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In need of new headphones, advice/suggestions welcome!

CheesecakeRecipeCheesecakeRecipe "Should not be allowed to post in the Steam Thread" - IsornSqualor Victoria, Squalor Victoria!Registered User regular
My old pair of Bose Triports are finally falling apart after several years of use, and it's about time I start looking into a new set. I understand that Bose isn't exactly the greatest bang for the buck, so I started looking into other brands. I'm looking at entry-level audiophile over-ear stuff, nothing that would require an amp to get performance out of. In my search, I've come upon Audio Technica's A700's, and Sennheiser's HD555's and HD595's. Amazon has all of these sets at <$150, which is exactly the price range I need to keep to.

But the more I read into it, the more I see lots of audiophile forums complaining about lack of mids in the A700s, yet the open backs of the Sennheisers would require me to turn off my fan which prevents my room from turning into a sauna as well as a lack of bass. Since I have no way of testing these phones before buying since no store around here carries these, I need to put my trust in the internet. And PA has never done me wrong, so I put my music/gaming headphone quarry here. Any suggestions or comments on the headsets posted, or any suggestions on favorites I may have not seen before that fall into my price range? Thanks ahead of time!

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    SirToastySirToasty Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I have a set of Sennheisers (HD 280 Pros) and they are very flat in the EQ department. I don't know if there is a term for that or not. I assume that is the reason for the comments about the lack of bass. They definitely aren't lacking in bass, it's just not more powerful than any other frequencies. They're supposed to produce as true sound as possible and I can only assume that the other Sennheisers are the same way. But they still sound excellent. I'm not an audiophile but I like my music to sound nice so take what I've said as you will. That's about all I can offer you.

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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    How about a pair of these?

    http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD448-Closed-Circumaural-Headphone/dp/B002DGTGO0/ref=sr_1_20?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1291621833&sr=1-20

    Bought a mate a pair of these and he raved about them.

    As far as eq., well does your media player not have an eq. function? Everybodies ears are different, we can only suggest what we like, you may hate the exact same thing.

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    Dark MoonDark Moon Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Forget those expensive cans. Get a set of Audio-Technica ATH-M30s for $50 and wallow in fantastic isolation, spectacular comfort and very respectable sound. I've used them, they're brilliant. My father, a sound engineer for 40 years, uses them as his go-to headphones as well. For the price, they can't be beat - and to beat them, you have to venture well beyond the $150 range.

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    ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I use a set of Sennheiser HD598s as my new main headphones - open, so no isolation but easily the best sound quality I've ever heard, as long as you have a decent source. I think they might be above your budget though (and trust me, you'll want to factor in a decent headphone amp)

    My last set were HD595s, which I also loved - they should have dropped in price a fair bit by now.

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Sony MDR-7506

    Then, now, forever.

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    CheesecakeRecipeCheesecakeRecipe "Should not be allowed to post in the Steam Thread" - Isorn Squalor Victoria, Squalor Victoria!Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Great suggestions, I'm impressed with all of them so far. Especially the ATH-M30s, that's a very attractive price point. And i'm an Audio-Technica fan, owning a turntable of theirs as well as the clip-on ATH-EW9's.
    I use a set of Sennheiser HD598s as my new main headphones - open, so no isolation but easily the best sound quality I've ever heard, as long as you have a decent source. I think they might be above your budget though (and trust me, you'll want to factor in a decent headphone amp)

    My last set were HD595s, which I also loved - they should have dropped in price a fair bit by now.

    How would you say the bass response is for the 595s? I'm a bassist but not really a bass head. I'd like there to be punchy, respectable low end presence but not ear-rumbling. I listen to almost every kind of music I stumble upon so I need it to be able to hold up to hip-hop beats and driving electronica as well as classical, rock, jazz, etc. I hear open backs aren't as good for the bass response, which chrishallett83's closed back Sennheiser's would perhaps solve.

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    ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I would say they're very balanced. The bass is never that floor-shaking nightclub shit, but always feels measured and controlled and extremely clear. For me I'm very happy as I mostly use them for acoustic and orchestral stuff. If you're playing phat Ibiza club choons you might not like them all too much.

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    WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    If you go with the AT cans, they are super super super comfortable. It's actually hard to switch to other headphones after. The lack of midrange isn't as bad as some make it out to be either. I've had a500s, a900s, and many others and was always happy with the AT offerings.

    I've tried the HD555s but never liked them. I jumped straight into HD650s when I went senn for a while but those are probably out of your price range (and need an amp to sound their best).

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    a5ehrena5ehren AtlantaRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Weretaco wrote: »
    If you go with the AT cans, they are super super super comfortable. It's actually hard to switch to other headphones after. The lack of midrange isn't as bad as some make it out to be either. I've had a500s, a900s, and many others and was always happy with the AT offerings.

    I've tried the HD555s but never liked them. I jumped straight into HD650s when I went senn for a while but those are probably out of your price range (and need an amp to sound their best).

    :^: for another A900 owner.

    Since it seems like you want closed cans, I'd go for the A700 or M30s. I haven't heard either of them myself though.

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    WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    a5ehren wrote: »
    Weretaco wrote: »
    If you go with the AT cans, they are super super super comfortable. It's actually hard to switch to other headphones after. The lack of midrange isn't as bad as some make it out to be either. I've had a500s, a900s, and many others and was always happy with the AT offerings.

    I've tried the HD555s but never liked them. I jumped straight into HD650s when I went senn for a while but those are probably out of your price range (and need an amp to sound their best).

    :^: for another A900 owner.

    Since it seems like you want closed cans, I'd go for the A700 or M30s. I haven't heard either of them myself though.

    Considering how close the a500s are to the a900s (you have to be a picky listener to really tell the difference), the a700s should be great.

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