Help.. I have review fatigue!

Discussion in 'Ask The Experts' started by mancunianway, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. mancunianway

    mancunianway Casual Listener

    Apr 9, 2011
    I’ve spent the last 2 weeks trying to spend my hard earned cash.. as usual I look to trade reviews, public opinion & specialists for some direction.. unfortunately for every good review I read, there’s a bad one round the corner..

    I know this is a very personal thing for most headphone owners, everybody has their own tastes, preferences, favourites etc.. trust me I know.. I’ve spent long enough just using Nikon Cameras for the same reason..

    Anyway.. I give up.. I kneel & bow to the forum gods & hope for some direction in helping me choose..

    Music tastes: Low-fi, lounge, jazz, funk, soul, classical, folk, (don’t judge me)

    Where I’ll use them: At home when the missus is watching corrie or some other sh*te

    Budget: £150

    Amp: I’ve been given a Soundmagic A10, not precious about it.. but be nice if I don’t have to buy another amp.

    Player: mostly laptop, a little from iphone.. normally 320 MP3 or 128 AAC

    Short List: Grado SR80i, Beyerdynamic DT 770, Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro, Shure SRH840

    I know each of the above suit different styles of listening.. given my varied music tastes.. something that’s well balanced is probably going to win.. Beyerdynamic DT880 looks decent, but just outside my price bracket..

    Well if you’ve got this far.. thanks for reading.. any direction appreciated..

    Great forum.. keep up the good work :)

    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011
  2. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

    Apr 28, 2010
    Hi mancunianway

    It sounds like you need help immediately as Coronation Street is not going to improve anybodies life!

    I would be looking at these three -

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Closed Monitor Headphones Coiled Cable

    Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO Closed Back Headphones 80Ω (DT 770)

    Shure SRH840 Professional Closed-Back Headphones (SRH 840)

    They are all superb and similar as they have a Rro Audio leaning - therefore well built, sturdy, reliable, clean and accurate. They are closed back so will keep Manchesters worst soap opera from getting in.

    ATH-M50 have the smallest cups so if you need plenty of space for your ears the DT770 are the roomiest. The biggest bottom end is found on the SRH840 which is also the easiest to transport if you do take them anywhere. Technically DT770 are probably the most accurate but ATH-M50 are not far behind at all. DT770 come with velour pads and are arguably the most comfy, very closely followed by the Shures but then nobody has ever told me they found the M50 uncomfortable.

    Let me know if that helps :)

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