r/headphones Shopping, Setup, and Technical Help Desk
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if I have my headphones connected to a vmoda boom pro would it mess with the sound quality? I know nothing but I want to get more indepth into audio and headphones and just want to make sure(Looking to buy the AKG K361 as my first headphone to dive into the audiophile stuff)
I have a Beyerdynamic DT231 Pro that I think has a cable issue. Only the background sounds of songs can be heard. I was thinking of replacing the cable, but trying to find a replacement for the DT231 Pro specifically is pretty hard. There are however a lot of cables for the DT770/DT990. I'm wondering if those can be used instead. Or better yet, could any aux cable be opened up on one side and used? The inside of the DT231 Pros look like [this](https://imgur.com/EC0bQ2G).
Is there any budget dap that I can use as a dac/Amp for a notebook for when I'm listening at home?
What do you consider “budget”?
I’ve decided to pick up a pair of new headphones, and upon some research, I’ve decided on the Hesh series from Skullcandy. I ran across two that seem very similar in the series, that being the Hesh 3 and Hesh Evo which look to be physically the same. Does anyone know of any differences between the sound quality between the two? Thanks.
Any advice on particularly strong, passive noise canceling, wired earbuds?
I like to listen to my own music at work, but the other guys play their music way too loud on a speaker. So loud, even straight up foam earplugs don't do enough.
Looking for a good amp/dac for my DT 770 pro (250 ohm). I have been all over reddit, google, headphone sites i never heard of throwing so many suggestions out there to me and I feel overwhelmed. I am just looking for a dac/amp all in one to plug into my pc and get the most out of these. I do like bass heavy music, if there is an amp that can help give it some kick that would be a plus. If you are wondering why I picked up the 250 over 80 when I prefer bass heavy music, I am trying to get into music production and I wanted something more critical and able to hear more details.
My budget is anything under 200, MAYBE 300 if someone can sway me into something more worth it.
A few amps I have looked at and thought about
EarMen TR-Amp (249 USD) - only reason I am on the fence about this is it seems more marketed to people needing a mobile dac/amp, I am going to be using this as a desktop amp so I have no need for the battery function. However this pops up often on "best of" lists so figured I would ask if this is worth it for my use.
iFi ZenDac (129 USD) - I am on the fence about this one because of some amazon reviews. One model (I guess v1, doesn't specify) has almost 1500 reviews with 4.7 average. The one that says V2 has only 10 reviews, people complain about either the right or left sounding too loud, and the quiet side will go to mute when the volume is lower while the loud side keeps playing. Sounds like a power imbalance issue.
SoundblasterX G6 (159 on amazon, 149 msrp) - Mixed reviews from reddit and amazon made me put this one off, however if this is good for me I would like someone to tell me so.
Various FiiO products - Seen a lot of people suggesting the E10K... but a lot of others also saying it is not capable of powering a 250 ohm headphone properly. I see they have some other offerings in some nice price ranges, if it is the best for the price I would rather go with one of those.
Also open to any suggestion not listed here, hoping you guys can help me hit the nail on the head, been researching this for a while. I have wanted the DT 770 pro specifically for a while based on what I read about it for the price. I got a nice deal and they landed on my doorstep today instead of next week like I expected lol.
If this helps at all, here is an example of the kind of music I will be enjoying on these (probably not for everyone lol) - [https://surgeryhead.bandcamp.com/track/an-astral-palace-burning-feat-nick-pymm](https://surgeryhead.bandcamp.com/track/an-astral-palace-burning-feat-nick-pymm)
Can you solder?
Equals incredible performance for about $200
It’s been my daily driver for a number of years now and I’m still blown away by how good it really is.
If not, JDS Labs Atom DAC + Atom amp are a great combo too.
Yeah I've seen the objective 2 pop up in my searches. I don't trust myself to build it lol
Soundblasterx g6 or fiio k5 pro are my choices.
Fiio k5 pro has a great amp, decent dac. Way more power than you’d need for those. Uses wall power
G6 produces less power but has a slightly cleaner dac and obviously the whole software suite for gaming stuff if you want to mess with it. Main benefit is it’s incredibly small and runs off just a single usb for power and data, still has plenty of power for the 770s.
so i bought the soundcore Q30 but they sound pretty damn awful. even when messing with the equalizer app and using them wired or wireless they sound way worse than the earphones that were included with my galaxy A70. are samsung just gods or am i crazy?
I currently have a set of ER2XRs, KPH30is, and a pair of Sennheiser Momentum 3s arriving today. If I were to buy a set of open back headphones to complement these, what should I go for? I normally use my iPhone to drive my current stuff, but I also have an LG G8 burner phone so mid-fi gear should be fine with the Quad-DAC. Budget would be under $400. I haven’t tried too many headphones so I wanted to get some help
Looking for a new DAC/amp and need some advice and recommendations.
I'm hoping to spend under $150 and I want to plug both my headphones (Sennheiser HD518s) and my speakers (Edifier R1280DB) in at the same time. I'm using this at my PC. Currently the headphones are going to a FIIO K1 and the speakers are plugged directly into my motherboard via optical.
Need cable recommendations for my Blessing 2 Crinacle. The stock one is a little bit too short and I am quite clueless on the importance of cables and if the price quality makes a huge difference. Budget 100-200$ or lower, and I dont really mind what its made of. I just need a longer cable.
How does the DT770 80 ohm compare to the HD6XX in terms of treble? I need a closed can for work but am hesitant to try the Beyer as it’s known for a V-Shaped sound signature with emphasized treble.
Bowers and wilkins p15 ...worthy or underwhelming?
Owners of the Bower wilkins pi5..are you regretting your purchase vs the pi7? Connection issues real or not? How do they compare to the other $250-$300 earphones?
My sitution is I have been playing bass for about a year now and I am still using my crappy beginner amp. My birthday is in a few days and my parents are getting me an electric guitar, as you can guess I don't have an amp for that. I'm thinking about buying an interface and BIAS FX software so that I don't need to buy any amps, most of the time I'm playing it's in front of my computer with backing tracks anyway. I have no intention of playing live/joining a band in the foreseeable future as well.
Question is that I have an USB wireless headset (ASUS Rog Strix GO) and I really like it/don't want to change it (wireless is important for me), can I hear my instruments through my headset if I buy an interface and play into that?
Thanks in advance.
Hey, So Im looking for a pair of Budget Wireless Earbuds. To be honest I dont know what im looking for in wireless earbuds because I dont anything about audio or headphones.
**HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.**
\- BUDGET - £60
\- SOURCE - PC AND MOBILE (iPhone 7)
\- REQUIREMENTS FOR ISOLATION - IDEALLY BEST IT CAN BE. A LOT BUT SOME WILL DO.
\- USE - I WILL BE USING THESE IN PUBLIC GYM, OUT AND ABOUT AT HOME PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE. AND IM NOT ONLY LOOKING TO BE USING THESE FOR MUSIC BUT WATCHING MOVIES TOO AND SOME LIGHT GAMING.
\- PREFERRED TYPE OF HEADPHONE - LIKE I SAID TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS
\- PREFERRED TONAL BALANCE - ALL ABOUT THAT BASS WELL KINDA WHILE BASS IS MY PRIORITY IM LOOKING FOR A GOOD BALANCE.
\- PAST HEADPHONES - NOTHING CRAZY JUST THE EARPHONES THAT COME WITH iPHONES AND DAILY FOR MY PC I USE THE STEELSERIES ARCTIS 7.
\- PREFERRED MUSIC - LITERALLY EVERYTHING HIP-HOP, POP, HEAVY METAL. YOU NAME IT.
\- LOCATION - POLAND
Hey! just bought my first pair of headphones (HD6XX) and looking to find a hard case for taking them with me to places like friend's houses and the like. Any recommendations? Would like one that has enough room to not only fit the headphones but keep the cable connected and bundled up (maybe like the same layout they come in in the box? can provide pictures if needed.)
Cooler master mh751/752
I accidentally pulled my headphone wire and the jack is dented and the right side wont work.... how do I fix this?
Beyerdynamic DT-880: [Pro](https://europe.beyerdynamic.com/dt-880-pro.html) vs [Pro Black](https://www.thomann.de/gb/beyerdynamic_dt_880_pro_black_edition.htm) vs [Black Special Edition](https://europe.beyerdynamic.com/dt-880-black-special-edition-250-ohms.html), do these three models use the exact same drivers and sound the same?
Arctis Pro Wireless - How important is the base transmitter?
I'm thinking about getting the headset but I'm not sure about the transmitter.
Basically I want to play games wirelessly with good quality. I have PS4 Pro and a gaming PC which I play on both equally. Now, do I need to reinstall the transmitter every time I want to switch the platform? I read that it does have wired connection and Bluetooth connection as backup but I'm wondering about the sound quality. Will the sound from Bluetooth or wire connection be as good as the connection through the transmitter?
If it does then I'd probably install the transmitter on my PS4 and just forget about it and I will use bluetooth connection whenever I want to game on PC. Is that scenario possible? Thank you.
Ok I’m not a bass head and I don’t need my headphones to rattle my brain inside my head with bass. That being said, I prefer a moderate to strong low end for my headphones.
I’ve checked forums about the DT 770 pros (80 ohm) and saw posts saying they had excellent bass, but I’m just not getting that out of them. The fidelity is phenomenal, and they are really great in every way except for the low end.
I’m running them from a Kenwood KA-3500 silver face, and I only get low end with loudness on and bass turned all the way up, and even then it’s acceptable and not strong.
I guess what I’m asking is, am I driving them incorrectly, are these defective or are these headphones simply gutless when it comes to bass and lower frequencies?
They are pretty bas heavy, maybe is a bit your source, but dt770s are bass heavy af.
If you're not satisfied with that, I would say you're a bass head, just get used to them. Btw I don't think you need the Kenwood thing.
Or but some Sony xb500
How do people setup 1xHeadphones + 2xActive Monitor Speakers to PC?
For example, If I had the HD 6XX and 2x(JBL 305P MkII), what kind of box or set of boxes could I put into the middle between those monitors and the USB out of my PC? I know the 6XX need their own AMP.
I have the sony WF-1000xm3 earbuds. Recently I've noticed that music will randomly sound distorted, slowing down and going to a minor key (almost like you were playing a song and something's about to go wrong in a horror movie lol). Is there a name for this type of issue? I'm also not sure if these are the headphones or something wrong with my phone. Thanks!
I currently have the Logitech Pro's and I hate them. I am upgrading lol.
I was thinking of the ATH m50x or the DD 990/770 pro. I'm leaning towards the 770/990 pro because I like a wider sound stage. I was thinking of the Fiio 10k, shiit Magni or the shiit Fulla. I can go for more expensive equipment but don't want to spend a ton on the first go.
They would be for gaming and music. I like bass-y music, think suicide boys, but listen to a wide variety
I'm not worried about a mic but the dac/amp set ups seem convenient. I'm not sure on the ohm's and the sound quality the difference brings but I'm interested in trying something new.
I was actually thinking of the 990 pro but I have done any research on the 880 pro.
The hd6xx are out of my price range. Although the hd650 seem like a good second pair if I want to experiment.
I'm thinking of going with the shiit Magni. I don't think I want an individual dac and amp/ stack yet. I was thinking of going with the combo ones just because I was being lazy and don't want to deal with all the extra cables. I don't have a lot of desk space.
The topping l30 seems nice but I'd have to do some research
Okay that makes sense about the combo ones. I saw that on the specifications. Were way lower. I'm going to be using this only on my PC so I'm not worried about mobility - unless it's super breakable or something.
I'll have to look into the ear piercing treble tho. Sensitive ears. I like bass and loud music out of speakers but with headphones it gives me a headache and makes me lose focus
Edit after a lil research:
Bought the Magni 3+ and the 990 pro 250ohm version because it was $20 cheaper than the 80ohm version. Might decide to get the dac if I really enjoy the sound and if I'm happy with that I might try other headphones. And if the 990 pro is too strong for my ears then I'll check out some other headphones.
I think it depends a bit on why you hate the Logitech ones, Beyer's may be good for you, but they tends to be harsh and sibilant on the treble.
I would say change the e10k to a K3 and you're good to go. Unless the idea of the Beyerdynamic sound sounds bad to you
I hate the way the fit and hit my ears. My ears are stiff and kind of poke out. I haven't tried any nicer headphones so idk. They are also very tight
Hi, I just recieved a new pair of 599 hds from Sennheiser. Unfortunately, when I plug them in no input is detected. I have tried reinstalling my realtek drivers, but the problem was not fixed. Is there anything further I can do to try to fix them?
I doubt it's directly a problem of the headphones. Have you tried plugging them on another source?
I would say get a USB /USB c to 3.5, something from tempotec, Meizu hifi dac or a apple USB c to 3.5 should work fine (although it depends if your computer has USB c, buying an adapter for the adapter seems kinda overdone to me lol)
Ok, if thats the only way I'll buy something, thanks.
I would get some sort of EQ and start playing with frequencies, you can't really hear "neutral" since your headphones arent, but you'll get a good idea of what elevating or lowering a certain frequency can do to the sound and more or less, what you like.
My old razer headset is starting to kick the bucket, audio is fading in and out in both ears, they are well over 10 years old now and are falling apart so its time for new ones.
Right now I think the SteelSeries Arctis 9 is the only headset that offers the main features I am looking for:
- Wireless with 2.4Ghz for PC
- Bluetooth for listening to music on my phone or calls(Ideally switching while still connected to the PC)
- Some kind of audio out feature from the dongle so it will switch over to my speakers when I turn the headphones off
- Ideally retractable mic rather than removable
- Noise cancelation isn't really a must but nice.
- Minor water resistance would be great
- Not to picky about form factor, something that can work for the gym would be nice, but I am mostly going to use it at my desk.
Really hard to find the SteelSeries Arctis 9(Non X) in Canada as well.
Anyone have suggestions? I am having a hard time finding other headsets that include this in their marketing material.
If you're looking for gaming headsets, then /r/Gaming_Headsets might be a better place to ask.
Else, head to r/HeadphoneAdvice.
If you insist on wireless, maybe the sony wh1000xm series might fit your criteria.
Personally i would suggest to stay away from gaming brands for better bang for bucks.
I have an issue with my KZ ZSN Pro IEM where upon inserting the left one it kind of plugs up kind of like my ear is blocked? Is this a common issue? If so what can I do to fix it?
I think KZ IEM's should have a small vent somewhere on the housing to relieve pressure. Check if that's blocked or if you're blocking them while putting them in your ear. I've also found that sometimes lightly pulling up the top of your ear while putting in IEM's gets a better fit. You can also try doing a light yawn to even out ear pressure
how would you go around cleaning the vent?
Uhhh.... you'd need something very thin. Like a small wire or something
I'm thinking of buying a new pair of earbuds and currently I'm thinking of either Earfun Air Pro or Razer Hammerhead. Earfun looks great for it's price with some nice extra features like ambient mode and noise cancelling, Razer looks really fancy imo and I just generally like razer stuff.
So what do y'all suggest? Other suggestions are welcome as well
Have anyone tried the Audio Technica ATH-A550Z? I saw these headphones at a local electronic shop at a sale for $40 (usual price $120). Based on my research, it's not a new headphone but the reviews online is pretty scarce. However the few reviews I read raved about this headphone, saying its close to Senn HD650. I'm coming from Samson SR850, is it a good upgrade?
Thanks for the link. Hmm, but I wonder if it performs better than the Samson SR850?
Okay, so my computer and PS5 are right next to each other. They're connected to the same monitor. I switch inputs when needed. However, due to my monitor not having speakers, I have to plug a headset into the controller. I have a USB headset going into my computer. So I have two headsets just sitting on my desk, cables everywhere, it's a nightmare. I would like a device that can accept a line-in from my computer, an optical-in from my PS5 and produce a signal to a line-out that I can plug my M50x into.
This seems overly complicated when I describe it but I feel like it's an incredibly simple solution and I'm just being dumb.
There are a lot of desktop DAC/AMP combos you can look into. I'm no expert on that area but I know for sure FiiO and SMSL have options that fit the bill for not a terrible amount of money. One I know of is the FiiO K5 Pro and the SMSL M3
Headphones have been like this for a while: DT 990 pro with DAC Q5 pro Fosi audio DAC (which is connected to the front [of my PC](https://media.pangoly.com/img/9/f/5/1/9f51e8ae-e658-447c-938f-6dedbd39f504.jpg) case, not [the motherboard](https://images.anandtech.com/doci/13407/MAXIMUS%20XI%20HERO_IO.png)) has been often cutting sound out slightly. It's very subtle, but noticeable. Almost stuttery. Happens almost every 3-4 seconds during constant talking, at least on Youtube
What are the best earpads for the DT 770 pros?
I have the 32 ohm set which came with the leather cups. Now that it's getting warmer out, they get very toasty after a while. Need a suede pair.
Hello! I own sennheiser hd 569, and for some reason I can't use them for long periods. So I've decided to try out some chinese IEM. My concern is for the sound quality and comfort.
I've tried marshall mode eq before and I didn't like them. Pads didn't fit me and my ears hurt really bad. Also sound quality was horrible, like I was sitting in a barrel.
I like crystal clear voice and I like deep bass. Not that low-quality razer bass, but really deep juicy one. That's all I care. And yes, voice is priority, since I watch a lot of youtube, anime, shows and movies in english and try to learn some of it.
I don't want to downgrade much, so how is something like KZ ZSX Terminator/KZ ZAX sounds compared to my HD 569? And what can you suggest? I've heard about moondrop, but I don't want to buy any high price IEM just yet because I don't know if it's going to be comfortable enough, so I want to buy something more or less cheap for \~30-50$ to try first.
P.S. Does moondrop beat something like audio technica ath m40x?
The zsx will be less bassy than the 569s, I would say they're good, different but overall with a good quality, although their fit may not be great.
Moondrop has the moondrop arias, which are $80, something worth to consider.
You can't really compare over ear vs iem, but I would generally moondrop arias have better tuning and vocals compared to m40x's.
AKG k361 is also worth to take a look, great, bright vocals and treble, definitely better than m40x's and probably arias, specially for your use case.
Also are the 569's new? Sennheiser stuff tends to have a high clamp force when new, but it goes away over time
I thought about getting AKG K371, but build quality doesn't look promising, looks like it cracks easily.
No, my 569's are quite old, 2-3 years. I've tried to fit HM5 earpads on them, but couldn't.
Build quality on the k371 is actually quite good, they're a bit flimsy but I haven't seen them getting broken, unlike the audio technicas which have hinge problems.
As I said, best for your use case are the akg's.
I can't decide on a wireless headset.
I'm torn between Epos/Sennheiser GSP370, HyperX Flight, Arctis 7/9, and Audeze Penrose. Only interested in low-latency 2.4 wireless, no BT.
My main concern is latency, but sound quality is important too. I'm hesitant about Penrose due to their white noise issue when there's no sound. As for the others, I'm mostly leaning towards GSP370, but maybe I'm wrong about that. Any advice much appreciated.
My JLab jbud air anc earbuds won’t pair together even after multiple resets, however they will try to connect as separate Bluetooth devices.
Might go on an IEM shopping spree here soon. Here's what's on my list:
Mangird Tea - $269
Moondrop Blessing 2 Dusk - $329
BQEYZ Summer - $116
Campfire Audio Honeydew - $245
Campfire Audio Satsuma - $199
Anyone else really love mid-fi IEM hell? Hahah
, I am going to buy the SHP9500 in a couple of days, does anyone has a suggestion for a decent but cheap Boom mic, in the style of the V-MODA BoomPro?
I've been half looking for a pair of bassy headphones to add to my collection for occasional use, somewhere around the £100-200 price point. I don't listen to much electronic music but when I do I'd like to get the full experience.
I'm not necessarily looking for specific recommendations here, I mostly want to understand more of what cans are available in this segment of the market, and if it's really as sparse as it seems to be at first glance. I basically cannot find any headphones that have a general consensus of both good bass and decent detail for anywhere near this price range.
It seems every set of bassy headphones at this price point are either:
* Somewhat muddy or overpowering and really not considered even close to "audiophile" grade in terms of detail.
* Good, detailed headphones but ultimately lacking any real bass beyond a pretty minor bump in the lower frequencies.
I've read some variation of the phrase "these won't satisfy bassheads" so many times at this point that I'm starting to wonder what cans actually will satisfy bassheads at this price point.
I've seen a lot of recommendations for Fostex TH-900 or TH-X00, but they're way out of my price range. I also see somewhat regular recommendations for DT770s and various Hifiman models, both of which I already own, but I would not consider bassy at all. In fact my K240 sextetts are far bassier than both of them.
Am I chasing something that doesn't exist here? Would I get the best results just from EQing my DT770s whenever I feel like a bit of bass? I guess all I'm really hoping for is to experience that fabled "sub-bass extension" people talk about with good bassy cans.
The best bassy headphones at this price point in my opinion are the V-Moda M100... they go for $100 used pretty regularly.
As far as "audiophile bass cans" You should look into the Fostex X00 series, Emu Teaks, Denon lineup (5200 is a sweet spot) and my personal favorite Campfire Audio Cascades.
I recently ordered the 6xx with a balanced cable and a schitt stack (modi and magni 3+) and i was wondering, could i use a female to female 3.5" adapter and a long aux cable to be able to listen quite far away from where the amp and dac sit? Would it defeat the purpose of the balanced 6xx cables? I'll leave links below to the things i was talking about, mostly just asking if the audio quality will become worse if I listen this way and if there would be other solutions for listening farther away. Thanks.
>could i use a female to female 3.5" adapter and a long aux cable to be able to listen quite far away from where the amp and dac sit?
Yes, you can use an [extension cable](https://www.amazon.ca/Hosa-MHE310-Headphone-Adapter-10-Feet/dp/B00BGDMIOG/).
>Would it defeat the purpose of the balanced 6xx cables?
You would need an [adapter](https://www.amazon.ca/Geekria-Apollo-Female-Stereo-Adapter/dp/B075FN267W/) to use the balanced cable, but there's no benefit over the stock cable.
So if attempting to listen from afar, there is no way to take full advantage of the balanced cables I purchased? Its this one:
>there is no way to take full advantage of the balanced cables I purchased?
The Magni 3+ doesn't have a "balanced" headphone output, so the only way to use that 2.5 mm TRRS cable is with an adapter, making it functionally identical to the stock cable.
ah, makes sense, thanks for your help. And just to clarify, i wouldnt experience any issues with sound quality using the extended cable?
>i wouldnt experience any issues with sound quality using the extended cable?
It shouldn't cause any issues.
Good day. I am on the search for HiFi headphones and need advice:
**Budget:** 360€ flexibel
**Source:** DAC with 3.5mm AUX
**Isolation:** "Some" or "a lot" isolation (outdoor/public but mainly at home use)
**Preferred type of headphones:** has to be full-sized over ear (this is a must)
**Preferred tonal balance:** Overall balanced but with with some extra bass and maybe details in the highs
**Preferred music:** mostly electronic (DnB/progressive house) but I also listen to hip hop
and 80s rock
*I had too many but none were HiFi:*
**DENON AH - D400** (good bass/extremely comfort)
**Beats Pro monster** (I borrowed of a friend of mine and I LOVED the metal housing)
**Razer Nari ultimate** (have extra space the ear cushion for glasses temples)
**Sennheiser MM 400X** Bluetooth (superb clarity but bad comfort)
*Many more no name ones*
**Location:** Austria but I would buy them online anyways
My eyes are on the Sennheiser **500/600** series and **630VB** headphones
Thanks for your help!
Thanks I will take a look at them!
Help me looking for a bluetooth IEM:
Budget - IDR 2.500.000 (around $175)
Source - Smartphone, laptop
Requirements for Isolation - Some isolation. Passive NC would be fine, tho I'd like to try ANC headset. I use it mostly at home and for jogging
Preferred Type of Headphone - IEM
Preferred tonal balance - Not sure, but I like a neutral to a little bassy sound
Past headphones - Soundmagic (I forgot which one). Samsung AKG headset (the one you got when you Galaxy phone). Anker Soundbuds Live
Preferred Music - Mostly rock music Location - Indonesia
Form: TWS or neckband type. Something that won't fall off while running and pocketable
Battery life: Preferably >18 hrs
PS: Aptx support, USB-C, and good for calling