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Lightweight bass heavy headphone, Looking to buy one
t-jay one
post Jul 14 2013, 10:43
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I am looking to buy an over the ear or on the ear headphone. Price range is flexible (preferably under $300). Characteristics I want-
1) Lightweight
2) Comfortable to wear long hours
3) Rumbling bass
4) Good sound detail

Characteristics I don't want/need-
1) Noise cancellation
2) Sound isolation
3) Punchy bass
4) Sibilance

So far I've found the following suitable models:
German Maestro GMP 8.35 D
Sony mdr-ma900
Sennheiser HD239

Please let me know of any better options, or your thoughts about the above three options.
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Martel
post Jul 16 2013, 17:19
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Please, note that looking at a FR chart is a poor way to judge "good low frequency bass". It is useful to get a rough idea about bass/mid/treble balance of a headphone (or between headphones) but it does not tell you how it's going to sound when put on your head.
HD 419 "looks" like it's going to sound disgustingly overbassed (imbalanced). But there's more to music than bass. Usually, recessed high-frequency response (relative to bass/mids) will lead to subjective loss of detail.

You can try this with your current headphones and a parametric equalizer with sufficient number of frequency bands. Try lowering (or boosting) the whole 8kHz and above range and see what effect it has on perceived level of detail.

QUOTE (mzil @ Jul 16 2013, 17:56) *
Unfortunately, buying a totally "flat" headphone is easier said than done. Especially when most of the commercial stuff is deliberately overbassed to appeal to the masses.


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- t-jay one   Lightweight bass heavy headphone   Jul 14 2013, 10:43
- - skamp   Denon AH-D1100. Very lightweight, strong clamping ...   Jul 14 2013, 10:55
- - TomasPin   Although way below your preferred price range, I r...   Jul 14 2013, 16:54
- - extrabigmehdi   Sony xb500 are known to have ton of bass , cheap, ...   Jul 14 2013, 16:55
- - Martel   What's "rumbling" and "punchy...   Jul 14 2013, 20:16
- - t-jay one   I think rumbling means the sound of base guitar in...   Jul 15 2013, 07:18
|- - probedb   QUOTE (t-jay one @ Jul 15 2013, 07:1...   Jul 15 2013, 09:10
- - t-jay one   After looking up audio vocabulary, rumbling bass =...   Jul 15 2013, 08:56
- - t-jay one   I don't like high pitched drum beats. It feels...   Jul 15 2013, 12:33
- - Martel   HD 239, being an open headphone, does not achieve ...   Jul 15 2013, 13:42
- - t-jay one   Apparently there is a deep bass response as well a...   Jul 15 2013, 17:46
- - Gecko   Consider the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro. Lots of deep...   Jul 15 2013, 18:05
- - smok3   +1 for Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro, I used to use them...   Jul 15 2013, 18:44
- - Martel   In case sibilance is what he doesn't want, the...   Jul 16 2013, 07:01
- - t-jay one   Thanks for the frequency response info. Based on t...   Jul 16 2013, 16:18
- - mzil   I have a suggestion for the OP. I can appreciate w...   Jul 16 2013, 16:56
- - Martel   Please, note that looking at a FR chart is a poor ...   Jul 16 2013, 17:19
|- - mzil   QUOTE (Martel @ Jul 16 2013, 12:19) Unfor...   Jul 16 2013, 17:42
|- - Martel   QUOTE (mzil @ Jul 16 2013, 18:42) Ideal h...   Jul 22 2013, 09:30
- - t-jay one   Has anyone tried the ATH WS series? What is your t...   Jul 22 2013, 08:32
- - mzil   Intentionally second guessing the original recordi...   Jul 22 2013, 16:34
|- - Martel   QUOTE (mzil @ Jul 22 2013, 17:34) For wha...   Jul 22 2013, 20:15
- - Gecko   I wouldn't worry too much about a little bass ...   Jul 22 2013, 18:27
- - mzil   [Regarding Gecko's post] Part of what I like a...   Jul 22 2013, 20:22


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