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What's a decent cheap (under 200) amp that will power AKG Q701 sufficiently?
What's wrong with integrated/onboard graphics, /g/? Are prebuilt PCs ripoffs?
i'm about to go to bed, but i wanted to write down a couple things.
I am the guy that a few threads earilier was complaining about his headphones sounding unbalanced.
I ran several tests with my Cantatis' jack output, my intergrated soundcard output and my vinyl player connected to an external amplifier and my Cowon C2 PMP for good measure.
My AKG K712 (received yesterday), DT880 and SRH440 all sound less potent on my left ear.
What i make of this, i probably have hearing damage on my left ear. I tried listening for an hour and my right ear started feeling really odd, so i think i may have fucked my eardrums or something. Also, horrible, horrible tinnitus everytime i listen to anything at a decent volume.
Doctor visit is tuesday and i hope it's nothing serious. If it is, it means i'll have to use speakers permanently and abandon the threads.
Just here to say: fucking take care of your ears. Don't fuck around with Q-Tips like i did because i'm a massive fucking faggot. You won't miss them until you start hearing like 0.00001db less on one ear and then you'll be sorry as hell.
Godspeed anons. I'm off.
you could have gotten it at 50 dollars yesterday
I got Porta Pros for $49 at a retailer, but now I see I can get them on Amazon for $35
I was thinking of returning them to go for the cheaper deal, but does Amazon have problems with fakes?
Posting the most balanced sounding headphones under $300.
Why is Sennheiser so much better than Beyerdynamic at making headphones?
So my roommate came home super early after work, i woke up in a daze and realized i had my shit on his dresser.
I lightly lifted my Fidelio X1's and placed them on my desk and when back to bed.
Wake up to find out I hadn't placed them down, id harshly thrown them at a wall and cracked the frame. Fixed it with superglue but still.
Fuck you sleeping me, fuck you
All these memes about no-bass open-headphones will become a non-issue with wearable subwoofers.
Hi I'm new here and I know nothing about headphones.
I use in ear earphones because they're small portable and I don't like other people hearing my music when the volume is up.
My problem is, every 3 months or so one of the earphones (usually the left) gets quieter and eventually stops working. I don't throw them around I try to be gentle with them but it keeps happening. Because of this I'm scared to buy expensive ones because they'll probably die soon anyway.
1. What am I doing wrong that is giving my earphones such a short lifespan?
2. What are some durable ones I could buy
3. Should I keep replacing them with cheap under -20$ ones or would investing in a more expensive pair be worth it?
Do you twirl the cord around your fingers as a habit?
Yes, it's worth it to make the jump to something more expensive. I bought cheap Bestbuy trash for years. The increase in audio quality was enough to make me giddy when I put some research into getting a decent pair.
closed headphone have zero to very-narrow soundfield.
wearable subwoofer + open headphones like HD800 and ma900 should bring us headphone listeners closer to experiencing listening to 3-way tower speakers without bothering roomates & neighbors.
current best-of-the-best closed headphones
- MDR Z7
- some closed back variant of Mad Dog branded Fostex headphones.
If you don't produce music and aren't a rich liteboy, then no, you don't need headphones(at least the producer level ones these liteboys are talking about).
IDK YTF your earbuds are getting phukt. Maybe you are playing your music too loud? IDK.
there's no x-over on it, just a gain knob
it sounds stupid on paper but you have to experience it to believe. It's fun showing it to friends and watching their faces when the bass hits.
That's really depressing. The t50rp is junk, no matter how expensive the mods get.
The th900 brings mixed results over the discontinued D5000/D7000. The Fostex dynamics and Sony headphone offer little isolation.
Why exactly would it need a crossover? This is not a real subwoofer where it puts out audio your other equipment can't it just lets you feel the low parts via transducers and does not put out any audio on its own.
It doesn't. Or it's got one built-in you cant adjust, I don't actually know how it works. Freq. response is around 5 - 120hz.
It's very tight, if you listen with a stereo and a sub you sort of forget it's even there and it just feels like you've got you sub really loud. It's great.
Some high end headphones already can produce decent sub bass.
Now imagine if you own planar magnetic headphones... this current breed is the best when it comes to producing leveled high part of sub bass. If you own a high end planar magnetic headphone with subpac... you should be able to set subpac crossover to 30hz (mid to lower end of sub bass)
But why would you want to stop your headphones from outputting anything they can and hand that off to a device that you only feel and can't hear? This is what setting a crossover would do.
>>45394539 basically says the subpack has its own high frequency cutoff and lets your headphones do whatever they do on their own passing all the audio off to them.
I'm still thinking you don't even understand what this device does.
It makes no sound but is a bunch of transducers that are used to vibrate your body giving the FEELING of a powerful subwoofer. This is why it works with your current audio system, be it speakers or headphones, and does not replace any part of it.
So worrying about audio cutoffs and how its going to affect the rest of the way your system sounds is pretty silly.
Should I get an audio card or something for my computer? I bought MDR-V6's yesterday when they were $50, and plan on using them for gaming and some music listening (nothing high quality), but I'm worried I'll get them and hear background noise and shit I don't want to hear not related to the headphones.
Most computers are equipped with shitty stock sound cards. Since you won't be using it for very serious high quality listening, I'd say you should be fine for now and get a cheap DAC if you want higher quality.
Lets sound in, blocks out no noise. Sound leaking out of the cups, they let out a fair bit of sound, like a set of laptop speakers at low volume
Something from fiio, they make the cheapest passable stuff and usually portable.
Good all around headphones+amp for music and games? I need something that's good for all sorts of music, and has a good soundstage for counterstrike.
Budget is around $200 for both right now, but I can save up some more if I'd be better off with a more expensive pair.
Ideally a gaming headset should be a MA900 with a mod-mic.
Not really a huge fan of the M50, and closed cans in general. I ended up vastly preferring my HD 555s (after foam modding them) that I had prior to buying the M50. I do use them at work though since they're closed headphones (no noise leakage) and not very expensive.
I looked on Newegg the other day for some cheap ~$20-$30 cards, should that be something I could consider before going higher than that with a DAC? I was looking at the ASUS Xonar DG since the reviews didn't look shitty for it compared to some of the other low end stuff
Does the sound magic get degraded, lost or become impure if I do this? It's just way too loud on a low knob if I leave it at 100.
So um... I haven't had headphones of any sort for 20 years or so. Explain to me like I'm your grandfather, only a little deaf. In the low price range - say 40 to 80$ are ear buds superior to standard over ear headphones? Is there any reason to really get ear buds or should I stick with my old fashioned style mickey mouse ears?
I'm not sure if I'm in the right place, but I'll ask anyway:
What microphone would you recommend for everyday stuff with some voice recording on the side? I've bought 2 Zalman cheapo mics for the last 3 years, and they keep breaking on me so I want to try for something that will last much longer. My budget is around $100 max, I want something for my desktop that won't shit out on me after a year. I'm totally fine with something sitting on my desk, so what would you guys recommend? Thanks in advance.
I was thinking of a desktop mic instead because I'm afraid of breaking a little mic like that. Sort of like pic related, but I just grabbed that from google images.
Wow, no wonder I get uncomfortable (not because of the fit, but like sound fatigue) listening to my gf''s 880's. I'm in no way an audiophile, but they really do wear on me, even though to my shitty ears they sound decent. The do smell good though...
That price range gets you a bunch of bass-heavy earphones from China. Some are built better than others, some are more bass heavy than others. I don't think they get especially nice until the 100 dollar mark, that gets you some removable cables and a decent sound quality.
As a rule, earbuds sound worse than headphones. They're meant for portability, not quality. You can keep them in your pocket with your phone or MP3 play, which you generally can't do with over the ear headphones. If you don't need portability, then you're better off with a quality pair of headphones, especially since it's easier to get decent quality headphones in the range of $40 to $80 than it is decent quality earbuds.
Thanks. Those AKGs look pretty nice.
Is the cable on those things durable? I've seen people have problems with their headphone cables before, though those might have been on cheap headphones.
Just pull your heads out from the ps4 gaming scene for a second and see some new cans that's a real alternative to the olds. Also, google MH40. 399, I tested them and if I can afford it, I would.
thinking about copping this mic, or should i wait to see if the blue yeti goes on sale for $10 again this year?
Anyone heard the UE6000?
I just bought a pair online
w/ picture is always better
>Maybe you're playing your music too loud? IDK
That's most probably one of the most shit reasons on why an iem would go fuck itself.
IEMs have biocells which are supposed to age well after ~50 hours of usage.
I got the 990 Premiums and I love them, but I think my left driver is busted and might buy a new set. Thought I'd ask if there's anything similar or better in the same range first though?
Can someone help a headphones newb out? I'm considering buying the AKG K550, mainly for gaming purposes. For £99, is this a good buy?
It has a problem forming seals on certain listeners' heads. No seal = no bass. Just be aware of this. It's a good buy at that price.
Etymotic MC5 for a neutral sound.
Soundmagic E10 for a bassy sound.
Bass isn't my biggest problem. From what I've heard, the major thing I should be interested in for gaming is the soundstage.
I don't need them to be closed. In fact, I live in a pretty quiet place. These are just on a great deal and happen to be closed.
-150€ ( 185 US$)
>Requirements for Isolation
I will be using this in the train so I need atleast some isolation
>Preferred Type of Headphone
>Preferred tonal balance
none really,I like bass but I hate too much
Beyerdynamic DX160iE (I liked them but the cable broke, I want to try something new now), Plantrinics RIG (Headset)
Electonic, Metal, pretty much everything except Pop
I was looking at http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone-list/?model_search=&headphone_price1=50&headphone_price2=200&average_rating1=0&average_rating2=10&sound_rating1=0&sound_rating2=10&build_rating1=0&build_rating2=5&isolation_rating1=0&isolation_rating2=5&comfort_rating1=0&comfort_rating2=5µphone_rating1=0µphone_rating2=5&accessibility_rating1=0&accessibility_rating2=5
okay so looking to pick up a new pair of headphones so looking to see some input.
I came from a pair of refurb v-moda crossfade lp headphones. Honestly those were my first audiophile type headphones and I was incredibly impressed with them.
One of my biggest draw was build quality. Because I'm pretty notorious for breaking headphones (catching cables on surfaces, dropping them etc) I really appreciated that the v-moda are pretty much indestructible.
was thinking about going them again, but I figured I'd see if I could get some comments and thoughts.
I already have a pair of corsair vengeance etc for comp gaming, and other headphones I've liked in the past were a much older version of the sennheiser HD 203
budget: would be under 200 but prefer more like 120-150
source: Computer, phone, laptop. Going to be using these mainly for my new travel job. so they will odds are be plugged into a nexus 5 or 7
Isolation: I'm less concerned about me hearing things around me and more concerned about sound leaking out
Size: Full Size over ear
Tonal: Overall preference is balance, but If I had to pick a specialization. Mid-range (the xfade lp were pretty good imo)
Past: xfade lp: Loved quality tough build, Loved the customization, loved removable cable (is a must), disliked how they sat around my neck while not in use, disliked how with some voip programs people's voices would almost sound like it was vibrating a loose part (I think it might have been the case because I remember it not always being like that)
Music: I generally listen to doujin music, ranging from jazzy vocals, to eurobeat, to a lot more electronic, drum and bass, game OST (IIDX), anime OST
ex: http://youtu.be/Bivx4yUsgjY http://youtu.be/kX248L0f6NU http://youtu.be/p82DqcWlzzY
If left to my own devices I'd probably step up to m100s on v-moda. I'm only replacing them because they were stolen.
What is a comfortable pair of headphones that sound good?
I'm using 250 ohm DT990 & DT 770 Pros and they are comfy, but the shape of the cups and the clamp force makes them pretty bad after 4+ hours. I wear headphones all day, everyday, so comfort beats sound quality.
I'm setting my sights on HD 558's since the cups are more ear-shaped and lighter due to the build quality. I realise HD 598's are probably gonna be better all around, but I'd want to see what else is out there before I make a decision.
$100 - $150
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>Requirements for Isolation
>Preferred Type of Headphone
>Preferred tonal balance
Neutral / Balanced but again, comfort > sound
DT990 & DT70
Decided to settle on some AKG K702s after having enough of shitty headsets (currently using the koss porapros as a placeholder)
been reading about ams and apparently the K702s need a powerful amp or something to drive them, can anyone recommend if £60-70 is feasible price range?
Hey everyone, I don't know anything about this stuff, but I was wondering; what kind of headphones would you recommend for gaming, listening to music and watching videos? Preferable with a mic, but it's optional. Price isn't that important, but maybe not over $200?
Just picked up HD598's after the sale, and I am comparing them to my DT990's...bass is a lot of smoother for one. The build feels a bit cheaper, and while they're equally comfy on my head, the Beyer's definitely do feel like fluffy with clouds with the velour pads.
As far as sound differences go, does anyone have any experience with these?
oh fug which one should I get?
ATH-m50x on amazon, 147usd
one comes with a hard case
one comes with a curly coil wire
one comes with some FiiO E6 amplifier that I have no idea if its a good one or not
they're all the same price which one should I get?
HD558 have the same drivers as HD598 and sound negligibly different, so get the HD558 unless it's one of those rare times where 598 is cheaper like briefly on Friday. They're the only full-sized headphones in your budget which can be accurately described as "balanced" sounding, and they're very comfortable.
www.modmic.com for mic.
If you require isolation, ATH-M50/ATH-M50x.
If you do not require isolation, HD558.
Copped these on Black Friday for 20 bucks at Sears, thoughts?
ok so my final choice is the curly coil wire which is nice or the hard case for storage and keeping which is nice
which nice thing should I get? not that I'm indifferent but I'm legitimately pulled between either one
Does this look like a good buy?
Also is the Fiio E6 a good amp to use? Should I use it with the E10k or is the E10k's amp better?
So /hpg/ how badly did i fuck up? I'm no audiophile however this is rather nice compared to the realshit based soundcard i had on my pc.
I checked the quality on the HD201,HD205, and M50 and it was surprisingly clean and also amp'ed up properly.
Take FR graphs with a grain of salt. All drivers are different, and have to be matched (manufacturing tolerances differ between models and even brands). Manufacturers may even release revisions.
What are you looking for exactly? 600s will be more neutral, 650s will be more laid back with some slight coloration. Both are excellent choices regardless. Don't listen to the shills, at that price you'll be very satisfied when paired with a suitable amp/dac.
>colored 'replacement' for them that never really caught on
How do you fa/g/s feel about the vsonic gr-07 classic edition IEMs? They're still on sale over at http://www.lendmeurears.com/gr07-classic/ for $77, great price. Makes me wish I held out and didn't dish out $100 for them via Amazon a month or so ago.
Cut this down a little because I'm already look at some specific ones.
M50/K550 (£100) or 558/598 (£130/150) or K702 (£160) but I know need an amp and I'm at the end of my budget.
PC, ASUS Xonar D2X
>Preferred tonal balance
I don't mind a nice bit of bass but I really love hearing every little sound possible.
Mostly electronic style music like Aphex and BoC, but range of other music, classical, jazzy stuff like Bonobo.
V-Moda M100's or ATH-m50x? I already own a pair of AKG Q701's and Grado SR 125's.
I put on a pair of V-Moda's in a music store and was blown away, but $300 is quite a bit to spend on "style" cans. Any thoughts?
Laptop, Fujitsu Amilo, but soon something new, basically something for laptop
>Requirements for Isolation
Full, because, i don't want hear anyone
>Preferred Type of Headphone
>Preferred tonal balance
Nothing, samsung earphones, but without plug
Croatia, Easter Europe, 3rd world.
i got these as they were said by /g/ to be good entry level headphones.. i have a few problems..
1) They are really quiet
2) They dont sound good at all ... I mean they sound like shit compared to my £5 in ear headphones....
3) They give me a HUGE headache/nausea if i wear them for even 20 minutes..
Are all over ear headphones like this ?
For most purposes, yes. The only true difference outside of manufacturing variance is that 7506 has a separate ground for each channel.
V6 allows crosstalk, which supposedly sounds natural, while 7506 has isolation even between the channels.
The shared ground is the typical construction of a headphone and ground components per channel will merge together in the TRS connector.
I'm not inclined to believe that the crosstalk is significant in the V6, not more than any open headphone.
As another note, crosstalk "naturalness" doesn't operate in that manner, electronics will dump more noise into opposite channels in the higher frequencies, head shadowing of sound blocks out sound above the mid-range.
accidently vacuumed my head phone wire which ripped them from my desk to the ground at full force I almost had a heart attack since I just spend $30 on earpads for these last week
shit still works with only a bit of scuffing to the insulation, but not enough to expose any wire.
Is this gonna be unavailable after the 1 day is over?
/g/ rarely says that HD201 is a good headphone. I have a pair and what you describe is familiar.
If you use Windows and have Realtek HD Audio, one thing to check right away is if they're connected as a "headphone" or "speaker". If it's set to headphones, change it to speakers in Realtek GUI. This might fix all of your sound related issues.
Other than that, you can use EQ. Start gradually boosting lower frequencies from 1000Hz to be +10dB at 100Hz and below. Reduce 5-7kHz by -11dB, 10-14kHz by -10dB. Don't use EQ in your audio driver software, use the one built into your music player. Needless to say you should keep all other "enhancements" disabled.
As for the headaches, their clamping force is pretty strong when new. Stretch them out by placing a few toilet paper rolls or something between the cups. Be careful as the plastic is shitty quality and can break very easily. Use the adjustments for cups to make them hover above your ears, maybe even sag just a bit.
Or you could just return them if it's not too late.
>Accepting any audio with scooped mids.
>Are the HD598s really that veiled?
>And how comfortable are they?
>I'm hoping for something comparable to AD900s.
Pic related is basically how they sound frequency response balance wise.
They're not that bad, but on a good portion of tracks, compared to other more neutral headphones, it will sound slightly veiled. There's also a bit too much sizzle for my taste. They are less comfortable than the AD900 in my opinion. They clamp a bit more and put more force on the top of your head where the headband comes in contact with your head. The cushions aren't as soft as they look.
Naw they're not veiled and they're a lot more comfortable than the AD900 which won't stay in one place on my head and has earpads which rest on my ears instead of around them, which isn't as comfortable as the 598 earpads which go around my ears.
The pads do touch your ears on AD700/900s. How much they touch depends on how big your ears are I guess. They touch the bottom of my earlobes, but they still aren't uncomfortable at all. I have a big head and big ears.
Hey /hpg/ I'm having this weird experience with my HD598. At around 7900-8900 Hz, the left channel is about 6 dB quieter than the right. When I hold that ear cup a tiny bit away from my ear, the channels become equal at those frequencies. What's happening here? What can I do?
You're experiencing the extremely normal phenomenon of shifting ear canal resonances as the position of the headphones changes on the head.
No, silly, it's not this.
>Is it possible to fix the shifting ear canal resonances?
Nope. This phenomenon comes with the territory when wearing headphones. The high frequency response of headphones will vary significantly at the eardrum based on the position of the headphones on the head.
This should show you what's going on here. Check out the raw frequency response here above 6 kHz and how much it varies from measurement to measurement, each one of which is taken at a different position on the dummy head. Response up there shifts a lot as the headphones move on your head.
It's for comparing the relative differences. At least if the result is consistent with the proper orientation then you can assume with reasonable probability that it may not be ear canal resonance. If it isn't consistent then it reinforces that conjecture.
I've perused these threads for over a year and don't remember ever seeing the SRH 840s suggested (thought I do see them in the price guide). Anyone own these and have thoughts?
I've tried M50s and don't think that they are a big enough improvement over my SRH 440s.
I take issue with Beyerdynamic recessed mids.
Up to $200, soft cap
Computer, don't want amp right now.
>Requirements for Isolation
Yes, using at work.
>Preferred Type of Headphone
>Preferred tonal balance
SRH 440 - current over-ear, like 'em
Klipsch S4 - current portable, like 'em. A little bassy
/mu/core; no classical
Land of the Free
It's shit. Buy the DT880 (600 ohm version only), the HD558/HD598, or the M50. Don't buy headphones with exaggerated trebles, muddy bass, or lots of nigger bass. Also avoid headphones with recessed mids or hard to drive without spending $100 on an amp like that AKG.
DT250 80 ohm, unlike most Beyers, they don't have recessed mids.
>600's and 650's
>only 34% off
>they're all already claimed
Interesting, because I have amazon prime and it didnt show me anything about a waitlist or early access. There was never a sale at all
I'm confused now, are the K7XX actually shit or are they nice? I'm looking to get some nice headphones and I missed those Sennheiser deals.
If you keep refreshing the transaction page and checking the ship date its possible to get into the first batch when someone cancels. Took me about an hour of checking, but I'm sure more people are canceling now the closer it gets to the end.
I was hoping to upgrade from my Grados SR60 with these deals but if the K7xx are trash then I guess I'll stick with these a little longer until I can snag a deal from amazon.
Does anyone actually looks good when wear these headphone? because the color looks okay when it's on a table, but wearing any headphone that is not black is kind of hard to pull off.
Use: Music (electronic, alt. rock)
Price range: $200-$280
I am a fan of electronic music and so I would like bass and greaty all around sound. I DON'T KNOW IF I NEED AN AMP OR NOT. Stressing me out with all these different impedances.
I was thinking of getting the beyerdynamic dt-700 80ohms but why not get the 250ohm and get an amp? Same price, but I would need an amp anyways for the 80ohms, right?
But I found the AKG K272HD and they look like they have a good bass texture. The velour earcups the also very important.
I like velour rounded earcups.
I think I'm done analyzing the HD598 now after a full day of listening and EQ, and I'll stay with my previous opinion. They're good for $100, but I wouldn't pay more than $180 for them, which is what they were before. Compared to the AD900x, and after using EQ to make it more neutral, they are better with bass texture, and have more of a body in the mids, while the AD900x was a bit more snappy and detailed sounding. As for soundstage, the HD598 was the same for frontal depth, and better at giving spacial cues below you. The AD900x was better a reproducing sounds above you, behind you, and the depth to the left and right of you.
Overall in my opinion, the AD900x, while using EQ, is mostly better in sound than the HD598, also using EQ.
Good to know since I have an ad900x, and was wondering about it. I think people said akg70x have slightly better frontal sound stage, but I'm not sure if that was just placebo or not.
So if you had to rate the difference between them in percentage would it be like 5-10% difference where it starts falling into the law of diminishing returns?
I don't about AKG, but from what people say they probably do have better front staging. I use binaural test tracks to be sure of all of this, and I think the difference in the sound is large enough to tell without placebo.
Not too sure what you're getting at with the percents, but I would pay max $180 for the AD900x, and max $160 for the HD598 if it was just based on sound.
wait how much did you paid for the ad900x since it only cheap in japan?
>tfw it only cost about 11000 yen in japan
>tfw payed almost twice the amount
Yes. But keep in mind that's due to the sound signature. If you EQ the bass and mids a bit, the "veil" will be gone. In fact, if you're used to the sound signature, it won't sound like a veil.