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Offline novos

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Headphones for quality listening
« on: October 07, 2015, 08:50:35 PM »
Hello,

Which one of these headphones would fit best for rock,pop and classical music? (piano solo or orchestral).

AKG K545
AKG K553pro
Audio technica ath-m50x
Audio technica msr7

I'll probably buy one of them, but if you have other options for closed back under 180$ you're allowed to do so.

Thank you.

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Re: Headphones for quality listening
«Reply #1 on: October 10, 2015, 01:41:31 AM »
I haven't heard any of those, but this site might be helpful:

http://www.headphone.com/collections/headphones

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Re: Headphones for quality listening
«Reply #2 on: October 10, 2015, 10:57:02 AM »
I'm pleased with my Audio Technica ATH M45x headphones, the 50 is supposed to be slightly better. I needed headphones and the 45's were on sale for a price I couldn't pass up at the time. i had been trying on many different headphones, there are lighter ones than the Audio Technica line but they are well built pro quality studio grade.

But I think all the ones you listed would do what you are asking of them.
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Re: Headphones for quality listening
«Reply #3 on: October 12, 2015, 02:34:25 PM »
I have a wonderful set of Sennheiser HD650's that I adore.
Many will prefer HD600s

But at $180, you could look as Senns HD598.
I prefer OPEN BACKED headphones for classical music.
Closed are perhaps better for bass heavy dance type music.
Also you'd probably do best looking for more Neutral cans for classical. (Senn's included, many cans are bass oriented.)
If you can find a pretty lightly used set of HD600s, get them, but the HD598 should be significantly more comfy to listen to than the AT-M50X.. AKGs are pretty good too, but I still prefer Senn. I have owned many over 20 years and loved them all. Even my earbud CX-985 are amazing.

A point to remember:
Very high end cans require good amplification and a long play-in time. My 650s needed almost 150 hours of playing before opening properly. But they are 300ohm. The 598's will be easier.




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Re: Headphones for quality listening
«Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015, 05:39:20 PM »
Thank you all for responding.

Eventually i ordered AKG K545, should arrive at the end of the month.

At first i thought about AKG K553 pro, but 3m undetachable cable was a deal breaker.

I prefer a closed back headphone, otherwise i would have probably bought the Senn HD598 with lots of good reviews.

Anyway, I think i'll write a review or maybe an unboxing video.

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Re: Headphones for quality listening
«Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015, 10:52:45 PM »
Couple of things about headphones (I used to review them for a magazine, so I've heard more than most):

You get what you pay for;

Some are specifically balanced for pop - bass heavy. You have to read between the lines a bit when looking at the manufacturers' sales literature;

I've never heard a bad model from Sennheiser, at any given price point.

FWIW.
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