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post #16 of 32
IMO that Brand New CD sounds best on Senns. Probably sound better on the darker HD650 but since neither you nor I can afford those, the HD580 does wonders.

I would: Sell K240S. Buy HD580 + Laconic Lunchbox for sheer Brand New goodness.

Unfortunately the Senns are out of production!
post #17 of 32
I'd buy an amp. Maybe you could get a used Meier Headfive for $200.

You'll change headphones plenty - we all do. But get a good amp, so you do whatever headphone you have justice.
post #18 of 32
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But get a good amp, so you do whatever headphone you have justice.
I agree.
post #19 of 32
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You'll change headphones plenty - we all do. But get a good amp, so you do whatever headphone you have justice.
I don't agree with this "get a good amp" concept especially for around $200. This tact places too little importance on the synergy between cans and amp and the owner's preference for same.

With a very limited budget and $200 to spend on a single component, it would be best to determine the budget for the remainder of the system before selecting that one item.

Here are a few reviews of the Stax SR-001 MK2 System to help you decide. The first review is quite positive.
post #20 of 32
Yay for second vote for SR-001.

I absolutely agree with 1time actually, its really difficult to get a good amp to work with all headphones u will try in the future, synergy is too important, especially when working with low-end amps.
And the fact is that you will change cans is alot could be total BS. I personally went through a barrage of sources/amps, while SR-003 is only my second phone...source could be a good investment, but that is also subjective.
post #21 of 32
If I had nothing at all (no source, amp, headphone), I would buy my Zen ($155 after rebate) and then use the remainder to get some decent earphones, cx300 or something in that price range.
post #22 of 32
Vcoheda - how about crying in the proposed condition, cause that means u just got robbed big time >.<
post #23 of 32
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And this is if I choose to go Comp as source correct? Which is an open possibilty for me. I play a few games and listen to alot of music on my PC (ripped with winamp to FLAC (flake?)) and, curse me for saying this, really enjoy using winamp to drive my k240s. I have also looked at the Onkyo SE-200 as an option for a sound card, how would the Onkyo compare to the M-Audio, since they are both the same price?
I'm not sure about the onkyo, but I can tell you that the emu 0404 usb has a very clean sounding headphone amp. Its not the way to go for games however. I would say you should get a seperate internal sound card for gaming, like a x-fi or something, and use the 0404 usb exclusively for music.

I dont know which M-audio product you're talking about, but they do have something similar in the Audiophile USB. It looks like the E-MU 0404 USB is better than the audiophile in terms of specs, and not much more money so you should get it.
post #24 of 32
televators: In case you don't go with the Stax for some reason (I'd consider it worth a try, but I'd suspect that fit/comfort could be an issue...), I'd suggest some nice little headphone amp & usb dac combo like the (Total)BitHead, PortaCorda 3 USB and Headphonia PMAwUD. Any of these should sound quite a bit better with your K240S than your Technics receiver and would double as fairly high quality soundcard replacement for stereo playback.

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini
post #25 of 32
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televators: In case you don't go with the Stax for some reason (I'd consider it worth a try, but I'd suspect that fit/comfort could be an issue...),
Yeah, I think you guys recommending the Stax are making it sound like that's a headphone that everyone will like, and I think that's a big leap of faith. I couldn't stand the Stax001 for more than 20 seconds. It's far from a sure thing.
post #26 of 32
For around $100 get a used Marantz 1060 integrated. Then replace your phones with Senn. HD600's, a magical combo.
post #27 of 32
Skylab: you could not stand the sound or the fit? Cause not standing the former for more than 20 seconds would be...extreme is not enough of a word.
post #28 of 32
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Skylab: you could not stand the sound or the fit? Cause not standing the former for more than 20 seconds would be...extreme is not enough of a word.
No, it was the latter. I couldn't get a handle on the sound - because I couldn't get them to be at all comfortable.
post #29 of 32
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I vote you save up $100 more and wait for an HF-1. Upgraditis eventually gets even the best of us, and it's not without a smack of regret and a couple of tears that we sell off the equipment that got us started. An HF-1 would not only be an awesome jump-start, it might just be a piece of equipment that you have good reason to hold onto forever.


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MEH, no way; first it's not coming; second, i've heard it and it's a pretty incrimental step from the sr60, certainly not worth it on the budget level

my advice? go old school: sr60's (or whatever you can get used) and a little amp, even an (dare i say) cmoy
post #30 of 32
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So lets say that you only have $200. What is the one piece of audio equipment you would buy, assuming you only had what is in my sig for instance...
DT880 (old version, possibly used) + Korean flash player (definitely used)

Of course, you would prefer something else. :-)
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