Sony MH1C - $40 - $60 They're like the M50's of IEMs, comparable to IEM's priced at $80 - $120 in terms of sound quality.
[QUOTE=Tasm;44378774]How cheap? And what are you trying to run?[/QUOTE] ~$50, using ATH-M50's.
[QUOTE=butters757;44379264]~$50, using ATH-M50's.[/QUOTE] Fiio E11 If you're looking for a DAC as well, E07k or E17
[b]Budget:[/b]< $30-40 [b]Country:[/b] U.S. [b]Isolation:[/b] Circumaural (although I'd like to be able to hear some background noise I guess) [b]Purpose:[/b] General use: listening to music, games, possibly music production down the line but I'm pretty sure anything I get in this range "won't cut it" for that [b]Music Tastes:[/b] Jazz, Rock, Pop, a bit of scattered electronic music. No dubstep, dnb, or any of the more "bassy" kind of electronics, though, if that makes sense. [b]Previous Experiences:[/b] I have a problem with most of my headphones dying within a few months of me buying them. The only pair that is still running over a year now is my good old pair of Sony MDR-XD200s, and I love them so. Problem is they're literally held together with duct tape so I need a new pair, and XD200s are discontinued and cost a fortune now (else I would have bought em already). Anything like them would make me so incredibly happy. Also in addition I'd like a pair of sports earbuds (the ones that go [I]around[/I] your ears, not the ones that have those little wings that go inside them, I've had very bad experiences with those) that are around the same budget, but of course I won't be using them that often. Mostly just for jogging and stuff. Not very anal about the sound quality on either, especially the sports headphones. Just want something that will last and not immediately die on me.
[QUOTE=Tasm;44378774] yes [/QUOTE] Yes? Yes what?
[QUOTE=TonyTheBean;44388545]Yes? Yes what?[/QUOTE] I think he said yes to: "Maybe the ATH-M50's?"
[QUOTE=TonyTheBean;44388545]Yes? Yes what?[/QUOTE] ATH-M50's are the way to go for $150 price range and listening to EDM, they have qualities you need. I thought the yes was pretty straight forward but yeah
[QUOTE=Tasm;44392331]ATH-M50's are the way to go for $150 price range and listening to EDM, they have qualities you need. I thought the yes was pretty straight forward but yeah[/QUOTE] Oh, sorry. Even for studio work?
They are primarily studio headphones.
Budget: $150 Country: NL Isolation: Open/Closed (See comments) Purpose: Gaming, Oculus Rift, Music Music Tastes: Classical, Medieval Previous Experiences: I now have a Turtle Beach X12 Gaming Headset (yep), and it's fair. I'm not an audiophile, so I can't really judge. Comments: I want a good headphones for use in combination with the Oculus Rift, so soundstage seems important. But the question is, what is more immersive, open or closed? I know what both are, but is it more immersive to be closed of of the real world or really feel like you're there with open ear? The pair also has to be pretty comfortable and light. I know have this pair of headphones as target: [URL="http://en-us.sennheiser.com/audio-headphones-stereo-hifi-tv-hd-518"]Sennheiser HD 518[/URL], does these seem good for VR?
Well asking us about compatibility with VR is pretty hard since there is no actual final VR product released nor is there any final game for it. I think if you want a perfect fit for VR, you should first of all wait until it's out (who knows maybe the consumer version is shit or facebook and sony fuck up) so you can judge if it's still worth it and secondly even then wait a bit until people had experience with it to give you an informed recommendation. It's like it is with preoders, just don't do it. In conclusion you can only either make a bet, and if that bet fails you have to buy a new one when a VR headset arrives. Or if your financial position doesn't let you take that risk, buy one now and stick with it or buy one after it's out.
[QUOTE=Wilko343;44403106]Budget: $150 Country: NL Isolation: Open/Closed (See comments) Purpose: Gaming, Oculus Rift, Music Music Tastes: Classical, Medieval Previous Experiences: I know have a Turtle Beach X12 Gaming Headset (yep), and it's fair. I'm not an audiophile, so I can't really judge. Comments: I want a good headphones for use in combination with the Oculus Rift, so soundstage seems important. But the question is, what is more immersive, open or closed? I know what both are, but is it more immersive to be closed of of the real world or really feel like you're there with open ear? The pair also has to be pretty comfortable and light. I know have this pair of headphones as target: [URL="http://en-us.sennheiser.com/audio-headphones-stereo-hifi-tv-hd-518"]Sennheiser HD 518[/URL], does these seem good for VR?[/QUOTE] Closed is more immersive, if you have background noise , if you play somewhere that is dead silent, open works. (Also never liked open much, cause everyone else can hear what you're hearing). Also for VR if you have a decent sound card , get a decent set of studio cans and just put virtual surround on, works just as well as the gimmicky 7.1 channel gaming headsets, but uses two GOOD cans instead of 7 shit ones. This is purely my opinion but I think the whole fetishism of soundstage is bullshit, it can be modified with a sound card, unless of course you buy a terrible brand and terrible headphones.
the AD900x's are a little over 300 quid on the AT store, what the fuck? i snagged mine for £150 imported from jp. that's ridiculous
Just received my pair of XPT100s, and they damn awesome [img]http://i.imgur.com/tOqTVbW.jpg?2[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/ke3Ptq5.jpg?2[/img]
[QUOTE=AlTheUnderdog;44404499]Just received my pair of XPT100s, and they damn awesome [img]http://i.imgur.com/tOqTVbW.jpg?2[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/ke3Ptq5.jpg?2[/img][/QUOTE] I have the Brainwavz branded HM5s, so sex.
Budget: around €50 Country: Belgium (any shipping from europe is fine) Isolation: in-ear Purpose: Gaming/music (from cellphone) Music Tastes: Mostly melodic death ([URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=614OdhFLUUU"]Example[/URL]) Previous Experiences: The ones that came with my cellphone and some cheap sennheisers Comments: Looking for some reasonably cheap in-ear headphones that will also be used to play games with (Counter-strike). I'll also use them to listen to music on the bus and such. I need new ones since the ones that came with my cellphone broke. I'd like them to be comfortable for long sessions. [editline]1st April 2014[/editline] I already have a sennheiser headset to use at my desktop, but don't like taking it with me everywhere.
Budget: $100 Country: USA Isolation: Closed Purpose: Portable music listening on phone Music Tastes: Mostly shitty indie folk/rock though I listen to a lot of different types. Previous Experiences: Cheap iPod earbuds Comments: I want something for sturdy and comfortable for music listening in the car/train. I don't want anything in-ear or anything too large/heavy or that looks too flashy.
[QUOTE=rider695;44422578]Budget: around €50 Country: Belgium (any shipping from europe is fine) Isolation: in-ear Purpose: Gaming/music (from cellphone) Music Tastes: Mostly melodic death ([URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=614OdhFLUUU"]Example[/URL]) Previous Experiences: The ones that came with my cellphone and some cheap sennheisers Comments: Looking for some reasonably cheap in-ear headphones that will also be used to play games with (Counter-strike). I'll also use them to listen to music on the bus and such. I need new ones since the ones that came with my cellphone broke. I'd like them to be comfortable for long sessions. [editline]1st April 2014[/editline] I already have a sennheiser headset to use at my desktop, but don't like taking it with me everywhere.[/QUOTE] So you're looking for in-ear right? Sony MH1C easily is the best in your price range. You can pick them up for $50 USD, forgot how much it is in pounds but it'll make it a little cheaper.
I need some cheap shit IEMs. [URL="http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082303&p_id=8320&seq=1&format=2"]Monoprice 8320[/URL] or [URL="http://www.dx.com/p/km92-noise-isolation-in-ear-earphone-3-5mm-jack-120cm-cable-36338#.Uz0u1fmSx8E"]Kanen KM92[/URL]?
[QUOTE=nutcake;44438251]I need some cheap shit IEMs. [URL="http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082303&p_id=8320&seq=1&format=2"]Monoprice 8320[/URL] or [URL="http://www.dx.com/p/km92-noise-isolation-in-ear-earphone-3-5mm-jack-120cm-cable-36338#.Uz0u1fmSx8E"]Kanen KM92[/URL]?[/QUOTE] christ mate, I wouldn't even bother at that price
That's what I thought. Guess I'll get the Kanens then for dat wood.
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