>$200 and under headphones:
>/g/ wiki headphone FAQ:
>Requesting purchase advice:
>Audio related videos:
I've read the guide, but I want to hear from some actual Anons, what, in your opinion, are the absolute best headphones I can get for under $200 USD?
I listen to almost exclusively EDM, mostly house like Deadmau5 etc.
>inb4 'edm is shit'
okay so I posted this at the end of the last thread so I'm going to post again. I'm between 3 headphones: the DT 880 600 Ohm, HD 600, and the HD 650. I know the sound signatures for all three but here's the thing: I don't know what sound signature/headphone to go for. I listen to mainly alternative rock, some electronic. Advice would be greatly appreciated!
What is this and why does it look like a cheap knockoff of the Senn IE800?
Pick the HD600 if you have no clue. At very least, it serves as a baseline to figure out where to go from there. These are all fairly popular headphones, and you should make sure to buy from somewhere with a nice return policy.
Help me out here.
If I buy HD800 and an amp I will have the HD800, but no monies left.
If I buy a Grado, I will have a Grado and I will not need to purchase an amp since mine is good enough (its for low impedance phones) and I will also have monies to buy weeb shit and so on.
>inb4 under-engineered pasta
I don't like grados. Lots of people don't like grados. Not something you should buy without hearing first.
HD 800 doesn't need that much of an amplifier to work. As long know what you are getting...but do you?
One has big bass, the other not as much. 840 slightly more comfy, but I don't remember much else about it.
You might as well save $1420 by buying SR60e if you're considering Grado, because the higher up their line you go, the more under-engineered they become. At least $1500 price for HD 800 is justified because actual science and engineering went into it, and it is truly a flagship, but Grado high-end models on are just tuned by the ear bullshit with no technological advancement since 1990s.
>Requirements for Isolation
>Preferred Type of Headphone
Over the Ear
>Preferred tonal balance
Cat Power, Coheed and Cambria, Grimes
I don't get why everybody always recommends the HD 800 as if they're the best headphones, they're clearly not. I found the HD 800's way too bright and lacking in the mids, the HD 598's were better overall and had a MUCH wider soundstage and clearer upper mids. I hate how everybody always says how great the HD 800's here are as if you fags just recommend by price tag instead of sonic quality. Worse than Head-Fi cable faggots.
I own neither of those headphones but I find it cute you say that now, after in the last thread, the HD800 were discussed quite extensively and in my personal judgement, quite neutrally.
And in this thread, there's only one guy who praises the HD800. Should've been here a couple days ago, or even a few weeks back, where the thread was 50% HD800 shilling.
What happened to all the shitposters?
I have stayed away from these threads for a while as there was so much shit in them.
Bose SoundTrue™ in-ear headphones
I want the more comfortable ones, I hate the idea of stuffing things into your ear canal.
Any recommendations? Are the Shure unpleasant to wear?
Check out this: http://pastebin.com/QGAhMCKE
What's your budget? Will you wear them at home or on the train during your commute?
Bose is Beats for white people. They can be good, but you'll always pay premium for the brand name. Also,
>I hate the idea of stuffing things into your ear canal
Then IEMs like the Shure most likely aren't your thing.
tl;dr read the pastebin and ask again
They look good but they are a little expensive
I just remembered a thing from elementary school or so.
Don't very low and very high frequencies need more volume to be heard and this is if you're even able at all to hear them?
How are people complaining about ear rape or even about HD800 to be bright?
Okay /hpg/ I just bought a pair of ATH-AD500X along with a modmic for some gaemzing. Didn;t really fancy a "gaming" headset although that probably would've been the cheaper option.
pls rate on a scale of 1 to fucked
>pulling out my m50s for the first time in months
they ain't bad. other than sweaty ears they're just fine.
I got to test the FAD heaven 2 the other day and I liked it quite a bit more than the se215 that I also auditioned and my current IM50. Great clarity and soundstage, nice build, and the design allows for maximum ear canal penetration. No detachable cable though.
What Neutral iems or headphones are good under 100 USD? Detachable cables preferred.>>46274181
Arent the etymotics mc5 still the best neutral iem under 100? The se215 is bassy, would like a neutral one please. But like the fact that the cables can be replaceable on the se 215.
Requestan purchase advice...
>Budget: 200$ USD
>Source: Lenovo x201, my Gayman desktop in the future, maybe a Samsung GS4 but thats not really important
>Requirements for Isolation: None really, I'll mainly use them at home, some would be nice for when I'm on a plane.
>Preferred Type of Headphone: full size
>Preferred tonal balance: balanced
>Past headphones: Currently using Samson SR850s (Superlux 668b), I really like these but the strap snapped, so I think it is time to replace them. Before that I had JVC HARX700s, and before that Sennheiser HD202s. I have way more money now.
>Preferred Music: Electronic, dadrock, movie and weebshit OSTs. Whatever I get needs to be good for movies and games.
>Location: I'm currently in South Korea, Ebay probably seems to be my best bet pricewise.
>I'll mainly use them at home, some would be nice for when I'm on a plane
You should maybe get a cheap pair of well-isolated ones for a plane, if you'll mostly use them at home and only during air travel on occasion. Few environments are noisier than an airplane, so either you go well-isolated closed-back for home and plane or you buy two pairs, I'd say. Just my two cents.
First time seriously looking in to getting a good gaming headset. I would like to experience 7.1 dolby digital sound, if this really helps with positioning in games. I have been looking around, but I have no clue as to what a decent headset would be. I am planning to use the headset mainly on my ps4, however I will also be using it for my pc. The headphones do not necessarily need a built in mic, however this may be easier, considering I will be using them for my ps4.
Had anybody got headphones they are really happy with and could recommend?
I'm looking to spend no more than €250,-.
If you need more input to make a good decision, I will be monitoring this thread.
Thanks in advance.
I only own the Fidelio X2 as an open-back headphone. I can recommend them, but they are a good bit beyond your budget.
For open headphones in your price range, the Sennheiser HD558 (HD598 if you're too lazy for foam mod) and the Audiotechnica ATH-AD500x/700x/900x are usually recommended and might be worth a look. Considering you are in Korea and Audiotechnica is a Japanese company, maybe you have an opportunity to get one of those for a good price.
I'd recommend the sennheiser HD598.
They have a great soundstage and are really comfortable. They're great for games and movies (dat positional accuracy, dat balanced sound).
Unfortunately they have literally zero isolation, so you couldn't use them on a plane. They also wouldn't be the best for electronic music.
You could take the left over $50 and buy a cheaper closed headphone, though.
We can't help you
Playstation requires compatible USB headsets. Headphones don't come with USB
If you were looking for something for only PC gaming use we could help you pick up nice headphones and external microphone solution. No such thing for consoles
Get these: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/gaming-headset-xbox-ps3-pc-mac-stereo-u-320
I was talking about the microphone's noise cancelation, as long as you use it only for gaming it's good but I really don't see how someone could make so much noise with his microphone
Does either the S598 or ATH-AD900x have a removeable cable? I failed to mention that I would like the cable to be removeable. I really trashed the cable on my Samsons and I'm surprised it didn't give out before the headband did.
Nope. I may just be uninformed.
Why? Is 7.1 just all round shit? Or is it some other reason?
And avoid headset since it could be anything, right? Headphones is what I should be using?
I thought you could use the jack in the ps4 controller to use normal headphones with. However, I had the feeling it would be difficult to find a solution for my problem. Couldn't I connect my headphones to television, either through an amp or not?
Thanks for the suggestion though, I will have a look.
I don't think that detachable cables at that price point are that common. I know the Audiotechnica ATH M-YYx series have detachable cables, but they're closed, not open. Further up in the price range more along $300 there's the Sennheiser HD600/650 and Fidelio X2 which are open-back and offer detachable cables.
You can connect your headphone to the controller, you might not have a microphone attached to it though. 7.1 sound with headphones is a marketing term, what you actually need are cans with a good soundstage. Most open headphones have that, the only closed ones are probably NVX XPT100/Brainwavz HM5.
Looks like the Sennheiser 598 has detachable cable.
Why wouldn't they be the best for electronic music. No I don't listen to dubsteb if thats what you are thinking.
You could buy an HD800 with a completely neutral O2/Magni amplifier. But beware, HD800 is a very bright headphone so it sounds like shit on accurate amps.
Also, don't buy an HD800, it's a Head-Fi meme.
I always thought 4chan had drama, but man is Head-Fi crazy. Especially that one Chinese manufacturer bribing government officials into raiding a competitor and then trying to shill his shit on the forums.
There is no way you could ever do a 7.1 surround sound with headphones that have one transducer per ear. It just won't work. 7.1 or "surround sound" also does not mean you will have more accurate sense of what is going on around you in games or how you position instruments in music etc. Surround sound in headsets is software EQ, HRTF, signal delay and echoing all combined to simulate some sort of "room" or space around you. Thing is, your standard high quality open stereo headphones will be so much better at positional accuracy than any "surround" headset will be and they are also on another level in terms of sound and build quality and offer much better value than highly marketed chinese made gaming crap.
USB cabled headphones/headset is also a terrible idea in general. Passive headphones with nothing but analog connectors are so much better if connected to a proper output and source.
Yeah, the HD598 has a detachable cable. It has a twist lock mechanism, though, Don't let that throw you off.
It might work for electronic, but they aren't the "fastest" headphone and don't have the greatest bass.
Post a song you're curious about and someone here can tell you how it sounds on the 598. I could, but I won't be able to until I get home to my setup (posting from mobile).
I shared it with /mu/
Thanks for the input. So, if I were to connect my stereo amplifier to my television, and then connect my headphones to it, it would probably be the best solution (sound wise) for a gaming setup?
So, headphones would work when connected to the controller. However, I would still need a microphone. Is it possible to connect only a usb microphone to my ps4, without having headphones in the usb slot, and still use it?
Stereo amps have their own quirks too but most likely yes, especially if you compare that to a "surround sound gaming headset". Integrated amps and AV receivers usually have the headphone jack as a resistor limited output from the rear speaker terminals. This often leads to massive output impedance of the jack which is not good for dynamic headphones, especially low impedance ones. Problem is, this is almost never specified by manufacturers.
Hearing the difference now isn't the reason to encode to FLAC. FLAC uses lossless compression, while MP3 is 'lossy'. What this means is that for each year the MP3 sits on your hard drive, it will lose roughly 12kbps, assuming you have SATA - it's about 15kbps on IDE, but only 7kbps on SCSI, due to rotational velocidensity. You don't want to know how much worse it is on CD-ROM or other optical media.
I started collecting MP3s in about 2001, and if I try to play any of the tracks I downloaded back then, even the stuff I grabbed at 320kbps, they just sound like crap. The bass is terrible, the midrange...well don't get me started. Some of those albums have degraded down to 32 or even 16kbps. FLAC rips from the same period still sound great, even if they weren't stored correctly, in a cool, dry place. Seriously, stick to FLAC, you may not be able to hear the difference now, but in a year or two, you'll be glad you did.
- Sennhyper, Headphoneus Supremus
Yes converting from mp3 320kbps to opus 128kbps will save up to 80% on you solid state drive while still having better sound quality.
I recommend you convert your mp3's to opus today!
While it doesn't sound bad, I thought that definitely sounded better out of my m50.
The 558 might work better for this music, and if not you could always take the extra $100 (I think they may still be $99 from best buy's website) and buy a decent pair of closed cans.
If music isn't that important, I'd still definitely recommend the 598. I don't think you're going to find a headphone that gives you everything you're looking for in that price range, but the 598 can give you a lot of it.
so do the 558s with the foam mod actually sound like the 598s? Am I right in thinking they have the same driver? The only reason i'm thinking of choosing the 558s is because they don't look like a volvo
Quality will remain the same? That would be great, that was actually one of my main concerns. Thanks m8.
Sennheiser HD600 if you can cop it for that 250e, most likely not going to cut it. One of the best option for almost any price range.
Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro, the 250 Ohm version. It'll work well if you are going to plug them into your receiver or integrated amp. They are quite neutral and super comfy. DT990 with the higher impedance ratings would also be an option if you like a lot of bass and aren't afraid of treble. They have a very V-shaped frequency response in that regard.
opus is neckbeard shit for people who only listen on foobar and rockboxed sansa clips. you sure you want to be associated with these people?
you would have to get all your music in lossless and convert it yourself. otherwise it's transcoding since opus is lossy.
I use AAC ~256 for a better mix of quality/compatibility.
>tfw no flawless headphone
Even if there is one how much would I have to spend? Honestly I might be willing to spend more than 200.
Otherwise, I think I'll just get the 598s, I hate the idea of switching between multiple headphones and I am pretty sure they will be an improvement over the Samsons in all aspects.
>for people who only listen on foobar
y-yeah, f-fuck those guys
I've been thinking about getting more music in FLAC for archiving purposes, HDDs are getting so fucking cheap that it might actually be worthwile. You're definitely write that transcoding all of my library now would be rash and it's not something I will do, but I want to gather some information. Just satisfying my curiosity and then possibly acting on it somewhere down the line.
Is it actually possible to get a decent headphone amp card?
Looked at the asus essence stx II, but the output impedance of 10 ohm is just retarded
Thanks a lot for the suggestions. I'll have a look around and compare things, and see what I decide on. The HD600's look like a good choice. Do you think they'd be fine plugged in to my television, without using my amp?
>you're definitely write
I should go easy on my meth
best headphones for traveling plugged into my phone? Guy at store said Sennheiser Momentum.
Yeah, the 598 has a special cable with a twist lock mechanism. The cable it comes with also isn't 3.5mm. You have to use the included adaptor. It's not a big deal for home use, but kind of dumb.
It will definitely be a huge improvement.
The only headphone I can think of that would kind of match all your needs is the DT770, but I've never owned one myself.
>it's not a big deal for home use, but kind of dumb
Yeah, that's how I'd put it. Seems a bit pointless but generally, a detachable cable is nice. Really liking it on my X2 and missing it on my other headphones.
I've got an Asus Z97-A. Great mobo but unfortunately it's internally amped which means my 55 Ohm impedance K240s are way too loud at like %15-20 volume. What's my best course of action at this point? Should I drop the cash for a soundcard, get headphones with higher impedance, or figure out if there's a way to turn off the internal amp?
Actually not a bad choice, at least the over-the-ear. They're probably the best headphones that have a mic and smartphone controls.
Mid/high-end headphones almost never have those.
Good for the price. Benefits a lot from Dolby Digital. One of the few choices in that price range with velour pads.
It's main competition is the Takstar Hi2050, but I don't own those
That's the same decision I made a few weeks ago, but I already had the m50.
The HD598 are pretty kickass. Plus Beyerdynamics are more expensive and need amps
I'd say they work fine with it. They do benefit from an amp but they'll definitely be one of your best options for such a setup.
DT770 sounds more closer to the DT990. DT770 are closed back so they sound much more claustrophobic and "in your head" than those other options. Not really the best option for gaming but still good for closed headphones for home use in that price range.
it's really good for the price
it has an emphasis on bass but it doesn't drown out the mids, highs are clear aswell (no harsh highs like other superluxes)
just like the other anon said it's main competitor is the hi2050 which is supposed to be more neutral
try it on if you can, I love the sound but the comfort is meh after some time;_;
where the fuck can i buy ath a900x's? i tried buying them from amazon jp for three hours without results and i gave up
I simply can't decide on what to buy /hpg/. Could a kind anon help me choose a good pair of headphones./DAC/Whatever
My PC, maybe my phone if I want music on the move
>Requirements for Isolation
Preferably minimal leakage - however if an open-backed pair is worth the compromise then I'm happy with that.
>Preferred Type of Headphone
>Preferred tonal balance
I like a little feeling in the bass, also nice to be able to hear harmonics from strings
Creative Aurvana Live!, Liked the soundstage - compared to previous pairs at least. Great price - quality ratio. The build quality wasn't the most ideal.
I like a lot of metal and rock, but also like chiptunes and animu bullshit/videogame soundtracks, which encompass all genres.
I currently use a stock soundcard, would it be worth buying a new one and a slightly cheaper pair of headphones?
Currently looking at DT-770 and HD598/600/650.
Are these good for $30? Just going to use them with laptop, tablet, and old mp3 player. Can't spend more than $50.
>pic related: Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision Enhanced Bass Earbuds
I've had both CAL and DT770. I returned beyers after few days because the treble was literally ear raping. Soundwise the CALs are much better, the only thing beyers do better is comfort and build quality. Currently I have Fidelio X2's and I'm very happy with them. They sound like CALs with better soundstage. They're also more comfy. See the measurements for yourself.
Hey guys, looking to buy some new earphones and really want a braided cord but there doesn't seem to be very many that have it, was wondering if anyone knows of anything out there like a sleeve or similar kit than can added to a cord to make a braid?
This if you want something that actually stays on your head
Thanks for the links, the graphs are confusing me - the axis labelled "reduction" isn't that clear for me - is higher or lower better? -50 dB reduction? that sounds to me like it's increasing by 50dB. Would they also label a graph with "Deceleration" and have negative values?
Those look really sexy, I'm assuming they are worth the ~£150 price difference from the CAL.
>you will never buy headphones again because every review is poisoned.
Bro, Ill get you some. Everyone says they're good.
It's true though.
I want headphones that are amazing for rock, metal and punk, without being less amazing for some electronica (little of it) and still being decent enough for positional audio in gaming.
One would say: Just ask and look for reviews, but everybody's a fucking shill.
The M50 doesn't need an amp, but you can always return it or keep it around in case you buy another pair that benefits from a portable amp.
Gayman headsets usually have shit audio quality, wireless ones even more so. If you use it with a console and need voice chat, go for it though.
No speaker thread so posting here (next most relevant thread). Just ordered these items for personal audio/TV speakers. I saw /g/ post about these a while ago with favourable opinions. Anyone else got these? How are they compared to other setups?
A complete gimmick?
Seriously, do not buy Gayman headphones with 7(+subwoofer) bad drivers, get a general audio pair with one great driver.
If you want immersive headphones get some open-backed headphones.
On a scale from 0 to Apple I'd give it a Beats. Headphones with 7+1 tiny drivers sound like shit and virtual "7.1" is a fraud. What you need are normal headphones with good soundstage.
If you want to read more about the topic, go for this: http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-update-1-4-2015-beyerdynamic-t70-added
Maybe add Brainwavz HM5/NVX XPT100 to the list of recommended gayman headphones.
Did anyone buy ATH-M50s and stretch them out like in picture related? Can the headband take the abuse?
Why don't I ever see these babies mentioned? They're actually really good
So, who's going to pre-order these bad boys? Waiting on reviews first then I'll pull the trigger.
I need advice on a potential second pair of headphones. I had ATH-M50 but I sold them to get beyer dt880. I'm looking to get another pair of closed back, with an good soundstage and possibly more portable. Emphasis on the soundstage, with portability being a nice bonus. I was looking at the AKG K550; does anyone have any thoughts/ recommendations?
I have the speakers, but my amp is a Dayton DTA120. They are quite nice, you might find it likes some lower bass though, but they are crystal clear. That amp might be able to give you a bit more bass out of them considering it has an EQ on it.
So guys, do any of you know if the HyperX Cloud is decent? I've heard a lot of reviews saying it's basically the only okay "gaming headset".
Should I still not touch any headsets and just roll with a 40-60$ pair of headphones and use the Zalman/sony ECMCS3 to go along with it?
I got these.4 years on and they a nearing full disintegration. Had to replace the cable yearly. Sound quality is decent though, rather neutral. I like that.
So i'm looking for over ear headphones, with good isolation and sound.They need to be sturdy as they are going to be having a hard life and not too unwieldy if possible.
Would be comfortable spending 150-350 euro. Maybe pushing it to 500 if need be.
I bought some AD900Xs from Japan, and they're fantastic. Have to send them to ATUS since they developed a problem where the cable has to beAT ZE RIGHT ANGLE or the audio cuts out.
>tl;dr when you buy from japan, you gamble a bit
I'm almost set on LCD2s, I'm picking them up because they have extended warm lushes and liquid soundstage, also I'm sure they will make my cds sound more analog.
Actually no, I will probably order a testing pair if they accept bank wire for the testing fee since I cannot use my card.
In any case I would like to know, from the fingers of an anon that has them, how do they fare with classic rock (Hendrix) and classic metal (Maiden comes to mind), since it's going to be a while until I get paid.
And you didn't service them yourself?
Shills show up from time to time, but the bribed raid was something else.
The sponsors aren't necessarily bad, but there was that time the turned the forum colors into glaring blue and orange at JHA's request.
>extended warm lushes and liquid soundstage
It's like I'm actually on head-fi. As for the bank wire, try with a reseller, depending on location.
Guys... I found Koss 950's on my local CL on sale for 100$ guy claims they work perfectly fine and the only thing is that he doesn't have the battery pack or energizer... Should i snag these for that price or is something weird about this ad?
The e90 isn't an energizer, it's an amplifier. And you need something to charge the diaphragm, which is not something a normal headphone needs. You could use a stax amp if you swapped out the connector, but you need something to bias the headphone.
The battery pack is an additional add-on, takes lots of big batteries and is only needed if you want to take it away from an outlet.
The esp950 has some build issues, but koss services the headphone on the cheap.
What program do you guys use for flac?
I'm looking for something that doesn't go tiny or blurry in Windows 8.1
Pic related for on topic.
For anyone that's unaware:
The AKG K7XX MassDrop Edition is live
>no shitposting à la best headphones in the world
Wow, maybe I can ask you. Are they worth it? Shipping to Germany would probably be pretty expensive but still, they have me intrigued. Problem is that this past week, there's only been K7xx shitposting non-stop. Any thoughts on it? How do they compare to Fidelio X2, HD600, HD650 (if you know)? Thanks for giving a heads-up on the drop m8