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j0j081
12-02-05, 12:58 PM
Well I've been reading a lot this week about all kinds of headphones. You might remember from my (xmassign) thread. I've narrowed it down to these.

Sony xd400
AT ad500/ad700
Sennheiser hd555

I didn't want to spend a lot of money but I'm getting lured in by the hd555s. Realistically the best choice would probably be the ad500s because they should be nicer than the Sony's and won't break the bank like the hd555s or ad700s. Although I've read good things about the xd400 I think they are closed which I don't want so they could be out of it anyway. What do you guys think? This is hard not knowing jack about headphones. (rudolf)

jAkUp
12-02-05, 01:00 PM
HD555's all the way :D

toxikneedle
12-02-05, 01:14 PM
I'm very impressed with Sennheiser, I got the $20 pair for late night gaming and it sounds better than all the headsets I ever had. So the more expensive models, probably sound amazing.

BTW, don't get sony.

Scunner
12-02-05, 01:14 PM
Agreed. I've got the HD595s, and they're simply awesome for gaming, watching movies etc. The 555s have a very similar, if not as refined sound as the 595s. If you're driving them from your PC, they'll sound great. If you want to use them with a portable mp3 player, you might want to consider a portable amp, since at 120ohm, they're a wee bit difficult to drive.

To learn more, get other peoples' opinions, and put your wallet in jeapordy, head over to head-fi.org and check out their forums. Keep a tight grip on that wallet though, that place is a money-sink.

LTech221
12-02-05, 02:39 PM
Yep another vote for teh 555's, and where are you looking cuz the 555's can be had for around $100 at some places.

Knot3D
12-02-05, 03:04 PM
I've got the Sennheiser HD570's. To get the most out of them, they DO actually need a high end standalone amplifier.

On both onboard AC97 and also a SB Extigy, the HD570's are OK-ish. If you don't wanna spend lotsa cash on a standalone amp i suggest reading this ; http://arstechnica.com/reviews/other/HiFiHeadphones.ars/7

darkrider01
12-02-05, 03:18 PM
I'd say the HD555's because I hear that they sound better than my Altec Lansing AHS502i's. If they really do sound better than my Altec Lansings, then they are fricking amazing.

Scunner
12-02-05, 03:30 PM
I've got the Sennheiser HD570's. To get the most out of them, they DO actually need a high end standalone amplifier.

You don't need to spend a whole lot of cash on an amp. I've got a PocketAmp2 V2 which cost at most $50 and it works wonders with my iPod. Most soundcards have an onboard headphone amp which will do the job.

a12ctic
12-02-05, 03:38 PM
yes im also looking for headphones but i have 60-$ to spend do these look good?

ffreind says wireless is a pain in the ass

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16826159420 thats what im looking at

123lanoix
12-02-05, 08:35 PM
YEa those look good you really can't go wrong with senehieser brand i got the hd 497's for 49.99 and there great and there probably there low end headphones . I know zipzoomfly has a great deal on some 515HD and the 555hd with free 2nday shipping you can't go wrong.

Elderblaze
12-03-05, 05:38 AM
Sennheiser makes good phones overall, but some of them are turds. 497's sound ok, but they are god aweful uncomfortable and can be practically matched in sound quality by 10$ KSC-35 or 75's. I'ts not that they are bad, its' just the KSC75/35 is really good. To the OP.. save your money and get a Go Vibe III and Senn 580's. For a mere 100 bucks more you'll have 3x the performance.

j0j081
12-03-05, 07:55 AM
okay maybe ill go with the hd555s afterall. know where i can get them for cheap? zipzoomfly is on backorder and amazon is $120. i want a reliable source! btw here are the ad700s for the same price.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CMS0XU/qid=1133618196/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl23/104-3930534-5684725?n=507846&s=electronics&v=glance

Scunner
12-03-05, 08:55 AM
You won't find them much cheaper new than at Amazon. That's where I ordered my 595s from. They arrived in perfect condition.

The cans normally retail for around $149.99, so depending on your shipping option, $120 is a good deal. You could always buy second hand, but you take your chances with that. I know a lot of people who like to buy used, because the 'phones are already burned-in, but that's not my bag, man.

Good choice. Hope you enjoy them. You've started down a slippery path.

j0j081
12-03-05, 01:30 PM
You've started down a slippery path.
What do you mean by that? (mikec)

Scunner
12-03-05, 03:07 PM
What do you mean by that? (mikec)

Good headphones are like crack for your ears. Once you hear things differently with a decent set of cans, you'll want more refined bass, clearer mids, less piercing highs, custom modded Cardas cables, wood modding (mahogany is nice), maybe a higher-end source with a quality DAC or two, your mp3s won't sound as good so you'll go lossless, if you use your PC as source you'll be persuaged that Soundblaster is the deviiiil and that an Emu 1212 is the only way to go...

Like I said, a slippery slope.

:jammin:

wnd
12-03-05, 03:56 PM
Another _very_ happy owner of HD 555 here. And like Scunner said, you've chosen a path there's no way back. After replacing my el cheapo Sennheisers with HD 555 I've been re-ripping my CDs into ~180 kb/s Vorbis. 160 kb/s mp3s I used to have sound absolutely horrible even with my mini-stereo set amplifier from early 80's. Any good suggestions for ~20 W stereo amplifiers with volume and balance knob and "real" size plug for headphones?-)

Shaitan
12-03-05, 10:37 PM
Medusa 5.1s.

j0j081
12-04-05, 05:12 AM
Good headphones are like crack for your ears. Once you hear things differently with a decent set of cans, you'll want more refined bass, clearer mids, less piercing highs, custom modded Cardas cables, wood modding (mahogany is nice), maybe a higher-end source with a quality DAC or two, your mp3s won't sound as good so you'll go lossless, if you use your PC as source you'll be persuaged that Soundblaster is the deviiiil and that an Emu 1212 is the only way to go...

Like I said, a slippery slope.

:jammin:
oh well. i have a cheap $20 Sony headphone now so I'm hoping to be amazed. any recommendations on where to buy would still be appreciated.

rflair
12-04-05, 07:54 AM
I have a pair of Sennheiser HD477 and they're great, sound amazing, and since your looking at better pair I think you'll love them.

Peoples-Agent
12-04-05, 09:25 AM
SENNHEISER, SENNHEISER, SENNHEISER!

Seriously, they are the DADDY of the sound reproduction industry when it comes to headphones. They are up there with Harmon Kardon and Bose.
Sony in comparison are just shop shelf trash, when pitted against the elite.

Gummz
12-04-05, 09:50 AM
Another HD555 owner that is happy to recommend it. The price is a little intimidating tho but well worth it. I don't have any other headphones to compare tho, since this is my first set of headphones - I used to use earbuds :)

LTech221
12-05-05, 01:23 AM
Eh, bose is not even in the same league as senn - they are just overpriced small speakers/headphones that dont sound great, sony would destroy them. And there are GOOD sonys out there like the MDR-v6/7509's,CD3000, SA5000's, R1/R10's, Qualias, but the latters can really break your wallet. But onto the headphones http://www.headphone.com/products/headphones/full-size/sennheiser-hd-555.php is a decent place to buy but amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001FTVDQ/qid=1133767171/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-5153920-7997609?n=507846&s=electronics&v=glance has them for $120 + free shipping. And like others said once U go the route of something great like the senns, theres no going back :D

jAkUp
12-05-05, 01:36 AM
Yea the HD555's rival my Logitech speakers... some sounds are even better. Only missing the deep bass of course.

j0j081
12-05-05, 06:07 AM
Yea the HD555's rival my Logitech speakers... some sounds are even better. Only missing the deep bass of course.
Are there any headphones around the same price that do have the deep bass or is that something you have to pay $200+ for? Oh well, I guess I'll order from amazon later today or tomorrow. Free shipping will be nice at least. There is too much I want for xmas this year, I'm just having a little buyer regret already because I'll prob have to take something off my list for these but I'm sure they'll be worth it.

LTech221
12-05-05, 02:49 PM
If your an absolute basshead then you should look at Beyerdynamic DT770's They go for around $200 but if you have a guitar center nearby you can usually bargain with them and get them cheaper. But the 555's will have good balance between the ranges, I don't think you would be dissappointed with them. I think jakup is reffering to the impact the logitechs give him. The 555's should go deeper in bass frequency, my Sennheiser HD580's go to depths my gigaworks sub can only dream of, than the logitechs and sound better but headphones will never give u that impact on your body of a subwoofer.