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  • RobTheBuilder 25 Feb 2013 17:06:55 6,521 posts
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    @nickthegun They aren't anymore. Beats screwed Monster out of everything. It's a fascinating story of two slightly scummy companies.
  • RobTheBuilder 25 Feb 2013 17:08:55 6,521 posts
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    @Zomoniac Every single person I know who is into audio hates them.

    My 100 headphones absolutely slaughter a pair of 300 beats, even on bass which is supposed to be the beats area of expertise. They are all fake artificial crummy bass, no clarity or style whatsoever.
  • nickthegun 25 Feb 2013 17:12:46 58,805 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    @nickthegun They aren't anymore. Beats screwed Monster out of everything. It's a fascinating story of two slightly scummy companies.
    I did wonder why a load of equally shitty monster branded headphones had started appearing in currys.

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  • RobTheBuilder 25 Feb 2013 17:15:33 6,521 posts
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    @nickthegun Yep!

    http://gizmodo.com/5981823/beat-by-dre-the-inside-story-of-how-monster-lost-the-world
  • nickthegun 25 Feb 2013 17:15:38 58,805 posts
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    I had a pair of senheiser headphones once that I...uhm... found in a DJ booth. They were amazing but the cable came out of the headband and were thus a massive pain in the arse to wear for anything.

    Karmically, they also got nicked from me.

    Ive never been able to find out their make and model, if only to marvel at how stupidly designed they were.

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  • RobTheBuilder 25 Feb 2013 17:18:03 6,521 posts
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    Yeah, the Sennheisers are excellent for the money. But although I say it a lot, it's really hard to overstate how good my MAudio Q40's are for the money.
  • mal 25 Feb 2013 17:52:43 22,339 posts
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    I went for a pair of Marshall Majors. I'm sure you could get better sound for the money, but they sound pretty good to my ears, are made out of nice comfy materials, and have the most awesome name. Bit of a pity the cable's not detachable, but it's not paper thin like on most Sony headphones I've seen.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • THFourteen 25 Feb 2013 19:50:43 32,867 posts
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    No idea about the sound quality but I loved the look of those when I saw them.
  • B0rked_Gamer 25 Feb 2013 19:54:47 2,483 posts
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    Okay the K450s sound alright on the PC after I fiddled around with the levels a bit. They still sound complete crap on the iPod though.
  • Kovacs77 25 Feb 2013 21:34:24 364 posts
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    There's an online guide to determining if your AKGs are legit or not somewhere, apparently there was a big problem with fake k450s a while back. I got mine from Richer Sounds and they sound fantastic, even on my phone.
  • superdelphinus 26 Feb 2013 00:31:54 8,035 posts
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    @nickthegun if you got them from a dj booth I'd almost put my house on them being sennheiser 25 - 1s
  • superdelphinus 26 Feb 2013 00:33:11 8,035 posts
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    @B0rked_Gamer probably not enough power from the iPod. What's the impedence?
  • gman7714 26 Feb 2013 00:54:44 285 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    @gman7714 Yeah, they are a waste of time. Some good Sennheisers or Klipsche or similar will set you back 30-60 but are well well worth it in terms of sound quality.
    Plumped for some Sennheiser Px100-11 off Amazon. Had the original Px100's a while back and loved 'em.

    Not really into those big arse cans on my bonce that you guys seem to like :)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003WV8PKG/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Edited by gman7714 at 00:55:13 26-02-2013
  • RobTheBuilder 26 Feb 2013 00:59:45 6,521 posts
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    @gman7714 They seem decent :)

    Although the gigantic ones look a bit silly, a few minutes of listening to them and it's hard to care!
  • specialgamer 26 Feb 2013 17:44:09 117 posts
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    About the best closed cup cans you can get for under 150:
    http://www.head-fi.org/products/shure-srh840/reviews
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 26 Feb 2013 18:21:22 6,654 posts
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    Didn't know Shure made proper cans.
  • FuzzyDuck 26 Feb 2013 18:27:56 3,901 posts
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    @specialgamer

    Do you have these yourself? They were on my shortlist when i bought my Senny 558s (which I partially ended up with for the simple fact they were available locally and my postie has a bad habit of leaving packages on the doorstep), would love to know what they sound like.
  • nickthegun 26 Feb 2013 18:35:45 58,805 posts
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    superdelphinus wrote:
    @nickthegun if you got them from a dj booth I'd almost put my house on them being sennheiser 25 - 1s
    Nah, as I say the cable came straight out of the middle of the headband. If you put them on as a normal pair of headphones, the cable would sprout out of where our crown is.

    As I say, I have never been able to find the model number or even a pair like it.

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  • specialgamer 26 Feb 2013 18:50:07 117 posts
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    @FuzzyDuck Yeah, I used to have them before I got the Grado SR325i. Best pair of closed can headphones I've yet to hear the Shures.
  • gamingdave 27 Feb 2013 14:27:45 4,187 posts
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    Started a new thread yesterday as looking in a different price bracket to the OP, but it's been marked as a duplicate and closed so sorry if this seems like a hijack.

    Looking for a new set of headphones for at work and longer train journeys. I currently have a pair of Sennheiser HD 595 which I use at home for late night music and films when the wife is in bed and they are sublime, but being open backed they are no use anywhere else. Also have a pair of Eytomic Research HF2 which I use with my phone. They have a really nice clear sound, but can be a little heavy going on long listening sessions and so I am after a good pair of closed back cans. I'll still use the HF2s for short trips out and about, but when sat at my desk I want something I can happily use all day.

    I think I have narrowed the list down to one of the following: Sennheiser HD-25, Audio Technica ATH M50, Beyerdynamic DT770 or AKG K550. They are all available for 150, though the AKGs have an RRP of 200 and were over 250 when released.

    The dilemma is they all have pros and cons.

    The Senns appear to be the most rugged and serviceable, but have the smallest sound stage. They also have the smallest cups which could cause an issue with all day listening. People talk of the sound not being overly accurate but a lot of fun.

    The M50s apparently sound great, have bigger padded cups but still have a limited sound stage and whilst they do fold and are apparently well built don't have easily user replaced parts. Good for travelling but not as bomb proof as the Senns.

    The Beyerdynamic DT770 get mixed reviews though are generally well liked. Less portable than the M50s but similar size when wearing them. Appear to have more bass, but some report it being a bit 1 dimensional and boomy.

    The AKGs apparently sound amazing and more like open backed phones, they have massive pads but are clearly the biggest and not as easily portable. The least powerful bass of all but possibly the most accurate sound.

    I'm not to concerned about how easy they are to drive as I am almost certainly getting a Fiio E07k to use as an external DAC for the PC (has a pretty poor quality) and portable headphone amp. I would take this to work and use it on the train also. this would also be able to boost bass or treble to balance the headphones a bit more.

    I listen to a wide range of music from country to drum and bass through rock, funk, soul and blues with a little bit of classical. Pretty much everything except jazz.

    Has anyone compared 2 or even all 3 of them or used either as all day phones and could compare them to the HF2s or HD 595s?

    Whilst the thread was running I had a few recommendations for Grados but I really don't want open backed phones. I also found the Grados I tried in the past to be a little shrill.
  • Armoured_Bear 27 Feb 2013 14:30:17 10,287 posts
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    @gamingdave
    Did you get my pm on the AKGs?

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  • THFourteen 27 Feb 2013 14:32:02 32,867 posts
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    He probably has you on ignore
  • Armoured_Bear 27 Feb 2013 14:33:48 10,287 posts
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    Did you consider these?

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  • THFourteen 27 Feb 2013 14:48:34 32,867 posts
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    Did he consider headphones that cost 250 for his budget of 150?

    can't imagine he has...
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 27 Feb 2013 14:50:46 6,654 posts
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    B & W make headphones. Might be worth a look, their speakers are great.
  • gamingdave 27 Feb 2013 15:08:12 4,187 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear Yep, just read it thanks for that. Everyone says they don't have much bass which is a concern. I don't want stupid amounts, but do like my bass. How are they if you add a bit in EQ?
  • gamingdave 27 Feb 2013 15:12:19 4,187 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Did you consider these?
    The M100 review exceedingly well, but unfortunately are 250. The smaller M80 are within budget though.
  • gamingdave 27 Feb 2013 15:13:04 4,187 posts
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    bitch_tits_zero_nine wrote:
    B & W make headphones. Might be worth a look, their speakers are great.
    The do a nice pair in budget, though they don't review as well as I would expect from B&W. Shame as they look stunning.
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 27 Feb 2013 15:20:38 6,654 posts
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    Tbh, the cable on my Grado 80s is on the way out and I'm tempted by the hd595s. When I originally bought my cans, reviews within the 150 price bracket always seemed to result in a shootout between the grados and the sennheisers.

    The 25s are tempting me now after your post directed me to them.
  • Armoured_Bear 27 Feb 2013 15:23:17 10,287 posts
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    gamingdave wrote:
    @Armoured_Bear Yep, just read it thanks for that. Everyone says they don't have much bass which is a concern. I don't want stupid amounts, but do like my bass. How are they if you add a bit in EQ?
    The bass is fine for me, you need to get a decent fit but I'm very far from a bass head, I hate overemphasised bass.

    This page suggests that good fit is crucial.

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