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Another headphone recommendations thread

q3cpma

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Hello,

I'm currently using a Beyerdynamic DT250 (80 ohms) that I really like, but I wondered if a strict upgrade existed for it. The main thing I'm looking for is a closed, solid headphone with velour (or something similar) pads and a sound as neutral as possible; at least, without too much bass emphasis.
The only one I found are the Focal Listen Pro (not a fan of the brand, looks fragile and can't find measurements), the Shure SHR1540 (looks good, a bit pricy) and the Ultrasone Pro-900i (the Pro-900 has quite the bad measurements on innerfidelity, can't find the 900i).

Anyone else that can't stand leather here? Thanks for reading.
 

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If you like it my advice would be to keep it. That said, there is no shortage of good headphones and you don't have to spend $$$$$$$$$$s. The Audio Technica ATH MSR7 is an excellent closed back model which can be found for not a lot now, however it has pleather pads. It's a little bright but exceptionally detailed and accurate (in my humble opinion, if you like a slightly bright sound it punches well above its weight).
 

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Well, I do like it, but I don't "prefer" it since the only other headphone I tested was the ATH M-50X. About the MSR7, it indeed looks nice and has nice measurements, too bad it has synthetic leather pads. If only more manufacturers sold aftermarket velour/textile ones.
 

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I don't really know where the Pro differs from the non pro version but I expect this to be in pad color and cable most likely.

Below measurements of the Listen



As a comparison below the Elear


While I am at it... DT250/250 (not the 80 Ohm and the sound leakage not fixed otherwise there would be better matching.
Note that the plot below only goes to 22kHz


Here is my modified Custom one Pro with velour DT770 pads..
 
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It looks like I'm better off keeping the DT250s (should implement the fix, one day) compared to the Focals, then. Only the Shure pair remains on my list; anyone having experience with this model or Shure as a brand? Their earlier models looked cheaply built with hinge breakdown being quite common, but this one looks solid (and extremely comfy!). Here's a link for the curious: https://www.thomann.de/intl/shure_srh1540.htm
 

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I only have a set of DT1540 pads ... not the headphone alas.
It is more 'hifi' in the treble and very confortable.

Have found these measurements of the 1540


of course to trust it there should be a known reference measurement to confirm
Below their measurement of the HD599



And below my measurement
 

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Those low and high mids bumps aren't in the measurements I found on innerfidelity. I'm pretty sure these are pretty good, anyway. I also like the fact that it comes with a replacement cable and earpad set out of the box.
 

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Innerfidelity plots are difficult to interpret as Tyll used incorrect compensation from day one.

Here is a comparison between HD650 and SRH1540 which tells me the SRH1540 is a lot bassier and warmer sounding than neutral.
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Yep, SRH1540 + EQ is probably what you may be looking for. Good comfort, closed and looks easy to EQ
 
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