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post Sep 10 2014, 10:27 AM, updated 4y ago

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This thread serves as a Q&A section for all new/existing audiophiles seeking advice on their next headphone purchase!

The rules are simple, no flaming/bashing and try not to spam (posting irrelevant post).
You may ask us any headphone/earphone related question, and we will gladly assist you. Don't be shy!

When asking, please remember to STATE YOUR BUDGET. Better if you give exact numbers... "not so expensive la" is not considered a budget

Other info such as the following will also be helpful to get faster and more accurate responses:
- Your rig (mp3 players, amps, sound card etc)
- What type of usage (movies/ gaming/ music etc)
- File format used in your source (i.e. flac, mp3 etc)
- Genre of music you listen to (classical, jazz, metal, etc)
- Headphone/ earphone type (closed, open, circumaural, IEM etc)
- Other requirements (if any) (mic, volume control, 5.1ch, 7.1ch etc)

Some model to consider, RRP might be different:

QUOTE(Vape On @ Jan 2 2016, 01:12 PM)
Please add
ATH= Audio Technica
Beyer = Beyerdynamic
Senn = Sennheiser
Headphone

Below RM200

Sades SA902 ( Closed, gaming)
Superlux HD681 ( Open )
Superlux HD668B ( Open )
ATH_M20x ( Closed )
Koss KSC75 (Clip On )
RM200 - 499
ATH AVC-500 ( Closed )
ATH-M30x ( Closed )
ATH-M40x ( Closed )
Superlux HD631 ( Closed )
Beyer DTX501p (Closed portable)
Beyer DTX901 ( Open )
Grado SR60e ( Open )
Grado Se80e ( Open )
Senn HD518 ( Open )

RM500- 800
ATH-M50x ( Closed )
ATH-AD700x ( Open )
Beyer Custom One Pro ( Closed )
IEM

Below RM100

Xiaomi Piston

RM100-299
Beyer MXP50iE
JVC HA-EBX5
HiFiMAN RE-300h
Ostry KC06
ATH IM50,

RM300-499
Shure SE215
JVC HA-FR65S
ATH-CKS55X
HiFiMAN RE400 / RE60
Senn CX215
Senn CX275S
Senn CX870
RM500-800
JVC HA-FXT90
Dunu Titan 1/DN-1000Yamaha EPH100
ATH-IM70
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thanks to bro Vape On

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post Sep 10 2014, 10:28 AM

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Some audio terms used in this thread and their meaning:

Circumaural headphones:
Sometimes called full size headphones, these are made in a circular fashion that surround the ear completely.

Closed back:
Closed back (or sealed) headphones are designed to reduce the effect of external noise on your listening and also to keep the noise made by the headphone drivers from leaking out and disturbing people around you.

Ear Bud:
Ear bud headphones are small in size and are placed directly outside the ear canal.

In Ear Monitors (IEM):
In Ear Monitors (IEM) also known as Ear Canal Headphones (ECH's). These earphones are placed into the ear canal and effectively seal your ear with their small rubberised ear-tip sleeve (can also come with various tips). They are small, lightweight and very portable.

Noise cancelling headphones:
Noise cancelling headphones reduce the perceived noise from outside with the clever use of small microphones located inside the earpiece and active electronics within the headset. The basic principle is that the noise signal for the outside world is inverted and then summed with the signal from the audio source. The result is that the ambient noise from outside is effectively cancelled out, which lets you enjoy your music.

Open back headphones:
Open back headphones (sometimes referred to as vented) are designed to allow sound out through the back of the earcup. This design gives a character to the sound that is often described as having an open soundstage, or natural. One reason for this is that there are less reflections than a closed back (or sealed) design.

Supra aural:
Supra aural headphones have pads that sit on top of the ears, rather than around them.

NOISE CANCELLATION DOES NOT EQUAL TO NOISE ISOLATION, get the facts straight:
Noise cancellation works by cancelling out constant noise from outside surroundings, like machine sound or motor sound, or jet plane turbine sound, you will still hear people talking, baby crying, car passing by, people beside you blasting music while break dancing, a couple quarreling etc. Noise isolation is for silence from surrounding sound regardless what it is.

Noise cancellation is a premium priced technology, and the reason behind it is it uses to external mic for left and right to obtain the constant noise, and the headphone produces a counter noise wave to cancel out the noise, so you don't hear machine sounds. BOSE claimed to be the first to create NC headphones, so they might get patent fee from it, who knows.. Expect something around RM1k for a NC headphone.
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post Sep 10 2014, 01:04 PM

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Thanks mod
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post Sep 10 2014, 01:30 PM

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QUOTE(ErgoProxi @ Sep 10 2014, 01:24 PM)
Generally, which is better?
cheap Philips[rm58.90] or cheap Pioneer[rm85.90] headset?
Didn't get a good look on the model number. sweat.gif
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Hard to say, but brand wise I will vote for Philips.

I tried most of the Pioneer brand headphones in SenQ, all not to my taste, too bassy and sounds very dry.
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post Sep 10 2014, 02:01 PM

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QUOTE(ErgoProxi @ Sep 10 2014, 01:32 PM)
I tot pioneer is generally better?
how's Philips?
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Philips produce more balanced sounds and can listen to all genre of music.

But...

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post Sep 10 2014, 02:04 PM

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QUOTE(chabuchabu @ Sep 10 2014, 02:01 PM)
isn't pioneer is like more famous and overrated while philips are some sort of underdog ?
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Some Philips model are worth looking at, I personally like the M1 and L1 but too bad they are overpriced.
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post Sep 10 2014, 02:06 PM

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QUOTE(ErgoProxi @ Sep 10 2014, 02:03 PM)
where to find[commonly found]?
got any 'round rm50[since 'm keep misplaced/lost 'em?]
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Top-up a bit and get a Koss KSC 75, but is a clip-on.

Or..

Xiaomi Piston.
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post Sep 10 2014, 05:19 PM

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QUOTE(ErgoProxi @ Sep 10 2014, 02:37 PM)
That ain't headset/phone.
go other alternative?
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No

with RM 50 you can just go for reputable brand like Sony/Philips/JVC if you can find one
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post Sep 10 2014, 05:25 PM

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QUOTE(peter32 @ Sep 10 2014, 05:00 PM)
Need sifu for some recommendations:

- My rig - smart phones, laptop, PC.
- What type of usage - music, videos, more focus on musics (instruments, vocals, NOT hardrock, NO Techno, but don't mind decent bass).
- My file sources - Youtubes, Flacs, MP3.  Better cater for lossless eg. monkey files too.
- Genre of music you listen to - instruments, vocals as above. But I still love bass when bass is due.
- Type: Headphone

Budget : around RM300.. unless there is good reason to increase the limit ?  I am all ears.. smile.gif

Thanks for help.
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Grado SR60i

but semi open sound leak so you might disturb others if you using it in public
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post Sep 11 2014, 08:36 AM

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QUOTE(edmund_yung @ Sep 11 2014, 12:15 AM)
I saw Sony is selling MDR-1Rmk2 for RM649. Just wondering are these worth it even at this "low" price? I'm comparing to the like of HD558 and AT M50, and I know I might be wrong to compare with monitoring cans.

Before this I'm eyeing on the Kingston HyperX Cloud, basically a Takstar 80 with a mic. However it's very much overpriced here in Malaysia. At ~RM400, I think I can get a much better cans.

- Your rig: Asus Xonar U7, AE Aego M
- What usage: FPS Gaming + Music
- File format: lossless, 320k mp3.
- Genre of music: pop song (taiwan, english)
- type: over hear close or open.
- Other requirements: bonus mic, I don't mind if it sound great and do without one.
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The price is OK for 1R mk2, I think they just want to clear it and give way to their new flagship. And it is more portable than M50 and HD558, and have better look imo.
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post Sep 12 2014, 01:47 PM

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QUOTE(W_Pooh @ Sep 12 2014, 02:17 AM)
rig - smartphone, laptop, ipod
usage - music
File format - mp3
Genre of music - edm, classical, instrumental, pop
Headphone - closed back
Budget - below RM250
Other requirements - is it possible to find a closed back headphone which is not that big? tongue.gif 'cause im a girl and would prefer a smaller one smile.gif

Thanks for helping!
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Audio Technica

I don't know why but I saw most of the girls are using Audio Technica here in Singapore

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post Sep 13 2014, 10:04 AM

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QUOTE(llthim @ Sep 13 2014, 09:44 AM)
this seems to be over my budget  rclxub.gif
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a guy up there say he saw sony selling at 650 discounted price, pm him for location.
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post Sep 19 2014, 10:09 AM

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QUOTE(PedangGila @ Sep 19 2014, 09:44 AM)
you don't buy headphones everyday right
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not true for some people in this forum

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post Sep 22 2014, 04:18 PM

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QUOTE(dauf87 @ Sep 22 2014, 01:06 PM)
I dont want an open back. Budget 1-2k
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Sony MDR-1R

Sennheiser Momentum

Denon D600

Beyer T5p

LCD-X?
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post Sep 22 2014, 05:00 PM

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QUOTE(dauf87 @ Sep 22 2014, 04:48 PM)
Sennheiser Momentum looks interesting. Anyone bought it?

What about the price here in M'sia?

Personally you would choose which one?
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Depends.

I am a Sennheiser fan boy but Momentum are less portable to me since it cannot fold.

Sony are the best portable, and price/performance ratio based on recent price (less than RM 1k)

I have the Denon, a bit bassy for your genre, less portable also.

T5p not heard before, no comment, but is top of the line of Beyer, could never go wrong.

LCD... you need amp to drive it... forget about it by now...

My choose will be

1. Momentum
2. Denon
3. Sony
4. Beyer
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post Sep 22 2014, 05:05 PM

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and before I forget, if you come from open back, you will find uncomfortable wearing a close back, so better try it out before you regret.
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post Sep 23 2014, 09:33 AM

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QUOTE(kamfoo @ Sep 22 2014, 05:22 PM)
can pls recommend iem for sleeping sideway....
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Don't do that, will damage your hearing.
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post Sep 23 2014, 01:52 PM

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QUOTE(xtremedummy @ Sep 23 2014, 01:49 PM)
My Rig >HM601
My amp> PPAV2
headphone > undecided between HD650 AKG series

Anyone could help me to decide which to choose? going for sound stages, dynamic and not fatigue. not for bass, more to jazz and slow music
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post Nov 1 2014, 09:48 PM

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QUOTE(x20a @ Nov 1 2014, 01:47 PM)
Hi all,

Happy weekend ☺

I'm looking for headphone as below.
Really appreciate your opinions.

Budget is below rm700 or maybe can go a little bit more if worth it.

Rig - smartphone
- What type of usage (music, youtube)
- File format used in your source (mp3)
- Genre of music you listen to (normally rock, instrument, pop)
- Headphone/ earphone type (closed)
- Other requirements - wireless, built in mic, noise cancelation if possible.

Currently i'm having logitech h800 and hoping you guys can suggest other brand than logitech.

Tqvm guys! Cheers😆
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http://www.sony.com.my/product/mdr-10rbt
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post Nov 1 2014, 09:52 PM

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QUOTE(nkdin_rulez @ Oct 27 2014, 11:49 PM)
hi im looking for a in ear earphones... previously was using a jays three... so looking for something similar to it.. .budget is around less than rm200. im looking for something not to bassy... prefer the clarity on instruments.

so far in my list i have these (in no particular order), do recommend other brands which i may have missed

1. Sennheiser CX 280 - RM189
2. AKG K 321 Cloud White - RM153
3. Audio-Technica ATH-CKR3iS - RM130
4. Audio-Technica ATH-CKR5iS - RM175
5. Audio-Technica ATH-CKM500 = RM195
6. Logitech Earphone Ultimate Ears 350VM - RM142
7. Logitech Earset Ultimate Ears 350VI - RM159
8. Logitech Earphone Ultimate Ears 400VM - RM130
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Forget about CX 280, I owned it before, not as good as CX 300

UE basically after Logitech take over no need to look at also

AT I am not sure whistling.gif

but if I were you I will go for Sennheiser CX-300ii, won't go wrong, just need to make sure it is original.

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